Digital video recorders (DVRs) Comparison: Panasonic, Bosch  (4)

 
Channels
64
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Alarm I/O
32 in, 64 camera alarms
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Storage Capacity GB
500
2 TB
1000
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Image per second (IPS)
30
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MPEG-4, JPEG, M-JPEG
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Resolution
1280 x 960
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Signal Mode
PAL / NTSC
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Audio Recording and Properties
G.726 format
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Accessories
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Storage Expansion Kit
Recording station Tower
Recording station expansion license

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Panasonic video surveillance now in use at West Herts College
Panasonic video surveillance now in use at West Herts College

Students and staff at the new West Herts College campus in Watford town centre are now under the protection of a comprehensive security package specified and supplied by Panasonic Premier Integrator (PPI) AIS, that includes a Panasonic end-to-end IP CCTV solution.The brand new campus, which opened in September 2010, serves some 2,000 students and 450 staff on a daily basis. With state-of-the-art facilities throughout, staff and student security were both primary considerations for its design, construction and operation. The college features leisure and social spaces alongside fully equipped working areas and classrooms that include the latest teaching tools and technology - covering a wide variety of subjects.CCTV a priorityTo complement and protect the cutting-edge building and its high-value contents, college managers were eager to employ the latest CCTV technology as part of an overall security plan at the site. Chris Brown of AIS explains: "We were given the opportunity to tender for the project via the construction company BAM, who were responsible for the build. Initially they had specified a traditional analogue installation, however, as a PPI and able to take advantage of close manufacturer support and demonstration equipment, we were able to display the key advantages of an end-to-end IP solution from the instantly recognisable Panasonic brand name."On winning the tender, we specified a dedicated fibre backbone that was installed by the building contractors, to our specification. Along with fibre links to each camera location and PoE network switches, this formed the basis of image transmission from the cameras, to an on-site equipment room that was also included in the construction."Here we installed two Panasonic WJ-ND400 network video recorders that supply images to be transferred to the college's Wide Area Network (WAN), giving key members of staff and the security team the ability to remotely monitor live, and recorded images."   With state-of-the-art facilities throughout the college, both staff and student security are primary considerations Panasonic solutionThe use of an integrated Panasonic i-Pro CCTV network and fibre backbone, as opposed to a coax transmission method, meant a minimised impact on the outstanding architecture of the building, and allowed the discreet inclusion of 33 Panasonic WV-NS202A cameras and 84 Panasonic WV-NF284 cameras. These now cover all key aspects of the interior of the college; including all corridors, stairwells, reception atriums, meeting rooms, and restaurants.The modern architecture on campus features illuminated corridors opening into naturally lit, glass-sided atriums with contrasting lighting. To manage security in these conditions, WV-NS202A Cameras featuring Super Dynamic V technology were deployed - specifically able to deal with any subject within a wide variety of lighting conditions.Super Dynamic V performs gradation compensation of contrast on an individual pixel basis, ensuring detailed scenes throughout the college environment are captured and transmitted to the equipment room/security office for recording and monitoring.For easy installation and IP configuration, each Panasonic camera features Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), supplying power and transmitting images via a single cable. No separate power supply was required, allowing AIS engineers to simply connect each camera to a PoE switch. Also featured at the site, eleven Panasonic WV-NW960 Weather Resistant Network Dome Cameras and five WV-NW502 cameras cover the college's courtyard and all perimeter areas. Equipped with Super Dynamic V technology, the Panasonic WV-NW960 combines 30x optical zoom and 128x wider dynamic range, to provide continuous 24-hour surveillance. When darkness falls at the college, the camera automatically switches from colour to black and white mode for greater sensitivity. When daylight arrives, it automatically switches back to colour mode. With a minimum illumination of 0.04lux in B/W mode and 0.5lux in colour, a crystal-clear image can be captured, even in any unlit areas of the grounds.Latest learning facilitiesThe new campus also features a public street with gym, spa, café and comprehensive restaurant facilities. Social areas include spaces for relaxing and studying in groups, plus a central square where students can meet, relax and enjoy some well-earned fresh air between classes.   The ability to virtually patrol the site at the touch of a button has proved an invaluable asset to the overall security The campus has modern, flexible classrooms and extensive professional facilities, including: art studios and workshops, forensic science laboratories, hair and beauty salons, IT suites, photography studios, media editing suites, sound and recording studios, a performing arts theatre complete with a sound and lighting control room, dressing rooms and green room, as well as dance studios and audience seating space for up to 120 people. The new facility complements West Herts College's Construction and Engineering Centre in Kings Langley and the Dacorum campus in Hemel Hempstead.The college's Panasonic i-Pro CCTV network is a key tool in an overall security package at the site that also includes access control and intruder alarm systems. Both of these are linked to the CCTV network and upon activation adjacent cameras are automatically selected and moved to a pre-set position to cover any event. "Whether it is a request for entry via the access control intercom or an intruder detection, the Panasonic technology automatically captures essential scene coverage via the nearest camera," adds Chris. "Instantly bringing the situation to the attention of the operator, it also ensures the circumstances of any activation by the integrated system are recorded for future investigation."The ability to "virtually" patrol the site at the touch of a button has proved an invaluable asset to the overall security structure at the college, and acts as a foundation for the college's manned guarding team, giving full and accurate reporting of any situation right from the outset.As the students enjoy the latest in academic facilities, they can do so in the knowledge that they are being protected by a passionate security team - backed by the latest CCTV technology from Panasonic. A combination that will nurture countless waves of students through their varied studies over the coming years.  

