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Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Protecting patients and caregivers
As one of the leading healthcare delivery providers across the pan Asia-Pacific region, Fortis Healthcare Limited is committed to not only sustaining, but also bettering the lives of those in need of clinical care. The company's operations span many borders – countries such as India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, all the way to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the island nation of Mauritius – and its services reach some of the world's fastest growing markets. As a provider of integrated health care in the areas of diagnostics, primary care, and specialty day care in hospitals, Fortis Healthcare is a major force in the industry and poised to take on a leading position globally. With expanding operations comes the responsibility of protecting not only patients' physical health, but also the environment in which they and their caregivers work on a day-to-day basis. Such was the case with one of the hospital locations in Ludhiana, India, and they sent out a call for help that VIVOTEK answered wholeheartedly.

Outfitting the medical center without interrupting the hospital daily operation
As hospitals never close, the greatest obstacle to outfitting the medical center was laying cables for the relocation of cameras without interrupting business as usual. The hospital in Ludhiana remained in full operation throughout the process, and the system integrator deftly managed to do the cabling without disturbing patients or damaging anything. It took a lot of manpower and hours, but in the end the installation was completed seamlessly. Computer Services Integration – a company with experience and specialization in IP surveillance, network infrastructure projects, wireless and video, and data and audio communication systems – together with VIVOTEK worked to bring the project to fruition, and all systems were up and running by October of 2013.

Choosing the right hardware to build a seamless security Guarding expensive medical equipment and the safety of staff and personnel was the primary concern of this project. When it came to choosing the right hardware, there were four main aspects of surveillance that played into the decision: patient movement, patient security, employee security, and grounds security. Inside the hospital 54 units of the IP8133 model were mounted. This camera allows users to simultaneously receive multiple streams and is an ideal option for keeping a remote eye on patients and staffs. The camera features tamper detection, 32-channel recording software, and a built-in PIR sensor for human detection, all packaged in a compact design. Five IP8332 units were used for monitoring goings-on outside of the hospital. The bullet-style network camera performs well in outdoor settings, with a removable IR-cut filter for day and night functionality, IR illuminators effective up to lengths of 15 meters, and multiple stream capabilities.

All video streams captured by VIVOTEK's cameras are fed through video management software called ST7501, enabling the user to fully control and manage the streams from a single location. Using ST7501, real-time remote monitoring, recording, playback and event trigger management functions can be operated by the user. Ultimately, the solution chosen by Fortis Healthcare guaranteed patient and visitors tracking, grounds surveillance, and general security of the hospital.

Completely satisfied with the Installation and performance
Mr. AP Singh, regional IT head of Fortis Hospital, commented on the overall efficiency of VIVOTEK's IP surveillance solution. “The system integrator did a really good job setting up the surveillance system despite the challenge of working in a hospital open 24-hours. Once the system was in place I was really impressed with the user friendliness of it all, particularly the way in which ST7501 software integrates everything into an easy to operate system.”

VIVOTEK creates secure environment in a Polish hotel at Tatra mountain region

VIVOTEK creates secure environment in a Polish hotel at Tatra mountain region

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Creating an Atmosphere of Security and Relaxation for Guests
Located in Bialka Tatrzanska Mountain Resort in the central Tatra Mountain region, Bania Hotel is among the most luxurious hotels in Poland. An excellent location, top quality service, and numerous attractions make Bania Hotel truly exceptional. Bania Hotel is a perfect destination for families and couples wishing to enjoy peaceful leisure and an ideal location for adventurers seeking intense experiences.

Customers, staffs, and hotel facilities require sound protection. Feeling relaxed and not worrying about security problems are critical for guests during their stay at Bania Hotel. Therefore, an array of indoor and outdoor surveillance solutions is required throughout the complex. To satisfy the end user's needs, features such as megapixel image quality, round-the-clock surveillance, intelligent IR illumination, and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) functionality are essential. The system must also be user-friendly, thereby enabling immediate response to any potential incidents.

Quality Service, Quality Surveillance
Bania Hotel management has chosen VIVOTEK products, which provide optimal cost-to-performance ratio among numerous surveillance solutions available on the market. VIVOTEK is a widely known brand with prestigious deployments worldwide. VIVOTEK's surveillance solutions consist of top-quality products built with state-of-the-art technology while being cost-efficient - a characteristic lacking in other leading brands.

