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FLIR thermal security cameras help the Newport Beach Police take back the night

FLIR thermal security cameras help the Newport Beach Police take back the night

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 6/1/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

TV cameras don't work at night, and night is when you need cameras the most. Police officials in Newport Beach, California found this out and came to FLIR for the solution.

One of the most exclusive communities in the country, Newport Beach is home to movie stars, industrialists and entrepreneurs. Befitting its exclusivity, the beach closes to the public each night. Once the sun goes down, however, groups of young people flock to the beach, creating disturbances and disrupting the citizens' lives in Newport Beach.

To counter this nighttime mischief and keep the residents safe, Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) officers patrolled the beach every Thursday through Sunday evening.

This cost the Department thousands of dollars a month and kept officers from patrolling other areas of town.

The Assessment
In early 2007, the NBPD started looking into a technological solution to this problem: video beach surveillance.

After initial discussions with Jay Gill of Bassett Sales, a local security camera representative, NBPD IT manager Tom Encheff realized that neither daylight nor infrared illuminated cameras would be up to the job.

Illuminating the beach was not a viable option, as the lighting infrastructure alone would cost millions of dollars. Not to mention the resulting glare, which would be offensive to residents and visitors alike. Gill saw the solution right away, telling Encheff, “You need to go thermal.”

Thermal Security Cameras – the right solution
Thermal security cameras make pictures from heat, not light, detecting the tiny differences in heat energy that are around us all the time.

Day and night, in good weather and bad, everything emits thermal energy. What's more, the hotter something is the more thermal energy it gives off. FLIR's thermal security cameras take this energy in and make pictures that look like black and white TV video.

Thermal energy is part of a continuum of energy called the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.The EM spectrum includes gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves. The only part of the EM spectrum that we can see is the small band of energy called “visible light.”

Visible light reflects off objects, our eyes sense it, our brains interpret it, and we experience that as sight. Household cameras and camcorders work the same way: they detect reflected visible light and their electronics create pictures. Thermal security cameras, on the other hand, sense and create images from emitted heat energy.

Because most things generate heat, thermal cameras can see as well at night as during the day. Visible light detectors (like our eyes) don't work well at night without the help of lights. FLIR's thermal security cameras don't have this shortcoming.

NBPD officers were familiar with thermal imaging; their helicopters fly with FLIRs every night. They were not aware, however, that thermal security cameras make a financially viable solution for beach surveillance. Once NBPD officers experienced how FLIR cameras let them see at night, they were sold on the concept and the solution.

In June 2007 FLIR partners Bassett Sales and Thompson Engineering installed seven thermal security cameras in Newport Beach. The NBPD chose five SR-19 fixed cameras, one fixed SR-100 and one PTZ-50MS. This mix of cameras lets NBPD keep an eye on large areas of beachfront around the clock.

What's more, the SR-100 long-range camera lets them cover areas they thought would go unobserved. Once they saw the camera's range performance and image quality, they decided to include its capabilities in their surveillance program.

The combination of cameras let the NBPD design a security net with overlapping imaging zones. The PTZ-50MS in particular gives watch standers flexibility in responding to alarms, using a pan/tilt/zoom camera to back-up their fixed cameras.

The video from all seven cameras is transmitted to the Department's command and dispatch centers. There, motion detection software monitors the incoming video and alerts watch standers to activity on the beaches. When someone trips an alarm, commanders can evaluate the intrusion and decide if they need a patrol officer to respond. This allows NBPD to keep its officers on citywide patrol, saving money and using resources more efficiently.

The Happy Ending
Installing FLIR thermal security cameras allows the NBPD to cover the beach thoroughly at night, responding more effectively than ever before. Officers previously assigned to beach patrol are now free to cover inland sectors, saving the city money while providing better police services to the public.

The Newport Beach Police Department has seen for themselves that FLIR's thermal security cameras work better at night than any other imaging technology. Just when they are needed the most.




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GKB Linux-based NVR supports 4K resolution and upgraded multi-functions

GKB Linux-based NVR supports 4K resolution and upgraded multi-functions

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 6/1/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The growing need of Network Video Recording (NVR) has become a crucial role for surveillance industry since it brings great convenience for monitoring by breaking limitation of time and space.

Original NVR Features:
NVRs' major functions are being able to manage cloud platform, true plug and play supporting and ONVIF-compatible.

