VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution
VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution

360° Seamless Surveillance Solution Panoramic PTZ is an innovative new feature developed by the VIVOTEK R&D team. This technique incorporates the strengths of a VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera with speed dome camera, which allows users to simultaneously monitor an overview from a fisheye model and a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, while the VIVOTEK speed dome provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement using its sophisticated mechanisms and captures details at top-notch quality. The suitable applications of Panoramic PTZ include department stores, station lobbies, airports, parking lots, and any wide open areas where comprehensive video surveillance systems and the capability for extreme video detail are essential. The combination of a fisheye global view and a speed dome accomplishes a seamless surveillance solution in which the fisheye camera's global view is used as the "command" unit to detect events over an entire area, and the speed dome acts as the "slave" to track and zoom in on suspicious objects for detail at up to 1080p resolution with 20X optical zoom. In both the panoramic as well as surround view, users can utilize the ultra-smooth PTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI) via a mouse to track the object of interest, allowing monitoring of a wide open area with ease. By activating the auto tracking feature, the level of operation is increased as the fisheye is used to trigger the speed dome to track moving objects within a wide area before an operator may be aware of suspicious activity. Most importantly, VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ saves on the overall cost of the surveillance system, effectively reducing the number of cameras, labor cost of installation, power consumption, and following maintenance expense.

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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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VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x zoom day & night speed dome network camera for outdoor security
VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x zoom day & night speed dome network camera for outdoor security

Key features of the VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 high-performance speed dome network camera: SONY Exview HAD CCD Sensor35x zoomWide Dynamic RangeDay&NightIP66Electronic Image Stabilizer3D privacy masksAstonishing light sensitivityUsing a Sony Exview HAD CCD sensor that detects and utilizes near infrared light for higher light efficiency, the Vivotek SD7313/7323 provides superior image quality under poor lighting conditions, especially at night. Clear-cut images of distant objectsSD7313/7323 is equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens to provide close-up images with exceptional detail and effectively extends your viewing distance.Adapted for high-contrast lighting conditionsSupport for WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) delivers identifiable images in high-contrast environments, enabling SD7313/7323 to accurately reproduce fine details appearing in the actual scene.Consistent image quality 24/7With a built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators, SD7313/7323 can provide clear-cut images in days and nights.Stable image quality during vibrationEIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer) that maintains image quality during wind- or traffic-induced vibration ensures stable and recognizable image quality when SD7313/7323 are installed in places prone to high winds or heavy traffic.Weather-proof protectionThe IP66-rated housing protects SD7313/7323 from dust and moisture, allowing for outdoor operation in extreme weather conditions.Seamless protection for private areasSD7313/7323's 3D privacy mask changes with the camera movement so as to fully protect sensitive information or areas. The private areas can be completely sheltered even when SD7313/7323 pans, tilts and zooms.

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Honeywell adds hi-def indoor/outdoor mini-dome to IP camera portfolio
Honeywell adds hi-def indoor/outdoor mini-dome to IP camera portfolio

Honeywell has released a rugged, indoor/outdoor mini-dome IP camera that provides three times the image resolution of standard analogue cameras, yet with similar network bandwidth requirements. The HD4MDIPX is the latest addition to Honeywell's line of high-definition, IP cameras that provide high-quality images The true day/night, vandal-resistant, fixed mini-dome provides 720p resolution at full frame rate. It also helps save money with its low power-consumption rate and ability to be retrofitted on many existing digital and network video recorder installations without requiring additional storage capabilities. This dramatically decreases the cost of infrastructure and total cost of ownership. "When it comes to video surveillance, the top two things on end users' minds today are picture quality and cost," said Roberto Testani, Product Manager, Honeywell Security Group. "HD4MDIPX is another example of how Honeywell continues to deliver on the promise of IP by addressing both of those concerns. It provides extremely crisp images at minimal bandwidth, reducing the number of hardware servers needed to manage the system." Like the indoor-version HD3MDIPX, which Honeywell released earlier this year, the HD4MDIPX features an externally accessible web-based menu that lets operators view and control cameras from virtually anywhere. It also features built-in motion detection capabilities and camera tamper detection features that notify users when the camera's field-of-view is altered, obstructed or blurred. The HD4MDIPX also decreases installation and training costs through its simplified set up, which includes the same programming requirements as interior cameras. Because of this, operators can cover a wider range of applications without having to learn new products. In addition to the HD4MDIPX and HD3MDIPX cameras, Honeywell's growing line of IP video technology includes a complete selection of recording solutions and the MAXPRO® VMS video management platform. The company will soon expand its camera line to include a bullet camera and box camera options. To see how Honeywell's growing line of IP video solutions can help organisations transition from analogue-based video to digital systems, please visit http://www.honeywellipsolutions.com/.

