Dahua launches multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera
Dahua launches multi-lens 180-degree panoramic network IR bullet camera

Dahua Technology, manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, has introduced its Multi-lens 180-degree Panoramic Network IR Bullet Camera. Dahua Multi-lens 180-degree Panoramic Network IR Bullet Camera IPC-PFW8601-A180 provides added flexibility for capturing wide area video surveillance. With real-time image splicing technology, the camera has three 2MP sensors working in tandem to create a comprehensive 180-degree view. This camera replaces multiple single-sensor cameras to lower cost of installation, storage and maintenance. Adjustments can be made to each sensor on contrast and brightness to achieve crystal-clear panorama view. The multi-lens camera supports day/night mechanical IR cut filter and true WDR (120dB) which make it ideal for applications in fluctuating lighting conditions. In addition, this camera deploys Dahua Starlight Technology to deliver usable video with minimal ambient light. Video analytics feature The camera is equipped with a built-in intelligent video analytics algorithm, which can realise functions like Tripwire, Intrusion, Abandoned object, Missing object, to quickly and accurately respond to events in specific area. At the same time, the camera features face detection and intelligent tamper detection, which means more efficient security surveillance. The camera has smart IR technology which can adjust the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object. Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera. With an operating ambient temperature range of -40 °C to +60 °C, IP67 and IK10 rating, this camera suits almost any outdoor applications including open and expansive areas like borders, coastlines, highway, square and stadium.

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Dahua introduces smart thermal network camera series
Dahua introduces smart thermal network camera series

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, introduces the smart thermal camera series to provide superior image quality and advanced features for perimeter security, electrical industry security and manufacturer security applications. The camera series is designed to find heat sources, and is able to offer highly detailed images and an extensive feature set. Dahua’s new smart thermal network camera family includes the thermal hybrid PTZ camera, hybrid speed dome camera, thermal bullet camera and thermal dome camera, all equipped with a variety of smart functions. The smart thermal cameras adopted top-notch sensor is capable of detecting tiny differences in temperature. This camera series can achieve higher detection accuracy and is able to function in complete darkness and adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, the cameras combine intelligence, efficiency and high performance through such features as smart detection, smart analysing, smart perception, smart tracking and smart control. The smart thermal network cameras can precisely determine object temperature and temperature distribution, even on small and fast moving objects. These cameras are excellent for detecting water leaks behind walls, a person hidden in the bushes at night, or identifying passengers with a fever passing through a checkpoint. Dahua’s thermal hybrid network PTZ camera is a professional combination of a visual camera with integrated max 40x optical zoom lens and a thermal camera, perfectly synchronised in pan and tilt movements. The network camera can capture full scale images without the need to step back or frame the shot. The thermal camera is useful for night-vision missions or precise thermographic surveys. The special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view. It can deliver several independent H.264 streams for different quality needs and bandwidth constraints simultaneously. Dahua also provides software and accessories, including smart PSS, NVR and DMSS that can work together to meet the individual requirements of the transportation industry, energy industry, border and coastal surveillance etc., and other special applications. Dahua smart thermal network camera family Thermal Hybrid PTZ Camera PT8320/8620 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 35/60/100mm Visible camera support 40X optical zoom Support IVS      IP66-rated       Thermal Hybrid Dome Camera SD8320/8620 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256        Lens optional: 25/35/50mm    Visible camera support 30X optical zoom      Support IVS    IP66-rated                   Thermal Bullet Camera BF5300/5600 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 7/13/19/35mm Tri-mode output: IP/HDCVI/Analogue Support IVS    IP67-rated       Thermal Dome Camera SD5300/SD5600 (-T) Thermal resolution: 640*512 or 336*256 Lens optional: 13/19mm Tri-mode output: IP/HDCVI/Analogue Support IVS      IP66-rated        

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Dahua adds 3.0-Megapixel Network Camera to Eco-Savvy Series
Dahua adds 3.0-Megapixel Network Camera to Eco-Savvy Series

