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Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, launched AXIS C3003-E, the first open standard, network loudspeaker for remote speaking. AXIS C3003-E is simple to install and integrate into a video surveillance system or an IP telephony system, making announcements possible from anywhere with network connectivity.

“AXIS C3003-E is really an IoT (Internet of Things) device that provides many advantages because it is connected to an IP network,” says Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis. “For instance, you can assign a regular phone number to the loudspeaker and simply dial in to it to get heard. It enables integration with just about anything.”

Complementing Axis' network video offering, AXIS C3003-E was developed in close cooperation with customers in the video surveillance industry. The loudspeaker's benefits include lower installation costs, easy integration and ensured reliability. It allows customers to easily add a remote speaking function to their surveillance system to deter crime or other unwanted activities.

“Horn speakers allow our operators to immediately intervene when video analytics alerts us of trespassing at customer sites,” says Lars Kämpe, Business Development Manager at Securitas, which equips virtually all of its outdoor perimeter protection installations with loudspeakers. “Normally, a trespasser will flee the scene when notified of his detection. This saves cost for our customers due to reduced damages and also no unnecessary callouts.”

AXIS C3003-E is a self-contained loudspeaker that offers signal transmission, decoding, amplification and speaker all in one unit. Unlike many analog speakers, there is no need for AXIS C3003-E to connect to a separate amplifier or to a network camera to plug into a network.

As a standalone unit, AXIS C3003-E can be placed anywhere, enabling a flexible, scalable and cost-effective approach to system design. An external power supply is also not required, thanks to the speaker's support for Power over Ethernet (PoE). With one network cable, AXIS C3003-E receives power and plugs directly into a video management system and/or Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony system.

The loudspeaker offers a high sound pressure level for intelligible speech over long distances. It enables high-quality voices, thanks to advanced signal processing. An innovative feature in AXIS C3003-E is the unique Auto Speaker Test, which can check that the speaker is in working order by providing audio feedback to the system.

“Securitas has worked with analog loudspeakers until now,” says Kämpe. “With analog loudspeakers, there is always an uncertainty since there is no way to remotely detect if they are actually working correctly. AXIS C3003-E allows us to remotely monitor the heartbeat of the speaker and check the sound quality. The speaker also supports PoE, which makes it easier to install and lowers installation costs. It also gives us the possibility to use pre-recorded messages. With Axis' loudspeaker, our customer proposition is greatly enhanced.”

AXIS C3003-E can play a pre-recorded audio file when it is manually or automatically triggered in response to an alarm event. The speaker comes with pre-recorded audio files such as trespassing and emergency messages, and allows users to upload their own audio.

The loudspeaker easily integrates with video management systems. Compatible software include those from Aimetis Corp., Genetec, Milestone Systems and NICE Systems, as well as the forthcoming.

AXIS Camera Station 4.20, which is aimed at small and mid-sized installations. AXIS C3003-E also integrates with VoIP telephony systems that use SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), enabling users to call the loudspeaker and make announcements even from their mobile phone. As a network product, each AXIS C3003-E can be selectively addressed since each has a unique IP address.

AXIS C3003-E will be available through Axis distribution channels on April 9.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Education

HIGHLIGHTS
* Designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system
* Enhanced public safety initiatives and improved operational efficiencies
* Streamlined monitoring capabilities
* Integrated various technologies delivering a new layer of safety and security

CUSTOMER
With a population of more than 53,000 students, faculty, and staff, the University of Illinois is a “city within a city.” Like any municipality, the university works to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies by offering a variety of programs that create a safer place in which to study, work and socialize.

Campus lighting improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol and self-defense classes are just a few of the resources available to enhance student safety. The university has also invested in the technologies to support its safe campus initiatives, including access control and video security systems. At the Urbana-Champaign campus in east-central Illinois, for example, the University Police and Campus Informational Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) group have partnered to design an advanced, campus-wide security camera system, which includes Scallop Imaging cameras to better protect students, staff and assets across the 1,800-acre campus.

