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Hikvision's Turbo HD: Bringing HD quality to an analog system

Hikvision's Turbo HD: Bringing HD quality to an analog system

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Hikvision | Updated: 9/22/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Regardless of whether or not video surveillance is headed toward IP, analog will always have a place in the market. The ease of connection, immediate transmission rate, simple maintenance, and safe and stable application will all keep analog a mainstay in video surveillance. To fit some systems integrators and end users' needs for analog systems, Hikvision launched its first HD analog systems, Turbo HD, ranging from cameras to DVRs.

How does Turbo HD Analog Solution work?
The Turbo HD analog system integrates digital, codecs, modem, and analog transmission technologies, which breaks the limit of 625TVL (not 960H) simulation technology and allows for HD in analog transmission, making it easy for old systems to upgrade to HD.

At the core of Hikvision's Turbo HD analog system is a modem chip that processes HD signals. After the HD signals are captured by the megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor, the optical image is processed by the image chip and forms uncompressed digital signals, which saves the original information. This imaging principle is basically the same as that of a HD digital camera, but the difference is Turbo HD analog solution adopts analog transmission over coaxial cable, namely, digital signals that are modulated into analog signals by a modulation chip. After HD video signals are transmitted to a back-end DVR, the modulation chip demodulates and uses a codec to compresses them into HD net video signals, which are then stored. The DVR modulation chip can modulate four Turbo HD signals in order to improve efficiency of demodulation.

Advantages:
• HD visual effects: Currently, Turbo HD analog solution is available in two resolutions: 2 megapixels at 1,080P and 1.3 megapixels at 720P. This allows for 900TVL to 1,100TVL of HD quality, which should be able to satisfy most HD surveillance needs.
• Long-distance transmission: It transmits 1,080P over 300 meters via a 75-5 ohm coaxial cable and 720P up to 500 meters.
• Open platform: Hikvision's Turbo HD analog system is compatible with HDTVI products of same type from third party companies. It can also receive different signals from 1,080P network cameras, 960H cameras, and SD analog cameras.
• Reverse control over coaxial cable: There is no need for customize configured keyboards for the OSD function menu of front-end cameras and dome camera cradle controls—everything can be done through the DVR via coaxial cable, providing the same flexibility as network equipment.
• Multi-functions: Software allows IP cameras to have many functions; however, many of these functions are difficult to realize on an analog camera. With the Turbo HD analog system, there are more functions such as transmission through fog, WDR, backlight compensation, and the intelligent analysis of VQD[1].

Product Design
Like other product lines, the Turbo HD analog system is selfcontained. To meet the needs of different customers, it provides a variety of camera series including dome cameras, half-dome cameras, fixed cameras, bullet cameras, integrated cameras, non-spherical camera, etc., all designed with infrared supplementary lighting and are IP66-rated for indoor and outdoor use.

Hikvision also provides several types of Turbo HD DVRs: mainly 4-, 8-, and 16-channel products. From the outside, the Turbo HD DVR looks the same as a traditional DVR. However, once the back cover is opened and you look at the PCB, you will find there are four HDTVI demodulation chips in addition to the video processing chip. In addition, the BNC video input interfaces for the Turbo HD DVR are not separated for SD and HD — the DVR recognizes the signals and resolution after analog video is input though these interfaces. As to DVR, the Turbo HD analog and IP inputs are two individual signals that do not restrict each other. Take DS-8116HQHI-SH as an example. This DVR supports 16 channels of analog video and two channels of network video input and can realize maximum codec storage of 18 channels of 1,080P HD signals.

Product Test
Eight channels with 1,080P and 720P Turbo HD cameras, as well as one channel with a 2-megapixel HD IP cameras, one channel with a D1 HD analog video, and one channel with a 960H camera; 10 channel signals in total were used for the test. They are tested and stored in a DS-8116HQHI-SH VCR (available with eight Western Digital 4TB hard drives). Turbo HD cameras need one-to-one corresponding modem chips to receive video signals. For this test, the camera was connected directly to the DVR. The video was then uploaded to Skyworth's display's DVR HDMI interface and co-browsed through C/S client from an Internet-connected computer.

Image quality test: 1,080P HD Picture Quality
With the DS-2CE16D5T-AVFIT3 as the video source, the camera was aligned at the sharpness testing card and focus at minimum zoom. The observed local output video showed horizontal 1,050TVL and vertical 1,100TVL. The camera's wide-angle lens caused poor edge sharpness, but still provides up to 800TVL. The results were almost the same with 1,080P IP HD, and even better than some 1,000TVL IP HD.

