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With advanced features such as onboard video analytics, electronic image stabilisation and dual streaming capabilities, the X-Stream series of video servers are game-changers in the field of digital video compression and transmission. Aimed at the CCTV and surveillance market, X-Stream encoders compress analogue video signals to the highly efficient H.264 Main Profile standard to provide high quality, low latency IP video for transmission over Ethernet.The X-Stream range includes a single channel boxed encoder, and two and four channel encoders which may be box housed or rack mounted. The X-Stream range also includes a dual channel decoder, the X-Stream 200D, capable of decoding H.264 streaming Ethernet video for use with analogue devices. By rack mounting X-Stream encoders in a standard X-Net® rack, as many as 56 channels of analogue video may be encoded and transmitted across an IP Ethernet network from each rack chassis.Additional daughter boards are available for the two and four channel encoders. This enhancement makes these encoders the world's first direct to fibre H.264 IP encoders. Fibre optic transmission is a cost effective method of greatly extending the transmission distance of video. Additional features such as video loop through and dual redundant port connections are also enabled by the addition of the daughter board. This unparalleled flexibility ensures the X-Stream range of H.264 video servers is suitable for deployment in any environment.The onboard analytics engine of X-Stream encoders is powered by COE's intelligent video analytics package. Analytics uses complex algorithms to identify and alert surveillance operators to a wide variety of rules. These rules include detection of abandoned objects, unauthorised access, vehicle tracking and more. The addition of intelligent analytical processing enhances the function of analogue cameras and improves effectiveness of CCTV operators.Ian Jefferson, CEO of COE Ltd comments:"The X-Stream range is an exciting development in the video transmission market. Enabling analogue cameras to stream low-latency, low-bandwidth video across an Ethernet network is of huge benefit to sites looking to provide an incremental upgrade path from analogue to IP. The addition of video analytics and other key features offers the user a sophisticated package for the modern surveillance system."Designed in keeping with the X-Net fibre transmission range for use in demanding industrial and transport applications, X-Stream video servers with analytics have already been deployed for a comprehensive upgrade of 8000+ cameras across Seoul's Metropolitan Subway network.Add to Compare
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For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers 6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.
It amazes me how in a few short years security systems have gone from simple, dumb cameras witnessing events to intelligent eyes, ears, speech and touch solutions that boost situational awareness far beyond human capabilities. It seems the only senses missing from the equation now are smell and taste. And who knows, someone might be working on those in a lab somewhere right now. But what’s really fascinating to me is how the Internet of Things (IoT) has opened a world of possibilities for transforming security technology into something new yet again. With IoT we’re able to push and pull nuggets of intelligence from sources we never considered before: environmental sensors, pressure plates, door lock timers and much more. It’s helped us break through the constraining mindset that security systems are strictly single-purpose. With interconnectivity at the core, we’re starting to imagine myriad ways to apply these tools to challenges outside the realm of security. Here are just a few examples. Flood management assistance Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate remotely As recent hurricanes and floods have shown, water damage can be devastating to a community. That’s why some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem. Water sensors collect data from multiple sources such as rain gutters, sewer systems and pump stations, in order to monitor fluctuations in water levels and water quality. If an alert triggers, having a network camera in proximity to visually verify the situation helps responders determine the best course of action. For instance, if multiple water detection sensors trigger alerts simultaneously or sequentially over a large area it’s probably due to natural runoff from recent rainfall. But without eyes on the scene, how can you be sure? Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely. It might be a fire hydrant spewing water, a water main break or even a chemical spill. With video streaming live to the command center, staff can remotely inspect the area, determine the cause of the trigger and decide whether remediation is required, thus avoiding the expense of dispatching an investigative crew to a non-event. Some municipalities are using their city surveillance cameras in conjunction with water sensor to proactively address the problem Environmental control assistance Data centers house the lifeblood of a business so it’s no wonder why companies work hard to protect them. We’re all familiar with the integration of network cameras with access control systems to visually verify who is actually using the credentials. Network camera adds another dimension and timeliness to flood management by helping responders investigate and identify the cause of a trigger remotely But