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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How AI and security guards work together using video analytics
How AI and security guards work together using video analytics

How AI and humans can work together is a longstanding debate. As society progresses technologically, there’s always the worry of robots taking over jobs. Self-checkout tills, automated factory machines, and video analytics are all improving efficiency and productivity, but they can still work in tandem with humans, and in most cases, they need to. Video analytics in particular is one impressively intelligent piece of technology that security guards can utilise. How can video analytics help with certain security scenarios? Video analytics tools Before video analytics or even CCTV in general, if a child went missing in a shopping centre, we could only rely on humans. Take a crowded Saturday shopping centre, a complex one with a multitude of shops and eateries, you’d have to alert the security personnel, rely on a tannoy and search party, and hope for a lockdown to find a lost or kidnapped child. With video analytics, how would this scenario play out? It’s pretty mind-blowing. As soon as security is alerted, they can work with the video analytics tools to instruct it precisely With the same scenario, you now have the help of many different cameras, but then there’s the task of searching through all the CCTV resources and footage. That’s where complex search functions come in. As soon as security is alerted, they can work with the video analytics tools to instruct it precisely on what footage to narrow down, and there’s a lot of filters and functions to use. Expected movement direction For instance, they can tick a ‘human’ field, so the AI can track and filter out vehicles, objects etc., and then they can input height, clothing colours, time the child went missing, and last known location. There’s a complex event to check too, under ‘child kidnap’. For a more accurate search, security guards can then add in a searching criterion by drawing the child’s expected movement direction using a visual query function. A unique function like this enables visual criteria-based searches rather than text-based ones. The tech will then narrow down to the images/videos showing the criteria they’ve inputted, showing the object/child that matches the data and filter input. Detecting facial data There are illegal demonstrations and troublesome interferences that police have to deal with A white-list face recognition function is then used to track the child’s route which means the AI can detect facial data that has not been previously saved in the database, allowing it to track the route of a target entity, all in real time. Then, security guards can confirm the child’s route and current location. All up-to-date info can then be transferred to an onsite guard’s mobile phone for them to confirm the missing child’s movement route, face, and current location, helping to find them as quickly as possible. Often, there are illegal demonstrations and troublesome interferences that police have to deal with. Video analytics and surveillance can not only capture these, but they can be used to predict when they may happen, providing a more efficient process in dealing with these types of situations and gathering resources. Event processing functions Picture a public square with a number of entries into the main area, and at each entry point or path, there is CCTV. Those in the control room can set two events for each camera: a grouping event and a path-passing event. These are pretty self-explanatory. A grouping event covers images of seeing people gathering in close proximity and a path-passing event will show when people are passing through or entering. The video analytics tool can look out for large gatherings and increased footfall to alert security By setting these two events, the video analytics tool can look out for large gatherings and increased footfall to alert security or whoever is monitoring to be cautious of protests, demonstrations or any commotion. Using complex event processing functions, over-detection of alarms can also be prevented, especially if there’s a busy day with many passing through. Reducing false alarms By combining the two events, that filters down the triggers for alarms for better accuracy to predict certain situations, like a demonstration. The AI can also be set to only trigger an alarm when the two events are happening simultaneously on all the cameras of each entry to reduce false alarms. There are so many situations and events that video analytics can be programmed to monitor. You can tick fields to monitor any objects that have appeared, disappeared, or been abandoned. You can also check events like path-passing to monitor traffic, as well as loitering, fighting, grouping, a sudden scene change, smoke, flames, falling, unsafe crossing, traffic jams and car accidents etc. Preventing unsafe situations Complex events can include violations of one-way systems, blacklist-detected vehicles Complex events can include violations of one-way systems, blacklist-detected vehicles, person and vehicle tracking, child kidnaps, waste collection, over-speed vehicles, and demonstration detections. The use of video analytics expands our capabilities tremendously, working in real time to detect and help predict security-related situations. Together with security agents, guards and operatives, AI in CCTV means resources can be better prepared, and that the likelihood of preventing unsafe situations can be greatly improved. It’s a winning team, as AI won’t always get it right but it’s there to be the advanced eyes we need to help keep businesses, premises and areas safer.

