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

 
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64
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4
16
Alarm I/O
32 in, 64 camera alarms
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4 in, 2 out
16 in, 2 out
Storage Capacity GB
500
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160
500
Image per second (IPS)
30
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25 (PAL)/30 (NTSC)
400
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MPEG-4, JPEG, M-JPEG
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M-JPEG
H.264
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1280 x 960
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720 x 576
704 x 576
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PAL / NTSC
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PAL, NTSC
PAL / NTSC
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G.726 format
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4 in, 1 out
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Hard disk drive
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1
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CD-RW, USB
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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.

Panasonic CCTV solution enables constant crowd monitoring at Portsmouth FC
Panasonic CCTV solution enables constant crowd monitoring at Portsmouth FC

From humble beginnings in 1898, Portsmouth Football Club has grown to become a top English side, finishing the 2006-07 season in the top half of the Premier League table. Narrowly missing qualification for the European Cup by just 2 points, they have ensured their place in this year's FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Playing at their original Fratton Park ground throughout the club's 110-year history, the stadium has undergone many incarnations and modernisations to keep apace with the demands of modern sports stadia. A key component of this evolvement and to the smooth running of match day events, is a newly installed turnkey Panasonic surveillance solution. Security keystone Commissioned into service for the start of the 2007/2008 football season, the Acctive Systems installed CCTV system is the culmination of many years involvement of the company and Panasonic at the ground, and provides the club's organisers with the security keystone they need to support a concerted security effort on match days. In addition, during the week, the new system also provides comprehensive protection for Portsmouth FC's offices and adjacent retail outlets. Acctive Systems first became involved with Portsmouth FC four years ago, when they were awarded the club's maintenance contract, inheriting an 11 camera legacy system, containing products from a wide variety of manufacturers, and of varying ages. Following the team's recent success, further investment at the club has allowed Jason Kirton, Portsmouth FC's Facilities Manager to take advantage of a security budget that would permit a restructuring of the surveillance operation. Dan Bishop, Technical Surveyor at Acctive Systems takes up the story: "Our familiarity with the ground provided a solid platform for us to undergo a review of the existing system's weaknesses, and to address those areas highlighted within a completely new system design. Assessing Jason's and his team's needs for the system's deployment on match days and general usage, also gave us the opportunity to fulfill the review's findings with a quality branded solution." IP network camera system Panasonic's CCTV solution provides an IP networked camera system that utilises a range of Panasonic products  The CCTV solution provides an IP networked camera system that utilises nine Panasonic Super Dynamic III WV-CW964 fully functional domes, three WV-CP484 static colour/mono Super Dynamic III cameras, and three WV-CW474 high-resolution colour/mono vandal resistant static dome cameras. Allowing remote viewing via Portsmouth FC's dedicated IT network, specific computers have been equipped with Panasonic WV-AS65 Management PC Software, to permit authorised monitoring of the Fratton Park ground and its surrounding area. Providing comprehensive coverage of turnstiles, entrances and exits, key thoroughfares, and the whole of the ground's interior, the new system provides Jason and his team of security staff, stewards and police officers, with an integrated surveillance backbone. Jason explains: "The Panasonic based surveillance system has become invaluable to the smooth and safe running of events and has helped us to meet the safety standards of the Football Association Safety Advisory Group, and as documented in their ‘Green Guide'. Right from the beginning of match days, even before the fans arrive, our safety officer and the police match day commander use the system to oversee all parts of the ground and its surrounding area; from the match day control room, which overlooks the playing pitch and stands. Taking control of the cameras, via a Panasonic WV-CU650 system controller and four 17" WV-LC1710 LCD Monitors, they can visually verify that all fan ‘footfall roots' are free from obstacles, such as parked cars. When fans start to enter the ground, their progression is constantly monitored. If there are too many