there’s another aspect to protecting data centers and that’s environment control. Data centers need to maintain optimum humidity and temperature for the racks of electronics. When environmental sensors in the facility detect out-of-norm ranges technicians can remotely command a network camera to zoom in on the gauges and help them determine whether remediation might be necessary. Coupling network cameras with other sensors in the data center can provide visual confirmation of other conditions as well. For instance, every time a data rack door-open-close sensor detects an event it can trigger the camera to pan to the location and stream video to security. Some data centers employ weight sensors at the doorway to weigh personnel and equipment as they enter the room and when they exit to ensure no additional hardware is being taken out of the facility or left inside without permission. Any discrepancy would trigger the camera to zoom in for a close-up of the individual’s face and send a visual alert and ID information to security. Roadway management and parking assistance Network cameras have long played a part in city-wide traffic management. Adding video analytics and integration with network sensors, makes those cameras that much smarter and versatile. They can detect cars driving in bike lanes or driving in the wrong direction and capture license plates of offenders. Their ability to detect anomalous traffic flow patterns can be integrated with car counting sensors, networked electronic road signs and traffic light systems to automatically redirect vehicles to alternate routes. They make great, intelligent parking lot attendants, too. Working in conjunction with weight sensors network cameras can count vehicles coming into and leaving a lot or garage and verify when the facility has reached capacity. License plate recognition and video analytics can be used to ascertain that a vehicle entering a reserved parking space doesn’t match the credentials and vehicle attributes in the database. With the addition of noise sensors and audio analytics, network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds – breaking glass, car alarms, gun shots, and aggressive speech – and triggering a visual alert to first responders. Network cameras can improve roadway and parking facility safety by detecting and identifying specific sounds and triggering a visual alert to first responders Shopper experience assistance In the early days of online shopping, e-tailers designed their sites to replicate the in-store customer experience. In an ironic turn of events, today brick-and-mortar stores are trying to mirror the online shopping experience. To do so, they’re turning their security systems into adjunct sales assistance. With network video and audio system automation they can recognise and acknowledge loyal customers with personal greetings. Retailers are applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service With heatmapping analytics they can measure how much time a customer spends in a specific department or observe how they walk through the aisles of the store. They can track shopping behaviors such as items looked at that made it into the cart or didn’t, or whether a customer actually checked out or left the merchandise behind. By capturing these shopping patterns and trends retailers can shape a more positive, more profitable customer shopping experience. For instance, integrating video analytics with point of sale systems and RFID sensors on merchandise tags can result in timely alerts to sales associates to recommend additional merchandise. This is a case of emulating how e-tailers let the customer know that other customers who bought X often also purchased items Y and Z. Or to avoid disappointing customers due to stock outages, retailers are linking weight sensors and video analytics to make sure their shelves are well-stocked and if not, quickly alert associates to what items need to be restocked. Capturing business intelligence Retailers are also using video cameras to monitor checkout queues and trigger automated announcements over the public-address system, closed system such as smartphones or other wireless communications devices that checkers are needed rather wait for a person to call for backup. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs They’re applying people counting video analytics to checkout activity to create rules-based consistency in customer service. While retailers will always use their surveillance camera for loss prevention, they’re finding that integrating traditional technology in new ways can yield even bigger returns. Linking network video surveillance, video analytics, network communications system and sensors with point-of-sale systems and customer loyalty databases, retailers are capturing the business intelligence they need to get back in the game and make brick-and-mortar a greater overall experience than online shopping. A natural cross-over technology This trend towards integration has forever changed how organisations view their investment in security technology. The intelligence and versatility of a tool that can see, verify and analyse what’s happening in real-time is spurring users to tap its cross-over potential for a host of other tasks that could benefit from more astute situational awareness – everything from manufacturing and equipment maintenance to logistics, inventory control and beyond. IoT laid the groundwork for network security solutions to seamlessly integrate with other IP-based technologies, sensors and programs. How we capitalise on that connection is only limited by our imagination.
