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Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The recent release of the IP 2000, IP 4000 and IP 5000 camera families from Bosch Security Systems creates a comprehensive portfolio of IP cameras that make it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to set up professional surveillance solutions. With these cost-effective cameras, Bosch raises the bar and sets new standards in security and data management for everyday surveillance situations, including schools, hospitality sites, retail shops, commercial buildings and more.

The IP 5000 family offers resolutions up to five megapixel to make it easy to distinguish individuals or minor details, significantly increasing the effectiveness of retrospective analysis. For applications where cost is more important than fine scene details, the IP 4000 family offers 720p resolution. And, the IP 2000 family is ideal for small retail businesses, as it includes two-in-one solutions that combine a built-in passive infrared (PIR) sensor and a 720p HD IP video surveillance camera – guaranteeing easy identification of events or intruders day and night.

All cameras are equipped with Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) to tailor camera settings to scene contents. Depending on movement and varying light intensity, the camera settings are continuously and dynamically adjusted to ensure perfect exposure of objects of interest while reducing bitrate by up to 50 percent. Consequently, storage costs and network strain are reduced significantly without compromising video quality.

Video data can be stored in the cloud, on a network video recorder like the DIVAR IP 2000 recording solution from Bosch, or on the built-in SD card offered by many of the cameras. Users can easily access video data and control cameras with the free Video Client or Video Security app from Bosch. The Video Security app combined with Dynamic Transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Users can easily control cameras and view live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. The IP 2000, IP 4000, and IP 5000 cameras support Dynamic Transcoding when used with a DIVAR IP recording solution or VIDEOJET transcoder from Bosch.

The cameras also work seamlessly with security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems.

Incident management and LPR secure Resorts World Casino New York

Incident management and LPR secure Resorts World Casino New York

Editor / Provider: iView Systems | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Resorts World Casino New York City is New York's first world-class gaming casino connected to the famous Aqueduct racetrack in South Ozone Park, Queens, and has played host to some of Thoroughbred racing's biggest heroes over the years. With over 400,000 square feet of gaming facilities and a 70,000 square feet event space for big-ticket events, Resorts World Casino employs over 1,300 people and sees an average of 20,000 guests daily, utilizing 6,500 parking spots. Resorts World New York has implemented state-of-the-art security and surveillance technologies to ensure the safety and security of their facility, guests, and personnel.

The Business Challenge
Since opening its doors in October 2011, Resorts World Casino continues to have solid growth and record revenues. Unfortunately, with success also comes a number of persistent security issues from both insiders and outsiders. The casino handles numerous security incidents every single day, including common incidents such as theft, unwanted banned patrons, personal injuries, vandalism, etc. Even a routine incident can often take an inordinate amount of manpower and, if not handled in a timely manner, can compromise business operations and services and potentially cause exposure to liability. The process of recording, tracking, and reporting was a manual process that inhibited the investigation and reporting process. Information was inconsistent and not readily retrievable, and media files were often not associated with an incident. Compiling meaningful reports was a lengthy and onerous task, making it difficult to correlate events to identify areas of risk and optimize staff allocation. Jason Arnett, Director of Surveillance of Resorts World New York initiated the project to automate their security reporting, mitigate risk, and improve efficiencies. Arnett looked to iView Systems' gaming experts for an integrated security and risk management solution to automate their incident reporting, daily log, officer dispatch, and lost and found functions, as well as to identify and track employees and visitors.

The Solution
With iView Systems' experience in the gaming industry and Resort World sister casino in Singapore already using iView Systems technology for security and surveillance reporting, Arnett looked to Tony Day, Senior Account Executive for iView Systems, to map out their security and surveillance reporting needs. “They required an incident reporting and risk management system that would allow them to document all daily activity and incidents, along with the ability to include supporting evidence such as media files or individual reports. Additionally, Resorts World required the capability to track all personnel and vehicles, as well as manage and control details such as lost and found items, visitor management, employee audits, and document disputes, and provide player analysis by surveillance,” Day said.

In addition to tracking and reporting incident and events, Resorts World has implemented a layered approach to detect, deter, and resolve issues in a proactive manner.

iView's visitor management system checks in and monitors contractors and vendors or suppliers' access to the property. With so many suppliers coming and going at all hours, the system provides detailed logs of visits and screens against watch lists, which aides with access, accountability, and compliance. “We're able to pre-register visitors and ensure contractors and suppliers are in compliance with licensing and insurance regulations and non-disclosure agreements in advance. Pre-registration can be online or we can register them as they arrive, and identification badges are quickly printed using driver's licenses,” stated Arnett.

iView's license plate recognition (LPR) system monitors vehicle activity by reading and identifying license plate numbers as they enter the property. “The LPR system has proved be a tremendous advantage to proactive security management measures by assisting security in dealing with and intercepting unwanted or known individuals who have been identified on the watch, ban, or VIP list, before entering the casino,” said Arnett. The license plate cameras automatically trigger a notification alert if a license plate match is found, and security or police services are dispatched to investigate. “The license plate recognition is extremely accurate and provides a low-key and proactive approach without additional resources and enables us to shift from reaction to prevention mode,” said Arnett. Resorts World New York works with the local police agencies to monitor suspicious vehicles, and video footage provides law enforcement necessary documentation during legal action.

The Benefits
By deploying the fully integrated Incident Reporting and Risk Management solution, Resorts World is now well equipped to document, share and manage all of their security and surveillance information between necessary departments. Resorts World transformed their cumbersome manual processing into a high performance security risk management solution reaping real dividends which include:

* Automated Data Searching & Querying saved 68hours/ month searching and compiling single or multiple search criteria with the ability to save standard daily, weekly, monthly customized report filters as required.

* Incident Reporting produced a time savings of 76hours/ month with iTrak's central data repository providing detailed incident and advanced reporting statistics.

* Automated Identification & Notifications of trespass/ banned subjects on property, saves processing time and aids police with evidence, resulted in a savings of $10,133.76/year.

* Automated Dispatch Reporting saved 182 hours/month.

* Structured Data Collection & Reporting is simple, fast, accurate, date time stamped, consistent to reduce tedious, error-prone data entry, with documented audit trail is secure, searchable, instant statistical reporting and distribution.

