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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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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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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