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Tyco American Dynamics VideoEdge 2U High Capacity Network Video Recorder (NVR) combines the powerful capabilities of victor with the intelligence of VideoEdge, fueled by Tyco Artificial Intelligence, for video management that provides actionable insights to save time, money and lives. The VideoEdge 2U HC NVR allows users to manage dozens of cameras at full frame and resolution rates. Users can also record in RAID configurations up to 100 TB and take advantage of twelve front-accessible storage drives that can be hot-swapped while recording, as well as a redundant power supply for increased reliability. VideoEdge NVRs seamlessly deploy cameras with an advanced open architecture and simple design, adding and reassigning licenses at any time. Additional features for the 2U HC NVR include: 600 Mbps recording throughput to disc Support for up to 128 cameras IP camera auto discovery allows for quick system setup Re-identification Intelligent Search Network Interface Card bonding for network failover The victor and VideoEdge solution is designed to adhere to the rigorous standards of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, a holistic approach to cyber protection. The solution also includes a security audit page that allows administrators to quickly determine if the proper levels of protection are applied for additional cybersecurity resiliency.
Respond immediately to critical situations and provide a safe environment for employees, students, event attendees and others. Exacq’s Facial Matching- Intelligent Alerts solution, enabled by Tyco AI, provides immediate notification of arriving persons of interest. Faces can be classified into different categories, so that personnel can be deployed to respond quickly and appropriately. This deep learning facial recognition engine provides high accuracy facial matching, even with partially obscured faces due to glasses, hats, and varied angles of view. Learn more about exacqVision software during our 20-minute webinar: https://www.exacq.com/webinar_new/#load=1635379200
System Overview PoC Series features camera powered directly by the recorder over the same coaxial cable in which video is transmitted. Dahua PoC transmission distance can reach up to 400 meters for AF cameras and 200 meters for AT cameras, that can help decrease material and installation cost and simplify the system. Functions StarlightWith the adoption of large sized high performance sensor and large aperture lens, the camera is able to provide incomparable performance even under extreme lowlight environment. The starlight feature allows more details to be captured and accurate color to be recognized at night or in scenes with limited illumination. Wide Dynamic RangeWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua HDCVI camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. Super AdaptEmbedded with intelligent algorithm, for changing external environment, camera can automatically adjust parameters to present the optimal image, and it solves the trouble of configuration. Advanced 3DNR3DNR is noise reduction technology that detects and eliminates random noises by comparing two sequential frames. Dahua’s advanced 3DNR technology allows remarkable noise reduction with little impact to sharpness, especially under limited lighting condition. Besides, the advanced 3DNR effectively decreases the band width and saves the storage space. Smart IlluminationThe camera is designed with IR illumination for best lowlight performance. Smart IR is a technology to ensure brightness uniformity in B/W image under low illumination. Dahua’s unique Smart IR adjusts to the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object, and prevents IR LEDs from overexposing images as the object come closer to the camera. Easy InstallationHDCVI quick-to-install eyeball adopts quick-to-install pedestal, which can achieve easier installation than conventional eyeball. Quick-to-install camera reduces time and labor costs. Protection (IP67, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes. Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage. Broadcast-quality AudioAudio information is used as supplementary evidence in video surveillance applications. The HDCVI camera supports audio signal transmission over coaxial cable. In addition, it adopts unique audio processing and transmission technology that best restores source audio and eliminates noise, guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of collected audio information.
