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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 4/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology and Genetec, a manufacturer of open platform, unified IP security solutions, have integrated their systems offering an advanced identity management solution. The companies have just made this exciting announcement: Suprema biometric devices can now be paired with Genetec's Security Center unified security platform through Entertech Systems' BioConnect 3.0 identity management platform. Together, these products simplify the process of deploying, enrolling and managing biometrics for secure access control in any situation.

The Suprema devices integrated with Genetec Security Center include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

“Suprema is very pleased to integrate its global leading biometrics technology into Genetec Security Center. The benefits of True Identity will offer enhanced security and extra convenience for the Synergis access control features in Genetec Security Center,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema. “This integration includes a wide range of premium biometric-driven access control devices that are suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, and will efficiently meet a wide range of system requirements.”

This new integration greatly facilitates managing the true identities of employees, visitors and the general public. Customers no longer have to worry about the security risks involved in approximation technologies like cards, PINs, fobs or keys – which can be borrowed,
shared, lost or stolen.

Suprema works with customers in a wide variety of markets to ensure finger and face recognition is used effectively every day for secure access to both physical facilities and software applications.

Genetec's flagship solution, Security Center, is an open-platform IP security system that merges IP access control and video management within a single unified solution. A seamless and real-time link between BioConnect and Security Center allows cardholder profiles to be captured centrally in Security Center, thereby eliminating duplicate activities, such as the dual cardholder data entry typically found in traditional integrations between standalone systems. Additionally, access control events generated by biometric devices can be monitored centrally through Security Center, while activity reports from doors with Suprema biometric devices can be consolidated with traditional doors and also linked with video for greater situational awareness. Genetec customers will benefit from the added features of proven biometrics, and centralized monitoring and activity reporting for traditional and biometric devices.

“With this new integration between Security Center and Suprema biometric devices, our customers will be able to overcome some of the major barriers to biometric adoption," said François Brouillet, Access Control Product Manager for Genetec, Inc. "BioConnect is an easy-to-use system integrated with Security Center. The simple enrollment process offers convenience and security when incorporating cutting-edge biometrics."

“Genetec is a leader in unified physical IP security management systems worldwide. By aligning with Suprema and Entertech Systems, Genetec is able to offer a truly integrated biometric access control system with its video security and ALPR capabilities for the first time," said Rob Douglas, CEO of Entertech Systems. "This integration through our BioConnect identity management platform is a successful example of market leaders coming together to enable easier adoption of biometrics. At Entertech Systems, we are purpose-built to help access control systems and end users overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption of biometrics, including cost, complexity and on-boarding users."

The Suprema line of biometric devices and Entertech Systems' BioConnect application are now available through Genetec. For more information, contact: sales@genetec.com

On April 15-17, Genetec, Suprema and Entertech Systems will be at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas. Genetec will be at booth #10053, and Suprema and Entertech Systems at booth #17101.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus deploys advanced security camera system

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Education

HIGHLIGHTS
* Designed a state-of-the-art surveillance system
* Enhanced public safety initiatives and improved operational efficiencies
* Streamlined monitoring capabilities
* Integrated various technologies delivering a new layer of safety and security

CUSTOMER
With a population of more than 53,000 students, faculty, and staff, the University of Illinois is a “city within a city.” Like any municipality, the university works to prevent and respond to criminal activity and emergencies by offering a variety of programs that create a safer place in which to study, work and socialize.

Campus lighting improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol and self-defense classes are just a few of the resources available to enhance student safety. The university has also invested in the technologies to support its safe campus initiatives, including access control and video security systems. At the Urbana-Champaign campus in east-central Illinois, for example, the University Police and Campus Informational Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) group have partnered to design an advanced, campus-wide security camera system, which includes Scallop Imaging cameras to better protect students, staff and assets across the 1,800-acre campus.

CHALLENGE
When the university made the decision to add more cameras to its existing system, there were two primary areas of focus: situational awareness and image identification. Scallop Imaging delivers full situational awareness with a constant 180° view and simultaneous zoom details in one standard video frame, delivering on both key requirements. “Scallop Imaging addressed our need for a camera that could deliver awareness in areas across campus where we wanted a wider view, such as hallways and open areas,” explained Uros Marjanovic, Network Service Engineer at the University of Illinois. Each department is responsible for its own security budget, so cost was also a key consideration.

SOLUTION
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus has hundreds of cameras installed in academic, athletic, cultural and student housing buildings, as well as outdoor public areas. “The Department of Public Safety takes a holistic approach towards security on campus, with the camera system being a key piece of that plan,” said Ken Felsman, Life Safety Engineer at the University of Illinois, who explained that the campus-wide system runs on Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS). The team has installed 150 Scallop Imaging cameras – about 16 percent of the total camera count – including both the D7-180 and M6-200 security cameras in areas where standard cameras were unable to perform at a high enough standard for clear identification.

The 6 MP Scallop Imaging M6-200 camera is the first distributed image panoramic camera specifically designed to provide outstanding image quality under very low-light conditions, giving the university the ability to accurately see events at any time of the day or night. “We installed the M6-200 cameras in areas that are naturally darker or not well lit and in corridors where there are exposed light switches that can be turned off,” noted Marjanovic.

