QNAP VS-8148 Pro+ VioStor NVR with HDMI local display
QNAP VS-8148 Pro+ VioStor NVR with HDMI local display

The new standalone VS-8148 Pro+ VioStor NVR is designed for megapixel and HDMI surveillance solutions, featuring enhanced hardware performance for HDMI local display and large storage space for high definition video recording. A brief highlight of the VS-8148 Pro+ VioStor NVR:High quality megapixel recording: The VS-8148 Pro+ utilises Intel Core i3 processor and 2GB DDR3 memory for superior system performance, achieving up to 360 Mbps throughput.High resolution local display: The VS-8148 Pro+ is compatible with widescreen HDMI monitors and TVs of different resolutions, up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, for both video and audio monitoring. The NVR also supports 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12-channel monitoring and sequential display mode.  Users can quickly configure the NVR, monitor IP cameras, and play the videos using a USB mouse, a USB keyboard (optional), and a monitor connected to the VioStor NVR via the HDMI interface.Huge storage capacity for long-term recording: The VS-8148 Pro+ offers up to 24TB of storage capacity (using eight 3TB hard drives), making it ideal for recording large amount of video data over a long period of time.Convenient remote live view and playback capabilities: The VS-8148 Pro+ provides access to remote live view and recording playback functions through any PC connected to the Internet.  Users on the go can download the QNAP VMobile surveillance application for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android phones to connect to an unlimited number of NVRs and even receive push alarm notifications. With VMobile, these robust functions are readily available anywhere and anytime through any Wi-Fi and 3G or 4G data networks.

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QNAP Security honoured new product of  the year Award Winner for VioStor VS-8040 Network Video Recorder
QNAP Security honoured new product of the year Award Winner for VioStor VS-8040 Network Video Recorder

QNAP Security, a world class manufacturer of PC-less Network Video Recorder (NVR) solutions for the corporate security/surveillance market, today announced the VS-8040 has been honoured the Winner of "New Product of the Year Award" in the video surveillance category by Security Products Magazine. The award was announced last week at the annual ASIS tradeshow. Security Products Magazine's editorial focus is on "the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve workplace security". Ten winners were selected out of more than 60 entries in seven award categories."It is a great privilege to receive this significant award from Security Products Magazine," says Jacky Cheng, the Product Manager of QNAP Security." This award has recognized QNAP's objective to provide outstanding network security solutions to secure the life and property of our customers."The VioStor VS-8040 Network Video Recorder is a high performance video surveillance system that can simultaneously record video from up to 40 IP cameras on the network and is an ideal solution for large office buildings, shopping malls, or manufacturing facilities. The embedded surveillance system allows each channel of video recording to have its own monitoring parameters including continuous recording, motion detection recording, time-scheduled recording, alarm recording, and even pre-alarm and post-alarm recording. The VS-8040 incorporates Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) allowing efficient video data search by foreign object detection, object removal detection, and camera out-of-focus or obstruction. Security personnel can also search the video data by date/time, motion event, or timeline. The multi-server monitoring feature is provided for monitoring up to 120 channels from multiple QNAP NVR servers. All the system configurations and video monitoring can be carried out easily by the IE browser. The VS-8040 contains up to 8 hard disk drives for hours and hours of video recording, RAID 0/1/5 data protection is provided. The VS-8040U-RP is a 2U rack-mounted unit with dual redundant power supply to provide higher system stability. It is also in the nomination list to the "New Product of The Year Award".The VS-8040 is currently available. Please visit the QNAP Security website.

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A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

Get the most from investments in building security
Get the most from investments in building security