Launched by Dahua Technology, Dahua WizMind is a full portfolio of solutions composed of project-oriented products including IPC, NVR, PTZ, XVR, Thermal and software platform which adopts industry-leading deep learning algorithms. Focusing on customer’s requirements, WizMind provides precise, reliable and comprehensive AI solutions for verticals. Series Overview With starlight solution and deep learning algorithm, Dahua WizMind 5 Series network camera has various intelligent functions, including face capture, perimeter protection and people counting, which greatly improve the accuracy of video analysis Functions Face DetectionDahua Face Detection technology can detect the face in the image. With deep learning algorithm, the technology supports detecting, tracking, capturing and selecting the best face image, and then outputs face snapshot. Face AttributesDahua Face Detection technology can detect the face in the image. With deep learning algorithm, the technology supports detecting, tracking, capturing and selecting the best face image, and then outputs face snapshot. Perimeter ProtectionWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua Perimeter Protection technology can recognize human and vehicle accurately. In restricted area (such as pedestrian area and vehicle area), the false alarms of intelligent detection based on target type (such as tripwire, intrusion, fast moving, parking detection, loitering detection and gathering detection) are largely reduced. People CountingWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua People Counting technology can track and process moving human body targets to realize the accurate statistics of enter No., leave No., and In Area No. Working with management platform, it outputs yearly/monthly/daily reports to meet your requirements. ePoEDahua's innovative ePoE technology offers a new solution to transmit power and data over long distances between cameras and network switch, allowing more flexible design of surveillance system, improving reliability, reducing installation time and saving money. ePoE technology encompasses pure network systems where a single CAT6 cable can carry signals up to 300 m (984 ft) at 100 Mbps, 800 m (2625 ft) at 10 Mbps. Cyber SecurityDahua network cameras employ a series of security technologies, including security authentication and authorization, access control protocols, trusted protection, encrypted transmission and encrypted storage. These technologies improve the camera's defense against external cyber threats and prevent malicious programs fromcompromising the device. Protection (IP67, IK10, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes. IK10: The enclosure can stand the punch more than 5 times from a 5 kg hammer falling from a height of 40 cm (Impact energy is 20J). Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
IntelliSight is a complete video management solution providing users with convenient, intelligent, real-time, and secure surveillance services. The system consists of edge AI camera, NVR&AI Server, Cloud Server, Desktop Management Software and Mobile APP. IntelliSight is the best choices for small and medium office buildings, retail shops, supermarkets, schools and other private and public area. The IntelliSight consists of 5 major modules, auto-find and quick config all terminals, multiple-windows' preview, 4 channels playback, e-map function and smart event center.
exacqVision open platform VMS software is intuitive, able to be centrally managed and integrates easily into third-party technologies including more than 5,000 cameras. If you are interested in learning more about this update, sign-up for access to the recorded webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7716757850369436934 The exacqVision 21.09 software update includes newly added support for object classification analytics with the Illustra ProGen4 and Axis camera lines. This update also includes removeable privacy windows for industries such as law enforcement agencies, prisons, and rail companies that require additional privacy controls for sensitive video.
System Overview Pro Series is a perfect choice for SMB solutions and projects where both high reliability and flexibility are required. All cameras are equipped with Starlight feature, 120dB true WDR and 3DNR, and are able to provide clear images and rich details even under tough lighting conditions. Functions Full-colorFull-color camera adopts large aperture lens and high performance sensor. With higher amount of absorbed light and advanced image processing algorithm, the camera provides 24/7 color monitoring that collects clear and vivid information,significantly increasing probability of gathering valid human, vehicle, and event evidence that can be used for further intelligent analysis. Broadcast-quality AudioAudio information is used as supplementary evidence in video surveillance applications. The HDCVI camera supports audio signal transmission over coaxial cable. In addition, it adopts unique audio processing and transmission technology that best restores source audio and eliminates noise, guaranteeing the quality and effectiveness of collected audio information.*This function is available for select models. Wide Dynamic RangeWith advanced Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, Dahua HDCVI camera provides clear details in the environment of strong brightness contrast. The bright and dark area can get clear video even in high brightness environment or with backlight shadow. Advanced 3DNR3DNR is noise reduction technology that detects and eliminates random noises by comparing two sequential frames. Dahua’s advanced 3DNR technology allows remarkable noise reduction with little impact to sharpness, especially under limited lighting condition. Besides, the advanced 3DNR effectively decreases the band width and saves the storage space. Warm Supplemental lightsWith warm supplemental LED lights, the camera is able to provide a coloful and vivid image even in total darkness. By default, the camera is set to smart light mode, in which the camera can automatically adjust the exposure time and light sensitivity simultaneously to avoid overexposureing of the objects in the image center. 4 Signals over 1 Coaxial CableHDCVI technology supports 4 signals to be transmitted over 1 coaxial cable simultaneously, i.e. video, audio*, data and power. Dual-way data transmission allows the HDCVI camera to interact with the XVR, such as sending control signal or triggering alarm. Moreover, HDCVI technology supports PoC for construction flexibility.* Audio input is available for some models of HDCVI cameras. Long Distance TransmissionHDCVI technology guarantees real-time transmission at long distance without any loss. It supports up to 700m transmission for 2MP/5MP/8MP HD video via coaxial cable, and up to 300m via UTP cable.*Actual results verified by real-scene testing in Dahua's test laboratory. Protection (IP67, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes.Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
Decrease Reaction Time. Increase Awareness. Improve Your Security. The victor Video Management System (VMS) and VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) platforms allow users to see and prevent more events before they occur. Save administrator resources with powerful features like person-based intelligent search, narrowing down search time from minutes to seconds and gain the upper hand against potential threats. Leveraging high-performance smart video searching, video intelligence, and case management along with an extensive feature set, users gain greater situational awareness. VideoEdge network video recorders are available with a full range of purpose-built appliances to manage surveillance in comprehensive environments both onsite and remotely. Maintain dozens of cameras per network video recorder with capabilities for both IP and hybrid installations. The flexibility of VideoEdge provides users with powerful analytics to gather employee and consumer information that aid in forensic investigation or business intelligence. Mix and match hundreds of VideoEdge IP or hybrid NVRs to accommodate thousands of cameras into one cohesive victor VMS ecosystem. Designed with a scalable portfolio of clients, customizing a victor solution for any business is simple. From the easy-to-use victor Express to the command and control of victor Professional, the VMS allows your company to use smarter technologies that include tools to reduce bandwidth costs. Combine deployments into victor Enterprise to manage a robust infrastructure in support of thousands of VideoEdge network video recorders. Bring together access control, intrusion, and fire systems correlated with video into one powerful, intuitive interface that operates in seamless harmony. victor is your always on, always available, secure video surveillance solution.
