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Continuing to evolve, the HLC-79KQ is a progression of the Hunt Electronic IR bullet IP camera series, developed to improve its image-capturing performance in high resolution costing low bandwidth. Since H.265 the video coding has been approved by ITU, it is evident that this new technology is capable of delivering a compression ratio much lower than H.264 – meaning that the bandwidth and data storage are both reduced, resulting a higher efficiency in video compression and better performance for IP surveillance. HLC-79KQ is therefore the IP surveillance product which adapts the H.265 technology. Comparing to its older IR camera series which used to support only H.264 and M-JPEG formats, 79KQ is now capable of compressing data in H.265 format as well, allowing 50% more data to be saved in HDD space. Not only a maximum resolution of 4 megapixels at 30 fps is available on this IP camera to cover a broader image of details viewed in 16:9, but an ROI function is also featured to reduce the computing complexity of data analysis. A segment area of the screen can be designated for monitoring at any size, and when ROI is active, only the area of your choice is under actual surveillance, which helps focusing your aim and leaves more free space for the IP camera to operate in better efficiency. 79KQ is a perfect choice for outdoor surveillance IP cameras. It assures image quality and data control and it is the new generation of IP cameras that adapts H.265 format.Add to Compare
The Hunt Electronic HLC-79HQ is an IR bullet IP camera offering higher image quality up to 4 megapixel at 30 fps by operating in compression format of advanced H.264. Which means when it comes to ‘aim high’, the camera can cover a broader image of details viewed in 16:9, and grant 20% more of storage space than its older H.264 competitors. Not only by lower bandwidth requirement which we refer to as ‘shoot low’, but also the low noise function has been improved than ever. It helps to identify weak signals of any observed objects, with its wide IR LED featured to capture a clearer image in an environment where only a little light is offered. Already enabled to be powered by PoE, this camera also features IP66-rated housing which helps maintaining stable surveillance operations in difficult weather conditions. While the outdoor environment may gradually drop or rise in temperatures, 79HQ can manage to function in extreme conditions from -20°C~60° C, extending its usage range to be installed in various types of locations. Recommended for applications such as parking lots, street corners, hospitals, where an extensive amount of image data is observed and safety requirement is still maintained. 79HQ is an ideal choice of IP cameras with a little to require but a lot to offer: a single service that serves multiple purpose and more, in one single package.Add to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1920 x 1080 resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.05 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 2.8, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 2.2 W, 230, 59 x 94 x 46, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1920 x 1080 resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.05 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 2.8, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 3.7 W, 230, 62 x100 x 44, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 2 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.05 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 3 ~ 9, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 3.8 W, 890, 137 x 102, IP66, -10 ~ +50 C (14 ~ 122 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
1/4 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1.3 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.2 lux, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 1280 x 1024, 30 fps, Auto Gain Control, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 230, 59 x 94 x 46, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, FirefoxAdd to Compare
1/4 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 1.3 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.1 lux, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 1280 x 800, 30 fps, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 230, 62 x 100 x 44, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, FirefoxAdd to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 2 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.01 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 3 ~ 9, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 3.9 W, 680, 132 x 108, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft , IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 2 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.005 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 3 ~ 9, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 60 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 5.16 W, 680, 132 x 108, IP66, 0 ~ 45 C (32 ~ 113 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
1/3 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 2 MP resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.005 lux, 12 V DC, Megapixel, 3 ~ 9, Wide Dynamic Range, 1920 x 1080, 60 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 3.8 W, 890, 137 x 102, IP66, -10 ~ +50 C (14 ~ 122 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, FirefoxAdd to Compare
1/4 inch, Colour / Monochrome, 720P resolution, Digital (DSP), 0.05 lux, Direct Drive, 12 V DC, Megapixel, Motion Activated, 3 ~ 10.5, Wide Dynamic Range, 1280 x 800, 30 fps, Back Light Compensation, Auto Gain Control, White Balance, H.264/ M-JPEG, 10/ 100 Base-T, IPv6, IPv4, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, QoS/DSCP, Access list, IEEE 802.1X, RTSP, TCP/ IP, UDP, SMTP, FTP, PPPoE, DHCP, DDNS, NTP, UPnP, 3GPP, SAMBA, Bonjour, 4.32 W, 1,000, 83 x 117, -10 ~ +50 C (14 ~ 122 F), Windows 7, 2000, XP, 2003, Microsoft, IE 6.0 or above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, HDAdd to Compare
