Articles by Dieter Dallmeier
It is better to create new markets than to struggle to maintain a presence in the bitterly contested existing markets. The security market in 2015 has been faced with many ups and downs, and in such a scenario innovating new products gave companies the necessary boost to take on competitors and capture new markets. That’s the viewpoint of Dallmeier as an eventful year draws to a close; a year in which we won and completed many new projects all over the world. Despite, or perhaps because of the "megapixel race" that is still taking place on the market, our new approach with the Panomera® multifocal sensor technology continues to demonstrate that we have chosen exactly the right path. We remained true to our philosophy of not blindly following trends, but questioning conventional wisdom and placing the greatest emphasis on customer benefits. Dallmeier is not a product manufacturer – we are a provider of solutions that provide added value for the customer. Panomera multifocal sensor technology Panomera® fundamentally improves the mode of operation and the operating scope of video systems in industrial and commercial settings, and the efficiency of a video system is increased significantly. The maxim "less, but much better, more effective and consequently more cost-effective" has never been more true. Even the core application area of video security technology has been transformed: No longer does the technology merely provide surveillance capability; it has evolved to include process optimisation and process control through a substantial information gain with the aid of intelligent, analytical video solutions. Multifocal sensor (MFS) technology thus closes a gap left by conventional video systems. MFS technology is already beginning to change the future of video security technology fundamentally. This is clearly reflected today in the projects and enquiries we receive. New projects in 2016 We are well positioned to face the future and are looking with optimism to the coming years. We attach very high priority to the development of pioneering innovations that function reliably and bring the user real benefits. What sets Dallmeier apart is the fact that we are not experts in just one field, we can support our reputation with innovations in all aspects of video security technology: in the camera field with multifocal sensor technology, but also in recording, transmission technology and video management. Each of these technologies individually will again provide us with access to many new projects in 2016. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
2015 will see Multifocal sensor cameras opening up new markets for Dallmeier Dallmeier 2014/2015 Review and Forecast:The resolution of megapixel cameras is always going to be higher. But people are starting to understand that resolution is not everything, nor does it solve the problem of the customer. In addition, many megapixels on a single chip have unpleasant side-effects related to things like light sensitivity, lens quality, image rate and bandwidth. What really interests the customer is not the number of megapixels, but rather whether suspects can be singled out and identified – regardless of which area of the surveillance field that person is located in. So the resolution of the camera itself (e.g. a “5-megapixel camera”) is not decisive; but more relevant is how many pixels per meter are obtained for the relevant object/person. You need 62 pixels/m for observation, 125 pixels/m to recognise known persons, and 250 pixels/m to identify unknown individuals. Dallmeier is following this approach with our multifocal sensor technology. Contrary to single-sensor cameras, several lenses with different focal lengths are used. This patented technology makes it possible to monitor large areas and distances comprehensively, and to do so in real time with uniform image resolution and consistent focal depth. A single installation point is needed. The solution is extremely cost-effective both in the lower number of required cameras and especially in the decrease in necessary infrastructure such as masts, cables, etc. It also means that solid solutions can be found with this technology for projects that could not previously be implemented at all. So the multifocal sensor technology opens up a huge market for planners and builders. The response in the market to multifocal sensor technology is already extremely positive, and this will further develop in 2015 as it addresses definite needs. An eventful, immensely successful year is coming to a close for Dallmeier. 2014 was a jubilee year for us, in which we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company’s founding. Our product portfolio has grown steadily over the last 30 years. These days, we offer total solutions from a single supplier – from image capture through recording to video management and intelligent video analysis. See the full coverage of 2014/2015 Review and Forecast articles here
Dallmeier electronic, one of the manufacturers of video security systems, introduces the remote-controlled "Privacy Shield" for their Panomera® cameras. With a few mouse clicks, government authorities, police forces as well as private businesses can cover the lenses of the cameras with a kind of "privacy curtain" in order to protect the privacy rights of individuals concerned. The use-cases could be during peaceful public assemblies, company staff meetings or strikes. Data protection One important prerequisite for the acceptance of video surveillance in public and business environments is that the privacy of data subjects must be respected. In early 2020 for example, several German courts ruled the following: During peaceful gatherings, not only must permanently-installed video systems be switched off, but this must also be "sufficiently reliably evident" to all participants in the public assembly. Moreover, a growing number of companies must also protect the right to privacy of their employees, not least in response to the requirements of the EU GDPR or other national data protection laws. Substantial logistical effort Until now, deactivating surveillance cameras visibly has caused a substantial logistical effort Until now, deactivating surveillance cameras visibly has caused a substantial logistical