Danish Superliga Football Club Brøndby IF has enhanced fan safety by using Panasonic security solutions to prevent banned football hooligans from entering the stadium, whilst maintaining visitor privacy and complying with European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Installing Panasonic’s FacePRO facial recognition system at the entrances to the stadium has helped to more effectively identify those on the banned list. The club had been aware that family attendance had fallen at some of the more high-profile games, such as the local derby with F.C. Copenhagen, due to concerns over hooliganism, illegal use of flares and safety. Family-friendly stadium With an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist for causing trouble, the football club wanted to find a way to make genuine fans feel even safer at the family-friendly stadium by preventing any problems before they could occur. Up until this point, lists of banned people were distributed to security staff at the entrance gates. They would manually check each person coming into the stadium but the process was time consuming and not always effective. With the use of Panasonic’s security solution, blacklisted offenders can now be automatically identified in the crowd before they attempt to enter the stadium. System operators in the surveillance room double check matches made by the system before sending notification to the stewards at the gates to prevent them from entering. Panasonic FacePro solution Brøndby IF sought approval on its approach to GDPR compliance from the Danish Data Protection Agency The automated procedure at the stadium entrance also decreases congestion at the gates, so genuine fans can get into the stadium faster. As well as improving security outside, the system allows staff more time to focus their attention on creating a safe and entertaining environment for those inside the stadium. Another issue important to address in the implementation was compliance with European Union GDPR. The Panasonic FacePro solution is very flexible and can be configured to delete or store data as required. To meet Brøndby IF’s requirements, data from the camera is encrypted and the data and images of people not on the blacklist are never stored. In addition, the details of banned individuals are encrypted and only stored on a server blocked from the Internet and all other external systems. Brøndby IF sought permission and approval on its approach to GDPR compliance from the Danish Data Protection Agency. Facial recognition system Mickel Lauritsen, Head of Security at Brøndby IF, said: “We can see that we have decreased the amount of flares being used within the stadium during our matches. It has been a success and it’s an absolutely vital tool in order to maintain safety and security.” Gerard Figols, Head of the European security business at Panasonic, commented: “Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure on the ground, while ensuring that all data is protected from unauthorised external access." "The accuracy and processing capacity of Panasonic FacePRO means that it is ideal for football, and other sporting stadiums around the world, as well as many other venues where security and high visitor numbers are a factor. Besides the pure security factor, our facial recognition system can also help to enhance the customer experience by providing quicker, more streamlined access or tailored services.”
Danish Superliga football club Brøndby IF’s stadium is the first in Denmark to utilise facial recognition technology, provided by Panasonic, to ensure a safer stadium experience and alleviate the strain placed on staff during high profile matches. Panasonic security cameras The system is being deployed to automate the process of identifying blacklisted persons and prevent them from entering the stadium, a task which was previously undertaken manually by security personnel. Panasonic’s security cameras and FacePRO facial recognition software, automatically identify any individuals registered on the list, and sends a message to staff to take the appropriate action. The automated procedure at the stadium entrance will decrease congestion at the gatesThe system will enhance security measures and fan safety, which will prove especially important during high profile matches such as the derby against F.C. Copenhagen. Furthermore, the automated procedure at the stadium entrance will decrease congestion at the gates, resulting in a faster entrance process for fans. Stadium security Expecting an average attendance of 14,000 people per game, and up to 100 registered persons on the stadium blacklist, it allows staff to focus their attention on better assistance and service towards fans entering the stadium. Jesper Jørgensen, Managing Director of Brøndby IF commented, “The system will significantly increase our efficiency in identifying blacklisted persons at our entrance gates, so we can ensure they do not enter the stadium. We are always trying to optimise our stadium experience for our fans, and ultimately create the best possible fan experience. This is another step into the right direction.” FacePRO facial recognition software To maintain personal privacy, the facial recognition technology does not store the images or data of those who are not registered on the blacklist. Also, the data of those who are registered on the internal Brøndby server is not connected to the internet or to any other system. Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure" “Panasonic’s facial recognition system contributes to a safer stadium environment by alleviating security pressure on the ground, while ensuring that all data is protected from unauthorised external access” said Gerard Figols, head of the European security business at Panasonic. “In turn, we can offer peace of mind to football fans and Brøndby IF that our technology will improve the standard of safety even during high profile matches, something that fans have already complimented the system for.” High-performance facial recognition Recognised by the National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) as having the world’s highest level of facial recognition performance in independent testing. The technology can identify faces that are difficult to recognise with conventional techniques, such as those taken from an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, and even when part of the face is concealed or hidden by sunglasses. The system also recognises faces from photographs that are up to 10 years old.
