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Milestone and Traverse City Schools ensure campus security

Milestone and Traverse City Schools ensure campus security

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 10/8/2013 | Article type: Education

Milestone XProtect open platform video management software (VMS) is the basis for an integrated security system in the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). Since each school previously had a stand-alone system, the security was upgraded to connect all 26 buildings in the district on one IP network.

Paul Mahon, Director of Construction and Maintenance for TCAPS, partnered with COMMTECH Design for the integrated solution that has Milestone video surveillance technology as the central core. “Since the Milestone XProtect integration into our school district, we've had instances on campus where having a reliable security system has easily reinforced our decision to upgrade,” confirms Mahon.

The Traverse City Area Public School District (TCAPS) covers 300 square miles over three counties in Central Michigan, with thousands of students, teachers and staff. The increased need to protect them and the valuable public property of its 26 buildings prompted a custom security system to enable monitoring all school activity from a central hub that integrates all security systems in the district into one easy-to-use yet effective platform. Milestone XProtect Corporate software allows authorized staff to monitor for safety, security and disciplinary actions at any time.

Flexible, Federated Solution for Entire District “We've worked with multiple solutions over the years, each deploying its own stand-alone presence, with pros and cons,” stated Mahon. “Installing a district-wide solution that's easy to use, scalable and supports our multiple levels of security ensures the safety of our students and staff, which was the number one priority for this project.”

It is a full-scale, federated security solution that includes video streaming, alarm management, access control via card access systems, emergency panic lockdown abilities, video synchronization for all the above, and the ability to control each system centrally from one main control unit.

“TCAPS was quite a large-scale design: We had to understand the intricacies of 26 structures that were all unique in their own needs. A vast amount of engineering had to be examined, dealing with the different wiring, ceiling setups and potential monitoring station locations,” says COMMTECH consultant Bret Emerson. “We wanted a comprehensive solution that allows video surveillance to be integrated seamlessly into all aspects of the district.”

After Emerson's report on the system's architecture and design, TCAPS contracted with Windemuller Electric to provide the customized solution, including access control, lockdown and alarm systems. NETech, subcontracted through Windemuller, installed the Milestone solution, ensuring the VMS core of the implementation was perfectly tuned for the district. The XProtect software was implemented quickly and efficiently in the school settings, minimizing interruption or confusion with the administrators who monitor the hundreds of cameras.

A total of 685 cameras were set up in TCAPS, 397 in Phase II by NETech. Panasonic's IP WV-Sw355, WV-SW395 and WV-SF366 cameras were installed throughout the entire district, in addition to two Arecont AV8185 IP cameras. XProtect's open platform abilities allow end users to have a freedom of choice in hardware devices. More than 1,500 models of network cameras and encoders from over 100 different manufacturers are supported by Milestone.

Throughout the school district, 19 monitoring stations were established, each with an HP video workstation synchronized with Milestone XProtect Corporate. Four HP ProLiant video servers and one HP StorageWorks MDS600 with 70TB of space round off the system's storage capabilities. This powerful capacity is important for so much video data: Milestone XProtect Corporate supports an unlimited number of cameras, users and sites, making it the perfect match for TCAPS, who have plans for additional cameras.

Future-proof Upgrades and Expandability “Keeping in mind our plans to expand the system, the server and software are a very important aspect. As of now, our server has the capacity to tack on additional cameras. Using XProtect helps us maintain the work and educational environment when we decide to upgrade. It's simple, fast and effective,” states Mahon.

“I've been working with Milestone and its software solutions for five years,” stated Emerson. “We came into this knowing the system would eventually be expanded, and XProtect Corporate will completely support this. We can rest assured the growing security plan will be easily achievable, adding any camera seamlessly that fits the budgetary or physical needs of TCAPS.”

Milestone solutions are future-proof, with a licensing model that offers upgrades with the freedom to add or integrate new technologies as they are developed.

Select administration and staff, known as Champions around the school district, are being trained in waves by Luke LeaTrea of NETech to operate the security system.

“The software is amazing,” states LeaTrea. “The administrators in the technical champion sessions quickly learn and understand the Milestone software. There are rarely any post-training questions. It is by far one of the most user-friendly interfaces available.”

Since the security upgrade, there have been instances where school property was reported missing, and those trained to use the system monitored, reviewed and recorded the event. The digital evidence was quickly and easily exported from the Milestone system and provided to the local police department with a built-in viewer.

“At times, we have dealt with vandalism, instances of theft or other security issues regarding publicly owned property outside the school environment. We can easily show the footage to the accused and police to quickly turn around the situation. We are extremely confident in our system and trust that we are keeping the school and all of those in attendance safe. XProtect is really well put together, powerful software. It meets our complicated needs and we have been very happy with the outcome.” concludes Mahon.

