IP cameras Comparison: FLIR Systems, D-Link  (4)

 
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24 V AC, 24 V DC
100 ~ 240 V AC
5 V DC / PoE
100 ~ 240 V AC
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76
1.25
4.3
5.01
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PAL
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15 fps
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D-link Protecting motorcycles from theft
D-link Protecting motorcycles from theft

Background Mission Motorcycles under constant threat of robbery Mission Motorcycles was founded in the 1950s and today is one of the UK’s leading motorcycle dealerships. The problem it faced, however, is that its storefront filled with top-of-the-range motorbikes is a temptation that many thieves just can’t resist. Over the last three years the company has endured three break-ins, the last of which involved five motorbikes valued at least £5,000 each being stolen. In addition, the shop was badly damaged by the determined thieves who were able to enter the dealership despite the fully gated system and CCTV camera surveillance system. Challenge CCTV system of limited benefit Unfortunately, the company’s previous surveillance system was of limited benefit in addressing this situation because it relied on the person locking up to put in a new tape each night, which was often forgotten. It was also expensive to maintain and the storage of all the tapes and equipment took up valuable space inside the store. Furthermore, the quality of the footage was so low that the police refused to use the tapes as they weren’t good enough to be able to identify suspects. The continual burglaries and repairs to the damage of doors, frames and windows sustained during breaking and entering started to have a large impact on the company’s profits. Furthermore, the company was reluctant to make insurance claims on the bikes stolen and property damage because it would only drive its premiums higher. As a result, Mission Motorcycles needed a straightforward CCTV system to help it deter would-be thieves and reliably capture footage to help police make arrests. “Motorbikes attract a lot of attention - both good and bad,” said Mark Gale, Managing Director, Mission Motorcycles. “Unfortunately, this attention makes our shop like an irresistible candy store for criminals. Our previous CCTV system just wasn’t up to scratch because it relied too heavily on us remembering to put a new tape in after a long day at work. We needed a solution which was reliable, cost-effective and that would just work without us having to be so involved.” “Our company is about motorbikes, not technology, so we were pleased that the solution is simple and easy to use.” Solution IP Surveillance ensures recording footage is straightforward The company looked at several different systems and chose a D-Link video IP Surveillance system. D-Link specified a DCS-7510 Day and Night Outdoor IP Camera and five DCS-6111 Day and Night Indoor Dome IP Cameras. These are powered via a D-Link DGS-1224P Power over Ethernet Switch and footage is recorded to D-Link’s DNS-722-4 2-bay Network Video Recorder. It chose the solution not only because it was the most user-friendly and recording footage was straightforward, but also because it would be easy to scale if the company expands. The seven cameras are spread out around the premises, with two cameras in each of the two showrooms, one where spare parts are stored, one in the clothing section of the shop as well as one outside. “Our company is about motorbikes, not technology, so we were pleased that the solution is simple and easy to use,” continued Gale.“Unlike the previous system, it is cost effective to maintain and practically runs itself. It contains masses of Miission motorcycles has realised several benefits from the new solution memory so we don’t have to worry about tapes running out. And crucially, we no longer need to remember to put a new tape in each night and we can use the space taken up by storing the old tapes to expand the shop.” Benefits Surveillance system acts as deterrent and provides useable evidence Mission Motorcycles has realised several benefits from the new solution. First and foremost the system acts as a deterrent for would-be criminals and Mission Motorcycles has ensured that signs everywhere make the public aware of the surveillance system. Secondly, it has saved a significant amount of time and effort because staff no longer need to spend time running and maintaining surveillance because the cameras are always on and accessible anywhere. Importantly, the new system doesn’t require tapes, so staff no longer need to remember to change or replace them in order for the system to work. In addition, the footage recorded is crystal clear and the police will be able to use it to apprehend suspects should another burglary occur. The footage can also be viewed remotely, such as on an iPhone, which means that staff can see what is going on at the shop no matter where they are. This is crucial for Mark Gale, who often tours the country looking for bikes, as it provides peace of mind that things are running smoothly even when he can’t be there in person. The cameras also allow staff to see each other at their desks which makes it easier when trying to put calls through and they can see whether customers have come into the two showrooms and require service. The new system also has the potential to help the company reduce its insurance premiums as it won’t need to make claims for building damage and loss of stock from burglaries. Furthermore, the company can now use the new network that has been installed for other purposes. “We have been very pleased with the new D-Link solution as it gives us peace of mind that we are always recording clear footage that can be used by the police in case we are robbed,” said Gale. “We no longer get home and worry about whether we replaced or changed a tape before locking up for the night as the new system has loads of memory so it can continually record without relying on staff.“  

