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LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
Replace aging surveillance system to capture better image quality, speed up response times and ensure greater overall protection for building occupants.

Solution
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Security managers can also view the system from their laptops.

Benefits to LaSalle Plaza
* Improved overall protection for building occupants
*Improved ability to attract and retain tenants
*Fewer liability claims

Built in 1991, LaSalle Plaza is a 30-story office tower in the heart of Minneapolis' bustling theater district. A 600,000 square foot building that spans an entire city block, LaSalle Plaza is home to many businesses as well as retail locations and restaurants that cater to the city's theater crowd. Connected by a seven-mile long skyway to an apartment building, the YMCA, a theater and the Target head office, LaSalle Plaza accommodates more than 16,000 people every day; making patron safety and security a challenge. Because the building's aging analog surveillance system was unable to capture clear image detail, was difficult to use and costly to maintain, LaSalle Plaza upgraded its entire system to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image clarity and advanced management features that improve investigations and response times to ultimately boost overall security.

Surveillance Challenge
Open until 3:00 a.m. for restaurant and theater-goers, and again at 6:00 a.m. to welcome the building's workforce, LaSalle Plaza is not a typical office tower. “LaSalle Plaza presents unique challenges from a security perspective because of its hours, retail locations and Skyway; which attract a range of patrons and a lot of traffic,” explained Kelly Lentz, general manager at LaSalle Plaza, part of the Zeller Realty Group. Monitoring the site with its 20-year-old surveillance system was also challenging because the image detail had deteriorated. The building upgraded to a DVR-based system ten years ago, but sourcing replacement parts was becoming difficult. After receiving bids from three vendors, LaSalle Plaza chose to work with ECSI, a local provider of security system design, installation and support, who recommended the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system. The team delivered a solid presentation that was easy to follow and clearly demonstrated the Avigilon advantage. “ECSI even beat out our previous integrator – a major testament to their expertise and Avigilon's performance,” added Lentz.

Monitoring High-Traffic Areas
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Lentz and one other manager can also view the system from their laptops. ECSI installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on the building's existing network without causing any disruptions to normal business operations and delivering reliable system support when needed. “We were also looking for strong vendor support after installation,” noted Lentz. “We've been very pleased with both ECSI and Avigilon.”

Identifying the Transient Crowd
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used to monitor individuals moving through the building to ensure their safety, so it must deliver irrefutable image clarity. “Video quality is the most important feature for us,” stated Lentz. Located in the downtown core, LaSalle Plaza attracts a transient crowd, particularly over the cold, winter months when individuals may be looking for a warm place to stay. To ensure patron safety, security officers constantly monitor for trespassers and issue warnings or contact local law enforcement if necessary. “With Avigilon's excellent image quality, we can easily identify intruders, watch them as they move through the building and involve the police if a problem arises,” explained Lentz. “The picture quality is so good that we know we will always be able to clearly identify an individual.”

Faster Identification
Avigilon's image clarity, combined with the system's ease-of-use has had a huge impact on the building's overall security. “Before, it was extremely time-consuming to search, find and identify usable footage,” noted Lentz. “All of our operators say finding footage is now a significantly faster process.” In addition, operators can view all cameras on fewer screens for a better overview and faster response. Previously, operators had to scroll through several screens to see all the cameras, slowing down the search and playback process. “Because our previous system was so deteriorated, our operators were amazed at the improvement in quality and manageability Avigilon delivers.”

Tenant Safety
With clearly identifiable images of known trespassers, security officers are better positioned to make faster and more accurate decisions that improve the safety of its tenants, patrons and passers-by. “We can share images between shifts and easily track individuals throughout the building to keep them moving and prevent any potential incidents,” claimed Lentz. “Our tenants appreciate that we are constantly upgrading our building – from IT to security, making sure it's the most comfortable, effective and safe workplace possible.”

Cost Savings
LaSalle Plaza has also realized some cost savings since deploying the new Avigilon system. “We were starting to incur costs to repair and replace our old DVR-based system, which we no longer have to worry about,” remarked Lentz. “The new Avigilon system is reliable and easy to manage and support, reducing maintenance requirements and costs.” The building also uses the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to investigate “slip and fall” claims which could lead to further cost savings. “With Avigilon cameras, we can clearly investigate a situation and more confidently defend against a false liability claim,” confirmed Lentz. “The more detailed information we can provide to the insurance company, the better off we are.”