Panasonic has expanded the i-Pro Extreme series with six new compact models which feature Infra-Red (IR) illumination, to provide accurate colour footage both day and night. This makes the range suited to high end surveillance applications, where the reliability of evidence is paramount should incidents occur. The inbuilt colour night vision functionality improves the user’s ability to distinguish between shades of clothing and cars in extreme low light environments (minimum luminance required is 0.03 lux). Infrared LEDs enhance visibility in zero lux environments, making it easy to identify images of people and their movements in monochrome. Monitoring corridors and retail aisles Another benefit of the range is the visibility ensured by a wide-angle lens with a 109 degrees horizontal and 73 degrees vertical field of view. A special corridor mode means integrators will be able to provide 90 degrees by 270 degrees field of view to monitor locations that stretch in to the distance, such as corridors and retail aisles. Ease of installation is assured due to the compact housing across the range, which makes each camera suited to discrete use in a range of environments such as small stores, on cash machines or in elevators. The cameras are installed with microphones, which enables audio recording, even outdoors As with the previous models within the series, the six new cameras are installed with iA (Intelligent Auto), which automatically shoots the optimum footage regardless of the environmental conditions. The cameras are installed with microphones, which enables audio recording, even outdoors. 24/7 protection of property “One of the key steps to mitigating risks in surveillance is ensuring visibility whatever the conditions,” said Gerard Figols, European Category Manager at Panasonic. “When we combine the infrared and colour night vision technology alongside Intelligent Auto, we are arming businesses with the peace of mind that their property is being secured round the clock.” The range includes indoor and outdoor versions in both 1080p and 720p as well as two models which conform to in-vehicle standards, suitable for surveillance inside trains and buses.
Pointer Limited has become the first UK integrator to achieve ‘premium partner’ status as part of the newly relaunched Panasonic security partner programme. The Japanese manufacturer refreshed its channel partner programme earlier this year and installers and integrators involved in video surveillance installations were invited to participate, with status determined by level of product training, sales volume and end user feedback. Electronic security systems Premium partner status gives Pointer Ltd, which specialises in the design, installation, service, maintenance and monitoring of electronic security systems, access to additional support from the manufacturer as well as access to pre-qualified sales leads, via the partner portal. Additional benefits include five-year warranties, advanced replacement, training, technical and preferential placement within the Panasonic ‘Where To Buy’ listing on the website. “Pointer have proved an excellent partner for Panasonic. The company’s expertise in high end, mission critical installations suits our product portfolio,” said Gerard Figols, European Category Manager at Panasonic. “We receive a large number of end-user leads requesting solutions or products every day. Premium partner status means Pointer will get first refusal on these opportunities.” We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a premium partner of Panasonic" Panasonic premium partnership status Pointer Limited has been in business nearly 50 years. Providing service throughout the UK, it has the knowledge and experience to deliver large-scale projects for blue-chip clients that recognise the importance of managing risk to their staff, property, and key data. Director Sandy Rowan said, “We are delighted to have achieved premier partner status for Panasonic, which indicates the dedication that our sales and engineering team has to training and improving their market knowledge.” “We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a premium partner of Panasonic, not least with greater access to support and replacement technology than with any other manufacturer.”
