Learn more about us – EverFocus on IFSEC 2010 in Birmingham
Learn more about us – EverFocus on IFSEC 2010 in Birmingham

The new 16-channel D1 real time digital video recorder "Paragon 264x4" incorporates the latest H.264 compression technology and offers D1 real time recording and playback for all cameras. Paragon 264x4 is equipped with 3 main monitor outputs (VGA, BNC and HDMI) and one call monitor output, while either the HDMI video output with full HD resolution (1080p) or the VGA resp. BNC output (simultaneous view) may be assigned as main monitor output.  Main features include pentaplex operation for simultaneous recording, playback, archiving, live view and network access, pre-alarm buffer, extended schedule setting including holiday calendar and express schedule functionality and audio recording for all 16 channels. Data archiving is effected through either USB 2.0 port, network or built-in DVD-RW drive (optional). Paragon 264x4 further offers fast network video transmission with dual stream for mobile phone streaming (3GPP) and numerous playback search functions including Smart Search and snapshot search function. Naturally, the DVR also incorporates programmable motion detection, event notification incl. e-mail alarm and network alarm functions, local and network PTZ control and the free EverFocus DDNS service enabling users to register their DDNS account directly form the DVR setup.  The latest EverFocus NeVio IP products were also presented on IFSEC in Birmingham. The innovative and high-performing day/night NeVio IP speed dome camera EPN 3600 with 36x optical zoom features H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG compression with up to 25 fps digital output at 4CIF resolution. With triple-streaming output, EPN 3600 offers simultaneous live monitoring and high resolution recording as well as built-in network connectivity. The EPN series is engineered with an intelligent auto-tracking function to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the speed dome's area of coverage. Auto-tracking also features exclusive masking, pan/tilt limits and flexible resume functions. EPN 3600 further provides Wide Dynamic Range for extreme lighting conditions and is available as outdoor and indoor model. The NeVio IP product range demonstrated during IFSEC further includes the latest IP camera novelties EAN 800 A, a 1/3" advanced colour network camera available as standard or wireless model and the 1/3" vandal-proof outdoor day/night CCD network camera EDN 850 H with H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG multistream and automatic IR cut filter. 2 new video servers were also presented on the EverFocus stand - the 4-channel video server with recording capability ERS-4 and the 2-channel video encoder EVS 200 A, available as standard or wireless model.   With the 32/16/8-channel network video recorders ENR 3200, ENR 1600 and ENR 800, users can manage up to 32 channels from Megapixel cameras, IP cameras and video servers. With built-in MJPEG / MPEG4 compression methods, all NVRs provide recording resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 at a recording and playback rate of up to 25 IPS per channel. The multilingual ENR series' NVRs support multi-brand IP products and offer local and remote PTZ control, digital PTZ and bidirectional audio. Integrated video analytics, numerous intelligent search functions and the integrated counting function for freely definable object sizes round off the NVRs' features. The new 2 Megapixel NeVio HD camera series were launched on IFSEC 2010. All EverFocus IP products are naturally supported through PowerCon 4.x network management software, available as pure software solution as well as combined hard-/software solution PowerCon 4.x Center EPC 4000.

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EverFocus presents itself as fit for the future
EverFocus presents itself as fit for the future

EverFocus presents its comprehensive product range geared to system integration at SECURITY Essen 2006.  While developing new products, EverFocus makes the combination of state-of-the-art technologies, reliability and ease of use first priority.All digital video recorder models with MPEG-4 compression technology are equipped with programmable motion detection and Ethernet interface.  Fast MPEG-4 format network transmission, recording rates up to 400 IPS and several control facilities such as IR remote control, network or the RS-485 keyboards KS KBK, KS KBJ and EKB 500 are just some of the devices’ key features.The 9- and 16-channel digital video recorders EDR920 and EDR1640 provide 4 additional matrix monitor outputs and integrated cascading function.  Furthermore, these two DVR types offer storage expansion to more than 11 terabyte through max. 48 optional, external hard disks.  The 4- and 8-channel devices EDR410H and EDR810H are also available for mobile applications (EDR410/810M). The CCD camera range has been revised and expanded.  All camera sensors are SONY CCD sensors, and most of the colour cameras are equipped with SONY HQ1 CCD sensors.  Additionally, two different models – with either fixed or automatically swivelling IR cut filter – of the day/night camera EQ550 POLESTAR will be available within short.  Both versions are equipped with 530 TV lines and built-in DNR (Dynamic Noise Reduction).  PowerCon 4.0 is backwards compatible to all existing EverFocus EDR and EDSR series’ digital video recorders, the software also integrates the latest MPEG-4 EDR series’ DVRs and network cameras (e.g. EAN600).  Both cameras and free programmable camera views can be accessed upon mouse-click either via the navigation bar or through a flexible graphic user interface with unlimited levels.  PowerCon 4.0 is a multiscreen solution allowing the user to access the graphic interface, while the video images are displayed in separate screens.  Multisite administration enables the display of max. 64 (4x16) different camera images from different digital video recorders, network cameras and locations – subject to the client server providing sufficient performance.  PowerCon 4.0 offers the remote archiving, printing and exporting of video images.  Furthermore, remote configuration of both the MPEG-4 digital video recorders and the network camera EAN600 is provided. If necessary, user rights may be assigned down to camera level.  And finally, PowerCon 4.0 also supports the start of external programs via both the explorer and the GUI.

