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Ecuador's principle commercial and manufacturing center benefits from Verint's comprehensive security solutions

Ecuador's principle commercial and manufacturing center benefits from Verint's comprehensive security solutions

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 2/3/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Verint® Systems announced that the city of Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, is experiencing significant benefits after expanding its network of Verint IP-based video surveillance technologies last year.

As a critical component of the city's proactive Safe City initiative, the Verint platform delivers tangible benefits, including expedited investigations, the ease of sharing of information with first responders and a reduction in criminal activities. Officials directly involved with these advances consider the solution a necessity to conduct business and help ensure the safety of the city.

As the nation's principle commercial and manufacturing center and home to 3.74 million people, Guayaquil is located on the western bank of the Guayas River and is the capital of the Ecuadorian province of Guayas. Security and safety initiatives are spearheaded by the Guayaquil Corporation for Public Safety (Corporación para la Seguridad Ciudadana de Guayaquil, or CSCG), a non-profit municipal corporation that coordinates public safety efforts throughout the area.

‘In environments with complex security needs, organizations can gain great value from open, scalable solutions and negate the need to reconfigure their entire system as business requirements evolve,’ said Steve Weller, senior vice president
and general manager at Verint.

Video surveillance plays a key role in helping the City of Guayaquil keep its citizens and tourists safe. As such, CSCG worked with systems integration firm Union Electrica Ecuador to expand its system by increasing the number of Verint IP Cameras in its surveillance network to 475. The robust network now includes more than 800 IP cameras, all of which are driven by Verint Video Management Software™ (VMS).

Leveraging Verint IP surveillance solutions, Guayaquil is able to extract video easily and send it to the appropriate agencies, resulting in faster, more conclusive investigations. It can also identify and rapidly respond to risky and/or volatile scenarios, and direct the appropriate agencies, such as fire and police. Advances in traffic control and streamlined waste management collection represent other benefits the city and its residents have experienced.

“Guayaquil benefits from a visionary organization that places great importance on technology investments that help improve security,” says Gustavo Zuñiga, president, CSCG. “Our vision for the city goes far beyond our current system. Due to the success of the Verint surveillance network and the role it's played in crime reduction, we plan to continue to build onto the system.”

For CSCG, IP surveillance solutions offer greater capabilities than analog systems, helping officials locate and extract video easily and send it to the appropriate agencies for collaborative, more conclusive investigations. With the Verint Video Management Software solution, users can help streamline workflow within the security operations center and make sense of the vast amount of video and security data collected daily. It offers policy-based video distribution, networked video viewing and investigation management to help users rapidly detect, act and investigate security breaches and other threats. An intuitive user interface minimizes training requirements and streamlines system management.

“With the help of Verint solutions, the city of Guayaquil is able to expedite investigations and minimize crime, helping ensure a safe environment for visitors and residents,” adds Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions™. “In environments with complex security needs, organizations can gain great value from open, scalable solutions and negate the need to reconfigure their entire system as business requirements evolve. Verint technologies help reduce complexities and costs, and enhance flexibility for future expansion, usability and value.”

VCA fencing off intruders: Challenges for VCA in perimeter defense

VCA fencing off intruders: Challenges for VCA in perimeter defense

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 2/2/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Integration of video content analysis (VCA) in perimeter defense is one of the most challenging use cases as it has to cope with many sources of noise and be able to generate an alert without too many false alarms. Technological improvements and competition between vendors have brought prices down and further increased the presence of VCA not only in high security facilities but also in commercial and residential installations.

The origins of video content analysis (VCA) for perimeter defense are in video motion detection (VMD) technology that has been present since the early 2000s. In the beginning, VMD was only used to detect motion. Later, advancements allowed systems to estimate and differentiate size, color, speed, and direction.

The common use of VCA is for preliminary warning of possible suspicious events. “A physical perimeter is preferred as a first form of defense and as a visible deterrence to intruders,” said Pieter van de Looveren, Global Marketing Communication Manager for Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems. “VCA supports perimeter security as an extra set of eyes supporting security personnel in the control room by alerting them when needed and helping them quickly retrieve the correct evidence when something happened.” In other words, video analysis analyzes real-time images continuously to instantly detect suspicious events and alert operators when needed.

“The basic premise of analytics along a perimeter is intrusion detection,” said Matt Bretoi, VP for North America Field Sales at FLIR Systems. “Many VCA solutions provide an extra level of intelligence, such as object classification, which significantly cuts down on false alarms especially when paired with thermal imagers. This is a critical factor for most end users. Another key benefit is the integral capability to visually assess and verify the alarm. Lastly, an analytics solution is not dependent on fencing and even provides detection well beyond, or inside the perimeter if designed correctly,” he added.

In addition, VCA also has an added value of not only complementing the physical barrier but also the abilities of the operators. It helps maintain situational awareness, an important feature that might be lacking in case there are low-level operators guarding the site or a high turnover rate of operators. It also helps keep the operators focused.

