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One of Vicon’s most popular cameras for indoor and outdoor use, the new Alliance-mx Camera Dome not only includes the increased processing power needed to run analytics or VMS applications at the edge, it also features WDR, built-in IR illumination, on-camera storage, and true day/night capability. A choice of manual or motorised varifocal lenses are available. Available in H.264 vandal dome models with support for HD720p, HD1080p, 3MP and 5MP resolutions, the Alliance-mx provides a highly energy-efficient and economical system perfect for any application. ONVIF and PSIA compliant APIs provide the necessary flexibility to ensure compatibility with many of the most popular VMS platforms. A high-quality, ultra-strong polycarbonate bubble and aluminum body combine to make the Alliance-mx dome vandal resistant while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing look in any scenario. The IP66 rating allows for installation just about anywhere. Product at a glance Resolutions up to 5 MP H.264 Main Profile + MJPEG Compression 1, 2, 3 MP WDR (100dB) Motorised remote focus, autoiris lens option Built-in IR illuminator (up to 50 ft/15 m) On-camera storage (Micro SDHC) Two-way audio True day/night movable IR filter Power-over-Ethernet I/O relay (WDR and 5MP models only) Real-time clock (WDR and 5MP models only) Analogue out (WDR and 5MP models only) IP66/NEMA 4 outdoor enclosure IK10 compliant indoor/outdoor vandal-resistant dome ONVIF and PSIA compliant IQaccess supportedAdd to Compare
The IQeye Alliance Series is a fully-integrated vandal resistant megapixel dome camera line. With easy installation and a variety of models to choose from, the IQeye Alliance is ideal for many applications. Its features include high-resolution images from VGA to 5.0 megapixels, standard or day/night models, full PoE capability, H.264 file compression with audio options, SDHC memory card for on-camera recording, and a 3-axis gimbal. The IQeye Alliance's solid aluminum construction and impact resistant polycarbonate bubble make it tough enough for any environment and its low-profile design gives it the perfect balance between discreet and deterrent. Features:Vandal-Resistant, Low Profile Surface Mount HousingInterior or Exterior Security Video SolutionOptional H.264 with AudioFull 3-axis Gimbal with Pivoting, Hinged Lens Shroud64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameoTMAnalog Video Out for Installation / Set-upExtra Analog Video for Public View MonitorSDHC Card Slot for On-camera Storage480p/VGA Resolution @ 30 fpsHD 720p/1.3 Megapixels @ 15 fps2.0 Megapixels @ 15 fps3.1 Megapixels @ 12 fps5.0 Megapixels @ 10 fpsLIGHTGRABBERTM II Low-light FeatureIEEE 802.3af - Power-over-Ethernet, or 12-24 VDCLow 2.5 watts Power ConsumptionDigital Image CroppingInclude/Exclude Exposure Window, Privacy ZonesMirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesAccessories:IQeye Alliance Wall Mount The IQeye Alliance Wall Mount enables simple installation of an IQeye Alliance Dome Camera system on a wall surface, allowing the Alliance Dome apex to be oriented toward the ground. Works with both interior and exterior dome models.IQeye Alliance Back BoxThis environmentally sealable rugged Back Box enables the IQeye Alliance cameras to withstand temperatures down to -20° C (-4° F) to 50° C (122° F). IQinVision also offers an Extreme Temperature back box, for information regarding the IQeye Alliance Extreme Temperature Series; click here.IQeye Alliance Camera Models:IQA10SI-B3, IQA11SI-B2, IQA12SI-B2, IQA13SI-B2, IQA15SI-B4, IQA10SE-B3, IQA11SE-B2, IQA12SE-B2, IQA13SE-B2, IQA15SE-B4, IQA10NI-B5, IQA11NI-B5, IQA12NI-B5, IQA13NI-B5, IQA15NI-B6, IQA10NE-B5, IQA11NE-B5, IQA12NE-B5, IQA13NE-B5, IQA15NE-B6IQeye Alliance H.264 Camera Models:IQA20SI-B3, IQA21SI-B2, IQA22SI-B2, IQA23SI-B2, IQA25SI-B4, IQA20SE-B3, IQA21SE-B2, IQA22SE-B2, IQA23SE-B2. IQA25SE-B4, IQA20NI-B5, IQA21NI-B5, IQA22NI-B5, IQA23NI-B5, IQA25NI-B6, IQA20NE-B5, IQA21NE-B5, IQA22NE-B5, IQA23NE-B5, IQA25NE-B6Click here to learn more about the IQeye Alliance Series and other PRO LINE products.Add to Compare
The IQeye Mini Dome offers high performance H.264 and MJPEG IP video in a compact, versatile and attractive mini-dome package. It is available in standard and interior vandal models from VGA to 2.0 megapixel resolutions, making it the highest resolution mini-dome camera in its class.The IQeye Mini Dome is designed for discreet indoor use. Each camera includes black and beige trim rings to blend into the most demanding indoor architectural installations. IQeye Mini Dome Features: H.264 HD720p or HD480p @ 30 fps MJPEG VGA @ 33 fps, HD720p @ 25 fps MJPEG 1.3 MP @ 18 fps, 2.0 MP @ 17 fps Low-light Performance (0.2 lux) Power-over-Ethernet 3-Axis Gimbal Digital Image Cropping On-Camera Motion Detection Low-power Simultaneous H.264 & MJPEG Streams* Two-Way Audio* Built-in Mic* External Mic/Speaker Connection* Bubble Size <3"/74mm in Diameter Megapixel Lens Wide Dynamic Range Cast-aluminum Tamper-proof Option Wall and Pendant Mount Options Extreme Wide and Telephoto Lens Options* H.264 Models Only Available Camera ModelsStandard Camera Models IQD30SI-F1 - H.264 HD480p/VGA IQD40SI-F1 - MJPEG HD480p/VGA IQD31SI-F1 - H.264 HD720p IQD41SI-F1 - MJPEG HD720p/1.3 MP Resolution IQD42SI-F1 - MJPEG 2.0 MP ResolutionInterior Vandal Models IQD30SV-F1 - H.264 HD480p/VGA IQD40SV-F1 - MJPEG HD480p/VGA, IQD31SV-F1 - H.264 HD720p IQD41SV-F1 - MJPEG HD720p/1.3 MP Resolution IQD42SV-F1 - MJPEG 2.0 MP Resolution For more information about the IQeye Mini Dome, click here.Add to Compare
