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Avigilon: 10 ways to keep video servers running optimally

Avigilon: 10 ways to keep video servers running optimally

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Any security manager who has been tasked with overseeing a network can understand the frustration of server and other equipment failure. Sometimes, these malfunctions are a result of manufacturing errors or electrical issues, but more times than not, server issues are a result of user negligence. Servers are a lot like cars; it is important to perform periodical maintenance to ensure they are running optimally and more importantly, to ensure their longevity.

Failure to consistently check the overall condition of user's servers can lead to a variety of problems such as overheating, network inefficiency, and unauthorized security breaches.

To ensure user's video servers continue to run like a well-oiled machine, Avigilon created a monthly IT maintenance checklist that will help you save both time and money.

1. Visually inspect servers
Conducting visual checks on servers and hard drives is an important aspect in ensuring they run optimally. Most servers have intuitive lights (or LEDs) externally displayed so that an end-user is always aware of the server's status and can spot any immediate red flags. Typically, blue or green lights signal good status, while red or orange lights often signal some sort of failure - whether it is the device or connection. Some servers can email users alerts whenever there is a hardware failure. Ignoring the server status lights could result in system failure and the potential for video loss if it's a hardware malfunction.

2. Update and schedule user's operating system and anti-Virus software
Just like user's home computer, servers are susceptible to viruses. If one have a publically accessible server, be sure to consistently keep your operating system up to date and frequently run an anti-virus scan on it. Users' anti-virus software should be the most current version and should meet all industry standards. A corrupt server is not only prone to slower performance and internal server errors, but also leaves users' servers open to possible external security risks. Finally, it is important to ensure that users' firewall software is properly configured and turned on.

3. Schedule a defragmentation
When a server attempts to locate files that are fragmented across the hard drive, the bandwidth it takes to locate and group individual files into one can slow down user's entire system. Scheduling and performing a defragmentation to the server's hard drive will pool all fragmented files together, making them easier to find. Keep in mind that some servers, such as Avigilon's, do not require users to perform a defragmentation because fragmented files are already blocked together and written to the hard drive in the same place upon installation.

4. Review operating system logs
The practice of reviewing operating system logs is standard to server operation. If users have a Windows-based system, make sure they check the activity logs to ensure there are no out-of-the-ordinary or suspicious audit entries. Not following up with “Critical” or “Warning” events may lead to system failure, resulting in loss of video and disconnected system access.

5. Audit the active accounts
In organizations of all sizes, over time there is bound to be turnover. As a security measure, it is important to keep track of the employees that have access to servers and ensure that former employees do not have access to users' systems. Be sure to delete old users and change passwords when necessary.

6. Verify Retention
Make sure having record of servers' storage capacity. Since cameras typically record on motion detection, if there is an increase in activity in the area users are monitoring, the retention time may be affected. To verify the amount of storage users have, check out the software's timeline and confirm the number of days that are being recorded. Don't try to locate important footage from a few weeks back only to find out it has been erased.

7. Delete unnecessary bookmarks
Managing your server's saved footage is very similar to using your TV's DVR. Keeping old bookmarks for surveillance video in your server is the equivalent to hoarding a stockpile of recorded TV shows you don't watch. Too much data saved unnecessarily will impact your storage space and the amount of footage you are able to retain. Be sure to delete and/or export saved footage you don't need to maximize your server's storage space.

8. Check UPS battery
Power outages happen. As a result, it is important to ensure the security and servers are not compromised in the event of electrical failure. When installing a server, customers should add a UPS or backup power supply to protect their information in the event of a power failure. Upon installation, customers should also perform a quick test to confirm the backup battery is working correctly.

9. Ensure software is up to date
Verify that software is up to date for both the video management client and the server. This will enable users to optimize your software and ensure that bugs from previous versions do not affect the current system. Being negligent with software updates could be a security risk as updates may fix important issues in previous versions of the software.

10. Auditing logs of users activity
It is always a good idea to audit user activity on a site to ensure users are adhering to protocol. Check activity logs to be sure users are being responsible and ethical with their access.

Axis ARTPEC-5 Chip featuring HDTV 1080p resolution, 60fps

Axis ARTPEC-5 Chip featuring HDTV 1080p resolution, 60fps

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the global supplier in network video, announces the next generation of its system-on-chip specifically designed for network video cameras and video encoders. The new ARTPEC-5 (Axis Real Time Picture Encoder) is based on dual core multiprocessor architecture, features a larger cache size and higher memory throughput. More processing power and performance provide increased capabilities for intelligent video processing and video analytics applications.