Sharpness Test
With the 24-color reduction test card, the reduction was accurate with no partial color. Compared with IP HD images, the color was more transparent, closer to the color performance of HD-SDI digital signals with codec. At the same time, in the gray scale test, the gray-scale performance at the seventeenth and eighteenth levels were not inferior to IP camera either.

In the scenery image quality test, the pictures were penetrating, smooth, and layered—so much so that you would not believe they came from an analog system. The superior color reduction is closer to that of SDI digital pictures without compression loss.

In addition to the transmission test at short range, we also tested 1,080P at 300 meters over a 75-5 ohm coaxial cable. In the sharpness test, after a 300-meter long transmission, the image quality of 1,080P was not reduced: horizontal 1,050TVL; vertical 1,100TVL; and edge 800TVL were all easily distinguishable with accurate color reduction. Meanwhile, in long-distance transmissions, when placing a telephone next to the coaxial cable and camera to cause signal interference, no abnormalities appeared in the picture.

Network Design With Flexible Controls
Although the Turbo HD analog system uses analog signals to transmit signals, it incorporates Hikvision's network advantages into its new generation of Turbo HD products, such as WDR support, defog, backlight compensation, etc. During the test, a fog simulation test was conducted: when the defog function was off the picture was hazy; however, after turning on the function, the outline of the picture was clear, and the effect on the video in terms of penetration, color, and sharpness was close to that in a no-fog situation. Similarly, in the backlight compensation test, when the backlight compensation was turned on under hard light the ambient light was suppressed as well, making the doll easily identifiable.

In the test, the codec parameter was set for 1,080p video to 1,080P/4 Mbps (under real-time 25fps). HD video was previewed at C/S client-side after codec by DVR (the code rate was steadily controlled between 4.4 to 4.5 Mbps). When delayed, focusing the camera on the electronic stopwatch the delayed time of 1,080P Turbo HD from imaging to display according to DVR local display and photo capture was calculated to be about 170 to 220 milliseconds, proving the fast transmission rate of the picture.

Replay: Fast Operation and Smooth Replay
The DVR also has intelligent analytic functions, such as a tripwire test. It can monitor video channel quality in real time, including diagnostic functions for blurry images, abnormal brightness, and crash screens, as well as immediately preserve the monitor screen.

DVR DS-8116HQHI-SH supports a maximum of 18 channels of video recording and a maximum of 16 channels of 1,080P synchronous replay. After four to five hours of constant recording, video can quickly be retrieved via time and/or channel through the replay menu. For this test we replayed 10 channels: observed was no frame loss in the picture and smooth replay. Note that the image quality, color, and sharpness could fully meet the requirements of HD forensics. In the test, the codec parameter was set for 1,080p video to 1,080P/4 Mbps (under real-time 25fps). HD video was previewed at C/S client-side after codec by DVR (the code rate was steadily controlled between 4.4 to 4.5 Mbps). When delayed, focusing the camera on the electronic stopwatch the delayed time of 1,080P Turbo HD from imaging to display according to DVR local display and photo capture was calculated to be about 170 to 220 milliseconds, proving the fast transmission rate of the picture.

Single channel replay, real-time image quality
During single-channel video replay, we called up the data rate testing software. After a long period of observation, we found that the camera used real-time replay buffer technology of 1,080P real-time replay at about .4 to 4.5 Mbps for singlechannel replay, conforming to codec limits and consistent with those in real-time preview. To reduce storage space and bandwidth pressure in remote preview or replay, 1,080P can be encoded and decoded at a rate of 2 to 3 Mbps or 720P at 1 to 2 Mbps, all while ensuring image quality with DVR low-coding technology. There is no obvious decay of image quality between low-code stream and standard-code stream transmission.

Hikvision Turbo your analog 1080P

Hikvision Turbo your analog 1080P

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Hikvision | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As a top-notch technology, Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution enables up to 500m HD video transmission over existing coaxial cable and offers seamless compatibility with traditional SD cameras, HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs, as well as IP cameras.

As of now, high definition (HD) is the real thing for users to identify objects or individuals in a critical scene. However, the current analog systems, though still occupying a significant market segment, can hardly achieve HD picture quality. Though HD-SDI provides 1080p resolution, the video transmission distance is still limited at up to 100 meters. IP, on the other hand, providing another choice for HD; however, is still more pricy than analog. Meanwhile, for those who get used to using the existing analog security equipment, it is also difficult for them to immediately adapt to the IP technology.

