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CompoSec – the key to differentiate your product from component design

CompoSec – the key to differentiate your product from component design

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/24/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

CompoSec Forum, one of the four concurrent events at Secutech, is an exclusive platform designed for component suppliers to present cutting-edge technologies, solutions, and latest products to security insiders. Held alongside with the show, CompoSec Forum 2015 will take place on the first and second day with 12 sessions at Room 404, featuring 3 trending topics: IP Ultra HD Solutions; Storage Management for Video; Ultra HD Digital Video Design.

On 28 April, representative from LILIN will kick off the forum by discussing new trends regarding H.265, 4K codec designs for IP cameras and NVR. Other sessions covering CMOS design, noise and heat reduction, CPU benchmark and efficiency, ISP and lens selection for fisheye cameras will be presented by big names such as EYENIX and Toshiba.

The second day of the forum will be focusing on Storage Management for NVR and Ultra HD Digital Video Design. Experts from top providers, namely Toshiba, Western Digital, EMC, ITE, Ubiquity, and Dahua, will share their ideas about hard disk products (especially those related to mega storage and encrypted storage), cloud storage, HD-over-coaxial, and ccHDtv for surveillance systems.

To register and see the full agenda, please go to:
http://www.composec.com/15/en/seminar_register.aspx?ff=30

 

GDSF Asia: A place to upgrade your knowledge on security solutions

GDSF Asia: A place to upgrade your knowledge on security solutions

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Focusing on the latest solutions and applications in both commercial and public sectors, GDSF Asia 2015 is expected to spark discussions and innovations in the field. Located at R400, the event will take place throughout the first and the second days of Secutech with 10 sessions in total, featuring speakers from global security big names as well as premium solution providers from Asia.

Speakers on the first day (28th April) includes Panasonic, VIVOTEK, and FLIR, presenting their latest product and system innovation. Sessions on the Day 2 (29th April) will be focusing on the latest applications and case studies on banking, retail, city surveillance and transportation sectors. Speakers include representatives from Milestone, Pacom, and VMSOFT.

For more details, please check the agenda and register online at:
http://www.secutech.com/15/en/seminar_register.aspx?ff=3

 

What kinds of projects need ccHDtv only?

What kinds of projects need ccHDtv only?

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/17/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

ccHDtv can be the only solution in some special occasions. For example, “If you want to have over 16 daisy-chain surveillance cameras on one coaxial cable, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have a coaxial cable that is over 1,000-meters long in your installation site and you wish to use it to carry multiple full HD video, with 1080p at 30 frames per second, ccHDtv is the only solution. If your installation has room for only one coaxial cable but you want video, audio, control, and power simultaneously, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have very poor cabling but you still want crystal clear HD video, ccHDtv is the only solution,” H.Y. Lin, President of ITE Technologies emphasized.

 

Current ccHDtv Projects at a Glance

1. A molding factory in China uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 250 meters. The ccHDtv system provides better image quality, compared to IP video surveillance, with long-distance transmission.

2. A mechanical parts factory in China uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 150 meters to replace its existing analog system.

3. A commercial building in Taiwan uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 100 meters. 16 ccHDtv cameras are connected with four coaxial cables to replace its existing IP video surveillance system

4. An elementary school in Los Angeles, U.S., uses 12 ccHDtv cameras with 120-meter transmission distance. This is a new project with 12 ccHDtv cameras connected into one coaxial cable.

5. Bank of Shanghai in China uses 12 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a 120-meter transmission distance. Based on its existing analog video surveillance system, the bank added 12 extra ccHDtv cameras.

 

ccHDtv Cameras Connected in Different Types of Topologies

       

       

       

       

 

 

Unifying ccHDtv Suppliers Through an Alliance
With ccHDtv technologies and products getting more mature, ITE is also able to include more partners and suppliers of ccHDtv products. The company, then, established the ccHDtv Alliance this January to consolidate its marketing and sales strategies. ccHDtv standards and specifications were first announced to the market in Nov. 2012. Now, the company has over 10 qualified Taiwanese manufacturers that have adopted these specifications to develop their individual product series. “ITE provides allied companies with full support and services, including tests, certificates, and system integration, to help them manufacture a next-generation HD digital surveillance system with high quality and efficiency,” said Lin. Through the alliance, ITE hopes to bring ccHDtv to another new level, by collaborating and consolidating the resources from all the members, especially when exploring international markets.

ccHDtv now is still in the early technology introduction phase of its product life cycle. It needs more partnerships from security suppliers and recognition from global systems integrators in order to expand its market shares. ccHDtv provides systems integrators another option when implementing a video surveillance project, which is especially beneficial for both sales channels and end users alike. With this, we hope to see a significant growth for ccHDtv in the near future.

