Digital video recorders (DVRs) Comparison: Hikvision, Siqura  (4)

 
Channels
16
32
16
32
Alarm I/O
16 in, 4 out
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Storage Capacity GB
8000
3500
1000
5250
Image per second (IPS)
25 / 30 fps
25 (PAL)/30 (NTSC)
25 (PAL)/30 (NTSC)
25 (PAL)/30 (NTSC)
Compression Type
H.265+/H.265/H.264+/H.264
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Resolution
5 MP
720 x 576
720 x 576
720 x 576
Signal Mode
PAL / NTSC
PAL, NTSC
PAL, NTSC
PAL, NTSC
External Storage
USB
CD-RW, DVD-RW, USB
CD-RW, DVD-RW, USB
CD-RW, DVD-RW, USB
Audio Recording and Properties
G.711u, 4-ch, RCA (2.0 Vp-p, 1 kOhm)
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Monitor Outputs
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1
1
1

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Latest Digital video recorder (DVR) case studies

Making sure daily operations run smoothly
Making sure daily operations run smoothly

Although the Barcelona Metro (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, TMB) surveillance system has on occasion helped police to catch an organized group of thieves, crime was not the reason TMB started installing cameras twelve years ago. With over one million people traversing the city each day on TMB trains, with stops at more than 100 stations, Barcelona’s Metro authorities needed to make sure that things were running smoothly and safely and that commuters could get where they needed to go. The first phase of the project entailed installing an analog CCTV system throughout twenty metro stations. Each station contained eight cameras and a small compartment for an operator, who viewed the live streams locally on two monitors. The footage of each camera was recorded twenty-four hours per day and saved on a digital video recorder (DVR) for a period of three or four days. The system proved itself a success. It streamlined daily operations and helped to combat delays allowing prompt response times to serious incidents. TMB therefore decided to instigate a second installment phase: The system would come to comprise thirty cameras per station. Naturally, this was too much for just one locally-based station manager, and alternative solutions were sought. The maturation of effective metro management One of the first things that TMB did, in addition to increasing the number of cameras in each station, was to enhance their central control room with a customized video management system (VMS) and matrixes of screens for viewing video. The control room would contain one area for viewing live video and one for examining recordings. In this way, operators and security personnel would be able keep a close watch on the operations and safety of the Barcelona Metro. Due to the fact that recording the public in metro stations and saving it for a few days might make images vulnerable to misuse, TMB decided to enlist the help Indra Sistemas, S.A., Spain’s leading information technology (IT) company. In order to offset the possibility that images could be leaked to the public or tampered with, Indra was commissioned to create a customized VMS that would encrypt the camera images and make it impossible to freeze them. This VMS system thus has come to help protect the public from the potential abuse of the TMB surveillance system while at the same time enabling the metro system to run more smoothly for commuters. Another major improvement that TMB made to their system was to make their station managers mobile. Through the use of personal digital assistants (PDA), the once stationary operators are now able to receive camera footage and instructions from the central control room about the location and nature of various incidents in metro facilities. Traveling in pairs, these impromptu personnel can promptly address problems and make sure that trains are running smoothly and that people riding the metro are safe.     TMB and TKH Security Solutions work closely to update the Barcelona Metro surveillance network Evolving into IP Throughout the course of this surveillance system project, technology has, of course, continued to advance, and TMB was determined to keep pace with the times. Therefore, as TMB restructured and expanded its surveillance system into a larger and more complex network, it also started looking into what kinds of technology would best suit its needs. TMB wanted, for example, to continue to record all of its camera footage twenty-four hours per day and store the images for three or four days. Yet with around 3300 cameras throughout the city, it became all too clear that the system had outgrown its analog DVR apparatus. In an effort to maintain a state-of-the-art system, TMB sought the most superior IP recording solution for the application and, in the end, found the Siqura recording solution to be the best recorder for the job. Working together to guarantee optimal performance Although the Siqura recording solution would come to record the footage of the metro’s multitude of camera streams, Siqura solutions from TKH Security Solutions were not unfamiliar to TMB. From the very beginning of the project, fiber optic transmitters and receivers from TKH Security Solutions, a manufacturer of advanced IP and fiber video surveillance equipment, were used for streaming data and video. These fiber solutions had been shown to reliably provide quality video in each station, and TMB expected the same from the Siqura recording solution. Consequently, TMB and TKH Security Solutions have continued to work closely with each other over the years to expand and update the Barcelona Metro surveillance network. Eventually, as TMB moved increasingly towards IP solutions, it also incorporated Siqura encoders into its system to transmit IP streams. Business relations such as this as well as that between TMB and Indra are integral to making sure that a surveillance system is working optimally and doing what it is supposed to do, and in this case, that is ensuring the safety and smooth operation of the Barcelona Metro. A second glance at surveillance It’s true, operators working in the TMB central control room can recognize all the pickpockets ambling the underground. Yet, countering petty theft is not the purpose of this CCTV system. Today, the TMB surveillance network facilitates the operation and safety of one of the largest metro systems in Europe. It is designed and implemented in such a way so as to protect the privacy of the public as well as to keep commuters safe, all the while guaranteeing that trains will run on time.

