Optimise retail operations with VIVOTEK’s 3D people counting solution
Optimise retail operations with VIVOTEK’s 3D people counting solution

VIVOTEK, a global IP surveillance provider introduced a new stereo network camera for retail solutions, the SC8131. The SC8131 delivers 3 key benefits for the retail market, including: Accurate Traffic Analysis: Uniquely designed with a dual-lens, the SC8131 mimics the eyes of human beings. Thanks to its 3D Depth Technology with up to 98% accuracy rate, the camera can distinguish individuals or groups, adult or children, and filter out carts, and strollers. Furthermore, it obtains bi-directional counting on a definable flow and tracking a moving path, avoiding double counting caused by u-turns. Improve Staff Management: When retailers recruit security staff or part-time employees to manually count traffic they tend to produce a less than satisfactory result. With VIVOTEK’s SC8131, these valuable human resources now can be managed more efficiently while producing far higher levels of accuracy. Optimize Operating Decisions: VIVOTEK is committed to helping retailers think ahead and maximise their ROI. The SC8131 enhances business intelligence via VIVOTEK’s central management software, VAST, which produces dedicated counting reports. These real-time reports can be exported by schedule or for areas in a line chart, bar graph or pie chart and directly exported into Snapshot. And all the data can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for analysis. Finally, VAST provides a seamless counting function, which secures counting data all the time, even during unexpected network or power disruption. With VIVOTEK, information vital to your business will always be on hand.

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H.264 Day & Night Weather-proof Network Bullet Camera IP8332-C
H.264 Day & Night Weather-proof Network Bullet Camera IP8332-C

VIVOTEK IP8332 is a best-in-class, bullet-style network camera designed for diverse outdoor applications. Equipped with a 1MP sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at a smooth 30 fps, the IP8332 is an all-in-one outdoor camera capable of capturing high quality and high resolution video. In order to adapt to constantly changing outdoor lighting conditions, the IP8332 features a removable IR-cut filter as well as IR illuminators effective up to 15M for superior image quality around the clock. For protection against harsh outdoor environments, the camera is encased in an IP66-rated housing and weather-proof casing to withstand rain and dust. The IP8332 supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compatibility all included, multiple streams can be simultaneously transmitted in any of these formats at different resolutions, frame rates, and image qualities for versatile platforms. The streams can also be individually configured to meet different needs or bandwidth constraints, thereby further optimizing bandwidth and storage. Incorporating a number of advanced features standard for VIVOTEK cameras, including tamper detection, 802.3af compliant PoE, SD/SDHC card slot, and VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software, the IP8332 is the ideal solution for your outdoor surveillance needs. Features 1/4" CMOS Sensor in 1280 X 800 resolution Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function Built-in IR Illuminators, Effective up to 15 Meters Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) Multiple Simultaneous Streams Activity Adaptive Streaming for Dynamic Frame Rate Control Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing Tamper Detection for Unauthorized Changes Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Digital Input for External Sensor Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage Supports ONVIF Standard to Simplify Integration and Enhance Interoperability

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VIVOTEK Smart Stream II H.265 solutions
VIVOTEK Smart Stream II H.265 solutions

VIVOTEK, a leading provider of H.265A pioneer in the use of H.265 technology for surveillance, VIVOTEK is proud to launch the new H.265 solutions, available in from 2-Megapixel to 5-Megapixel models and in a range of form factors to suit any application. Employing H.265 technology enables these cameras to provide higher and more efficient image compression rates than previous H.264 systems while maintaining the high image quality. Additionally, VIVOTEK’s NVRs (network video recorders) and professional VMS (video management software), VAST, provide complete H.265 solutions for professional surveillance operations.VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II: Make your bandwidth more efficientIn addition to the deployment of H.265 hardware, VIVOTEK also releases the sophisticated Smart Stream II, the next generation of video compression technology. Utilizing VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II, cameras are able to optimise quality for desired regions and adjust encoding automatically to maximise bandwidth usage efficiency. Customers will benefit from significant reduction in network bandwidth and storage requirements. Combining H.265 and VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II, the H.265 solutions can reduce both bandwidth and storage consumption by up to 80% more than cameras using H.264.As well as these advanced network cameras, VIVOTEK also introduces H.265 compatible NVRs and video management software, VAST to shorten installation time and cost. VIVOTEK's H.265 integrated solution is perfect for a wide range of environments, including indoors, outdoors and from small to medium scale applications.