“The same way we can't watch several football matches at the same time and keep track, it is also impossible for an operator to focus all the time on all the different screens,” explained Nicholas Grange, Technical Director for South Africa-based C3 Shared Services. “The most common use of VCA in South Africa is as a secondary layer of protection, to allow early detection of a threat before it reaches the boundary, thus creating extra reaction time. This is critical for our installations which usually have a perimeter several kilometers long, such as power stations, big housing estates, mines, and golfing communities.”

The outdoor environment poses many challenges to VCA solutions. Meteorological challenges such as moving clouds, shadows, rain, snow, and lightning, as well as environmental challenges
— lay of land, lights from passing cars, neighboring facilities, and fauna and flora
— all generate many false alarms.
“In some verticals, for example in jails, a reasonable rate of false alarms are not a major concern, as guards can afford to check every alarm whether true or false. However, in other installations, where end users are more sensitive to false alarms, a high false alarm rate may force the users to lower the alarm threshold, compromise sensitivity, and maybe even miss intrusions,” explained Hagai Katz, Senior VP of Marketing and Business Development.

Two factors that greatly increase the success of perimeter VCA are proper illumination and sterile areas near the perimeter. However, these measures are not always easy to create and maintain. In addition, in order to provide comprehensive security, a large number of cameras will have to be deployed at relatively short distances. “Therefore if we want a system that is composed solely of cameras we will need many cameras that will have to be connected to a central control room, with enough storage space for the video feed and constant calibration of the cameras and analytics making this a complex and expensive system to set up and maintain,” added Katz.

To reduce false alarms, users can perform period calibrations of the analytic, choose a VCA that operates based on several alert criteria, or install a thermal camera. “We conduct periodic adjustments due to seasonal changes as well as changes in field of view such as new buildings, roads, and flora,” said Grange.

“If you are looking for an exterior application in an uncontrolled environment, then you will want to have an analytic with multiple levels of criteria before detection. The more levels of criteria will improve the accuracy and drive down false alarms” explained Todd Brodrick, Director of Southwest USA at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

The combination of a thermal camera with video analytics is another way to overcome the false alarms problem. Thermal cameras are ideal as they do not require any light and can cover greater distances compared to visible light cameras. As such, they are not influenced by many of the factors that cause false alarms in regular cameras such as moving lights, leaves and trees, shadows, and other sources of noise and clutter the video analytic has to analyze.

Another significant benefit that thermal imagers provide is the consistently higher contrast, especially at night. Thermal imaging provides an optimized and more stable stream of information for the analytics to work with. This allows for fewer cameras to be deployed, lowering costs. In addition, thermal cameras are low-maintenance and require lower inputs to run, thus making them more ‘green' compared to other technologies.

However, thermal cameras are not perfect. They give operators less forensic evidence to identify an intruder (for example, thermal cameras do not provide an intruder's clothes color). Thermal cameras are more expensive, and despite the fact that they can ‘see' through smoke or at night, they are still affected by weather conditions, especially heavy fog or rain. The presence of water droplets in the air diminishes the infrared radiation and with it the range of the thermal camera. Intruders can take advantage of these weather conditions to infiltrate the perimeter.

A recent edition to perimeter security systems is surveillance robots that travel on a monorail along the fence. “The robot is equipped with cameras and laser sensors to ensure the integrity of the fence and detect any anomalies or movement up to a distance of 20 to 30 meters from the fence,” described Katz. “Short-range cameras and a PTZ camera allow the monitoring of the fence and tracking any intruders.

The laser works as a 3D radar, mapping the fence's surroundings, and analytics are used to detect any changes, for example a hole in the fence or an object placed near the fence. If an intruder is reported, the robot acts as first responder and rushes to the intrusion point, relaying video to the control room to verify the alert.” The benefits of this solution are constant monitoring and patrolling along the perimeter fence, replacing human patrols and freeing up security personnel to take care of only verified alerts.

The challenge facing VCA providers is to continue improving the reliability of their solutions, reducing false alarms, and making the setup as simple and short as possible. Fortunately, advances in computing power and algorithms make this a feasible reality. Closer collaboration between vendors, distributors, and systems integrators in defining problems and providing training will also enhance the practicality of VCA use in perimeter defense.

Vivotek helps seamless safety and security for Skytrain in Taiwan Int'l Airport

Vivotek helps seamless safety and security for Skytrain in Taiwan Int'l Airport

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Vivotek | Updated: 2/2/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) is one of five airports in Taiwan with regular international flights, and is by far the busiest. In 2014, TPE dealt with approximately 34 million passengers, ranking TPE the 11th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passengers. TPE comprises two terminals, each harboring roughly half of the passengers. A comprehensive transport system is established within the airport to transport passengers between terminals and in/out of the airport. This system comprises trains, buses, taxis, and the people mover system (PMS), better known as the Skytrain.