All of these have led the companies to come up with new ideas and solutions to enable HD images while maintaining the same user habits over existing coaxial cable deployment. The Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution is just the answer!

HD Performance at 1080P/720P
The Hikvision Turbo HD product family is based on the HDTVI (High Definition Transport Video Interface) technology and is ideally suited for upgrading existing standard definition systems at low cost. It retains the ease-of-use of an analog system while offering up to 1080P HD video output.

In comparison with a traditional analog system (normally with analog cameras consisting of lenses, image sensors and image processors, and back-end devices receiving image signals for encoding.), the Turbo HD analog solution includes two additional chips -- a transmitting chip (TX) and a receiving chip (RX) -- for front-end Turbo HD cameras and back-end DVRs separately. With these two chips, the Turbo HD analog solution allows much higher video image resolution and longer distance for HD video transmission.

Open HDTVI Technology for 3rd-Party Device Compatibility
All Hikvision Turbo HD products adhere to the HDTVI open standard, which guarantees trouble-free connections to other HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs. The Hikvision Turbo HD DVRs can also connect with traditional SD analog cameras, and all Hikvision Turbo HD cameras can access third-party DVRs equipped with HDTVI technology from other manufacturers.

Tribrid System - Futureproof by Combining Turbo HD, Analog, and IP
The Hikvision Turbo HD DVR offers simultaneous connections to IP, analog, and Turbo HD cameras, and can automatically detect incoming signals and record accordingly. This means that existing systems can be upgraded simply by replacing the current cameras and DVRs, while new areas may be covered with the addition of IP network cameras. Alternatively, users can also keep the existing SD cameras and only replace the necessary surveillance points to HD.


Up to 500m HD Transmission via Coaxial Cable
Hikvision HDTVI technology guarantees up to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at HD resolution via coaxial cable. Conventional analog solutions can hardly achieve this resolution. Neither does the HD-SDI solution, which has long distance limitations. This makes Hikvision Turbo HD a perfect solution to fit all requirements. Furthermore, the Turbo HD Analog solution even supports UTC for remote setup and configuration and enables OSD menu and PTZ control via coaxial cable. Users no longer have to go to the camera to make changes. This allows for much faster and easier camera installation and management.

Multiple Product Styles and Rich Features
In the Turbo HD portfolio, Hikvision now offers a comprehensive, 32-strong range of Hikvision DVRs and 720P/1080P cameras, including Bullet, Dome, PTZ Dome, and Turret units for indoor and outdoor use, offering a bevy of excellent features such as digital noise reduction, ultra-low light illumination, smart IR, vari-focal lens, IP66 weatherproof, and vandal proof housing. Features such as VQD (Video Quality Detection), low bit rate on video storage, line crossing detection, and intrusion detection will also be available in the coming product versions.

A Total Security Solution
Last but not least, Hikvision also offers its video management software including iVMS-5200 Professional/Enterprise, iVMS-4200 client software, and iVMS- 4500 mobile phone software to further provide an easy-to-use, highly reliable, and feature-rich customer platform, making a total solution for any security needs. Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional/Enterprise Software offers open integration, multiple storage and database solutions, video analytics, and other powerful functionalities for professional applications.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision, “Turbo HD is a hi-tech tour-de-force in zero-latency, long distance HD-over-coax that demonstrates our commitment to pushing the boundaries of CCTV technology. Until recently, the only option for HD resolution was the wholesale adoption of IP cameras and their associated technology. Now, with the launch of the Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution, users can enjoy 720P/1080P without even upgrading to IP or even replacing their existing cabling structure.”

Creative applications illustrate wonders of RFID

Creative applications illustrate wonders of RFID

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 11/25/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

In many ways, RFID is like a paintbrush or building blocks, allowing the user to be as creative as they can to solve a particular problem or dilemma. Its technology is quite simple, consisting of only a reader and a tag. But applications can be diverse, wide-ranging, and even wild. Regardless how the solutions are implemented, the goal is the same: to help the user save cost, reduce administrative waste, and manage and track items effectively. This article examines some of the unique and special applications of RFID in different verticals.

Logitag Solutions Make Sure Hospitals Are Always Stocked
How do hospitals keep track of medical supplies used by patients? How do they know when it's time to reorder supplies? Logitag solutions address those needs with RFID solutions, which have helped operators save on labor and management cost.