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VIVOTEK introduces new licence plate capture solution, IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit
VIVOTEK introduces new licence plate capture solution, IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit

VIVOTEK's IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit represents a total solution for LPC (Licence Plate Capture, or ANPR) applications by leveraging the top tier image quality and traffic monitoring ability of the IP816A-LPC box camera. The CaMate IR Illuminator, utilising CVA Tech, provides adjustable beam angles for different distances. A headlight filter is implemented to reduce instances of glare from direct headlight contact. The IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit delivers clear licence plate images for reliable recognition, in both the sunniest days, and in the darkest nights.  VIVOTEK Scene Mode Empowered with VIVOTEK Scene Mode, which provides different exposure levels to avoid overexposure in some lighting conditions, the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit can capture clear plate images from vehicles moving at speeds of up to 85MPH (140 km/hr).  Value-added features such as DIS (Digital Image Stabilisation) and VIVOTEK Snapshot Focus ensure that the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit can be easily installed and adjusted to provide the perfect LPR solution. Further, with the high-resolution images supporting a wide range of up to two lanes, the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit is also the most economic solution in LPR applications.  One camera covers both scene overview & LPC view VIVOTEK's 2 Mega-pixel resolution kit provides not only sufficient PPF for licence plate capture, but also for a clear overview of moving vehicles, including car colour, brand and type for general traffic surveillance purposes. Therefore, with only one VIVOTEK IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit, users can yield more information from one single location.  Supreme anti-glare capability Capturing images at night is a challenging issue for any surveillance application, but for Licence Plate Capture applications the challenge is even greater, due to noise and glare caused by the headlights of cars. The IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit is equipped with external 48W/80W IR Illuminators and a delicate headlight filter, which help to filter out reflected light and only capture detailed information from the plates. Moreover, the IR threshold is also programmed to deploy the IR LED automatically to ensure 24/7 & Day/Night performance.  One camera covers dual lanes The high image quality of the IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit ensures wide coverage of two lanes with one camera, whether used for highway monitoring or for street monitoring. With a single IP816A-LPC-v2 Kit covering dual lanes, the total cost of traffic monitoring will be reduced.

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VIVOTEK to offer H.264 2-megapixel day & night fixed dome network camera - FD8161
VIVOTEK to offer H.264 2-megapixel day & night fixed dome network camera - FD8161

VIVOTEK FD8161 is a professional-series fixed dome network camera featuring superb 2-megapixel image quality and exceptional bandwidth efficiency of H.264 video compression, especially suitable for wide open spaces such as building entrances and airports, or applications requiring accurate identification.Featuring a 2-megapixel sensor, the FD8161 can provide coverage 6 times more than a VGA camera, making it capable of providing highly detailed images by which users can easily and accurately identify minute objects.  The FD8161's H.264 support significantly reduces file sizes and conserves valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility, video streams can be transmitted in either of these formats for versatile applications. The FD8161 comes with a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators for superior image quality around the clock. It is also equipped with a PIR sensor that detects moving objects by their thermal characteristics. FD8161's tamper detection feature detects data loss from camera tampering in real-time. Its on-board storage SD/SDHC card slot ensures continuous recording. Additionally, it comes with a recessed design, allowing for cable concealment at the bottom of the camera, and a 3-axis mechanism for flexible installation. Designed for maximum value and performance, the FD8161 is indisputably the top choice for reliable indoor surveillance.Key Features2-megapixel CMOS sensor3 ~ 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris LensRemovable IR-cut filter for day and night functionBuilt-in IR illuminators, effective up to 15 metres Real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG compression (triple codec)   Multiple streams simultaneouslyBuilt-in PIR sensor for human detection Built-in 802.3af compliant PoE 

