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Bosch installs video solution in Frankfurt skyscraper

Bosch installs video solution in Frankfurt skyscraper

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 6/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has delivered and installed a comprehensive video surveillance solution in the MesseTurm, one of Frankfurt's most prominent high-rise buildings. The 63 story MesseTurm, which was designed by star ar-chitect Helmut Jahn and completed in 1990, is home to many international companies and chancelleries. Besides numerous offices, MesseTurm features a conference area and also houses several foreign consulates, resulting in very specific security requirements. The video solution, which was designed to protect tenants, visitors and suppliers alike, was implemented during normal operation without having to shut down any part of the building.

Design and implementation of the video system imposed some challenges on the planners, as the cameras should not impair the luxurious ambience of the building and had to be installed during normal operation. In those parts of the building to be monitored, Bosch installed 40 cameras, whose images are stored on a storage system featuring a capacity of 6.5 terabytes. In case of need, this allows the operator to view images that have been recorded several days ago.

In spite of the huge storage capacity, searching specific images is fast and easy. Intelligent video analysis and the forensic search feature of the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) greatly accelerate the search by using small sets of meta data instead of the much larger images themselves. The video solution is operated via 3 comfortable operator workstations, giving the security personnel a clear view of all protected areas around the clock and alerting them of any unusual events.

Hikvision video surveillance safeguards Montreal schools with Milestone

Hikvision video surveillance safeguards Montreal schools with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global provider of video surveillance products and solutions, and Milestone Systems, an industry provider in open platform IP video management software (VMS), announce the successful implementation of a large-scale project that aims to provide secure environments for hundreds of schools throughout Montreal. Almost nine hundred Hikvision IP cameras were installed utilizing Milestone VMS and archiving. This integration allowed the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board to significantly elevate safety and security for the students, faculty and staff members.

"The video quality provided by Hikvision cameras has been truly superb," said Rémi Asselin, IT services director, Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board. "Both Hikvision and Milestone products demonstrated outstanding functionality for educational facilities. We are very happy with the outcome."

Alpha TSi, a leading Canadian integrator specializing in the network security architecture sector has been at the forefront of implementing this critical project. Hikvision cameras which the company installed included fixed domes for indoors and outdoors: 1.3MP domes with true WDR (wide dynamic range), true Day/Night, superior low-light performance, motorized lens for remote focus and remote zoom, and POE/High POE. Both camera types are fully integrated with the Milestone software including SD edge storage support.

"Hikvision cameras have great image quality, impressive true WDR, motorized lenses that are easy to adjust using the Milestone VMS, and the edge storage precisely meets the client's needs," said Philippe E Bergeron, vice president, Alpha TSi. Sébastien Céré, president of Alpha TSi, added, "We were really impressed with Hikvision's prompt customization for putting together a special firmware required by the scale of this project. This is the kind of service we just don't see from everyone."

Hikvision operates in a diverse set of verticals including educational campuses and offers a wide range of best-in-class IP and analog camera products and video recording products, ranging from SMB sectors to professional enterprise applications. As a commitment to its customers, Hikvision annually reinvests seven percent of its revenue into R&D for continued product innovation and improvement. The company has been experiencing tremendous growth in the North American market over the past several years and is looking to expand further into new verticals.

Jeffrey He, president Hikvision USA commented: "We are very pleased to be a part of this successful implementation. Our products have been proven time after time to be truly innovative and adaptable.” He went on to say, “We look forward to expanded cooperation with Milestone and our other technology partners with the goal to exceed our customers' expectations in delivering best-in-class video surveillance products and solutions to the North American market."

The Milestone XProtect software provides three flexible client interfaces in 27 languages for the efficient administration of the system, the users, and the cameras that are distributed across the multiple sites. Live video is also recorded for fast searching in case of incidents, and easy sharing or export to authorities.

"Milestone has a special focus on the education sector, to support the future of our world through knowledge by helping to ensure that its environments are safe today. This large implementation in the schools of Quebec also attests to our strong relationship with Hikvision as one of our fastest growing Manufacturer Alliance Partners,” Peter Lintzeris, sales manager/directeur des ventes, Canada for Milestone Systems.