With its own device certificate issuing system, Root CA, the Wisenet camera lineup offers the highest levels of cybersecurity possible. Secure by Default, Hanwha Techwin’s cybersecurity policy, embeds unique certificates into all products during each step of the development and manufacturing process. This results in a cybersecurity policy that satisfies stringent UL CAP standards as well as our own requirements for product reliability and design innovation.
System Overview Driven by advanced smart H.265 encoding technology, Dahua Smart Dual Illuminators Camera combines precision and reliability into one powerful camera, achieving high encoding efficiency, producing seamless videos and reducing cost on transmission and storage. To meet a wide range of shooting situations, this series of high-performant cameras features functions such as infrared and warm light smart illumination, human shape detection, and siren and light active deterrence. It also achieves the application of retrospect, intervention and precaution, delivering the convenience needed in a modern camera. Functions Smart Dual IlluminatorsDahua Smart Dual Illuminators technology adopts smart algorithm to detect targets. Usually, the IR illuminator is on at night; when the target appears in the monitoring area, the white light is on, and the camera records the full-color video and information of key events. That is, the camera links snapshot and video with full-color image. When the target is out of the monitoring area, the white light is off and the IR illuminator is on, which reduces light pollution efficiently. Siren and Light Active DeterrenceThe camera supports the white light alarm and voice alarm when perimeter event occurs, to realize the deterrence and effective intervention. The camera is built in the alarm voice, and supports customized voice importing. IVSWith advanced video algorithm, Dahua IVS technology supports intelligent functions, such as tripwire and intrusion. Wide Dynamic RangeThe camera achieves vivid images, even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions, using industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, WDR optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Smart H.265+Smart H.265+ is the optimized implementation of the H.265 codec that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart H.265+ technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to standard H.265 video compression. SceneIt is suitable for use by families and in fish ponds, orchards, rural courtyards, small factories, supermarkets and other similar locations.
Security breaches are not governed by the seasons, by the weather, and certainly not by the time of day. They can occur at any time, and often under the cover of darkness when traditional, black-and-white security cameras with infrared lighting are unable to capture events clearly enough to collect clear evidence or respond effectively. Hikvision has expanded its full-colour camera range with ColorVu technology. This offers a much better visual experience than traditional cameras, providing accurately rendered colour images with balanced brightness at all times of the day or night. The camera range with ColorVu technology includes 4k cameras for UHD experience and varifocal cameras for unparalleled clarity. These innovations allow organisations and local authorities to monitor outdoor or indoor spaces, identify breaches as soon as they occur, and react in real-time to protect staff, employees, and members of the public. Boosting security with leading-edge technology Cameras with ColorVu technology can capture high-definition, full-colour images in low light conditions because of two key technology breakthroughs: advanced F1.0 large apertures, and high-performance imaging sensors. The cameras also use a new 3D dynamic noise reduction (DNR) algorithm to increase clarity at long range, and a soft and warm supplemental light guarantees colourful images even in zero-light environments. The expanded camera range with ColorVu satisfies different needs of customers, from high-performance products to budget-friendly choices, as well as smart solutions. For example, the range now includes a 4K camera that offers ultra-high-definition colour imaging during the day and at night. With better image quality and richer details, 4K cameras with ColorVu can be applied in wider scenarios such as stadiums, airports, harbours, and parking lots, where clear and high-resolution images are necessary. The cameras with ColorVu can also integrate Hikvision AcuSense technology to distinguish between people, vehicles, and other moving targets such as rain, leaves, and animals. Alarms are only triggered when preset intrusion types are detected, allowing security teams to take action. 4 key applications for the cameras with ColorVu The ability to capture clear, full-colour images 24x7 is useful for a wide range of indoor and outdoor scenarios. Examples include: Security for outdoor spaces – especially streets and parks Lighting on streets and in parks is rarely uniform, and dark areas can increase the risk of crime and make people feel unsafe. Cameras with ColorVu technology enable local authorities to record high-resolution, full colour video footage even in low-light conditions, which helps to increase security and enables much faster responses to incidents. Improved perimeter protection for retail and logistics parks Perimeter protection is always a challenge for large retail and logistics parks. With ColorVu technology, security teams can monitor the perimeter 24x7 and react quickly to any breaches before assets or people are put at risk. Cameras with ColorVu can also be combined with other smart video technologies from Hikvision – including AcuSense vehicle and license-plate recognition – to trigger automated alerts for suspected security breaches. Asset protection for small businesses Small businesses around the world need to protect their assets, including vehicles left in driveways or on the street. Because cameras with ColorVu technology can capture high-resolution, full-colour images 24x7, security breaches can be recorded, and evidence passed on to the authorities increasing the chance that assets can be recovered and that perpetrators will be brought to justice. Increased security at building entrances High-resolution, full colour images can greatly enhance security at building entrances, which are sometimes unlit, or dimly lit. Even though cameras with ColorVu can record footage in extremely low light conditions, teams often choose to turn on the cameras’ supplementary light as an additional deterrent to a break in or another security incident. These examples are the tip of the iceberg in terms of how and where cameras with ColorVu technology can be deployed to boost security and protect people and assets. For more information about the ColorVu technology, visit Hikvision’s website.
