MESSOA spotlights ANPR/LPR solution with new CatchAll™ Engine inside its IFSEC 2008 stand
MESSOA spotlights ANPR/LPR solution with new CatchAll™ Engine inside its IFSEC 2008 stand

MESSOA's latest video surveillance solutions feature industry-leading technology and reliability.  These new offerings, which include the CatchAll™ Engine, a 560 TVL H.264-like standalone DVR, 1.3 megapixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras, and the Lumii series of products, impressed IFSEC visitors from more than 50 countries.  MESSOA's innovative CatchAll™Engine was a particular favourite and won overwhelming praise at IFSEC 2008. MESSOA's ANPR/LPR series of cameras incorporates the company's new CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimized video processing designed to deliver clear colour overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of speeding vehicles to external recognition software, regardless of the setting or lighting conditions.  The technology also enables cameras to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates problems related to oncoming headlights.  Messoa spotlighted the SCR520 at its IFSEC stand to demonstrate the outstanding performance of the CatchAll™ Engine technology. The CatchAll™ Engine is also available in MESSOA's SRD100 series, which comes in 4-, 8-, and 16-channel models, and delivers superior 560 TVL resolution for live-viewing, recording, and playback for ANPR/LPR applications.  The series ensures exceptional reliability with its twin heat vents, fan- and power-failure detectors, and hardware-watchdog function, and saves recording space with a built-in noise-reduction filter.  It also provides a straightforward, easy-to-use interface, a bundled viewer that simplifies remote control, and incredible 24/7 dependability. MESSOA further impressed IFSEC 2008 visitors by offering a full range of hybrid security solutions of the future.  These included: 1.3 Mega-pixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras with PoE and SD card slots Vandal-proof high-speed domes featuring a super-wide 128X dynamic range The highly sensitive Lumii series of products, featuring vandal-proof IR domes, built-in UTP circuits, and varifocal IR bullet-cameras Vandal-proof side-opening housings with cable-management brackets and optional built-in IR IED.

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MESSOA presents its latest full HD H.264 IP cameras and new technologies for traffic solutions
MESSOA presents its latest full HD H.264 IP cameras and new technologies for traffic solutions

The MEGASSOA™ Full HD H.264 network camera series incorporate a full range of functions, including intelligent detection, HyperDynamic and Smart Focus. These functions coupled with amazingly clear and detailed images to deliver a superior security solution. The MEGASSOA™ series cameras are also equipped with Lumii™ II technology that increase sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. Furthermore, it is ONVIF compliant, facilitating integration and enhancing scalability by ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of their brand. MESSOA's complete traffic solutions deliver the latest technological excitement. The new CatchAll™ II technology enables the camera to suppress high beam headlights and capture crisper, clearer images for identification. Moreover, MESSOA's patented Lumii™ II technology helps increase the sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. It is worth mentioning that cameras equipped with the industry's leading fog penetration technology can greatly enhance its identification ratio by delivering more information-rich imagery. The full range of dedicated traffic surveillance cameras is ideal for intersections, freeways, parking areas, ports, metros, railways and tunnels, making it the most effective solution on the market for applications ranging from law enforcement to vehicle inspection. Feedback has been positive with users commenting on the many applications and features such as the user friendly interface and MESSOA's outstanding MEGASSOA™, CatchAll™ II and Lumii™ II technologies. The extremely detailed clips and the vast improvement in picture quality were also well received. Further advantages were the extremely sturdy nature of the camera and low maintenance. MESSOA is committed to employing state-of-the-art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service. We would like to thank everyone who visited us at IFSEC 2010.

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Messoa SCR 505 infrared 15M plate-capture camera
Messoa SCR 505 infrared 15M plate-capture camera

MESSOA introduced two new LPR/ANPR cameras for entrance and parking applications at IFSEC 2009. One of the new offerings features our CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimised video processing that delivers clear colour overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of moving vehicles to external recognition software. Both new cameras also feature vandal resistance and an IP66 weatherproofing rating. Both new LPR/ANPR cameras make outstanding traffic-security solutions. The SCR505 features high-contrast imaging performance that delivers sharp, clear licence-plate captures of vehicles moving up to 30km/h, even in bad weather and low-light conditions. The SCR506 incorporates colour-overview functionality that enables this plate-capture camera to monitor its surroundings, gathering information on vehicle type, colour, and model. The SCR506 can also capture non-reflective plates at short range (less than 5 meters), and includes an ICR day/night mode that enables it to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. The cameras' compact design and durable housings are vandal-resistant and deliver IP66 weatherproofing, helping make them the most cost-effective solutions on the market for gated-community and parking-lot applications, as well as for traffic monitoring, law enforcement, and border control. Key features of MESSOA's traffic-security solutions include: 1/3" Sony CCD/DSP 9-22mm IR-corrected lens IR visible distance to 15 Meters (50 ft.) and an effective capture distance 3-8m (10-27 ft) Easy installation, including external controls (zoom and focus) Sunshield and rainguard Protection class: vandal-resistance and IP66 weatherproofing Applications: entrance/parking, access control, etc.