TVT launches TVI, ready for the huge potential in Asia markets

TVT launches TVI, ready for the huge potential in Asia markets

Editor / Provider: a&s Asia | Updated: 6/13/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

TVT Digital Technology, having accumulated 15 years in R&D of video surveillance technologies, launched TVI, another new HD-over-coaxial solution on the market. The company claims that this one-of-a-kind technology has successfully solved the limitations of HD-SDI solutions, as well as offers an even more economical and easy-toinstall/ use solution. TVT is one of the very few companies able to provide two different types of HD-over-coaxial solutions and has also developed a complete IP surveillance product line. With 15-years experience in international business, TVT sees tremendous potential in Asia.

TVT Digital Technology, a leading Chinese video surveillance manufacturer, just launched a brand new HD-over-coaxial solution — TVI — in May, which is able to compete with other similar solutions on the market via an even more cost-efficient and easy-to-install method. The company is not new to the security industry; since 1999, the company has been focusing on developing video surveillance technologies. TVT is a technologydriven company, and its R&D investment accounts for almost 20 percent of their annual sales turnover. Now, the company has approximately 1,000 employees of which 30 percent work for R&D. To fulfill their customers' requirements in various market sectors, TVT concentrates on developing a complete product portfolio with IP, HD-SDI, and now TVI technologies. According to a report from IMS Research (an IHS company) in 2013, TVT was ranked number one in the world in terms of global shipment of HD-SDI products. With TVI, the new HD-over-coaxial solution, TVT is able to provide their customers different types of HD video surveillance products. According to Joe Qiu, Sales Director of TVT Digital Technology, TVT is one of the very fewcompanies that can offer such a wide range of video surveillance products. Currently, there are about 100 million coaxial cables being deployed in the world and each one of them is connected to an analog camera. In the next three to five years, they will all be replaced by HD cameras. However, a certain group of users, who have big concerns with the cost of re-cabling, installation, and extra network devices, will be more likely to select a more economical and easy-to-install solution to upgrade to HD, instead of adopting IP cameras directly. That is where HD-SDI and TVI really stand out. “The replacement market is huge. I don't think analog products will have any chances here since HD-SDI and TVI will quickly dominate this market by offering much more extra advantages,” said Qiu.

What is TVI?
TVI and HD-SDI both are HD-over-coaxial solutions. However, bottlenecks for HD-SDI still remain, such as transmission distance, storage, and total cost. “Fortunately, now, we've successfully developed the TVI solution, which is able to solve HD-SDI's previous problems by acquiring 90 percent of HD-SDI technology but conducting analog transmission via coaxial cable,” he said. Because TVI can convert the digital signals to analog ones, it extends the transmission distance, reduces the total cost, and takes less storage capacity. Its distance can reach from 300 to 500 meters via coaxial cables. Furthermore, TVI transmits CVBS 75ohm analog signals, with resolution in 1080P and 720P at 30 frames per second, which is hard to be achieved by other HD-over-coaxial solutions, according to Qiu. Users even can just change their old analog cameras and DVRs to TVI cameras and DVRs to get a brand new 1080p surveillance system, which doesn't require any other special knowledge or extra labor cost.
Many people might have some doubts before choosing a new technology, such as its future compatibility and availability. Qiu explained the overall benefits of using TVI to clarify these doubts in the following:
First, TVI comes from a US-based company that does not supply chips to a sole manufacturer, but eventually will also provide chipsets to other manufacturers all over the world. Customers, in the future, can freely choose their TVI suppliers due to the wide-range of supply chains for TVI on the market. Therefore, TVI is more likely to become an industry standard, not a proprietary technology/solution. As an open solution, TVI is a future-proof technology, which has high interoperability and compatibility with other video surveillance products. For example, TVI DVRs can be compatible with 720p and 1080p cameras from other brands simultaneously. These facts provide many advantages for TVT's customers, especially to reduce inventory. After all, TVI offers a very cost-efficient solution for customers, targeting the middle-to-low-end markets using coaxial cables. HD-SDI, instead, will concentrate onhigh-end markets.
TVT believes that Asia will be the first market to adopt this technology and followed by the rest of the world. In Asia, unstable bandwidth is still a headache for systems integrators to build up a reliable IP system. Meanwhile, many of them still lack sufficient IP knowledge. Both of these factors hinder the wide adoption of IP in Asia. As as result, Qiu believes around 50 percent of the installers in Asia will be more likely to find TVI easier to use. Because of the huge business potential of TVI, TVT aims to develop comprehensive TVI product portfolios. The company has already completed their TVI product line, which includes 4-,8-, and 16-channel DVRs and cameras, ranging from speed domes and box cameras, categorized by price range from high, middle, to entry-level ones, and by resolutions in 1080p and 720p.