effort: The police or security personnel must disguise each camera individually, at great expense with the aid of elevating platforms. Returning the installations to their original condition is equally time-consuming. Given the several hundred assemblies per year held in larger cities, shift changes or strikes in businesses, this rapidly leads to substantial costs for additional manpower and the requisite equipment such as elevating platforms. Furthermore, the police and security personnel are unable to activate the cameras again at short notice if indications of possible dangers become evident. Camera technology The German video security manufacturer Dallmeier has developed a system called "Privacy Shield" to tackle these issues: Users can remotely control a kind of "blind" – that is made of a special non-transparent material – directly via the GUI in the control centre, and within a few seconds cover the lenses of the Dallmeier Panomera® systems. The Privacy Shield has a highly visible colour and bears the printed image of a crossed-out camera The Privacy Shield has a highly visible colour and bears the printed image of a crossed-out camera, showing clearly for any person: there is no video observation or video surveillance. This solution could also be used in business environments if area or car park surveillance is to be deactivated at certain times, for example, such as during shift changes, company meetings or strikes. The system is not only available in the latest Panomera® generation; existing systems can also be upgraded easily. Full information on this subject is available from the manufacturer. Efficient and sustainable "As a German manufacturer, we have mastered the topic of data protection and data security through years of cooperation with authorities. This is why it was important to us to make a system available for government authorities, and private businesses as well, which addresses these many requirements in a single solution," says Dieter Dallmeier, Founder & CEO at Dallmeier electronic. "This includes the need for comprehensive protection of the privacy of citizens, or employees, to be able to comply with the legal provisions and to be able to comply with the requirement to deactivate and activate surveillance at reasonable expense. With our Dallmeier Privacy Shield, we demonstrate once again that innovation "Made in Germany" is not just an empty phrase, but offers clearly identifiable added value for all parties involved. The fact that the system can also be retrofitted, underscores our efforts to ensure sustainability."
When capturing large spatial contexts with video technology, users still have to make many compromises. The 180- and 360-degree versions of the Panomera W series from Dallmeier have taken up the cause of overcoming these challenges and providing customers with the ability to monitor their indoor and outdoor premises most effectively for minimal outlay in terms of personnel and costs. The task of providing surveillance for large outdoor expanses and indoor areas successfully yet efficiently in terms of costs and personnel is one of the great challenges in video technology. Operators and staffing budgets alike are most often overstretched, then there are high infrastructure costs to consider, and not infrequently the result with regard to image quality, overview, achievement of objectives and operability falls short of expectations. Panomera W series cameras Panomera W8 (360°) and W4 (180°) systems, the images from the individual sensors are merged In the new Panomera W8 (360°) and W4 (180°) systems, the images from the individual sensors are merged by the innovative Dallmeier operating software in such a way that the operator is presented with a logical, almost entirely rectified panoramic overview. The cameras even reproduce the area directly below the housing in high resolution. Another unique feature of the Panomera systems is that in principle any number of operators can zoom into a scene at the same time, and the total overview image is retained at all times both live and in the recording. In this way, it is guaranteed that no valuable information or evidence is lost. If several systems are used at the same time, objects can be tracked across multiple camera systems very easily – or the same scene can be examined from various viewpoints quite conveniently. Video management software The Regensburg-based manufacturer states that during development of the Panomera W series the economic efficiency of the overall system was the highest priority. As a result, usability innovations and the small number of cameras needed significantly help to save costs in all important aspects from planning and implementation to operation and service. This in turn yields advantages for everyone involved and all stages of the project – from the installer to the person making the business decisions. Those responsible for security will be glad of the extremely simple operation of the systems due to the available video management software and the small number of screens needed to cover the scene. Situation assessments are made quickly and assuredly; changing perspectives with a few clicks of the mouse and object tracking across multiple cameras make the system exceptionally flexible and powerful. Easy and seamless Operation Operating even a large number of cameras as a total system is simplicity itself and so enables large spatial relationships to be monitored much more efficiently. Consequently, a very large overall context per operator can be captured. As a result, personnel costs relative to area covered with the new cameras are low for ongoing operation. Since considerably fewer cameras are needed than for comparable solutions, the costs for masts, installation, cables and cable-laying or mounting points are also reduced. The manufacturer also offers a solution for environments with limited bandwidth: Upon request, the optional ‘junction box’ can be equipped with up to four terabytes of memory, thereby dispensing with the need for routing new cables and network components in certain scenarios. Quick Lock mounting system ‘Mountera’ mounting concept of the Panomera W series offers many innovations The "Quick Lock" mounting system enables the same camera systems to be swapped between different