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OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

Editor / Provider: OPTEX | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The site
Cove Properties, one of Canada's luxury condo (condominium) builders had a large construction site located in Northern Canada to secure. The site is exposed to very harsh weather conditions and a very short amount of daylight during the winter months.

The challenge
Many developers and construction companies build throughout the year and are forced to battle different weather conditions including rain, sleet, snow and extreme cold. They also face the problem of theft and vandalism; theft of tools, machinery, new materials and scrap material costs contractors millions of dollars per year and leads to higher insurance premiums and potentially months of delays.

To avoid the major ramifications of construction site theft, Cove Properties turned to 2020 Digital Security Solutions of Alberta, Canada for help. Cove's requirements included a mobile solution capable of wireless communication that could be moved from site to site with surveillance, motion detection, lighting and remote monitoring capabilities. In addition, it had to survive the harsh outdoor elements of Northern Canada. .

The solution
2020 Digital Security Solutions found the perfect solution in PowerSentry by Mobile Pro Systems. The PowerSentry is a self-sufficient temporary or permanent surveillance solution, built as a ‘power platform' to power any security, communications and/or network equipment. In this instance the platform is powering 6 REDSCAN laser scanners from Optex which protect the perimeter and the inside of the site, two 8,000 lumen LED flood lights motion triggered by the REDSCANs, 2 fixed cameras used in conjunction with Milestone VMS platform for visual verification and event response; and finally a horn/speaker control.

“Despite abnormal cold temperatures, the systems are working great and we haven't had a system go down at all,” said Gene Telfer, president of 2020 DSS.

Axis celebrates 30th anniversary with a string of events

Axis celebrates 30th anniversary with a string of events

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1984 in Lund, Sweden, Axis has developed innovative products, solutions, and technologies throughout its history. By constantly staying on technology's edge, Axis is the global market leader in network video and continues to drive industry innovation by launching pioneering products and solutions.

Axis is constantly developing and revitalizing itself as a company—a critical success factor that explains the company's growth. Martin Gren, Mikael Karlsson, and Keith Bloodworth founded Axis in 1984. Then, the company developed and sold network printing solutions. A strategic shift and launch of the world's first network-based surveillance camera laid the foundation for the Axis of today: a global market leader in network video, whose intelligent security solutions enable a smarter, safer world.

“We're very proud of everything we've accomplished during these past 30 years,” says Ray Mauritsson, president, Axis Communications. “Our success is based on a combination of innovative products and solutions, a global network of loyal partners, and a dedicated team.”

Axis is the global supplier with more than 1,600 employees in more than 40 countries and 65,000 partners in 179 countries. In 2013, sales climbed to SEK 4,717 million; growth reached 17%.

Continuous information and capabilities sharing with its partners has been a key part of Axis' role as industry leader. The Axis Communications Academy is one example. Since 2005, more than 35,000 persons have gone through the partner training program and learned about the advantages of network video.

Entrepreneurial spirit and commitment—key success factors— characterize the Axis corporate culture. Spirit and commitment drive Axis' development of the network video market and enable the company to stay ahead of the industry with its sights set on continued growth. Axis encourages new ideas and visionary thinking so that its employees together can create the best, possible customer and partner solutions.

Axis invests extensively in research and development (R&D)—to ensure innovative product and solution developments for a smarter, safer world. In 2013, the company invested 15% of revenue in R&D. Axis employs more than 500 engineers worldwide. For 2014, the company's strategy is to continue recruitment for R&D, sales and marketing.

Axis' 30th anniversary will be celebrated around the globe with various partner events as well as internal activities for the employees.

Statue of Liberty upgrades video surveillance with Milestone

Statue of Liberty upgrades video surveillance with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Total Recall, a video-centric security technology provider specializing in surveillance solutions, has brought together 9 state-of-the-art technology vendors to deliver an award-winning IP-based, digital video surveillance solution used by the U.S. Park Police, National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) to enhance public safety and improve operational efficiencies at the recently renovated Statue of Liberty National Monument and Liberty Island.