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VIVOTEK showcased 2MP day & night Network bullet camera for outdoor surveillance at ASIS 2009
VIVOTEK showcased 2MP day & night Network bullet camera for outdoor surveillance at ASIS 2009

VIVOTEK 2MP Outdoor Network Bullet Camera - IP73612MP CMOS sensor3 ~ 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lensRemovable IR-cut filter and built-in IR illuminators Real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Dual Codec)Multiple streams simultaneouslyWeather-proof IP67-rated housingBuilt-in 802.3af compliant PoEBuilt-in SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storageMounting bracket with cable managementExcellent image quality & data efficiencyWith a 2-megapixel sensor, IP7361 can provide highly detailed images, covering a wide area. Via the integrated bandwidth-efficient technologies including Cropping, ePTZ, Activity Adaptive Streaming and Multiple Streams, transmission and storage of cameras feeds can be optimised.Overview of Vivotek network bullet camera IP7361 Clear images 24/7IP7361 is integrated with a removable IR-cut filter and IR LEDs to ensure superior image quality, day and night.IP67-rated housingIts weather-proof IP67-rated housing provides protection from extreme weather conditions, allowing for operation in demanding environments.Mounting bracket with cable managementIP7361 has a mounting bracket that conceals cables inside. The protective bracket prevents cables from malicious or natural damage, guaranteeing consistent and reliable surveillance performance. It also gives the cameras a clean and professional appearance.Tamper detectionBy detecting camera tampering immediately and sending out alerts to the operator, the IP7361 is an invaluable solution for vandalism-prone areas.Uninterrupted recordingThe SD/SDHC card slot allows for short-term and portable video storage on removable memory cards, thereby providing a higher level of convenience.

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VIVOTEK’s compact cube network camera – CC8130
VIVOTEK’s compact cube network camera – CC8130

VIVOTEK has launched a new megapixel-class camera tailored to the needs of retailers - the CC8130, to enhance VIVOTEK's lineup of security cameras designed for the retail industry. The CC8130 is a compact cube camera especially designed for indoor surveillance with a flat back-panel for easy mounting on walls, desktop or countertops, and ideal for locations such as checkout stations, capturing faces at eye level. The unique and physically elegant design makes it the best choice for boutique, hotel, restaurant, department or convenience stores. With a 180° panoramic viewing angle, the camera provides full coverage of monitored areas without blind spots, providing complete video security. In addition, a built-in microphone to record sound within a 5 meter radius further enhances its value as a security tool. VIVOTEK's new camera CC8130 targeted at retail environments supports industry-standard H.264 compression, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. Together with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, customers can also take advantage of the iViewer remote monitoring app for iOS and Android mobile devices, setting up an easy-to-use IP surveillance system with ease. CC8130’s key features include 1-Megapixel CMOS Sensor, 180° horizontal panoramic view, compact and elegant design, real-time H.264 and MJPEG compression (dual codec), 30 fps @ 1280x800, and built-in IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE.

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Vivotek launches H.264 fixed network camera with supreme night visibility - IP8151
Vivotek launches H.264 fixed network camera with supreme night visibility - IP8151

VIVOTEK IP8151 represents the next-generation in video quality in network cameras. As the first 1.3 Megapixel IP camera in VIVOTEK's new line of professional SUPREME Series products, users will be able to experience the utmost in picture clarity through utilisation of SONY's latest sensor technology, dubbed "ExmorTM", which enables the IP8151 to capture exceptional details during daytime, as well as offer unparalleled visibility under low-light conditions through its Supreme Night Visibility feature.The IP8151 camera supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility also included, video streams can be transmitted in any of these formats for versatile applications.Also featuring a myriad of other high-end features such as SDHC card slot, PoE, multiple streams, and more, the IP8151 camera is the ideal choice for the most demanding monitoring applications. By providing sharp, smooth video, plus exceptional performance in low-light conditions, the IP8151 can secure a variety of sites such as retails stores, school campuses, and much more.Key Features1.3-megapixel CMOS SensorSupreme Night VisibilityUp to 30 fps@ 1280x10243.1 ~ 8 mm Vari-focal, Auto-iris LenRemovable IR-cut Filter for Day and Night FunctionReal-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec)Built-in SD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board StorageBuilt-in 802.3af Compliant PoECS- or C-mount Adjustment Ring for Flexible Lens InstallationSupports ONVIF Standard to Simplify Integration and Enhance Interoperability 