 

 

               

What makes ccHDtv unique is its “transmission technology,” according to Lin. Based on DTV technology, ccHDtv uses COFDM and radio frequency (RF) transmission technologies, which bring many benefits to the whole system, such as high noise resistance and bandwidth. He further explained that current IP video surveillance system use TCP/IP transmission technologies to transmit digital signals over Ethernet cables. Therefore, an IP video surveillance system usually has image latency problems. It goes without saying that these problems might get worse when transmitting 4K video. However, ccHDtv is different from IP because of the COFDM and RF transmission technologies...... Read On

ITE presents ccHDtv: future-proof technology for video surveillance

ITE presents ccHDtv: future-proof technology for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/17/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

4K resolution video coupled with advanced analytics is more than just buzz words — it will eventually become a future standard for security. In the meantime, thanks to the increasing adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in different industries, more and more high-quality video will be put on the Internet. Then, data storage and transmissions will soon become a major issue for a video surveillance system. H.Y. Lin, President of ITE Technologies, a well-known IC design company and the solution provider of ccHDtv, further emphasized, “The solution which is able to stand out in transmission technologies will define the best video surveillance system in the future.”

The company, therefore, invented the ccHDtv solution to address future transmission problems in a video surveillance system. ccHDtv is an industry-first, pure digital HD video surveillance solution, based on DTV (Digital TV) technology, and is able to transmit video and audio data over coaxial cables. ccHDtv leverages the AV transmission capability of DTV technology, featuring high noise resistance and high bandwidth, so it can easily overcome some common transmission challenges of current IP video surveillance and analog technologies.

Unique Transmission Technologies
What makes ccHDtv unique is its “transmission technology,” according to Lin. Based on DTV technology, ccHDtv uses COFDM and radio frequency (RF) transmission technologies, which bring many benefits to the whole system, such as high noise resistance and bandwidth. He further explained that current IP video surveillance system use TCP/IP transmission technologies to transmit digital signals over Ethernet cables. Therefore, an IP video surveillance system usually has image latency problems. It goes without saying that these problems might get worse when transmitting 4K video. However, ccHDtv is different from IP because of the COFDM and RF transmission technologies, which are able to provide high bandwidth at 31.6Mb/s per channel. Using one single coaxial cable, ccHDtv can connect 16 to 32 cameras in total and transmit signals between 500 meters and one kilometer without using amplifiers or repeaters. Most importantly, “ccHDtv is the one of the kind solution that can transmit 4K video simultaneously via multiple channels,” Lin highlighted.

Furthermore, because ccHDtv is a pure digital HD technology it can deliver superior image quality and high noise resistance, regardless of the quality of coaxial cables and the limitation of a 200-meter transmission distance, compared to other HD-over-coax solutions. Because most HD-over-coaxial technologies are analog based, they might encounter problems with bad image quality as the legacy coaxial cables age or image distortion when transmitting more than 200 meters, according to Lin. He also noted that re-cabling may cause hefty fees and problems in public safety, so users of HD analog products might need to take precautions of its future expansion. Instead, ccHDtv gives users ease of mind in the usage of coaxial cables.

Flexibility and Cost Effectiveness for Project Implementation
Due to ccHDtv's unique transmission technologies and the above-mentioned advantages, ccHDtv is suitable for middle- to large-scale projects. Lin further explained, “For a new-installation project, we hope to provide an alternative digital solution, besides IP. What ccHDtv focuses on is the project within eight to 16 cameras. In such a project scale, using ccHDtv system is very cost-effective in terms of the total cost of ownership, compared with using a total IP video surveillance system.” Again, using one single coaxial cable to connect multiple cameras saves high cost in cabling, and could be even more beneficial to a retrofit project, too.