Milestone certifies BCDVideo Nova Series on XProtect

Milestone certifies BCDVideo Nova Series on XProtect

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has now tested and reported performance component certification of BCDVideo's Nova Server and Storage Series.

IT infrastructure, server, storage and client platforms are integral parts of networked video management deployments, so any miscalculations of the server or storage requirements impact the success of a system's operation, causing system outages and downtime. To address this, Milestone worked closely with BCDVideo to ensure that their systems can be optimized for the Milestone XProtect software portfolio, helping implementations to be specified, built and delivered as optimal systems for each customer's technical environment.

The Milestone Solution Certification gives verification of the components as interoperable and optimized for performance with XProtect VMS. The certification process delivers documentation of a solution's proven maturity and quality as assurance of system integrity and differentiation from non-certified components.

“Integrators can build solutions with confidence when referencing the tested configuration data from the Milestone certification process. The documented proof describes how these video solutions operate within the parameters of the maximum performance tests," says Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems. "We have been doing integration certifications for several years, and these additions continue to build trust in Milestone solutions for both partners and customers."

Each certification project has three phases, starting with two scenarios of a benchmark test and a maximum performance test. Statistics from the Milestone XProtect Recording Servers are gathered to judge the performance as a platform for video recording. The analyzed data and findings are presented in a complete report with details on the configuration of the test system and a summary published on the Milestone website.

These tests identify that the system integrations meet minimum expected performance thresholds based on known benchmarks for best practice. The certification also measures the maximum number of cameras, at a given frame rate, resolution and codec that can be supported by the server and storage system. A summary report from the Solution Certification includes optimal configuration for a surveillance system using the Milestone XProtect VMS with BCDVideo. This contains the solution architecture, the performance results, use-case information, and detailed system configurations for the components of the combined solution.

“The BCDVideo storage solution to date is among the best VRP/NRP that Milestone has tested with the given parameters. With the video profile used for the tests, the system should easily support 150 cameras (storage limited). The system outperformed the given video simulator and testing had to stop with the given parameters: the maximum number of cameras achieved on the system was set at 150 1MP cameras at 10 frames per second and 60% video compression. It is noteworthy that this was achieved with only 32% of the system resource utilization on the BCDVideo server,” says Jeff Burgess, President/CEO of BCDVideo.

Both system integrators and end customers of this best-practice, Milestone-certified system can rest assured that their video will record and archive successfully. BCDVideo's enterprise-grade VRP solution has been designed for maximum performance on a Milestone XProtect platform with long-term value and performance in mind.

Localize or BUST! Searching for success in China

Localize or BUST! Searching for success in China

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Despite the fierce competition, multinationals are finding many ways to grow and get ahead in China's massive security market. With words like localization being emphasized by every player in China, multinationals have found ways to fit into and meet the requirements of this highly demanding market.

In 2014, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest economy. This, however, should not come as a surprise to anyone. With one-seventh of the world's population, an insatiable market, and exceptionally fast development, it was only a matter of time before China pushed out the U.S. to take over the number one spot. In the security and surveillance market, China has played a similar game — unbeatable manpower, ever-improving technology, and a market hungry for the latest and greatest in security products. In fact, as previously reported by a&s, according to IHS, China was estimated to be the largest regional market for video surveillance equipment in 2013, accounting for a third of global revenues.

It is quite clear that China is a force to be reckoned with, not just in security but generally as an overall economic giant. According to Memoori Business Intelligence, within the video surveillance sphere, China is now delivering the highest rate of growth and increasing its market share. What that has meant for the security industry is that everyone wants a piece of this massive market. Multinationals from every corner of the world have flocked to China to try to gain a presence and take some of the country's market share. However, this has not been easy. With local Chinese security manufacturers numbering in the thousands (and constantly on the rise) and power-house players like Hikvision Digital Technology and Dahua Technology quickly ascending in the ranks among the world's biggest security manufacturers, multinationals have their work cut out for them.

