Dallmeier Smavia appliance IPS 10000
Dallmeier Smavia appliance IPS 10000

With the IPS 10000, Dallmeier presents a new video appliance for the recording of up to 100 HD video channels. The new Smavia appliance IPS 10000 is based on high-performance server hardware with multi-core CPU and allows the recording of up to 100 HD video channels in real-time. Best matched components ensure high storage speed. The integrated RAID 6 storage system already provides a high storage capacity and can be expanded by an external RAID 6 JBOD system. Thereby this appliance is the optimal recording system for large video installations, e.g. in stadiums, shopping malls, casinos or convention centres. Storage The IPS 10000 has eight easily accessible HDD bays on the front side which can be equipped with the optionally offered 6 TB server hard disk drives. This way a RAID 6 storage capacity of already 36 TB can be achieved. In connection with the external RAID 6 system “Smavia Enterprise JBOD” the capacity can be expanded by additional 60 TB. Recording and evaluation The pre-installed recording software “Smavia Recording Server” is designed as an open platform. So besides Dallmeier cameras, and together with the according licenses, 3rd-party IP cameras can also be recorded with motion detection and configured over the ONVIF protocol. The Smavia Viewing Client is available for the evaluation of the video streams, offering a variety of search and navigation functions. Furthermore, the appliance is factory fitted with the license “SeMSy® Flat”. Thus, it is optimally equipped for the integration into the storage system of a SeMSy® III video management system. The appliance supports the complete SeMSy® III functional range including the convenient evaluation of the recordings on a SeMSy® III workstation. Mobile access to the video images is also possible via the smartphone app “Dallmeier Mobile Video Center (DMVC)”, that is available both for iOS and Android operating systems.

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Dallmeier IPS 2400 SMAVIA
Dallmeier IPS 2400 SMAVIA

The IPS 2400 is a high performance VideoIP appliance with an integrated storage system. In conjunction with the dedicated and preloaded software SMAVIA Recording Server it is optimally suited for all applications which require a high recording speed, enhanced storage capacity and low power consumption while providing maximum security. The IPS 2400 is a high performance server hardware with Multi-Core CPU, suitable for up to 24 IP video channels (SD-IP, HD-IP, megapixel). The integrated storage system (8x 3.5” HDDs) allows for a high storage capacity. A sophisticated hardware concept and perfectly coordinated components allow for a high recording speed. Due to the “EasyChange“ functionality hard disk drives can easily and conveniently be changed from the front side of the device in case of an HDD failure (hot-swap in connection with RAID 5/6). The IPS 2400 is characterised by its space-saving design as well as low power consumption and low heat emission. It can be installed in a 19" rack using the included 19" bracket. The preloaded SMAVIA Recording Server Software supports standard resolutions as well as Full-HD (up to 1080p) and up to 8 megapixels. RTSP and ONVIF compliant cameras can be configured and recorded with SMAVIA. The connection to an Active Directory user administration is possible via the LDAP protocol. The evaluation of live and recorded images can be done either with the SMAVIA Viewing Client (one access license, the so-called “basic license”, is already included) or with SeMSy® via Ethernet (LAN/WAN). PRemote-HD, a special method developed by Dallmeier that enables the transmission of HDTV streams even at low bandwidths, is supported in real time.

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Sensor data fusion for more reliable intrusion alarm systems
Sensor data fusion for more reliable intrusion alarm systems