The IQeye Alliance-mx provides the quality and functionality of MAIN Profile H.264 in a form factor that accommodates both indoor and outdoor applications. With this addition, the Alliance Series is now a complete offering to support markets like Health Care, Education, Government and Retail. High performance Main Profile H.264 offers the most efficient video compression available, resulting in a smooth, high-quality image, low network bandwidth utilization, and reduced storage costs. The Alliance-mx comes in both standard and high definition resolutions with simultaneous H.264 and MJPEG streaming to make future VMS upgrades a snap. Exceptional value The Alliance-mx series of cameras are perfect for any environment whether indoor, outdoor, or both. It requires less than 3.8W PoE, making the Alliance-mx highly energy-efficient and economical. A 3-13mm varifocal lens enables field-of-view adaptability for a wide range of settings and applications. PSIA and ONVIF compliant API's afford the necessary flexibility to ensure compatibility with any of the most popular VMS platforms. Proven quality A high-quality, ultra-strong polycarbonate bubble and powder-coated aluminum body combine to make the Alliance-mx domes vandal resistant while being aesthetically pleasing in any scenario. The IP66 rating means you can install the camera just about anywhere. The platform is based on industry-hardened firmware with a common look and feel that existing users know well and new users will be able to learn quickly. Alliance-mx features: Indoor/Outdoor Surface Mount Dome (IP66) H.264 SD480p (720 x480) @ 30fps H.264 HD720p (1280 x720) @ 30fps H.264 HD1080p (1920 x 1080) @ 15fps Simultaneous H.264 & MJPEG Streams <0.05 Lux Day/Night Operation Wide-Range Varifocal Megapixel Lens (3-13mm) On-Camera Multi Motion Detection Windows Vandal Resistant Wide Dynamic Range PSIA & ONVIF Compliant Low-Power < 3.8 Watts POE Two-Way Audio Bubble Size 3.8" / 98mm -20° to +50° C Lightgrabber™ II Low Light FeatureAdd to Compare
Enjoy high-quality images with the full-integrated, vandal resistant megapixel dome camera line, the IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature Series. Its features include high-resolution images from VGA to 5.0 megapixels, full PoE capability and a 3-axis gimbal. The IQeye Alliance's solid aluminium construction and impact resistant polycarbonate bubble make it tough enough for any environment and its low-profile design gives it the perfect balance between discreet and deterrent.Features:IP 66 / NEMA 5 Environmental RatingTemperature range -30° C (-22° F) to 50° C (122° F) Vandal-Resistant, Low Profile Surface Mount Housing Full 3-axis Gimbal with Pivoting, Hinged Lens Shroud 64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameo Analogue Video Out for Installation / Set-up Extra Analogue Video for Public View Monitor SDHC Card Slot for On-camera Storage VGA Resolution @ 30 fps 1.3 Megapixels @ 15 fps 2.0 Megapixels @ 15 fps 3.1 Megapixels @ 12 fps 5.0 Megapixels @ 10 fps LIGHTGRABBER II Low-light Feature IEEE 802.3af - Power-over-Ethernet Low 2.5 Watts Power Consumption Digital Image Cropping Include/Exclude Exposure Window, Privacy Zones Mirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesIQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature series accessories:IQeye Alliance Wall MountThe IQeye Alliance Wall Mount enables simple installation of an IQeye Alliance Dome Camera system on a wall surface, allowing the Alliance Dome apex to be oriented toward the ground. Works with both interior and exterior dome models.IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature camera models:IQA10NX-B5, IQA11NX-B5, IQA12NX-B5, IQA13NX-B5, IQA15NX-B6Click here for further information regarding the IQeye Alliance H.264 Series.Add to Compare