* GKB Cloud Platform allows personnel to view recording streams via mobile APP.
* Support True Plug and Play: “Two Way Communication” is not limited for only LAN but also INTERNET applications.
* ONVIF Brand Camera: GKB NVR is designed to integrate all ONVIF 2.0 series and seamlessly conform to GKB IP portfolio as well.

Upgraded NVR Features:
* 4K Resolution
* ONVIF Dual Streams: Best recording quality & Smooth monitoring under low bandwidth

Additional Features for 8 Bay NVR:
In GKB, we strive to make the best better; therefore, we provide new 8-bay NVR server by adding three adaptations including flip-down cover, HDD LED and buzzer alert.

Flip-Down Cover: Saving installation time by simply flip cover which saves time fastening screws.

HDD LED and Buzzer: Reminding unexpected NVR hard drive problems to users.

GKB NVR Product Line
* GKB DN1601 -> 1 Bay , 16 CH
* GKB DN3604 -> 4 Bay, 36 CH
* GKB DN4808 -> 8 Bay, 48 CH
* GKB DN6416 -> 16 Bay, 64 CH

Surveillance trends and the impact on storage

Surveillance trends and the impact on storage

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Western Digital | Updated: 5/28/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The surveillance industry is transitioning from analog to digital at a rapid pace. These changes are having a direct effect on how video storage is chosen and managed.

Increasing detail, resolution and quality
In order to better understand and identify activities, events and people, recording quality has increased. 4K offers four times the resolution of 1080p HDTV. This added resolution can drastically improve the technology's ability to identify crucial details in the camera's field of view such as a person or a vehicle's license plate. Implementing 4K video in a security camera system requires more storage capacity which is of better quality.

Increasing Frame Rates
Capturing and tracking details in real time is crucial in a surveillance solution. From a frame every few seconds, to 5fps or 10fps, is now 24fps, 30fps and more. Although codec efficiency helps alleviate the impact of increases, each step up requires additional storage capacity.

Always on surveillance
Security never rests, so surveillance needs to be ready to record the instant something happens. Constant recording in sensitive areas and motion detection needs fast and reliable storage.

Audio recording and fidelity
Audio is an increasingly important element for video surveillance. Cameras are now even closer to the action – in locations such as major retailers or warehouses it's useful to make out conversations or sounds surrounding events, to identify people, vehicles and the environment. All of these things can be analysed even when out of camera shot. The storage system needs to accurately capture sounds and in sync with video.

The increase of interactivity
The increasing demands of recording video feeds needs to be balanced against the need to access and process historical data. Facial recognition, number plate recognition or object detection over time enable companies to recreate a journey or trace access or proximity to facilities. Multi-feed access, fast replay, slow-motion playback and seamless zoom and enhancement are required for analysis. A storage system that stutters can lead to long and unnecessary delays.

When every second counts in surveillance, reliability, dependency and the cost of operations require the best storage products for the solution. WD Purple and WD Purple NV are surveillance class hard drives designed for high temperatures, always-on, surveillance security systems to ensure reliability and quality video play back when people need it most. Available in up to 6TB capacities and with exclusive IntelliSeek technology, WD Purple drives calculate the optimum seek speeds which lowers power consumption, noise and vibration that can damage and cause desktop drives to wear out more quickly. These surveillance-class hard drives are also equipped with AllFrame technology which works with ATA streaming to reduce frame loss, improve playback and increase the number of drive bays which it supports. AllFrame reduces video interruptions that commonly occur when desktop hard drives are incorrectly used as storage in security systems. Missing frames and lost footage is a serious problem when an event occurs and surveillance footage needs to be retrieved. WD Purple with AllFrame provides the confidence companies should expect when it's time to play back and review critical surveillance footage.

Security 'all sewn up' for Royal College of Surgeons

Security 'all sewn up' for Royal College of Surgeons

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 5/28/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (College) is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world.

Over 500 years old, it is an historic professional member’s organisation that pursues excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practices. The College is spread over a number of buildings around Hill Square and is home to the Surgeons’ Hall Museum s and Scotland’s oldest medical museum. In addition, the College boasts offices for a 150 staff, a modern surgical skills training facility and auditorium and even a four-star hotel providing accommodation for visitors and tourists.

With building refurbishment due to take place over a long period of time, a security system needed to be installed that was flexible and which included discreet cameras with excellent picture quality, whilst being aesthetically pleasing so as not to detract from the traditional make-up of the historic and Grade A listed buildings.

