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A total of ten MOBOTIX cameras have been installed at the Mawell Resort in Langenburg, Germany Arrive. See. Feel. Dive in. This is the concept of the 5-star wellness hotel Mawell Resort, which has been carved into the cliff in an exposed setting at the entrance to the German town of Langenburg. This wellness resort nestled in natural surroundings is sure to impress: The concealed entrance hides a 150-metre long underground path to the reception. Guests have plenty of chances to be thoroughly pampered in the massage and treatment rooms and the large wellness area. An outdoor forest pool suspended over the valley offers a breathtaking view. A highlight of the luxury resort is the approximately 30-metre high tower that provides a panoramic view of the Jagst valley, the Langenburg castle and over the Hohenlohe plains. The hotel also features a bar, pool and sauna. The 55 luxuriously-designed hotel rooms are split across five separate floors. The individual buildings are connected to one another via the underground path. A total of ten MOBOTIX cameras have been installed at the entrances, parking lots, the foyer and along the underground paths in order to guarantee the security required for the resort. Robust and weatherproof video systems “The security concept was already planned during the construction phase so that the necessary cables and connections could be laid directly,” explains Oliver Köhler, the Technical Director responsible for camera implementation at Mawell Resort. Firstly, the areas in need of special surveillance were identified and the necessary requirements for the cameras were defined. For example, the video systems needed to be very robust and weatherproof in outdoor areas. The camera in the entrance area needed to be capable of night recording. A lot of value was also placed on the video system’s high resolution. Further criteria included being able to store the recordings on an NAS (network attached storage) system. Another request was that the security solution be POE (Power over Ethernet)-compatible, meaning that it could be supplied with power via an Ethernet cable. The right cameras for each area After testing various systems, the choice was made for cameras from the German manufacturer MOBOTIX. “We chose MOBOTIX cameras because they fulfilled all of our requirements and are also incredibly flexible to install,” explains Köhler. What’s more, the cameras from the manufacturer, based in the Palatinate region of Germany, stand out thanks to their decentralised system. Recording takes place both internally on an SD card and externally on a USB stick or on NAS hard drives via the IP network, offering nearly unlimited storage capacity. The number of cameras per server can be up to ten times higher than the central VMS-based recording offered by competitors thanks to this decentralised recording via the network using the cameras themselves. Fewer cameras are required than would be needed with analogue or standard IP systems, due to dual images and hi-res No PC or additional software is required. Even if there are a large number of cameras recording, this decentralised solution can considerably cut down on storage requirements, as each camera can reduce the video to the frame rate and image size required for storage, independent of the live video. Hemispheric technology to eradicate blind spots The M24M Allround video systems and T24 Door Station are quick and easy to install, and guarantee the necessary security for different entrance areas. The T24 IP Video Door Station relieves the night porter’s workload in particular as a solution for door communication and entrance control. The camera module stores all activities outside the entrance door, triggered by the doorbell, movements in the image area or electrical contacts. Hemispheric technology allows the camera to cover the entire entrance area from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling without any blind spots, and without ever needing to mechanically tilt or pan. The parking lot and the various service passages are secured with DualDome D14 cameras. With a 90 degree viewing angle and telephoto lens, the cameras make it possible to monitor the path and parking lot in wide range while simultaneously recording details with the telephoto lens. The digital sensor switching function of the D14 day/night camera is particularly suited to this task as it is also equipped with one colour and one black/white module. This ensures strong colour accuracy during the day and high sensitivity at night. Instant alert notifications Constant surveillance from a video control centre is not necessary as the camera also features motion detection, which can trigger recording and alert notifications via e-mail or VoIP telephone call with two-way communication. “Our workload is significantly lightened by the fact that MOBOTIX cameras are equipped with motion detectors and we are immediately alerted if any movement occurs. This means that employees are no longer required to constantly sit in front of a screen and view the recordings,” explains Köhler. “If and when an alarm is triggered, we view the frames and react accordingly.” Furthermore, like all