MESSOA launches Full HD PRO Series dome network cameras with enhanced features
MESSOA launches Full HD PRO Series dome network cameras with enhanced features

MESSOA Technologies Inc. expanded its fixed dome network camera product offerings by launching the PRO Series for professional surveillance needs. Ranging indoor to outdoor-ready models, the newly additions, namely the NDF820PRO, NDF821PRO, NDF831PRO, and NDR891PRO, provide advanced features in terms of video display quality and streaming technology and aim to enhance imaging performance and usability. Full frame rate to prevent lag and video loss The PRO Series fixed dome network cameras offer a great view coverage with real-time 1080p video quality at full frame rates of 30fps, twice as many than their predecessors. The high frame rate enables the camera to capture details of moving objects, while minimising motion blurs for better identification during events. For surveillance projects or applications that demand high frame rate and high resolution, such as airports, casinos and banks, MESSOA PRO series will be an ideal choice. “At MESSOA we are constantly looking for better solution to meet the ever-growing demands for real-time image details in security”, said Ervin Wang, Sales Director of MESSOA. “The Full HD resolution at 30fps ensures every detail comes through in razor-sharp clarity, and no critical moment would be overlooked.” Dual H.264 streams and adjustable i-frame interval The cameras of the PRO Series support triple streaming in H.264, MPEG4, and MJPEG video compression. Each video stream can be configured with individual resolution, quality and frame rate settings, offering installers and operators more flexibility in applications. Furthermore, it now supports 2 independent H.264 streams simultaneously over the network, greatly lowering bandwidth and storage requirement. Another enhancement, the adjustable i-frame interval, also helps achieve more efficient video compression and bandwidth usage. Other advanced features, such as Auto IRIS and face detection, are included in the new models as well. Free-bundled VMS and ONVIF compliance The NDF820PRO, NDF821PRO, NDF831PRO, and NDR891PRO fixed dome network comes with the free-bundled VMS100 video management software to form a versatile solution that provides organisations of most sizes with the ability to install a surveillance system that meets their security needs. The cameras are also highly interoperable in conformance to ONVIF Test Specification 12.06, which ensures full support to major CMS, i.e. Milestone, AxxonSoft, exacq, etc., based on open platforms.

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MESSOA launches outdoor-ready 3MP speed dome that raises the PTZ camera standards
MESSOA launches outdoor-ready 3MP speed dome that raises the PTZ camera standards

MESSOA SPD970 3MP professional speed dome network camera is designed for detailed surveillance in ultra-high definition and requiring precise pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities at the same time. The 3-megapixel speed dome camera offers extra smooth video quality with resolution up to 30fps at 1080p. Powered by an outstanding 18X optical zoom capability with the highly responsive auto focus, the SPD970 guarantees wide area coverage and exceptional details when zooming in on areas of events or specific interests. The IP67-rated weatherproof SPD970 with a built-in heater can also operate in harsh outdoor environments as low as -40°C and up to 50°C. The SPD970 is also protected by an IK10 vandal-resistant dome enclosure, making it ideal for mission-critical applications. In addition to its mechanical edge, the SPD970 makes quite a leap in terms of the image performance. The camera features 3DNR based on sophisticated algorithm to remove digital artifacts and grainy appearance from frame to frame. This technology results in much sharper low light images and more efficient resource utilisation. The SPD970 also enhances its high-contrast performance with Ultra WDR, a new-generation WDR featuring sophisticated algorithm to allow the camera capturing greater scene details in high contrast settings or in scenes with extremely bright and dark areas. The SPD970 further features true day/night with mechanical ICR and also supports PoE+, local storage, and many other advanced functions versatility to this sturdily-built outdoor speed dome camera, raising the PTZ camera standards to a new level. Key benefits Ultra clear images and great details with the 3MP sensor True day/night with Mechanical ICR ideal for 24/7 surveillance Highly Responsive focus makes control easy and accurate 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR) provides focus and balance for low light images while saving resource consumption PoE+ facilitates easy installation and cuts down costs Sturdily built for harsh outdoor environment, providing reliable operation Applications City surveillance, border monitoring, casino, and transportation security