From analogue to digital, from stand-alone to interlinked, building systems are in a state of transition. Moreover, the rate of change shows no sign of slowing, which can make it difficult to keep up to date with all the latest developments. If asked to pinpoint the single biggest driver of this revolution, one could point out the growing clamour for platform convergence. A security guard in a building doesn’t want to use different systems to check video cameras, fire alarms or if someone has entered a restricted area: – it simply isn’t efficient. For similar reasons, a building manager wants a single interface to control heating and lighting to match fluctuating occupancy levels, particularly in a hybrid working model. Applying the digital glue The demand from end-users for system convergence is growing, but to achieve full interoperability you still need to apply some ‘digital glue’ and that requires expertise. Yet bringing together disparate systems from different manufacturers can be problematic. Just as you get things to work, someone upgrades their solution and your carefully implemented convergence can start to come unstuck. Managing an implementation can quickly become more complicated, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s headache This is one of the principal issues with all types of new technology; not everyone will choose the same path to reach the desired goal – it’s the old VHS/Betamax argument updated for building management and security systems. Managing and maintaining an implementation can quickly become more complicated than it first appears and without proper oversight, today’s quick-fix can become tomorrow’s technical headache. Effective support for a hybrid workforce Today’s hybrid workforce is a response to the pandemic that looks set to become an established part of working life for many companies across the world. Security systems have a massive role to play in facilitating this transformation that goes beyond simple intrusion detection, access control, and video monitoring. They can identify the most densely populated areas in a building to comply with social distancing guidelines and provide efficient use of space. The insights gathered from a security system can also be used to identify patterns of behaviour, which can then be used for planning and directing the use of building space to help create the best possible working environment while also minimising heating, lighting, and air conditioning expenditures. Identity credentials can help manage compliance with industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas Similarly, identity credentials – either biometric or mobile-based – can help manage compliance to industry regulations by limiting access to certain areas only to approved employees. Creating and maintaining the appropriate level of functionality requires a combination of innovative solutions and industry experience. The complete security package It’s not just physical security that’s important – cybersecurity is a major focus, too. Bringing together both the physical security and cybersecurity realms is increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ capability. What is evident is that the pace of technological change is faster than ever. Today’s functionality simply wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago, while today’s leading-edge developments may seem commonplace in five years.

Convenience and cost savings make cloud managed video surveillance a popular choice for many businesses
Convenience and cost savings make cloud managed video surveillance a popular choice for many businesses

Cloud-based technology can reduce IT costs, streamline application management and make infrastructure more flexible and scalable. So, it’s no surprise that cloud video surveillance solutions (also known as video surveillance as a service or VSaaS) are gaining momentum in a big way. In fact, according to recent reports, the VSaaS market is forecasted to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 10.4% by 2025. But some company owners may wonder – what services does a cloud model deliver and is such a solution right for my business? This article aims to help you determine what cloud video surveillance solution is right for your business and the benefits you can enjoy if you decide to deploy a VSaaS solution. Full cloud-based recording vs cloud-managed First, a bit of clarification on cloud video surveillance models, as definitions can vary from provider to provider. A full cloud-based recording solution is one in which both video recording and management are done offsite (for example, cameras streaming directly to the cloud). While this model can be a good option for some, many large enterprise businesses simply don’t have the bandwidth capacity or network resources required to upload all of their videos to the cloud. Even with the bandwidth capacity, this can be a cost-prohibitive model when hundreds or thousands of IP cameras are involved. A full cloud-based recording solution is one in which both video recording and management are done offsite But that doesn’t mean enterprise businesses can’t take advantage of cloud-managed video surveillance. With this solution, video recording and storage happen on your premises (with network video recorders (NVRs) or a video management system (VMS)), but the video management aspect is handled in the cloud by a third-party provider, usually as a subscription-based service. The provider hosts the central video server overseeing your on-premises devices. Some providers also allow you to back up portions of the video to the cloud, so you can store and share video evidence or select clips needed for investigations. This model combines the performance benefits of local recording with the convenience and cost savings of the cloud. Centralised video surveillance solution Perhaps the greatest benefit of using this type of cloud-managed video surveillance solution is centralisation. Because all of your devices are centrally managed in the cloud, you don’t have to travel to a distant location to update a recorder or camera’s software – it’s all done remotely by the provider from a central location. This can save you both time and money, especially since it’s necessary to consistently monitor the configuration settings on cameras and NVRs to ensure they’re correct and functioning properly. If your hardware malfunctions and it isn’t detected immediately, instances of lost video can occur. And business owners know that losing video evidence of theft or fraud could have significant consequences to the efficiency and effectiveness of an investigation. Round the clock monitoring Some providers monitor for changes in cameras’ field of view, so if a camera is blocked or moved, you’ll be alerted  With a cloud-managed model, you can rest assured that if a camera goes down or another technical issue arises, the provider will know and will handle it immediately so you can avoid unnecessary truck rolls, which can be costly. Some providers will even monitor for changes in your cameras’ field of view, so if a camera is blocked or moved, you’ll be alerted right away. This type of around-the-clock monitoring eliminates your need for an in-house data centre and the IT staff necessary to maintain the video system. This is particularly important if you don’t have the infrastructure or the personnel to host your own video networking equipment. You can also save time with the deployment of your video surveillance solution since your provider will get your system up and running quickly. There’s no need to worry about setting up or configuring the central server or any application software – it’s all taken care of by your provider. Flexible and cost-effective In many cloud-managed solutions, you can also skip the large upfront capital cost of a video surveillance investment and pay a monthly fee for all of these services. This is particularly helpful if it’s difficult for your organisation to make large capital investments. You may or may not have to invest in onsite devices (cameras and NVRs), depending on the provider you choose. Some providers will allow you to finance your hardware, while others will want you to purchase it upfront. Many cloud providers also offer robust web clients for viewing video and conducting investigations remotely Many cloud providers also offer robust web clients for viewing video and conducting investigations remotely. These do not require any local downloads, which saves you time and money by avoiding the need for additional IT resources. It also alleviates worrying about whether or not you have the latest version, as the clients are automatically updated. And if you don’t want to spend a lot of time on video analysis, some cloud-managed models offer predefined reports on what’s most important to you. For example, a list of potentially suspicious transactions matched with video – so you can quickly scan to investigate. Getting the right solution Determining whether a cloud-managed video surveillance solution is right for your business is a big decision involving many factors, including your business’s size, bandwidth, and network infrastructure, and overall budget for physical security. By considering the points above, the hope is that you can more easily determine which model is best for your business.