Logitag's solutions have been deployed in various medical facilities, including Wyoming Medical Center and New York Hospital Queens. One of the solutions employs a two-bin Kanban system where both bins are tagged with RFID tags and filled with medical supplies. When one of the bins runs out, the nurse can push a button on the RFID tag, and an order is automatically generated and sent to the supplier. Status of the order can be written into the tag and displayed on a monitor on the tag. The supplies can be delivered directly to the bin, which is kept at a department of the hospital, thus eliminating the need for central storage. “What happens typically by using this technology is a reduction of 40% of inventory room,” said Shlomo Matityaho, CEO of Logitag. “We see a reduction of labor and elimination of people who count and order.”

Another solution employs cabinets filled with medical supplies, each of which is tagged with an RFID tag. Each time a supply is taken out, a record is generated on who took the supply and which patient received the supply, so that the patient can be billed accordingly. A third application is for protection of infants at hospitals. A baby and its mother are given a pair of RFID tags, and both tags must be present in order for them to exit the infants ward.

Grapes of Satisfaction at Argentine Vineyard With HID Solution
Currently, there is a trend of moving RFID towards NFC, where tags can be read by one's mobile device. If implemented right, such a combination can work wonders for users. That's exactly what happened at Argentina-based Bodega Norton Winery, which uses a solution from HID Global to manage workers, pay them properly, and create an overall more pleasant working environment.

Before the implementation, the vineyard paid its grape harvesters by way of plastic chips of different shapes and colors to indicate the number of bins each worker filled. The workers would pocket the chips and then collect their pay at the end of the workweek. Several issues arose as a result of this. First, chips are easily lost or stolen during the week. Second, some workers would use the chips to settle their personal debts. A more efficient way to manage workers and pay them according to their workload was therefore needed. With HID's solution, the cumbersome chips were eliminated. Each harvester is assigned an armband tag. At the end of the day, the workers would put the grapes they picked into bins, each equipped with a tag. Now, the supervisor would take his NFC-enabled mobile phone, point it at a worker, and then point it at the bin that he is associated with. The system would automatically create a record for the amount of work that the harvester did and credit the payments to him.

Benefits of the solution are manifold. “Beginning with the grape harvest, HID can help Norton improve quality, optimize data accuracy, and streamline critical systems at every stage of the wine production and distribution process,” said Richard Aufreiter, Director Product Management at HID Global.

GIGA-TMS's Citizen Tracking Solution First of Its Kind
Imagine a shuttle bus picking up senior or disabled citizens from their homes and taking them to a daycare center. Each time people get on, they need to sign a paper log to help the driver keep track. This was burdensome and ineffective, as many of the passengers have a hard time writing legibly.

The solution to this real-life problem in a major western city led to the world's first RFID application for tracking passengers on a public shuttle system, according to Brian Ma, Sales Representative at GIGA-TMS, which created the UHF RFID application.

Since most citizens of this city already have RFID-enabled citizens cards, GIGA-TMS' solution took advantage of that. Once people get on the vehicle, their cards would be detected by the reader inside the vehicle, and a record would be produced on who took the ride. This created convenience for all stakeholders, including the driver, the passengers, and the shuttle service provider.

There were challenges, though. As UHF RFID is highly susceptible to liquids, the human body — made up of 70% liquid — often absorbs the energy transmitted by the reader. As a result, from time to time cards carried by the passengers couldn't be read. To solve this problem, GIGA-TMS placed the reader strategically on the side of the vehicle door through which the passengers enter and exit. Read accuracy increased to 87%. The rest 13% were people who either forgot their cards or lost their cards, Ma said.

Another UHF RFID solution by GIGA-TMS helped solve logistics issues facing cargo operators. With drivers loading and unloading cargoes at different delivery points, it's easy for them to miss cargoes, and mistakes like that would be costly. With GIGA-TMS' solution, trollies of cargoes are tagged and can be read by readers inside the container truck. Each time things are loaded and unloaded, the system would do a count and decide whether the driver is good to go. “Thirty seconds, and it's done,” Ma said.

Grabbing a Bite Can't Be Any Easier With LEGIC Solutions
When you grab something to eat at a football stadium during a game, the last thing you want is a long line of people waiting in front of you to pay for their food. LEGIC Identsystems, an RFID company, has applied the technology to cashless meal vending, making purchasing food simpler and less time-consuming. The solution was deployed at the NV Arena in Austria. To get food, all people need to do is to get an Arena Card, point it at the checkout reader, and the amount is immediately debited by the checkout system. Charging up the card is also simple. Mobile employees with handheld terminals equipped with LEGIC's RFID module can charge up existing cards.