Intrusion alarm systems are currently facing a growing number of potential error sources in the environment. At the same time, alarm systems must comply with increasingly demanding legal requirements for sensors and motion detectors. As a future-proof solution, detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology raise the level of security while reducing the risk of cost- and time-intensive false alarms. This article provides a comprehensive overview of Sensor Data Fusion technology. Anti-masking alarms A cultural heritage museum in the South of Germany for decades, the installed intrusion alarm system has provided reliable protection on the premises. But suddenly, the detectors trigger false alarms every night after the museum closes. The system integrators are puzzled and conduct extensive tests of the entire system. When they finally identify the culprit, it’s unexpected: As it turns out, the recently installed LED lighting system in the museum’s exhibition spaces radiates at a wavelength that triggers anti-masking alarms in the detectors. Not an easy fix situation, since a new lighting system would prove far too costly. Ultimately, the integrators need to perform extensive detector firmware updates and switch to different sensor architecture to eliminate the error source.  This scenario is by no means an isolated incident, but part of a growing trend. Need for reliable detector technology Legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming stringent in response to tactics by criminals The number of potential triggers for erroneous alarms in the environment is on the rise. From the perspective of system operators and integrators, it’s a concerning development because every false alarm lowers the credibility of an intrusion alarm system. Not to mention steep costs: Every false call to the authorities comes with a price +$200 tag.   Aside from error sources in the environment, legal requirements for anti-masking technology are becoming more stringent in response to ever more resourceful tactics employed by criminals to sidestep detectors. What’s more, today’s detectors need to be fortified against service outages and provide reliable, around-the-clock operability to catch intruders in a timely and reliable fashion. Sensor Data Fusion Technology In light of these demands, one particular approach has emerged as a future-proof solution over the past few years: Sensor Data Fusion technology, the combination of several types of sensors within one detector – designed to cross-check and verify alarm sources via intelligent algorithms – holds the keys to minimising false alarms and responding appropriately to actual alarm events. This generation of detectors combines passive infrared (PIR) and microwave Doppler radar capabilities with artificial intelligence (AI) to eliminate false alarm sources without sacrificing catch performance. Motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology present a fail-proof solution for building security “It’s not about packing as many sensors as possible into a detector. But it’s about including the most relevant sensors with checks and balances through an intelligent algorithm that verifies the data for a highly reliable level of security. The result is the highest-possible catch performance at the minimum risk for erroneous alarms,” said Michael Reimer, Senior Product Manager at Bosch Security Systems. Motion detectors with sensor data fusion Looking ahead into the future, motion detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion technology not only present a fail-proof solution for building security. The comprehensive data collected by these sensors also unlock value beyond security: Constant real-time information on temperature and humidity can be used by intelligent systems and devices in building automation. Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs Integrated into building management systems, the sensors provide the foundation for efficiency improvements and lowering energy costs in HVAC systems. Companies such as Bosch support these network synergies by constantly developing and optimising intelligent sensors. On that note, installers must be familiar with the latest generation of sensor technology to upgrade their systems accordingly, starting with a comprehensive overview of error sources in the environment. Prominent false alarm triggers in intrusion alarm systems The following factors emerge as frequent triggers of false alarms in conventional detectors: Strong temperature fluctuations can be interpreted by sensors as indicators of a person inside the building. Triggers range from floor heating sources to strong sunlight. In this context, room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) have proven particularly problematic. Dust contamination of optical detectors lowers the detection performance while raising susceptibility to false alarms. Draft air from air conditioning systems or open windows can trigger motion sensors, especially when curtains, plants, or signage attached to the ceilings (e.g. in grocery stores) are put in motion. Strong light exposure directly on the sensor surface, e.g. caused by headlights from passing vehicles, floodlights, reflected or direct sunlight – all of which sensors may interpret as a flashlight from an intruder. Extensive bandwidth frequencies in Wi-Fi routers can potentially confuse sensors. Only a few years ago, wireless routers operated on a bandwidth of around 2.7GHz while today’s devices often exceed 5GHz, thereby catching older detectors off guard. LED lights radiating at frequencies beyond the spectrum of visible light may trigger sensors with their infrared signals. Regarding the last two points, it’s important to note that legislation provides clear guidelines for the maximum frequency spectrum maintained by Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting. Long-term security But the influx of cheap and illegal products in both product groups – products that do not meet the guidelines – continues to pose problems when installed near conventional detectors. For this reason, Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a reliable solution by verifying alarms with data from several types of sensors within a single detector. Beyond providing immunity from false alarm triggers, the new generation of sensors also needs to comply with the current legislature. These guidelines include the latest EN50131-grade 3, and German VdS class C standards with clear requirements regarding anti-masking technology for detecting sabotage attempts. This is exactly where Sensor Data Fusion technology provides long-term security. Evolution of intrusion detector technology Initially, motion detectors designed for intrusion alarm systems were merely equipped with a single type of sensor; namely passive infrared technology (PIR). Upon their introduction, these