Canon VB-C500VD offers wide-area surveillance for harsh indoor environments
Canon VB-C500VD offers wide-area surveillance for harsh indoor environments

Vandal-resistant designThe VB-C500VD is equipped with Canon's unique vandal-resistant construction. The exterior housing is made of alloyed aluminium, while the strong polycarbonate dome is impact resistant. The camera mechanism floats on four built-in springs, which act as shock absorbers in the event of an impact.Wide-angle 2.4x zoom lensWith an ultra-wide 82° horizontal field of view and a 2.4x optical zoom, the VB-C500VD is ideal for every monitoring need. The wide-angle lens makes the camera perfect for narrow spaces like corridors, while the 2.4x zoom is useful for open areas such as large offices.MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG videoWith support for MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video formats, the VB-C500VD can deliver high-quality VGA resolution video. Footage can be distributed to up to 30 simultaneous clients (max 10 clients with MPEG-4).Progressive scanFor a sharper view of moving subjects, the progressive scan CCD image sensor minimises the ‘comb' effect often seen in interlaced video. The camera can deliver up to 30fps, subject to the available network bandwidth.On-screen displayThe VB-C500VD can overlay the date, time, camera name or any custom text (up to 15 characters) on top of the video. To ensure clear visibility of the information, the position of the text, character colour and outline colour can be easily changed.Continuous monitoring - day and nightWith the help of DIGIC NET processing, the VB-C500VD can operate in a wide range of lighting conditions. Colour imaging is supported even in low light, down to 0.2 lux. Digital Night Mode increases the sensitivity to provide a clear monochrome image.Power over Ethernet (PoE)The VB-C500VD can be powered by the same Ethernet cable that is used to transfer data, without the need for a separate power source. This enables the camera to be installed without the hassle and expense of a separate mains power supply.Two-way audioThe VB-C500VD can transmit and receive full-duplex audio from the camera site. A microphone and active speaker can be connected via an optional interface cable, so live audio can be received from the camera, or a warning relayed to potential intruders.Bundled VK-Lite network video recording software The VB-C500VD comes bundled with Canon's ‘VK-Lite' Video Recording software, supporting up to four cameras. The camera is supplied with everything you need to start recording, straight out of the box.

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Canon VB-C500D - Discreet security monitoring in any environment
Canon VB-C500D - Discreet security monitoring in any environment

Ideal for every monitoring need, the Canon VB-C500D has a 2.4x optical zoom and a wide-angle varifocal lens to cover large spaces. Its discreet design enables it to blend easily into any environment.  Wide-angle varifocal lens With an ultra-wide 82° field of view and a 2.4x optical zoom, the VB-C500D is ideal for every monitoring need. The wide lens makes it perfect for open areas such as large offices, whilst the 2.4x zoom is useful for narrow spaces such as corridors and ATM terminals.  Compact and discreet The compact dome housing enables you to monitor your subjects discreetly. The camera can be ceiling mounted, installed in an upright position or even mounted sideways on a wall, to fit in any environment.  MPEG-4 and motion JPEG video With support for MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video formats, the VB-C500D can deliver high-quality video with VGA resolution (640 x 480) at up to 30fps. Transmitted footage can be distributed to an audience of up to 30 simultaneous clients (maximum 10 clients using MPEG-4).  Progressive scan CCD For a sharper view of moving subjects, the progressive scan CCD image sensor minimises the ‘comb' effect often seen in interlaced video. Combined with a genuine Canon lens, this ensures low-noise, high quality images - even when there is a lot of movement in the scene.  Monitoring day and night With the help of DIGIC NET processing, the VB-C500D can operate in a wide range of lighting conditions. Even in dimly lit areas, activity can still be monitored in colour, down to a minimum illumination of 0.2 lux. In even darker situations, Digital Night Mode automatically changes from colour video to monochrome and increases the sensitivity to provide a clearer view. In very bright daylight, when the background of a scene is so intense that it's hard to see the main subjects, Smart Shade Control enables adjustment of the contrast of darker areas, making them more visible whilst maintaining the brightness of the lighter areas.  Power over Ethernet (PoE) The VB-C500D can be powered by the same Ethernet cable that is used to transfer data, without the need for a separate power source. This enables the camera to be placed in many more locations, without the hassle and expense of a separate mains power supply.  Two-way audio The VB-C500D can transmit and receive full-duplex audio from the camera site. A microphone and active speaker can be connected via an optional interface cable, so live audio can be received from the camera, or a warning message relayed to potential intruders.  