CHALLENGE
When the university made the decision to add more cameras to its existing system, there were two primary areas of focus: situational awareness and image identification. Scallop Imaging delivers full situational awareness with a constant 180° view and simultaneous zoom details in one standard video frame, delivering on both key requirements. “Scallop Imaging addressed our need for a camera that could deliver awareness in areas across campus where we wanted a wider view, such as hallways and open areas,” explained Uros Marjanovic, Network Service Engineer at the University of Illinois. Each department is responsible for its own security budget, so cost was also a key consideration.

SOLUTION
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus has hundreds of cameras installed in academic, athletic, cultural and student housing buildings, as well as outdoor public areas. “The Department of Public Safety takes a holistic approach towards security on campus, with the camera system being a key piece of that plan,” said Ken Felsman, Life Safety Engineer at the University of Illinois, who explained that the campus-wide system runs on Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS). The team has installed 150 Scallop Imaging cameras – about 16 percent of the total camera count – including both the D7-180 and M6-200 security cameras in areas where standard cameras were unable to perform at a high enough standard for clear identification.

The 6 MP Scallop Imaging M6-200 camera is the first distributed image panoramic camera specifically designed to provide outstanding image quality under very low-light conditions, giving the university the ability to accurately see events at any time of the day or night. “We installed the M6-200 cameras in areas that are naturally darker or not well lit and in corridors where there are exposed light switches that can be turned off,” noted Marjanovic.

As part of its mandate to provide patrol, investigation and emergency response services, the University Police have access to the campus-wide camera system 24/7. “Campus Police use the information gathered to create reports about specific events and can easily export video to share with stakeholders if necessary,” commented Felsman.

RESULTS
Each department requests system access for specific employees to see their departmental cameras. Those employees may use the cameras primarily for live viewing. “Someone might check the cameras to be sure the path to the parking lot is clear before leaving at the end of the day,” said Felsman. The Scallop Imaging technologies directly address the university's key requirement for complete situational awareness and detailed image quality, while meeting budget requirements. Instead of the traditional “one lens, one piece of film” box camera approach, Scallop Imaging distributes the imaging task among multiple sensors and combines their output at video rates in the camera itself to work similar to the human eye. Delivering a true 180° view without using fish-eye lenses that can distort images, Scallop Imaging can deliver exceptional image quality.

The cameras are durable, easy to install and have an extremely low failure rate. “We do all installations in-house and found it very straightforward,” affirmed Marjanovic.

One of the main reasons the university chose to install Scallop Imaging cameras was because of the cameras' sleek and discreet form factor. The fact that Scallop cameras blend in where conventional cameras do not was of particular importance because the university strives to maintain the architectural integrity of its buildings “Scallop cameras fit in better with the campus' overall design than a traditional dome camera mounted on a wall would,” commented Marjanovic. The cameras are so discreet that individuals walking by may not even know that there are cameras in the area.

From a security and safety standpoint, the university's goal is to deter criminal activity and protect students and staff from potential harm using a variety of methods and tools. “The Scallop Imaging cameras have helped achieve objectives put forth by our Department of Public Safety,” concluded Marjanovic. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus plans to add more as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The scenic splendour of South Africa's Western Cape Province has long attracted visitors. Millions of tourists flock to visit Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island - where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated - and enjoy the Cape Winelands and the beautiful coastline. But, as the fourth largest of South Africa's nine provinces with a population of almost 6 million, visitors with business in mind are also plentiful in the capital, Cape Town.

The town of Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town is ideally situated for commuters and visitors. Lying in the Helderberg basin with a view across the bay to Simon's Town and Cape Point, and overlooked by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, approximately 55,000 people call it home and welcome tourists to the beachfront and numerous golf courses. Both can also take advantage of Western Cape's third largest shopping centre - Somerset Mall.

Bigger challenges
First opened in 1993, Somerset Mall is on the N2 Freeway that connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban. It's an ideal position to attract visitors and since its first opening the mall has seen numbers continue to climb. Two separate expansion phases have taken place and Somerset Mall now houses 204 stores extending over more than 1.3 km, all with single level access. Parking is also similarly extensive, with a total of 4,500 parking bays of which approximately 700 are undercover.

Alongside the stores, the most recent expansion of Somerset Mall has also seen it expand to encompass an Adventure Arena. This is dominated by a spectacular double climbing wall with views of the Helderberg mountains but the Adventure Arena also includes a 10-pin bowling alley, a games arcade and an 8-screen movie complex.

