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Synectics to showcase Synergy 3 at Counter Terror Expo 2014

Synectics to showcase Synergy 3 at Counter Terror Expo 2014

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 4/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics will showcase its evolved Synergy 3 command and control platform at Counter Terror Expo 2014, the international security event at London's Olympia exhibition centre.

The latest evolution of Synectics' field-proven technology, Synergy 3 is the result of over 25 years' security industry experience and sector expertise. Simple to deploy and integrate, Synergy 3 provides a flexible, open platform to suit a range of applications across sectors including critical national infrastructure, oil and gas, and high security.

Visitors to the Synectics stand at Counter Terror Expo 2014 will be introduced to the integrated command and control system, which enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, managed and recorded from a single unified interface. Demonstrations will be offered highlighting Synergy 3's new and enhanced functionality, including its fully customisable user interface and interactive mapping engine with GIS technology, along with the flexible, tiered software licensing options.

Synectics' COEX 2000 and 3000 camera stations, which provide surveillance for the world's most challenging oil and gas and marine applications, will also be available for demonstration.

Another highlight of Synectics' presence at Counter Terror Expo 2014 will be a presentation by David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectic Systems. He will deliver a session in the Security Solutions Seminar Theatre - Intelligently Integrated Surveillance Solutions - at 11.30am on Tuesday, 29th April.

The presentation will include an insight into the part that an integrated solution can play in managing advanced security needs, risk mitigation and improved efficiency, and the future of integration.

Paul Webb, Managing Director, Synectic Systems, said: “Counter Terror Expo 2014 is a key date in the global security calendar. Synectics is proud to be taking part in an event which will help to determine the future for international security in an evolving world.

“We are looking forward to meeting customers and sharing the potential benefits that Synergy 3 can now bring to end users of every type and size – from small companies to enterprise-scale operators.

“We are certain that Synergy 3 is the ideal solution for critical national infrastructure, oil and gas, and marine environments, where risk mitigation and improved operational efficiency is essential. It is now easier than ever to deploy a command and control solution tailored to suit any surveillance or business intelligence requirement.”

Axis IR IP cameras monitor Colombian cafe house in low lighting

Axis IR IP cameras monitor Colombian cafe house in low lighting

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
A mainstay of Bogota nightlife since 1998, this restaurant has become famous for its live tropical music, traditional food, colorful decor and party atmosphere. Its owners, the Colombian singer/songwriter Carlos Vives and his brother, Guillermo, saw the opportunity to convert it into in a central meeting point for the city's artists, earning it the nickname “The Artists' Cafe.” Constant worry about client security at the establishment led the owners to look for higher quality cameras than the analog ones that were being used.

Solution
Aiming to expand and improve their electronic security system, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House sought out Observer Monitoring, an Axis partner in Colombia. They recommended migration to an IP system of 13 fixed infrared (IR) AXIS M3024-LVE and 5 AXIS M1013 Network Cameras, and one AXIS Q1765-LE Network Camera. Distributors Lince Commercial and Scansource – also Axis partners – collaborated on the project as well.

Result
In addition to bringing a greater sense of security to its clients, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House uses the imaging capabilities of the new system to locate objects lost in dimly lit areas at night. The cameras are integrated into screens visible to everyone in the bar and also generate videos over their YouTube channel, GairaTV. Being outdoor-ready, the same camera models are found outside the entrance and on the facade in front of the bar, where they are in use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Music videos shared on the Internet
One of the greatest innovations of the video surveillance system adopted by Gaira Café Cumbia House is to use the cameras in ways that go beyond security. One of the AXIS M3024-LVE Network Camera models – which offers HDTV image quality, a built-in infrared LED and is vandal-resistant – is aimed at the stage and records the night's musical performances. This video footage is enhanced by the establishment's sound and video editor, who sends it to all displays throughout the bar so that everyone can enjoy the show. At the same time, the videos are shared worldwide over the Internet on GairaTV, the bar's YouTube channel.