* Incidents & Investigations - Ability to capture complete story, video, scanned documents, external files, links to long term DVR storage, real time video capture, legal and procedural form automation (Use of Force, WSIB, Trespass).

* Segmented Views all of incidents, correlates subjects, personnel and contact information.

* Cross-functional Communication of incidents, BOLO's. as well as Shift and Personnel Briefings were vastly improved with speed and efficiency.

* Minimum Training requirements provided for fast user readiness.

“We did not expect to see such significant benefits so quickly”, states Arnett. “By automating our security and surveillance functions, we have saved considerable man-hours reporting, searching and querying, not to mention the increased integrity of our data collected. We were able to realize full return on investment in just 4.5 months”.

“The security and surveillance staff immediately felt at ease using the software, given the simplicity and accuracy of the user interface. The software's logical workflow allows us to collect and manage data and rapidly analyze and act, as well as identify trends and share reports with Executive Management.”

In addition to tracking and reporting incident and events, Resorts World has implemented a layered approach to detect, deter and resolve issues in a proactive manner.

The Visitor Management system, iPass, checks in and monitors contractors and vendors/suppliers' access to the property. With so many suppliers coming and going at all hours, the iPass system provides detail logs of visits and screens against watch lists, which aides with access, accountability and compliance. “We're able to pre-register visitors and ensure contractors and suppliers are in compliance with licensing and insurance regulation, non-disclosure agreements in advance. Pre-registration can be online or we can register them as they arrive and identification badges are quickly printed using driver's license,” states Mr. Arnett.

The License Plate Recognition system, iLPR® monitors vehicle activity by reading and identifying license plate numbers as they enter the property. “The iLPR® system has proved be a tremendous advantage to proactive security management measures by assisting security to deal with and intercept unwanted or known individuals who have been identified on the watch, ban or VIP list, before entering the casino” says Arnett. The license plate cameras automatically trigger a notification alert if a license plate match is found, and security or police services are dispatched to investigate. “The license plate recognition system is extremely accurate and provides a low-key and proactive approach without additional resources and enabled us to shift from reaction to prevention mode”, said Arnett. Resorts World NY works with the local police agencies to monitor suspicious vehicles and video footage provides law enforcement necessary documentation during legal action.

Conclusion
“By automating and digitizing our security and surveillance data on one central reporting platform, we have achieved order, structure, and control on our data, allowing us to shift from reactive to preventive measures,” said Arnett. “The ability to have a complete briefing logs, complete with a full subjects history including media files and having the ability to share with our internal departments and outside networks using iView's intelligent video network has improved our communication and helps reduce potential losses or issues associated with advantage team play, shoplifting, fraud, and other undesirables,” stated Arnett.

“Resorts World New York has identified and embraced the holistic benefits of layering security and surveillance to incorporate the key cornerstones of people, process, and technology into their security and surveillance framework. iView's incident reporting and risk management system's fully converged platform manages a multitude of transactions and tasks including incident, visitor, and identification management. Resorts World New York is a model property implementing appropriate measures to safeguard the physical property and to minimize risks and operating costs through security layering,” stated Day.

Surveillance gets ultra clear with 4K

Surveillance gets ultra clear with 4K

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

4K has made a place for itself in the consumer market, with 4K television and displays becoming increasingly popular. Now, it is slowly making its way into the security industry. “4K video systems are not only a trend of the future, but also a ready solution going to impact this market. With the capability to cover wider areas, budget can be saved due to fewer units and installation,” said Ken Huang, Marketing Specialist at DynaColor. With the release of 4K, new solutions can be explored in several verticals to make use of the UHD resolution.

DEFINITIONS AND VERTICALS
Boasting 4,096 x 2,160p (8.3 megapixels; around four times that of full HD resolution), 4K has the ability to display UHD video footage. In the same way 1080p was first introduced, the initial 4K applications tend to be for outdoor surveillance with a large field of view and the need to resolve detail (e.g., sport stadiums). According to Andres Vigren, Product Manager of Axis Communications, “HDTV network cameras are already used for installations where there is a requirement to overlook an area with the capability to zoom in on details with high precision. 4K UHD takes this to the next level by allowing larger areas to be monitored with a single camera without compromising on level of detail should this be required when an incident occurs.” The ability to capture a large scene and zoom in on images without sacrificing pixels makes 4K ideal for monitoring large areas, which is useful for city surveillance and transportation. Additionally, as one 4K camera can substitute many HD cameras, it presents as a cost-effective solution while minimizing blind spots.

With 4K, data collected from video recordings creates opportunities for improved investigations, but also business intelligence. For instance, personnel and customer paths are more accurately traced, and the resolution is high enough to support multiple content analyses for functions like people counting and license plate recognition (LPR), which provides more precise identification and reduced false alerts. This also allows for faster and more accurate monitoring in crowd management and perimeter protection requirements. 4K can also be applied to safe cities, wide-lane traffic monitoring, police dispatching using geographic information systems (GIS) maps, and more. “Optical zoom becomes a useful feature thanks to the 4K cameras. The quality of the camera means it can provide a stream of information, such as metadata for marketing, operations, and processes purposes,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing at Panasonic System Communications.

CONSUMER CONCERNS
Although it holds great potential, 4K systems are not yet mature. There are a few things consumers need to keep in mind when purchasing a 4K system: is it suitable for the application and whether they have a full 4K-compatible system. “The main factors for 4K video systems to be ready mainly depend on the development of (well-matched) codec capability of camera and backend devices, as well as storage capability and display devices such as TV walls and monitors,” said Adler Wu, Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology. With Theia and Fujinon as the only two companies currently offering 4K lenses, the market is still limited in 4K lens choices. Moreover, these products are still early in development; therefore, it is likely that most video surveillance system operators will be using a standard HDTV monitor. And, with complications in low-light environments and limitations in capturing fast movements, 4K still has much room for improvement.

In addition, many misunderstand that 4K will replace current panoramic cameras; however, for now this is not true. This is because where there is a large area to be monitored that requires situational awareness, a regular 4K camera will have the same limitations with respect to blind spots in terms of wide-angle monitoring. At the moment, 4K fisheye lenses have yet to be developed, as many are experiencing difficulties in eliminating distortion on the side of the lens. “4K is not optimal where large panoramic scenes need to be covered. Loading docks, hotel lobbies, and parking lots will continue to be better served by multisensory panoramic camera systems,” concluded Brad Donaldson, Director of Product Management at Arecont Vision.