High quality security system is required for the unmanned transport system
The Skytrain is a fully automatic train system that runs between the two terminal buildings at TPE. The construction of the PMS was initially imitated by the Civil Aeronautics Administration in 1997, and subsequently completed under the collaboration of the China Engineering Consultants Inc., Japan Niigata Transys Co., Ltd., and Taiwan Rapid Transit Corp. The PMS was formally launched by TPE on 18 January 2003. The PMS consists of 2 parallel tracks, North and South, each providing bidirectional service. A single car serves the north track for airline passengers only. The south track serves both airline passengers and the public, separated by platform dividers between the cars. Because of the increasing number of passengers that use the PMS each year, security within train carriages has become prevailing problem for the unmanned transport system. Thus, TPE commissioned Apogear, a distributor of VIVOTEK products in Taiwan, and System Integrator Plustek to design and deploy a solution to meet the safety and security demands of TPE.

Comprehensive mobile solution for the mobile environments
Taking into account the immense flow of people in an international airport context, as well as the fact that surveillance in mobile environments required specialized products, Apogear and Plustek formulated a comprehensive mobile solution comprising 10 state-of-the-art VIVOTEK cameras. A series of hardware and software comparisons were conducted to identify the ideal device for this setting, where the VIVOTEK MD8562 Mobile Dome Network Camera surpassed all established benchmarks and all competition in its category. Thus, the MD8562 was selected for the in-carriage surveillance of the Skytrain.

The MD8562 is a dome network camera geared specifically for mobile applications, such as trains, buses, and other vehicles. This camera model is fully compliant with EN50155 standards and meets all shock and vibration criteria set by EN50155. The camera is housed within a vandal- (IK10-rated) and weatherproof (IP67-rated) dome housing to withstand the harshest environmental conditions. The camera itself features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1080p Full HD video at 30 FPS and supports real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compression technologies to provide detailed footage whilst reducing file size and conserving network bandwidth. The wide-angle fixed lens and WDR Pro technology exponentially increases the camera's field of view and ability to capture minute details in extremely bright, extremely dark, or light-fluctuating environments. Therefore, the MD8562 Mobile Dome Network Camera is ideal for monitoring the mobile carriage spaces of the Skytrain system.

Safety and security are well ensured within the PMS
Sandy Huang, Product Manager at Plustek, stated “Since the deployment of the new surveillance system in August 2014, a tangible improvement in safety and security within the PMS can be well observed. The cameras installed in each of the train carriages operate seamlessly with the airport's network video recorder to produce detailed, unobstructed footage. Airport management praised VIVOTEK for the excellent quality of its cameras, anticipating future collaboration in enhancing the security of other sections of the airport.”

Stepping into new trends: Video surveillance in 2015

Stepping into new trends: Video surveillance in 2015

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 1/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A new year brings new trends. Many of the trends from 2014 have since turned into industry standards, such as HD resolution and IP surveillance; however, new ones have emerged to keep the security industry on its toes in 2015.

The Market at a Glance
In 2014, video surveillance accounted for approximately 53% of the total market share (US$13.5 billion) in terms of global physical security product sales, according to Memoori Business Intelligence. Double-digit growth has been the norm in the video surveillance market over the last decade, and analysts at IHS forecast similar growth in the new year, predicting more than 10% growth in 2015. Furthermore, Marketsandmarkets has predicted that the global video surveillance market will reach roughly $42.1 billion at a CAGR of 17% for the period 2014 to 2020, with the IP system market expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.5% during the same period. Rising crime rates, an increase in terror attacks, and growing security concerns all are contributing to this growth.

Who Reigns Supreme? IP vs. Analog
The move to IP is no longer so much a trend as it is simple fact: New installations are going IP and many analog users are upgrading to network-based solutions. With that said, does that mean that IP has finally taken over analog in video surveillance? The answer is yes and no. In terms of revenue, IP sales have surpassed analog sales; however, in terms of quantity, analog shipments still outnumber those of IP. This is poised to change, with analysts believing that IP shipments will take over analog by the end of the decade. Evidence of this shift can be seen in markets like Latin America where the overall market — one that is heavily focused on analog — is now leaning toward IP equipment for the first time (by supplier revenue), according to a report by IHS.

Asia Leads the Way
In the world of security, Asia has had a tendency to be a step behind when it comes to the most up-to-date technologies. In the coming years, though, APAC is forecast to be the fasting growing region for IP video surveillance globally at a CAGR of 44.3% during the period 2013 to 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research. The report also pointed out that North America is expected to experience the highest share in the IP video surveillance market by 2020, predicting that the continent would be the highest revenuegenerating segment with a value of about $19 billion in 2020. However, China is estimated to have been the largest regional market for video surveillance equipment, accounting for a third of global revenues in 2013.

Trends for the Growing Market
Along with growth come trends, trends that help drive growth and keep the market up-to-date with new and exciting technologies. In 2014, we saw IP surveillance become a norm and HD resolution become a standard. In the following, a&s explores a few of what we expect to be the most popular video surveillance trends for 2015.

