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Hikvision launches new HD mini IP dome camera series with IR

Hikvision launches new HD mini IP dome camera series with IR

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is enriching its portfolio of 2-line HD network cameras with the introduction of its first IR mini dome IP camera series: the 1.3-megapixel DS-2CD2512F-I(W)(S) and 3-megapixel DS-2CD2532F-I (W)(S).

Although there are many mini domes available on the market today, these compact models are the first to be equipped with IR functionality. They are also able to withstand a wide temperature range of -30°C to 60°C, and their state-of-the-art housing is designed to fit in a wide variety of environments.


These models are equipped with 10pcs IR LEDs, offering an IR range of up-to 10m, to produce clear vision even in night mode. With the latest 1/3” progressive scan CMOS, these models capture sharp and clear images at 2048x1536 (DS-2CD2532F-I (W)(S) model) and 1280x960 (DS-2CD2512F-I(W)(S) model) resolution for identification purposes. Moreover, both cameras even provide full HD 1080p/HD real-time high-quality image performance. These models incorporate a switchable IR cut filter for true day/night operability and 3-axis adjustment ability to allow users the ability to easily adjust their desired view. Additionally, they feature advanced image enhancement functionalities like DWDR,

3D DNR and BLC, to provide a clear preview even under challenging lighting conditions. Moreover, the low-profile design of the cameras' housing makes them well suited for applications where discretion is of the utmost importance. Furthermore, IP66-rated weatherproofing ensures the cameras can withstand even the harshest weather environments.

Wi-Fi models are also available featuring the latest wireless standards to bring ultimate data security levels and supporting WPS (Wi-Fi protected setup) functionality to simplify wireless installations. User can just push the WPS button on both devices to initiate an automatic wireless connection. Additionally, built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC card storage (with a total capacity of up-to 64GB) ensures continuity during network disconnection. Also, a DI/DO interface is included for the user to connect to alarm devices for further security control purposes, as well as an inbuilt high-quality audio intercom allowing two-way communication.

Hikvision 2-line high-definition IP camera series offers a wide range, from box cameras, dome cameras to cube cameras and more, to fulfill SME needs. Hikvision's 2-line series is affordable, easy-to-install, and easy-to-use, and enriched with advance features, so users can enjoy all the benefits and value that IP surveillance has to offer.

The cameras will be available for order in Q4, 2013.

Avtech safeguards Taiwan coffee shop with HD video surveillance

Avtech safeguards Taiwan coffee shop with HD video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Avtech | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

It goes without saying that coffee has been one of the most popular drinks in the world, and even Taiwan is no exception to this trend. There are numerous coffee shops on the streets and the competition is fierce. One of the most popular coffee shop chains in Taiwan has a branch store located at Nangkang Software Park in Taipei, which sells more than 50 different types of coffee, beverages, and desserts to business people every day. This coffee shop has indoor and outdoor seating, and as a result, it requires a solution for HD video surveillance and large-scale monitoring systems.

To run a coffee shop in a smart way and secure property from theft, the shop owner chooses AVH800 as storage device, working with AVM328A, AVM357A, AVM301, and AVN80X IP cameras. In this case, AVN80X is installed at the cashier and kitchen to monitor the employees. AVN80X is megapixel IP camera, which supports high resolution recording to see details; if needed, the owner is allowed to communicate with the employees via speaker. AVM328A is installed for indoor use because of its slim and elegant appearance, so customers won't notice a camera is there. On the other hand, he sets up AVM357A to monitor outdoor area. It supports water proof, so it enables the owner to check the situation no matter whether it rains or shines.

The owner concludes that: "I can fully trust the surveillance system. With this system, I am able to check every corner of the store from my iPhone. In addition, I can talk to my staffs by the built-in speaker anytime, and no need to make phone calls anymore. The most remarkable thing is that Push Video just helped me catch a thief, who broke into the shop at 4:00 am!"