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ISC West continues to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the security marketplace. In 2019, there will be 200 new exhibitors, 100 new speakers and an expanding mix of attendees that includes more end users and international attendees. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Among the more than 200 new exhibitors on the show floor will be Dell Technologies, Resideo, SAST (a Bosch IoT startup), Belkin International, NetApp, Lenovo, Kingston Technology and many others. The event continues to see more and more solutions in the area of IoT/connected security, a surge in barrier/bollards exhibitors, an increased number of start-up companies, and an emphasis this year on stadium/major events security. Plus, the new exhibit area of ISC West, Venetian Ballroom, will include a mix of solutions from mid-sized domestic and international companies, and is the home of the Emerging Technology Zone – back for its second year with 50-plus start-up companies expected. The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West) will be held April 10-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas “ISC West is no longer just about video cameras, access control systems and alarms,” says Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio for Reed Exhibitions, which produces and manages ISC West. Embracing and stimulating the market dynamic of comprehensive security for a safer, connected world, solutions on display at the show reflect convergence across physical security, IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology). The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home, Public Safety & Security, Connected Security, Unmanned Security Expo and the Emerging Technology Zone. Plus, complimentary education sessions in the Unmanned Security Expo theatre will include topics such as drones, counter-drone solutions, ground robotics and regulations/policies that support autonomous technology. This year’s event will feature more than 1,000 products and brands covering everything from video surveillance, access control and alarms/alerts, to IoT, IT/cybersecurity convergence, AI, embedded systems, drones and robotics, smart homes, smart cities, public safety and more. The ISC West expo floor includes specialised featured areas such Connected Home and the Emerging Technology Zone Elevating the Keynote Series Over the past few years, ISC West has elevated its Keynote Series (open to all attendee types) to include more speakers and dynamic content covering relevant topics. Attendees should be sure to head to the Keynote room Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. before the expo floor opens at 10 a.m. Relating to attendance, ISC West continues to diversify and grow the attendee universe by attracting additional enterprise government end-users across physical and IT/OT responsibilities. The show also continues to attract and grow the channel audience, and there will be an increasing number of International attendees. “Years ago, ISC West was known exclusively as a dealer/integrator/installer show, but not anymore,” says Wise. “Today, the demographic mix continues to evolve as the event diversifies its product and educational offerings, embracing the current market reality of collaboration among integrators/dealers/installers, end-user decision-makers, and public safety and security professionals.” When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities Within the SIA Education@ISC West conference program, there are over 100 new speakers. Through ISC West’s strong partnership with the Security Industry Association (SIA, the Premier Sponsor of ISC), the SIA Education@ISC West program has expanded and become increasingly dynamic and diverse over the last three years. In addition, ISC West and SIA are hosting a Women in Security breakfast on Friday morning April 12th. Women in Security is a new track for the education program. “Our attendance data reflects the demand for a mix of physical security integrator and end-user content, a balance of technical and management/strategic topics, and diverse topics incorporating IoT and cybersecurity/physical security convergence, and analytics expertise,” says Wise. “Last year was a record year for conference program attendance, and 2019 will yet again set new benchmarks.” Mobile apps, information desks and ease of registration ISC West is also focusing on the attendee experience. Need advice on what exhibitors are a fit for your business needs and interests? The Information Desk adjacent to the main expo entrance will provide customised recommendations based on the information attendees provided during the registration process. Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website Attendees can download the official ISC West mobile app and create a MyShow account through the ISC West website to research exhibitors and product categories, receive exhibitor recommendations that best fit business needs, review complimentary educational opportunities as well as 85-plus sessions from the paid SIA Education@ISC program. There are many networking opportunities being offered at the show this year. When planning for the show, be sure to view the list of special events and take advantage of the additional connection-making opportunities. Whether attendees want to network with peers or customers at an awards ceremony (Sammy Awards, Fast 50, New Product Showcase Awards), Charity event (AIREF Golf Classic, Mission 500 Security 5K-2K Run/Walk), or an industry party (SIA Market Leaders Reception, ISC West Customer Appreciation Party at Tao), there are a variety of special events offered, all designed to help you make new connections. Make sure to check out the ISC West website for all the Special Events taking place at ISC West.
