VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution
VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ seamless surveillance solution

360° Seamless Surveillance Solution Panoramic PTZ is an innovative new feature developed by the VIVOTEK R&D team. This technique incorporates the strengths of a VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera with speed dome camera, which allows users to simultaneously monitor an overview from a fisheye model and a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, while the VIVOTEK speed dome provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement using its sophisticated mechanisms and captures details at top-notch quality. The suitable applications of Panoramic PTZ include department stores, station lobbies, airports, parking lots, and any wide open areas where comprehensive video surveillance systems and the capability for extreme video detail are essential. The combination of a fisheye global view and a speed dome accomplishes a seamless surveillance solution in which the fisheye camera's global view is used as the "command" unit to detect events over an entire area, and the speed dome acts as the "slave" to track and zoom in on suspicious objects for detail at up to 1080p resolution with 20X optical zoom. In both the panoramic as well as surround view, users can utilize the ultra-smooth PTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI) via a mouse to track the object of interest, allowing monitoring of a wide open area with ease. By activating the auto tracking feature, the level of operation is increased as the fisheye is used to trigger the speed dome to track moving objects within a wide area before an operator may be aware of suspicious activity. Most importantly, VIVOTEK Panoramic PTZ saves on the overall cost of the surveillance system, effectively reducing the number of cameras, labor cost of installation, power consumption, and following maintenance expense.

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VIVOTEK releases H.265 IR speed dome camera SD9364-EHL
VIVOTEK releases H.265 IR speed dome camera SD9364-EHL

VIVOTEK’s SD9364-EHL is a brand-new professional speed dome camera with 150 M IR, specifically designed for wide open areas even in total darkness. IR technology The SD9364-EHL is equipped with high-performance H.265/H.264/MJPEG compression technology and extra-smooth video quality with up to 150 M IR illumination, providing superb low-light imagery with an adjustable Zoom Lens, and clearly enhanced resolution for any moving object at night-time. In addition, the SD9364-EHL also adopts VIVOTEK latest IR technology, VAIR (Vari-Angle IR), which provides up to 150 metre IR illumination with smooth vari-angle adjustment, broad coverage of FOV and highly uniform IR intensity while avoiding hot-spot issues. H.265 compression The SD9364-EHL is the first PTZ surveillance camera with IR Illumination to utilise H.265 compression technology. When combined with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology users can obtain bandwidth savings of up to 80% compared to traditional H.264. By combining 1080p full HD resolution with H.265, IR illuminators, VAIR, WDR, and 30x optical zoom, the SD9364-EHL is able to capture fine details at top-notch quality, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VIVOTEK further strengthened the camera performance with an IP67- and NEMA 4X-rated housing to protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion. The SD9364-EHL has a wide operating temperature range from -50°C to 55°C, ensuring continuous operation under the most extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. This makes the SD9364-EHL ideally suited to monitor wide open spaces such as ports, highways, cities, and parking lots where high-level precision is required. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD9364-EHL features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Audio detection is included by recognising changes in ambient noise. The SD9364-EHL also includes a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and supports up to 60 fps in 1080P full HD. For the most demanding outdoor surveillance application, there is nothing that compares to the VIVOTEK SD9364-EHL.

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VIVOTEK H.265 IR Speed Dome SD9364-EH
VIVOTEK H.265 IR Speed Dome SD9364-EH