As a result, the successful complex now attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per week. However, the CCTV security system had not kept pace with the growing numbers of visitors and shoppers and the Mall's management realised that enhancing the level of security was vital. They turned to systems-integrator SSC Infrasek for a solution.

New IP System
According to Mario Groenewald, technical manager at SSC Infrasek, "When we looked at the entirety of the security challenges facing the Mall, we quickly realised that simply supplementing the existing analogue system was not going to work. The expansion of the shopping precinct to 1.3 km of storefronts together with the new Arena and extensive car parks had stretched the old system almost to its limits. Increasing levels of surveillance in the pedestrian areas and in the extensive car parks was a priority and we were also conscious that the mall is very innovative and successful in attracting visitors to its unique blend of attractions. Therefore, further expansion of the site is quite likely and any proposed CCTV system would have to be capable of coping with this expansion.

"Having been tasked with implementing a comprehensive CCTV system to maintain security throughout the whole complex, we decided that the only realistic solution was to replace the whole of the existing analogue system with a fully IP CCTV system, based upon 130 Hikvision network cameras supplied through their local distributor, Sensor Limited."

According to Mario, the choice of Hikvision technology was based on a number of factors. "The wide range of cameras and options available to us meant that we could select the right camera for the job without compromising the design objectives. We had also used Hikvision products in other projects and found them to be robust and reliable, delivering very high quality images whilst remaining cost-effective. Finally, Hikvision has successfully delivered many similar projects around the world and offered us great support all the way from system design through to implementation."

Maximum protection inside...
For the inside of the mall, SSC Infrasek chose the DS-2CD7153-E network mini dome camera, which offers many features that make it ideal for the surveillance of an area like Somerset Mall where image quality and a robust build quality are key priorities.

Inside the vandal proof IP66 rated housing, the camera is based around a large 1/3" progressive scan CMOS image sensor, offering 2 megapixel HD resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels), dual real-time video streams of up to 720p, and offers a choice of H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression. The DS-2CD7153-E model is fitted with a bright 4 mm F1.8 lens, although 2.8, 6 and 8 mm versions are also available, and offers a wide 68 degree viewing angle. The unit also offers three axis adjustment at installation and Hikvision's ePTZ capability for increased viewing control and versatility. The result is a camera that delivers outstanding images while withstanding the rigours of a very public placement.

Versatility is also offered in placement of the camera courtesy of the PoE feature. Meanwhile, the inclusion of day/night automatic switching and multiple alarm triggers, including motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, and IP address conflict, give installers and users maximum flexibility.

A total of 100 DS-2CD7153-E models were installed throughout the interior of the mall.

...and outside
SSC Infrasek opted to install 30 Hikvision DS-2DF1-518 PTZ network high speed dome cameras to protect the outside of the mall and the 3,800 outside parking spaces. Again, image quality was paramount but protecting the camera from any environmental factors was considered closely.

At the heart of the DS-2DF1-518 is a powerful 36x F1.8 zoom lens that take just 5.4 seconds to go from wide open to fully zoomed. Augmented with 16x digital zoom, this bright 3.4 - 122.4 mm lens is backed up by with a 1/4' Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor inside a tough, weatherproof IP66 housing.

This combination of 36x zoom, 3D intelligent positioning and the powerful built-in PTZ control means that operators can maintain surveillance over very large panoramas whilst retaining the ability to focus effortlessly on any area of interest. The camera also integrates an IR cut filter, for seamless day and night operation down to a minimum 0.2 lux in colour and a very low 0.02 lux in black & white.

Building success into the future
"The successful implementation of South Africa's first IP surveillance solution in a shopping centre environment is an impressive demonstration of SSC Infrasek's design and implementation expertise that is set to bring in more IP projects in the coming months," according to Mario Groenewald.

"It is also an expression of Hikvision's commitment to producing the most technologically advanced cameras and making them available to every market in the world," he concludes.