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China recently introduced Eco-Savvy 3- Megapixel 5000-series network cameras, including domes (IPC-HDB(W)5302-DI/5300-DI) and IR-bullets (IPC-HFW5302C/5300c) as a complementary to its Eco-Savvy family, featuring power efficiency, better bitrate, ultra-low-lux with enhanced installation details. The new network camera series features 3-Megapixel CMOS and supports up to max 20fps@3Mp and 25/30fps@1080P encoding. Other regular functions such as DWDR, 3DNR, true Day/Night are all supported. More details have been taken into account during design for a better surveillance effect. Taking IR bullet for example, with new-arrayed IR LEDs circle, the camera is able to provide longer IR distance and wider coverage for a better night visual effect; and its dual-loop cover glass well separates lens and IR LEDs, which successfully avoids reflection on lens to ensure a clear and transparent image quality.  The new 3.0-Mp network camera series simplifies installation as well. The SD card slot of IR bullet has been relocated, one can easily insert it into camera by opening cover glass instead of unscrewing the back cover, which brings greater convenience and ease during installation and maintenance. As for domes, both in-ceiling and ceiling models are available depending on application demand, and the dome cover is made of dust-free smoke glass, sparing worry for installation locations where haze or dust are regular.  "Eco-Savvy series has been a hit, and we want to further refine this product line to make it more competitive and easy to use,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager of Network Camera at Dahua Technology. “This time, we put more efforts on improving details to further level up user’s experience. How to make sure our cameras installation and better deliver the performance through our mechanism design are our directions.”  

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Dahua's latest trends in video surveillance solutions
Dahua's latest trends in video surveillance solutions

Dahua are more than just monitors…their non-proprietary capabilities provide integration with multi-brands for enhanced flexibility, while offering airtight video data security. Dahua’s cutting-edge solutions apply to common business challenges. Unique solutions, Your way More connections. More value. More freedom of choice. Experience the Dahua Difference! Dahua’s ‘network cameras’ have been adopted by more than 65 VMS partners, allowing them to integrate Dahua cameras with their own software for complete customised solutions. Dahua adheres to ONVIF Profile S for IP-based video systems…so the options are endless.   Experts in the world of business With the understanding that each business has unique security needs, Dahua Technology has adapted video surveillance solutions to meet the requirements of multiple industries. Dahua products and services are being applied to video surveillance for retail stores, gaming facilities, mobile use and parking structures.  Next-generation solutions for today’s needs Introducing HDCVI 3.0 – Now in 4-Megapixel! Dahua’s HDCVI recorders and cameras offer powerful network performance with a robust feature set, including high image quality, real-time recording, easy plug-and-play installation, extra IP channels, and more. They embrace not just CVI, analogue and IP, but also AHD and TVI.   Get up-close and avoid the blind spots – Fisheye and PTZ cameras can provide a large field of view, offer built-in motion tracking, plus powerful zoom and auto focus. They’re simple to install, are tamper-resistant and offer high quality images. Video Conferencing: Be two places at once – Can we talk? More businesses are adopting video conferencing to bridge geographic gaps and save money, and Dahua Technology has the solutions to facilitate face-to-face interactions. The next best thing to being there, whether it be for presentations or sales meetings, Dahua Technology’s complete video conference system will help you reinforce relationships, increase productivity and give you an advantage over the competition.  Machine Vision: The camera of the future is here – If you’re looking for the coolest new trend in video surveillance technology, Dahua have it! Dahua Technology's Machine Vision concept camera is a high speed, high capacity solution that replaces the human eye. Machine Vision has the ability to read RPM of seven ROM per second to monitor motor-driven machinery.

