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 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 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 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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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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Everything you need to know about adding Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) to your building
Everything you need to know about adding Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) to your building

If defence is the best form of attack, then in security, planned preventative maintenance (PPM) is the best way to protect your business from harm. Also known as PPM, the service ensures that your security efforts are up-to-date and effective. In the latest how-to guide, discover the benefits of planned preventative maintenance and learn how to add PPM to your building. What is Planned Preventative Maintenance? You have installed all of the necessary security measures for your business, now what? Planned preventative maintenance. The service preserves the quality of your security hardware, like CCTV and secures access points, through regular maintenance by a professional engineer. Without continued maintenance, your security assets are subject to degradation, which may weaken your defences and put your company at risk. Why is Planned Preventative Maintenance important? Planned preventative maintenance is important because it saves your company time, money Planned preventative maintenance is important because it saves your company time, money and reduces the likelihood of a security breach. Security hardware requires an upfront investment, PPM maintains the quality of that investment so you can reap the long-term benefits. Planned maintenance, when compared to reactive maintenance, is more cost-effective, has minimal disruption, and safeguards your business. What is included in Planned Preventative Maintenance? Planned preventative maintenance includes routinely inspecting, testing and, where necessary, solving any issues before they become a weakness in your security. Access control systems are integral to any business, they can include biometrics, lockdown systems and CCTV - they also require planned preventative maintenance. Elite Security Founder, Ben McCayna, believes a preventative approach is paramount. Now you know what planned preventative maintenance is and why it is important for your business, discover how to add PPM to your building. How to add Planned Preventative Maintenance to your building? Reap the rewards from your security systems with planned preventative maintenance. When added to your annual, bi-annual or quarterly to-do list, PPM ensures that your security is operating at the highest standard. It allows you to identify potential issues and solve them before they impact your day-to-day performance. Find out how to add planned preventative maintenance to your building in our simple step-by-step guide. Step 1: Identify your security assets Before you can protect and maintain your high-value security assets, you must first identify them. Each company will have different hardware requirements, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ checklist for planned preventative maintenance. Start by taking a step back and asking yourself, what is essential for my business to operate securely? If your entrance keypads were to fail, for example, it may allow unauthorised personnel to enter your premises or prevent employees from accessing the office. Step 2: Reflect on requirements of each asset Now you have identified which elements of your security need regular maintenance, you can decide how they need to be maintained. Your CCTV system will require different expertise from your biometric security systems or lockdown systems, making this stage arguably the most important. After identifying how each asset must be maintained, your preventative maintenance plan will be cost-effective, time effective and optimised for your security systems. Step 3: Create a plan for asset maintenance After identifying which aspects of your security systems need to be maintained and how to maintain them, you can create a plan for asset maintenance. This involves identifying how often your company requires preventative maintenance and when will create the least disturbance for your business. You also need to assign someone to carry out the maintenance, who has the experience and knowledge to upkeep your security systems. Outsourcing your Planned Preventative Maintenance Our team of experienced professionals have spent years upkeeping our clients’ security systems Planned preventative maintenance requires training, experience and industry knowledge to optimise your security efforts. It can also be time-consuming, which leads many business owners to outsource their planned preventative maintenance to security companies with experience in the PPM. Our team of experienced professionals have spent years upkeeping our clients’ security systems. With extensive knowledge of industry standards and regulations, our clients receive high-quality preventative maintenance catered to their specific industry and security assets. Access control systems To compete in our fast-paced, high-tech world, modern companies must invest in their access control systems, as it allows business owners to control who can enter their premises, when and how. However, such technology requires scheduled maintenance to upkeep the hardware and ensures optimal security. Access control systems include CCTV cameras, intruder alarms, identification systems and other high-level security systems. Security systems must operate efficiently, otherwise, your employees may not be able to access your premises or worse, unauthorised personnel may gain access.

Middleware for multi-camera video surveillance
Middleware for multi-camera video surveillance