For indoor surveillance, security specialists recommended the reliable fixed dome network camera VIVOTEK FD8134. This high-quality megapixel camera comprises a compact and discreet design, and is equipped with IR LED illuminators required for nighttime monitoring. This device is powered by PoE technology, and features a slot for SD/SDHC memory cards that enable local recording; thus, no data will be lost in the unlikely instance of malfunctions. VIVOTEK FD8134 is an excellent choice for locations such as corridors, storage rooms, and staff-only areas. In Bania Hotel, VIVOTEK FD8162 was employed in areas requiring special attention, such as lobbies, entrances, and places frequently visited by guests. This full HD image quality model features a vast array of additional functions including a PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) sensor for enhanced motion detection, WDR for processing highly contrasted scenes, and Focus Assist for quick and easy focus adjustments.

For outdoor areas, the advanced VIVOTEK IP8335H bullet camera was employed. In addition to superior image quality and rock-solid reliability, this model offers a series of advanced features including powerful WDR Pro for high contrast environments, P-iris technology to achieve sharp images under changing light conditions, and Focus Assist for quick and easy focus adjustments. VIVOTEK IP8335H also features IP67 weatherproof housing, an SD/SDHC memory card slot for local storage, PoE support, IR LED illuminators, and removable IR-cut filter for securing surveillance quality and image clarity around the clock.

Excellent Surveillance System Fulfills Customers' High Expectations
VIVOTEK surveillance is, without doubt, Bania Hotel's optimal choice. Both the installing company and end-user acknowledged the high quality and exceptional value delivered by VIVOTEK products. With the assistance of specialists from SUMA, VIVOTEK's key partner and distributor in Poland, an excellent surveillance system was delivered, thus fulfilling the end user's high expectations.

“With excellent image quality and reliability, VIVOTEK cameras are the key to this successful deployment,” said Pawel Dziubasik, owner of the Bania Hotel complex. “In addition, the designs of VIVOTEK cameras fit the elegant style of our hotel in both indoor and outdoor areas. The entire system is discreet yet stylish while maintaining harmony with the hotel's traditional mountain region look.”

[VIDEO] Product Review: 3S advanced IR fisheye cam for public transportation

[VIDEO] Product Review: 3S advanced IR fisheye cam for public transportation

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 9/23/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics



Quick look
3S N9018 is the advanced model of fisheye camera from 3S PocketNet technology. This 5Megapiexel IR fisheye fixed dome camera is ideal for panoramic surveillance. The camera is IR LED Embedded, IP68 Water-proof, IK10 Vandal Proof, and it is also En50155 certified. Embedded with IR LED, the 5 megapixel fisheye camera can still capture detailed & crispy images in ambient light and low light conditions. The advanced model reaches the highest standard in both water and vandal proof. The 1.19mm fisheye lens for 180 degree panoramic view, and 360 degree surround view. It provides users with 7 display models on monitors to choose among.

3 Must-Knows of 3S N9018
1. 5-megapixel Fisheye + IR LED
2. IP68 + IK10+ En50155
3. 7 display modes

Key features:
• 5Megapixel 1/2.5" CMOS Sensor
• H.264/MJPEG Dual Codec & Streaming simultaneously
• 1080P (1920X1080@30fps)
• 1.19 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View and 360° Surround View
• Mechanical ICR
• IR LED Embedded
• Intelligent Video Analytics
• Digital WDR
• IP68 Water+ IK10 Vandal Proof / EN50155
• Support ePTZ control
• PoE Power Over Ethernet IEEE802.3af (Option)

Let's say
Placed in public space for 24/7 surveillance, this camera is not just durable; it can resist attempted damages, even in harsh and challenging conditions. The camera is also complied with EN50155, the German standard for railways applications. Given these technical strength, N9018 proves to be an Idea choice for deployment on vehicles, especially for the railway systems.

QNAP security's NVR solution safeguard the underground city in Georgia

QNAP security's NVR solution safeguard the underground city in Georgia

Editor / Provider: sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Background
Tbilisi Metro, operated since December 1966, is a rapid transit metro system in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. At present, the system consists of 2 lines with 22 stations. Constructed at the depth of 100 meters underground, Tbilisi Metro is one of the deepest subways in the world. Many people in the city depend heavily on Tbilisi Metro for daily traveling because of its convenience.