A state-of-the-art solution was developed, combining Axis network cameras with Milestone XProtect Professional software, as recommended by Arthur McKay. In order to effectively cover the numerous locations where refurbishment work was taking place, whilst providing secure coverage to hotel staff and guests, the initial surveillance set-up included 17 cameras, with the provision for a further 150 once the work is completed.

Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications said: "This was a really exciting project and one that gave us the opportunity to work with such a prestigious institution and its beautiful, historic buildings. The solution featured covert Axis network cameras to ensure all buildings and corresponding outside spaces were covered, even in complete darkness"

The project included a series of AXIS M30007-PV Network Cameras. These five-megapixel fixed mini dome cameras were discreetly mounted on either walls or ceilings and provided four feeds of detailed, high-quality panoramic views. Chosen because of their flexibility, they could be re-positioned to move along as the refurbishment progressed with few time or fitting constraints.

The AXIS P3364-LVE was fitted to monitor the hotel and its exterior. This fixed dome network camera produced high-quality, low-noise video even in a completely dark environment. It integrated Axis’ unique Lightfinder technology which makes the camera extremely sensitive to light while maintaining colours. Lightfinder-enabled cameras were strategically positioned in the hotel’s reception area, main entrance and car park where ambient lighting was poor.

AXIS P1204 Network Cameras were also installed as they were discreet and covert and could be easily integrated into very limited spaces.

Atul added: "The Axis network cameras can be easily re-positioned to correspond with the movement of the works from building to building, producing evidential-quality footage, whilst maintaining the safety of staff and visitors. Advanced system integration is already on the horizon as the magnitude of the refurbishment grows across the campus"

The College has always been at the ‘cutting edge’ of surgical education, training and in setting standards both nationally and internationally. As adoption of any technology can provide challenges, it was imperative that system capabilities were discuss at length and understood.

Kenny Ryan, IT manager at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg, commented: "We have been very impressed with the flexibility of Axis cameras and how unobtrusive they are. They have been a great benefit during a time of great change for the campus"

Development works continue at the College and it is estimated that over 170 Axis cameras will eventually contribute to the safe and successful refurbishment of its iconic buildings.

Hikvision and citizen schools provide STEM education to students in need

Hikvision and citizen schools provide STEM education to students in need

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 5/27/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the leading provider of innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, has teamed up with Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization in the United States that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities.

Hikvision volunteers provided hands-on classroom opportunities for middle school students at Chase Elementary in Chicago, where the students learned about engineering design and built alternative energy vehicles. The ten-week semester culminated in a “WOW! Event” this month where students taught back what they learned to teachers, parents, and community members. As a technology leader, Hikvision is dedicated to supporting opportunities for STEM-based education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) across North America.

Citizen Schools, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, has a rich history of enabling public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day with enrichment opportunities for students. Volunteers called “Citizen Teachers” visit the classroom in the extended day each week to engage the students in activities they would not otherwise be able to participate in during the school day. Students gain knowledge in topics ranging from journalism to astronomy, leading toward what Citizen Schools CEO Steven Rothstein refers to as a “moment of discovery.”

“Igniting a moment of discovery means that the students feel empowered,” Mr. Rothstein said. “They build something: the rocket flies, they've cooked something for the first time, their financial plan shows how they could potentially afford to go to college. These opportunities are crucial for students in many urban areas around the country. By the time they have reached 6th grade, they typically receive 6000 fewer hours of academic and personal enrichment opportunities than students in higher-income communities.”

Citizen Teachers from Hikvision taught an engineering design course at Chase Elementary where the students built structures and vehicles, tested their load-bearing capacity, and then transferred that knowledge into an understanding of how alternative energy vehicles operate and how they will affect our society in the future.

“Coming into the classroom every week and seeing how excited the students got about what they were learning was an incredible experience,” remarked Ahmed Elsayed, a sales engineer for Hikvision USA who volunteered at Chase. “Their desire for knowledge was palpable and I'm proud to be part of a program that fostered that.”

In addition to volunteer hours spent in the classroom, Hikvision also made a financial donation to provide classroom supplies.

“As a forward-thinking technology leader, Hikvision understands that the next generation of scientists and engineers are sitting in our middle school classrooms today,” stated Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “Educating these students so they can realize their full potential will lead to a more robust workforce and a broader landscape for the STEM-based industries of the future. Hikvision is honored to play a part in facilitating this fundamental conveyance of knowledge.”