MOBOTIX cameras, it is very robust, requires little maintenance and is highly weatherproof. It can be installed in areas with temperatures between -30 to +60 (-22°F to +140°F) degrees without any problems. Benefits for security personnel The DualDome D15 camera, installed in the reception area, also features this motion detection. The integrated MxActivitySensor is particularly beneficial to the security personnel at the Mawell Resort. This new video motion analysis is integrated into all cameras with 5-megapixel technology and significantly reduces the number of false alarms. For example, shadows or plants moving in the wind, which are in the camera’s viewing screen, are no longer classified as relevant events, something that would not be possible in systems without this technology. Only relevant events, such as people entering the area, trigger an alarm. Two separate areas or rooms can be monitored simultaneously without any blind spots thanksto the hemispheric dual lens The camera’s new 5-megapixel technology impresses with clear colour images even under low light conditions thanks to enhanced light sensitivity. This presents a major advantage due to the changing light conditions in the foyer. The image sensor technology ensures top-quality dual images of 2 × 5 megapixels, meaning that the reception area can be secured with a single camera. Because of dual images and high resolution, fewer cameras are required to record the necessary image sections than would be needed with analogue or standard IP systems. This reduces the number of cameras required for the Mawell Resort, thereby saving on costs. Discreet Security guaranteed an S15 FlexMount was installed in the entrance area for deliveries. The compact video system can be installed universally and is suitable for concealed mounting. The weatherproof IP camera has two miniature sensor modules, which are each connected to the camera housing with a two-meter cable. For example, two separate areas or rooms can be monitored simultaneously without any blind spots thanks to the hemispheric dual lens. “We are really impressed by the video systems currently installed in the entrance areas. They provide us and our guests with the necessary security,” says Wolfgang Maier, Director of the Mawell Resort. “This puts our guests completely at ease and guarantees a relaxing time at the idyllic wellness hotel.” The Mawell Resort plans to soon install a further three S15 cameras. These should ensure even more security for the other entrance areas.
MOBOTIX' highly specialised video sensors were perfect for application at The Opel Zoo in Germany The Opel Zoo in Kronberg/Germany, originally known as the “Georg von Opel Outdoor Enclosure for Animal Studies,” provides expansive compounds and enclosures for around 1,500 animals spread across 27 hectares. There are more than 200 species being kept at the zoo, and many of them are endangered. Located on the southern slopes of the Taunus mountain range and offering fantastic views of the Kronberg old town and the Rhine-Main region behind it, the Opel Zoo is one of the most popular leisure and culture destinations in the state of Hesse, attracting around 650,000 visitors per year. One of the zoo’s main draws is its generous new enclosure for African elephants – the only one of its kind in Hesse. The new elephant enclosure The new elephant enclosure, which was completed in the fall of 2013, is the zoo’s most ambitious construction project to date. The new elephant house provides its residents with large individual pens. In addition, an indoor run of more than 800 square meters gives the smaller elephants plenty of space to get out of the way of the more dominant ones. Combined with the three outside sections that have a total area of 8,000 square meters, this gives the four residing elephants ample opportunity to both converge and avoid each other when so desired. Better vantage for critical areas “During the planning of the enclosure, we focused on both the welfare of the elephants and on the safety of the premises,” explains Dr. Thomas Kauffels, the director of Opel Zoo. “It’s very important to know at any given time where each animal is located, which gates are open and which need to be closed.” The initial plan made during construction was to install a set of pan/tilt cameras in the elephant enclosure. When it came to the implementation of these, however, the camera concept turned out to have several flaws, and Opel Zoo contracted Encom Consulting from Saarwellingen to remedy the situation. "During the planning of the enclosure, we focused on both the welfare of the elephants and on the safety of the premises" Encom Consulting had already worked for the zoo for several years, among others for the installation of multipath transmission systems. A specialist for security solutions and risk management, the company had also installed the zoo’s first high-resolution webcams, which among others monitored and documented the construction of the elephant enclosure. The webcam feeds could also be viewed online on the zoo’s website. When assessing the original camera concept, Encom realised that the planned pan/tilt cameras would not be able to fulfil many of the requirements. Cost was another