Panasonic introduces two highly cost effective, i-Pro SmartHD security cameras - the WV-SP105 and WV-SP102
Panasonic introduces two highly cost effective, i-Pro SmartHD security cameras - the WV-SP105 and WV-SP102

Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE) announced the introduction of two highly cost effective i-Pro SmartHD security network cameras - the WV-SP105 & WV-SP102. The new cameras record 720p HD images at up to 30 frames-per-second (FPS) with multiple H.264 (High profile) and JPEG video streams. Both cameras employ Panasonic's UniPhier® LSI (Large-Scale Integrated circuit) chip and H.264 High Profile format to deliver real-time video streaming at a lower data size. These affordable cameras are packed with Panasonic features such as Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technology for wide dynamic range, Digital Noise Reduction (3D-DNR), and Video Motion Detection (VMD) with four programmable detection areas, 15-step sensitivity levels and 10-step detection sizes. Metadata for the VMD works with Panasonic's Model WJ-ND400 playback VMD function. Privacy Zone can mask up to two private areas, such as house windows and entrances/exits. "We need to offer options for our customers looking for greater cost-efficiencies," said Stephen Gerrard, Head of Marketing for PSNE UK. "Our new cost-effective cameras provide superior image quality and ensure we have solutions for every application." The flagship i-Pro SmartHD model WV-SP105 incorporates a newly developed 1.3-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor for full-frame 1,280x960-pixel image size. In VGA resolution mode, the camera offers a 2x extra zoom in addition to the 4x digital zoom controlled by the browser. The camera provides automatic electronic sensitivity enhancement (up to 16x) with light sensitivity levels of 0.8 lux (colour) and 0.4 lux (B&W) at F2.2. The new i-Pro SmartHD model WV-SP102 is equipped with a 0.32 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor that offers full frame (640x480-pixel) transmission at 30 fps. Automatic electronic sensitivity enhancement is 8x, with light sensitivity levels of 2.0 lux (colour) and 1.3 lux (B&W) at F2.0. For both network cameras, progressive scan ensures clear images with less motion blur and no tearing, even when a subject is moving. A primary (RGB) colour filter provides superior colour reproduction. For organisations that need to secure both personnel and property but also face the challenge of economic constraint, WV-SP105 & WV-SP102 provide a highly specified security solution at a cost efficient price.

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Panasonic WV-CF/CW300 Series cameras add five 24/7 security solutions to the panasonic surveillance camera line-up
Panasonic WV-CF/CW300 Series cameras add five 24/7 security solutions to the panasonic surveillance camera line-up

Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU) is pleased to announce the introduction of five new day/night fixed analogue box and fixed dome cameras with high resolution (650 TV lines), high sensitivity with true day/night functionality and a 16-axis matrix colour compensation function for a wider range of natural colour adjustment. Advanced functionality is available in the WV-CF/CW300 series of day/night fixed dome cameras, with high light sensitivity resulting from the day/night function; capturing colour images is possible at just 0.08 lx in the WV-CF314L/WV-CW324L and 0.15 lx in the WV-CF304L/WV-CW304L. This is in correlation with the 20 m IR LED irradiation of the WV-CF314L and the 10 m irradiation distance of the WV-CF304L and with the 50 m IR LED irradiation of the WV-CW324L and the 20 m irradiation distance of the WV-CW304L Additionally, all five models incorporate an infrared (IR) cut filter that switches on and off for greater light sensitivity in B/W mode, enabling scenes and images to be captured in total darkness, at 0 lx. The infrared light is used to illuminate the images, facilitating the ‘true day/night’ feature along with auto back focus (ABF) which allows for quick installation and sharper images. The true day/night feature combined with the IP 66 rated housing ensures that the WV-CW300 series is the perfect fit for outdoor installations. Able to capture scenes and images even when the sun is down and the lights are out, the WV-CF300 and WV-CW300 series are the ideal analogue solution to 24/7 surveillance; with true day/night and infrared capabilities, as well as options to suit outdoor installations, a model can be found to suit each challenge and installation.  