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Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO at Morphean, discusses the business benefits from merging video surveillance and access control technologies as demand for ACaaS grows. The big question facing businesses today is how they will use the data that they possess to unlock new forms of value using emerging technologies such as the cloud, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Some data is better utilised than others: financial services were quick to recognise the competitive advantages in exploiting technology to improve customer service, detect fraud and improve risk assessment. In the world of physical security, however, we’re only just beginning to understand the potential of the data that our systems gather as a part of their core function. Benefits of ‘Integrated access control’ The first thing to look for is how multiple sources of data can be used to improve physical security functionsWhat many businesses have yet to realise is that many emerging technologies come into their own when used across multiple sources of data. In physical security, for example, we’re moving from discussions about access control and CCTV as siloed functions, to platforms that combine information for analysis from any source, and applying machine learning algorithms to deliver intelligent insights back to the business. ‘Integrated access control’ then looks not just to images or building management, but to images, building management, HR databases and calendar information, all at the same time. And some of the benefits are only now starting to become clear. The first thing to look for, of course, is how multiple sources of data can be used to improve physical security functions. For example, by combining traditional access control data, such as when a swipe card is used, with a video processing platform capable of facial recognition, a second factor of authentication is provided without the need to install separate biometric sensors. CCTV cameras are already deployed in most sensitive areas, so if a card doesn’t match the user based on HR records, staff can be quickly alerted. Making the tools cost-effective In a similar vein, if an access card is used by an employee, who is supposed to be on holiday according to the HR record, then video data can be used to ensure the individual’s identity and that the card has not been stolen – all before a human operator becomes involved. This is driving growth in ‘access control as a service’ (ACaaS), and the end-to-end digitalisation of a vital business functionThese capabilities are not new. What is, however, is the way in which cloud-based computing platforms for security analytics, which absorb information from IP-connected cameras, make the tools much more cost effective, accessible and easier to manage than traditional on-site server applications. In turn, this is driving growth in ‘access control as a service’ (ACaaS), and the end-to-end digitalisation of a vital business function. With this system set up, only access control hardware systems are deployed on premise while the software and access control data are shifted to a remote location and provided as a service to users on a recurring monthly subscription. The benefits of such an arrangement are numerous but include avoiding large capital investments, greater flexibility to scale up and down, and shifting the onus of cybersecurity and firmware updates to the vendor. Simple installation and removal of endpoints What’s more, because modern video and access control systems transmit data via the IP network, installation and removal of endpoints are simple, requiring nothing more than PoE and Wi-Fi. Of all the advantages of the ‘as a service’ model, it’s the rich data acquired from ACaaS that makes it so valuable, and capable of delivering business benefits beyond physical security. Managers are constantly looking for better quality of information to inform decision making, and integrated access control systems know more about operations than you might think. Integrating lighting systems with video feeds and access control creates the ability to control the lightsRight now, many firms are experimenting with ways to find efficiencies and reduce costs. For example, lights that automatically turn off to save energy are common in offices today, but can be a distraction if employees have to constantly move around to trigger motion detectors. Integrating lighting systems with video feeds and access control creates the ability to control the lights depending on exactly who is in the room and where they are sitting. Tracking the movement of employees Camera data has been used in retail to track the movement of customers in stores, helping managers to optimise displays and position stocks. The same technology can be used to map out how employees move around a workspace, finding out where productivity gains can be made by moving furniture around or how many desks should be provisioned. Other potential uses of the same data could be to look for correlations between staff movement – say to a store room – and sales spikes, to better predict stock ordering. What makes ACaaS truly exciting is it is still a very new field, and we’re only just scratching the surface of the number of ways that it can be used to create new sources of value. As smart buildings and smart city technology evolves, more and more open systems will become available, offering more ways to combine, analyse and draw insights from data. Within a few years, it will become the rule, rather than the exception, and only grow in utility as it does.