Everything Local
From manpower to manufacturing to offices to services, being local in all these categories is more than just an added bonus for multinationals in China: it's a necessity. Setting up local R&D, local manufacturing, and local offices has been the key to success for many multinationals in China. In fact, many of the world's top security brands are emphasizing localization as their key strategy. Companies like Axis Communications, HID Global, Infinova, Panasonic, Sony, etc., have all set up manufacturing factories in the country, which has proved to be very advantageous when it comes to competing with local manufacturers. “As we have local manufacturing and local R&D, we can, to an extent, reduce costs — we can be more aggressive with pricing with China-specific products,” said Jimmy Li, Sales Director for China at Axis Communications. Being able to compete in price is obviously quite an advantage as the price wars caused by Chinese manufacturers within the global security industry have affected every manufacturer.

Aside from local manufacturing, local manpower is also a key asset to multinationals. “The fact that we have local Chinese people in our office helps us a lot because they serve as a bridge of knowledge,” said Dror Irani, President and CEO of BriefCam, an Israeli-based software company specialized in video synopsis. “They take the local requirements of the market and translate it in a way our programmers understand what is required, which is not a simple task: it is both technical as well as cultural. Technical and cultural gaps exist in this communication and understanding all of that can immediately affect your entire product offering.”

Additionally, localization tactics like language are also quite important in the Chinese market. Eric Chiu, Sales Director for Greater China at HID Global pointed out, “Small things make a big difference — for example, language. Many global companies use English as a standard, but for HID, especially here in China, we are not that way. We still have English, but Chinese is our local language for communication. This is just one example. It looks like a very small thing, but it can basically show the customers we are local.”

Tailored for China
Among the most common characteristics pointed out by multinationals about Chinese users is their requests for tailored/ customized products. This customization extends from hardware to software. Some multinationals have seen requests for things like connector requirements for power supply in China, which is not usually seen in Europe or North America.

Oftentimes whether or not a company can meet these requirements can make or break a deal, particularly because of the willingness by local companies to customize products for individual projects. “From what we've seen in China, Chinese local players play a different game. They will take an offering and customize it, optimize it to a specific customer's need, while lagging behind on innovation that comes from within,” said Irani. This need for customization is harder for large overseas companies to meet, especially on a per project basis due to the affect it would have on the standardization of their products, according to William Pan, Sales Manager of the Sales and Marketing Division at EverFocus Shenzhen.

The need for customization is especially true in verticals such as city surveillance. “Most important is to customize the embedded software functions to meet the requirements of local customers,” emphasized Li. “In China, different verticals, different segments the customers have different standards and different requirements. For instance, for city surveillance, the police request that every camera vendor needs to comply with local standards. You have to comply with these standards to be able to participate in some local city surveillance projects.” Similarly, Daniel Zhao, Director of China Market at Infinova pointed out that the government has enacted many regulations and requirements for security, which he believes will help drive security growth.

Standards and regulations, in fact, play a large role in customization requests in the Chinese security market. “There are a lot of regulations like CCC (China Compulsory Certificate) and PSP (Public Security Police) certifications. We will ensure our products comply with government standards and regulations, as well as industry codes. All the products we are selling in China we will apply for local certifications before we launch them in the market. So, it's tough, but not that tough,” said Tony Wong, Strategic Sales Director for Greater China at Tyco Security Products. Other national standards such as GB/T 28181, a security and protection video monitoring network system technical specification of information transport, switch, and control, can be an important factor when trying to participate in government projects, are also quite important for security tenders.

High Levels of Integration
In addition to requests for custom, tailor-made products, multinationals have taken note of the demand for high levels of integration.

While it is true that integration has been a trend in the industry for some time now, the degree of integration required by Chinese users from manufacturers has been noted to be higher than that in other countries. “In markets outside of China video surveillance is focused on surveillance purposes, but in China they like to look at high-level integration systems,” said Kenneth Cheung, GM of Merit LILIN Guangzhou. “For example, they want to combine surveillance systems with building automation or access control. They want to integrate into one big system. This is a very big difference in China versus other world markets.”

However, a lack of education among Chinese systems integrators (SIs) is why full solutions have also become popular. “Why total solutions are very popular in China is because SIs do not have the competence. They need to rely on the vendors to give their package and then they can sell to the customer,” Li said. However, Li believes that this will change as eventually SIs will realize that they need to increase their value, which means they will need to increase their competency and knowledge, particularly for IP systems.

