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Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/2/2014 | Article type: Education

Benedictine University earns state-wide recognition for excellence in campus security with Axis network cameras and video encoders.

Mission
With parents of incoming students expressing ever- higher expectations for campus safety, Benedictine University has worked hard to earn its ranking as one of the safest four-year private institutions in the state of Illinois. In fact, the ranking serves as a great recruitment tool. But to maintain its best practices, the university continues to seek out the latest advances in video surveillance technology to help its peace officers respond more quickly to routine and emergency calls across its campus.

Solution
Since 2007, Convergint Technologies, a Schaumburg, IL- based security integrator and Axis partner, has worked with the university to strategically deploy Axis cameras across the suburban Chicago campus. As technology progressed, they took full advantage of features such as HDTV-resolution, H.264 compression, WDR, low-light color fidelity and 360-degree field-of-view. Axis cameras are managed by an OnSSI VMS that integrates with the university's Lenel OnGuard Card Access system as well as the campus emergency response and public address systems. Convergint also integrated a number of legacy analog cameras into the surveillance network with Axis video encoders.

Result
In addition to serving as a force multiplier for routine service calls, the Benedictine University police department has integrated Axis network cameras and video encoders into its emergency preparedness program to assist officers in informing and protecting students, faculty and staff of severe weather conditions and emergency evacuations, as well as coordinating with local law enforcement during active shooter drills.

“ With an active campus of over 10,000 students and special events that can draw an additional 4,000 people and their vehicles, there's no way we could handle all the routine calls we receive without our Axis cameras.” --Michael Salatino, Chief of Police, Benedictine University

Meeting community expectations for campus security
As Benedictine University Chief of Police Michael Salatino can attest, parents and students have grown much more sophisticated about campus security. “Even as recently as six years ago, security technology was not really on people's radar,” Salatino said. “Today, parents tell me they selected our university because the safety and security programs we have in place aren't being offered by other institutions down the road. It's pushed us to keep up with the latest security technologies and partner with Convergint to make sure we deploy the best products out there.”

Raising the bar for higher education security
Benedictine University has been accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program for its safety and security initiatives and was ranked as the safest four-year private institution in the state of Illinois in 2011. With 14 state-certified peace officers and eight para- professionals keeping watch over 10,000 students on the 108-acre campus, an advanced video security system was essential to achieving that level of success. “Our Axis video surveillance system definitely extends the range of our university police force. We wouldn't be able to operate as effectively as we do without it,” Salttino said. For instance, Convergint installed an AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera along a busy walkway between four buildings. The ultra-fast PTZ control gives the po - lice department the ability to track activity and zoom in instantly when an incident occurs. In the library, with its multiple points of entry and atrium- style architecture, Convergint installed a 360-degree, five- megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Network Camera to achieve panoramic view of the area. “My field of view has been increased tenfold,” Salatino said. “If I don't get you coming in, I'm going to get you going out.” Convergint also network-enabled a number of legacy analog cameras in the campus parking garage with six- channel AXIS Q7406 Video Encoder Blades. Now, the university police can manage all their cameras remotely from a single VMS.

From solving petty theft to managing campus-wide alerts
Campus police monitor the Axis cameras 24/7. The system has proved invaluable for emergency preparedness and helps the university respond immediately to incidents ranging from severe weather alerts to active threats. The cameras are also tied into a separate Emergency Operations Center, which allows administrators to keep continual watch over the campus while Police Dispatch handles first response. If there's a building evacuation, staff can use the video to coordinate the campus mass communications system. “We can see which way people are walking or running and direct them over the campus public address system on which way to go,” Salatino said. The IT department archives video for 30-45 days on rack mounted Dell PowerEdge multi-processor servers. To conserve bandwidth and storage, Convergint programmed the cameras to increase frame rate and resolution on motion detection. This helps security staff quickly resolve incidents. For example, if an expensive pair of jeans goes missing from the laundry room, police can easily check the video to see if another student had mistakenly grabbed the wrong clothes. The university police also use the cameras in conjunction with card readers to watch out for dorm trespassers. “At Benedictine University, security isn't an after thought,” said Matt LaRue, Account Executive at Convergint Technologies. “It's forethought.”

