RIVA devices and Luxriot VMS presents one of the most powerful VCA+VMS solution available today
RIVA devices and Luxriot VMS presents one of the most powerful VCA+VMS solution available today

Video Content Analysis (VCA) has been around for over 10 years. At VCA inception most of us put very optimistic expectations on how industry changing technology this is. However, with all its ups and downs we finally got to the point, where we finally take VCA realistically and fully understand its benefits and limitations. Adding Video Content Analysis to a video surveillance system will improve system's overall performance and usability as well as widen horizons of tasks it solves. Therefore, VCA usage is justified for all systems from small (few cameras) to a large scale projects (thousands of cameras). Today the most important issue is how to integrate VCA into a video surveillance system. Some manufacturers offer VCA as a complete self-sustained product. This is a good solution, if VCA is the only application in a system. Since it is practically impossible to build a full functioning video surveillance system without tight integration between VCA and a Video Management Software (VMS). Some VMS manufacturers have their own VCA built into the software. However, this solution takes a waste toll on computing resources and has low accuracy, because of the necessity to decompress incoming h.264 video streams in order to process video data, which anyway had been already altered by h.264 codec. Putting VCA inside a camera seems to be a native solution for multiple reasons: VCA inside has an access to the raw video data. There is no additional load onto the VMS system, since all the VCA's computations done by the camera. Camera functions can be controlled by VCA, ie PTZ, video stream parameters, etc. Onboard VCA can reduce the false alarms dramatically Today only RIVA cameras are delivered with the intelligent “onboard” video analytics – powered by VCA Technology – as a standard at no extra costs. Thereby, video images are already analyzed and evaluated before either being saved in the camera or transmitted for storage. Thus, the transmission of large data volume is avoided and high costs for storage belong to the past. Additionally, false alarms are significantly reduced. The RIVA product range covers all variants of high-performance box cameras, domes, PTZ domes, thermal and bullet cameras for indoor/outdoor use as well as encoder series. RIVA cameras and encoders are already equipped with intelligent VCA covering brilliant images at resolutions from VGA to 2 MP / Full HD 1080p. On the other end Luxriot VMS offers outstanding support for the main feature of the RIVA IP product -  on-board video analytic's, powered by VCA Technology. Metadata from the cameras is not only used for intelligent archive search, but also works well with "Alarm and Action Manager" feature offered by Luxriot VMS. "Alarm and Action Manager" allows Luxriot VMS Server application to perform wide range of actions on certain event from IP device. For RIVA products, Luxriot VMS also considers VCA metadata as an event trigger. Allowing software to Start/Stop recording, activating PTZ preset on required camera, to send email or run third party application and to send Digital Input when ever configured VCA event took place. Luxriot is an open architecture VMS. Since it was introduced to the market in 2005, Luxriot VMS demonstrated that quality and stability are the keys of the product. Simple yet powerful Luxriot VMS already supports over 1800+ devices from more than 100 major vendors. While having largest support list of devices available on market, Luxriot VMS also offers a wide range of demanded functionality and features, demonstrating well established software development processes. RIVA devices and Luxriot VMS presents one of the most powerful VCA+VMS solution available on the market today. Insuring you that no important events will be missed, increasing productivity of surveillance system and allowing to lower your expenses for human and hardware resources.

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Luxriot presents VMS version 2.2.3
Luxriot presents VMS version 2.2.3

Luxriot is an open architecture Video Management System (VMS). Luxriot accepts streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot is integrated with over 1800 devices from 90+ manufactures. This along with Luxriot client-server architecture allows to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to the multiple server system handling thousands of cameras. Luxriot VMS known worldwide as a simple yet powerful solution. By having intuitive graphical user interface Luxriot VMS simplifies the design, installation and commissioning of complete IP CCTV surveillance systems. This together with proven over the years stability offers well trusted product well suitable from small to enterprise installation's. Trusted as hybrid scalable solution it also offers you to maximise the previous investment in surveillance system, allowing to extend it to another level. What's new in version 2.2.3: New user interface for Broadcast Server with new features added: - Control of PTZ devices from web and mobile clients- Full screen mode- Intuitive and user friendly design - Layouts- Favorites Alarm & Action Management wizard added: - Events (Video Lost, Video Restored, Motion Events, VCA Events, Digital Input)- Actions (PTZ preset, Digital Output, Write to application/event log, Activate Layout, Popup video, Run program,     Email notification, Audio Notification)-Live view Events pane added-Multicast support (server to multiple clients)-Authentication via Microsoft Active Directory-Camera-side Video Content Analysis (VCA)-Digital Output support for IP cameras and Video Capturing Boards Multi-camera Playback Advanced Functionality:- Time line- Audio- Motion regions settings- Snapshots- Video Export Luxriot offers customisable integration with other software systems in form of software development kit (SDK), Luxriot VMS Client Kit. With new Luxriot VMS 2.2.3 system integrators are offered to get more from their integration of third party application together with Luxriot VMS. ClientKit new features: - Create and delete media devices- Adjust software motion detector properties- Receive motion region information for media device- Export archive video (with optional subtitles if exported with re-compression)