Panasonic’s Face Matching technology has ranking highly in benchmark testing by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, for the second year running. In co-operation with IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), NIST tested a forthcoming version of Panasonic’s facial recognition technology, which is currently being developed at the company’s Innovation Centre. The benchmark test consists of eight challenges addressing verification, identification, detection, clustering, and processing of crowded images. Top of the benchmark The benchmarking is carried out with a pool of 67,000 face images, 700 face videos, and 10,000 non-face images, involving the comparison of miss and hit rates highlighted by each respective algorithm. The Panasonic algorithm came out top of the benchmark for cumulative match characteristic - the fraction of hits above a certain threshold of accuracy. The test is often performed with photo-journalism images, due to their wide variations in pose, illumination, expression, and occlusion which creates a deliberate challenge. “The NIST result is excellent news and is yet another demonstration of Panasonic’s commitment to adding additional value and real quality within our range of security technologies,” said Gerard Figols, Panasonic’s Security Solutions Product Marketing Manager. “Panasonic has been the world’s number one patent producer for each of the last three decades, and we place a great amount of value on innovation and research and development.”
Panasonic will introduce a new end to end, cyber secure CCTV system at this week’s IFSEC event in London (20th – 22nd June 2017). The Secure Communication system is a secure platform and package of data protection elements that work with Panasonic’s IP CCTV camera systems to protect against video tampering and altering, spoofing, and snooping. Fully encrypted system It features several data protection elements including IP communication encryption and verification as well as data encryption, ensuring the integrity of video evidence within Panasonic IP video streams. Available on Panasonic’s iPro Extreme and the Elite range, material is fully encrypted end-to-end, including the communication information between devices. It is also backwards compatible with 5 and 6 series cameras. The evidence value of recordings is also secured using device certificate from Symantec Managed PKI with cryptographic technology, alongside alteration detection technology. Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager, said, “Panasonic’s years of expertise in CCTV systems in partnership with the world’s No.1 provider of SSL server certificates has come together to create an industry standard for the secure protection of surveillance systems.” “We’ve seen from recent hacking events that IoT enabled devices are vulnerable. Security cameras, which are meant to keep us safe at work and in our homes, should not be an open door for hackers looking to exploit our safety online.”
Built-in electrical dehumidification and ClearSight coating significantly increase the operational availability of the camera in wet weather The latest addition to Panasonic’s security camera range is set to offer a significant improvement in operability as well as a reduction in the cost of storage and maintenance for city CCTV surveillance. Vehicle incident detection The outdoor, vandal-proof, Full-HD, PTZ camera (WV-X6531N) comes equipped with a 40x optical zoom, intelligent zoom stabiliser and intelligent analytics for vehicle incident detection. In addition, the latest cost reducing technologies, including a combination of H.265 and smart coding technology, use smart algorithms to reduce the bandwidth of security footage. It means that the cameras can reduce the data storage requirement by around 70% for moving scenes and up to 90% for static scenes, beyond the last generation of Panasonic outdoor PTZ cameras. Built-in electrical dehumidification In addition, built-in electrical dehumidification and ClearSight coating significantly increase the operational availability of outdoor cameras in wet weather. The special coated surface resists water stains and dust accumulation, reducing the need for maintenance and improving the usability and clarity of security footage. "It has the option of some of the most intelligent analytics on the market" “This is a camera that has been designed with city surveillance and the monitoring of intersections in mind,” said Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager at Panasonic Security. “The excellent 40x zoom and intelligent zoom stabilisation reduce vibrations when large vehicles pass.” Intelligent analytics “In addition, it has the option of some of the most intelligent analytics on the market. As well as loitering and left object detection, it is able to recognise a car either stationary or driving the wrong way on a motorway, immediately triggering an alarm in the video or traffic management system.” Like all Panasonic security products, the camera’s stream and video are encrypted by Symantec, for full cyber security protection. The new camera is part of Panasonic's Elite Range, a curated selection of the company's top of the range CCTV cameras.