The high-profile project kicked off 2014 with a Government Security News Homeland Security Extraordinary Achievement in Public Safety and Security award after having received the 2013 Bronze STE Security Innovation Award from the Security Industry Association (SIA).

The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public on Independence Day, July 4, 2013, following eight months of renovation and repairs due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. As part of the refurbishment, Total Recall reached out to the U.S. Park Police, NPS and DOI with a state-of-the-art surveillance system proposal that would be designed, installed and maintained as a donation by the company.

In preparation for the reopening, Total Recall redesigned the Statue's surveillance and security system from top to bottom, including migrating from outdated analog CCTV to the latest in IP-based digital video technology, building an intelligent and ultra-modern command center to help the NPS and U.S. Park Police do their jobs more effectively and enabling the park to cover areas with video surveillance that they could not reach before, such as the security screening facilities.

“The National Park Service and Statue of Liberty National Monument greatly appreciate the comprehensive security system donated by Total Recall,” Capt. Gregory Norman, Commander of Liberty District, U.S. Park Police said.

“We are extremely honored to once again be part of the surveillance system design and installation at the Statue of Liberty,” said Jordan Heilweil, president, Total Recall Corporation. “We assembled a Dream Team of cutting-edge security technology providers to give her the best protection possible while helping the Park Police, Department of the Interior and National Park Service deliver a memorable experience for the millions of families who visit the Statue each year.”

IP-based technology and the system's innovative design enables it to cover the entire perimeter of Liberty Island, as well as the park's security screening facilities and all 393 steps from the main lobby to Lady Liberty's crown. The technology will be used for the day-to-day safety and security of the park's visitors while also helping the U.S. Park Police and NPS monitor traffic flow and expand people management to keep lines moving, assist ferry service operation, reconnect parents with misplaced children and effectively respond to any medical emergencies on the island or inside the Statue.

“All of our partners are proud to be part of this mission,” continued Heilweil. The partners selected by Total Recall for the Statue of Liberty's new surveillance system include:

* Axis Communications to provide a mix of nearly 160 IP cameras with HDTV quality, exceptional nighttime performance, powerful zoom, reliability and discreet appearance;

* BriefCam for its unique Video Synopsis software solution that enables law enforcement and security personnel to review hours of surveillance video in minutes;

* DragonWave to supply multi-gigabit packet microwave radios, delivering carrier-class transport for mission critical public safety communications;

* Milestone Systems for its open platform IP video management software that integrates all components, enabling first responders to view live or

* Pivot3 for reliable digital storage and compute devices specifically designed for the IP video industry;

* Proxim Wireless to deliver high capacity, wide area wireless broadband utilizing WORP technology in order to connect IP cameras in areas the previous system could not reach;

* RGB Spectrum for enabling multiple video feeds to be displayed on the massive video wall in the new command center using its MediaWall 2900 Display Processor;

* Scallop Imaging for perimeter security via its all solid-state M6-200 IP cameras with six megapixel, extreme low-light video and undistorted panoramic 200° FOV;

* Winsted Corporation for ergonomically designed command center consoles that allow operators to be as efficient and comfortable as possible in a high-stress environment.

The current surveillance deployment marks the first time an all-digital surveillance system has been installed at the monument, which will allow the NPS to cover areas of the island that were previously unreachable with the old analog system, thanks to a mix of fiber and wireless connections. Total Recall designed and supervised the last major security system overhaul for the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in 1999, with the latest upgrade made in 2004.

Conditions for installing the new system were not easy, Heilweil continued, noting that the environment presented unique challenges even without the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. “The lack of electricity, flooding and damage caused by Sandy could not stop the amazing team from making sure that Lady Liberty could welcome visitors – as she always has.”

According to the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, approximately 4 million people visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island each year.

Total Recall will present the Statue of Liberty project at the upcoming ASIS New York City Security Conference and Expo, March 13-14, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York. Media enquiries welcome. Contact details follow.

Exacq bolsters security at The Ice Palace in Russia

Exacq bolsters security at The Ice Palace in Russia

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The Ice Palace closely monitors audiences at hockey games and other events with the exacqVision video management system (VMS) software from Exacq Technologies. The exacqVision solution enables them to quickly search and find evidence, integrate with multiple IP camera manufacturers and view live and recorded video at all times.