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Luxriot presents VMS version 2.3.2
Luxriot presents VMS version 2.3.2

Luxriot is an open architecture Video Management System (VMS). Luxriot accepts streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot is integrated with over 2000 devices from 100+ manufactures. This along with Luxriot client-server architecture allows to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to the multiple server system handling thousands of cameras. Luxriot VMS known worldwide as a simple yet powerful solution. By having intuitive graphical user interface Luxriot VMS simplifies the design, installation and commissioning of complete IP CCTV surveillance systems. This together with proven over the years stability offers well trusted product well suitable from small to enterprise installation's. Trusted as hybrid scalable solution it also offers you to maximise the previous investment in surveillance system, allowing to extend it to another level. What's new in version 2.3.2: Multistreaming support New Multistreaming support designed to reduce CPU and network load on Client PCs. With this new feature you can reduce amount of client machines required for monitoring your video surveillance This feature is not only implemented for the general list of supported cameras, but also well compatible with Generic RTSP mode that allowing use of any new camera on the market as long as it supports RTSP protocol Broadcast Server performance optimisation and new Broadcast server API We have optimised Broadcast server to allow it to handle simultaneous 1000+ connections. New Broadcast server API allowing easy and quick integration with third party applications as well HTTP based integration. Fisheye video stream dewarping support (Live view and Archive) New Luxriot’s  Dewarping feature offers support to all fisheye cameras including cameras from support list as well as ONVIF compliant and Generic RTSP compliant cameras. On-screen PTZ control (for all PTZ cameras) Notifications on server's storage failure/malfunction

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Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers
Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers

Luxriot Mobile is a free application for Android and iOS, that allows you to access Luxriot VMS Servers' live and recorded video streams using your smartphone or a tablet from almost anywhere. This easy to use application allows simultaneous multiple camera monitoring. Until now our customers already were able to use their mobile devices to view live and recorded video from their VMS'es via our Luxriot Broadcast Server. But we find introducing native applications for Android and iOS to be a great improvement for our customers, since native application allows us to offer more important features as well as to increase usability and outcome from Luxriot VMS. Following features will become available for beta testers: - Live video from one or multiple cameras - Play back recorded video - Video stream quality adjustment for efficient bandwidth utilisation - Multiple Server setup - Save camera screen layouts - Snapshot to share - Connect using 3G, 4G and Wifi A&H Software House, inc is a leading developer of an open architecture Video Management System – Luxriot VMS. Luxriot VMS accepts MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264 as well as HD and megapixel video streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot VMS is integrated with over 2500 devices from all major manufacturers and provides a client-server architecture to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to the multiple server system with thousands of cameras.

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Reopening doors: What steps should be taken to ensure safety and security?
Reopening doors: What steps should be taken to ensure safety and security?

