IQeye 4 Series Megapixel Network Camera
IQeye 4 Series Megapixel Network Camera

The IQeye 4 Series delivers quality IP video in a compact, affordable, sturdy die-cast metal package. Available from VGA to 2.0 Megapixels, this security camera series offers high-speed video in a simple, easy-to-install package. It is 100% Power-over-Ethernet, making installation quick and easy and uses a single CAT 5 cable for video, power and remote configuration. With versatility for all commercial, retail and residential security environments, the IQeye 4 Series makes quality high-definition surveillance video a reality.Good things come in small packages! The IQeye 4 Series may be very small but don't be fooled because, like all IQeye security cameras, this IP network camera is built to last and is an excellent choice for virtually any business or residential application environment. Weighing in at 9.66 oz (274g) with a standard megapixel-rated lens, this little guy packs a powerful punch when it comes to reliable performance! The IQeye 4 Series is a simple, plug and play camera built to IQinVision's high standards of industry leading IQeye image quality, network stability and hassle-free integration at a price that is right for any security system budget! IQeye 4 Series Camera Features:VGA Resolution @ up to 30fps HD 480p Resolution @ up to 30fps HD 720p Resolution @ up to 25fps 1.3 MP Resolution @ up to 18fps 2.0 MP Resolution @ up to 17fps Low-Light Performance (0.2 lux) Power-over-Ethernet Digital Image Cropping Motion Detection Low Power Consumption(<2.8 Watts) Wide Dynamic Range (61 dB) Network Reliability Simple InstallationAvailable Camera Models:IQ040SI-V9: HD 480p/VGA Resolution, MP Varifocal LensIQ041SI-V10: HD 720p/1.3 MP Resolution, MP Varifocal LensIQ042SI-V11: 2.0 MP Resolution, MP Varifocal LensFor more information about the IQeye 4 Series, click here.

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IQeye Sentinel Series – HD megapixel all-weather network camera
IQeye Sentinel Series – HD megapixel all-weather network camera

The IQeye Sentinel Series is an All-Weather Megapixel Network Camera that is entirely Power-over-Ethernet, featuring an integrated, vandal and tamper-resistant design. Sentinel's exclusive pivoting arm allows you to use the same camera for wall, ceiling or parapet mounting with no additional hardware. The entire unit is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions, including hot,cold and wet environments.This indoor/outdoor surveillance camera is available in HD1080p H.264 and 1.3, 2.0, 3.1 and 5.0 MJPEG models, standard or day/night, with a variety of quality megapixel lens options so you can cover any application. Its fully-integrated IP66 housing is attractive and can withstand a wide temperature range, making it suitable for even the harshest climates.IQrecorder™Available with every select IQeye Sentinel Series cameras, IQrecorder enables you to recordand playback crisp, clear IQeye Resolution™ images using affordable network storagewith no client software. User-friendly features include simultaneous playback and liveviewing, day-by-day scheduling, a brand new playback interface with DVD-like controls.IQaccess™IQaccess on-camera intelligent software turns an IQeye Sentinel Series camera into a basic access control system or remote attendant/notification system. Video alert window pops up in every IQaccess enabled PC when trigged and lets the first responder open the door, activate the alarm or control other devices.IQauthenticate™IQeye Sentinel Series camera is also avaiable with on-camera, digital authenticationthat protects images right in the camera. IQauthenticate addresses the image manipulation problem, at the source, ensuring your evidence has not been compromised.Key features22°F/-30°C to 122°F/50°CDual Stream H.264 & MJPEGIP66 / NEMA 5 / NEMA 3RHD1080 (1920x1080) @ 30fpsMJPEG 1.3 MP @ 30 fpsMJPEG 2.0 MP @ 20 fpsMJPEG 3.1 MPs @ 12 fpsMJPEG 5.0 MP @ 10 fps< 0.05 lux IR Sensitive (85x Day/Night Series)MultiStream Low BW + Hi ResolutionVideo Port for Focusing• LIGHTGRABBER™ II Low-light Feature• Digital Image Cropping & PTZAlarm I/O6 watts Power-over-Ethernet, AC or DCInclude/Exclude Exposure Window, Privacy Zones      SeriesCamera model Lens option Power supply Enclosure  IQ8xx MJPEG SeriesIQ811 - 1.3MP Camera, 30fps, 0.1 luxIQ802 - 2.0MP Camera, 20fps, 0.2 luxIQ803 - 3.1MP Camera, 12fps, 0.3 luxIQ805 - 5.0MP Camera, 10fps, 0.3 luxV1 - Wide Varifocal LensV2 - Telephoto Varifocal LensV4 - Telephoto Varifocal LensV7 - Wide Varifocal IR Corrected LensV8 - Wide Varifocal Lens NP – No Power SupplySS – PoE Sentinel EnclosureIQ85x MJPEG Day/Night SeriesIQ851 – 1.3MP Camera, 30fps, <0.05 luxIQ852 – 2.0MP Camera, 20fps, <0.05 luxIQ853 – 3.1MP Camera, 12fps, <0.05 luxIQ855 – 5.0MP Camera, 10fps, <0.05 luxV3 – Wide Varifocal LensV5 – Wide Varifocal Lens V6 – Telephoto Varifocal LensV7 – Wide Varifocal IR Corrected LensNP – No Power SupplySS – PoE Sentinel Enclosure  Series Resolution optionStandard or Day/Night Interior/Exterior  Lens option IQ83X – HD1080p H.264Series 2 – 2.0MP Camera, 30fps, <0.05 lux S – StandardN – Day/Night E – ExteriorV7 – Wide Varifocal IR Corrected Lens IQRS – IQeye Event Recording System (ERS) 2 – 2.0MP Camera, 20fps, <0.05 lux N – Day/Night E – ExteriorV6 – Telephoto Varifocal LensV7 – Wide Varifocal IR Corrected Lens