 

 

Milestone: IP video is becoming mission critical to worldwide business

Milestone: IP video is becoming mission critical to worldwide business

Editor / Provider: Eric Fullerton, chief sales & marketing officer, Milestone System | Updated: 4/28/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

IP video these days is for more than just security: people who install it for security monitoring reasons are finding other uses for it. More and more end users are engaging with it for other business operations. IP video is thereby becoming mission critical. How is this measured? Basically, if the video system doesn't work properly, and the bottom line of the business is impacted, this determines that it has become a mission critical tool.

Mission critical means that companies cannot function without the video. You could even say that video technology is becoming a utility with which a company can run their daily operations. This is enhanced greatly by the increasing number of video integrations into business systems.

We know from many of our customer installations worldwide that IP video is proving to add value to the bottom line and becoming imperative to daily operations. Let's look at some examples:

Manufacturing: Production status is aided by monitoring the products with clear video images to check in fine detail for grade and quality, also overseeing the process itself. Total overview of distant sites assists with remote management of business activities. RFID with video records and tracks an item from the moment it is removed from a warehouse shelf throughout its journey as it is measured, weighed, tagged and packed for shipment.

Food industry: Video monitors equipment and personal hygiene, safety apparel, location cleanliness, proper food handling, storage, packaging, serving, and transport of goods. Timing and freshness can be critical: authorities demand adherence to regulations. Video provides evidence these are upheld, and the stamps of approval prove quality that justifies higher prices.

Healthcare: Video is becoming vital for better patient care and safety, also insuring doctors and nurses follow required hand-washing and other sanitation practices that reduce costly infections. Monitoring high-risk patients in emergency and psychiatric rooms fosters greater personal safety and faster response to alerts. Narcotics cabinet monitoring is more effective with the integration of video and access control systems.

Traffic Control/Parking Facilities: Video assists in efficient vehicle movement in airports, on railways, waterways, highways, city streets and in garages. It can be linked to traffic lights for prioritizing certain routes during rush hours, festivals, sports events, etc.

This list goes on in every sector of business. Mission critical application of video underscores its growing value and importance. And when video becomes mission critical, there should be no compromise.

No need to compromise with freedom of choice
The self-made tycoon Andrew Carnegie said: “Principles should never be compromised”. And I agree.

When you make decisions on anything that is mission critical on how to run your company or organization, you should not compromise. You don't have to compromise on business values, on more efficient operations and profitability, on ways to enable new business, and striving for happier customers.

You don't have to compromise in the company you work for or the partners and products you work with. You can choose the broadest ecosystem of professionals who are trained and certified to deliver the best in solutions and skills.

The open platform ecosystem is adding more value to end users than what one company could do alone. And each company controls the value they bring to the market. The open platform approach enables the incremental appreciation of value - as compared to the depreciation of a proprietary system that always ends with a forklift upgrade in order to move forward with new innovations that become available.

End users demand future proofing
We still see vendors trying to lock customers into a proprietary solution. Such a ‘single stack' approach means having to replace the entire system when problems occur or new innovations come along from other vendors that you cannot incorporate. These offerings may look good right now, but they are short-term solutions.

Andy Grove, previous CEO of Intel Corporation and author of Only the Paranoid Survive, wrote: “…once you buy into a proprietary arrangement, you are stuck with it. If there is a problem, you can't just throw out one part of the vertical stack; you will have to abandon the entire stack.”

Why put your company into a locked situation with no path forward? Why compromise? Choose an open platform to enable a multi-stack approach - and a flexible, more profitable future.

- By Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Milestone Systems

 

Bosch Security Systems to showcase 4K ultra HD IP cam in June 2014

Bosch Security Systems to showcase 4K ultra HD IP cam in June 2014

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 4/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems will showcase DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, featuring 4K ultra HD resolution, and other latest innovations in the world of IP video technology at IFSEC International 2014.

4K ultra HD technology is enabling users to see every detail, everywhere. Users benefit from identification capabilities while viewing live footage and when reviewing events, even when fast moving objects and challenging lighting conditions exist. The first product equipped with 4K ultra HD resolution will be DINION IP ultra 8000 MP that will be introduced during the IFSEC show. This product will be the first product available making 4K ultra HD relevant for IP video surveillance applications. It delivers clearly detail for wide-angle applications while reducing bitrates, network strain and storage costs.

In addition, Bosch will show its starlight HD and MP cameras, which capture video in day-and- night scenes where other cameras fail and provide color images when others switch to monochrome. Even at night, users benefit by seeing details such as color of clothing or vehicles, which aid in the identification of people and objects and can reduce costs associated with added illumination. After the introduction of the popular DINION IP and FLEXIDOME IP families of 720p fixed cameras, Bosch will introduce a 5 megapixel camera with starlight technology, the DINION IP starlight 8000 MP. All starlight cameras deliver superior light sensitivity, wide dynamic range, high resolution and the ability to capture fast moving objects, making them the ultimate 24/7 camera for IP video surveillance.

