Dahua 6MP multi-sensor panoramic IR bullet camera
Dahua 6MP multi-sensor panoramic IR bullet camera

Dahua Technology's new 6MP Panoramic Multi-sensor IR Bullet camera captures wide areas that typically would require multiple cameras. With three individual 2MP cameras residing in an all-in-one IP67 weather-resistant indoor/outdoor housing, the Dahua 6MP HD Multi-Lens Panoramic Network IR Bullet Camera minimises maintenance, cabling and support costs, and can be installed in two-thirds less time. High quality images Embedded with an IR cut filter for varying lighting conditions and industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology (120dB), the camera provides excellent images at any time of day. For challenging low-light applications, the Multi-Sensor IR Bullet camera offers Starlight technology, capturing colour details in low light down to 0.005 lux, resulting in stunningly clear images in very dark environments. Each sensor features a 3.6mm fixed manual lens and an integrated infrared illuminator up to 30m (100ft) for identification of events or intruders. “This multi-sensor IR bullet camera combines three 2MP sensors to create a comprehensive 180-degree overview. It offers one of the most valuable benefits known to man, which is time,” said Tim Wang, CEO, Dahua Technology USA. “Offering the ability to replace multiple single-sensor cameras, this new product offering can save as much as two-thirds the installation time, offering a higher return on investment.” Features With optional built-in intelligent video analytics, the Multi-sensor IR Bullet camera has the ability to detect and analyse moving objects for improved video surveillance. It provides intelligence at the edge, allowing detection of multiple object behaviours such as abandoned or missing objects, facial detection, people counting, and heat mapping. Other key features and benefits include: High efficiency video coding - delivers high quality video without straining the network. Region of Interest (ROI) - allows the user to select and assign specific areas of the scene for bandwidth optimisation. Privacy masking - four on each sensor, ensures dedicated areas are blocked from viewing. Street lamp white balance - compensates for yellow-tinted lighting and restores scenes to their original colour. Integration - conforms to the ONVIF Profile S & G specifications to ensure interoperability between network video products. Onboard storage - features a Micro SD card slot (Max 128GB), which can eliminate the need and cost for an on-site server, NVR, or PC for recording video.

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Hanwha Techwin America launch 650TVL day/night CCTV camera with Intelligent Video Analytics
Hanwha Techwin America launch 650TVL day/night CCTV camera with Intelligent Video Analytics

The SCB-3001 true day/night camera capitalises on the advanced technology built into Samsung's SV-V DSP chipset to capture superb high resolution 650TVL colour images by utilising the new 960H SuperHAD CCD. As well as ultra-high resolution capture, the SV-V DSP chipset contained within the SCB-3001 delivers a range of technology designed to provide the best possible image quality, regardless of the lighting of environmental conditions. Progressive Scan (VPS), for example, ensures a sharp picture is displayed when an image is paused on the recording device and overcomes the problems of blurred edges and loss of detail experienced with interlaced cameras. VPS therefore allows enhanced identification of a person who is running or the reading of a car number plate on a moving vehicle. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) incorporated into the SCB-3001 overcomes challenging lighting conditions with strong backlighting and shadow contrasts, in order to provide a balanced image whilst third generation Super Noise Reduction (SSNRIII) technology eliminates image noise in low light conditions. This allows consistent high quality colour reproduction even in very low lighting conditions, as well as saving up to 70% on the recording device and the reduction of bandwidth requirements when networking. One of the most impressive features of the SCB-3001 is that it brings straight out-of-the-box Intelligent Video Analytic (IVA) functionality to analogue installations, making it possible to enhance security applications with features such as optical tripwire, enter/exit direction detection and an appear/disappear function to detect changes within a pre-defined area. IVA also has a scene change tampering function which creates an alert if, for example, paint is sprayed on a camera lens or there is unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view. The SCB-3001 also features twelve polygonal privacy zones and Digital Image Stabilisation (DIS) technology which can negate the effects of the camera shaking due to high winds or building vibration. Coaxial control allows both video and telemetry to be transmitted via the coaxial cable, giving full access to camera set-up and control functions via a coaxial control compatible digital video recorder. Available from all Samsung distributors, the SCB-3001 is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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Hikvision shows expanded range of video surveillance products at IFSEC 2016
Hikvision shows expanded range of video surveillance products at IFSEC 2016

Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has reported a greater number of visitors to its stand than ever before, at this year’s IFSEC International security exhibition at London’s ExCeL. Showcasing a host of new developments across the Hikvision range, visitors to the company’s stand were shown a number of key products and new additions to the Hikvision range, proving the company is not simply a video surveillance manufacturer - but a total end-to-end system solutions provider. PanoVu Series At the head of the range was the latest 16MP PanoVu Series camera. Designed for wide-area security monitoring applications, the PanoVu Series camera combines 8 sensors with a high-powered PTZ camera, allowing end-users to replace or support multiple cameras with just one 180, or 360 degree view PanoVu camera, delivering a highly detailed panoramic display. PanoVu’s advanced functionality incorporating video analysis and multiple target-tracking algorithm, was shown to deliver highly-effective alarm indication of intrusion detection, line crossing, and region entrance and exiting. Turbo HD 3.0 Solution Alongside this was the acclaimed Turbo HD 3.0 Solution, which upgrades an analogue system to 5 MP-resolution, making high-definition surveillance systems possible without the costly replacement of existing coaxial cables. Engineered with high-calibre H.264+ compression, Turbo HD 3.0 technology reduces bitrates by up to 50% while maintaining high-quality video. Thermal camera range Also featured on the stand was the new Thermal camera range. Offered in static and PTZ versions, thermal only, or thermal and video imaging with 36x optical zoom, their thermal imaging capability extends to up to 1200m at resolutions up to 640 x 512 pixels, no matter what the light level or weather. Standard Hikvision cameras were also displayed adapted for License Plate Recognition (LPR) applications, using free-to-download software, adding further application functionality. Also demonstrated were new Hikvision intercom systems, including designer styled intercom door stations, with vandal proof and built-in biometrics / face detection models too. For door entry systems, Hikvision displayed a selection of new access control readers. Targeting numerous vertical markets Meanwhile, Hikvision also introduced a series of security solutions for vertical markets, including Retail, Transportation, Building and much more. For instance, for mobile CCTV applications including buses, coaches and trains, Hikvision displayed their new PTZ camera designed for vehicle use – complete with magnetic base, 3G/4G control and built-in WIFI, 8-hour on-board battery and two SD card slots. “We are really pleased with the record numbers of visitors to the Hikvision stand at IFSEC 2016,” said Cynthia Ho, Vice President at Hikvision. “As an end-to-end security solutions provider, we were delighted to demonstrate our expanded range of security products to our UK and international customers, and look forward to supporting their business growth throughout another successful year.”

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Hanwha Techwin America introduces 37x zoom weatherproof bullet camera
Hanwha Techwin America introduces 37x zoom weatherproof bullet camera

The Samsung SCO-2370 37x zoom weatherproof ‘all-in-one' bullet camera is supplied complete with a housing, bracket, heater, fan and sunshield, as well as 1m of pre-made cable, enabling installers to save both time and money on installation and commissioning.The SCO-2370 utilises Samsung's highly acclaimed W-V DSP chipset to capture high quality colour images at 600 TV lines during the day and 700 TV lines monochrome images at night.Petrol station forecourts, schools, retail outlets and commercial buildings are just some of the environments that could benefit from the 37x optical zoom and true day/night camera capabilities, and with a weatherproof rating of IP68 the SCO-2370 is also at home in more demanding external environments that are prone to severe weather conditions, such as sea ports. Other built-in features include eight motion detection zones, twelve privacy masking zones and third generation Samsung Super Noise Reduction (SSNRIII) technology.Coaxial control compatibility allows the fourteen-language on-screen display menu to be accessed from the comfort of the control room via a compatible DVR, such as the latest coaxial control versions of Samsung's SRD series.Other key features include Highlight Compensation technology which identifies and neutralises excessively bright areas in an image, enabling the operator to view previously hidden details. The SCO-2370 also benefits from Samsung Super Dynamic Range (SSDR) which automatically lightens the dark areas within a scene whilst maintaining the brighter areas at the same level. This ensures that the dark areas become more visible allowing the operator to ‘view' objects in the shadows.The SCO-2370 is part of a range of Samsung bullet cameras which are available from all Samsung distributors and are offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd., including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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CCTV cameras - Expert commentary

Why customers should buy products and services from SMBs
Why customers should buy products and services from SMBs