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Dahua introduces Starlight Series network cameras
Dahua introduces Starlight Series network cameras

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China brings new levels of security to transportation, retail and parking management with the introduction of the Starlight Network Series Cameras.  Outstanding performance As the name implies, starlight series camera is an ideal device for low light condition monitoring with its 0.005Lux/ F1.65 (Color) of light- illumination. The camera features 2-megapixel, 1/1.9”progressives can CMOS image sensor for capturing full colour images, as well as supports up to maximum 50/60fps@1080P encoding. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) features 120dB and offers high performance in extremely bright, dark areas or in backlight. Moreover, Dahua in-house Smart Scene Adaptive (SSA) supports automatic switchover between different scenes, enabling users to experience the cameras’ excellent low light performance. To speak of PTZ Dome Camera, the IR distance of DH-SD6AL230F-HNI is up to 500 meters and its IP67 provides more high-level of water- and dust-proof capabilities. Smart features Starlight series camera not only shows excellent performance in difficult lighting conditions but also features a wide range of smart detections such as tamper detection, smart video detection and intelligent analysis. Tamper detection can be subdivided into video mask detection, defocus detection and scene change detection. Smart video detection includes tripwire detection and intrusion detection. Its image analysis function provides an integrated and simple way to perform analysis on the images. Furthermore, the starlight cameras support people counting and heat map. Heat maps enable users to identify the hot spots and dead areas in the low light. As for PTZ Dome Camera, it supports automatic tracking which can be activated manually or by scheduling. Smart detections give users the confidence to securely protect their property day & night. Dahua Starlight series camera can go perfectly with multi-brand NVRs via ONVIF Profile S. Meanwhile with Dahua super 4K NVR, NVR608-128-4K, it offers max 18-channel IP cameras inputs and its incoming bandwidth is up to 384Mbps. And it supports 12 megapixel resolution preview and playback. Dahua Starlight series features a cost-effective, flexible and future-proof solution for poor low lighting conditions. For more information on the Starlight cameras, please stop by the Dahua booth at MIPS #A315 and ISC West #13062. Recommended models: DH-IPC-HF8281E—2MP Starlight Ultra-smart Network Camera DH-IPC-HFW8281E-Z—2Mp Starlight Ultra-smart Network Camera (supports motorized lens) DH-IPC-HDB(W)8281-Z—2Mp Starlight Ultra-smart Network (IR) Dome Camera (supports motorized lens) DH-SD6AE230F-HNI—2Mp Full HD 30x Starlight Network IR PTZ Dome Camera DH-SD6AL230F-HNI—2Mp Full HD 30x Starlight Network Laser IR PTZ Dome Camera

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Dahua next generation HDCVI 3.0 product range
Dahua next generation HDCVI 3.0 product range

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of video surveillance products, has announced the release of HDCVI 3.0, its next-generation analogue-to-HD video surveillance solution. HDCVI, also known as high definition composite video interface technology, is technology developed and introduced by Dahua in November 2012 to address an industry need. Since then it has become a standard for HD-over-coaxial-cable video transmission that allows reliable, cost-effective long-distance HD transmission, offering powerful performance and functionality.Dahua HDCVI3.0 technology includes full compatibility with a wide range of industry platforms and technologies, higher video resolutions such as ultra HD and 4K, as well as intelligent functions equal to those in IP systems.“The worldwide adoption of Dahua HDCVI technology is testament to its ability to address an industry need,” said Liquan Fu, President of Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. “With nearly two hundred million analogue security surveillance systems deployed globally, HDCVI 3.0 is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the security industry for the years to come.”Full compatibility Dahua HDCVI 3.0 effortlessly integrates with five popular industry platforms - HDCVI, AHD, TVI, IP and analogue - and can accept input from IP systems. DVRs equipped with HDCVI3.0 technology can act as an access point to integrate with external passive infrared sensors, smoke detectors and other type of sensors, to further provide comprehensive security services.Ultra HD Dahua HDCVI3.0delivers a true end-to-end ultra HD experience to existing coaxial systems. It is the first technology that realizes 4-megapixel resolution over coaxial cabling. Meanwhile, it also offers Dahua Starlight night vision technology that includes2-megapixel resolution at 0.008 lux illumination and 120dB WDR. Additionally, it features H.265 compression standard that allows the system to save up to 50% bandwidth.Intelligence Dahua HDCVI3.0 features rich intelligence including facial recognition, people counting, heat map, smart tracking, and smart scene adaption. Other basic smart features include intrusion, virtual tripwire, missing object, abandoned object and scene change. Defogging and a voltage overload alarm are also included.Simplicity HDCVI 3.0 systems offer the same simplicity and ease of installation as analogue systems of the past, as the cameras can be plugged into the DVRs using coaxial cable. HDCVI 3.0 systems are low-cost and easy-to-build. Video travels long distances with no delays/latency and power can be directly supplied over coaxial cable.Another advantage of HDCVI 3.0 is the transmission distance compared to other analogue systems. When transmitting general media, the signal can be extended as far as 1,200 metres by using 75-5 cable, with a low signal distortion rate.HDCVI 3.0 not only offers high definition across long distances, but also features no-latency capability for outstanding real-time performance, because there is no compression processing required to maintain its original effect, resulting in vivid image quality.