Following the expansion of the starlight family and taking into account the increasing demand for security and safety in extreme application areas, more and more cameras are being deployed in outdoor locations where they are at the mercy of nature and the elements. To ensure continuous operation in harsh conditions like rain, snow and fog to high wind gusts and significant vibration, Bosch Security will reveal its new MIC IP 7000 HD family consisting of a 1080p wide dynamic range and a 720p starlight version. The imaging performance of this new range of PTZ cameras will ensure optimum video surveillance in challenging conditions like harsh sun-light, low light or even in darkness.

Finally, experience the benefits of Dynamic Transcoding technology. 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. It, in combination with the Video Security app, also enables users to access video streams anytime and control camera movements from anywhere with users' mobile device or retrieve correct data instantly via forensic search.

Cameroon Libya oil protected with Hikvision IP surveillance solution

Cameroon Libya oil protected with Hikvision IP surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/25/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Located in the Littoral region in Cameroon and in the city of Douala, Douala is not only the biggest city in Cameroon, it is also the regional economic engine, as well as the country's wealthiest city.

As can be expected of such a logistically vital location, many of Africa's biggest companies are represented; and among these, is Libya Oil.

While it is no secret that the country of Libya has undergone recent political and societal upheaval, Libya Oil's Head Office in Cameroon has thankfully experienced few of this turmoil. Instead of these larger geopolitical issues, Libya Oil administrators are more concerned with common daily security issues. It is in this vein that Hikvision technology arrived.

Through this effort, Libya Oil contacted Ernest Kindakong, Sales Executive and Presales Engineer at Servitel, a Cameroon-based security integrator, to develop a new security solution for their Libya Oil Cameroon Head Office in Douala.

After a thorough analysis of Libya Oil's facilities and concerns, Mr. Kindakong designed a solution that would:
* Provide perimeter security for areas of high employee concentration
* Provide a solution that would allow Libya Oil administrators access for up-to 90 days of recorded video footage - per company policy
* Develop the overall solution with IT in mind, so as to provide the easiest and most user-friendly design for the IT users charged with these security matters

Capacity for the Future
Tackling the video storage requirement, Mr. Kindakong elected to go with Hikvision's DS-9632NI-ST Embedded NVR. As Mr. Kindakong explained, this model's 8 SATA interfaces perfectly fit one of the key NVR requirements - massive storage capacity. Furthermore, the up-to 5 Megapixel (2560x1920) of recording resolution guarantees that these images will be sharp and clear, regardless of when they are accessed.

"It is really a synthesis between required recording capacity and quality images. Another nice bonus is that the DS-9632NI-ST's 32 channels provide excess camera capacity ... therefore should this head office choose to later install additional cameras, the upgrade will be simple and mess-free, from an NVR standpoint," added Mr. Kindakong.

Video Coverage Both Front & Back
Providing video surveillance for the Head Office's front and main entrance, as well as the building's rear exit area (and larger back surrounding area) is the Hikvision DS-2CD7353F-E(I) 2MP Outdoor Network Camera.

This fixed camera provides "a great choice for general surveillance for these areas. What I mean by this is, both the front and back areas are rather large, so by placing this DS-2CD7353F-E(I) in both areas, we get excellent 2MP resolution for specific clarity on objects - such as the entrance. We also have excellent coverage of wide-open areas, such as the employee parking facility located behind the Head Office," furthered Mr. Kindakong.

Since both the Head Office's front, and rear, have good 24/7 lighting, this model's IR functionality is not generally needed, but does provide an excellent backup should a nighttime lighting issue suddenly arise.

However, in the open-air parking facility, the decision was made to add a bit more coverage. In this vein, the DS-2DF7274 Series 1.3MP IR Network Speed Dome was placed on the building's back outer structure to capture the parking facilities' entrance. Utilizing Hikvision's iVMS software, Libya Oil's IT staff use this camera's 20x Optical Zoom and 1.3MP resolution to accurately view office visitors and car details, such as license plates, to gain a more complete picture of who is entering the premises.