Challenge
From the perspective of surveillance system deployment, the environment of Tbilisi Metro is quite complicated. As the metro is built underground 100 meters deep, it requires advanced deployment that could support strong network connection. Hence, optical fiber is used for any network appliance in the metro system to fulfill the demands of high-speed intranet connection. On the other hand, being one of the busiest public transportations, Tbilisi Metro is always crowded with people, and the need for an intensive surveillance system deployment is necessary to provide people a safer environment.

The original surveillance system that Tbilisi Metro used was gradually outdated and failed to satisfy the need of monitoring a greater number of IP cameras. As a result, Tbilisi Metro started to look for new surveillance solution that could carry out superior performance of smooth video streaming from a large number of IP cameras.

Solution
Taking system performance and reliability of video/audio streaming as the first priority, Tbilisi Metro chose QNAP® Security surveillance solution to upgrade its security system infrastructure, with totally 27 units of QNAP® VioStor NVR VS-8040 deployed. The 8-bay NVR VS-8040, powered by Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.8 GHz CPU and installed with eight 3TB hard drives, offers up to 24TB large storage capacity for long-term recording and presents remarkable performance with maximum 360 Mbps throughput to support simultaneous monitoring and recording from 40 IP cameras. The demand of Tbilisi Metro for an intensive surveillance deployment was well satisfied.


The security administrators were always busy and under pressure. A device with easy-to-manage and simple-to-use interface was the key concern for Tbilisi Metro. Even without much IT expertise, the security administrators could easily learn how to manage the VS-8040 and the installed IP cameras through the handy user interface. The work efficiency was therefore greatly improved.

“This is the second big project we adopt QNAP Security products, and the experience and result are still satisfying and impressive,” said the managing engineer of GESCO Group. “The VS-8040 has delivered quality performance of video streaming and stability, which right fulfills our demands for the sophisticated surveillance environment.”

Result
QNAP® VioStor NVR VS-8040 effectively supports Tbilisi Metro's demand for monitoring a large number of IP cameras at each critical corner around the metro stations. Tbilisi Metro now provides people with enhanced protection with the assistance of QNAP® Security surveillance solution.

While additional line of Tbilisi Metro is under construction, the newer VioStor NVR models VS-8100 Pro+ series and VS-8100U-RP Pro series are considered in future deployment. Both models, available in 48, 40, 32, or 24-channel, are equipped with more powerful Intel® Core™ i3-2120 processor and deliver better performance on video and audio streaming from multiple channels. While supporting up to 48 channels monitoring, the VS-8100 Pro+ series and VS-8100U-RP Pro series provide an ideal surveillance solution for Tbilisi Metro's need for wider scope of IP camera deployment, fulfilling closer look at Tbilisi Metro's security.

Milestone Arcus embedded VMS matures into intelligent cameras

Milestone Arcus embedded VMS matures into intelligent cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems announces the next step for open platform technology driving innovation through embedded solutions. Milestone Arcus is designed as a video surveillance platform for low-complexity, low-cost deployments, customized for the selected hardware devices of Milestone partners.

In combination with Milestone Interconnect as a key building block for future scalability of Milestone-powered systems, this allows end users at any time to remotely monitor all edges of the video management network using Milestone XProtect Corporatle VMS.

"I am excited that intelligent cameras as the newest addition to the range of embedded solutions powered by the Milestone Arcus platform. This is another significant step in offering unlimited scalability ranging from installations with one single intelligent camera such as those from IQinVision to large, remotely monitored installations in a global network." says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems.

Invest in South East Asia, things must know – Thailand & Malaysia

Invest in South East Asia, things must know – Thailand & Malaysia

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 9/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Tourism lights up Thai security industry
Despite the fact that difficult political situation has hindered business investment in Thailand, investing opportunities still can be seen in this area. In fact, Thailand is probably the area that embraces surveillance security the most.

Tourism is among the most important and profitable industries in Thailand, as this beautiful country provides a paradise-like resort destination for international visitors. Since sightseeing industry is crucial for Thailand's economic development, there is no reason for the government to cut back security budgets on this sector.

As a matter of fact, city surveillance has been one of the key policies in Thailand. The numbers of taxi installing surveillance camera has been increasing over past few years.

