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ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

Port Fourchon deploys Milestone IP solution to manage operations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart TVs open up new opportunities for video surveillance

Smart TVs open up new opportunities for video surveillance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Bosch launches DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera

Bosch launches DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 6/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Regardless of time-of-day, object of interest movement or extreme low light situations, the new 5 megapixel DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera delivers relevant IP video images 24/7. With this video surveillance camera, Bosch Security Systems sets a new quality benchmark in round-the-clock video surveillance. Due to its comprehensive technical specifications this is the ultimate 24/7 camera securing critical infrastructures, parking lots, city surveillance projects and many other applications with challenging lighting conditions.

Becoming the ultimate 24/7 camera
The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP delivers five megapixel details even in extreme low light situations and captures moving objects in 5 megapixel resolution at up to 30 frames per-second. The latest sensor technology combined with the sophisticated noise suppression results in a light sensitivity of 0.0121 lux at full 5 megapixel resolutions in color and even 0.00825 lux at 1080p resolution. The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP produces full color images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have turned to monochrome images. Where others show no image at all, it still delivers detailed monochrome images. Possible disturbances caused by fluctuating front or backlight are eliminated by Bosch' built-in intelligence. The intelligent Auto Exposure (iAE) technology dynamically adjusts the exposure of the camera to automatically adapt to changing light conditions providing perfect exposure of objects of interest every time. The iAE technology also contributes to the outstanding dynamic range of the camera which boasts a massive 103+16 dB for the 1080p mode.

Intelligent Video Analysis
Another differentiating feature of the DINION IP starlight 8000 MP is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically track objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By using the camera's ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum.

24/7 remote access and camera control
Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. It also allows access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime from anywhere. Dynamic Transcoding also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP is supported by Dynamic Transcoding in 1080p mode in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET.

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

Bosch IP standard-definition and high-definition cameras, encoders and analytics work seamlessly with a wide range of 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. Further details of the Bosch Integration Partner Program are available at ipp.boschsecurity.com.

Brazilian Ministry of Work deployed IndigoVision HD dome

Brazilian Ministry of Work deployed IndigoVision HD dome

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 6/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The Brazilian Ministry of Work has deployed IndigoVision's Enhanced HD Fixed Dome Cameras to increase security and safety at their storage sites.

There is no activity in the sites for prolonged periods of time, yet constant HD recording is necessary to reduce the threat of theft. IndigoVision's Activity Controlled Frame rate (ACF), offered a solution to this problem, as it allows the cameras to record in HD, while minimizing the amount of storage used, giving a more cost-efficient security solution.

The user-friendly design of IndigoVision's Control Center software also allowed new members of staff to be trained quickly and easily.

Condominium in Brazil installs Axis full HDTV cameras

Condominium in Brazil installs Axis full HDTV cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/19/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Mission
The Helbor Magnifique residential condominium, located in downtown Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, is comprised of three 18-story towers, with two units on each floor. More than 100 families come and go at all hours using three separate entrances, overseen by a 24-hour security desk that also monitors vehicles entering and leaving the development's parking area, with nearly 350 parking spaces. The video surveillance system therefore needed to be able to handle the size and busy activity of the condominium development.

Solution
A study was conducted to identify the surveillance points needed to provide complete coverage of the condominium facility, including all common areas and entrances for residents, employees, and service providers, among others, as well as the surrounding areas. The study suggested installing 79 Axis network cameras. Traders Service, an Axis partner, installed AXIS P1357 full HDTV network cameras, along with Axis high-resolution models AXIS P1354 and AXIS M2014-E. The elevators were equipped with AXIS M3113-R units. All cameras are managed using software from Aimetis, another Axis partner.

Result
The Helbor Magnifique condominium became a trendsetter in Brazil as the first residential building to install a professional video surveillance system using full HD cameras. The wide coverage provided by these cameras enables 24-hour surveillance of building interiors and the surrounding area, ensuring that all residents enjoy the sense of security that they expect at home.

