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Bosch extends AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family

Bosch extends AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Delivering the highest quality of relevant IP video images in all lighting conditions, Bosch Security Systems brings its proven starlight and dynamic technology to the AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family of high-speed pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) domes. Whether capturing video in harsh sunlight or extreme low light, two new models of cameras provide round-the-clock protection regardless of lighting conditions. They ensure maximum image details are captured for traffic and transportation, industrial, government, city surveillance and many other applications faced with difficult lighting and moving objects indoors or out.

The new AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras deliver HD video images in extreme low light situations and capture moving objects in 720p HD resolution at up to 60 frames per second. The latest sensor technology combined with the sophisticated noise suppression results in a light sensitivity of 0.052 lux in color mode and even 0.0103 lux in monochrome mode.

In comparison, the AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD produces full color images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have turned to monochrome images. Where others show no image at all, it still delivers detailed monochrome images. Its ability to capture fast moving objects and excellent performance in extreme low light situations make the AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD ideal for securing, for example, parking lots or street corners. The AUTODOME IP dynamic 7000 HD camera features wide dynamic range and intelligent backlight compensation technology to ensure that moving objects or those of interest are enhanced and can be easily identified in scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas, which typically challenge standard cameras. To further improve the quality and relevancy of IP video images, both cameras also feature intelligent de-fog technology to dynamically adjust camera contrast settings to deliver the best quality in scenes affected by fog, smog, mist or other low contrast scenes.

Intelligent Video Analysis
Another differentiating feature of the AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically track objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata already in the camera. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By smartly using the camera's ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum.

Never lose track of objects of interest
In video surveillance, moving objects are usually the most significant objects of interest. Intelligent Tracking (iTracking) automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined alarm rules or a simple click. By intelligently distinguishing between single and multiple reference points, iTracking will provide uninterrupted tracking. Optimal capture of the object of interest is assured by dynamically adjusting the field of view. In addition, all AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models feature virtual masking technology. Virtual masks hide unwanted motion, such as swaying trees or pulsating lights, to improve the accuracy and performance of the cameras' intelligent features without hiding areas from the video seen by the operator.

24/7 remote access and camera control
Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The new AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models are fully supported by Dynamic Transcoding in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET transcoder.

Lower storage costs and network strain
To reduce storage costs and network strain the new AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD and AUTODOME IP dynamic 7000 HD cameras feature intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR). The benefit of this intelligent technology is that it leads to bandwidth only being used when needed. When there is little or no movement in the scene, less bitrate is required. Therefore, iDNR actively analyses the scene distinguishing between relevant information such as moving objects and image noise artifacts. The degree of noise reduction is adjusted accordingly so that important objects are captured and image noise artifacts suppressed, optimizing the camera's bitrate. Thus, iDNR saves up to 50% on bitrate and hence storage and network strain without compromising video quality. Local storage on the camera further enhances network performance by compensating for short network outages, so ensuring that video data is continuously available in VRM systems without breaks.

Dependable operation and easy installation
The AUTODOME IP 7000 HD family is available in an in-ceiling housing for areas where discrete installation is important or in a pendant version for indoor and outdoor applications. In-ceiling models feature IP54 and plenum ratings for added dust protection and the ability to mount the camera in areas used for air circulation for heating and air conditioning systems. Pendant models feature a tamper-resistant aluminium housing that is rated to IP66 and NEMA4X for uncompromised functionality even in wet environments – ensuring years of reliable performance. In addition, AUTODOME's dual power supply design assures continuous coverage even if one power source fails.

With pre-terminated, color-coded wiring and a quick-connect system between the camera and mount, AUTODOME IP 7000 HD models are faster and simpler to install than other PTZ domes. Support for High Power over Ethernet also provides power directly to the camera without additional cabling.

Dahua awarded in intelligent traffic surveillance

Dahua awarded in intelligent traffic surveillance

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology announce that its 3.0 megapixel intelligent video spot detector (DH-ITC304) was awarded ITS Golden Lion at ITS 2014; in addition, Dahua Technology, the corporate itself continued to win “China Top 30 ITS Brands” and “China ITS Recommendation Brand” for a third time.

ITS 2014, held from 10th to 12th June in Shenzhen, China, gave the highlight on advanced technical equipment and overall integration platform of intelligent transportation as well as system Integration both at home and abroad.