FLIR Systems launches site protection solution with VideoIQ technology

FLIR Systems launches site protection solution with VideoIQ technology

Editor / Provider: FLIR Systems | Updated: 9/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems is proud to announce the launch of the new Site Protection Solution,or SPS, that provides an extremely affordable video security solution for a wide range of applications.

“Our new Site Protection Solution is a powerful combination of thermal cameras and intelligent, adaptive analytics from VideoIQ that provide reliable video security of perimeters and large open areas at any time of the day or night,” said Bill Klink, FLIR's Vice President of Security and Surveillance.

FLIR's unique WDR thermal video provides reliable threat detection and visual alarm assessment even in the most challenging conditions. The SPS couples the high‐contrast thermal video signal with VideoIQ's intelligent, adaptive analytics. These include exclusive FLIR Mode algorithms specifically designed to work with the output of FLIR thermal cameras, virtually eliminating nuisance alarms in both perimeter security and wide‐area coverage applications.

"This powerful solution delivers intelligent prevention unlike any other combination of technologies on the market", said Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, President and CTO for VideoIQ.

With over 50 lens and sensor resolution combinations to choose from, the SPS is sure to have just the right combination of coverage, range, and detail needed to create a reliable virtual perimeter at a surprisingly low cost. Perimeter protection solutions like fence lines can be secured with SPS for as little as $5 per linear foot of coverage. Wide area coverage applications, like rooftops, car impound lots, and athletic fields can be secured for as little as $0.10 per square foot. All of this without the need to install the typical lighting infrastructure needed for visible cameras to work.

For sites with a lighting infrastructure that is already in place, or that needs the added reactive or forensic information provided by visible cameras, many of FLIR's all‐weather, high‐definition 2.1MP color cameras can be included in the SPS as well.

In addition to sending automated alarms via email and mobile devices, VideoIQ's Rialto IP and analog encoders also provide up to 500GB of on‐board storage, for reliable, zero‐bandwidth recording.

Axis enters into physical access control market with door controller

Axis enters into physical access control market with door controller

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 9/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications enters the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software. AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis' existing portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.

Axis Communications enters the physical access control market by introducing a network door controller with built-in web-based software. AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is a complement to Axis' existing portfolio of innovative network video products and creates unique integration possibilities for partners and end users.

“Bringing product innovation to the physical access control market is a natural step in Axis' development as there is a strong connection between access control and video surveillance. As the market leader in network cameras, Axis plays an important role in driving convergence to IP-based products in video surveillance. We now apply that expertise in IP technology to the physical access control market in the same way. The physical access control market is primed to make the shift to open IP technology,” said Ray Mauritsson, President and CEO, Axis Communications.

AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller is the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. It is a platform for two different solutions. AXIS Entry Manager (AXIS A1001 with built in software) is a ready-made solution for small- to mid-sized businesses—such as offices, industries and retail stores—with typically 10 doors and basic access control requirements.

For larger enterprise systems, AXIS A1001's open application programming interface enables Axis' Application Development Partners (ADP) to meet specific customer requirements. Initially, Axis ADP partners Aimetis, Genetec, IMRON, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and OnSSI are engaged in the development of solutions, which include video integration and advanced access control functionality.

Initially, Axis launches AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller in the US market in Q4 in 2013. The United States was an early adopter of network video technology and is also a huge market for physical access control. The value of the global physical access control market is about USD 3 billion (2012) and will increase to approximately USD 4.2 billion by 2017, which represents an annual growth of 7 percent, according to market research firm IHS.

“Axis started its innovative quest back in 1984 by developing protocol converters and then continued to printers and storage devices before inventing and launching the first network camera in 1996. Although we now enter the physical access control market, our focus will continue to be on network video products. We expect physical access control sales to represent a small, but important, part of our total business,” said Mauritsson.