Importance of Software
Nowadays standing out among the competition is the best way to ensure survival. However, products now look increasingly similar to one another and features that once made products special have become standard. Cheung pointed out that with so many manufacturers in China (mostly concentrated in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and Zhejiang provinces), product homogenization has increasingly become a problem. Therefore, to standout, having unique features is more important than ever. One way to do this is through software. “The margin for hardware is ever decreasing. To survive in this situation, you need to reinforce software,” said J.S. Han, President and CEO of Microdigital.

Particularly in China, where integration is important, whether or not a company has software can make or break a deal. “In China, sometimes, the customer will request the camera and the VMS come from the same vendor,” Li said. “If we do not have the software, we will miss some opportunities. This is why we launched software for large systems. In the past we only had software to address medium to small systems, but now this gives a new option for our partners to address those opportunities where the VMS and cameras come from the same vendor. So, that is new to China and is only available in China.”

Government Protection
Compared to the rest of Asia, the Chinese government is more involved in the security market, especially in projects like safe and smart cities, Zhao noted. However, government involvement in China can be a cause for headaches when it comes to government projects, since long as a project if funded by the government, they can request the vendor is from China.

Protection by the government cannot be the only source for blame though when it comes to difficulties with Chinese projects. “The China market is maybe a little closed. The government will protect the local makers, but we cannot clearly say that they are protecting. Why? Because China's local vendors clearly know users' requests. They can give suggestions to users in order to use video/audio very well in vertical markets — what kinds of functions combined with your business logic, and you should have such kind of standards. In this way, I think international brands need to understand local vertical market business requests and also try to enter the standards-making process. So, I think it's protection, but mainly it is international makers cannot clearly communicate very well with the Chinese business logic,” said Xiaobo Zhou, Senior Manager of VS Marketing Department for Professional Solutions China at Sony (China). Regardless of government protection, a general preference for local products has also been noted by many multinationals. “One thing that is different about China is that there are a lot of manufacturers and they want to localize by themselves. China, whenever they can, they buy locally. Only when they cannot buy locally they buy from other countries,” Han said.

Lack of Patent Protection
One major challenge in China is the lack of intellectual property protection. Several multinationals noted that patents and licenses are not quite protected by the government at this stage. Han further pointed out that due to the abundance of manpower and technical power at Chinese makers' disposal they are able to expand on and develop new technologies within two to three years of a technology's original release. For small companies, keeping up with the fast-paced China is difficult due to how quickly the local market can adapt. “If it is a very difficult technology, China, maybe in the beginning they import, but they immediately make their own version,” Han added. This “copycat” issue has affected companies throughout the industry. “We have seen several local players introduce similar solutions. This obviously makes our life a bit more difficult in China compared to other places because in general we are a unique exclusive player due to intellectual property protection. But although we've registered our patents in China, we have not yet enforced them. The fact that we have local competition only makes us work harder to make sure we also have a technology edge,” Irani said.

Competition Pushes Innovation With more manufacturers that one can count, China's security market is fiercely competitive. Not only does China have the numbers, they have also caught up in quality and technology. While for many companies competition quells growth, sometimes leading to collapse, others have learned to thrive. “The competition is encouragement for us. You have to make sure that your company can keep moving on, going faster, that's how you can capture the market,” Chiu said. “Competition is everywhere, the most important thing is how you can make sure to move faster and go the right way.” Irani also noted: “I do see intensified pressure to close each deal with competitive pricing, etc., but there is still a lot of hunger and desire for innovation.”

Recipe for Success
Going into the China market, companies know to expect competition in all forms: price, product, endless options, etc. What it comes down to is a willingness to persevere in a highly competitive market. Those that are willing to stick it out, learn to localize, and figure out how to work with the market can definitely find success. One thing that is for certain is with such a large market, there is plenty to go around in terms of opportunity — all that is needed is a little patience and hard work.

Unique Requests From Chinese Users
It is not uncommon to have users from different countries have unique requests and requirements when it comes to security products. Many multinationals have noted certain quirks specific to Chinese customers.

Aside from general customization, Jimmy Li, Sales Director for China at Axis Communications noted the preference for fixed-box cameras without lenses. “In terms of cameras, in other countries, customers are more likely to want fixed-dome cameras, but in China they prefer fixed-box cameras,” Li said. “China also prefers cameras without lenses, but other countries prefer cameras with lenses. In China, they want to choose their own lens, especially for city surveillance where they sometimes need to have long-focus lens.” Vertical market requirements are one of the reasons fixed-box cameras are preferred. City surveillance, one of the biggest verticals in China, requires that cameras are able to be posted on poles. In this instance, fixed-box cameras best fit the need, according to Li.