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MESSOA introduces the NCC800 its first cube network camera
MESSOA introduces the NCC800 its first cube network camera

Targeting retail and small business applications, this feature-packed yet easy-to-use NCC800 cube camera provides 2-megapixel Full HD resolution with built-in IR LEDs and comprehensive network capabilities, suitable for any detail-demanding installation that requires 24/7 surveillance and remote monitoring in clear megapixel image quality over the network.Advanced features, including 2-way audio communication with the built-in microphone and speakers, input and output ports for alarms and sensors, local storage support, and a variety of intelligent video functions, are all packed in the NCC800 to provide a versatile surveillance solution that addresses the unique requirements of small businesses.Exceptional full HD video qualityProprietary Lumiitechnology significantly enhances the camera sensitivity while reducing video noise to deliver optimized video images in unparalleled sharpness without distortion in a low light environment. Whether it is general overview or close-up focus, day or night, the NCC800 provides wider and clearer images in full HD video quality at full frame rates around the clock. Blurry images are minimised, and individuals and objects of interest come through in perfect clarity.True visibility in pitch darknessLeading the industry in illumination distance, the integrated infrared LED illuminator gives true, maximised visibility in complete darkness with uniform light distribution up to 10 meters (33ft.), suitable for off-hour surveillance, low to no light applications or places required for 24/7 covert surveillance.Hassle-free installation with flexible connectivity The NCC800 can be powered by either DC 12V or Power over Ethernet (PoE), adding flexibility to camera installations where power outlet is unavailable. In addition to the standard Ethernet connection to a wired network, the NCC800 is also compatible with Wi-Fi connectivity and provides the high-speed, reliable wireless network connection without the hassle of complicated wiring.

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MESSOA innovative license plate capture camera with overview functionality
MESSOA innovative license plate capture camera with overview functionality

End users often ask ANPR cameras to play a dual role: plate recognition and overview monitoring. But when cameras are tasked with capturing plates while simultaneously providing wide-area coverage, their performance suffers. MESSOAdeveloped the SCR506R specifically to address this issue. The camera delivers uncompromising close-range number-plate capture (for reflective plates) and overview-monitoring performance. The SCR506R features MESSOA's innovative CatchALL™technology. An innovative solution to the main challenges faced in traffic surveillance, CatchALL™ technology enables the camera to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates headlight glare. The SCR506R is a comprehensive solution that requires no external LPR software: reflective plates can be visually identified directly from the monitor. The camera also features integrated Day/Night overview functionality that facilitates monitoring of surrounding areas and delivers information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. Equipped with a powerful 850nm IR LED, the SCR506R works perfectly even in total darkness to deliver clear and sharp plate captures. The camera's varifocal IR-corrected lens and IR day/night mode keep it in focus day and night, optimizing its round-the-clock image-capture capabilities. In short, the SCR506R delivers the kind of reliability and day-and-night surveillance-and-capture performance crucial to maximizing the efficacy of LPR. Features: Reflective plates: optimized to capture reflective plates. Day / night overview functionality: monitors surrounding areas, gathering information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. 24-hour surveillance: ICR day/night switching enables the camera to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. Powerful IR: a high-powered LED helps minimise energy usage. Wide field of view: captures a wide 3-8m (10-27 ft) field. Rain guard / extendable sunshield: minimise the effects of rain and sunlight on image quality. Easy installation: a cable-management bracket facilitates installation in any location.

