Avigilon designs and manufactures the industry’s highest-quality HD cameras in resolutions from 1 to 16 megapixels
Avigilon designs and manufactures the industry’s highest-quality HD cameras in resolutions from 1 to 16 megapixels

Avigilon HD Panoramic Camera  The 8 megapixel Avigilon Panoramic High Definition Dome camera is designed to provide complete coverage of ultra-wide angle scenes including lobbies, offices, and other tight spaces with fewer cameras. A compact, vandalism resistant, multi-sensor camera with conventional lenses, the Avigilon Panoramic HD Dome Camera uses four 2 megapixel sensors which can be configured for either 180-degree of 360-degree coverage. The camera's advanced image acquisition system automatically adjusts the exposure time to ensure all available evidence is captured throughout the full range of day and nighttime scenes. The cameras seamlessly integrate with Avigilon Control Center, using only a single camera license for all 4 sensors, creating a network based surveillance solution with unmatched performance, ease of use, and ease of installation.  Avigilon HD Dome Camera The Avigilon HD Dome Camera is available in one megapixel (720p), two megapixels (1080p), three megapixels, and five megapixels and comes with automatic infrared (IR) filter technology to deliver superior low-light performance and sensitivity to infrared illumination. Vandal-resistant, the Avigilon HD Dome Camera integrates engineering and design features as well as special materials to allow it to continue operating even under the toughest conditions. An optional integrated IR illuminator provides short range illumination for high resolution surveillance in low-light conditions. Avigilon's HD dome cameras come with mounting options for recessed in-ceiling mounting, mounting to an electrical box, and mounting in a sealed IP66-rated outdoor configuration. The cameras seamlessly integrate with Avigilon Control Center creating a network based surveillance solution with unmatched performance, ease of use, and ease of installation.  Avigilon HD Professional Camera Avigilon's HD Professional series cameras are available in 2, 4, 11 and16 megapixel resolutions. A single Avigilon 16 megapixel HD Professional camera provides resolution equivalent to approximately 50 VGA cameras covering very large areas. HD IP Professional cameras incorporate integrated lens control contacts on the lens mount, enabling dynamic iris control and remote focusing to ensure that optimal camera settings as lighting conditions change. Leveraging JPEG2000 compression and High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) HD IP Professional cameras capture extremely high quality image detail, but require little bandwidth and storage. The cameras seamlessly integrate with Avigilon Control Center creating a network based surveillance solution with unmatched performance, ease of use, and ease of installation.

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Panoramic HD dome cameras deliver complete coverage to effectively monitor any space from a single camera
Panoramic HD dome cameras deliver complete coverage to effectively monitor any space from a single camera

Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance systems, today announced the introduction of the Avigilon Panoramic High Definition Dome Camera with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM.) Designed specifically to provide complete coverage of ultra-wide angle scenes including lobbies, offices, and other tight spaces with fewer cameras, Avigilon's panoramic HD dome cameras are competitively priced and easy to install, reducing overall system costs. A compact, multi-sensor camera with conventional lenses, the Avigilon Panoramic HD Dome Camera uses four 2MP sensors to achieve either 180-degree or 360-degree coverage. With the Avigilon 180° Panoramic HD Dome Camera, each lens covers a 45-degree field of view, while each lens in the Avigilon 360° Panoramic HD Dome Camera covers a 90-degree field of view. "Avigilon's panoramic HD dome cameras capture images without distortion and deliver the detail required to make positive identifications across the entire scene - in even the tightest space," said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing. "Avigilon Control Center network video management software ensures that the evidence captured is stored and managed effectively for a dramatically improved percentage of successful investigations. Using one network cable for power and to transmit video from all four 2MP sensors, Avigilon's panoramic HD dome cameras are easy to install and cost-effective. Avigilon panoramic HD dome cameras also offer Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to reduce installation costs and Alarm Input and Outputs to easily integrate into current alarm systems for further performance and cost gains. Avigilon's panoramic HD dome cameras come with mounting options for recessed in-ceiling mounting or mounting to an electrical box. The Avigilon Panoramic HD Dome Camera line will be available commercially in the first quarter of 2010.