sensors raised the overall level of building security tremendously in automated security systems. But over time, these sensors proved limited in their catch performance. As a result, manufacturers began implementing microwave Doppler radar capabilities to cover additional sources of intrusion alarms. First step detection technology In Bosch sensors, engineers added First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room Over the next few years, sensors were also equipped with sensors detecting visible light to catch flashlights used by burglars, as well as temperature sensors. In Bosch sensors, engineers added proprietary technologies such as First Step detection to trigger instant alarms upon persons entering a room. But experience in the field soon proved, especially due to error sources such as rats and other animals, that comprehensive intrusion detection demands a synergetic approach: A combination of sensors aligned to cross-check one another for a proactive response to incoming signals. At the same time, the aforementioned bandwidth expansion in Wi-Fi routers and LED lighting systems required detectors to implement the latest circuit technology to avoid serving as ‘antennas’ for undesired signals. Sensor data fusion approach At its very core, Sensor Data Fusion technology relies on the centralised collection of all data captured by the variety of different sensors included in a single detector. These data streams are directed to a microprocessor capable of analysing the signals in real-time via a complex algorithm. This algorithm is the key to Sensor Data Fusion. It enables the detector to balance active sensors and adjust sensitivities as needed, to make truly intelligent decisions regarding whether or not the data indicates a valid alarm condition – and if so, trigger an alarm. Advanced verification mechanisms The current generation of Sensor Data Fusion detectors, for instance from Bosch, feature advanced verification mechanisms, including Microwave Noise Adaptive Processing to easily differentiate humans from false alarm sources (e.g. ceiling fans or hanging signs). For increased reliability, signals from PIR and microwave Doppler radar are compared to determine whether an actual alarm event is taking place. Additionally, the optical chamber is sealed to prevent drafts and insects from affecting the detector, while the detector is programmed for pet and small animal immunity. Sensor cross-verification Further types of sensors embedded in current and future generations of Sensor Data Fusion detectors include MEM-sensors as well as vibration sensors and accelerometers. Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that the cross-verification between sensors serves to increase false alarm immunity without sacrificing the catch performance of actual intruders. It merely serves to cover various indicators of intrusion. Protecting UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in China Intelligent detectors equipped with Sensor Data Fusion are protecting historic cultural artifacts in China from theft and damage. At the UNESCO-protected Terracotta Warriors Museum site, one hundred TriTech motion detectors from Bosch with PIR and microwave Doppler radar technology safeguard the invaluable treasures against intruders. To provide comprehensive protection amid the specific demands of the museum site, the detectors have been installed on walls and ceilings to safeguard the 16,300-square-meter museum site. To ensure an optimal visitor experience without interference from glass walls and other barriers, many detectors are mounted at a height of 4.5 meters (15 feet) above ground under the ceiling. Despite their height, the detectors provide accurate data around the clock while exceeding the performance limits of conventional motion detectors, which clock out at a mere 2 meters (6 feet) catchment area. Integrated video systems The site also presents additional error sources such as large amounts of dust that can contaminate the sensors, as well as visitors accidentally dropping their cameras or mobile phones next to museum exhibits. To distinguish these events from actual criminal activity, the intrusion alarm system is integrated with the museum’s video security system. This allows for verifying alarm triggers with real-time video footage at a fast pace: In the case of an actual alarm event, the system alerts the on-site security personnel in the control room in less than two seconds. Added value beyond security Sensor Data Fusion technology provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment As of today, Sensor Data Fusion technology already provides a viable solution for the rising number of error sources in the environment while providing legally compliant building security against intruders. In light of future developments, operators can leverage significant added value from upgrading existing systems – possibly without fundamentally replacing current system architecture – to the new detector standard. Added value how? On one hand, the detectors can integrate with access control, video security, voice alarm, and analytics for a heightened level of security. These synergetic effects are especially pronounced on end-to-end platforms like the Bosch Building Management system. On the other hand, the data streams from intelligent detectors also supply actionable intelligence to building automation systems, for instance as the basis for efficiency improvements and lowering energy consumption in HVAC systems. New backward-compatible detectors Bosch will release a new series of commercial detectors by end of 2021, based on the latest research on risk factors for false alarm sources in the environment and line with current legislation and safety standards. Throughout these developments, installers can rest assured that all new detectors are fully backward compatible and work with existing networking/architecture. With that said, Sensor Data Fusion technology emerges as the key to more secure intrusion alarm systems today and in the future. TriTech detectors from Bosch For reliable, fail-proof alarms the current series of TriTech detectors from Bosch relies on a combination of different sensor data streams, evaluated by an integrated algorithm. These Sensor Data Fusion detectors from Bosch combine up to five different sensors in a single unit, including: Long-range passive infrared (PIR) sensor Short-range PIR sensor Microwave sensor White light sensor Temperature sensor Equipped with these sensors, TriTech detectors are capable of detecting the most frequent sources of false alarms; from headlights on passing cars to a mouse passing across the room at a 4.5-meter distance to the detector. What’s more, TriTech detectors provide reliable performance at room temperatures above 86°F (30°C) while fully guarding against actual intrusion and sabotage attempts from criminals.