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Sony launched the industry’s highest zoom HD PTZ cameras and complete the largest range of HD / Full HD cameras
Sony launched the industry’s highest zoom HD PTZ cameras and complete the largest range of HD / Full HD cameras

Sony Professional unveiled a host of new products and solutions at IFSEC 2011, continuing its commitment to developing state-of-the-art HD video security solutions and bringing the benefits of hybrid and full-IP security systems to companies of all sizes. With the launch of four new HD / Full HD pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras at IFSEC 2011, Sony will bolster its ability to offer customers a complete HD security solution, from initial image capture to playback, regardless of the recording scenario. Visitors to Sony Professional's stand will also see the latest additions to its analogue and Networked Security Recorder (NSR) offerings.As the market sees continued investment and growth in HD and megapixel solutions, with the latest IMS Research figures showing 48% of network camera revenues now come from HD and megapixel products, Sony is enhancing its video surveillance line up to meet these demands by offering a wider range of HD products from the entry level right up to the top end of the market. IFSEC 2011 will be first public showing of two new ground-breaking camera ranges - that meet the security needs of businesses across a broad range of vertical markets - alongside the other latest additions to Sony's extensive video security portfolio.Further to enhancing its HD Camera line up at IFSEC, Sony Professional will also announce additions to its range of standard definition cameras aimed at entry-level and mid-range NVR markets. Offering powerful and flexible recording options, the new NVR products will bring the option of hybrid and full-IP security solutions to smaller budgets and are ideal for small-scale monitoring applications.Explaining Sony Professional's proposition at IFSEC 2011, Yu Kitamura, European Marketing Manager, Sony Professional commented: "2010 was a milestone year for Sony Professional, setting ourselves apart as a leader in HD, supporting the industry's move from analogue to IP and continuing to develop innovative security solutions that fit a broad range of budgets and security requirements. With the launch of new camera ranges and two new NSR products we are uniquely positioned to offer market leading solutions across the entire security infrastructure and bring the benefits of HD, hybrid and full-IP solutions, to entry-level markets."Sony Professional also hosted a series of seminars and workshops throughout the show covering HD video security solutions for the retail and city surveillance market in seminar room J10 in Hall 4. See the album with captions

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IP Dome cameras - Expert commentary

The robotic transformation of the security industry
The robotic transformation of the security industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is only accelerating the expansion of Automation, Robotics, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), and changing how people live their daily lives. This expansion leads the way with technologies that are developed to solve problems, improve operations, streamline processes and assist people, to focus on learning new skills, creativity, and imagination. Transformation of the physical security industry One of the latest industries to be permanently transformed is physical security. The era of utilising security cameras is slowly changing into more advanced and more efficient technological applications - security robotic solutions. SMP Robotics is a California-based company, which is a pioneer in developing robotic technologies, powered by AI, to assist, improve and deliver on new expectations in today’s world. One of their services is smart surveillance systems. This represents a proactive approach to security. The company, SMP Robotics’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Leo Ryzhenko, stated “Autonomous robotic technologies will become a driving force in future security solutions.” Robotics and AI in autonomous security solutions The robots can patrol 24/7, counteracting intrusion and communicating via voice message with guards The company uses robotics and AI technology to implement autonomous security solutions, which reduce liability and overhead, as well as improving the quality of services. Robotic guards are capable of patrolling all types of facilities, in both urban and rural contexts. The robots can patrol 24/7, counteracting intrusion and communicating via voice message with guards. The inspection robots, deployed by SMP Robotics, are easily integrated with many existing security technologies, armed with obstacle avoidance and anti-collision measures, automatically recharge, and can recognise faces up to 50 metres. As the world grows increasingly complex, technology like this is essential to ensure safety for all. AI-enabled autonomous video monitoring ground vehicles The advancements in technological breakthroughs of SMP Robotics position the company and its AI-powered, autonomous video monitoring ground vehicles, to be the most adaptable to any industry, cost-effective for clients’ business needs, in providing various types of services from public safety, crime prevention, to asset protection and physical security. SMP Robotics continues to implement new innovative solutions and groundbreaking technologies in its latest generation of autonomous models. Currently, many were already deployed or in a process to be delivered to a number of key clients, in various industries throughout the globe, from oil & gas, nuclear power plants to data centers, healthcare facilities, and amusement parks. Smart security robots Tal Turner, the Vice President (VP) of Business Development and Partnerships, SMP Robotics, said “We provide autonomous, artificial intelligence, all-weather, all-surface, smart security robots that are turnkey and operate independently on their own, using real-time obstacle avoidance, face recognition, and other cutting-edge technological advancements.” According to Coherent Market Insights, the Robots as a Service (RaaS) market direction will grow by 15.9% by 2028 and reach the threshold of 41.3 billion dollars. SMP Robotics stands at the forefront of the security robotic revolution, making an impactful change to make the world a safer place.