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Aasset Security announce the strengthening of the Hanwha Techwin America Electronics range of Network/IP cameras
Aasset Security announce the strengthening of the Hanwha Techwin America Electronics range of Network/IP cameras

The Samsung Electronics SCC-C6475 full function pan/tilt & zoom unit with integrated telemetry receiver and built-in compact camera, offers variable pan speeds ranging from 0.1°-180°/sec, 360° continuous pan, 400°/sec preset pan speed, variable tilt speed from 0.1°-90°/sec with 4 integrated alarm inputs & 3 alarm outputs.  The SCC-C6475 also offers: 128 programmable preset positions, camera settings programmable per position, 3 programmable pattern tours, automatic system check (data exchange), activity detection, auto homing, picture in picture with digizoom mode, 16 different telemetry protocols & 12 dynamic privacy zone masking.The built-in network server is a high-performance, dual codec, dual stream, video encoding unit.  It compresses the video signal into two MPEG or MJPEG video streams simultaneously.  In addition, it transmits the stream data out through network in realtime enabling remote monitoring and recording.  Key features1/4" WDR ExView CCD P/S 410.000 pixelsMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max 25Fps)Network Protocols: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, IP, DHCP, DNS, ARP, NTP, PPPoE,LAN Connection 10/100base T (RJ-45)480 TVL Horizontal ResolutionSensitivity 0.7 lux Colour360° Endless PANRemote Control Interfaces RS-485, RS42222 x optical motorised zoom + 10 x digital zoom 24v Power inputThe Samsung Electronics SCC-B5395 IP Anti-Vandal Colour/Mono Mini dome camera provides clear 540 TVL resolution images by using Digital Signal Processing.  Samsung Electronics uses only the Sony Super-HAD CCD, which optimises the high frequency and horizontal correction signals.  The camera automatically detects the surrounding illumination levels in real time, and automatically switches the camera to the day or night mode, into colour in bright conditions, and into B/W mode in low light conditions, ensuring that the camera's DSP delivers the best images.  In addition, the camera uses Auto Gain Control and Sens-up (Low Speed Shutter) functions together, ensuring clear low-noise images.The SCC-B5395 IP camera is housed within a high strength polycarbonate dome cover, so that it is safe from external impact, is water resistant and dust proof.  The latest version of digital noise reduction (DNR) function is utilised to remove excess video noise that can occur in video.  The Digital Noise Reduction function of the SCC-B5395 camera uses a special Samsung computer codec to remove video & colour noise, regardless of motion thus ensuring clear, sharp images.The SCC-B5395 IP camera has a 3 way axis gimbal allowing easy rotation of up to 355° horizontally and up to 90° vertically.  Allowing for installations in difficult areas such as walls or other inclined surfaces.  The camera also uses horizontal and vertical mirroring functions to provide correct images regardless of the installation environment. Key featuresVandal Resistant Fixed Dome (IP66 rated)Video motion detection and pre/post-alarm bufferMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max. 25 fps)Easy Network Setup such as UPnP function, DDNSDay/Night feature with movable IR cut filterVarifocal Lens: f = 2.9 - 10 mm, auto irisPower Input AC24V/DC12V and PoEThe Samsung Electronics SNC-B2315P day/night IP camera series incorporates the 1/3" 470,000 pixels CCD automatically switching to colour mode or black and white (B/W) mode at night, moving filter technology.  It employs the SONY CCD and utilizes a superior Digital Signal Process to supply sharp images of the highest resolution.  The SCC-B2315 is capable of providing outstanding colour images and clear images in B/W mode even in low level illumination.  The SNC-B2315 camera utilises the low light function and incorporates an AGC feature with low-speed shutter, so that along with the Day/Night function, it can present clear images even in difficult lighting conditions such as dimly lit parking lots or building interiors.The BLC (Back Light Compensation) function ensures perfect backlight compensation effect every time by allowing the user to setup five preset zones / positions or sizes for an object darkened by backlighting.  The SNC-B2315 also has a basic Motion Detection function, a Camera ID indication function that indicates the camera ID of up to 20 digits and a Digital 10x zooming functionKey features540/570 TVL Horizontal ResolutionMPEG-4 & M-JPEG compression modes (max. 25 fps)Easy Network Setup such as UPnP function, DDNSPrivacy ZonesVideo motion detection and pre/post-alarm bufferAccepts 2 types of auto iris lenses (DC/Video)WDR function, Day/Night function with movable IR cut filterPower Input AC24V/DC12V and PoE

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IP Dome cameras - Expert commentary

How smart technology is simplifying safety and security in retirement villages
How smart technology is simplifying safety and security in retirement villages