With starlight solution and deep learning algorithm, Dahua WizMind 5 Series network camera has various intelligent functions, including face capture, perimeter protection and people counting, which greatly improve the accuracy of video analysis. The series camera supports dustproof function, waterproof function and vandal-proof function, complying with the standards of IP67 and IK10 (Supported by some select models).
System OverviewActive Deterrence Series provides multi-dimensional system that links video with audio, information and alarm to verify potential risks. Active deterrence camera can actively warn off intruders with light and speaker, alert users in real-time with alarm-over-coax, and provide visual verification with HDCVI video. Functions Active DeterrenceActive deterrence is to warn off intruders actively with white light and speaker even before users are aware of the incidence. Once an intrusion is detected, the white light will turn on and the speaker will buzzer to alert the intruder. The white light can be set to normally on or flash, the content of speaker is configurable. SimplicityHDCVI technology inherits the born feature of simplicity from traditional analogue surveillance system, making itself a best choice for investment protection. HDCVI system can seamlessly upgrade the traditional analogue system without replacing existing coaxial cabling. The plug and play approach enables high definition video surveillance without the hassle of configuring a network. Smart IlluminationThe camera is designed with IR illumination for best lowlight performance. Smart IR is a technology to ensure brightness uniformity in B/W image under low illumination. Dahua’s unique Smart IR adjusts to the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object, and prevents IR LEDs from overexposing images as the object come closer to the camera. 4 Signals over 1 Coaxial CableHDCVI technology supports 4 signals to be transmitted over 1 coaxial cable simultaneously, i.e. video, audio*, data and power. Dual-way data transmission allows the HDCVI camera to interact with the XVR, such as sending control signal or triggering alarm. Moreover, HDCVI technology supports PoC for construction flexibility. * Audio input is available for some models of HDCVI cameras. Long Distance TransmissionHDCVI technology guarantees real-time transmission at long distance without any loss. It supports up to 700m transmission for 2MP/5MP/8MP HD video via coaxial cable, and up to 300m via UTP cable. * *Actual results verified by real-scene testing in Dahua's test laboratory. Protection (IP67, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes. Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% (for some power supplies) input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
Hikvision launched newly updated HikCentral Professional 2.0 security software (“HCP 2.0”), which blends feeds from multiple systems onto a single platform. HCP 2.0 can be configured to link video security devices, alarm and access control systems, and more, including third-party systems through the OpenAPI – for easy centralized management of a variety of security and business applications. Frank Zhang, President of Hikvision’s International Product and Solution Center, said, “This is an important release for us, and a significant leap forward in our security management software offerings. HikCentral Professional 2.0 will help our customers manage a variety of activities seamlessly on one platform. We’re excited to see the value it delivers.” Nine key applications for numerous business needs HikCentral Professional 2.0 integrates multiple business and security systems with nine key applications, making it valuable to a wide variety of common security and business scenarios seen in buildings, factories, stores, apartments, and the like. Among them, video cameras and security alarms are integrated into the platform to deliver fluid live viewing and timely alarm notifications. Furthermore, access control can be included to assign a variety of access permissions using multiple methods including facial recognition, ID cards, fingerprints, QR codes, and more. HCP 2.0 also allows various personnel such as HR managers to set flexible attendance rules, including schedules for shift work, while delivering full reporting facilities. Additionally, site managers can also employ vehicle management and visitor management applications to streamline entrance management as well as on-site parking. Users can further rely on HCP 2.0 with intelligent analysis and reporting – an application that collects data and transforms it into easy-to-understand reports and dashboards. This includes flow status, people density and more. For systems management teams, HCP 