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Optex REDWALL dual tech motion detectors solves park's false alarms

Optex REDWALL dual tech motion detectors solves park's false alarms

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 3/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Keetons Business Park, recognized by CaSSOA (Caravan Storage Site Owner's Association) to Gold Award standard is located close to Sheffield city centre, and provides storage for caravans, motor homes, trailer tents and boats. CCTV covers the site 24 hours a day seven days a week, and is monitored by EMCS, entry is via a secure gated system.

Simon & Gail Doyle, owners of Keetons Business Park, say the site's CCTV system using solely PIR motion sensors was experiencing numerous false alarms triggered by foxes, so they approached Neil Makin, Director at Chesterfield-based Central Electrical Ltd. He sought advice from OPTEX to see if the issue could be resolved by using a different sensing technology, and also reviewing the sensor's location.

“After a visit from an OPTEX engineer, a dual technology detector using combined passive infrared and microwave technology was installed on a trial basis and positioned in the best place to capture any potential intruder, but not detect foxes or other small animals. So far we have had very few false alarms and it is working very well.”

The REDWAVE that was specified has reduced alarms from several a days to virtually none and Neil is in no doubt as to why: “We have been using Optex REDWALL products for a number of years but were not aware of this animal immunity feature provided by the dual tech REDWAVE detectors,” he says.

“Since they have been installed and the detection area correctly set, there have been practically no false alarms and it has worked flawlessly – it detects those that should not be on site and not foxes and other small animals.”

Nigel Hackett, Sales Director for Optex Europe says intrusion detection systems should be tailored to the environment of each particular site: “Medium sized nocturnal animals such as foxes are a common cause of false alarms when the system relies on passive infrared technology only. Using a combined microwave/PIR motion sensor like REDWAVE allows users to analyze the target further and ignore animals,” he says. “In other circumstances it also avoids the detection area to over-spill. False alarms are a real burden to monitoring stations, and my team is always ready to advise and help design a system to virtually eliminate false alarms.”

Axis releases video monitoring solution Axis Camera Station 4.0

Axis releases video monitoring solution Axis Camera Station 4.0

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Camera Station 4.0 is a complete video monitoring and recording solution designed to perfectly match Axis' extensive range of network cameras and video encoders. Axis Communications, the global supplier in network video, launches a new release of its video management software AXIS Camera Station. With the introduction of AXIS Camera Station 4.0, Axis is setting a new standard for easy and efficient video surveillance.

“Many feature-rich video management systems on the market today are also quite complex to install and use,” says Peter Friberg, Director of System and Services, Axis Communications. “With AXIS Camera Station 4.0 we prove that it is possible for a video management solution to be both powerful – and easy to use. Based on experience from 50,000 installations worldwide and input from installers and users, we have improved the system in many aspects. This launch is a first, important step to really put efficient operation and identification in focus.”

The new release includes a setup wizard with automatic camera discovery which guides the user through every step of the configuration process. This allows for the system to be up and running within minutes.

The user interface of AXIS Camera Station has been re-designed with focus on ease-of-use and intuitive operations for key areas such as live view navigation, event configuration and video investigation.

With AXIS Camera Station 4.0, Axis introduces Extended Smart Search. By simply defining an area of interest the user can search through vast amounts of high definition video in just seconds for quick investigation and retrieval of evidence. The new Extended Smart Search function is based on AXIS Video Content Stream technology – a technology where certain information in the images is captured by the camera and sent as a separate stream together with the video and audio files.

AXIS Camera Station allows the user to take full advantage of Axis' market-leading network cameras and their capabilities, such as 360o overview recording with client de-warping, multi-view streaming, Axis Corridor Format, H.264 compression and advanced camera-based video motion detection providing high definition video for identification even if bandwidth and storage is limited.