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Panasonic showcases superior image quality with the launch of Super Dynamic 5 (SD5) technology
Panasonic showcases superior image quality with the launch of Super Dynamic 5 (SD5) technology

IFSEC 2009 saw host to the latest edition to Panasonic's market leading Super Dynamic technology with the launch of Super Dynamic 5 (SD5). Super Dynamic 5 technology achieves superior video images by combining 12xwider dynamic range with greater low-light sensitivity (0.3 lux), more resolution (650 lines colour), the implementation of Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technology to compensate for dark areas, and intelligent Video Motion Detection (i-VMD) to capture moving objects without distortion.Accompanying the launch of SD5 at IFSEC, Panasonic also launched MEGA SD Technology for the IP camera market. The new Panasonic Super Dynamic Series takes image processing to new peaks, with all the contrast and colour of reality itself, even in dimply lit situations. MEGA SD promises the user 1,280 x 960 images with a superior dynamic range with the fusion of 2.6 million pixels CCD and Super Dynamic DSP technology.  With over 2.6 million pixels CCD Uniphier platform delivers 2048 x 1538 for outstanding image quality, allowing for precise identification. MEGA SD provides 10 times more precise image than the conventional VGA CCDs.SD5 and MEGA SD both reach to new levels of superior image processing and smart intelligence functions, approaching and even exceeding the human eye. Panasonic System Solutions Super Dynamic innovation will continue to meet the expanding needs of security.

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 Panasonic introduces i-Pro SmartHD, the impressive new range of security cameras
Panasonic introduces i-Pro SmartHD, the impressive new range of security cameras

Panasonic System Networks Europe launch six intelligent new i-Pro SmartHD camerasThe smart six i-Pro SmartHD cameras:With increased market demand for truly converged IP surveillance and communications systems added to a greater than ever expectation for high resolution images, the new range will satisfy both trends whilst also minimising total cost of ownership and maximising efficiency. The first three clever cameras in the i-Pro SmartHD line-up are box type network cameras that yield high data compression rates to minimise network data traffic through the H.264[1] format. WV-SP306 and WV-SP305 HD network cameras plus the WV-SP302 network camera are all scheduled for release in June, 2010. Additionally, Panasonic is also showing off a further three fixed dome network cameras, equipped with 3.6 variable focal auto iris lens, the WV-SF336 and WV-SF335 HD fixed dome network cameras plus the WV-SF332 fixed dome network camera will all become available in July, 2010. Smart thinking redefines image quality and efficient use of networks: The new i-Pro SmartHD cameras are all equipped with Panasonic's proprietary platform UniPhier®[2], and with their H.264 high profile format, high definition video[3] transmission is made possible at up to an impressive 30 frames per second. This brings two immediate advantages from installing i-Pro SmartHD CCTV solutions in any environment. Firstly, a reduced total cost of ownership is achievable because existing secure IP networks can be used. Network data traffic created by CCTV content is squeezed through the high quality H.264 format, more video data can be transmitted down the same cables than before, so for new systems additional costly network cable infrastructure and the labour cost associated with installing it is substantially reduced. Further, new cables may not need to be run in order to support existing IP based systems such as computers or telephony equipment. The second advantage is that the resulting images that are transferred from the camera and seen by the end user are of a crystal clear quality, with nearly one million pixels[4] visible. With standard definition systems that produce lower quality images, small details such as clothing material, identifiable by observing textures, might not be present in the captured content. With small and subtle details like this acknowledged by security professionals and police around the globe as factors all too often critical to solving serious crime, i-Pro SmartHD brings more powerful tools to bear in the fight against crime. Further features which can additionally reduce bit rates and network bandwidth consumption include low burden image transmission, high quality 1/3rd MOS sensors, 3D Digital Noise Reduction to produce the cleanest images possible and 0.3 Lux high sensitivity to replicate vivid colourful images. With smart use of network resources and crystal clear crime beating images covered, PSNE have also considered environmental resources and Panasonic's Eco Ideas initiative has enabled the reduction of power consumption by up to 45%[5]. Smart features: With increased market demand for truly converged IP surveillance and communications systems i-Pro SmartHD CCTV systems answer also with the capability to transmit two kinds of H.264 encoded video simultaneously. This is in order to further reduce network data traffic and maintain provision of network services at required speeds. For example, for Panasonic Network Video Recorders a 1.3 megapixel 30 FPS video can be recorded whilst another video stream is transmitted simultaneously in VGA resolution for a multi-screen camera display in a security office. VRS[6] is a sophisticated new function that further decreases the burden of CCTV data traffic on the network through capturing images only at HD resolutions in specified sections of the image, for example where property most at threat is located. A camera overlooking a car park need only produce HD images in the areas where cars are parked and not on the walls surrounding that area or an owner of a chain of stores may only require high resolution images of high risk merchandising areas and is less concerned in capturing HD footage of other areas of the shop. The new i-Pro SmartHD cameras are also equipped with Panasonic Super Dynamic technology for a superior dynamic range and face detection capability. With this combination, faces can be detected automatically and are clearly visible even in a strongly backlit situation where previously suspects couldn't be seen. Smart technology, smart investment, smart security: The latest i-Pro SmartHD cameras not only improve image quality to a high definition resolution, but through a simpler, easier to operate and maintained security system, better answer end user needs. They also save time and other resources which reduces total cost of ownership. Where PSNE brings something truly different to the security market is in the ability to offer a wide range of solutions to a wide range of users that answer their needs and with the latest i-Pro SmartHD innovations PSNE's security customers will be sure to be making the most intelligent security choice.Note:H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 Part 10 (Advanced Video Encoding) is a standard for video compressionPanasonic's Proprietary system LSI platform, UniPhier®1280 (H) x 960 (V) 30FPS or 720p HD video (1850 (H) x 720 (V))1280 (H) x 720 (V)45% power consumption when compared with conventional CCTV camerasVRS Variable Resolution at specific area