2.0’s system maintenance application visualizes alarm and device notifications, as well as the full network and device topology for rapid, targeted action in unusual events. Last but not least, HCP 2.0 lets users deploy digital signage systems to display advertisements and announcements. The software comes with eight pre-installed templates for users to present content optimally. This can be crowd numbers and temperature status in a supermarket scenario, for example. Creating truly unified systems with enhanced security and greater operational efficiency With HCP 2.0, users will flexibly unite applications and build a tailored system to match their security and business needs. The unified approach not only creates greater situational awareness of their security environment, it also reduces real day-to-day management resources previously required by disparate systems. For example, users can integrate visitor management with vehicle management to enhance daily operational efficiency for building facilities. Facility managers can register visitor information into the HCP 2.0 system, and – by linking to an ANPR system – can set visitors to be automatically permitted into on-site parking. Similarly, the system can also pre-authorize visitor access to specific areas of an organization’s premises. Personalized user experience HikCentral Professional 2.0 can be tailored to deliver specific information to assigned users. The system comes with three pre-configured roles: “system installation and management,” “security control and management,” and “attendance management.” In this way, HR staff can customize their feed to show employee attendance status, for example, while management staff can monitor security of the facilities. There is also one custom role, which can be tailored to specific needs. Perhaps most importantly, HikCentral Professional 2.0 features an improved user interface. Users can customize the control panel to suit their viewing preferences, simply dragging and dropping key video and device feeds into the dashboard, adjusting where they sit and how they look. Dynamic and intuitive user interface HCP 2.0 also incorporates multiple visualized dashboards that display key security and business insights generated from various applications, facilitating decision-making processes with more accuracy and efficiency. What’s more, users apply 3D E-maps that vividly demonstrate device monitoring statuses in different locations, and manage instant alerts interactively by clicking and watching associated live videos and other integrated system information. Easy setup and maintenance HikCentral Professional 2.0 is easy to deploy and quick to set up for a multitude of projects with single applications. Customers with minimum system requirement of Intel i3-CPU and 8 GB RAM can get up and running with a one-click installation procedure that makes HCP 2.0 setup a breeze. Operations guidance wizards are conspicuously displayed to support users in configuring key applications. In addition, the visualized health monitoring dashboards enable more focused and efficient IT maintenance.
System OverviewLeveraging the latest in thermal technology, the thermal network hybrid bullet camera features visual and thermal channels providing you with an all-in-one video monitoring solution. It supports 18 color palettes and is applicable for use in indoor and outdoor scenarios such as factories, substations and machine rooms Functions Uncooled Vox TechnologyBlends a vanadium oxide uncooled focal plane detector with compact volume and high thermal sensitivity (NETD) to accurately capture image details and detect temperature differences. Fire Detection & AlarmHarnesses a self-developed, core fire detection technology to maintain high accuracy levels and a low false alarm rate. It is widely used for fire detection in various industries. Temperature MeasurementUses a self-developed, temperature measurement technology to maintain highly accurate temperature measurements in windless indoor conditions with relatively stable temperatures. AI IntelligenceAdopts smart dual illuminators technology, to accurately detect violations such as calling and smoking. Intelligent Video System (IVS)IVS is a built-in video analytics algorithm that delivers intelligent functions to monitor a scene for tripwire violations, intrusion detection, and abandoned or missing objects. Sound and Light AlarmWhen an abnormal event is detected by a thermal or visible-light channel, the white light and loudspeaker will switch on to release a visual or voice prompt, then it will begin recording and take snapshots. SceneApplicable for use in scenarios that need to measure device temperatures such as factories, stations, substations and machine rooms.