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Introducing the MESSOA NDF831 - a premium HDTV 2MP fixed dome camera that gets clear pictures in harsh environments
Introducing the MESSOA NDF831 - a premium HDTV 2MP fixed dome camera that gets clear pictures in harsh environments

Messoa Technologies Inc. has an uncompromising vision to deliver high quality, easy-to-use, smart and interoperable security solutions. With over 11 years of delivering innovative surveillance systems, Messoa brings its considerable experience to bear with full HD surveillance cameras.The premium NDF831 is a cutting edge 1080p camera equipped with mechanical (ICR) day/night switch for 24/7 surveillance. The NDF831 supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. The NDR831 utilizes Lumii III technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximizes protection of the camera in extremely cold weather. The NDF831 is a top-of-the-line solution for your security needs. Full HD 1080p images and Lumii™ III Night Time TechnologyTired of blurry images?The NDF831 displays clear and detailed full HD quality images under all conditions. Unlike traditional megapixel cameras, HD offers higher resolutions and better frame rates at an international industry standard. Blurry images are reduced and individuals and objects of interest come through in perfect clarity.  The camera comes equipped with Lumii™ III. This technology delivers high sensitivity images without blur. Lumii™ helps increase the sensitivity and reduces video noise in low light conditions. Night images become bright and clear. Lumii™ III is the latest update and can now capture pictures in near 0 lux conditions.   Motion, audio, camera detection and other intelligent features As part of MESSOA MegaSmart™ IP products family, the NDF831 features intelligent detection capability including motion, audio, blur and network disconnection detection. The Smart Encoding function allows users to encode a specified region of interest (ROI) with higher bit rates for better image quality. Event-specific or region-specific monitoring enables you to receive alerts upon event and saves storage cost by only recording when a specific event happens.Record even if you network is downRecord JPEG images or video clips for several days with the built in micro SD/SDHC card slot for up to 32 GB. Keep recording and prevent data loss even when the network goes down. Moreover, the camera's built-in FTP server enables users to view the saved files conveniently from a remote site. But what is someone tries to go after that micro SD/SDHC card? Or what is water or sand gets inside the camera casing? Not to worry.Vandal and water proof housing ensures nothing effects the NDF831Completely vandal-proof and IP67 water-proof, along with an optional heater, the NDF831 can withstand even the harshest of conditions. An optional heater maximizes protection of surveillance equipment in extremely cold weather.Save time and money with simple installation and other cost saving featuresBuilt in support for Power Over Ethernet reduces cost and adds flexibility to the camera. A single cable connection is used to view, power, and control the camera. Installation cost are reduced since there is no need for separate cablesFurthermore, the NDF831 Network Camera supports the H.264 compression standard. H.264 greatly reduces the size of video compared to MJPEG and MPEG4 without compromising image quality. Storage and bandwidth needs are reduced thus saving on cost. Plus, H.264 is expected to become the video standard of choice, so the NDF831 will still be compatible with future surveillance products.Built in support for Power Over Ethernet reduces cost and adds flexibility to the camera. A single cable connection is used to view, power, and control the camera. Installation costs are reduced since there is no need for separate cables.As a professional manufacturer of superior surveillance products, MESSOA continues to integrate new and existing video technology and expand on consumer choice joining both ONVIF and PSIA. ONVIF and PSIA are open industry forums for the development of a global standard for the interface of network video products. Compliance with these standards guarantees interoperability between network video products regardless of brand. Currently, ONVIF and PSIA are battling it out to see who sets the IP camera standards. The NDF831 supports both ONVIF and PSIA thus allowing interoperability between network video products regardless of brand.