Dahua 3.0 megapixel intelligent video spot detector (DH-ITC304) adopts super low illumination sensor, which is perfectly suitable for working at dark or bad lighting environment; meanwhile, its built-in high performance processor satisfies parking spot detection, vehicle recognition and other intelligent functions without additional processing devices. One single DH-ITC304 spot detector is able to detect three standard spots at the same time, which will greatly increase efficiency.

The device is Wi-Fi or SD card optional, which means that it can cooperate with the all-in-one camera for parking guidance and card finding systems when it has access to internet. Moreover, the seven-color light is at customer's choice to easily indicate whether there is any vacant spot or not.

“Dahua Technology is not only a world leader in video surveillance, and actually, we've started our intelligent traffic business from 2006,” said Bill Zhou, Senior ITS Engineer at Dahua Technology. “Being backed up with strong company strength, Dahua ITS solution and products have a lead on easy installation, configuration and integration with multiple functions provided such as video and image collecting, license plate recognition, rule violence analytics and etc., this award is exactly a good proof to the point.”

Optex celebrates growth with new EMEA HQ located in UK

Optex celebrates growth with new EMEA HQ located in UK

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Optex, one of the global supplier in sensor technology, has announced its new EMEA headquarters based in Maidenhead, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. The new headquarters is the company's latest strategy to capture and support customer demands from the continuously growing security market across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

According to a report from IHS, the global market for physical security equipment and services was worth $110 billion 2012 and is expected to grow to $170 billion by 2017. As stated in the ‘Total Physical Security Equipment and Services – 2013' report, the Americas made up 41 per cent of the worldwide market in 2012, generating $46 billion in revenue, followed by Asia with $33 billion and the EMEA region with $29 billion. Each of these markets is expected to see strong growth over the next few years.

Mike Shibata, chairman of Optex EMEA, commented: “The United Kingdom is an ideal location for us to expand our international reach outside Japan. Currently, 35 per cent of our global sale is from Europe, which is just as important as our native Japanese market. In addition, Optex's biggest core business is in security, and the UK has the biggest security market throughout EMEA, so we see lots of opportunities for further growth.”

With the new localization of strategic planning in place and directions straight from EMEA, Optex aims to be the number one in each specialist market with strong customer-oriented strategy. The company's focuses include:
* Creating extra value by integrating surveillance cameras with sensing devices for quicker and more reliable detection of possible threats;
* Improving the security level of infrastructure-related facilities such as protection of public facilities against terrorist attacks;
* Enhancing the effort for advanced outdoor security ‘pre-alarm' penetration that enables advance warning of intruder before the break-in;
* And lastly, utilizing Optex's technology in automatic door operation safety to comply with European standards for automatic door activation.

Shibata added: “I believe that there are an infinite number of opportunities in between sensing technology and human life other than the above. Optex EMEA headquarters has established a mission to develop those new possibilities from the close contact with our customers and regional market place. Our goal is to contribute to a safe and comfortable society. With this in mind, we expect to see future success of Optex in EMEA.”

Avigilon supplies HD solution to multi-municipal water supply system in Portugal

Avigilon supplies HD solution to multi-municipal water supply system in Portugal

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 7/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Implement an advanced HD video surveillance system that is both cost effective and easy to operate to effectively oversee a massive, multi-municipal water supply and sanitation system in Portugal.

águas do Mondego SA, the concessionary company operating the multi-municipal water supply and sanitation system in the Baixo Mondego-Bairrada region of Portugal, installed 55 Avigilon HD cameras to monitor 27 different facilities across 13 municipalities. Security officials at águas do Mondego SA manage the high-definition system from their desktops inside the company's main control room using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) network video management software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. The security team also uses the ACC Mobile application to view live and recorded images wirelessly and Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage.