Similarly, FLIR Systems has noticed a need for specific lenses by Chinese customers as well. “Some of our markets love smaller lenses, lower price, and high volume of those lenses. Some markets like China like big lenses at a higher price, which they can accept. They just like to look further in China. But it depends on the application and in many cases large area surveillance is the key driver for long lenses, like river monitoring and/or boarder surveillance,” said Paolo Gianni Saranga, Business Development Manager of Security and Surveillance for the Boarder Security Program and Maritime Products of APAC at FLIR Systems.

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Editor / Provider: Tamron | Updated: 2/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Tamron , a specialized manufacturers of optics and one of the leading companies in the security/surveillance equipment industry, announces release of LWIR (Long-Wavelength Infrared) 3X Zoom Lens with a standard screw-in mount and featuring F/1.0 fast aperture throughout the entire focal length range.

Since 2010, Tamron has been pursuing development of LWIR (long-wavelength infrared) camera lenses for security/surveillance applications. These lenses incorporate technologies accumulated in the photo and CCTV/IP camera lens designs, and have been developed into an optimized security lens for the LWIR camera system. The model SD006 zoom lens, which covers the range from 35 mm to the maximum 105 mm, demonstrates unparalleled performance with a fast aperture of F/1.0. The lens provides uniform and flat-field image quality from the center to the edge at all focus distances and focal length positions, which is a major advantage for surveillance installations.

Now, Tamron announces the release of a derivative to SD006, the Model LQZ3X3510V (35 – 100 mm F/1.0) with a standard screw-in mount, and image quality optimized for VGA/QVGA resolution. The new product is recommended for an extensive array of security systems, and will highlight the advantages of the LWIR lens for a variety of new applications.

Main features:
1. Substantial improvement in the LWIR light transmittance, and reduced gain noise under adverse surveillance conditions
The new LWIR lens with a constant F/1.0 aperture consists of 4-group/4-lens elements. With a proprietary optical design, Tamron has successfully realized 3X zoom while reducing the number of elements. Germanium has been deployed to raise the infrared light transmittance. This enables crisp and clear image reproduction even under a harsh surveillance condition in which a thermal profile of the scene has minimal contrast, and effectively prevents image degradation due to the gain noise.

2. Introduction of a general-use lens mount and a communication-protocol conversion board.
The new lens comes with a M34 P0.5 screw-in mount, which is widely adopted in LWIR cameras. For the lens control, the asynchronous serial communication protocol is supported by a communication-protocol conversion board. The new lens can be used for versatile applications by virtue of these two features.

3. Notable improvement in the accuracy of the camera's motion detection feature by compensating for undesirable vibrations, by VC mechanism.
Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, widely renowned in photographic interchangeable lenses, has been optimized for specific vibration frequency range and designed for high durability. In surveillance applications the cameras are often installed on a pole-like structure. The VC mechanism has been designed and optimized based on the in-depth analysis of the principal vibration frequencies for a fixed -pole installation. To meet the high durability requirements of 24-hour surveillance, a new construction was employed with a superior 3-ball, 3-coil drive components. These technologies minimize false alarms caused by the camera vibration which is perceived as objects in motion, thus substantially improve the accuracy for intrusion monitoring.

4. Lens integration made simpler with automatic FB (Flange Back Focal Distance) adjustment
This is a new innovative feature that incorporates software to adjust the FB position, such that it minimizes any zoom focus drift after lens integration. The FB adjustment can be easily performed in 3 simple steps using the FB adjustment GUI software.

5. Active athermal mechanism that adjusts the back focal distance in response to changes in ambient temperature
High-transmittance Germanium is used for the new high-sensitivity LWIR lens. Germanium is sensitive to changes in ambient temperature and this may cause a drift in the focus distance. For this reason, athermal mechanism is adopted in many of the LWIR lenses to compensate for such drift. Tamron's new LWIR zoom lens is equipped with a new active athermal mechanism that compensates for the focus drift at all focusing distances by built-in thermo couplers and the control software. This new innovative feature ensures high-quality image capture under harsh surveillance environments undergoing large fluctuations in temperature.

