Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni G3 multi-megapixel camera
Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni G3 multi-megapixel camera

The SurroundVideo® Omni G3 is an industry game-changing, first-of-its-kind omni-directional, remote-configurable, multi-sensor, multi-megapixel camera built to provide outstanding high resolution video coverage for a wide range of applications. The unmatched coverage and capabilities of the SurroundVideo Omni G3 provides organisations of all sizes with the flexibility to deploy a surveillance camera system that truly matches their current and future requirements for complete situational awareness.  Fast and easy camera installation SurroundVideo Omni G3 is available with a choice of 12- or 20-megapixel (MP) resolutions. The number of cameras required for a project can be dramatically reduced with a single SurroundVideo Omni G3, thanks to its four customisable remote sensor gimbals. Installation is fast and easy. Install the hinged mounting plate, connect the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) IP cable, and then remotely configure the camera. Select a preset choice for 180°, 270°, or 360° views, or use the intuitive interface to remotely pan, tilt, zoom, and focus each sensor. Two custom presets created by the user can be saved to memory. The camera is MegaLabTM-integrated with the industry’s leading VMS/NVR platforms.  Normal to challenging lighting conditions SurroundVideo Omni G3 is ideal for applications with normal to challenging lighting conditions. The Omni combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter for the highest image quality at any time of day. For applications with bright or over-saturated lighting conditions, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) delivers up to 100dB at full resolution on select 12MP models. In poor lighting conditions, Binning Mode increases the camera’s low light performance by combining pixels so that more light can be collected. SurroundVideo Omni G3 includes SNAPstreamTM (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology to reduce bandwidth without impacting image quality. The camera offers advanced streaming capabilities and is designed on an efficient H.264 encoding platform capable of delivering high quality video without straining the network. Power can be supplied via a single PoE Class 3 compliant network cable or via an 18–48V DC/24V AC power supply.  Operating in demanding environments SurroundVideo Omni G3 is designed for demanding environments, able to operate indoors and out in an extended operational temperature range. Certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the camera carries an IP66 rating. The rugged dome housing is IK-10 rated to withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force for vandal-prone applications.  The camera interface or the AV IP Utility can be used for setup and updates, as can many MegaLab-certified VMS/NVR platforms. Using the camera interface or the AV IP Utility, security updates and both new or enhanced features can be applied to the cyber-hardened SurroundVideo Omni’s Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture. This in-house developed architecture runs on the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit that is at the core of every Arecont Vision camera.

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Arecont Vision now in its 5th generation of the SurroundVideo IP Panoramic series
Arecont Vision now in its 5th generation of the SurroundVideo IP Panoramic series

Arecont Vision® has perfected multi-megapixel, multi-sensor camera technology. Now in its 5th generation, the SurroundVideo® Panoramic Series has been upgraded with the latest features including STELLAR™ low light technology. Cost-effective solution for time-sensitive applications The SurroundVideo G5 is best suited for businesses and organisations that require ultra-high resolution at a low cost per pixel. The camera features four factory-installed P-iris lenses, ensuring the best possible depth of field and image clarity for precise performance from each individual sensor. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera onsite. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk missing critical information from a 180° scene. It is a cost-effective solution for time-sensitive applications, which require a quick, multiple camera installation. The 5MP model features four 1.2MP image sensors and patented Arecont Vision STELLAR (Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture) low light technology. STELLAR utilises advanced algorithms to reduce motion blur and noise, while enhancing contrast and generating high-quality colour video under the most challenging lighting conditions – including near complete darkness. In addition to unparalleled low-light performance, STELLAR simultaneously reduces bit rate and storage requirements to further enhance the value of the Arecont Vision industry-leading megapixel imaging solution. Designed for demanding environments The SurroundVideo G5 multi-megapixel camera delivers a choice of 5MP, 12MP, or 20MP resolution options. For added flexibility, users can view the camera’s four sensors individually or as a smooth transition of all images for a full 180° panoramic view. The camera is factory aligned with a slight image overlap to ensure you never miss a thing. For an optimal image, each sensor can be individually adjusted for the best exposure ratio per sensor (AV12586PM WDR model). The SurroundVideo G5 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force.