The versatile Avigilon HD solution has enabled águas do Mondego SA to effectively manage multiple facilities, ensuring operational efficiency and water supply quality. Leveraging ACC Mobile, security staff can monitor all sites remotely and make logical decisions while offsite because of the clear image detail that the Avigilon solution provides. Avigilon's HDSM technology is also instrumental in keeping the company's bandwidth low, a crucial factor for the company as the majority of its network is required for other operational needs. The intuitive interface makes navigation simple for the 30-plus users of the system. As águas do Mondego SA gradually transitions from their existing analogue system to an HD surveillance solution, they use Avigilon Video Encoders to ensure all cameras effectively run on the same platform.
- Remote access to all sites
- Easy to operate interface
- Reduced installation and maintenance costs
- Superior image quality
- Minimal impact on the network

Multi-Municipal Water Supply Company in Portugal Deploys Avigilon High-Definition System to Protect its Assets and Water Supply

Founded in 2004, águas do Mondego SA was created with the goal of providing the best water supply and treatment services in Portugal. Today, the company has grown tremendously and is currently responsible for overseeing over 80 different sites in 13 municipalities across the country. Prior to deploying the Avigilon solution, águas do Mondego SA used analogue video to cover the perimeter of just eight of those facilities. In order to protect their assets and the long-term safety of the water supply, the management team at águas do Mondego SA knew they needed to invest in a full-scale HD video surveillance system. “Our legacy analogue CCTV system was expensive and did not provide usable image quality that we could use for process control,” said Carlos Capucho, engineer at águas do Mondego SA. “With the old system, we could not do any remote monitoring and there were plenty of faults. Replacing our analogue system with an HD video solution was inevitable.”

The management team searched for a system that was easy to install, operate and upgrade and had a detailed but practical graphical user interface. With the assistance of Domosinal Systems, their Portugal-based partner, águas do Mondego SA conducted a thorough market analysis of different HD video surveillance system providers before ultimately choosing Avigilon because of its image quality, ease of use and versatility. “We concluded that Avigilon's end-to-end HD surveillance system was the most compatible with our operational needs,” stated Mr. Capucho. “In the years since installing Avigilon, we are pleased to report that the system has far surpassed our initial expectations.” As of December 2013, the company uses over 55 Avigilon cameras to oversee 27 facilities across Portugal with plans of expanding to 20 more facilities in the next year.

Integration with SCADA Software
águas do Mondego SA uses supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to gather and analyze real-time date of their water supply at each site. The management team at águas do Mondego SA have been able to leverage the Avigilon ACC software as a complementary tool for their SCADA systems, enabling remote and reliable video verification with HD images without any dedicated maintenance. “The Avigilon solution is directly integrated into the SCADA management systems,” said Mr. Capucho. “If SCADA detects an event, the Avigilon supporting footage can be sent to the operators, giving them enough real-time information to make an educated decision. The integration between the Avigilon system and SCADA means operators have fewer platforms to monitor.”

Remote Access
Avigilon's ACC Mobile application has made it convenient for the security team at águas do Mondego SA to monitor each of the 27 sites. With their previous system, the company did not have remote access, forcing them to make long trips whenever a situation arose. “In the past, when we received alarms, we had to go back and forth between sites that were more than 80 kilometers apart,” Mr. Capucho said. “With the Avigilon system, we can use the high-resolution footage to track our system's various stages of treatment online, without having to actually be on location.”

User-Friendly System
According to Mr. Capucho, “The Avigilon HD video surveillance system installed at Aguas do Mondego SA is easy to use with almost no maintenance required.” Mr. Capucho added, “The ACC software is an effective tool that helps us save on both cost and time when we need to go back and search for footage. The company has saved money on repairs and maintenance and it is easy to train all of our security staff on.”

Hikvision plug and play NVR awarded at ESX2014

Hikvision plug and play NVR awarded at ESX2014

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is proud to be announced as the winner of coveted Maximum Impact Award at the ESX 2014 in the Digital Recording Systems category of Video Security. The company's ‘plug and play' NVR (model DS-7716NI-SP/16) was the clear winner in its category. The award reaffirms Hikvision's commitment to research and development in video surveillance technology and the company's pledge to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.

The Maximum Impact Award is the only program in the security industry that honors the impact new and recently introduced products and services have on security integration and monitoring companies. This year's winners were determined by a panel of distinguished judges from the industry leadership and ranks of ESX owner and sponsors, CSAA and ESA, who evaluated the submitted entries.

"It's not just about the hype or the next big technology play - it's about solutions for real-life security problems that help integration and monitoring companies deliver better products and services to their customers," says ESX Chair, George De Marco. "Judges examined the submissions for overall value, impact and effect on a company's top and bottom line performance."

The Hikvision product that won the award is the NVR solution in a box. The ‘plug and play' approach to IP makes the system as easy to install as analog but provides superior image resolution up to 5MP. With built-in POE, alarms, audio and on-board storage capacity for most SMB needs, additional equipment is rarely required. These features and functionality make this NVR the perfect solution as a digital recording system that elevates clients' video security.