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IQeye 1080p H.264 series – HD Megapixel high performance camera
IQeye 1080p H.264 series – HD Megapixel high performance camera

IQeye HD 1080p network cameras deliver spectacular high definition progressive scan video for your surveillance, marketing and web attraction applications.  Available in standard and day/night configurations, the IQeye 1080p cameras offer cutting edge H.264 performance in a classic, full-featured, ruggedised camera package. Its energy efficient design is PoE ready and can also be powered directly by AC or DC for redundancy. Its analogue out function makes focusing simple and the on-board storage is perfect for stand-alone applications or as back-up for enterprise-wide network video recording systems.True High-Definition videoEnjoy true HD quality and high performance at 30 frames per second with the IQeye 1080p Series. Crystal-clear images, network reliability and compression/bandwidth management deliver unparalleled video.Simultaneous H.264 and MJPEG streamsSimultaneous streaming of both H.264 and MJPEG compression enables you to optimise for any application.True day/night surveillanceThe IQeye 1080p Series offers TRUE day/night performance for the most challenging environments. It's the best choice when you need clear crisp HD video in low light. The camera automatically senses low-light levels and switches from colour to black and white.Analogue outThe IQeye 1080p features analogue video out for easy focusing.IQeye 1080p H.264 series features:1080p (1920 x 1080) Resolution @ 30 fpsMultiStream low BW + Hi resolution streamsAnalogue out for focusing1080p H.264 or 1080p MJEPGOn-camera recording with SDHC Card*<0.05 Lux IR sensitive (day/night Series)IEEE 802.3af - Power-over-Ethernet<4.2 watts power AC/DCClass 2 PoEOn-camera motion detectionFor more information about the IQeye 1080p H.264 Series, please visit IQinvision website.Available IQeye 1080p Series part numbers:  IQ732SI-V7 IQ732NI-V7

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IQeye700/750 Series - HD megapixel day/night network cameras
IQeye700/750 Series - HD megapixel day/night network cameras