On the other hand, ccHDtv could also be a complement for an existing IP video surveillance project too. According to the company, if the end users would like to expand their installation base, they can choose the ccHDtv solution. By using a ccHDtv ONVIF-compatible gateway, it can connect to their existing back-end IP systems, such as NVRs or CMS systems. “From our company's point of view, the system which utilizes both IP and ccHDtv technologies should be regarded as the most robust surveillance system. We should not put everything on the Internet, since it might cause problems in transmission and also bring future cyber security concerns. With this system, we provide a new concept of ‘IoT' and guarantee high performance and efficiency for a video surveillance system,” Lin explained.

Unique Selling Propositions for Projects
ccHDtv provides the security industry an alternative HD video surveillance solution, in addition to IP and analog technologies. However, what might intrigue systems integrators and installers the most might be its business potential. Lin explained that the security industry is now facing a major problem due to product standardization, which results in price competition and then low profit margin, even though the global market demand for security products is still increasing every year. In light of that, “since ccHDtv is so unique in its transmission technologies, we [ITE] ensure ccHDtv can provide systems integrators unique technologies for a project and most importantly, good profit margin,” said Lin.

In addition, particularly for some traditional “CCTV” installers, ccHDtv makes it very easy to install a camera without complex set-up procedures and cabling. So, even for an installer, who doesn't know much about network, they can still easily install ccHDtv products. “ccHDtv is a DTV technology, so it is very similar to a plug-and-play solution and provides a very flexible and cost-effective method to deploy a video surveillance system, which totally changes the mind-set of current project installation,” Lin emphasized.

This year, ccHDtv products are ready for market, with cameras, DVRs, gateways, and other accessories. “We will start the international marketing this year, targeting European market and then U.S., and Japan, who are the early adopters of DTV technologies in the world. We think those countries have a better understanding about DTV; therefore, ccHDtv would have a better opportunity there,” he added.

What Kinds of Projects Need ccHDtv Only?
ccHDtv can be the only solution in some special occasions. For example, “If you want to have over 16 daisy-chain surveillance cameras on one coaxial cable, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have a coaxial cable that is over 1,000-meters ....... Read On

Honeywell expands performance series IP NVR range with 8 and 16-channel models

Honeywell expands performance series IP NVR range with 8 and 16-channel models

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 4/16/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell expanded its range of Performance Series IP embedded network video recorders (NVRs), giving customers more flexibility when designing customised IP video systems. Now available in eight or 16 channel models, the embedded NVRs are compatible with Honeywell's equIP Series and Performance Series IP cameras, broadening options for IP-based surveillance systems.

In addition to the eight and 16 channel models, the Performance Series IP range of embedded NVRs includes four-channel NVRs available in bundled kits with four ball or bullet style high-definition
1080p IP cameras.

“Making the transition to IP cameras doesn't have to be a big hassle – or a big burden on customers' wallets,” said Uli Hopfstock, product manager EMEA, Honeywell Security Group. “Our range of embedded NVRs enables security installers to provide high-definition IP video surveillance solutions tailored to customers' unique channel capacity needs at a cost-effective price point.”

Customers can select from a wide range of IP cameras, including Honeywell's recently released equIP Series S range of cameras – featuring pancake, indoor dome, rugged dome, bullet and box cameras ranging from 720p to 5 MP – as well as the Performance Series 1080p IP ball and bullet cameras.

An intuitive setup wizard and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) plug-and-play functionality reduces system installation time and costs. Customers can tailor the amount of video captured and retained by adding up to eight terabytes of internal storage. The NVRs can be programmed to send automatic email alerts when the system detects motion, network failures, alarm inputs and tampering. Apple and Android mobile apps allow business owners to view video from web-enabled

In addition to the eight and 16 channel models, the Performance Series IP range of embedded NVRs includes four-channel NVRs available in bundled kits with four ball or bullet style high-definition 1080p IP cameras. The full range of Performance Series IP embedded NVRs are available through security Distributors throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Honeywell security solutions chosen to secure Groupama's Noisy-Le-Grand premises

Honeywell security solutions chosen to secure Groupama's Noisy-Le-Grand premises

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 4/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The customer
Groupama is one of the largest mutual insurance groups in France providing insurance, banking and other services in 11 countries. Activeille is a subsidiary of Groupama focussing on the protection and remote monitoring of property and people since the 1990s. Activeille's services are APSAD certified, and include risk assessment as well as security system installation for Group members and customers. In 2011, under the direction of Activeille, Groupama decided to upgrade its security system at the Noisy-Le-Grand site located in Ile-de-France. Honeywell's video protection and intrusion detection solutions were chosen to secure the 40,000 square metre site. Christophe Pillet, key-account sales manager at Activeille, and Group security expert was appointed to oversee each stage of the project.