Further features of the AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller include:
* Open architecture that allows easy integration of video, intrusion detection and other systems.
* Support for Power over Ethernet to reduce the need for separate power cables and proprietary cables.
* Cardholder data and system configurations are automatically stored and synchronized between controllers and the units can be managed from any computer in the system.
* Enabler for an ‘edge' solution with one controller for each door and a fixed price per door. It is fully scalable, eliminating the traditional central controller multiple of 4, 8, 16 or 32 doors.
* Support for most existing reader protocols and reader types, and standard IT and security equipment such as door locks and door position sensors.
* The installation wizard and the color coded connectors help users to complete the installation and verify that door locks, readers and other equipment are connected properly.
* The API is designed for compliance with ONVIF Profile C, which will enable interoperability between clients and devices of physical access control systems (PACS) and network-based video systems.

Axis launches M30 Series M3026-VE 3MP HD mini dome camera

Axis launches M30 Series M3026-VE 3MP HD mini dome camera

Editor / Provider: Axis Communication | Updated: 9/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications presents AXIS M3026-VE, which provides 3-megapixel and HDTV 1080p video with a 106° horizontal angle of view. AXIS M3026-VE has an automatically removable infrared-cut filter, which enables the camera to capture color video during daytime conditions and make use of infrared (IR) light in low-light conditions for high-quality black and white video.

“AXIS M3026-VE further strengthens our highly successful fixed mini dome product offerings,” says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. AXIS M30 Series now comprises eight products including the recently launched outdoor-ready AXIS M3024-LVE with built-in IR illuminators and the 2-megapixel AXIS M3025-VE. “AXIS M3026-VE will be attractive for price-sensitive markets that are looking for a small and competitively priced outdoor-ready fixed dome that offers a detailed wide-angle view with 3-megapixel resolution, good light sensitivity, day/night functionality, input/output ports for external devices and substantial capacity for video analytics,” says Frannlid. As with other cameras in the series, AXIS M3026-VE enables quick and easy installation. It can be mounted on walls or ceilings, and the camera direction can be easily adjusted. The camera supports Corridor Format for vertically oriented video streams that maximize coverage of areas such as along walls and aisles. It also comes focused at delivery, which shortens the installation time. It has a 2 m (6.6 ft.) network cable and is powered using Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af). A separate outdoor housing is not required as the camera is outdoor-ready with IP66 and NEMA 4X ratings, which ensure protection against dust, rain and snow. The camera also has an IK10 rating for resistance against impacts.

AXIS M3026-VE is now available for order through Axis distribution channels. The camera's other features include:
* Multiple, individually configurable streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG video formats.
* Multi-view streaming, enabling different areas in the camera's field of view to be cropped from the full view and streamed simultaneously for viewing or recording. Multi-view streaming can help reduce bandwidth and storage use while enabling a large area to be covered with just one camera.
* Wide Dynamic Range with dynamic contrast for handling difficult lighting conditions.
* Enhanced alarm management with one input and one output port for connection to external devices.
* Intelligent video applications such as video motion detection and tampering alarm, as well as enhanced capacity for additional applications through AXIS Camera Application Platform (e.g., people counting).
* The camera's built-in memory card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. When it is used together with the free AXIS Camera Companion, users have an easy way to remotely view and manage video from up to 16 cameras per site.
* AXIS M3026-VE is also supported by other video management software including AXIS Camera Station and third-party applications through Axis' Application Development Partner program. In addition, the camera supports AXIS Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration.

AXIS releases new version Camera Companion 2.1

AXIS releases new version Camera Companion 2.1

Editor / Provider: Axis Communication | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications unveils version 2.1 of the popular and award-winning AXIS Camera Companion. The digital surveillance solution is used in installations of 16 cameras or less. “With thousands of cameras installed every week this shows that users really appreciate the simplicity and the superb HDTV image quality offered by AXIS Camera Companion,” says Peter Friberg, Axis' Director of System and Services.

The new version includes support for 360° overview recording with de-warping when zooming into the image. This allows users to take advantage of the benefits from Axis' 360° fixed dome HDTV cameras, providing great overview and details with only one camera.

The new release also includes support for easy installation of a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) when increased storage capacity is needed. A set-up wizard makes it possible to easily install any NAS brand to the system, and for further simplicity One-Click NAS configuration is available for selected brands.

