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Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 7/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released the newest Device Pack 7.4 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. This update adds another 20 percent new or updated device drivers to XProtect, since the device pack 7.2 release in February when Milestone celebrated record support of 3,000 devices from more than 100 camera manufacturers.

The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable all the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed fully by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution - very important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone is actively promoting driver standards like ONVIF and PSIA, and are currently working to support the edge storage possibilities in ONVIF Profile G. Edge storage enables cameras to store recorded video and audio on storage inside the camera. This new capability is expected to be supported in XProtect Device Pack 7.5 scheduled for release in late August 2014.

"Our ability to add support for more than 600 new devices in just four months is a testimonial of the power of open platform technology," says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. "Our fast expansion of device support highlights our total dedication to give our partners not only the best VMS, but also the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market - now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive open platform technology going forward. We remain dedicated to our partner ecosystem as an independent industry force multipier."

The list of major manufacturers with new or updated drivers in Device Pack 7.4 is: 
* IQInvision
* Panasonic
* Arecont
* Stretch
* ACTi
* Pelco
The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders enabling analog cameras to be connected to the VMS: Milestone is in this way spearheading the transition from analog to digital video in the market for video-enabled business systems.

Based on open platform technology, Milestone XProtect VMS is compatible today with more than 200 encoders from more than 50 different manufacturers complementing the 3,647 digital cameras from more than 100 camera manufacturers, giving users a wide variety of solutions to choose from.

Bosch extends AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family

Bosch extends AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Delivering the highest quality of relevant IP video images in all lighting conditions, Bosch Security Systems brings its proven starlight and dynamic technology to the AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family of high-speed pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) domes. Whether capturing video in harsh sunlight or extreme low light, two new models of cameras provide round-the-clock protection regardless of lighting conditions. They ensure maximum image details are captured for traffic and transportation, industrial, government, city surveillance and many other applications faced with difficult lighting and moving objects indoors or out.

The new AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras deliver HD video images in extreme low light situations and capture moving objects in 720p HD resolution at up to 60 frames per second. The latest sensor technology combined with the sophisticated noise suppression results in a light sensitivity of 0.052 lux in color mode and even 0.0103 lux in monochrome mode.

In comparison, the AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD produces full color images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have turned to monochrome images. Where others show no image at all, it still delivers detailed monochrome images. Its ability to capture fast moving objects and excellent performance in extreme low light situations make the AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD ideal for securing, for example, parking lots or street corners. The AUTODOME IP dynamic 7000 HD camera features wide dynamic range and intelligent backlight compensation technology to ensure that moving objects or those of interest are enhanced and can be easily identified in scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas, which typically challenge standard cameras. To further improve the quality and relevancy of IP video images, both cameras also feature intelligent de-fog technology to dynamically adjust camera contrast settings to deliver the best quality in scenes affected by fog, smog, mist or other low contrast scenes.

Intelligent Video Analysis
Another differentiating feature of the AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically track objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata already in the camera. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By smartly using the camera's ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum.

Never lose track of objects of interest
In video surveillance, moving objects are usually the most significant objects of interest. Intelligent Tracking (iTracking) automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined alarm rules or a simple click. By intelligently distinguishing between single and multiple reference points, iTracking will provide uninterrupted tracking. Optimal capture of the object of interest is assured by dynamically adjusting the field of view. In addition, all AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models feature virtual masking technology. Virtual masks hide unwanted motion, such as swaying trees or pulsating lights, to improve the accuracy and performance of the cameras' intelligent features without hiding areas from the video seen by the operator.

24/7 remote access and camera control
Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The new AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models are fully supported by Dynamic Transcoding in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET transcoder.