Bosch DINION IP imager 9000 HD cams enhanced safety for critical infrastructures

Bosch DINION IP imager 9000 HD cams enhanced safety for critical infrastructures

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 3/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The new DINION IP imager 9000 HD camera from Bosch Security Systems is especially designed for perimeter protection and the surveillance of critical infrastructures, such as power plants and water treatment facilities. These types of applications require robust and reliable IP video surveillance solutions that proactively guard the property's fences day and night, regardless of weather and lighting conditions. The DINION IP imager 9000 HD has an extremely rugged design and built-in active infrared lighting to withstand harsh weather condition and penetrate darkness. Its unique features ensure that relevant objects of interest are captured with the highest level of detail possible through the Bosch specific intelligent Auto Exposure feature. And this is irrespective of any disturbing backlight or front light, while maintaining the lowest possible network burden benefiting from the intelligent Dynamic Image Noise Reduction feature reducing significantly the data bit rates and storage requirements.

Perimeter protection often struggles with fluctuating back and front light during the day. These fluctuations, caused by sunlight or other illuminated objects in the scene disturb video surveillance images. The Bosch Intelligent Auto Exposure feature (iAE) overcomes this challenge by automatically adjusting the camera's settings to increase the dynamic range of the camera. As a result, iAE ensures that moving objects or those of interest are enhanced and can be easily identified. At night, the camera's built-in active infrared lighting offers additional assistance, allowing objects up to 120 meters away to be detected even in complete darkness (0 lux). Overall, the Bosch DINION IP imager 9000 HD ensures that all relevant details are captured in highest quality thanks to its Bosch unique built-in technologies and full HD 1080p resolution day and night.

The Bosch unique integrated Intelligent Video Analysis package proactively supports security guards around the clock in focusing their attention on relevant incidents when something or someone breaches pre-defined alarm rules which can be set by the user.

Furthermore the Bosch Intelligent Video Analysis package (IVA), is ideal to also help securing unmanned facilities, such as petrol depots or pipelines. The Bosch camera continuously analyses the scene and automatically triggers alarms should one or more predefined rules be breached. In order to minimize the risk of false alarms, up to eight different IVA alarm rules can be combined and are active at the same time to provide a robust video surveillance solution. Security guards are notified when certain situations need their attention regardless of where they are. Since they cannot be everywhere or watch everything at the same time, IVA alerts can also be sent to mobile devices. Another advantage of IVA is that it adds sense and structure to IP video material in the form of metadata already being defined in the camera, allowing users to find relevant evidence among hours of recorded video quickly and easily within minutes or even seconds.

An ever-increasing need for image detail and in turn higher resolution, leads to a continuously growing amount of video data. As a result, IT infrastructures are often stretched to their maximum and system costs driven by data transmission and storage cost increase substantially. Especially storage capacity accounts for a large percentage of these costs. Consequently, it becomes apparent that cameras' bitrates need to be managed and optimized to ensure a minimum of network burden and storage costs. As with all the other Bosch IP cameras, the DINION IP imager 9000 HD is equipped with intelligent Dynamic Image Noise Reduction (iDNR). This makes use of the fact that in video surveillance a lower bit rate is needed when there is little movement. iDNR continuously analyses the content of the scene, dynamically adjusting the bitrate depending on the amount of movement. In average scenes, this saves up to 30 percent on bitrate and thus storage requirements, while equally reducing the network strain by only using as much bandwidth as is needed. The camera has the capability to temporarily store data and decide through its embedded intelligence when data streams are being send through the network to the recording unit checking always for free network capacities.

The entire Bosch IP portfolio is designed to seamlessly integrate with software and recording solutions from Bosch and other vendors. Third-party integration is ensured by the ONVIF conformity of all Bosch IP cameras, as well as by the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which simplifies the interoperability of video surveillance products. The IPP portal provides access to a comprehensive library of software development tools, services, and information about compatible software and products. More information is available from: ipp.boschsecurity.com.