The new ARTPEC-5 chip features support for the H.264 High Profile video compression standard and high frame rate (60 fps) encoding in full 1080p HDTV resolution. This resembles twice the frame rate and resolution offered by conventional HDTV video surveillance solutions today. High frame rates capture quick movements in detail such as the license plates of fast moving vehicles. With full HDTV resolution, large overview areas can be monitored without compromising image detail when an incident occurs.

With the ARTPEC-5, Axis introduces an optimized design resulting in reduced power consumption of network video cameras and video encoders. The new chip can handle more video streams simultaneously than previous generations, features a faster SD-card interface for edge storage and allows Axis to design cameras with advanced image processing capabilities to address the most demanding video surveillance challenges.

With its dual core multiprocessor architecture, larger cache size and higher memory throughput, the new ARTPEC-5 chip provides more processing power and performance for intelligent video processing and video analytics applications. With AXIS Camera Application Platform, users can download intelligent video applications to run inside Axis network cameras and video encoders. A large portfolio of applications is available offering advanced functionalities such as recognition, people/object counting, detection and tracking.

AXIS Camera Application Platform also enables third party software providers to develop applications that can be downloaded and installed on Axis cameras. Application developers can sign up for the Axis Application Development Partner (ADP) program. Axis provides a software development kit (SDK) and a compatibility tool to ensure that applications run on all Axis cameras.

The first product incorporating the new ARTPEC-5 chip is the AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder, a new high performance 6-channel video encoder blade.

Honeywell adds hybrid NVRs to MAXPRO portfolio

Honeywell adds hybrid NVRs to MAXPRO portfolio

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 2/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has added hybrid network video recorders (NVRs) to its MAXPRO portfolio of high-definition IP video technology, and has also introduced HVE video/audio encoders that allow dealers to easily transition their customers' analog cameras to IP. The hybrid NVRs convert analog feeds to IP without replacing analog cameras, which is ideal for smaller installations that want to keep their existing analog cameras while adding affordable, high-quality HD IP video to their systems. When installed with an existing NVR, the HVE encoders transition the NVR to a hybrid model that supports a mix of analog and HD IP video.

Honeywell's MAXPRO NVR Hybrid Standard Edition (SE) surveillance system is ideal for migrating small to mid-size installations in a hybrid format, and supports 32 channels of video, including up to 16 analog. The MAXPRO NVR Hybrid Xpress Edition (XE) accommodates initial entry into hybrid video surveillance, and supports up to 16 channels.

“There is growing demand for technologies that marry existing infrastructure with the latest high-definition video surveillance capabilities,” said Deborah Paterson, channel marketing, Honeywell Security Group. “By leveraging MAXPRO NVR Hybrid, Honeywell dealers can offer customers an affordable, pre-installed solution that utilizes existing analog investments, is easy to set-up and provides advanced video features such as high-quality video, better tracking functionality and smarter video search capabilities.”

MAXPRO NVR Hybrid supports simultaneous recording and live monitoring for up to 32 cameras and is compliant with the ONVIF Profile S protocol that enables system customization. Additionally, 360-degree camera support increases situational awareness and improves coverage, and a video surround feature lets users track subjects as they move between areas covered by adjacent cameras. Customers can access the system remotely using Honeywell's web client and MAXPRO Mobile application. The web client is supported from any standard Mac or PC browser and requires no additional install, provides the value of reduced setup, maintenance and improved compatibility. The interface is simple and intuitive with all the functionality and features that users need for daily surveillance operations, such as live view and playback of recorded video.

The new HVE video/audio encoders speed up the analog-to-IP conversion process by enabling an existing NVR to work with a mix of analog and IP cameras. For example, a customer with an existing NVR can install the new encoders to transform the NVR to a hybrid model. The encoders can be installed to an NVR remotely and require just one network cable connection to transition analog events previously stored on the system. Honeywell's HVE encoders are available in single, 4, or 8 channels and feature a range of video compression options that video reduce bandwidth and storage size.

Top 10 most popular products for January 2014

Top 10 most popular products for January 2014

Editor / Provider: asmag Editorial Department | Updated: 2/19/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag unveils the top 10 most popular products for January 2014 with Hikvision and Samsung products appearing twice, along with other companies appearing once, namely: Theia, VIVOTEK, Biwave, Dahua and other newcomers including FLIR, Bosch and Afidus.