“We are excited to be recognized as the winner of this esteemed industry accolade,” says Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA. “Our focus continues to be on providing best-in-breed video surveillance solutions to our customers, including security integration and monitoring companies. This award serves as a further proof of Hikvision's innovation that helps to meet customer needs and grow profits.”

EverFocus's great leap forward: eZ Hopper

EverFocus's great leap forward: eZ Hopper

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 7/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EverFocus recently introduced an innovative function, eZ Hopper, for new series of DVRs/NVRs, allowing users to control up to 16 connected DVRs / NVRs in the same LAN network with just one single mouse.

This breakthrough feature will bring great benefits to the traditional small and medium-sized surveillance system. For traditional DVR/NVR users who want to expand the surveillance system, a costly Central Monitoring Software (CMS) and the time-consuming training can be a great burden. However, adopting the CMS solution is no longer the only way to scale up, EverFocus' newly developed function, eZ Hopper, is going to help you solve this problem.

The eZ Hopper is designed and developed upon the current DVR/NVR codebase, users do not need to learn any other complex configurations in order to manage the whole surveillance system, neither spend great setup cost and time. You just need to set up one DVR or NVR to be the Main Server, and the rest to be the Sub Servers. Simply connect a mouse to the Main Server, and then you will be able to move its cursor across all the connected monitors of the Main and Sub Servers and control their OSD menus respectively.

For the customers who currently are EverFocus' DVR/NVR users, they can simply upgrade to the new firmware and enjoy this powerful and flexible function. For the customers who would like to have a traditional small and medium-sized surveillance system but withdraw from using the CMS because of a considerable expanse and complicated operations, EverFocus' DVR/NVR coupled with the eZ Hopper function will definitely be more applicable and appealing.

[Lab Test Video] VIVOTEK FE8174 5MP Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera

[Lab Test Video] VIVOTEK FE8174 5MP Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 7/8/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

VIVOTEK FE8174 is the latest fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots, the camera is able to provide coverage of wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. has conducted a video to explore VIVOTEK FE8174 network camera from all major aspects. Let's take a look!

3 Must-Know of VIVOTEK FE8174
● State-of-the-art design
● 5MP 360-degree fisheye lens
● WDR enhanced

asmag Lab Test Results has conducted a video to explore network camera FE8174 on these essential aspects.
● IR-cut Filter
● Low lighting
● IE interface
● Multiple views
● ePtz

●  5-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
● 30 fps @ 1080p Full HD
● 1.5 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View and 360° Surround View
● Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function
● EN50155 Compliance for Professional Mobile Surveillance
● Real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec)
● WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright or Dark Environments
● Vandal-proof IK10-rated and Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing
● ePTZ for Data Efficiency
● Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE
● Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage
● Pixel Calculator for Image Clarity Measurement
● Support Local or Client Side Dewarping

Axis helps Hotel Princesse Caroline upgrade IP surveillance

Axis helps Hotel Princesse Caroline upgrade IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

One year after taking over management of the 3-star Princesse Caroline hotel, a 53-room establishment in Paris, Marc Lascaux started renovation work. Mr. Lascaux used this as an opportunity to modernize the hotel's surveillance system. He wanted it to be mobile, upgradeable and efficient.

Videoconsult, an Axis partner, proposed a simple system of five networked cameras to monitor the entrance, lobby and bar, areas with frequent traffic that may receive more than 100 people a day. The system is accessed from stationary computers (PC and Mac), smartphones (iPhone) or tablets (Android and iPad), thus allowing the manager to check the images no matter where he is.

Mr. Lascaux is very satisfied with this turnkey solution and with the services of the company that provides it. The cameras' impeccable image quality allows him to identify people and analyze situations in real time. He can also use the software's intelligent search capabilities later to instantly retrieve an incident based on the date and place where it happened. This gives him reliable information for faster decisions.

Remote access and intelligent searching
Opened in 1982, the Princesse Caroline hotel is a 3-star establishment located 100 meters from the Arc de Triomphe. Named after Napoleon's sister, it offers impressive Empire style and refinement. A year ago, Marc Lascaux took over the hotel, hoping to modernize its facilities. All of the rooms were refurbished, and the air conditioning and video surveillance systems were replaced. The hotel originally had analog cameras and a recorder that was digital but didn't allow remote access or intelligent searching. When the police wanted to access images of a suspect who had arrived five days previously, it took three hours to retrieve the exact moment of the incident.