Pelco by Schneider Electric releases Optera Panoramic Cameras featuring unique panomersive experience

Pelco by Schneider Electric releases Optera Panoramic Cameras featuring unique panomersive experience

Editor / Provider: Pelco by Schneider Electric | Updated: 5/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Pelco by Schneider Electric announced the release of the new Optera panoramic cameras with SureVision 2.0 WDR imaging technology. Officials stated that the new Panomersive experience provides seamless situational awareness with blended panoramic views, creating a unique and effective panoramic immersive surveillance experience.

“While other multi-imager solutions can be disjointed with separate video streams that are sometimes out of order,” said Kevin Saldanha, Senior Product Manager, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Optera cameras transparently integrate video across all sensors in the camera, presenting a seamless high-quality user experience. These cameras also allow users to zoom in to the scene for excellent image detail in multiple intuitive immersive views from a VMS. Optera cameras capture 12 megapixel video, at up to 12.5 frames per second at full resolution.”

Optera offers outstanding, industry-leading image quality with SureVision 2.0 technology delivering excellent low light performance and true Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) at the same time — all the time.

With superior WDR, anti-bloom technologies, 3D Noise filtering and advanced tone mapping, SureVision 2.0 enables the cameras to deliver outstanding image quality in very challenging lighting conditions. Pelco is releasing the Optera 180⁰ cameras now and plans to release the 270⁰ and 360⁰ models later this fall. All models include a camera and a mount (in-ceiling mount, surface mount, or pendant enclosure) that is ready to install. All models feature a robust, metal, tamper-resistant design, and carry an IK10 impact rating for vandal-resistance.

Additional Features:
Open and Integrated
Optera panoramic cameras are designed to seamlessly connect to the new Pelco VideoXpert VMS and Pelco Digital Sentry systems, as well as integrate with major partner Video Management Systems through the open Pelco API, the Panomersive SDK and through the ONVIF standard. Optera cameras enable customers to record everything in the scene at the VMS, and obtain panoramic and multiple immersive views, both live and retrospectively using client-side dewarping.

Built-In Video Analytics
Optera cameras include a full suite of eight Pelco Video Analytics, applied across a wide field of view. Pelco behaviors include Abandoned Object, Adaptive Motion Detection, Camera Sabotage, Directional Motion, Loitering Detection, Object Counting, Object Removal, and Stopped Vehicle.

Window Blanking
Optera cameras support up to 32 window blanks, appearing on screen as a solid gray window.

Convenient Power
Designed with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) to simplify planning, wiring, and installation, Optera cameras offer fast and easy installation.

Systems integration in banking sector: tricks to crack the hard nut

Systems integration in banking sector: tricks to crack the hard nut

Editor / Provider: Prasanth Aby Thomas, a&s International | Updated: 5/26/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Financial institutions are at the heart of contemporary global economy. Modern corporates that are accustomed to the convenience of transnational trade and commerce would never function without the support of banks that are working around the clock. Customers used to the convenience of accessing cash any time and making cashless transactions too would be at a loss without them.

The banks, on their part, are going all out to make sure that they are able to reach each and every possible customer. To this end, they have embraced technology and made use of the internet for electronic, and more recently, mobile banking. In the U.S. alone, despite the slow growth of the financial sector post the financial crisis, the year 2014 saw banks put up a strong performance in terms of assets and liabilities, according to the US Federal Reserve.

Concerns on a Lukewarm Approach to Security in Banking
Yet, despite such an aggressive financial rebound and its subsequent contribution to the GDP, banks continue to be a dismal vertical for the security industry. Even with the sensitive nature of their business and risky character of their transactions, banks have largely abstained from adopting modern video surveillance technology.

To most systems integrators (SI), this attitude is illogical. Banks are willing to move ahead with Internet and mobile banking but are reluctant to make use of similar technology to make their systems secure. According to Bob Mesnik, President of New York-based SI Kintronics, convincing banks to improve their security is an uphill task.

“They are reluctant to spend money in security and we have not found any way to convince them otherwise,” said Mesnik. “The larger banks don't seem to care at all about security, which is very strange. Outside the U.S. there is more interest at smaller banks, but in this case they are mostly interested in monitoring performance of their employees.”