TVT develops HD solutions of IP, HD-SDI and TVI
Because customers may have either new or retrofit projects, it is nearly impossible for them to abandon the existing analog systems or coaxial cables completely. Therefore, “as a total solution provider, we aim to provide our customers a variety of products/methods to migrate to full IP — a combination of IP, HD-SDI, and TVI products, which offer a more practical and cost effective solution,” Qiu emphasized. On another note, TVT has also established a smart home product center. Aiming to secure SOHOs, SMBs, and residential clients; the first product launch can be expected in the second half of this year.

TVT: professional OEM partner of global buyers
TVT really differs from other big names in China in that the company has focused on servicing global clients since the first day it was established. Right now, TVT has exported over 50 percent of their products to overseas markets. TVT has built strong manufacturing power through OEM, providing professional services and products to support its global clients. “Later this year, we will establish three new factories to start mass production of DVRs, cameras, and others. By which we can largely improve our lead time but increase our overall quality and fulfill our customers' requests in a timely manner. Plus, TVT's R&D team now is reorganized according to product lines, which, of course, makes the team much more market-oriented,” Qiu said. Recently, TVT has started to expand its market share in their domestic market, China, with its own brand. “Eventually, TVT will also promote our own brand in overseas markets, too,” he added.

Focusing on Asian markets
In recent years, TVT has been eyeing many business opportunities in Asia even though Asian markets are more price sensitive, compared to other markets. “TVT is able to educate and guide these Asian clients to select the proper solutions, with reasonable cost, at good timing since we have a complete range of products,” said Qiu. “More importantly, TVT finds ways to maintain quality and affordability. First, TVT will introduce some entry-level products to the Asian market. Second, we endeavor to make our products easy to install and use; therefore, we provide plug-&-play, POE NVRs, and cloud service. The TVI product line is also another example. Using TVI, installers won't meet too many difficulties because TVI works with the coaxial cables.” For TVT, Asia is quite an important market. Therefore, the company has started to prepare for its first overseas branch office in Asia. Qiu continued, the second step should be deployment of TVT's sales teams, with the ultimate goal to provide localized services and marketing.

TVT possesses competitive business propositions
From customers' perspective, choosing the ideal manufacturer usually requires meeting several criteria. First, they will evaluate how fast the manufacturer can keep up with the current technologies and the variety of products they can offer. Second, they will focus on the ratio of their products' cost versus performance. Without a doubt, Chinese manufacturers, especially, have the advantage here, compared with companies from other regions. “I would say, TVT has met all these criteria. Beyond that, the company really stands out from others since it is always taking the right approach at the right time by offering the most pertinent solutions for the market,” concluded Qiu.

TVT: Global number one HD-SDI Supplier
According to a report by IMS Research (an IHS company) in 2013, TVT was ranked number one in the world in terms of global shipment of HD-SDI products. Traditional video surveillance installers and systems integrators from Europe and the U.S. are the major clients of HD-SDI. Compared to TVI, HD-SDI targets high-end markets using coaxial cables. These clients need HD high resolution, but are restricted by their budget and previous experience, product features, and certain institutional policies in video surveillance performance, such as minimum to no latency, and high confidentiality.

 

Verint presents expanded intelligence solutions for retail sector

Verint presents expanded intelligence solutions for retail sector

Editor / Provider: Verint | Updated: 6/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems has newly expanded its portfolio of security and business intelligence solutions for the retail sector to continue delivering advanced technologies to help reduce fraud and loss, boost operational efficiency and improve the customer experience.

At the upcoming NRF Loss Prevention event this week, Verint will highlight a variety of intelligent solutions designed to reduce shrinkage and theft, according to Alex Johnson, senior director of retail, Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions. “At Verint, we're committed to providing technologies that limit and negate vulnerabilities in loss prevention operations and reach beyond traditional security uses by integrating with common retail platforms through open standards and interfaces,” he added.

To help reduce shrinkage and achieve a significant return on investment, Verint provides retailers with Verint solutions, which include a comprehensive portfolio designed to meet the specific needs of a variety of retailers—from enterprise-class to specialty stores.

Advancements to Network Video Recorder (NVR)
Verint's comprehensive NVR platform, the EdgeVR, is designed to deliver scalable and enterprise-class video monitoring and recording capabilities. The NVR platform enhances security and streamlines investigations for retailers, allowing them to close cases quickly and proactively minimize losses. The latest version delivers all the benefits of an embedded NVR, including bandwidth optimization, remote access and robust surveillance analytics. It easily scales to support up to 64 IP and analog cameras, providing a path to migration for budget-conscious retailers.