Consolidation persisted in the physical security industry in 2018, and big companies such as Motorola, Canon and UTC continued to make moves. Also among the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) news in 2018 was a high-profile bankruptcy (that ended well), continuing consolidation in the integrator market, and the creation of a new entity called “LenelS2.” Here’s a look at the Top 10 M&A stories in 2018: 1. Motorola acquires Avigilon Motorola Solutions announced in February that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Avigilon in an all-cash transaction that enhances Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Avigilon products are used by a range of commercial and government customers including critical infrastructure, airports, government facilities, public venues, healthcare centers and retail. The company holds more than 750 U.S. and international patents. 2. UTC Climate, Control & Security buys S2 Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security agreed in September to acquire S2 Security, a developer of unified security and video management solutions. UTC subsequently combined S2 with its Lenel brand to create LenelS2, “a global leader in advanced access control systems and services” with “complementary strengths.” 3. Costar Technologies acquires Arecont Vision after bankruptcy Arecont Vision, the provider of IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced in July that the acquisition by Costar Technologies, Inc. of its assets had been approved by the bankruptcy court. After the closing of the sale, the company began operating as Arecont Vision Costar, LLC and is part of Costar, a U.S. corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of products for the video surveillance and machine vision markets. 4. Allegion acquires access control company ISONAS Allegion plc, a security products and solutions provider, agreed in June to acquire ISONAS through one of its subsidiaries. ISONAS’ edge-computing technology provides access control solutions for non-residential markets. ISONAS' devices – like its integrated reader-controllers – utilise power over ethernet, making them easy to install and cost effective as they utilise existing customer infrastructures. The company is based in Boulder, Colo. 5. HID buys Crossmatch for Biometrics HID Global announced that it had acquired Crossmatch, a provider of biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, from Francisco Partners. Crossmatch’s portfolio of products includes biometric identity management hardware and software that complement HID’s broad portfolio of trusted identity products and services. 6. BriefCam announces acquisition by Canon BriefCam, a global provider of video synopsis and deep learning solutions, announced its acquisition in May by Canon Inc., a global digital imaging solutions company. The addition of BriefCam to Canon’s network video solutions products portfolio complements the Canon Group’s previous acquisitions of Axis Communications and Milestone Systems. 7. Allied Universal acquires U.S. Security Associates Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, finalised its acquisition of U.S. Security Associates (USSA) in October, further building on its position in the security services industry. This acquisition includes Andrews International (including its Government Services Division and Consulting and Investigations and International Division) and Staff Pro. 8. Johnson Controls acquires Smartvue Corp. Johnson Controls announced in April that it had acquired Smartvue, a global IoT and video provider that empowers cloud video surveillance and IoT video services. The addition of the Smartvue cloud-based video platform will enhance Johnson Controls’ offering of an end-to-end, smart cloud-based solution that can provide superior business data and intelligence to customers and added value to partners. 9. ADT acquires Red Hawk Fire & Security (and others) ADT Inc.’s acquisition of Red Hawk Fire & Security, Boca Raton, Fla., was the latest move in ADT Commercial’s strategy to buy up security integrator firms around the country and grow their footprint. In addition to the Red Hawk acquisition, announced in mid-October, ADT has acquired more than a half-dozen security system integration firms in the last year or so. 10. Convergint Technologies continues to acquire Convergint Technologies announced in August the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), bringing further electronic security systems experience to Convergint's service capabilities. Convergint has strategically grown its service footprint across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific through strong organic growth and the completion of 18 acquisitions since early 2016. And it continues: Convergint announced acquisition of SI Technologies, Albany, N.Y., in November and Firstline Security Integration (FSI), Anaheim, Calif., in December. (And Convergint itself was acquired in February by private equity group Ares Management.)
Digital Barriers will provide COE with access to a deep heritage in national securityCOE Group plc, the advanced video surveillance specialist, has been acquired by Digital Barriers plc. This is the third acquisition for Digital Barriers this year and is the next step in its strategy to build a leading mid-market business in the homeland security and defence sectors. For Digital Barriers, the acquisition of COE will bring world-class expertise and innovative technologies in the transmission and management of video over IP, fibre and hybrid video networks.Digital Barriers, founded by the leadership team behind Detica Group, will provide COE with access to a deep heritage in national security and the backing of a business with a market capitalisation of approximately £40m and net assets in excess of £20m.Ian Jefferson, CEO of COE comments: "We bring more than 20 years of heritage in video surveillance, helping to secure high-profile sites around the world. I see great potential to embed our expertise and technologies in an organisation that is able to address the most demanding of security requirements and has ambitions to build both its scale and reach."COE has successfully delivered its advanced surveillance solutions into over 10,000 sites worldwide, including installations for Seoul's Metropolitan Subway, UK Highways Agency, Port of Singapore, London Heathrow Airport and the BBC. The extensive client base that COE brings aligns closely with the Digital Barriers focus on protecting complex, high-value targets - encompassing government, transport, energy, utilities and other high-profile assets and locations. It also resonates strongly with the Digital Barriers philosophy that technology innovation - combined with a heritage and expertise in countering serious and organised threats - can achieve a more integrated and proactive approach to securing potential targets.Tom Black, Executive Chairman of Digital Barriers plc comments: "This is an exciting acquisition for Digital Barriers, significantly enhancing our capabilities in complex surveillance and extending our reach into a number of international markets and sectors."COE will be an important component of Digital Barriers' strategic objective to deploy focused, proportionate and cost-effective security solutions that combine innovative new technology with expert capabilities.