Specifically Designed
Rounding out the solution, thematically and hardware-wise, is Hikvision's DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard. Mr. Kindakong explained, "Again, this office facility does not employ a full-time, dedicated, security staff. Instead, IT is largely charged with the administration of day-to-day security issues."

To make this transition as easy as possible, the DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard was chosen because it optimizes PTZ camera functions. In this setting, IT personnel only need concern themselves with possible issues, rather than trying to figure out how to observe these possible issues on their monitors: efficiency trumping cumbersome mechanics.

In this fashion, the DS-1002KI RS-485 Keyboard serves as a metaphor for the entire solution: a detailed-oriented solution devised for both potency and efficiency - a South African Hikvision solution.

Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 4/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

OCP group has recently upgraded its video surveillance system with Dahua HD IP solution.OCP group with derivatives market headquarter in Morocco, has been a key player in international phosphate market since its founding in 1920. It is world's largest exporter of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid as well as one of the world's major producers of fertilizer. Its production site had been equipped with analog system for several years, however, the system failed to give useful information after an incident. Thus, OCP group decided to level up their security by adding Dahua HD IP solution as a complementary as well as replacing its old DVRs.

Depending on customers' needs, clear monitoring image was the top priority; with OCP's wide production site, it is of great importance to deploy both indoor and outdoor cameras, Moreover, since the manufacturing base was secured by different branding devices, product compatibility becomes a key issue. Under professional suggestion of COUNTRY TECH, Dahua's local distributor, OCP group decided to take Dahua speed domes (SD6980-HN & SD6582A-HN), NVRs (NVR3216) and DVRs (DVR0804HF-L) to secure their assets.

Dahua 1.3/2-megapixel network speed domes provide real-time recording at high definitions with maximum 100-meterIR distance, ensuring a wide visual range at night as well as other poor-lighting conditions; domes' ingress protection rating is up to IP67 and IK10 to against harsh weathers. NVR3216 supports maximum 120fps@1080P recording and accommodates two HDDs for data storage.

“We put quality first when selecting products,” said Afaf RAIS, Sales Manager of COUNTRY TECH. “Partnering with Dahua for several years made us confident about the products and services they provide; meanwhile, all that are based on a reasonable price. During the project, Dahua showed professionalism and offered very good support and services.”

“Phosphate is the economic pillar in Morocco, we are proud that our solution and products could be applied to secure it,” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Global demand for high definition solution continues to grow, take Africa as an example, in recently years, we have seen more and more projects asking for IP solutions, and thus we will work more on this and bring more region-oriented products and solutions to the market.”

Hikvision camera certified UL2802

Hikvision camera certified UL2802

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is honored to announce that its DS-2CD4024F 2MP WDR 60fps Smart Network Camera is among the first to be certified at the UL2802 image performance standard. This Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification was awarded at ISC West 2014.

UL originally established the first video image performance standard for the security industry in September 2013. This new standard defines a method to assess image quality through a series of performance-based tests conducted on production camera models. Cameras are rated on the following critical operational parameters: image resolution, distortion, relative illumination, dynamic range, maximum frame rate, gray level, sensitivity, bad pixel count, and veiling glare.

Hikvision's DS-2CD4024F Smart Network Camera is a part of Hikvision's Smart technology evolution. As such, it is designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for unparalleled image quality, efficient bandwidth / storage utilization, and customer convenience. Therefore the DS-2CD4024F achieved extremely high scores during these UL tests, especially in the dynamic range, grey level, bad pixel, and relative illumination categories.

“This certification is gratifying. This new UL standard provides customers with a great tool to evaluate a camera's video image performance in a fair and professional manner, and ultimately helps our customers better differentiate security cameras in the marketplace," explained Polo Cai, Vice President at Hikvision.

"The UL 2802 program is a critical stepping stone for end users, manufacturers and integrators to objectively evaluate the performance of a camera's image quality. The UL test methods and procedures provide a fresh technical approach to objectively evaluating camera image quality. We've been pleased with the response from manufacturers that have chosen to be among the first to be certified," said Lou Chavez, Security Principal Engineer at UL.

*More exclusive information about UL2802 at http://www.asmag.com/showpost/16445.aspx

MOBOTIX supports UK Morrison Supermarkets upgrades surveillance

MOBOTIX supports UK Morrison Supermarkets upgrades surveillance

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX, a manufacturer of digital high-resolution and network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Wm Morrison Supermarkets that is helping to secure access and reduce management complexity across 40 critical sites supporting the retailers “farm to fork” business strategy.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets is a major UK food retailer with over 500 stores across Britain and subsidiaries including Farmers Boy, a manufacturer and distributor of food products; Woodhead Bros, a meat processing business; FlowerWorld, a wholesale flower business and other business interests including multi-channel online retailing.