VIVOTEK launches its latest indoor speed dome network camera- SD8161

VIVOTEK launches its latest indoor speed dome network camera- SD8161

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the launch of its latest indoor speed dome network camera, the SD8161. Offering 1080p Full HD resolution and an 18x optical zoom lens and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the SD8161 is able to deliver superb image quality and capture the fine detail of any scene. The camera is ideal for wide open indoor spaces like airports, train stations, stadiums, and lobbies, where the highest levels of reliability and precision are required.

Guaranteeing image quality and ensuring footage usability, the SD8161, boasts WDR Enhancement technology, which enables the camera to cope with conditions of high contrast light and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. As with VIVOTEK's latest speed dome network cameras, the SD8161 is designed with a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, providing fast and precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. The user can monitor and track any object of interest via a mouse or a joystick with ease. In addition, the SD8161, with built-in auto tracking feature, is able to automatically identify suspicious moving objects in wide open areas before the user might notice these events.

More uniquely, the SD8161, equipped with audio detection function, can trigger instant alerts whenever ambient audio differs from usual conditions.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Communication Department, VIVOTEK indicated “In order to make surveillance in wide open areas more clear, precise and effective, VIVOTEK, in the past year, has put great effort and resources into developing a series of speed dome network cameras with excellent image process technologies and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism. Today, we are pleased to provide the market with the SD8161, a speed dome especially designed for indoor applications. Beside the abovementioned great features, few more advanced features like SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 30 fps high quality video mean that the SD8161 is the best choice for the most demanding indoor surveillance applications.”

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

Editor / Provider: Network Video Technologies | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A network of Italian consumers' co-operatives, Co-op Italia Società Co-operativa, operates the largest supermarket chain in Italy, generating an annual revenue of 13.2 billion euros

From a humble beginning, with the first Co-operative shop established in 1854 in Turin, the chain now has 1,444 shops and 56,682 employees.

Looking to update their in-store CCTV, two pilot stores from the chain have had their coax cable based analogue surveillance systems upgraded to IP, using Network Video Technologies (NVT) Ethernet over Coax (EoC) technology.

The mission
For many years, Co-op Italia has employed comprehensive CCTV systems across all of its stores as part of its overall security strategy, installed throughout its buildings and car parks. However, with advancements in electronic surveillance performance, the existing analogue systems were proving to be lagging behind the image quality and systems capabilities of today's technology, so an upgrade to IP cameras was considered.

Wanting to take advantage of IP cameras, but not to simply discard the investments Co-op had made in their coax cable infrastructure over the years, the company turned to Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl and their partner Videoline by Trolese (a brand of Trolese Srl), with their experience of more than 15 years working with CCTV and NVT to provide practical solutions.

The solution
Supported by the experience of Videoline by Trolese, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl recommended employing IP cameras in the Co-op's retail environment, to capitalise on the benefits of increased resolution and the ability to ‘zoom in' to the recorded footage should an incident occur. The higher resolution advantage could prove vital in identifying individuals or the actions of individuals whilst in the stores and car parks. Additionally, the new IP cameras would enable the use of the latest generation VMS control software and advanced analytics that could be used to identify vehicle registration plates, etc.

Typically, for a new installation, IP cameras would be installed along with UTP Cat5 cable to transmit their images back to the control and recording equipment. However, in the case of the Co-op upgrades, replacing the existing coax cable infrastructure was not a desired option, as this would have caused major disruption to the stores' daily business whilst it was being replaced.

To fulfill the requirement, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl suggested an innovative and cost saving solution.

Marco Zuliani - Technical Manager of Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl explains: "Initially, twenty-four cameras in the Savona store and sixteen in the Genova outlet were required to be replaced with new IP models. The Genova store had cameras covering only the car park, but the Savona store had cameras both in the car park and in the store. When we specified the replacement IP cameras, we also suggested the use of NVT EoC transmission technology that would allow 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and PoE+ power to be transmitted using the existing coax cable infrastructure at both sites. This would save valuable installation time, disruption to the daily business operation, and costs"

Multiple NVT NV-EC1701-KIT4 kits were used, which allowed groups of four cameras to utilize their existing coax cable runs back to the control room where they were connected to a single NVT NV-EC1701. This ensured maximum economy from the installation and meant product spend was kept to a minimum.