The SD9364-EH is the latest professional speed dome camera from VIVOTEK, specifically designed to enhance low light surveillance in large coverage areas. Latest IR & compression technology Equipped with 250M IR illuminators and a 30x optical zoom lens, the SD9364-EH provides a superb low light image in the most challenging situations. The SD9364-EH also adopts VIVOTEK's latest IR technology, VAIR (Vari-Angle IR). VIVOTEK's VAIR provides smooth vari-angle adjustment of the IR illuminators, allowing broad coverage FOV and highly uniform IR intensity while avoiding hot-spots traditionally associated with IR illumination. The SD9364-EH utilises H.265 compression technology. When combined with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream II technology, users can obtain bandwidth savings of up to 80% compared to traditional H.264 (depending on the scene being monitored). By combining 1080p full HD resolution with H.265, IR illuminators, VAIR, WDR, and 30x optical zoom, the SD9364-EH is able to capture fine details at top-notch quality, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. High-level precision for wide open spaces VIVOTEK further strengthened the camera performance with an IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing to protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion. The SD9364-EH has a wide operating temperature range from -50°C to 55°C, ensuring continuous operation under the most extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. This makes the SD9364-EH ideally suited to monitor wide open spaces such as ports, highways, cities, and parking lots where high-level precision is required. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD9364-EH features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Audio detection is included by recognising changes in ambient noise. The SD9364-EH also includes a SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and supports up to 60 fps in 1080P full HD. For the most demanding outdoor surveillance application, there is nothing that compares to the VIVOTEK SD9364-EH.

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Vivotek FD8136 - world’s smallest network fixed dome camera
Vivotek FD8136 - world’s smallest network fixed dome camera

VIVOTEK FD8136 is the world’s smallest network fixed dome camera. With installation as easy as one-two-three and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, setup time is completed in less than 120 seconds, making installation quick and easy. The FD8136 features a megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, and also supports the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, drastically reducing file sizes and conserving valuable network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility also included, video streams can also be transmitted in any of these formats for versatile applications. Designed with selectable focal lengths, FD8136 can be used in various environments, including but not limited to offices, elevators, campus, chain stores, boutique stores and health care facilities. At the size of only 90 mm in diameter, VIVOTEK FD8136 is truly an all-in-one surveillance solution that meets a wide variety of needs for indoor surveillance. The package also includes VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software. With all this and more, the FD8136 is the ideal solution for your surveillance needs. Features 1-megapixel CMOS Sensor Up to 30 fps @ 1280x800 Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage Compact and Stylish Design Quick and Easy Installation Completed in Less Than 120 Seconds

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VIVOTEK introduces the SD8363E Speed Dome Network Camera
VIVOTEK introduces the SD8363E Speed Dome Network Camera

VIVOTEK SD8363E is part of the SUPREME series product line offering 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality. Adopting a 20x optical zoom lens, the SD8363E is able to capture details at top-notch quality. The IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing protects the camera body against rain, dust, and corrosion within a wide temperature range of between -40°C to 55°C. This feature ensures operation under extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. It is especially suitable for monitoring wide open indoor/outdoor spaces such as airports, highways and parking lots where high-level reliability and precision are always required. The SD8363E supports high-performance H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG compression technology and offers extra smooth video quality with resolution up to 30 fps @ 1080p. Boasting WDR Pro technology, the SD8363E can also cope with challenging lighting conditions and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. With a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the camera provides fast, precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. Users can also easily control the lens position via a mouse or a joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 256 preset positions for patrolling. With the built-in auto tracking feature, the SD8363E provides instantaneous reaction to suspicious moving objects in wide area locations before operators are aware of activity. As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD8363E features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. With audio detection, by recognising increases or decreases in sound volume, an additional layer of intrusion detection is ensured. Zoom enhancement provides 60x optical zoom at 640x360 resolution by which VGA-level bandwidth is used to obtain image details as high as 1080p resolution. With other advanced features such as SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 60 fps high quality video, the SD8363E is the best choice for the most demanding outdoor surveillance applications.