The company prides itself on its hands on approach to the food distribution chain and in 2008, the newly appointed Data Centre Services Manager, Darryl Shears, began a program to strengthen the resilience and security around its critical IT infrastructure as part of a wider software migration from legacy systems to a unified Oracle based platform.

“We have sites that range from northern Scotland, to Bridgwater in the south west and Sittingbourne in the south east and managing this estate from a centralised team in Bradford is a logistics challenge,” explains Shears, “We need to be able to monitor key comms rooms and IT equipment remotely both proactively to stop any issues from escalating and to react quickly to ensure any problems are dealt with effectively.”

To this end, Morrisons decided upon a strategy to upgrade each of these vital IT and comms rooms with environmental monitoring, remote surveillance and remote access control technology. With a requirement for an ultra-reliable, easy to manage yet flexible system, the firm turned to Express Data, a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist for assistance.

Following an extensive evaluation programme and based on a number of strong reference site examples, the supermarket group selected a solution including MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, Panduit environmental monitoring and access control technology. “The MOBOTIX solution, especially the hemispheric technology allows us to use just one or two cameras to cover single or multiple rooms with the resolution and reliability we required,” explains Shears, “In addition, the built-in flash storage support means that we can still record the site even if we have a network connectivity issue.”

The team based in Bradford can use the MOBOTIX cameras to view anybody requiring access to a secure room and remotely open doors and monitor any activity within the room. The system has the option for fully bi-directional audio and requires only 5W per camera which aligns with the company's stated aim to use low energy technologies across its operations.

Over the last 24 months, Express Data has worked with Shears and his team to implement upgrades at an additional 11 sites and created a standard blueprint for the resilience and security at each of the critical sites.

The build includes power redundancy and best practice access procedures with a full visual audit trail. In total, the supermarket has deployed around 140 cameras and, “…as we roll out new sites or make any changes, we now see MOBOTIX as part of our standard build and the system has proven extremely reliable while seamlessly integrating into our other operational systems and processes.”

MFNE and AES to co-host Secutech ASEAN 2014

MFNE and AES to co-host Secutech ASEAN 2014

Editor / Provider: Messe Frankfurt New Era | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech ASEAN, formerly known as Secutech Thailand, is officially scheduled to take place from 26 – 28 November 2014 at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Known as Thailand's leading and largest professional event for the security as well as fire and safety industries, Secutech ASEAN 2014 is expecting to welcome over 150 exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations in security technology for government, commercial as well as private use.

Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd (MFNE), and its new partner, Asian Exhibition Services (AES) Ltd will be organising the 2014 show. Commenting on this new partnership, Mr John Shi, General Manager for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: “It gives me great pleasure in announcing our new partnership with Asian Exhibition Services Ltd. The firm is well-known for their expertise in managing industrial-based trade fairs in Asia. With its headquarters in Bangkok plus an expansive network in the region, AES possesses the expertise in bringing professionals from the private sector and granting support from government bodies. Our show is quickly proving itself to be an invaluable component to the growth of Thailand's security market.”

Commenting on the local market, Mr David Aitken, Managing Director of Asian Exhibition Services (AES) Ltd added: “The Thai government recently announced its plans to invest USD 70 billion in regional infrastructure development, which is expected to aid the commercial and residential construction boom, starting from the last quarter of 2014. Under this initiative, extensive opportunities will be created for Thailand's professional security industry, and will further consolidate its status as the largest security market in Southeast Asia. I believe attendees to our next edition will not only find a wealth of next generation solutions, but also have a chance to make a number of valuable industry contacts.”

While visitors are expected to come from a range of backgrounds, industrial, government and building professionals are the top three groups attracted to the show. Security products and solutions which these and other professionals can find at Secutech ASEAN include IP cameras, access control systems, HD SDI cameras, industrial and occupational safety systems, vehicle security systems, associated security components and much more.

In order to highlight the most in-demand areas in Thailand's security market, four specialty sections are being arranged for the 2014 show:

Surveillance Systems:
According to IMS research, the Thai market accounts for 29% of the video surveillance market in Southeast Asia, and is expected to experience double-digit growth over the next few years. The Surveillance Systems section was designed in order for brands to showcase their latest solutions in IP, HD-SDI, IR as well as hybrid surveillance technology. Newly-developed transmission and storage solutions as well as customised video analytic and control management software will also be on display at this section.