High Efficiency Video Coding (H.265) One of the most important developments for 2015 will be that of high efficiency video coding (HVEC), also known as H.265, which directly relates to another trend: 4K resolution. HVEC will play a significant role in the feasibility of 4K in security applications. According to security experts, about 90% of surveillance products currently use HVEC's predecessor H.264 for compression. However, that is set to change. “Our outlook is that most future advancements in the market will focus on compression, as the megapixel market has evolved extremely quickly and the compression will need to advance nearly as quickly to meet the growing demand for higher resolution images. H.265 may be the answer to this as there is a tremendous amount of computational power required for the compression and decompression of these images that the industry is currently grappling with,” said Stephen Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products.

Pervasive use of H.265 has many implications for the security industry. With the ability to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264 at the same level of video quality, H.265 will greatly improve the usability of 4K in security applications. In fact, both Hisilicon and Ambarella introduced IP camera SoCs based on H.265 at the end of 2014 and widespread use of H.265 is expected within the security industry by the second quarter of 2015. This will in no doubt directly impact the adoption of 4K.

Finding Applications for 4K
The entrance of 4K resolution into the security industry was met with both curiosity and excitement. Similar to how HD was expected to be the new standard for image resolution when it was first introduced into the industry (which it since has become), many believe that 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) will eventually replace HD as the standard, and the availability of H.265 in security will be a catalyst to this; however, this change will not happen overnight. “4K will certainly be a trend to watch, though broad adoption will be problematic for the security industry at this point due to limitations on current camera form factor/lens combination, bandwidth, and storage constraints and the cost of the equipment versus the benefits or necessity of the additional resolution gained with the technology,” Carney said.

Despite the current limitations, many of the obstacles should soon be resolved. Aside from H.265 helping with data compression, the rapid rollout of 4G across the globe should assist in dealing with bandwidth problems, as well as better, improved accompanying hardware (e.g., lenses, monitors, etc.).

Bigger, Better Image Sensors
With the trend of 4K in 2015, along with the fact that HD has become the standard, bigger, better sensors are now needed to support such high-quality images. The trend toward increased value of total image quality will utilize large image sensors, the latest iris system, and high picture quality at near IR, said Koji Maunari, GM of the Industrial Optics Business Unit at Tamron. In fact, the image sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8%  from 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report by Marketsandmarkets. Not only are manufacturers coming out with bigger sensors, they are also adding special technologies to further enhance image quality, specifically designed for video surveillance use. Well-known sensor makers such as Aptina, Omivision, and Pixelplus are now pushing out larger image sensors, while companies such as Sony have come out with new sensor technology specifically addressing the needs of the video surveillance market. The new Starvis technology, a back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS sensors specifically designed for video surveillance, was released by Sony in mid-2014. The technology extends from the visible light range to include the near-infrared range to support filming at night, which is often a problem area for 24/7 outdoor surveillance in most CMOS cameras. The improved performance at night will help more extensive adoption of CMOS cameras in the near future. Additionally 4K sensors are also being developed. These new sensors can support up to 12 megapixels (4:3) and 4K (17:9), and even support 4K at up to 60 frames per second. Furthermore, with sensors now reaching 1/1.9 inches, even higher resolution and clearer images are possible.

HD-over-Coax Gets More Advanced
HD-over-coaxial solutions are not new to the security industry. In fact, IMS Research, an IHS company, named HD-over-coaxial solutions a trend for 2012; however, at that time the solution in question was more or less limited to HD-SDI, which turned out to be not nearly as cost-effective as the security industry had initially hoped. Yet, like with any technologies a little time has yielded new-and-improved solutions, and 2014 saw just that with the introduction of new HD-over-coaxial solutions. One of the major proponents of HD-over-coax is Dahua Technology, who came out with their HDCVI technology in late 2012. However, it is not until more recently, in the last year, that the industry has really seen HD-over-coaxial solutions take off, with many other companies coming up with their own technologies and solutions as well, such as AHD, ccHDtv, and HDTVI. HD-SDI has also evolved: The new generation has upgraded in long-distance transmission, and more importantly, has become more cost effective.

Despite the fact that the overall market is going digital, many definitely still see plenty of room for HD-over-coaxial solutions, noting acceptance of the technologies particularly in developing regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Renewed Life in Intelligent Video Solutions Intelligent functions have been touted for a while in security, but it isn't until more recently that they have been widely incorporated and desired in video surveillance. In fact, as of recent, a certain degree of analytics on the edge has become a standard feature for most IP cameras. From entry-level to high-end, cameras can now be differentiated by how “smart” they are. As part of this, video surveillance has proved capable of not just recording and reviewing, but preventing and analyzing. “The IP revolution has changed the surveillance cameras from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems after an incident has occurred to becoming a vital part of proactive intelligence chain. Network video cameras collect valuable data that can be analyzed and turned into actionable insights,” said Johan Paulsson, CTO of Axis Communications.