According to LEGIC, the solution has made purchasing food a smoother and more seamless experience. “There is no more hunting for cash, no more large notes to break, and no more double checking by employees,” the company said.

With the solution, operators can also quickly react to queues forming and staff those hotspots. For game spectators, the time saved on buying food can then be spent on actually watching the game. LEGIC has also deployed a similar solution at a factory in Bulgaria churning out components for refrigerators and freezers. Under the cashless payment system, LEGIC collaborated with a partner that provided cash register readers equipped with LEGIC's reader chip.

With the solution, waiting time at the cash registers has been significantly reduced. “There is no more need to search for cash in wallets or for cashiers to find the right change. This eliminates queues and gives employees a longer break,” LEGIC said.

Retail With Finesse With Tyco Solutions
T he iconic Saks on Fifth department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is a favorite shopping destination for New Yorkers and out-oftowners alike. While the store is frequented by myriad shoppers daily, few know that RFID has been deployed to enhance the customer experience.

The shoe section in the department store had a problem with tracking and replenishing items on display. When done manually, the process is complex, time-consuming, and detrimental to the shopping experience. As a result, Tyco Retail Solution came up with a solution using RFID to make tracking and replenishing of shoes more seamless and effective. With the solution, the store tags all shoes on display with RFID labels. The sysem then generates a replenishment report for the backend stockroom, which will immediately know particular styles or models of shoes missing on the selling floor. With the solution, Saks on Fifth has been able to dramatically enhance the inventorying and replenishment process.

“Display compliance rates have reached nearly 100%, compared with previously 65%,” said Atul Ghaisas, Business Development Manager of Store Performance Solutions for APAC at Tyco Retail Solution. “Associates are no longer tied up with inventory tasks and are able to spend more time serving customers.” Tyco solutions are especially useful in the midst of a focus on the so-called “omni-channel retailing,” where users make purchases via different channels including physical stores, the Internet, home shopping networks, and mail catalogs. Ensuring that the right products are in the right place at the right time is therefore of utmost importance.

“Our RFID-based inventory intelligence solutions allow retailers to integrate their inventory information from their chain stores as well as their distribution channels, enabling significant direct and indirect business benefits in the areas of cost reduction, inventory management, and sales uplift as they reduce the need for markdowns,” Ghaisas said.

Parking Made Easy with Nedap Solution
Parking lots can especially benefit from RFID, which can detect vehicles meters away before they enter. Once the vehicle is cleared, the barrier will open automatically to allow the car in. This reduces the wait time and can make parking a more pleasant experience for workers, visitors, and residents.

RFID solutions by Nedap Identification Systems are found in parking facilities across the globe. One of them is the University of Alabama, which hosts over 33,000 students and employees. Before the solution was deployed, short-range readers and cards were used, causing a major throughput problem for people trying to get in. This has often caused users to arrive at class or work late, drawing criticism from students, faculty, and staff alike.

To rectify the situation, the university sought the help of Mississippi-based Access Control Group, which installed Nedap's UHF readers. Mounted at the parking facility entrance lanes, the readers enable 4 meters of read range and allow for approaching vehicle credentials to be read and processed without the driver having to stop and present a credential.

Typically UHF RFID is deployed in this type of applications due to its longer reading range. “Vehicular access control based on normal proximity access control cards or, even worse, barcode or magnetic stripe cards often results in people leaning uncomfortably out of their windows towards the reader to show their access credential. Opening a barrier like that is no treat: it takes too long, is ergonomically irresponsible, and often causes damage to the vehicle or vehicle access control installation,” Nedap said.

According to Nedap, RFID applications for parking not only save time but also contribute to a greener environment. “Automatic remote detection prevents cars from standing still with the motor running. It prevents congestion and ensures swift and fuel-efficient transportation of vehicles and goods,” the company said.

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches

Tyco appoints Daryll T. Fogal as CTO and launches "Tyco On" platform

Editor / Provider: TYCO | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco International announced that it has taken important steps to bolster its technology capabilities, appointing Daryll T. Fogal as Chief Technology Officer, launching its new "Tyco On" software solutions platform, and making a strategic investment in Qolsys, a provider of innovative home automation solutions.

Daryll T. Fogal Named Chief Technology Officer
As Tyco's Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Fogal will have global responsibility for the company's technology vision, strategy, capabilities and operations to support the development of products, services and solutions that meet the needs of customers ranging from multinational corporations to households. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering for Eaton Corporation's Electrical Sector. Based in Princeton, N.J., Mr. Fogal will report directly to George Oliver, Tyco's Chief Executive Officer, and will serve on Tyco's Management Team.