Home Security & Automation:
Thailand expects a 6.4% growth rate in its housing market for the foreseeable future, particularly as demand for second homes increases in resort destinations like Phuket. This section aims to showcase the latest in digitally-integrated home security and automation systems, while also educating buyers and end-users on the unique benefits the growing technology offers.

Building Automation & Access Control:
Commercial properties are increasingly utilising automation technology and sophisticated access controls in the operation of buildings. This is meant to offer developers, contractors and other building professionals with a comprehensive outlook on intelligent building solutions they can apply to existing and future properties.

Fire & Safety:
Known as one of the biggest sectors of the security market, fire and safety regulations are increasingly becoming stricter in Thailand. Building and factory owners in Thailand are now being required to make greater efforts in installing fire prevention devices in their properties. Additionally, greater demand for fire and safety solutions in Thailand is being driven by the country's growing construction market. This section will feature products and solutions to meet Thailand's increasingly sophisticated fire and safety market.

For further details about Secutech ASEAN, please visit http://www.secutechthailand.com/en/

With twelve events, Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading organisers of fairs and congresses for the expanding international field of safety and security technology. Nine trade fairs and three high-grade congresses in Germany, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Russia Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.intersec.messefrankfurt.com

 

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang. a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Many brands are offering standalone NVRs, preparing to send first timers to IP solutions. These bundled packages not only offer clear images, but also are affordable and hassle-free solutions.

Dahua Technology
Ice Wu, Storage Product Director
Despite analog systems still take a large portion in Southeast Asia's security market, the IP migration pace is fast and furious with 2- 300% growth per year. Currently the analog-IP ratio is 7:3. Singapore and Korea have comparably better economies, IT infrastructure, plus their prevailing of 3G/4G networks; for them, the ratio is nearly 50/50.

Dahua's standalone NVRs are going great in various market segment ranging from top to entry-level. For instance, due to increased security awareness and city surveillance projects, highly reliable series like NVR6000DR, NVR724-256DR are wining projects after another for their supporting channels, large storage space, scalability, and intelligent video analytics.

Our project-based NVRs such as NVR7064-RH, are designed for banking, airport, train stations, and power stations for their HD video storage. Fisheye cameras are also a booster for NVR selling as DVRs do not support these 360-degree cameras. In this case, retails & malls are showing great potentials. Home surveillance market are also promising as bundled NVR package are easy to install even for an everyday family lacking IT knowledge. Compared with analog systems, network cameras offer clearer videos and remote monitoring capability.

It is clear that the whole security industry is migrating to HD. The path to HD varies though: one is via analog signals; another via digital ones. For analog upgrades, Dahua's HD-CVI solutions have advantages in costs, easy to install, plus no need to rewiring. A simple replacement with HD-CVI cameras can achieve HD.

IP solutions are more suitable for new projects, and customers have continuous demands for scalability. These segments tend to have IP-friendly environment, which saves a lot in wiring. PoE and WiFi NVRs, on the other hand, are more favorable to families for its plug & play setups.

Dahua's advantages include:
Total solution provider: Our complete product lines ranging from cameras, NVRs, VMS, and apps for smartphone viewing.
* One-stop solution offering high-, mid-, and entry-level solutions
* Future-proof and third-party supportive
* World-famous branding with reliable quality and fast service
* Exclusive codes offer clear Images

EverFocus Electronics
Benjamin Lee, Regional Sales Manager
Singapore has been well-positioned to achieve significant IP growth in Southeast Asia for its economics and IT infrastructure, followed by Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Singapore's mid- to high-end segments have steady requirements. Its IP-friendly infrastructure and strong demands for network cameras attribute to continuous requirements for NVRs. Transportation projects, commercial buildings, and hotels are major verticals adopt NVRs.

Our NVRs are largely deployed in commercial buildings in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Vietnamese government projects prefer NVR solutions as well. Our mobile NVRs in Thailand are largely adopted as well. Compared with other Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia has been slow to pick up IP migration and NVR pace. Major verticals in Indonesia deploying NVRs are retails. Myanmar is showing great potentials in manufacturing and retail segments. Our targeted verticals in Southeast Asia are retails, commercial buildings, and SMBs, which usually are small projects and require fewer cameras.