The Ice Palace is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Built in 1999, the Ice Palace has served as the home arena for SKA St. Petersburg and been primarily used for ice hockey games. Beyond ice hockey, the arena hosts concerts, fairs, circus shows, exhibitions and acts as a skating rink. The five-story building can hold up to 12,300 people.

Just like most sport and leisure centers, the Ice Palace required increased attention to safety. A common standard in Russia is the continuous improvement of video monitoring measures. The Ice Palace has seen a 10 % increase in the number of events occurring each year since it opened. With the increasing demand and more than 10,000 square meters of space and several floors, the Ice Palace needed a surveillance system to overcome the complicated issue of properly monitoring the facility.

The iPera Company partnered with the Ice Palace to design a video surveillance solution. Having past experience installing a surveillance system for the Arena-Mettalurg at Magnitogorsk, made this a familiar, manageable task for iPera to design and install.

iPera suggested the Ice Place install the scalable exacqVision VMS with a two-stage installation throughout 2011 and 2012. They selected exacqVision for its multi-faceted integration with IP video camera manufacturers and various servers.

To protect spectators and improve the capabilities available to the security team, iPera deployed the exacqVisions solution. iPera integrated IP cameras from Arecont Vision and Axis into the Ice Palace system. The cameras and exacqVision VMS software cover all areas of the stands, VIP boxes, entrances and exits, main foyer, cafes, player tunnels, press center and locker rooms.

Ice Palace staff members monitor the facility through a video wall displaying the exacqVision client software in the main office. The exacqVision VMS software is easy to use and navigate, so staff members could quickly adapt to the software without extensive training.

They can easily view all event attendees entering and exiting the facility. By using the client, they have effectively minimized criminal activity including entering with counterfeit tickets or bringing in unnecessary weapons. When the hockey players have interviews with media personnel, security staff can easily view and examine the interaction. Also, the exacqVision VMS is useful when players have meet and greet sessions with fans. Ice Palace security workers now have the capability to zoom in and see greater detail. With the integrated cameras and exacqVision client, they can completely and accurately identify people.

The exacqVision VMS software provided Ice Palace staff with the functionality to pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) on individual spectators faces in the stands. If a crowd disturbance is reported in a section, staff members can quickly search and view the video to investigate the incident and remove inappropriate visitors before a serious incident occurs. Staff members can also download, save and send specific video clips if needed as evidence for a case. Therefore, they can better handle situations and improve their response time to provide the safest atmosphere.

The Ice Palace has greatly improved their surveillance with the scalable exacqVision system. They can now ensure an enjoyable spectator experience while protecting its staff members, players and fans.

March Networks helps Virginia's Quik-E Foods cuts losses

March Networks helps Virginia's Quik-E Foods cuts losses

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions announces that customer Quik-E Foods of Lynchburg, Virginia is upgrading to its next-generation retail solution for enhanced security and loss prevention. The March Networks solution integrates high-quality video, audio and transaction data to combat point-of-sale (POS) fraud and other threats to the business. The powerful solution has already helped Quik-E Foods improve operations and resolve serious incidents across its chain of 12 convenience stores and five automated car washes.

“We caught a cashier who was pausing transactions and then pocketing the money once customers left the store. The scam was adding up to more than $6,000 in losses,” explained Quik-E Foods Vice President Todd Burgess. “With the deep POS integration and search tools in our March Networks solution, those transactions showed up as voids, and we also had the video evidence to verify what was happening. There wasn't a need to search for hours and hours. It was instant.”

Working with March Networks certified provider Integrated Technology Group, Quik-E Foods is upgrading its existing March Networks NVRs to high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs. The recorders maintain the unparalleled reliability, centralized video management and scalability of previous generation March Networks NVRs. In addition, they deliver improved performance and video compression, expanded internal storage and the ability to support as many as 32 IP cameras or hybrid analog/IP configurations. This allows Quik-E to transition from 100 percent analog to 100 % IP video cost-effectively and at its own pace.

