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Exacq Introduces New S-Series Enterprise NVR

Exacq Introduces New S-Series Enterprise NVR

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 2/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Networked Video Storage for exacqVision Recorders
The new S-Series Enterprise line of networked video storage servers from Exacq Technologies allows extended storage and archived storage to any exacqVision server running the exacqVision Professional or Enterprise Video Management System (VMS). In addition, S-Series Enterprise servers can be used to archive video from exacqVision Edge IP cameras. ExacqVision Edge is a full-featured VMS that runs directly on compatible IP cameras.

Systems running exacqVision Professional and Enterprise can take full advantage of the S-Series for both extended storage and archiving. Users of the exacqVision Enterprise VMS will be able to utilize a simplified setup process ideal for multi-server installations.
* Archive video and audio to the S-Series with instant search capability
* Extend exacqVision storage without the need for additional video recorders
* Unified VMS solution allows you to setup and access video servers and storage servers from a single client
* Expandable storage and added reliability with up to 80TB of enterprise-class hard drives utilizing RAID 5/6 and redundant power supplies

Milestone systems elavates Bosch Security systems to Elite Partner Status

Milestone systems elavates Bosch Security systems to Elite Partner Status

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has elevated Bosch Security Systems to the status of Elite Partner in the Milestone Alliance Partner program (MAP). This is a significant tightening of an already close and long-standing relationship, since Bosch Security Systems is one of few partners in the world to achieve this status.

Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances, says: “Our Elite program is the highest partnership level we offer in the MAP program. It represents a partner's total commitment to achieving maximum return on investment for its customers through superior camera technology and a focus on long-term customer satisfaction with camera solutions integrated to Milestone products. Milestone Channel Partners and customers now gain the advantage of the deepest relationship between Bosch Security Systems and Milestone.”

The relationship between Bosch Security Systems and Milestone Systems has been ongoing for several years. Both companies have put in a dedicated and targeted effort to elevate the mutual technical and commercial engagement to a new level, resulting in the Elite MAP partner status for Bosch Security Systems.

Going forward, Milestone Systems will provide even deeper integration for Bosch Security Systems' cameras with support from the award-winning XProtect family of open platform VMS.

The synergies between Milestone's open platform software and Bosch Security Systems' cameras enable partners and customers to explore the intelligence and efficiency of Bosch Security Systems' camera solutions and Milestone XProtect market-leading VMS. This gives Milestone and Bosch Security Systems a further boost in shaping and driving the industry on a tactical level by better supporting the channel partners, who create innovative, easy-to-use and business-enabling video solutions to customers worldwide.

Rudolf Spielberger, Head of the Bosch Integration Partner Program, says: “Our video technology focus is to deliver superior intelligence and analytics, highest quality of video images, most efficient data rates, with lowest storage requirements. And now, through this strengthened partnership with Milestone, we will bring even more unique and relevant cutting-edge features to customers - offering them new integration possibilities.”

IDIS safeguards luxury hotel resort in Phuket

IDIS safeguards luxury hotel resort in Phuket

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 2/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout program. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of 12 DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and 2 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of 1 and 2 megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. 18 terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s Asia | Updated: 1/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In November 2012, Dahua Technology debuted HDCVI technology to the world. As it is one of the latest innovations of HD-over-coax technology, a&s International would like to analyze its market potential and test its performance in security applications.

With the world debut of HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) -- the latest technological breakthrough in long-distance HD-over-coax technology, Dahua Technology demonstrated both its R&D capability and determination to become a total solutions provider. The innovative HDCVI makes possible the transmission of HD video without latency over a distance of up to 500-meter via coaxial cables. In other words, end users now have the option to upgrade existing systems from standard definition to megapixel high resolution at a lower cost.

Although network video technology has penetrated the majority of market sectors and geographic regions, the current global security market is still dominated by analog systems in terms of sales volume. Accordingly, Dahua still sees plenty of opportunities in the traditional analog market. “For a big commercial building with around 40 million coaxial cables, recabling can be extremely costly and time consuming. At the same time, end users want higher picture quality. Therefore, we believe end users would increase their demand of HD-over-coax technology and Dahua's latest innovation, which enables HD video transmission via coaxial cable within a 500-meter distance would be the solution to fit all these requirements,” said Liquan Fu, President of Dahua.