Additionally, the Savona store had two existing analogue cameras transmitted via Cat5 UTP cable. These were also replaced with IP units and images transmitted back to the control room using the NVT Eo2 NV-EC1701U-KIT2. This again meant no change of wiring infrastructure, thanks to the flexibility of the NVT technology.

Using the existing cable infrastructure, images from the new cameras are transmitted to on-site monitoring rooms within each store. Additionally, the store managers can access live and recorded footage in their offices. This will assist the managers with overall site management, saving valuable time and increasing operational efficiency by providing an instant overview of each store and its adjacent car park.

The result
Marco Zuliani explains: "Since we finished the installations, Co-op managers have been extremely impressed with the quality of the camera images they are receiving at the various monitor locations. Also, the access to high-quality VMS software the new IP surveillance systems brings is allowing vehicle registration plate recognition and basic analytics to be used. The increase in image quality is such a contrast compared to the old analogue systems, that the Co-op security team is finding it hard to believe that they were still using the existing cabling at the upgraded sites. This is a great compliment and the best result we could have hoped for"

Marco Lazzaroni from Videoline By Trolese concludes: "The strategy for an upgrade from analogue to IP surveillance has been very successful, and has already simplified and improved site management, health & safety, and security procedures for Co-op staff. Using these installations as a pilot, it is likely that this same format using NVT's EoC transmission equipment at its heart, will be rolled out at other Co-op stores across Italy"

Finnish museum protects priceless works of art with March Networks security solution

Finnish museum protects priceless works of art with March Networks security solution

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The newly-built Serlachius Museum in Finland is benefiting from a video surveillance system powered by March Networks Command™ Professional video management software and capturing video from more than 90 IP cameras located throughout the facility. The solution provides the museum with comprehensive oversight and awareness of visitor movements and will deliver solid video evidence in the event of an attempted theft.

Live video from selected cameras is available for viewing at the museum's reception area, and authorised museum employees are able to watch live or archived video from their own workstations using March Networks'
browser-based Command client.

The ultra-modern museum built out of sleek wood and glass is based in Mänttä, Finland, 260 kilometres north of Helsinki, and opened last summer. It comprises three exhibition spaces, a restaurant with spectacular views, a festival hall and a spacious museum shop. It is the legacy of paper mill owner and art collector Gösta Serlachius, and sits adjacent to Gösta Manor which was Serlachius' private residence.

The March Networks IP video system has been designed to cover the Manor, the new Pavilion which houses the museum's collection of Finnish and European masterpieces and a glass-walled passageway which connects the two buildings.

The Serlachius Museum's local security systems integrator, KMV Turvapalvelut Oy, recommended a March Networks video surveillance solution based on previous experience and teamed up with March Networks certified provider Tele-Projekti Oy to design the state-of-the-art, server-based system.

“Following a demonstration, we were satisfied that March Networks could provide us with the reliability and ease of use we were looking for,” said Gösta Serlachius Art Foundation CFO Juha Roponen.

Thirty-six March Networks MegaPX WDR NanoDomes and WDR MiniDome Z cameras cover the interior of the Pavilion, capturing crystal-clear images during the day when bright sunlight streams through the glass-walled structure, as well as in near-dark conditions at night – a feature of the cameras' wide dynamic range capability.

Video from Gösta Manor is captured by 16 analogue cameras that were part of the museum's previous video surveillance system, while 28 Infinova T Series bullet cameras record activity in the sculpture park, parking lot and other outdoor areas. Several Power-over-Ethernet switches provide power to the cameras.

Live video from selected cameras is available for viewing at the museum's reception area, and authorised museum employees are able to watch live or archived video from their own workstations using March Networks' browser-based Command client.

“The system gives our customer service personnel awareness of where our visitors are in the museum, and in the event of a theft, vandalism or other incident, it provides solid evidence of what happened,” said Roponen.

Video is stored on an external hard disk array with archiving capacity of approximately six days – more than enough to investigate reported events.

VideoEdge Network Video Management System raises the bar on quality video and ease of use

VideoEdge Network Video Management System raises the bar on quality video and ease of use

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 3/24/2015 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the latest release of its VideoEdge Network Video Management System with a deep feature set designed for the active surveillance power user unlike any in the industry, particularly in the enterprise space.

