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ALCON wireless solution safeguards airport in Fiji

ALCON wireless solution safeguards airport in Fiji

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
The airport control tower required surveillance systems installing around the airport in order to make sure that there are no blind sides. It is especially crucial for airport to fully monitor surrounding area as activities such as trespassing of vehicles and pedestrian, and birds flying could jeopardize the safety of airplanes.

As the airport must keep working 24-7, the system integrator cannot block certain areas for cabling construction. And if they select a wireless solution, it must not interfere the frequencies that used by the airport.

Solution:
It is very important that the wireless system cannot interfere the control tower. Otherwise, there could be severe accidents. Thus, ALCON proposed model called ALINK-5801a which supports a unique function *DFS (Dynamic Frequency selection). DFS is a spectrum-sharing mechanism that allows wireless LANs (WLANs) to coexist with radar systems. It automatically selects a frequency that does not interfere with certain radar systems while operating in the 5GHz band. This function will automatically select a clean channel for the wireless connection.

A secured, point-to-multipoint deployment and an expendable network will be needed to achieve the goal. The ALINK-5801a could setup in an operation mode known as Bridge Mode that the wireless connection is secured by MAC addresses and no other wireless device could connect to them. In addition, setting up the point-to-multipoint groups to ensure the system covers all corners.

Performance feedback:
The system integrator met ALCON at an exhibition in Sydney in 2006. This project kicked off immediately after the CEO talked to our representative. As the integrator is inexperienced on wireless technology and related deployment plan, ALCON helped them to build the system from the very beginning. The system integrator provided a floor plan which shows the installation sites and distances, and ALCON kept up with the rest of the wireless transmission plan.

ALCON also helped them to pre-configure all the wireless devices so they could install them by following an easy instruction after receiving the goods. “It was a fast, interesting and wonderful experience to work with ALCON. I had never thought a project like this could be done so easily,” said the CEO.

Fiji container harbor adopted ALCON wireless transimission devices

Fiji container harbor adopted ALCON wireless transimission devices

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
The administration of container harbor needs a wireless surveillance system to monitor the traffic of all containerships.

The challenge was the NLOS (non-line-of-sight) issue in this environment as the ships and containers move around from time to time. This is a critical situation for all wireless connections that using WiFi technology. In real practice, getting a LOS (line-of-sight) environment is the first thing when we talk about wireless transmission — no matter for data, voice or streaming video. It affects the wireless performance greatly and sometimes even causes disconnection.

So, how to get the connection back in seconds and automatically?

Solution:
ALCON ALINK-5801a has two unique mechanisms: the auto-reconnection and auto-reboot. Not only the wireless operation mode (* Bridge mode) helps reconnection, but also by detecting the status of the connected device. Wireless Bridge mode is the action taken by network equipment to create an aggregate network from either two or more communication networks. Bridging is distinct from routing which allows the networks to communicate independently as separate networks.

ALINK-5801a will auto-reboot when the system stop responding due to too many error packages caused by NLOS. These two functions make the wireless connection back to work in just a few seconds after the ships or containers block the wireless path and cause disconnection.

Another highlight of ALINK-5801a is its industrial level enclosure. It is a die-casting, made of aluminum alloy enclosure which passed SST (Salt Spray Test). It provides a perfect protection to against the sea wind.

Performance and feedback:
With the success wireless transmission experience at the airport, the system integrator is able to propose a similar solution to the authority of Fiji container harbor, giving them live video streaming to monitor and to dispatch those ships.

ALCON wireless solution makes Indonesia harbor monitoring easier

ALCON wireless solution makes Indonesia harbor monitoring easier

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
In 2006, as the W-iFi technology was blooming, the Indonesia harbor administration department was looking for wireless transmission solution for analog speed dome cameras, so they could monitor the traffic of containerships conveniently. They also want the wireless systems to be easily installed and maintained. And the durability was also important for them. However, it was a time that most of the Wi-Fi solutions do not come with a utility for users to do centralized management.

Solution:
The local system integrator came to ALCON with such requirement and asking for assistance. We asked the system integrator to conduct a site survey to find out the distances between the control room and each location, if line-of-sight available, the bandwidth taken by each camera, and the power supply system.

ALCON selected ASU-24005g, the most top-selling product. This compact size model has a flat panel antenna built in, and powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet).

PoE is a technology which passes electrical power along with data on Ethernet cabling. This allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to devices such as wireless devices or IP cameras.

It also comes with a centralized management utility, the AP Locator, which shows basic information of all connected ASU-24005g.

Considering the speed dome cameras are analog type, ALCON recommended an encoder and decoder system that converts the data type. The encoder converts the analog data into digital type for ASU-24005g transmission while the decoder converts it back to analog type so the video streaming could be stored on DVR or seen on the TV wall.