Companies are tripping over themselves to be one of the first to release their own 4K cameras, yet very few provide a whole 4K system, which forces users to buy 4K NVRs and monitors separately if they want to employ the system. This may also create compatibility issues when companies do decide to release other 4K products, or when customers upgrade to H.265 chipsets. In a hurry to promote that their own 4K cameras are using H.265, many companies have cut corners in efficiency, meaning early adopters using products embedded with “H.265” may in fact be less efficient than the now-standard H.264, Ed Thompson, CTO of DVTel warned.

Suggestions
Moreover, one must consider the storage and bandwidth required to stream and store 4K, especially when using H.264 video compression technology and older hard drive disks, as 4K systems are resource intensive products. Luckily, advances in network architecture and technology have developed 40 gigabit Ethernet technology, enabling transfer of Ethernet frames at speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second, which is suitable for 4K media workflows. “That said, the ability to compress 4K files for easy transmission while maintaining image performance and integrity is still important even on a 40 gigabit Ethernet,” said Riki Nishimura, GM of Visual Security Solutions for Professional Solutions Company (PSAP) for APAC at Sony Electronics.

The upgrades and additional equipment needed in order to fully deploy a 4K system can be costly at this time, although prices for 4K lens are dropping drastically. “Last year a true 4K resolution lens could cost several hundreds of dollars, but prices have now dropped to below US$20 for a decent lens,” commented Bengt Christensson, Senior Director Marketing at Ambarella. Growth of 4K systems will be more widespread once the cost for 4K equipment drops, which will allow solution providers to explore more ways to use recorded data where 4K footage is applicable.

Additionally, Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua Technology believes that 4K real-time streaming is not absolutely necessary when it comes to surveillance monitoring. This largely depends on the user's budget, project requirements, as well as bandwidth consumption.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
In the near future, 4K will inevitably become the new standard for surveillance resolution; however, there are many challenges manufacturers have yet to conquer — management of the increased amount of video data (higher bitrates), capture of fast moving objects, and challenging lighting conditions, according to Pieter van de Looveren, Marketing Communications Manager of Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems.

4K's problem in low-light environments is due to the small sensor and pixels crammed in an image, resulting in less light absorbed. “Most models use a lower quality sensor with slower aperture lens and do not provide any infrared (IR) illumination; these are poor choices for many applications where the lighting is not ideal,” explained Thompson. Similarly, Donaldson also noted most verticals will benefit from high resolution and faster frame rates, however low-light environments might prove to be challenging due to the pixel size on the sensor. Companies are overcoming this issue by embedding different features in 4K cameras that will perform better in low light, such as Arecont Vision's camera with a 1-inch sensor that creates larger pixels, and DVTel's implementation of IR illuminators with F1.4 lenses to provide optimum low-light performance. This development will prove to provide better surveillance for applications like casinos where the premises are often filled with flashing or low lights from gaming machines.

Once 4K is fine-tuned for better use in various applications, it will definitely bring change to the security industry. With H.265 in the works, it will still be at least a year before it becomes commonly available. “We see the first generation of 4K cameras use H.264 with optimized low-bitrate tuning, and that H.265 will mature and become the next standard in the years following,” said Christensson. Though the current compression technology can handle the high resolution, and manufacturers are developing other technologies to reduce bitrate, such as Bosch's Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction technology that reduces noise based on motion and light levels, it is predicted that H.265 will be more appropriate to compress the hefty data. It's no doubt that H.265 will become the best solution of high resolution camera applications. With the latest compression technology, H.265 is promising to reduce up to 50 percent of bitrate usage. This brings great advantage to the most important part of high resolution surveillance solutions: Internet bandwidth and storage capacity control,” said Huang. To solve the current problem, Vigren suggested, “to manage bandwidth consumption, users can view the live video stream in HDTV 1080p and take advantage of 4K UHD recordings for forensic purposes.”

To further accommodate application needs, such as monitoring outdoors, it will be essential that 4K have features such as high dynamic range (HDR). “Due to the high resolution of 4K video and common outdoor applications, HDR will become a valuable feature and over time a requirement. There is a focus from the main sensor vendors on new 4K sensors, benefitting from increased sensitivity technologies and combined with advanced noise reduction processing one can expect 4K cameras to improve low-light performance considerably,” said Christensson.

4K: FROM CONCEPT TO REALITY
4K has come a long way since 2013 when the International Telecommunications Union set the standard specifications for UHD television. As manufacturers continue to improve and upgrade systems to provide users with more detailed resolution and smoother streaming, it is evident 4K will not only be the standard in future surveillance solutions, but also the key to opening a door to new ways of using the data collected.

4K Application Challenges
Although 4K can bring a clearer picture and better user experience for security, compared to 1080p HD, data collection, encoding and decoding, transmission, display, storage, and processing for 4K all require higher standards.

  • Higher resolution lenses: Lenses need to be at least 8 megapixels in order to display the full effect of 4K resolution; however, cost for these high resolution lenses are expensive and limited, especially ones that are suitable for surveillance and are able to support zoom lens movement.
  • Network transmission, higher bandwidth, and greater storage capability: In security applications, transmission of 1080p HD video requires around 4 Mbps bandwidth; under H.264 encoding, 4K resolution at present requires at least 12 Mbps bandwidth in order to achieve better image quality. Meanwhile it is foreseen that the era of 4K will soon lead to double the storage requirements as surveillance demand for reliability and safety increases.
  • Chip encoding performance: In order to reduce 4K resolution pressure caused by high bandwidth and storage capacity, it is necessary to optimize the performance of H.264, or deploy the new HEVC standard H.265. Currently many manufacturers have started to optimize the H.264 chipset focusing on various applications to lower bitrate while maintaining quality for 4K resolution.
  • Stronger back-end decoding and display capability: Powerful graphics processing units are required both to process 4K resolution output as well as to display 4K video.
  • Higher resolution display devices: 4K compatible monitors are required to display the full effect of 4K resolution. Since a reliable and cost effective display compatible for 4K streaming is not yet available , widespread adoption is difficult. Although LCD 4K monitors are available for consumers, it is not yet suited for the security industry.
  • Video processing capability: For 4K resolution surveillance images, elements displayed are more detailed, but at the same time computing power is needed to handle the richer detail, especially for abilities such as image enhancement, de-fogging, and video analyses.
  • Price: Currently, 1080p and 720p HD resolutions are able to meet the needs of daily monitoring; however, as costs for 4K systems drop, popularity for 4K will increase.
  • Dahua iHCVR offers face detection function