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VIVOTEK showcases new network cameras for transportation applications at ASIS 2009
VIVOTEK showcases new network cameras for transportation applications at ASIS 2009

VIVOTEK 2MP network camera for mass transit - FD7160 2MP CMOS sensor & wide angle fixed lens Real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression (Dual Codec) Multiple streams simultaneously Tamper detection for unauthorised changes Weather-proof IP66-rated housing Built-in 802.3af compliant PoE MicroSD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage Excellent image quality The FD7160 is equipped with a 2-megapixel sensor, making it capable of providing highly detailed images by which users can easily and accurately identify minute objects such as vehicle license plates or facial features. Together with a wide angle fixed lens, the FD7160 can deliver a broad, clear field of view, making it possible to monitor an entire indoor area and record all in-vehicle activities using a single 2-megapixel camera. Reliability in demanding environments FD7160 meets the EN50155's requirements for temperature, shock and vibration, providing high reliability and rugged performance during movement. Its weather-proof IP66-rated housing provides protection from extreme weather conditions, dust, and moisture. Enhanced security As an invaluable solution for vandalism-prone areas, FD7160 can detect camera tampering attempts and notify the operator for instant response. It has a metal base that can resist fierce impact, thereby ensuring functional operation at all times. Easy installation FD7160 features a compact size and discreet design for easy installation on the sloping surface of the vehicles. The PoE avoids cabling issues during installation and future maintenance. Uninterrupted recording The MicroSD/SDHC card slot allows for short-term and portable video storage on removable memory cards, thereby providing a higher level of convenience.

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VIVOTEK FE8191/FE8391-V fisheye network cameras
VIVOTEK FE8191/FE8391-V fisheye network cameras

VIVOTEK unveils its first ultra-megapixel fisheye network camera FE8191 and the world’s first ultra-megapixel IR fisheye network camera FE8391-V The VIVOTEK FE8191 and FE8391-V are market-leading ultra-megapixel fisheye network cameras with VIVOTEK’s persistence and commitment to the development of outstanding fisheye network cameras. The FE8391-V uniquely features a 12MP CMOS sensor and built-in IR LEDs, making this model the world’s first ultra-megapixel fisheye with IR illumination, consequently satisfying consumers’ demand for products with diversified applications. The 12MP CMOS sensor and 1.5 mm lens employed in both cameras not only guarantee excellent image quality, but also provide 180° panoramic (wall mount) or 360° surround viewing (ceiling/floor mount), achieving unobstructed monitoring of wide, open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, and offices. In addition, the FE8191 and FE8391-V are designed with a removable IR-cut filter and WDR Enhancement technology, which allows the cameras to maintain optimal image quality around the clock and unparalleled visibility under highly contrasted lighting environments, and 3D Noise Reduction technology, which enables the cameras to capture clear, polished video under low-light conditions. Furthermore, the FE8391-V is designed with a vandal-proof IK10-rated and IP66-rated weatherproof housing, enhancing the camera’s durability against harsh environmental conditions and vandalism. The design of built-in IR LEDs and patent-protected light cup enables FE8391-V to provide uniformly and even 360° surround illumination for clear viewing up to distances of 10 meters, even in completely dark environments. VIVOTEK sincerely invites you to check out our FE8191 & FE8391-V at IFSEC International 2015 VIVOTEK is proud to be one of the exhibitors at IFSEC International 2015, the grand festival for the security industry and the global stage for security innovation and expertise, at the ExCeL London during June 16-18. We sincerely invite you to visit us at our booth, E555, to check out these two supreme fisheye network cameras!

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VIVOTEK expands 5-megapixel and VMS partnerships
VIVOTEK expands 5-megapixel and VMS partnerships