Supervision of cash registers and people
In any commercial establishment, one critical area is the cash register. At Gaira Cafe Cumbia House, the register is monitored using the bullet-style AXIS Q1765-LE Network Camera. Its HDTV-quality 1080p resolution and built-in IR illumination offer a clear view of everything that happens with the handling of money and client credit cards. Another important area is the kitchen. Axis cameras monitor the handling of food, guaranteeing that the establishment's adopted procedures are followed by employees. Additionally, cameras installed in hallway areas help management evaluate employee quality of service.

Expansion in sight
After having begun its expansion with the first two floors in 2008, Gaira Cafe Cumbia House has plans to continue expanding to six floors. This growth will go hand-in-hand with a video surveillance project currently consisting of 19 Axis cameras – slated to increase to approximately 80 cameras from Axis.

Survey exposes surveillance myths created by CSI crime dramas

Survey exposes surveillance myths created by CSI crime dramas

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Canadians are hooked on crime dramas, and some shows are so convincing that our perception of what forensic technology can do has been skewed – especially when it comes to video surveillance.

"There have been impressive strides in facial recognition analytics, but it is not as prevalent as TV producers would have you believe. The technology works best in controlled conditions”

According to a survey by Leger for Axis Communications, the global brand in network video surveillance, 68% of Canadians said they watch crime dramas like CSI, Criminal Minds, Castle and Law and Order. Of those surveyed, most believe image enhancement techniques and intelligent software are readily available to help law enforcement easily identify suspects. Yet nearly 75% of surveillance cameras sold worldwide today remain analog (IHS Research), which is why security video often shown on the evening news is grainy and of poor quality, making identification difficult.

Key findings of the survey include:
* 71% of Canadians think recorded surveillance footage can be enhanced in a lab using software.
* Most Canadians have very little idea how long surveillance video is generally stored, with 27% admitting they have no   idea and 26% believing video is stored indefinitely.
* Three-quarters of Canadians believe facial recognition software can easily pick individual faces out of a crowd for identification, with crime drama fans even more likely to believe this.

“When TV crime technicians produce an accurate photo of a suspect from the reflection off someone's sunglasses, it makes for good entertainment but it's not realistic,” said Bob Moore, country manager, Canada, Axis Communications. “IP camera innovations have improved image quality and image usability exponentially, but if police are dealing with low-resolution video common in the real world today, there is nothing that can be done to enhance the image.”

The surveillance industry is currently undergoing a shift from analog CCTV to IP video, with IP cameras expected to begin out-shipping their analog predecessors in 2017. This is because IP video offers much improved functionality closer to the technology shown on TV, including HDTV-quality video, ease-of-use, speed of forensic search, intelligent analytics and low-light recording in color.

Surveillance Cameras: Myths vs. Reality

Myth: Surveillance video quality can be enhanced in a lab using software.
Reality: “What you see is what you get,” said Moore. “If you don't start out with high resolution video, enlarging it will result in a bigger, blurrier, more pixelated image. Video clarity cannot be fixed after the fact. As a rule of thumb, an image must supply 80 pixels from ear to ear to ID a face.”

Myth: Surveillance video is stored indefinitely.
Reality: “In Canada, there are no legal guidelines regarding how long surveillance video is stored, but as a general rule 31 days is the average most video is stored before being overwritten. After all, it is data,” said Moore. “In practical terms, it's really an issue of storage and how much an organization has available to keep. Video that is pulled to be used as evidence in a case, however, could be kept indefinitely.”

Myth: Facial recognition software can pick someone out of a crowd.
Reality: “There have been impressive strides in facial recognition analytics, but it is not as prevalent as TV producers would have you believe. The technology works best in controlled conditions,” said Moore. “Some buildings employ facial recognition software to automatically open doors for authorized people, but the person must look directly into the camera and, most importantly, their faces must be stored on a database for comparison. This is much different than picking a random face out of a moving crowd.”