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Panasonic introduces the WV-SP509 full HD network camera
Panasonic introduces the WV-SP509 full HD network camera

The WV-SP509 IP static camera provides high quality images and a wealth of features. Using a newly developed MOS sensor, the SP509 provides high quality full HD images across multiple H.264 and JPEG streams. Using MEGA Super Dynamic technology to deliver 128x dynamic range, the day/night image quality of the SP509 is ideal in all conditions. Packed with features, the SP509 is the most intelligent camera to date. Face detection allows the camera to adjust product focus to capture a person in shot and also use the XML data to trigger an alarm upon detection if using a compatible recorder. Auto back focus (ABF) allows easy installation, reducing installation time and ensuring perfect image. VIQS (variable image quality on specified area) is the latest innovation to the Smart HD range, allowing the camera to have higher resolution only on specified areas of the image, meaning lower bandwidth. The WV-SP509 provides all the latest Smart HD innovations, ensuring is fit for all in and outdoor needs*. Also, ONVIF compliant this camera is a must for a wide range of applications. Key features: Progressive scan 3.1 Megapixel MOS Sensor. Up to 30 fps at 1920 x 1080 image size Progressive scan 1.3 Megapixel MOS Sensor Wide Dynamic Range and ABS (Adaptive Black Stretch) technologies deliver wider dynamic range Face Wide Dynamic Range technology ensures clear face image High sensitivity: 0.5 lux (Colour), 0.06 lux(B/W) at F1.4 / 0.03 lux (Colour), 0.004 lux (B/W) at F1.4 with Sens Up 16x H.264 (High profile) and JPEG dual stream output Power over Ethernet (PoE) IEEE 802.3af, SDXC memorycard

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New from Panasonic: Two indoor vandal resistant dome cameras extend the award winning i-Pro SmartHD range
New from Panasonic: Two indoor vandal resistant dome cameras extend the award winning i-Pro SmartHD range

PSNE launches the WV-SF346 and WV-SF342 vandal-resistant indoor network dome cameras to broaden the i-Pro SmartHD range of options for installers.Panasonic's Uniphier® technology maximises network traffic management enabling simultaneous H.264 (High-profile) and JPEG video streams over IP for real time monitoring and high-resolution video recording. SDHC and SD memory card slots make manual recording in H.264 or JPEG possible with automated backup recording upon alarm or network failure, which assures piece of mind.Both cameras allow for VMD (Video Motion Detector) technology, which has 4 programmable detection areas, 15 steps sensitivity level and 10 steps detection size with up to two privacy zones for masked windows or doorways. Progressive scan technology ensures clear images with reduced image tearing and motion blur and Face Wide Dynamic Range technology ensures a clear face image even during movement.Stephen Gerrard, Country Marketing Manager PSNE, stated: "Both network dome cameras are designed with a range of indoor applications in mind. Panasonic's new technology and intelligent features ensure that the best possible image quality is achieved with specific focus on optimising facial recognition for security operatives on the floor."The WV-SF346 also comes with ABF (Auto Back Focus), which adjusts sensor positioning to ensure an easy installation while Focus Assist aids set up in the WV-SF342. The Digital Noise Reduction feature, 3D-DNR, ensures noise reduction in various conditions whilst the vandal resistant polycarbonate dome structure is designed to survive a free fall drop from a 5kg weight; making both domes the ideal indoor security package.The WV-SF346, supports the newly developed 1.3 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with simple day/night function enabling superb low light performance at 0.3 lux (colour) and 0.2 lux (B/W). A full frame transmission up to 30fps at HD 1,280 x 960 image size means the WV-SF346 certifies precise video quality and subsequent subject recognition. The WV-SF342 also supports simple day/night function, with high 0.2 lux (Colour), 0.13 lux (B/W) and a full frame rate of up to 30 fps transmission at super high resolution SVGA/800 x 600 created by 1.3 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor.These two new indoor, vandal resistant network dome cameras strengthen the Panasonic i-Pro SmartHD range and come equipped with all the attributes needed for a flexible indoor installation.