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VIVOTEK presents new network cameras, embracing 2 megapixel and H.264, at IFSEC 2009
VIVOTEK presents new network cameras, embracing 2 megapixel and H.264, at IFSEC 2009

VIVOTEK 2 megapixel day & night network camera - IP71612 megapixel CMOS sensorRemovable IR-cut filter for day and night functionDetects tampering from blockage, redirection, spray-painting, defocusingTime-shift streaming for recording pre- and post-event videoReal-time MPEG-4 and M-JPEG compression (dual codec)Multiple streams simultaneously ePTZ for data efficiencyBuilt-in SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storageWide coverage with superior image qualityIP7161 can provide coverage 6 times larger than a VGA camera with highly exceptional details, dramatically reducing camera installations.Watch the 2 megapixel day & night fixed network camera overview Image capture with greater data efficiencyWith ePTZ, users can move freely in the full-view window without changing the camera direction physically and receive only target region images for viewing, achieving more efficient use of bandwidth and storage space.Full features for professional surveillanceIP7161 uses a removable IR-cut filter to ensure superior image quality day and night. Its tamper detection feature detects data loss from camera tampering in real-time, keeping security staff alerted on camera blockage, redirection, defocusing or spray-painting. The time-shift streaming support provides comprehensive information for more accurate content analysis. With a SD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage, IP7161 ensures continuous recording and efficient use of bandwidth and storage space.Flexible lens installationIP7161's CS/C-mount adjustment ring allows users to change lenses easily without using a spacer, achieving more flexibility in lens selection and installation.

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VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) height strip network camera for facial recognition
VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) height strip network camera for facial recognition

The VIVOTEK CC8130(HS) is a height-strip network camera equipped with a 180 degree wide-angle lens, delivering clear images for reliable facial recognition. An ideal installation height of 170cm (5.5 ft) allows the CC8130(HS) to capture clear facial images at eye view, even when the subject is wearing a hat or hood. In addition, the plug and play design makes the CC8130(HS) installation simple and rapid. Combining low-profile and high- level features, the CC8130(HS) is ideal for discreet indoor applications, such as retail, banks, restaurants, small businesses and particularly in cashier areas. To dramatically reduce file sizes and conserve valuable network bandwidth, the CC8130(HS) supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology. Combined with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, users can quickly and easily set up an IP surveillance system that's simple to operate but hard to beat. "Capturing clear facial images is one of the most critical issues in surveillance. One solution is to mount the camera at eye-level, but this increases the risk of vandalism. VIVOTEK, the professional solution provider, is proud to release the CC8130(HS) with discreet eye-level mounting, allowing capture of clearer facial images than ceiling-mounted cameras, even when subjects wear hats or hoods," said Tim Su, Director, Marketing Division at VIVOTEK. "Additionally, the CC8130(HS) offers graduated and color-coded height measurements in both U.S. and Metric units to meet the needs of users all over the world."

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How to choose the right storage card for video surveillance systems
How to choose the right storage card for video surveillance systems