James Twigg is the Managing Director of Total Integrated Solutions (TIS), an independent life safety, security and communication systems integrator, specialising in design & consultancy, technology and regulatory compliance. Total Integrated Solutions work primarily with retirement villages, helping to ensure the safety of residents in numerous retirement villages across the country. In this opinion piece, James shares how smart technology is helping security teams and care staff alike in ensuring the safety and security of their spaces, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Impact of smart technology Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. From how we travel, to how we work, to how we run our homes. It’s not unusual to have Alexa waking us up and ordering our groceries or Nest to be regulating the temperature and energy in our homes. And while there’s a popular misconception that people in their later years are allergic to technology, retirement villages and care homes are experiencing significant innovation too. And the result is not only improved quality of life for residents, but also improved safety and security systems for management teams. Switching to converged IP systems I’ve been working in the life safety and security industry for over fifteen years. When I first joined TIS, much of the sector was still very analogue, in terms of the technology being installed and maintained. Slowly but surely, we’ve been consulting and advising customers on how to design, install and maintain converged IP systems that all talk to each other and work in tandem. I'm excited to say retirement villages are some of the top spaces leading the way, in terms of technological advancement. Improving the quality of life for residents A move into a retirement village can be daunting and one of the key concerns that we hear about is the loss of independence. No one wants to feel like they are being monitored or to have someone constantly hovering over them. One of the ways we’ve used smart technology to maintain residents' independence is through devices, such as health monitors and motion sensors. For example, instead of having a member of staff check-in on residents every morning, to ensure they are well, sensors and analytics can automatically detect changes in routine and alert staff to possible problems. Similarly, wearable tech, such as smart watches give residents a chance to let staff know they are okay, without having to tell them face-to-face. As our retirement village customers have told us, a simple ‘I’m okay’ command can be the difference between someone feeling independent versus someone feeling monitored. Simplifying and improving security systems Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents For the teams responsible for the safety of the people, places and spaces within retirement villages, smart technology is helping to improve and simplify their jobs. Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents, and ensures rapid response if notified by an emergency alert, ensuring they know the exact location of the resident in need. And without the need to go and physically check-in on every resident, staff and management can ensure staff time is being used effectively. Resources can be distributed where they are needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who need extra consideration. 24/7 surveillance When planning the safety and security for retirement villages, and other residential spaces, it’s no use having traditional systems that only work effectively for 12 hours a day or need to update during the evening. Surveillance needs to be 24/7 and smart technology allows that without the physical intrusion into people’s spaces and daily lives. Smart technology ensures that systems speak to each other and are easily and effectively managed on one integrated system. This includes video surveillance, which has also become much more effective as a result of advanced video analytics, which automatically warn staff of suspicious behaviour. Securing spaces amid COVID-19 This year has, of course, brought new challenges for safety. COVID-19 hit the retirement and residential care sectors hard, first with the initial wave of infections in mid-2020 and then, with the subsequent loneliness caused by the necessary separation of families. As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed during this time, equipping residents with tablet devices to ensure they could stay connected with their families and friends. It allowed residents to keep in touch without risking transferring the virus. Thermal cameras and mask detection And now that we’re emerging out of COVID-19 restrictions and most residents can see their families again, we’re installing systems like thermal cameras and mask detection, so as to ensure that security will be alerted to anyone in the space experiencing a high temperature or not wearing proper PPE. Such steps give staff and families alike, the peace-of-mind that operational teams will be alerted at the earliest possible moment, should a COVID-19 risk appear. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years, I’m excited at the prospect of further technological advancements in this space. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about how complex your security system is or how you compete in the industry. It’s about helping teams to protect the people, spaces and places that matter. I see smart technology playing a huge role in that for years to come.

The post-pandemic mandate for entertainment venues: Digitally transform security guards
The post-pandemic mandate for entertainment venues: Digitally transform security guards

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behaviour. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behaviour, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organised campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behaviour Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behaviour With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behaviour, particularly when they are the targets of that behaviour. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behaviour. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labour, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditised business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labour-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practice since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.