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Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified
Dahua 6-megapixel 360° panomorph Mini-Dome now ImmerVision Enables certified

Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., a world-leading video surveillance solution provider headquartered in Hangzhou, China, just announced that its IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera is now ImmerVision Enables certified. Dahua’s IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera, now ImmerVision Enables certified, is capable of delivering 360-degree Video Standard, giving it the ability to instantly capture and navigate within high resolution 360-degree panomorph images. Dahua’s latest mini-dome now offers 6 megapixels of resolution and a built in 360-degree panomorph lens enabling 360-degree panoramic surveillance. This technology provides immersive views without blind spots and increases resolution of distant objects compared to other comparable camera models. The IPC-EBW8600 Mini-Dome Camera complements Dahua’s family of fixed IP cameras, providing users with 360-degree situational awareness and the ability to capture every angle on video for live playback forensic analysis. “Our 6-Megapixel 360-degree panomorph cameras ensure that our users can easily follow all of the action, even on the periphery,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua. “We’ve provided security professionals with a 360-degree camera that is plug and play compatible with top VMS solutions worldwide that are already ImmerVision Enables 2.0 certified. This IPC-EBW8600 is built for any type of lighting condition and environment.” “Dahua’s latest mini-dome delivers increased 360-degree video coverage that is vital to surveying and protecting businesses and people. For example, in retail stores and transportation centres,” said Joel Schaffer, Business Development Manager, OEM/ODM - Video Surveillance Applications, at ImmerVision. “With the IPC-EBW8600 from Dahua, users now have full live and playback capability with no compromises.”

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Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera
Dahua 2MP WDR IR mini bullet network camera

Eco-savvy products use upgraded H.265 encoding technology to bring highly efficient video compression. It saves bandwidth and storage and has an energy-saving design to enhance the monitoring system. Meanwhile, the series offers features such as starlight, Smart IR technology and intelligent image analysis techniques. It provides excellent image quality and intelligent and efficient event reminders. This series provides IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-proof protection features. Starlight Technology  Featuring Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-light performance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering colour images in near complete darkness (0.009 lux). With industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, vivid pictures are achieved even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120dB) optimises both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video.  Intelligent Video System (IVS)  With built-in intelligent video analytics, the camera has the ability to detect and analyse moving objects for improved video surveillance. The camera provides optional standard intelligence at the edge allowing detection of multiple object behaviours such as abandoned or missing objects. IVS also supports Tripwire analytics, allowing the camera to detect when a pre-determined line has been crossed, as well as People Counting, ideal for business intelligence and Facial Detection, for searching or identification of individuals.  Environmental  With a temperature range of -30°C to +60°C (-22°F to +140°F), the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water immersion tests, the IP67 rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. For environments with rain, sleet, snow and fog, an integrated wiper provides users with clear visibility at all times.  Protection  Supporting ±30% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides protection against the camera and its structure from the effects of lightning.  Smart H.265+  Deliver high quality video without straining the network, Smart H.265+ is the optimised implementation of H.265. The Smart H.265+ encoding technology includes a scene adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction, providing saving of up to 70% of bandwidth and storage when compared with standard H.265.  HEVC (H.265) H.265 ITU-T VCEG is a new video coding standard which improves compression efficiency, improves robustness and error recovery capabilities, reduces delay with real-time, reduces channel acquisition time and random access delay and reduces complexity.