“We know that easy operation of the system from anywhere is important to our customers. To complete the system, we have close cooperation with our partners to broaden and improve our selection of mobile viewing apps. With this release the existing apps are updated and new ones introduced.” says Peter Friberg.

Unlike analog surveillance installations, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device – a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR), or even a computer. All images are recorded onto a standard SD memory card in each camera, and the cameras keep recording even if the network fails. The cameras are powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables. This reduces cost, simplifies installation, and makes the system more robust as there is no single point of failure. To further protect customer's investments, existing analog cameras can be integrated via video encoders.

Further features of AXIS Camera Companion 2.1 include:
* Multi-view streaming to increase surveillance efficiency for multi-megapixel cameras
* Search filter for easy navigation to different sites
* Visual system status notification
* Windows 8 touch screen support
* Third-party apps for viewing live and recorded video from EyeSpyFX and BrightSentry
* One-click configuration for NAS units from QNAP

New shape of Chinese manufacturing

New shape of Chinese manufacturing

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai (Reporting with a&s China) | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

While China is quickly taking up the position as the worldwide manufacturing hub, the stereotypical image of “made-in-China” still made global buyers hesitant about working closely with some Chinese companies. However, based on the latest 2013 survey on worldwide major professional security buyers by a&s, Chinese products are ready to prove their worth with improved quality and service, which provides a major boost for all Chinese manufacturers. From our recent interviews with those buyers, Hikvision Digital Technology was the Chinese company that was mentioned most often, winning the highest satisfaction and recognition.

Global Recognition
Hikvision, originally renowned for its DVRs, has now become a total solutions provider in video surveillance. In the recent world market report for CCTV and video surveillance equipment from IMS research (an IHS company), Hikvision was ranked as the number one supplier under the category of “CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment,” with 8-percent market share in 2012. In the category of “Security Cameras,” Hikvision was also ranked third with a 9.7-percent world market share, while maintaining first place in “DVR suppliers” for four consecutive years in 2012.

Hikvision's success wasn't achieved overnight. Yangzhong Hu, President of Hikvision, still remembers the many hardships the company went through to launch its first auto-focus camera module in early 2000, marking a major technology milestone for the company. Since then, Hikvision's sales revenue in surveillance cameras has started to double and even triple, and the company gradually became an actual total solutions provider in video surveillance.

Core Competitiveness
Positioning itself in the middle- to high-end market sectors, Keen Yao, International Marketing Director said “Hikvision's main competitiveness are product innovation and cost optimization, which support Hikvision in providing quality products plus a reasonable price. Both factors also make the company achieve good gross margin continuously since establishment.”

The cost optimization, Yao added, is achieved by the company's increasing production scale. “By keeping innovating in products and expanding production lines, complete from front end to back end devices, the overall cost of production and purchasing can be well controlled.”

Hikvision has been dedicated to security industry for over 12 years. Its thorough understanding of the industry and continuous R&D investment help the company maintain product innovation and technology leadership in global security market.

R&D Investment
Several major factors contributing to Hikvision's success are its previous OEM experience with some well-known global companies, which pushed Hikvision to strengthen its product development capability, as well as strictly focus on its quality control and production process. The company's high penetration in its domestic market provides Hikvision with a clear direction of product innovation.

Over these years, Hikvision's R&D, and quality and process control have achieved international standards.

CMMI Certified Management
In 2009, Hikvision started to work with some consulting firms to enhance its internal efficiency of R&D, quality control, and production. Since then, the company has introduced Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to greatly improve its process management of product research and development. CMMI is a process improvement training and certification program and service administered and marketed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. With them, “we are able to have a set of unified protocols to well manage different departments and have the same language to conduct cross-department communication,” said Junke Chen, R&D Director.