With the recent news headlines about store closures and the collapse of well-known chains, alongside clear adjustments in business strategy amongst established high street favourites, there is no denying that the UK retail industry is under huge pressure. A recent report suggests growing issues are leading some retailers to increase risk-taking in the supply chain. But here, Steve Bumphrey, Traka UK Sales Director, looks at ways to help retailers embrace the storm, including paying attention to security, management processes and efficient customer focus. Challenges plaguing retail industry It’s been an awful year to date for UK retail if you believe the cacophony of negative headlines about the health of the UK economy and the confidence levels of the UK consumer. The sector is facing huge challenges in dealing with the evolution in on-line and smart mobile retailing The sector is undoubtedly facing huge challenges in dealing with the evolution in on-line and smart mobile retailing. Further concerns include an unwillingness of policymakers to address the changing retail environment and how business rates and general business taxation and regulation is making a difficult situation worse. Supply Chain Risk Report According to the latest Global Supply Chain Risk Report, published by Cranfield School of Management and Dan & Badstreet, those under pressure, are now facing increased exposure to risk if they are forced to cut costs in their supply chain. The report cites data for the retail sector that shows increased levels of risk-taking since Q4 2018, with retailers reporting high levels of dependency on suppliers and indicating a propensity to off-shore to low-cost, high-risk countries where suppliers are more likely to be financially unstable. In-store technology revolution The underlying evolution of technology taking hold of the retail industry and consequential changing consumer behaviour is what is really forcing the industry to step up and act. This is not only in the shift to online and smart mobile purchases, but also with the increased use of technology in store. Self-scanning and checkouts In a bid to enhance the physical shop experience, especially in supermarket outlets across the UK, retailers are increasingly giving customers autonomy with self-scanners and checkouts and need to be able to trust them to ensure an honest transaction. And for the shoppers, this dependency on technology and not human interaction to complete a shop means scanners must be instantly available and ready for use. Many different underlying competing challenges impact the retail industry Compensators At the recent British Retail Consortium’s ‘Charting the Future’ conference, looking at retail crime and security, Dr Emmeline Taylor, a criminologist at the City University of London identified in self -service shops, several new types of ‘offenders’ such as so-called ‘compensators’ including the atypical ‘frustrated consumer’ who, “fully intended to pay but were unable to scan an item properly”, adding to the security challenge. There are clearly many different underlying competing challenges impacting the retail industry. Arguably, the increase in technology and autonomous shopping, where less staff are present (or staff cuts planned) throws up more vulnerabilities, such as the opportunity for store theft. Use of body cameras Staff needs emerging technology such as body cameras to act as a deterrent to crime and keep employees safe Furthermore, staff may need greater use of emerging technology such as body cameras to act as a deterrent to crime and help keep employees safe. In essence, prevention is better than cure, and it’s certainly cheaper. Whether combating crime physically or online, or looking to find ways to counter the high street trends, working together, sharing information and taking a more holistic approach will help the development of a shared language between retailers. Retail banking It is also here where common approaches can help to deliver on efficiencies, in time, resource and budget that can serve to operate right through the supply chain, and minimise, or even negate the need to take any risks. It can even serve to enhance the customer experience, increasing confidence in the shopping environment. Of course, when discussing the high street, it is not just the department stores and chains that are feeling the impact. Well known banks are also having to redefine their priorities and role on the high street, with customers (especially younger generations) demanding a more efficient service than ever before. Well known banks are also having to redefine their priorities and role on the high street Asset protection Leading the way is Nationwide, globally renowned building society, which prides itself on being one of the largest savings providers and mortgages provider in the UK, promoting itself as running purely for the benefit of its customers, or ‘members.’ Richard Newland, Director of Branch & Workplace Transformation at Nationwide said, “Even more than getting a good ‘deal’ from a building society, the quality of our welcome, or our renowned level of service, we make sure our members feel safe with us, enough to trust us with their greatest assets. We are doing everything we can to evolve our business and focus our efforts on providing the best and most secure services that people value.” Key management systems Traka has supported Nationwide with the introduction of dedicated key management systems So committed to its branch network, it has pledged to its 15 million members that every town and city with a Nationwide branch, will still have one for at least the next two years. A bold statement in today’s climate. Traka has supported Nationwide with the introduction of dedicated key management systems, moving its branch network into a more digital system. Keys no longer need to leave site and the audit trail capability has helped to remove the manual paper recording, allowing status of keys to be established instantly, at any time. Changes in retail market This example, together with Traka’s portfolio of high street brands and globally renowned department stores that cannot be named for security reasons, demonstrates the need for retailers to embrace the need for change, both from a product offering and operational running perspective to achieve aspirations of resonating with customers. They also prove the opportunities for success, in an unquestionable difficult market environment. If retailers can listen to customers and respond accordingly, taking into consideration staff safety and security, alongside an ability to respond quickly to personalised enquiries and expectations. This way, perhaps, the current environment can be seen as an opportunity to innovate and embrace technology to form the high street of the future.