Lower storage costs and network strain
To reduce storage costs and network strain the new AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD and AUTODOME IP dynamic 7000 HD cameras feature intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR). The benefit of this intelligent technology is that it leads to bandwidth only being used when needed. When there is little or no movement in the scene, less bitrate is required. Therefore, iDNR actively analyses the scene distinguishing between relevant information such as moving objects and image noise artifacts. The degree of noise reduction is adjusted accordingly so that important objects are captured and image noise artifacts suppressed, optimizing the camera's bitrate. Thus, iDNR saves up to 50% on bitrate and hence storage and network strain without compromising video quality. Local storage on the camera further enhances network performance by compensating for short network outages, so ensuring that video data is continuously available in VRM systems without breaks.

Dependable operation and easy installation
The AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family is available in an in-ceiling housing for areas where discrete installation is important or in a pendant version for indoor and outdoor applications. In-ceiling models feature IP54 and plenum ratings for added dust protection and the ability to mount the camera in areas used for air circulation for heating and air conditioning systems. Pendant models feature a tamper-resistant aluminium housing that is rated to IP66 and NEMA4X for uncompromised functionality even in wet environments – ensuring years of reliable performance. In addition, AUTODOME's dual power supply design assures continuous coverage even if one power source fails.

With pre-terminated, color-coded wiring and a quick-connect system between the camera and mount, AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models are faster and simpler to install than other PTZ domes. Support for High Power over Ethernet also provides power directly to the camera without additional cabling.

Hikvision plug and play NVR awarded at ESX2014

Hikvision plug and play NVR awarded at ESX2014

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is proud to be announced as the winner of coveted Maximum Impact Award at the ESX 2014 in the Digital Recording Systems category of Video Security. The company's ‘plug and play' NVR (model DS-7716NI-SP/16) was the clear winner in its category. The award reaffirms Hikvision's commitment to research and development in video surveillance technology and the company's pledge to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.

The Maximum Impact Award is the only program in the security industry that honors the impact new and recently introduced products and services have on security integration and monitoring companies. This year's winners were determined by a panel of distinguished judges from the industry leadership and ranks of ESX owner and sponsors, CSAA and ESA, who evaluated the submitted entries.

"It's not just about the hype or the next big technology play - it's about solutions for real-life security problems that help integration and monitoring companies deliver better products and services to their customers," says ESX Chair, George De Marco. "Judges examined the submissions for overall value, impact and effect on a company's top and bottom line performance."

The Hikvision product that won the award is the NVR solution in a box. The ‘plug and play' approach to IP makes the system as easy to install as analog but provides superior image resolution up to 5MP. With built-in POE, alarms, audio and on-board storage capacity for most SMB needs, additional equipment is rarely required. These features and functionality make this NVR the perfect solution as a digital recording system that elevates clients' video security.

“We are excited to be recognized as the winner of this esteemed industry accolade,” says Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA. “Our focus continues to be on providing best-in-breed video surveillance solutions to our customers, including security integration and monitoring companies. This award serves as a further proof of Hikvision's innovation that helps to meet customer needs and grow profits.”

Hikvision network cameras integrated with i3 Int'l SRX-PRO software

Hikvision network cameras integrated with i3 Int'l SRX-PRO software

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the world's suppliers of video surveillance equipment and solutions, announced the integration of its network security cameras with SRX-PRO software from i3 International, an industry provider in IP and Video Analytics technology.

By utilizing the GiPi (Generic IP Integration) module from i3 International, Hikvision's network cameras, including the 2-line HD series, DS-2CD7XXX series and DS-2CD8XXX series, are easily integrated with SRX-PRO software. The GiPi search function on the SRX-PRO server can auto-detect the cameras and configure IP addresses and other relevant information simultaneously. Mutual customers will benefit from the advanced features of Hikvision IP cameras such as motion detection, alarm, PTZ functionality, and storage of presets.

“The integration with i3 International VMS makes a great fit for any application regardless of SME or professional sectors. This integration greatly improves system operation efficiency, allowing our customers the benefit of flexibility and convenience,” noted Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision.

ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

Editor / Provider: ADT | Updated: 6/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ADT announced the expansion of its video surveillance portfolio with new cloud-based and local DVR (digital video recorder) storage offerings designed to meet the needs of America's small business owners. ADT's extended video offerings give small business owners the flexibility to keep tabs on their most critical assets, store their video footage on-premise or in the cloud, scale their investment level up or down over time, and have a better understanding of their overall business operations.