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TOA Corporation (UK) Ltd discuss what changes COVID-19 has bought to the installation of VA/PA Systems and how the integration of IP has impacted on that. With a year and a half of global uncertainty, we have seen huge changes in what VA/PA systems will need to deliver in order to provide safe and robust solutions with advanced zone and directional messaging. The impact of COVID has pushed installers to re-think what end-users need long-term to manage any future changes in guidelines especially for large events and complex applications such as travel hubs and how the integration of IP will assist with installing safe systems in the future. Providing public announcements PA/VA has been one of the few parts of our industry that has remained consistent and buoyant during the lockdown. It has been the ideal time for public buildings to upgrade as restrictions did not apply to the construction industry and many installations were actually fast-tracked in the hope that when restrictions lifted commercial properties could open as quickly as possible. PA/VA has been one of the few parts of our industry that has remained consistent This was coupled with the knowledge that changes would have to be made to address the increased demand in providing public announcements outside the standard evacuation messages that most VA/PA have been traditionally used for and enable the impact of having to be flexible to deliver multiple messages. Flexible system management So what is changing? Leading in VA/PA is the availability of IP which enables more flexible system management. It allows installation/solution management engineers to offer remote access to complex systems from a central control room meaning that they can maintain and control systems from one hub and operate for multiple areas on large complex sites such as an airport or stadiums. This provides not only a better level of technical coverage across a whole site but also allows an engineer to monitor and fault find without the delay of waiting to being able to access a specific area. This is especially important for vulnerable applications such as schools and health facilities as it enables them to control and reduce the amount of interaction with engineers they need to give physical access to – therefore reducing risk. Potentially less maintenance This makes it more financially viable for both the end-user and the maintenance provider Long-term, IP also makes these systems much more cost-effective. For example, one engineer can manage a hub of multiple locations with potentially less maintenance call-out costs. This makes it more financially viable for both the end-user and the maintenance provider to justify the initial investment. With these systems being paramount to people’s safety remote intervention allows for swift fault finding and problem resolution in a more effective response time and cost-effective way. To enable this the biggest development has been the integration between product manufacturers and software developers. They have been able to collaborate greatly to get products such a horn speakers to connect via industrial standard network protocols giving much greater flexibility in remote system management. Multi-rack systems The technology involved in VA/PA, especially integrating with IP, has seen huge growth recently and we are involved in projects that involve multi-rack systems to enable controlled zone management and evacuation options with greater collaboration between integrators to get the systems to work effectively. VA/PA systems must be at the forefront of long term solutions and sustainability As more people are allowed to gather in larger numbers public-facing buildings need to address their evacuation and voice announcement procedures in order to be compliant. They need to be able to deliver clear and effective messages to their visitors in order to remain open whenever guidelines change. VA/PA systems must be at the forefront of long-term solutions and sustainability. The other area of VA/PA that has changed immensely in the last 18 months is the vast difference in messaging requirements that organisations need. Public safety announcements Systems that have been used infrequently for emergency situations only are now delivering daily messages with public safety announcements. In reality, although we all hope that we will never go back to the peak of lockdown, installations must be robust to cope with any situation in the future. Many smaller spaces that wouldn’t have thought they would need a PA system at all now understand that they too have an obligation to deliver public information and guidance and on a regular daily basis and this will lead to system designs being scaled up and down to meet the broadening array of applications that require VA/PA and how this is managed in the event that new protocols have to be introduced. Detailed technical plans Systems should be certified on the European Standard EN 54-16 and should be expertly designed Design and planning should be key when sourcing the right solution. Systems should be certified on the European Standard EN 54-16 and should be expertly designed to specification with detailed technical plans and tailor-made to the requirements of the end-user. With people’s safety in your hands, you cannot get these systems wrong so it is important that installers are able to draw on the expert technical team resources that we, as a manufacturer, offer in adhering to this standard and for us to be able to provide a commissioning service to sign off on these important safety systems. Compared with traditional lights and sounders systems we believe the future of evacuation will be voice-based. In our ever-increasing culturally diverse world we have to embrace systems that need to be multi-lingual or be able to dedicate a message to a specific target audience and be able to be drilled down to zones and give much more directional information. Multi-zoned academies As office buildings get taller, health facilities become super hospitals or schools upgrade into multi-zoned academies we have to be able to evacuate or hold back evacuation to enable safe crowd control. In order to facilitate this VA will have to replace traditional systems or work in tandem with them. We must point out that in residential high-rise properties the primary method of evacuation, to comply to BS 8629, would still be traditional lights and sounders even if you install a separate VA system. Voice Alarm and Public Address is a long-term investment, especially as the global situation may take many years to recover, and as manufacturers working with our integrators and software developers we must continue to lead in the development of the best systems to ensure we can keep everyone safe.