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Learn more about us - EverFocus at IFSEC 2010 in Birmingham
Learn more about us - EverFocus at IFSEC 2010 in Birmingham

The new 16-channel D1 real time digital video recorder "Paragon 264x4" incorporates the latest H.264 compression technology and offers D1 real time recording and playback for all cameras. Paragon 264x4 is equipped with 3 main monitor outputs (VGA, BNC and HDMI) and one call monitor output, while either the HDMI video output with full HD resolution (1080p) or the VGA resp. BNC output (simultaneous view) may be assigned as main monitor output. Main features include pentaplex operation for simultaneous recording, playback, archiving, live view and network access, pre-alarm buffer, extended schedule setting including holiday calendar and express schedule functionality and audio recording for all 16 channels. Data archiving is effected through either USB 2.0 port, network or built-in DVD-RW drive (optional). Paragon 264x4 further offers fast network video transmission with dual stream for mobile phone streaming (3GPP) and numerous playback search functions including Smart Search and snapshot search function. Naturally, the DVR also incorporates programmable motion detection, event notification incl. e-mail alarm and network alarm functions, local and network PTZ control and the free EverFocus DDNS service enabling users to register their DDNS account directly form the DVR setup. The latest EverFocus NeVio IP products will also be presented on IFSEC in Birmingham. The innovative and high-performing day/night NeVio IP speed dome camera EPN 3600 with 36x optical zoom features H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG compression with up to 25 fps digital output at 4CIF resolution. With triple-streaming output, EPN 3600 offers simultaneous live monitoring and high resolution recording as well as built-in network connectivity. The EPN series is engineered with an intelligent auto-tracking function to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the speed dome's area of coverage. Auto-tracking also features exclusive masking, pan/tilt limits and flexible resume functions. EPN 3600 further provides Wide Dynamic Range for extreme lighting conditions and is available as outdoor and indoor model. The NeVio IP product range demonstrated during IFSEC further includes the latest IP camera novelties EAN 800 A, a 1/3" advanced colour network camera available as standard or wireless model and the 1/3" vandal-proof outdoor day/night CCD network camera EDN 850 H with H.264/MPEG4/MJPEG multistream and automatic IR cut filter. 2 new video servers will also be presented on the EverFocus stand - the 4-channel video server with recording capability ERS-4 and the 2-channel video encoder EVS 200 A, available as standard or wireless model.   With the 32/16/8-channel network video recorders ENR 3200, ENR 1600 and ENR 800, users can manage up to 32 channels from Megapixel cameras, IP cameras and video servers. With built-in MJPEG / MPEG4 compression methods, all NVRs provide recording resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 at a recording and playback rate of up to 25 IPS per channel. The multilingual ENR series' NVRs support multi-brand IP products and offer local and remote PTZ control, digital PTZ and bidirectional audio. Integrated video analytics, numerous intelligent search functions and the integrated counting function for freely definable object sizes round off the NVRs' features. The new 2 Megapixel NeVio HD camera series will also be launched on IFSEC 2010. All EverFocus IP products are naturally supported through PowerCon 4.x network management software, available as pure software solution as well as combined hard-/software solution PowerCon 4.x Center EPC 4000. Learn more about us on IFSEC Birmingham, hall 5, stand B5, from 10 to 13 May, 2010!