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Dahua announces 88 models of PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS
Dahua announces 88 models of PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS

Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, announced that an additional 88 models of its Eco-savvy 3.0, Wi-Fi 265 and H.265 PTZ series network cameras are now compatible with QNAP NAS from QNAP Systems, Inc. Now, more customers are able to choose Dahua Technology’s network cameras per their application scenarios. Comprehensive video surveillance Dahua Eco-savvy 3.0 network camera series can deliver real-time 4K video streams at 15 fps, providing security applications with impressive range of smart detection features including face detection, tripwire detection, and intrusion detection. Dahua Wi-Fi 265 series supports H.265 compression, Human Detection and Smart Tracking features. Dahua H.265 PTZ camera can provide large monitoring range with clear details, while the latest H.265 compression cuts bandwidth in half to ensure video recording with great security efficiency and lower cost. QNAP keeps improving product and third-party software compatibility. It released QVR Pro surveillance solution, QVR Center central management software and QVR Guard failover application to integrate comprehensive video surveillance features into NAS, providing live monitoring, storage expandability and storage space management functions for home and business users. Third-party integrations Open, Integration and Innovation has been Dahua Technology’s guiding principle. In recent year, the company has been working with more and more renowned third-party platforms, like QNAP NAS in this case, to greatly broaden the application scale of its cameras. This enables security users to enjoy the products and services provided by Dahua Technology in more applications.

MOBOTIX showcases new products and integration capabilities at Innovation Summit 2018
MOBOTIX showcases new products and integration capabilities at Innovation Summit 2018

MOBOTIX welcomed almost 200 Alliance and Channel Partners as well as flagship customers to the inaugural Innovation Summit Europe that took place in Valencia, Spain from the 6th to 8th of May. The Summit offered attendees valuable insights into new trends, sneak peeks at new products and technologies along with networking opportunities between the wider pan-European MOBOTIX community. Alongside the Summit, the Technology Partner Expo offered demonstrations showcasing integration capabilities from several technology leaders that work closely with MOBOTIX including ABP, Genetec, Kentix, Konica Minolta, Microsens, QNAP and Sesys. The Summit provided an alliance forum to showcase the exciting collaborative work with our technology partners we are doing across areas such as Cyber Security and Internet-of-Things" Cybersecurity and IoT “Our Innovation Summit expands on our ongoing strategy of making MOBOTIX more open and responsive to the needs of our customers and innovative technology partners,” explains Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer of MOBOTIX. “The Summit also provided an alliance forum to showcase the exciting collaborative work with our technology partners we are doing across areas such as cyber security and Internet-of-things.” The Summit was hosted at the Barceló Hotel in Valencia and kicked-off with a Keynote speech from MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten that provided insights into how Partners can focus on value by solving real world challenges using innovative MOBOTIX technologies. Presentation on video surveillance ‘Put Technology on Everything: Understanding an Exponential World’ was the topic of a talk by Enrique Dans, Futurist and Professor of Innovations at IE Business School of Madrid. In his work as a researcher, disseminator and advisor, Dans studies the effects of technological innovation on people, companies and society. Other presentations and demonstrations touched on areas such as video surveillance and cyber security within a full agenda aimed at helping attendees gain broader insights into emerging trends. “The summit also provided a great opportunity for networking with like-minded partners and MOBOTIX staff to explore potential business opportunities amongst guests that had been invited from nearly 30 countries,” Lausten adds.