The situation
Built in the 1970s, the Groupama offices at Noisy-Le-Grand are spread across two buildings including 8 floors and 3 basements within which are offices, kitchens, and other facilities.

In addition to close to one thousand people accessing the Groupama buildings daily, the site is located adjacent to “Les Arcades” shopping centre and shares public access via an esplanade located between the two Groupama buildings which is also accessible to the centre's 12.5 million annual visitors. So risk on this site is therefore twofold; firstly with Groupama employees and customers and, secondly with the general public eager to access the shopping centre's retail space.

In 2011, Groupama recognised that its incumbent security system had become obsolete and no longer met the security standards required for this type of site. Activeille recommended that the entire security system be modernised. "We had to completely rethink the security system on the site, while adhering to APSAD certification standards. We had no video surveillance system, only an intrusion detection system. We wanted to put in place a comprehensive solution that would allow us to see the entire site," explains Christophe Pillet.

The solution
Implementation of the new security system was subject to a preliminary assessment carried out by Activeille, taking into account Groupama's needs and the specific requirements of the site. Following this assessment, the project was put out to tender. The solution had to allow the integration of video surveillance with the intruder detection system. Christophe Pillet explains why Honeywell's integrated solution was selected - "With the buildings being relatively large, we had to find technology that enabled us to secure all the premises while limiting the number of security guards required. The Honeywell solution allowed us to respond to all these challenges by combining the integrated intruder detection and access control system - Galaxy® Dimension with Network Video Recorders (NVRs) from the Honeywell Fusion range.”

The advantages
* Optimal security across the entire site
Given the surface area, location and multi-site infrastructure, Activeille had certain requirements for the security system. It required a solution that would provide remote, centralised management from security posts and also respond to the needs of the security team to improve their safety and increase their autonomy, particularly at night when the number of guards would be reduced. Activeille therefore installed the Galaxy Dimension integrated intruder detection and access control solution covering over two hundred zones and six Fusion NRVs at two control centres. The recorders manage eighty IP cameras, including two PTZ domes. Security guards can now monitor areas remotely from PC screens, which reduces the number of physical interventions required alone on site, thereby improving their safety and saving time. "The security system is like a second person", reports one of the site's security guards. Christophe Pillet adds "The intruder detection system is integrated with the video surveillance system, so when triggered, verification images are sent directly to the control centre, making it possible to manage the situation quickly, securely and effectively."

* A comprehensive security solution able to provide large-scale customisation
The Honeywell intruder-detection system makes it possible to define autonomous groups. "On this site we have identified up to 16 groups, enabling us to programme and set the alarm in specific areas of the building at certain times, while keeping other areas operational. The security system is operational 24/7 depending on which parts of the building are occupied. As an example, when the company's restaurant is closed, the intruder alarm is automatically activated. “This unique, integrated solution is really easy to use, programme and activate", explains Christophe Pillet.

*A reliable and certified security system
The new security system has been designed to be APSAD R81 certified, facilitated by the NF&A2P 3-shield certified Honeywell Galaxy Dimension solution. APSAD R81 is an installation regulation that defines minimal technical requirements and methods for implementing automatic detection systems designed to detect and alert to the approach, penetration and/or movement of an intruder in monitored areas. "To do this, we have fitted access control modules and motion sensors on the main entrances and emergency exits to provide two levels of detection. In the event of an alarm, the access control module will trigger the cameras. Hence video surveillance is in place, where cameras are automatically triggered to film the monitored area using cameras corresponding to the entrance in question. We can thereby verify the source and cause of an alarm quickly and easily. The risk of false alarms is reduced and the reliability of the system reinforced", explains Christophe Pillet.