Johnson Controls recently unveiled the findings of its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey that examined the current and planned investments and key drivers to improve energy efficiency and building systems integration in facilities. Systems integration was identified as one of the top technologies expected to have the biggest impact on the implementation in smart buildings over the next five years, with respondents planning to invest in security, fire and life-safety integrations more so than any other systems integration in the next year. As advanced, connected technologies drive the evolution of smart buildings, security and safety technologies are at the center of more intelligent strategies as they attribute to overall building operations and efficiencies. SourceSecurity.com spoke with Johnson Controls, Building Solutions, North America, VP of Marketing, Hank Monaco, and Senior National Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Smart Cities, Lisa Brown, about the results of the study, smart technology investments and the benefits of a holistic building strategy that integrates security and fire and life-safety systems with core building systems. Q: What is the most striking result from the survey, and what does it mean in the context of a building’s safety and security systems? The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems Hank Monaco: Investment in building system integration increased 23 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, the largest increase of any measure in the survey. When respondents were asked more specifically what systems they we planning to invest in over the next year, fire and life safety integration (61%) and security system integration (58%) were the top two priorities for organisations. The results show an increased understanding about the value of integrating safety and security systems with other building systems to improve overall operations and bolster capabilities beyond the intended function of an individual system. Q: The survey covers integration of fire, life safety and security systems as part of "smart building" systems. How do smarter buildings increase the effectiveness of security and life safety systems? Hank Monaco: A true “smart building” integrates all building systems – security, fire and life-safety, HVAC, lighting etc. – to create a connected, digital infrastructure that enables individual technologies to be more intelligent and perform more advanced functions beyond what they can do on their own. For example, when sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems, if abnormal activity is detected on the building premise, key stakeholders can be automatically alerted to increase emergency response time. With integrated video surveillance, they also gain the ability to access surveillance footage remotely to assess the situation. When sensors and video surveillance are integrated with lighting systems abnormal activity on the premise can automatically be detected Q: How can integrated security and life safety systems contribute to greater energy efficiency in a smart building environment? Hank Monaco: Security, fire and life-safety systems can help to inform other building systems about how a facility is used, high-trafficked areas and the flow of occupants within a building. Integrated building solutions produce a myriad of data that can be leveraged to increase operational efficiencies. From an energy efficiency standpoint, actionable insights are particularly useful for areas that are not frequently occupied or off-peak hours as you wouldn’t want to heat or cool an entire building for just one person coming in on the weekend. When video surveillance is integrated with HVAC and lighting systems, it can monitor occupancy in a room or hallway. The video analytics can then control the dimming of lights and the temperature depending on occupant levels in a specific vicinity. Similarly, when access control systems are integrated with these same systems, once a card is presented to the reader, it can signal the lights or HVAC system to turn on. In this example, systems integration can ultimately help enable energy savings in the long run. Security and life safety systems contribute to help enable greater energy efficiency and energy savings in the long run Q: What other benefits of integration are there (beyond the core security and life safety functions)? Hank Monaco: Beyond increased security, fire and life-safety functions, the benefits of systems integration include: Increased data and analytics to garner a holistic, streamlined understanding of how systems function and how to improve productivity Ability to track usage to increase efficiency and reduce operational costs Enhanced occupant experience and comfort Increased productivity and workflow to support business objectives Smart-ready, connected environment that can support future technology advancements Q: What lesson or action point should a building owner/operator take from the survey? How can the owner of an existing building leverage the benefits of the smart building environment incrementally and absent a complete overhaul? Lisa Brown: Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator found that 77% of organisations plan to make investments in energy efficiency and smarter building technology this year. This percentage demonstrates an increased understanding of the benefits of smart buildings and highlights the proactive efforts building owners are taking to adopt advanced technologies. There is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected As smart buildings continue to evolve, more facilities are beginning to explore opportunities to advance their own spaces. A complete overhaul of legacy systems is not necessary as small investments today can help position a facility to more easily adopt technologies at scale in the future. As a first step, it’s important for building owners to conduct an assessment and establish a strategy that defines a comprehensive set of requirements and prioritises use-cases and implementations. From there, incremental investments and updates can be made over a realistic timeline. Q: What is the ROI of smart buildings? Lisa Brown: As demonstrated by our survey, there is an increased understanding that buildings operate more effectively when different building systems are connected. The advanced analytics and more streamlined data that is gathered through systems integration can provide the building-performance metrics to help better understand the return on investment (ROI) of the building systems. This data is used to better understand the environment and make assessments and improvements overtime to increase efficiencies. Moreover, analytics and data provide valuable insights into where action is needed and what type of return can be expected from key investments.