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MESSOA presents its 50 metre (164ft) Infrared camera with vari-focal lens - the SCR368
MESSOA presents its 50 metre (164ft) Infrared camera with vari-focal lens - the SCR368

MESSOA is proud to present their newest, superior infrared CCTV camera - the SCR368. The SCR368 possesses a 50 metre (164 feet) view range that can capture sharp pictures in even the darkest night. Enhanced with Lumii™ III - the latest in image enhancing technology - the SCR368 is able to make images appear sharper and clearer than traditional cameras. Clear, visible pictures at night The MESSOA SCR368 is a high quality, CCTV, bullet camera that can show clear pictures in all conditions. It is equipped with a 1/3" SONY Exview HAD CCD II that is able to reproduce 700 TV lines of image clarity. Implemented with exclusive Lumii™ III technology, the SCR368 is capable of displaying first rate 12-bit images. This enables the SCR368 to deliver a representation of the detected image that is sharper and clearer than conventional cameras. Lumii™ III technology also helps to tackle difficult conditions. For instance, Lumii™III greatly enhances camera sensitivity in extremely low light environments. Conventional cameras switch to B/W mode when encountering a poorly lit environment; not so with the SCR368 which allows for crystal clear clarity even in 0 lux situations. Wide coverage area let's you see more A quality, 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens allows you more flexibility in camera placement while giving a wide coverage area. Proper view angles are easy to set up using only a single lens thus reducing inventory requirements. The 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens provides great shots at any angle. Intelligent power consumption The SCR368 uses 7W of power max - much lower than other IR cameras. A single light control reduces power consumption by 30%-40%. Additionally, IR LEDS do not always need to be on during night time surveillance, but only until the monitored environment reaches under 10 lux. Thus, LED life is extended and requires less maintenance. No IR reflections and focus shift problems The SCR368 comes with superior IR LED design to reduce IR disturbance. Reflection is prevented and a wide variety of installation locations become available. It is also equipped with an IR corrected lens to remove focus shift problems when switching between day and night modes. Built tough and feature packed With an IP66-rated housing, the SCR368 is resistant to extreme weather, vandalism and tampering. Also, intelligent cable management protects the cameras wires from water, heat and other hazards while making installation simple in any location. The settings can be easily adjusted using the controls on the housing, without the need to open the case. Motion detection automates and enhances the ability to detect potential threats. Customisable privacy zones allow ultimate flexibility when blocking out residential and private areas that do not need to be recorded.

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CCTV cameras - Expert commentary

Can CCTV become a more effective tool?
Can CCTV become a more effective tool?

We all know that having CCTV around your home can help to protect you and your family. Without CCTV, you could end up in danger and an intruder could get away with breaking into your house, hurting your loved ones and stealing your possessions. Similarly, without CCTV in the office, you’ll be leaving yourself open to all kinds of damage and could lose a lot of equipment in the process. In short, making sure you have CCTV is important for both home and business security. However, it can be improved to become a more effective system so that you’re better protected, and can even deter a potential intruder without having to panic. In our world of ever-changing technology, we’re able to upgrade and enhance our CCTV systems so they can become a monitored system. Remote CCTV monitoring is an ideal way to protect everyone and everything whether you’re at home or at a workplace. What is remote CCTV monitoring? For a long time, CCTV was one of the best ways to keep your home, the office and people safe. But people started to notice that it would only deter people so much of the time and often the cameras were ignored by intruders. They would just cover their faces and hope for the best as they steal from a home, office or any other premises. Remote CCTV monitoring is a system that can loop into your existing CCTV, or come preinstalled with a new system. This technology sends a feed to a control room full of trained operators that are on call 24/7. Within this control room, operators are able to respond to any sort of distress call or unauthorised movement on the property line.  How does it work? Remote CCTV monitoring works by attaching to a live feed of your CCTV system, existing or new, so that the signal and images can be passed to a team of operators. These operators are on hand 24/7 so that if there is a problem, you know that you're safe in the hands of a specialist team. The specialist team has been trained to mitigate the chances of somebody breaking into your home when the system is triggered; similarly they call the local authorities instantly so that the potential intruder has less time to flee the scene. This is especially important if an intruder is already inside your property because they have less time to steal your items and leave. Without CCTV in the office, you’ll be leaving yourself open to all kinds of damage and could lose a lot of equipment in the process One of the biggest questions that revolve around remote CCTV monitoring is the idea of operators watching the CCTV at all times. Luckily most remote CCTV monitoring systems will incorporate a motion detection system to accompany your CCTV. Motion detection offers the ability to alert a control room if there is an unauthorised entry to the property line. These motion detection systems are state-of-the-art and so, depending on the system that you choose, they can watch over your property from a number of angles. Once the motion detection system has been triggered and the alert has been sent to the control room, then and only then will the operators get involved. This means that until the motion detection system has been triggered, nobody will watch your live CCTV feed. After one of the systems has been triggered, one of the specialist operators will instantly jump into action. This means that they can take different measures to deter any potential intruder and make sure that they do everything in their power to stop any damage or theft from the premises. In addition to the motion detection system and CCTV, you are able to opt for a public address (PA) system too. This means that an operator is able to shout commands through the PA system and potentially scare away any intruder. The intruder will also be warned about the fact that local authorities have already been called to the location.  Remote monitoring versus traditional CCTV Motion detection offers the ability to alert a control room if there is an unauthorised entry to the property line Having a monitored CCTV system means that you're able to better protect yourself, your business, employees and even your loved ones. Whether you're at home or in the office, having someone looking over your shoulder protecting your every move is something that can be appreciated by everybody. The biggest problem with just having traditional CCTV, is that it is a reactive system. This means that rather than stopping crime, a CCTV system just records it. While the thought is that having a CCTV camera visible can deter some intruders, there's no real evidence to suggest that it stops anybody; anyone can simply cover their face and carry on breaking into your home, office or even your car. As mentioned, remote CCTV monitoring is going to tackle that problem and make sure that someone is on hand to protect you at all times.