    Dahua iHCVR offers face detection function

    Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

    Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, announced to introduce its new iHCVR series products.

    iHCVR, based on Dahua's in-house High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) technology, new generation of smart face detection which realizes 1ch face detection, instant playback and face index playback. iHCVR series products not only support face detection but also can realize face image snapshot and face image 20 seconds playback assisted by software.

    HD Performance at 720P
    Dahua iHCVR product family is based on HDCVI technology and it retains the ease to use of an analog system while offering up to 720P HD video output.

    Easy Space
    Detected face images, motions, alarm snapshots and video can be uploaded to the free “Easy Space” (Network Cloud Disk) such as Skydrive and Dropbox to keep data safe and save storage space. Also the recorded data can be searched easily.

    P2P
    P2P allows simple and easy connecting between client-end and mobile apps. Dahua iHCVR can realize p2p network connection through scanning QR code and logging website.

    iHCVR products family includes 5104/5108H-F and 5104/5108HE-F. Among these models, different hardware case is not the only way to differentiate them but also with different functions, such as iHCVR5104/5108HE-F supports 4/8-ch alarm in and 3-ch alarm out.

    Furthermore, the sync software will be available for mobile phones in January. With mobile device viewing support, it will be much more convenient to use. As for the users, iHCVR is cost-effectiveness, easy-to-use and high performance solution.

    Key feature
    * Support face detection, instant playback and face index playback
    * Detected face images can be uploaded to the free “Easy Space”
    * Support P2P network connection through scanning QR code
    * All channel@720P real-time recording
    * 1HDMI,1VGA,1Audio,1SATA,2USB,1RJ45(100M),Alarm(HE Series optional)

    Dahua introduces 3-inch network mini PTZ dome camera

    Dahua introduces 3-inch network mini PTZ dome camera

    Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

    Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China introduces its new 2-Megapixel3-inch Network Mini PTZ Dome Camera—SD32203S-HN.

    Dahua SD32203S-HN is the updated model featuring compact design with powerful functions which bring new experiences to the user. IP66-rated weatherproofing and dust-proof ensures the cameras can withstand even the harshest weather environments. Furthermore,IK10-rated vandal-proof can effectively prevent violent destruction.

    New Generation Block Camera
    Dahua SD32203S-HNis using new block camera with 3 times zoom-in function. The lower bit rate is able to reduce the storage space. The angle of view reaches to 116.5-degree which provides wider monitoring area.

    New Structure Design
    The block camera holder of SD32203S-HN is made of aluminum which is much more fastness than the old generation. Moreover, the vertical transmission model has changed from gear drive to belt drive. This upgrade can improve the accuracy of preset as well as reduce the mechanical noise.

    Outstanding P/Z Performance
    Dahua SD32203S-HN adds the conductive slip ring to achieve 360° unlimited rotation. High speed stepping motor offers max 240°/s pan speed and 160°/s tilt speed which makes SD32203S-HN become a veritable high-speed PTZ dome camera.

    This network mini PTZ dome camera features more advanced functions but also maintains cost-effective offering. With ease of use installation, advanced features and performance, DahuaSD32203S-HN can be a good extent to existing product line to meet more market demands.

    Features
    * 3.0mm ~ 9.0mm(3x)optical zoom
    * H.264 & MJPEG dual-stream encoding
    * Max 25/30fps@1080p resolution
    * DWDR, Day/Night(ICR), DNR (2D&3D),Auto iris, Auto focus, AWB, AGC,BLC
    * Multiple network monitoring: Web viewer, CMS(DSS/PSS) & DMSS
    * Max 240 °/span speed, 0° ~360° endless pan rotation
    * Up to 255 presets, 5 auto scan, 8 tour, 5 pattern
    * Built-in 2/1 alarm in/out
    * Support intelligent 3D positioning with DH-SD protocol
    * Micro SD memory, IP66, IK10, PoE

    Time to check-in: Video analytics automate airport security

    Time to check-in: Video analytics automate airport security

    Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Airports are at the forefront of using intelligent video analytics to automate their surveillance and operational needs. Recent advances in video footage search as well as better computing options at the edge promise to show an even greater future use of video analytics. However, market education is still needed to fulfill its potential.

    Video surveillance cameras have long been used in airports. The introduction of video content analytics (VCA) is a power-multiplier for cameras. “The primary goal of analytics is to transform the cameras into intelligent detectors in order to provide more reliable incidents detection and minimize human error factor,” said Denis Castanet, Director of Business development for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems.

    “Video analytics is identified as a lead technology in the growing trend towards reliable, automated systems within airports,” said Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. Flind named some of VCA‘s main benefits: a wise use of VCA reduces human error, reduces man-guarding costs, provides secondary support to other systems, and greatly improves reaction time from alert to action with the use of automated triggers and alerts. Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise & Critical Infrastructure at Video Intelligence Solutions, Verint Systems, also echoed that “VCA is used in areas where alternative sensors are not practical or reliable, or where maintaining security staff for live personnel monitoring is impractical or unreliable.”

    New Developments in Video Search
    Apart from triggering alerts, VCA plays an important role in searching through the video feeds. The vast amounts of video footage collected daily in a busy environment like an airport is almost impossible to search manually. One of the key strengths of VCA is the ability to enhance the speed of searching through hours of recorded video. There are a variety of VCA manufacturers that can perform a search on the recorded video for different criteria; including color, shape, speed, and time spent in an area. In addition, some can compress hours of recorded video into a stream that shows all activity for a certain time frame, thus simplifying searches for only the things the user is looking for.