In order to provide a safe touring environment for the visitors, Thai government has been dedicated to crack down on drug dealing activities for years. The campus and local are strictly required by the government to install surveillance equipment for monitoring on unlawful deeds. This demand from the government indicates huge business potential in this area.

Furthermore, as this exotic destination has become top choice when it comes to buying villa and private residence abroad, residential vertical is calling for more secure promises. On the other hand, retail such as shopping mall and restaurant is showing unlimited business potential as well.

Price is the key to Malaysian security market
For the foreign distributors, it is crucial to supply an ideal price to the end users in Malaysian security market. When it comes to deploying security devices, most of the users in this area put price before advanced technology and services. In addition, the goods and services tax (GST) is scheduled to begin on 1st April 2015 with tax rate of 6%. A huge impact to the market can be expected. For these and other reasons, this is a harsh environment for international systems integrators to gain the access to the market.

Possibility for HD-over-coaxial
Good news is that IP system, so far, only takes up about 30% of the security market in Malaysia. Many users are still sticking to analog systems, and this situation implying that fact that solutions such as AHD, ccHDtv, CVI, and TVI will be the only choices when updates required.

Newbie investors: Tips to keep in mind
If you are a new comer to South East Asian security market, here are couples of things that you need to know before any bold movement:

1. Governmental projects and low-end market is not the best choice that asian manufacturers could have. Governmental projects are mostly too hard to apply for when you do not have strong connection with local market; low-end market is usually full of surprising low-price products that most of the professional distributors cannot afford to provide. But, hey, there is still a market for those under-priced goods. Don't consume all your strength in this chaos.

2. Making sure that you are able to provide more than products. Foreign investors are usually confronting the challenges that they are not able to provide prompt services in foreign market. If you are determined to step into South East Asian security market, it is important to supply end users reliable system integration and after-sale services. You have to cover every part of the business.

 

* For exhibitors' informaiton, Secutech ASEAN will be held on 26-28 November 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Smart cities turn information into meaningful messages with VCA

Smart cities turn information into meaningful messages with VCA

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, a&s International | Updated: 9/23/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

People enter the main square, a computer screen at the city's operations center beeps an alert. Analytics engines combining inputs from video and social media predict that a riot is about to erupt. Looking for people potentially carrying weapons, the cameras at the scene automatically detects people carrying backpacks from within the crowd. This is not science fiction: it is part of the capabilities recently demonstrated in Singapore as part of its safe city pilot project. Once an emerging technology, video content analytics (VCA) is becoming more mainstream.

The use of video cameras and video content analytics (VCA) for city surveillance is no longer a novelty. As safe/smart city projects become more prevalent, the traditional use of video surveillance and VCA is changing. Previously restricted to security or safety alone, the future of VCA in a safe/smart city lies in connectivity with other systems, enabling a more dynamic and comprehensive, real-time situation picture, thus allowing operators to better handle events and take full advantage of video footage.

Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Vi, elaborated on the use of VCA in a city environment. He pointed out that fundamentally, video analytics are used for three main objectives: security, safety, and city management. Security analytics are based on a predefined organizational security policy and include capabilities such as detecting vehicles parked in no parking zones, intrusion detection, unattended baggage detection, and loitering. Safety analytics can identify crowd gatherings, blocked emergency exits, or a vehicle stuck on a railway. Management analytics uses the data from video cameras to collect statistics used for city planning, such as traffic flow, vehicle counts, speeds, etc.

New innovations coming from Singapore
In 2013, Singapore initiated the Safe City Test Bed project. Its R&D initiative is to develop a safety and security industry with innovative capabilities in the city state. Karianto Leman, Head of the Situational Awareness Analytics Program in Singapore's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) — a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) — shared some of the key contributions of VCA in smart city security. For example, I2R has developed a system that detects aggressive human actions. The system automatically extracts motion related features and feeds them to an artificial intelligence engine. The engine has been trained with video samples involving aggressive human actions to detect an occurrence of such an incident in real time. In applications, the system can be configured to detect gang fights, rioting, rampaging, etc. Another possible use is to protect security guards from being ambushed. In the safety and city management domains, I2R developed crowd analytics that could work robustly under very crowded conditions. The system can extract from real-time information such as crowd size, walking directions and speeds, and the number of visitors over time. It could also mine these metadata to unveil insights such as popular paths, point-of-interests in retail or exhibition spaces, crowd behaviors, and other statistics.