Performance feedback:
ALCON's wireless solution is fully capable of transmitting video streaming, as well as the PTZ function. The installation could be done in seconds as you just need to fix ASU-24005g on a pole with a metal ring, and both data and power go through the CAT5 cable which is 25m length.

This kind of installation saves a lot of time and cost on man power. Not to mention its user friendly utility AP Locator provides a convenient maintenance afterward.

*Our latest model AMU24 is designed to replace ASU-24005g. It uses 11n 300Mbps technology which provides better performance than ever.

ALCON provides wireless transmission to highway in Inner Mongolia

ALCON provides wireless transmission to highway in Inner Mongolia

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
Over speeding is one of the most seen reasons that causes highway accidents; however, there are hundreds of people get killed in the car accidents on this highway in Mongolia every year. This horribly high death toll drives policy agency to install speed detection system, in order to lower the rates of car accidents and death.

The selected locations to install speed detecting systems are in the middle of the highway, where cabling is totally impossible. Also, these locations are far away from any highway policy offices. On the top of it, the selected devices/system must be able to work in low temperature environment where it could drops to -30 Celsius degree in the winter.

Solution:
The main challenges of this project would be: 1) how to connect all systems scattered among different locations back to the control tower by wireless technology; 2) how to setup wireless system with a user friendly interface as not all policemen are familiar with wireless technology; 3) how to make sure the devices work under -30 Celsius degree environment.

ALCON CPE-2405g, with high gain antenna built-in, is perfect for this project. This wireless device is able to reach 7km, and do point-to-multipoint deployment. It comes with a user friendly utility which shows all devices to be managed on the same window interface conveniently. It takes just couple clicks on the managing interface to obtain more information or proceed configuration among the devices.

For low environment temperature issue, its true outdoor enclosure, IP68 rated, provides a closed space which keeps temperature stable inside. This ensures CPE-2405g keep working without affected by the low temperature outside while many other brands would just “freeze”.

The cameras were selected by the highway policy agency which support day & night vision, car plate recognition and speed detection. Its interface is standard Ethernet port (RJ45) and we just need to connect the cameras and CPE-2405g by switches.

Performance feedback:
“It is out of our expectation,” said the administrator of highway policy agency. “all of us could receive instant images, recognize the car plate and issue tickets to those over-speed drivers. It works so great that we could see the faces clearly even at night!” This project was done in 2009 till now. The whole system still works amazingly.

US highway project deployed ALCON wireless transmission systems

US highway project deployed ALCON wireless transmission systems

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
The highway office is looking for a wireless solution which could provide real time video surveillance of the highway. There are two phases of this project: 1) Monitoring the construction sites, 2) monitoring the traffic when the construction is done.

In the phase 1, the office demanded real-time monitoring over the four construction sites where no power is available. Thus, a set of solar-powered system which includes the solar panel, charge controller, a timer and a waterproof box for these devices is taking into consideration.

In the phase 2, the system kept on for traffic monitoring once the construction is completed. The purpose is to allow the highway officers get the clear images on highway.

Solution:
The local system integrator selected two models from ALCON: APE-5005 and ALINK-5801a. There are 4 pairs of the APE-5005 gathering at a middle location, each of them connects to IP speed dome by a switch. Then, one set of ALINK-5801a works as a backhaul to send all the video streaming back to the office.

For phase 1, the system integrator had to conduct a site survey to understand the distances of each site, total power consumption and the condition of installation (line-of-sight and height).

They put a timer in the waterproof box which controls to solar charge time and work time, so the system would stop working around sunset.

It becomes easier for phase 2 as the system has been ready to keep working for a long time. All the highway office and system integrator need to decide is using solar system or electricity as power supply on the highway.

Performance feedback:
There's no integration issue as long as all devices are using Ethernet port. The traditional coaxial cable was for analog system and its cable length is limited within 100 meters. As the technology of IP camera is much advanced nowadays, wireless surveillance should be much easier. This is why all the WiFi products from ALCON were designed with such concept for everyone.

Also, as the labor cost is high in the USA, it is very important for system integrator finds a ready-to-use wireless solution which could connect all types of IP camera simply with a switch. Furthermore, the user-friendly interface could save up to 50% of time when the workers are working on the systems configuration.

DIY surveillance kits for homes

DIY surveillance kits for homes

Editor / Provider: Weili Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Ease of use, affordability and smart user experiences drive product developments of the smart home systems. The home DIY surveillance kits are described as combination of smart hardware, software and cloud technology. Software enhancement adds value on home surveillance kits. Video recording plays a crucial role. There are pros and cons toward local and cloud video storage. No doubt, the supporters for secure and complete recorded videos still opt for complete surveillance systems like home surveillance kits or home monitor systems.