Panasonic has introduced an elite range of security products, representing the best of its camera technology The specially selected premium range incorporates features that go far beyond simple surveillance, with the cameras all including smart coding compression and secure communication encryption. All the cameras in the range also offer a minimum resolution of Full HD, with a selection at 4K. In addition, vandal resistance, weatherproofing and the rain wash coating, unique to Panasonic, ensure the cameras can continue to acquire useful evidence even in challenging conditions. Features Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager, said, “The Elite Range demonstrates the excellence of Panasonic security cameras. It’s a small selection of our wider camera portfolio. The beauty of the embedded technology is that it helps to reduce the overall cost of ownership. For instance, Panasonic’s True 4K technology has efficient compression software which means recordings are typically 1/7th of the usual size of a 4K recording. For end users, that means a high-quality security system doesn’t necessarily need to involve higher storage costs.” As well as 4K box, dome and 360-degree camera technology, the range includes Panasonic’s Full HD weatherproof bullet camera (WV-SPW532L), which has the ability to automatically detect and optimise video quality within a given image, prioritising disk space for the areas where movement is detected, and overall helping to save network bandwidth and improving the cost effectiveness of the system for operators. Meanwhile, Panasonic’s new iPro Extreme camera platform builds on the efficiency already offered by H.265. With the addition of the company’s own smart coding technology, bandwidths can be decreased by up to 75 per cent, compared to H.264.
Designed for applications at height, at sea and on ports, piers and bridges, the camera’s active sense technology responds to external conditions to continually capture the highest quality imagery in the harshest of conditions Panasonic has announced the availability of its new robust PTZ security camera, designed for the most severe weather conditions and mission critical applications. Available from October 2016, the Aero PTZ (WV-SUD638) provides Full HD 60fps imagery with a 30x optical zoom lens within a tough fibreglass body resistant to both erosion and salt corrosion and suitable for everything from arctic to desert weather conditions. Rugged CCTV for high quality images in severe conditions The camera features hybrid image stabilisation technology and gyro-sensors to minimise the effect of external vibrations on imagery. In addition, the super dynamic function ensures a wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras. Designed for applications at height, at sea and on ports, piers and bridges, the camera’s active sense technology responds to external conditions, initiating a built-in wiper, heater and defroster to continually capture the highest quality imagery in the harshest of conditions. Unique stabilisation feature Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “The Aero PTZ is the most rugged security camera on the market and is capable of withstanding more extreme conditions than ever before. It will reliably produce sharp, crisp images, whatever the weather. “The hybrid image stabilisation feature is unique to Panasonic and means that, even when the camera is being moved significantly by the wind, the image produced remains of evidential quality.” The 360? aerodynamic spherical design minimises wind resistance allowing the camera to operate successfully at wind speeds of up to 135mph. A ‘radius bodyline’ helps deter snow and dirt build-up on the light-weight, fibreglass body. Available in three colours, the camera is IP67 rated and vandal proof to IK10 standards. It has a sphere pan-tilt mechanism allowing endless 360-degree panning and a 90° to -180° tilt range.
The box cameras - WV-S1132 & WV-S1131 - are from Panasonic’s new i-PRO Extreme camera platform Panasonic has introduced a new network camera range at Security Essen 2016, combining Full HD resolution with the company’s latest software, capable of reducing storage and network bandwidth by as much as 80 per cent beyond H.265. The two new box cameras, WV-S1132 and WV-S1131, will be available from October 2016 and are the first from Panasonic’s new i-PRO Extreme camera platform. The cameras will be introduced as part of a new H.265 system which will include a recorder (WJ-NX400) and software (WV-ASM300). The platform takes advantage of the power of H.265 compression, which provides a bandwidth reduction of 50% compared to H.264. However, when implemented with Panasonic’s Smart Coding technology, the new platform offers an unprecedented 80 per cent bandwidth and storage efficiency improvement beyond H.265 levels. Low light illumination at a reduced cost Both cameras are equipped with a new 1/3” sensor which provides impressive colour images even in very low light conditions. The new sensor provides the same low light illumination as a 1/2” sensor, but at a reduced cost. “The new combination of native end-to-end H.265 and Smart Coding will be available in forthcoming indoor and outdoor dome and box cameras, as well as vandal proof models. The new technology platform is designed to give extreme performance under extreme conditions,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing for Security Solutions. “Panasonic’s Smart Coding technology has a unique AutoVIQS (Variable Image Quality on Specified area) function, which helps to reduce the total bandwidth by categorising and recording different areas of the image at one of three quality levels, ranging from highest quality recording of faces to low quality recording in areas with no movement. It ensures evidential quality recording whilst maintaining background scenery at a lower bitrate.” Enhanced super dynamic feature In addition, a new enhanced super dynamic feature ensures faces remain visible even in challenging lighting conditions, providing the best possible opportunity for identification. The H.265 platform is equipped with Panasonic’s secure communication system, showcased at IFSEC 2016, which protects the camera, recorder and software from breaches of privacy. Developed in collaboration with a leading security certificate provider, the system offers protection in three distinct areas – using data encryption, communication encryption and a verification and identification key system – to give a highly secure and robust protection that ensures the robustness of the video evidence obtained.