locations, for example if different crime hotspots are to be observed at different times in an urban surveillance setting. For installers, the integrated, newly developed ‘Mountera’ mounting concept of the Panomera W series offers many innovations for installing the cameras much faster and therefore less expensively: From the mounting handle for removal and transportation to an integrated "bubble protector" which remains on the system until final installation, up to the "quick lock" system for mounting by a single technician. Additionally, only one Allen key size is needed in order to complete the entire installation. Plug-and-play capability The Panomera W series camera models have at last been made truly "plug-and-play" capable with the full pre-calibration and pre-setting of all sensors. Accordingly, the effort needed to adjust the optical elements is reduced to a minimum as well. Another major element of total cost optimisation is the planning. This is carried out with the aid of a proprietary 3D software suite developed by the manufacturer and by a team of experts who create an exact "digital twin" of the entire customer environment. Additionally, hidden spots in the field of view can be circumvented, cameras and auxiliary components can be positioned efficiently and the minimum resolution density over the entire area can be planned precisely – this last being an important prerequisite for usability in court and analysis functions. CamCards The ‘CamCards’ generated by the planning contain highly precise mounting information The ‘CamCards’ generated by the planning contain highly precise mounting information and reduce friction losses during commissioning to a minimum. "When tendering, it is not the cheapest system that is required, but the solution that can be operated most economically. Therefore, when deciding for a video security solution it is essential to perform a total cost assessment and not to be distracted by ostensibly low prices of the individual components", says Dieter Dallmeier, Founder & CEO, Dallmeier electronic. He says, "We consistently adhered to this guideline during development of the Panomera W series and we have developed a system which provides the greatest possible economy over the full spectrum of its aspects. On the functional level, solutions of the Panomera W series also provide a total overview of large spatial relationships which hitherto did not exist on the market in this form."
German manufacturer Dallmeier announces a development partnership with AnyVision, a pioneer in AI-based facial, body, and object recognition. The aim of the cooperation is to integrate AnyVision’s facial recognition technology into the Dallmeier ‘HEMISPHERE’. The HEMISPHERE software platform offers customers from various industries a wide variety of modular solutions for security applications and business process optimisation. From the optimisation of marketing activities to forensic evaluations – the use of facial recognition technologies is becoming increasingly important for customers of video technology solutions. The integration of AnyVision’s technology will enable Dallmeier customers to utilise facial recognition data within various modules of the Dallmeier HEMISPHERE software platform. Facial recognition solution This allows customers of the Dallmeier HEMISPHERE software platform to access and leverage the data In this way, security and business processes can be optimised, e.g. through blacklist/whitelist procedures, marketing optimisation through VIP-customer recognition, forensic evaluations in law enforcement procedures or the automation of access controls in office or manufacturing environments. This allows customers of the Dallmeier HEMISPHERE software platform to access and leverage the data within various solution suites. Specifically, AnyVision’s facial recognition solution will be integrated into the Dallmeier HEMISPHERE SeMSy® Video and Security Management Suite, as well as in other solution suites of the HEMISPHERE platform, such as the Situational Awareness / Incident Management or Data and Security Information Management. Video security technology “In today’s increasingly complex world, customers need solutions that can integrate powerful components from leading manufacturers within a single platform strategy. Partnerships like this with AnyVision ensure that our customers always have the optimal combination of leading technologies at their disposal,” said Dieter Dallmeier, Founder & CEO, Dallmeier. “Dallmeier’s solutions in sectors such as safe city, stadiums, airports, logistics, casinos but also in the processing industry cover more and more topics that go far beyond classic video security technology. This makes it all the more important to work together with the right partners for complementary technologies which, when combined, offer decisive added value.” The German manufacturer Dallmeier electronic has been manufacturing solutions for security applications and process optimisation for 35 years. The portfolio includes cameras, recording systems and software. Security and surveillance AnyVision currently develops technology for security and surveillance Dallmeier’s solutions are used worldwide by customers in areas such as safe city, stadiums, airports, logistics, casinos but also in the processing industry. The partnership is also part of AnyVision’s mission to make its innovative AI-powered technology available to more businesses and environments across the globe. Unlike other software solutions in the market, AnyVision’s software is plug-and-play for new and existing systems, and able to overcome challenges such as occlusions, different angles of view, and poor lighting conditions. AnyVision currently develops technology for security and surveillance, mobile authentication, access control, and real-world analytics. Boris Gokhman, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at AnyVision, commented: "Facial, body, and object recognition have real-world benefits right now. Collaborating with best-of-breed technology partners to help more organisations ‒ working across diverse sectors ‒ harness new capabilities and achieve those benefits is hugely important to us. We are delighted to be working with Dallmeier on this and look forward to expanding this partnership in the future.”