These full-featured megapixel network cameras provide incredible hi-speed IQeye Resolution™ with exceptional low-light performance in a rugged, compact package. Benefit from low-bandwidth video for remote viewing while simultaneously recording crisp, clear megapixel images. Choose the IQeye700 for normal indoor/outdoor scenes and the IR sensitive IQeye750 day/night camera for very low-light surveillance applications.IQeye700/750 Series camera features:1.3 Megapixels @ up to 30 fps2.0 Megapixels @ up to 20 fps3.1 Megapixels @ up to 12 fps5.0 Megapixels @ up to 10 fps64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameo<0.05 Lux IR Sensitive (750 Series)MultiStream Low BW + Hi Resolution IEEE 802.3af - Power-over-EthernetPublic View Port™ Analogue OutputCF Slot for On-Camera RecordingLIGHTGRABBER II™ Low-Light FeatureDigital Image Cropping for Bandwidth OptimizationInclude/Exclude Exposure WindowAlarm I/OWide Operating Temperature Range< 2.5 Watts Power AC/DCPrivacy ZonesAuto, Manual, and Scheduled Day/Night SettingsMirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesAvailable IQeye700/750 Series models:IQ711/IQ751:1.3 Megapixels, 30 fps, 0.2/<0.05 LuxIQ702/IQ752:2.0 Megapixels, 20 fps, 0.2/<0.05 LuxIQ703/IQ753:3.1 Megapixels, 12 fps, 0.3/<0.05 LuxIQ705/IQ755:5.0 Megapixels, 10 fps, 0.3/<0.05 LuxIQeye Event Recording System (ERS)The IQeye ERS is a self-contained high-definition megapixel network video recorder that uses NO BANDWIDTH to record crisp, clear video, making it perfect for surveillance system installations where network bandwidth is a premium.Available IQeye ERS models:IQRS2SI-V1:2.0 Megapixels, 20 fps, 0.2 Lux, Indoor Standard, Telephoto Varifocal Megapixel LensIQRS2SI-V2:2.0 Megapixels, 20 fps, 0.2 Lux, Indoor Standard, Wide Varifocal Megapixel LensOn-camera recordingThe IQeye700/750 Series features a built-in slot for a CF memory card enabling direct, on-camera recording. Perfect for a back-up solution to any system or for smaller applications. And, with IQrecorder™ bedded directly in the camera, you'll be able to utilize many sophisticated features including pre-event/post-event recording, time-date search and AVI export functionality.True day/night surveillanceThe IQeye750 Series offers a TRUE day/night function for the most challenging environments.  It's the best choice when you need clear crisp megapixel quality video even in very dimly-lit areas. The camera automatically adjusts as the lighting changes, switching from colour to black and white when the IR filter is not needed.Easy focus and integrationBoth the IQeye700 and IQeye750 Series cameras feature a unique analogue out port to facilitate easy focusing. Use for Public Viewing Monitors or for integration with legacy CCTV systems to enhance any security system!

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IQeye Event Recording System (ERS) – HD megapixel all-weather network camera
IQeye Event Recording System (ERS) – HD megapixel all-weather network camera

The IQeye ERS is an all-weather megapixel network camera that is entirely Power-over-Ethernet, featuring an integrated, vandal and tamper-resistant design with 32 GB of on-board storage. The IQeye ERS has an exclusive pivoting arm that allows you to use the same camera for wall, ceiling or parapet mounting with no additional hardware. The entire unit is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions, including hot, cold and wet environments. This day/night surveillance camera is available in 2.0 megapixels, and its fully-integrated IP66 housing can withstand a wide temperature range, making it suitable for even the harshest climates. IQeye ERS series features:IP 66 / NEMA 5 Environmental Rating32 GB of on-board storage via the CF card slot-22°F/-30°C to +122°F/50°C 2.0 Megapixels @ 20 fps 64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameo <0.05 Lux IR Sensitive (Day/Night Series) Multistream Low BW + Hi Resolution IEEE 802.3af ~ Power-over-Ethernet 360° + Pan, 180° + TiltEquipped with IQrecorder™Digital Image Cropping for Bandwidth Optimization Mirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesIQeye ERS accessories:Pole mount adapterThis exclusive pole mount adapter allows you to mount IQeye Sentinel weatherproof security cameras to any pole with a diameter of 4 to 14 inches.  It's easy to install and includes all necessary mounting hardware.Junction box coverThe junction box cover allows you to install the camera back box and IQeye Sentinel weatherproof surveillance camera separately while preserving the junction box electronics.  The cover matches the junction box exactly and can be re-used on multiple outdoor security camera installations.IQeye ERS camera models:IQRS2NE-V6: 2.0 Megapixels, 20 fps, <0.5 Lux Outdoor Day/Night, Telephoto Varifocal Megapixel LensIQRS2NE-V7:  2.0 Megapixels, 20 fps, <0.5 Lux Outdoor Day/Night, Wide Varifocal Megapixel LensPlease click here for more information about the IQeye ERS Series.