In 1973, a brilliant economist named E.F. Schumacher wrote a seminal book titled ‘Small Is Beautiful:’ taking an opposing stance to the emergence of globalisation and “bigger is better” industrialism. He described the advantages of smaller companies and smaller scales of production, highlighting the benefits of building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. In almost every industry or market that exists in the world today, you're likely to find a difference in size between companies. Whether it’s a global retail chain versus a small family-owned store, a corporate restaurant chain versus a mom-and-pop diner or a small bed and breakfast versus a large hotel chain — each side of the coin presents unique characteristics and advantages in a number of areas. Disparity in physical security industry Customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises as the big names typically imply stability This disparity very clearly exists in the physical security industry, and differences in the sizes of product manufacturers and service providers could have important implications for the quality and type of the products and services offered. All too often, customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises, as the big names typically imply stability, extensive product offerings and global reach. And that's not to say that these considerations are unwarranted; one could argue that larger companies have more resources for product development and likely possess the combined expertise and experience to provide a wide range of products and services. But the value that a company’s products and services can bring isn’t necessarily directly related to or dependent on its size. In an age where the common wisdom is to scale up to be more efficient and profitable, it’s interesting to pause and think about some of the possible advantages of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Typically, “small” companies are defined as those with less than 100 employees and “medium” with less than 500. Providing social mobility  Schumacher argued that smaller companies are important engines of economic growth. Indeed, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 36 member countries that promotes policies for economic and social well-being, SMBs account for 60 to 70 percent of jobs in most OECD countries. Importantly, SMBs provide resilience in that there are often large economic and social impacts when big companies fail. Smaller companies are better for regional economies in general, as earnings stay more local compared to big businesses, which in turn generates additional economic activity. SMBs are also better at providing social mobility for disadvantaged groups by giving them opportunities and enabling them to realise their potential. Smaller companies are often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions such as Cloud, analytics, AI, and IoT New companies introduce new technologies There's no denying the role of start-ups when it comes to innovation. In the security industry, many new technologies (e.g. Cloud, analytics, AI, IoT) are first brought to the market by newer companies. In general, smaller companies’ products and services often have to be as good or better than others to be competitive in the marketplace. They are therefore often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions. And these companies are also more willing to try out other new B2B solutions, while larger companies tend to be more risk-averse. Customer service Aside from the quality of products and services, arguably one of the most important components of a security company’s success is its ability to interact with and provide customers the support that they deserve. Smaller companies are able to excel and stand out to their customers in a number of ways: Customer service. Customers’ perceptions of a product’s quality are influenced by the quality of support, and smaller manufacturers often possess a strong, motivated customer service team that can be relatively more responsive to customers of all sizes, not just the large ones. A superior level of support generally translates into high marks on customer satisfaction, since customers’ issues with products can be resolved promptly. Flexibility. SMBs have a greater capacity to detect and satisfy small market niches. While large companies generally create products and services for large markets, smaller companies deal more directly with their customers, enabling them to meet their needs and offer customised products and services. And this translates to adaptability, as SMBs become responsive to new market trends. By having a pulse on the market, smaller companies have much more flexibility in their supply chain and can adjust much faster in response to changing demand. Decision-making. Smaller companies are much more agile in decision-making, while larger enterprises often suffer from complex, tedious and lengthy decision-making processes. Communication is easier throughout SMBs, as smaller teams enable new ideas to flow and can solve problems faster. Job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction. SMBs are also generally more connected to local communities and participation in community activities leads to a greater sense of purpose. Additionally, SMBs have a much smaller impact on the environment, which is increasingly becoming an important consideration for today’s employees and customers. Though Schumacher's book takes a much deeper dive into the large global effects of scale on people and profitability, the general impact of a company’s size on its products and services is clear. It’s important for all players in the security industry to remember that the commitment and dedication to product quality can be found in businesses of all sizes. Ensuring safety of people, property and assets Large manufacturers may catch your eye, but small business shouldn’t be forgotten, as they can offer end users a robust set of attributes and benefits. While all security companies are aiming to achieve a common goal of providing safety for people, property and assets, smaller businesses can provide extensive value when it comes to driving the economy, innovating in the industry, providing quality employment and offering superior customer service.

Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today
Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today

As technology advances, the world is becoming increasingly connected, changing the way users think about and interact with security systems, which continue to evolve across all verticals and applications. With this change comes new opportunity for security integrators; security systems are advancing, creating new needs for products and services — some of which can be met through the adoption of cloud-based service systems. Cloud technology is no longer a dreamt-up version of the future of security — it’s here. If you’re hesitant to make the move to the cloud, consider these six reasons to embrace this new technology now.Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers Increased RMR Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers, producing a new business model that generates more stable and predictable income streams. By offering managed services on a subscription basis, integrators can build a part of their business to provide recurring monthly revenue (RMR), allowing them to scale faster. This business model is especially beneficial for customers who prefer to pay a fixed monthly or yearly rate for services rather than a large upfront fee, which can help attract new business while growing revenue from current customers. Stickier customers Providing managed services fosters a more involved relationship between integrators and their customers, which can help boost customer retention. This is primarily the result of three factors. Firstly, customers who buy managed services are committed for a specified term, which helps develop an ongoing business relationship between them and the integrator. Secondly, providing managed services creates an opportunity for more customer contact — each interaction is an opportunity to build rapport and monitor customer satisfaction.While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based services available Third, customers who purchase managed services generally tend to do business longer than customers who purchase products or services individually; with the monthly purchase of their services on autopilot, customers get into the habit of receiving these services, which helps reduce the chance that they’ll cancel their subscription while also building customer loyalty. High gross profit margins Cloud managed services create an opportunity for a service and technology to be purchased together, helping to generate a higher gross profit margin from the beginning of the customer relationship. On an ongoing basis, cloud service platforms offer a new level of accessibility to integrators, helping to provide better insight on activity trends to identify opportunities to continuously grow their revenue through subscription-based streams. Easier to provide managed services Traditionally, serving more sites required integrators to hire more technicians to meet the needs of their growing customer base, but the cloud has helped overcome this demand. While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based service platforms that are available today. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue The Avigilon Blue™ platform, for example, is a powerful new cloud service platform that helps integrators address the needs of their customer sites using fewer resources by offering the ability to administer system upgrades, fixes, health checks, and camera or system settings adjustments remotely.  The Avigilon Blue platform automatically sends, and stores video analytics highlights in the cloud, which can easily be accessed from any PC browser or mobile device. This data can be used to efficiently manage customer sites and maintain the health of those sites, helping to increase speed of service and expand the capacity to have more sites up and running. Cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators Not only does this help integrators scale their business faster, it creates an opportunity to provide added value to the customer at a lower cost as new upgrades and services come out. Proactively fix problems before they occur In addition to automating notifications and tedious maintenance tasks, cloud service platforms help provide integrators with the information and abilities they need to keep their customer sites running smoothly. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue — possibly before the customer even notices a disruption in service. They can then identify the problem and determine whether it can be resolved remotely or requires a technician to be deployed. By having the capacity to pinpoint service needs and make certain adjustments via the cloud, integrators can streamline their customer service processes and lower their response times to provide better, more efficient service. Increased valuation of business Companies that utilise cloud technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates The ability of cloud service platforms to help integrators manage more sites remotely and expand their revenue through subscription-based streams offers a competitive business advantage. Security innovators have harnessed the power of the cloud to enhance integrator efficiency so that they can spare their attention, resources and effort for where it’s needed most. As a service that helps offer scalability and a high gross profit margin while requiring fewer resources to maintain customer sites, cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators that may ultimately increase their business valuation. According to a study by Dell, companies that utilise cloud, mobility, and security technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates compared to those who do not such technologies. Integrators who adopt cloud service platforms can benefit from numerous advantages — cost-saving maintenance capabilities, the potential to generate new monthly recurring revenue, and user-friendly design and data security — which make them a significant development within the industry as well as a potential lucrative new business model. The dream of cloud technology is no longer a distant idea of the future, it can become a present reality — and integrators who harness its power can reap its business benefits now.

Five best practices for protecting video surveillance systems against cyber threats
Five best practices for protecting video surveillance systems against cyber threats