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New IP domes: Two feature packed vandal resistant domes, the WV-SF346 and WV-SF342 from Panasonic
New IP domes: Two feature packed vandal resistant domes, the WV-SF346 and WV-SF342 from Panasonic

PSNE launches the WV-SF346 and WV-SF342 vandal-resistant indoor network dome cameras to broaden the i-Pro SmartHD range of options for installers.Panasonic's Uniphier® technology maximises network traffic management enabling simultaneous H.264 (High-profile) and JPEG video streams over IP for real time monitoring and high-resolution video recording. SDHC and SD memory card slots make manual recording in H.264 or JPEG possible with automated backup recording upon alarm or network failure which assures piece of mind.Both cameras allow for VMD (Video Motion Detector) technology, which has 4 programmable detection areas, 15 steps sensitivity level and 10 steps detection size with up to two privacy zones for masked windows or doorways. Progressive scan technology ensures clear images with reduced image tearing and motion blur and Face Wide Dynamic Range technology ensures a clear face image even during movement.Stephen Gerrard, Country Marketing Manager PSNE, stated: "Both network dome cameras are designed with a range of indoor applications in mind. Panasonic's new technology and intelligent features ensure that the best possible image quality is achieved with specific focus on optimising facial recognition for security operatives on the floor."The WV-SF346 also comes with ABF (Auto Back Focus) which adjusts sensor positioning to ensure an easy installation while Focus Assist aids set up in the WV-SF342. The Digital Noise Reduction feature, 3D-DNR, ensures noise reduction in various conditions whilst the vandal resistant polycarbonate dome structure is designed to survive a free fall drop from a 5kg weight; making both domes the ideal indoor security package.The WV-SF346, supports the newly developed 1.3 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with simple day/night function enabling superb low light performance at 0.3 lux (colour) and 0.2 lux (B/W). A full frame transmission up to 30fps at HD 1,280 x 960 image size means the WV-SF346 certifies precise video quality and subsequent subject recognition. The WV-SF342 also supports simple day/night function, with high 0.2 lux (Colour), 0.13 lux (B/W) and a full frame rate of up to 30 fps transmission at super high resolution SVGA/800 x 600 created by 1.3 megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor.These two new indoor, vandal resistant network dome cameras strengthen the Panasonic i-Pro SmartHD range and come equipped with all the attributes needed for a flexible indoor installation.

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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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Panasonic unveils state-of-the-art i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras with built-in AI capabilities
Panasonic unveils state-of-the-art i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras with built-in AI capabilities

