Video servers (IP transmission) Comparison: Bosch, Siqura  (4)

 
Video Inputs
2
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1
1
No of Other Outputs
4
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Compression Type
M-JPEG, MPEG-4
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MPEG-4
Interface
RS-232/422/485, 10/100/1000 BaseT, auto sensing*
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--
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Image per second (IPS)
25 fps (PAL) / 30 fps (NTSC)
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30
25 / 30 fps
Bandwidth MHz
80 kbps at 8 kHz
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Data Input
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Audio Input
--
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Network Protocols
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TCP/IP
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TCP/IP
Transmission type
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--
Fibre optic
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Video Outputs
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--
up to 20
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Image Colour
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Colour
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Compression Type
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--
H.264, MPEG-2, MJPEG, MPEG-4
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Interface
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1xRS232, 1xRS422/485 (2- or 4-wire)
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Network Protocols
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HTTP API
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Image Frame Rate
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1 ~ 30
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Video Outputs
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1

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Harness the wind
Harness the wind

Securing economic expansion Chile is without a doubt one of the largest exporters of copper in the world, something that accounts for its strong trade relations with the emerging economic superpower, China. Despite these rich mineral deposits and promising dealings, Chile has a limited supply of energy resources and has therefore taken a number of progressive steps in support of renewable energy sources. Consequently, wind farms are popping up all over the country. Naturally ensuing this development are the means to monitor and secure these highly important areas. Near the town of Los Vilos, the two wind farms have recently been built. They share a video surveillance system from the systems integrator, Dessin Electrónica Ltda., and TKH Security Solutions USA, the manufacturer of advanced global video surveillance solutions. This new surveillance system includes an array of cameras, sensors, communication systems, viewing and management workstations, and network video recorders (NVR). It is intended to monitor the wind turbines and manage the farm’s perimeter for security purposes. Centralised oversight Using Siqura high-speed PTZ IP dome cameras to monitor every two or three wind turbines, video streams are sent to a central control room. The system is configured with video motion detection, and motion sensors are connected to the cameras’ input/output ports. This makes it possible to alert operators in the control room of unusual or suspicious occurrences. Siqura cameras are also mounted at various points along the perimeter of the wind farm terrains, including the main entrances and visitor viewing areas. In addition to image material, audio streams are sent to Siqura S-60 D decoders, allowing for public announcements to be made over an intercom system. From the control center, security personnel keep a close eye on the situation and take action when necessary through the video management system, Siqura VMS Pro. Siqura VMS Pro is a multiserver, multi-user IP surveillance management system used for monitoring real-time and recorded video, audio, and text data, and to control cameras and I/O devices. The software supports surveillance systems consisting of digital IP cameras, video servers, and recorders in IP surveillance networks. Through the intelligent search options and event handling included in Siqura VMS Pro, relevant recordings will be saved on one of two hardware network video recorders (Siqura i-NVR). Via this centralised VMS system, operators can view live video, search recordings, and manage intrusion, access, and deterrence controls. Ultimately, this enables personnel to ensure the immediate safety of the wind farm and its employees and visitors, as well as to use video images for forensic verification if required. Ensuring a successful surveillance solution    Siqura cameras are mounted at various points along the perimeter of the wind farm terrains With such a multifaceted system, engineers from Dessin and Siqura did extensive testing throughout the design and implementation stages of the project to ensure its success. The initial testing was carried out at Dessin’s own testing facilities and entailed a demonstration of the system to the end-user. Thereafter, Dessin and Siqura tested the system at the wind farms upon implementation, giving the systems integrator and manufacturer the opportunity to fine-tune the network’s configuration. The ultimate solution was tested in a final demonstration for the end-user’s management team, with gratifying results. Due to the success of this surveillance network, it is being replicated in other important power and distribution plants throughout Chile. Powering progress In a country rife with minerals and natural resources, having enough energy is critical to fuel economic growth. However, in order to have enough energy, Chile has had to get innovative. As a result, alternative sources of energy are becoming increasingly popular and wind power is now widespread throughout this Andean nation. Ensuring the safety and security of these wind farms is therefore vital to progress. Through working together, companies like TKH Security Solutions USA and Dessin are able to help protect the people and property at these modern power plants, guaranteeing that the economy is free to grow and expand.

Bosch provides IP CCTV solution to protect University of Sussex
Bosch provides IP CCTV solution to protect University of Sussex