    “Technology now not only locates a person, but also tracks their route and determines their last known location,” said Jamie Wilson, Security Marketing Manager for EMEA at NICE systems. It works by creating a searchable database of images in real-time, of all the people who have been ‘seen' by surveillance cameras on the network. The investigators can search this database to identify the person they are looking for either according to a time frame or based on a description or picture of the suspect. Using this information the investigator is able to rapidly screen the results to see if the person they are looking for is displayed. Once they have located the person the system presents the investigator with a time-stamped map highlighting where the person has been and at what time and the route taken. Crucially, it will also display the last point the person was spotted, for action to be taken.

    Multipurpose use of VCA in Airports
    The most common video analytics features are intrusion detection and unattended baggage. Examples are detection of people entering the baggage area through the exit, loitering in secure areas, walking in the wrong direction, detection of vehicles parked in no parking zones, detection of people near the runways or near parked aircraft, and queue management for check-in areas and security lines (measuring the amount of time a person has to wait in line).

    VCA is used mainly for security purposes; however, as it becomes more common, more uses are adopted at airports. “Our experience with VCA is that it is used only to the extent that the end user understands its capabilities. This commonly results in the VCA being used for security purposes initially and as its potential is realized by the end user, migrates into lots of other uses,” said Kirk Huss, System III Engineer for G4S Technology USA. “Like any technology, as users become more familiar with VCA, they realize its potential and begin using it for things other than security related issues. Once trained on the system, they get very creative and apply it to all sorts of their business operations.”

    Examples of this “dual-use” are re-using existing systems for customer service (queue management for instance) or marketing (customer behavior analysis). “The more advanced VCA is going a step further and actually forecasting with high confidence when a long line will develop, not after it has already happened,” added Phillips. This allows retailers the ability to maximize staff members who sit idle when lines are empty.

    Information can be shared also between parties in the airport. Store owners in the airport will usually have their own video surveillance systems inside the store. Even though they are not connected to the airport's system, information can still be shared through mobile applications (e.g., send a picture of a suspect from the store to the airport police), described Todd Brodrick, Director of Sales for South West USA at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

    Future: VCA to Initia te Camera Trac king
    Today, a major constraint is in making analytics work in a crowded environment. As VCA algorithms improve, so will the ability to overcome the crowded environments at airports. The next challenges in line are successful tracking and hand over from camera to camera. Crowded scenes or obscured views can make reliable tracking across multiple cameras intricate to achieve. However combining other technologies and systems to assist tagging and tracking of individuals through busy scenes such as airport terminals can deliver better results.

    “Beyond the analytics themselves the next step is automating the entire process — somebody leaves a bag and the system will automatically jump back and look for the person who left it, recognize him from the database, follow him around as he passes through other parts of the airport, and alert the nearest police officer or guard on duty,” stated Dr. Rustom Kanga, CEO of iOmniscient. “Already we have started using multisensor technology — sound and smell in addition to the video. Humans use all their senses and analytics should too. For example, if the camera detects someone falling down and detects the sound of a gunshot it is a different situation than a simple slip and fall. In years to come such multi-sensor analytics will become ubiquitous.”

    VCA is Not a Cure-all Solution
    Market knowledge levels are still a concern for vendors and systems integrators implementing VCA solutions. One of the major challenges facing vendors and systems integrators is explaining that VCA is not a panacea and explain its realistic expectations.

    “The commercial challenge is for customers to understand what the technology can and cannot do,” explained Kanga. “We focus on educating the market. Most customers use a tender process for their purchasing. If the specifications in the tender are vague the customer may get something that meets the specification but does not work in practice. For instance, if the specification asks for ‘abandoned object detection' they will get a different response than if they ask for ‘abandoned object detection in a very crowded place.' Those few words can make a difference between whether the customer gets something that will work or not.”

    “I think the challenge is always the culture. Video analytics is a real new thing in our market, so we spend a lot of time showing to our customers the power of the solution. After that, the solution's technical needs must be redesigned. Usually the customers look at video analytics as a showcase, not as a real solution. We always take potential customers to visit actual customers in order to demonstrate the incredible power of the analytics solution,” explained Jorge Heller, Technology Director of Redisul, a Brazilian systems integrator that took part in securing some of Brazil's airports prior to the last FIFA World Cup.

    “We continue to witness a large variation in client knowledge for analytics from those procuring solutions from a zero base through to consultant experts. Even within procuring teams knowledge can vary significantly and it is not always those with the most knowledge that are permitted the most procurement authority,” added Neil Norman, CEO of Human Recognition Systems.

    Norman too stressed that education is a critical element of the business development and delivery teams' role for analytics is still to avoid disappointment or underuse of the systems.

    Where to Run the Analytics?
    Video analytics are generally built on two different types of architecture: server-based and edge-based, performed on the camera. “Camera-side offers scalability and redundancy but lacks in features, performance, and management, whereas server-side offers enhanced performance, features, and management capabilities, but lacks in scalability and has high bandwidth requirements,” explained Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi).

    Server-based analytics enjoy several advantages since the servers are all at one central location: easier configuration, management, and maintenance. Since power supply and cooling are less of a concern, it also allows for increased processing power and support for complex video analytics algorithms that provide high performance and easier integration with VMS and PSIM systems. Running the analytics at the edge saves on bandwidth, as constant video transmission over network is not required. It allows for direct control of PTZ camera with minimum latency and since the uncompressed video is analyzed directly at the camera the video analytics performance improves (the video feed doesn't change due to compression). Video can be transmitted on demand or automatically when an event of interest is detected (black screen technology). The major obstacle is the camera's size, power consumption limitations, limited computing power, limited storage space, and limited temperature tolerance operating in direct sunlight or freezing conditions.

    Industry professionals predict a trend towards more VCA-at-the-edge units to overcome the limitations of the camera is via two approaches: sharing the workload between edge-unit and server or adding computing power to the camera with an external device.

    “A distributed processing approach which utilizes both camera and server processing provides the best of both worlds in terms of scalability, performance, feature set, manageability and bandwidth consumption,” noted Ashani.

    Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union creates safe and open environment with Avigilon's systems

    Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union creates safe and open environment with Avigilon's systems

    Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/29/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

    Secure $15 million in assets, protect staff and members, and meet key insurance requirements while maintaining an open environment where members can freely enter and exit to receive services.