A total of £1.6 billion worth of goods are reported as ‘lost’ to in-store theft in supermarkets each year, with figures increasing steadily. The presence of self-checkout systems have increased in supermarkets, as well as other industry retailers. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016. While this increase comes with such benefits as reduced wait times for customers and staff costs, it also comes with a risk of retail theft at self-checkouts. With the circumstances the world now finds itself in i.e. mass unemployment, financial uncertainty, the retail industry has seen an influx in these types of petty crimes, hitting retailers during an already turbulent period. While retailers are taking precautions to protect themselves and their patrons in this new era of in-person shopping, it’s important to ensure the business itself is protected. A popular method to combat these fears is to employ on-site security personnel, however, as we continue to adapt to new operating guidelines, retailers must begin thinking past the immediate future, and begin implementing long-term security solutions to prepare for life after lockdown such as strong CCTV systems with remote access. How has the security industry adapted its services to a post-lockdown world? Technological innovations like thermal recognition are key to adapting security systems for a post-lockdown world. Businesses which previously relied on facial recognition now must update their methods to account for shoppers wearing masks on-site and in-store. By 2021, we’re globally on track to have 468,000 self-checkout machines in operation, nearly double the 240,000 in existence since 2016 Biometric systems are now able to identify people with face masks, and thermal recognition such ADT’s Thermi-Scan system which can track human body temperature without the need for contact. Implementing these safe protocol procedures protect both employees and customers against virus outbreaks such as COVID-19. The need for these advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027. Artificial intelligence has been hailed recently as the way forward for remote security needs, and whilst business-owners continue to navigate procedures of returning to work post-lockdown, having remote access to real-time security monitoring is essential now more than ever. What are the main measures stores can take to prevent or reduce theft? Strategically placing a multi-camera surveillance system to ensure clarity, eliminate blind spots, and deter thieves should be top priority. It’s equally essential to invest in a system which has an efficient playback programme, particularly in situations where reviewing important footage efficiently can offer vital information to the police force. Advances in video surveillance will reportedly increase the biometric facial recognition market by 14 per cent by 2027 As business-owners continue operating at reduced hours and with limited on-site staff, being able to access camera footage quickly and remotely is a key factor to consider. Whether owners opt to receive an alert on a mobile device allowing them to review notifications, or if their system is monitored by a remote security centre, it’s important to be able to access footage quickly for added efficiency and ease. Facial recognition and AI have been popular points of discussion in relation to security cameras and CCTV. While careful considerations must be taken prior to utilising any sort of facial recognition technology, including conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment, the benefits include being provided with real-time tracking of repeat offenders which immensely helps the prevention of in-store theft. Here are some key points to consider when choosing in-store surveillance: Assess your needs – To get the best out of your security system, it is essential to analyse what your requirements are for your business as they might have changed to adapt to a post-lockdown world Camera setup – With store layouts shifting to accommodate social distancing guidelines, it’s important to re-evaluate the current set-up of any security cameras. Depending on any layout updates, it might be important to consider operating multiple cameras in one area to ensure a peripheral view and eliminate any blind spots Camera positioning – For optimal performance, check that light sources are not obstructing your view such as glare from the sun. It is also worth considering the height at which cameras are installed to maximise surveillance Check the focus – It is worth testing camera lenses bi-monthly to ensure that lighting or weather hasn’t affected the focus of the lens, resulting in a blurry visual Remote access – As guidelines continue to evolve, ensure you’re able to access any necessary camera footage quickly and safely in case of emergency Will we begin to see a reduction of theft as new technology is implemented? We’re beginning to see incidents of shoplifting and theft being taken more seriously by law enforcement. In the coming months, for the first time in Britain nearly twenty shoplifters who were either caught red-handed or identified on CCTV will be appearing before magistrates. While currently these court cases are being pursued by a private police force, these actions come after a Government plea to high-level police to prosecute shoplifters stealing under £200. Retailers have long voiced concerns that forces have abandoned low-level thefts and these steps are small but show that businesses are being heard. As innovations in surveillance security continue, we’ll be seeing a move away from human involvement which will create a more reliable and efficient system able to rely on machine learning and analytics. While there have been wider strides made in utilising AI for surveillance, these are largely being used currently by local governments to alert police forces to threats of criminal activity. It’s not unreasonable to think that in the near future, these types of smart technology will be employed by private businesses to analyse suspicious behaviour or possible theft. However, as we see an increase in the advancement of security technology, we anticipate that those inclined to commit in-store theft will adapt their methods, therefore retailers should look to regularly evaluate their security needs to keep risks at bay.