Reliable technology from Bosch Security Systems is playing a principal role in a new CCTV installation at the University of Sussex as it extends the IP camera network to cover further areas of the university campus. The University of Sussex is a single site campus covering 280 acres on the outskirts of Brighton. Its CCTV system, specified originally in 2003 by the university in conjunction with specialist installers A.M Fire and Security, is a Bosch-based solution primarily based on dome cameras to cover critical areas across the entire site. As Trevor Clifton-Sprigg of A.M Fire and Security explains: "There are 120 cameras in total, with 35 external cameras, most of which are domes from Bosch's EnviroDome and FlexiDome series. The system runs over IP, with the use of Videojet 10, Vip  X1, Vip X2 and Vip X1600 video servers which migrate the existing analogue cameras to IP." EnviroDomes are an integral part of Bosch's AutoDome range, featuring its innovative motion tracking capability Auto Track. Rugged in design and ideally suited for perimeter surveillance, car parks, and other similar outdoor applications, EnviroDomes feature Day/night cameras that automatically switch from colour to monochrome when light levels decrease to give extra sensitivity, whilst high-resolution cameras with optical zoom of up to 25x capture the finest details. The cameras are controlled and monitored centrally at the University's security office in a building known as York House, with resilience monitoring at a separate location should a problem occur. "In addition," Trevor continues, "there are multiple client PCs at the individual buildings running VIDOS viewing software allowing each building user to view their own cameras and recordings." "The recording equipment consists of two Dell servers (each capable of handling up to 64 cameras), which are connected to the University's Storage Attached Network (SAN), with Bosch VIDOS networked video recorder (NVR) software (which can handle an unlimited number of cameras and user) to manage the recordings. Each PC uses graphical maps for fast, simple, access to cameras around the site." The University of Sussex received its Royal Charter in August 1961 and 40 years on, the University has become a leading teaching and research institution, renowned for its research excellence. Situated on the edge of the Sussex Downs, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the University campus is described as a large, self-contained village, with lecture theatres, seminar rooms, libraries, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and sports facilities all within easy walking distance. The security challenges facing the University are not untypical of a campus site. Antisocial and criminal behaviour is not uncommon and can take place in the car parks, within teaching buildings or the student union areas, and access to the campus is open to would-be thieves.  Reliable technology from Bosch Security Systems plays a principal role in a new CCTV installation at the University of Sussex as it extends the IP camera network to cover further areas of the university campus Roger Morgan, Head of Security at the University explains: "The University has a good rating for security in the National Student Survey and this will in part be due to the presence of our surveillance system which is used very successfully in conjunction with security offices on the ground. It helps us to monitor activities on the campus and prevent incursion from unwanted visitors." "As an example of how beneficial the system is, recorded CCTV images (and work by our officers on patrol) led to the detention of some youths who were targeting our site and stealing bicycles from the cycle racks over a period of days." "We constantly review the system to ensure that we have the best coverage in all the key areas. As a University, changes are often made to how the buildings are used, and new buildings being constructed always necessitate a review of internal and external surveillance. The latest change to the system involved the addition of cameras to extend surveillance to a newly-built student residence." "The new building is effectively a satellite site on the other side of the main road, on the boundary of the campus. Cameras will cover the internal and external areas of the new site, including the subway between the campus and the halls of residence." Roger was previously Head of Operations for Gwent Police and has extensive experience of CCTV from his work with local authorities to establish and develop systems. "The University has a good system," he continues, "and technically we cannot get much better." "The only way we can improve the system is to develop operationally - become more proactive in our approach to monitoring rather than reacting to an incident. There are many benefits of this system that I look forward to exploiting, like the possibility of facial recognition technology to spot known people who might target the university as walk-in thieves. The only limitations we might currently face come from not knowing what the system is capable of."

Bosch caters CCTV at Athens Intenational Airport
Bosch caters CCTV at Athens Intenational Airport

End user: Athens International Airport (AIA) Athens International Airport was opened in 2001 to replace the now-closed Athens (Ellinikon) International Airport. It has become increasingly popular as a gateway to southeast and East Asia. In addition, it is the largest European gateway airport to the Middle East, due to its nearness to the region. Business objective The airport is designed to be upgraded over the ensuing years in order to meet the challenges of the increase in air travel. It is known for its continuous investment in pioneering technology. One of the most important and critical elements in airport security is the video monitoring system. The security solution has to handle open public areas, large fenced areas as well as to ensure the integration of all relevant systems. Solution AIA started with an analogue CCTV solution from Plettac. However, in the last years it became necessary to transfer that solution to digital. The first digitalization was based on Bosch's software management system VIDOS with the existing analogue cameras being connected to VIPXPRO encoders and VIP1000E decoders. Now the next step to full digitalisation is done again with Bosch Security Systems. The Bosch Video Management System (VMS) for the airport consists of the fully digital IP CCTV network upgrade solution and embraces the following subsystems and equipment: Indoor/outdoor fixed and dome colour analogue cameras of which the existing number is 318 and they will reach a total of 450, two redundant Bosch VMS Servers for online management, 220 VIP X1600 module encoders, and 38 decoders using latest compression technology. For the management and displaying of the images 9 Bosch VMS Operator Client Workstations and 37 Bosch 20' Monitors are installed. For recording Bosch' patented Video Recording Manager solution for storage of digital video on decentralized network-based iSCSI arrays is used with a total of 66TByte of storage with RAID 5 redundancy. The Bosch VMS also includes an alarm/security management system. Intelligence is incorporated in the security system from the base up with the intelligent Video Content Analysis (VCA) embedded in the encoders. Bosch's Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) automatically adapts to difficult conditions like changes in lighting or environment such as rain, snow or leaves blowing in the wind. Result After a transition period of three months the system was successfully implemented and all areas of interest have been covered sufficiently. The expectations of the end-user were surpassed and the CCTV system of Athens International Airport raises the security standards of every other airport in Greece.