Global marketing with focus on Asia
With a strong network of local distributors around the world, Dahua plans to market HDCVI not only internationally, but also in Asia. The company sees Asia as one of the biggest markets and a region where HD demand is booming, especially in the ASEAN member states. “Statistically speaking, the ratio of analog to IP products is currently 9 to 1 in India. The Indian market is one of the markets experiencing great demand for HD, as is the Brazilian market. Therefore, we can predict that HDCVI has the potential to shine in other analog-dominated markets too,” said Tim Shen, Overseas Marketing Director at Dahua.

Currently, Dahua is confident that there will be great demand for HDCVI in verticals where HD video is required, but end users want hassle-free IP video systems and are often reluctant to replace the entire existing infrastructure of cables. These include the residential sector and certain SMB sectors, such as retail, banking and casinos.

Total HDCVI solution
In addition to HDCVI cameras, Dahua is going to launch HDCVI Tri-brid DVR in the first quarter of 2014. HDCVI Tri-brid DVR works with analog, IP, as well as HDCVI systems. “Therefore, there shouldn't be compatibility issues between HDCVI, regardless of the type of system that is already in place. We do believe with the launch of this new product, integration and compatibility with HDCVI will reach a higher level,” said Shen.

In the coming year, Dahua is planning on several local roadshows with its partners to better present HDCVI to local systems integrators and installers. Meanwhile, it has just launched a microsite — HDCVI Academy. “HDCVI Academy is designed to be a platform for interaction between Dahua, our existing partners, and potential partners. For instance, all of our distribution partners can access HDCVI Academy for updates on HDCVI, from product models, case studies, SDK, technical support, and even new bracket selection,” said Shen. “In addition, we have an interactive bulletin board to answer all questions that people might have at any stage of installing HDCVI cameras or HDCVI in general. HDCVI Academy is a portal for more people to understand the benefits that HDCVI brings and how they can be benefit from HDCVI.”

TIPS:Basics of HDCVI Technology
HDCVI technology is not the same as analog image processing technology, HD digital technology, or IP megapixel technology. The biggest difference between this technology and others lies in that HDCVI combines the analog modulation-demodulation technology (transmission) of analog image processing with the high-resolution optical imaging of HD digital technology and IP megapixel technology. This provides HDCVI with the best of both worlds – high-resolution display and rapid analog transmission. The result is rapid analog transmission in a fast provisioning system that is easy to set up, but at the same time avoids the headaches common with network video systems, such as bandwidth instability, data packet loss, and latency.

HDCVI camera test performance
As a reliable and trusted source of information for the security industry, a&s conducted a test on HDCVI front-end imaging and storage devices to learn more about this technology. The test included 2 DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI bullet cameras; two DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI mini dome cameras; and one HDCVI based DH-HCVR7808S hybrid DVR.

True Color Display
The true color display capabilities of HDCVI are confirmed in the test. The 2-megapixel camera supports 1080p and real-time, high-resolution transmission of 720p at a maximum frame rate of 60fps. The HDCVI-DVR supports 1080p to QCIF multi-resolution, and 1-30fps storage and transmission. It supports up to a maximum of 8 blocks of 4TB hard disks (enabling a maximum storage capacity of up to 32TB). The following results are obtained in tests where the DVR video parameters are set at a resolution of 1080p, frame rate of 25fps, and bandwidth of CBR 4Mbps.

1080p high-definition performance
After the high-definition images transmitted via HDCVI are demodulated by the DVR and processed via H.264 encoding and decoding, the horizontal and vertical resolutions of real-time image quality forwarded by HDMI can reach up to 950TVL. Furthermore, edge definition is close to 900TVL and 8-bit is easily identified on a 10-bit gray scale. The same image quality is achieved with both a 2-megapixel IP and HD-SDI camera. Color images are also consistent when compared against the 24 colors of the Color Checker.