According to a recent study, the market for cloud services continues to grow rapidly. The number of small businesses using a paid cloud solution in some capacity is predicted to triple in the next three years. With ADT's secure cloud video solutions, owners have the flexibility to track everyday business activities, manage multiple locations simultaneously, and take advantage of event-triggered notifications with cloud-based video access from any internet-connected device, including smartphones and tablets. ADT's cloud-based video surveillance service also has multi-screen viewing capabilities to track employees, while also providing enhanced visibility over inventory and sensitive business and customer data.

“ADT's introduction of video surveillance as a service with powerful, secure cloud technology provides small business owners with greater business control through unlimited, continuous video recording and storage,” said Luis Orbegoso, President of ADT Small Business. “In addition to cloud-based solutions, our diverse video portfolio is designed to meet the unique needs of each and every one of our customers – from the restaurateur to the salon owner.”

ADT Cloud Storage Solutions
ADT's cloud-based solutions are ideal for small business owners whom, for example, are in an office suite environment where security needs may be addressed by building management. These customers could benefit from added visibility with minimal IT support required and a significantly lower up-front cost with Broadband-enabled cameras. The new cloud solutions can also help increase audit capabilities with motion-triggered video storage and alerts, as well as archived video playback for incident investigations.

Additionally, the new solution provides greater insight into daily business activities through cloud-based video surveillance from any web-enabled device. The seamless user interface has an advanced search functionality to provide live video views or recorded video in one centrally managed account. With multiple options to choose from, small business owners have control over their investment level with 15 or 30 days video storage options.

ADT Onsite Storage Solutions
ADT's Onsite Storage Solutions meet the demand for on-premise video storage to monitor employee and customer interactions, help prevent crime and deter theft, especially in retail and food and beverage environments. With a local DVR, small business owners can digitally record video clips via cameras in multiple areas of the business, from the stockroom to the front door, and access the clips for playback at a later time.

Additionally, event-triggered activity alerts can be programmed, and owners can access a video history of video-captured activities through smart search functions on their DVR devices at any time. The intelligent search features of ADT's Onsite Storage Solutions allow owners to access date and time-stamped videos for a complete history of activities and to ensure employees are adhering to safety practices while also increasing loss prevention.

ADT Pulse Interactive Business Solutions
ADT Pulse provides small business owners with real-time video capabilities to monitor and manage their business from almost anywhere. The interactive business solutions also offers peace of mind with features to arm/disarm systems, regulate temperature, and control lighting.

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Port Fourchon in Louisiana plays a strategic role in supplying the United States with nearly 18% of its oil supply, servicing over 90% of the Gulf of Mexico's deep-water exploration and production. Securing this essential coast area requires a hands-on team of security professionals to watch for unauthorized activities and safety matters. When evaluating options for a surveillance system to feed its new maritime domain awareness platform, the port chose Milestone XProtect Enterprise video management software (VMS).

As the first land point of contact for the Gulf's activities including more than 600 rigs and platforms within a 40-mile radius, Port Fourchon has unique safety standards to handle potentially devastating issues that may damage vessels, equipment, products and people. Obsolete surveillance equipment previously used to monitor the area was not sufficient; a new video system was required to provide clearer imaging, improved storage capabilities, wider coverage and flexible video management.

Milestone XProtect Enterprise software was therefore deployed by Convergint Technologies to manage cameras from Bosch and Pelco. With Milestone's ability to display video in real time and its open platform architecture for integration with analytics from BRS Labs, the port benefits from comprehensive and responsive surveillance. Alerts from the video analytics are fed through XProtect.

“The video surveillance system has been taken to an entirely new level, integrating multiple systems for complete coverage. Milestone's open platform allows us to feed video analytics and disparate cameras through it, and the entire port is benefiting immensely,” states April Danos, Director of IT, Port Fourchon.