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Arecont Vision releases MicroDome Duo compact twin-sensor megapixel camera series
Arecont Vision releases MicroDome Duo compact twin-sensor megapixel camera series

Arecont Vision announces the expansion of the compact MicroDome ultra-low profile true day/night camera family with the release of its dual-sensor MicroDome Duo series. MicroDome Duo unique capabilities With revolutionary innovation and in-house designs, Arecont Vision has pioneered the multi-sensor megapixel surveillance camera market since 2006. MicroDome Duo is the latest addition to that continuing heritage, with an extremely compact and advanced twin sensor omnidirectional camera. Both sensors feature independent remote focus modules, mounted on 3-axis gimbals for outstanding viewing coverage.  “Customers across the Middle East and around the world will benefit from the small size, advanced cybersecurity protection, future-proof design and unique capabilities of the new MicroDome Duo,” said Sanjit Bardhan, Vice President of Sales, Middle East, Africa, and India (MEAI) for Arecont Vision. “MicroDome Duo reduces the number of cameras required for a wide range of applications by providing high definition video of two areas at once, and its many installer-friendly features cut down on installation time and expense.”  Enhanced coverage and situational awareness A single compact MicroDome Duo camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling to cover two different views simultaneously. This results in enhanced coverage and improved situational awareness over a multitude of scenes, particularly those in need of low-profile, high resolution indoor/outdoor surveillance. Such areas include hallways, walkways, ATMs and POS terminals.  MicroDome Duo offers fast frame rates and a choice of 4, 6, or 10-megapixel resolution models. Each camera is available with lens options ranging from 2.1 to 16mm, providing the widest possible application requirements. SNAPstream (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology reduces camera bandwidth consumption in all MicroDome Duo models without impacting image quality.  Each MicroDome Duo camera offers independent remote focus capability to simplify set-up and reduce installation time Core features and technologies At the core of MicroDome Duo is an Arecont Vision FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) integrated circuit. Arecont Vision cameras are designed and built in the USA to run an in-house developed, Massively Parallel Image Processing Architecture (MPIPA) on the FPGA. All core features and technologies are developed by Arecont Vision, allowing installed cameras to be upgraded with new capabilities, thereby extending the useful life of the device.  By employing the unique MPIPA architecture on the FPGA, Arecont Vision cameras do not require the use of common operating systems. This approach eliminates the risk of a cyber hacker repurposing an Arecont Vision camera for use in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) robotic actions or other increasingly common cyberattacks.   Tackling challenging lighting conditions The MicroDome Duo series is designed for applications with challenging lighting conditions, featuring integrated, dual, day/night mechanical IR cut filters. For applications with strong backlighting, reflections from wet flooring, streets or puddles, or contrast due to fog, mist or glare, optional Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) equipped 4- and 6-megapixel models are also available. Built-in CorridorView™ technology provides better coverage of hallways, corridors and other narrow spaces without wasting pixels on unchanging areas.  Each MicroDome Duo camera offers independent remote focus capability to simplify set-up and significantly reduce installation time. Installers can simply select “Short Range Focus” or “Full Range Focus” for rapid setup, or they can adjust the view remotely as required by the application.    Compact light weight camera series The MicroDome Duo is a compact (71.9mm/2.83” height by 103mm/4.06” width by 163mm/6.42” length), light weight (0.88kg/1.95lbs) surveillance camera series. It is built on Arecont Vision’s new installer-friendly enclosure design to further simplify positioning and installation. A single PoE IP connection is required, reducing wiring time and expense.  The rugged, tamper-resistant, die-cast aluminium housing features two polycarbonate dome bubbles that are both IK-10 impact-resistant and IP66 weatherproof rated. The MicroDome Duo is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Series S compliant.