As part of its mandate to provide patrol, investigation and emergency response services, the University Police have access to the campus-wide camera system 24/7. “Campus Police use the information gathered to create reports about specific events and can easily export video to share with stakeholders if necessary,” commented Felsman.

RESULTS
Each department requests system access for specific employees to see their departmental cameras. Those employees may use the cameras primarily for live viewing. “Someone might check the cameras to be sure the path to the parking lot is clear before leaving at the end of the day,” said Felsman. The Scallop Imaging technologies directly address the university's key requirement for complete situational awareness and detailed image quality, while meeting budget requirements. Instead of the traditional “one lens, one piece of film” box camera approach, Scallop Imaging distributes the imaging task among multiple sensors and combines their output at video rates in the camera itself to work similar to the human eye. Delivering a true 180° view without using fish-eye lenses that can distort images, Scallop Imaging can deliver exceptional image quality.

The cameras are durable, easy to install and have an extremely low failure rate. “We do all installations in-house and found it very straightforward,” affirmed Marjanovic.

One of the main reasons the university chose to install Scallop Imaging cameras was because of the cameras' sleek and discreet form factor. The fact that Scallop cameras blend in where conventional cameras do not was of particular importance because the university strives to maintain the architectural integrity of its buildings “Scallop cameras fit in better with the campus' overall design than a traditional dome camera mounted on a wall would,” commented Marjanovic. The cameras are so discreet that individuals walking by may not even know that there are cameras in the area.

From a security and safety standpoint, the university's goal is to deter criminal activity and protect students and staff from potential harm using a variety of methods and tools. “The Scallop Imaging cameras have helped achieve objectives put forth by our Department of Public Safety,” concluded Marjanovic. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus plans to add more as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Specialized selects MOBOTIX CCTV and access control solution to protect UK head office

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 3/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Specialized Bicycle Components in the UK to secure access to its headquarters, workshop and showroom protecting high value engineering tools and concept models.

Specialized is one of the most famous cycling brands in the world, with its iconic ‘S' favoured by professional road cyclists and mountain bikers the world over. With headquarters and design teams in California, the company's UK head office in Chessington includes extensive workshop and engineering expertise as well as a collection of high end models and concept designs within its showroom.

As part of a continual assessment of its security and procedures, in late 2014, Operations and Logistics Manager Ken Butler began a process to strengthen its general security and access control. “Although our UK headquarters are within a secured business park, we felt that with the prominence of our brand and value of some of the items within the showroom, our security could do with improvement.”

The UK site includes finances, sales and HR departments alongside a showroom and engineering workshop. The site also has extensive car parking and welcomes high profile figures from the cycling world for meetings within its well-equipped boardroom. “As an engineering focussed company, we are very conscious of using the right technology for any task and this ethos also extended to our choice of access control and CCTV system.”

Butler sought recommendations from another trusted supplier for a specialist able to advise it on strengthening its security posture. “Switchnet Systems came to us highly recommended as knowledgeable and highly skilled security specialists and at our initial meeting introduced us to the MOBOTIX technology which fitted well with our requirements for a powerful system without the complexity, maintenance or reliability issues that legacy CCTV has traditionally experienced.”

Switchnet Systems proposed using a MOBOTIX decentralised CCTV and access control system across its headquarters building.

The system removes the need for a central control room and allowed Specialized to set up flexible access control and monitoring options at multiple location as well as mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Working closely with MOBOTIX Award Winning distributor NBM, Switchnet Systems undertook a site survey and rapid implementation project over a 6 week period. Using the existing local area network with the addition of just a single additional network switch and NAS for archiving video footage, Switchnet Systems installed 11 MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, providing 13 individual video streams plus a T25 video door station. The system is also integrated with multimedia phones at several places in the building with handsets to allow rapid verification of visitors and remote door opening. The majority of the system comprises of MOBOTIX Q25 cameras offering a 360° all-round view to capture an entire room, a panorama function and a quad view to show images from four different angles simultaneously.

“The solution proposed by Switchnet Systems uses far fewer cameras than we expected while still monitoring every inch of our ground floor and entrances with exceptionally high quality video,” says Butler, “We were also impressed by the attention to detail and ability to meet some of our technical requirements demonstrated by Switchnet Systems and the MOBOTIX technology.”

Butler points to one example where the front door is connected to the MOBOTIX T25 and sensors provide an alert sent to the multimedia handsets to warn that a door has been wedged or left open for an extended period of time. “The CCTV cameras are virtually undetectable and the functionality and features of the system are simple to operate yet extremely powerful without requiring a dedicated security guard.” The system has performed flawlessly since installation and Butler is now evaluating the use of MOBOTIX to upgrade its 35,000 sq/ft equipment warehouse. “This has been a successful project that matches our ethos of innovation and engineering excellence while protecting our staff and visitors without obtrusive cameras or obstructive access controls.”

Riding on security solutions to safety

Riding on security solutions to safety

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

While security products can help with theme park management, operators still rely on them for the original purpose that they were designed for: keeping premises safe and secure. Products and solutions, such as video surveillance, access control, and RFID can help operators achieve their security objectives.