Enable third-party application system quickly to incorporate the visual data, as part of their solutions. Each and every user has a unique set of platforms that they need to efficiently run their business. In the security and surveillance field, increasing interest in visual sensor networks drives the development of multi-camera applications in private and public areas. Thus, middleware is needed to facilitate video data sharing connections between software platforms. It works like video plumbing, as it connects two ends of software platforms together so video data and databases can be easily passed between the ‘pipe’ for various applications. How does a middleware for video surveillance work? Video retrieval The middleware should work as software platform to receive and collect video from multi-cameras First, the middleware should work as software platform to receive and collect video from multi-cameras. Thus, those features are required for the middleware to work with video that can help user easily add various video sources into the application. The middleware platform should support many protocols, such as ONVIF, GB/T28181, GA/T1400 etc. The more protocols it supports, the more cameras it can access. Set ONVIF protocol for example. Nearly 80% famous overseas video surveillance manufacturers in the world all support the standard protocol ONVIF, if the middleware system supports ONVIF, which means it can communicate with above 80% cameras and receive the video from them with no problem. And, also the middleware platform can be set up to work with an RTSP,HLS,HTTP-FLV, WebSocket video source with an URL – for example, a synthetic video source, like VLC stream server, which make the integration process simple and easy. Video management Second, after collecting the video, middleware should allow the integrating application to manage video archives from multi-cameras in geographically distributed locations, and realise video management functions, such as video monitoring, local or network or cloud-based storage options, intuitive E-map display, gathering information on remote objects alarms, quick and convenient search and playback etc. After realising video management performance, the middleware becomes video management middleware. And, it should contain a ready video management mechanism available via REST API, while integrating application defines management policy. Easily integrate with third-party application The video management middleware is better to designed as an SDK Third, the middleware should easily integrate with third-party application, so that video data sharing connections between software platforms can be put through, and the third-party application can easily incorporate video, as part of their own video solution. In order to realise this, the video management middleware is better to designed as an SDK. That is every piece of functionality implemented in middleware is available via programming interface, and the functionality is said to be implemented. Standard video data for third-party industry platforms And what’s more, standardised media stream formats, such as HTML5 are better to provide for the convenient interaction with third-party applications, particularly in media interchange. So that it will be easily to push the standard video data to many third-party industry application platforms, and make video playback possible on most of popular browsers, and mobile devices. When you are giving those information to a third party application system, it will be able to acquire the video data and sync information to perform other task via middleware. What are benefits the video management middleware brings? Enable third party application system quickly to incorporate the visual data as part of their solutions. As the easy integration features the video management middleware brings, the third parties don’t need to put more energy on aggregating video sources from multi-cameras and waste more cost on developing. All they need is to enjoy the visual data via convenience and quick integration from the video management middleware, and then focus more energy on application-level development, while saving developing costs. Easy deployment and saving cost With the progress of the security technology, some old security infrastructures need to be upgraded as well, such as community security project, school security projects. If replacing all the front-end cameras, it will cost a lot. The most economical and efficient way is to add new functional cameras at most important monitoring spot, while still keep some old cameras. Thus, the video management middleware is needed. Users only need to install middleware software on the computer. By the video management middleware, users can collect and manage the video resources from various brands front-end video device without replacing the original monitoring equipment and deployment, thus making full use of old devices and greatly reduce the cost of video integration and application.

Talking Total Cost of Ownership with True Cloud Video Surveillance
Talking Total Cost of Ownership with True Cloud Video Surveillance