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Arecont Vision SurroundVideo G5 180-degree for day/night situational awareness and easy installation with remote focus
Arecont Vision SurroundVideo G5 180-degree for day/night situational awareness and easy installation with remote focus

The 5th generation SurroundVideo® G5 delivers 4 integrated, P-iris, remote focus lenses in a compact dome camera that is easier than ever to install for loading docks, factories, restaurants, retail, parking lots, lobbies, and more. G5 delivers an incredible 180º panoramic experience with double the frame rate of previous models. 5, 12, and 20-megapixel models all offer built-in remote focus capability to simplify set-up. WDR, STELLAR™ advanced colour low light technology, and more. Panoramic overview  SurroundVideo® G5 cameras provide an all-in-one solution for capturing wide area video surveillance while maximising the field-of-view and reducing the total number of cameras required. For added flexibility, users can view the camera’s four sensors individually or as a smooth transition of all images blended together for a full 180° panoramic view. The camera is factory aligned with a slight image overlap to ensure you never miss a thing. For an optimal image, each sensor can be individually adjusted for the best exposure ratio per sensor.  Resolution  The SurroundVideo® G5 multi-megapixel camera series delivers 5-, 12-, or 20-megapixel resolutions.  Lenses  The SurroundVideo® G5 multi-sensor, multi-megapixel dome camera pushes the boundaries of next generation technology, providing users with four integrated, Remote Focus P-iris lenses for an incredible 180° panoramic experience in a single indoor/outdoor housing.  Rugged design  SurroundVideo® G5 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating, and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force.  Ease of installation  The SurroundVideo® G5 camera features four factory-installed Remote Focus P-iris lenses, ensuring the best possible depth of field and image clarity for precise performance from each individual sensor. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera on-site. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk missing critical information from a 180° scene.  Challenging lighting conditions  The series combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter for the highest image quality at any time of day. For challenging low-light applications, the 5MP STELLAR™, “Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture” model offers best-in-class light sensitivity capturing details in extreme low-light. The 12MP SurroundVideo® G5 camera (AV12586PM) features Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to produce clear images in harsh lighting conditions.

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Arecont Vision MegaBall G2 megapixel camera with STELLAR & adjustable IR
Arecont Vision MegaBall G2 megapixel camera with STELLAR & adjustable IR

The new MegaBall® G2 offers 1.2, 1080p, 3, and 5 megapixel choices in an all-in-one camera. New adjustable IR LEDs and flush, surface, or bell mount housings. Select motorised P-Iris lens or manual Panomorph 360°.  Advanced options include true day/night, STELLAR™ advanced low-light technology, true WDR at up to 100dB at full resolution. Resolution The MegaBall G2 megapixel camera series fuses optimum performance with outstanding aesthetics. These stylish indoor cameras feature a choice of 1.2-, 1080p-, 3-, or 5-megapixel (MP) resolution options. Challenging lighting conditions Regardless of time-of-day, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. The series combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated P-iris lens for precise, optimal image quality. For applications with poor lighting conditions optional wide dynamic range is available on some 1080p and 3MP models. For challenging low-light colour images without IR, the 1.2MP STELLAR™, “Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture” model offers best-in-class light sensitivity capturing details in near complete darkness. For additional low light capabilities Binning Mode is available on 3MP and 5MP camera models. Adjustable infrared illumination MegaBall G2 IR models are integrated with an Adjustable Infrared Illuminator, providing clear images in extreme, low-light scenes. Infrared camera models offer the ability to manually adjust the IR's level of intensity, providing the flexibility to ensure the scene is illuminated uniformly. Ease of installation The camera's interface allows for an intuitive, fast, and easy configuration; while the Free AV IP Utility tool allows users to quickly configure multiple cameras at one time. The MegaBall G2 is ONVIF Profile S (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.

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Arecont Vision releases SurroundVideo G5 Mini Panoramic Camera series
Arecont Vision releases SurroundVideo G5 Mini Panoramic Camera series