The convenience store chain will also upgrade to March Networks Searchlight for Retail software, which will be particularly helpful in optimizing operations at the family-run business. In addition to quickly investigating suspect transactions along with associated video, retailers can use Searchlight's automated reports to monitor operations, such as whether stores opened on time, shelves were stocked properly and employees were dressed as required. The daily reports will also help the retailer maintain compliance and operational standards. Searchlight accomplishes in minutes what formerly took hours of time and effort to adequately oversee.

Using the mobile video service March Networks Cloud, the Quik-E team also has convenient access to live and recorded surveillance videos on their smartphones and tablets. With full backward compatibility, the mobile solution allows the IT team to review video for all convenience store and car wash locations, regardless of technology generation installed.

The reliability of the March Networks recorders proved its excellence to Quik-E in 2013 when 60 mph winds tore through the Lynchburg area, forcing the business to rely on generators for power. After the power was restored, all recorders came back up, according to Quik-E's Burgess. March Networks technology has impressed its users with high reliability.

“Quik-E Foods is a long-time customer who proves how a growing business can rely on our complete retail solutions to provide a real competitive advantage,” said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. “They have used the technology to improve their operational efficiency, ensure security for their customers and staff, and protect their profitability. In addition, they have continued to add new, advanced capabilities without ever having to abandon existing recorder and camera investments.”

 

Tyco sells ADT Korea to The Carlyle Group for $1.9B

Tyco sells ADT Korea to The Carlyle Group for $1.9B

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 3/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Tyco Fire & Security Services Korea and its subsidiaries that form and operate the Company's South Korean security business ("ADT Korea") to The Carlyle Group, in a cash transaction valued at approximately $1.93 billion. The transaction is expected to close in Tyco's fiscal Q3 of 2014, subject to customary closing conditions including required regulatory approval.

ADT Korea is a provider of advanced security solutions in South Korea, serving approximately 475,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses, commercial and residential customers. The business provides central monitoring services, with video surveillance and dispatch, access control and other customized security solutions as well as guarding services. The business is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, with approximately 7,500 employees and a nationwide network that includes 69 branches.

"We are pleased to announce the sale of ADT Korea in a transaction that provides value to our shareholders," said George Oliver, Tyco's Chief Executive Officer. "While ADT Korea is healthy and profitable, this transaction represented a unique opportunity to realize the value generated in the business over time and redeploy it to further enhance our portfolio and maximize shareholder value. We continue to execute on our three year strategy which positions us to deliver a 15% earnings per share CAGR in fiscal 2015."

"ADT Korea is a leader in the South Korean market, with a strong management team and highly dedicated employees. We thank them for their contributions to Tycoand know they will continue to thrive within The Carlyle Group."

Tyco's net cash proceeds from the transaction are expected to be $1.85 billion. The proceeds will allow Tyco to increase cash deployed for earnings-accretive activities, such as strategic acquisitions, share repurchases and organic growth initiatives, as well as other corporate purposes.

Financial Highlights:
For fiscal 2014, ADT Korea is expected to generate revenue and operating income of approximately $600 million and $125 million, respectively, with an EBITDA margin of approximately 30%, contributing annual earnings per share to Tyco of approximately $0.20. Tyco's financials will be re-cast to report this business as a discontinued operation.

As a result of the transaction, the Company expects that approximately $0.05 of EPS in the second fiscal quarter will now be reflected in discontinued operations. Therefore, the Company is updating its EPS guidance solely for this reclassification. The Company now expects EPS from continuing operations before special items for the second fiscal quarter to be in the range of $0.39 to $0.41 compared to original guidance of $0.44 to $0.46. The Company will provide an update on full year guidance during the quarterly earnings call to be held in April.

2014 security industry growth driven by customer service

2014 security industry growth driven by customer service

Editor / Provider: Memoori | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Financial results for the major manufacturers of security products in the Q4 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014 show a steady growth in revenues and profitability. There is also confidence to forecast that this trend will continue for the rest of 2014.

Few had forecast growth rates much above double figures through organic growth, only  those that are intending to grow faster through acquisition or have annual revenues below $100m. Sifting through their annual reports there is little to find about major new innovative products that will allow them to rapidly increase market share; but a steady flow of incremental improvements showing that product performance will improve to meet customer needs.