Drone finding technology can help mitigate the threat of drone accidents and terrorism Research by Oxford Research Group, describes the threat of high street drones as ‘a game changer in the wrong hands’, the Group’s report The Hostile Use of Drones by Non-State Actors Against British Targets goes on to say, ‘drones will be used as simple, affordable and effective airborne improvised explosive devices’. Drone prototype A prototype of Panasonic’s drone finder has been on show at IFSEC 2016, the UK’s biggest security tradeshow at Excel London this week (21st – 23rd June). The technology provides detection of the drone, which is seen as the starting point in order to control the drone. Detection of drone at distances of 300m Using 32 array microphones and a Pan Tilt Zoom CCTV camera, each sensor can detect a drone at distances of up to 300m through a 150? field of view. The drone finder analyses neighbouring noises to eliminate them from the detection. Gerard Figols, European Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic, said, “The growth in popularity of drones has been exponential, but little progress has been made on how to protect restricted zones from the potential threat they pose. Our drone finder technology will help deter and detect flying of drones around military or government buildings for example.”
Panasonic will showcase its newly launched camera technology which will lead to a lower overall cost of ownership Panasonic will showcase its newly launched camera technology equipped with people masking technology, secure communications, smart coding and rain wash coating, as well as VIQS and facial recognition that the company says means a lower overall cost of ownership. Intelligent security “The theme for Panasonic at IFSEC 2016 is ‘Leading the way in intelligent security’. At the show we will introduce value propositions specific to banking, city surveillance, transport and museums and demonstrate why these unique embedded technologies ultimately produce not only more reliable security footage, but do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing at Panasonic Security. Panasonic’s smart coding technology saves costs by reducing bandwidth and storage requirements by as much as 70 percent, while the rain wash coating which virtually eliminates the need for maintenance and cleaning of the camera lens. “Unless maintenance and network costs are taken in to account at the point of procurement, the client simply isn’t getting the full picture of the costs associated with owning and operating large scale CCTV systems,” added Gerard Figols. Aero-PTZ security camera Also on show at the Panasonic booth, is the Aero-PTZ (WV-SUD638), the industry’s most robust PTZ security camera, designed for the most severe weather conditions and mission critical applications. For example, the camera has a lightweight fiberglass body which enables it to be resistant to effects from direct exposure to conditions such as salty air, present on piers, docks and harbours. Equipped with Full HD resolution at 60fps the Aero-PTZ has 30x optical zoom lens and features hybrid image stabilisation technology and gyro-sensors, to minimise the impact of external vibrations. Multi door video intercom systems for Europe In addition, Panasonic will launch multi door video intercom systems to the European market for the first time. A combination of PBX and cameras can connect up to 18 lobby stations and 560 monitors for large apartment buildings. An IP version, capable of supporting up to 2,000 devices is set for release in early 2017. Also on stand is a prototype ‘drone finder’ which is being developing to help mitigate the threat of drone accidents and terrorism. Using 32 array microphones and a Pan Tilt Zoom CCTV camera, each sensor can detect a drone at distances of up to 300m through a 150? field of view.