Mesnik's complaint echoes sentiments from several other SIs across the industry. Major reasons often attributed to this reluctance from banks are concerns on safety and cost effectiveness. But even when these apprehensions are put to rest, banks are not enthusiastic to move forward.

Understanding the Challenges in Financial Sector
But this is not to say that banks have totally remained off limits when it comes to upgrading their video surveillance systems. Numerous case studies from manufacturers as well as SIs show instances where banks have moved forward to IP technology and felt it was worth spending money on. Tyco, a company with significant experience in the vertical, explained the challenges that SIs face when dealing with banking sector clients.

“Clients are working with tighter budgetary constraints and have to prioritize those projects which are deemed absolutely necessary, whether this is due to replacing dated security installation, meeting regulatory demands or responding to business expansion strategies,” said Chris Jones, Regional Global Account Manager for Installation & Services at Tyco Asia Pacific.

“A number of clients are also outsourcing their sourcing or procurement departments. These companies are more aggressive in their scrutiny and more likely to prefer to go to tender to encourage competitive pricing.”

Aidan Anderson, Security Consultant at Red Leaf Consultancy in UK, elaborated this point further. According to him, not all SIs are aware of how the banking sector operates and how they view physical security.

Although from a security-industry perspective protecting bank assets may be seen as a priority, banks are more likely to think in terms of controlling certain identified risks. Security is only one among these risks, the others being liquidity, capital and regulatory. Methods of controlling risks may include upgrading systems and equipment, but it might just as well be adopting certain procedures or buying insurance products.

“Within a bank, security is generally seen as another department, rather than a special case and as with all departments any investment has to provide returns, whether those are measured in terms of increased revenues, cost savings, process efficiencies or a reduction in headcount,” said Anderson.

“The challenge for systems integrators is to work with potential clients to establish how their products could, in terms of risk and for the security department, provide benefits to the extent that the business will invest in them, rather than the competing requirements of all other departments.”

Paul Bremner, Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance - Security Services at IHS, who works closely with the systems integration community, added a few more variables that impact security related decisions in banks.

“The banking sector itself can be divided into different sectors, there are the retail branch locations, the distribution centers, and the corporate offices; each of these has different requirements with its own unique challenges,” said Bremner.

“For an integrator trying to win business in this sector, it is important to understand that the level at which the decision to install or retrofit a security system can vary at each of these locations.”

The decision to hire a particular SI would also depend heavily on where it is taken. If the decision is made locally, it could level the playing field for regional as well as national level SIs. But if the decision is taken at the national level, then banks are certain to choose SIs with a national presence and relevant experience.

“This makes having a large geographic footprint an important selling point for an integrator looking to win business across the entire banking sector,” Bremner pointed out. “Another requirement from an integrator that goes hand-in-hand with this large footprint is a proven track-record of servicing these financial institutions.”


Banks to Favor Surveillance Beyond Security
The technological developments for banking security are not unique to the sector, but their applications are. According to Paul Bremner, Senior Analyst for Video Surveillance - Security Services at IHS, banks tend to proceed with investment decisions in new security equipment and solutions after considering the ROI and reduced operational costs it may bring. Among this, reducing operational cost is mostly about bringing down the headcount, but in terms of increasing ROI, banks are interested in business intelligence analytics.

According to a survey from Cisco, 43 percent of US customers believe their primary bank does not understand their needs. Thirty one percent feel their bank is not helping them reach their primary financial goals.

Banks are increasingly aware of this gap in their service and are actively seeking a solution. This requirement, coupled with a rising need to increase efficiencies of the branches and do more with less, clearly paves the way for banks to utilise their surveillance systems for analytic data.

“Technologies such as business intelligence analytics can help a bank's branch locations improve their operational metrics, such as queue line monitoring,” said Bremner.

“This allows the bank to create staffing models which are in tune with the flow of customers throughout the day, preventing the bank from being overwhelmed. Technology such as this is helping banks improve their customer's waiting times, while also optimising their staffing schedules.”


Improvised Marketing Strategies to Win Clients
Considering the trend of banks preferring experienced, national-level companies, it's natural that banking sector appears like an uphill task for most SIs. But analysts suggest companies to rethink their marketing strategies to improve their presence in the market.

At present sales strategies are centered on the promotion of equipment and software packages as separate solutions, with integration referring to how the separate components are installed together. Some focus is also given to interoperability and lower downtime with the capacity to remotely repair most faults. While these may work in a number of sectors, it wouldn't make a mark in the banking sector unless the product being sold is unique.