The digital transformation of access control solutions
The digital transformation of access control solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance
Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance

Large event venues spend significant resources on physical security, and the vast majority invest in video surveillance systems as a way of monitoring public areas such as parking lots, garages and seating, as well as “backstage” areas such as loading docks and offices. Even though the camera footage is often preserved for investigating incidents, for the most part, video footage goes untapped because – realistically – security staff cannot constantly and efficiently monitor cameras in real-time or review the high volumes of archived video. Video analytics powered by Artificial Intelligence Increasingly, event venues are overcoming this challenge and maximising this video data by investing in intelligent video surveillance. In this article, I will explore how the combination of traditional surveillance and groundbreaking video content analytics enables event venues to not only optimise physical security and safety, but also improve customer service, streamline operations, and gather valuable business intelligence. Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based video content analytic systems detect, identify, extract, and catalog all the objects that appear in video footage based on classes and attributes such as gender, appearance similarity, color or size. This – along with behavioral detection, such as object interactions, dwell times, and navigation paths, as well as face and license plate recognition – enables searchable, actionable and quantifiable analysis of video. The technology makes it easy for users to accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights from video data. Accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights Accelerating investigations Where there are crowds, it’s not uncommon for medical or criminal incidents to transpire. In the aftermath, security teams must quickly understand the scene and, by making video searchable, video analytics helps them efficiently gather information or evidence from multiple camera. Whereas a manual search of video footage would require hours, if not days, of valuable time and staff resources – while being subject to human error – a video content analytics system enables effective multi-video search using a variety of filters, so that post-incident investigations can be focused and, thereby, accelerated. For instance, if witnesses claim that a man in a yellow shirt caused a disturbance and then drove away in a blue pickup truck, security could filter video to review instances where people or vehicles matching those descriptions appeared, and then focus their investigation on relevant video evidence. For the same example, if the perpetrator was still at large in the venue, security managers would want to track the person’s movements and, ultimately, apprehend him. Using the same cataloged metadata that drives video search, intelligent video surveillance accelerates real-time response to developing situations from threats and suspicious behaviors to emergencies, or even any behavior that requires closer monitoring or intervention. Something as mundane as an unwieldy queue forming at a concession stand can alert logic that increases operators’ situational awareness and ability to effectively intervene. By understanding developing situations in real-time, they can respond more quickly to prevent or solve a problem. Rule-based real time alerts Users can configure rule-based real-time alerts, based on specific scenarios – such as when people counts in the defined space next to the cashier are higher than the specified threshold, indicating a queue, or when vehicles are detected dwelling in a no-park zone or sensitive security area. In the case of the offender in the yellow shirt, security could configure alerts to notify for appearances of men in yellow shirts or blue pickup trucks within the event complex. If they’re able to extract the perpetrator’s face or license plate from the video search, security officers can also identify and track the specific person and vehicle of interest. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” Object recognition is helpful for tracking specific, identified threats, but it can also be leveraged for locating missing persons or vehicles or offering VIP services to guests who comply. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” – that include persons of interest, such as past agitators, recognised criminals or terrorists, missing persons or VIPs – to be alerted when matches for these faces appear in video. Face recognition can also be used to differentiate recognised employees from visitors that are not authorised to be in certain spaces in order to prevent security breaches. Because camera conditions aren’t always optimal for “in the wild” face and license plate recognition – where lighting conditions or camera angles don’t always allow for a pristine face or plate capture – it is critical to have a comprehensive video content analysis tool for triggering alerts based object classifications and non-personally-identifiable parameters. Optimising operations based on business intelligence While having real-time situational awareness is crucial for proactive intervention to developing situations, understanding long-term activity and trends can be equally important for an events venue or stadium. With video analytics, video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence, trend reports, and data visualisations for operational intelligence. This capability transforms video surveillance from a siloed security tool to an intelligence platform with broad value for business groups across the organisation. Marketing departments can gain visitor demographic information for targeted advertising and product placements. On-site retailers can uncover how visitors navigate their stores and the products or spaces that draw the most attention. Property management can follow heatmaps demonstrating where visitors dwell and the durations they stay at certain exhibits or areas, to base rental and leasing fees on actionable and quantifiable intelligence. Operations managers can more effectively plan and hire staff for events, by analysing visitor traffic trends, entry and exit points and occupancy statistics.   Video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence For these reasons and more, event organisations that already rely on CCTV networks should consider how to better leverage those existing investments to deliver substantial value across the organisation. By making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable, intelligent video surveillance empowers event managers to enhance public safety and physical security, while also streamlining operations and improving customer service.