As predicted, the trend of 2014 will be tilting further more from analog products towards IP. Surveillance is not only about cameras, other products such as camera cores, connections, Ethernets, lenses and locks are all in popular demand.

December 2013's runner up, Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera steps up to number 1 with astoundingly over 600 viewers from previous month's 425 clicks. This camera increased in a number of views though slid back in Europe from 45% to 40% but a growth from 32% to 34% in America.

Runner up is FLIR Lepton Cost Micro Thermal Imaging Camera Core. This new comer, was released during CES 2014, makes its mark at number 2 with 359 views, introducing a product not only significant to surveillance but also in building automation and presence detection with 45% clicks from America and almost half that at 29% in Asia.

This next product steps 2 positions up to number 3 is Biwave 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission for IP Network Camera Connection ( VDL4000 ). With an increase in the number of clicks from 253 to 327, with interest declined in Europe by 1%(39%) and an increase from 30% to 35% in America.

 

Placed at number four, is Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera, closely resembling chart topper DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera in appearance. This product, previously at number 3 with 279 clicks has increased to 304 clicks; seem to have had an increase in popularity in Europe growing from a 50% to astonishingly 60% this past month and a slight slip in America from 33% to 31%.

Newcomer Samsung Techwin SNF-7010 360-degree 3-Megapixel Camera released in mid-December features a digital PTZ and utilizes Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles, with built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory. Landed at number 5 with 293 clicks, is popular in America and Asia with 47% and 37% respectively.

Fisheye cameras are showing popularity in the start of 2014. Coming in 6th place is new comer VIVOTEK FE8174/74V Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera with 280 clicks, is the first fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring detailed 5MP-resolution sensor with superb image quality. It receives massive supports from Europe with a remarkable 42%.

Number 7 Ultrawide Mpx Lenses without distortion leverages its patented Linear Optical Technology to provide a family of ultra wide, low distortion, megapixel lenses. Theia's ultra wide angle, undistorted megapixel lenses reduce camera count and cover the same distance. This fascinating lens series was originally released in 2011 however, due to recent promotional activities at asmag, this product has caught much attention with 257 views, most of which comes from Europe with 48% clicks and not far behind with 31% in America.

 

Samsung makes a second appearance at number 8 in our January popular products with the Samsung SHS-P718 Push Pull Smart Door Lock. This push-pull mechanism door lock, previously received 182 views at number 7 has now stepped down to number 8 with 253 clicks, this product is still popular in America (46%) and Asia (41%) previously 48% and 43%.

Another new comer to the ranks, sitting at number 9 is Bosch IP 5000 Cameras with 223 clicks. This camera is a new range of High-Definition MP Camera with up to 50% lower bandwidth and storage requirements, seamless integration with software and recording solutions from Bosch and third party providers. This product shows popularity amongst Asian (33%) and American markets (51%).

Shining star number 10 is Afidus BU-230F1 Palm Size 2M Box IP Camera with 221 clicks This Palm size 2M box IP camera supports mSD card for local storage and also provides free service for Afidus Cloud service andAfidus DDNS service. Afidus allows linkage to Smart phones via app. appears hot in America with 51% market interest and 33% from Asia.

Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

For last month's Top 10 products, click here.

 

Security in higher education faces unique challenges

Security in higher education faces unique challenges

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom | Updated: 2/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Unlike K-12 campuses that are closed to the public, college and university campuses are open and spread out, often integrated into the local community. Because of this, perimeter detection is not plausible. “Colleges and universities present unique security challenges. You feel like you're protecting a small city, large corporation, research center, and creative think tank all at the same time,” said Harm Radstaak, MD of EMEA at HID Global. “In this environment, security means controlling physical access to buildings and events, plus logical access to computer networks and sensitive academic information. At the same time, operational costs must be kept under control while serving the diverse needs of a campus community.”

As an US consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for the education sector, Dan Pascale, CPP, Senior Director of Security & Emergency Services at Margolis Healy & Associates also pointed out the differing needs of colleges and universities based on location, particularly the difference between urban and rural campuses, in addition to the unique security challenges posed by colleges and universities. With tighter access control, tighter controls over visitor management, and more cooperation with local first responders, urban campuses need to address the more inherent dangers of urban surroundings. On the other hand, rural campuses feel safer and more secluded. As a result, rural campuses often do not feel the need to fortify with extra security measures. Additionally, unlike urban campuses, emergency response and security officials are more likely to all come from the university itself due to their more independent campus environment.