R&D Matrix Project Management
To optimize new product development and maintain technological leadership, Hikvision employs a matrix management structure for its R&D department, which allows them to succeed in cross-department project cooperation between its resource teams and product teams. Hikvision's product teams are categorized by its product lines, including DVR/NVR, network cameras, analog cameras, vertical-specific VMS and others while the resource team is divided by several key technologies – hardware, image processing, video/audio codec, compression, networking, streaming media, FPGA applications, video data storage, embedded applications, software structure and others. At Hikvision, a specialized project team, from groups of resource teams and the corresponding product teams, is usually formed to develop a new product. This means each group of resource teams has to be responsible for several product development projects and must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

It is worth mentioning that software is the core value of Hikvision product development. “Although we sold mostly hardware, software is the key inside hardware. Hikvision has a powerful software capability. A large amount of work is on the software side, even in hardware manufacturing,” said Yao.

Market-Oriented Product Development
What is worth mentioning is that Hikvision's R&D team also has to meet the sales target, along with sales team. “The product should be market-oriented and clearly meet the needs for the customers. The KPI for each product line is to meet certain sales targets. R&D also takes the responsibility if their products don't meet the real market demand,” said Chen.

Product Usability
Product usability requirements are quite high in overseas markets. Many Chinese products are usually weak in this part. This year, Hikvision put a lot of R&D resources in product user interface, client software, and mobile APP to elevate the ease of use in its products. Hikvision also started to outsource the language-related design and the external design of its latest network cameras, including aesthetic outlook and internal software design, two or three years ago. The product usability of Hikvision's products now is greatly improved.

Supply Chain Collaboration
Hikvision also follows the “integrated supply chain” concept, proposed by Huawei Technologies. The supply chain includes suppliers (manufacturing partners), Hikvision (the company), and Hikvision's clients. Tim Zhang, Quality Manager said “We invite all these parties together for joint product evaluation and collaboration, advised by our consulting company. We also ask our suppliers to join our product development. They provide suggestions on how to make those products meet international standards and how to optimize the structure/system.”

Quality Control
Hikvision has developed a comprehensive and strict management system in process. In Hikvision, the quality control department is independent from R&D and production department. These three departments are positioned equally to complement and evaluate each other.

Quality control, a complete system from R&D design, manufacturing to service, is categorized into reliability verification, test, process control, productivities, and after-sales service. “Under each item, we have a specific objective and indicators to measure the outcome,” said Zhang. With this system, Hikvision is able to provide further assurance for customers -- Design Quality Assurance (DQA) and Manufacturing Quality Assurance (MQA).







Design Quality Assurance
DQA is under the R&D product testing department mainly for product reliability verification. Hikvision has more than 2,000 people on their R&D team--the largest in the security sector. Around 350 engineers on the R&D team, which accounts for over 15 percent of the team, are responsible for product testing. The product testing group is in charge of software tests, hardware tests, and reliability tests, which all play an important role in product development and guaranteeing product quality. The tests include anti-interference, anti-radiation, extreme temperature, vibration, drop, water-proof, electrostatic surge and electrocution prevention, salt spray, and anti-wind/dust tests, etc.

The product testing group conducts tests in many different testing laboratories, such as a 960-square-meter (10,333 square feet) stability and pressure testing laboratory, two image quality testing rooms, and a large laboratory for integration, monitoring, and management systems testing. In total, all of the laboratories combined occupy 1,300 square meters (13,993 square feet).

Manufacturing Quality Assurance MQA is divided into four categories: raw materials quality control, productive process, tests, and outgoing quality control.

Boasting over 100,000 square meters (1.1 million square feet) of manufacturing space, Hikvision's production facilities are underpinned by state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and resources. As an example of this point, in 2011, Hikvision introduced Siemens' fully-automatic SMT equipment for production lines, ensuring world-class technical capability.

Hikvision also has dual dustless workshops for precise component assembly of camera lenses. Occupying 800 square meters (8,611 square feet), the workshops measure up to the highest cleaning standard - a class of 100,000.

In addition, to ensure high product quality, all the products need to pass the high-temperature aging test and the company also developed foolproof equipment, such as auto focus tester and auto testing software, to efficiently reduce human errors and poor visibility during production.