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Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features
Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features

Digital Watchdog (DW™), the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of the latest update for DW Spectrum™ IPVMS. The new v2.5 software adds powerful new features including a bookmarks engine and storage backup, performance improvements and improved support for multi-sensor cameras. Easy approach to HD surveillance DW Spectrum IPVMS is an elegantly easy cutting-edge approach to HD surveillance, addressing the primary obstacles and limitations of managing enterprise-level HD video while offering the lowest total cost of deployment and ownership of any solution on the market. The software offers advanced search features to help you quickly find incidents or instantly review an exact date and time. The software is cross-platform, installs quickly and provides instant network mapping and discovery to start viewing your entire security system in minutes. DW Spectrum IPVMS is a perfect solution for any application that requires ease, speed, efficiency, and unprecedented image quality. “With the timely release of DW Spectrum 2.5, it continues to deliver unprecedented return on investment without the need for an annual maintenance agreement.” said Patrick Kelley, Director of IP Sales – North America, Digital Watchdog. “These new features are seamlessly incorporated into the DW Spectrum user interface, providing a dramatically easier user experience for all user levels than any other video management solution on the market.” DW Spectrum™ IPVMS features: New Mobile Apps - Brand new cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android with better performance, revamped design and consistent user experience across both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Bookmarks - Users can create bookmarks for specific segments of archived video with names, descriptions, and tags either manually or via the Rules & Events engine. Storage Backup - Users can now set up scheduled or real-time archive backup of high-res, low-res, or all streams from selected cameras to local, NAS, or even cloud-based storage locations (e.g. ftp sites, Amazon Prime Storage, etc). PTZ Preset as an Action - Users can now set up rules to trigger a PTZ preset as an action (e.g. create a motion event on a fixed camera that triggers the PTZ to look at the spot where motion occurred). Alarm Layout - allows users to set display-camera-on-Alarm-Layout as an action (aka pop-up video on alarm). Live Video Text Overlay - allows users to create custom text overlays-as-an-action (including Generic Event API). New device support: Axis F44 Main Unit Axis Q6000E panoramic camera ACTi V23 4 Channel Encoder (with I/O Support) Messoa IP Cameras (with I/O Support) Hikvision DS-6704HFI 4 Channel Video Server Implemented "Advanced" Settings for DWC-BVI2IR cameras Improved support for DWC-PZV2M72T cameras Vista VK2-1080XVRDPTPMF camera now mapped for advanced PTZ Arecont RTSP camera support implemented Digital I/O support for Arecont cameras implemented Improvements to management software: Added "Connect" button to the "Test" dialogue during dialogue Updated viewing cell icons and improved styling for "info" data Calendar widget can now be pinned Added layout background support for video wall Transcoding is now enabled by default for video export from multi-sensor cameras (e.g. DWC-PZV2M72T) Added warning before export if export will result in video downscaling (applies only to very high resolution or multi-sensor cameras) "Timeline mode" renamed to "Time Mode". Change can be seen in timeline, timestamps in Event Logs, Audit Trail and Bookmark Log Added ability to sort Alarm/Event Rules by any column Improved "Server Settings" and "System Administration" dialogs - now changes can be applied without closing dialog Storage Analytics improvement - storage utilised by deleted/moved out cameras is displayed separately Storage usage optimisations and improvements Improved time synchronisation mechanism between Servers Improved error messages for some cases of push updates failure "Free Storage Space" is increased from 5Gb to 50Gb for NAS   Server SSL can now be disabled API documentation is improved and extended General Server stability improvements based on anonymous usage and crash statistics

MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district
MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district

The shopping District, or Shoutengai, in Koto-Ku, Tokyo is located next to a busy train station that gathers many restaurants, shops, and sake bars together in this newly vibrant neighbourhood. As the area becoming more commercially alive, there was an increasing concern for crimes taken place within the district, especially during late nights. For the purpose of crime prevention, the Shopping District Association began to consider deploying surveillance cameras at the crime hot spots as a way to strengthen the public safety in the neighbourhood. Yet with its limited finances, the association had to look for an effective solution at a lower cost that would cope with its tight budget. Solution With the help from MESSOA, more than 60 Maven series NCR365 IR bullet cameras and a dozen of NOD385 IR dome cameras were introduced in this project. Equipped with a 3MP CMOS sensor and removable IR-cut filter for 24/7 monitoring, these cameras deliver exceptional image quality for accurate identification at crime-prone spots. Both cameras support onboard memory with microSD card slot that utilises edge recording technology. Up to 64GB of HD quality CCTV footage can be recorded locally on each camera without the need of installing NVRs, saving a significant amount of installation costs. Structure-wise, both the NCR365 and NOD385 are IP67 certified, featuring built-in heater and weatherproof enclosure to ensure the cameras are capable of withstanding any harsh environments in Japan, particularly in winter times. Result By utilising the edge-based recording technology, the whole project eliminated the need for a centralised recording server or storage, helping the association saving a great deal of costs as planned. This solution did not compromise reliability thanks to SD card’s solid state without any moving parts like a hard drive. The files can be securely stored and easily retrieved when needed. The motorised lens with auto focus of the NCR35 provided benefits to the project as well by drastically facilitating the time-consuming installation. Technicians were able to get the job done fast with easy by taking advantage of remote configuration with simple mouse clicks. The simplified set up cut the installation process short and saved lots of labour costs as result.

Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution
Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution

Partnership comes fresh on heels of Messoa’s exhibition of its latest HD IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR at IFSEC 2015 PlateSmart automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software-only solutions are known for working with cameras across the spectrum of the security industry. Messoa, one of the security industry’s premier video camera manufacturers, has consistently produced cameras that work effectively with PlateSmart’s products, making for a strong and productive association. The relationship between the two companies has now been cemented by recently joint announcement that PlateSmart and Messoa have entered into an official integration partnership agreement. Messoa’s HD IP cameras for ALPR applications at IFSEC 2015 The announcement comes fresh on the heels of Messoa’s successful exhibition at IFSEC 2015 in London, where it displayed its latest models of high-definition IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR use. Among the cameras on display was a model boasting 3 megapixels of resolution in addition to headlight suppression, built-in infrared (IR) illumination, and other features conducive to excellent ALPR performance. Pairing of PlateSmart’s HD ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras In addition to the high-quality product offerings from both companies, the effectiveness of the PlateSmart-Messoa combination springs from the pairing of PlateSmart’s high-definition (HD) ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras, which enables users to cover a wider area and capture multiple plates with only a single camera. According to PlateSmart CEO John Chigos, the partnership with Messoa fits perfectly with the Company’s market philosophy. “PlateSmart has always made a point of choosing best-of-breed channel partners,” he says. “With Messoa, we are able to offer our customers everything they could want in license plate recognition. Messoa gives them a fantastic video image while PlateSmart gives them our unparalleled accuracy, flexibility, and data integrity protection.” “We are very excited about the partnership with PlateSmart”, said Allan Lee, President of MESSOA Technologies Inc. “With the integration of MESSOA CatchAll™ engine and PlateSmart HD LPR engine, it makes the state-of-art LPR solution obtainable and affordable, which ultimately benefits to the public safety as well as increases management effectiveness for applications in need of LPR solution such as parking lots, campus and schools, for example.”

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