There’s no denying that cyber-crime is one of the biggest threats facing any organisation with the devastating results they can cause painfully explicit. Highly publicised cases stretching from the US government to digital giant Facebook has made tackling cyber security a necessity for all major organisations. The consequences of breaches have just become more severe, with new GDPR rules meaning any security breach, and resultant data loss, could cost your organisation a fine of up to four per cent of global revenue or up to 20 million euros. Cyber-crime potentially affects every connected network device. In the biggest cyber-crime to date, hackers stole $1 billion from banks around the world, by gaining access to security systems. It’s more important than ever for organisations to be vigilant when it comes to their cyber security strategy. To help avoid becoming the next victim, I’ve put together a five-point cyber plan to protect your video surveillance system. 1. Elimination of default passwords A small change to a memorable, complex password could have huge consequences for your business It is estimated that over 73,000 security cameras are available to view online right now due to default passwords. ‘Password’ and ‘123456’ are among the top five most popular passwords with a staggering 9,000,000 login details matching this description. Guessable passwords create an unsecure security system which can result in an easy way for hackers to gain access to your organisation’s data, making you vulnerable to a breach. A small change to a memorable, complex password could have huge consequences for your business. Removing default passwords from products and software forces individuals to think of their own to keep their data safe. If a password system is not provided by your organisation we recommend that your password uses two or more types of characters (letters, numbers, symbols) and it is changed periodically. 2. Encrypted firmware Encrypting firmware is an important part of any organisations overall security system. Firmware can leave an open door, allowing hackers to access your data. All firmware should be encrypted to reduce the possibilities of it being downloaded from the manufacturers website and deconstructed. If the firmware posted is not encrypted, there is a risk of it being analysed by persons with malicious intent, vulnerabilities being detected, and attacks being made. With i-PRO cameras and recorders, all firmware is securely encrypted to mitigate analysis There have been cases where a device is attacked by firmware vulnerabilities even if there are no problems with the user's settings, rendering it inoperable, and DDoS attacks being made on other servers via the device. With i-PRO cameras and recorders, all firmware is securely encrypted to mitigate analysis. There is also a possibility of being attracted to spoofing sites by targeted attack email and firmware being updated with a version that includes a virus, so firmware must always be downloaded from the vendor's page. It may also be advantageous to combine this with an imbedded Linux operating system which removes all unused features of the device, it can help to reduce the chances of malicious entities searching for backdoor entities and inserting codes. 3. Removing vulnerabilities within the operating systems Vulnerability is the name given for a functional behaviour of a product or online service that violates an implicit or explicit security policy. Vulnerabilities can occur for a number of reasons for example, due to an omission in logic, coding errors or a process failure. Network attacks exploit vulnerabilities in software coding that maybe unknown to you and the equipment provider. The vulnerability can be exploited by hackers before the vendor becomes aware. You should seek to minimise these issues by looking for a secure operating system which is regularly updated. Panasonic has developed Secure Communications, a platform and package to protect against video tampering, altering, spoofing and snooping As a provider of security solutions, Panasonic is taking a number of steps to ensure its consumers remain safe and secure. We have developed Secure Communications, a platform and package to protect against video tampering, altering, spoofing and snooping. We have combined with a leading provider of highly reliable certificates and technology for detecting and analysing cyber-attacks with its own in-house embedded cryptography technology, to provide a highly secure and robust protection layer for its embedded surveillance products. 4. Avoiding remote login using Telnet or FTP Telnet and FTP are a very outdated source of software which as a result means they lack built-in security measures Telnet and FTP are a very outdated source of software which as a result means they lack built-in security measures. File transfer protocol or transfer through cloud-based services means the files and passwords are not encrypted and can therefore be easily intercepted by hackers. An encrypted software removes the risk of files being sent to the wrong person or forwarded on without your knowledge. Telnet predates FTP and as a result is even less secure. Hyper Transfer Protocol Secure is a protocol to make secure communications by HTTP, and it makes HTTP communications on secure connections provided by SSL/TLS protocols. The major benefits of using this system is that HTTPS and VPN encrypt the communications path, so data after communications is decrypted and recorded. If recorded data is leaked, it will be in a state where it can be viewed. With data encryption, however, it remains secure and can even be recoded to storage. Thus, even if the hard drive or SD card is stolen or data on the cloud is leaked, data cannot be viewed. 5. Use of digital certificates Private and public keys are generated at manufacture in the factory and certificates installed at the factoryDigital certificates are intended to safely store the public key and the owner information of the private key it is paired with. It provides assurance that the accredited data from a third party is true and that the data is not falsified. It is beneficial for all data to be encrypted with digital certificates. Digital certificates are far safer when issued by a third party rather than creating a self-signed version unless you are 100 percent sure of the receiver identity. From April 2016, some models of Panasonic series iPro cameras come with preinstalled certificates to reduce the risk of interception and the hassle of having to create one. With i-PRO cameras with Secure function, private and public keys are generated at manufacture in the factory and certificates installed at the factory. As there is no way to obtain the private key from the camera externally, there is no risk of the private key being leaked. Also, certificates are signed by a trusted third party, and the private key used for signing is managed strictly by the authority. In addition, encryption has been cleverly implemented to reduce the usual overhead on the IP stream from 20% to 2%.