"Technology is the key to advancing our leadership position in the industry, so we are pleased to have a technology leader of Daryll's caliber join us in this critical role," said Mr. Oliver. "Daryll's extensive experience leading large-scale engineering and R&D organizations, his previous responsibility for developing an Internet of Things strategy and execution model, and his strong general management and operations mindset will enable him to provide the strategic leadership necessary to achieve our growth and innovation vision."

Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Fogal was responsible for the development of the product portfolio for Eaton's $13.6 billion Electrical business. Previously, he held senior technology, R&D program management and operations positions over a 15-year career with Honeywell, including Vice President of Engineering and Technology for the company's Building Solutions business from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Fogal holds B.A. Sc. and M.A. Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Tyco Reveals 'Tyco On' Smart Services Platform, the Core of its Internet of Things Strategy
The company also introduced Tyco On, its integrated data and smart services platform. Tyco On provides a set of software-enabled Internet of Things capabilities that enhance safety and security systems using open standards to connect a wide range of intelligent devices, systems and services, enabling customers to improve their operations.

Solutions enabled by Tyco On will address varying needs of multinational, small business and residential customers, ranging from efficiency to complex system integrations and intelligent operations. For example, Tyco On enables improved efficiency through a service application already in use in the company's Installation and Services business that allows a single technician to perform fire alarm testing. Using a mobile app, the technician can test detectors throughout a building and connect remotely to the system's fire panel, where a second technician would have been stationed in the past, to complete the procedure. In the future, this application will also offer immediate cloud-enabled access and storage of testing documentation, providing an overall more cost-effective solution that would appeal to a broad base of customers with standard needs.

Tyco On will also enable more complex, "smart" solutions that leverage data from varied devices and systems and apply advanced analytics to reveal insights that lead to better decisions, faster execution and transformational business outcomes for customers. Tyco has been delivering such solutions and outcomes for several years in its Retail Solutions business that serves some of the world's largest store chains. In over 4,000 retail locations, Tyco is helping retailers tie together data from RFID tags, video, electronic article surveillance and traffic sensors, transforming it into actionable intelligence through Tyco's TrueVUE software. With these insights, retailers are empowered to optimize their inventory management, deliver a more pleasant shopper experience, and maximize revenue across their operation.

"As the core of our Internet of Things strategy, Tyco On builds on our deep expertise in systems integration and services and our installed base of more than a billion sensors, tags, devices and systems around the world, and unlocks the value of this data with the power of analytics to deliver a range of smart services for multiple vertical markets, from healthcare and hospitality to petro-chemical operations to education and more," Mr. Oliver said.

In the next phases of development of Tyco On-enabled solutions, customers will see additional benefits, such as proactive alerts with contextual information, coordinated multi-system responses and an interactive and personalized experience for system owners, users and customers. As a result, Tyco's safety and security customers will find ways to gain additional competitive advantage while continuing to protect people and assets.

As these advanced solutions integrate additional systems and data into the Tyco On architecture, including third-party software, products, and services, protection of the data is a paramount consideration. Recognizing the importance of these mission-critical systems, Tyco has established security policies and protocols that protect the data. The Tyco On architecture also supports both cloud-based and on-premises deployment so that customers can control exactly what systems can access the physical sensor data, enhancing system reliability, responsiveness and integrity.

Tyco Makes Strategic Investment in Qolsys
The company also advanced its Internet of Things strategy with a strategic investment in Qolsys, a San Jose, Calif.-based innovator that has extended the boundaries of "all-in-one" home automation with its IQ panel. The Android-based panel delivers the industry's most advanced, connected home control platform supporting life safety, residential security, home control, energy management and other functions, supported by best-in-class technology providers, including Google, Foxconn Technology Group and Alarm.com.

The IQ panel has a seven-inch touchscreen with a built-in panel camera, six built-in wireless radios with no external antennas, Z-Wave for home control devices, two-way voice, siren, an SD Card slot, 24-hour lithium-ion battery, and interactive services powered by Alarm.com. The groundbreaking panel's Dual-Path Connectivity enables communication over cellular and broadband WiFi channels enabling interactive services, adding redundancy to support reliability across all connected home services while making the solution more flexible.