The idea of actionable intelligence is one reason intelligent video solutions are seeing an up surge in demand. “We [Verint] believe that actionable intelligence presents an opportunity for customer to implement solutions that enhance security and safety, while reducing operating costs and increasing productivity and efficiency,” said Brian Matthews, VP of Global Marketing and Product Development for Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

Another reason demand is growing is due to more developed technology. “Advancements in analytics should also not be ignored, as this segment of the market has progressed to where analytics are accepted as reliable, accurate, and part of the day-to-day operations of a large percentage of users. Some analytics, such as facial recognition, will definitely benefit from the higher resolution images and increasing levels of clarity as camera technology continues to progress,” Carney said.

The many benefits that intelligence brings to video surveillance, especially now that the technology is more reliable, are being realized across verticals. Certain verticals like retail have found particular use for intelligent video, where the data is being used for business intelligence. “Especially video content analysis solutions like Bosch's that do not only automatically trigger alarms on the basis of pre-defined alarm rules, but also enable the tracking of objects,” said Erika Gorge, Corporate Communications Manager at Bosch Security Systems. “This kind of intelligence can also be used to obtain information that goes beyond a pure security purpose such as marketing intelligence information on the scenes being under surveillance — for example number of people (people counting), movement of people, registering characteristics like color or crowd density information.”

Furthermore, we will also see a higher adoption of big data for multiple applications, such as smart cities, in 2015, where a smart surveillance camera with advanced VCA could definitely play an important role. We will see how VCA changes a surveillance camera into a content provider for big data.

There is a catch, though: Avigilon's recent acquisition of ObjectVideo's entire patent portfolio and licensing program. In the future, Avigilon will replace ObjectVideo as the patent holder to lead the future development of VCA technology, once again reshuffling the intelligence market. The impact this move will have on the security industry as a whole will be massive, and not necessarily in a good way — Avigilon now holds 124 US and international patents and 202 US and international patent applications as a result.

Integrated Systems Become a Must
In the past, integration of disparate systems has been a struggle for many users. With newer solutions, the ability to integrate is in high demand, and as such integration has become a focus for many security players.

“Integration has been talked about a long time — but as a user experience it has been less than ideal. You will soon see systems that deliver on that promise of a seamless user experience,” said David Gottlieb, Director of Global Marketing Communications at Honeywell Security. William Ku, VP of the Brand Business Division at VIVOTEK echoed confidence in the integration trend: “The full integration of disparate systems, including video surveillance, intrusion systems, perimeter detection, access control, and real-time intelligent analysis on data will be the trend in managing security in every vertical application since the security could be secured seamlessly and enable staff to respond to intrusion or threats in a short time and solve the events on-site in an effective way.”

The trend for more integrated systems is also what will help push IP growth forward, as the IP market has matured and entered into the late growth stage of its product life cycle. Yet, the low-end market still has significant potential for IP growth, as noted by Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.

In the middle and high-end markets, however, the trend for more integrated systems will continue to drive IP growth. “In the market for advanced solutions with high camera counts there is a significant opportunity to offer more advanced integrations with access control and other security applications,” he added. “Verint believes in and has realized increased demand for innovative, integrated solutions that combine situation management, communications, and cyber intelligence, and facilitate collaboration across security and law enforcement agencies. We believe that today's government organizations, institutions, and multinational corporations, in connection with safe city, border control, transportation security, critical infrastructure, and other large-scale security initiatives, are interested in and preparing to deploy unified security solutions that fuse data from a wide range of security systems and intelligence sources to enable efficient information correlation and analysis,” Matthews said.

Hope for 2015
A lot of major changes took place in 2014 that has in a way left a question mark hanging over the fate of the security industry — the Canon Europe acquisition of Milestone Systems, Anixter acquisition of Tri-Ed, and most recently the selling of Samsung Techwin to Hanwha Group. Yet, one thing is for certain: there will always be a need for security and video surveillance. This sentiment is what industry players are emphasizing when it comes to future growth of the security/ surveillance market. Development for the overall market may not be as rapid as it once was, but with the above trends helping to drive surveillance growth, as well as the continued growth of things like video surveillance as a service and cloud computing, there is definitely still upward hope for the future of video surveillance.

Avigilon provide HD security solutions to University of Phoenix Stadium

Avigilon provide HD security solutions to University of Phoenix Stadium

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 1/29/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that the University of Phoenix stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, AZ, has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution to monitor its campus and increase public safety. Home to the NFL Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, and many other large scale sporting and entertainment events, the stadium covers 1.7 million square feet spread across five different levels.

“Safety is a top priority at stadiums worldwide. Increased concerns about security threats are causing venues that host large, high-profile events to justifiably scrutinize their security practices,” said Bryan Schmode, chief operating officer, Avigilon. “The University of Phoenix Stadium is leading the way with its commitment to keeping its guests and facility secure. We are extremely proud to provide our solution to one of the most celebrated and visible sports stadiums in North America.”