Additional features include H.264 and MPEG-4 compression options and scalable storage options up to 16 terabytes. Consistent with the EdgeVR's open platform design, it integrates with various edge devices helping retailers leverage current infrastructures and expand to meet future system demands.

Further updates to the EdgeVR include advanced investigation tools, such as face detection, license plate recognition and a variety of surveillance analytics, providing retailers new levels of situation awareness. Other capabilities include:

Surveillance Analytics-- it  provides loitering detection, directional movement, line crossing, object left behind and missing item identification. Once the system identifies a predefined movement, it can send emails or SMS to the appropriate personnel, or relay messages to associated systems.

Mobile Client--it  allows security operators to remotely access video and view live and recorded video from multiple cameras simultaneously. Accessible from Apple iOS devices, the application delivers 10 pre-defined screen layout options, zoom capabilities and the ability to access recent camera views.

IP Camera Integrations--they  include supportfor the new economic line of Verint V3300 IP cameras, the Oncam Grandeye 360 camera when larger fields of view are required, and a Height Strip Camera for store entrances and exits.

MOBOTIX surveillance system guards Lexington School District One

MOBOTIX surveillance system guards Lexington School District One

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX, one of the leading providers of high-resolution, network-based security solutions, announced that Lexington School District One has deployed a comprehensive MOBOTIX IP surveillance solution across 32 school and administration buildings. Lexington One, a 360-square-mile district in Lexington, S.C., chose the MOBOTIX solution to unify video surveillance capabilities to provide the highest level of safety and security for students, administrators and staff.

Lexington One serves more than 24,000 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 with more than 3,550 employees. It occupies 48 percent of the county's 750 square miles and is one of the county's major employers. During the past 10 years, Lexington One grew by an average of 513 new students per year, and the district remains one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state. To keep up with growth, Lexington One has built 10 new schools since 2003.

Lexington One prides itself on its innovative use of technology and has built a substantial network back-end support infrastructure for student use. The school district has nearly 16,000 iPads, and every student in grades 6 through 12 carries iPad. The devices give students access to the most current information available through the Internet and to the district's Learning Management System 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

"Our district benefits from a visionary superintendent who sees technology as key to student learning," said Allen Ray, Network Services Coordinator, Lexington One. "And that vision goes far beyond learning and into the very core of our IT department and our security program."

Lexington One, working with systems integrator CMI Networks, needed to upgrade to higher resolution cameras and move away from legacy technology that was reaching end-of-life. After closely evaluating the district's requirements and infrastructure, CMI Networks introduced the school system to MOBOTIX technologies.

"We sought a surveillance solution that could take advantage of our current infrastructure while increasing camera coverage by 40 to 50%," said Ray. "Integration with audio was also essential. We found surveillance to be a significant deterrent when combined with audio recording. With the MOBOTOX solution, we are able to gather details relating to incidents with high-resolution video and crisp audio, and determine the outcome quickly."

Following the successful evaluation of MOBOTIX solutions, Lexington One has deployed a variety of MOBOTIX IP surveillance cameras, including the Q25 D15, D25 and M25. CMI Networks leveraged cameras from MOBOTIX with built-in hemispheric, 360° all-round view and dual-lens technology to drastically reduce the required number of cameras. MOBOTIX MxControlCenter is the district-wide video management system, while QNAP NAS servers provide 12-48 terabytes of storage per school.

As the innovative school system is focused on maintaining a high level of safety while maximizing budget, the scalability of the system allowed Lexington One to start the project at select schools and expand their surveillance system over time.

The open platform of the MOBOTIX solution ensures that the performance and capacity of the system can handle the demands of the school system's 1,200 cameras and protect the investment over time as the deployment grows. The MOBOTIX system is built around a decentralized approach, which allows all processing to occur at the camera to reduce bandwidth requirements. Recording taking place internally on an SD card, externally on a USB stick, or via the IP network on NAS hard drives.

Administrators and school resource officers at Lexington One are trained to use the surveillance system and to export video evidence if needed. "With MOBOTIX, configuration is everything and the vendor support from MOBOTIX and CMI has been critical to the success of the installation," Ray commented.

"We are proud to assist Lexington One with this robust surveillance project," said Jason Walker, Business Development Manager, CMI Networks. "The school system was able to realize significant security benefits and cost savings by choosing the MOBOTIX solution — delivered by reducing the camera count while providing access to remarkable video images to maintain the highest level of safety."