"The partnership with Qolsys is exciting news for Tyco and further demonstrates our commitment to enabling new intelligent services via the Internet of Things," said Mike Ryan, President, Tyco Security Products. "This investment deepens our intrusion security portfolio offering so that we can continue to deliver the most innovative and intuitive solutions to our customers in the residential, commercial and service provider segments."

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series comprises three out-of-the-box-ready desktop and rack-server models. The new series offers recording solutions that will simplify installation and setup for mid-sized installations such as schools, industries and larger retail stores that require a feature-rich system for high-definition surveillance.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on high-quality servers and configured to perfectly match Axis' wide range of network cameras, providing both ease of installation and reliability.

“Axis continuously develops innovative products and solutions in order to optimize our customer's businesses. AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series presents packaged, plug and play solutions that help our customers easily get up and running with their mid-sized video surveillance installation,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi.

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series consists of:
* AXIS S1016, workstation model for use in office environments for installations up to 16 video channels
* AXIS S1032, rack server model for installations of up to 32 video channels
* AXIS S1048, rack server model for installations of up to 48 video channels

AXIS Camera Station video management software is pre-installed. The software offers an intuitive user interface with features to meet the demand for effective and active surveillance such as a flexible live view layout, site maps, powerful event configuration, efficient alarm management and responsive PTZ control. System settings such as camera and storage are configured to further simplify system setup and maximize performance.

Hardware components such as hard-discs, graphic card and CPUs, as well as storage capacity are optimized to meet the demands for reliable high-definition surveillance. To further safeguard system uptime, the package includes hardware and software support for three years.

Further features of AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series include:
* Pre-installed system software such as Windows 7
* The recorders are easily scalable with additional AXIS Camera Station licenses
* Support for multiple screens
* AXIS Camera Station S9001 Desktop Terminal available as an option

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series is expected to be available in the US, Canada in October and in EU countries in December 2014 through Axis' distribution channels. Suggested retail price for AXIS S1016 is $3999, AXIS S1032 is $10999 and AXIS S1048 is $15999.

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

From 18th to 20th January INTERSEC 2015 in Dubai will showcase the latest technologies in Commercial & Information Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health. Bosch Security Systems will display its full range of security, safety and communications products as well as solutions for stadiums, airports, energy & utilities and hotels in Saeed Hall 1, booth S1-H18.

 

 

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Punishing winds, relentless rain, temperatures that drop far below zero - no matter how severe the conditions get, a surveillance operation must go on without interruptions. The MIC IP 7000 HD family is developed by Bosch for these extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, meaning they can be used at temperatures from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 100 percent. They are also resistant to rain, snow, dust, wind and powerful vibrations. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. Even in extreme low light conditions (down to 0.01 lux) the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD provides HD images and clear color images where other cameras would have already switched to monochrome. The MIC IP 7000 HD family provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, highways and critical infrastructures.

With DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, Bosch is setting new standards in the field of wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. The DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons.

The DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit from Bosch makes professional video surveillance easy for everyone. Many small and medium business owners would feel safer with a professional video surveillance system to secure their personnel and property. However in reality, the vast majority of solutions that are available are beyond most people's technical capabilities. Now Bosch has revolutionized the market with the DIVAR IP 2000 – a cutting edge video recording system offering the ability to create a video surveillance solution with professional security features that is both easy to install and easy to use. All it takes is installing the IP cameras, connecting them to the DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit and going to its web address to start the configuration. Its intuitive set-up wizard guides through a few quick steps to get the system up and running. There is no need to be an IP specialist; the system is ready to go in about 15 minutes to record everything that happens on a premises.

With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), operators can always playback or view live video and rely on continuous recording, even if network components and the servers fail. This is enabled by an Operator Client that streams video directly from the cameras and storage whilst running independently from the Management server. With edge recording and ANR (automatic network replenishment), recording is guaranteed even when the system is down. This unique build-in resilience is protecting the system against critical failures. This is “Maximize system availability”.

Fire detection System:
The AVENAR detector 4000 with the new eSMOG feature provides constant monitoring of environmental electromagnetic conditions. This combines unsurpassed reliability with an outstanding detection performance.

The AVENAR detector 4000 features Bosch's proven ISP technology (Intelligent Signal Processing) through which all sensor signals are processed continuously by smart algorithms using neuronal networks. This results in best in class differentiation between real fires and disturbance values. The detector series also includes models with the innovative Dual Ray technology.

Intrusion detection System:
The Modular Alarm Platform “MAP 5000” is a flexible intrusion alarm system – covering up to 1,500 addresses, 500 areas and 1,000 users per system. It is tailored for medium sized applications up to high end projects such as airports or other transportation premises. The system allows for expansion at any time in the project and is backed up with a secure, fast and robust addressable bus technology “Local Security Network”.