For amusement parks, they deal with several types of security concerns. The first is the protection of premises from various harms. “As like any pubic commercial business, threats that have the potential to prevent or hinder the achievement of objectives that the business needs to perform, for example processes to keep the business financially safe and compliant from potential threat sources, can range from vandalism, terrorism, criminal activity, and asset loss and safety,” said Pedro De Jesus, Channel Manager for Security at Gallagher.

Another concern is ensuring the safety of visitors, some of whom may enter or exit rides from the wrong side or wander off to restricted areas. Locating missing children or members of a group is another primary focus. To address those concerns, security products and solutions are deployed, offering vital and much needed assistance to operators as they strive to build an overall safe environment.

Preventing child abduction and theft
Video surveillance plays a vital role in keeping amusement parks safe, especially when it comes to detecting and deterring crime. “A premier form of electronic surveillance, video provides real-time monitoring of situations, both at the location and remotely,” said Craig Dahlman, Director of IP Camera Products at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Video security is a proven solution that can offer a complete answer for protecting customers, co-workers, and employees while additionally offering a watchful eye over property.”

Cameras are installed at various points in the park as well as at entrances to prevent various crimes, such as child abduction, although the mere presence of cameras should serve as a deterrent. “Visible installation of cameras and the knowledge that there is a video surveillance system is mostly sufficient to repel potential kidnappers,” said Roland Feil, Director Sales at Dallmeier Electronics, adding that high-definition cameras offering crystal clear images can also help investigate theft and shoplifting, which can be quite rampant at theme parks. Another important value of video surveillance is it can help operators request the necessary compensation should something happens. “It provides indisputable documentation of an event. While serving as a visual deterrent to crime, it gives park managers and security and safety professionals the tools they need to validate liability claims,” Dahlman said.

Locating lost visitors
Tracking lost children or members of a group over a large space like theme parks can be a daunting challenge. RFID, which entails communications between a tag and a reader, can be utilized for this purpose. “It keeps children safe by determining where the child last used the RFID credential. The child's credential can also be programmed not to work without being tagged in tandem with the parent's credential,” said Scott Lindley, President of Farpointe Data.

RFID not only can track lost visitors but also park employees as well. “They can be used to track lone workers, perhaps maintenance workers working in remote parts of the park outside of opening hours, to ensure that staff are accounted for and located, so emergencies can be spotted more quickly,” said John Davies, MD at TDSi.

Better yet, RFID can be integrated with other technologies, such as video analytics, to offer visual verification of the missing person. “Passive RFID tags can allow wearers to be tracked at specific portals throughout the park. While passing through those areas, images can be logged to validate the wearer's location,” said Larry Bowe, President of PureTech Systems. “On a more advanced level, the use of active RFID tags or small GPS transmitter could allow map-based tracking throughout the park and provide the ability to instantly swing a PTZ or zoom a high-resolution fixed camera directly to the child or person in question.”

When looking for lost visitors, every second counts. Video surveillance technologies nowadays have video forensic capabilities that enable quick retrieval of critical video data. “With metadata, which adds sense and structure to video surveillance, it is possible to immediately retrieve the correct evidence of hours of recorded materials in a couple of seconds,” said Pieter van den Looveren, Manager of Marketing Communication for Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems. “Today's video forensic tools can include details on age, clothing color, gender, and even geographic vicinity, allowing a user to literally enter a video search looking for a ‘small male child, wearing a red shirt last seen in the area of a particular ride during a specified time frame,'” Bowe said. “Video clips meeting these requirements can be quickly provided to security for a timely analysis.”

Detecting suspicious objects
While the technology is nothing new, detecting unattended or suspicious items by way of video analytics continues to be a popular application for theme parks, which might be targets for terrorist attacks. “With the help of modern video content analysis, it is possible to issue an alarm if any objects remain within a certain area for a predefined period of time,” Feil said. “The systems can also prevent the blocking of escape routes, fire rescue paths, or approach roads for ambulances by parked objects, which could have very serious consequences in case of an emergency.”

Intrusion detection Perimeter protection is a major concern, especially during the night when theme parks are closed. Delinquents, thieves, or burglars trying to climb over the fence and get into the park need to be kept out. Video analytics and cameras are deployed for this purpose, keeping parks safe and sound after business hours.

“Intelligent video can determine, for example, if an object approaches an area, from which direction it is coming, or how long it stays in a certain area,” Feil said. “This means that intruders can be detected early on and an alarm can be triggered. Comprehensive validity checks reduce false alarms, which may be triggered by leaves swishing in the wind or animals, to a minimum without missing ‘real' alarm messages.”

Video recording during night time, when everything is dark, presents a daunting challenge. Luckily, advances in lowlight and thermal technologies have solved this problem. “Today's thermal imagers have become very affordable, and as video analytic technology continues to improve, protection ranges increase greatly,” Bowe said. “The ability for video analytics to utilize a single camera for distances from hundreds of meters to kilometers makes implementing measures for night time surveillance more effective and more affordable.”

Access Control in critical areas
Like any other businesses, theme parks can step up access control through multifactor authentication, or a combination of tokens, passwords, or, for entry into more critical areas, biometrics. “Biometrics is typically used throughout high security or restricted places, for example head-end sever rooms, cash holding rooms, and security operations,” De Jesus said. “Access to these areas can be controlled to ensure only those staff that are appropriately qualified or trained can gain access.”