Clearer Surveillance, Higher Security
The “2012 Living on Campus: Special Report on College Housing,” by CP&M published in June 2012 found that that 82 % of college residence halls in the U.S. already have external video surveillance cameras in place, while 72 % also have internal surveillance. Now, with features like WDR becoming basic requirements for areas such as building entrances and parking garages, other features like megapixel cameras, panoramic cameras, and video analytics are gaining popularity as prices become more affordable. With advanced network infrastructures, university campuses lend themselves to network surveillance systems. As such, IP-based systems have been implemented in universities worldwide.

Megapixel cameras provide clearer images, providing better security. Finding an appropriate video management system/software (VMS) and using video analytics to accompany recordings can further improve campus security by providing live monitoring, incident review, etc. “Universities in particular can benefit from user-friendly video management interfaces, as various departments may require access to certain video data,” said Kim Loy, VP of Global Marketing and Chief Product Officer at DVTEL. Being able to provide real-time views of remote locations as well as forensic evidence in case of an incident are other reasons a VMS is valuable to a university campus, according to Mike Scirica, VP of Marketing and Sales at WavestoreUSA.

The need for better video quality to capture facial recognition was what drove George Mason University in Virginia, U.S. to go for an IP-based surveillance system. The school opted to deploy dome and panoramic megapixel cameras from Arecont Vision, ranging from 1.8 megapixels to 8 megapixels, in athletic facilities, academic buildings, and parking garages, with plans to extend installation to residence halls. The camera images are fed to a local network video recorder from ExacqVision. School officials note the better forensic capabilities and flexibility to recover data as some of the major benefits of using megapixel cameras. Furthermore, lower bandwidth and storage requirements, along with the need for fewer cameras to cover larger spaces, helped the school reduce costs.

Scirica also noted an increased demand for hemispheric, fish-eye, and 360-degree cameras. “With these devices, one camera can replace up to four traditional surveillance cameras and when used with dewarping software, users gain a new level of situational awareness than previously possible.” Dewarping software comes built-in to some of WavestoreUSA's VMSs, allowing users to record the original images while simultaneously displaying the dewarped images. The software also allows users to manage digital PTZ controls without the need of third-party SDK integration. “The dewarping feature…helps schools get more functionality out of the system and, consequently, achieve enhanced awareness of their security environment,” added Scirica.

Work Most Often Undertaken when College Renovate Buildings*

(% based on 616 projects)

HVAC

40.2%

Electric Overhaul

32.3%

Plumbing

27.6%

Lighting

27.3%

Flooring/Carpeting

25.7%

Fire Alarms

20.1%

ADA Compliance

19.0%

Fiber Optics/Cable

15.6%

Storage

14.5%

Security Equipment

12.9%

LANs

12.0%

Tile

12.0%

Lavatories

11.9%

WANs

11.9%

Controls

11.2%

Roofing

10.1%

*Retrofit undertaken in at least 10 percent of projects

Source: College Planning & Management

GKB secures Imperial Palace Hotel in Cebu

GKB secures Imperial Palace Hotel in Cebu

Editor / Provider: Sponsered by GKB | Updated: 2/17/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Today, video surveillance systems have evolved from monitoring to pro-active. Preliminary notification can provide an important evidence-gathering medium for applications. The bright future for video surveillance lies in intelligent edge devices which recognize events as they unfold. The system could alert management, so issues can be addressed in real time. It would also derive data from the scene and make footage easier to search.

Background
The Imperial Palace Hotel and Resort is one of the luxury hotels located in Cebu, Philippines. The resort in managed by the Imperial Hotel Group and its “Imperial Palace” in Seoul was rated by Times Magazine as the best hotel in Asia. The requirements for this project is to monitor the facility, providing crystal clear video, allowing multiple security guards to view their group cameras, require sufficient recoding retention days, and an unified alarm platform for CCTV and various sensors.

Solutions
In this project, the Imperial hotel installed 30pieces of GKB D3631TIR and 34 pieces of GKBD3624 in the initial phase. The recording retention requirement is 30 days; therefore, GKB provides 2 standalone NVR for them. One is for GKB D3624 and the other one is for GKB D3631TIR. The guards then use client station PC connecting to the NVR for surveillance.

In order to have a unified video alarm platform with existing fire sensors and smoke sensors, GKB also deploys IAST (Integrated Alarm& Surveillance Technology). IAST receives alarm triggering signals directly from cameras, acting as an independent station from NVR. The client software, Viewer11, allows multiple security guards to access the standalone NVR to obtain live video and playback. In this case, different security guard stations only can monitor their authorized group of cameras, which provides privacy protection and management platform to the hotel managerial personnel.