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Morpho places first in NIST 2014 MINEX fingerprint benchmark

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) announced that its fingerprint matching technology placed first in the ongoing Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX) sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)*.

Results published by NIST reveal that Morpho ranked first in all 3 major categories. All tests are done with fingerprint “templates” which are digital representations of fingerprint images created for matching and storage.

Over 30 companies submitted technology for NIST testing. Morpho achieved top performance in the following areas:
* First in fingerprint matching accuracy using Morpho templates and matching algorithms. Morpho's matching results are 60% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in template interoperability in which Morpho templates out performed all other templates no matter which vendor's matcher was used. Morpho's template interoperability results are 10% higher than the next closest vendor.
* First in matcher interoperability, where Morpho's matcher out performed all other matchers no matter which vendor template was used. Morpho's matching interchangeability scored 44% better than the next closest vendor.

“The 2014 MINEX benchmark results confirm Morpho's leadership in the field of biometric identification,” observed Celeste Thomasson, CEO of the U.S. company MorphoTrak. “For government agencies tasked with ensuring security and safety, using superior technology helps avoid security lapses, missed identifications and other serious vulnerabilities for law enforcement, border control, access control, traveler safety, etc. The results of Morpho's continuing R&D investments are apparent in these tests and in our growing list of worldwide customers who choose security as their top priority.”

Interoperability among various vendors and deployed systems is key to the exchange of records, and accuracy in matching for meaningful identification. Morpho-encoded fingerprints provide the greatest number of accurate matches, under the broadest range of conditions.

*The NIST program's mandates are to measure and publish performance and interoperability of template and matching capabilities, and to establish compliance standards for template encoders and matchers for the U. S. Government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program. Test results for all compliant ongoing MINEX vendors are published on the NIST website. In this table, Morpho is represented as 4S.

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Q6000-E, an outdoor-ready 360° network camera that integrates seamlessly with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras, providing a unique surveillance solution. With just a single click, operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20.000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields. This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Regional Country Manager of Axis Communications, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. “The seamless integration with AXIS Q60-E Series of outdoor PTZ cameras provides a smart, innovative and space-efficient solution offering new and unique video surveillance possibilities.”

This new product will open up new opportunities to solve a common problem, for example in the city surveillance field where there is a need for both a PTZ camera to provide detail, and for a full overview camera to cover the entire area. A single click on any object in AXIS Q6000-E, using the one-click PTZ control feature, will trigger the AXIS Q60-E allowing operators to optically zoom in on the specific object of interest. The use of two screens gives a full 360° overview from AXIS Q6000-E, and a zoomed-in view from AXIS Q60-E, providing operators with a high level of detail while simultaneously being able to maintain an overview of the entire monitored area.

AXIS Q6000-E provides multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression to greatly optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

Any AXIS Q60- E camera is quickly and easily mounted inside the AXIS Q6000-E, allowing also existing AXIS Q60-E installations to be upgraded to monitor wide areas, while simultaneously capturing every detail of interest, with just one click. There's no need for any mounting brackets or extra equipment as AXIS Q6000-E uses the same brackets and network cable as the AXIS Q60-E, minimizing time and cost of installation. Furthermore, AXIS Q6000-E is supplied with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) through AXIS Q60-E, eliminating the need for power cables.

AXIS Q6000-E is supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program. The camera includes support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera Connection. AXIS Q6000-E is planned to be available in Q4 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year"

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Hikvision's ultra-low-light surveillance DarkFighter PTZ camera has been nominated as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in ISFEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.0005Lux and the delivery of full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional IP network cameras.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "We are very pleased to see the DarkFighter camera's ultra-low-light sensitivity and unique Smart detection technologies rewarded with this nomination. Competition for these industry-leading awards was very fierce this year with a record number of entries received and our being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament both to the outstanding qualities of the DarkFighter camera and to the innovative approach Hikvision takes to the global CCTV surveillance market."

Award - Winning Specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a two-megapixel, 1.9 inch high definition progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming video in full 1080p HD, with 23X optical zoom.

The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Audio Exception. These features, combined with an IR distance of up to 200 metres, defog ability; Smart Tracking and Electronic Image Stabilisation place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras.

MPEG4, MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported and the camera features multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. The DarkFighter is also protected by an IP66 rating against rain and dust, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards final will take place on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

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