fans inside the ground that are not yet seated, fan flow into the ground can be restricted by the gate stewards. Contactable by our dedicated radio network, this allows blockages to clear, and to resume a safe, normal flow. Conversely, we can also increase people-traffic flow into the ground if crowds are building up outside. "Our ticket office is housed within the Megastore complex of buildings 200 meters from the stadium. Recently built to form the basis of daily operations at Portsmouth FC, this area can also generate another hotspot on match days. Again viewable from ether the match day control room, or any of the WV-AS65 software equipped networked PC's, we can monitor this sensitive area where public order incidents are likely to occur. These may be customer disputes over tickets, or large numbers of visiting away fans collecting tickets, that will need to be carefully monitored whilst on route to the ground itself."  The Panasonic controller's functionality allowed operators to monitor a number of individuals at a touch of a button  Multiple applications When inside the ground, the system's role is primarily that of crowd monitoring, being deployed for both security and safety applications, Jason continues: "We constantly monitor the crowd and inform stewards of any potentially problematic incidents, allowing them to deal with situations before they can escalate into a bigger problem." Using programmable camera ‘preset' and ‘home' positions, programmed via the Panasonic controller, Jason's team can focus cameras on specific fans' seats, in particular, those known to be potentially ‘problematic' season ticket holders. "This allows an instant check to be made on a number of specific individuals at the touch of a button," adds Jason. Utilising a Panasonic WJ-HD316A digital recorder and associated WJ-HDE300 external hard drive extension unit, during match events, to ensure maximum clarity and detail all camera images are recorded in maximum resolution. This advanced facility also allows fast download of selected video footage to third party media should an incident need to be investigated off site, or for prosecution purposes. Using this set-up, Jason also has the ability to archive all footage from a season's home matches, by transferring the data to portable drives, building an archive of the year's matches that can be referred to at any time. In addition to the Panasonic system's use on match days, its intuitive specification by the Acctive team combined with technical flexibility allows Portsmouth FC to benefit from the system's powerful surveillance capabilities throughout the rest of the week. Here, it addresses a variety of different issues, with the system providing constant security for the ground, the club's administration and retail facilities, purpose built office facilities, and the adjacent Pompey Megastore. A two-minute walk from the ground, the Megastore is a busy retail outlet, where fans are drawn throughout the week to purchase the football club's latest gear. Comprehensive video surveillance Employing Panasonic Super Dynamic III WV-CP484 static colour/mono cameras (along with infra-red lig hting) on the exterior of the building, backed by 22x zoom Panasonic WV-CZ352 static cameras, and a Super Dynamic fully functional WV-CW964 dome camera, the interior and retail floor is monitored via WV-CF284 static mini domes. This means that on a daily basis, full-time security staff enjoy comprehensive surveillance monitoring, accessed via the multiple Panasonic Management PC software equipped work stations, linked via Portsmouth FC's own network. Jason explains: "Our exterior cameras are each linked to Redwall perimeter detectors, which if tripped during the hours of darkness, trigger preset camera positioning, to provide an instant alarm and visual verification of any unauthorised on-site activity." Recording at a reduced frame rate on non-match days, to maximise recording capacity, all footage is archived via a 16-channel Panasonic WJ-HD316A digital recorder, located in the administration building's first floor server room. This allows Jason to access not only live camera footage via his office PC but also recorded footage for quick retrospective investigation of any incident. Panasonic flexible surveillance solution successfully addresses customer's needs As well as surveillance of the retail and office buildings, Jason also has extensive surveillance access to the Sports Bar and corporate hospitality facilities. "These areas are used on match days for corporate guests on pre-paid hospitality packages," explains Jason; "And throughout the week for conferences and functions. We also use the networked CCTV system to cover our two town centre based shops, one in Portsmouth's Cascades shopping area and the other in the nearby town of Fareham, and this, along with a large warehouse used to store our shop and internet shopping stock. Here, the system is protecting valuable goods around the clock." By effectively auditing their customers needs, and addressing them with the use of flexible Panasonic technology, Acctive Systems have supplied Jason and his team at Portsmouth FC with a comprehensive surveillance solution that not only protects fans on busy match days, but that also assists in the smooth running of the club's day-to-day business activities.