Annually, the 50 most prosperous mid-sized firms in Bavaria are presented with an award for their achievements Dallmeier amongst top-performing mid-sized companies: The Regensburg-based video security expert Dallmeier has once again been awarded the “Bayerns Best 50” (“Bavaria’s Best 50”) accolade for its success. Over the years, the company Dallmeier has been keeping an eye on both its own success as well as the economic prosperity of its home region. Strong regional partnerships “We feel strongly linked to the economic area of Eastern Bavaria, not least because of our long-standing cooperation with a network of local suppliers. Our strong partnerships enable us to source most of our supplies and production goods from across the region, contributing to the regional as well as state economy”, says Dieter Dallmeier. The Bavarian government is well-aware of how important mid-tier businesses are for the economy and thus the general living standard across the state. In order to publicly honour the economic contributions of owner-managed companies, the government created the “BAYERNS BEST 50” competition. Every year, the 50 most prosperous mid-sized firms in Bavaria are presented with an award for their achievements. The jury specifically looks at the areas of sales growth and workforce expansion. Having previously received the accolade in 2004 and 2005, Dallmeier has also been presented with the 2016 award. “The Dallmeier group of companies is looking forward to continue expanding its position and contributing to the general economic growth”, explains Dieter Dallmeier. Save
The Panomera® Effect book deals with aspects such as depth of field, picture quality, low light and dynamic range The well-known Australian author, inventor and video surveillance technology expert Vlado Damjanovski has written a book about Dallmeier’s Panomera® multifocal sensor technology. In his book “The Panomera® Effect: A new camera technology by Dallmeier” Vlado Damjanovski discusses, among other topics, the concept of the multifocal sensor technology and its advantages for installation. The book also deals with aspects such as depth of field, picture quality, low light and dynamic range. “When I saw the Panomera® concept for the first time it was of no surprise to me that such innovation came from Dallmeier. The underlying concept of the Panomera® appears simple, yet the way in which it is executed, how the hardware is put together and how the software works, is very critical for the perfect results obtained. This stylish innovation could only have been achieved by a ground-breaking engineering company such as Dallmeier”, remembers Vlado Damjanovski. And he adds: “I was absolutely delighted to accept the invitation by Mr. Dieter Dallmeier to produce this booklet about the Panomera®. Having now written and published four large technical books about CCTV as well as producing CCTV technical magazines I feel well versed in being able to comment about this new camera system. When innovations such as the Panomera® come about – they bring dynamism to an industry where engineering concepts succeed into engineering product reality. The Panomera® will open up new horizons in the ever evolving CCTV industry.” The Panomera® Effect book is available in English and German.
Dallmeier’s Panomera showtruck will be highlighted at the event 30 years of Dallmeier – an excellent reason for the video specialists from Regensburg to celebrate with an “Octoberfest” at the Security Essen trade show: On every day of the show, visitors may look forward to being treated to typical German sausages such as Weisswurst and Regensburger Knacker, as well as fresh pretzels and good Bavarian Weltenburger beer! The highlight of the Dallmeier trade show presence is the Panomera® showtruck, in which the latest models of the patented multifocal sensor technology will be presented live. Especially for commerce, industry and mid-sized companies, these models provide an ideal solution for comprehensive surveillance of expansive areas. Contrary to single-sensor cameras, the multifocal sensor technology supplies a guaranteed constant resolution of at least 125 pix/m. This makes it possible to monitor large areas and distances from one single location, achieving this in real time with consistent resolution, higher dynamics and full depth of focus. “At the trade show we are focussing on using the multifocal sensor technology to show practical, economical solutions for applications for which no solutions at all could have been found in the past with conventional engineering. That’s why an estimated 30 to 40% of projects were never completed,” says Dieter Dallmeier. What’s new this year is an additional pavilion more than 90 m2 in size in which Dallmeier will present various video IP solutions with selected partners. Panomera® Roadshow If users can’t come to Security in Essen, Germany, they shall have the opportunity from the beginning of September to the middle of October to see the Panomera® Truck during the Dallmeier Roadshow through Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland.