Hikvision’s hybrid solution secures Türk Telekom infrastructure
Hikvision’s hybrid solution secures Türk Telekom infrastructure

The solution includes Hikvision DS-9016HFI-S DVR, analogue and IP cameras and iVMS-4200 Client software Türk Telekom Group is Turkey's world-class, integrated telecommunication and technology services leader that offers its Turkish customers a complete range of fixed line, mobile, data, and internet services. Türk Telekom, as well, is Turkey's only integrated telecommunications service provider that owns the nation's conglomerate of leading regional communication and technology companies. However, impressive as this is, with Turkey's various topographical challenges, the issue of successfully overcoming equally impressive logistical hurdles was paramount. In this vein, Türk Telekom enlisted the services of security solution installer Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. to provide security for the 240 Türk Telekom rural wireless cellular sites throughout the country. Turkey's geographical challenges As earlier noted, these 240 sites were not solely located in metropolitan areas such as the nation's capital of Ankara or the commerce centre that is Istanbul. Instead, many of these locations were scattered within scarcely populated and difficult-to-reach spots (including, but limited to, high in the mountains). As many of these sites are unmanned, security for this infrastructure was a natural concern. These centres, called "rural control rooms" serve to connect the cities to the mountains and vice-versa through cellular means. Additionally, with Turkey's propensity for earthquakes, cellular communication has taken on a higher national priority. In fact, most communication from rural mountain areas to major metropolitan centres is now primarily achieved through cellular means. The Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. solution Since the dynamics of this project were based on cellular technology, "the decision was made to use a c for this particular large-scale project," noted Erdogan Tekin, Technical Manager at Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. After careful analysis of the specific demands this solution required, Mr. Tekin chose a combination of following Hikvision products. The first is DS-9016HFI-S Embedded Hybrid DVR. The reality that Türk Telekom is a very large, long-standing company denoted that there are both analogue and IP cameras in various capacities throughout Turkey. Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. knew the DS-9016HFI-S worked exceedingly well with both types. The second Hikvision tool is the DS-2CC1182P-A 600 TVL Box camera. Mr. Tekin explained, "The DS-2CC1182P-A's durability was very, very important for this project. Due to the fact that many of these sites were in the mountains, this presented a dual problem. The first was the weather environment - it has massive shifts in extreme climate, including heat, wind, and bitter cold. The second was the inaccessibility of these sites. If a camera broke down, there really is not a realistic way to get a repair technician up there. Due to both concerns, the DS-2CC1182P-A's IP66 rating and Hikvision's reputation for quality and durability were extremely important." "The DS-2CC1182P-A's durability was very, very important for this project. Due to the fact that many of these sites were in the mountains, this presented a dual problem" The TV0309D-IR Lens was the third piece to this solution. Interestingly, before Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. chose this model, the company tested many other brands. After this testing, they found that no other brand offered the same high results: namely the night time LED performance was nowhere near as clear, and the TV0309D-IR resulted in much sharper IR images. Additionally, as with the DS-2CC1182P-A 600 TVL Box Camera, since both are located in rural mountain-top areas, the quality of these DVRs is vital to ensure that the necessary images are sent to security personnel in Ankara, and their Ankara-based PCs to monitor these stations. The same requirement holds true with DS-9016HFI-S's large 8 HDD memory. "In wintertime, it is virtually impossible to arrive at these sites, regardless of circumstance," added Mr. Tekin. The final piece of this solution puzzle is iVMS-4200 Client Software. This software allows the connection of all Hikvision hardware. In this Turkish case, all 240 sites - and their Hikvision hardware - are connected through managers' PCs. Mr Tekin elaborated, "Every major city in Turkey is using this client software. In this fashion, Ankara is connected to each of these cities and to each of these 240 rural sites through this convenient software program." Through this combination of Hikvision technology and versatility, even Turkey's formable mountains proved little match. And through this combination, the Türk Telekom Group's rural sites are secure.