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MESSOA IFSEC 2012 showcase features multi-megapixel IP solutions
MESSOA IFSEC 2012 showcase features multi-megapixel IP solutions

MESSOA Technologies Inc. will be showcasing its newest product offerings with live demonstration of MESSOA’s proprietary low light imaging technologies for diverse video security and surveillance applications. Demonstration of Multi-megapixel Image Clarity This year’s IFSEC will debut MESSOA’s multi-megapixel solutions. The industry-leading 3-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras are the latest addition to MESSOA’s growing network product portfolio, as the company is aggressively expanding its product base with more advanced features and specifications. Visitors will be able to experience personally the outstanding image sharpness via live demonstration of the all new NCB858 5-megapixel camera right before their eyes. MESSOA will also showcase another megapixel camera named NCC800. Featuring 2-megapixel full HD resolution at full frame rates, the NCC800 is designed for entry-level indoor surveillance, targeting retail shops, small businesses or offices where image quality is emphasized. The built-in infrared LED gives true, maximized night vision in total darkness up to 10 meters. The camera also offers 2-way audio communication, local storage and wireless connectivity to make it a comprehensive security solution. Powerful IR LED Illuminator bringing enhanced night vision The SLI080 Infrared LED Illuminator will be another highlight of the show. The SLI080 optimizes the nighttime performance of CCTV or network cameras for low light installations up to 1,000 feet. It is also designed with the proprietary LumiiFlex™ adjustable diffuser technology to deliver uniform lighting for wider view coverage at different angles. The feature-packed SLI080 will be displayed with MESSOA traffic cameras to demonstrate an innovative feature called Shutter Synchronization. This unique functionality allows its LED pulse to synchronize with the camera’s shutter speed to deliver on-target, precision illumination for the optimized traffic LPR/ANPR results when lighting is insufficient. Network Speed Dome combines megapixel clarity with superior maneuverability The IK10-rated NIC990 Network Speed Dome is designed for rugged outdoor day/night security installations with 2-megapixel Full HD video quality. With the support of H.264 codec, the NIC990 offers high quality images with little bandwidth and storage consumption. Also featuring WDR, 20X optical zoom, and superior maneuverability, the camera guarantees panoramic view coverage with no blind corners. It is ideal for surveying wide area and tracking distant objects at seaports, car parks or any large outdoor space. Welcome to stop by MESSOA MESSOA welcomes everyone to come and experience an array of reliable, innovative solutions that MESSOA has to offer, as the on-site staff will guide you through the detailed product demonstrations while sharing our expertise and successful stories in diverse surveillance applications at Hall 4, Stand E135.

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MESSOA launches 3MP fixed dome cameras with remote focus and zoom
MESSOA launches 3MP fixed dome cameras with remote focus and zoom

MESSOA NDF301 and NDR302 3MP Fixed Dome Network Cameras offer incredible 3-megapixel video performance, which delivers more details with the superior high definition video quality up to 30 frames per second. The two cameras too feature motorised lens for remote focus and zoom to address the needs of wide-angle, detail-demanding market segments, such as finance, hospitality, and transportation facilities. Motorised lens for remote zoom and auto focus Thanks to the built-in motorized lens, the motor-driven zoom function of both the NDF301 and the NDR302 enables configuration over the network to achieve the optimised viewing angle of the monitored area. Via the easy-to-use web browser interface, auto focus can be also done remotely with just one simple mouse click to eliminate the need for any manual focus adjustment, significantly simplifying the installation with faster and easier setup. True day­­­/night with mechanical ICR Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera is perfect for capturing images under highly variable lighting conditions between day and night, providing superior colour images at day time by filtering out colour-distorting IR, while the filter is removed to permit more light sensitivity that helps camera deliver sharp, noise-free monochrome images as light diminishes under a certain level. Superior low light performance Both the NDF301 and NDR302 outperforms other competing brands in low lux conditions by leveraging the proprietary Lumii™ Low Light Technology as every detail is captured in unparalleled clarity with enhanced sensitivity. The cameras further feature 3D DNR (digital noise reduction), which minimises noise while maintaining image sharpness in poorly lit environments. Not only the image quality improves, the featuring 3D DNR also allows more efficient use of the storage space for cost-saving purposes.­­ Top-of-the-line professional solution Built in with various supporting features such as H.264 compression standard, intelligent video detections, and memory card slot, the cameras provide versatile capabilities that users can take advantage of to enhance their surveillance experience. The NDF301 targets indoor security applications; for outdoor uses, the NDR302 comes with 15-meter (49ft) IR LED and IK10-rated vandal-resistant enclosure to meet the adverse challenges of outdoor surveillance.