Despite small systems, they usually request IP networking for remote monitoring and management. Standalone NVRs not only make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators, but also economical in costs. Standalone NVRs are often designed for 32 channels and under and require no additional IT training, making them affordable and easy to use.

Our long-term analog system users are showing great interest in IP and EverFocus has always looked highly on these established customers. We have been putting a lot of efforts for customer relationship maintenance by offering solutions catering to their needs. As for new customers who already have IT knowledge, it is always much for easier to promoting them IP-based solutions than those without IT know-how. Seeing this issue, EverFocus just launched plug & play standalone NVRs (ENVR8304D, ENVR8304E) targeting analog users who crave for one-stop IP migration. We believe that features like plug & play, easy to set up, and intuitive GUI are best weapons to win market share.

We will continue satisfying customer needs by fast offering the most suitable solutions with high interoperability. We will work more closely with local SIs this year by offering more solution-based packages with easy setups and scalability.Software is another area that we will add extra R&D efforts. Prompt urbanization in Southeast Asian cities brings out more mass transit system projects. There are going to be huge demands for mobile NVRs. Our reliable and innovative solutions definitely provide added values to customers.

Hikvision digital technology
Eric Shen, Product Marketing Manager
The network infrastructure in these Southeast Asian countries is very different, so does the IT knowledge of local system integrators. As such, the developments of embedded NVR in these areas have big difference. For example, Singapore is with good network infrastructure, and the local SIs are also proficient about network projects, this in result accelerates the development of embedded NVR in this country. Whilst in other Southeast Asian countries, due to the unmatured network environment, the NVR adoption will be a little bit delayed.

Actually, there is no specific vertical for NVR application. With IP adoption becoming widely accepted by users, embedded NVRs will also get applied in various verticals, such as financial institutions, city surveillance, transportation and retails, etc.

Embedded NVR is mainly adopted in newly established projects. Since for already existing analog applications, usually users are reluctant to transit from traditional CCTV system to IP system since IP surveillance needs more IT knowledge and higher cost associated with installation and maintenance, as well as higher requirement for network system. However, with IP security continues to boom, the requirement for HD surveillance improving, the IP products price is also getting much favorable than before as more and more manufacturers join in the competition in this area. Accordingly, NVR connection to IP cameras becomes much simpler, this allows convenient plug & play installation. Eventually, embedded NVR will be the main stream especially in new projects.

We promote the simplicity the combined NVR+IPC solution brings. As well, to note that embedded NVR will take the place of PC-based NVR in terms of ease of use, system stability and decoding capability; of note, plug and play NVR would play a more practical role to make easy installation and configuration.

Hikvision is always dedicated to the innovation of embedded NVR. As of now, we have developed NVR product supporting up-to 256-ch IP camera inputs and 24 HDD, with total throughput of 960Mbps (640Mbps for input / 320Mbps for output), specially designed for large-scale and high-end applications. This is the first in the security industry to compete against conventional NVRs.As mentioned before, we also address on the ease-of-use of products — the freedom, and comfort without hassles of cablings, configurations and complicated settings.

Coupling NVR with IP cameras is another method for promotion. Recently, we've put Hikvision Smart IPC in connection with our Netra-platform NVR to deliver a total Smart Solution, with front end camera delivering images of Smart Detection (instruction detection, face detection, line-crossing and much more), and backend NVR doing Smart search according to different period of time or locations, providing you with total control over the system.

NVR products will have increasing market share in SMB application, since the price of embedded NVRs is getting lower compared with PC-based NVR(with VMS software); in high-end applications, embedded NVR will also play a key role since it can well meet the requirement of system stability, compatibility and expansibility.

PC-based NVR still has its own stage, especially in large-scale projects; thus, it places great potential for embedded NVR to participate in this area. Embedded NVRs have overcome their perceived shortcomings in terms of storage capacity and types of storage medium through use of devices including IP-SAN and eSATA, etc. Furthermore, embedded NVRs can support interfaces for other surveillance devices which can be conveniently integrated with alarm systems and access control systems as well as PTZ remote control systems. This is very practical in large-scale applications. The benefits an embedded NVR offers over PC-based NVR — reliability, stability, complex decoding, low power consumption, ease of use and more — will eventually allow custmers to maximize the value of what they already own.

Standalone NVRs continue to devour the DVR market

Standalone NVRs continue to devour the DVR market

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang, a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Affordable IP products from major manufacturers have helped to accelerate the migration from DVR to NVR, as it quickly becomes a lower cost option to install network cameras where a network infrastructure is already in place. The main driver behind the migration from DVR to NVR is standardization.