Where are video surveillance cameras headed? At the core of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are advanced chips with artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, enabling cameras to gather valuable information about an incident: scanning shoppers at a department store, monitoring city streets, or checking on an elderly loved one at home. Thanks to advanced chip technology, complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras —professional to consumer — fueling the democratisation of AI in the IP camera market. Complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras Expanding the global IP camera market The video surveillance equipment market grew to $18.5 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase this year, according to IHS Markit. The latest research points to video everywhere, edge computing, and AI as the top technologies that will have a major impact in both commercial and consumer markets in 2019. Computing at the edge means that the processors inside the camera are powerful enough to run AI processing locally, while still encoding and streaming video, and are able to do it all at the low-power required to fit into the limited thermal budget of an IP camera. New SoC chips will be able to perform all of the processing on camera and provide accurate AI information, with no need to send data to a server or the cloud for processing. Instead, data can be analysed right in the camera itself, offering high performance, real-time video analytics, and lower latency — all critical aspects of video surveillance. This new AI paradigm is made possible by a new generation of SoCs, a key driver behind the market growth of IP cameras. Complex analytics operations are becoming more affordable across the full spectrum of surveillance cameras to fuel the advent of AI in the IP camera market Micro-processor-enabled video analytics Next-generation video cameras will be able to create heat maps of stores to see where people spend the most time Microprocessor-enabled analytics allow users to more easily extract valuable data from video streams. How about an insider’s view into retail customer behavior? Consider video cameras at a department store, monitoring shoppers’ behavior, traffic patterns, and areas of interest. Next-generation cameras will recognise how long a shopper stays in front of a specific display, if the shopper leaves and returns, and if the shopper ultimately makes a purchase. Next-generation video cameras will be able to create heat maps of stores to see where people spend the most time, so retailers will be able to adjust product placement accordingly. Analytics will also help identify busy/quiet times of the day, so retailers can staff accordingly. By understanding customers’ behavior, retailers can determine the best way to interact with them, target specific campaigns, and tailor ads for them. Cue the coupons while the shopper is still onsite! Analytics will also help identify busy/quiet times of the day, so retailers can staff accordingly Fast processing for rapid response at city level City surveillance and smart cities are depending on advanced video surveillance and intelligence to keep an eye on people and vehicles, identify criminals, flag suspicious behavior, and identify potentially dangerous situations such as loitering, big crowds forming, or cars driving the wrong way.Quick local decisions on the video cameras are also used to help analyse traffic situations Quick local decisions on the video cameras are also used to help analyse traffic situations, adjust traffic lights, identify license plates, automatically charge cars for parking, find a missing car across a city, or create live and accurate traffic maps. Real-time HD video monitoring and recording When it comes to home monitoring, what will next-generation video surveillance cameras offer? Real-time monitoring and notification can detect if a person is in the back yard or approaching the door, if there’s a suspicious vehicle in the driveway, or if a package is being delivered (or stolen). Advanced video cameras can determine when notifications are and aren’t required, since users don’t want to be notified for false alerts such as rain, tree branches moving, bugs, etc. Next-generation video camera capabilities can also help monitor a loved one, person or pet, helping put families at ease if they are at work or on vacation. For example, helpful analytics may be used to detect if someone has fallen, hasn’t moved for a while, or does not appear for breakfast according to their typical schedule. City surveillance and smart cities are depending on advanced video surveillance and intelligence to keep an eye on people and vehicles, identify criminals, flag