Already a powerhouse when it comes to video throughput and network bandwidth management, the latest release of VideoEdge adds a new transcoding engine, which provides 14 video streams per NVR for superior bandwidth utilization as well as CPU resource optimization and memory usage. This powerful capability allows users to pool NVRs to provide up to 84 dynamic H.264 video streams per NVR cluster without the need for any dedicated transcoding server, something no other NVMS can do.

“Oftentimes, as new features and functionality are added to a system there's a gradual disintegration of the easy user experience,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director of Video and Integrations, Tyco Security Products. “But in this case, I'm pleased to say that VideoEdge offers both - simple installation and configuration and a UI that is incredibly intuitive…all while providing more features than most any other enterprise-grade NVMS.”

VideoEdge provides enterprise security while empowering users to operate remotely using the powerful IOS mobile app or web client via any HTML 5.0 browser. This is critical for anyone focused on getting real time information,
no matter where they are.

That philosophy of empowerment is bolstered by VideoEdge's vast library of analytics, the latest of which assess queue length, crowd forming, and color recognition. Queue monitoring can trigger an alarm if too many people are waiting at a checkout register, while the crowd forming feature can send an alert if a crowd gets too big. Using the color recognition feature, operators can now narrow down search results from recorded video to find, for example, a vehicle of a specific color or an individual wearing an article of clothing in a specific color.

VideoEdge has been endorsed as FISMA-ready for both commercial and government users, meeting the critical cybersecurity requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Axis announces Zipstream compression technology reducing storage requirements by an average 50 percent

Axis announces Zipstream compression technology reducing storage requirements by an average 50 percent

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, introduces Zipstream technology allowing customers to benefit from reduced bandwidth and storage requirements without having to invest in new cameras or software. Axis' Zipstream technology is fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 compression standard. The technology has been developed specifically for video surveillance applications and lowers bandwidth and storage requirements by an average 50% or more.

“Significant progress towards better image quality with higher HDTV resolutions and increased low-light performance has also increased the requirements on the network and storage infrastructure. With Axis' Zipstream technology we enable our customers to drastically reduce bandwidth and storage needs without compromising on important image details. For example, more than twice the video footage can now be stored on SD cards or NAS's in small systems built on AXIS Camera Companion as well as other edge recording applications,” says Johan Paulsson, Chief Technology Officer, Axis Communications. “Axis' Zipstream technology adds a new module inside the network camera's video compression engine which ensures that important details in the image get enough attention in the video stream while unnecessary data can be squeezed.”

Axis' Zipstream technology analyzes and optimizes the network camera's video stream in real time. Scenes containing interesting details are recorded in full image quality and resolution while other areas are filtered out, to optimally use available bandwidth and storage. Important forensic details like faces, tattoos or license plates are isolated and preserved, while irrelevant areas such as white walls, lawns and vegetation are sacrificed by smoothing in order to achieve the better storage savings.

Customers can use Axis' Zipstream technology alongside other Axis network camera technologies such as Wide Dynamic Range - Forensic Capture and Lightfinder. As Zipstream is fully compatible with H.264 and can be used with AXIS Camera Station, AXIS Camera Companion and third-party video management software installations already in place.

Axis is making available its Zipstream technology on the existing network cameras AXIS Q1615, AXIS Q1635 and in the AXIS Q35 Series, via firmware updates. The first new products with Axis' Zipstream installed are planned to be AXIS M1124/-E, AXIS M1125/-E and AXIS P1365/-E fixed network cameras, and AXIS P3224-LV/-LVE and AXIS P3225-LV/-LVE fixed dome network cameras.

AXIS M1124/-E and AXIS M1125/-E are low cost network cameras with features such as Axis' Zipstream technology, CS mount lens, Day/Night functionality, WDR – Forensic Capture and enhanced capabilities for analytics especially suited for retail and other prices sensitive installations, indoors and outdoors. AXIS M1124/-E, AXIS M1125/-E Network Cameras are planned to be available in Q2, 2015 at a MSRP at USD $449/$549 respectively.