246 X-Stream encoders will be installed at Manchester Airport to provide analogue video encoding and transmissionAs part of an ongoing £1m+ upgrade scheme, COE Group PLC has been chosen as a major supplier for an upgrade of Manchester Airport's CCTV network. Recognising the very important role that video information plays at international airports, the necessity to provide high quality and reliable video transmission at such sites is paramount. At Manchester Airport, COE's X-Stream range of video encoders has been selected by main contractor, Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS) to provide IP encoding of analogue video for digital transmission around the airport's local area network. Superior video quality and very low latency were key decision factors, which led to the decision to integrate COE equipment.COE X-Stream 400 multi-channel video encoders (also known as video servers) will provide digital encoding at the H.264 Main Profile standard to convert four channels of analogue video to compressed IP digital video for transmission across an Ethernet network. X-Stream encoders can convert up to 4 channels of analogue video each if box mounted or up to 56 channels if rack mounted. At Manchester Airport, 246 X-Stream encoders will be installed to provide as many as 984 channels of analogue video encoding and transmission for the airport, enhancing the functionality of existing analogue cameras, and providing a high performance, yet cost-effective IP upgrade path. The complete range of COE X-Stream video serversIan Jefferson, CEO of COE Group PLC comments: "The selection of COE's X-Stream video encoders for yet another major CCTV operation is testament to the exceptional performance of this equipment. When upgrading major sites, the necessity to maintain absolute operational control during and after the project is paramount. X-Stream video encoders offer best-of-breed performance to ensure the operator faces little adjustment to his daily activities to realise the benefits of the integrated IP transmission and recording solution."Offering ‘80ms latency and superior video quality to competitors' H.264 Base Profile and MPEG4 video encoders, X-Stream will offer the closest experience possible to analogue camera control for the operators at the Airport. At Manchester Airport, video monitoring is multifunctional, serving as a set of electronic eyes for 100 individual users, assisting in a variety of diverse functions, from crowd monitoring in retail areas, to baggage handling and air traffic control. X-Stream's low latency video delivery combined with exceptional picture quality ensures the migration process from analogue to IP is seamless for these operators.Mr Geoff Densham, Project Manager with Manchester Airport PLC states: "COE's history of providing equipment for high profile surveillance sites combined with the high quality performance of their products made them an excellent choice for the IP encoding and transmission solution at Manchester Airport. The powerful integrated solution provided by COE with partner ImPerium Integration Ltd's front end control system will enhance our operational efficiency and the scope of all CCTV activities across the site. In addition, X-Stream encoders provide a road map for future analytics opportunities."
As the international awareness of terrorist threat has increased over recent years, the surveillance industry has seen willingness from global leaders to increase CCTV coverage in many areas. Terror attacks on rail networks, including the 7/7 bombings in London, the Madrid bombings in 2004 and the Mumbai bombings in 2006, have all contributed to the requirement for comprehensive CCTV coverage on all major rail networks. The demand for surveillance upgrades has been resilient through the global financial crisis proving that in uncertain times, maintaining safety and security is viewed as being more important than ever. As a video surveillance supplier specialising in products for the transport industry, COE's comprehensive range of video surveillance, transmission and management equipment has been installed in a number of high profile rail networks worldwide. COE products have increased surveillance coverage and assisted the activities of security professionals at these sites providing faultless highest quality video transmission year after year. COE have delivered solutions for major rail and metro networks worldwide, including the London Underground, France's SNCF network and Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit system. The Challenge The most recent project success by COE in the rail sector has been to provide a comprehensive upgrade of the video surveillance system for the Seoul Metropolitan Subway network in South Korea. This project provides a number of challenges, not least because of the extended network and intense usage endured by Seoul Metro. It is the third most heavily frequented metro system in the world with more passengers than either London or New York's respective networks, logging over 8 million journeys daily1 in and around the capital of South Korea. Due to the logistical constraints and expenses faced when performing network upgrades in tunnel environments, COE was faced with the challenge of providing a system which would not only transmit video over a limited existing fibre optic network, but which also would provide high levels of redundancy safe-proofing to prevent video and control loss, and potential downtime of the network. Another key challenge was the operators' requirement for instant access to highest quality real-time video at three separate control rooms across the network. Real-time access to uncompressed video is very important for rail networks where operators must give reactive decisions to support their observations, and also for the purpose of evidence provision in criminal prosecution. COE X-Net VI identifies suspect packages and activities with over 1000 cameras for the network The Optimum Solution COE's 20 year legacy of providing CCTV equipment proved invaluable in devising the optimum system specification for Seoul Metro. As the only video transmission