[Secutech 2014] SMAhome Int'l Exhibition live demo gallery of home cameras

[Secutech 2014] SMAhome Int'l Exhibition live demo gallery of home cameras

Editor / Provider: Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media | Updated: 3/19/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

SMAhome International Exhibition 2014 will demo 12 home cameras, the world's first live demo gallery of home cameras, at Booth 2402. The exhibition is held at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (TWTC Nangang) from March 19 to March 21. Combining Secutech exhibitors, a total of 65 exhibitors showcase smart home related products and systems.

Visitors can use mobile phones to experience real home monitoring with the 12 cameras that every smart home professional should know. Through the live demo, visitors can realize the cameras' performance on video quality, network capability, and detection sensibility at the Home Camera Demo Gallery. The 12 cameras consist of ZAVIO F3115, Compro TN600R, Dahua DH-IPC-K100W, SONY SNC-CX600W, Pixord PB731, Amaryllo iCam HD, Zinwell plugCAM, A-MTK AH2100M, Climax VST-1818, Skywatch ProCam v1.0, Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W), and Alpha Networks PT-3152. The common features include all-in-one compact sizes, Wi-Fi connections, PIR sensor, flash storage and supportability of smartphone and tablet apps.

Besides the live demo, SMAhome International Conference is held on the March 19 afternoon at Room 402c. The speakers come from Z-wave, Robert Bosch, Skywatch and Amaryllo. The sessions offer a guideline for smart home product design.

Milestone expands Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products

Milestone expands Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS) announces fully reported performance certification of Milestone Solution Partners with IT infrastructure components such as servers, storage, and workstation products. The first to achieve this comprehensive process with documented results are HP, NetApp, PROMISE Technology and Razberi, with several others in process.

The IT infrastructure, server, storage and client platforms are integral parts of a video surveillance management system, so miscalculation on server or storage requirements impacts the success of a system's operation, resulting in support calls. Milestone has therefore been working extensively with IT infrastructure vendors to ensure their systems are optimized for the Milestone XProtect product family, and that the infrastructure vendors understand how to specify, build and deliver optimal systems for the customer environment.

The Milestone Solution Certification for IT infrastructure vendor products provides verification of the components being interoperable and optimized for performance with XProtect VMS. The certification process results in documentation of a solution's proven maturity and quality, and differentiation from non-certified components for a competitive market advantage.

Each certification project consists of three phases, beginning with two scenarios, where there is both a benchmark test and a maximum performance test. During each test, statistics from the Milestone XProtect Recording Servers are gathered to judge the performance of the system as a platform for video recording. After the tests are conducted, this data is analyzed and the findings are presented in a full report, with details on the configuration of the test system and a summary.

These tests identify that a given system meets minimum expected performance thresholds based on known benchmarks. The certification also measures the maximum number of cameras, at a given frame rate, resolution and codec that can be supported by the server and storage system.

The end result is a definition of the system's capabilities compared to the known benchmark values, which are also used by Milestone to create generic server and storage recommendations. The end result is the certification of the server/storage products' operational performance capabilities in the known environment. The documentation outlines how best to tune the product for the Milestone XProtect platform.

The Solution Certification full report includes a ‘known good' (optimal) configuration for a surveillance system using the Milestone XProtect VMS and the solution partner's products. The optimal configuration contains the solution architecture, the performance results, use-case information, detailed system configurations for both the XProtect VMS components and the solution partner's products.

“Integrators and end users can reference the known good configuration data from the Milestone certification process to help build a solution with confidence. They get documented proof that these video surveillance solutions operate within the parameters of the maximum performance test results,” says Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems. “Certifying our partners is not new - we have been doing it successfully for several years with software integrations, and the expansion of this with the hardware vendors is natural to build continuing trust in Milestone for both partners and customers.”

The Milestone certification results are valid for the lifecycle of the products tested, and there are options for yearly re-certification. This means that when Milestone or the partner launches a new product version, it can be documented that the integration is compatible and optimized.

Hikvision DarkFighter cam battles ultra low light environment

Hikvision DarkFighter cam battles ultra low light environment

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is setting new standards for ultra low-light surveillance with the launch of the DS-2CD6026FHWD DarkFighter network camera. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.002 Lux and B/W to 0.0002 Lux.