AXIS P1365 and outdoor ready AXIS P1365-E are full featured cameras featuring WDR – Forensic Capture, audio, remote back focus as well as Axis' Zipstream technology. The cameras' exceptional image quality includes seamless transition between handling WDR and Lightfinder mode, making them great cameras for banking and city surveillance applications, indoors and outdoors. AXIS P1365 and AXIS P1365-E are scheduled for launch on April 9, 2015 at a MSRP at USD $ 749 and USD $ 999, respectively.

AXIS P3224-LV/-LVE and AXIS P3225-LV/-LVE Network Cameras are streamlined, versatile and easy-to-install fixed domes that provide excellent image quality in any lightning conditions thanks to the winning combination of OptimizedIR and WDR – Forensic Capture. Axis' Zipstream technology reduces bandwidth and storage needs without compromising image details. AXIS P3224-LV/-LVE and AXIS P3225-LV/-LVE are planned to be available in Q2, 2015 at a MSRP starting from USD $ 599.

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) robberies, fraud, attacks, and vandalism are on the rise. Security for banks and ATMs can be a real challenge when faced with a multitude of threats including physical attacks and fraud. Established in 1986 in Taiwan, the bank has a history of 28 years of service to the local customers and facilitating growth in Taiwan.

Solutions
A well-known bank group in Taiwan decided to monitor and manage its widespread branch offices and ATM machines by using LILIN solutions. The bank recently upgraded the surveillance system at its 18 branches and 150 ATMs to an IP based video surveillance system consisting of more than 300 units of IPC0122 LILIN Covert Cameras and 150 units of NVR104s.

Products installed
* 1080P HD Covert IP Camera IPC0122 x300
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 4 Channel Standalone Network Video Recorder NVR104 x150

Benefits
LILIN NVR systems are embedded, they are recognized for their stability essential in the banking environments, whereas PC dependent solutions have a reputation for crashing without warning.

Looking in more detail at LILIN covert ATM fitted IP camera systems which have been put in place at the bank in Taiwan, to support the effective monitoring of vital ATM related infrastructure. LILIN surveillance solutions provide 24-hour continuous monitoring of unarmed ATM machines and real-time monitoring of ATM machines and 18 branch offices.

                 

 

 

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.

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
AL MANTHRY SECURITY & SAFETY SERVICESLLC is GKB's Golden partner in Oman. In 2015, GKB has kicked off one of their significant projects: UAE Oman EXCHANGE. UAEXCHANGE is one of the leading exchange companies in Middle East. The company is a shopper's stop for exchange of all the major world currencies and Remittances around the globe. The Brand's presence is felt in more than 30 countries with over 700 direct offices in 5 continents through its associate, UAEXCHANGE. Oman UAEXCHANGE is bestowed with the Super Brand status consecutively in the Years for five years from 2009 to 2013 in Oman.

Challenges
Since Oman UAEXCHANGE is a major currencies circulating facility, instant, accurate and stable surveillance is highly demanded due to its special necessity. Recently, Oman UAEXCHANGE has shifted to adapt GKB SDI DVR and HEM platform to meet the need of viewing high resolution close-up images, installing in expanding branches, scheduled time backup recordings and central managing platform.

Solution
In this expanding branches project, Oman UAEXCHANGE has installed GKB HD 1331 and GKB HD3835 to enhance its security in offices. For central monitor room, they chose GKB RH1618 and HEM platform to manage recording hierarchically.

With GKB HD 3835 special camera lens, it enables close-up view during quick cash exchanging movement. Furthermore, the overall environment can be secured and monitored by GKB HD 1331. GKB team also provides GKB RH1618 and HEM platform which performs highly compatibility between different categories of cameras to optimize hierarchical management and customized backup setting. Center office is able to effortlessly obtain each branch's daily recording and automatically backup at a scheduled time. Such group management assists users in classifying and identifying cameras easily and authorizes the access to different sub-users by given admit account only.

Benefits
Automatic backup at scheduled time
Such function provides effortless collecting recordings punctually on a daily base from various branches in different locations.
Excellent stableness of products and after service
GKB's team and products stand out firmly comparing with other brands in various aspects of stability and instant efficient assistance.
Economical and practical solution
By adapting GKB's hardware and software solution, corporation's newly installed cameras in expanding branches can be easily managed without limitation of time and space.

 

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