Key technologies to this are accurate human detections and tracking even when crowd density is very high. This overcomes the pitfall of most video analytics systems where performance drops drastically in crowded conditions. Applications of this technology include crowd sensing and activity profiling at public places such as train stations and shopping malls, allowing, for example, estimations for waiting time in queues for taxis, banking services, etc.

It's all about connectivity
One of the principles behind safe/ smart cities is creating an interconnected environment. In this setting, different systems are combined to ensure the city's safety and efficiency. The future of VCA in safe cities is in connectivity with other systems and combining information from different sources to create a more detailed situational awareness picture. “Security applications are still very much in focus. We are seeing several new VCA applications areas in city safety, efficient use of energy and other public resources, street parking management, and many others,” said Dr. Sadiye Guler, founder and President of intuVision. "For example smart street lights that are automatically brightened when there are only few people on a street to increase safety of the citizens also helps save electricity. The emphasis is on smart city solutions that combine VCA with other sensors and systems to develop city wide combined solutions.”

In addition, “Safe cities are more concerned with making traffic and people flow more efficiently together with improving safety,” said Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. Therefore, he added, “VCA shouldn't be visualized as working alone but as part of the wider situational awareness system providing managers with suggested responses and action plans”.

One example is the image recognition and incident detection system, developed by Ipsotek, for Transport for London (TfL), the department in charge of keeping London's transportation systems flowing. When a road in central London was blocked by a vehicle that had lost control across the carriageway, the system identified within 30 seconds that this was an incident requiring rapid intervention. Predefined contingency plans alerted the relevant TfL staff allowing them to take immediate remedial action including re-sequencing of traffic lights to divert traffic away from the incident spot. The ability to control rapidly developing build-ups of traffic around accidents, keeping traffic flowing through the use of an “always-on” system significantly reduced journey times in London.

Tool for post and pre-event management
According to Jamie Wilson, Security Marketing Manager for EMEA at NICE Systems, the power of VCA is not just in post-event investigation and scenario reconstruction, but “also in the ability to know sooner that an incident could potentially take place, or is starting, improving both the speed and quality of response.”

A good example of this would be VCA reporting crowding and movement through a public space combined with information about an event or sentiment analysis from a social media tool like Twitter or Facebook. This multi-source situational awareness would increase efficiency and help facilitate effective and timely decision making and faster deployment of necessary resources — a police car, a fire engine, or even a garbage truck.

This allows for more efficient management of security forces. The limited resources of security personnel could be optimized by assigning them to the places that require them more urgently. By sharing video footage or images containing the incident to the security officer to validate the alarm, they can get an understanding of the situation.

“Scenario-based video analytic systems accurately recognize complex situations by evaluating and combining multiple conditions. It is this combined analysis that delivers the detailed understanding of the operating environment, and it is this understanding that dramatically reduces false alarms even in complex environments, leading to VCA becoming a trusted information provider to city surveillance projects,” added Flind.

Technological advancement In VCA for city surveillance
City environments are complex environments for VCA to tackle. The challenges include analyzing crowded areas, changing lighting, weather conditions, distance of objects from the camera, the need to seamlessly move from camera to camera when tracking an object, etc. These are but some of the obstacles facing VCA vendors. Despite the challenges, the growing technical capabilities of processing algorithms and advancements in the field of data storage will facilitate a more widespread use of video analytics.

As the number of semantics detected by video analytics grows, so will the efficiency and power of forensic searches. Security officers will be able to conduct faster and more detailed searches. The system developed by I2R, which can detect high-level human semantics could pick out from a human crowd a person carrying a backpack or sling bag. This can be performed on general video surveillance camera image resolution. In addition, the system can detect people wearing sunglasses, headdresses, clothing patterns, etc. It could also estimate the height of the person that the system is tracking. The continuous improvements in data storage will facilitate growing amounts of video footage being stored and analyzed. This means cities will be less restricted when they need to prioritize which information to keep and which to delete.