Myth: Most surveillance is monitored in real time.
Reality: “The opposite is actually true,” said Moore. “99% of security video is deleted without ever being seen. Of the video that is seen, only one percent of that is viewed live. Most security video is not monitored live by a person because of the expense involved. Thankfully innovations in IP video are moving video surveillance from a forensics-only tool to a proactive one.” “Today's IP cameras offer more flexibility and advantages than older analog models and hopefully provide real Canadian crime fighters with the images they need to do their jobs,” said Moore. “While it was good to see that 47% of Canadians do not believe crime dramas provide an accurate depiction of how security equipment is used, one-third still believe these myths to be true. With IP video, we're vastly ahead of the quality and ability of outdated analog CCTV, but haven't yet caught up to Hollywood.”

Pelco IP cams integrated with March Networks Command VMS

Pelco IP cams integrated with March Networks Command VMS

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks and Pelco by Schneider Electric announced the integration of the March Networks Command video management system (VMS) with Sarix Series IP cameras, Spectra HD Dome PTZ and Sarix TI Thermal Imaging camera systems. The integration provides organizations with greater flexibility when selecting an IP video surveillance solution, and ensures faster, more cost-effective system deployment.

“We are excited by this support for our complete range of IP cameras, including our new Sarix Professional and Enhanced Ranges, by the March Networks VMS solution,” said Kristina Holmqvist, Business Development Manager EMEA at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “This integration provides the possibility for our joint customers to use our multipurpose range of cameras with March Networks' high performance solution.”

March Networks Command is a scalable, standards-based VMS designed to work seamlessly with leading security products and systems. This open approach makes it easy for customers to adopt the software solution and choose the IP edge devices that are best for their applications. Command is one of the only VMS solutions able to support complete surveillance system configuration and administration – in addition to live and archived video access – via its browser-based client interface.

Built upon the three pillars of innovative imaging science, sophisticated industrial design, and advanced processing power, Sarix delivers a crisp, clear image. With the Sarix Series, Pelco by Schneider Electric offers a complete line of IP bullet, box and dome cameras for any lighting condition, application and environment. All new Sarix cameras integrate with major third-party video management systems through the Pelco API, and other third-party software and systems through the ONVIF Profile S standard, and they work seamlessly with Pelco video management systems.

The deep Command 1.7 integration with Pelco IP cameras supports a complete list of capabilities including: audio capture; H.264, M-JPEG and MPEG4 video compression; multi-encoding; presets and tours; motion, Adaptive Motion and Directional Motion detection; and robust I/O and PTZ control.

“Working with best-in-class security manufacturers like Pelco to expand the choices available to our Command VMS customers is a priority for our company,” said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. “We are pleased to announce this integration and join Pelco's Partner First community.”

IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The video surveillance market is greatly influenced by government rules. HD and megapixel has become standard for video surveillance cameras and 180-day video storage is required for almost all market sectors. The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) also updates the rules every year. The government regulations usually include where the security cameras must be placed, several details about its specifications, and also, how to make sure they are able to produce good quality video. "In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, it is important to make sure that your IP-based video surveillance system meets all legislation and governmental standards, which should be the key elements of business here," said Peter Biltsted, Director of MEA at Milestone Systems. According to an industry expert, some IP-based video systems might have the problem of losing images, which would cause the end users and systems integrators to get fined afterwards. Therefore, high reliability of IP-based video surveillance systems is required for this region.

HIGH ADOPTION OF IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Due to regulations from the government, the trend of full IP-based video surveillance starts from the U.A.E. such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and then spreads the rest of the Gulf countries. The IP-based video surveillance trend also leads to high adoption of some innovations in this region, such as multi-megapixel, low-lux, and intelligent video analytics.

In the Middle East, people usually want the best technologies. For surveillance, the standard would be around 2 to 3 megapixels with WDR, because of the strong sunlight. ANPR and facial recognition are also usually required for infrastructure projects.