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IQeye Sentinel H.264 HD1080p Camera
IQeye Sentinel H.264 HD1080p Camera

The IQeye Sentinel All-Weather HD1080p camera delivers spectacular high-definition progressive scan video for surveillance, marketing, and web attractions. These standard or day/night rugged cameras use MAIN profile H.264 for extraordinary video quality with less bandwidth and storage and deliver full resolution at full frame rate.  Loaded with installer-friendly features like Power-over-Ethernet, innovative pivoting arm for wall, ceiling, or parapet mount with no special hardware, hands-free brackets for terminating cables and single tool design - you'll save time and money on the installation while the low-power consumption saves energy. This indoor/outdoor surveillance camera is available in H.264 HD1080p standard or day/night models so you can cover any application. Its fully-integrated IP66 housing is attractive and can withstand a wide temperature range, making it suitable for even the harshest climates. For more information visit: www.iqeye.com. Features: Dual Stream H.264 & MJPEG H.264 HD1080p (1920x1080) @ 30fps Progressive Scan Standard or Day/Night Megapixel Varifocal Lens -22F(-30C) to 122F (50C) IP66/NEMA 4/NEMA 3R Pivoting Mounting Arm Power-over-Ethernet, AC or DC Digital Pan/Tilt/Zoom Alarm I/Os Video Port for Focusing Multi-Zone Motion Detection  Software: IQrecorder™Available with every select IQeye Sentinel Series cameras, IQrecorder enables you to record and playback crisp, clear IQeye Resolution™ images using affordable network storage with no client software. User-friendly features include simultaneous playback and live viewing, day-by-day scheduling, a brand new playback interface with DVD-like controls. IQaccess™IQaccess on-camera intelligent software turns an IQeye Sentinel Series camera into a basic access control system or remote attendant/notification system. Video alert window pops up in every IQaccess enabled PC when trigged and lets the first responder open the door, activate the alarm or control other devices.

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We need to talk about intelligent enclosure protection
We need to talk about intelligent enclosure protection