Top 10 cloud surveillance challenges

Top 10 cloud surveillance challenges

Editor / Provider: Martin Renkis, Founder & CEO Smartvue Corporation | Updated: 10/1/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

This presentation is designed to distill what is typically a few weeks of meetings with customers about their cloud video surveillance needs into to a few high-level challenges. Here are what we see as the 10 key challenges and a few thoughts on solutions.

1 Bandwidth
In real estate, it's location, location, location. And in cloud video surveillance, it's bandwidth, bandwidth and bandwidth. Cloud surveillance is all about transferring “heavy” video data across different networks. Without proper bandwidth, you have no cloud video surveillance or, even worse, an unreliable solution. If you look at bandwidth as your“pipe” to the Internet, you need a really good “pipe” to get video up to the cloud. Your pipe has both uploaded and downloaded speeds, which are usually different, and to get video to the cloud you need sufficient upload speed. As an example, a small retail store with five HD cameras might need a 10mbps “upload” pipe to get real-time HD video to the cloud. This can get expensive. Think about the fact that Comcast sells business internet with 10mbps upload for $199 a month.

There are a number options to deal with this situation including a “hybrid cloud” that stores some HD video locally and some online. Some cloud solutions offer small resolution video storage — which helps with bandwidth issues, but can defeat the purpose of HD cameras. The more advanced cloud video surveillance solutions optimize video for all different connection speeds and also offer “data forming” as well as “bandwidth management.” This insures your Internet connection is not taken over by video so processes like credit card processing, order entry, and inventory management work without interruption.

2 Storage
If we look at one definition of the cloud as “computing and data storage that is scalable, dynamic and available on demand,” there are two main parts to the story:“computing,” which is the delivery of video over the cloud, and “storage,” which is the archiving of video on the cloud. As mentioned earlier, video uses a lot of bandwidth, so the costs of storing and accessing video on the cloud can add up quickly. Using the five- camera example I mentioned before, video storage might be 1TB a month or more. Just for comparison sake, you can buy a 1TB HDD for $80 on the store.

Now guess how much 1TB of Amazon cloud storage will cost you: $97 a month! Also keep in mind the hidden costs for cloud storage, which include data transfer costs(access the video) and data redundancy costs (how many copies of your video are stored and where are they stored). Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that makes storage easy to understand and easy to buy. Storing low-resolution video online can reduce storage requirements but also reduces effectiveness of the video. And a “hybrid cloud” solution can store HD video locally and more critical video remotely.

3 Accessibility and Ease of Use
Having the cloud to centrally view and manage your video surveillance is not worth much if its not easy to use and limited by requirements of certain computers, operating systems, plug-ins, activeX components and other software. Consider a cloud video surveillance platform that has a elegant and simple to use interface works on almost any web browser, on almost any computer, tablet or smartphone, without custom software or plug-ins. This reduces installation and complexity of use — easily adding more value to your solution.

Consider support for common browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on Windows and Apple computers and look for iOS, Android and Win8 apps on iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and other smartphones and tablets. You should not be limited to using your cloud surveillance system on a certain type of computer or device.

4 Speed
When it comes to security and business data, speed is important, but speed with quality is more so. A key value of cloud video surveillance is the ability to access it when you need it not only quickly, but with quality. Speed and quality can be especially important when it comes to viewing live video. If you log in to see cameras live on the cloud and what you see happened 5 seconds or a minute ago in a small, low quality format (that would make a postage stamp proud) for many customers, it does not provide a real solution. Keep in mind that even though a network might be fast and reliable, this is no guarantee of fast and reliable video experience — because the software behind the scenes will always contribute to performance. Consider cloud video surveillance solutions that provide speed and quality — and deliver this experience regardless of the speed of the network. The best way to test this is with real-world pilot and respected manufacturers gladly provide test systems at no cost.

5 Management
Because of the Internet and, in particular, the cloud, we are now dealing with customers that enjoy remote access to hundreds of locations, hundreds of miles away from each other. When being responsible for multiple locations, hundreds of cameras, and months of video, the need for “surveillance management” becomes mission critical. Insuring that cameras are operating and recording properly and live and that recorded video is easily accessible is all part of the job. Access to reports on system performance becomes a core part of any cloud video surveillance solution. Being notified immediately if a camera is down at any location and remotely upgrading systems as well as other troubleshooting can save big bucks when you don't have to send out a technician in a truck! Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that offers a single, easy-touse interface with the right features you need to manage your surveillance.

