Video servers (IP transmission) Comparison: Hikvision, Axis Communications  (4)

 
Video Inputs
8
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4
Alarm Input
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Compression Type
H.264/MPEG-4
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MPEG, JPEG
Interface
1 RJ45 10/100/1000Mbps
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10base-T Ethernet / 100base-T Fast Ethernet
Resolution TVL
1280 x 1024
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704 x 576 (PAL)
Image per second (IPS)
30
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25
Accessories
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Video Server Rack
Video Encoder Chassis
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Other Inputs
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4
No of Other Outputs
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1
Network Protocols
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TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, NTP, ARP, BOOTP
Control
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PTZ - several types supported.
System Requirements
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Win 95/98/NT, Linux, UNIX, MAC. IE v4 with ActiveX control or Netscape Nav v4.

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Latest Video server (IP transmission) case studies

Aimetis CCTV software selected for optimised security surveillance at Whitby Mental Health Centre
Aimetis CCTV software selected for optimised security surveillance at Whitby Mental Health Centre

Customer profile Whitby Mental Health Centre (WMHC) is a specialty psychiatric hospital which is focused on providing specialised mental health programmes for inpatients and outpatients for a population of 2.8 million residents in an area extending from the east of the City of Toronto, Canada. WMHC employs 1100 staff and has an annual operating budget of approximately $88 million.Technology & integration Aimetis Symphony™ Client & Server Axis 241Q encoders IQinVision 703 network cameras Analogue Panasonic WV-CW864 PTZ Panasonic WV-NF284 network camera  Results Increased scalability of security personnel Improved image quality Greater value extracted from PTZ cameras through auto-tracking capability SummaryWhitby Mental Health Centre selects Aimetis Symphony™ Integrated Intelligent Video Management Software as its video platform for analogue and network cameras while leveraging video analytics to automatically control PTZ cameras, increasing the scalability of security personnel.Business challenge Aimetis Symphony was selected due to its ability to support Axis, Panasonic and IQinVision network cameras concurrently  Whitby Mental Health Centre (WMHC) includes a forensic programme, an 85 bed medium and minimum security programme for persons subject to detention under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Mental Health Act. Skyrocketing occupancy, from 70% in 2006 to 95%, had left the facility with the need to expand its video coverage. WMHC wanted to slowly migrate to an IP based deployment while still making use of their existing analogue cameras. The need to have an intelligent video system with auto PTZ tracking capability was required as timely manual control of the PTZ cameras was not always guaranteed.SolutionAimetis Symphony™ Intelligent Video Management Software was selected due to its open architecture and ability to support Axis, Panasonic and IQinVision network cameras concurrently. To achieve control of the analogue pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras, an Axis 241Q encoder was used to interface with the analogue camera and IP network, allowing Symphony™ to send commands across the network and automatically control the cameras as needed. Symphony™ was configured to automatically zoom in when people were detected in areas which were designated as off-limits, such as around the garbage bins outside the hospital. Megapixel cameras were also deployed which gave superior image quality in strategic parts of the hospital where high image detail was a must. These are especially useful in aiding security personnel in the detection and prevention of violent behaviour or persons going missing. "Aimetis allowed is to leverage our analogue investment while adding high value features such as auto-PTZ control and megapixel cameras," says John Premzell, Fire and Safety Officer, WMHC.

The University of Bari chooses Axis for video surveillance of the School of Law
The University of Bari chooses Axis for video surveillance of the School of Law