The recent annual report on the Security Business showed that the first 3 quarters of 2013 outperformed what most stakeholders had forecast; despite setbacks in economic fortunes in the western developed world. In the first 3 quarters of 2013 it grew by 8% and this marginally increased for the remainder of that year.

This performance was built on the same factors that delivered growth in 2012 – a combination of strong growth in IP Video Networking products, buoyant markets in Asia, solid growth in North America and higher levels of penetration in vertical markets such as transport, retail and health and education.

A little more light at the end of the tunnel would suggest better trading conditions in 2014 right across the developed world causing security equipment buyers to have more confidence that 2014 is the time to replace their old systems; provided they can be sure that their replacements improve the effectiveness of security, reduce operating costs and deliver an improved ROI on the investment.

In this article, 3 leaders are examined in their field; Axis Communications in IP Video Surveillance, HID Global in Access Control and the current fastest growing Video Surveillance company Avigilon, showing how they have created strong robust companies through different business models that should deliver winning performances in 2014.

Axis Communications founded in Sweden in 1984 pioneered the development of IP Network video cameras and brought it to market in 1996, maintained a strong R&D programme since then. It has so far grown solely through organic growth. It is the only company that we have identified in the security industry of its size that has achieved year on year growth without acquiring its rivals.

Even when it recently diversified into Access Control it did not do this through acquisition. Throughout the last 10 years it has gained a reputation for reliable high quality products, which sell at a premium. Its products get to market through all distribution channels and it spends a lot of effort in working with those channels to make sure that the benefits of their products are delivered to the end customer.

With such a large number of manufacturers in the video surveillance business it is hard to produce product differentiation across the whole range but Axis is regarded as supreme at the higher end of the market in the enterprise class where maximum security is vital. In the middle market they face challenges where “OK” cameras at lower prices are regarded as good enough by a lot of end users.

Avigilon founded in 2004 with sales currently running around $200m is approximately a quarter of the size of Axis but its growth in 2013 was 100% and has a market capitalization of around $1 Billion.

This is, to say at the very least, a remarkable performance. Currently they operate at the other end of the size spectrum to Axis with some 95% of customers being in the small to medium size category with only 5% enterprise class clients. They do not sell direct and have a very strong relationship with dealers and system integrators. Their phenomenal growth has to be more than a good product and marketing. It is most likely to be a combination of faster growth in midmarket and building up loyalty through their distribution channels by not selling direct. They have forecast revenue of $500 million by 2016.

In 2013 they acquired 2 companies. RedCloud Security, an innovative provider of web-based, physical and virtual access control systems. Through the acquisition, Avigilon adds a complementary product line to its end-to-end high-definition surveillance solution and provides the Company with access to a growing segment of the global security market. Despite it being a different product it fits in neatly with their existing distribution network.

Avigilon announced a definitive agreement to acquire the video analytics company VideoIQ, for cash consideration of US$32 million. Founded in 2006, VideoIQ has grown to become a leader in real-time intelligent video analytics solutions for security and business intelligence applications. VideoIQ has a developed portfolio of video analytics intellectual property, with 23 patents granted or pending, trade secrets and know-how.

It fits in directly with their existing business. Both of these acquisitions should deliver much more revenue than both companies achieved in 2013 and at the same time will provide their system integrators with a more comprehensive solution.

HID Global, a major subsidiary of Assa Abloy, a global leader in door opening solutions. Founded in 1994 Assa Abloy has grown from a regional company to an international company with annual sales of $7.2 billion (2012) a 12% growth on the previous year, mainly achieved through an astute acquisition programme involving 150 acquisitions. HID Global sales in 2012 are estimated at £3.3 billion having increased their contribution.

Assa Abloy acquired HID (Hughes Identification Devices) in 2000 and over the last 13 years has incorporated some 15 companies into the HID organization. Starting with Access Control products through Motorola Indala they have progressed to identification technologies with Active Identity being a major acquisition in 2010.