The next test looks at performance of videos taken outdoors and indoors. First up, the images taken at noon on rainy days (<1000 Lux) are detailed, with branches hundreds of meters away remaining identifiable. Next, images taken in the evening with street lamps (>20Lux) are clear and transparent, with good noise control. Finally, the automatic gain control of the camera is good indoors, and under normal light conditions, images are clear and easy to view with moderate screen brightness.

Applicability in low-lux settings
When placed inside a camera obscura, the color of images taken in light levels above 14 Lux are consistent with those taken under normal light levels, but color performance is affected at Lux levels below that. However, the AGC is switched on upon further reduction of light levels and together with 3D noise reduction capability, color images remain clear and crisp. The cameras switch to black and white images when light levels fall to 1.06 Lux to produce clean, noiseless, and clear images. When light levels are as low as 0.18 Lux, the cameras automatically switch on infrared lights to produce sharp and clear images. With IR illumination, the camera is still capable of a 20-meter effective surveillance range in darkness.

Hybrid input Incorporates all images
In addition to HDCVI signals, Dahua's HDCVI high-resolution, analog solution also supports standard-definition analog video, 960H analog video, and network video resolutions of 1080p and below. HDCVI, 960H and D1 video signals can be accessed through the same BNC. It is also worth mentioning that this product is ONVIF compatible and supports third party front-end devices.

Transmission Distance Reaches Over 300-meters
HDCVI is capable of long transmission distances and its transmission distances of various coaxial cables are as follows:

* RG-59/U guarantees up to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-59/U guarantees up to 300 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 650 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 400 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p

OSD menu control via coaxial cable
In this test, it was discovered that the HDCVI solution allows for remote control of the camera's OSD on the DVR client side. This is achieved simply through connecting the DVR with the camera via the coaxial cable. Once that is done, the end user would be able to, for instance, enter the “PTZ” menu in the video channel to control the camera's functions and image parameters. The advantage of this technology is less upfront investment, as the coaxial cable transmits images and controls the cameras. Moreover, back-end remote control of the camera allows for more precision and saves valuable time.

Excellent anti-interference performance
In the test, 6 sources of video inputs are transmitted and accessed simultaneously. In addition, there are numerous network cables, wires, displays, exchanger, and PTZ controllers in operation. However, it was discovered that images remain stable and the system is under control. Finally, when radio signals and magnetic fields in the form of receiving and dialing phones, are introduced at both ends of a 300-meter, 96 braiding coaxial cable, the image displays remain unaffected.

Supports twisted-pair transmission
This HDCVI solution also supports twisted-pair data transmission. In this test, the camera and DVR is connected via a 2-meter, cat5 twisted-pair cable that is also connected to a UTP convertor that is widely available on the market -- UTP Balun, coaxial twisted-pair convertor. The image display was normal and the image quality was identical to the results obtained when coaxial cables are used. Furthermore, DVR remote control of the OSD menu remains normal. According to the manufacturer's installation guidelines, 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 300 meters at 720p, while 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 200 meters at 1080p.

Steady and reliable transmission
A 2-megapixel HDCVI camera was connected with a 2-meter coaxial cable, while another identical camera was connected to a 300-meter coaxial cable. To observe the transmission performance of different cable lengths, images of an electronic stopwatch are then shot through the system to be processed by the DVR and HDMI local decoding. It is fair to say that the latency between the cables is the same, even though they are of different lengths. Latency is controlled within the range of 280 to 310ms and is consistent in all the tests.

Video playback is clear and smooth
DH-HCVR7808S supports 4 inputs of simultaneous playback at 1080p simultaneous. When video playback is tested, there is no difference between the quality of video images and the real-time video screenshot. The definition, color reduction, smoothness, and real-time effect are the same in all the following types of video formats: high-definition analog, 960H, 1080p high-definition, or standard-definition analog video. This indicates a proper processing of the DVR encoding and decoding.

Tips for selecting NVRs

Tips for selecting NVRs

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 1/28/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Summary
A network video recorder (NVR) is an IP-based video surveillance management system. It integrates transmission wiring, network transmission and front-end management into a single system, offering system status and parameter monitoring and querying. Compared to DVRs, NVRs greatly simplify troubleshooting by optimizing the distribution and transmission of video signals.