Enclosures containing electronics, communications or cabling infrastructure offer a simple attack point for cyber breaches and an opportunity for a physical attack on the hardware. Yet, many of these assets are housed within enclosures that provide minimal security features to offer a deterrent to any would-be attacker. This has always just been a pet hate. Walking down the high street of a town anywhere in the United Kingdom, you can often see open street communication cabinets. You can actually look directly inside at the equipment. And if I was a bad guy, I could quite easily just put my foot into their enclosure and quite quickly take out their infrastructure. Charged service for enclosures This seems crazy when a US$ 2 magnetic contact on a door can quickly tell you whether your enclosure is open or shut, and can be vital in keeping your network alive. Moreover, the operators of these systems, whether it is telecoms or internet providers, are providing a charged service to their customers, so they should really be protecting their enclosures. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? More sobering, if you contrast this security approach to the approach taken in the data centre world, an environment that already has multiple stringent security protocols in place, you get a very different picture. For instance, security devices can capture snapshots of anyone who opens a cabinet door in a data room, so it is recorded who has opened that door. While that is just one simple example, it begs the question. Why has that security level not been so readily taken into the outside world, into the unprotected environment? In my mind, a lot of it boils down simply to education. Network connection, easy point of cyber attacks Our preconceived idea about cyber security is some big corporation being knocked out or held to ransom by, again in our mind, someone sitting at a laptop, probably with their hood up over their head, typing away in the darkness, attacking us through the internet. But how the would-be criminal is going to come at us is just like in sport. They attack at the weakest point. Networks can be deployed in the outside world in many ways, such as cameras monitoring the highways. That means those locations will have a network connection. And that can be a point of attack in a non-secure outside world. Enclosures can be broken into by attackers Many people think, ‘That is okay because I’m going to take that ethernet device that my cameras are connected to and I’m going to put it inside an enclosure.’ However, what people do not realize is that the only thing that the enclosure is doing is protecting the ethernet device from Mother Nature. Because, without proper security, those enclosures can be broken into pretty easily. Many of them are just a single key that is not in any way coded to the device. Twofold cyber security People need to realise that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking Therein lays the problem. People need to realise that cyber security is twofold. It can be carried out by hacking the network or physically breaking into the weakest physical point. And so, a simple boot through the open door of an enclosure can vandalise the devices inside and take down a small or large part of a network. And by definition, this meets the criteria for a cyber-attack. So, how do we go about tackling this problem? Well, security is a reaction marketplace. And for enclosures, there’s not, at present, a plethora of solutions out there for to counter these types of attacks. It can be challenging to find what you’re looking for through a quick Google search compared to searching for more traditional security protection measures. Deploying smart sensors and detectors But, under Vanderbilt and ComNet, we are currently taking our knowledge and experience from system installation and compiling it together. We’re bringing different products from different parts of our business to make a true solution. For instance, we have sensors for enclosures that detect anything from gas or smoke to open doors, detectors that will tell you if someone is trying to smash open your enclosure with a sledgehammer, or that someone is trying to lift your enclosure off of its mount. More importantly, as is not really a one-size-fits-all solution, we have developed a menu structure available that allows customers to pick and choose the ones that will best fit their own requirements.

We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?
We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organisations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centres or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognise individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analysing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognise. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the centre of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre
Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analysed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analysing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as licence plate reading, behavioural analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fibre-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

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Vicon Industries announces Valerus version 20.2 including mobile video streaming and live location monitoring
Vicon Industries announces Valerus version 20.2 including mobile video streaming and live location monitoring

Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announced the availability of Valerus version 20.2, which brings improved cybersecurity and streamlined maintenance to the forefront. This latest release offers features including mobile video streaming, geo mapping, snapshot, robust health dashboard, audit log, and a thick client solution. Valerus’ addition of mobile video streaming allows users to send live or recorded footage directly from their Android or iOS smart devices into Valerus. This helps operators better document patrols or events outside the range of traditional cameras. Strategically monitoring geographical locations The geo mapping feature allows operators to strategically monitor geographical locations with a live geo map. Users simply enter a physical address or coordinates to access the true location, add cameras and create an easy-to-understand live map of their facility. Another exciting update we further developed is our robust health dashboard. This update not only provides an improved user experience, but also new business-critical features to help operators diagnose potential problems before they become catastrophic. New features include remote RAM and CPU resource monitors for both App Servers and NVR, an NVR latency monitor to troubleshoot potential network issues and a new cybersecurity dashboard that monitors potential threats like duplicate logins to better protect the system. Save and store images Valerus 20.2 also now offers a Thick-Client solution for operators that prefer not to use browsers Another new feature is the snapshot tool that allows users to quickly save and store images from live or recorded playback video. This is especially helpful when trying to document suspects or incidents. Valerus 20.2 also now offers a Thick-Client solution for operators that prefer not to use browsers or require a program startup with preconfigured settings or screens. This is a key feature for instances when operator control is limited. Presets allow for easy restoring all previously programmed settings, saving time and allowing you to focus on what’s important. Lastly, the improved new audit log allows designated users to monitor activities within the system so administrators can keep track of who logs in and out of the system, what they view and what actions they have taken. If a failure or critical setting is changed, not only can one reverse the action but also see who made it. Free Valerus Enterprise licence To take advantage of this new release introduction, Vicon has launched a promotional campaign that allows one to experience this version firsthand. Replace one’s old competing VMS for Valerus and receive a free Valerus Enterprise licence. And if one doesn’t already have a VMS, Vicon is giving out free Valerus starter software, so one can experience what everyone loves about Valerus. “Vicon’s Valerus VMS platform has proven to be widely embraced in enterprise applications, and we anticipate that the features we are introducing with Valerus version 20.2 will do much to further that trend,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.