6. Quick focus operation achieved by electric drive zoom and focus
LWIR lenses are frequently used for their detection capabilities, a key feature in many intrusion protection systems. Such a system requires the zoom and focus adjustments to be smooth and fast. The Internal Focus system with stepping motor drive mechanism provides the best solution. Combining these technologies ensures smooth, high-speed, and high-accuracy zoom and focus performance.

VIVOTEK launches new PoE extenders

VIVOTEK launches new PoE extenders

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 2/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

In its ongoing efforts to provide the market with simpler and easier implementation of long-range surveillance systems, VIVOTEK announces the launch of its three new PoE extenders: the 4-port indoor PoE extender, AP-FXC-0400; the 1-port outdoor PoE extender, AP-FXC-0150; and 2-port outdoor PoE extender, AP-FXC-0250.

When it comes to long-distance surveillance system construction, solving cable length limitation and power supply issues are always the biggest challenges for installers and systems integrators. Given the limitations of data-transfer over Ethernet, the previous maximum distance between a PoE switch and network cameras was 100 meters. However, with VIVOTEK's new PoE extender technology, installers and systems integrators can now build wider networks while maintaining reliability.

Making good its ongoing commitment to being a total surveillance solution provider, VIVOTEK has developed a 4-port indoor PoE extender, the AP-FXC-0400; a 1-port outdoor PoE extender, the AP-FXC-0150; and a 2-port outdoor PoE extender. the AP-FXC-0250. Adopting VIVOTEK's AP-FXC-0400, AP-FXC-0150 and AP-FXC-0250, these injectors are the ideal choices for installers - users may enjoy a high quality and robust surveillance without the need for extra power supplies.

* 4-port indoor PoE extender AP-FXC-0400: The AP-FXC-0400 is especially ideal for a wall mount application. With 1 PoE-In port and 4 PoE-Out, the extender can connect with 1 high power PoE switch at the back-end while connecting with 4 network cameras at the front-end. All connections may add up to 100 meters of connectivity to the existing network.

* Outdoor PoE extender AP-FXC-0150 and AP-FXC-0250: With 1 PoE-In port, the AP-FXC-0150 supports 1 PoE-Out while AP-FXC-0250 supports 2 PoE-Out. In addition, designed with IP66 rated housing, both PoE extenders can endure wide temperature range between -20°C ~ 60°C. By adopting the VIVOTEK AP-FXC-0150 and AP-FXC-0250, installers can build a high quality and robust outdoor surveillance simply, while remaining confident in its ongoing stability and integrity.

Secutech 2015 shed light on premium MIT(Made-in-Taiwan) products

Secutech 2015 shed light on premium MIT(Made-in-Taiwan) products

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The annual international security exhibition Secutech will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 in Taiwan for its 18th year. The location of Secutech has been considered as a strategic sweet spot for international importers to source for potential business cooperation with Taiwanese manufacturers.

In line with Taiwan's excellent IT framework, networks & IC (Integrated Circuit) industries, Taiwan security manufacturers are known for their strong capability in research & development. MIT suppliers' strong core competences make them capable of not only producing outstanding products, but also customizing and adapting devices and applications according to client's needs even in a small quantity.

Beside to product supply, MIT makers often provide complete after-sales services, including localization, 7/24 technical support, system upgrade and maintenance. Through the fairly complete supply chain in the security industry, Taiwan is a one-stop-shopping center for global security veterans.

Featured with 300 Taiwan's suppliers, secutech 2015 will continue to bring professionals in security around the world and premium Taiwanese manufacturers together.

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Secutech, the annual international exhibition and conference for world-class manufacturers and discerning buyers of security products and solutions, will take place from 28 – 30 April 2015 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan. 
Now in its 18th year, secutech features some 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and attracts over 26,000 visitors. Dedicated pavilions for the following sectors: Surveillance | Software & Management Systems | Transmission & Networks | Smart Homes | Key Components / Parts | Electronic Systems

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Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The BBC News magazine recently published an article online under the heading, 'The end of the CCTV era?'. The piece reported that some local authorities are questioning if further investment in video surveillance can be justified.

So, is this the end of a long period of sustained growth for the video surveillance industry? Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product and Marketing for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin, confidently predicts that nothing could be further from the truth.