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Introducing the Maven Series, an emerging line of network cameras to raise your security vision
Introducing the Maven Series, an emerging line of network cameras to raise your security vision

MESSOA has introduced the latest Maven Series IP Cameras to its product portfolio. From 1MP flat mini dome to 5MP rugged outdoor IR camera, the Maven Series features a wide selection of resolutions, lens, functions, and housings ready for all kinds of surveillance applications. Users can choose from a complete range of box type, bullet type, dome type, flat dome and even PTZ cameras that best suit their installation needs.  Image quality boosted by Lumii 2.0  Engineered to enhance user experience, the Maven Series IP cameras are equipped with more powerful image processing capabilities powered by the Lumii 2.0. The new-generation imaging technology built on an innovative platform transcends its predecessor and sets to deliver truer color, smoother motion and amazing image quality at challenging light conditions.  Installer-friendly features make installation easy  The Maven Series also upgrades its usability by including various installer-friendly functions for specific models, such as remote zoom and auto focus, hassle-free in-ceiling mount design, and easily accessible controls. These enhanced features serve to further facilitate installation and maintenance, making video surveillance much easier and flexible to everyone.  Reliable operation in every way  Improvement is achieved in terms of reliability as the Maven Series outdoor models are built stronger and more resilient than ever to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Maven Series also support more network protocols and security mechanisms, such as HTTPS encryption, 802.1x, and IP Address Filtering to secure communication over network, thereby improving overall system reliability.  Key Benefits Advanced imaging capabilities ideal for 24/7 surveillance powered by Lumii 2.0 Full range of resolutions, lens and housing suitable for all applications 3D Noise Filtering minimizes digital artifacts without causing motion blur Hyper Dynamic Range allows greater scene details in high contrast settings Easy, flexible deployment with installer-friendly designs Rugged enclosures ensure reliable operation at all conditions Multiple browser compatibility, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Enhanced network security

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We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?
We have the technology to make society safer – how long can we justify not using it?