Access control management software can offer rapid authorization or removal of access when required. “Examples include contractors needing access to service the rides or attractions, or temporary staff no longer needed to work in restricted areas,” said Davies.

Ensuring safety of equipment
Finally, security products can help ensure that rides and other types of equipment are in good shape. “Video analytics is desirable for monitoring abnormalities, for example smoke, breakage of a gear, movement of a critical component, or overheating through the use of thermal cameras. They can even be used to ensure certain safety procedures are being followed,” Bowe said.

Safe and fun
People come to amusement parks to relax and have a fun day with their family and friends. They can't have fun if constantly being bugged by worries that something might happen. With various security products and solutions in place, operators can strive to make their parks as safe as possible and offer the ultimate visitor experience.

 ŠKODA dealership protects its parking with FLIR FC series S thermal imaging cameras

ŠKODA dealership protects its parking with FLIR FC series S thermal imaging cameras

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 2/4/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

"On our parking lot for new cars, we were having problems with some pretty audacious thieves, who were after the alloy rims on our brand-new vehicles." explains Stefan Butterbrodt, Service Manager at Rindt & Gaida. "This type of theft alone is bad enough in itself, but even more damage was incurred because they simply dropped the new vehicles on their door sills. You can't sell a vehicle like this as a new car. Of course this also causes a considerable effort in dealing with the insurance company and leads to higher insurance premiums on the long run."

SOPHISTICATED SECURITY CONCEPT
Therefore in 2014 the dealership decided to actively combat this organized theft. The Škoda dealership contacted security specialist Tobias Vieth at the security technology company HDS Sicherheitstechnik. After analyzing the requirements on site, it was clear to him: a standard solution would not be suitable in this case. "A fence had already been built to discourage burglars. Unfortunately, this did not have the desired effect. What we needed was a comprehensive concept, including a camera and video analysis system.” says Tobias Vieth.

Mr. Vieth therefore developed a security concept together with Dirk Ostermann from the company DOI Video Security Business. It relies on detection by FLIR thermal imaging cameras. Originally, the site including the parking lot for new cars was to be monitored using three or four FLIR FC series S thermal imaging cameras, which have a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and different lenses for different fields of view. However, due to the fact that the parking lot for new cars is divided by a road, there would have been an area that would no longer be visible for the cameras. "Now we have set up two FLIR cameras on this space for new cars", explains Tobias Vieth. "The area measures 50 x 70 meters and the biggest challenge was that a road runs between the space and the mast." As a solution, Dirk Ostermann recommended using a FLIR FC 645 S with a high thermal image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. With its field of view of 45 x 37 degrees, it is able to oversee the entire area.

MASSIVE MAST FOR CLEAR DETECTION CONDITIONS
The thermal imaging cameras have been installed at different heights and facing in different directions. Tobias Vieth designed a 16-meter mast and had a structural engineer calculate it specifically for this purpose. "We decided to make it extra sturdy to avoid vibration and fluctuations in the camera image and thus allow for crystal clear presentation and accurate detection." A megapixel speed dome camera has been installed on the mast. As soon as the FLIR thermal imaging cameras detect suspicious activity, the speed dome automatically targets the location in question. This helps ensure clear identification of possible thieves.

MINIMIZING FALSE ALARMS
Dirk Ostermann, owner of DOI Video Security Business advised HDS Sicherheitstechnik advice on product selection and system design. "It was important for us that as few false alarms as possible were sent to the security control center. That's why we used high-quality products from FLIR Systems, Norma Systems and Heitel. This combination had proven itself in other projects," explains Dirk Ostermann. "The video analysis method used here was specifically aligned with thermal imaging technology. This has to be extremely precise to ensure that as few false alarms as possible are sent from the Heitel system to the security control center operated by the company Mebo Sicherheit GmbH in Bad Segeberg, Germany. The video analysis should detect people and not small animals such as cats or rabbits. For potential burglars, who enter the grounds at night, the security control center has to be able to see what's going on immediately by using live images."

RAPID RESPONSE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
Torsten Ulmer from the company Xtralis provided the Heitel recording system with the Norma systems software, which sends live images directly to the security control center whenever suspicious activity is detected. "In cases of emergency, intervention measures are immediately implemented: the police or security personnel takes action on site without delay. The control center can then see exactly whether there is a single perpetrator or several. It can then provide the police with targeted information. This could include whether a robbery is actually in progress or whether vehicles or buildings are being vandalized. Instructions from the control center like "back up a few meters, the perpetrators are to your right" can be very helpful in these situations. It would also be conceivable to address the perpetrators directly over the loudspeakers to scare them away if it is more important to protect the property than to apprehend the intruders."

WIDE-RANGE PROTECTION
"So far, we have secured three areas, which include the parking lot for new vehicles, the area in front of the building and a back courtyard. Just three days after installing the system, it detected a theft on the parking lot for new cars," explains Tobias Vieth proudly. Dirk Ostermann is also impressed with the results: "Coordination between the system manufacturers worked really well. We not only did the planning, but provided the customer with support during startup together with experts from the individual manufacturers, who were on site and helped get the system up and running. This worked out really well."