Arecont Vision, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology, has expanded its popular SurroundVideo panoramic indoor/outdoor camera series with fifth generation models that deliver important new features in a smaller size. These compact SurroundVideo G5 Mini cameras are the latest addition to the ground-breaking SurroundVideo multi-sensor panoramic family.  SurroundVideo panoramic cameras provide four integrated lenses in either 180º or 360º configurations. The new SurroundVideo G5 Mini panoramic camera series delivers 12- and 20-megapixel (12 or 20MP) resolution at double the frame rate of previous models. The G5 Mini is also approximately 50% smaller than previous SurroundVideo models.   Increased coverage with fewer camerasIn 2006, Arecont Vision pioneered the industry’s first multi-sensor panoramic megapixel cameras and has maintained its market leadership through continued innovation and development. Not only can a single, high definition SurroundVideo camera replace multiple pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) or fixed-view cameras, but it does so while enhancing video coverage and situational awareness.  Even more important is that reducing the number of cameras through the use of SurroundVideo lessens both project costs and complexity. SurroundVideo camerasThe SurroundVideo series is currently in its fifth generation, with tens of thousands of  successful customer installations around the globe. SurroundVideo cameras are typically mounted on walls, ceilings, rooftops, corners, light poles, and emergency call boxes. Users can view each sensor of a SurroundVideo G5 Mini megapixel camera individually or cumulatively in a full 180o or 360o panoramic view.  SurroundVideo panoramic cameras are factory-aligned with a slight image overlap as a means to ensure that nothing is ever missed in the field of view. 12MP WDR-equipped models offer up to 100dB at full resolution for an optimal image, even in extremely varied lighting conditions. SurroundVideo cameras additionally feature four individual day/night mechanical IR cut filters in order to provide the highest image quality at any time of day. Indoor and outdoor useThe entire Made in the USA SurroundVideo series is subjected to, and certified by, rigorous dust, water, and impact tests while under strict manufacturing quality control. SurroundVideo cameras offer an extended operating range and are ideal for indoor, outdoor, and vandal-prone applications. “Arecont Vision SurroundVideo multi-sensor megapixel cameras continue to be the go-to solution for knowledgeable systems integrators around the world due to the demonstrated performance, proven reliability, and outstanding cost-efficiency of the entire series,” said Brad Donaldson, Arecont Vision’s VP of Product Development. “The smaller size of the new SurroundVideo G5 Mini models, combined with double the frame rate of earlier models, will significantly benefit our customers.” Advanced capabilitiesSurroundVideo series cameras also offer advanced streaming capabilities.  They are designed on the Arecont Vision highly efficient H.264 encoding platform to deliver high quality video without straining the network. Power can be supplied by either a single Power-over Ethernet (PoE) compliant network cable, or by an 18-48V DC/24V AC power supply.  The camera interface allows for intuitive, fast, and easy configuration, while the convenient AV IP Utility tool enables users to quickly configure or update one or multiple cameras simultaneously. SurroundVideo cameras are integrated with the industry’s leading video management systems (VMS) and network video recorders (NVR) through the Arecont Vision Technology Partner Program and its MegaLab™ testing facility and knowledge center. The result is the best-possible integration for surveillance projects, and most Technology Partner Program VMS/NVR members further reduce project costs by charging only a single camera license for a four-sensor SurroundVideo camera.

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Arecont Vision indoor/outdoor surface mount model of the new MicroDome product line
Arecont Vision indoor/outdoor surface mount model of the new MicroDome product line

Arecont Vision, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology, introduces a surface mount option for the new ultra low profile MicroDome cameras. The new line of multi-megapixel cameras is designed for applications where both high-resolution and a minimal footprint are required. MicroDome cameras are available in resolutions of 1.3 megapixels (MP), 1080p, 3MP and 5MP with an option for true Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) imaging at 1080p and 3MP. In its surface mount housing, the Arecont Vision MicroDome camera is IP66 environmental rated to resist dust and water. The domes on all MicroDome cameras are IK-10 impact resistant. MicroDome cameras ship with 4mm lenses. Additional lenses are available at 2.8mm, 6mm, 8mm, 12mm and 16mm. All MicroDome cameras use true mechanical day/night IR cut filters for excellent low light performance, with pixel binning available at 3MP and 5MP. The cameras are all-in-one Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions and provide audio capabilities: a microphone is standard on flush mount models and an audio jack is included on the surface mount models. Casino Mode in 1080p models maintains 30 frames-per-second (fps) or higher. Standard features of Arecont Vision IP megapixel cameras include a dual H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) and JPEG encoder, fast frame rates, on-camera privacy masking and 1024-zone motion detection. The company’s WDR technology delivers a dynamic range of up to 100dB at full resolution without lowering frame rates. By combining long and short exposures in the same field-of-view, WDR maximises the amount of detail in both bright and dark areas of a scene.