IDIS DirectIP nominated for GIT Security Award 2015

IDIS DirectIP nominated for GIT Security Award 2015

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Technology innovations within DirectIP, the next generation surveillance solutions, designed, developed, and manufactured by surveillance powerhouse, IDIS, have been nominated for a GIT SECURITY AWARD 2015.

The awards, organised by Wiley, the publishers of GIT SECURITY and GIT SICHERHEIT magazines, recognize the innovations across electronic security, fire, and building automation systems that drive significant benefits for installers and end user customers. Jury representatives comprised integrators and end users along with some of Germany's most highly respected technology and engineering bodies including:
* BHE – The German Association of Manufacturers and Installers of Security Systems
* TuV Rheinland – A global service provider of independent inspection, testing and certification
* VDMA - The German Engineering Federation
* ZVEI – One of the most important industrial associations in Germany.

Impressing the judges across a number of areas, DirectIP scored with its high-performance enabling protocols including Pentaplex operation, outstanding image clarity and full-HD resolution, together with no visible network latency. Simple plug-and-play installation demonstrated significant time and cost savings, through the elimination of IP addressing, even for multi-site monitoring. At the same time, the wide choice of network video recorders (NVRs) impressed with storage options for businesses large or small, all utilising financial industry levels of data security and integrity.

Brian Song, Managing Director, IDIS Europe, commented, “We are thrilled by the recognition from both industry peers, and highly respected associations and bodies. The nomination demonstrates that DirectIP really does offer something new, especially in terms of high-performance, image quality, and simple plug-and-play installation. Committed to further develop our DirectIP offering, we will launch an extended product line up at IFSEC International later this month.”

All finalists across five categories are publicised in the June issues of GIT SECRUITY and GIT SICHERHEIT. Awards will be presented at the Security Essen trade show in September with an online readers' poll.

Implemented globally by businesses large and small across a wide range of markets, DirectIP delivers a fast return on investment through low cost of ownership and operational efficiency. Packaged as an end-to-end solution, comprising a range of cameras, monitors, network video recorders (NVR) and comprehensive video management software, DirectIP solutions deliver unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance and reliability.

Axis releases P39-R IP cam series for rugged vehicle environments

Axis releases P39-R IP cam series for rugged vehicle environments

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications has released P39-R Network Camera Series offering protection against dust and water and able withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks, bumps and temperature fluctuations. The R39-R series also features active tampering alarm function that allows for the detection of tampering attempts such as blocking or spray-painting.

The cameras are specially adapted to respond quickly to changes in light levels, ensuring that high image quality is maintained. In addition, the use of progressive scan enables the cameras to show moving objects without distortion. Traffic Light mode helps to better distinguish colors of traffic lights in very dark scenes.

“AXIS P39-R Network Camera Series offers high image quality, HDTV resolution, substantial processing performance and edge storage to demanding customers,” says Erik Frannlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications.

“An important factor in the development of the new AXIS P39-R Series, was to make it easy for customers to upgrade their existing installations. Hence the AXIS P39-R Series shares the same physical interface as the very successful AXIS M31-R Series,” he continued.

The AXIS P39-R Series includes AXIS P3904-R network camera with HDTV 720p resolution, AXIS P3905-R with HDTV 1080p resolution and AXIS P3915-R with HDTV 1080p resolution as well as audio-in and I/O capabilities. Each of these variants is available with either a male RJ45 connector or a rugged M12 connector.

Secutech 2015: Synchronizing security & business intelligence

Secutech 2015: Synchronizing security & business intelligence

Editor / Provider: Messe Frankfurt New Era | Updated: 6/10/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Secutech will be held from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Cohering with the fast pace of security technology evolving and HD migration, 2015 will see exciting changes for Secutech, the ONE place where IP technology comes together. Secutech 2015 will offer numerous practical illustrations of the huge opportunities arising from the analysis of data flows. Manufacturers can launch and demo new products and solutions which allow businesses to keep pace with the incredible growth in security intelligence.

HD is an unstoppable trend in the surveillance industry. The transition of camera resolution, as well as the number of systems is on the rise, which makes integrations of video data and business intelligence even more crucial than before. As the powerhouse and one-stop shop for customized solutions, Secutech 2015 brings together the entire supplying chain under the one roof – from intrusion alarms, access control, biometrics, HD surveillance networking and transmission devices, video management, to video storage. In 2015, Secutech is introducing seminars and demos specifically focused on these topics including H.265, 4K2K, NFC, and more!