Škoda Service Manager Stefan Butterbrodt is also satisfied: "The pictures I've seen are sensational. Now that the final installations are finished, we have full camera surveillance and video analysis capabilities. I can confidently say that it was worth the investment. We are very satisfied and can only recommend it."

EXTENDING THE SECURED AREA
The parking lot for new vehicles, the area in front of the building and a back courtyard have been secured, but in September 2014 a new problem arose in the area reserved for used cars. "Unfortunately, a small section of our site is not yet covered, and that's exactly where an incident has now occurred. We had a graffiti attack on some vehicles in the used car area," says Stefan Butterbrodt. "At the moment we have between 5 and 10 vehicles in the sales area with graffiti on them, which of course have to be cleaned. Therefore we are now planning to extend the security to cover the entire site."

It's a new challenge for Tobias Vieth's design team at HDS and security specialist Dirk Ostermann - and of course for FLIR's FC series S thermal imaging cameras.

Protected against harsh environments

Protected against harsh environments

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Tech Corner

When it's pouring outside, or the temperature hits -10 degrees, you want to make sure your surveillance equipment is still working properly. Nowadays, equipment for critical environments — those that are subject to water, dust, winds, sand, salt, or extreme climatic patterns — is built with durability in mind and can effectively withstand harsh conditions. This way, users can rest assured that their products will work normally no matter how tough the surroundings get.

Surveillance equipment isn't just for homes or offices. Sometimes, it is founded in some of the harshest and most unrelenting places in order to keep premises safe and secure. Whether it's set up on a maritime oil drilling platform or somewhere in the Middle East where summer temperatures may easily hit 50 degrees Celsius, equipment must be hardened and ruggedized to be able to perform smoothly and provide maximal safety for users.

International Standards
To help users understand whether certain products are suitable for certain conditions, several international standards have been formulated to indicate how effectively they can work in environments prone to water, dust, explosions, and impact. Some of these standards are listed below.

IP
IP or ingress protection ratings specify how capable equipment can withstand the ingress, or entry, of foreign solids or water. An IP denotation is usually consisted of two numerals, with the first indicating the protection of equipment against solid foreign bodies and the second indicating protection against water. For critical environment equipment, it should be rated IP66 to IP68 as opposed to IP32 to IP54 for indoor settings. A similar rating system, published by National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA), specifies protection of electronic equipment against external ice, corrosive materials, and oil immersion in addition to dust and water.

Hazardous Areas
Hazardous locations are specified under different rating systems around the world. For critical environment equipment, it should be able to work well in areas designated as Class 1 Division 2 Group A or B in North America, or as Gas Group IIC in Europe. Both indicate places where easily flammable gases and vapors, such as hydrogen and acetylene, are present.

IK
The IK rating system is used to denote protection of equipment against impact produced by either a natural disaster or vandalism. It ranges from IK00, or no protection, to IK10, or protection against 20-joule impact, equivalent to the impact of a 5-kilogram mass dropped from 400 millimeters above impacted surface.

Others
Winds are categorized by their speed on the so-called Beaufort Scale. Equipment in critical environments should resist winds of up 61.2 meters per second, or No. 17 on the scale.

This is in contrast to typical equipment that only needs to work well in 41.4 meters-per-second winds, or No. 13 on the scale. Meanwhile, given temperatures often get extremely high or low in critical environments, equipment must be able to withstand these conditions. While typical equipment should have a working temperature range from -10 to 60 degrees Celsius, critical environment products should be able to work in a range between -40 and 70 degrees Celsius. For special equipment in factories monitoring boilers or furnaces, it must be able to withstand high temperatures from 300 to 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Hardened and Ruggedized
When security equipment is installed in critical areas for whatever purpose it's designed for — video surveillance, access control, or intrusion detection — it must be toughened to weather adverse conditions. Special technologies or materials, for example epoxy resin, polyamide, and aluminum alloys, are used to make the products work well in regions or vertical markets that call for hardened, ruggedized equipment.

Video Surveillance
Cameras are needed not just in commercial or residential settings but also in places that are subject to danger or extreme weather conditions. “There's high customer demand for rugged, environmental performance,” said Craig Dahlman, Director of IP Camera Products at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

“Rugged, fortified systems are needed to protect delicate and valuable camera and optics packages.” To meet that demand, Pelco by Schneider Electric has manufactured a series of products that are able to withstand explosions, water and dust ingression, fog, high and low temperatures, winds of up to 57 meters per second, and corrosion by salt and different types of chemicals.

Various cutting-edge technologies have been adopted to make those features possible. For example, certain products feature the pressurized integrated optics cartridge (IOC) technology, which protects the equipment from moisture and airborne contaminants and packages an auto-focus camera, lens, heater, and sensors in a small, self-contained, and sealed unit. Dry nitrogen pressurized to 10 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG) protects the environment inside the cartridge, whereby sensors strategically placed in the cartridge send an alert message if changes in pressure, temperature, or humidity are beyond factory-set acceptable limits.

Certain models also feature heater, window defroster, sun shroud, and thermal insulation blanket to enable operation in temperature conditions ranging from as low as -46 degrees Celsius to over 49. In the event of a power failure during an ice storm, the entire unit can deice itself and become operational in just two hours after regaining power at a temperature as low as -25 degrees Celsius.