Panasonic will also showcase its people masking technology and intelligent compression technology Panasonic Business will introduce the industry’s most robust PTZ security camera, designed for the most severe weather conditions and mission critical applications, at IFSEC 2016. Aero-PTZ The rugged Aero-PTZ (WV-SUD638) has Full HD resolution at 60fps with a 30x optical zoom lens. The camera features hybrid image stabilisation technology and gyro-sensors, to minimise the impact of external vibrations. Capable of withstanding extreme conditions Designed for applications at height, at sea and on ports, piers and bridges, the Aero PTZ is equipped with ‘active sense’ technology, responding to external conditions to initiate built-in wipers to keep the lens clear in rain and snow, a heater to ensure internal electronics are operating at the optimal temperature and a defroster to keep the viewing lens clear. Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “The Aero PTZ is the most environmentally rugged camera on the market, capable of withstanding more extreme conditions than ever before. The camera is ready for any installation and will reliably produce sharp, crisp images, whatever the weather.” Weather-resistant & superior dynamic function The 360-degree aerodynamic spherical design helps to minimise interference drag for visual stability in winds of up to 135mph, while the unique radius bodyline helps deter snow and dirt build-up. The light-weight, glass fibre body delivers excellent strength and is resistant to both erosion and salt corrosion. The camera is IP67 rated, which means it is both water and dust proof, and is vandal proof to IK10 standards. It has a sphere pan-tilt mechanism allowing endless 360-degree panning and a 90° to -180° tilt range. In addition, the super dynamic function ensures a wider dynamic range compared to conventional cameras. Other Panasonic technologies on display at IFSEC Alongside the Aero-PTZ camera, Panasonic will showcase its newly launched people masking technology, secure communications, rugged mobile camera for transport and intelligent compression technology. “The theme for Panasonic at IFSEC 2016 is ‘Leading the way in intelligent security’. At the show we will introduce value propositions specific to banking, city surveillance, transport and museums and demonstrate why our unique embedded technologies can help produce more reliable, more cost-effective surveillance, adding much more to your business than just security,” added Gerard Figols.
The people masking solution is available for the 3, 5 and 6 series cameras as well as the WV-SFN480 and for the WV-SFV481 4K cameras Protecting personal data Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act protects individual’s rights to privacy in reference to the handling of their personal data. This means that surveillance images that identify individuals are strictly prohibited by law. The Act is expected to become national law across all EU countries. Panasonic's people masking solution The people masking solution allows people to be masked whilst their silhouettes reveal movement. This gives the ability to protect individuals' privacy whilst also protecting their safety and the safety of business assets. Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “The people masking solution enables the protection of privacy, ensures safety of people and locations, in one solution.” “The system was developed to provide logistics companies with a method of monitoring packages, while protecting worker’s rights. But, because both employees and customers are protected, it will be of particularly interest to the retail and banking sectors where continuous surveillance is necessary.” Availability for PC and cameras The people masking solution is available for the 3, 5 and 6 series cameras as well as the WV-SFN480 and for the WV-SFV481 4K cameras and, for those who have cameras installed, there is a PC-based software solution, making it possible to implement people masking on both existing Panasonic and non-Panasonic analogue CCTV systems. The camera based solution is now available, while the PC-based solution is set for launch from June 2016.
Panasonic has launched two rugged mobile network cameras for vehicles, designed for monitoring journeys on trains, buses and haulage. High picture quality for outdoor operations The Full HD WV-SBV131M camera and HD WV-SBV111M camera produce high quality pictures even in low light conditions. This is achieved by using the High Light Compensation (HLC) and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) functions to correct dark areas and suppress the saturation of bright lights, such as car headlights. It means the cameras can maintain colour mode for longer and achieve crisp, clear, in-focus images, in all light conditions. Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “These camera functions give a picture quality that is second to none in a range of outdoor conditions. The cameras are rugged and have the ability to withstand harsh outdoor environments, including high pressure washers when mounted on a vehicle. This durability along with the reliable and variable picture quality makes the cameras perfect for the transport industry.” Withstands severe shock and vibration Designed specifically for outdoor operation, the cameras have an integrated shell body with a scratch resistant dome, a wide operating temperature range and the ability to withstand severe shock and vibration. Each is IP6K9K and IP66 rated to ensure maximum durability. Each camera has an adjustable viewing angle meaning that it can monitor an area of 11m along the side of a bus, eliminating the blind spot. Alternatively, it will monitor an area 20m behind the vehicle to provide reliable proof images, should there be an accident.