Mixed transmission mode
Due to the horizontal and vertical distances the video surveillance system needed to cover, Traders Service chose to use Ethernet cabling throughout the project, except in the elevators. In order to avoid running cables over the entire 70 meters between the lowest level of the garage and the top floor of the buildings, Traders Service opted for wireless transmission using AXIS M3113-R Network Cameras. The client said that the motors did not create any interference in the image quality provided by the cameras. In such a varied environment, the ability to create appropriate solutions for each space was essential. The entire property, covering 130,000 square feet, has a recreational area that includes swimming pools, saunas, a spa, yoga room, multi-sports court, fitness area, playroom, party rooms, home cinema, home office facilities and a games room, as well as gardens and patios, adding complexity to the undertaking's security needs. Some 31 AXIS M1054 units were installed in the hallways in the residential and service areas. There is also an AXIS M2014-E bullet-style camera in the corridor leading to the service entrance using Corridor Format, a feature unique to Axis. This transforms the 16:9 HDTV camera image aspect ratio to 9:16 - ideal for corridors, entryways or narrow passages. This feature maximizes image quality and eliminates wasted bandwidth and storage space.
The underground garage has three interconnected levels that have access to the shared service area and elevators. 18 AXIS P1354 day/night camera units were installed here, providing fixed video surveillance offering high performance, robust design. Another nineteen AXIS P1357 units were installed to cover the outdoor areas of the condominium; these allow large areas to be scanned, while maintaining exceptional image detail. These day/night cameras feature a P-Iris lens to provide optimal image clarity.

Axis tailored surveillance solutions for Brazil luxury venture

Axis tailored surveillance solutions for Brazil luxury venture

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Luxury venture in southern Brazil uses high-quality images to provide customers with security inside the building and in the parking lot.

Mission
Security is a major concern among shopping center patrons in Brazil, yet camera quality is not always up to the task of meeting these needs. When designing Patio Batel, an upscale shopping center in Curitiba, in the state of Parana, the Soifer Group opted for high-reliability cameras with good image quality.

Solution
Jugend, a consultant with extensive experience in shopping centers that has worked with Axis Communications on various projects, approved the installation of Axis equipment at Patio Batel. All three lines of Axis cameras were involved in the installation, from the most affordable to the highest performers – a total of 320 cameras and 14 different models. Important parts of the setup include the AXIS P3346-VE and AXIS P1346-E Network Cameras, offering Full HD image quality and advanced iris control. XProtectR Corporate software, from Axis partner Milestone, was chosen for image management.

Result
The choice of Axis equipment offers the shopping center operators increased reliability of their video surveillance system, in terms of both image display and storage. The peace of mind for this critical operation means a greater sense of security for shop owners and mall customers.

Parking facilities
Patio Batel is a large-scale development. Occupying 20,450 m2 of land, it houses 200 operations, in addition to 4 anchor stores. There are countless accesses, with various forms of internal circulation, involving 7 elevators and 32 escalators. This meant that even the very architecture of the shopping center was a challenge in terms of integration. The most critical areas were the vehicle entry and exit points, where the shopping center needed superb image quality in order to monitor access to its five-level garage with 2,300 covered spaces. These accesses were a concern because one of them faces Avenida do Batel, a roadway with high vehicle traffic that could not tolerate traffic jams at the mall entrance blocking the roadway. The other access, off Rua Hermes Fontes, experiences very bright sunlight at certain times of the day. This bright light can be blocked abruptly when a car passes by – a common situation in many parking lots. “The challenge was to use one camera with very fast light compensation speed. Based on a study conducted in conjunction with Axis, we decided on the AXIS P1346-E Network Camera. The camera handles light compensation using software, and it proved to be the best choice,” says Eduardo Wojciechowski, project manager at Axis's consulting partner Jugend. But this is not the only model used for vehicle access control. “We chose to work with several models of strategically positioned cameras, achieving complete coverage and ensuring quick staff response when needed.”

Variety of spaces
Shopping centers have specific surveillance needs. The heavy influx of people must be monitored from the moment they arrive, either by car or by pedestrian access. With a high volume of data traveling on the network, good database management is a necessity, and above all, fast and efficient video information search capabilities. The Patio Batel shopping center handles all this through cutting-edge solutions.
There are cameras covering the main entrance, technical areas, the food court, and access to ancillary areas such as bathrooms, baby changing facilities, the “teen space,” senior bathrooms, the information desk, and more. Some of the M-line models used include AXIS M3204 and AXIS M3014. From the P-line, the solution uses AXIS P3344, AXIS P3346-VE and AXIS P1346-E. AXIS Q6034-E Network Cameras from the Q-line were also installed. “The correct placement of each camera contributed to the creation of an efficient design,” says Cristiano de Morais Lima, for Patio Batel.

Milestone's XProtectR Corporate platform was selected to manage all 320 cameras. “Only major video management and storage solutions can offer this kind of reliability and efficiency in a system like this one,” notes Giovanni Ferraz, Channel Business Manager – Brazil at Milestone. The video wall located in the control room uses the XProtect Smart Wall Base License specifically. The shopping center's network assets are balanced for optimal performance of the video surveillance systems, with scalable redundant uplink throughput. “The right specifications for products such as cameras, switches and storage arrays required extensive deployment studies,” acknowledges Cristiano de Morais. Bandwidth was carefully defined, from the camera through storage, making Patio Batel an example for other newly built or expanding shopping centers.

 

 

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