important factor. The pan/tilt cameras would have required a large number of expensive optical fibre cables. Optical fibre was particularly needed in the high voltage area to avoid interference. The original concept also entailed a much larger number of cameras in order to cover all the required areas; the new concept required significantly fewer units. For cables in the proximity of high voltage systems, Encom developed a pulse interference elimination process that made it possible to do without optical fibre. Due to the differences in cost and also in quality of security provision, the management at Opel Zoo decided to abandon their original camera concept and instead contracted Encom to implement the network and install the MOBOTIX cameras they had recommended. With these, the hardware costs alone were decreased by almost 30 percent – not counting the significant follow-up cost reductions, among others resulting from lower power consumption and the MOBOTIX solution’s much lower maintenance requirements. MOBOTIX’s FlexMount cameras For example, the semi-circular elephant corridor only needed three of MOBOTIX’s FlexMount cameras. The FlexMount is a very versatile model featuring two hemispheric lens units, each of which is connected to the camera processor via a one to two-meter cable. With its twin sensor modules, the camera can look ‘around the corner’; this enables it to monitor a fully hemispheric area. The camera processor outputs two undistorted, high-resolution 180-degree panoramic video feeds. The current resolution is 3.1 megapixels, which is set to be increased to 6 megapixels in the future. With the installed cameras, the entire elephant corridor can be monitored seamlessly. All it takes is three cameras to simultaneously show all twelve viewing angles on-screen. Each of the cameras features one day and one night sensor covering the same physical area. The cameras automatically select the best camera module to suit the light level, and similarly, the software automatically uses the most suitable exposure settings. The semi-circular elephant corridor only needed three of MOBOTIX’s FlexMount cameras All of the cameras feature highly specialised video sensors for both day and night mode. In the rare event that panning and zooming is needed, this is performed electronically within the video feed. Thanks to the high megapixel resolution, this is usually possible without requiring any degrading interpolation. The zookeepers are thus provided with detail views and other image sections without any mechanical movement of the lens, i.e., the sensor, and therefore without any wear and tear. Because there are no movements, there is no need for a motor, which means there is no risk of mechanical failure and no need for costly maintenance. Before entering the elephant corridor, the keepers can always tell if there are any elephants inside the connecting corridor. This information is provided via a laterally-mounted, fully dustproof MxDisplay. The same applies for the elephant house’s indoor run. Here, a number of FlexMount and AllroundDual cameras are installed as well. These provide the zoo with a full view of the indoor run right up to the visitor platform, all on the same screen. Mobotix AllroundDual cameras As well as the high-up AllroundDual cameras, the outside area also features a number of FlexMount cameras. Thanks to their very small image sensors and up to two meters of distance to connect to the separately-housed camera processor, these could be positioned very discreetly. This is of crucial importance in an elephant enclosure. With other systems, the cameras would have to be installed well outside of the elephant trunks’ reach, which usually means a height of at least six meters. “Elephants are very inquisitive, and they like to inspect things thoroughly. An elephant’s trunk can weigh up to 200 kilograms, which means the cameras need to be installed in a way that they won’t be damaged by a strong slap,” says Jasper Jasperson. “With this system, the video image sensors were integrated very inconspicuously into our molded rock surfaces. We can now record footage at a comparatively low elevation of just three meters above the ground. For the first time, we can view the elephants ‘eye to eye.’ At the same time, being closer to the ground gives us a more faithful perspective on objects in the distance.” In designing the cable layout, Encom also paid attention to the zoo’s special requirements, with top priority given to failsafe operation Priority to failsafe operation In designing the cable layout, Encom also paid attention to the zoo’s special requirements, with top priority given to failsafe operation. Because of this, the number of active devices in the field was reduced to the barest minimum. Optical fibre is only used where absolutely necessary, i.e., where extreme distances need to be covered; this isn’t only for cost reasons but also to keep down maintenance. Ultimately, only two optical fibre cables were needed, both of which are used outside to connect to the watering spots 400 and 500 meters away. All of the other camera locations are connected using direct wide-range copper cables. These cables also supply the MOBOTIX cameras with power (three to five