In 2014, Secutech's dedicated sections for smart home garnered accolades. In 2015, Secutech works harder accelerating the adoption of IoT in the consumer and professional markets, which bring security a refreshing look. Covering 5 industries from components of security, electronic security, fire & safety, home automation, and information security, Secutech will add 2 areas for networks & connectivity and installation tools & accessories, showcasing the last mile transmission that enables connectivity, communications and security services.

Secutech sincerely welcomes exhibitors' expertise and market insights. Tap into the intelligent security ecosystem by exhibiting at Secutech. Network face-to-face with customers and prospects. Launch and demonstrate new products. Promote integrated services!

For more details about Secutech, please visit http://www.secutech.com

4K trend pushing the launch of H.265

4K trend pushing the launch of H.265

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 6/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

H.265, which produces videos of the same quality as H.264 yet taking up only half the bandwidth, is poised to replace its predecessor as the mainstream video coding standard. Full-fledge deployment in the surveillance industry is inevitable, even though major challenges, such as complexity of coding and an imbalance between cost and functionality, still need to be overcome.

H.265 is the next-generation video compression format that claims to be twice as efficient as H.264, the current industry standard. In Q4 2013, the first milestone in a continuous research effort to apply this new compression technology in broadcast was achieved. However, for the security and surveillance industry, H.265 is still a myth and not yet implemented on a wide scale.

Since HD is the ultimate trend, H.265 will be crucial in getting 4K “Ultra HD” contents to our televisions, PCs and tablets over the next few years. Achieving those objectives depends on the core components of the H.265 codec that are being developed and will probably launch in 2014.

H.265 is a video compression format that delivers crisper network video contents and requires 50% less bandwidth for the same image quality as H.264, making it easier to download or stream HD video. That said, over the next few years we can view Full HD contents online with our mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets.

H.265 supports 4K (4096×2160) and 8K (8192×4320) Ultra HD (UHD) contents as well. This makes H.265 an ideal technology for delivering high-quality IP videos and creates the possibility that H.265-supported IP cameras, DVRs, and NVRs will roll out over the next few months.

The H.264 standard has dominated the market for the past five years. Now, with H.265 set to become the mainstream, we must understand what the advantages of H.265 and their best-fit applications are. The following article explains the H.265 codec and its future trends.

WHAT IS H.265?
H.265 is a video compression standard, a successor to H.264, that was jointly developed by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and related groups.

On August 22, 2012, Ericsson announced the world's first H.265 encoder, the Ericsson SVP 5500. In only six months, H.265 (also known as High Efficiency Video Coding, HEVC) was approved as the official successor to H.264 as an ITU-T standard.

H.265 is said to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264 at the same level of video quality. It can alternatively be used to provide substantially improved video quality at the same bit rate. It can support 8K UHD and resolutions up to 8192x4320.

H.265 was designed to significantly increase coding efficiency compared to H.264 – that is, to reduce bit rate requirements by half with comparable image quality. Depending on the application requirements, H.265 encoders can mitigate computational complexity; improve compression rate, robustness and error correction; and reduce encoding latency. While H.264 can transfer SD contents in 1Mbps, H.265 is able to transfer 720p (1280x720) and HD content in 1-2 Mbps.

Some leading IT pioneers like Qualcomm, Broadcom and Huawei have been showcasing related products enabled with H.265, which many believe is likely to replace H.264 as the global major compression standard.

WHY IS H.265 SUPERIORTHAN H.264?
H.265/HEVC video coding uses the same approach as H.264/AVC, including inter-/ intra-picture prediction, transform coding, quantization, deblocking filter, and entropy coding. But H.265/HEVC comprises coding units (CUs), predict units (PUs) and transform units (TUs).

Compared to H.264/AV, H.265/HEVC provides different methods to reduce the compression rate. Each marcoblock in H.264/AVC is 16x16 pixels, while in H.265/ HEVC the marcoblock provides different options, from 8x8, 16x16 to 64x64 pixels. What H.265 does is analyzing video contents and breaking them down into CUs of different sizes. For example, it would take much smaller blocks (down to 4x4 pixels) to encode detailed areas, like a vehicle in a parking lot, and much bigger blocks to encode the background, which contains less video data.

H.265 employs 33 directional modes for intra-prediction, compared to the 8 directional modes for intra-prediction used by H.264. With the same image quality, H.265 delivers 39 to 44% less decoding bit streams than H.264. This result may vary with different quality assurance methods.

Peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and subjective assessment of video quality are standard ways to measure the coding efficiency of a video coding mechanism. In a subjective assessment of video quality, H.265 delivers the same or better coding efficiency than H.264 with bit streams reduced by 51 to 74%. This result is very important since subjective assessment of video quality is considered to be the most important way to measure a video coding standard, as humans perceive video quality subjectively.

Like H.264, which uses the Main, Baseline and Simple profiles, the first approved version of the HEVC/H.265 standard includes Main, Main 10, and Main Still Picture profiles.

The Main profile supports bit depth of 8 bits per sample, which allows for 256 shades per primary color, translating into a total of 16.8 million colors. The Main 10 profile supports bit depth of 10 bits per sample, which allows for 1024 shades per primary color or a total of 1.1 billion colors, making it ideal for UHDTV. They both use 4:2:0 chroma sampling.

HEVC also contains provisions for additional profiles. Future extensions that are being discussed for HEVC include increased bit depth, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 chroma sampling, multiview video coding (MVC), and scalable video coding (SVC). On January 8, 2013, Broadcom announced in CES the BCM7445, which is an Ultra HD decoding chip capable of decoding HEVC of up to 4096x2160p at 60 fps. The BCM7445 is a 28-nm ARM-architecture chip capable of 21,000 Dhrystone MIPS with volume production estimated for the middle of 2014.

FUTURE TRENDS OF H.265 CODING
Security and surveillance vendors are more concerned about the time-tomarket of devices that support H.265/ HEVC coding. This will depend on many factors -- for example, how soon will graphics chips makers, such as AMD and NVIDIA, integrate H.265 into their products. The first generation of H.265 chipsets may be only suitable for initial video coding standards, and there are still many H.265 image processing functions, extensions, and multiview video coding that need to be enhanced.

In 2013 CPSE, Hisilicon and Grain Media did a demo on the initial results of their H.265 research. All of the invited visitors were impressed and agreed that H.265 had a huge potential. However, challenges still remain. These include H.265 coding complexity and an imbalance between cost and product features.

Many manufacturers in the security and surveillance industry hope that with the efforts of chipset and IC technology vendors, HEVC will quickly replace H.264 as the dominant IP surveillance coding technology. While most cable TV and digital TV broadcasters are still using the MPEG-2 standard, the good news is that some TV broadcasting companies have replaced MPEG-2 with H.265 standard for HDTV applications, as H.265 reduces bandwidth consumption by 70 to 80% and can support full HD 1080P TV broadcasting with existing bandwidth conditions. Compared to cable TV companies, satellite TV providers may adopt the H.265 standard earlier. The H.265 codec will be the ultimate solution for 4K and 8K options that can enable Ultra high definition television (UHDTV). But challenges on transmission, storage and playback still linger.

Right now, only few native 4K video contents are available, and manufacturers are just planning to launch 4K IP cameras in Q3 2014. The introduction of H.265 coding standard means that the theory is ready, but a unified method to transmit such ultra HD signals is not. Therefore, such development is quite crucial.

In addition, the storage of H.265 encoded videos would also be a problem. Even the Blu-ray Disc Association is working to find a solution to enable storage of 4K videos on Blu-ray discs. Theoretically, this should become possible with an extension of the H.264 format, but bit streams become an issue. Only discs with at least 100GB capacity will enable storage of Blu-ray 4K movies encoded with H.264. But where can you find 100GB re-writable discs? In other words, even though H.265 coding and chipset components are ready, it still lacks the storage and playback solutions that support 4K contents and that are compatible with the existing Blu-ray Disc standard. This is the major challenge for H.265 development.

Since H.265 is the future of television and video, will it become the mainstream for security and surveillance as well? Professional surveillance vendors are not sure either, since H.265 deployment in security and surveillance is not only subject to the challenges mentioned above but also dependent on its end-users.

There are project-based professional users and general consumers for surveillance applications. Professional users are those who conduct city surveillance, traffic monitoring and bank monitoring and who demand solutions that are more stable and reliable. Most of them already have existing technologies and therefore would be hesitant to adopt H.265, which requires a longer verification period.

On the other hand, SMB users and consumers such as home and shop users are faced with less installation cost and are therefore more likely to adopt the new technology. For this reason, H.265 could have its early success in SMB applications and gain acceptance in the consumer market.