Christophe Pillet concludes, "the implementation of this Honeywell system has allowed us to fully secure the entire site and all staff, as well as shopping centre customers who frequently use the esplanade, an area monitored by Activeille. Installing security cameras in this location has significantly reduced cases of vandalism and damage. We have expanded the Honeywell solution to other Group buildings, using the Galaxy® Dimension integrated intruder detection and access control solution and for video surveillance with Honeywell's Fusion NVRs and IP cameras. We also offer Honeywell solutions to our clients. For businesses with complex sites, we install the same system, while for residential properties and small businesses, we recommend Honeywell's Domonial wireless intruder alarm solution.”

* A partner of choice
Groupama is one of the largest mutual insurance groups in France. Launched in the early 1990s, Activeille is a subsidiary of Groupama specialising in the remote monitoring of property and premises. Activeille services are APSAD certified (APSAD R81 for intrusion detection systems, R82 for video protection systems and P3 for remote monitoring), and include risk assessment as well as security system installation (intrusion detection, video protection and access control systems, remote monitoring and verification services, alarm intervention and security-guard services etc.) for Group members and customers. It carries out its activity in partnership with a large network of security installation companies throughout France. Designed for businesses, local authorities and professionals, Activeille offers customised security installation with the option to purchase or lease surveillance equipment, as well as remote monitoring solutions (24/7) including alarm attendance and maintenance services. The company has 40,000 customers using its remote monitoring services to protect their homes and business premises. The company provides remote management services for intruder detection, deterrence and alarms, as well as home monitoring and intervention at the location of the incident.

The products
* Galaxy Dimension integrated intruder alarm and access control solution
* Fusion Network Video Recorders
* IP Dome video cameras

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/15/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station is an open IP-based door station for two-way communication, high-definition video and remote entry control. It is an ideal complement to any surveillance installation and offers new levels of security for effective identification and entry control.

Axis has a proven track record of bringing product innovation to the security and surveillance market. With AXIS A8004-VE we will provide our customers with an easy to install video door station that extends the capabilities of the security system. AXIS A8004-VE allows our customers to quickly and easily identify and communicate with persons at the door and securely let them in. This is a perfect complement to any surveillance system and as easy to install as any network camera,” said Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis Communications.

AXIS A8004-VE is a weather- and vandal-proof video door station suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. The door station comes with a high-performing intercom function that provides clear and echo-free two-way speech with visitors and an integrated HDTV camera with WDR and excellent low-light performance. The unit offers reliable 24/7 identification of visitors even in the most challenging environments. Power over Ethernet allows for installation with a single network cable and provides sufficient power to support and control most standard door locks directly from the unit.

For small- to mid-sized installations, such as retail stores and offices, AXIS A8004-VE will help improve security of the premises and simplify everyday operations. The door station makes it possible to communicate and identify visitors and enables remote entry control from an IP-desk phone, a mobile device or directly in a Video Managment System (VMS).

For enterprise installations, such as airports or larger industries where integration of different systems such as video surveillance, access control, IP telephony are needed, AXIS A8004-VE is based on open standards and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). By being fully compliant with ONVIF, VAPIX and SIP the product is easy to integrate with other systems. This enables Axis' Application Development Partners to provide solutions that meet specific customer requirements.

“Genetec's vision to offer customers a holistic approach to security management that includes video surveillance, access control and SIP-based communications through our Security Center software, coupled with the seamless integration of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station, will ensure end users attain a greater level of situational awareness. Not only will they be able to respond to incoming calls while viewing live video from AXIS A8004-VE, but they will also be able to take action from a single unified interface, such as unlocking a door or locking down a facility” said Jimmy Palatsoukas Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Genetec.

The product will be supported in AXIS Camera Station 4.20 planned for launch in May and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS). Video management software from Axis' Application Development Partners such as Aimetis, Genetec, Honeywell, Milestone and SeeTec will have full support for AXIS A8004-VE.

Further features of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station include:
* Acoustic echo cancelation and noise reduction
* Multiple inputs and outputs for remote control of doors-locks and other equipment
* Support for third party mobile application for identification and remote entry

AXIS A8004-VE will be available through Axis' distribution channels in May.