“Video security and surveillance is a mission-critical application … and there is a global demand for these products, particularly in hot dry areas, cold wet areas, marine environments, and humid environments,” Dahlman said.

Illumination products supplement video cameras by providing the necessary lighting and are sometimes placed in critical environments as well. “Housed in marine grade aluminum with a toughened glass window … our critical environment products have a wide operating temperature range from -52 degrees Celsius to 55. Our thermal management system achieves up to 60 percent better heat dissipation than other LED luminaires with a significantly cooler operating temperature,” said Barry Thompson, Head of Hazardous Area Division at Raytec.

These features make Raytec lighting products ideal for a variety of verticals and regions. “We are currently delivering illumination in a vast number of challenging and remote applications across the globe, such as oil fields in Kuwait and Dubai, oil pipelines in North Africa, and offshore platforms in UK and various Middle East regions,” Thompson said.

Access Control
No stringent requirements are demanded of access control readers for commercial or residential applications. But when placed on the outside or in a critical environment, that's a different story.

“The reader has to withstand torrential rain in an outdoor installation,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology, which is set to release an IP66 reader. “Plus, it has to be durable enough to be able to work properly in the long term in a harsh environment and withstand human-made damage.”

Materials play an important part in toughening the products. Hundure, for example, uses as a main ingredient epoxy resin, which is an excellent electrical insulator and protects electrical components from short circuiting, dust, and moisture. “We have epoxy inside the reader to make it totally waterproof for outdoor installations,” Su said. Potting, or the filling of a complete electronic assembly with a solid or gelatinous compound for resistance to shock, vibration, moisture, and corrosive agents, is also used during the manufacturing process. “We use potting material for the majority of our readers, which seal them from any kind of water penetration,” said Steven Katanas, Director of Sales for Australia and New Zealand at HID Global. “Potting completely encases all electronics and stands up well to many harsh outdoor environments. An outer case might get beat up a bit, but the inner electronics are durable.”

The other critical element in an access control system, namely the cards, should not be overlooked, either. “Some cards use more durable materials than others. For instance, a line of our smart cards use an ABS shell construction for durability in harsh environments, and can be used in diverse applications including physical access control, PC logon, biometric authentication, time and attendance, cashless vending, public transportation, airline ticketing, and customer loyalty programs,” Katanas said.

Perimeter Intrusion Detection
Perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs) are almost always placed on the outside of important premises such as airports, power plants, and certain government facilities. Sometimes equipment is deployed at places with highly intensive electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) may occur. PIDSs with EMI-resistant capabilities are therefore a plus. “One of our perimeter security taut-wire products was installed around a Radio Free Europe site, which transmits one megawatt power of short wave radio using curtain array antenna. These are extreme RF condition,” said Hagai Katz, Senior VP Marketing and DB at Magal Security Systems. “The most demanding conditions were for sections of the fence, which happen to reside right below the antennas' feeders, absorbing very high radio frequency radiation. In spite of all, the system has managed to perform perfectly.”

Heavy winds are also a threat to equipment or products placed on the outside, and manufacturers have different ways to overcome that. For example, Navtech Radar, which makes radar-based PIDSs, puts all the moving parts inside wind-resistant enclosures. “Normally if you have a rotating part exposed to the wind, then the wind pushes on that rotating part, moving it in a way you don't want it to move,” said Philip Avery, MD of Navtech Radar. “All our rotating parts are inside an enclosure. There is a plastic radome that protects the rotating parts from the wind and other elements.”

Any fixings — connectors, screws, and others — that hold the radar together should also be protected. Navtech Radar, for example, is considering putting plastic coating on the connectors to protect them from corrosion, which may occur at heavily corrosive environments like road tunnels.

“Different parts of the radar are bolted together using screws, and the last thing you want is to have those screws heavily corroded so the radar will fall apart,” Avery said. “You need to make sure that not only the main body of your system is made of the right material, but the fixings that hold it together are also made of the right material.”

Door Phones/Intercom/PA
Placed at the entries of residences, door phones should be able to adapt to various local climatic conditions. “Our products are used in high-temperature regions such as the Middle East and Africa, and also used in low-temperature areas like Russia or Scandinavian countries,” said Yoshi Nishiyama, who works for the international sales department of Aiphone. “Regarding the materials, we use environmental friendly materials complying with WEEE & RoHS. And the plastic materials we use are self-extinguishing materials against fire. All the metal materials for door phone units are designed against vandalism, and they have protection against water, sunlight, acids, and so on.”

For intercom and PA manufacturer Zenitel, it chooses polyamide as the material for making its industrial-grade PA call panels and intercom stations.

“Initially, our PA system was designed for the oil and gas industry and marine vessels. Polyamide is resistant to corrosion, so it's suitable for marine environments. Also that material is quite strong so it can withstand impact,” said Piet De Vriendt, Commercial Product Manager for Vingtor-Stentofon at Zenitel. “Fewer and fewer companies are making intercom stations out of metal for industrial applications, as new technologies have improved for polyamide, which is also better for corrosion and chemical resistance.”

Thing to Look for During Installation
For critical environment installations, a rule of thumb is to get products that are rated for conditions worse than where the equipment is being installed. “At the very least, users should make sure they are not installing equipment that is rated for a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment into an area where there will be considerable heat and moisture fluctuation,” HID's Katanas said.