Several strategic elements work in unison to create complete behavioral analytics. The biggest advantage is the ability to have the dispatchers pull up all camera views needed to address an alert or an incident. It is easy to add more cameras to the surveillance network (which the port did in conjunction with the installation of a new radar system), since the Milestone open platform supports the largest choice of manufacturer models.

Key points in the port's request for proposals included a system with minimal maintenance requirements, video display in real time, user-friendly operation and the ability to easily integrate a variety of components.

“We all agreed that our new video management system should be easy to integrate and allow us to dovetail with our legacy equipment while having an opportunity to shop around for upgraded hardware without any proprietary restrictions,” says Danos. “The ability to scale up over the years to increase the port's protection was very important.”

Developed in response to requirements by the Department of Defense, the platform aligned with Port Fourchon's vision for a centralized system into which all elements would be integrated, providing directors and police with full coverage of the analytics, radar, access control and security systems. This provides wide area situational awareness and response capabilities to Port Fourchon's Harbor Police dispatchers, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, the parish Emergency Operations Center,LOOP, and the Port Administrative, Operations and IT departments.

“Many companies claim to provide an integrated system, but what they deliver is more likely a large number of windows scattered on a screen, without any data integration,” noted Danos. “Milestone's integration of video management and very detailed analytics gives our operators one single data feed through which the port's entire surveillance system can be readily accessed. We don't miss a beat, which is priority number one.”

All of the port's surveillance systems work in unison with the behavior analytics system. Milestone is the only interface that can process this large amount of information, according to Bruce Whitaker of BRS Labs: “Alerts come right through the port's Milestone XProtect setup. We can provide a brief clip of any target, time-and-date stamp it and inject it into the alarm. The users are looking at real-time video with the alerts built right in. No event goes unseen.”

“We are very pleased with the way Milestone's open platform enables us to explore multiple opportunities without worry of technology being rejected or reworking our entire system,” continues Danos. “Milestone has been very impressive as we adapt our system to improve operations every day.”

Smart TVs open up new opportunities for video surveillance

Smart TVs open up new opportunities for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In March, Iveda, which specializes in cloud-based video surveillance, announced a partnership deal with a Taiwan smart TV manufacturer to have its solution bundled with the manufacturer's TV sets. The partnership may very well become a new business model allowing users to operate video surveillance with more ease and convenience.

The smart TV manufacturer is unnamed but billed as a major player with the third largest market share in Taiwan, generating annual sales of 180,000 units. According to Iveda, its partner was looking for ways to generate more revenue and expand smart TV's functionality. Targeting security as a means to achieve those objectives, the partner became the first in the industry to include security features in smart TV sets. Under the deal, the TV manufacturer bundles into its products Iveda's plug-andplay security cameras and its software-asa- service cloud video hosting platform that comes with proprietary video streaming and storage compression technologies, allowing users to handle surveillance as a service for a monthly fee. Recurring incomes for security services represent a new and attractive proposition for TV manufacturers.

Smart TVs are next-generation television sets that are hooked directly to the Internet and in many ways transform the user experience. They enable users to do much more than just watch delivered contents; users can also download apps, stream music and videos, play interactive games, and enjoy other features that they normally would not be able to on their traditional TV sets.

“TV is no longer a passive appliance in people's homes. Cloud-based video surveillance is another application that makes smart TVs even smarter,” said David Ly, Chairman and CEO of Iveda. “It is a viable business model because TV manufacturers will continue to seek innovative products and services with true value to their customers, not just for entertainment, but other functionalities such as security.”

In Ly's words, managed video surveillance through smart TVs “will not only become a trend, it will become an end-user expectation” as people gain awareness that such capabilities exist today. “The deal validates that video security does not need to be as complicated as traditional methods make it seem,” he said. With the partnership, Iveda hopes to widen its reach to more users that it couldn't through traditional means. “The value for offering this type of solution is mass adoption of Iveda's cloud video surveillance services,” Ly noted. “The opportunity to reach more potential customers who normally would not call a security company for anything … is what Iveda has accomplished here with our partner. So yes, we certainly expect growth and traction.” As for deploying the service in other regions, Ly gave an emphatic yes, saying Iveda is looking for new partnerships in new markets.