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EverFocus UK launches the Paragon 32 Channel DVR with HDMI at IFSEC 2012
EverFocus UK launches the Paragon 32 Channel DVR with HDMI at IFSEC 2012

EverFocus a CCTV manufacturer, displayed the high definition analogue DVR. The new Paragon 32 channel 264 series H.264 pentaplex DVR. It offers true 1080i with an entire megapixel of resolution allocated to main monitor display. HDMI digital output delivers stunning images from any resolution and enhances motion reproduction to deliver smoother and clearer looking video. The Paragon264 series DVRs also support mobile monitoring with HTTP streaming, allowing you the capability to check your home and business while on-the-go. Basil Singh Managing director comments: “EverFocus are pleased to announce the addition of a 32 channel DVR, which is an additional machine to strengthen the Paragon DVR range. The machine integrates seamlessly into the PowerFocus software”.  The PowerFocus has the ability to tie together multiple systems and locations and is one of the most sought out features of PowerFocus plus CMS system software. Displayed at the recent show, EverFocus' command centre proudly showcased the newest software options available to date. Top features include remote live view and playback on multiple monitors, real-time alarm and event notification, intelligent video search options and now POS integration for our IP systems. With numerous cameras form factors, multiple NVR solutions, and full software integration, PowerFocus solutions by EverFocus offer options for every size company. In business since 1995, EverFocus is a system and solutions provider with 8 locations worldwide.Further info and full specification sheets are available from EverFocus UK or from: www.everfocus.com.

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EverFocus introduces its ECOR264-8D2 DVR
EverFocus introduces its ECOR264-8D2 DVR

The Everfocus ECOR264 D/F series DVR offers H.264 compression format for efficient disk utilisation and network bandwidth conservation without sacrificing image quality. With pentaplex operation, the ECOR264 D/F series supports GUI menu, HTTP streaming for live mobile monitoring, express configurations and more! Available in 4 channel with optional DVD burner or 8 channel model with DVD burner. FREE MOBILE VIEWING!!Key Features include: H.264 Compression format for efficient disk utilisation and network bandwidth conservation Recording resolution and rate can be set independently for each camera, and changed via user defined schedule Streaming at CIF for remote web viewing to conserve bandwidth independent of recording resolution Pentaplex Operation (Simultaneous live, recording, playback, archiving and remote viewing) Compatible with FREE EverFocus Central Management Software Free EverFocus DDNS Service - static IP address is not required for reliable remote access User friendly colour GUI with graphical icons and visual indicators Supports mobile monitoring of live video from PDA and Smart Phones (FREE MobileFocus app for iPhone® & Android™) Multiple Control Inputs: mouse/front panel/IR remote controller/EKB500 keyboard Built-in record time calculator for fast recording estimation Express Setup: A unique menu option for quick & easy installation and setup Express Archive: Archive video instantly (to USB) while playing back Express Playback: Simply point, click and drag the playback bar to view desired recordings Express Search: Use the intuitive playback bar with simple drag & drop operations Smart Search: Review recorded video to identify motion in area(s) of interest Snapshot search: choose an interval and direction, view a series of snapshots to quickly isolate incidents Remote viewing of live and recorded video, plus configuration support from the built-in web interface On-screen PTZ control via mouse or front panel Built-in DVD burner 2 USB 2.0 ports (1 located on front panel, 1 located on back panel) for video archive and mouse connection Multi-language support USB Mouse and IR remote control included

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EverFocus UK showcased its range of DVRs, IP cameras and video surveillance products at IFSEC 2011
EverFocus UK showcased its range of DVRs, IP cameras and video surveillance products at IFSEC 2011