“However where there is a leading strategy, it is working with potential clients to design systems,” Anderson said.

“This does require a great deal of time and effort by the systems integrator, as it might not only be the security department that has to be engaged, but the IT department and perhaps other equipment suppliers. The overriding advantage in doing this is obvious but for the systems integrator who has put the work in, the outcome might not necessarily be the right answer for them.”

A key point that Anderson makes here is that even though systems integration on its own will help reduce costs even after the initial investment, its impact is not significant when compared to a security department's or the organization's budget. Hence the focus should be on generating opportunities that reflect the ongoing business need of matching their strategy, understanding what their driving factors are and creating solutions that not only focus on integrated systems but how that could be used with other security functions to create a winning position.

Elaborating on the reasons for Tyco's success in this business sector, Jones indicated that the crucial point was enterprise solutions that would integrate several platforms deployed for security surveillance in accordance with the client's requirements. The company's PSIM solution has been instrumental in this aspect.

“Tyco's PSIM solution can provide an open platform for integration to get a centralized view of security activity,” Jones said. “Its ability to turn disparate information sources into real-time actionable intelligence, analyze the situation to obtain timely and accurate insights, and automated workflow results in quicker and more effective incident response and resolution which enforce incident response processes, mitigate risk and reduce operational costs.”

Some systems integrators are also trying a more traditional approach of adding values to their services to increase their clients. George Zarifopoulos from the Marketing & Communication Department of Athens-based SI, Takis G. Zarifopoulos, said his company offers a free maintenance contract for a specific period of time.

“Giving two years period free maintenance, directly adds more fidelity and reliability in our projects,” Zarifopoulos explained.

Security Systems Tailored for the Financial Climate
According to a report from Ernest and Young, the major trend in the banking sector for 2015 will be to increase profitability but not look for large revenues. To this end, banks will need to reinvent themselves, with leaner, more flexible business models that can survive a slow global economic growth.

A modern video surveillance system that goes beyond offering security and aids in enhancing the bank's business would be an ideal solution to bank's requirements to survive the weak economic climate. At the same time a tailored and customized marketing strategy that projects the advantages beyond security would be what SIs should focus on to make their mark in the banking sector.

VIVOTEK upgrades its central management software VAST to version 1.10

VIVOTEK upgrades its central management software VAST to version 1.10

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Fulfilling its commitment to enhance the performance of VAST, VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the release of VAST Version 1.10. In this version, VIVOTEK introduces new advanced features to VAST users, specifically, Logical Tree and Standard VCA Event Integration.

VAST is VIVOTEK's self-developed professional video/central management software for managing IP surveillance products.

Designed with intuitive functions and features, VAST provides unlimited supports to cameras, servers and clients in a hierarchical system structure, efficiently and effectively monitoring, recording, playback, and event trigger management.

The new Logical Tree and Standard VCA Event Integration features in VAST Version 1.10 facilitate installers and system integrators to build robust surveillance systems with ease.

 Logical Tree: Previously, camera lists were only presented as non-hierarchical devices names. In Version 1.10, users can categorize camera lists based on personal requirements and preferences, enabling them to create hierarchical lists that increase the ease of accessing cameras at all sites.

 VIVOTEK On-camera VCA Event Integration: VIVOTEK has launched the self-developed video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Loitering Detection. In Version 1.10, the VCA package is fully integrated into the VAST platform. In addition to receiving standard VCA events, VAST can now directly show event rules in live view mode.

LILIN surveillance for high-risk banking environments

LILIN surveillance for high-risk banking environments

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Financial institutions and/or banks need dependable backup system. LILIN new NVR series (NVR1400/2400) with RAID storage solutions provide redundant recording and access to IP video data. RAID redundant storage function ensures video data is never lost in the event of a hard drive failure. LILIN 16-channel NVR supports up to 16 IP based cameras and megapixel recording resolution, along with 48Mbps recording capability. With full calendar search, you can search your video by selecting weeks/days so that you can search your video fast.

Teller windows, processing rooms, ATM's, parking lots, lobbies and common areas are all monitored by high quality video cameras for the safety of customers, employees, and staff. LILIN IP video surveillance systems with advanced video analytics such as Facial Recognition is helping to fight the problem of check fraud at banks by recording transaction data and capturing images of offenders.