provider to receive UK Network Rail approval for use of our products in safety critical applications, COE has a clear understanding of the requirements of security professionals in the transport sector, and has developed products specifically for use in rugged, demanding environments such as these. In total, equipment will be installed at 70 stations over lines 1, 3 & 4 of Seoul's Metro system, with a camera capacity of between 64 & 128 cameras at each station, bringing the total transmission & management capacity of the network to well over 8000 cameras. A common framework for COE IP and fibre transmission modules and a single comprehensive management solution will ensure that future expansion & development requirements for the network can be easily accommodated. To enable transmission of uncompressed video from such a large number of video channels from each station across Lines 1, 3 & 4, COE will deploy Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) technologies to optimise the available fibres and to enable a high channel count across the network. This technology allows transmission of up to 144 channels of video over a single fibre, and is uniquely available across COE's entire fibre product range by using CWDM enabled Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) Optics with hot-pluggable optic ports integrated with our products. • • • • • Product Focus - Small Form-Factor Pluggable Optics SFP optical lasers have a large number of benefits over traditional fibre optic lasers, such as: Increases to network redundancy levels Drastically decreased repair time Decreased necessity for spares holding (as optics are interchangeable) Increased distance range of transmission Field upgrading to enable CWDM or transmission range enhancement. • • • • • By integrating SFP laser ports into their X-Net fibre products, COE have created a universal product set capable of fulfilling any project requirement requiring fibre optic transmission. COE's integration of SFP optics has also ensured a best of breed performance in delivering faultless video across networks which encounter high optical losses such as Seoul's Metro network. A key requirement for surveillance systems in rail operations is consistency of operation. Downtime can be costly and dangerous in this environment, and to ensure that any potential downtime is eliminated for Seoul Metro, COE will provide a product set with integrated redundancy safe-proofing technologies augmented by a project network design offering unparalleled levels of redundancy. Each station will have 64 - 128 cameras for lines 1, 3 & 4 to provide total surveillance of the sites Dual transmission rings, automatic transmission route-switching at point of failure, dual power sourcing and dual CPUs have all combined to ensure that both video and operational control over the network (including Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera control and camera switching), will never be affected by failure at single or multiple points across the network. This safe-proofing is reinforced by a fully redundant recording solution, introducing a hot-swap digital video recording server; to which recording is automatically switched should a unit fail in the system. This ensures video loss will not be encountered. Control for Seoul Metro is split over three dispersed control rooms, each gaining rights-based access to viewing from any camera at any point across the entire network should the need arise. Operators' activities will also be supported by up to over 1000 sets of electronic eyes; cameras enhanced by COE's X-Net VI automated intelligent video software. This intelligent analytical software is the latest development in CCTV network security. X-Net VI raises alarms relating to a large number of potential threats around the network by responding to a wide variety of rules based analytical processes. These rules have been developed to support CCTV operators' activities, and they include: Auto-tracking of PTZ cameras to monitor individuals. Alerting to suspicious packages abandoned in a station. Alerting to groups of individuals behaving suspiciously. Zone-alarms to register when an unauthorised person has entered a restricted area. Registering ticket barrier avoidance at a station. Rules can be combined to create comprehensive tracking and alarm management for a network. This new technology refines the role of the CCTV operator in security management of a site, and can greatly enhance his performance in incident identification and response. COE's Telecommand management solution is utilised for the management and recording solution of Seoul Metro 8000+ camera network. Modular expansion may also be undertaken at a later date to ensure the system can grow with the requirements across the network. Telecommand is also found in many other networks around the world, including urban CCTV networks of many cities throughout the United Kingdom. Ian Jefferson, CEO of COE Ltd comments of the project: "Systems of this size and complexity demand high reliability rugged products coupled to efficient operations. COE designs its solutions around these criteria whilst integrating state of the art techniques and technologies. COE is the only company that designs and manufactures a complete integrated solution for a fully redundant CWDM fibre optic video transmission system, video matrix system and integrated video analytics. This combination of technologies makes COE uniquely suited to fulfil the demands encountered when approaching large and complex projects such as this." Through maintaining a UK design and manufacturing base with field representation for projects around the world, COE provides highest quality video surveillance products whilst maintaining regional support for projects. Seoul Metro will see the benefits of their surveillance network upgrade for many years to come, and the new system will play a critical role in maintaining the highest standards of security over lines 1, 3 & 4 of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway network. 1Jane's Urban Transport Systems, 2002-2003 edition
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