Panasonic’s i-Pro security cameras provide professional surveillance at the Vancouver Olympic games
Panasonic’s i-Pro security cameras provide professional surveillance at the Vancouver Olympic games

Set in the diverse landscape of the west coast of Canada, Vancouver plays host to the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010. The Olympic Games have been a successful global sporting event since 1896 when the first ever Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece. The Olympic Winter Games were not far behind as the Games started in Chamonix in 1924 covering sports from speed skating to ice hockey. Panasonic's relationship started with the 1984 Olympic Games when the company provided the professional sound system and large screen video displays for the Los Angeles main stadium. This relationship has since progressed extensively and Panasonic became a member of The Olympic Partners (TOP) programme in 1987. TOP is a group of worldwide marketing partners who provide financial support as well as products and services which are vital to the staging of the Olympic Games. Panasonic's exclusive product category is audio and video equipment, AV recording media, AV security equipment and car multimedia. Panasonic also has marketing rights to digital cameras.During the run up to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Panasonic has provided equipment such as 86 WS - LA3 RAMSA speakers for the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, a 42m2 Astrovision large-screen display during the Richmond Winter festival and a 79m2 Astrovision display screen for the IBU world cup biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park. These products were used for test events and count down events demonstrating Panasonic's support to the celebrated event. Home to such sports as figure skating, short track speed skating and speed skating, the Pacific Coliseum located in Hastings Park is one of the largest venues for Vancouver 2010. With a capacity of 14,200 people, this venue will attract huge crowds of spectators to some of the most popular events. Located 840 meters above sea level in stunning snow-capped surroundings, the Whistler Olympic Park has a capacity of 12,000 in each of the three stadiums. It is the first time that the biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic Combined and ski jumping has ever been played at the same venue in Olympic Games history. The Richmond Olympic Oval can hold up to 7,600 spectators and is the venue for the speed skating competition for next years Winter Games. This specifically built stadium was completed December 2008 and after the Winter Games has taken place will become an International Centre of Excellence for Sports and Wellness.Panasonic provided several i-Pro network CCTV cameras for use throughout the Olympic venuesPanasonic will supply the Vancouver 2010 venues with Astrovision and Professional Plasma Display equipment, AV security equipment, infra-red wireless system systems and RAMSA sound systems. RAMSA (Research for Advanced Music Sound and Acoustics) is a range of revolutionary products aimed to enhance audio spaces. One of the main benefits of RAMSA is the ability to tailor make the sound system to the venue which allows for the best sound quality possible. The infra-red wireless microphone incorporates the progressive infra-red technology eliminating interception, so when the wireless microphones are used individually they do not conflict with each other and causes of interference, therefore enhancing the quality of sound. A total of 12 systems are being used to enhance communication between workforces.Astrovision is a fully integrated LED large screen solution intended to provide easily viewable displays at large events and attractions. Panasonic's Astrovision is recognised as reproducing one of the highest colour images with 1 billion colours, full 10-bit colour gradation and its proprietary image-enhancing technology, the LED's can withstand wide variations in temperature which guarantees uninterrupted coverage, even in the freezing conditions. Approximately 2500 plasma televisions will be supplied to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games including the famous 103" Professional Plasma Display. Panasonic's leading plasma technology produces exceptional quality images and the equipment supports the essential transmission to millions of viewers around the world. Panasonic Professional Plasmas are versatile & flexible which is essential for such a world renowned event on such a large scale. The display combines high-quality colour performance with a variety of connection options, resulting in a tailored ‘all-in-one' solution. Panasonic have also provided i-Pro network CCTV cameras throughout the Olympic venues. The i-Pro series is a range professional IP security products providing high quality across the complete system enhancing efficiency and reliability. The WV-NW484S model, used mostly throughout, is a vandal resistant static IP dome camera featuring super dynamic technology which delivers 128x dynamic range natural contrast image correction. The vandal resistant property of the camera is achieved through a toughened polycarbonate hemisphere and heavy duty steel casing. The camera is IP66 rated which allows it to be used extreme weather conditions such as those exposed in the Winter Games. The camera also features auto back focus for easy set up, MPEG-4 and JPEG dual stream output for simultaneous live monitoring and high resolution recording. The day and night function allows the camera to automatically adjust to the light conditions. Other cameras which are featured are the external WV-NW964 and internal  WV-NS954 IP PTZ dome cameras. Panasonic also provided RAMSA speakers for the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating ChampionshipsThe images captured by the WV-NW484S are recorded onto a WJ-ND400 network disk recorder (NDR). This NDR is able to record up to 64 cameras in real time and includes a large storage capacity allowing images to be retained for longer. It is a stable platform with embedded hardware which increases the reliability and performance of the system. The software helps support the viewing and recording of the images by enhancing the user experience by incorporating site maps, joystick control and multi screen viewing. Other features include alarm pop-up notification alerting the operator of any intruders or activity that wouldn't have otherwise been noticed and also control of the NDR. These products together create an all round AV security systems solution for one of the world's most prestigious sporting competitions. The eco-friendly theme of the event is supported by Panasonic's products. Panasonic's world wide Eco Ideas strategies main ideas are: prevention of global warming, effective utilisation of resources and management of chemical substances. The environmental performance of Panasonic's AV security equipment, including the i-Pro series is steadily improving. IP cameras, compared to Analogue cameras have reduced C02 emissions by 42%*, likewise NDRs have a reduced C02 emissions by 33%* compared with the DVRs (Digital Video Recorders). Panasonic have also eliminated both lead and mercury from plasma displays and are releasing a new NeoPDP (plasma display panel) which for the same level of luminance, consumes up to less than half the power of models manufactured only 2 years ago.In 2007 Panasonic renewed its partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Panasonic is proud to have this relationship with the Olympic Games and is looking forward to providing support for the future Olympic Games. * Reductions in CO2 emissions have been calculated based on the comparison of greenhouse gas emissions (kg-CO2) (defined as the CO2 emissions of the materials used, transportation of products and power consumption during product use) of the WJ-NP304 Network Camera and the WJ-ND200 Network Disc Recorder against those of older models. The older models of such products are surveillance cameras from 2000 and digital disk recorders from 2004.