suspicious behavior, and identify potentially dangerous situations Next-gen IP cameras When evaluating next-generation IP cameras (cameras on the edge), look at the brains. These cameras will likely be powered by next-generation SoCs chips. Here is what this means to you: Save on network bandwidth, cloud computing and storage costs. There is no need to constantly upload videos to a server for analysis. Analysis can be performed locally on the camera, with only relevant videos being uploaded. Faster reaction time. Decisions are made locally, with no network latency. This is critical if you need to sound an alarm on a specific event. Privacy. In the most extreme cases, no video needs to leave the camera. Only metadata needs to be sent to the cloud or server. For example, the faces of people can be recognised in the camera and acted upon, but the video never reaches the cloud. The cameras can just stream a description of the scene to the server “suspicious person with a red sweater walking in front of the train station, has been loitering for the last 10 minutes, suggest sending an agent to check it out.” This could become a requirement in some EU countries with GDPR rules. Easier search. Instead of having to look through hours of video content, the server can just store/analyse the metadata, and easily perform searches such as “find all people with a red sweater who stayed more than five minutes in front of the train station today.” Flexibility/personalisation. Each camera at the edge can be personalised to work better for the specific scene it is looking at, compared to a generic server. For example, “run a heat map algorithm on camera A (retail) as I want to know which sections of my store get the most traffic; and run a license plate recogniser on camera B (parking lot) as I want to be able to track the cars going in/out of my parking lot.” No cloud computing required. For cameras in remote locations or with limited network bandwidth, users have the ability to perform all analytics locally, without relying on uploading video to a server/cloud. Higher resolution/quality. When AI processing is performed locally, the full resolution of the sensor can be used (up to 4K or more), while typically the video streamed to a server will be lower resolution, 1080p or less. This means more pixels are available locally for the AI engine so that you will be able to detect a face from a higher distance than when the video is streamed off camera. AI at the edge Professional-level IP cameras capable of performing AI at the edge are coming soon with early offerings making their debut at this year’s ISC West. As we enter 2020, we will begin to see the availability of consumer-level cameras enabling real-time video analytics at the edge for home use. With rapid technology advancement and increased customer demand, AI is on the verge of exploding. When it comes to image quality and video analytics, IP cameras now in development will create a next-generation impact at department stores, above city streets, and keeping an eye on our loved ones.
The newly established Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA or 'the Alliance'), a non-profit, non-stock corporation formed to outline specifications for a common standardised platform for security and safety solutions, announced that since its formation in Fall 2018, the organisation has grown by 50% and initiatives are in full-swing. The Alliance is quickly attracting players ranging from device manufacturers, software developers and system integrators to distributors and system on a chip (SoC) companies. “We’re extremely pleased OSSA is drawing strong support from progressive companies across various sectors, as our purpose is to all start from a common platform business model to spur innovation and add real value for customers and users as they manage and monitor property, people and surrounding circumstances,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance. “Each new member brings diverse insight and expertise to the bigger picture we’re working to bring into focus for stakeholders in the security, safety, building automation solutions and associated industries.” OSSA member roster The Open Security & Safety Alliance’s five founding companies – Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric and VIVOTEK Inc. – today are working alongside 15 inventive international players that currently comprise the OSSA member roster: OSSA Member Business Focus Aitek Management Software Provider Ambarella Inc. SoC Manufacturer AndroVideo Inc. Video Surveillance Device Manufacturer Anixter Inc. Distributor HiSilicon Technologies Co., LTD SoC Manufacturer Hunt Electronic Video Surveillance Device Manufacturer Kings Secure Technologies