The Dallmeier Amarok will travel with the Truck throughout the roadshow and demonstrate a mobile monitoring solution After its resounding successes in the last two years, the Panomera® Truck will take to the road in 2014 as well! Between the beginning of September and mid-October, the Dallmeier roadshow will make stops in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland. Besides a completely new image for the Truck, this year will also see another début: The Dallmeier Amarok will travel with the Truck throughout the roadshow and demonstrate a mobile monitoring solution. This year, the roadshow will begin officially on 10 September in Bitburg. There, Dallmeier will join with partner Johanns Systemhaus to present the operational capabilities of the Panomera® live in a car dealership. Then, the road leads north for two stops in Denmark (Copenhagen and Fredericia) before the Truck and the Amarok visit the Security trade fair in Essen for a week. After this, they will travel to Brussels, Paris, Lyon and Lucerne on the way to Munich where the roadshow ends in the middle of October. The centre of attention will be the new Panomera® models, which will be presented live in the Truck, and which particularly represent the ideal solution for full coverage of large expanses for commercial, industrial and small to midsize enterprises. “The multifocal sensor technology delivers a practicable and cost-efficient solution for many applications for which conventional engineering has failed to provide a solution. That is why in the past an estimated 30 to 40% of projects were never realised at all”, explains Dieter Dallmeier. The Dallmeier roadshow will make stops in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland This year, the Truck will be “escorted” by the Dallmeier Amarok, which will also serve as a unique platform for presenting a very special solution: mobile video surveillance, with a system that can be set up in an enormous range of circumstances, for temporary use precisely when and where it is needed. The vehicle is fitted with a telescopic mast with built-in Panomera® already installed. The equipment necessary for recording and managing the video images is also available already, in the form of the Smavia Recording Server and the Smavia Viewing Client. Typical areas for use of this mobile solution would be major events such as street demonstrations, political rallies or concerts. This enables streams of visitors to be documented and tracked continuously from transport centres to the event site. The mobile monitoring unit also has a preventative effect, and can help with the investigation of incidents. Dates & Places 10.09.2014: Bitburg, Germany 16.09.2014: Copenhagen, Denmark 18.09.2014: Fredericia, Denmark 23.-26.09.2014: Security Essen, Germany 30.09.2014: Brussels, Belgium 02.10.2014: Paris, France 07.10.2014: Lyon, France 13.10.2014: Lucerne, Switzerland 15.10.2014: Munich, Germany
Dallmeier’s Panomera multifocal sensor technology for commercial and industrial sector, will be on display live at the new showroom Following the successful opening of the Dallmeier solution centre at Johanns Systemhaus in Bitburg, Dallmeier can now provide its customers and partners with an on-site showroom in southern Germany. The “Showroom South” at IPPI GmbH was opened with due ceremony in mid-May. IPPI has over 30 years of experience in the planning and installation business. Besides video surveillance, the range of products and services offered by the company includes conference room equipment and professional media technology. IPPI's long list of references includes many customers with extremely stringent requirements from the banking, industrial and authority sectors. In the new showroom, which was opened in mid-May by Dieter Dallmeier together with the IPPI sales team, customers and prospective customers can experience for themselves the user friendliness and open system capabilities offered by Dallmeier video management solutions. A special highlight here is the Panomera® multifocal sensor technology, which represents an ideal solution in particular for the commercial and industrial sector, and will be on display live at the showroom at IPPI. “IPPI attaches great importance to thorough consulting and professional service. Here, the customer receives everything from a single source, from planning all the way through to implementation – this is why IPPI is also an ideal partner for us”, declares Dieter Dallmeier. “With our recently opened solution centre in Bitburg, we intend to reach potential customers in the West and Northwest of Germany. Now we wanted to offer our customers in the South of Germany a fully equipped showroom that they could visit more easily.”