QNAP Systems launches TS-x73 NAS series for enhanced data security
QNAP Systems launches TS-x73 NAS series for enhanced data security

QNAP Systems, Inc. has launched the cost-effective high-performance 4-bay (TS-473), 6-bay (TS-673), and 8-bay (TS-873) TS-x73 series NAS featuring an AMD RX-421ND quad-core CPU with Turbo Core up to 3.4GHz and two PCIe slots for installing a QNAP QM2 card, wireless network card or a graphics card to extend NAS functionalities. The TS-x73 series provides small and medium businesses with an ideal NAS solution to build a private cloud for applications including high-speed data transfer, backup/recovery, virtualisation, media playback and graphics display. “The TS-x73 NAS series presents a budget-friendly solution by allowing users to add more value to their NAS based on their individual needs. Through the two PCIe slots, users can install a QNAP QM2 card to add SSD caching/10GbE connectivity for boosted performance; a wireless card with WirelessAP Station app to turn the NAS into a wireless access point; or even an PCIe bus-powered graphics card to enable 4K transcoding and HDMI output for a greater media multimedia experience,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP.The TS-x73 provides optimal storage efficiency across M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and high-capacity HDDs Mitigating ransomware attacks The TS-x73 series is powered by a high-performance and energy-efficient AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (Turbo Core up to 3.4 GHz) and 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 64GB). With an optional 10GbE network card installed, it delivers up to 1661 MB/s throughput and up to 1575 MB/s with AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption. With two built-in M.2 SATA SSD slots and SSD caching (M.2 SSD sold separately), coupled with Qtier auto-tiering technology, the TS-x73 provides optimal storage efficiency across M.2 SSDs, 2.5-inch SSDs and high-capacity HDDs for balanced cost, performance, and capacity. The TS-x73 series supports block-based snapshots to record the state of the system at any time to help users mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks and to ensure the stability of service operations. Enhanced data protection The TS-x73 series features two PCIe (Gen3 x4) slots that allow greater system flexibility. In addition to installing a 10GbE network card for boosting virtualisation performance, users can also install a QNAP QM2 card that allows for adding two M.2 SSDs for SSD caching or to create a RAID 5-tiered storage along with the two M.2 SSDs in the NAS to increase data protection. There are also QM2 cards that include 10GbE 10GBASE-T connectivity to provide SSD caching with high-speed network connectivity on a single card. Alternatively, users could install a low-power graphics card (powered solely by the PCIe slot) to boost system performance and enable smooth 4K video transcoding and HDMI output; install a wireless network card (for example: QNAP QWA-AC2600) to use the TS-x73 as a wireless base station, allowing users to directly access the NAS, including NAS services and Internet connection.Users can also use QNAP VJBOD technology to leverage the unused space of another QNAP NAS for storage expansion Unified data storage solution The business-ready TS-x73 series is a NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution that not only supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2016 environments, but can also natively host multiple virtual machines (with Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android) and containers (LXC and Docker). Storage space can be flexibly expanded using two 8-bay UX-800P or 5-bay UX-500P or four 10-bay REXP-1000 Pro expansion enclosures. Users can also use QNAP VJBOD technology to leverage the unused space of another QNAP NAS for storage expansion. Key specifications: TS-473-4G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-473-8G: supports 4 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM TS-673-4G: supports 6 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-673-8G: supports 6 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM TS-873-4G: supports 8 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 4GB DDR4 RAM TS-873-8G: supports 8 x 3.5-inch HDD or 2.5-inch HDD/SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM Tower model; AMD RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU (burst up to 3.4 GHz), dual channel DDR4 RAM (4 x SODIMM memory slots, upgradable to 64GB); hot-swappable 2.5-inch/3.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD; 2x M.2 SATA 6Gb/s 2280/2260 SSD slots; 2x PCle Gen.3 x4 slots; 4 x USB 3.0 ports; 4x Gigabit LAN ports; 2x 3.5 mm microphone jacks (dynamic microphones only); 1x 3.5 mm Line-out audio jack; 1x built-in speaker

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