NVRs are starting to be used in more scenarios, especially with the launch of 4 and 16 channel units that look and feel much like analog DVRs. With a monitor output and a DVD writer, standalone NVRs make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators. It is now not uncommon to see 4 channel HD solutions in small high value retail installations.

Another factor is PoE enabled NVRs that allow for plug-and-play. The plug-and-play function makes everything much easier, which proved to be very popular in the SMB and DIY market.

IP-friendly infrastructure
Although many developing countries in APAC are still using analog solutions, new projects are gradually moving to IP. Why? The vast majority of new buildings utilize a structured cabling system designed to support all subsystems within, from telephones to building management. It is only logical that security systems also use the same infrastructure. In this case, the TCP/IP Networking Protocol along with IP-friendly building makes wiring, integrating, and managing much easier than old buildings cabling.

According to Sony Electronics APAC, worldwide NVR sales will certainly expand. Amongst all the regions, Asia's migration to IP systems is remarkable, and such a trend will reinforce the growing number of NVR sales. In addition, a recent take up of NVRs in SMB, as well as in home security verticals, has been observed. The key drivers are low prices and easy installation and operation.

Still using DVRs? Think again
Here are some of the main reasons why many adopt NVRs over DVRs:
* Higher resolution for each channel
* Storage capacity; NVR storage capacity is larger than any DVR
* Ease of management, NVRs can be easily managed via software
* High scalability; a single NVR can handle more cameras
* Cost effective:
    - analog compatibilities
    - lower cabling installation cost
* Future-proof: NVRs can be quickly repaired and replaced, and easily upgraded compared to DVRs
* PoE and wireless compatibilities enable installation in hard-to-wire environments

Many of the standalone NVRs have functions that bear resemblance to their DVR predecessors. In addition, many NVRs' GUIs are exactly the same as DVRs, so switching from DVRs to NVRs does not put any unnecessary burden on users as they do not need to change their usual routine — no additional training is required. For smaller installations, 16 channels and under, only basic or non-IT knowledge is required.

Standalone & PC-based NVRs
While both PC-based and standalone NVRs record and store video, manage cameras, enable viewing of recorded contents, and archive histories, the differences between the two lie in how they operate, and the features they provide.

Standalone NVRs are smaller and more compact in size compared to PC-based NVRs. In terms of performance, standalone NVRs operate on SoC, and usually have one or more DSPs for video compression and decompression, and a CPU for other functions. On the other hand, PC-based NVRs utilize the CPU for video compression/ decompression, viewing and recording content, and managing cameras.

Standalone NVRs are better suited for systems where the number of cameras is within the limits of an NVR's capacity. PC-based NVRs are decidedly more powerful in processing data, and offer much more flexibility in storage scalability, compared to standalone NVRs. PC-based systems also offer more camera scalability, whereas standalone NVRs tend to have an upper limit of camera capacity.

Standalone NVRs triumph over PC-based NVRs in the following areas: price, reliability, and stability. With fewer components and packaged in a compact case, they are appealing in price and more reliable in performance. They are also more stable, secure, and less prone to viruses and hacks, as they run on Linux, as opposed to a Windowsbased system. Finally, as they run on a standalone operating system, they have a shorter boot time, compared to the longer loading time required by PC-based NVRs.

With their many benefits, standalone NVRs are gaining traction in the market. In response, several manufacturers are hearing this call and offering attractive standalone NVRs. Smaller projects benefit most from the features and capabilities of standalone NVRs and SMB enterprises are able to save substantially on costs.

More importantly, standalone NVRs are not only powerful, but also boast ease-of-use features, such as auto search and built-in network power to remove the need of a PoE switch. The perk of this function is that it further reduces costs for customers as they do not have to purchase PoE switches, which could be costly.

Lowest price may come at a cost that is too high
The rising popularity of standalone NVRs has resulted in numerous manufacturers sprouting up in Shenzhen, China. Although standalone NVRs from these manufacturers come with an extremely lower price tag, their reliability may remain questionable.

Education remains key to the widespread adoption of standalone NVRs in Asia. Standalone NVR providers should work hard to show end users and installers the benefits of standalone NVRs. At the same time, the first users to adopt standalone NVRs would most likely to be SMBs as they stand to benefit most from low-cost systems.

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