    Solution
    Brooklyn Cooperative's staff manage the system from their desktops using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High-Definition Stream Management™ (HDSM). The company installed Avigilon HD 5 MP cameras with exceptional low-light performance on the exterior of the building to monitor all entrances. Avigilon HD 1 MP and 2 MP cameras were installed in other high-traffic areas including: the ATM vestibule, main lobby, teller station, office area, workshop, and storage and server rooms. Brooklyn Cooperative stores 120 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR) – a vast improvement over the 30 days previously attained and a top insurance requirement. The credit union can also monitor the system remotely from home during off-hours.

    Benefits
    Brooklyn Cooperative can meet and exceed the requirements set by their insurance provider to ultimately lower premiums. With detailed coverage of the ATM vestibule, the credit union can also resolve claims of debit card fraud to lower liability costs. Brooklyn Cooperative monitors the storage area and offices to protect confidential member information from loss or theft. Users can search and locate footage in a fraction of the time of the previous system. The company has also eliminated the risk of false alarms by being able to monitor the system remotely during off-hours before contacting police. Brooklyn Cooperative has had no network bandwidth issues since deployment and plans to integrate its new branch when it opens later this year for central management.
    * Meet insurance requirements
    * Resolve debit card fraud claims
    * No network bandwidth issues

    Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union Creates Safe, Open Environment to Help Members Build Assets with Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System
    As New York City's fastest growing credit union, Brooklyn Cooperative is dedicated to supporting the economic development of two of the city's most under-banked and low-income neighborhoods, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant. By offering a range of services to its 6,800 members (including homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling, free tax preparation, and core financial services), Brooklyn Cooperative helps families and businesses build assets and secure their economic success. With workshops and financial counseling sessions running after hours, Brooklyn Cooperative operates outside traditional bank hours in an open environment. Security solutions suitable for closed banks, such as time stamps, physical gates, and motion detectors, are not practical in this environment. To secure its $15 million in assets, protect staff and members, and meet insurance requirements while ensuring member accessibility, Brooklyn Cooperative deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality and detail, efficient storage, and ease-of-use.

    Security in Open Bank
    Located on one of the city's busiest streets, Brooklyn Cooperative's main branch spans a city block, with both front and back entrances. The credit union has an ATM vestibule, teller station, and main lobby at the front, offices in the center, and an open workshop area in the back. Files are stored in the basement, which also houses several additional offices and the server room. “Our physical location and unconventional hours make security a challenge,” explained Samira Rajan, CEO at Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union. “We selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on the recommendation of a board member who is responsible for physical security at a large bank in Manhattan.” Rajan chose to partner with Digital Provisions, Inc., a local technology integration company, for their expertise, support services, and cost.

    Range of Coverage
    Staff manages the surveillance system from their desktops using Avigilon Control Center with HDSM. The company installed Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 5 MP for complete branch coverage. “The fact that Avigilon offers such a wide range of cameras was a top selling feature for us,” commented Rajan. The credit union installed Avigilon HD 5 MP cameras with superior low-light performance on the exterior of the building to monitor all entrances and installed Avigilon HD 1 MP and 2 MP cameras in all other hightraffic areas. “By installing higher resolution cameras in only key areas and leveraging Avigilon's advanced motion detection technology, we lowered our investment costs and can store 120 days of surveillance footage – a vast improvement over the 30 days we previously attained to help meet a key insurance requirement.”

    Lowering Insurance Costs
    While asset protection and staff safety are top goals for the new high-definition surveillance system, so too is the ability to meet critical insurance standards. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system allows us to meet insurance requirements such as achieving 120 days of storage and delivering indisputable evidence for police investigations,” explained Rajan. With coverage of the ATM vestibule, which is a target for fraud and debit card misuse, the credit union can more accurately address false liability claims to save money and lower insurance premiums. Brooklyn Cooperative can also monitor the storage area and offices to protect confidential member information from theft. “I expect to lower our premiums because we will be in a better position to meet more insurance requirements,” added Rajan.

    Smooth Operations
    After a brief training session, Rajan and her team were up and running on the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time. “Avigilon is a thousand times easier to use than our previous system,” stated Rajan. In fact, Rajan was able to quickly investigate a report of stolen funds using the Avigilon Control Center software. “We identified the perpetrator in less than 10 minutes and successfully recovered the lost funds.” Rajan has also been impressed with how easily the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has integrated into its existing network. “We've had no glitches or bandwidth issues at all – it is running very smoothly,” observed Rajan.

    Eliminating False Alarms
    With the ability to monitor the surveillance system from home, Rajan can rest easy that the credit union is safe both day and night. “Previously, any motion would trigger the alarm and our monitoring firm would automatically call the police, resulting in more than 60 false alarms,” said Rajan. “Now, the Digital Provisions service center can check footage before calling the police, giving us greater peace of mind.” Employees now enjoy a greater sense of security and are no longer distracted by old security procedures such as panic buttons, motion detectors, and time stamps, which required time and effort to properly manage.

    An Integrated Future
    Another advantage of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its scalability, which will make it easy for Brooklyn Cooperative to integrate its new branch when it opens later this year. “I am looking forward to having a coherent surveillance system that can be centrally managed,” concluded Rajan. “We are very impressed with how well the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system addresses all our requirements, performs as promised, and will meet our future needs.”

    ZNV, new rising star, builds up global strengths

    ZNV, new rising star, builds up global strengths

    Editor / Provider: Sponsored by ZNV, a&s Asia | Updated: 12/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    ZNV Technology, a world leading security company and ZTE's spin-off, just announced its launch of H.265 IP cameras this September. By debuting this H.265 IP camera, ZNV is able to fully demonstrate its recent accomplishment in technological innovation and further sustain its global presence. Despite being a new name in the security industry, ZNV positions itself as a professional solution provider, setting themselves apart from most other Chinese competitors.

    ZNV Technology, carrying a strong technological background from ZTE, is ready to take a bolder approach in the global security industry. Even though the company remains new in most countries, its strong local presence in China has resulted in high recognition. ZNV was ranked as “a&s 2013 Top 10 Security Brands in China,” selected by engineering/systems integrators and end users.