EverFocus UK has built on its unique range of HD-CCTV products with the recent launch at IFSEC 2011 of two new hybrid DVRs, allowing for a mix of HD-CCTV and analogue cameras, together with two new 2 megapixel HD-CCTV dome cameras. EverFocus Electronics Corporation, a global top 20 global professional security equipment manufacturer, has built on its UK market-leading position in HD-CCTV by extending its total range of HD-CCTV products to three DVRs and four cameras. EverFocus HD-CCTV offers installers and end-users an easy upgrade path to full High Definition (HD) images for coaxial cable-based installations by simply connecting new HD-CCTV cameras and DVRs to the existing coax. Hybrid DVRs EverFocus has launched two new hybrid DVRs offering a combination of HD and standard analogue channels, designed for installations where HD is only required in higher risk security areas. The new EverFocus Endeavor range includes the EDR HD-2H14 with two HD channels and 14 standard analogue channels, plus the EDR HD4-H4, with four HD and four analogue cameras. All Endeavor DVRs offer H.264 compression, 720p/1080p HD resolution, Pentaplex operation for simultaneous live viewing, recording and archive playback, plus easy set-up with remote web monitoring - even via a mobile smartphone.  New HD-CCTV cameras Building on the existing HD-CCTV camera line-up, EverFocus has launched two new HD-CCTV domes at IFSEC 2011.  Both domes offer two megapixel resolution with a 1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor to deliver 720p/1080i HD resolution.  The EverFocus EDH5240 is an internal infra red (IR) dome with the external EHH5200 offering vandal resistance and IP66 rating protection. The EverFocus EZH5240 ‘bullet' style external camera completes the current range, with a two megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensor, true day/night functionality offering infra-red illumination from 36 infra-red LEDs providing illumination up to 40 metres. Basil Singh, managing director, EverFocus Electronics UK, commented: "We know HD-CCTV is gaining traction with the response we received from visitors to our stand at IFSEC.  Installers and end-users alike want to upgrade to HD, and our HD-CCTV range is the simplest way to achieve this for end-users who have existing coaxial-based installations. EverFocus is committed to delivering a range of HD-CCTV cameras and DVRs that are ‘plug-and-play', and recognising that some installations will require a mix of analogue and HD. We are listening to installers and meeting that need with our hybrid HD-DVRs." The 2011 EverFocus product catalogue is available for download by clicking this link: http://uk.everfocus.com/EVF_UK_2011_Catalogue.pdf  See the album with captions

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HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access
Video surveillance must modernise in storage, recording and on-demand access

Dollars spent by video surveillance customers must go towards ensuring high-availability capture, storage and on-demand access to live and archived video. Reaching this goal mandates high-availability of independent components – camera, network, storage (edge, external), internet connectivity, display, all Video Management Software (VMS) components and an architecture that can take advantage of this. In this note, we focus on seeing our way through to a video surveillance architecture, that provides high availability storage, access to live and stored video content. Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure Edge recording Of all options available to store recorded video, edge recording is the only one that is unaffected by network failure. This makes edge storage a must-have. But, this has some limitations at present: Edge storage capacity is limited. Edge media has a short lifetime, rated only for thousands of hours of continuous recording. Most cameras are not secure and physical damage to the camera could lead to catastrophic loss of edge stored content. As storage and compression technology evolve, the constraints imposed by (1) and (2) could go away. However, securing cameras will continue to be a barrier for most installations. Secure external storage It is thus imperative to also store video in secure external storage. Such an architecture uses edge storage to fill in content gaps created by network, external storage outages. As edge storage technology improves, larger gaps can be filled in, but one will always need external storage. By our definition, ‘external storage’ is a solution stack that includes storage media and all software (including VMS) that provide access to this storage. Access to live and archived video Access to live video can either be met by external storage or directly by the camera Every surveillance solution needs to provide access to live and archived video. Access to live video can either be met by external storage or (and) directly by the camera. All things being equal, having the camera directly provide live video access, is a higher-availability solution. There is dependence on fewer components in the chain. Solutions in the market use one of the above two approaches for access to live video. Due to limited capacity and low physical security of edge storage, it makes sense at present, to have external storage meet all requests for archive video. Thus, we are led to an architecture that has heavy dependence on external storage. Dual-recording For high-availability, external storage must be architected with redundancy. Ideally, independent components that make up external storage – storage media, associated hardware and software (including VMS components), should be individually redundant and have smart interconnectivity. However, solutions in the market rigidly tie these components together. Failure of a single component causes failure of external storage. For e.g. hardware failure of a server causes VMS component failure AND storage failure. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage For these solutions in the market, high-availability is achieved by having additional external storage units that step-in during outages of primary units. If these additional units continuously duplicate primary units, access gaps are minimised, and archive access is un-affected during primary unit outages. This is the idea behind Dual-Recording (DR).  To meet cost budgets, these additional units can be configured to store subsampled (framerate, resolution) video content. A small number of additional units can support concurrent outages of all primary units. A few-to-many redundancy. Rising need for dual-recording Most cameras cannot be physically secured, and video content produced by a camera must be stored externally. Many VMS solutions use external storage to service live video access requests. Edge storage limitations impose restrictions on edge archive access at present. So, external storage is used to service requests for archive access too. Thus, a surveillance system ends up being over-dependent on external storage. DR provides a smart way to provide high-availability for external storage. As edge storage improves, it will be able to service archive access requests. VMS software will need to evolve, to use this capability smartly.

Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market
Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market

Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.