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Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni 2nd generation brings outstanding user-selected 180-360° HD megapixel coverage
Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni 2nd generation brings outstanding user-selected 180-360° HD megapixel coverage

SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is the first HD panoramic camera to feature 4 user-configurable, remote focus modules. There is nothing else like it All 4 sensors can be independently set in any orientation around a 360° magnetic track, including looking straight down for no blindspots. Omni replaces multiple single-sensor or PTZ cameras for non-stop HD quality video coverage of hallways, lobbies, restaurants, parking lots, traffic circles, intersections. Better coverage & images from one Omni camera. SurroundVideo® Omni G2 The SurroundVideo Omni G2, new generation multi-sensor camera design, meets the highest level of flexibility. The unique, future-proof platform provides organisations of all sizes the flexibility to deploy a security system that truly matches their current video surveillance needs, and the simplicity to make changes if you need to in the future. The SurroundVideo® Omni G2, pushes the ease of installation even further providing users with four remote focus lens options on a unique 360° magnetic track encompassed in a single indoor/outdoor, impact-resistant housing. Resolution The SurroundVideo Omni G2 series features a choice of 12- or 20-megapixel resolution options. These cameras include four individual true day/night sensors that provide an all-in-one solution for capturing wide area video surveillance while maximizing the field-of-view and reducing the total number of cameras required; saving installers time and end users money. Optic For added flexibility, users can place the four individual three-axis lens gimbals independently in nearly any configuration on the track for applications such as to see down all four hallways or on the corner of a building for a 270° view. The three-axis lens adjustment provides users with more camera placement options, allowing the cameras to be easily mounted on a wall or ceiling so they can rotate the lens in a variety of directions for a precise field of view. The customisation of this camera is unparalleled offering a range of interchangeable lens options for each individual sensor including 2.1, 2.8, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16mm options. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera on-site. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk of missing critical information. Rugged design SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating, and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force. Ease of installation The camera's interface allows for an intuitive, fast, and easy configuration. The Free AV IP Utility tool allows users to quickly configure multiple cameras at one time. The SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. Challenging lighting conditions For applications with bright or over saturated lighting conditions, the optional wide dynamic range feature delivers up to 100dB at full resolution (select 12MP models). For applications with poor lighting conditions, Binning Mode increases the camera’s low light performance by combining pixels so that more light can be collected.

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IP Dome cameras - Expert commentary

Live-streaming mobile surveillance takes cameras to the action
Live-streaming mobile surveillance takes cameras to the action

Video surveillance across the world is growing exponentially and its major application is in both public safety and law enforcement. Traditionally, it has been fixed surveillance where cameras provide live streams from fixed cameras situated in what is considered strategic locations. But they are limited in what they can see given by their very definition of being "fixed." The future of video surveillance includes the deployment of more mobile video surveillance with the benefits it offers. Instead of fixed cameras, this is the ability to live stream from mobile devices on the move such as body-worn cams, drones, motorbikes, cars, helicopters and in some cases, even dogs!Sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters Advantages of mobile surveillance The advantage of mobile surveillance is that the camera can go to where the action is, rather than relying on the action going to where the camera is. Also, sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters. The ability to live stream video from cars and helicopters in high-speed pursuits can be used to take some of the operational issues from the first responders on the ground and share that “life and death” responsibility with the operational team leaders back in the command centre. This allows the first responders in the pursuit vehicle to focus on minimising risk while staying in close proximity of the fleeing vehicle, with direction from a higher authority who can see for themselves in real time the issues that are being experienced, and direct accordingly. In addition to showing video live stream from a pursuit car or motorcycle, by using inbuilt GPS tracking, the video can be displayed on a map in real time, allowing a command chief to better utilise additional resource and where to deploy them, through the use of displaying mapping information with real time video feed. It allows police chiefs to make better informed decisions in highly-charged environments. The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively Application in emergency situations The same is true of first responders in many different emergency situations. Mobile surveillance opens up a new area of efficiencies that previously was impossible to achieve. For example, special operations can wear action body-worn cameras when doing raids, fire departments can live stream from emergency situations with both thermal and daylight cameras, and paramedics can send video streams back to hospitals allowing doctors to remotely diagnose and prepare themselves for when patients arrive at the hospital. How can special operations and emergency first responders live stream video from a mobile camera with the issues of weight, reliability and picture-quality being considered? H265 mobile video compression Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively. The issue of course is that 4G is not always reliable. Soliton Systems has mitigated this risk of low mobile quality in certain areas, by building an H265 mobile video compression device that can use multiple SIM cards from different cellular providers simultaneously. H265 is the latest compression technique for video, that is 50% more effective than conventional H264, and coupling this with using multiple “bonded” SIM cards provides a highly reliable connection for live-streaming high-quality HD video. The 400-gram device with an internal battery can be connected to a small action cam, and can live-stream simultaneously over at least three different cellular providers, back to a command centre. Latency is typically less than a second, and new advance improvements are looking to reduce that latency further. Encrypted video transmission What about security? Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain, i.e. AES256.What about integration into existing video infrastructure at the command centre? It is not untypical for a police force to have an existing video management system (VMS) at their command centre such as Milestone System’s Xprotect. The Soliton range of products are ONVIF-compliant, a standard used by video surveillance cameras for interoperability, allowing cameras and video devices that are ONVIF-compliant to simply “plug&play” into existing video management systems. These mobile transmitters are deployed with law enforcement and first responders across the globe. Their ability to provide secure, full HD quality and highly-reliable video streaming within a small unit, and to enable it to be integrated into the current eco-system that is already installed at the receiving end, has made them a favourite choice with many companies and government agencies.

Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market
Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market

Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.

4K analogue cameras are still an ideal solution for video surveillance systems
4K analogue cameras are still an ideal solution for video surveillance systems

One of the toughest business decisions companies need to make is when selecting a new video surveillance system, as it’s a rigorous process to compare camera offerings and technologies, and to evaluate price structures. With its proven performance over the last several years, IP surveillance systems have become the defacto standard for most professionals. Those experts typically cite the numerous benefits that IP cameras offer, including higher image resolution, ease of installation, scalability, and analytics as rationale – which are all valid. However, the biggest drawback is the high price tag when considering making the switch from an analogue to a dedicated IP surveillance system. In reality, many end users don’t need networked IP cameras in every location throughout their facility, as the additional features and benefits IP cameras typically provide may not be necessary in every location. Ultimately, the decision to stick with analogue or move to IP needs to be based on your surveillance objectives and future needs. Advantages of 4K Consider this – you’re managing an analogue surveillance system and your primary goal is to increase image resolution; 4K analogue cameras may be your ideal solution. Advanced 4K analogue surveillance cameras deliver a myriad of advantages, including: Superior resolution Lower cost and easy installation. Picture clarity even under changing or difficult lighting conditions Models with 2 and 4 megapixel resolution, such as Dahua’s HDCVI 4K cameras with scalable HD-over-coax technology, provide security professionals with greater situational awareness and are available in multiple form factors to provide exceptional quality video & audio for a wide range of surveillance applications.Since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras Greater distance, greater definition Another benefit of 4K analogue cameras is that their higher number of pixels provides increased digital zoom performance without pixilation versus traditional HD or 2K cameras. This allows security operators to see further into the distance with greater definition. The added resolution is especially important for popular applications that require higher levels of detail, such as face and licence plate recognition or object analysis, as well as emerging video analytics and artificial intelligence applications for future system enhancements. 4K analogue applications 4K analogue cameras are also ideally suited to cover large fields of view such as in sports stadiums or airports with great detail and accurate colour reproduction. Their superior digital zoom capabilities can allow 4K analogue cameras to do the work of two cameras – one for a wide view and another for close-up – without sacrificing quality or compromising security. This can also help dramatically reduce hardware and installation cost, and simplify video monitoring. Finally, since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras. With the ever-increasing amount of sensitive and personal information stored on networked drives at businesses of all types, the value of removing one more potential network entry point cannot be understated. Overall, with 4K analogue cameras, security professionals can take advantage of higher resolution video on an existing, cost-effective platform that’s safe from network intruders with isolated and limited installation downtime and exceptional cost-efficiencies.