With the wide adoption of IP surveillance, HD trends are everywhere. Yet at the same time, limitations of the H.264 standard have begun to emerge. 1080P video contents, for example, require 4 to 10Mbps bandwidth, creating huge cost pressure for service providers and SIs. Network bandwidth and storage equipment usually account for 40 to 50%of system investments in the surveillance ecosystem, and bandwidth cost and maturity of equipment technology are major issues facing operators offering Full HD.

If H.265/HEVC standard matures quickly, and its compression efficiency is improved by 50% over H.264, it can result in 20% investment savings, ensuring higher performance and lower network and system building cost in video surveillance.

CONCLUSION
H.265 has more superior features than H.264, so it's just a matter of time before H.265 standard and components are ready for market. We are cautiously optimistic about the future of the H.265/HEVC standard, as HD 1080P TV broadcasting and 4K video streaming with H.265 are already possible. There is even the possibility that mobile devices will be required to support H.265, and manufacturers will try their best to accommodate.

EL.MO.Vicompact enhances intrusion detection & alarming capabilities

EL.MO.Vicompact enhances intrusion detection & alarming capabilities

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EL.MO. | Updated: 6/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EL.MO.SpA the Italy-based surveillance manufactuer has introduced new wireless intrusion detection control unit  –VICOMPACT– to its product portofolio The company owns a comprehensive range of CCTV, intrusion and fire detection, and access control systems. VICOMPACT as new addition to the Villeggio line, comes in white housing with a pleasant design, featuring 32 wireless inputs on board. It is designed for civil installation and the product itself offers a great performance/investment ratio. The new generation of control unit is equipped with a GSM module and allows, through the e-Connect platform, to manage the system to achieve complete safety, anywhere and anytime via smartphone, tablets and PC. The innovative modular structure allows to customize the control unit according to the user's needs; the user-friendly interface, with intuitive display, offers easy and immediate usability. Two of the 32 inputs are usable as on board wired inputs, with consequent reduction of the radio inputs.

Product details of VICOMPACT
  Inputs:
* 32 total on board wireless inputs
* Of the 32 available wireless inputs can be used, reducing the wireless inputs, 2 wired inputs on board control unit
* On board zones can be configured as: NO, NC, balanced, split, extended split, triple balanced, fast. Zones can be assigned different properties
  Outputs:
* Alarm relay output with C-NO-NC free from potential contacts with 3A@AC24V carrying capacity. The output can be configured
* 12V fuse-protected power output for detectors
* Connector with 8 outputs for ETRREL4 modules that can be configured and remotely controlled
  Users: Advanced management of 32 users max; users can be assigned a proximity key or a remote control device
  Areas/sectors: Management of 4 areas with 4 sectors each 
  User interface:
* Graphic B/W LCD display 128x65 with RGB backlight depending on operating conditions (adjustable)
* Backlit 20-rubber-key keypad
* Unit controlled via proximity key with partialization function.
* Low-consumption proximity key reader located at the centre of the sectors keypad (selectable)
* RF Monitor with graphic display
  Wireless module:
* FM 434 525 MHz receiver in accordance with EN300220 (Class 2) and low consumption EN50131 with built-in antenna on PCB
* Low-consumption AM 868.300 MHz transmitter compliant with EN300220 and EN50131 standards with antenna integrated on the PCB. Control up to 15 wireless sirens and 15 configurable actuators
Events storage: Historical memory with 1000 events capacity
  Voice synthesis:
* Voice synthesis module with 64 messages recordable by the installer, equipped with microphone and loudspeaker; it can be configured via USB and serial line for a total of 8 minutes recording time
* Messages can be recorded by using the suitable software module; they can also be recorded using a microphone connected to the PC audio board
  GSM:
* GSM/GPRS module included for the connection from and to control unit via GSM, also allow the connection to e-Connect system.
* Remote interrogation via SMS with GSM module
* Sophisticated credit control system for rechargeable SIM cards when using MDGSMI / MDGSME optional modules
* Remote listening device controlled via SMS
  Functions:
* Temperature sensor with thermostat function, programmable hysteresis and calibration option
* MDTEMP radio temperature detector (optional) to be used instead of the built-in detector or as external detector if necessary
* Daily/weekly thermostat function, with block boiler detection
* Emergency light function
  Housing:
* Plastic against opening and removal
* White colour
 Standards:
* User interface according to EN50131 with compliance options
* Compliance EN50131-3 grade 1, environmental class I°
* Compliance to R&TTE 1999/5/CE Standard and to ETSI EN 300220-3 and ETSI EN301-5-3+A1

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