Grand Canyon Skywalk secures spectacular tourist attraction via satellite connection with D-Link® IP Surveillance Solution
Grand Canyon Skywalk secures spectacular tourist attraction via satellite connection with D-Link® IP Surveillance Solution

The challenge The Grand Canyon Skywalk needed a video surveillance solution to monitor visitors and retail operations at their Grand Canyon glass walkway. The location includes retail shops, gift shops, a photo department and ticketing facilities. The site would need to be monitored remotely from their operations center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is approximately 260 miles away. The Las Vegas site would also require new cameras to monitor their data center. “We had an analog CCTV [closed circuit television] system in place previously at the Las Vegas site,” said Lano Mann, IT Consultant of Grand Canyon Skywalk. “But we needed more cameras, better coverage, and better picture quality for both the tourist location and our operations center. We could get by with the analog cameras, but their capabilities were limited, and it would have been very expensive to put in new cameras. And the quality wasn’t that good anyway.” The remote nature of the installation at the Grand Canyon required a satellite Internet connection for monitoring via Las Vegas. This particular scenario would present some unique challenges for the Skywalk team. Since satellite has a built-in delay, it would be difficult to synchronize sound and video images, and their operating system (Windows Vista) would present transmission issues due to an account control security feature.   The Grand Canyon Skywalk IT team decided that IP cameras with Power over Ethernet (PoE) would achieve our objectives and fit their budget. The solution  The Skywalk team looked at some cameras from a D-Link® competitor but quickly dismissed the option because they lacked PoE capabilities. With PoE, you can place cameras anywhere you like, as long as you have access to Ethernet wiring. This eliminates the need for power outlets near the cameras. DBN One Computer Consultants, a D-Link VAR, recommended D-Link DCS-1110 cameras to Lano’s team. The VAR previously installed these cameras at Las Vegas’ McCarran airport, and reported excellent results. Lano initially ordered 8 DCS-1110’s for a trial at their Las Vegas location. The trial went well, so they ordered another 18 DCS-1110 cameras for the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas sites. “PoE made it really easy to mount the cameras exactly where we needed them,” said Mann. “It’s much more practical. They’re so light weight, you can put them anywhere. The image quality is excellent, as well, and digital storage works out great for us.” They capture 22 days of video then reuse the storage space. “It’s also easy to drop in another camera quickly as our needs change.” The initial installation was simple. The cameras connect to a D-Link DES-1228P switch at the Skywalk site. At the tour office, the DES-1008PA PoE switch was used. And at the Skywalk office, the DES-3010PA PoE managed switch was used. The Skywalk team ran into some problems with the satellite Internet connection. When viewing the Grand Canyon camera feeds from Las Vegas, the monitoring screens were blank. With the help of D-Link technical support, the Skywalk team finally got everything figured out. The D-Link IP surveillance solution helps the Grand Canyon Skywalk monitor and review incidents with ease, clarity and accuracy  “Turning off the user account control was the key,” said Mann. “We were stuck, but then D-Link tech support came up with the idea of turning off the account control. It worked. Once we shut that down, the problem was solved.” The successful installation at the Grand Canyon site convinced them to purchase another 7 cameras for installation at the Las Vegas location. They bought the same model, DCS-1110, to monitor warehouse facilities, the data center and the tour company’s facilities. The D-Link IP surveillance solution helps the Grand Canyon Skywalk monitor and review incidents with ease, clarity and accuracy. “We can go back and review the recordings to clear up claims, for example,” said Lano. “One time a customer dropped their camera and claimed that we were responsible for it breaking. We reviewed the video and showed her that she dropped it accidentally. That cleared up any disagreement.” The presence of cameras, which are in plain sight, prevents incidents, as well. The Skywalk also uses the cameras to count visitors coming through the facility.