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How intelligent video surveillance supports smart mobility
How intelligent video surveillance supports smart mobility

The ease of getting from point A to point B, the effective movement of goods and services, and the flexibility and integration of various modes of transportation are key aspects of mobility today. Smart Mobility has been a key theme in the transportation industry for a while. The idea is to keep traffic flowing and help people to get where they need to be, in a smarter way. To this end, industry players are now innovating and introducing advanced technologies and solutions. Examples include intelligent traffic management systems, free-flow tolls, autonomous driving, smart location solutions, and more. At the same time, traffic congestion, aging infrastructure, rapid urbanisation, and increasing sustainability demands are also intensifying the need for smart mobility solutions. One way to overcome these obstacles is to use intelligent video surveillance technology for improved traffic management, making the roads safer and more efficient for every user, while also reducing emissions. Perceptive intersections Relying on intelligent video analytics, traffic video cameras identify traffic build ups at intersections by counting numbers of vehicles crossing an intersection and detecting their speed, while also counting the number of vehicles queueing in real-time. Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green. Intelligent optimisation for traffic signals ensures more effective traffic flow.Aggregated data informs the system when to switch traffic lights to red or green The benefits? Improved safety on the roadways; intersection reconstruction can be avoided; drivers can be advised about the speed of their route, forecasted by traffic signals; reduced wait times and stress for commuters; reduction of harmful emissions; and positive impact on public satisfaction. Road safety Traffic incidents can be disastrous, not merely for causing congestion on the roads but sometimes far worse – resulting in injuries and even fatalities. These incidents have many causes, not the least of which is drivers willfully violating traffic laws. Video technology can aid in detecting all kinds of events – for example, illegal parking, running a red light, wrong-way driving, speeding, and making illegal U-turns can all be detected by smart camera technology. By using deep learning technology, cameras can recognise these events and traffic authorities can be immediately notified and take necessary actions even before traffic incidents occur. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally. Furthermore, ticketing systems can be incorporated to further regulate driving behaviors. Benefits here include incident prevention, better driver performance, and increased safety on the roads and streets, to name just a few. Scenarios include stopping a driver who is occupying an emergency lane, or notifying a driver who parked their car illegally Public information Sharing information is key to keeping city drivers and travelers informed. Intelligent communication about warnings and updates helps everyone save time, avoid frustration, and simplify everyday mobility. This can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locationsThis can be done via traffic guidance screens displayed at highly visible locations, such as congested areas, transportation hubs, shopping malls, and city plazas – or even at your fingertips on your favorite mobile apps! Traffic video cameras generate real-time data of traffic flow and incidents, sending it to a central platform to further fuse with data from third-party systems such as radar and GPS systems. They also disseminate traffic information, including traffic status, warning and advisory notices, as well as parking status.  The benefits are improved public awareness of traffic information, improved travel convenience, overall enhancement of mobility in the city, and more. The Hikvision practice Hikvision has accumulated sophisticated experience in traffic management both at home and abroad. Product lines offer versatile solutions to resolve multitudes of problems in urban traffic management, traffic incident management, highway management, and more. Going deeper, it’s essential to note that efficient signal control management is dependent on the quality of traffic data, system algorithms, and the hardware devices in use; it is also closely related to the mobile environment, such as road conditions, historical traffic conditions, and urban infrastructure. Because of this, no single solution solves traffic congestion everywhere. Hikvision believes that only by working closely with city authorities, public safety organisations, consultants, even academia and other relevant stakeholders, can applications and operational processes be developed to achieve the best possible outcomes. The possibilities for traffic video data are endless, especially now that it can employ artificial intelligence for advanced functionality. Harnessing its power will make all the difference, but the ultimate goal remains the same: safe and smooth traffic, smart mobility, and improved quality of human life.

ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?
ISC West 2019: what's new in physical security's biggest global tradeshow?

ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected.  The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone  Elevating the Keynote Series  Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m.  Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees.  “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.”  When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th.  Women in Security is a new track for the education program.    “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customised recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process.  Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program.  There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities.  Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.

How effective security departments bust multi-million dollar crimes
How effective security departments bust multi-million dollar crimes

It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging a curious incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing crime as it happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install CCTV covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working with authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing legal action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the CCTV and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.

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nuPSYS 3D-Advanced Mapping integrated with Milestone-Canon VMS as plug-&-play 3D-plugin
nuPSYS 3D-Advanced Mapping integrated with Milestone-Canon VMS as plug-&-play 3D-plugin

nuPSYS—a pioneer in Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for physical security, infrastructure, and networks—is pleased to announce its 3D-Advanced Mapping integrated with the Milestone-Canon Video Management System as a plug-&-play 3D-plugin, which was shown live at Intersec 2019. nuSIM is a visual 3D-mapping solution that allows assets, cameras, sensors, alarms, partitions, and critical points to be accurately plotted onto a 3D mapping surface. This integration will enable operators to graphically view multilayer live video overlays within the Milestone-Canon VMS user interface. Key features include: 3D advanced mapping Integrated 3D view 3D representation of assets, cameras, sensors, & access control Generates a real-perspective view for operators – enhances efficiency manifold Interactive and dynamic operations Pragmatic 3D virtual presence Customisation dashboard per use case Dashboard provides simultaneous 3D view, streaming view and sensor view CONTEXT AWARE: immersed in the 3D physical environment SCALE: Single light pole (or single smart infrastructure) to a full smart city-scape SPEED: Real-time KPI IMPROVEMENTS: Enhanced efficiencies compared to maps and icons overlay nuPSYS' 3D-Advanced Mapping functionality provides system operators with a unique experience for viewing video and managing devices within the Milestone-Canon Video Management System. Operators can navigate to see cameras and sensors using a 3D model of the facility and grounds, providing a unique simple-to-deploy 3D-plugin for Milestone-Canon VMS.