DIY home surveillance kits consist of two, four or eight wired or wireless cameras, and a NVR. Other solutions called home monitoring systems come with wireless cameras and portable touch screen displays, offering local storage on a SD card. The mainstream features comprise easy installation, self-explanatory operation, day and night vision, one-way or two-way audio, remote viewing on the smartphone or tablet, motion and sound detection, alert notification and HD video recording. The HD video resolutions are available with 720P, 960P and 1080P. The current offerings include indoor cube, dome and bullet cameras along with IP66 waterproof and vandal-resistant outdoor cameras. Users can add cameras from different locations to one account.

The NVR with a built-in hard drive designed for 24/7 surveillance provides weeks or even months of recorded videos, depending on hard drive capacity and recording resolutions. Users can customize the recording settings to fit their needs like 720p recording resolution or a lower resolution for extended recording time. There are smart designs like automatic frame rate adjustment.

The cameras, with motion detection, maintain low frame rate of 1 fps, and enhance the frame rate up to 25 or 30 fps when detecting any intruder. DIY surveillance kits are widely used for homes and small businesses like small offices and shops.

For smart home use, IP cameras are accepted as the mainstream adoption; wireless kits are gaining popularity. In terms of connectivity, 2.4GHz and Wi-Fi are two major wireless standards. Home DIY users prefer to purchase and setup systems on their own. Wireless connectivity offers clutter-free and hassle-free setup experience for them, whereas wired cameras take their power directly from the mains to avoid the missed crucial moment when the power goes out. Users can just place the cameras in the important outdoor locations without running video cables, and then simply power up the wireless cameras. After setting up the mobile apps, users can start remote monitoring homes by running multiple viewers. Improved networking and cloud computing technologies make home surveillance easy as 123.

The fun for DIY is not just self-installation. Users may take pleasure in customizing the systems on their own. The DIY surveillance kits offer custom settings on motion zones, alert and recording schedules, and bandwidth to match individual's internet speed.

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Smart home system is defined to have a smartphone app or a web portal as a user interface. As network infrastructure matures, home surveillance kits are prone to support the cloud platform and apps for remote viewing and operation on mobile devices. Unlike traditional home surveillance systems, today home users can complete setup with smartphones or tablets with ease. For example, user can just scan the QR code to complete setup and view real-time video remotely from smartphones. Easy setup with handheld devices without PCs provides handy surveillance experience. No installation and contract fees are other selling points. Also, users can upload videos and photos to cloud storage media like Dropbox, Google Drive and Baidu Cloud.

In the smart home industry, the revenue generated from hardware sales is relatively small. How to utilize cloud service to achieve a sustainable business model has been a hot topic to discuss. For example, the cloud service from Dropcam delivers a new user experience and business model. It charges for continuous video footage of 7-day cloud recordings.

Cloud storage for video backup is adopted to avoid hard drive failure, and prevents intruders from destroying evidence—security footage. At present, the cloud service is provided by system providers or third-party software companies. Besides, the cloud storage lowers down the retail pricing of the surveillance kit that contains a NVR. However, the profitable business models and operational stability are two challenges to deal with.

Bandwidth availability and invasion of privacy are viewed as a growth inhibitor of cloud storage. Besides, the incomplete uploaded videos may lead to disputes. The adoption of the NVR or home NAS makes users exempt from occupied bandwidth by other applications like online gaming. In addition, cloud storage can only be affordable in the places where network infrastructures are mature like the US.

SMARTER FUNCTION, SAFER HOME
Hardware functionality is limited; software creates more value to the systems. The majority of home surveillance kits are offered by professional surveillance system companies. They offer nearly professional-grade systems with affordable prices to smart home users. The user interface is simple, but the back-end software functionality can be complicated.

Therefore, we can expect more and more intelligent features to be introduced for home surveillance systems, such as auto-tracking, fog-penetration or defog function, anti-glare and Intelligence Video Surveillance (IVS) features. The intelligence video surveillance features include face recognition, perimeter alarm, and multiple intelligent video query functionality like snapshot and smart search. Region of Interest (ROI) face detection let users to track and snapshot moving individuals walking through the viewing region.

Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII series integrated with Milestone XProtect VMS

Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII series integrated with Milestone XProtect VMS

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII network camera series has been successfully integrated with Milestone XProtect video management software. Milestone XProtect VMS is powerful, reliable, easy to use and proven in more than 100,000 installations worldwide. Based on a true open platform, XProtect VMS enables integration with the industry's widest choice in cameras and best-in-class business solutions, such as access control and video analytics.