In large facilities, such as stadiums, hotels, campuses, and city surveillance projects, end users look for a more cost-effective way to have better coverage over a large area. “Multi-megapixel cameras are proving their worth here. Using multi-megapixel (1,080p for example) cameras, end users receive a minimum resolution more than seven times better than standard definition (VGA) or analog cameras. Megapixel cameras provide detailed information for capturing license plates and faces, said Scott Schafer, Executive VP Sales, Marketing and Service at Arecont Vision. “We have examples of customers that use 75 cameras to cover an area that would have required about 2,000 analog or standard definition VGA cameras delivering 40 pixel-per-foot resolution, which is enough to identify faces in a crowd. In campus settings, we have used eight multi-megapixel panoramic cameras to replace 24 standard definition cameras and the new system delivered superior resolution at a lower price.”

Intelligent Video Adoption
The local requirement of up to 180-day storage for HD megapixel video in some cases drives the need for more intelligent management of data, especially in large-scale projects such as infrastructure. "To provide an efficient forensic search after events take place, and also meet the challenges of managing so many cameras and data in a large environment, there is a need for intelligent video. And since people here are quite open to new technologies, they are starting to use intelligent video analytics (IVA) for marketing and management purposes," said Hakan 畤yi?it, Regional Director of Middle East at Bosch Security Systems.

Intelligent video is commonly used for high-end retailers and some large retailers deploying 160 to 200 cameras for people counting and heat maps. "In some five-star hotels, it has become common to have people-counting features to see who gets inside of the hotel building, 360 fish-eye camera at main areas like lobby/restaurant, heat mapping to analyze customers flow, and missing-object analysis for the retail stores inside. Some hotels provide the live-streaming video online for marketing.

Samsung also provides such solutions for retail/commercial markets controlled by Samsung security management platform," said Ali Boussi, Regional Sales Manager at BASS/Samsung Techwin. Due to the demand for intelligent video in this region, “Kedacom launched its latest NVRs, with the latest video analytic technology to do smart searching and quick location of the event as soon as the alarm is triggered. Besides, Kadacom also has a complete solution of centralized chain-store management and HD video surveillance solutions for courts,” said Zhiqiang Liu, Marketing Director, Kedacom Technology.

IP for SMB
The small-to-medium business (SMB) sector is also adopting IP technologies, starting from the U.A.E. “I would say in the MEA market, especially in GCC countries, there is very high percentage of SMB market using IP. Even small retail shops — usually requiring six to eight cameras — still need to meet government requirements for megapixel resolution. The analog system can't reach that standard.

All the shops need to be approved by the government. If they are not satisfied with the evidence, they will ask you to shut down the shops or replace the system entirely. That's why convergence comes there. I would say, in the next two to three years, GCC countries will not allow video that does not supply a certain level of video quality,” said Biltsted.

“Even for small customers here, they want integration. They usually want access control to be integrated too. If they have 25 cameras in place, they also want a perimeter solution to be integrated with their systems," said Biltsted.

"What I also found in this region is people have more awareness about security and they use surveillance for more than just for security. They will use the surveillance video to check if the store is clean. So, customers would choose cameras with a corridor view. We also bundle it with our software," he continued.

COMPETITIVE IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MARKET
 IP-based video surveillance technologies have penetrated to different market sectors here. Intelligent video is commonly used in a five-star hotel and even the small shops want an integrated system for video surveillance and access control. The Middle East has become a competitive market for IP-based video surveillance technologies. To satisfy end users' desires for new technologies, more and more integrated solutions will be introduced to the market for different applications.

March Networks NVR integrated Software House access control solution

March Networks NVR integrated Software House access control solution

Editor / Provider: March Network | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, announced the integration of its 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorder (NVR) system with the Software House C-CURE 9000 Security and Event Management System. The integration provides customers worldwide with a centralized video surveillance and access control solution that enables faster incident response, improved risk management and more efficient security operations.

"In collaboration with Software House, we are proud to offer our customers this seamless integration, which supports the convenient, remote monitoring of dozens or thousands of locations and the fast visual verification of incidents when needed," said Dan Cremins, Director of Product Management, March Networks.