The DarkFighter's ultra low-light performance delivers full color images day and night that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional network cameras.

Superior Image Delivery
The DarkFighter camera features a 2MP, 1/2 inch progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120dB WDR (wide dynamic range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the new camera is able to stream video in full 1080p HD at 60 fps, which results in latency free clear images day and night. A defog feature is also incorporated to noticeably improve image clarity in poor weather conditions, such as rain or fog.

Choice of Lens
A choice of wide-angle and telephoto varifocal MP lenses is available (The Hikvision HV1140D-8MPIR MP lens offers focal range 11-40mm, while HV3816D-8MPIR provides another choice of 3.8-16mm), both including IR correction, and ABF (Auto Back Focus) functionality, which allows the camera to adjust positioning of the image sensor to obtain an optimal focus.

The new camera also features an ROI codec, which enables the resolution of specific parts of an image to be increased while decreasing the non-ROI image quality to minimize bandwidth and storage requirements.

With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems, creating the solution that matched different requirements.

Bosch launches EN Grade 3 curtain detector with PIR and radar system

Bosch launches EN Grade 3 curtain detector with PIR and radar system

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 3/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the new Professional Series TriTech+ Curtain Detector with Anti-mask, Bosch Security Systems completes its range of professional grade motion detectors. This unit is ideal for monitoring long, narrow interior spaces such as hallways, storefronts, loading docks, or storage aisles, offering dip switch selection between 2 coverage areas: 30 x 2.6 meter or 8 x1 meter. No matter the range selected, Bosch Sensor Data Fusion Signal Processing combines Passive Infrared (PIR) and ultra-low power microwave Doppler radar with multiple built-in environmental sensors to ensure the most reliable detection performance available in a motion detector.

In order to meet the demanding requirements for this application, Bosch has developed a new curtain specific infrared lens and radar system. Optimizing both technologies is required to ensure reliable detection within the protected area while simultaneously reducing false alarms caused by disturbances from the sides. This sets this product apart from traditional detectors that achieve curtain coverage simply by masking parts of the infrared lens, while continuing to use their standard 90 degree coverage radar systems that far exceed the desired area of detection.

The new detector also offers the highest level of security, e.g. through its Multi-point Anti-mask with Integrated Spray detection (MANTIS), certified by an accredited lab to EN50131-2-4 Grade 3.This makes it the perfect choice for high security applications such as banks, jewelry stores, or warehouses. As with all Bosch wall mount detectors, this model comes in a two-piece design with self-locking enclosure to reduce installation time by more than 25% compared to conventional designs where the circuit board needs to be removed for installation and screws are deployed for securing the cover. The optical chamber and electronics are sealed behind a protective cover to prevent accidental damage, as well as reducing false alarms from drafts and insects. Last but not least, the detector is equipped with an integrated bubble level for easy installation.

The new Professional Series TriTech+ Curtain Detector with Anti-mask will be available in 2 versions: model “ISC-PDL1-WAC30H” operating at 10.588 GHz for France and the UK; and model “ISC-PDL1-WAC30G” operating at 10.524 GHz for other European, Middle East and African markets. The launch will commence from March 2014 onwards.

 

[Secutech2014] EverFocus total solutions for high-end home security market

[Secutech2014] EverFocus total solutions for high-end home security market

Editor / Provider: Weili Lin | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus released intelligent door solutions for buildings. The solution consists of network access controller unit, card reader, fingerprint access control device, IP camera and user-friendly software Genie XMS. The system also supports analog and HD-SDI cameras. EverFocus acts a total solution and service provider in the high-end home security market.

The network access controller EFC302 supports two card readers, expandable to eight readers. The system goes with EAN3300, a 3-megapixel box camera, supporting true day and night surveillance. The camera supports on-board storage via a microSD or SDHC card. 12VDC and PoE are both supported for power supply. Two-way audio communication is also provided. In addition, the camera can support up to 2048x1536 video resolution, and multiple video formats like H.264, M-JPEG and MPEG-4.