The University of Phoenix Stadium, with its retractable roof and field, is unlike any other stadium in North America, and a marvel of design, engineering, and technology. This multi-purpose facility, which opened on August 1, 2006, has previously hosted several high-profile professional and college football events or “bowls” as well as numerous international soccer matches, headlining concerts, and trade/consumer shows. Other high-profile stadiums that use Avigilon’s security solutions include Target Field (home to the Minnesota Twins), Rogers Centre (home to the Toronto Blue Jays), and many others.

The University of Phoenix Stadium deployed the Avigilon solution to cover the entire seating bowl and field. In total, the project will add more than 200 Avigilon HD cameras to the facility. The seating bowl and field Avigilon are monitored by 16 Megapixel (MP) HD Pro cameras to provide clear visual detail and the ability to zoom in to select locations as necessary while Avigilon 2 MP HD PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras provide additional coverage. The system is managed by the award-winning Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, which enables stadium employees to operate all cameras and search through footage quickly and easily. The project is scheduled to be rolled out in four phases. In the next phase, the stadium will deploy Avigilon’s Access Control Manager (ACM) at additional entry points throughout the facility to ensure entrances and exits are controlled and secured. In addition, new 5 MP HD Bullet cameras will be added to the exterior of the building to monitor the stadium’s plaza. Together, ACC and ACM will provide a complete and efficient monitoring system for the entire stadium.

“We selected Avigilon for its quality products, the image clarity of its cameras, the solution’s ease of use, and because Avigilon delivers a complete end-to-end offering to meet our security needs,” said Peter Sullivan, general manager and regional vice president for Global Spectrum at the University of Phoenix Stadium. “As the host venue for the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX, we look forward to the confidence and security Avigilon will provide our facility and the guests who will be attending these great events.”

Dahua enhances video surveillance system for AB DNB Bank

Dahua enhances video surveillance system for AB DNB Bank

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/29/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

AB DNB Bank is part of Norway's largest financial services group that provides financial services to its customers in 19 countries worldwide. DNB stands for long-term relationship that creates value to its customers, employees, shareholders and society. In addition, the bank has one of the biggest branch networks in Lithuania which are 82 branches, and cooperated with SEB VILNIAUS BANKAS bank to operate the largest ATM network in Lithuania. AB DNB Bank is also the third largest bank in the country.

In order to safeguard customers, employees and assets, AB DNB bank decides to level up its security system, including its 26 branches throughout Lithuania. The project selected not only network cameras but also NVRs. Dahua'snetwork camerasfor AB DNB Bank include HD network (motorized) IR-bullet cameras and HD WDR network cameras in order to protect every corner of the bank.

Dahua network camera features high resolution of the camera images. It features better compression performance to transmit image data efficiently and to reduce storage requirements.

Among those IP Cameras, HDBW3300P, full HD vandal-proof network (IR) dome camera is IP66-rated weatherproofing and dust-proof which ensures the cameras can withstand even the harshest weather environments. Furthermore, IK10-rated vandal-proof can effectively prevent violent destruction.

The products are used in 26 branch offices of AB DNB Bank in Lithuania. Mainly upgrades the most important areas of the bank as desk, counter, lobby and ATMs etc.

With the most advanced technology, Dahua DH-NVR4216 Network NVR can provide high-quality video with 1080P real-time live view, so that the staffs can get access to the security status immediately in the surveillance center.

“Security in banking system requires the highest level solution among different verticals,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology.“Dahua's solution provides the specific features that bank requires, such as WDR, HD as well as real-time playback. With Dahua's video surveillance system, AB DNB Bankis capable of enhancing its security to provide a secured environment for the business and the employees,” Shen added.

Axis and CRR survey reveal Europe retail market to adopt IP video in 3 years

Axis and CRR survey reveal Europe retail market to adopt IP video in 3 years

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 1/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail – commissioned by Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video – over 60% of UK retailers are planning to adopt network IP in the next three years and nearly a third have adopted it already, up from a quarter in 2012.

Of the 278 UK retailers that responded, encompassing some 20,350 stores, the data showed that 92.8% currently use CCTV. Of these, 32.1% have already upgraded to network IP technology – representing a 2.5% rise in take up from the previous year's figures. This trend is even more pronounced across the wider northern European region, with 58.5% (weighted average) of analogue users now planning to switch to network IP – representing a significant increase of 17% on 2012 figures.

The survey, now in its fourth year, polled 2,200 retailers, and received 673 respondents from across northern Europe. The results of the survey are being presented today at the Retail Fraud Show in Leicester by Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications and Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR.

Reacting to the results, Atul commented: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail industry with the majority of UK retailers (60.3%) now planning to convert in the next three years, with over three quarters (77.1%) of those owning a retail estate of between 26 and 500 stores. This is therefore likely to be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard. Certainly for the UK, I believe that the migration to network IP has become the norm and it is no longer a question of ‘if' but ‘when' the technology will be adopted.