Installation/Commissioning Services NetApp Inc. Recording/Storage Device Manufacturer QUALCOMM Incorporated SoC Manufacturer Security & Safety Things GmbH (SAST) Service Provider SOCIONEXT Inc. Video Surveillance Device Manufacturer Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. Imaging Products & Solutions Topview Optronics Corp. Video Surveillance Device Manufacturer Wavestore Global Ltd Management Software Provider United Technologies Access Control Device Manufacturer Differentiating security and safety use cases Workgroups have been instrumental in launching key programs throughout the past six months. To support the Alliance’s mission to drive the development of differentiating security and safety use cases – including those utilising Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning – members have already achieved valuable outputs including: Specification of a common Technology Stack to cater to innovation and reduce market fragmentation Definition of a common and vendor-agnostic operating system (OS) that together with the Technology Stack will fuel the development of value-added solutions for customers and users Description of a common market approach to data security and privacy Establishment of an ecosystem of like-minded companies Keynote speeches at Milestone’s Integration Platform Symposium and VIP customer events in the U.S., EMEA and Asia-Pacific region First prototype cameras based on the commonly defined Technology Stack and OS have been realized and will be showcased at ISC West 2019 Benefits of joining OSSA The Alliance is designed to include everyone and offers membership levels to meet the needs of companies big or small. Benefits of joining OSSA include access to the Alliance framework and the ability to connect, discuss, influence and collaborate with other Alliance members to steer change for the betterment of the industry. Together, OSSA members are providing standards and specifications for common components including an operating system, IoT infrastructure, collective approach for data security and privacy, and a drive for improved levels of performance across products, solutions and services. Visitors for ISC West are invited to hear first-hand about the benefits of OSSA membership. Many members will be exhibiting at the event.
EtherWAN will setup Ethernet Switches for the live demonstration as well as provide technical support on site EtherWAN Systems, Inc., a global Ethernet connectivity solution provider, announced its consecutive 5th year of sponsorship to the Secutech Excellence Awards in Secutech International during 28-30 April, 2015. EtherWAN will setup Ethernet Switches for the live demonstration as well as provide technical support on site. The switches will connect with 7 NVRs and 47 IP cameras, including those with ultra HD, IR bullet, and panorama features. The audience will see the live performance results of the surveillance equipment from each contestant. Secutech’s official network topology to utilise EtherWAN’s Ethernet Switches EtherWAN’s PoE Solution products have been tested compliant with world-leading IP camera manufacturers such as Axis, BOSCH, Brickcom, Dahua, EverFocus, Hikvision, Hunt, Merit LILIN, Raylios, Sunell, TVT Digital, Tyco, Ingrasys, Shany, Panasonic, Sony and Vivotek etc. with smooth transmission result. Other than the sponsorship in the IP camera award, EtherWAN’s Ethernet Switches also support the NVR award site, which is co-located to Secutech Award, with approximate 10 different NVR brands in the contest to display the best storage performance. The official network topology for this event will utilise EtherWAN’s 8-port and 16-port PoE Managed Ethernet Switch with dual Gigabit uplink ports connecting to another 24-port full Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch to shape the best network traffic. EtherWAN’s equipment will be running non-stop together with all devices from each contestant. “We are very much pleased to be once again appointed as the Ethernet equipment sponsorship to this event. It is also the 1st time that Secutech International highlights the subject of Network Transmission being technically-exclusive of other exhibition categories. With almost two decades' experiences in Ethernet technology, we are confident that our support can make the event another success, just like all we did in previous years.” said Maggie Chao, VP of Sales & Marketing in EtherWAN Systems. Case-proven product quality in indoor and outdoor environments EtherWAN has proven its technology know-how in network solutions and case-proven product quality in both indoor and outdoor environments. EtherWAN will continue to serve a sound role in the industry of network, especially when connectivity is crucial.
