Secutech Expo 2010's product offerings were all about ease of use. While trends like IP and HD were evident, more manufacturers emphasized user-friendly features with intuitive interfaces and smooth integration.
Ease of use was a noticeable trend. The Digifort IP Surveillance System VMS featured an intuitive interface with separate ones for operators and administrators, said Eric Fleming Bonilha, Representative.
Many other products also embody simplicity, such as Koukaam's NVRs and video gateways enabling more user uptake, said Elsa Cheng, Sales Manager. HeiTel Digital Video featured a transmitter integrated with a video server for communications, suited for video verification.
Smoother integration is much sought after. "We have a full product line. We serve customers with APIs and SDKs," said Soon Ho Hong, President of iCanTek.
Etrovision and GKB Security featured "push" capability from cameras. Other combinations included DVRs integrated with displays, allowing users to easily review footage.
Trends 1: High Resolution
HD was front and center for many surveillance solution providers. As a mature transmission protocol, HD had strong uptake in a number of DVRs from Apro, DynaColor, Indigo Security and MicroDigital.
The HDcctv Alliance has gained traction since its 2009 launch, with EverFocus Electronics releasing a compliant DVR. Comart System was also an early adopter, with solutions available two years ago in partnership with Sanyo. Seyeon released a network camera in two versions as well, using either a CMOS or CCD image sensor, said Allan Jang, Overseas Sales Assistant Manager.
Cameras featured higher resolution, with ABUS Security- Center releasing a camera with HD-SDI output. Dali Technology launched HDMI 1. 3-and 2-megapixel cameras, said Qiao Li, Market Planning. Megapixel has captured widespread attention. "Our latest product is a 2-megapixel network camera," said Dong-Jin Yang, Sales and Marketing Manager for CNB Technology. Mintron will offer a 3-megapixel HDcctv network cameras, recording in H.264 or MPEG-4.
Pixel counts are climbing, with Hikvision displaying a 5-megapixel network camera along with Fuho, IMI Technology, iPUX and Micronet Communications. "Micronet announced its 5-megapixel camera, which is embedded with a Texas Instruments chipset to support its full-HD capability," said Brian Chen, Sales Manager. "The compression formats come in H.264, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG."
Double-digit megapixel also surfaced, with StarDot Technologies and Arecont Vision launching 10-megapixel cameras. "Every single Google data center uses Arecont's cameras and DVTel's VMS," said Becky Zhou, Director of Sales for Asia Pacific. Its day/night registers 3-megapixel resolution by day and 1.3-megapixel resolution by night. Other notable solutions included Avigilon's 16-megapixel camera for niche installations, though at much lower frame rates.
Megapixel cameras had more options this year. "We have a megapixel PTZ camera," said Ray Chan, Director of Sales for Infinova. "You can move 360 degrees for a more comprehensive view. "Fisheye and e-PTZ functions were seen in certain products from vendors like Arecont, Hi Sharp Electronics, Mobotix and GeoVision. "The GeoVision fisheye camera replaces traditional PTZ cameras," said Vincent Chen, Assistant VP of Product Marketing.
Transmission solutions are accommodating extra megapixel bandwidth. "With an IT background, ORing provides industrial PoE switches to transform network camera signals to fiber-optic ones that are transmitted to control centers," said Amjad Zafar, Assistant Manager of Sales, ORing Industrial Networking.
The big picture trend has not missed the analog crowd, shown by Aditya Infotech's 650-TVL cameras and Icos' cameras. "Icos offers an analog bullet camera with high-end functions such as WDR and 620 TVLs," said Hong-Joo Hyun, CEO. Even night vision is getting better. VTC Electronics introduced an IR outdoor dome with 650 TVLs by day and 700 TVLs by night, said Wayne Kuo, Assistant Manager of Sales and Marketing. Storage devices were more efficient, such as Hunt Electronic's HDMI NVR with full-HD resolution at 620 to 650 TVLs and H.264 compression.
More displays featured HD to see high resolution footage properly. AG Neovo showcased its industrial displays with HDMI and HD-SDI formats. A sensor adjusts brightness according to ambient illumination, saving energy. MatrixVixion displayed its full HD video walls for control rooms, with adjustable resolution by channel.
Video analytics emphasize better real-life performance, with developments in precise monitoring and edge deployment. HuperLab demonstrated its 3-D intelligent video solution, using two cameras to detect and measure horizontally and vertically for moving objects.
Analytics are also getting easier to set up. "Our intelligent DVR features video analytics, including abandoned object detection, perimeter protection, object counting, virtual barrier and missing object detection," said Mackay Meng, Regional Sales Executive, BlueStar SecuTech. "The unique part is its display set on the operation platform, where users can view images and check setup on the display without having to go back and adjust the DVR."