Too much information to digest?
“The mass of data has become a benefit as opposed to a challenge,” said Wilson. “By integrating all of the data-feeds, the operator is given a single clear picture of what is going on and can focus on using his skills to manage an incident rather than trying to interpret the data. In turn this speeds up resolution of incidents, saving time, money, and resources.” There is still quite a long way to go in intelligent video solutions for safe/smart cities; future goals include features such as automatic tracking and switching between cameras and of course reaching reliable face recognition from security cameras. With the speed at which technology is evolving, and with growing numbers of safe city projects being implemented, these capabilities will for sure be on the agenda of many vendors.

A quick overview on the current secuiry market trend

A quick overview on the current secuiry market trend

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 9/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Messe Frankfurt New Era, the leading integrated media service provider in Asia, today has held a seminar to share professional experience on security trend and industry aspects with providers in Taipei, Taiwan.

As IP system entered into the security market years ago, the entire industry has experienced a series of revolutionary changes. In today's market, in terms of deploying security systems, end users have more options than usual. A quick example, other than IP surveillance systems, end users can choose to update existing analog equipment to ccHDtv, CVI, TVI, or AHD systems in order to reach high-definition recording quality. Suppliers have realized that products make fewer profits now – the market has focused on systems integration, vertical applications, and multiple services.

It is all about intelligent and integration
End users started to set their eyes on intelligent systems and software that can provide added values on their business and management. The ideal of security is no longer merely about monitoring and access control; the ideal of security today suggesting surveillance, access control, and more importantly, making use of these data collected from security devices for managing purpose.

John Shi, the General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era, pointed out that future trend of the security industry will be about providing more integrated systems and platforms, such as physical security information management (PSIM), incident management system, and content analysis. The highly integrated platform helps critical verticals to achieve total security awareness for better protection; futhermore, it assists making effective business decision.

Personal device steps inside 
A prosperous potential can be seen in the consuming electronic market. Niche technologies are available for the end users now, for example, biometrics technique and NFC have been used on personal smart device. Intelligent systems can not only be used for professional surveillance, access control, business management, but also smart home and personal purposes.

The suppliers in the traditional security market are facing the same challenge – whether sticking to professional security product line or stepping into consuming product market at the same time.

 

New market strategy for the distributors
In order to survive all the challenges, distributors had to come up with more flexible market strategy. First of all, expanding the product line is a must. End users are looking for one-stop shop that provides all they need conveniently and skips possible technical problems; meanwhile, distributors have to be able to provide total solution to various verticals and projects. This trend indicates that distributor has to be able to supply various products (from the surveillance to storage, for instance), systems integration, and after-sale services that tailored to different cases.

Many leading providers in the market keep expanding local offices in order to provide the most instant services and to have connected relationship to the local market. On the other hand, providers tend to cooperate with more than one manufacturer just to make sure that they can provide solutions to any budgets and considerations.

AMG delivers toll management transmission solution on Indian highway

AMG delivers toll management transmission solution on Indian highway

Editor / Provider: AMG | Updated: 9/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AMG, the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission solutions and sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, has completed a new sophisticated toll management transmission solution on Solapur Highway, for ITNL in India. ITNL is using the solution to monitor two Toll Plazas with a total of 20 Lanes with 24 Booths – 4 of which have reversible lanes. The project covers a road stretch of 105 kilometres, with 49 kilometres between the Toll Plazas.

According to ITNL, the new system encompasses 132 cameras of which 126 are fixed cameras and 6 are PTZs. Other hardware integrated into the solution includes Lane Controllers, AVC Controllers, and RFID Readers. The system is operated on an Ethernet backbone, with 35 unmanaged AMG switches, and incorporates vehicle detection and enforcement solutions along with access control equipment.

A Toll Plaza typically lies in an environment where adverse conditions are present. This was a decisive factor in ITNL's decision to select the AMG Ethernet switches for the new system. The ruggedness and small form factor, as well as the capability to perform well in adverse climate conditions with extreme heat and dust means that the AMG switches provides significant advantage over other alternatives.

According to ITNL, another advantage is that the AMG transmission solution can interface with equipment from any given third party manufacturer. This facilitates the integration of surveillance and monitoring equipment with the Toll Management Solution. ITNL also commented on the support given by AMG during pre-sales, post-sales and subsequent technical support, deeming the service as ‘excellent'.

Sara Bullock, International Sales Director at AMG Systems, says, “AMG has supplied a large number of transmission solutions for well over 1, 000 km of highways traffic management solutions in India. We're extremely pleased that ITNL decided to use our switches for this new project on the Pune - Solapur Highway.”