Since then major acquisitions have included LaserCard, IdenTrust, Lumidigm and Codebench. The combination of the companies' has made HID Global a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions that use multispectral imaging technology, software, and biometric fingerprint sensors to authenticate identities with a high degree of certainty.

HID Global have delivered growth over 12% in the last 2 years despite difficult trading conditions and are now have a strong cash flow and good financial stability to continue growth through organic means and acquisition.

Hikvision and ObjectVideo sign patent licensing agreement

Hikvision and ObjectVideo sign patent licensing agreement

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the provider of video surveillance products and solutions, announced the signing of a world-wide patent licensing agreement with video analytics provider ObjectVideo.

"Hikvision has a rich intelligent video analytics product line. This line plays an important role in both data mining and data service,” said Yangzhong Hu, President of Hikvision. “With this cooperation with ObjectVideo, Hikvision is able to accelerate the promotion of intelligent video analytics products and solutions in the global market to better serve our customers and partners.”

“We are very pleased to have Hikvision join our patent licensing program,” noted Raul Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of ObjectVideo. “Hikvision is our first partner from China. We believe Hikvision's continuous investment in the video analytics field will reinforce its already impressive market position.”

"Hikvision intelligent video analytics product lines include network cameras, PTZ dome cameras, NVRs and video servers. These products have been successfully applied worldwide in city surveillance, transportation, financial institutions, commercial, and industrial vertical markets,” said Shiliang Pu, R&D Director of Hikvision. “We will continue to dedicate ourselves to the development of cutting-edge technology for richer solutions."

“As the IP security market continues its rapid growth, video analytics stands out as an important piece of this global solution,” noted Chris Capuano, General Counsel of ObjectVideo. “Hikvision's ongoing investment in intelligent products with video analytics is further evidence of the importance of this technology.”

Hikvision is one of 18 companies joining ObjectVideo's patent licensing program. Others include Panasonic, Sony, Pelco, Bosch, Tyco / American Dynamics, Flir. ObjectVideo holds 55 U.S. and international patents in the field of video analytics and also has 40 additional U.S. and international patents pending.

Increase Biz efficiency & profit with 360-degree cameras

Increase Biz efficiency & profit with 360-degree cameras

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang,a&s Asia | Updated: 3/4/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Despite 360-degree cameras are mostly installed indoors. They are great fits for retails, especially. We take a closer at how business intelligence (BI) is achieved.

360-degree cameras are designed for areas with the need for more or less total coverage — an overview of all activities — and with tight budgets for surveillance, such as retail stores. Customers deploy 360-degree cameras for 2 main reasons: first, for situational awareness because 360-degree technology provides end users with coverage that has no blind spots and retrospectively analyzes a scene with speed and accuracy that no analog cameras could accomplish. Secondly, “this development is fuelled by network video enabling advanced video processing and analytics applications,” said Petra Bennermark, Product Manager, Axis Communications. “This is particularly true for the retail sector where panoramic cameras are used to monitor aisles, shelves and racks.” In other words, BI application integration is one of the most significant reasons for retailers to move to network video.

Improved Business Intelligence
Retails owners are no longer limited to counting people as customers come through the front door Through path analysis, queue counting, and dwell time, marketing and business intelligence is hugely enhanced. 360-degree cameras not only offer economic alternatives but also enhance sales and efficiency.

Profit first, security second
At any retailer, security cannot interfere with profitability. Explaining the business case for security must account for retail priorities. In retail, the loss prevention department is usually the main decision-maker who determines how budgets are spent on security technologies. The motivation for these decision-makers is to combat shrink. They do not put in a camera or an alarm because it's necessary. Instead, they invest in technology when it has a proportional impact on shrink or produces a return of investment (ROI) in a one- to three-year time frame.

Added-benefits Attract Attentions
Retailers reveals more interests when security proves to be an investment, rather than a high one-time cost. Reducing operational costs is one clear way security can provide benefits. In the longer term, ROI can be demonstrated through cost reduction of manpower, such as security guards and more.