Integrators should also help clients build an infrastructure that presumes and prepares for changes in the future, including ensuring durable performance in harsh environments. “This requires a platform that is dynamic, open, and adaptable, and that ensures security is independent of hardware and media so that organizations can evolve their infrastructure to meet tomorrow's needs,” he said.

With security products becoming increasingly network-centric, how to protect the network infrastructure in critical areas is also important. Some countries or regions even have rules about how IP-based equipment should be installed.

“The Middle East has requirements for transmission equipment that can tolerate very high temperatures. In India we have the same requirements, and in both markets high winds, dust, and sand are an issue, which the transmission equipment must also be able to withstand,” said Sara Bullock, Business Development Director at AMG Systems, adding her company has devoted much R&D efforts on heat reduction.“Our products carry many interfaces within the same box, which dramatically reduces the equipment required at the remote position, which in turn reduces heat within the cabinets,” she said. “A critical factor is airflow. Our products have ventilation slots on the casing, and as long as they are mounted in the correct way, they allow airflow to be forced up through the units.”

Zenitel's De Vriendt stressed the importance of collaborating with someone who is strong at IP setup in harsh conditions. “The most important advice we can give to integrators and installers is to have good cooperation with the consultants who specify the system and to work with companies that have experience with setting up IP networks in these environments,” he said.

Built With Durability
Today's surveillance equipment is built with durability in mind, able to resist various harsh environments to satisfy users' needs. With an understanding in these products, and knowledge on how they should be set up properly, users can have full assurance that their surveillance systems will run smoothly in the midst of inclement conditions.

Exacq Technologies partners with VoloForce to leverage video security

Exacq Technologies partners with VoloForce to leverage video security

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 1/23/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, a leading manufacturer of video management system (VMS) software and servers used for video surveillance, has announced an integration with VoloForce Real Cadence, a software as a service (SAAS) real-time retail execution solution. Real Cadence goes beyond loss prevention to leverage the exacqVision security system as much more than just a security system. This provides retailers with a tool to manage strategic branding, store operations and every aspect of the business.

Users can visually see their product placement in each individual store throughout the world and ensure their brand is being properly executed.

Real Cadence by VoloForce enables exacqVision users to control their global brand appearance and improve the customer experience through operational insight. With the integration, users can visually see their product placement in each individual store throughout the world and ensure their brand is being properly executed. This integration allows corporate office users and regional store managers to associate the exacqVision video of specific retail locations with corporate checklists and brand processes within Real Cadence, saving them time and reducing operational costs of traveling to each location. Video from the appropriate camera is automatically mapped to the zone within the store department. Real Cadence also connects exacqVision video to the traffic counter feature to verify the video with the number of people entering and exiting the store. At any time, a regional manager can view and receive the necessary insight into all locations operations.

“The VoloForce Real Cadence integration allows exacqVision users to leverage surveillance video for operational benefits beyond security,” said Scott Dennison, Director of Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “Now, retailers can visually monitor their store's key performance indicators without costly travel.”

This integration requires an exacqVision server with a current exacqVision Professional or Enterprise license.

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Expanded IP camera portfolio from Bosch makes professional surveillance easy for everyone

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The recent release of the IP 2000, IP 4000 and IP 5000 camera families from Bosch Security Systems creates a comprehensive portfolio of IP cameras that make it easy for small and medium-sized organizations to set up professional surveillance solutions. With these cost-effective cameras, Bosch raises the bar and sets new standards in security and data management for everyday surveillance situations, including schools, hospitality sites, retail shops, commercial buildings and more.

The IP 5000 family offers resolutions up to five megapixel to make it easy to distinguish individuals or minor details, significantly increasing the effectiveness of retrospective analysis. For applications where cost is more important than fine scene details, the IP 4000 family offers 720p resolution. And, the IP 2000 family is ideal for small retail businesses, as it includes two-in-one solutions that combine a built-in passive infrared (PIR) sensor and a 720p HD IP video surveillance camera – guaranteeing easy identification of events or intruders day and night.

All cameras are equipped with Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT) to tailor camera settings to scene contents. Depending on movement and varying light intensity, the camera settings are continuously and dynamically adjusted to ensure perfect exposure of objects of interest while reducing bitrate by up to 50 percent. Consequently, storage costs and network strain are reduced significantly without compromising video quality.

Video data can be stored in the cloud, on a network video recorder like the DIVAR IP 2000 recording solution from Bosch, or on the built-in SD card offered by many of the cameras. Users can easily access video data and control cameras with the free Video Client or Video Security app from Bosch. The Video Security app combined with Dynamic Transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Users can easily control cameras and view live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. The IP 2000, IP 4000, and IP 5000 cameras support Dynamic Transcoding when used with a DIVAR IP recording solution or VIDEOJET transcoder from Bosch.

The cameras also work seamlessly with security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems.

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Transportation vertical sets eyes on integrated and intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Transportation holds the key to the development of a city, ranging from public transport such as buses, trams, metro, trains, airlines, to waterways infrastructures and even terminals for passengers and cargos. As far as most of the governments are concerned, transportation security is the utmost prior issue when it comes to providing a safe and secure environment for their citizens. However, transportation security is a rather broad concept, in terms of security systems deployments, there are more details that we need to look into.