Agent Vi signs VAD agreement with Canon Marketing Japan to provide security solutions
Agent Vi signs VAD agreement with Canon Marketing Japan to provide security solutions

Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), a global provider of video analytics solutions, has announced the signing of a Value-Added Distributor (VAD) agreement with Canon Marketing Japan, the marketer and provider of Canon Inc. products and solutions in Japan. Canon Marketing Japan will operate as a VAD throughout Japan for Agent Vi’s savVi on-premise video analytics platform, which features real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications. Already representing other leading vendors in the Japanese market, Canon Marketing Japan will be able to offer a best-in-class solution by combining savVi video analytics, Axis Communications IP cameras, and the Milestone XProtect video management system (VMS). Agent Vi’s savVi video analytics platformEnd-users will benefit from automated video analysis tools to get the most out of their video" savVi allows users to achieve optimal value from their video surveillance networks by automating video analysis to detect and alert for events of interest, expedite search in recorded video and extract statistical data from the footage captured by surveillance cameras. Mr. Ariel Frischoff, VP Sales EMEA & APAC, Agent Vi, said, “It’s our honour to be working with an illustrious partner like Canon Marketing Japan. Adding Agent Vi’s comprehensive video analytics capabilities to their current offering will allow Canon Marketing Japan to promote an end-to-end solution that suits a wide range of vertical markets. End-users will benefit from automated video analysis tools that really leverage the surveillance system to get the most out of their video.” “Canon Marketing Japan is excited about establishing a partnership with Agent Vi, which is a leading global provider of video analysis solutions, and about adding savVi to our portfolio,” said Koichi Mikami, Vice President and Group Executive for Visual Solutions Headquarters for Canon Marketing Japan. “We believe savVi can be offered to various industries and meet various customers’ needs. Having such a comprehensive portfolio of video analysis capabilities enables us to provide more innovative solutions to end-users.”

Canon releases ME20F-SHN low-light network camera for critical surveillance operations
Canon releases ME20F-SHN low-light network camera for critical surveillance operations

Canon Europe, a provider of imaging solutions, has announced the launch of the ME20F-SHN, a low light network camera with remarkable performance. As a sister product to the ME20F-SH, the ME20F-SHN, which now features network capability, further enhances Canon’s Multiple Purpose camera line-up with a solid proposition in producing full colour and Full HD resolution images in limited light scenarios. Perfect for critical surveillance operations, the ME20F-SHN packs incredible low light performance, network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body. Incredible low-light performance Equipped with a 2.26MP Full Frame 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 processor, the ME20F-SHN delivers sharp, low noise, Full HD colour video in extreme low light conditions. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity. With a maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75db), which delivers amazing low-light sensitivity, the ME20F-SHN can capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Even greater detail can be captured in low-light environments by removing the IR cut filter when shooting in infrared mode. Much like Canon’s Cinema EOS range, this network camera offers Canon Log and Wide DR from the Custom Picture menu, which enables a wide dynamic range of up to 12 Stops (800%), delivering high-quality images across a range of lighting scenarios. The Custom Picture menu has been upgraded, with the addition of the Crisp Img function, which obtains sharp images in well-lit environments and low noise image under low light conditions. These features are invaluable for users needing to capture clear and accurate images. The ME20F-SHN packs low light performance, network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body Enhanced network capability Featuring Ethernet, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports, the ME20F-SHN caters for a plethora of video outputs based on users’ application requirements. For local monitoring, the ME20F-SHN has 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI ports; while an Ethernet connection enables remote operation of camera settings, monitoring and recording via web browsers, mobile devices or other video management software. The microSD card slot supports record and playback directly from a microSD card. For unmanned and cost-efficient surveillance, the 6 built-in video analytics functions and Alarm I/O interface enables automated recording and output to external devices triggered by video motion detection and alarm input. With the Area-specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) function, the ME20F-SHN enables users to capture absolute detail in selected areas of interest while reducing bit-rates in the other areas of the image to save network bandwidth. For ease of integration into existing video surveillance systems, the ME20F-SHN supports a wide range of video management software through Canon WebView and ONVIF protocols. Flexible installation capabilities Operators can select the ideal lens for each shooting and equipment scenario, taking aspects such as angle of view and level of brightness into account. Featuring an EF mount with Cinema Lock, the ME20F-SHN is compatible with a broad range of lenses across the Canon line-up, including zooms, primes and selected Cine Servo lenses for greater control. With PoE+ support, the data transmission via Ethernet and power supply are provided with a single LAN cable, which facilitates simple and rapid installation of the camera. The compact body and lightweight design are invaluable for users needing both a fixed and portable camera. ME20F-SHN key features Sharp, low noise colour video in extreme low light Network capable remote configuration and monitoring Supports a wide range of surveillance applications High-quality Full HD output Flexible installation