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

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

Thermal cameras and smart cities: Preventing COVID-19 in public places
Thermal cameras and smart cities: Preventing COVID-19 in public places

With the pandemic still in full swing and no certainty as to when exactly it will come to an end, the world has been battling anxiety for months now. And with each day, circumstances change quickly and almost make it impossible to predict what will happen next, how events will unfold, and what actions to take in light of a new situation. But one thing is certain: the world has been shut down and paralysed for way too long, and the eventual reopening is unavoidable – in fact, it’s well under way. In this situation, what is possible to control is how the world will continue reopening – and specifically, how to ensure the safest possible reopening that will ensure the return of some degree of normalcy to people’s lives and business operations, while also managing the risk of COVID’s spread in the most efficient way. Our highly digitised, technologically advanced world This is when the power of technology comes to rescue the day: what truly sets the global crisis we face today apart from other calamities that humanity has encountered over year is the fact that it has developed in a highly digitised, technologically advanced world where each day brings about innovations with a sole purpose to make daily life and operations easier and more streamlined. And among these, the star of the past decade has been artificial intelligence. The world has been shut down and paralysed for way too long, and the eventual reopening is unavoidable – in fact, it’s well under way While AI has many avenues of introducing efficiency and fast problem-solving, there is one specific application that will further fuel the reopening of the world and successfully keep the spread of the virus abate. This “collaborative security” application includes a synthesis of smart video analytics, facial recognition, object identification/detection, and thermal cameras that can support the reopening of businesses globally when installed within those facilities frequented by customers. With such a level of sophistication that can ensure uninterrupted monitoring and analysis of large public spaces, these AI technologies can ideally operate best as cloud solutions to ensure a collaborative network with maximum scalability and widespread implementation. As these technologies increase in ubiquity and find their way into daily operations of businesses globally, the cost of the smart solutions will decrease proportionally to the growth of their reach. There are some highly specific ways to create this collaborative network of interconnected safety tools in the current climate. Here are some applications that have been successful to date and will increase in usability in the foreseeable future, creating “smart cities” working together towards a safer, more secure world. Maintaining social distancing practices The most important step everyone around the world has taken to contribute to the effort of slowing the spread of the virus has been social distancing. A six-foot-distance has become a new social norm that has quickly been adopted globally and become a habit to people who are naturally used to being close to others and socialising without giving distance a second thought. The star of the past decade has been artificial intelligence So, it is natural that such distancing measures take time to get accustomed to – and it is also natural that individuals may forget about them from time to time. To help maintain the six-foot distance between people at all times and give them slight nudges to keep the rule top of their minds, AI video technology can be trained to estimate the distance between individuals in public and commercial areas and identify the cases in which people get too close to each other. By notifying local merchants or authorities about such cases, the system can help ensure the safety of everyone in the area at all times while positively reinforcing the public to gradually get more accustomed to maintaining the distance and thus helping stop the spread of the virus. Detecting the virus through facial recognition Perhaps the straightforward application of such high-level technology is using video surveillance to identify persons of interest who have tested positive for the virus. Modern AI has the ability to identify facial features and characteristics with a unique level of granularity, making it possible to identify individuals whose records show they have antibodies from those who can be potential carriers of the virus. After the initial differentiation and identification, the system can then notify the employers and employees of the facility about the results of the conducted analysis and the pursuant results, allowing them to be more vigilant and take action where necessary to ensure a safe experience for everyone. PPE reinforcement Wearing a mask or some sort of face coverage in public spaces and especially within facilities (such as stores, for instance) has been - and will continue to be - a requirement for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for people to continue with their day-to-day lives and businesses to resume regular operations. To this extent, the object detection and identification abilities of smart cameras can further reinforce this requirement and ensure that the absence of protective equipment doesn’t go unnoticed.  Essentially, these cameras can easily identify if an individual has coverage at any given point of time or not, notifying the local authorities about any risks immediately and helping them maintain necessary safety measures without having to interrupt their workflow or worry about missing a visitor without a mask. Detecting high temperature One of the key (and the most widespread) symptoms of COVID-19 is a high fever - a certain indicator of whether an individual may have been infected with the virus or not. While identifying fever with a regular human eye is nearly impossible, AI can do so at a fraction of time by quickly scanning body temperatures of any incoming individuals and determine whether it’s above CDC’s recommended temperature of 100.4F in order to determine the risk factor and notify the local authorities to take action. Modern AI has the ability to identify facial features and characteristics with a unique level of granularity This technology is a good tactic to objectively assess potential risks that come with elevated temperatures - and sometimes, the people themselves might not realise they might (unconsciously) be carriers of the virus and thus endanger the safety of others in their vicinity. The technology is yet another step towards ensuring a safer reopening of the global economy and a more streamlined way of getting back on track while minimising the risk of spreading the virus further. It’s not all about the theory  We have tested the described approaches in our own R&D campus in Europe. The latest release of the IREX cloud enables remote fever detection and monitoring of social isolation and mask policies with AI. We have integrated thermal cameras to detect people with elevated temperature and CCTV cameras for identification and notifying those who potentially ill. In case of any health threat, the venue manager gets an instant message with a picture and exact location. These preventive steps helped our employees return to the office months earlier than it's happening in other countries. Moreover, personnel coming back to the office by their own wish as now they feel a virus-free environment in the campus - even safer than in their own homes. Now we are launching a pilot project for a well-known pharmacy chain in Florida, USA. With the help of a Computer Vision platform, staff will be able to divide customer traffic into those with normal body temperature and those who come in with elevated temperatures, as well as effectively monitor social distance norms. The goal of our potential client is to maximise the safety of customers in the post-pandemic period. Also, IREX is already deployed across hundreds of locations in the UK and will add health monitoring capability soon.