watts). According to the specifications of the originally proposed system, each camera was going to consume 55 watts – that’s more than ten times the amount of power. Even when there is a power failure, the MOBOTIX cameras continue to be supplied from a UPS, ensuring the security feed is never interrupted. A single 360-degree camera provides a fixed view of the entire outside area of the elephant compound, offering a panorama over 5,500 square meters. This main view is supplemented by further 90-degree cameras for a separate lower section. This way, the keepers can always see where each animal is currently located. As well as for safety and security, Opel Zoo also uses its cameras to research animal behaviour. In order to minimise intrusive external factors while still providing around-the-clock visual data of the animals, Encom Consulting again recommended the use of hemispheric MOBOTIX cameras. These make it possible to see exactly how the elephants traverse the compound, which routes they take and when they interact. With its special lens, the FlexMount camera provides a full view of almost the entire area, recording uninterrupted footage over many months. Thanks to the hemispheric system, this is possible using just a single camera – with the originally planned pan/tilt cameras, six to eight individual cameras plus ongoing manual repositioning would have been necessary. For each camera not installed, Opel Zoo is saving four-digit amounts in acquisition, cable, and maintenance costs; this adds up to a substantial difference. Having fewer cameras also means there are less feeds to take up screen space, and resultantly, the remaining camera feeds can be displayed at a much bigger size. In a similar vein, the FlexMount also offers another important advantage: With a multi-camera system, the animals constantly move from one viewing area to the next, whereas with a single hemispheric panorama camera, they remain within the one 360-degree view. They never disappear from the video feed, nor do they double up in overlapping viewing areas. And when the sun is low, all the animals remain fully visible despite the strong backlight. This is only possible because the MOBOTIX camera – in contrast to other designs – does not use an iris. The widescreen panoramic image provides roughly twice the resolution of a standard video image The patented MOBOTIX high-tech image processing algorithms inside the camera calculate and correct the complex pixel array, eliminating the need for an iris and its inherent susceptibility to backlight. The widescreen panoramic image has the same number of lines as a standard video image but provides roughly twice the resolution. The camera-integrated motion analysis software makes it possible to trigger recording in response to predefined events – such as an elephant entering or exiting an area. This greatly speeds up research later on, saving the zoo both employee time and data storage space. “The free-of-charge MOBOTIX software is so easy to use that our team could start analysing the images almost immediately, producing valuable findings for our daily interactions with the animals, as well as supplying great image material for documenting the animals,” says Uwe Böhme, administration manager at Opel Zoo. Researching the behaviour of the Rothschild Giraffes Another set of cameras is installed in the zoo’s enclosure of Rothschild giraffes. In this instance, the focus is less on security and safety than on research, such as the projects being conducted by the Opel Zoo-sponsored Chair in Zoology at Frankfurt’s Goethe University. Endowed Professor Paul Dierkes and his team are making excellent use of modern image-gathering methods in their research, which is focused on the animals’ wellbeing and relies on unobtrusive research equipment. In this enclosure, six FlexMount S15 and AllroundDual M15 cameras are in use. Both of these models have a resolution of five megapixels. Thanks to the sensors used in these cameras, the zoo’s research team can benefit from outstanding light sensitivity. Additionally, the sensor technology offers a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second, as well as extreme zooming. Not only does this produce sharper images, it also allows for the cameras to be positioned further away from the areas to be monitored. Accordingly, it was possible to install the cameras well out of the giraffes’ sight. The M15 is a day-and-night camera; depending on the configuration, both day and night recordings can be made simultaneously, which is particularly valuable in poor lighting conditions or in complete darkness. Encom is also testing specially-designed animal camouflage housings with optical shutters – despite fully blending in, they still output a high-quality colour image. This is making it possible to capture footage that was previously either impossible to get or would have required a lot more effort. Thanks to the sensors used in these cameras, the zoo’s research team can benefit from outstanding light sensitivity Mobotix cameras with thermal sensors For testing purposes, the newly-developed MOBOTIX cameras with thermal sensors are being deployed in both the elephant and giraffe enclosures. With the thermal sensors, the