With increased demands being placed on safety and security globally, and supported by advancements in IP cameras and 360-degree camera technology, the video surveillance industry is growing steadily. Market research indicates that this worldwide industry is expected to reach an estimated $39.3 billion in revenue by 2023, driven by a CAGR of 9.3 percent from 2018 to 2023. Video surveillance is not just about capturing footage (to review an event or incident when it occurs), but also about data analysis delivering actionable insights that can improve operational efficiencies, better understand customer buying behaviours, or simply just provide added value and intelligence. Growth of Ultra-HD surveillance To ensure that the quality of the data is good enough to extract the details required to drive these insights, surveillance cameras are technologically evolving as well, not only with expanded capabilities surrounding optical zoom and motion range,4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021 but also relating to improvements in signal-to-noise (S2N) ratios, light sensitivities (and the minimum illumination needed to produce usable images), wide dynamic ranges (WDR) for varying foreground and background illumination requirements, and of course, higher quality resolutions. As such, 4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021, representing an astonishing 170 percent growth per year, and will require three to six times the storage space of 1080p video dependent on the compression technology used. Surveillance cameras are typically connected to a networked video recorder (NVR) that acts as a gateway or local server, collecting data from the cameras and running video management software (VMS), as well as analytics. Capturing this data is dependent on the communications path between individual cameras and the NVR. If this connection is lost, whether intentional, unintentional, or a simple malfunction, surveillance video will no longer be captured and the system will cease operations. Therefore, it has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism. Despite lost connectivity to the NVR, the camera can still record and capture raw footage locally until the network is restored, which in itself, could take a long time depending on maintenance staff or equipment availability, weather conditions, or other unplanned issues. Since microSD cards play a critical role as a failsafe mechanism to ensure service availability, it is important to choose the right card for capturing video footage.  It has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism if an NVR breaks Key characteristics of microSDs There are many different microSD cards to choose from for video capture at the network’s edge, and they range from industrial grade capabilities to commercial or retail grade, and everything in-between. To help make some of these uncertainties a little more certain, here are the key microSD card characteristics for video camera capture. Designed for surveillance As the market enjoys steady growth, storage vendors want to participate and have done so with a number of repurposed, repackaged, remarketed microSD cards targeted for video surveillance but with not much robustness, performance or capabilities specific to the application. Adding the absence of mean-time between failure (MTBF) specifications to the equation, microSD card reliability is typically a perceived measurement -- measured in hours of operation and relatively vague and hidden under metrics associated with the camera’s resolution and compression ratio. Therefore, when selecting a microSD card for surveillance cams at the edge, the choice should include a vendor that is trusted, has experience and a proven storage portfolio in video surveillance, and in microSD card technologies. Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites possible before the card can no longer store data correctly  High endurance Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites (program/erase cycles) that are possible before the card can no longer store data correctly. The rewrite operation is cyclical whereby a new stream of footage replaces older content by writing over it until the card is full, and the cycle repeats. The higher the endurance, the longer the card will perform before it needs to be replaced. Endurance is also referred to in terabytes written (TBW) or by the number of hours that the card can record continuously (while overwriting data) before a failure will occur. Health monitoring Health monitoring is a desired capability that not many microSD cards currently support and enables the host system to check when the endurance levels of a card are low and needs to be replaced. Having a card that supports this capability enables system integrators and operators with the ability to perform preemptive maintenance that will help to reduce system failures, as well as associated maintenance costs. Performance To capture continuous streams of raw footage, microSD cards within surveillance cams perform write operations about seventy to ninety percent of the time, whereas reading captured footage is performed about ten to thirty percent. The difference in read/write performance is dependent on whether the card is used in an artificial intelligent (AI) capable camera, or a standard one.   microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius Finding a card that is write-friendly, and can provide enough bandwidth to properly capture streamed data, and is cost-effective, requires one that falls between fast industrial card capabilities and slower commercial ones. Bandwidth in the range of 50 MB/sec for writes and 80 MB/sec for reads are typical and sufficient for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras. Temperature ranges Lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments As microSD cards must be designed for continuous operation in extreme weather conditions and a variety of climates, whether located indoors or out, support for various temperature ranges are another consideration. Given the wide spectrum of temperatures required by the camera makers, microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius, or in extreme cases, as low as -40 degrees Celsius. Capacity Selecting the right-sized capacity is also very important as there needs to be a minimum level to ensure that there is enough room to hold footage for a number of days or weeks before it is overwritten or the connectivity to the NVR is restored. Though 64GB is considered the capacity sweet spot for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras today, lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments. In the future, even higher capacities will be important for specific use cases and will potentially become standard capacities as the market evolves. When choosing the right storage microSD card to implement into your video surveillance system, make sure the card is designed specifically for the application – does it include the right levels of endurance and performance to capture continuous streams – can it withstand environmental challenges and wide temperature extremes – will it enable preventative and preemptive maintenance to provide years of service? It is critical for the surveillance system to be able to collect video footage whether the camera is connected to an NVR or is a standalone camera as collecting footage at the base of the surveillance system is the most crucial point of failure. As such, failsafe mechanisms are required to keep the camera recording until the network is restored.

Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today
Six reasons security integrators should adopt cloud technology today

As technology advances, the world is becoming increasingly connected, changing the way users think about and interact with security systems, which continue to evolve across all verticals and applications. With this change comes new opportunity for security integrators; security systems are advancing, creating new needs for products and services — some of which can be met through the adoption of cloud-based service systems. Cloud technology is no longer a dreamt-up version of the future of security — it’s here. If you’re hesitant to make the move to the cloud, consider these six reasons to embrace this new technology now.Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers Increased RMR Cloud technology has created an opportunity for integrators to offer managed services to their customers, producing a new business model that generates more stable and predictable income streams. By offering managed services on a subscription basis, integrators can build a part of their business to provide recurring monthly revenue (RMR), allowing them to scale faster. This business model is especially beneficial for customers who prefer to pay a fixed monthly or yearly rate for services rather than a large upfront fee, which can help attract new business while growing revenue from current customers. Stickier customers Providing managed services fosters a more involved relationship between integrators and their customers, which can help boost customer retention. This is primarily the result of three factors. Firstly, customers who buy managed services are committed for a specified term, which helps develop an ongoing business relationship between them and the integrator. Secondly, providing managed services creates an opportunity for more customer contact — each interaction is an opportunity to build rapport and monitor customer satisfaction.While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based services available Third, customers who purchase managed services generally tend to do business longer than customers who purchase products or services individually; with the monthly purchase of their services on autopilot, customers get into the habit of receiving these services, which helps reduce the chance that they’ll cancel their subscription while also building customer loyalty. High gross profit margins Cloud managed services create an opportunity for a service and technology to be purchased together, helping to generate a higher gross profit margin from the beginning of the customer relationship. On an ongoing basis, cloud service platforms offer a new level of accessibility to integrators, helping to provide better insight on activity trends to identify opportunities to continuously grow their revenue through subscription-based streams. Easier to provide managed services Traditionally, serving more sites required integrators to hire more technicians to meet the needs of their growing customer base, but the cloud has helped overcome this demand. While the functionalities of each system vary, their potential is evident in the cloud-based service platforms that are available today. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue The Avigilon Blue™ platform, for example, is a powerful new cloud service platform that helps integrators address the needs of their customer sites using fewer resources by offering the ability to administer system upgrades, fixes, health checks, and camera or system settings adjustments remotely.  The Avigilon Blue platform automatically sends, and stores video analytics highlights in the cloud, which can easily be accessed from any PC browser or mobile device. This data can be used to efficiently manage customer sites and maintain the health of those sites, helping to increase speed of service and expand the capacity to have more sites up and running. Cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators Not only does this help integrators scale their business faster, it creates an opportunity to provide added value to the customer at a lower cost as new upgrades and services come out. Proactively fix problems before they occur In addition to automating notifications and tedious maintenance tasks, cloud service platforms help provide integrators with the information and abilities they need to keep their customer sites running smoothly. When a problem occurs on a site that is managed by a cloud-based system, the integrator can receive a real-time notification regarding the issue — possibly before the customer even notices a disruption in service. They can then identify the problem and determine whether it can be resolved remotely or requires a technician to be deployed. By having the capacity to pinpoint service needs and make certain adjustments via the cloud, integrators can streamline their customer service processes and lower their response times to provide better, more efficient service. Increased valuation of business Companies that utilise cloud technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates The ability of cloud service platforms to help integrators manage more sites remotely and expand their revenue through subscription-based streams offers a competitive business advantage. Security innovators have harnessed the power of the cloud to enhance integrator efficiency so that they can spare their attention, resources and effort for where it’s needed most. As a service that helps offer scalability and a high gross profit margin while requiring fewer resources to maintain customer sites, cloud service platforms have the potential to revolutionise the security industry by providing new opportunities for integrators that may ultimately increase their business valuation. According to a study by Dell, companies that utilise cloud, mobility, and security technologies are experiencing as much as 53 percent higher revenue growth rates compared to those who do not such technologies. Integrators who adopt cloud service platforms can benefit from numerous advantages — cost-saving maintenance capabilities, the potential to generate new monthly recurring revenue, and user-friendly design and data security — which make them a significant development within the industry as well as a potential lucrative new business model. The dream of cloud technology is no longer a distant idea of the future, it can become a present reality — and integrators who harness its power can reap its business benefits now.