Iveda Takes Video Surveillance to the Cloud
Iveda, founded in 2003 and headquartered in Mesa, U.S., specializes in cloud-based video surveillance, which represents another way of securing homes or other premises through video. With cloud-based video surveillance, also known as managed video as a service (MVaaS) or video surveillance as a service (VSaaS), the video is centrally hosted at a data center and can be accessed via a Web browser. Components that are needed in a traditional installation, such as DVRs, NVRs, and the related software, are no longer needed by users, who just need to log in and start to manage and control their videos via the PC or other Internet-connected devices. Iveda sees most of its customers in North America, although it has a subsidiary in Taiwan who has built ties with local clients in both public and private sectors.

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Vietnamese Beverage giant installs over 1200 cameras with Omnicast Video Surveillance and AutoVu License Plate Recognition for the most progressive security surveillance in local beverage industry.

Located just outside Ho Chi Minh City, in Binh Duong, Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) is a leading beverage corporation that develops, manufactures and retails an assortment of bottled drinks to Vietnam and other Asian countries. Superseding the regional sales of global giants such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, THP houses 6,000 square meters of office space, 7,500 square meters of factory space, and 46,000 square meters of warehouse space in their state-of-the-art headquarters.

With over 4,000 employees and billions of Vietnamese Dong of inventory leaving their facility daily, THP focuses on delivering quality products in a safe environment. While they had an analog video surveillance system in place, properly handling investigations was difficult and time consuming. The grainy images from DVR tapes and interrupted reliability of the system made securing their facilities even more challenging.

Instead, THP wanted to find a proven enterprise-class and feature-rich IP-based security system that would speed up investigations, offer easy access to managers overseeing operations, and cut costs by using existing hardware. From an IT standpoint, flexibility in network configuration and tools that would leverage their existing network infrastructure were also important.

After considering many solutions, THP relied on the expertise of Mr. Nguyen Quang Dinh, Chairman at Orion New Tech and Certified Genetec Integrator, to choose Genetec Security Center. According to Nguyen, “While the unified security platform cost-effectively offered all the functionality and flexibility they needed, it also allowed for centralized monitoring of both video surveillance and license plate recognition systems under a single, easy-to-use and robust platform.”

Largest Video System in Vietnam Unified with LPR
Representing the greatest number of surveillance cameras for a single security project in Vietnam's history, Omnicast, the video surveillance system of Security Center is managing just over 1200 cameras.

Thanks to flexible network configuration, Security Center allows THP to maximize their 11 server infrastructure, with the ability to host more than 100 cameras per server. THP is now able to minimize hardware investments, and curb the associated costs of powering, cooling and maintaining the equipment at such a massive site. Similarly, by using the bandwidth of each network segment only once, the Multicast capability in Security Center allows many users in various locations to view a video feed simultaneously without overcrowding the network or overloading the servers to redirect the stream, which is often a limitation of other video systems in the market.

In terms of storage, there is room for 500TB of archiving, which allows THP to retain video recordings for 30 days. For added reliability, THP has Omnicast Failover Archiving and Directory setup to ensure uninterrupted live monitoring and access to critical information, even in case of hardware failure or network interruptions.

Outside their headquarters, they reinforce their perimeter security with eight AutoVu license plate recognition (LPR) cameras. The AutoVu LPR cameras track the comings and goings of delivery trucks, capturing license plate reads as they pass by the cameras' field of view at the weighing stations. Alongside the license plate reads are date and time stamps, and a colour image of the vehicle. This data is sent back to the Security Center platform and unified with Omnicast video surveillance. In the event that a theft is reported, THP's security team can easily pull up video tied to the LPR reads so they can see exactly who was driving the truck as it entered and exited the facility.

A Feature-Rich Platform Engineered to Boost Efficiency
With two 12-hour shifts of security operators manning the system daily, the ease of system usability has really helped them reduce response time to incidents and quickly find information during investigations. THP offers Mobile capabilities to floor managers who use their phones to check up on operations from anywhere in their headquarters. Orion has also helped THP set permission levels in Security Center, so certain tasks and video are restricted only to those who have authorized access.