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. LILIN Covert series IP camera IPC0122 provides miniature IP video surveillance to enhance ATM operations and security.

LILIN S series IP cameras featuring 60fps high speed frame rate; they are great for the most demanding banking surveillance requirements. 60fps high frame rate ensure quick movements can be captured in more details.

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) is a core technology in the mobile event incident command unit developed by Unified Command as a temporary security operation center (SOC) that moves from one event location to another.

“Milestone VMS technology helps us unify all the facets of complex events into one centralized command. That coordination enables us to respond more effectively to emergencies. We're able to quickly dispatch the right people to the right places, which makes events safer for everyone,” says Chris Gandy, Chief Technology Officer, Unified Command.

The company hires local law enforcement, dispatch and emergency service personnel for 40–50 big events across the U.S. each year, such as the music festivals Hard Summer and Outside Lands, Coachella and Stagecoach. In 2013, Chris Gandy joined as chief technology officer. With nearly two decades of experience as a police technical detective in a major metropolitan police force, he has worked with video surveillance for years.

Freedom of Choice in the Components
Gandy's list of must-haves for a VMS solution was extensive, from overall video stability to ease-of-use, to robust mapping capabilities – all based on a truly open platform. Milestone XProtect®, his ultimate choice, met all requirements and exceeded most.

“A lot of manufacturers force you to buy their hardware, but with Milestone I use a Dell server, my own networking equipment and whatever kinds of cameras I want. I don't like being locked into a certain make and model of camera or a specific brand of hardware: I make my own choices.”

Fast Deployment and Response
Gandy reports that the ease and speed for Milestone to be deployed makes it an attractive solution, especially in an industry where speed matters. “We go into a field in the middle of nowhere, put up cameras and the next thing you know we've got eyes on more than 100 acres. For the people operating the system, it's very user friendly and easy to learn.”

The primary benefit is better overall response to incidents that happen at events: overflowing trash cans, lost items, clogged entry and exit points, unruly and potentially dangerous crowds and serious medical emergencies.

“By putting everyone in the same virtual room through access to a top quality video solution, everyone involved in the event's success is able to read off the same page. Without this way to coordinate, you would have all different facets operating separately,” Gandy says. “The Milestone VMS helps put the right people into the right places. Since we can all communicate with each other directly, we respond more quickly.”

For example, when a call comes in that someone has passed out, the dispatcher in the command center uses the call's point of origin to identify the closest camera and directs that camera to scan the crowd to the person needing attention. The dispatcher gives the exact location to the medics - which is critical when it's dark out, strobe lights are running and there are no cross streets for reference points. As a result, the medics quickly get assistance to those in need, not wasting precious time searching a crowd of thousands.

The incident command team proactively scans video for potential problems. When people appear to have consumed too much alcohol or other substances, or crowds gather near perimeters perhaps preparing for “fence crashing”, Unified Command operators use the camera coordinates to direct security staff to the exact location, fast.

Efficient Ease of Use, Interactive Maps Give Pinpoint Precision
The complexities of managing incident response for changing event venues leave little – if any – time for training. Gandy reports that the Milestone VMS is very easy to use. “We can bring up multiple customized views for display on computers, mobile devices and the XProtect Smart Walls. It's a big issue with a lot of security systems to know where the cameras are to get the live view quickly, but the interactive map in Milestone takes care of that: operators just click on an icon and a separate window pops up with the camera feed of that view.”

Gandy begins each event by putting a location diagram into the software and placing an icon for each camera on the computer-generated map. This eliminates the need for staff to look up confusing camera identifiers like North Parking Lot Facing South, which means nothing to dispatchers who don't work in the area every day.

Mobile and Wireless for Situational Awareness
Unified Command takes advantage of mobile and wireless capabilities to coordinate among the locations within an event. Using the Video Push feature in the Milestone Mobile client, cell phone cameras can record video at points not covered by the network cameras and stream (‘push') those images back to the command center via wi-fi. Milestone Mobile also streams video to iPads that Unified Command assigns to event managers, enabling ‘views of the entire festival they can carry in their back pocket'.

Gandy says the Milestone wireless support makes it possible to set up the command center physically removed from the heart of the event. This ensures that staff can focus on coordinating services rather than protecting themselves during an emergency. “Anyone we have connected to the event's security network can easily and quickly see exactly what's going on anywhere without having to get to the command center,” he says. “That frees all of us up to focus on resolving whatever the situation may be.”

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