animals’ body heat can be traced visually. The cameras can therefore detect movements from distances of up to 400 meters very precisely, even under challenging lighting and weather conditions. The future of thermographic cameras in animal research looks very promising. For example, they can be used to display images of animals living in caves or nesting without intruding on them at all. There are also interesting possibilities in the area of preventive veterinarian diagnoses. Cost effective with enhanced safety As well as the animal enclosures, the zoo shop and ticketing area are also being secured using MOBOTIX cameras. “We’re very happy with our camera systems, particularly with how Encom managed to adapt the complex camera programming to our needs. The same applies to the excellent MOBOTIX cameras, which are wonderfully sturdy,” says Uwe Böhme. As well as the increased safety and security provided by the new camera concept, the zoo also benefits from having significantly fewer power cables than originally planned for, and power consumption has been reduced to a mere tenth. Similarly, the risk of cameras failing has also been reduced by a factor of ten. “Compared to our original pan/tilt camera concept, we’ve now got a better set of features and still managed to save around 30 percent on hardware and software,” says Böhme. “That doesn’t even include follow-up costs, such as the maintenance that would have been needed over the years; with the MOBOTIX cameras, this isn’t needed at all. We’ve already started planning for further camera systems around the zoo.” One of the next projects is to test further motion analyses for the colour-based display of animal routes through their compounds.
MOBOTIX helps to resolve disruptions quickly and keep device downtimes as short as possible. Fast, punctual deliveries are the key to success in logistics, and successful deliveries require an efficient storage system. For example, storage and retrieval systems arrange Euro-pallets in fully automatic high-bay warehouses. If these systems stop running, this results in major economic losses for the company. That’s why Kardex Mlog, one of the leading suppliers of integrated material flow systems and high-bay warehouses, equips its storage and retrieval systems with MOBOTIX S15D cameras as standard in order to keep downtimes to a minimum. As a result, customers are able to reduce downtimes by up to 30 percent and benefit from the economic advantage as well as an increased level of safety for their employees. Kardex Mlog has over 40 years of experience in planning, development and maintenance of fully automated logistics solutions for storing pallets, small parts, long goods and stage constructions. The general company offers comprehensive service, including full technical support. Failure-free operation of the system is always a priority. At the heart of these systems are the storage and retrieval systems. Successful overall performance demands that this equipment be both reliable and dynamic. The company has relied on MOBOTIX video systems for several years now. These systems help to resolve disruptions quickly and keep device downtimes as short as possible. Cost savings due to full view Kardex Mlog works closely with IBC Raif GmbH to install the cameras on the devices. The IT and automation service provider is a specialist in consultation, planning, installation, operation, training, and services for security systems. “We have been distributing MOBOTIX video systems for several years and are thoroughly impressed with the solutions,” explains Norbert E. Raif, Managing Director at IBC Raif GmbH. Kardex Mlog especially appreciates that the video systems can be ideally adapted to pre-existing IT infrastructures and that the systems do not require any additional cables or programs. The storage and retrieval systems are like unmanned forklifts that run on tracks through rack aisles up to 100 meters in length and 40 meters in height. They use telescopic arms to transport Euro-pallets and place them at the designated place on the shelf. To do so, they extend the telescopic rod of the telescopic fork fully automatically. Once the pallet is correctly positioned, the storage and retrieval system heads for the target shelf and unloads the pallet. “An S15D with a lens on the left and the right is mounted on every storage and retrieval system,” explains Raif. Mobotix S15D installation "Time is money with logistics and if the warehouse comes to a standstill this results in high costs for the company" “The S15D cameras allow the operators in the high-bay warehouses to clearly see whether anything is hanging over the side of the pallets that could potentially lead to machine downtime,” explains the technical director of Kardex Mlog. “That is also the main reason why we implement cameras on the storage and retrieval systems in the first place. Time is money with logistics and if the warehouse comes to a standstill this results in high costs for the company. The downtimes for the storage and retrieval systems therefore need to be as short as possible.” Furthermore, it is not necessary to perform complex and dangerous on-site analyses in high-bay warehouses thanks to real-time monitoring. Employees no