A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance
A three-point plan for enhancing business video surveillance

Cyber threats hit the headlines every day; however digital hazards are only part of the security landscape. In fact, for many organisations - physical rather than virtual security will remain the burning priority. Will Liu, Managing Director of TP-Link UK, explores the three key elements that companies must consider when implementing modern-day business surveillance systems.  1) Protecting more than premises Video surveillance systems are undoubtedly more important than ever before for a huge number of businesses across the full spectrum of public and private sector, manufacturing and service industries. One simple reason for this is the increased use of technology within those businesses. Offices, workshops, and other facilities house a significant amount of valuable and expensive equipment - from computers, and 3D printers to specialised machinery and equipment. As a result, workplaces are now a key target for thieves, and ensuring the protection of such valuable assets is a top priority. A sad reality is that some of those thieves will be employees themselves. Video surveillance system Of course, video surveillance is often deployed to combat that threat alone, but actually, its importance goes beyond theft protection. With opportunist thieves targeting asset-rich sites more regularly, the people who work at these sites are in greater danger too. Effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety From this perspective, effective and efficient surveillance is imperative not just for physical asset protection, but also for the safety of colleagues as well. Organisations need to protect the people who work, learn or attend the premises. A video surveillance system is, therefore, a great starting point for companies looking to deter criminal activity. However, to be sure you put the right system in place to protect your hardware assets, your people, and the business itself, here are three key considerations that make for a successful deployment. 2) Fail to prepare, and then prepare to fail Planning is the key to success, and surveillance systems are no different. Decide in advance the scope of your desired solution. Each site is different and the reality is that every solution is different too. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all solution and only by investing time on the exact specification can you arrive at the most robust and optimal solution.  For example, organisations need to consider all the deployment variables within the system’s environment. What is the balance between indoor and outdoor settings; how exposed to the elements are the outdoor cameras; what IP rating to the need? A discussion with a security installer will help identify the dangerous areas that need to be covered and the associated best sites for camera locations. Camera coverage After determining location and coverage angles, indoors and outdoors, the next step is to make sure the cameras specified are up to the job for each location. Do they have the right lens for the distance they are required to cover, for example? It is not as simple as specifying one type of camera and deploying it everywhere. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current, or Power over Ethernet well are far more versatile You have to consider technical aspects such as the required level of visual fidelity and whether you also need two-way audio at certain locations? Another simple consideration is how the devices are powered. Devices that can use multiple power sources, Direct Current or Power over Ethernet as well are far more versatile and reliable. Answers to these questions and a lot more need to be uncovered by an expert, to deliver a best-of-breed solution for the particular site. 3) Flexibility breeds resilience Understanding exactly what you need is the start. Ensuring you can install, operate and manage your video surveillance system is the next step. Solutions that are simple to install and easy to maintain will always be favoured - for example, cameras that have multiple sources of power can be vital for year-round reliability. Alongside the physical aspect of any installation, there is also the software element that needs to be considered. The last thing organisations need is a compatibility headache once all their cameras and monitoring stations are in place. Selecting cameras and equipment with the flexibility to support a variety of different operating systems and software is important not just for the days following the installation, but also to future-proof the solution against change.  Easy does it Once the system is up and running, the real work of video surveillance begins. Therefore, any organisation considering deploying a system should look to pick one that makes the day-to-day operation as easy as possible to manage. And again - that is all about the set-up. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed The most modern systems and technology can deliver surveillance systems that offer smarter detection, enhanced activity reporting so you learn more about your operations, and also make off-site, remote management easy to both implement and adjust as conditions change. For example, camera software that immediately notifies controllers when certain parameters are met - like motion detection that monitors a specific area for unauthorised access. Cameras can also provide alerts if they have been tampered with or their settings changed without proper authorisation. Remote management of HD footage What’s more, the days of poor quality or unreliable transfer of video are long gone. The high-quality HD footage can be captured, stored, and transferred across networks without any degradation, with hard drives or cloud-based systems able to keep hundreds of days of high-quality recordings for analysis of historical data. Finally, the best surveillance solutions also allow for secure remote management not just from a central control room, but also from personal devices and mobile apps. All this delivers ‘always-on’ security and peace of mind. The watchword in security Modern video surveillance takes organisational security to the next level. It protects physical assets, ensures workplace and workforce safety, and helps protect the operations, reputation, and profitability of a business.  However, this is not just an ‘off-the-shelf purchase’. It requires proper planning in the form of site surveys, equipment and software specifications, as well as an understanding of operational demands and requirements. Investing time in planning will help businesses realise the best dividends in terms of protection. Ultimately, that means organisations should seek to collaborate with vendors who offer site surveys - they know their equipment best, your needs, and can work with you to create the perfect solution.

Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) from an integrator and user perspective

Technology based on the cloud has become a popular trend. Most IT systems now operate within the cloud or offer cloud capabilities, and video surveillance is no exception: virtually every major hardware and software vendor offers cloud-based services. Users benefit from the cloud due to its numerous advantages, such as ease of implementation, scalability, low maintenance costs, etc. Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) offers many choices, so there is an optimal solution for each user. However, what about integrators? For them, VSaaS is also a game-changer. Integrators are now incentivised to think about how they can maintain their markets and take advantage of the new business opportunities that the cloud model provides.   Hosted video surveillance The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator. Traditionally, integrators provided a variety of services including system installation, support, and maintenance, as well as served as a bridge between vendors and end-users. In contrast, hosted video surveillance as a service requires a security system installer to simply install cameras and connect them to the network, while the provider is in direct contact with each end-user. The cloud service model has drastically changed the role of an integrator There is no end to on-premises systems. However, the percentage of systems where the integrator’s role is eliminated or considerably reduced will continue to increase. How can integrators sustain their markets and stay profitable? A prospective business model might be to become a provider of VSaaS (‘cloud integrator’) in partnership with software platform vendors. Cloud-based surveillance Some VMS vendors offer software VSaaS platforms that form the basis for cloud-based surveillance systems. Using these solutions, a data centre operator, integrator, or telecom service provider can design a public VSaaS or VSaaS in a private cloud to service a large customer. The infrastructure can be built on any generic cloud platform or data centre, as well as resources owned by the provider or client. So, VSaaS providers have the choice between renting infrastructure from a public cloud service like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud or using their own or clients’ computing infrastructure (virtual machines or physical servers). Gaining competitive advantage When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings As an example, a telecom carrier could deploy VSaaS on their own infrastructure to expand their service offering for clients, gaining a competitive advantage and enhancing profits per user. Using a public cloud, a smaller integrator can host the computing infrastructure immediately, without incurring up-front costs and with no need to maintain the system. These cloud services provide scalability, security, and reliability with zero initial investment. When integrators purchase commitment use contracts for several years, they can achieve significant savings. Next, let’s examine VSaaS options available in the market from an end-users point of view. With hosted (or cloud-first, or true-cloud) VSaaS solutions, all the video feeds are transmitted directly from cameras to the cloud. Optionally, video can be buffered to SD cards installed on cameras to prevent data losses in case of Internet connection failures. Dedicated hardware bridges There are many providers of such services that offer their own brand cameras. Connecting these devices to the cloud should only take a few clicks. Firmware updates are usually centralised, so users don’t have to worry about security breaches. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage and secure connections to the cloud for their branded and third-party cameras. Service providers may offer dedicated hardware bridges for buffering video footage Typical bridges are inexpensive, basic NVRs that receive video feeds from cameras, record on HDD, and send video streams to the cloud. The most feature-rich bridges include those with video analytics, data encryption, etc. Introducing a bridge or NVR makes the system hybrid, with videos stored both locally and in the cloud. At the other end of the spectrum relative to hosted VSaaS, there are cloud-managed systems. Video management software In this case, video is stored on-site on DVRs, NVRs, video management software servers, or even locally on cameras, with an option of storing short portions of footage (like alarm videos) in the cloud for quick access. A cloud service can be used for remote viewing live video feeds and recorded footage, as well as for system configuration and health monitoring. Cloud management services often come bundled with security cameras, NVRs, and video management software, whereas other VSaaS generally require subscriptions. Keep in mind that the system, in this case, remains on-premises, and the advantages of the cloud are limited to remote monitoring and configuring. It’s a good choice for businesses that are spread across several locations or branches, especially if they have systems in place at each site. On-site infrastructure All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version All locations and devices can be remotely monitored using the cloud while keeping most of the existing on-site infrastructure. All that needs to be changed is the NVRs or VMS with a cloud-compatible model or version. Other methods are more costly and/or require more resources to implement. Hosted VSaaS helps leverage the cloud for the highest number of benefits in terms of cost and technological advantages. In this case, the on-site infrastructure consists of only IP cameras and network equipment. This reduces maintenance costs substantially and also sets the foundation for another advantage of VSaaS: extreme and rapid scalability. At the same time, the outgoing connection at each site is critical for hosted VSaaS. Video quality and the number of cameras directly depend on bandwidth. Broadband-connected locations Because the system does not work offline, a stable connection is required to stream videos. In addition, cloud storage can be expensive when many cameras are involved, or when video archives are retained for an extended period. The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for a small broadband-connected location The hosted VSaaS is a great choice for small broadband-connected locations and is also the most efficient way to centralise video surveillance for multiple sites of the same type, provided they do not have a legacy system. Since it is easy to implement and maintain, this cloud technology is especially popular in countries with high labour costs. Using different software and hardware platforms, integrators can implement various types of VSaaS solutions. Quick remote access For those who adhere to the classic on-premises approach, adding a cloud-based monitoring service can grow their value proposition for clients with out-of-the-box capabilities of quick remote access to multiple widely dispersed sites and devices. For small true-cloud setups, there is a possibility to rent a virtual machine and storage capacity in a public cloud (such as Amazon, Google, or Microsoft) and deploy the cloud-based VMS server that can handle dozens of cameras. In terms of features, such a system may include anything from plain video monitoring via a web interface to GPU-accelerated AI video analytics and smart search in recorded footage, depending on the particular software platform. Optimising internet connection Hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ needs High-scale installations, such as VSaaS for public use or large private systems for major clients, involve multiple parts like a virtual VMS server cluster, web portal, report subsystem, etc. Such systems can also utilise either own or rented infrastructure. Some vendors offer software for complex installations of this kind, though there are not as many options as for cloud-managed systems. Finally, hybrid VSaaS is the most flexible approach that enables tailoring the system to the users’ unique needs while optimising internet connection bandwidth, cloud storage costs, and infrastructure complexity. It’s high time for integrators to gain experience, choose the right hardware and software, and explore different ways of building systems that will suit evolving customer demands in the future.