Similar to DVRs, current NVRs are categorized by the number of channels they support. Mainstream standalone NVRs support 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128 channels. NVRs that are built on server architectures support even more channels—256 or even thousands of channels. When considering an NVR, Secutech recommends the following six tips:

1. Support for multiple high-capacity HDDs
The number of channels that an NVR can support if highly dependent on the amount of storage it can handle. Therefore, it is critical that the NVR being considered supports a suitable number of HDDs. The types of HDDs supported is also important; buyers should look for NVRs that use reliable, high-speed interfaces like SATA, SATA-II or e-SATA.

2. Appropriate HDD brands and models
The top HDD manufacturers now have HDDs that are designed specifically for surveillance, enterprise and consumer applications. The differences between classes are: optimizations in reliability, performance and energy consumption. HDDs used for video surveillance need to be reliable, support high transfer rates, and are capable of operating 24x7x365. The duration of the manufacturer's warranty is also something to consider.

3. Stable operating systems
There are two main types of NVRs: embedded and PC-based. Embedded NVRs use SoC platforms with an embedded version of Linux. PC-based NVRs are servers or industrial PCs that generally run Linux or Microsoft Windows. While the former offers high reliability and stability, the number of supported channels is limited by physical connections and processing power. PC-based NVRs have more processing power, are relatively easier to develop, support a multitude of video compression formats, and generally support a greater number of video channels. Users that need fewer channels can consider embedded NVRs, while users that need a large number of channels will have to go with PC-based ones.

4. Interoperability
Regardless of application, buys should primarily consider NVRs that support cameras made by other manufacturers. This benefits distributors, installers and end-users by alleviating compatibility headaches. In addition, NVR manufacturers that are oblivious to industry standards like ONVIF probably are not worth considering anyway.

5. Effective Back-End Management Clients
The back-end management client is a user's primary interface with which to interact with the NVR. It is therefore critical that users choose an NVR that includes a management client that provides all the needed features and an acceptable user interface. NVRs support remote management through a web interface (accessed with a browser) or via software installed on a PC. Basic features include video monitoring, recording and playback. If the NVR supports alarms, the management interface will also need to integrate management and operation of multiple NVRs and alarms. In addition, the management client should also support off-site backups of multiple NVRs.

6. Other Software Features
Features that are not necessarily essential, but are nice to have, includes: plug-and-play, intelligent tagging and searching, remote monitoring, alarm integration, and automatic off-site backup. In addition, the user interface should be simple, intuitive, reliable and stable.

For detailed information on NVR, please register for Secutech 2014

Luxury hotel resort completes installation of IDIS HD Surveillance

Luxury hotel resort completes installation of IDIS HD Surveillance

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 1/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout programme. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of twelve DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and two 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of one and two megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. Eighteen terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

Vicon introduces NVRs pricing reductions as high as 45 % off

Vicon introduces NVRs pricing reductions as high as 45 % off

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 1/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon, an international designer and producer of network video management systems, released its 2014 Price List, introducing reductions as high as 45% off NVRS, NVRs with internal RAID and Kollector hybrid DVRs.

Lower pricing is the result of reductions in the cost of base models combined with significant discounting of the cost of incremental internal storage. As a result, greater reductions are seen in higher storage models within product lines. For enterprise scale systems comprised of multiple NVRs, these savings can result in tens of thousands of dollars in savings per order.

Also included within the Price List is Vicon's new HDExpress plug-and-play NVR for HD video. This revolutionary product combines the simplicity of traditional DVR set up with the features and advantages of an HD video network system.

Bret McGowan, Vicon's Senior V.P., Sales and Marketing, explains that “Pre-loaded VMS software on ViconNet NVRs and hybrid DVRs, combined with Vicon's network pre-configuration services, have historically given Vicon a competitive edge in the categories of convenience and ease of installation. Now, these same ViconNet systems offer extreme value.”

Honeywell and BAM Techniek ensures safety at Ziekenhuis Amstelland

Honeywell and BAM Techniek ensures safety at Ziekenhuis Amstelland

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 1/21/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Client:
Ziekenhuis Amstelland is a general hospital that provides high quality medical care in a friendly environment and on a small scale, primarily to the residents of the Amstelveen region and to the Jewish community in particular. Following a large-scale new construction project that took place in 2009-2010, and with a major renovation of the old building during 2011, Amstelveen Hospital has transformed itself into a brand new hospital.