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Dahua Technology DH-IPC-K100 HD cube network camera
Dahua Technology DH-IPC-K100 HD cube network camera

This camera series is cute outside, but strong inside. Although it is even smaller than a palm and very light as well, the camera has almost all the functions which a professional surveillance camera is capable of. 1/3-inch 1.3Mp CMOS equipped, both H.264& MJPEG dual-stream encoding, real-time recording @720p and max. 15fps@1.3 megapixel, PoE power supply (non Wi-Fi version). When this series was under development, the question “What the home-users need” was asked thousands of times by Dahua designers; and one obvious answer is that for home-users, a practical but cute camera with simplicity and flexibility is what they seek for.Take model IPC-K100W as an example, this model supports WPS (Wi-Fi Protection Setup), which can further simplify the Wi-Fi installation while improving network security. In addition, the camera also supports PIR Sensor (Passive Infrared) with a 6-metre range. Anyone who shows up within this range will trigger the alarm and send an instant notification (E-mail/SMS) to alert the house owner to take immediate actions. Meanwhile, the camera is equipped with a flashlight, which simultaneously flashes along with the alarm (the camera supports external devices, audible for example) for alert and also serves as the light source for better image capturing and video recording.Other than burglar or unauthorised-access preventing, the IPC-K100 is also a house-keeper, in a joyful way. With connection to DMSS (Dahua’s Mobile Digital Mobile Surveillance Software), you can whenever wherever get the real-time condition under control, you can “watch over” your dear family or pet.

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Dahua Eco-Savvy 2MP network mini speed dome series
Dahua Eco-Savvy 2MP network mini speed dome series

Dahua introduced new Eco-Savvy 2Mp full-HD 12x network mini speed dome series (SD40/42/42C212S-HN), maintaining the Eco-Savvy three “low”s functionalities and also providing impressive surveillance effects. As is mentioned, this mini speed dome series enjoys the three “Low”s — low streaming, low consumption and ultra-low lux as it is based on Ambarella platform. From the test report, one can notice that the bit rate is less than 4Mb/s during encoding@1080p, and less than 2Mb/s@720p; meanwhile, its frame rate is up to 60fps@720p, making it easier to spot every move and detail of the object in high-speed motions. In addition, compared with the previous camera generations, each camera of the new platform can save over 50kW/h energy annually. The mini speed dome series employs in-house block camera, which is of all-in-one design, having video, audio, alarm, network and SD card interfaces embedded as a whole. In addition, this mini speed dome series is of stronger colour reproduction capability, which is even closer to the original; and as for the night vision effect, “revolutionary” should be the word as the image is quite clear and sharp with less noise, no matter in the color or the B/W mode. The mini speed dome series supports 12x optical zoom, its view angle ranges from 4.64 degrees to 51.3 degrees, managing to cover wider domains under surveillance. What worth a special mention is the “smart eye”, which realises instant focus with zero latency, enabling quick responding and better intelligent function. The dome series also support max 300 °/s pan speed and PoE+ (IEEE 802.3at). All Dahua network products conform to ONVIF protocol. Dahua SD40/42/42C212S-HN mini speed domes series is perfectly suitable for stations, airports, malls, hotels, boutiques and etc. The series provides various installations, such as wall, pendant, ceiling as well as in-ceiling-mounting depending on actual needs.