Integrated security systems for medium and large-sized offices
Integrated security systems for medium and large-sized offices

If you’re responsible for a medium or large-sized office, it’s more important than ever that you have access to a means of ensuring people’s safety, managing risks and fraud, and protecting property. Any security system that you employ must therefore meet the most demanding commercial requirements of today’s offices, and tomorrow’s. This means thinking beyond a basic intrusion system and specifying a comprehensive solution that integrates smart features like access control, video management and intelligent video analytics. Because only then will you have security you can trust, and detection you can depend on. Reliable entry management Access control systems have been developed that guarantee reliable entry management for indoors and outdoors Access control is becoming increasingly important for ensuring the security of office buildings, but as the modern workplace evolves you’re unlikely to find a one-size-fits-all solution. Today, it’s commonplace to control entry to individual rooms or restricted areas and cater to more flexible working hours that extend beyond 9 to 5, so a modern and reliable access control system that exceeds the limitations of standard mechanical locks is indispensable. Access control systems have been developed that guarantee reliable entry management for indoors and outdoors. They use state-of-the-art readers and controllers to restrict access to certain areas, ensuring only authorised individuals can get in. With video cameras located within close proximity you can then monitor and record any unauthorised access attempts. The system can also undertake a people-count to ensure only one person has entered using a single pass. Scalable hardware components As previously mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all system, but thanks to the scalability of the hardware components, systems can adapt to changing security requirements. For example, you can install Bosch’s Access Professional Edition (APE) software for small to medium-sized offices, then switch to the more comprehensive Access Engine (ACE) of the Building Integration System (BIS) when your security requirements grow. And, because the hardware stays the same, any adaptations are simple. APE’s ‘permanent open’ functionality allows employees and guests to enter designated areas easily and conveniently The APE software administers up to 512 readers, 10,000 cardholders and 128 cameras, making it suitable for small to medium-sized buildings. With functions like badge enrollment, entrance control monitoring and alarm management with video verification it provides a high level of security and ensures only authorised employees and visitors are able to enter certain rooms and areas. Of course, there will always be situations when, for convenience, you need certain doors to be permanently open, such as events and open days. APE’s ‘permanent open’ functionality allows employees and guests to enter designated areas easily and conveniently. Growing security needs You switch to the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS), without having to switch hardware (it stays the same, remember?). This is a software solution that manages subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address or intrusion systems, all on a single platform. It is designed for offices with multiple sites and for large companies with a global presence. Bosch Building Integration System (BIS) manages subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address or intrusion systems, all on a single platform The BIS Access Engine (ACE) administers up to 10,000 readers and 80 concurrent workplace clients per server, and 200,000 cardholders per AMC. An additional benefit to security officers is the ability to oversee cardholders and authorisations through the central cardholder management functionality and monitor all access events and alarms from every connected site. For consistency, multi-site cardholder information and access authorisations can be created on a central server and replicated across all connected site servers, which means the cardholder information is always up to date and available in every location. Intrusion alarm systems Bosch B Series and G Series intrusion control panels can also send personal notifications via text or email Securing all perimeter doors is vital when protecting employees, visitors and intellectual property. Doors are opened and closed countless times during business hours, and when intentionally left open, your office is vulnerable to theft, and the safety of your employees is compromised. For this reason, intrusion control panels have been developed with advanced features to ensure all perimeter doors are properly closed, even when the system is not armed. If a door remains open for a period of time (you can specify anything from one second to 60 minutes), the system can be programmed to automatically take action. For example, it can activate an audible alert at the keypad to give employees time to close the door. Then, if it is still not closed, it will send a report to