Benefits
The storage solution provided by GKB allows the Hotel to have minimized recording cost average down per camera. The IAST platform for Imperial Hotel to integrate fire sensor and smoke detector for unified alarm and notification platform, which provides the ease of operation and monitoring to security guards.

 

Milestone gathers international  companies to discuss video technology

Milestone gathers international companies to discuss video technology

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just held its 9th annual MIPS partner conference in the Americas, on its 16th birthday. The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, was the location for this year's confluence of 350 video surveillance professionals. Security equipment manufacturers, distributors, channel partners and integrated solution partners gathered to learn, share and brainstorm about the latest in video technology.

Milestone Systems CEO Lars Thinggaard opened the event, stating: “Video enabling is happening now and becoming mission critical for value-added purposes in all vertical sectors, as a tool for daily business. It is being used for more than just security as integrations with analytics, biometrics, RFID and all kinds of business metadata are being incorporated into operations to realize innovative new efficiencies and more strategic approaches. This is something Milestone defined years ago in our mission and vision. With our international ecosystem of partners, we are well positioned to take advantage of this major business opportunity.”

Eric Fullerton, Milestone Systems Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, spoke on the topic Why Compromise? “Open platform IP video fosters deeper integrations that bring more value than any one company could do alone, and our ecosystem proves this concept. The scalability and flexibility appreciate over time - compared to proprietary systems that depreciate and require ‘forklift' upgrades to replace entire systems rather than building on a future-proof foundation. With Milestone there is no need to compromise.”

Top camera manufacturers revealed their perspectives. The first speaker was Samsung Techwin CEO Cheol Kyo Kim, who related a vision for ‘CHANGE'. His name, which means ‘Golden Bridge', describes the spirit of his leadership to help drive change in his organization, including a realignment and connection with new partners such as Milestone Systems. He also talked about bridging the market needs of those moving from analog to IP video technology, highlighting the increasing importance of video analytics, HD efficiencies, mobile access and encryption. He stated that open platform architecture enables integrations that create new markets.

Also presenting were Executive VP Bernhard Schuster from Bosch and Axis Communications Business Development Manager for Access Control, Johan Lembre. A camera panel discussion with these companies on the topic of future trends like the cloud and edge recording included Arecont Vision, Samsung Techwin and Sony, as well.

The MIPS Technology Showcase highlighted 48 examples of interoperability with the Milestone open platform from Manufacturer Alliance Partners and Solution Partners in every facet of security implementations available today: video analytics and synopsis, access control, storage, laser scanners, geospatial positioning, network management, command center display walls, and more.

Access control integration with VMS came into particular focus: video enabling physical security solutions is more cost efficient than operating separate systems. 8 Milestone Solution Partners were showing integrated access control solutions in the Technology Showcase. These solutions are based on the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK) that enables developers to easily create interoperable applications using the full power of Milestone's open platform – and in multiple ways. A 2 day training course in the newest version of the Milestone SDK for interested partners took place after the conference.

Video enabling access control was also the theme of another panel discussion, with participants from Axis, Isonas, Keyscan and Open Options. They looked at the advantages of easy IP-based access control integrations with VMS and optimal functions from both the end user and technical perspectives, defining multiple benefits for both customers and installing channel partners.

An extremely lively storage debate weighed the best options for handling the growing needs of video and big data – and it was clear that these can have very different requirements when it comes to the hardware for storing the evidence, sometimes needed long after an occurrence. RAID and direct-attached setups did not seem to win the battle for video data, but big or small installations do have different needs. As Dick Cecchini of Seneca Data pointed out: “Do you need a Ferrari just to go get milk and bread?” Other panelist companies waging the alternatives in this area of expertise included EMC Isilon, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Veracity.

Axis unveils new HDTV cameras M1145 series

Axis unveils new HDTV cameras M1145 series

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, an international supplier in network video, announces the AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 Fixed Network Cameras featuring full HDTV 1080p resolution and the highly efficient H.264 video compression standard. The AXIS M1145-L is equipped with built-in adjustable IR LED illumination allowing for easy and discreet day and night video surveillance.

"The AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 with full HDTV 1080p resolution provide an affordable solution for efficient 24/7 monitoring with clear identification," says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. "The AXIS M1145-L features built-in IR LED illumination invisible to the human eye and ideal for discovering people and objects in a range of up to 15 meters (50ft.), even in complete darkness."