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Vicon announces partnership with Software House to integrate Valerus VMS with C•CURE 9000 system
Vicon announces partnership with Software House to integrate Valerus VMS with C•CURE 9000 system

Vicon Industries, Inc., a designer and producer of security surveillance solutions, and Software House, part of Tyco Security Products, announced that they have entered an integration partnership that will enable Vicon’s VMS Valerus to integrate with Software House’s C•Cure 9000 Access Control system. Vicon has released a software package that provides advanced, seamless integration of Valerus with C•Cure 9000, allowing the user to correlate video with access control event information in one powerful interface. The combination allows full interaction with live video and recording, turning the physical security interface into a full-featured video security solution. The integration is based on both a working Valerus and C•Cure system on the network. Pivotal IP technologies This integration supports any Valerus device (NVR, encoder, IP camera) and 3rd party camera listed as supported by Valerus and runs as a service on the C•Cure system server. This is a first release of the integration package with the following minimum versions: Valerus VMS Version 18R2 or higher and Software House C•Cure 9000 version 2.70. Bret McGowan, SVP of Sales & Marketing, stated “Vicon is dedicated to providing this type of integration that addresses end-user security needs, and displays our commitment to provide our customers with pivotal IP technologies that will move their business forward.”

AMG announces strategic technology partnership with Luxriot
AMG announces strategic technology partnership with Luxriot

The partnership will allow AMG-Panogenics 5 MP PanoCam360 camera range to integrate with Luxriot’s VMS AMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, and Luxriot, market leading suppliers of Enterprise Video Management solutions in the USA, have announced a strategic technology partnership that will see the AMG-Panogenics 5 megapixel 360 degree PanoCam360 camera range integrated into Luxriot’s signature Video Management Solution (VMS). Aleksandr Jesikov, Account Manager at Luxriot EU, says, “Panoramic cameras are becoming increasingly demanded in the market. The reason is pretty simple – one panoramic camera can cover an area that previously required the use of several devices. This lowers installation expenses and simplifies the investigation process. AMG’s PanoCam360 camera offers a 5 megapixel resolution, very impressive for a fish eye camera. This created a demand from Luxriot VMS customers and the integration of PanoCam360 was a natural and logical decision. As AMG Systems adheres to standardised protocols and have a very helpful support team – the integration and testing of PanoCam360 integration went very smoothly.” Sara Bullock, International Sales & Marketing Director of AMG Group commented, “I am delighted to announce this new strategic partnership with Luxriot. The partnership is a significant move for introducing our range of cameras to Luxriot’s client base as it works with the company’s entire range of VMS solutions. Through the integration with Luxriot’s VMS solutions, users can de-warp video streams from PanoCam360, which allows full operational flexibility, and users can therefore take full advantage of the ability of the camera. This in turn makes the combined offering incredibly useful for applications in nearly all market verticals.”