While the application of facial recognition within both public and private spheres continues to draw criticism from those who see it as a threat to civil rights, this technology has become extremely commonplace in the lives of iPhone users. It is so prevalent, in fact, that by 2024 it is predicted that 90% of smartphones will use biometric facial recognition hardware. CCTV surveillance cameras  Similarly, CCTV is a well-established security measure that many of us are familiar with, whether through spotting images displayed on screens in shops, hotels and offices, or noticing cameras on the side of buildings. It is therefore necessary we ask the question of why, when facial recognition is integrated with security surveillance technology, does it become such a source of contention? It is not uncommon for concerns to be voiced against innovation. History has taught us that it is human nature to fear the unknown, especially if it seems that it may change life as we know it. Yet technology is an ever-changing, progressive part of the 21st century and it is important we start to shift the narrative away from privacy threats, to the force for good that LFR (Live Facial Recognition) represents. Live Facial Recognition (LFR) We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition Across recent weeks, we have seen pleas from UK organisations to allow better police access to facial recognition technology in order to fight crime. In the US, there are reports that LAPD is the latest police force to be properly regulating its use of facial recognition to aid criminal investigations, which is certainly a step in the right direction. While it is understandable that society fears technology that they do not yet understand, this lack of knowledge is exactly why the narrative needs to shift. We understand the arguments from those that fear the ethics of AI and the data collection within facial recognition, we respect these anxieties. However, it is time to level the playing field of the facial recognition debate and communicate the plethora of benefits it offers society. Facial recognition technology - A force for good Facial recognition technology has already reached such a level of maturity and sophistication that there are huge opportunities for it to be leveraged as a force for good in real-world scenarios. As well as making society safer and more secure, I would go as far to say that LFR is able to save lives. One usage that could have a dramatic effect on reducing stress in people with mental conditions is the ability for facial recognition to identify those with Alzheimer’s. If an older individual is seemingly confused, lost or distressed, cameras could alert local medical centres or police stations of their identity, condition and where they need to go (a home address or a next of kin contact). Granted, this usage would be one that does incorporate a fair bit of personal data, although this information would only be gathered with consent from each individual. Vulnerable people could volunteer their personal data to local watchlists in order to ensure their safety when out in society, as well as to allow quicker resolutions of typically stressful situations. Tracking and finding missing persons Another possibility for real world positives to be drawn from facial recognition is to leverage the technology to help track or find missing persons, a lost child for instance. The most advanced forms of LFR in the market are now able to recognise individuals even if up to 50% of their face is covered and from challenging or oblique angles. Therefore, there is a significant opportunity not only to return people home safely, more quickly, but also reduce police hours spent on analysing CCTV footage. Rapid scanning of images Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match Facial recognition technology can rapidly scan images for a potential match, as a more reliable and less time-consuming option than the human alternative. Freed-up officers could also then work more proactively on the ground, patrolling their local areas and increasing community safety and security twofold. It is important to understand that these facial recognition solutions should not be applied to every criminal case, and the technology must be used responsibly. However, these opportunities to use LFR as force for good are undeniable.   Debunking the myths One of the central concerns around LFR is the breach of privacy that is associated with ‘watchlists’. There is a common misconception, however, that the data of every individual that passes a camera is processed and then stored. The reality is that watch lists are compiled with focus on known criminals, while the general public can continue life as normal. The very best facial recognition will effectively view a stream of blurred faces, until it detects one that it has been programmed to recognise. For example, an individual that has previously shoplifted from a local supermarket may have their biometric data stored, so when they return to that location the employees are alerted to a risk of further crimes being committed. Considering that the cost of crime prevention to retailers in recent years has been around £1 billion, which therefore impacts consumer prices and employee wages, security measures to tackle this issue are very much in the public interest. Most importantly, the average citizen has no need to fear being ‘followed’ by LFR cameras. If data is stored, it is for a maximum of 0.6 seconds before being deleted. Privacy Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story Privacy is ingrained in facial recognition solutions, yet it seems the debate often ignores this side of the story. It is essential we spend more time and effort communicating exactly why watchlists are made, who they are made for and how they are being used, if we want to de-bunk myths and change the narrative. As science and technology professionals, heading up this exciting innovation, we must put transparency and accountability at the centre of what we do. Tony Porter, former Surveillance Camera Commissioner and current CPO at Corsight AI, has previously worked on developing processes that audit and review watch lists. Such restrictions are imperative in order for AI and LFR to be used legally, as well as ethically and responsibly. Biometrics, mask detection and contactless payments Nevertheless, the risks do not outweigh the benefits. Facial recognition should and can be used for good in so many more ways than listed above, including biometric, contactless payments, detecting whether an individual is wearing a facemask and is therefore, safe to enter a building, identifying a domestic abuse perpetrator returning to the scene of a crime and alerting police. There are even opportunities for good that we have not thought of yet. It is therefore not only a waste not to use this technology where we can, prioritising making society a safer place, it is immoral to stand by and let crimes continue while we have effective, reliable mitigation solutions.  

Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre
Safety in smart cities: How video surveillance keeps security front and centre

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyse more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping centre, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analysed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analysing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as licence plate reading, behavioural analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fibre-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection
Biometrics provides industries with security, access control, and data protection

Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimises passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labour. All these features make it difficult to recognise people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognised or unrecognised people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialised software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorised access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimises and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorised access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.

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Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features
Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS v2.5 video management software adds new storage and performance features

Digital Watchdog (DW™), the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of the latest update for DW Spectrum™ IPVMS. The new v2.5 software adds powerful new features including a bookmarks engine and storage backup, performance improvements and improved support for multi-sensor cameras. Easy approach to HD surveillance DW Spectrum IPVMS is an elegantly easy cutting-edge approach to HD surveillance, addressing the primary obstacles and limitations of managing enterprise-level HD video while offering the lowest total cost of deployment and ownership of any solution on the market. The software offers advanced search features to help you quickly find incidents or instantly review an exact date and time. The software is cross-platform, installs quickly and provides instant network mapping and discovery to start viewing your entire security system in minutes. DW Spectrum IPVMS is a perfect solution for any application that requires ease, speed, efficiency, and unprecedented image quality. “With the timely release of DW Spectrum 2.5, it continues to deliver unprecedented return on investment without the need for an annual maintenance agreement.” said Patrick Kelley, Director of IP Sales – North America, Digital Watchdog. “These new features are seamlessly incorporated into the DW Spectrum user interface, providing a dramatically easier user experience for all user levels than any other video management solution on the market.” DW Spectrum™ IPVMS features: New Mobile Apps - Brand new cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android with better performance, revamped design and consistent user experience across both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Bookmarks - Users can create bookmarks for specific segments of archived video with names, descriptions, and tags either manually or via the Rules & Events engine. Storage Backup - Users can now set up scheduled or real-time archive backup of high-res, low-res, or all streams from selected cameras to local, NAS, or even cloud-based storage locations (e.g. ftp sites, Amazon Prime Storage, etc). PTZ Preset as an Action - Users can now set up rules to trigger a PTZ preset as an action (e.g. create a motion event on a fixed camera that triggers the PTZ to look at the spot where motion occurred). Alarm Layout - allows users to set display-camera-on-Alarm-Layout as an action (aka pop-up video on alarm). Live Video Text Overlay - allows users to create custom text overlays-as-an-action (including Generic Event API). New device support: Axis F44 Main Unit Axis Q6000E panoramic camera ACTi V23 4 Channel Encoder (with I/O Support) Messoa IP Cameras (with I/O Support) Hikvision DS-6704HFI 4 Channel Video Server Implemented "Advanced" Settings for DWC-BVI2IR cameras Improved support for DWC-PZV2M72T cameras Vista VK2-1080XVRDPTPMF camera now mapped for advanced PTZ Arecont RTSP camera support implemented Digital I/O support for Arecont cameras implemented Improvements to management software: Added "Connect" button to the "Test" dialogue during dialogue Updated viewing cell icons and improved styling for "info" data Calendar widget can now be pinned Added layout background support for video wall Transcoding is now enabled by default for video export from multi-sensor cameras (e.g. DWC-PZV2M72T) Added warning before export if export will result in video downscaling (applies only to very high resolution or multi-sensor cameras) "Timeline mode" renamed to "Time Mode". Change can be seen in timeline, timestamps in Event Logs, Audit Trail and Bookmark Log Added ability to sort Alarm/Event Rules by any column Improved "Server Settings" and "System Administration" dialogs - now changes can be applied without closing dialog Storage Analytics improvement - storage utilised by deleted/moved out cameras is displayed separately Storage usage optimisations and improvements Improved time synchronisation mechanism between Servers Improved error messages for some cases of push updates failure "Free Storage Space" is increased from 5Gb to 50Gb for NAS   Server SSL can now be disabled API documentation is improved and extended General Server stability improvements based on anonymous usage and crash statistics

MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district
MESSOA Maven IP cameras secure Tokyo shopping district