SAP System for High Production Efficiency
To meet its huge sales volume target, Hikvision purchased a SAP system from Germany to avoid any problems in materials preparation cycles which may lead to downtime of the production line. With the barcode, the whole production and quality control process can be traced: each machine can be analyzed for the specific time for production, and identification of every supplier and operator. “With the SAP system, we can efficiently optimize material management to achieve low inventory and turnover rate with guaranteed quality,” continued Zhang.

International Marketing Strategy and Customer Service
In addition to its technological and quality improvements, Hikvision is also focusing on providing local after-sales support to ensure better services for its partners. International buyers have expressed concern about Chinese products--one of the reasons is product quality--particularly about Chinese manufacturers being unable to provide efficient service and support to address problems. Therefore, the most crucial part of service localization is to implement better commitment to customers.

“With 12 regional branch offices in other parts of the world, Hikvision has devoted itself to offering customers in-depth local services via thorough maintenance, an after-sales service system, a complete customer complaint handling process, and a professional training program,” said Yao.

With the efforts and improvements of these past years, Hikvision has successfully transformed and became a trustworthy and quality-guaranteed solutions provider. Hikvision has shaped the new image of Chinese manufacturers and the company's future development in the global market can be highly anticipated.

VIVOTEK secures wine storage facilities in Australia

VIVOTEK secures wine storage facilities in Australia

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Storage for Valuable Wines, Precious Treasury
Artisan Wine Storage, an industry-leading facility for the proper care of fine wine, provides multifaceted wine storage, cellarage options and services to private wine collectors and wine traders from the wholesale, auction, import/export, and retail sectors, or those in the business of liquidating liquid assets. Known for having the finest wine storage facilities in Australia, Artisan stores a wide range of valuable fine wines. It has adopted a stringent temperature and humidity setting policy and security infrastructure to ensure seamless protection. In order to make security even more impeccable, Artisan required a reliable and high-resolution surveillance system to monitor facilities and record any incidents that occur. Artisan turned to Altech Computers, VIVOTEK's official distributor in Australia, for professional consulting services. Altech Computers, as an experienced solution provider, designed a suitable system based on VIVOTEK's megapixel cameras, helping Artisan deter or detect warehouse theft, prevent damage to expensive wines, and in general provide a very secure place for wine collectors and traders to store their wines.

Seamless Security, Inside and Outside
For this project, 38 cameras were installed, including the FD8372, FE8172V, FD8135H and FD8136. Because high-quality video from inside and outside the warehouse needs to be available 24 hours a day, with the front and back entrances, and loading dock especially critical to securing all that highly valued property, the FD8372 and FE8172V, both equipped with a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in IR Illuminators, and WDR enhancement technology, were chosen. The FD8372, a professional fixed dome network camera, is designed with the ePTZ function and Smart Focus System. The ePTZ enables users to zoom in and focus on a region of interest with only a few clicks of a mouse while the Smart Focus System makes focus adjustment easier. By using a lens with built-in stepping motors, the FD8372 allows remote adjustment and control of the focal length, for hassle-free installation and maintenance. The FE8172V, a fixed dome network camera with a fisheye lens, provides a 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots. More importantly, the FE8172V possesses cutting-edge image processing capability. Images captured from the fisheye camera can be converted into conventional rectilinear images for viewing and analysis, making monitoring more comprehensive and complete.

As for the entrance areas, where high-contrast lighting conditions and glare occur frequently, a camera with an HD WDR CMOS sensor is needed. The FD8135H, with its WDR Pro function, is able to ensure the image is identifiable by capturing both the darkest and brightest parts of a scene and combining the differences to generate a highly realistic image. In addition, by taking advantage of its PIR sensor, the FD8135H can detect moving objects. Whenever an unauthorized object is detected, an alarm will be triggered. In the office area, the 1-megapixel ultra-mini dome camera FD8136 was installed. Because of its easy installation and selectable focal-length design, the FD8136 has proved an ideal choice for a diverse range of indoor applications.