Arecont Vision provides IP-based megapixel video surveillance system at Tiskarna Kostomaj in Slovenia
Arecont Vision provides IP-based megapixel video surveillance system at Tiskarna Kostomaj in Slovenia

Arecont Vision’s IP-based megapixel cameras cover the drive-in, parking area, entrance, as well as the office area Customer Tiskarna Kostomaj in Celje, Slovenia, is a family-owned and operated commercial printer. Five years ago, the company moved into a new two-story office building which includes additional facilities and a parking lot. Challenge The first attempt by Tiskarna Kostomaj to provide video surveillance for their new building using inexpensive network cameras was not successful. The first break-in at the printing business showed the cameras, which were standard definition VGA resolution with built-in infrared (IR) illuminators, were ineffective. The company also tried a 640x480-pixel camera from a major manufacturer, but it became evident that this low resolution camera did not meet the company's need for surveillance. The inexpensive cameras were also not dependable and ceased functioning within two years of their installation. Tiskarna Kostomaj ultimately concluded that a surveillance system would only be useful to them if it was able to recognise a person or vehicle within the camera field of view (FOV). Megapixel solution The new megapixel video surveillance system was designed entirely in-house, with installation completed in cooperation with a local security company and a local electrician, according to Marjan Kostomaj, chief information officer of Tiskarna Kostomaj. The company did not consider analogue cameras for a number of reasons. Whereas an analog camera can detect an intruder, IP-based megapixel cameras provide video image quality that makes it possible to also recognise the intruder. IP cameras use progressive scan which avoids flickering and provides critical detail in a moving image. Finally, megapixel cameras provide a good price/performance ratio. The commercial printer now uses a combination of Arecont Vision IP-based megapixel cameras outside to cover the drive-in, parking area and entrance, and indoors for the office area. All cameras are powered through the Ethernet connection (PoE). For highest resolution needs, Tiskarna Kostomaj uses the Arecont Vision AV5100DN, a 5 megapixel MJPEG camera providing 2,492 x 1,944-pixel resolution at 9 frames per second (fps). It delivers light sensitivity of 0.3 lux at F1.4. MegaVideo image processing involves more than 6 million operations per second. The camera offers simultaneous full field-of-view and region-ofinterest (ROI) video, and image cropping allows streaming of full-density partial images. A motorised IR cut filter is used with the day/night (DN) version. Video management software for the video surveillance system is provided by Luxriot and video is monitored locally To provide better night vision, Arecont Vision's AV3130 series is a unique dual-sensor, day/night 3/1.3-megapixel IP camera that delivers up to 15 frames per second (fps) at 2,048x1,536 pixels of high-definition color resolution using a CMOS colour sensor. It is a robust, all-weather camera suited to variable 24-hour lighting conditions. In low-light conditions, the AV3130 changes from color to black-and-white mode (using a separate 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor), and the camera’s frame rate increases to a maximum of 30 fps at 1280x1024 pixels. Light sensitivity is 0.02 lux at F1.4. The AV3130 provides superior night vision at Tiskarna Kostomaj compared to a competitive camera also tested. Model AV3130 also offers on-camera motion detection. Arecont Vision Model AV1300 captures 1280x1024-pixel video at 32 frames per second and has light sensitivity of 0.1 lux at F1.4. It also features forensic zooming, region-of-interest (ROI), image cropping and motion detection. The AI version used by Tiskarna Kostomaj includes an auto-iris lens. Video management software for the system is provided by Luxriot and video is monitored locally. All cameras are connected to a PoE switch using a separate virtual local area network (VLAN) and to a dedicated Gigabit server network interface controller (NIC). The server uses Windows with Luxriot and monitoring employs local and/or remote clients. Megapixel benefits The system has performed very well so far. The cameras provide the perfect combination of high resolution and night vision capability that the user needs. Arecont Vision cameras’ higher resolutions enable customers to minimise the number of cameras they use without compromising coverage. This brings a number of advantages to the user. The ability of fewer megapixel cameras to take the place of many more standard-resolution network cameras or analogue cameras contributes to an overall lower system cost. The use of fewer cameras also requires less labour and cabling while providing high resolution. Using fewer cameras to cover larger areas also translates into cost savings related to infrastructure (cables, mounts, housings, etc.), which makes it easier to realise a system return-on-investment (ROI). Also, the availability of higher-resolution images can provide prosecutable forensic evidence. Arecont Vision cameras, made in the USA, employ the company's MegaVideo technology to create the world’s fastest multi-megapixel network cameras supporting full-motion video frame rates. The Arecont Vision 3.0 megapixel camera provides up to ten times the resolution of an analogue camera, while the 5.0 megapixel camera provides up to 15 times the resolution of an analogue camera. The ability of these cameras to be connected to an existing network provides installation flexibility and keeps costs low.

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