The shopping District, or Shoutengai, in Koto-Ku, Tokyo is located next to a busy train station that gathers many restaurants, shops, and sake bars together in this newly vibrant neighbourhood. As the area becoming more commercially alive, there was an increasing concern for crimes taken place within the district, especially during late nights. For the purpose of crime prevention, the Shopping District Association began to consider deploying surveillance cameras at the crime hot spots as a way to strengthen the public safety in the neighbourhood. Yet with its limited finances, the association had to look for an effective solution at a lower cost that would cope with its tight budget. Solution With the help from MESSOA, more than 60 Maven series NCR365 IR bullet cameras and a dozen of NOD385 IR dome cameras were introduced in this project. Equipped with a 3MP CMOS sensor and removable IR-cut filter for 24/7 monitoring, these cameras deliver exceptional image quality for accurate identification at crime-prone spots. Both cameras support onboard memory with microSD card slot that utilises edge recording technology. Up to 64GB of HD quality CCTV footage can be recorded locally on each camera without the need of installing NVRs, saving a significant amount of installation costs. Structure-wise, both the NCR365 and NOD385 are IP67 certified, featuring built-in heater and weatherproof enclosure to ensure the cameras are capable of withstanding any harsh environments in Japan, particularly in winter times. Result By utilising the edge-based recording technology, the whole project eliminated the need for a centralised recording server or storage, helping the association saving a great deal of costs as planned. This solution did not compromise reliability thanks to SD card’s solid state without any moving parts like a hard drive. The files can be securely stored and easily retrieved when needed. The motorised lens with auto focus of the NCR35 provided benefits to the project as well by drastically facilitating the time-consuming installation. Technicians were able to get the job done fast with easy by taking advantage of remote configuration with simple mouse clicks. The simplified set up cut the installation process short and saved lots of labour costs as result.

Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution
Messoa, PlateSmart enter into integration partnership for effective license plate recognition solution

Partnership comes fresh on heels of Messoa’s exhibition of its latest HD IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR at IFSEC 2015 PlateSmart automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software-only solutions are known for working with cameras across the spectrum of the security industry. Messoa, one of the security industry’s premier video camera manufacturers, has consistently produced cameras that work effectively with PlateSmart’s products, making for a strong and productive association. The relationship between the two companies has now been cemented by recently joint announcement that PlateSmart and Messoa have entered into an official integration partnership agreement. Messoa’s HD IP cameras for ALPR applications at IFSEC 2015 The announcement comes fresh on the heels of Messoa’s successful exhibition at IFSEC 2015 in London, where it displayed its latest models of high-definition IP cameras specifically designed for ALPR use. Among the cameras on display was a model boasting 3 megapixels of resolution in addition to headlight suppression, built-in infrared (IR) illumination, and other features conducive to excellent ALPR performance. Pairing of PlateSmart’s HD ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras In addition to the high-quality product offerings from both companies, the effectiveness of the PlateSmart-Messoa combination springs from the pairing of PlateSmart’s high-definition (HD) ALPR engine with Messoa’s HD cameras, which enables users to cover a wider area and capture multiple plates with only a single camera. According to PlateSmart CEO John Chigos, the partnership with Messoa fits perfectly with the Company’s market philosophy. “PlateSmart has always made a point of choosing best-of-breed channel partners,” he says. “With Messoa, we are able to offer our customers everything they could want in license plate recognition. Messoa gives them a fantastic video image while PlateSmart gives them our unparalleled accuracy, flexibility, and data integrity protection.” “We are very excited about the partnership with PlateSmart”, said Allan Lee, President of MESSOA Technologies Inc. “With the integration of MESSOA CatchAll™ engine and PlateSmart HD LPR engine, it makes the state-of-art LPR solution obtainable and affordable, which ultimately benefits to the public safety as well as increases management effectiveness for applications in need of LPR solution such as parking lots, campus and schools, for example.”

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