    Forming a World Class Management Team
    Through the latest appointment of Robert Zhu as Executive Chairman in May 2014, the company is fully demonstrating its determination to focus on security. Zhu, with rich experience in global security business management, was former VP and GM of South Asia for ABB Group and former President for APAC and China of Tyco International. Zhu said, “The first mission for my appointment is to elevate the company to be greatly involved in global business.”

    With its abundant knowledge and experience in the telecommunications industry, ZNV is quite unique with specialties in wired/wireless communication, sensing technologies, and signal processing. Now the company is able to develop industrial solutions in a full spectrum, Zhu continued.

    Besides appointing the new Executive Chairman, in order to form a world-leading security team and further become a competitive company, ZNV has also strengthened its sales management team by hiring the former GM of Honeywell Security, as well as other industry experts in different sales channels. By doing all this, ZNV hopes it can stand out from other strong competitors. Instead of its hardware manufacturing capability, the company is focusing on penetrating and concentrating on different verticals and industries.

    Solutions, Not Just Products
    The global demand toward security equipment is increasing rapidly. Not only are the frequent major global security breaches propelling technological breakthroughs, but so are new applications such as high or ultra-high resolution or ultra-low illumination. However, merely providing high-quality and special products for customers is not enough. Zhu, therefore, suggests that the security industry should focus more on how to maximize overall value of security devices and services, particularly for operational and business management efficiency for certain market sectors. In the future, security systems will become a tool for corporate management.

    Therefore, in order to elevate a company's overall corporate capability during the transition from product manufacturing to solution design, the company should be knowledgeable in communication, signal analysis, and management platform in order to satisfy the specific needs for some particular vertical markets. These indeed are the specialties of ZNV, Zhu highlighted. “ZNV is a technology company, which is able to do an in-depth research on projects and then provide the pertinent solutions to them,” he continued.

    ‟We do not just merely think about how to apply the products for a certain application but care about what the project really needs and wants. However, most of the Chinese companies only think about how to let users see clear pictures and that's it, with nothing more.”

    Specialized in Industrial Solutions With Unique Design
    By positioning itself as a solution provider, ZNV is taking quite a different approach to the security business. First, the company utilizes its own strength in the telecommunications sector where ZNV has the largest market share in China. “In these projects, what we accumulated is not just video surveillance but also the know-how of monitoring the generator room of an industrial environment,” said Zhu. ZTE provides communication services to more than 1.2 million substations in China and ZNV is in charge of one-fourth of their video monitoring projects, including HD picture quality transmission, temperature and humidity control, HVAC system control, battery management (uninterruptible power supply and regular charging and discharging power), and access control. “We intend to combine these know-hows with our in-house video content analytics (VCA) R&D lab and apply both to other industries, such as railways or power stations, which also require an independent and integrated security system,” said Zhu.

    In terms of product features, ZNV also stands outs in communication and transmission capability in its video surveillance cameras. For instance, Zhu mentioned, “We add a special communication function in a 4G-LTE camera. Normally, the regular camera only transmits via cables. However, in many of the industrial environments, the cables are usually under the risk of being cut off. Therefore, our products support Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. When the cable transmission fails, the Wi-Fi connection will automatically be activated. If the Wi-Fi connectivity also fails, we also have our preset SIM card which can also immediately turn on the wireless telecommunication function to keep the normal operation of data transmission. ZNV is able to provide all these extra added values to our customers.

    Restructing R&D Team
    ZNV, then, began restructuring its R&D team right after Zhu joined the to tailor solutions for specific vertical markets. Zhu mentioned that now the company has around a 400-person R&D team. Instead of taking the traditional way to divide the team by technologies, ZNV now divides them depending on the solutions and projects. He said, “According to what the specific project needs, we form the designated team by its requirements toward software, hardware, and encoding and processing technologies to accelerate the speed of product development. For instance, the R&D team developing H.265 would normally need around 30 people, but we transfer and borrow some manpower from other teams if necessary. Just because of this, we are able to stay flexible and quickly develop products according to what the market really needs.”

    H.265 IP Cameras Lift ZNV to Global Technology Leader
    High-definition cameras for security monitoring, remote machine operation, or other applications are required mostly because the sharp images will help users identify security threats or control a machine remotely. The current challenges are the cost of transmission and storage of largesized data over the network and cloud. By overcoming the bandwidth and storage challenges that the security industry has been facing for years, ZNV has finally made a market breakthrough, launching H.265 high-definition IP cameras this September.

    H.265 is the latest compression technology which can save up to 10 times the bandwidth and storage space compared to the current H.264 compression technology. The company predicts H.265 IP cameras will quickly be adopted by some retrofit projects where end users expect to upgrade their video surveillance systems, such as the education sector. Other target customers are end users that have demand for high capacity storage devices, such as a smart city project. “Normally, H.264 cameras can store video images for 12 months with 20 TB storage. However, keeping the same high-definition videos, H.265 technology can reduce the data size by three times in dynamic scenes like a busy street and up to 10 times in static scenes like a guarded warehouse. So, it is very attractive for a large scale project in greatly reducing the total cost of ownership,” said Robert Zhu, Executive Chairman of ZNV.

    “ZNV is very focused on developing our own technologies about H.265 compression. We have been developing H.265 technology for two years and acquired many patents in decoding and encoding technologies, and system design. H.265 algorithm is more complex compared to H.264. It has to be flexible and accurate, and follow many international standards. An example is we owned a patent in motion encoding technologies in order to largely reduce the bandwidth in the static scenes, which is useful for end users who want to save the bandwidth and also cost of storage. A major issue of H.265 cameras is the overheating problem. We have solved this problem from the hardware design to the internal design for heat dissipation. We now are working on the application for this patent,” said Zhu.

    The company further predicts that in a year, H.265 will be ready to grow in double digits.

    Abundant International Experience
    Even though ZNV just recently got fully involved in international business and marketing, ZNV products and services have been applied to 70 countries globally via ZTE. Zhu provided an example that ZNV used to implement their security equipment for a ZTE project of a substation in Pakistan. “Luckily, we acquired the overseas experience quite early compared to other companies. Our goal right now is to explore more new markets other than telecommunications industry. In order to achieve that goal, we have started to quickly establish our international partner network in some geographic markets. Our showroom in Malaysia was just set up recently to showcase our latest products, systems, and solutions. This year, we started some new partnership in South Africa and South America too. In the near future, we are expecting more from the U.S. and Europe.”