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Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1230S: Elegant aesthetics
Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1230S: Elegant aesthetics

System Overview The IR Megapixel Fixed camera delivers 2MP resolution with a motorized 2.8mm/3.6mm fixed lens.The camera's elegant blend of aesthetics combined with a range of easy mounting solutions provides an excellent choice for a variety of small to mid-size applications at an affordable price. Functions Smart Codec (H.265+ & H.264+)Smart Codec is the optimised implementation of standard video compression (H.265 & H.264) that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart Codec technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to the standard video compression. Intelligent Video Analysis (IVS)Dahua camera is equipped with a built-in intelligent analytic algorithm based on video, which can realise intelligent functions like Tripwire and Intrusion, to quickly and accurately respond to monitoring events in specific area, It can enhance monitoring efficiency. In addition, the camera supports intelligent tamper detection, which is to generate warning message via detecting dramatic scene change and to guarantee effective video surveillance. Smart IR TechnologyWith IR illumination, detailed images can be captured in low light or total darkness. The camera's Smart IR technology adjusts the intensity of camera's infrared LEDs to compensate the distance of an object. Smart IR technology prevents IR LEDs from whitening out images as they come closer to the camera. The camera's integrated infrared illumination provides high performance in extreme low-light environments up to 30m (98ft). Protection (IP67, wide voltage)The camera allows for ±25% input voltage tolerance, suitable for the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and immersion tests (IP67) , the camera is the choice for installation in even the most unforgiving environments. EnvironmentalDahua cameras operate in extreme temperature environments, rated for use in temperatures from -30° C to +60° C (-22° F to +140° F) with 95% humidity. Image FlipCapturing unnecessary data such as surrounding hallway walls can increase storage requirements without any added value. The image flip feature allows the camera's image to be rotated in 90° increments for better video optimisation. InteroperabilityThe camera conforms to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) specifications, ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment
The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment

Today’s environment has evolved into something that according to some may seem unexplainable. But in the context of video surveillance, this is something that we understand. Allow me to shed some light and understanding in terms of security and why it truly is a necessity. Security is not a luxury, it is a necessity. An essential practice now peaking the interests of all businesses small and large. A video surveillance system is a cost effective option that does not require monitoring fees. As business slows, temporarily shuts down or closes, an increase in vacant properties is inevitable. This pandemic will continue to put severe pressure on many businesses around the country. With so many considered non-essential, it is really sad to see how many must shutter their doors and lay off employees. Keeping an eye out for suspicious activity using a commercial grade surveillance system that supports advanced analytics, may end up saving your potential customers thousands of dollars down the road. Demand for video surveillance and security products We can certainly draw on the conclusion that security is a “need” more so than a “want”. Times like this just further cement that thought process. In today’s economic spiral, people aren’t actively looking for lighting controls or home theaters. What they look for is a way to keep their loved ones safe, protect their homes, businesses and property. Video surveillance technology provides added security for you, your family and your business In my opinion, you will see video surveillance and security product sales skyrocket in the coming months and years. It has been reported that response times for first responders may be impacted as a result of COVID-19, leaving those with bad intent more time to ransack a property knowing that law enforcement may be slow to respond. Criminals will always take advantage of the situation. All we can do as a community is use common sense, stay vigilant through these odd times and watch out for one another. For some of us that may mean mitigating risks with technology. Affordable video monitoring solutions Having a solution that can quickly and securely share video footage may be the difference between identifying a perpetrator and becoming a victim. Ella, a video search platform developed by IC Realtime, makes every second of video instantly searchable and shareable, either with the authorities or your neighborhood social apps. Plus it is compatible with any RTSP streaming device. To wrap this up, it’s not about pointing out the obvious, it’s really about bringing awareness as to how technologies can be implemented to provide peace of mind without breaking the bank. Video surveillance technology is a way to do that and provide added security for you, your family and your business.