Panasonic has introduced a coaxial converter which allows integrators to replace analogue camera systems with network cameras using the existing coaxial-Lan cable infrastructure. The system uses a camera side unit (WJ-PC200) and receiver side unit (WJ-PR201 (1channel), WJ-PR204 (4channel)) to reduce the set up cost and space required for the installation of an IP camera network. The WJ-PC200 is a third smaller than the model it replaces, meaning it’s often possible to install it within an existing external camera housing. The WJ-PR201/204 is half the size of the previous receiver unit. You can add four cameras per channel of the receiver, allowing up to 16 cameras on a rack. Remote installations An additional benefit of the system is that cameras can be installed remotely over much greater distances than is usually achievable using LAN cables. Using the coaxial system with an AC adapter, you can extend the cable distance to two kilometres, making it easier to set up perimeter monitoring for instance. Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “The coaxial converter allows you to construct IP-based systems, using the latest camera products, without the cost of rewiring entire buildings. The addition of a PoE+ hub means it’s possible to supply power to the cameras too.”
The discreet WV-SPW532L and WV-SPW312L bullet cameras, set for release in early November 2015, are packed with many of the features from the company’s 3 and 5 series cameras at a fraction of the cost. Saving both streaming and data storage costs The Variable Image Quality in Specified area (VIQS) option allows the cameras to select areas within an image to stream at a higher quality, while streaming the rest at a reduced quality. This reduces the file size, saving both streaming and data storage costs. H.264 compression is another feature which creates high quality images at a lower file size. In addition, Panasonic smart coding technology saves costs by reducing bandwidth by as much as 70 per cent. Both versions can be fully integrated with the WJ-NV200 Network Disk Recorder. The SPW532L produces 1,080p full HD images at up to 30 fps and the SPW312L produces 720p HD images, also at up to 30 fps. Built-in IR-LEDs are smart and adapt to the light conditions to deliver a crisp and clear image in any low light conditions. Not dazzled by different lighting Gerard Figols, Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Security Solutions, said, “Security cameras at this price but with such impressive features are unheard of in the market. They are versatile cameras with a wide dynamic range and high light compensation, which means that they are not dazzled by different lighting. “Because we have integrated technology usually associated with high end cameras, we are able to reduce networking costs and of course, being Panasonic, the build quality is excellent. As a consequence we are sure that these will be two of the most cost effective security cameras available anywhere.’’ The IP66 rated bullet cameras are both water and dust resistant and ready for outdoor mounting. The cameras can be mounted directly onto a wall, without the need for a base bracket, meaning quick and easy installation. The cameras come at an RRP of €430 (WV-SPW532L) and €390 (WV-SPW312L).
WV-SFV781L dome camera delivers ‘True 4K’ image quality and resolution Panasonic is set to launch (Monday 11th May) a 4K surveillance camera, at an industry event at True 4k Roadshow 2015, Tower of London, which the company says will deliver greater coverage at a lower cost. The WV-SFV781L dome camera delivers ‘True 4K’ image quality and resolution at both the centre and the corners of the image. Offers strong low light performance Aimed at applications such as intersections, airports, railway stations, car parks, factories, warehouses and port facilities, where a large number of cameras are required to provide full coverage, the camera’s sensor offers strong low light performance and covers a 16-100 degree field of view, with no lens exchange required. The True 4K camera can cover a view four times larger than 1080p cameras, and a view nine times larger than 720p cameras. It can also cover two and three times the distance of 1080p and 720p cameras respectively. “When taking into account brackets, cabling, wall mounts and other operational costs associated with installing a CCTV camera, switching to 4K can significantly reduce costs,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing, Panasonic Security. “We estimate that costs could be reduced by as much as 50 per cent, as one Panasonic 4K camera offers the image quality and coverage of four full HD cameras.” "We estimate that costs could be reduced by as much as 50 per cent, as one Panasonic 4K camera offers the image quality and coverage of four full HD cameras" Panasonic 4K cameras - less hardware to manage and maintain “A large shopping centre car park, for example, requires vehicle model, colour and licence plate identification as well as people monitoring. A 50,000 square metre car park would require a total of 70 HD cameras to provide effective coverage, whereas it would only require 21 Panasonic 4K cameras; that’s significantly less hardware to manage and maintain,” Figols added. The 1/1.7 type sensor, in combination with the Panasonic True 4K F1.6 lens, achieves low light performance at just 0.3 lux in colour or 0.03 lux in black and white mode, making it the best performing 4K class surveillance camera. The camera also has Smart IR-LED making it possible for clear and sharp pictures at 0.0 lux across the whole 4K image. The rain wash coating helps reduce maintenance costs and helps avoid the effect of the drops and dust. Virtual PTZ operation allows the user to focus on one smaller area in view whilst still recording the whole area, so no event is missed in mission critical applications.