Hikvision security solution secures Türk Telekom Group's rural sites
Hikvision security solution secures Türk Telekom Group's rural sites

Hikvision’s iVMS-4200 Client Software allows connections to all of its hardware with the rural sites Türk Telekom Group is Turkey's world-class, integrated telecommunication and technology services leader that offers its Turkish customers a complete range of fixed line, mobile, data, and internet services. Türk Telekom, as well, is Turkey’s only integrated telecommunications service provider that owns the nation's conglomerate of leading regional communication and technology companies. However, impressive as this is, with Turkey's various topographical challenges, the issue of successfully overcoming equally impressive logistical hurdles was paramount. In this vein, Türk Telekom enlisted the services of security solution installer Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. to provide security for the 240 Türk Telekom rural wireless cellular sites throughout the country. Turkey's geographical challenges As earlier noted, these 240 sites were not solely located in metropolitan areas such as the nation's capital of Ankara or the commerce centre that is Istanbul. Instead, many of these locations were scattered within scarcely populated and difficult-to-reach spots (including, but limited to, high in the mountains). As many of these sites are unmanned, security for this infrastructure was a natural concern. These centres, called "rural control rooms" serve to connect the cities to the mountains and vice-versa through cellular means. Additionally, with Turkey's propensity for earthquakes, cellular communication has taken on a higher national priority. In fact, most communication from rural mountain areas to major metropolitan centres is now primarily achieved through cellular means. The Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. solution Since the dynamics of this project were based on cellular technology, "The decision was made to use a hybrid solution for this particular large-scale project," noted Erdogan Tekin, Technical Manager at Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. After careful analysis of the specific demands this solution required, Mr. Tekin chose a combination of following Hikvision products. The first is DS-9016HFI-S Embedded Hybrid DVR. The reality that Türk Telekom is a very large, long-standing company denoted that there are both analogue and IP cameras in various capacities throughout Turkey. Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. knew the DS-9016HFI-S worked exceedingly well with both types. Hikvision’s DS-9016HFI-S Embedded Hybrid DVR works well with both analogue and IP cameras The second Hikvision tool is the DS-2CC1182P-A 600 TVL Box Camera. Mr. Tekin explained, "The DS-2CC1182P-A's durability was very, very important for this project. Due to the fact that many of these sites were in the mountains, this presented a dual problem. The first was the weather environment - it has massive shifts in extreme climate, including heat, wind, and bitter cold. The second was the inaccessibility of these sites. If a camera broke down, there really is not a realistic way to get a repair technician up there. Due to both concerns, the DS-2CC1182P-A's IP66 rating and Hikvision's reputation for quality and durability were extremely important." The TV0309D-IR Lens was the third piece to this solution. Interestingly, before Kent Güvenlik Sistemleri A.S. chose this model, the company tested many other brands. After this testing, they found that no other brand offered the same high results: namely the night-time LED performance was nowhere near as clear, and the TV0309D-IR resulted in much sharper IR images. Additionally, as with the DS-2CC1182P-A 600 TVL Box Camera, since both are located in rural mountain-top areas, the quality of these DVRs is vital to ensure that the necessary images are sent to security personnel in Ankara, and their Ankara-based PCs to monitor these stations. The same requirement holds true with the DS-9016HFI-S's large 8 HDD memory. "In wintertime, it is virtually impossible to arrive at these sites, regardless of circumstance," added Mr. Tekin. The final piece of this solution puzzle is iVMS-4200 Client Software. This software allows the connection of all Hikvision hardware. In this Turkish case, all 240 sites - and their Hikvision hardware - are connected through managers' PCs. Mr Tekin elaborated, "Every major city in Turkey is using this client software. In this fashion, Ankara is connected to each of these cities and to each of these 240 rural sites through this convenient software program." Through this combination of Hikvision technology and versatility, even Turkey's formable mountains proved little match. And through this combination, the Türk Telekom Group's rural sites are secure.