Cutting through the hype: AI and ML for the security space
Cutting through the hype: AI and ML for the security space

Today’s organisations face numerous diverse threats to their people, places and property, sometimes simultaneously. Security leaders now know all too well how a pandemic can cripple a company’s ability to produce goods and services, or force production facilities to shut down, disrupting business continuity. For example, a category three hurricane barreling towards the Gulf of Mexico could disable the supplier’s facilities, disrupt the supply chain and put unexpected pressure on an unprepared local power grid. Delivering timely critical information Tracking such risk is hard enough, but managing it is even more difficult. A swift response depends on delivering the right information to the right people, at the right time. And, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Indeed, 61 percent of large enterprises say critical information came too late for them, in order to mitigate the impact of a crisis, according to Aberdeen Research (Aberdeen Strategy & Research). These challenges are accelerating the hype around Artificial Intelligence (AI) These challenges are accelerating the hype around Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology promises to help us discover new insights, predict the future and take over tasks that are now handled by humans. Maybe even cure cancer. Accelerating the hype around AI But is AI really living up to all this hype? Can it really help security professionals mitigate risk? After all, there’s a serious need for technology to provide fast answers to even faster-moving issues, given the proliferation of data and the speed at which chaos can impact operations. Risk managers face three major obstacles to ensuring business continuity and minimising disruptions. These include: Data fatigue - Simply put, there’s too much data for human analysts to process in a timely manner. By 2025, the infosphere is expected to produce millions of words per day. At that pace, you’d need an army of analysts to monitor, summarise and correlate the information to your impacted locations, before you can communicate instructions. It’s a herculean task, made even more difficult, when we consider that 30 percent of this global datasphere is expected to be consumed in real time, according to IDC. Relevance and impact - Monitoring the flood of information is simply the first hurdle. Understanding its impact is the second. When a heat dome is predicted to cover the entire U.S. Pacific Northwest, risk managers must understand the specifics. Will it be more or less hot near their facilities? Do they know what steps local utilities are taking to protect the power grid? Such questions can’t be answered by a single system. Communication - Once you know which facilities are impacted and what actions to take, you need to let your employees know. If the event is urgent, an active shooter or an earthquake, do you have a fast, effective way to reach these employees? It’s not as simple as broadcasting a company-wide alert. The real question is, do you have the ability to pinpoint the location of your employees and not just those working on various floor in the office, but also those who are working from home? How AI and ML cut through the noise Although Artificial Intelligence can help us automate simple tasks, such as alert us to breaking news, it requires several Machine Learning systems to deliver actionable risk intelligence. Machine Learning is a branch of AI that uses algorithms to find hidden insights in data, without being programmed where to look or what to conclude. More than 90 percent of risk intelligence problems use supervised learning, a Machine Learning approach defined by its use of labelled datasets. The benefit of supervised learning is that it layers several pre-vetted datasets, in order to deliver context-driven AI The benefit of supervised learning is that it layers several pre-vetted datasets, in order to deliver context-driven AI. Reading the sources, it can determine the category, time and location, and cluster this information into a single event. As a result, it can correlate verified events to the location of the people and assets, and notify in real time. It’s faster, more customised and more accurate than simple Artificial Intelligence, based on a single source of data. Real-world actionable risk intelligence How does this work in the real world? One telecommunications company uses AI and ML to protect a mobile workforce, dispersed across several regions. An AI-powered risk intelligence solution provides their decision makers with real-time visibility into the security of facilities, logistics and personnel movements. Machine Learning filters out the noise of irrelevant critical event data, allowing their security teams to focus only on information specific to a defined area of interest. As a result, they’re able to make informed, proactive decisions and rapidly alert employees who are on the move. Four must-have AI capabilities To gain real actionable risk intelligence, an AI solution should support four key capabilities: A focus on sourcing quality over quantity. There are tens of thousands of sources that provide information about emerging threats - news coverage, weather services, social media, FBI intelligence and so much more. Select feeds that are trusted, relevant and pertinent to your operations. Swift delivery of relevant intelligence. To reduce the mean-time-to-recovery (MTTR), risk managers need an accurate understanding of what’s happening. Consider the different contextual meanings of the phrases ‘a flood of people in the park’ and ‘the park is at risk due to a flood’. Machine Learning continuously increases the speed of data analysis and improves interpretation. Ability to cross-reference external events with internal data. As it scans different data sources, an AI engine can help you fine-tune your understanding of what’s happening and where. It will pick up contextual clues and map them to your facilities automatically, so you know immediately what your response should be. Ready-to-go communications. Long before a threat emerges, you can create and store distribution, and message templates, as well as test your critical communications system. Handling these tasks well in advance means you can launch an alert at a moment’s notice. The ability to minimise disruptions and ensure business continuity depends on speed, relevance and usability. AI and ML aren’t simply hype. Instead, they’re vital tools that make it possible for security professionals to cut through the noise faster and protect their people, places and property.

A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

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