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Dallmeier providesVideoIP-Client software to enhance flight operations at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport
Dallmeier providesVideoIP-Client software to enhance flight operations at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport

The topic of airport security is assuming more and more prominence in Russia, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport is no exception, relying on an apron and runway surveillance solution using Panomera® camera technology from the German-based solution specialist Dallmeier. Just under 7000 km as the crow flies from Moscow is the largest airport on the Russian island of Sakhalin – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport. It was awarded the status of International Airport by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 1990, and with about 1 million passengers per year, it is the largest airport on the island. Latest development standards Generally, these days, it is difficult to imagine airports without security measures. This is especially true for airports which are entitled by certification of the ICAO to call themselves ‘International’. The ICAO defines principles and guidelines for civil aviation. To receive certification, airports are obliged to adopt arrangements in keeping with the ICAO statutes for maintaining measures including but not limited to video security – such as for the apron and runway – and to implement corresponding solutions. The operators at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport extended video surveillance to include the apron and runway areas In this context, the airport operators must also constantly take stock of advances and the latest development standards in the related technologies. To satisfy these requirements, the operators at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport extended video surveillance to include the apron and runway areas. The use of the most up-to-date security equipment is intended to ensure the safe, expeditious and orderly movement of aircraft on the aprons and runway. Special camera systems These security areas are only accessible for authorised personnel, but the operators must still ensure that all activities relating to the aeroplane, such as the presence of unauthorised persons on site, or any damage incidents can be investigated quickly. Visual verification of all processes is assured by a Dallmeier Security solution based on the patented Panomera® multifocal sensor technology. These special camera systems offer uninterrupted tracking of activities in large spatial relationships with uniform image quality despite the distance differences which apply for both the runway and the apron. The Dallmeier software technology enables operators to receive the overview images from the Panomera® in one image and depending on the demands of the situation to select one or multiple zoom areas in the overall image with just a few clicks of the mouse, which they can examine closely as if they were in PTZ mode. Reasonable human resources A single Panomera® system replaces many PTZ and megapixel cameras But opposed to traditional PTZ-cameras, a high-resolution total overview of all other areas is always preserved both in the live mode and in the recording. Thus, all processes relating to the aircraft whether it is arriving, departing, or even parking, such as refuelling, maintenance or cleaning, can be supervised seamlessly and recorded permanently within high resolution. A single Panomera® system replaces many PTZ and megapixel cameras. For the operators of the airport, this has several financial advantages, since it entails considerably reduced expenditure on infrastructure, the cost of camera management is reduced by a correspondingly substantial factor, and the objective can also be achieved with reasonable human resources. Allowing several operators The smart operation of the Dallmeier VideoIP-Client software from the workstation both in live mode and in playback mode enables the operator to analyse the recordings quickly and conveniently. One particularly important advantage is derived from the capability to allow several operators to access zoom areas at the same time without ever losing the general overview. Thus, for example in the event of a security alert, the police can use the camera system Thus, for example in the event of a security alert, the police can use the camera system, but at the same time the apron controllers still retain a full view, and even service companies can continue to use the camera views undisturbed. IT Director Dmitry Golovanov and Project Manager Renat Mardanov are highly satisfied with the Dallmeier Airport solution. Multifocal sensor technology "Another important factor was the stability and reliability of the system because we must record the entire situation permanently to ensure optimal loss and safety management and for investigating incidents. The multifocal sensor technology enables us to zoom into detail situations at any time, even in the recorded image data, and verify any occurrences with certainty.” “The Dallmeier Panomera® has already been deployed successfully in many international airports, so it was not difficult for us to reach a decision after we were able to convince ourselves of the systems' quality.", recounts Dmitry Golovanov, "Even the considerably smaller number of cameras compared with solutions using PTZ and megapixel cameras made installation and operation much simpler for us, which in turn helps to relieve the burden on our processes and lower total costs." Currently installed systems Analysis tools and business process optimisations are topics which will become increasingly important Project Manager Renat Mardanov adds to his colleague's statement: "The execution of the project was flawless, the thorough training of our installers and support during implementation and setup of the entire system on site ensured that we could go live rapidly and without problems, and in Dallmeier we have found the right solution partner for a complete implementation of our new security solution." Analysis tools and business process optimisations are topics which will become increasingly important for the airport in the future. They can set their own schedule since the currently installed systems are scalable in all directions at any time and will remain fit for purpose in the future. An implementation of a wide range of tools, such as an upgrade to AI-based instruments and analysis functions is also possible at any time in the future.

Dallmeier announces its Panomera multi-focal sensor cameras have completed seamless integration in the Milestone XProtect VMS
Dallmeier announces its Panomera multi-focal sensor cameras have completed seamless integration in the Milestone XProtect VMS