For rail and metro, they usually require a set of comprehensive and centralized system that allows the authorities to make prompt and precise decision, control various systems simultaneously, and work collaboratively between multiple offices and departments at the same time when dealing with emergency or large-scale incident.

On the other hand, airway transportation usually faces with national security-level issues. “Airport security is one of the biggest challenges in modern times. They are extremely busy public places and, unfortunately, so are prime targets for terrorism and activism,” said Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software. “If we look at security breaches at airports, we can see that it that the damage caused is very often at a national level and involves civilians from many nations.” In the airlines security, , more information needs to be integrated into a central management system – starting from passenger security, cargo and baggage, environmental systems, emergency management systems, to employees' management.

Different means of transportation may emphasize on different security needs and concerns; however, all of the demands are pointing at the same idea – intelligent and integrated system.

IP vs. Analog
In general, IP-based system is definitely leading the transportation applications, especially in the European and North American market. However, with advantages such as quality real-time monitoring without image delay at a relatively fair price, analog is still an ideal option for limited budgets and retrofit project. In fact, a considerably large demand on analog systems, like HDCVI, for transportation is seen in Asian countries, according to Terry Yuan, Product Director at Dahua.

Moreover, due to limited budget for retrofit project, requirement for both analog and IP systems, hybrid system, that can help the end users to seamlessly integrate their old equipment with new IP surveillance systems is trending, according to expert from EverFocus. “Often, transportation customers leverage government funding for security expansions or upgrades and budgets are restrained. Therefore, they may choose to utilize existing infrastructure while migrating to an IP system. As a manufacturer, it is important to be able to integrate with existing investments as closely as possible to help maximize older technology. When budget becomes available, IP cameras, for example, can easily replace older legacy technology,” said Ron Grinfeld, Director of Global Vertical Markets at DVTEL.

Purposes beyond Security
Sharing across departments creates added values
Video surveillance in the city has usually been used for multiple purposes across various departments. Other than transportation security, video surveillance system is served for operational and managing purposes such as monitoring traffic conditions. Furthermore, it also helps reduce false accusations of injury on the municipally owned transportation.

Therefore, it is crucial for the surveillance materials to be accessible by all related authorities. “The main requirement here is that any system used needs to provide a simple way of sharing video across many departments, without the need for custom applications or programs,” said Rob Hile, Director of Strategic Accounts at SureView Systems.

Advanced video surveillance solution
Transportation sector usually calls for a more integrated security solution that comes along with advanced intelligent function rather than pure surveillance monitoring system. For most of the transportation cases, the end users are dealing with an enormous area with numerous premises. Not only they have to make sure that the best service is provided, they have to keep hundreds or thousands of passengers safe and secure – only with integrated and intelligent surveillance systems they can effortlessly achieve this goal.

“Transportation entities are often geographically diverse, incorporating multiple facilities, open spaces, and large parking areas. Overall, security solutions for transportation markets need to ensure public safety, improve operational efficiency, and add global situational awareness for mission critical systems,” said Grinfeld. “More specifically, security needs to include crowd/queue monitoring and management in airports, mobile systems for buses, track security for train and subway stations, and loading dock security at seaports,” Grinfeld continued.

*Business efficiency
Moreover, effectively integrating business systems with video surveillance may create exponential business efficiency and added values. A video surveillance system is usually considered a cost of safety and security; however, with fine integration with business systems such as train ticketing systems and Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), the security systems will become more valuable. “With video, you can verify who is using an access credential, such as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, at various secure entry points. You can verify if ticketing kiosks are operating properly before dispatching service. You can overlay FIDS data over video recording at each individual gate to increase the service levels of the aircraft and make it simple to identify gate activity with associated flights, which then creates further business efficiency,” explained Joshua Phillips, Director of Product Marketing for Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

*Enhance situational awareness: management efficiency and intelligent analysis
In order to enhance situational awareness, help the users to be capable of making proactive response to threats, and optimize staff, it is necessary to adopt advanced video surveillance solutions – video management software, high-resolution image quality, and video analysis are the most common and basic requirements. It is even better to be able to seamlessly incorporate security devices with operational systems, boosting efficiency for management purposes. “The ability to coordinate response personnel is key to minimizing the impact of incidents and also increases the perception of security,” highlighted Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development in Transportation at Axis Communications.

IP-based systems inevitably, have been playing a crucial role in terms of security and incident management in the transportation sector due to surging requirement on intelligent analysis functions such as loitering detection, facial recognition, and crowd management. “By carefully applying intelligent video where cameras analyze the video, security operators will also benefit from an additional detection mechanism to detect incidents early and thereby increasing their ability to respond to an incident successfully before it escalates out of control,” said Anderson.

“With the intelligent analysis technology evolvement, the adoption of the intelligent function on camera is on the rise since the security and operation efficiency can be significantly enhanced,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK. “VIVOTEK has developed VADP (VIVOTEK Application development Platform), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. With VADP, line crossing detection can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras. Users can pre-set several lines for detecting object crossing. This intelligent function is especially ideal for monitoring platforms in train stations or metro stations, enabling police or security staff to take actions proactively before any damage or tragedy occurs,” Ma continued.

 

 

 

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