The certified integration delivers everything organizations need to manage their video surveillance via the C-CURE 9000 system. Analog and IP video feeds are all incorporated into the access control software, allowing customers to instantly monitor, review and access live and archived video from any 8000 Series Hybrid NVR or previous generation 4000 C or 3000 Series recorder. In addition, the integration enables users to control surveillance camera actions associated with C-CURE 9000 triggered alarms, including multi-view video popups, PTZ movement, and video tagging. They can also monitor alarms appearing in the C-CURE 9000 interface, including those represented within maps, and react swiftly to disconnected recorders or camera video synchronization loss.

"We're pleased to be working with March Networks to bring customers an important tool to keep their people and property safe," said Jason Ouellette, Director of Product Management, Tyco Security Products access control solutions. "Integrating the C-CURE 9000 with the March Networks hybrid NVR system gives customers visibility to critical security events, allowing them to react quickly."

March Networks' comprehensive video management solution provides the unparalleled reliability, centralized management and performance organizations need to maintain the highest security standards and operate more efficiently. Able to support both analog and IP surveillance cameras, or run as a pure IP platform with as many as 32 IP cameras, the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs enable businesses to make a smooth transition to advanced IP video networking. Combined with enterprise-class management and powerful investigation capabilities, the solution saves customers time and resources and is proven in installations worldwide, including more than 450 financial institutions and some of the world's largest retail organizations.

Software House's C-CURE 9000 security and event management system utilizes IT- standard tools and innovative distributed architecture. It offers advanced integration capabilities, advanced alarm routing and remote access for system administration and monitoring via a light client. Leveraging Microsoft's sophisticated .NET 4 technology, C-CURE 9000 provides native encryption and XML data transfer, making it one of the fastest, most secure systems in the industry.

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK has announced successful integration of two of its latest security solution technologies with AxxonSoft's widely used Axxon Next video management software (VMS). The first integration move allows Axxon Next users to transparently access and control VIVOTEK's sophisticated Panoramic PTZ feature as implemented on two coordinated VIVOTEK cameras. In a further move, VIVOTEK has enabled integration of the Axxon Next interface with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream technology for optimizing video streaming from one of its award-winning cameras.

The integration with Axxon Next has enhanced the agility and scalability of VIVOTEK's Panoramic PTZ solutions. Panoramic PTZ draws on a combination of VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera SF8172/72V with speed dome camera SD8363E, allowing users to simultaneously monitor an area overview from a fisheye model while providing the capability for a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots. With sophisticated mechanism, the SD8363E provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement and captures details at top-notch quality. With the new advance in integration, Axxon Next users can take advantage of the VMS package's new Tag & Track feature—which allows the labeling and tracking of moving objects either selected manually or detected automatically—using VIVOTEK's box camera IP8162P for overviews and the speed dome camera SD8363E for detailed views of the tracked objects. As a result, existing Panoramic PTZ users have an additional popular VMS option that allows them to continue drawing on the powerful capabilities of VIVOTEK's technology without compromises to usability.

In addition, VIVOTEK has also completed integration of its Smart Stream technology on its IP8371E camera with the AxxonSoft VMS. VIVOTEK's Smart Stream reduces bandwidth consumption and storage requirements of video from the IP8371E camera, by using full resolution only for predefined areas in the field of view—either regions of interest, or automatically detected moving objects—while utilizing a lower baseline resolution for background areas of no interest for the surveillance application. Integration of Smart Stream with Axxon Next allows users of the VMS to gain the benefits of this advanced feature while providing simple management from the VMS's native interface.

Commenting on the company's latest moves, VIVOTEK Executive Vice President Steve Ma said: "We're delighted to build even greater integration of our Panoramic PTZ and Smart Stream technologies with AxxonSoft's terrific open-platform video management software. Existing customers of both VIVOTEK and AxxonSoft will benefit, and seamless interoperability between our cameras and Axxon Next make for an extremely appealing surveillance solution for potential new customers as well."

Down Hall Hotel upgrades HD IP surveillance solutions with IDIS

Down Hall Hotel upgrades HD IP surveillance solutions with IDIS

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Down Hall, one of England's most established country house hotels, has installed IDIS DirectIP using a phased approach to upgrade from its existing legacy analog CCTV. On the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Down Hall chose IDIS partner, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS), to manage the security upgrade following a refurbishment to include an exclusive gym, sauna and steam room facility.