6 Security
Is video surveillance on the cloud secure? The evolution of the cloud itself is an evolution in trust — moving business services we are used to doing ourselves to other companies to handle. We put our trust in those companies. I would argue that your video surveillance is safer in the cloud than on your own computers. The major cloud platform companies such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon invest tremendous amounts of resources to maintain and improve security, and they rollout constant improvements to their systems. If you think about it, many corporations and even government entities like the GSA already trust their email to Google Gmail or Microsoft Hotmail and thousands of companies trust their most prized asset, customer information, to the Salesforce cloud. Even the director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, said he is convinced the cloud will ensure that people cannot see any data beyond what they need for their jobs. Another component of security is the physical location of the video. Most cloud services offer data redundancy that include multiple copies of data and even geographic redundancy where the data is duplicated in more than one physical location. Remember that by law, you are responsible for the security of your video surveillance data, whether its onsite — or on a cloud. Are there guarantees? No. But the cloud is proving to be the future more so every day. Note that now 60 percent of worldwide phone traffic is on Skype, which runs on the Microsoft cloud. That trust will continue to move toward the cloud.

7 Scalability
One of the key benefits of cloud computing is “elasticity,” which is the ability to deliver the exact amount of computing services and storage needed on demand. A cloud video surveillance solution should not only be able to support one or one million cameras or servers, but also make supporting any amount in between fast and simple to do. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that is self-configuring and designed to work with hundreds of different cameras and almost any network infrastructure. It should reliably be able to grow from one location with five cameras to hundreds of locations with thousands of cameras then back down again — on demand and without long term contracts.

8 Self Service
Nobody likes to get locked into anything, especially technology, which changes so quickly. One of the key benefits of cloud solutions is the ability to use and pay for only what you need, when you need it. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution that enables you to quickly and easily increase and decrease cloud services and storage on demand, as needed, without penalty or long term contracts.

9 Update-ability
One of the amazing advantages of cloud solutions is that system improvements, new features, bug fixes and security upgrades can be rolled out to an entire enterprise automatically or on-demand. This insures that the solution can respond quickly to changing conditions such as new security threats or new requirements like analytics or integration with other technologies such as access control or PoS. Not only should software and cloud services be upgradeable, but hardware devices such as cloud servers and edge recorders should benefit from this service as well. Consider cloud video surveillance solutions that offer constant improvement through regular upgrades.

10 Transferability
Working with a cloud services provider comes down to trusting another company with your critical business services and data. Consider a cloud video surveillance solution provider that is focused on cloud services, has a proven track record and is committed long term to growing its services. As life is not perfect and as the Scouts always say, be prepared — and be prepared in advance to change vendors. The first thing you can do to protect yourself is to select cameras or encoders that use industry standard compression algorithms and industry standard video delivery protocols as well as APIs. Insure your cloud video surveillance solution offers on demand download access of all of your video from the cloud so that if you ever need to jump boats, you can — anytime you want to or need to.

Each of the 10 challenges have more than one solution and there may be additional challenges particular to your business. Reach out to peers in your industry for their experience, talk to different vendors, get a pilot at your location, and search Google for “cloud video surveillance” or “cloud cctv” for more.

Bosch IP 5000 HD and MP cams family features on 5MP, iDNR and WDR

Bosch IP 5000 HD and MP cams family features on 5MP, iDNR and WDR

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 10/1/2013 | Article type: Security 50

With the introduction of its new IP 5000 HD and MP camera family, featuring resolutions as high as five megapixels, Bosch is offering high-performance technology for a wide range of typical surveillance needs. By the end of 2013 this series will consist of thirteen cameras in four different designs – microdome, bullet, indoor, and outdoor domes – that offer a number of resolutions to cater for varying image detail requirements while also supporting SD card storage. The various options for outdoor installation include vandal resistance, water and dust-proof enclosures, as well as IR LEDs for night-time monitoring. In addition, varifocal lenses simplify the adjustment of the field of view.

All the new cameras incorporate two special bandwidth reduction technologies. Firstly, intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR) adapts the degree of noise reduction in real time based on an analysis of the contents of the scene. For example, this reduces bandwidth by up to 50 percent when no motion is present, but as soon as an important object is detected, the bandwidth increases to capture maximum detail. Secondly, bandwidth is further reduced by way of area-based encoding that enables compression parameters to be set for up to eight user-definable regions. This means the less interesting regions are more highly compressed, leaving more bandwidth available for the important parts of the scene.

Furthermore, two particular regions of interest can be selected and controlled by remote electronic pan, tilt and zoom (e-PTZ). The combination of these special streams with the main stream allows for a closer inspection of details while retaining situational awareness.