The Situation:
Even though the security in place was good, the renovation and the newly built buildings created the need to reassess the entire security system. Additional areas had been added for short-term treatments, day patients and policlinic treatments. The number of operation rooms was expanded and more beds were added for intensive care and heart monitoring, as well as a specially designed acute emergency help area. This resulted in an enlarged area that needed to be secured, but also required security solutions to manage the expansion in the capacity to treat patients, and the magnitude of the daily flow of people throughout the hospital. This resulted in the need for an optimized security system to safeguard personnel, patients, medicine supplies and the medical equipment becoming of vital importance.

In designing the new security system, Amstelland Hospital called upon the expertise of BAM Techniek (Region Northwest in Benningbroek) - a Dutch installation firm that through years of good experience has become the preferred security installer for the Amstelland Hospital.

In a large-scale renovation, the primary need was the expansion of the camera system, as well as switching to an integrated IP security solution for inside the buildings and surrounding premises. The requirement was to register incoming traffic and to provide the most cost-effective way of monitoring medical areas, medical storage areas and expensive medical equipment. The importance of having a security surveillance system in place was already acknowledged in 2009 when an X-ray monitor valued at $40,638 went missing.

The Solution:
“There are a lot of changes in the market, technology moves fast and we wanted to let our customer experience the differences in image quality,” said Arjan Kleuver, Project Manager at BAM Techniek. “To do this, IP cameras from different suppliers were tested on location for a few weeks. The primary criteria in the selection of the right supplier were the transition from day to night, but the price-quality ratio also played an important role.”

For the test, Honeywell supplied the latest models of the Honeywell EQUIP IP product range, namely the HD3MDIPX and the HD4MDIPX. These high definition True Day/Night mini-dome network cameras for indoor and outdoor usage are designed to deliver extremely sharp images with minimal bandwidth. “Not long after the trials had started it became clear that the Honeywell cameras were superior in the transition from day to night, delivered crisp high quality images, and exceeded their "Why we chose BAM Techniek is actually very simple - they give good advice, taking into account future requirements" Peter Karsman, Head of Facility Operations, Amstelland Hospital competition in price-performance ratio,” added Karsman.

In addition to the 90 Honeywell cameras, 6 Honeywell Fusion IV Network Video Recorders (NVRs) were installed with FVMS software. The powerful Fusion IV has the capacity to support up to 32 IP cameras and when combined, multiple Fusion IV NVRs can support 100s of cameras, meeting the requirements of large-scale integrated IP systems like the one installed in Amstelland Hospital.

To complete the security system, the decision was taken to install Automatic Number Plate Recognition software (ANPR) which enables monitoring and number plate registration of all cars entering and leaving the building. By automatically logging the entrance time along with the car number plate, potential security risks can be managed with early warning alerts.

The Benefits
By installing the Honeywell high definition True Day/Night cameras for indoor and outdoor usage, ANPR software and Fusion IV NVRs with FVMS, Amstelland Hospital now has a robust integrated IP surveillance solution in place. This complete IP system is rarely seen in Dutch hospitals where analogue is often still deployed, despite the obvious advantages that IP offers such as cost savings, ease of installation and maintenance.

For Amstelland Hospital the new IP system brought a significant improvement in efficiency gains. Due to the pre-installed motion detection settings, the cameras are only activated to record when motion occurs. With the video management software, a site map can be preloaded, pinpointing the exact location where the incident is occurring. The Honeywell solution improves safety, and enhances the quality of the information provided to security and reception personnel.

In addition, the video management software makes it possible to preset a variety of user rights. This functionality is of crucial importance with regard to the Law for the Protection of Personal Data, and makes it possible to define who has viewer or data recapture rights for the recordings which ultimately are required to protect against illegal use of the images and guarantee the privacy of employees and patients.

Choosing the Honeywell high definition cameras that require minimal bandwidth also enables substantial financial savings. The clear image quality and the problem-free transition from day to night registration ensure the continuity of reliable data collection and a good situational overview at all times.