Integrators need to be well versed in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), when discussing video surveillance options with their customers. Business leaders are looking for the best, most economical technology that will address their security needs, and they also want to avoid being blind-sided by unplanned technology operations and service costs. While most folks understand that the initial cost of a video surveillance system is not the same as the total cost of ownership, many might be surprised to learn that the costs to operate and maintain video surveillance system on-premises technology is often double and sometimes even quadruple the original purchase price, particularly when IT servers are involved.  TCO landscape changed with advent of cloud systems Fortunately, the TCO landscape has changed with the advent of cloud systems Fortunately, the TCO landscape has changed with the advent of cloud systems. What has changed? To begin with, there are certain characteristics built into true cloud systems that offer tremendous economies of scale and save the customer money. The three examples described below are also outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Definition of Cloud Computing: Resource pooling - This is a term that describes how businesses, who are cloud system subscribers, all share the significant cost savings from equipment purchases and servicing at large scale. Cloud system subscribers all receive high-power and high-capacity computing at a much lower cost than would ever be possible with an on-premise system. Rapid elasticity - This is the cloud-computing term for the ability to provide scalable services. Rapid elasticity ensures that each cloud system subscriber is always using only and exactly the high-performance computing resources needed. This is a much different situation than an on-premises system, which must be sized and continually powered to satisfy occasional peak system usage. Measured service - Each subscriber’s account only uses and pays for the resources allotted by subscription. This ensures predictable data center costs and reasonable subscription pricing. True cloud offers high system reliability, strong cyber security Additionally, true cloud offers high system reliability, wide-area internet-based remote access and strong cyber security that surpasses what is feasible for on-premises deployments. When you compare all the costs to own and operate video management systems (VMS), as opposed to using purchase price alone, the TCO of a true cloud system is considerably below that of a typical on-site system. The savings vary, but generally safe ranges are: Small business: 5% to 15% Multi-site retail operation: 25% to 40% Large commercial business: 15% to 25% Classic TCO Cost Categories Let’s take a look at the classic TCO cost categories for physical security systems. The chart in Figure 1 shows eight categories, whose relative sizes vary depending upon type and configuration of the project. Figure 1 - The classic TCO cost categories for physical security systems For small single-site deployments, calculating TCO is simple. For multi-site, large commercial, and enterprise deployments it is more complex. With multi-site deployments, these costs are typically grouped with other costs across a variety of budgets and are typically difficult if not impossible to accurately predict or track. Cost of server and network installation The cost of server and network installation, maintenance and repair will be about the same for any VMS However, for video surveillance systems, even if a security manager wanted to calculate the TCO, what benefit would there be? The competitive part of a commercial video surveillance system is not the server and network infrastructure, which is often provided or specified by the organisation’s IT department and is substantially the same, regardless of the brand of video management system (VMS) software. The cost of server and network installation, maintenance and repair will be about the same for any VMS. Only the software purchase price and ongoing licence fees will make a competitive difference, right? In the past, that was generally true. However, with a cloud video system, this is no longer the case. Cloud reduces Video Management System TCO A well-engineered true cloud VMS includes capabilities that are typically not affordable in on-premises systems. For example, a true cloud VMS offers server and data redundancy, high bandwidth wide-area network infrastructure, and very strong cyber security, all of which would require a very significant investment in a non-cloud system.  A cloud-based VMS makes these affordable due to the large economies of scale in the flexible computing, data storage and wide-area networking resources of a cloud data centre and the internet. Cloud-based system offer data redundancy and cyber security Notice that, in the TCO calculation examples that follow, the cloud-based system contains data redundancy and cyber security measures that on-premise systems simply do not offer. Other benefits include: Hot redundant computing Geographically desirable video storage locations Information security audits Continuous penetration testing Continuous feature delivery Automatically applied application security updates Backups are current, encrypted and verified In a true-cloud VMS, backups are kept current, encrypted and are verified In a true-cloud VMS, backups are kept current, encrypted and are verified, and cyber security controls are tested, as part of normal cloud operations. Another cost-lowering element is intelligent bandwidth management with local on-premises buffering, typically allowing existing business internet connections to be utilised for uploading video to the cloud VMS, incurring no additional internet bandwidth costs. Video-optimised data centre technology Furthermore, TCO is even better from a cloud company that designs and builds its own public or private cloud, using hardware and software optimised for video applications, in order to maximise system performance and reliability, and minimise costs. VMS software that is built using public cloud providers’ services, are built for a wider variety of application types, and offer fewer system optimising options. Furthermore, margin-stacking occurs because the public cloud’s profit margin on its computing, networking and storage services are then resold by the cloud VMS provider. That means subscribers now pay for two profit margins on the VMS platform’s supporting infrastructure. TCO Comparison – True Cloud vs. On-site NVR Enterprise System Figure 2 - TCO Calculations for True Cloud Enterprise VMS Figure 3 - TCO Calculations for On-Site NVR Enterprise System Deployment TCO Comparison As Figures 2 and 3 above show, a 5-year cost TCO comparison between a True Cloud VMS and an On-Site NVR Enterprise System shows a 35% savings for the True Cloud VMS.   On-Site NVR Enterprise System: US$ 1,138,255 True Cloud VMS: US$ 741,470 TCO Diff: US$ 396,785 Savings: 35% However, in addition to the cost savings, there are several critical information security elements included in the True Cloud VMS that can’t be feasibly achieved in the On-Site NVR Enterprise System (Figure 3, items 5b, 5c and 6c). Thus, the True Cloud Deployment is without question the better value. Cloud System TCO Wins The above TCO comparison underscores the typical advantages of cloud-based over premises-based video management systems. The hard and soft benefits are clear: Lower TCO. Lower total cost of ownership. Lower Up-Front Costs. Lower up-front expenditure costs. No Margin Stacking. TCO is even better from a cloud company that designs and builds its own data center technology, eliminating vendor margin-stacking. Full Hot Redundancy. Data storage and video recording and processing are fully redundant. Cyber security. Strong cyber security including data encryption in transit and at rest. Mobile Performance. Better wide-area mobile device performance. Automatic Updates - Automatic security and feature updates with no action needed by the service provider. Only Pay for What You Use - Cloud customers can add and subtract video analytics and other system capabilities on demand, paying only for the period in which they use them. Instantly Adjustable Video Retention - Cloud customers can expand video retention and recording resolution and frame rate on a per-camera basis, without having to make any on-premises infrastructure changes. No Refresh Cost Bump - There is no server refresh cost bump, typically required with on-premises systems for: (a) upgrading outdated server computers for increased processor power and memory, to meet new software requirements; and (b) replacing hard drives nearing their failure point. No Downtime and Accelerated New Features - True cloud systems remain current through continuous delivery software engineering, incrementally improving software in intervals of weeks, rather than months or years. Security/bug-fix updates and version upgrade downtime are eliminated as are staff learning curves. Cloud has changed the TCO landscape Cloud has changed the TCO landscape, and this offers integrators a great opportunity to demonstrate to their customers how security systems costs can be easily measured and predictable. Customers appreciate when the cost (subscription price) is in plain sight. Business leaders appreciate understanding the bottom line—which is that the TCO for a True Cloud VMS system, when correctly calculated to include on-premises VMS equipment refreshes, will typically cost less than an on-premises VMS – while providing greater value.

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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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