VIVOTEK and Genetec announce strategic cooperation supporting Stratocast Cloud Platform and H.265 codec

VIVOTEK and Genetec announce strategic cooperation supporting Stratocast Cloud Platform and H.265 codec

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/15/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Along with continued growth and the expansion of surveillance applications, the demand for more efficient, intelligent and cost-effective surveillance systems keeps increasing. Committed to delivering the most advanced surveillance solutions to its valued global customers, VIVOTEK, the world leading network camera brand, has forged a strategic cooperation with Genetec, a global unified IP security solutions provider. VIVOTEK is announcing this week the integration of its cameras to support Stratocast, Genetec's cloud-based video surveillance service, and upcoming support for its H.265 cameras in Genetec Security Center.

Stratocast enables customers to rapidly deploy a reliable and easy-to-use video surveillance system that avoids the complexity of managing on-premises hardware by securely recording video in the cloud. Small-and-medium sized businesses (SMBs) can take advantage of VIVOTEK cameras and Stratocast to deploy a highly affordable and convenient cloud-based video surveillance system that they can access from any internet-enabled device. With the integration expected to become available in summer 2015, VIVOTEK will also develop a “Stratocast VADP package” for VIVOTEK IP Cameras through the Open Platform System VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP) to ensure a rapid and seamless system setup.

As demand for higher resolution and clearer video quality grows, H.265, the high efficiency video codec technology, continues to drive market interest. Today, H.264, the predecessor of H.265, is the accepted standard codec used by most security manufacturers. With the release of new H.265-compatible equipment, end-users will be able to benefit from reduced bandwidth through greater video compression. Acutely aware of these advances, VIVOTEK has allocated considerable R&D resources into equipping its network cameras with H.265 over the past year.

VIVOTEK is working in collaboration with Genetec to develop integration for its H.265 cameras to ensure performance and compatibility in Genetec Security Center. By adopting H.265, VIVOTEK and Genetec end-users can enjoy a lower total cost of ownership due to the high image compression rate and low storage consumption.

“We are excited that our Stratocast cloud-based video surveillance service customers will now have an expanded choice of network cameras from VIVOTEK,” said Francis Lachance, Director of Product Management, Genetec. “In addition, our strategic alliance to develop and support the H.265 codec with VIVOTEK cameras will allow Security Center enterprise customers to benefit from this new compression format for reduced bandwidth and improved video quality,” added Lachance.

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK said: “We are delighted to have the strategic cooperation with Genetec on the Stratocast cloud service and H.265 support, which undoubtedly strengthens our competitiveness in the market and provides our valued customers with more comprehensive and united solutions under such a competitive and connected market environment. VIVOTEK, is already known for superior image processing capability, and “will keep on working closely with our software partners to explore more innovative and advanced solutions to make our world safer and indeed better.”

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Editor / Provider: SONY | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Sony is adding 4K imaging to its line of security technologies, with the new SNC-VM772R camera. The new model combines the enhanced resolution of 4K with low-light sensitivity leveraging 1.0 type back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, bandwidth optimization features, and intelligent scene capture capability to adopt the best picture quality, ideal for city surveillance, transportation, railway, traffic monitoring and airport surveillance applications.

4K technology gives security users the ability to capture content at four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p). With the exceptional detail provided by 4K technology, security professionals can expand their wide area surveillance and still capture, magnify and examine the smallest parts of a scene like a face or a car license plate number – all with a single camera. TheSNC-VM772R camera combines these benefits with enhanced visibility, reduced total system costs and flexible and easy installation.

"4K is the new video security standard," said Katsunori Yamanouchi, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "But 4K imaging is about more than just increased resolution. It's also expanding the application potential of security cameras and helping to transform security and surveillance. The increased resolution covers a larger area, improving situational awareness and ensuring nothing is missed. These benefits help security professionals reduce installation and operating costs as fewer cameras are needed for specific areas."

The introduction of the SNC-VM772R to the security industry extends Sony's 4K leadership in the broadcast and production industries, where Sony's 4K cameras are shooting blockbuster movies, popular television shows and major sporting events. Sony's 4K digital cinema projectors are in movie theaters worldwide and Sony's 4K TVs bring content to consumers.

Sony has developed several unique technologies to overcome the challenges of 4K cameras in the market: improving visibility and light sensitivity while reducing the amount of bandwidth needed to handle large 4K files.