Visual tracking is another feature that THP operators have enjoyed. Instead of having to remember camera names or IDs in a list of 1200, they are now easily able to track a moving target in the factory, jumping from camera to cameras with the single click of a button directly from the video tile. And with the support for the bidirectional audio functionality of the cameras, operators in the control room can efficiently communicate with floors managers, without having to walk through the facility.

Setting the Benchmark Well Into the Future
Concerning their future plans, THP is looking at possibly expanding their surveillance system to three other remote factories throughout Vietnam, and tie them all back to the central headquarters in Binh Duong. This will all be possible thanks to the Genetec Federation feature which allows THP to manage all their Security Center systems as one single virtual system, while still maintaining independence for local security teams.

Furthermore, knowing Security Center is open and highly-customizable, THP is also interested in integrating other third-party systems into the unified platform like access control, video analytics and possibly more. This will help to further simplify their operations by automating tasks, handling alarms, and managing system components across all security and business systems from a simplified user interface.

Until then, THP's forward-thinking approach to security, technology and operations has set its massive Binh Duong facility as the benchmark to other local offices and manufacturing plants in the region.

 

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
To provide a newly built, world class arena with the latest generation security technology that could efficiently manage and monitor all areas of the venue to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.

Solution
From a 24-hour control room inside First Direct Arena, the security team manages their high-definition surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. With the Avigilon solution in place, the security team at the arena is able to manage dozens of IP cameras that oversee the piazza, stands, parking lot, concession areas and entry points. Operators of the Avigilon system use ACC Mobile to view live and recorded footage remotely from their smartphones and tablets. With Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), the team is able to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage.

Benefits
With the user-friendly and intuitive ACC software, the security team at First Direct Arena is able to monitor and manage crowd activity - both in the stands and throughout the exterior of the venue. The advanced search functions of ACC help the security team locate and accurately assess recorded footage in minutes. With the Avigilon ACC platform, the security team is able to monitor a large number of IP cameras and record footage without freezing or slowing down the system. - Improve crowd management
- Reduce investigation time
- Accurately assess incidents in the stands
- Protect against false liability claims

A State-of-the-Art Arena Deploys Avigilon High-Definition System to Protect Patrons and Improve Crowd Management
For decades, Leeds was the largest city in the United Kingdom (UK) without a major venue to host concerts and sporting events. After much demand for a modern and functional venue, city officials planned to build a multi-purpose concert hall with a spectacular fan-shaped design. In the fall of 2013, with Sir Elton John playing to a capacity audience of 13,500 people, First Direct Arena officially opened its doors for business. The arena will play host to over 140 events per year ranging from professional sports matches to top-billed music concerts to Disney on Ice. In order to protect the £50 million, approx $85 million, venue and all patrons in attendance, management needed to deploy a sophisticated HD video surveillance system. First Direct Arena engaged leading UK-based security specialists, Reflex Systems Ltd., to deliver an integrated solution incorporating video surveillance, access control, and perimeter and intruder detection. Under the recommendation of Reflex Systems, First Direct Arena chose the ACC software because of its multiple features and capability to efficiently manage a full-scale IP surveillance system. It also helped that a wide range of high-profile arenas and stadiums like the Slovnaft Arena (Slovakia) and Rogers Centre (Canada) relied on the Avigilon solution. Lee Sinnott, facilities manager at First Direct Arena agreed, “I saw that Avigilon products were deployed in numerous stadiums throughout North America and Europe,” Mr. Sinnott said. “It was comforting to learn that the system could be used for exactly what I needed it for.' What the Arena needed was a system that would be easy to use, provide efficient storage management and immediate and accurate searching capabilities. All features, Mr. Sinnott says, the Avigilon system delivers. “I would say our Avigilon system is significantly better than any kind I've seen previously,” he said.