The event featured three of the new 360° cameras installed in different parts of the building, along with a control room setup Around 40 security dealers, integrators and end users on Thursday, 22nd of January, 2015 joined Panasonic for the UK launch of the new 360°, ultra high 4K resolution surveillance camera. The event, held at the Panasonic Solutions Centre in Bracknell, was the first opportunity to see the Ultra 360° cameras (WV-SFV481 and WV-SFN480) in the UK. Aimed at applications such as banking, retail and logistics, it can capture an increased level of detail over a much wider area than is achievable with traditional security cameras, meaning greater coverage with fewer cameras. The event featured three of the new 360° cameras installed in different parts of the building, along with a control room setup. The live camera footage was displayed on a 2x4 video wall configuration using Panasonic’s 55” LFV50 professional displays. The live demonstration included the camera’s intelligent analytics features, including heat mapping and people counting. The Moving Object Remover (MOR) feature was also demonstrated, which makes moving objects, like people, appear as a translucent silhouette so the area behind them is still visible, ideal for data capture while protecting privacy. Panasonic Product Marketing Manager Gerard Figols, said, “The outdoor model is the first 4K 360-degree day/night camera with Auto Back Focus (ABF) saving installation time, cost and maintenance, and delivering extremely high image quality even with temperature shifts. The camera is also water proof and vandal resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. “It is highly versatile surveillance camera which can offer excellent performance to many businesses. What’s more, the intelligent analytics feature gives organisations the power to gain more out of their surveillance cameras than just security.” The camera features sharp and natural colour reproduction with strong low light performance – the 1/1.7” sensor operates down to 0.05lx in black and white mode enabling real day/night switching - providing an ideal 24/7 surveillance solution. This is accompanied by a high resolution 4K engine, providing clarity at the centre and the rim of the image.
Aimed at banking, retail and logistics, Panasonic’s WV-SF481 captures increased level of detail over wide areas Panasonic will use Security Essen in Germany to launch a new 360°, ultra-high 4K resolution intelligent surveillance camera. Aimed at applications such as banking, retail and logistics, the camera capture an increased level of detail over a much wider area than is achievable with traditional security cameras, meaning greater coverage with fewer cameras. The camera serves both marketing and security purposes, through heat mapping and people counting. This inbuilt analytics tools allows the user to identify where people move and stay within a room, which in a retail context for instance, can help measure the effectiveness of sales promotions, while data privacy is protected through motion scrambling. This state of the art camera (WV-SF481) features sharp and natural colour reproduction with strong low light performance – the 1/1.7” sensor operates down to 0.05lx in black and white mode enabling real day/night switching - providing an ideal 24/7 surveillance solution. This is accompanied by a high resolution 4K engine, providing clarity at the centre and the rim of the image. Panasonic Product Marketing Manager Gerard Figols, said, “It’s the first 4K 360-degree day/night camera with Auto Back Focus (ABF) saving installation time, cost and maintenance, and delivering extremely high image quality. The camera is also water proof and vandal resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. “It is highly versatile surveillance camera which can offer excellent performance to many businesses. What’s more the intelligent analytics feature gives organisations the power to gain more out of their surveillance cameras than just security.” The 4K 360-degree camera will be premiered at Security Essen 2014 in Germany, on the 23rd to 26th of September.
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