Dallmeier Panomera® S8 Ultraline
Dallmeier Panomera® S8 Ultraline

Since 2011, the patented Dallmeier Panomera® multifocal sensor technology has provided comprehensive video protection for vast areas in many football stadiums, perimeters, airports and city areas all over the world. The new Panomera® series, the “Ultraline“, has exceptionally high effective resolution for these situations. Dallmeier presents the first model of the new series, the Panomera® S8 Ultraline, which delivers up to 190 megapixel at 30 fps.  The Panomera® concept has revolutionised video technology: with up to eight sensors in a single camera, it is possible to capture enormous distances in unprecedented resolution quality. With fewer cameras and considerably less expense for both infrastructure and management, the total cost of ownership of video solutions are reduced significantly. At the same time, customer specifications regarding pixel density and coverage can be satisfied very precisely.    Up to 26,000 sqm. coverage with one camera The first model of the new Ultraline series, the Ultraline S8, has an excellent dynamic range of 130 dB UWDR (effective) for an extreme Panomera® effect. This enables a resolution of 125 px/m up to a distance of 160, 104 or 82 m, enabling individuals to be recognised over the entire distance. Identification of persons (250 px/m) is supported up to a distance of 46 m depending on the model, observation (62 px/m) is possible even up to a distance of 322 m. This corresponds to a huge image space of more than 26,000 sqm. with continuous depth of field.  Permanent capture The multifocal sensor system captures and stores all regions of the image space in the highest detail resolution. At the same time, it is not important whether the operators are concentrating on a specific region in live mode (multiple detail zoom) or if regions of interest are displayed in detail based on video content analysis (multiple auto-tracking). The Panomera® recordings always include the entire area of interest and allow every operation to be analysed.  “Made in Germany” and GDPR-ready Like all Dallmeier cameras the new Panomera® model is manufactured entirely in Germany, at the Dallmeier factory in Regensburg. This in itself is a major factor in the manufacturer’s data protection and data security strategy, since it is then impossible for unauthorised persons to gain access through “backdoors”, for example. In all, 14 functions such as the setup of private zones, People Masking or the very latest encryption-authentication technology in the processing chain of Dallmeier solutions ensure that the strict requirements of the GDPR relating to data protection and data security are met.

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Dallmeier launches special camera for number plate recognition
Dallmeier launches special camera for number plate recognition

With the DF5200HD-IR-ANPR Dallmeier launches a new special camera whose images are optimised for the automatic recognition of vehicle number plates. ANPR technology The DF5200HD-IR-ANPR is a special camera with integrated IR illumination. The images provided by the camera are optimised for the automatic recognition of vehicle number plates on a SEDOR® ANPR Server appliance. Equipped with the most advanced sensor and encoder technology, a powerful IR illumination and a special optical filter, the camera provides high-resolution and monochrome video footage. This is the ideal base for a precise and fast 24-hour number plate recognition, regardless of environmental conditions or changing lighting at day and night. Infrared sensitivity The camera features an outstanding infrared sensitivity and permanently supplies infrared images with excellent contrast. The restriction on the infrared range allows for the elimination of disturbing daylight and ambient conditions. In addition, the intense IR reflection of modern number plates is optimally utilized. This enables recordings with brilliant clarity and highest detail resolution, ideal for a precise number plate recognition in a 24/7 operation. The outstanding infrared sensitivity of the camera is supported by the integrated homogeneous IR illumination. It is based on semi-covert 850nm high power LEDs and permits an illumination range of up to 18m. The camera is equipped with special presets in order to provide optimum recordings for the number plate recognition with SEDOR® ANPR Server. This allows the quick and easy adjustment of the settings to different capture ranges. Individual adjustments of the camera settings are usually not required. The camera is equipped with a RAM memory that is used by the EdgeStorage function for storing the video stream in case of a network failure. When the network is restored, the SmartBackfill function ensures a fast transmission to the SMAVIA recording system. This stores the video stream with high speed and then continues the recording of the live stream seamlessly.

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Dallmeier launches MDF5200HD-DN 2k module camera
Dallmeier launches MDF5200HD-DN 2k module camera

Dallmeier has added another model to its 5200 Nightline series, the MDF5200HD-DN. This is a compact module camera which is ideally suited for installations in automated teller machines, gambling tables and display panels. The 5200 Nightline series has been developed with special attention to changing light conditions for 24-hour video surveillance. One particularly special feature is its outstanding low-light performance: The extremely high light sensitivity of the sensor and the sophisticated image processing ensure crisp colour images even in the dark. In night mode, the cameras also provide outstanding results due to their excellent infrared sensitivity. The MDF5200HD-DN module camera is built into a small sensor enclosure and a separate encoder enclosure. Thanks to this extremely compact design, the camera is ideally suited for installations in automated teller machines, gambling tables and display panels – the corresponding mounting brackets are already included ex works. Furthermore, the IP camera is equipped with a 1/4" tripod socket located on the top and bottom, so it fits all standard brackets. The camera provides up to 2K Full-HD video with up to 30fps at full resolution (1080p/30). It has a motor-driven megapixel varifocal lens that is perfectly tuned to the image sensor. The adjustment of zoom, focus and iris is made conveniently using a web browser, and no manual lens setting is required at the installation site of the camera. The MDF5200HD-DN is equipped with a RAM memory that is used by the EdgeStorage function for storing the video stream in case of a network failure. When the network is restored, the SmartBackfill function ensures fast transmission to the SMAVIA recording system. This stores the video stream at high speed and then continues the recording of the live stream seamlessly – this means that no picture data ever gets lost, even if the network goes down temporarily.