    Looking to the Future
    ZNV, indeed, is taking a different approach to face the challenges of global market competition. Most importantly, ZNV has a high level of understanding in technology and specialtiers in industrial environments. It can be expected that ZNV will soon become another new star in the global security industry.

    Network Video Recorder gives you impeccable surveillance experience

    Network Video Recorder gives you impeccable surveillance experience

    Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/5/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

    According to the latest Security 50 Industry Report, released by a&s International earlier last month, explosive growth in IP video surveillance sector is now gone. Despite an average growth rate of 25 to 30 percent could still be seen over the past couple years, some major pure IP surveillance suppliers have started to experience slowdown in 2013, according to their financial reports. This phenomenon reflects the maturity of IP surveillance technology; therefore, in order to stand out in this fierce competition, suppliers have started to offer more comprehensive IP surveillance systems and solutions, instead of providing single products alone. To maintain annual growth, Axis and VIVOTEK, for example, have recently developed NVRs and management software and systems.

    By the end of 2014, asmag.com would like to feature a series of NVRs that are ideal to deploy in enterprise environment, banks, public utilities, city surveillance, and retails manufactured by some of the leading players in the security industry.

    When it comes to selecting NVR for your surveillance systems, the compatibility between the cameras and recorder is the utmost crucial factor for an impeccable recording performance. Other than that, recording performance such as frames rate, resolution, and user's interface of the management system are all critical considerations for a better user experience.

    GKB DN1601 Presents True Plug & Play
    GKB standalone ONVIF NVR is a combo unit of video recording and hosting cloud-based server which features the easiest management and configuration through IE/ Firefox/ Chrome browsers,” said Anna Hsiung, Marketing Manager at GKB. “GKB NVR is specially designed as a two way communication device, indicating that any GKB IP cameras can be automatically detected by our NVR anytime and anywhere without extra setting time, which fulfills a real plug & play. It's not only for LAN but also the Internet application. It also integrates all ONVIF 2.0 series and seamlessly conforms to GKB IP portfolio as well. This NVR is most suitable for the SMB sectors.”

    I-View AnyNet-6424, Features Performance-Optimized NVR
    I-View's AnyNet-6424 enterprise server class Embedded NVR comes with a selection of 24 Hot-swap removable rack bays, up to 96 Terabytes recorded data and support Raid 0/1/5/6/10/50 capability. Flexible RAID function to secured every important data and reducing the risks of data loss.” said Yen Ou, Sales Branch Manager at I-View Communication. The NVR system makes data storage more stable and management interface more convenient. Plus, AnyNet-6424 NVR can support displaying and recording of up to 64 pcs of megapixel-IP cameras simultaneously with the third-party ONVIF or RTSP-compliant devices. With Ultra performance, reliability and high-level data protection features, AnyNet-6424 is the trustworthy for you.”

    QNAP VS-12164U-RP Gives Users Professional Video Monitoring Experience
    “The QNAP VS-12164U-RP Pro+ VioStor NVR supports up to 64CH high quality real-time video/audio monitoring, megapixel recording (up to 10 megapixels), and playback from multiple IP cameras. QNAP Security integrates electric engineering, mechanical design, and professional video management software into VioStor NVR series which supports 24/7 real-time surveillance video recording. QVR 5.0 video management software provides users a professional management system preloaded with intuitive, easy-to-use, and versatile QVR software that allows real-time monitoring, recording, playback, alarm notifications, and other management tools to safeguard assets and property when used with supported IP cameras,” said Joe Jen, Senior Manager of QNAP.

     

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    SMAhome Expo 2015 offers one-stop sourcing for smart home security solutions

    SMAhome Expo 2015 offers one-stop sourcing for smart home security solutions

    Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 12/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    The highly anticipated 18th edition of Secutech will again serve as a premier networking platform for security professionals from across the world to form strategic partnerships and distributorships with Asia's top-tier manufacturers and service providers. The event will run from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan.

    Security-related devices top demands in the current smart home market. As such, fair organisers will build on the success of the SMAhome product zone at Secutech 2014 and add a new show component in 2015 called the SMAhome Expo. The objective is to streamline sourcing processes from the early stages of design to final production.

    Visitors can expect to find products categorised under Home Security, Home Control and Connected Home in the new Expo. A wide spectrum of smart home safety and security-related products including entry-level DIY kits, mid-range solutions, complete interconnected home control systems and wireless door solutions, as well as related technologies such as ultra HD, NFC, cloud storage, and smart smoke detection will be showcased. Expected to be in attendance are telecom companies, Internet service providers, retailers, home security experts, appliance brands, and automation importers and dealers.

    Over the course of three days, a projected 200 booths in the SMAhome Expo will house manufacturers who are highly adept at R&D, product design, customisation, efficient production, technical support and international trading. Asia's Top 100 manufacturers will be selected from Taiwan, China and Korea – three manufacturing hubs accounting for nearly 70% of the global home security-based product output. These manufacturing elites, including names such as Chicony, Climax, D-Link, Forscam, Optex, Sercomm, Starvedia, Wolfguard and others, will showcase the trendiest products and solutions of 2015 to visitors from around the world.

    To ensure participants maximise their return at the fair, a number of seminars led by major industry players will take place. A highlight includes the Smart Home International Conference, featuring the latest technological and application developments in various user markets such as telecom and building automation. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the evolving global smart home industry through presentations and interactions with field experts.

    For more details about SMAhome 2015, please visit SMAhome. Alternatively, please call Ms Sandra Chen at +886 2 2659 9080 ext 761, or send an email to sandra.chen@newera.messefrankfurt.com.

    Sponsored by:  
    Secutech, the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions, will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan. 
    Now in its 18th year, secutech features some 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracts over 26,000 visitors. Dedicated pavilions for the following sectors: Surveillance | Software & Management Systems | Transmission & Networks | Smart Homes | Key Components / Parts | Electronic Systems

    Register your FREE visitor badge now at www.secutech.com/registration/en

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