All of the 1.3, 2 and 3 megapixel IP network cameras and domes with the WiseNetIII series have been integrated with Milestone XProtect, including the recently launched SNP-6320 and the 1.3MP SNP-5430, the 43x PTZ network video surveillance dome camera with intelligent auto-tracking.

“A key element of our product development strategy is based on the understanding that customers are looking for easy to implement and easy to operate integrated video surveillance solutions,” said Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product and Marketing for Samsung Techwin Europe Limited. “Integration with independently developed video management software such as Milestone XProtect is therefore essential in order to provide the option for the latest generation of Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII cameras and domes to be controlled and monitored alongside devices and systems produced by other manufacturers, as well as facilitate a gradual transition from an existing analogue system to a full IP network based surveillance solution.” Samsung Techwin is a member of the Milestone Systems' Camera Partner Programme enabling a tight collaboration with Milestone for developing new and innovative solutions.

Thai police deploy ALCON wireless transmission device for city traffic surveillance

Thai police deploy ALCON wireless transmission device for city traffic surveillance

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/1/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
Traffic jam problem is quite serious during rush hours in Bangkok. The police department would like to have surveillance deployment on the streets and corners to monitor traffic load. However, to deploy wired installation in crowded downtown area would be quite difficult. Eventually, the police department of Bangkok adopted ALCON's 2.4GHz wireless outdoor communication system.

 

Solution:
ALCON ASU-24005g, the 2.4GHz wireless outdoor bridge system, helps to send camera images back to central management center. A total of 8 sets cameras are located in different site from distance of 1-to-3 km respectively. ALCON distributor helped to integrated 8 sets of ASU-24005g with camera at every fixed site, and used 2 units of AAP-2410gMS with omni-directional antenna to receive surveillance signal from 8 of ASU-24005g.

To monitor traffic load, the MIS person just needs to sit in from of the screen and check with the real-time images that ASU-24005g sent back. While ASU-24005g and AAP-2410gMS use IP68 certified outdoor enclosure, the project owner doesn't need to worry whether rain will enter into the outdoor bridge unit influencing transmission quality or rusting materials and components inside. Stable performance and product reliability are the most important they concern and they got the perfect answer from ALCON's solution.

Performance feedback:
“As we are the distributor of MOTO/Canopy outdoor communication system, we met ALCON and were impressed by their cost-effective solution and stable performance. From 2007, we started to distribute ALCON outdoor AP/Bridge system to work with analogue and IP camera for wireless surveillance project in Bangkok. This project has been installed for more than 5 years and still working fine now. We are pretty satisfied with ALCON products in such stable and reliable performance.” said the Managing Director.

[VIDEO] Product Review: Sony SNC-XM631 the detail-demanding HD camera

[VIDEO] Product Review: Sony SNC-XM631 the detail-demanding HD camera

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 10/3/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics



Quick look
Sony SNC-XM631 full HD camera is one of the latest IP mini dome from Sony. Constructed with wide angle lens with excellent low-light sensitivity, plus the technical strength from SONY technologies, this mini dome is small but demanding at image quality. Capturing clean and crisp images even in poor lighting condition, it is good for wide area surveillance, especially ideal for bank, retail space, schools surveillance purposes.

Technical strength
Full HD high resolution
Wide dynamic range
Minimum illumination 0.3 lux
Changeable lenses for various situations

3 Must-know of SNC-XM631
1. Low physical presence
2. 113° wide angle lens + three-axis lens adjustment
3. Detail-packed full HD images

Let's say
Small and compact, this SONY mini dome is empowered with outstanding image detail capturing ability. For detail demanding users, it is a good choice to look at.

New Milestone Husky models ease the transition from analog to digital

New Milestone Husky models ease the transition from analog to digital

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 10/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has announcied an easier and more affordable way to make the transition from analog to digital technology. The Milestone Husky™ series of NVRs will now offer versions with integrated encoders that make it simple to connect analog and digital cameras, which run on IP networks, to the same box. Milestone Husky Hybrid NVRs are preinstalled with Milestone VMS and let end users build on their initial investment. The end users can continue to use existing analog cameras and add IP cameras over time for better evidence-quality video and surveillance features.

There is no need to throw out older cameras that are still working, as you add new network devices to your surveillance solution. At launch two configurations of Milestone Husky Hybrid NVRs will be pre-installed with XProtect 2014.

* Milestone Husky M30 Hybrid with 16 analog channels + 4 IP devices 4 TB storage / 8 GB RAM / i5 processor
* Milestone Husky M50 Hybrid with 32 analog channels + 16 IP devices 16 TB storage / 16 GB RAM / i7 processor

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