Local surveillance companies often struggle when deciding between distributing third-party brands or selling their own branded surveillance products, especially when the company has already achieved some level of recognition among their customers and/or other key players. Distributing a famous third-party brand is a way to “play it safe” in an environment where there is little budget to spend on marketing, public relationships and other expenses related to product placement. Someone else has already made those investments. Nevertheless, when talking about identity, owning a brand eases the way for customers to associate the local company with the type of products/services it offers. A local company seeking more prestige can create its own “additional value” for clients, rather than simply merchandising and trading. By the time a local surveillance company decides to sell its own branded products, another decision needs to be made: whether to manufacture products or to find OEM/ODM manufacturing sources. Understanding the differences between the approaches related to project development and budget planning will provide guidance to any local company. The keys for setting a production line Self-manufacturing represents tremendous challenges of time management and investment. The local company needs to be absolutely sure there is enough time to assemble the qualified human resources who are capable of developing the required hardware and software resources to create surveillance products that can evolve and overcome challenges in a competitive market. After gathering the right professionals, the next challenge is time management. Every team at any organisation, regardless of size, needs time for training and consolidation. For this reason, the local company has to estimate a buffer time for this learning process, when mistakes are allowed in order to achieve a very stable product. Another aspect to take into account is infrastructure. The company will need to own adequate space and required equipment for the manufacturing processes. Obviously, the required investment is enormous, and the ROI gain might be slower than expected if the wrong decisions are made. Currently OEM/ODM manufacturing sources are located in China and Taiwan Therefore, finding an OEM/ODM manufacturer eases the way to enable any local company to achieve a unique identity; especially when creating strategic surveillance solutions that require customised technology. The benefits of working with OEM/ODM manufacturing In the medium-long term, working with OEM/ODM sources does not require a big investment, and the ROI is faster. The local company can focus resources on marketing and new business development – not have to spend resources on manufacturing and fixed assets such as plants, facilities, and operators. All the complexity of manufacturing processes and investments is taken care of by the OEM/ ODM manufacturing source. It is important to mention that an existing product line can be expanded faster by using one or more OEM/ODM sources. Products with similar characteristics might only require new features to increase the competitive value inside the whole chain of distributors, sellers and resellers. After identifying the advantages of the OEM/ODM approach, the next important step is to find the right OEM/ODM source; otherwise, the maximum value might not be achieved, and the business direction would get blurred. Points for choosing an OEM/ODM source Providing an acceptable lead time is not the only parameter to determine a good OEM/ODM manufacturing source. To find the right OEM/ODM partner, an exhaustive analysis of the factory must be performed in areas as Scale, Human Resources, Quality and Operations. For example, a scale analysis offers a good reference to estimate project development. Also, it helps to evaluate the general performance of the factory and its ability to meet client demands. Some other criteria for evaluating scale are monthly capacity production, amount of production lines and workers. "It is important that an OEM/ODM manufacturing source be willing to hear about developing new designs and concepts from the branding company" In the human resources area, analysis requires more than taking a quick look at how many workers and experts are committed to the job; rather, consider the factory organization and its employee development programs. Does the factory fulfil the whole design and manufacturing process, or just a part of it? Not providing the whole service might lead to gradual cost increases, since other sources need to be contacted to fill all the manufacturing gaps. Furthermore, experts should strive for developing new technologies, being one step ahead and not behind. Also, it is important that an OEM/ODM manufacturing source be willing to hear about developing new designs and concepts from the branding company. Any branded company needs to take advantage of this expertise from manufacturers, meaning that serious employee development programs would be held internally for training and developing knowledge. A manufacturer company with high employee turnover could put the smoothness of the project development at risk; the company might spend too much time constantly training employees, and the acquired knowledge might consequently be leaked. Also, the factory requires implementing high control standards, including packaging for overseas shipment. For product improvements, it is important to evaluate the return merchandise authorisation (RMA) process and how feedback flows from the customer. All of this will help to evaluate quality that should be complemented with the best infrastructure. Finally, analysing operations cannot be overlooked. It is preferable that the business model of the manufacturer source be pure OEM/ODM-based; in this case, the roles of both actors (buyer and factory) are clearly established, and there will not be any risk that the factory decides to approach the buyer’s client. "In the medium-long term, working with OEM/ODM sources does not require a big investment, and the ROI is faster" Public companies offer more complete and precise information about their financial states; obviously, healthy finances represent a more stable operation and provide more security for the money invested in merchandise. Conclusion Currently OEM/ODM manufacturing sources are located in China and Taiwan. There is no doubt that China offers very attractive prices and lead time, but Chinese manufacturers still face unpredictable situations of quality control, sometimes undermining credibility related to IP surveillance in some regions of the world. Although Taiwan manufacturers cannot compete against the Chinese in price, they offer high quality and a balanced solution, making them highly trustworthy for any IP surveillance business.
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