Hikvision launches HD IR cube IP camera series for homes and businesses

Hikvision launches HD IR cube IP camera series for homes and businesses

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/17/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision introduces its series of HD IR Cube IP cameras, the most recent addition to its expanding 2-line high-definition IP camera line. Both the 3MP DS-2CD2432F-I (W) and the 1.3MP DS-2CD2412F-I (W) IR cube network camera models are elegantly designed to safeguard homes, offices, stores, and other small and medium-sized enterprises.

These cameras are embedded with a passive infrared (PIR) motion detection sensor. This allows the cameras to detect an individual when they are within an 8-meter range of the unit and also automatically triggers an alarm response. The series also features a DI/DO interface for the user to connect to a variety of external audible & visual alarm devices for further security control purposes. Along with Hikvision's mobile dedicated software (iVMS 4500), these cameras provide complete control and remote management benefits to users. In the event of a break-in or other unauthorized access, the connected alarm device is instantly activated, while event recording is simultaneously event triggered to generate instant notification. Ultimately, this allows owners the ability to take whatever proactive response they deem necessary. Additionally, this series includes the latest 1/3” progressive scan CMOS, enhanced IR LEDs with up-to 10m of IR range, and powerful image processing functionalities like DWDR, 3D DNR and BLC. Furthermore, this series provides clear and sharp HD images under any lighting conditions.

Another noticeable feature of this series is WPS (Wi-Fi protection setup) connection which greatly simplifies Wi-Fi installation. Users need to simply push the WPS button to establish an automatic wireless camera connection. Additionally, a built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC card storage with up-to 64GB capacity further ensures continuity during network disconnection.

The cameras will be available for order in Q4, 2013.

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

NVRs began as PC-based solutions, harnessing the powers of a CPU. However, in recent years, these are no longer the mainstream products on the market. A couple of years ago, standalone NVRs were introduced into the market, catering to the increasing popularity of network cameras. Since then, their popularity has risen in the industry and standalone NVRs are claiming their spot as the mainstream video storage product. Another NVR develop in recent years is in response to community- and city-wide surveillance projects. The NVRs that cater to this market segment are large with powerful data processing capabilities.

While both PC-based and standalone NVRs record video, store video, and manage cameras, recorded content, viewing and archiving, 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, 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.

Currently, 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 Windows-based 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 products. For example, Shany Electronic is launching standalone NVRs in 4-, 20-, and 36 channels to meet the market demands of SMB enterprises. In this way, smaller projects benefit from the features and capabilities of standalone NVRs and SMB enterprises are able to save substantially on costs. More importantly, “these 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. PC-based NVRs, for example, require substantial investments such as licenses for Windows, video analytics software, and monitors,” said Steve Tang, GM at Shany Electronic.

According to Joe Qiu, Overseas Business Director at TVT Digital Technology, the choice between PC-based NVRs and standalone NVRs depends on end users. More customers are familiar with PC-based NVRs now due to historical reasons, while more and more will adopt standalone NVRs because of their better prices and higher reliability. Currently, standalone NVRs are optimized at operations of up to 64 channels, although some manufacturers such as Hikvision, Dahua, and TVT are offering ones with over 100 channels. In the future, more and more applications would be covered by standalone NVRs.

However, the number of channels is not the only deciding factor. Aaron Yeh,Director of Surveon Technology, noted that some installations require more complex functions, such as integration with POS and delivery systems. In this scenario, even a franchised convenience store may require a PC-based NVR which is further integrated with its headquarters.

Generally, PC-based NVRs are deployed in large-scale projects, such as enterprises, and government and mission-critical applications. They may also be deployed in high-end homes or smaller-scale enterprises with more complex security requirements.

On the other hand, standalone NVRs are best suited for homes and small businesses with systems of up to 16 channels. QNAP Security, for example, recently completed a project in India where a gas company deployed standalone NVRs at its multiple sites. According to Evelyn Kao, Product Manager at Surveillance Business Division of QNAP Security, standalone NVRs met end-user requirements in terms of budget, reliability, local display feature, and functionality.