“The survey suggests that customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the moment, as nearly a quarter (24.2%) said that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft and a huge 80% of respondents cited prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main driver for the use of CCTV.

“The UK as a whole has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring and the country's retailers are no exception. 22% of those surveyed stated that the main benefit of CCTV was to reduce theft with an estimated average fall in loss of 15% - the highest prediction in northern Europe and up on the previous year. Couple this with the fact that 14% of respondents cite ‘quality of image' as an important driver for the use of network video – a 40% increase on the previous year – and it's clear to see that the high definition images that network video can offer, are critically important for retailers in driving down theft and improving safety.”

The survey also asked respondents about their attitudes toward potential future application systems and networks for digital surveillance, including non-security issues. Over a quarter (27%) cited ‘integration with business intelligence applications' as the main reason for adopting network IP – the highest in the UK and across northern Europe.

“High street stores are still the origin of most retail transactions but carry the highest overheads, so the need to reduce cost and complexity of in-store surveillance systems and, at the same time, ‘sweat the assets' further, is vital. This is where network IP really has the advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, to deliver a real return on investment.

“The use of cloud-based video systems has shown an increase in interest from UK retailers and so too has the interest around non-security applications. Nearly half (49.9%) of respondents were interested in queue management and people counting (49.2%) as new tools to improve both operational sales and marketing performance.

“As well as the rise of non-security applications, big data, cloud and mobile technologies are all trends that are impacting on the retail sector. As network video is an open platform solution and can seamlessly allow integration with these technologies, it can help to maximize the return on in-store video investment by extending its use beyond pure surveillance into a business optimization tool.”

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at CRR added: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector, a growing trend that is driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focussed analytics - two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies. It further suggests that retailers continue to appreciate the added benefits that an IP-based system can deliver which is evident in the high convergence rate each year.”

The ‘CCTV in Retail' survey was commissioned by global market leader in network video, Axis Communications and was run in conjunction with the Centre for Retail Research in Nottingham. Now in its fourth year, it surveyed 2,200 retailers both large and small from a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from retailers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The research was carried out by the CRR between July and August 2014 and follows similar Axis-commissioned surveys in 2013, 2012 and 2010.

Samsung Techwin bolsters Russian Post logistics center

Samsung Techwin bolsters Russian Post logistics center

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 1/28/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Russian Post has invested in a Samsung Techwin video surveillance solution for its logistics centre at Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow. Russian Post is the national postal operator for the Russian Federation. It employs 350,000 people and annually delivers over 2.4 billion postal items via air, rail and road across a territory that is in excess of 17 million square kilometres.

The 65,000² metres logistics centre is one of a number of major investments which Russian Post has recently made in its infrastructure as part of an efficiency drive and all mail arriving at any of Moscow's international airports is now processed at the Logistic Centre which has the capacity to handle up to 400,000 items per day.

Moscow based IT and engineering infrastructure specialists, BCC Company, were awarded the contract to design, supply and install a video surveillance system that would provide a valuable tool which managers could use to monitor 24/7 operational efficiency, as well as ensure a safe and secure working environment for all who work within the Logistic Centre.

“Whilst there is not an unlimited budget, the specification for the project was for cameras to be deployed that were able to capture identification grade images,” said Sergei Pushkin, Chief Project Engineer, BCC Company. “Ease of use was also an important factor as was the ability to record high quality images of any suspicious activity so that they could be used, if necessary, as evidence.”

After an extensive research and evaluation process, BCC Company decided to single source all the components of the video surveillance system from Samsung Techwin.

Phase one of the project has seen a total of 60 cameras installed, 45 of which are SCD-2080P varifocal true Day/Night dome cameras with IR cut filters, and six are SCD-2080Rs, which share the same feature set, but are also are equipped with built-in IR LEDs. Nine ‘all-in-one' SCO-2080RH bullet cameras have also been installed. These have been designed to withstand temperatures as low as -50°C or as high as +50°C, making them suitable for locations which may suffer from extreme weather conditions. Built-in IR LEDs allow the SCO-2080RH to deliver superb quality images of objects up to 50 metres, even in total darkness, and a twin glass front negates the problem suffered by many bullet cameras of light from the IR LEDs reflecting back into the lens as a result of dirt or water settling on the glass front.

The images captured by all the cameras are transmitted to a central control room where they can be viewed live on one of eight Samsung Techwin SMT-2231 high resolution monitors and simultaneously recorded on one of four SRD-1673D DVRs, each of which have a storage capacity of 1TB. The SRD-1673D utilises innovative 960H technology which allows it to record high resolution 650TV lines in real-time across all of its channels. This ensures that operators in the control room can view the best possible resolution live and recorded images from the SCD-2080P, SCD-2080R and SCO-2080RH cameras.