Vicon Industries introduces VTR-3000 and VTR-6000 series thermal sensor surveillance for perimeter protection
Vicon Industries introduces VTR-3000 and VTR-6000 series thermal sensor surveillance for perimeter protection

Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance, access control software and hardware and cameras, released its highly anticipated updated Thermal Sensor models. The innovative Thermal Sensor series is a 360-degree surveillance solution that combines powerful high-end thermal technology with high-resolution PTZs for unparalleled perimeter protection in wide-open spaces like power stations, airports, construction sites and other facilities. The VTR-3000 series is a cutting-edge, cost-effective model designed for small to medium sized facilities with a range of up to 250 metres. This series ideal for private airports and parking lots, ensuring nothing goes unnoticed. The VTR-6000 series covers vast areas up to 500 metres and is ideal for larger applications such as construction sites, large commercial airports and more. Enhanced analytics for fire detection Both series can be used day or night and are rich with upgraded features such as enhanced analytics for fire detection and equipment temperature monitoring. Just one thermal sensor can replace up to 8 traditional cameras, and with the newly built-in TRIA, provides many cost-effective options to its users. This series also features exceptional improvements made to image clarity and detection, reducing false positives so time and energy is well spent. Lastly, an improved exterior design reduces the amount of moving parts, reducing the potential for replacing parts. “The line of upgraded Thermal Sensor models is a highly anticipated addition to our camera portfolio so we’re thrilled to incorporate this cost-effective and robust solution to our product offering,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P., Sales and Marketing.

Vicon announces Valerus VMS with interactive mapping, event query engine
Vicon announces Valerus VMS with interactive mapping, event query engine

Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announced the availability of Valerus version 20, which adds features designed to expand its overall capabilities while maintaining its core value as an easy VMS on the market. This latest release offers features that include: interactive mapping, an event query engine and bookmarking functionality. Valerus’ new interactive mapping feature provides the ability to create detailed maps from PNG or JPEG image files. Users can then overlay resource icons on to these maps, with the flexibility to control the location and view of the resource; for added ease of functionality, maps can be linked to other maps. The mapping functionality presents a wealth of information in a very efficient and understandable manner and is extremely useful for local law enforcement and security teams. Motion detection, digital input search queries The addition of a dedicated events database provides the ability to store all events that occur in Valerus, including both internal and external events, allowing the user to look back historically. This offers a new search capability, where users can create queries based on parameters such as motion detection, digital input, external events and analytics services. The event search feature enhances the way users interact with systems, dramatically improving event response times and helping make event issues more actionable. Another new feature available in version 20 is bookmarking, which adds the ability for the user to create a bookmark related to a specific video feed and allows entering notes so users can easily share information. The bookmark is accessible on the playback video and will be stored in the events database, so it can be queried. Bookmarking helps keep track of noteworthy events while users are building a case or trying to gain a better understanding of concerning incidents. Advanced log report for troubleshooting  In keeping with the Valerus commitment to delivering “advanced simplicity,” Valerus 20 has enhanced many user functions for ease-of-use. There is the ability to enforce a complex password for increased security. The numeric ID of a device can now be edited directly on its resource properties page as well the dedicated numeric ID page. The Excel report shows added information, including the MAC address, numeric ID and Gateway server, to better serve the user. There is a dynamic link from an error on the dashboard directly to that resource’s configuration page. An advanced log report was added to aid in troubleshooting any problems that might arise. To encourage users to take advantage of this new release introduction, Vicon has launched two promotional campaigns. The offers are targeted at new VMS installs and VMS replacement projects, offering free licences for Valerus 20. “Vicon’s Valerus VMS platform has proven to be widely embraced in enterprise applications, and we anticipate that the features we are introducing with Valerus version 20 will do much to further that trend,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.

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