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.
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.
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components brings a new level of convenience and simplicity to its VAX Access Control solution with today’s introduction of mobile credentialing. This new feature allows VAX customers to present their smartphones, instead of cards or fobs, to specialised Bluetooth-enabled VAX door readers. Smartphone and mobile credentialing Upon installation of a custom smartphone “wallet” app and a simple authentication process that links that app to the specific phone, users enter their personal VAX credentials into the wallet. Multiple credentials can be accommodated. No additional activation steps, such as entry of personal information or Bluetooth linking, are required. To unlock doors using the mobile credentials, users unlock their phone, access the credential within the wallet app and push the “unlock” button. Credentials are uniquely linked to each smartphone and cannot be shared or installed across multiple devices. Android and iOS devices are supported. Strong AES encryption, combined with smartphone PINs or biometrics, make the mobile credentials even more secure than traditional smart cards. Two models of contactless door readers are available; one requires immediate proximity (1.5 inches) and one with read range of up to 15 feet. The Bluetooth readers can also accommodate traditional RFID access cards, providing flexibility to administrators wishing to offer both types of solutions to employees. Access Control Bret McGowan, Vicon’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing, says, “Access control is as much about convenience as it is security. If a solution isn’t easy for customers to use, doors will remain propped open and the system can’t do its job. Our new mobile solution makes it possible for employees to always have their credentials with them, even when they’re not carrying a purse or wallet. It’s another way we are using cutting-edge technology to deliver ‘advanced simplicity’ to the security marketplace.”
Vicon Industries, Inc, designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announces that its SN673V-B Cruiser PTZ Camera with 20X optical zoom and 1080p HD video has been deployed in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, as part of the Coastal Conservation League’s novel project, ‘The Pelicam.’ The Pelicam is a weather-resistant Vicon camera, mounted on a pole along with solar panels, battery back-up and a wireless transmission system, on an isolated strip of land within the harbor. Wray Lemke, Founder and Vice President of electronic and security services company Mount Pleasant Radio, volunteered his time to bring this project to fruition. Conservation league The Pelicam’s location is a popular spot for pelicans and other shore birds to build nests and raise their young because it is inaccessible to raccoons, coyotes and other natural predators. The Vicon camera’s 20X optical zoom provides close-up video of the birds, allowing biologist from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the public to witness behaviours that would not normally be observable by humans. Conservation League makes use of the camera’s presets to quickly change between scenes, live-streaming on YouTube video of the most interesting wildlife The Conservation League makes use of the camera’s presets to quickly change between scenes, live-streaming on YouTube video of the most interesting wildlife on display at any given time. Video recorded to the camera’s local SD card is available for DNR biologists to review and study. Andy Hollis, Data and GIS Analyst for the Conservation League, says, “The quality of the new camera is great. It pans and zooms exactly as it should and its high magnification gets us in really close.” Building public awareness In addition to supporting the research needs of the DNR, the Pelicam is hugely popular within the community, garnering regular coverage in the local media and receiving more web traffic than any other page within the organisation’s website. Mr. Hollis explains, “As an advocacy organization working with local and state level government to enact programs and laws to support conservation, the Pelicam is one of the most highly effective tools we have for building public awareness and enthusiasm for our mission.”