With their slim and compact design, the cameras enable quick and easy installation, simple setup and a trouble-free video surveillance solution for applications where monitoring is required round-the-clock. To minimize environmental impact, the plastic parts in AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 contain 39% respectively 42% recycled plastic.

The AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 Fixed Network Cameras provide HDTV 1080p resolution video at full frame rate and offer multiple H.264 and Motion JPEG streams which can be individually optimized for bandwidth and storage efficiency. Additional features include support for edge storage with a built-in microSD/SDHC memory card slot, pixel counter, Axis Corridor Format, Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) and I/O port for PIR sensor options.

The AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 are supported by Axis Application Development Partner Program, AXIS Camera Station and the complimentary AXIS Camera Companion. The camera also includes support for AXIS Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration. AXIS M1145-L and AXIS M1145 are planned to be available in Q1, 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

Dahua solution watches over Italian Pescara Port

Dahua solution watches over Italian Pescara Port

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/11/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Pescara harbor, an Italian port stretching along the Adriatic Coast in Pescara, is of significance for the trading and tourism around the region. The port covers a dock, a freight yard and a sea bridge, which is one of the biggest cyclo-pedestrian in Europe. Taking the joint effort with Videotrend s.r.l — Dahua's distributor in Italy, Dahua Technology and its megapixel solution successfully secured the Pescara port.

The complexities once encountered in this case includes the unpleasant weather and high humidity of the region as it may cause the erosion of devices and thus shorten their lifespan; also, the high temperature and moisture may affect the smooth transmission of IP stream during deployment and installation. In order to solve the mentioned hassles despite that the climate is an unalterable factor, Dahua, Videotrend and the local system integrator attempted to approach it from a different perspective — the structure. The system adopts a ring networking structure with optical fiber adopted instead of a conventional star-topology one; and to further guarantee an adequate bandwidth at 108Mbps for the cycling lane, the radio transmission system was configured at an access point of dual band 2.4/5.8GHz.

At the product front, Dahua 3- and 2-megapixel IR cameras (IPC-HFW3300P / IPC-HFW3200CP) and 2Mp 20x speed domes (SD6982A / 6523H-HN) cruised into the final after a series of testing. Equipped with lens of 3.3~12mm and 8~16mm, box cameras manage to take a wide range scenario under surveillance. What's more, with the help of high efficient IR LEDs, cameras could also render a superb night vision effect; and as for the back-end devices, Dahua NVR, DH-SVR3016H, is applied as it can satisfy the storage of large volume footage as well as its RAID function can manage to enhance reliability and stability of the system.

American Dynamics expands Illustra line with 825 Fisheye camera

American Dynamics expands Illustra line with 825 Fisheye camera

Editor / Provider: Tyco American Dynamics | Updated: 2/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the international supplier for protection and security, announces the introduction of the Illustra 825 Fisheye Camera, a sophisticated camera that provides exceptional video quality and ultra smooth digital pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) movements for capturing real-time 180 degrees/360 degrees panoramic views of wide areas.

American Dynamics brings the reputation for high quality video to the 360 degrees panorama product class. With a single, affordable 5 megapixel camera, the Illustra 825 Fisheye can do the work of 2, 3 and sometimes 4 cameras in many indoor applications. Leveraging the power of 5 megapixels, this camera can provide a 360 degrees view of a whole lobby using a ceiling mount or a 180 degrees view of a room, using a wall mount, or even a 2x2 view of 4 simultaneous dewarped streams.

This ultra wide angle technology with dewarping at the edge, and in a future release at the client as well, represents the power of new technology in the IP camera space. Seeing entire rooms with a single camera, delivered with the flexibility of 180 degrees and 360 degrees views, or 4 separate streams in a 2x2 view, delivers a whole new video experience.

"The technology in this camera actually minimizes the quantity of cameras needed for surveillance, which lowers both install times and costs for dealers, integrators, and end users," said Steve Carney, Director of Product Management for Video Solutions at Tyco Security Products. "Simply put, the Illustra 825 Fisheye delivers more for less." The Illustra 825 Fisheye is easy to set up, configure, and maintain with its web-based user interface. The Illustra Connect tool provides quick access to firmware upgrades, IP address assignments, diagnostics and more. The camera also boasts incredibly efficient bandwidth and video storage that further help to significantly reduce cost. ONVIF compliant, the Illustra 825 Fisheye works with a variety of mounts in the American Dynamics portfolio.

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