Secutech 2014 highlights growing trends in security technology

Secutech 2014 highlights growing trends in security technology

Editor / Provider: Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media | Updated: 3/19/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech, organized by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, opens the doors to its 17th edition from 19 – 21 March at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, taking up over 35,000 sqm of exhibition space. Over 500 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions present a range of security devices and systems both for residential and commercial use.

One of the most anticipated highlights to this year's show is the growth in IP surveillance technology. Exhibitors will showcase state-of-the-art IP-based products that utilise technologies such as HD, H.265, 4K2K, lowlight as well as high-frame resolution.

Mr Parson Lee, Manager Director for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd commented: “We are expecting a phenomenal edition for the 2014 show. Our exhibitors have consistently affirmed that each year, Secutech provides one of the best opportunities to them for connecting with existing customers, as well as discovering new business. And this year, we believe exhibitors will have even more business opportunities, as over 28,000 electronic security as well as fire & safety professionals are projected to visit the show from more than 100 countries and regions.”

Secutech provides a number of product presentations, forums, seminars and networking platforms to not only increase knowledge between professionals, including Secutech Excellence Award, Global Digital Security Forum Asia, SMAhome International Conference, and CompoSec.

Secutech Excellence Award gathers manufacturers of HD surveillance devices. This award presents the best brands in IP cameras and Network Video Recorders (NVRs). From 19 – 20 March, attendees will be able to witness demonstrations from nominated brands, and allowed to vote on this year's main criteria – cameras that offer superior quality under low-light environments. Over 20 industry brands, including Dahua, Bosch, Hikvision, QNAP and Sony will participate in this event. The award presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:00am on 21 March.

Global Digital Security Forum Asia 2014 focuses on global video management and integration platforms. The forum will look into the growth of video management systems. Special highlights will include a case study presentation from Mr Suwich Chitkasemsuk of Digitalcom, Thailand, regarding the security management system deployed in Thailand's Customs Department. A panel discussion is also scheduled on the present and future state of video management systems from such influential brands as Aimetis, Milestone, Mirasis and Verint Systems.

SMAhome International Conference, newly-launched this year, focuses on home security camera technology. The conference is held alongside a demonstration hall and display booth to present a range of WIFI and other wireless transmission-based security cameras for comparison purposes.

CompoSec, together with its concurrent three-day conference, serves as a comprehensive platform for security device component suppliers to present their designs and solutions as a cohesive collection, in one of the most in-demand sectors of the security market. Suppliers of semi-conductors, hard disks, software and much more will all be on display, with HD surveillance, diversified storage and system upgrade taking centre stage for the event's fifth edition. Over 70 brands such as ADATA, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Intel, Microsoft and Semtech are confirmed to participate this year.

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 and South America and the Russian Federation provide optimum opportunities for gaining a foothold in these dynamic growth markets. Further information is available at www.intersec.messefrankfurt.com

[Secutech 2014] Dahua aims to expand innovative product range

[Secutech 2014] Dahua aims to expand innovative product range

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In 2014, Dahua aims to increase in both market share and brand power. The company is expanding a wide range of products from entry level to high end. The high-to-mid-end series features the company's innovation while the entry-level series wins with it high C/P values.

Aside from meeting versatile needs, Dahua's total solution is designed for customers have smooth experiences. With recent projects accomplished in Spain and Italy, Dahua has achieved higher brand awareness in global market.

Secutech 2014, the company will be showcasing the latest product and technology innovation-- IP Eco-Savvy series and HDCVI solution.

IP Eco-Savvy series features 2Megapixel 1080P / 1Megapixel 720P camera, saving up to 75% networking bandwidth and storage.

HDCVI solution offers fast and easy upgrade to high definition under conventional cabling environment with breakthrough technical design.

Dahua continues expanding its market influences and brand power in 2014 by expanding a wide range of products and offering easy-to-use total solution. Meanwhile, Dahua is dedicated for solid partnership for global project opportunities.

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