“ Whilst over recent years Town Centre monitoring schemes have represented a major source of revenue for all involved in the video surveillance supply chain, as a spokesperson for the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) states in the BBC News magazine article, public sector cameras are outnumbered by private sector cameras on a scale of 70 to 1.

The private sector is continuing to invest in and rely on video surveillance to help deter and detect criminal activity, with the latest generation of high definition IP network cameras proving to be very popular among users who require evidence grade images.

Open Platform ushers in a new era for video surveillance
The massive processing power of the DSP chipsets incorporated into latest generation of high definition cameras means that there are now some great opportunities to provide users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

It's a win-win situation for all parties, including manufacturers of cameras and recording devices who understand the value of working in partnership with specialist software development companies and it is certainly an opportunity for systems integrators and installers of video surveillance, whether they operate in the IT arena or are part of the traditional electronic industry.

Endless Possibilities- Open Platform is a phrase that we will hear increasingly used. It relates to the opportunity to take advantage of the spare processing power of a camera's DSP chipset to download and run edge based Applications in a similar way to adding Apps to a Smartphone, with the added bonus of reducing the need for dedicated video analytics servers by up to 90%.

Most Open Platform cameras which are currently available can only run one Application, but the processing power of Samsung Techwin's WiseNetIII DSP chipset provides customers with the option to run multiple Applications at the same time.

Bespoke video surveillance solutions - Having the ability to utilise on board Applications creates opportunities for cameras to be used for multi-tasking, with various departments within a business or organisation able to simultaneously collect and analyse valuable management information via different specialist video analytics Applications. It offers operation managers the potential to improve efficiency in areas such as process control, health & safety, marketing and human resource management, as well as enhancing the ability of security personnel to react quickly and effectively to any security threat.

Retailers, for example, can use cameras with an Open Platform capability to integrate with other in-store systems, software and technologies, such as EAS, EPOS, Access Control, ANPR, facial recognition, people counting, heat maps and human resource data, to analyse customer traffic patterns, manage queues or understand the implications of customer behaviour in relation to signage, store layout and promotions.

Milan Cathedral upgraded surveillance system with exacqVision

Milan Cathedral upgraded surveillance system with exacqVision

Editor / Provider: exacq | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Challenge:
The Milan Cathedral had an aging CCTV analog security system in place. They wanted to upgrade their surveillance system with new IP technology while also utilizing their existing infrastructure. To protect the cathedral's historical value, Milan Cathedral employees wanted to install a more reliable, updated security system.

Solution:
They installed three exacqVision LC-Series hybrid network video recorders (NVRs). The hybrid NVRs allowed the cathedral to connect their existing analog cameras and utilize the current infrastructure while also adding new IP cameras. The exacqVision NVRs provided them with a low-cost, powerful system.

The exacqVision system offered them the opportunity to select from thousands of IP camera models that are compatible with the exacqVision system. SIQR, an Italian local distributor, installed new SIQR Sentry two megapixel IP cameras. These new IP cameras provided high definition video and larger aspect ratios. The IP cameras cover more space, so they can see a greater area and detail with one camera. Within exacqVision, Cathedral security can zoom in and move around the image to see greater detail. After seeing the results of the new IP cameras, Milan Cathedral personnel decided to add more cameras. These cameras were strategically placed around the perimeter and inside the cathedral to monitor the most traffiked areas and valuable art pieces.

Each exacqVision server came pre-installed with exacqVision professional video management system (VMS) software. Fabbrica del Duomo Manager views the exacqVision client on his laptop using the free web client application. From the client, he can easily monitor video from all cameras. Within a few clicks, he can search and find the video evidence necessary. Specifically, the Cathedral Manager can use a timeline search to quickly identify the visual change and exact time in the video that he needs for the evidence. They are now able to respond to situations faster than ever before and provide local police with the appropriate video evidence.

The exacqVision solution proved to be future proof. They can easily add additional IP cameras and another server over the next few years to expand their security system.

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

IHS Research note: Canon to acquire Axis Communications

Editor / Provider: IHS | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Canon announced a public offer today to acquire Axis Communications. Axis is one of the world's largest suppliers of video surveillance equipment.