Panasonic has announced its new i-PRO X-Series of network security cameras with built in AI capabilities making them ideal for the next generation of intelligent applications in business and society. i-PRO X-Series security cameras With its Software Development Kit, the camera range is designed for third party application development that can be tailored to a business customer’s needs. The range includes six new models, with 5MP resolutions available in July, 2020 and 4K resolutions at the end of the year, and indoor and outdoor vandal resistant dome or box configurations. The new cameras can install up to three video analytics applications, with two i-PRO applications plus the Software Development Kit included free-of-charge, if purchased before the end of March 2021. The two analytics applications available as of now are AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) and Privacy Masking. AI Video Motion Detection AI engine enables alarm triggers, based upon predefined parameters, at a  very high level of accuracy AI Video Motion Detection (AI-VMD) is capable of detecting any human, vehicle, two-wheel motorcycle or bicycle and can be used for intrusion detection, identifying loitering, direction detection and many more applications. The AI engine enables alarm triggers, based upon predefined parameters, at a higher level of accuracy than ever before. The second application is Privacy Masking to detect and recognise human figures in a video scene and pixelate their figures or faces for privacy protection. This application is important for many businesses operating in geographies where strict privacy laws are in force, such as Europe with GDPR. It can be used to protect the identities of employees, customers and visitors in a wide range of industries. AI engine with on-board analytics The new i-PRO X-Series employ an AI engine with on-board analytics to detect suspicious changes in scenes, automatically adjust image settings of the scene being analysed, and optimise video compression to conserve network bandwidth and server storage capacities. “This new camera range, with its open Software Development Kit, offers exciting opportunities to tailor a host of next generation AI applications around the specific needs of business customers,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of the Panasonic Security Business Unit. New analytics applications He adds, “Our partners already have a number of innovative additional applications in development for future use with the camera range. We will be announcing more on these applications later in the year but the benefits of the cameras with these new analytics applications are widespread and vary from enhancing security to helping make a change in the post-COVID world.”

Panasonic unveils BizTalk, free online leaning resource for businesses in the ‘new normal’ work environment
Panasonic unveils BizTalk, free online leaning resource for businesses in the ‘new normal’ work environment

Panasonic has launched a free online resource for businesses to help them to continue to learn, change and share in the ‘new normal’ work environment. Panasonic BizTalk Panasonic BizTalk brings together a series of digital talks, webinars, training and Q&A’s with Panasonic experts and partners across its entire range of business technology. Areas of interest covered include mobile computing, security, broadcast, business communication and visual solutions, as well as industrial medical vision camera and integrated technology solutions to address vertical industry challenges. Comprehensive online learning environment “With businesses adjusting to a new type of working environment, our traditional methods of learning and sharing experiences, such as at physical events and conferences, have vanished but our industry and business challenges remain,” said Jan Kaempfer, Head of Marketing at Panasonic System Communications Company Europe. Jan adds, “As a result, Panasonic is focusing on providing its customers and partners with a comprehensive online environment for understanding industry trends, sharing experiences and learning about the latest technology solutions. This free resource will rapidly grow over the coming months and I encourage businesses, partners and media to participate.”

Genetec’s Firmware Vault helps organisations stay up-to-date with latest camera firmware and enhance cybersecurity
Genetec’s Firmware Vault helps organisations stay up-to-date with latest camera firmware and enhance cybersecurity

Genetec Inc., a globally-renowned technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, has announced that Firmware Vault, the industry’s first camera firmware update service developed by an open architecture VMS vendor, now supports cameras from Axis, Bosch, and Panasonic, in addition to existing support for Hanwha Techwin cameras. Firmware Vault Designed to help IT administrators and systems integrators stay up to date with the latest camera firmware, Firmware Vault helps organisations ensure they have the latest protection from the manufacturer against cyber threats. Outdated camera firmware presents one of the biggest weaknesses in cybersecurity defense. But for many security administrators, keeping pace with the latest updates can be very time-consuming. According to recent research conducted by Genetec, 68.4% or almost 7 out of 10 cameras are currently running out-of-date firmware. Enhancing cybersecurity protection  Ensuring that you are running the latest version of your cameras’ firmware can be tricky and time-consuming Firmware Vault streamlines the camera firmware update process so that customers can implement the latest cybersecurity protection measures as soon as they become available, a crucial step in ensuring their organisation’s resilience against cyber-attacks. Firmware Vault is available free of charge with Security Centre Version 5.8 and above. “Ensuring that you are running the latest version of your cameras’ firmware can be tricky and time-consuming. Yet, when the firmware on a single video surveillance camera is out of date, your entire IT network can be at risk of a cyber-attack. Firmware Vault makes it easy to keep on top of the firmware update process,” explains Mathieu Chevalier, Lead Security Architect, at Genetec. Cloud-based locker The Firmware Vault feature relies on the same highly-secure cloud-based locker used by the Genetec Update Service to provide access to Windows and Security Centre updates. When new camera firmware is available, system administrators are notified in the Security Centre Configuration Tool. This allows them to track and download new firmware packages and the latest manufacturer cybersecurity protection measures for the connected cameras in a matter of minutes. The Firmware Vault allows users to have a unified view of all cameras and their update status so that they can take corrective action more quickly and efficiently.

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