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announced the launch of Valerus 18.2, the latest version of its popular thin-client VMS solution built upon true open standards. New to this release are features that include: automated NVR failover, enhanced configuration options that include an enhanced rules engine that can respond to external events, tighter controls for system access authorisations and network-wide log collection and reporting. It also offers support for Valerus SmartAnalytics, a soon-to-be-released, tightly integrated video analytics solution that offers real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications. Valerus’ new NVR failover option allows administrators to create ‘failover clusters’ within the network, in which one or more NVRs are identified as dedicated failover units to support primary NVRs. Failover NVRs automatically take over for primary NVRs within their cluster, maintaining all camera and system settings until the original NVR is restored to operation. Playback of recorded video remains seamless, eliminating the need for operators to know exactly when failover occurred. Valerus automatically retrieves video from the NVR on which it resides. Valerus SmartAnalytics for event detection Valerus SmartAnalytics can analyse video from multiple sources in parallel and allows for complex detection scenarios that link detection rules from different cameras The addition of Valerus SmartAnalytics as an option for users of Valerus 18.2 brings powerful, integrated analytics capabilities to the VMS platform. The Valerus SmartAnalytics engine applies detection rules based on sophisticated AI algorithms to provide live action alerts, post-event search and business intelligence trend analysis. Valerus SmartAnalytics can analyse video from multiple sources in parallel and allows for complex detection scenarios that link detection rules from different cameras. Unlimited combinations of analytics detection rules can be applied to each camera. Events and search tools appear within the Valerus interface, providing a simplified experience for system operators. Both NVR failover and Valerus SmartAnalytics support are offered through a new ‘enterprise’ level Valerus licensing tier. The Valerus SmartAnalytics modules will be available to customers running Valerus Enterprise, version 18.2, beginning in early fall, 2018. Customers currently running Valerus Pro or Core level software can easily upgrade to Enterprise without the need for camera relicensing or hardware replacement. Improving security staff’s situational awareness In keeping with the Valerus commitment to delivering ‘advanced simplicity’, Valerus 18.2 offers a simplified but more powerful system configuration user interface. Administrators can now use the Valerus rules engine to create multi-step automated actions in response to events generated by external systems. Administrators must now actively provide each user with access to Valerus resources by assigning him or her to one or more ‘roles’ – Admin, Operator, Supervisor and/or Investigator For example, an integrated LPR system’s identification of a black listed vehicle can prompt Valerus to immediately call up relevant cameras and send a text alert to specified operators, improving security staff’s situational awareness and ability to respond quickly. The configuration interface now simplifies load balancing, making it easier to move cameras between NVRs, and provides additional navigation buttons for jumping between the device and resource screens. Enhanced security through authorisation system Valerus 18.2 offers enhanced security through an updated authorisation system. Administrators must now actively provide each user with access to Valerus resources by assigning him or her to one or more ‘roles’ – Admin, Operator, Supervisor and/or Investigator. Assigned roles determine which resources are available to each user upon logging in. For support and maintenance teams, a single request can now provide system-wide software logs from all devices, making it easier to troubleshoot. “Vicon’s Valerus VMS platform has proven to be hugely popular in enterprise applications, from citywide and statewide surveillance systems, to healthcare and education campuses, to the largest Cathedral in the world. We anticipate that the features we are introducing with Valeurs 18.2 will do much to further that trend,” said Bret McGowan, Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.
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