Low-light Sensitivity
Higher-resolution imaging has traditionally come at the expense of low-light sensitivity. The new SNC-VM772R uses a 1.0 type 20MP Exmor R sensor and is capable of 0.1 lx sensitivity for clear image capture in light and dark conditions.

A back-lit structure doubles the camera's light sensitivity and a built-in infrared (IR) light source which enhances low-light use and nighttime shooting with visibility at longer distances.

In wide area coverage, various lighting conditions exist during the day and night. SNC-VM772R also has 90dB wide dynamic range and 30fps to deliver clear, sharp images for better visibility and recognition.

Finally, a 2.9-times motorized zoom lens is matched to the image sensor to maximize video resolution. The lens features optical image stabilization and helps capture images with low distortion.

Flexible settings and optimized streaming
The new camera uses Sony's unique bandwidth optimization technologies so users can customize streaming settings and the camera's operation.

An Intelligent Coding feature reduces storage and bandwidth consumption by adopting different compression depending on the area of interest. Intelligent Cropping and Multi-Tracking show an overview of an area and allows for “region of interest” selection of up to a maximum four areas at a time, so users can select only the portion of an image they want to see in 4K resolution, while also streaming a scaled full HD image. This results in 50 percent less bandwidth consumption by reducing the amount of video transmitted in 4K resolution, and makes wide area monitoring more effective and targeted.

Intelligent Cropping has two patterns for selecting the size and number of areas, and also employs two modes: Static, to view multiple fixed areas in one scene; and Dynamic, to detect moving objects.

Evidence Shot lets users see critical moments in the camera's highest resolution of 20MP in still shot mode, which is 2.4 times more pixel resolution of 4K. Alarms can be sent with Video Motion Detection for specified scenes.

Wide selections for setting best images
The Intelligent Scene Capture function automatically adjusts and adapts picture quality (brightness and color) depending on time, weather and lighting conditions. The SNC-VM772R camera also allows users to customize picture parameter presets for the best settings between day/night and multiple picture configurations can be saved and switched either manually (using the Picture Profile mode) or according to schedule (Picture Profile Scheduler).


The new SNC-VM772R is planned to be available in the third quarter of 2015. It will be supported by major VMS providers, including AxxonSoft, Exacq Technologies, Genetec Inc., Genius Vision Digital Inc., Lenel Systems International, Inc., Milestone Systems, NICE Systems, NUUO Inc., On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., SeeTec AG and Verint Systems Inc.

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is delighted to announce that the integration of AxxonSoft's video content analysis “AnalyticVideo Tracker” function with the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP) has been successfully completed. Designed for tracking objects by characteristics, the “AnalyticVideo Tracker” can identify various types of objects (individual people, groups of people, or vehicles) and transmit the detected information, i.e. metadata to AxxonSoft's video management software (VMS), Axxon Next, and Axxon Intellect Enterprise for further analysis and reporting.

In early 2014, in order to expand its cameras' benefits and create further added-value for customers, VIVOTEK introduced VIVOTEK VADP, an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Using this advanced but flexible platform, video content analysis functions like object counting, line detection, field detection, face detection, heat map, and so on can be directly installed onto VIVOTEK cameras. Now, the integration of VIVOTEK VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker allows the direct execution of object-tracking at front-end VIVOTEK network cameras, enabling a drastic decrease of CPU loading at the back-end server and creating greater efficiency across the entire surveillance system.

Murat Altuev, President of AxxonSoft said, “This successful integration is absolutely an outstanding achievement. Our customers can now enjoy effective and efficient video content analysis without increasing the back-end CPU loading and sacrificing the performance of their surveillance. Thanks to VIVOTEK, together we are able to provide our customers with a smart solution, maintaining stability and agility while providing advanced analytics of video content.”

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK said: “We're delighted to see this great integration of our VADP with AxxonSoft's video content analysis functions. The realization of in-camera video content analysis and the seamless interoperability between our VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker certainly fulfills our ongoing goal of bringing substantial benefits to our valued customers worldwide.”

The successful integration of VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker will be demonstrated live using VIVOTEK's MD8531H mobile dome network camera from April 13-16 in Moscow at MIPS 2015, an international exhibition for the security and fire safety industry. Come visit the VIVOTEK booth and find out more information about this and other exciting developments.

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