Physical access control: Critical steps to ensure a smarter future
Physical access control: Critical steps to ensure a smarter future

Steven Kenny, Axis Communications, looks at the benefits of physical access control systems within smart environments, and how knowledge gaps and dated methods can inhibit adoption. Physical security is becoming more dynamic and more interconnected, as it evolves. Today’s modern access control solutions are about so much more than simply opening doors, with digitalisation bringing multiple business benefits, which would simply not be possible using traditional models. Digital transformation While the digital transformation of processes and systems was already well underway, across many industries and sectors, it is the transformation of physical security from a standalone, isolated circuit, to a network-enabled, intelligent security solution that brings many benefits to the smart environment. Yet, with more organisations now looking to bring their physical security provision up to date, there are many considerations that must be addressed to maximise the potential of access control and video surveillance. Not least of which is that connecting physical security devices to a network presents risk, so it is increasingly important for IT teams to play a role in helping to facilitate the secure integration of physical and network technologies, as these two worlds increasingly converge. Improved access control in smart environments These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies and optimising resources The smart city offers significant benefits, reflected in the US$ 189 billion that is anticipated to be spent on smart city initiatives globally by 2023. These urban constructs are capable of reducing waste, driving efficiencies, optimising resources and increasing citizen engagement. Technology, which is increasingly being incorporated to protect access points within the smart environment, can take many forms. These 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. Frictionless access control During the COVID-19 pandemic, frictionless access control has provided an effective ‘hands free’ means of accessing premises, using methods such as QR code readers and facial recognition as credentials to prove identity. Frictionless access control brings health and safety into the equation, as well as the security of entrances and exits, minimising the risk of infection, by removing the need to touch shared surfaces. Such systems can be customised and scaled to meet precise requirements. Yet, an increasing integration with open technologies and platforms requires collaboration between the worlds of physical security and IT, in order to be successful. Barriers to adoption Traditional suppliers and installers of physical security systems have built up a strong business model around their expertise, service and knowledge. Network connectivity and the IoT (Internet of Things) present a constantly shifting landscape, requiring the traditional physical security vendor to learn the language of IT, of open platforms, IP connectivity and software integration, in order to adapt to market changes and remain relevant. Many are now beginning to realise that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay Those who cannot adapt, and are simply not ready for this changing market, risk being left behind, as the physical security landscape continues to shift and demand continues to increase. With end users and buyers looking for smarter, more integrated and business-focused solutions from their suppliers, it is clear that only those who are prepared will succeed in this space. Time will not stand still, and many are now beginning to realise that connected network-enabled solutions are here to stay, particularly within smart constructs which rely on such technology by their very nature. The importance of cyber hygiene Connecting any device to a network has a degree of risk, and it is, therefore, imperative that any provider not only understands modern connected technologies, but also the steps necessary to protect corporate networks. Cameras, access control systems and IP audio devices, which have been left unprotected, can potentially become backdoors into a network and used as access points by hackers. These vulnerabilities can be further compromised by the proliferation of connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT). While the connection of devices to a network brings many advantages, there is greater potential for these devices to be used against the very business or industry they have been employed to protect when vulnerabilities are exploited. Cyber security considerations Cyber security considerations should, therefore, be a key factor in the development and deployment of new security systems. Access control technologies should be manufactured according to recognised cyber security principles, incident reporting and best practices. It is important to acknowledge that the cyber integrity of a system is only as strong as its weakest link and that any potential source of cyber exposure will ultimately impact negatively on a device’s ability to provide the necessary high levels of physical security. The future of access control There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions There is a natural dispensation towards purchasing low-cost solutions that are perceived as offering the same value as their more expensive equivalents. While some have taken the decision to implement such solutions, in an attempt to unlock the required benefits, while saving their bottom line, the limited lifespan of these technologies puts a heavier cost and reputational burden onto organisations by their association. The future of access control, and of physical security as a whole, will, therefore, be dependent on the willingness of suppliers to implement new designs and new ways of thinking, based around high-quality products, and to influence the installers and others in their supply chains to embrace this new world. Cyber security key to keeping businesses safe In addition, cyber security considerations are absolutely vital for keeping businesses safe. The integration of cyber secure technologies from trusted providers will provide peace of mind around the safety or corporate networks, and integrity of the deployed technologies. As we move forward, access control systems will become data collection points and door controllers will become intelligent I/O devices. QR codes for visitor management and biometric face recognition for frictionless access control will increasingly be managed at the edge, as analytics in a camera or sensor. The future of access control presents an exciting and challenging time for those ready to accept it, to secure it and to help shape it, offering a true opportunity to innovate for a smarter, safer world.

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