This is a massive development in the video surveillance equipment market. Until 2014, Canon was a small player in this market. However, back in August 2013, it revealed big ambitions when its CEO, Fujio Mitari, spoke about security cameras becoming an “important pillar” for the company and the market having “limitless possibilities for growth”. Then in June 2014, Canon acquired the world's largest supplier of video management software, Milestone Systems. Now, Canon is purchasing the world's largest supplier of network cameras. All of this shows just how seriously Canon is about expanding its interests in the video surveillance equipment market.

IHS estimates that Axis Communications was the third largest supplier of video surveillance equipment in 2014 with over 5% of a global market worth around $15 billion. Despite this, the company has faced intense competition, particularly from Chinese rivals in recent years. The largest of these, Hikvision and Dahua, have both been gaining market share faster than Axis. At the same time, the average selling price of a network camera has more than halved between 2010 and 2014.

Canon's acquisition of Axis is the latest in a number of major changes to the structure of the supply chain for video surveillance equipment. It comes just two months after Samsung Group sold Samsung Techwin. Today, the supply chain remains highly fragmented. The top fifteen suppliers account for less than 50% of revenues and there are thousands of small suppliers. Consolidation has been anticipated for some time and Canon's purchase of Axis could be just the start of a series of industry acquisitions in 2015.

Canon to acquire Axis for $2.8 billion

Canon to acquire Axis for $2.8 billion

Editor / Provider: Canon | Updated: 2/10/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Canon Inc. announces that it has decided to make a recommended public cash offer (the "Offer") to the shareholders in the Swedish company Axis AB ("Axis"; President and CEO: Ray Mauritsson) to tender all their shares in Axis to Canon. Completion of the Offer is subject to a number of conditions. The Axis shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

The Offer is friendly in nature and the Board of Directors of Axis has decided to recommend Axis's shareholders to accept it. The three largest shareholders in Axis, including the founders, who hold in aggregate approximately 39.5% of the total number of shares and voting rights in Axis, have undertaken to accept the Offer subject to certain conditions.

Under Phase IV of its Excellent Global Corporation Plan, launched in 2011, Canon aims to maintain its highly profitable structure and join the ranks of the world's top 100 companies in terms of all key measures of business performance. As a key strategy toward the achievement of this goal, Canon aims to develop new business through globalized diversification.

In recent years, the video surveillance system market has continued to realize rapid growth. Canon views its network surveillance camera business as a promising new business area and positions the business as a driving force for future growth within the Canon Group. Canon would be pleased to welcome Axis, the global leader in the network video solutions industry, into the Canon Group.

After the completion of the Offer, Canon envisages the following synergies.

1. Strong technology synergies
The combination of Canon's excellent optical and imaging technologies and Axis's outstanding network image processing technology will enable both companies to offer innovative, sophisticated network video solutions. Furthermore, by making use of Canon's wide range of research and development capabilities and manufacturing technologies, Axis will be able to boost product competitiveness.

2. Strengthening the intellectual property portfolio
Canon and Axis each own intellectual property in different technology fields. Together, the combined intellectual property portfolio will be strengthened across a broad area of technologies, allowing leveraged product development which will contribute to an increased ability to introduce new and innovative products, solutions and services to the market.

3. Enhancing the distribution and service network
To date, Canon has created a global distribution and service network for its camera products and business equipment. Additionally, Axis has a well-established worldwide network of 75,000 business partners, including system integrators. With Axis joining the Canon Group, Canon will be able to add Axis's distribution and service channels for network system products.

Axis is a global company that has continuously created innovative products and services from its founding in 1984 to today through its entrepreneurship and unique corporate culture. Following completion of the Offer, Axis's current management team will remain in place and its headquarters, development centers, and sales offices will remain in their current locations. The strong Axis brand name will be maintained and applied in all relevant markets. Furthermore, Axis will continue to be a separate legal entity within the Canon Group.

Overview of the Offer
1. Offer Price
340 Swedish krona per share

2. Number of Shares to be Purchased by Canon
69,461,250 Shares (100% of the issued shares in Axis)

3. Funds Required for the Purchase (Estimated)
Approx. 23.6 billion Swedish krona (Approx. 333.7 billion yen when all issued shares in Axis are acquired)

4. Indicative Timetable
Estimated date for launch of the Offer: Early March 2015
The Offer will be launched as soon as the Offer document is approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and Nasdaq Stockholm in early March 2015.

5. Other
Completion of the Offer is conditional on receipt of necessary regulatory, governmental or similar clearances, approvals and decisions, including from competition authorities.

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