Solution from Bosch Security protects the end of the line
Solution from Bosch Security protects the end of the line

Bosch products chosen for security at  London Southend Airport An entire portfolio of technologies from Bosch Security Systems - including the PLENA range of Public Address/Voice Alarm (PA/VA) technology - is being installed at the new Stobart Rail operated railway station at Stobart Group’s London Southend Airport to protect the safety and security of passengers and staff.   The station and airport, which was acquired by the famous transport and logistics group in 2008, features the Bosch range of Projection Speakers and Metal Cabinet Speakers to ensure effective communications with passengers, whose numbers are expected to rise to more than two million by 2020. The site is also benefitting from a surveillance system which includes the first installation of its new digital hybrid recorder (DHR).   Project Managers Birse Rail appointed DACS Rail as Electrical Engineers on the project who in turn appointed Max Electronic Systems to design and install a safety and security system that was fit for purpose today, but that could be relied upon to still be operating efficiently in the future. For that reason, Bill Anderson, Managing Director of MAX turned to Bosch: “When Stobart first purchased the site, it was obvious that security would be paramount,” he says. “This major new gateway for the South East now has a security and communications solution that is at the cutting edge and will be further upgraded as technology advances. “Bosch products are at the centre of everything we have done; the proven reliability and quality of its technology is exceptional,” he adds. The railway station has been expanded as a direct result of plans to upgrade London Southend to handle larger aircraft, and therefore more passengers, requiring the highest specification CCTV.   At the heart of the CCTV system are 20 Dinion XF Colour cameras, 15 Dinion 2xDay/Night cameras, three video interconnect portals and three LCD TFT monitors. It is also the first site in the UK to use the new DHR technology. In terms of delivering the messages and audio throughout the station, Bill opted for the flexible but entirely scalable Plena Controller which forms part of the PLENA communication family, including a remote control panel and zonal microphones.    The railway station is also covered by Bosch Speakers, with Projection speakers located upon the platforms and Cabinet speakers within the waiting areas. The Bosch 700 Series (formerly Divar XF) is a highly scalable system recorder for medium to large applications. It is a realtime 4-CIF embedded recorder, available in hybrid (analogue/IP) and IP-only versions and utilizes state-of-the-art H.264 compression to deliver bit rates that are up to 30% lower than conventional MPEG-4 based recorders.