With immediate effect, the patented Panomera multi-focal sensor cameras, produced by Germany-based manufacturer, Dallmeier (Dallmeier electronic GmbH & Co.KG), have completed a seamless integration in the Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS). Panomera - Xprotect VMS The integration provides Milestone XProtect users with a range of entirely new capabilities, for observing and monitoring large areas, and vast spatial contexts. With Panomera, the images from up to seven detailed sensors and one overview sensor are intelligently stitched within a camera system, to produce one overall vision of the object space. XProtect operators can now open and organise all ‘sub-modules’ from the XProtect Smart Client user interface, drag and drop, and zoom into any number of areas within the sub-modules, simultaneously. Enabling the entire high-resolution image at all times provide the benefit equal to combining a powerful megapixel camera, with an unlimited number of high-resolution ‘virtual’ PTZs. ‘Virtual PTZ’ feature The number of cameras needed and the number of screens available to observe are reduced drastically The plugin works with the XProtect Smart Client process seamlessly. It eliminates complicated, confusing switching between camera perspectives and the unnecessary search for maps of buildings, and surroundings. The number of cameras needed and the number of screens available to observe are reduced drastically. The work of the operators is made considerably simpler. All sub-modules are recorded in high resolution. The zooms are carried in extremely high resolution, allowing the operator to receiving details of the entire image. This feature is not possible with conventional solutions, and it is beneficial when dealing with complex situations, for example, or for ensuring successful forensic analysis. Integration of Panomera technology “The integration of Panomera technology in the Milestone XProtect software is an important step for our mutual customers and partners. Creating an unlimited number of high-resolution views from the main image within the VMS and recording them is not possible in this form except with Panomera. It is as if the user has an unlimited number of 'virtual PTZs' at his disposal, while at the same time everything is continuously recorded in high resolution,” said Thomas Dallmeier, Member of the Management Board at Dallmeier. Thomas Dallmeier adds, “With this combined solution, not only do users of Milestone XProtect reduce their overall operating costs, as fewer camera systems and less infrastructure are needed, but they also significantly improve overall security, including the documentation of incidents, since all concerned areas of the object space are monitored and recorded in high resolution.” Technologies for video security applications “We are delighted with the integration of the Panomera technology in the Milestone XProtect video management software. As a result, our joint customers have at their disposal, absolutely ‘state-of-the-art’ technologies, from both the software and the camera perspective, for an enormous range of video security applications,” said Alberto Bruschi, Manager EMEA Community Sales at Milestone Systems. Alberto adds, “We are particularly pleased that Dallmeier and Milestone Systems are European manufacturers, whose key technologies are combined to create an efficient, scalable, and reliable solution. From the perspective of cyber security, the high standards for secure technologies are becoming more and more important for many of our customers.”

Patent granted for the "Mountera®" one-person mounting system from Dallmeier
Patent granted for the "Mountera®" one-person mounting system from Dallmeier

A considerable cost factor in any video security system is represented by the delivery, mounting, and implementation of the components on-site. The "Mountera®" mounting system from Germany-based manufacturer Dallmeier reduces the cost of installation substantially, and it was recently granted patent protection within Germany. Installers and end customers are familiar with one of the biggest problems associated with many camera systems: Every mounting situation – mast, ceiling, and wall – needs its own installation solution, and it is often difficult to replace or combine different camera types. In most cases, the installation of every single camera also must be re-assessed and re-learned, the installation is unnecessarily time-consuming and expensive.  The "Mountera®" mounting system solved this problem with intelligent solutions for specific situations. These enable uniform mounting of various camera and bracket types with standardised, intuitive handling steps and workflows. Patented coupling mechanism Panomera® S-Series and Panomera® W-Series cameras and the PTZ models can be fitted easily by one person Consequently, all the Panomera® S-Series and Panomera® W-Series cameras and the PTZ models manufactured by Dallmeier can be fitted easily by one person, the lifting load and the lifting time are reduced significantly, and the risk of the camera breaking free and falling after fitting is prevented entirely. Every aspect of the system has been thoughtfully designed to avoid unnecessary handling steps and minimise familiarisation requirements, as all parts are interchangeable. This is made possible by the patented coupling mechanism, called the "Quick-Lock-System" (patent no. 10 2019 122 373). Personnel who are tasked with installation can concentrate on what is most important – and motivation grows. Just one Allen key size  With Mountera®, the mounting steps and handling steps of all camera models and fastening options are standardised and intuitive. In addition, only one Allen key size is needed for fastening and attachment tasks. At the same time, the cabling is invisible and sabotage-proof, their IP66 classification assures protection from high-pressure water jets and saltwater. Moreover, the system makes it possible to deploy cameras in rotation at different locations, in urban surveillance for example. Handling of the components at the installation site is another significant cost factor. The "Quick-Lock" locking system minimises the risk of damage during installation" With a special, one-off handle on the camera, the system can be removed rapidly. However, transportation protection made of foam remains permanently in place on the camera, protecting as it is carried from one place to another and set down. The Mountera® Box is also available as an option, enabling edge recording of the camera images. Quick-Lock locking system "We were very excited by the Mountera® system. The "Quick-Lock" locking system minimises the risk of damage during installation, the intelligent packaging makes delivery transport at the installation site easy, and at the same time provides protection for the cameras when they are unpacked," says Mustafa Kandal, Security Systems Project Manager at Spetec. "The standardised, radically simplified mounting process saves an enormous amount of time and money when implementing the solutions at the customer's site."

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