MissionThe University of Bari "Aldo Moro," whose main campus is located in the city of Bari, is an Italian public university founded in 1925. With over 60,000 students, it is the main university of Puglia, and one of the major Italian universities. The University comprises fifteen schools of studies, offering 150 Bachelor's Degrees; it also houses many libraries and media centres that support many inter-university projects. The University continuously provides multimedia classrooms, public displays, info points, and other instruments geared to increase the quality of teaching and to improve services and communications between students and the university.Given the increasing need for security to protect property, guarantee the safety of students and deter theft and vandalism, some departments decided to implement a video surveillance system to monitor areas of access. They also saw a need to install cameras in the faculty parking lot, the scene of many thefts in the past. "The safety of the students and staff has always been one of the priorities for a university that houses thousands of people each day," says Dr. Michele Clarizio, Secretary- Coordinator of the School of Law.SolutionFor the development and implementation of a video surveillance system for the various departments, the University turned to Locnet Solutions, a Bari-based security systems integrator. For this project, Locnet decided to rely entirely on the cutting-edge network cameras from Axis Communications.  Between 2008 and 2009, 23 Axis network cameras were installed at the University ResultThe excellent image quality offered by Axis network cameras, even in low light conditions, or complete darkness with the aid of infrared lights, has allowed continuous monitoring of the areas most at risk, ensuring the safety of property and the tranquillity of students and faculty. Scalability makes the differenceThe University had many requirements: first of all, the project required an easily scalable video surveillance system to be able to integrate a variable number of cameras best suiting the needs of each department. It was also necessary to install cameras with low aesthetic impact, which would require concealed wire installation to make centralization of systems of various departments possible, without compromising high quality and reliability of the resulting images. After careful market analysis, IP technology was chosen, as it could meet all of these requirements. Only IP technology offers the scalability required, along with the possibility of integrating and expanding the system with new networking devices at any time and with ease, without jeopardizing continuous operation. The possibility of integrating the system with the existing data network, minimizing the structural work and the cost of installation, made it possible to maintain a single network infrastructure as required. The ability to connect the installations of several departments using the Internet, allowed Locnet Solutions to easily reach the goal of remotely operating and centralising the system. Only IP technology offers the scalability required, along with the possibility of integrating and expanding the system Between 2008 and 2009, 23 Axis network cameras were installed at the University, 17 of which were placed at the School of Law. The models selected were the AXIS 221 and AXIS 225FD Network Cameras, with infrared LED lights to ensure high quality images in any lighting condition. AXIS 223M Network Cameras, with a 2 megapixel resolution, were also selected to ensure day and night monitoring with a highly detailed image and wide area of coverage. "With a single camera we are able to monitor an area that would have required the installation of four traditional analogue cameras," comments Antonio Caragnano, CEO of Locnet Solutions.Furthermore, the installation of an AXIS 291 1U Video Server Rack with Axis video encoders, made it possible to integrate existing analogue cameras.Video recording and management is performed using AXIS Camera Station software installed on a dedicated server. The video streams are recorded and stored on a 2-terabyte NAS server. If other cameras need to be integrated to the system, only the addition of more NAS units would be needed to ensure sufficient space for the recordings. Simultaneous video streams of Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 from the Axis network cameras have allowed operators to optimize image quality and use of bandwidth without undermining data network communications in any way.The MPEG-4 Part 2 mode makes it possible to view live images with a high frame rate, resulting in high image quality. Motion JPEG, with limited frame rate recording, guarantees high-quality images which occupy minimal disk space.  Simultaneous video streams of Axis network cameras have allowed operators to optimise image quality "The functionality of the Axis products has proven to conform to the specific requirements identified during the study and design phase of the project," says Mr.Caragnano. "The use of the existing network infrastructure made the installation extremely quick and simple, considerably lowering the cost of installation. Moreover, thanks to the high-speed Internet connection and the capability of Axis products to manage simultaneous video streams, it became possible to install video cameras even in departments located outside the campus." The solution has been judged highly satisfactory, and other University departments are now preparing to install additional Axis network cameras due to their scalability and ease of integration.

Axis network cameras hitch a ride on Madrid's buses
Axis network cameras hitch a ride on Madrid's buses

9,000 surveillance cameras will be installed across Madrid's public bus serviceThe Municipal Transport Company of Madrid (EMT) has chosen Axis Communications, the global leader in the network video market, to deliver network surveillance cameras for Madrid's public bus service. EMT has chosen Axis to help support its aim to become Europe's best public transport company. The €20 million project will involve the installation of more than 9,000 cameras in 2,300 buses. The surveillance system includes high resolution real time recording and monitoring, and also features a panic button which is connected to EMT's Central Alarm Station. In the event of an emergency the Control Centre Operator can notify the relevant emergency service. Each bus also includes GPS so it is easy to locate the bus quickly. The network surveillance cameras have already been installed in 400 buses, and it's expected that all buses will support the technology by the end of this year. The tender was won by a consortium formed by Spanish IT and security companies - GRUPO ETRA, IECISA and PLETTAC who presented a project based on Axis network cameras and video encoders. Each bus will include three AXIS M3113-R network cameras and one AXIS Q7401 video encoderAxis has supplied cameras that are robust, easy to install and compact, yet also deliver high resolution images and include vibration resistance and tampering alarms. Each bus will include three - AXIS M3113-R network cameras and one AXIS Q7401 video encoder. The cameras support SVGA (800x600) resolution, which provides enough detail to make it possible to identify people or objects. The cameras also offer H.264 and motion JPG compression formats. H.264 compression optimises bandwidth use (critical for 3G mobile communications) and storage requirements by considerably reducing the binary speed. The cameras also support standard Power over Ethernet and can be integrated with other devices and security systems. Juan Luis Brizuela, Axis Communications Iberia Country Manager said: "This project presented us with a challenge which resulted in a new range of cameras that are well suited to the demands of public transport. We look forward to continuing to work with the Municipal Transport Company of Madrid this year and completing Europe's leading transport surveillance solution." Ignacio Uría, Head of the VEA System Implementation Project (Security Department of EMT) said: "For this pioneering project, it has been very important to be able to rely on a camera vendor such as Axis Communications, which has demonstrated a proven ability to support its customers closely. Axis took full account of our previous experience with onboard video surveillance and the specifications of the bus fleet. The network cameras are ideally suited to our project's objectives, and we believe that, in view of the similarities between urban bus transport systems, they could be well-suited to the majority of transport systems in Spain, or the world."