IDIS DirectIP impressed with its HD performance, affordability, and the capability for a fast and simple phased install. With significant experience implementing DirectIP across hotel and leisure complexes, RIS demonstrated the powerful full-HD and networked surveillance capability with a delivery plan that kept the impact on hotel operations to a minimum.

Now complete, the first phase of upgrading 70 cameras across the Down Hall estate includes a one-stop-shop and full-HD solution comprising a range of DirectIP mega-pixel cameras, network video recorders (NVR), bundled video management software, and network switches. Covering the gym, sauna, steam room, and plant rooms, Down Hall is already realising the benefits of DirectIP surveillance through the improvement of staff and guest safety, and the ability to quickly identify any suspicious behaviour, while retrieval of footage has reduced from hours to minutes.

Andrew Oxley, General Manager at Down Hall, noted, “IDIS DirectIP offered an affordable and compelling HD solution without the worry of on-going license fees. The operational benefits in terms of saving time and the ability to quickly detect and respond to crime are immediate. While we expect to significantly reduce our maintenance costs compared with the legacy system. The RIS team ensured minimum disruption to staff and guests, making sure our new facilities opened on schedule as we head into our busiest period of the year.”

Andy Rutledge, Managing Director, RIS, added, “Our fifth DirectIP project, we knew we could offer a competitive solution combined with a staged roll out, which allowed us to install in hours rather than days. The intuitive interface, very similar to analogue systems, means we then handed over to staff quickly and with minimum fuss.”

Packaged as a one-stop-shop affordable solution, comprising a range of IP cameras, network video recorders (NVR), video management software, and network accessories, DirectIP delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance, compatibility, and industry leading pricing.

Genetec IP video surveillance safeguards India diamond maker

Genetec IP video surveillance safeguards India diamond maker

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Not many people know that 92% of the world's diamonds are cut and polished in the city of Surat, India. Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK) is the leading diamond manufacturer in the region. The company processes more than 720,000 carats of rough diamonds annually and owns the world's largest and most progressive diamond processing facility. The company also has 2 headquarter buildings in Mumbai as well as another older factory in Surat. Protecting these diamonds that range in value from thousands to millions of US dollars from internal theft or loss requires a very thorough approach to security.

During construction of their new state-of-the-art, six-story diamond plant, SRK set up a fully IP-based video surveillance system to leverage a new network and infrastructure. SRK had an analog system in the older factory and was looking for improved clarity and more powerful features to investigate missing assets and track unusual behaviours. However, after 6 months in operation, SRK realized the limitations of their choice.

“The initial IP video software SRK selected was only able to support 40-50 cameras per server. In growing the system, SRK had to decide whether they would spend a lot more money on servers or change the software to one that would provide greater network efficiency,” explained Santosh Kamble, Managing Director at NexGen Integrated Systems Pvt. Ltd., the Genetec-certified integrator for SRK.

Looking for a more cost-effective solution for long-term growth, SRK choose Genetec Security Center unified platform. SRK was also interested in Security Center's ease of use and the ability to later integrate access control and license plate recognition within their platform.

Safeguarding Million-Dollar Diamonds with Security Center
Today, Security Center has been fully deployed and its video surveillance system, Omnicast is managing over 1100 IP cameras across 3 buildings: the new factory in Surat and the 2 SRK headquarter buildings. The most vital feature in helping SRK maximise their infrastructure investments was Multicast. With this unique Security Center feature, many users can view a video feed simultaneously without overcrowding the network or overloading the servers because Multicast uses the bandwidth of each network segment only once.

According to Shreyans Dholakia, Director at SRK Export, “We were able to keep our existing infrastructure, and get over 100 cameras per server. So in terms of scalability, it was an excellent solution.”

SRK has benefitted from the user-friendly system during investigations, as its team often uses bookmarking, image exports, instant playbacks, and mobile system access from iPads. Thanks to Security Center Mobile, SRK directors can easily pull-up video from their mobile phones, within or outside of their offices.