Mr. Lascaux was won over by the expertise of Videoconsult, a specialist in video surveillance for businesses and hotels in France. When they first visited to provide an estimate, Mr. Lascaux told him what he needed: an intuitive system, remotely accessible by smartphone, that would directly visualize what was happening in the hotel and could quickly retrieve an event so that images could easily be provided to the police. Mr. Lascaux also wanted an upgradable system that would allow cameras to be added over time without replacing the whole system.

Discrete design
Videoconsult proposed four AXIS M3004-V Network Cameras, small, discreet fixed domes with HDTV quality for monitoring the lobby, bar and elevator, complemented by an AXIS P3354 Network Camera, a fixed, wide-angle HDTV dome to keep an eye on the hotel entrance. Thanks to their resolution, the five network cameras have replaced 10 previous analog cameras. “I never imagined that image quality had advanced so much,” Marc Lascaux explains. “The cameras blend into the decor, and our guests don't even notice them.” The cameras' installation took two and a half days and didn't disturb the hotel's activity. It took two days to install the cables, which were placed throughout the hotel in anticipation of future additions. Just one morning was enough for installing and adjusting the cameras.

“Videoconsult was there for us throughout the project. They advised us on placing and choosing cameras based on lighting conditions. They made sure our declaration to the prefecture and the supervisory authorities was compliant. They trained our personnel to use the software, and they called us back 10 days after installation to make sure things were running right,” says Mr. Lascaux. “In a 53-room hotel, the manager wears a lot of hats. So I have very little time to devote to each system, and I need the support of suppliers who are quick to respond. With their flexible structure and targeted expertise, Videoconsult met the specifications very well.”

Multiple scope of use
Cameras have several uses in the hotel business. They identify robbers and “hotel rats”, burglars who get into hotels by posing as guests. They also provide night vision for spotting people trying to enter the hotel in the evening when the glass entry door is closed.

$6.8M contract extensions for Synectics European transport operation

$6.8M contract extensions for Synectics European transport operation

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics has announced the extension of two major contracts for its European transport operation, Indanet, to provide maintenance services for CCTV and information infrastructure to Berlin's main public transport operator, BVG. The total value of the two, four-year contracts is $6.8 million (€4 million).

Munich-based Indanet has provided integrated security solutions for the BVG network, the largest contiguous urban transport network in Germany, since 1995. The two renewed contracts cover the maintenance of BVG's emergency and information system and the central control station for the handling of emergency calls. Both relate to the security of the subway network, which delivers 936 million passenger rides a year.

Christoph Bergdolt, CEO of Indanet, said: “Through a strong and co-operative relationship with BVG, we have developed a solution that has helped to improve security and passenger experience within Berlin's public transport system. Increased surveillance has led to a reduction in violent crimes and property damage from graffiti. Our control system also enables dispatchers to deploy and co-ordinate responses faster and with far greater precision.”

John Shepherd. Chief Executive of Synectics, said: “The renewal of these two significant contracts demonstrates the Group's ability to win, keep and grow large-scale projects of critical public importance.

“In addition to these contract wins, Indanet is also in discussion about new opportunities with BVG.”

Hikvision network cameras integrated with i3 Int'l SRX-PRO software

Hikvision network cameras integrated with i3 Int'l SRX-PRO software

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the world's suppliers of video surveillance equipment and solutions, announced the integration of its network security cameras with SRX-PRO software from i3 International, an industry provider in IP and Video Analytics technology.

By utilizing the GiPi (Generic IP Integration) module from i3 International, Hikvision's network cameras, including the 2-line HD series, DS-2CD7XXX series and DS-2CD8XXX series, are easily integrated with SRX-PRO software. The GiPi search function on the SRX-PRO server can auto-detect the cameras and configure IP addresses and other relevant information simultaneously. Mutual customers will benefit from the advanced features of Hikvision IP cameras such as motion detection, alarm, PTZ functionality, and storage of presets.

“The integration with i3 International VMS makes a great fit for any application regardless of SME or professional sectors. This integration greatly improves system operation efficiency, allowing our customers the benefit of flexibility and convenience,” noted Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision.

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