For example, a great numbers of components make up the path to sales such as merchandising, adequate staffing, environment, and how long a customer must wait for assistance. By a holistic view of surveillance, 360-degree cameras, with the help of video content analysis combined, count customers entering pre-defined directions, calculating waiting time for customer service, and counting vehicles and their wait time in the drive-through area. Such video analytics provide data necessary to minimize wait times and maximize staff. In other word, the integrated analysis transforms video into a continuous stream of business intelligence such as daily traffic distribution, sales conversion rate and average service time. Such valuable Information on traffic, conversion, staffing levels and sales empowers strategies on how and when to staff. Stores can compare this information with the number of sales and adjust work schedules to ensure proper staffing for better customer service. The entire solution is beyond security system and evolves thereby as a management tool to optimize operations.

More than PoS Integration
Management efficiencies can also be delivered through security aiding business systems. Via the integration of point of sale (PoS) systems with surveillance systems, comprehensive and actionable information can thus be gathered. For example, there is a great tendency that more loss at the register than internal and external theft combined. These losses might not always be intentional, they can be generated from mis-scans on bar codes or ringing up a single item when it should be multiple. If the PoS improperly registers these incidents, it's a loss.

The integration of 360-degree cameras and PoS can correlate transactions from cash registers with the video monitoring. The combo also allows centralized management so all system administration can be undertaken from the headquarters while each store manager can leave the investigative work to central control and focus time on the daily management of the local store instead. Still store managers do have access to video evidence so that it can be used in connection with events such as shoplifting or payment disputes

Other Applications
“The best uses for panoramic is in which have a very large space to cover with minimum mounting points, for example, parking lots, campus quads and lecture halls, cafeterias and building lobbies, large industrial spaces, large retail space and storage yards,” said Becky Zhou, VP of Sales, Asia Pacific, Arecont Vision. “Compared with traditional monitoring, at those areas, we can use least camera and see the largest space. And as our panoramic camera has highest resolution (40MP), we can see the detail clearly. In some entrances, we can use the WDR panoramic camera, which can show the perfect panoramic image.”

Installation tips
As 360-degree cameras change the perspectives for security personnel who “see” video, installers should pay closer attention when deploying them. First, Installers must be conscious of where the camera is being mounted and of what type of material they are mounting a camera on. As certain 360-degree cameras are designed to blend into the decor and need to be mounted at harder ceiling material like drywall or sheetrock, plenum space where air circulation is used might not be a good option. In other word, aesthetics play an important part in many installations, especially when mounted at eye level or just above eye level in a wall.

Since a 360-degree camera covers a wide area in all directions, ceiling or mounting height is important and cameras should be positioned strategically to provide the best coverage for the area. Apart from this, how the camera is going to be powered with PoE and how it would connect to the management network should be given some thought.

Due to possible resolution drop at the edge of fisheye lens, user should make the area of interest the centre of the image. Thus, the height and location for installation should be carefully considered.

Another consideration for installing 360-degree cameras is light variations in a given scene with such a large field of view. Very bright lights often blow out a scene or create lots of shadows, and many 360-degree cameras cannot pick up information because the image is either too dark or too bright. The brightest and darkest areas will be a challenge for the camera to resolve. Installers should consider the entire scene when placing a camera — how much light will be visible and what in your scene is important to see for total situational awareness. When a 360-degree camera is installed under a bright environment which uses lamps with low frequency, flicker might occur. Low light sensitivity of 360-degree cameras should be put into agenda, and “the monitoring area better have sufficient lighting,” recommended Aaron Yeh, Director at Surveon Technology.

Samsung Techwin IP video solution installed at Paveletskaya Plaza

Samsung Techwin IP video solution installed at Paveletskaya Plaza

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 3/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Samsung Techwin cameras are at the heart of a network video surveillance system installed at Paveletskaya Plaza, one of the most prestigious business centers in Moscow.

Despite tough worldwide trading conditions, Russia is enjoying strong growth in its economy and this is reflected in the increasing demand for office accommodation from international organizations, as well as locally based businesses in Moscow. Developers have responded to the shortfall in the availability of high quality commercial space with a dramatic acceleration in the number of building projects.

By the end of 2014, Russia's capital is expected to be able to boast 4 of the 5 tallest buildings in Europe, whilst many projects have already been completed, including theimpressive Paveletskaya Plaza complex.