ZNV launched H.265 HD IP camera

ZNV launched H.265 HD IP camera

Editor / Provider: ZNV | Updated: 9/16/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

How often do you have to wait for a video image to load on your screen? You don't have to accept this anymore! A major break-through has been made to overcome bandwidth and storage challenges that the security and surveillance industry has been facing for years. The industry has entered a new era with the highly-anticipated new generation of IP cameras that have inbuilt the state-of-the-art video image compression technology complying with the new H. 265 international standard.

On September 12, 2014, Shenzhen ZNV Technology launched H.265 high-definition IP camera (7200 series) at its 2014 Channel Partner Summit and New Product Launch Conference in Nanjing, China.

At the conference, Robert Zhu, executive chairman of ZNV, explained the technologies of this new IP Camera series and the benefits for customers.

"All of us like to use high-definition cameras for security monitoring, remote machine operation, or other applications, because the sharp images will help us to identify security treats or control a machine remotely. The current challenges are the cost of transmission and storage of large-sized data over the network and cloud. The new IP cameras that we are launching today overcome these challenges by using the latest data compression technology inside the cameras. For the same high-definition videos, this technology can reduce the data size by three times in dynamic scenes like a busy street and up to 10 times in static scenes like a guarded warehouse," Robert Zhu said.

"The benefits of this breakthrough are simple. For same high-definition videos, they will require much lower bandwidth and use much less storage. This will not only make a tremendous saving in system cost for our customers, but also make high-definition video possible in the areas that the existing network infrastructure simply can't support previously," Robert added.

Key Features of ZNV's new H. 265 High-Definition IP Camera:
1. Low requirements on bandwidth for transmission of its video streams:
With the built-in new-generation video image compression and transmission technologies complying with H. 265 Standard, ZNV 7200-series IP cameras enable high-definition video surveillance data to be transmitted through low bandwidth network while keeping images clear and smooth. During the test, the new 7200-series IP cameras can transmit dynamic 1080P video images at 1.5 Mbps under H.265, instead of at 4 Mbps (almost tripled) under current H.264 standard. In static scenes that are used a lot in security guarding environment, the video stream will drop to 100Kbps to 200Kbps, which is 10 times lower than the current best cameras in the market.


2. Low requirements on storage to keep the videos:
With the same storage space, the new compression technologies enable users to store three to 10 times of videos by using the new 7200-series IP cameras rather than normal, same definition cameras. This will lead to tremendous saving in storage facilities and relevant room space and energy consumption.


3. Low requirements on light condition to record quality videos:
ZBF-7200-series IP cameras can operate at a super-low light environment. It can still record clear videos in color or black-and-white in the low light environment where human eyes cannot identify. The minimum functional light condition reaches 0.002 lux (colorful) or 0.001 lux (black-and-white). Thus, this new series of ZNV cameras can still help customers guard their properties in an extremely dark environment, while enabling a smooth transition between bright and dark environment.

Two Successful Stories:
H.265 high-definition IP cameras will bring enormous value to the customers, as described by Robert Zhu. After being introduced to the market, these IP cameras can save huge investments on network and video storage facilities.

ZNV used the new cameras in a smart city project in China. As part of this project, the police department requires that video must be stored for 12 months in order to check the recording history during police investigations. Due to the cost constraints, they only have limited storage space available which could only support 30 to 90 days video storage previously. As a result, earlier videos had to be deleted and overwritten, among which some important information were lost for criminal cases. With the H.265 technology, the police department can save up to 10 times of storage space, which translates into tens of millions of savings for the whole projects.

A school used a video surveillance system for years, but it gradually grew out-of-date and could not meet its increasing surveillance demands. This school wanted to use state-of-the-art high-definition cameras for video surveillance; however, normal high-definition cameras needed to be built on high bandwidth infrastructures, e.g. a costly fiber network. Due to insufficient network bandwidth and financial pressure, the school had not found an optimal solution until recently. By taking advantage of the low-bandwidth requirement feature of ZNV's 7200-series IP cameras, the school achieved a real-time, high-definition 1080P surveillance system under the existing network infrastructure. This saved tens of thousands of dollars and minimized the interruptions to school education programs.

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