Efficient Crowd Management
According to Mr. Sinnott, First Direct Arena predominately uses HD video surveillance to effectively and efficiently monitor crowd flow. With the ACC software, security personnel are able to monitor a variety of situations, such as altercations in the stands and theft, in an organized and timely manner. “The Avigilon system enables us to mitigate out some of the problems,” Mr. Sinnott said. “We've encountered less problems with crime because we can predetermine if there is going to be an issue somewhere.” The software has also been helpful in identifying possible interferences in traffic flow in and around the arena. “ACC has allowed us to manage our multiple cameras better than we have previously in other venues,” said Mr. Sinnott. “Say we see on the monitors that there is congestion at the front of the bar. We can now quickly adjust our staff and make dynamic changes so that we can provide better service at our concession stands.” Mr. Sinnott also points out that HD video surveillance helps accurately assess incidents where liability of the arena is a factor.

User-Friendly Software
Managing a large scale video surveillance system, required by most major arenas, can be a daunting task for security personnel. But the intuitive ACC software has simplified the process for First Direct Arena's security employees. “To be honest, we find the overall feel of the software to be user-friendly and easy to train employees on,” said Mr. Sinnott. ACC's advanced search features have also been a time-saving tool for Mr. Sinnott's staff. “With our older software suites, downloading the large amounts of data could take hours,” he said. “Avigilon's solution is so much simpler and this is a true benefit of the system. Rather than tying one of our security officers up for hours on end looking for a needle in a haystack, I can just download the segment of footage I need.” The value of the system is proven when the venue's security personnel can quickly submit footage to local law enforcement officials to assist with investigations. “Providing evidence to our local police force is easy and the footage has been of excellent quality,” Mr. Sinnott said. “The efficiency of the Avigilon system and clear images provided cuts down significantly on resources and time spent.”

Top-level Functionality
In addition to the main control room on the ground level that monitors the entire premise 24 hours a day, First Direct Arena uses a second control room during events to monitor its grounds. With the ACC software in use in both rooms, Mr. Sinnott states that the synchronization of communication between operators is seamless. “The ability for collaborative investigations was another key factor in our choice of Avigilon because of the flexibility and functionality the feature gave us in both control rooms,” said Mr. Sinnott. “Typically, our older system just provided mirror images of the other screen. If an operator was watching one image in our main control room, an operator in our opposite control room would be watching the same image. With Avigilon we have complete control of functionality from both locations.” If one of the control rooms is disconnected, the security team can easily move to the system in the room without missing a beat. “This kind of flexibility gives us greater control and added functionality,” said Mr. Sinnott.

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

In today's economy, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their IT organizations need to “do more with less.” The migration from traditional analogue to IP is underway in the SMB sector. We see the migration to IP growing relatively fast in the past 2 years since IP systems provide better resolution, pictures, and overall delivery of the features of video products.

LILIN provides great ways to cut cost and complexity for SMBs. SMBs have considerably smaller budgets in terms of security needs compared to their larger enterprise counterparts. Typically, the sales cycle of SMBs is much shorter than those of large enterprises, as there is less inter-departmental decision making needed. In general, it will take less than 3 months from point of enquiry through quotation, site survey, and, lastly, to when the installation is complete.

In regards to product requirements, SMB sectors typically deploy up to sixteen cameras with storage needs of up to one month depending upon individual business nature. LILIN's compact L series, Pro series, and Auto Focus Z series IP based cameras were designed to target retailers as well as SMB users. In order to accommodate a range of storage requirements, it is very significant for video solutions to have future-proof scalable storage options.

Simplicity in installation is also essential requirements for the SMB sector. LILIN developed its SMB solution based upon a plug-n-play approach to simplify installation and operation. The plug-n-play approach enables installers with only basic IT expertise to easily deploy an IP video solution.

LILIN NVRs are able to record at 1080P and footage stored on the NVR can be remotely playback on handheld devices including iOS and Android platforms. Standalone NVR Touch series comes with plug-n-play usability, which auto detects LILIN network cameras through IPScan utility with built in WS discovery technology is especially beneficial for SMB users who are not necessarily tech-savvy.

 

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