Additional features include Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), privacy masking, audio capability, and an operational temperature range from as low as -30 right up to +50 degrees Celsius. The cameras are supplied with the Bosch Video Client PC software that features a user-friendly interface to support simple installation and configuration. It provides live viewing of multiple cameras, playback, forensic search, and the export of data.

Finally, an app, available free of charge from the App Store, enables access to HD surveillance images on an iPad or iPhone from anywhere, even over low-bandwidth connections. “Our Video Security app gives you complete control of all your cameras, from panning and tilting, to zoom and focus functions,” explains Ian Crosby, Head of Product Management at Bosch Security Systems. “It's like taking your control room with you.”

The new cameras seamlessly integrate with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch as well as from other third-party providers, since they are ONVIF conformant. They are also supported by the Integration Partner Program, which gives partners immediate access to online tools for easy integration.

The new camera range will be available from October 2013 onwards.

Hikvision strengthens partnership with Milestone Systems

Hikvision strengthens partnership with Milestone Systems

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/1/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The partnership between Hikvision and Milestone has recently been strengthened via the complete integration of Hikvision IP video devices and Milestone XProtect video management software. As a result, Hikvision's full range of network cameras, network speed domes, and video encoders now support Milestone's full range of XProtect VMS (including XProtect Corporate, XProtect Expert, and XProtect Enterprise, among others).

“With this integration, we now support the majority of Hikvision's extensive product portfolio which are requested from customers globally. The real focus has been to support the advanced feature set on the Hikvision cameras and encoders like Edge Storage, which will allow these customers to implement advanced, scalable and yet cost-effective solutions,” commented Henrik Hansen, Head of the Manufacturer Alliance Program (MAP) at Milestone Systems.

Edge Recording Now Available
Milestone XProtect VMS now supports the on-board storage capabilities of Hikvision's IP cameras. This feature ensures uninterrupted video recording in the event of a network disconnection or server failure, and provides additional protection of video data. Furthermore, it offers users the ability to access the entire video stream - even in the event of a network outage. Besides, these mutual customers of Hikvision / Milestone will also benefit from other advanced features of Hikvision IP video products ( network configuration, multi-streaming, alarm and motion detection, etc.).

Richer Vertical Opportunities
This partnership brings our customers richer offerings of versatile IP solutions, ranging from the entry-level to the high-end application sectors. For example, the newly added Hikvision 2-line HD network camera series – a product specially designed for SME sectors. When paired with Milestone's comprehensive VMS, now owners will benefit greatly with both high definition and easy-use IP surveillance.

“With Milestone's powerful, reliable and highly scalable video management software, Hikvision is able to offer our customers more enhanced, and value-added, IP video surveillance solutions to help grow their businesses. And Hikvision will continue to work closely with Milestone to develop further integration opportunities in the future,” said Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision.

March Networks integrates Sony IP cameras with 8000 Series Hybrid NVR

March Networks integrates Sony IP cameras with 8000 Series Hybrid NVR

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 9/27/2013 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions and an independent subsidiary of Infinova, announced the integration of its 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs) with Sony Electronics's IPELA ENGINE EX and PRO IP cameras. The March Networks-certified integration makes it easier for 8000 Series customers and systems integrators to deploy Sony cameras for high-quality video surveillance. It also provides Sony customers with greater flexibility when selecting a recording platform, allowing them to take advantage of the exceptional reliability, centralized management and 100 percent IP camera support provided by the 8000 Series platform.

March Networks is committed to providing customers and partners with open, standards-based products. All 8000 Series hybrid recorders are ONVIF-compliant, which enables them to operate seamlessly with more than 2,000 third-party cameras. In addition, the company works with best-in-class manufacturers like Sony to ensure support for an expanded set of capabilities. The certified integration with the Sony IP cameras ensures out-of-the-box support for features including audio capture, H.264 video compression, motion alarms, physical alarms and switches, and PTZ control.

"Video surveillance customers are looking for broader product choices and deployment options," said Mark Collett, General Manager, Sony Electronics' Security Systems Division. "This integration with March Networks' hybrid recording systems is a direct response to that demand and is particularly advantageous for organizations seeking more detailed, high-definition surveillance video."

March Networks' 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs deliver the high-performance customers need for advanced surveillance and business intelligence applications now and in the future. Available in 32, 16, 8 and compact 4-channel models, the recorders support multiple hybrid camera combinations as well as all-IP video streaming, enabling organizations to transition from analog to 100 percent IP video on the same platform. The 8000 Series employs optimized H.264 video compression to provide detailed, HD video and noticeably sharper analog camera images without increasing storage requirements. The recorders also maintain the unparalleled reliability, centralized video management and scalability that have made March Networks the No. 1 supplier of enterprise video recorders in the Americas and a leading provider worldwide.

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.

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