a monitoring center or a text directly to the office manager, and when integrated with video it can even send an image of the incident to a mobile device. Customised intrusion systems What about people who need to access your building outside of working hours, like cleaning crews? Your intruder system allows you to customise the way it operates with a press of a button or swipe of a card. This level of control enables you to disarm specific areas, bypass points and unlock doors for cleaning crews or after-hours staff, whilst keeping server rooms, stock rooms and executive offices safe and secure. Bosch B Series and G Series intrusion control panels can also send personal notifications via text or email. You can program the panel to send you opening, closing, and other event alerts, which means you don’t have to be on-site to keep track of movements in and around your facility. Video management system A video management system will add a next level of security to your access control system Every office building has different video security requirements depending on the location, size and nature of the business. Some offices may only need basic functions such as recording and playback, whereas others may need full alarm functionalities and access to different sites. A video management system will add a next level of security to your access control system. For example, the video system can provide seamless management of digital video, audio and data across IP networks for small to large office buildings. It is fully integrated and can be scaled according to your specific requirements. The entry-level BVMS Viewer is suitable for small offices that need to access live and archived video from their recording solutions. With forensic search it enables you to access a huge recording database and scan quickly for a specific security event. For larger offices, embellished security functions for the BVMS Professional version can manage up to 2,000 cameras and offers full alarm and event management Full alarm and event management For larger offices, embellished security functions for the BVMS Professional version can manage up to 2,000 cameras and offers full alarm and event management. It’s also resilient enough to remain operative should both Management and Recording Servers fail. Large multi-national companies often need access to video surveillance systems at numerous sites, which is why BVMS Professional allows you to access live and archived video from over 10,000 sites across multiple time zones from a single BVMS server. When integrated with the BVMS Enterprise version multiple BVMS Professional systems can be connected so every office in the network can be viewed from one security center, which provides the opportunity to monitor up to 200,000 cameras, regardless of their location. Essential Video Analytics Video analytics acts as the brain of your security system, using metadata to add sense and structure to any video footage you capture If your strategy is to significantly improve levels of security, video analytics is an essential part of the plan. It acts as the brain of your security system, using metadata to add sense and structure to any video footage you capture. In effect, each video camera in your network becomes smart to the degree that it can understand and interpret what it is seeing. You simply set certain alarm rules, such as when someone approaches a perimeter fence, and video analytics alerts security personnel the moment a rule is breached. Smart analytics have been developed in two formats. Essential Video Analytics is ideal for small and medium-sized commercial buildings and can be used for advanced intrusion detection, such as loitering alarms, and identifying a person or object entering a pre-defined field. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the right footage from hours of stored video, so you can deal with potential threats the moment they happen. Essential Video Analytics also goes beyond security to help you enforce health and safety regulations such as enforcing no parking zones, detecting blocked emergency exits or ensuring no one enters or leaves a building via an emergency exit; all measures that can increase the safety of employees and visitors inside the building. Intelligent Video Analytics Intelligent Video Analytics have the unique capability of analysing video content over large distances Intelligent Video Analytics have the unique capability of analysing video content over large distances, which makes it ideally suited to more expansive office grounds or securing a perimeter fence. It can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as snow, rain, hail and moving tree branches that can make video data far more difficult to interpret. The final piece in your security jigsaw is an intelligent camera. The latest range of Bosch ’i’ cameras have the image quality, data security measures, and bitrate reduction of <80%. And, video analytics is standard. Be prepared for what can’t be predicted. Although no-one can fully predict what kind of security-related event is around the corner, experience and expertise will help make sure you’re always fully prepared.