VIVOTEK USA has expanded its product offering and increased strengthening in VMS partnerships. A product highlight is the full-fledged line of 5-Megapixel cameras, which complement the vandal-resistant outdoor dome FD8372. In addition, the second-generation of the award-winning fisheye camera FE8172/72V continue to be the celebrity product at VIVOTEK, which has received tremendous feedback from users in vertical markets, such as retail and city surveillance. The IP8372, is the industry’s first all-in-one 5-Megapixel outdoor bullet camera with built-in infrared LEDs and remote focus, allowing integrators to quickly install and fine-tune images. Other new features the 5-Megapixel solutions offer include Pixel Calculator, which allows installers to definitively test and ensure proper video quality for identification. VIVOTEK cameras are supported on Exacq Technologies’ exacqVision Edge Video Management System, allowing for a fully functional, feature-rich central management software to be run directly off of an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot located on the camera, eliminating the need for server hardware. VIVOTEK cameras are the only ones in the industry that have adopted the SDXC standard, allowing for at least double the recording storage of other camera manufacturers.    Other products include the bandwidth-efficient FD8131 indoor dome with a vari-focal lens, the PD8136 mini PTZ dome, the SD833XE HD speed dome with NEMA-rated enclosures and the ultra-compact, vandal-proof FD8151V with comes with selectable lenses and IR illuminators (effective up to 10 meters).

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VIVOTEK’s FE8172V is a fisheye fixed dome network camera featuring 5MP-resolution sensor
VIVOTEK’s FE8172V is a fisheye fixed dome network camera featuring 5MP-resolution sensor

VIVOTEK FE8172V is the fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring detailed 5MP-resolution sensor with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots, this camera is able to provide an 12X wider field of view than a standard VGA camera. It is extremely suitable for monitoring open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. The FE8172V offers various display layouts, including original surround view, panoramic view, and regional view for various mounting applications. With the latest cutting-edge image processing capability, hemispherical images captured from the fisheye camera can be converted into conventional rectilinear projection for viewing and analysis. In addition, in both of the panoramic as well as regional viewing modes, users can utilise the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the FE8172V features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. Its IP66-rated housing is designed to help the camera body withstand rain and dust and ensures operation under a multitude of harsh weather conditions. Additionally, the vandal-proof IK10-rated housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. Together with 802.3af compliant PoE, microSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot for on-board storage, EN50155 mobile surveillance and iPad applications, the FE8172V is indisputably the top choice for constructing a robust surveillance system with the greatest coverage possible. Features 5-megapixel CMOS Sensor Up to 30 fps @ 1080p Full HD 1.05 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View and 360° Surround View Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function EN50155 Compliance for Professional Mobile Surveillance Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright or Dark Environments Vandal-proof IK10-rated and Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing ePTZ for Data Efficiency Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage      See slideshow with captions

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VIVOTEK’s SD8161 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality
VIVOTEK’s SD8161 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality

VIVOTEK’s SD8161 is part of the SUPREME series product line offering 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality. Adopting a 18x optical zoom lens and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the SD8161 is able to capture fine detail at top-notch quality, and is especially suitable for wide open indoor spaces such as airports and lobbies where highest levels of reliability and precision are always required.  The SD8161 supports high-performance H.264/MJPEG compression technology and offers extra smooth video quality with resolution of up to 30 fps @ 1080p. With WDR Enhancement technology, the SD8161 can also cope with challenging lighting conditions and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. With a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the camera provides fast, precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. Users can also easily control the lens position via a mouse or a joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 256 preset positions. With its built-in auto tracking feature, the SD8161 further provides instantaneous reaction to suspicious moving objects in wide area locations, even before operators are aware of activity. With other advanced features such as MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 30 fps high quality video, the SD8161 is the best choice for the most demanding indoor surveillance applications.  Key Features 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080 18x Zoom Lens Real-time H.264 and MJPEG Compression WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright and Dark Environments Audio Detection for Instant Alerts Auto Tracking for Moving Objects Built-in 802.3at Compliant PoE Plus 3D Privacy Masks for Additional Protection Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage

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VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x zoom day & night speed dome network camera for outdoor security
VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 35x zoom day & night speed dome network camera for outdoor security