A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective

Technology based on the cloud has become a popular trend. Most IT systems now operate within the cloud or offer cloud capabilities, and video surveillance is no exception: virtually every major hardware and software vendor offers cloud-based services. Users benefit from the cloud due to its numerous advantages, such as ease of implementation, scalability, low maintenance costs, etc. Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) offers many choices, so there is an optimal solution for each user. However, what about integrators? For them, VSaaS is also a game-changer. Integrators are now incentivised to think about how they can maintain their markets and take advantage of the new business opportunities that the cloud model provides.   Hosted video surveillance The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator. Traditionally, integrators provided a variety of services including system installation, support, and maintenance, as well as served as a bridge between vendors and end-users. In contrast, hosted video surveillance as a service requires a security system installer to simply install cameras and connect them to the network, while the provider is in direct contact with each end-user. The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator There is no end to on-premises systems. However, the percentage of systems where the integrator’s role is eliminated or considerably reduced will continue to increase. How can integrators sustain their markets and stay profitable? A prospective business model might be to become a provider of VSaaS (‘cloud integrator’) in partnership with software platform vendors. Cloud-based surveillance Some VMS vendors offer software VSaaS platforms that form the basis for cloud-based surveillance systems. Using these solutions, a data centre operator, integrator, or telecom service provider can design a public VSaaS or VSaaS in a private cloud to service a large customer. The infrastructure can be built on any generic cloud platform or data centre, as well as resources owned by the provider or client. So, VSaaS providers have the choice between renting infrastructure from a public cloud service like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud or using their own or clients’ computing infrastructure (virtual machines or physical servers). Gaining competitive advantage When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings As an example, a telecom carrier could deploy VSaaS on their own infrastructure to expand their service offering for clients, gaining a competitive advantage and enhancing profits per user. Using a public cloud, a smaller integrator can host the computing infrastructure immediately, without incurring up-front costs and with no need to maintain the system. These cloud services provide scalability, security, and reliability with zero initial investment. When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings. Next, let’s examine VSaaS options available in the market from an end-users point of view. With hosted (or cloud-first, or true-cloud) VSaaS solutions, all the video feeds are transmitted directly from cameras to the cloud. Optionally, video can be buffered to SD cards installed on cameras to prevent data losses in case of Internet connection failures. Dedicated hardware bridges There are many providers of such services that offer their own brand cameras. Connecting these devices to the cloud should only take a few clicks. Firmware updates are usually centralised, so users don’t have to worry about security breaches. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage and secure connections to the cloud for their branded and third-party cameras. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage Typical bridges are inexpensive, basic NVRs that receive video feeds from cameras, record on HDD, and send video streams to the cloud. The most feature-rich bridges include those with video analytics, data encryption, etc. Introducing a bridge or NVR makes the system hybrid, with videos stored both locally and in the cloud. At the other end of the spectrum relative to hosted VSaaS, there are cloud-managed systems. Video management software In this case, video is stored on-site on DVRs, NVRs, video management software servers, or even locally on cameras, with an option of storing short portions of footage (like alarm videos) in the cloud for quick access. A cloud service can be used for remote viewing live video feeds and recorded footage, as well as for system configuration and health monitoring. Cloud management services often come bundled with security cameras, NVRs, and video management software, whereas other VSaaS generally require subscriptions. Keep in mind that the system, in this case, remains on-premises, and the advantages of the cloud are limited to remote monitoring and configuring. It’s a good choice for businesses that are spread across several locations or branches, especially if they have systems in place at each site. On-site infrastructure All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version All locations and devices can be remotely monitored using the cloud while keeping most of the existing on-site infrastructure. All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version. Other methods are more costly and/or require more resources to implement. Hosted VSaaS helps leverage the cloud for the highest number of benefits in terms of cost and technological advantages. In this case, the on-site infrastructure consists of only IP cameras and network equipment. This reduces maintenance costs substantially and also sets the foundation for another advantage of VSaaS: extreme and rapid scalability. At the same time, the outgoing connection at each site is critical for hosted VSaaS. Video quality and the number of cameras directly depend on bandwidth. Broadband-connected locations Because the system does not work offline, a stable connection is required to stream videos. In addition, cloud storage can be expensive when many cameras are involved, or when video archives are retained for an extended period. The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for a small broadband-connected location The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for small broadband-connected locations and is also the most efficient way to centralise video surveillance for multiple sites of the same type, provided they do not have a legacy system. Since it is easy to implement and maintain, this cloud technology is especially popular in countries with high labour costs. Using different software and hardware platforms, integrators can implement various types of VSaaS solutions. Quick remote access For those who adhere to the classic on-premises approach, adding a cloud-based monitoring service can grow their value proposition for clients with out-of-the-box capabilities of quick remote access to multiple widely dispersed sites and devices. For small true-cloud setups, there is a possibility to rent a virtual machine and storage capacity in a public cloud (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft) and deploy the cloud-based VMS server that can handle dozens of cameras. In terms of features, such a system may include anything from plain video monitoring via a web interface to GPU-accelerated AI video analytics and smart search in recorded footage, depending on the particular software platform. Optimising internet connection Hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ needs High-scale installations, such as VSaaS for public use or large private systems for major clients, involve multiple parts like a virtual VMS server cluster, web portal, report subsystem, etc. Such systems can also utilise either own or rented infrastructure. Some vendors offer software for complex installations of this kind, though there are not as many options as for cloud-managed systems. Finally, hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ unique needs while optimising internet connection bandwidth, cloud storage costs, and infrastructure complexity. It’s high time for integrators to gain experience, choose the right hardware and software, and explore different ways of building systems that will suit evolving customer demands in the future.

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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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