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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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Dallmeier module camera MDF5250HD-DN provides AI-based object classification even in difficult light conditions
Dallmeier module camera MDF5250HD-DN provides AI-based object classification even in difficult light conditions

Dallmeier Electronic, one of the world's renowned manufacturers of video information systems, presents its new module camera "MDF5250HD-DN". The latest model in the Dallmeier 5000 camera series has excellent low-light characteristics. This guarantees high detail resolution and colour accuracy even in poor light conditions. The capability to perform AI-based object classification is provided even at the encoder level. At the same time, the camera enables reduced data rates due to H.265 video compression. Compared with conventional models, the MDF5250HD-DN offers considerable advantages in terms of discretion, space requirement and flexibility as the encoder housing and the sensor are separate from each other. The ultracompact sensor housing means that users can install the latest module camera from Dallmeier even in the tightest of spaces. Possible fields of application thus include cash dispensers, retail or petrol stations, for example. Highest detail resolutions The MDF5250HD-DN delivers frame rates of up to 100 fps with a resolution of 1080p (Full HD) The camera has both a day and a night mode. If HDR mode is activated, the sensor functions within a dynamic range up to 120 dB. In combination with the high light sensitivity of 0.002 lux and the innovative image processing, this enables clear recordings with unmatched contrast and the highest detail resolutions and colour accuracy even in difficult light conditions. Low data rate together with high resolution? H.265 video compression makes it possible. The MDF5250HD-DN delivers frame rates of up to 100 fps with a resolution of 1080p (Full HD). This typically demand correspondingly high bandwidths and large storage space capacities. Thanks to H.265 video compression, the data rate is reduced by as much as 50% compared to H.264 – with no loss of resolution or image quality. Its use in combination with Dallmeier recording systems also enables users to reduce network and storage loads further. Video content analysis  Besides the low data rate, the innovative encoder technology also enables significantly more powerful object classification. After just a short learning phase, the neural networks integrated at the camera level already allow more effective use of video analysis functions. This makes the evaluation of results from analysis functions such as "Tamper Detection", "Line Crossing" or "Intrusion Detection" still more efficient.

Dallmeier electronic releases interactive Panomera simulator with patented multi-focal sensor technology
Dallmeier electronic releases interactive Panomera simulator with patented multi-focal sensor technology

Dallmeier electronic, one of the world's renowned manufacturers of video security technology, has announced introducing an interactive simulator, Panomera, for comparing megapixel, PTZ and multi-focal sensor technology. This interactive simulator will enable end users, installers and those who are interested to compare the different camera technologies and experience the ‘Panomera’ effect themselves. Panomera simulator The task of delivering maximum overview, together with excellent image definition, presents a significant challenge for many common camera technologies, such as megapixel, PTZ or multi-sensor cameras. Particularly, during zoom operations, something must be sacrificed, be it either the essential detail resolution (megapixel and multi-sensor cameras) or the overview (PTZ). Accordingly, the camera images are often not usable or pertinent scenes are simply not recorded at all. Patented multi-focal sensor technology Intelligent ‘stitching’ software runs in the background, merging the individual images from the camera lenses In the new and interactive Panomera simulator, users can now see for themselves how the patented multi-focal sensor technology, Panomera, from Dallmeier, addresses this problem with up to eight sensors with different focal lengths (multi-focal) capturing both nearby and distant image areas in high resolution. Intelligent ‘stitching’ software runs in the background, merging the individual images from the camera lenses so that users can capture even large expanses or long distances in a constant, precisely definable minimum resolution. Panomera camera system The customer benefits are a much better overview of the situation, simultaneous access capability for many operators in high resolution, and better analysis capabilities due to the high-resolution display of spatial contexts, even over very large areas. One Panomera camera system thus, replaces many conventional cameras and significantly reduces both the infrastructure expense required and the operating costs. Besides, many industrial enterprises worldwide, for example nine of the twelve Russian stadiums, which hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 14 of 20 clubs in the English Premier League, more than 19 German cities, and many airports around the world rely on Panomera.

Dallmeier polls the trade community if “Made in Germany” and “Made in Europe" becoming more important
Dallmeier polls the trade community if “Made in Germany” and “Made in Europe" becoming more important

Dallmeier electronic, one of the world's manufacturers of video security and video information technology, is currently conducting a survey on its website regarding the "Made in Germany" and “Made in Europe” seal of quality. End users and interested parties from various industries as well as partners, erectors and planners are warmly invited to take part in this survey. As a consequence of the coronavirus crisis, a lot of businesses are currently considering many things from a different point of view – perhaps even more radically than when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed into law two years ago. Data protection The relative merits of questions such as the manufacturer's origin, faith in trading partners, stable supply chains, data protection and data security, and security in general are the subject of active and lively debate about solutions and products made in European countries. Dallmeier has, therefore, taken this opportunity to conduct a survey about the “Made in Germany” and “Made in Europe” seal of quality. At the beginning of July 2020, Dallmeier will publish the results of the survey in the form of a press release and on social networks. Those who wish to, can take part in the survey that can be found on the company’s official website (duration: 3–5 minutes).

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