“Our floor managers are always on the move. So when incidents happen, they are able to do a little bit of investigation from their iPad to identify issues. They will then report their findings to the factory manager. Together with security and IT, our managers take a closer look in the control room. In terms of day-to-day operations, it has become so much easier and faster to review video. We can move forward and backwards, without any delays in accessing the video,” elaborated Mr. Dholakia.

SRK's IT team has also found Security Center to be extremely reliable and very easy to maintain. “Two of IT administrators underwent Authorized Genetec training. We feel we have really mastered our system and remain in control of regular maintenance. Even without any new updates, we can easily manage and maintain our system for a few years,” said Mr. Dholakia. Tools such as Advanced Health Monitoring help the SRK team stay up to speed by automatically logging system health events and providing warnings for all basic components.

Expanding Investment in Genetec IP Security Solutions
“Since installing Genetec, we are very happy. We have established a good partnership with Genetec, and will continue growing our security system with Genetec,” advocated Mr. Dholakia while discussing plans to expand their Security Center system into the older Surat factory.

Other plans such as integrating Omnicast with access control, license plate recognition and asset tracking systems are also on their maybe-later list. “In the future, SRK will integrate Security Center with their RFID-enabled diamond tracking system to identify the real-time location of diamond packages and receive alarms if they move outside designated zones,” clarified Mr. Kamble.

In the meantime, SRK has one of India's most progressive security solutions, proving the following statement encompasses everything, even its security: “Technological superiority and high quality form the backbone of Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd. (SRK).”

A Closer Look at the Infrastructure
A total of about 930 Axis Communications IP cameras including models Axis M1114, Axis M1346, Axis P5534, Axis M3204, and Axis P3346 are spread through SRK's new diamond processing plant, suggesting over 100 cameras per floor. The remaining cameras cover both buildings at the main headquarters in Mumbai, with approximately 100 cameras each. Video from all these cameras are hosted on seven servers with SAN storage which allows SRK the ability to retain video recordings for about 15 days.

 

Hikvision appoints Vince Lupe as Director of Business Development N. America

Hikvision appoints Vince Lupe as Director of Business Development N. America

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision recently had Vince Lupe joined the company as Director of Business Development, North America. Lupe is responsible for all business development efforts around integrator relations, partner programs and architectural and engineering firms. As Hikvision USA sees demand for its innovative video surveillance products grow rapidly and expand into new verticals, the addition of proven business development talent will aim to maximize further expansion for the company in the Unites States and Canada.

"Vince is a phenomenal addition to the management team and brings years of experience in the security industry, working closely with all the main stakeholders including distributors, integrators and A&E firms," said Jeffrey He, president for Hikvision USA. "We are thrilled about Vince's plans for expanding our industry footprint in the region, developing highly effective partnership programs with our key customers, capturing new and developing existing business opportunities."

"I am tremendously excited to join the Hikvision USA leadership team," Lupe said. "Having extensive experience in strategic business development in the security industry, I believe the company has developed a winning combination of technologies that solves real problems and aligns with customer needs. Being an industry leader in the global video surveillance market for years, the company is now becoming a true force in the North American market. This is the perfect time to roll up our sleeves and grow our success even further."

With over 25 years of security industry experience, Lupe comes to Hikvision from Honeywell, where he was responsible for leading the customer marketing team for enterprise security solutions, developing global market strategies, driving new product introductions and capturing the voice of the customer. During that time he also led the enterprise marketing programs for Honeywell Integrated Security Channel, focusing on large enterprise level integrated systems. Before Honeywell, Vince spent 25 years with Diebold as director, global channel marketing and partner strategies. While at Diebold, he was the main architect for business model change from security manufacturer to OEM distribution business model. Lupe holds a B.A. degree in Business Management from Malone College and an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology from Akron University.

Dynamic growth and exceptional products have seen Hikvision recognized as the No. 1 global vendor of CCTV and video surveillance equipment for two years in a row according to IMS Research's World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment Report 2013 and listed for seven years in a row in Security 50, a market survey recognizing the top 50 security vendors in the global security market.

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