The digital transformation of access control solutions
The digital transformation of access control solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance
Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance

Large event venues spend significant resources on physical security, and the vast majority invest in video surveillance systems as a way of monitoring public areas such as parking lots, garages and seating, as well as “backstage” areas such as loading docks and offices. Even though the camera footage is often preserved for investigating incidents, for the most part, video footage goes untapped because – realistically – security staff cannot constantly and efficiently monitor cameras in real-time or review the high volumes of archived video. Video analytics powered by Artificial Intelligence Increasingly, event venues are overcoming this challenge and maximising this video data by investing in intelligent video surveillance. In this article, I will explore how the combination of traditional surveillance and groundbreaking video content analytics enables event venues to not only optimise physical security and safety, but also improve customer service, streamline operations, and gather valuable business intelligence. Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based video content analytic systems detect, identify, extract, and catalog all the objects that appear in video footage based on classes and attributes such as gender, appearance similarity, color or size. This – along with behavioral detection, such as object interactions, dwell times, and navigation paths, as well as face and license plate recognition – enables searchable, actionable and quantifiable analysis of video. The technology makes it easy for users to accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights from video data. Accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights Accelerating investigations Where there are crowds, it’s not uncommon for medical or criminal incidents to transpire. In the aftermath, security teams must quickly understand the scene and, by making video searchable, video analytics helps them efficiently gather information or evidence from multiple camera. Whereas a manual search of video footage would require hours, if not days, of valuable time and staff resources – while being subject to human error – a video content analytics system enables effective multi-video search using a variety of filters, so that post-incident investigations can be focused and, thereby, accelerated. For instance, if witnesses claim that a man in a yellow shirt caused a disturbance and then drove away in a blue pickup truck, security could filter video to review instances where people or vehicles matching those descriptions appeared, and then focus their investigation on relevant video evidence. For the same example, if the perpetrator was still at large in the venue, security managers would want to track the person’s movements and, ultimately, apprehend him. Using the same cataloged metadata that drives video search, intelligent video surveillance accelerates real-time response to developing situations from threats and suspicious behaviors to emergencies, or even any behavior that requires closer monitoring or intervention. Something as mundane as an unwieldy queue forming at a concession stand can alert logic that increases operators’ situational awareness and ability to effectively intervene. By understanding developing situations in real-time, they can respond more quickly to prevent or solve a problem. Rule-based real time alerts Users can configure rule-based real-time alerts, based on specific scenarios – such as when people counts in the defined space next to the cashier are higher than the specified threshold, indicating a queue, or when vehicles are detected dwelling in a no-park zone or sensitive security area. In the case of the offender in the yellow shirt, security could configure alerts to notify for appearances of men in yellow shirts or blue pickup trucks within the event complex. If they’re able to extract the perpetrator’s face or license plate from the video search, security officers can also identify and track the specific person and vehicle of interest. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” Object recognition is helpful for tracking specific, identified threats, but it can also be leveraged for locating missing persons or vehicles or offering VIP services to guests who comply. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” – that include persons of interest, such as past agitators, recognised criminals or terrorists, missing persons or VIPs – to be alerted when matches for these faces appear in video. Face recognition can also be used to differentiate recognised employees from visitors that are not authorised to be in certain spaces in order to prevent security breaches. Because camera conditions aren’t always optimal for “in the wild” face and license plate recognition – where lighting conditions or camera angles don’t always allow for a pristine face or plate capture – it is critical to have a comprehensive video content analysis tool for triggering alerts based object classifications and non-personally-identifiable parameters. Optimising operations based on business intelligence While having real-time situational awareness is crucial for proactive intervention to developing situations, understanding long-term activity and trends can be equally important for an events venue or stadium. With video analytics, video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence, trend reports, and data visualisations for operational intelligence. This capability transforms video surveillance from a siloed security tool to an intelligence platform with broad value for business groups across the organisation. Marketing departments can gain visitor demographic information for targeted advertising and product placements. On-site retailers can uncover how visitors navigate their stores and the products or spaces that draw the most attention. Property management can follow heatmaps demonstrating where visitors dwell and the durations they stay at certain exhibits or areas, to base rental and leasing fees on actionable and quantifiable intelligence. Operations managers can more effectively plan and hire staff for events, by analysing visitor traffic trends, entry and exit points and occupancy statistics.   Video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence For these reasons and more, event organisations that already rely on CCTV networks should consider how to better leverage those existing investments to deliver substantial value across the organisation. By making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable, intelligent video surveillance empowers event managers to enhance public safety and physical security, while also streamlining operations and improving customer service.

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