Phase two of the project will involve the installation of 28 additional cameras to ensure there are no blind spots within the Logistics Centre or surrounding areas.

“With the help of Samsung Techwin's technical support team, we were able to complete the installation and of the video surveillance system within seven days to the complete satisfaction of the client,” said Sergei Pushkin. “The system has proved to be very easy to operate and the client is confident that with the help of the high quality images captured by the Samsung Techwin cameras, their security personnel will be able to detect any criminal activity.”

Siqura helps Austrian highways upgrade video surveillance system

Siqura helps Austrian highways upgrade video surveillance system

Editor / Provider: Siqura | Updated: 1/28/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Asfinag is a publicly owned Austrian company responsible for a network of highways spanning more than 2,000 kilometers. In recent years, the company felt it was reaching the limits of what it could do with its existing video surveillance system. There was no uniformity in the way the storage system was organized, and crucial parts of the system's architecture no longer complied with modern security standards. Asfinag knew exactly what it wanted: a smart, user-friendly system that would embrace open standards while offering support for legacy protocols.

The solution
In collaboration with systems integrator Siemens, Siqura designed an end-to-end surveillance system based on ONVIF-compliant hardware. Part of Asfinag's 5,500 surveillance cameras were replaced, and new and existing analogue cameras were connected to a mix of Siqura's S-series video encoders. The S-series offers standardized H.264 video streaming and flexibility of wiring (Cat 5, optical fiber or coax). To make the most of AKUT, Asfinag's acoustic tunnel monitoring system, Siqura adapted its S-60 E video encoder. The tunnel sound picked up by AKUT can now be digitized and transferred to the control room for further analysis.

For Asfinag's most strategic locations, Siqura developed a new IP camera: the BC840-AID, a full-HD box camera capable of streaming two independent H.264/MJPEG video streams simultaneously. The BC840-AID continuously analyses the images it captures for unusual occurrences, such as stopped vehicles, pedestrians, lost cargo or smoke. As soon as an incident is detected, it automatically sends out an alert to one of Asfinag's control rooms.

By modifying existing components and complementing them with new technology, Siqura succeeded in delivering an economic solution that prepares Asfinag for future developments.

Mongolian bank fully covers 530 branches with QNAP security surveillance solution

Mongolian bank fully covers 530 branches with QNAP security surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

With over 530 branches throughout the country, Khan Bank is one of the largest commercial banks in Mongolia and provides banking services to an estimated 70% of Mongolian households. The Khan Bank was established in 1991 as the Agricultural Cooperative Bank in connection with the dissolution of the State Bank of Mongolia's monopoly. The Bank assumed most of the assets and businesses of the State Bank in rural Mongolia.

Each of Khan Bank's 530 branches handles large amount of transactions and customer enquiries every day. Khan Bank requires a reliable surveillance solution to safeguard their customers and staff in their branches and ATM areas. However, the existing CCTV system was insufficient for meeting their heavy surveillance recording requirements, and Khan Bank planned to improve the safety of their ATM centers by deploying network cameras to deter robberies and other criminal incidents. In the meantime, for bigger branches, Khan Bank planned to upgrade their storage appliances to networked storage devices.

Khan Bank decided to replace their analog CCTV systems with a digital surveillance solution and install 156 units of the QNAP VioStor VS-2104 Pro+ NVR, 98 units of the VS-2108L NVRs, and 20 units of the TS-469 Pro Turbo NAS in their branches and ATM areas. Khan Bank upgraded their surveillance infrastructure to an all-IP solution featuring network cameras.

“With QNAP VioStor NVR solutions, we can easily fulfill customer requirements through the compatibility between NVRs and selected network cameras” said the local system integrator. “The main purpose of this IP surveillance system is to access high-quality video feeds from megapixel network cameras deployed in banks and ATM areas.”

The three-stages of IP surveillance deployment starts from Khan Bank's central office to all branch banks in the capital city and then to the branches in rural areas. Based on branch scale, Khan Bank implements one VioStor NVR with four to eight network cameras to build up an IP surveillance system. With the Turbo NAS storage expansion solution, the VioStor NVR storage can be extended to meet the mandated data archiving period.

The VS-2104 Pro+ and the VS-2108L NVRs run stably, reliably and with enhanced compatibility & performance with Khan Bank's chosen cameras. After easily deploying and configuring the standalone VioStor NVRs, Khan Bank saved a great deal on system maintenance and technical consultation fees and whenever they have questions or need technical support, QNAP Security's responsive and knowledgeable customer service team is always available to assist them. Additional savings were incurred with the VioStor NVR's smart recording mode that records standard-resolution videos during normal events and high-resolution videos only when notable events occur or alarms are triggered - effectively reducing costs as additional hard drives are unnecessary. In addition to the above benefits, Khan Bank has made plans for the next stage of their surveillance system, where they will install the VioStor CMS turnkey solution and will be able to manage NVRs, cameras and events easily and efficiently.

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