In the weeks following the installation of the Honeywell IP security solution, the system proved itself by capturing and preventing numerous break-in attempts and solving a theft.

How to differentiate types of smart cards

How to differentiate types of smart cards

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 1/20/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Summary
As building automation has evolved over the years, almost all previously disparate systems have been integrated into a single management platform. With these changes brings the possibility of having a single, “smart” access card that allows users to access different services and facilities according to different authorization rights. For example, a single smart card could allow a user to reach certain floors via the elevator, gain access to restricted rooms, open the gate to the parking lot and more. These integrated systems and smart cards have applications in smart communities, smart homes, industrial parks and other highly managed environments.

Types of Smart Cards
There are numerous technologies on the market that can power universal access cards, and they all have one thing in common—silicon. Smart cards are “smart” because they have embedded chips that can store and process data. Different types of smart cards may perform better than that others in certain situations; according to their architecture, smart cards can be classified as follows:

Memory Card
Its embedded chip is equivalent to a normal serial E2PROM storage unit. Some chips are even designed to have write protection on certain areas of the chip. Memory cards can conveniently store data, are simple to use and are inexpensive. In many cases, memory cards can replace magnetic cards; however, since memory cards are not encrypted, they are limited to low-security applications.

Security Card
In addition to storing data, the embedded chips in security cards also have logic controls that will not allow access to the stored data unless the password is accepted. Security cards provide better security for the stored data, while retaining the ease of use of memory cards.

CPU Card
CPU cards embed chips that are not only capable of storing data, but can also process it. These chips come complete with internal controllers, storage units, sequential logic circuits, arithmetic units and operating system. CPU cards are widely used in environments that require a high level of security, due to its higher storage capacity, processing capability, and better data encryption.

Smart Card
Smart cards have their own integrated MPU, hard drive, keyboard, LCD display and power supply. Some even include fingerprint scanners. According to the way data is read and written, smart cards are either contact-based IC cards or contactless IC cards.

Contact-Based IC Card
Data in the card is accessed by the reader through contact. This type of smart card is regulated by ISO7816 standards.

Contactless IC Card
Contactless IC cards transmit data to and from card reads via various types of wireless transmission technologies, such as light or radio waves. Its embedded chips not only have storage and logic control units, they also have integrated wireless transceiver circuitry. Contactless cards are used in environments where data is accessed frequently and where reliability is crucial. Contactless cards are regulated by ISO10536 standards.

For more informationaobut smart cards technology, please register for Secutech 2014.

Dahua HD IP cams integrate with DIGIEVER NVR

Dahua HD IP cams integrate with DIGIEVER NVR

Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 1/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, an international manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China launches official announcement that Dahua full range of HD network cameras (ranging from 1.3MP to 5MP) successfully integrate with DIGIEVER NVR.

Dahua network camera lineup offers megapixel cameras in various looks and sizes at distinctive demands, delivering superb image quality and strong functionality. The latest introduced Eco-Savvy series consists of three “low”s—low light, low bitrate and low consumption, which together makes the series a hit. DIGIEVER DIGISTOR NVR is a professional Linux-embedded standalone system with high performance of network surveillance and intuitive user interface. Powered by high performance CPU, DIGISTOR NVR performs excellent network surveillance of diverse IP cameras.

The successful integration of Dahua Technology and DIGIEVER is a benefit for both clients of Dahua IP cameras and DIGIEVER as the compatibility is a fulfillment to local play at full HD (1920x1080) and real time remote monitoring with outstanding throughput.

“DIGIEVER is an expert in video storage and we're glad that this partnership creates more value-added services for costumers of our both sides,” commented Stanley Hu, Product Director of Camera Line at Dahua Technology. “Customers are looking forward to the integration between Dahua and DIGIEVER to establish solid video recording surveillance solutions for customers of both parties. As a leading Linux-based NVR solution provider, DIGIEVER still dedicates on supporting extraordinary IP camera solution partners, such as Dahua,” said Mr. Allen Tseng, Product Manager of DIGIEVER. “The cooperation between DIGIEVER and Dahua will create more flexibility to satisfy various requests of users and vertical markets.”

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