Paveletskaya Plaza, which is constructed in the same architectural style as the adjacent Paveletskaya Railway Station, comprises two 12 storey and one 27 storeys tower. Collectively the buildings offer 65,000 squaremete of office accommodation fully fitted with the most modern technologies to provide tenants, which include Adecco, Allianz, Nestle and Tommy Hilfiger, with comfortable and stress-free working conditions. On site there are also several bank branches, a translations bureau, a printing centre and a travel agency, as well as shops, boutiques and restaurants for the benefit of office staff and visitors.

Electronic security and network specialists, YECONS Technology Solutions, were awarded the contract to install the video surveillance system, said: ”It is not perhaps a surprise that there were no shortage of installation companies keen to be invited to tender for this very important project,” said Yusuf Yesilova, General Director of Moscow based YECONS Technology Solutions. “However, although it was a very price competitive tendering process, the owners of Paveletskaya Plaza, ENKA, made it clear from the outset that there should be no compromise in respect of the coverage and quality of the video surveillance solution.”

Single Source
Having successfully installed Samsung Techwin professional video surveillance equipments at a number of other large projects, it gave YECONS Technology Solutions the confidence to single source all the required components of the video surveillance system from one of the fastest growing electronic security manufacturers in Russia.

Working closely with Samsung Techwin's locally based pre-sales support team, YECONS Technology Solutions' engineering design team took a close look at every location where a camera needed to be installed and subsequently recommended what their research had led them to believe was the best model for what it was expected to do.

228 cameras, together with Samsung Techwin network video recorders (NVRs) and monitors, have been installed to enable security personnel to monitor 24/7 all activity within the Paveletskaya Plaza buildings and the surrounding areas.

Fit for Purpose
“At certain locations, where positive identification of unwanted visitors needed to be achieved, we recommended the installation of 3MB Full HD camera models that could deliver evidence grade images, as well as technically advanced features such as Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) and face detection,” said Yusuf Yesilova. “In the majority of locations however, 1.3 megapixel cameras were more than able to capture high definition images of a quality which easily met the client's requirements. We were therefore able to deliver a competitively priced solution that took full advantage of Samsung Techwin's product portfolio that includes both extremely high specification cameras, as well as models which, although competitively priced, deliver a high level of performance.”

The Samsung Techwin cameras have been installed on all floors of the 3 buildings, as well as elevators, reception and parking areas. 124 of the 228 cameras are SND-5010s. Measuring just 100 x 115 x 42mm and part of the LiteNet camera series, the ONVIF compliant SND-5010 1.3 megapixel camera is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for environments where there may be limited space. There are also 89 SNB-5000 cameras which are equipped with built-in license-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) capability which includes a scene change tampering function, as well as optical tripwire, enter/exit direction detection and an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects. Of the remaining cameras, 8 are SNB-6004s and 7 are SNB-7080s. With the ability to capture superb quality 2MP Full HD (1080P) images, the SNB-6004 is part of Samsung Techwin's highly acclaimed WiseNetIII camera range, whilst the SND-7080 is a 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm motorized varifocal lens.

24/7 Monitoring
Images from all of the cameras are transmitted over a LAN to a central control room where they are monitored live 24/7 by Paveletskaya Plaza operators who are able to direct patrolling security personnel to the precise location where an incident or suspicious activity may be taking place. At the same time the images are recorded onto 1 of 8 Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVRs which are able to work in harmony to provide a seamless server style video recording solution. Each SRN-1000 provides up to 24TB of on-board video storage capacity with the potential of an additional 24TB of storage via two external e-Sata direct storage devices. It also features support for Raid 5 storage.

“The video surveillance system plays a crucial role ensuring that our tenants can go about their daily work activities in a secure environment and that their staff, visitors and customers feel safe whilst taking advantage of Paveletskaya Plaza's superb facilities,” said Zihni Coskun, Facility Management Director of ENKA. “The partnership between YECONS Technology Solutions and Samsung Techwin has been a great success. It has resulted in a system that is working extremely well and the feedback from our operators is that it is highly reliable and easy to use.”

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