Treviglio Hospital Trust: Taking care of compliance
Treviglio Hospital Trust: Taking care of compliance

Background – ensuring that hospitals are safeThe Treviglio Hospital Trust was formed in January 1998 and comprises four hospitals in Lombardy, Italy: the Treviglio-Caravaggio hospital in Treviglio, the ‘S.S. Trinità’ hospital in Romano, the ‘F.M. Passi’ hospital in Calcinate and the ‘Ospedale Civile’ in San Giovanni Bianco (BG). In addition to these hospitals, all of which have an inpatient department, there are seven outpatient units that provide health care in the province of Bergamo and also in the neighbouring provinces of Milan, Cremona and Brescia. The Treviglio Hospital Trust also includes two psychiatric units and five neuro-psychiatric units for children, which have approximately 900 beds.Challenge – balancing security and complianceThe trust was faced with the challenge of how to guarantee the safety of its patients, dependant and visitors, and protect its hospitals against theft and vandalism, whilst also complying with new Italian privacy regulations that strictly control the use of video images of sick people.The latest regulations stipulate that images of ill people in hospitals and care centres must not be broadcast and, where it is necessary to monitor patients constantly (for example, during resuscitation), locally connected monitors must not be accessible to the public. They also dictate there must be signs indicating the presence of video cameras in all areas covered by closed circuit television, and they define the maximum period of time for keeping recordings.Solution – IP Surveillance is the remedyThe D-Link IP Surveillance solution adopted by the Lombardy Hospital Trust comprises more than 130 IP video cameras for internal and external use (DCS-3110) and anti-intrusion systems, which are managed entirely by a single control post; more than 40 PoE (Power over Ethernet) Switches, 24 ports + 2 Gigabit uplink ports (DES-1228P) that supply and centralise the management of the video cameras; and approximately 40 Network Video Recorders (NVR) (DNS-726-4) used to archive images and videos temporarily.D-Link DES-1228P Smart Switches are integrated into the hospital’s IP video surveillance system. In addition to managing network access, increasing safety and providing Ethernet connectivity, they supply D-Link DCS-3110 video cameras using PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology. The IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet standard permits the supply of connected devices via a network cable, thereby reducing the network cable and the number of power sockets.D-Link DNS-726-4 NVRs (Network Video Recorders) are installed into the hospital’s video surveillance system and replace the corresponding DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to enable images and films to be recorded using cameras in continuous mode, either on a scheduled or by event basis using Motion Detection.The capacity of D-Link DNS-726-4 hard disks provides maximum flexibility for the duration of video recording, with the possibility of more than 30 days continuous recording. Using a Gigabit Ethernet port, the NVR enables inter-connection with the LAN network, providing authorised users with remote access and an automatic connection to the monitor control room. Access to the NVR is password-protected and it is possible to create different access profiles for users. The layout of remote NVR sites enables local video surveillance monitoring which reduces the impact on the network’s geographical support structure. This also creates more remotely connected control points through the existing network, which are linked to a centralised control point. D-Link's DCS-3110 tele-cameras use 'progressive scanning' technology which ensures a clear capture Benefits – looking out for patients and regulationThe IP networked tele-cameras use ‘progressive scanning’ technology, which ensures a clear capture, even of moving objects. They use mega-pixel resolution which guarantees more detailed images and greater coverage; they provide images/film in digital format which significantly reduces the amount of space required for archiving old video tapes and also means that images can be viewed remotely, even via a mobile phone or 3G device. An anti-intrusion system applied to hospital corridors integrates effortlessly into the IP video surveillance system, and fits easily into digital exit points with a direct connection to the video cameras. As a result and thanks to its extreme flexibility and modularity, this IP Surveillance solution enabled easy implementation and made it possible to get the maximum potential from the existing infrastructures, while minimising management, maintenance and integration costs.The new solution comprises ten structures spread throughout the sites and a ‘control room’, which is linked to the Management Centre. It enables managers to maintain compliance with privacy regulations by restricting access to monitored areas, monitoring corridors, setting user rights for accessing files and recordings, screening external connections and enabling the safe recording of data.