Undoubtedly, standalone NVRs and PC-based NVRs will have overlapping markets, but the question is how large and where is this overlap. In response to this, several industry experts have referenced the history of DVRs.

According to Yeh, based on the ease-of-use, affordability, stability, and reliability of standalone NVRs, the initial overlapping areas will be in the small businesses. The overlap, however, does not necessarily represent a threat to PC-based NVRs, as these small-scale installations have traditionally required less complex functions that PC-based NVRs are capable of. The advent of standalone NVRs will naturally fulfill the requirements of the end users in this segment comfortably. Beyond that, Yeh said, “there is still a large analog market and standalone NVRs will naturally replace the DVRs that are still out there.”

“Just like DVRs, when NVRs first came out, they are only available in the PC-based form. End users with less complex requirements had no other option, but now with the standalone NVRs available, it is natural that they will adopt it at a rapid pace,” he added.

Hence, some feel that standalone NVRs will take over some market share of PC-based NVRs, but this will be mostly concentrated in the mid-market segments. The mid- to high-scale installations will remain reserved for PC-based NVRs as end users require more channels and more complex integration, scalability, and storage.

At the same time, “PC-based NVRs may have an advantage because VMS technology is mature. However, with the adoption of advanced solutions and more efforts invested in standalone NVR technology, the scalability and flexibility of standalone NVRs would be enhanced dramatically. In other words, the rapid development of standalone NVRs would greatly decrease the traditional merits of PC-based NVRs,” commented Ice Wu, Product Director of Dahua Technology on the development of standalone NVRs.

The rising popularity of standalone NVRs has resulted in numerous manufacturers sprouting up in Shenzhen, China. Although standalone NVRs from these manufacturers come with a considerably lower price tag, Wu does not feel the need to be threatened by them. “I feel that they will have their place in the market, albeit mostly at the lower end. Dahua has paid attention to this trend and we have been strengthening and completing our product offerings to meet market demands," she highlighted.

According to Chris Hsu, Marketing Manager at Merit LILIN, conservative market figures for PC-based versus standalone NVRs are approximately 92 percent versus 8 percent this year. The ratios would likely change in favor of standalone NVRs to 85:15 next year, and 70:30 the year after.

The uptake of standalone NVRs is different amongst the various regions worldwide. “China is a mature market and the world's manufacturing hub of standalone NVRs. Hence, from our perspective, roughly 80 percent of the market is standalone NVRs,” said Eric Shen, Product Manager of DVR/NVR at Hikvision Digital Technology.

The figures are slightly different in other regions of the world. “In emerging countries, the ratio of standalone NVRs to PC-based NVRs is roughly 50:50. The ratio is less for Europe and North America, because these regions are headquarters to many of the PC-based systems and have traditionally been more used to PC-based systems as a result,” explained Shen on the regional difference in the adoption of standalone NVRs.

Education remains key to the widespread adoption of standalone NVRs in these regions. “We work hard to show end users and system integrations the benefits of standalone NVRs and we find that this has been successful in penetrating the developed markets. At the same time, however, the first segments to adopt standalone NVRs would be the small and medium enterprises as they stand to benefit most,” explained Shen.

In looking at why PC-based NVRs currently have more presence in the market, Qiu explained that standalone NVRs have just been in the market for roughly three to four years and have yet to reach mass adoption stage. Currently, approximately 60 to 70 percent of the market is dominated by PC-based NVRs. However, based on the history of DVRs, the standalone DVR market matured in 2007 and rapidly reached mass adoption stage within three years. Drawing a parallel, he noted, “based on current market trends, it is likely that roughly 80 percent of the end users will select standalone NVRs in the near future. There will still be that 20 percent who would have special requirements and opt for PC-based NVRs. This is because the PC is a platform that enables end users to integrate multiple other systems as required. At the same time however, these are very specialized needs, so the majority of the market will gear towards standalone NVRs.”

As standalone NVRs improve in capabilities and features, they stand to rival PC-based NVRs even further. The day when the global market share of standalone NVRs versus PC-based NVRs is 50:50 should not be far off.

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