Remember the old adage “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” Nowhere is that truism more evident than when you add network video to the current generation of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Whether we’re talking about industrial IoT applications, “Smart – X” (city, building, parking etc.) or retail operations, integrating network video into the solution provides value far beyond simple situational awareness. Optimising sophisticated video technology When video systems first moved from analogue to digital and then became part of the IoT world, they were primarily used to provide visual validation of sensor-detected events. For instance, if an industrial controller sensed an environmental issue such as a temperature exceeding set threshold maximum limits, the sensor would trigger the management software to notify the operator that this event had occurred. The operator could then pull up the video feed of the closest camera and observe the area remotely. While this application is simple, it shows how video enhances sensor management. As edge devices, such as sensors and network video become more intelligent, the interactions between systems are growing in sophistication and generating even greater value than each system could provide on its own. To appreciate how these smart applications are being used to improve overall efficiencies and profitability, let’s delve into three areas where they’re being deployed: intelligent buildings, smart cities, and smart retailing. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video, it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection Video-based operational analytics Applying intelligent monitoring to environmental equipment (HVAC) makes it easy for building owners and property managers to determine existing operating costs based on current equipment performance. They can then compare that amount to the cost of upgrades and potential cost savings over time. Lighting is another significant operating cost within building management. By overlaying intelligent operational sensors with intelligent video (light sensors), it’s now possible to automate lighting levels based on motion detection. Lights can automatically turn on or off, brighten or dimmed, to eliminate wasteful energy consumption. With the addition of occupancy analytics via intelligent video, property managers can determine what caused the motion and learn other operational details such as occupancy counts. Did someone walk through and area causing lighting to turn on or up? Did they dwell in this area? These specifics can help managers efficiently optimise lighting controls and reduce the overall operating cost of the property. Businesses are also using smart applications to optimise allocation of desk space and conference areas. For instance, intelligent video can determine conference room occupancy (in use, number of people in room, free space even though showing booked) far better than stand-alone motion sensors. When tied to automated room assignment systems, the additional statistics provided by video analytics might suggest room changes based on room size and number of attendees through back-office applications such as Microsoft Outlook. These examples are just a few of a growing list of available video-based operational analytics currently on the market. Video analytics in smart cities Initial forays into smart city technologies such as smart lighting, smart grid, smart parking and so on relied on standalone sensor technologies. Their capabilities were good but limited. Smart Lighting for instance would use basic light detectors to turn street lighting. Smart Parking and traffic systems would use weight sensors to trigger vehicle counts, traffic signal changes or determine if a parking space was in use and paid for. Augmenting these applications with intelligent video and analytics, however, opens up a whole new world of additional details. In Smart Lighting, the video sensor can now trigger a change in lighting based on rules such as vehicular and pedestrian events. Video analytics can yield additional metadata such as vehicle type (commercial versus public use). Smart Parking becomes much more effective when you can begin to provide vehicle detail such as vehicle type or other information based on licence plate recognition. These additional details can help parking lots operate more efficiently and offer value-added services like space reservation and open space location notifications. Augmenting smart city applications with intelligent video and analytics opens up a whole new world of additional details Smart Grid offers some less obvious but equally valuable system augmentation capabilities. We often associate Smart Grid with simple automated meter reading but these systems also traverse critical power infrastructure. Solution providers in this arena are now offering heightened asset and perimeter protection via integration of network-based radar detection with video and audio analytics. This strategic mix of technologies can be used to minimise false detection alarms, turn on/off or change lighting levels and point cameras to areas of interest for extremely effective and cost-effective perimeter security. Network video for retail intelligence Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety. They’ve been using video to analyse customer traffic and behaviour in order to improve product placement, increase product sales, as well as cross-sell related items. Adding programmable “Digital Signage” to the mix created new opportunities to display targeted messages based on viewer demographics about additional products and services of potential interest. Integrating network video with point-of-sale terminals to reconcile cash register receipts, adding heat mapping analytics to study customer foot traffic patterns, measuring check out wait times to increase employee productivity and efficiency as well as improve the customer experience are just some of the ways retailers have applied the principles of IoT to their advantage. Overlay intelligent building controls and you can see the exponential power of integrating intelligent video with other IoT devices and systems. Retailing was one of the earliest adopters of smart device integration with network video and video analytics to support loss prevention and customer safety Minimising metadata overload Smart application integration produces an enormous amount of metadata. Collecting, transporting and synthesising this data into meaningful business intelligence can be daunting. It requires disciplined use of resources from the network infrastructure transporting the data locally to the various cloud technologies (private cloud, hybrid cloud, public cloud) storing and disseminating it securely. Generally smart sensor data is fairly light weight in terms of actual data transmitted. Adding video elements can significantly increase bit-rate (bandwidth and storage) requirements. This highlights the need for the video to be more intelligent and interactive with the intelligent sensor and edge device technologies so that resources can be used more efficiently. Smart applications let you do that. You can fine tune video rules and optimise transmission based on retention value. You can program the video to sensor triggers or events, transmitting lower frame rate and resolution video for less interesting video and increasing the video settings when higher quality video is more relevant and valuable based on these sensor triggers. The back-end collectors of sensor metadata are becoming more mainstream and easier to operate. In many sectors, service providers are offering management of this sensor output “As a Service.” As smart IoT technology continues to mature, the benefits of integration between network video systems and other network solutions will only get better. We’re already seeing greater efficiency in operations as well as higher quantifiable returns on investment through cost savings and more in-depth, usable business intelligence.
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