longer have to climb to heights of up to 40 meters in order to see what stopped the system. Troubleshooting for greater efficiency The MOBOTIX video systems also record events before a disruption, allowing an extensive error analysis to take place. “The last four minutes are always permanently saved before a disruptive event,” explains the technical director of Kardex Mlog. “The camera automatically overwrites the previously stored image sequences during undisrupted operation.” The video images make it possible to process faults quickly and accurately, often without a service technician having to inspect the affected rack aisle with the systems switched off. If it is necessary to correct the fault on-site, the video images can be used to determine how many employees are needed and what protective and auxiliary equipment or tools and replacement parts are required. In the decentralised MOBOTIX concept, every camera serves as a high-performance computer. Data and image processing as well as coding is carried out in the camera itself. The PC or video control centre now serves purely for viewing and controlling the cameras, but not for analysis and recording. The user therefore does not require expensive, overloaded video management software. Hemispheric technology saves costs Kardex Mlog previously used M1, M10 and later the M22 and M24 cameras from MOBOTIX to ensure a clear view of the palettes Kardex Mlog previously used M1, M10 and later the M22 and M24 cameras from MOBOTIX to ensure a clear view of the palettes. These only had one lens each, meaning that two cameras were installed on each storage and retrieval system. The double hemispheric S15D cameras have been in use since autumn 2013. This model features two miniature lens units and allows for a huge range of even more flexible application scenarios. The hemispheric lenses are linked to the main housing via a connection cable and are attached onto the storage and retrieval system in a way that makes it possible to see what is happening around the palette from a bird’s-eye view. They also offer two distortion-corrected, high-resolution 180° panoramic images, each with 3.1 megapixels. “The hemispheric technology gives us a 360° all-round view without any blind spots and now all we have left to do is install one more camera,” explains the technical director of Kardex Mlog. The dual camera also offers another important advantage: With a multi-camera system, objects constantly move from one viewing area to the next, but with a hemispheric panoramic camera, they never disappear from the video feed, nor do they double up in overlapping viewing areas. Enhanced visibility If a disruptive event occurs, the storage and retrieval systems will automatically come to a standstill. The installed video systems now also give the warehouse operators the option to analyse the cause of the disruption using the recording and quickly implement specific troubleshooting measures. In order for the warehouse workers to obtain a clear video image, even in the dark high-bay warehouse, Kardex Mlog developed a solution concept together with IBC Raif GmbH. Small halogen spots have been installed on the left and right of the storage and retrieval systems. These LEDs switch on automatically during loading and unloading. "We identified how long the downtimes were before usingthe current Kardex Mlog withthe camera and comparedthem with the current state" “There is also the option of installing black and white lenses, which deliver a significantly better image in the dark. However, these are not used in many warehouses because it needs to be possible to precisely identify the colour of the product stored there. Therefore, colour lenses are generally used together with halogen spots,” explains Raif. One size fits all “In my opinion, the system is unrivalled on the market. The robust, fibre-reinforced housing, the broad range of operating temperatures, from -30 to 60° Celsius (-22°F to +140°F) without ventilation and heating and the fact that there are no mechanical moving parts ensure the high reliability of MOBOTIX cameras in all environmental conditions.” This also plays an important role in fully-automated high-bay warehouses. The containers may need to be stored at a cool temperature depending on the industry in question, for example, in a pharmaceutical company or a food company. The installed systems and devices also need to be temperature-resistant. 30% reduction in downtime “We identified how long the downtimes were before using the current Kardex Mlog with the camera and compared them with the current state. The figures are impressive: The downtimes have reduced on average by 25 to 30 percent since the camera system has been installed,” summarises Norbert E. Raif. “The warehouse operators save several thousand euros by using MOBOTIX video systems for the storage and retrieval systems.” Interested parties can view what this kind of system looks like at a demonstration stand at the Kardex Mlog headquarters in Neuenstadt, Germany. S15D cameras from MOBOTIX are also in use here. This way, customers can experience firsthand how they are installed and view the kinds of images they deliver.
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