Key features of the VIVOTEK SD7313/7323 high-performance speed dome network camera: SONY Exview HAD CCD Sensor35x zoomWide Dynamic RangeDay&NightIP66Electronic Image Stabilizer3D privacy masksAstonishing light sensitivityUsing a Sony Exview HAD CCD sensor that detects and utilizes near infrared light for higher light efficiency, the Vivotek SD7313/7323 provides superior image quality under poor lighting conditions, especially at night. Clear-cut images of distant objectsSD7313/7323 is equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens to provide close-up images with exceptional detail and effectively extends your viewing distance.Adapted for high-contrast lighting conditionsSupport for WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) delivers identifiable images in high-contrast environments, enabling SD7313/7323 to accurately reproduce fine details appearing in the actual scene.Consistent image quality 24/7With a built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators, SD7313/7323 can provide clear-cut images in days and nights.Stable image quality during vibrationEIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer) that maintains image quality during wind- or traffic-induced vibration ensures stable and recognizable image quality when SD7313/7323 are installed in places prone to high winds or heavy traffic.Weather-proof protectionThe IP66-rated housing protects SD7313/7323 from dust and moisture, allowing for outdoor operation in extreme weather conditions.Seamless protection for private areasSD7313/7323's 3D privacy mask changes with the camera movement so as to fully protect sensitive information or areas. The private areas can be completely sheltered even when SD7313/7323 pans, tilts and zooms.

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VIVOTEK FE8180 compact fisheye network camera
VIVOTEK FE8180 compact fisheye network camera

The VIVOTEK FE8180 is the world's smallest fisheye camera, featuring a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor with superb image quality. A small camera with large functionality, the VIVOTEK FE8180, with a diameter of only 90 mm, is truly an all-in-one surveillance solution that meets a wide variety of needs for indoor surveillance. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view without blind spots (ceiling mount), the camera is able to provide full video coverage of wide, open areas, such as airport lobby, shopping malls, retail stores, offices and more.  The FE8180 offers various display layouts, including original surround view, panoramic view, and regional view to suit a variety of applications. In addition, in both the panoramic and regional viewing modes, users can utilise the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). The new cutting-edge pixel calculation function helps the user to ensure the image quality of a desired area.  Features 5-Megapixel CMOS Sensor 30fps@1080pFullHD 1.57 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View and 360° Surround View WDR Enhancement for Unparalleled Visibility in Extremely Bright and Dark Environments ePTZ for Data Efficiency Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage Support Local or Client Side Dewarping 3D Noise Reduction 15° Tilt Mount Available Support Installation with Conduit Box

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VIVOTEK FD8335H: 720p HD P-iris WDR Pro vandal-resistant fixed dome network camera
VIVOTEK FD8335H: 720p HD P-iris WDR Pro vandal-resistant fixed dome network camera

VIVOTEK FD8335H features an HD WDR CMOS sensor to cope with challenging lighting conditions. The WDR feature allows the camera to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image and combines the differences to generate a highly realistic image representative of the original scene, enabling it to provide video quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. This function enables the FD8335H to be widely applicable in high contrast environments such as lobby entrances, parking lots, ATMs, loading areas and much more. The P-iris lens controls the iris with extreme precision; with its built-in stepper motor, it maintains the iris opening at an optimal level at all times, resulting in superior image clarity and depth of field as well as image quality. Incorporating an IR-cut filter that can be removed automatically at night and built-in IR illuminators with coverage of up to 20 meters, the FD8335H is an outstanding 24-hour surveillance solution. The vandal-proof and the IP66-rated housing of the FD8335H enables users to easily build a cost-effective IP surveillance system without additional accessories. Its metal vandal-proof housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. Meanwhile, the IP66 integrated housing shields the camera from dust and water, allowing it to be applied in the harsh weather conditions of outdoor environments. Main features:               1-megapixel CMOS Sensor Up to 30 fps @ 1280x800 (720p) 3 ~ 9 mm Vari-focal, P-iris Lens Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Function Built-in IR Illuminators, effective up to 20 Meters WDR Pro for Unparalleled Visibility in High Contrast Environments Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) Vandal-proof IK10-rated and Weather-proof IP66-rated Housing Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage

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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.