Hikvision, the global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has published its annual report for 2017. This shows a 31.22% growth in overall revenues, with sales revenue up from RMB 31.93 billion in 2016 to RMB 41.91 billion in 2017. Collectively, the figures demonstrate an increase in operating profits of 26.77%. Hikvision was able to achieve these impressive financial results due to a number of factors. These include optimised R&D systems and processes, development of solutions for vertical industry sectors, and customisation of solutions in line with changing market needs. Improved product delivery capabilities and strengthened sales and service networks have also contributed to the company’s success in 2017. Three-layered customer service system Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre, says, “Our investments in R&D, both in IoT technologies and video surveillance, enable us to continuously innovate our solutions and provide innovative, cutting-edge technology and products that are tailored to the needs of worldwide partners and customers.” In addition to major investments in R&D, Hikvision is setting up a three-layered service system, with a global customer service centre, regional customer service departments in branch offices, and authorised Hikvision customer service stations. “Our new service model will enable us to better support customers around the world with multi-dimensional services including product delivery, project delivery, software deployment, system operation, maintenance and support, and more,” says Keen Yao.
Hikvision, global supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has published its annual report for 2017. The report shows a 31.22% growth in overall revenues, with sales revenue up from RMB 31.93 billion in 2016 to RMB 41.91 billion in 2017. Collectively, the figures demonstrate an increase in operating profits of 26.77%. Hikvision was able to achieve these impressive financial results due to a number of factors. These include optimised R&D systems and processes, development of solutions for vertical industry sectors, and customisation of solutions in line with changing market needs. Improved product delivery capabilities and strengthened sales and service networks have also contributed to the company’s success in 2017. Hikvision is setting up a three-layered customer service system, with a global service centre, regional service departments, and authorised Hikvision service stations Multi-dimensional security services Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre, says, “Our investments in R&D, both in IoT technologies and video surveillance, enable us to continuously innovate our solutions and provide innovative, cutting-edge technology and products that are tailored to the needs of worldwide partners and customers.” In addition to major investments in R&D, Hikvision is setting up a three-layered service system, with a global customer service centre, regional customer service departments in branch offices, and authorised Hikvision customer service stations. “Our new service model will enable us to better support customers around the world with multi-dimensional services including product delivery, project delivery, software deployment, system operation, maintenance and support, and more,” says Keen Yao.
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has announced that the company has been ranked as the world’s largest provider of branded SAN, NAS and external DAS storage used in video surveillance in 2016, with the largest estimated market share of 22.1%, according to the latest reports* from IHS Markit. “This is the first time Hikvision has been ranked as the number-one provider in enterprise storage business. That speaks to the success we've had in the video surveillance market, especially in large-scaled projects with city-wide storage demands." said Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. "As our customers continue to see the great value of employing surveillance data to boost end users’ businesses, enterprise-level data storage is becoming an increasingly important part of a solutions approach to data-centred needs.” Better business decisions Yao explained Hikvision’s growth in storage capacity by increased customer demand for valued data. For instance, retail customers use video to observe customer patterns and preferences as well as employee performance to make better business decisions and improve management. City authorities use video to analyse traffic, reduce congestion, and increase commerce. In addition, data retention times are also increasing. For example, due to regulatory requirements, many companies and authorities are keeping surveillance data much longer, and that is putting even more demand on storage infrastructures. *Information based on IHS Markit, Technology Group, Video Surveillance Intelligence Service, May 2017 and Enterprise IP Storage Used in Video Surveillance Report, October 2017. Information is not an endorsement of Hikvision. Any reliance on these results is at the third party's own risk.
Hikvision, the world’s leading supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has launched a new generation of firmware for network video recorders, called NVR 4.0. The firmware will bring new visual design and new features, providing the ultimate user experience. It will be launched in the Hikvision Super I series and I series NVR devices, replacing the older NVR 3.0 GUI. Older devices will also be to benefit from the new firmware. Based on a brand-new design, a harmonized user experience and enhanced intelligent applications, the new generation GUI will allow operators to do a lot more, much more intuitively. They will notice a dramatic improvement in the operation of the recorder, with new features like: Target Detection, so significant targets can be detected and captured. Then captured snapshots link directly to event video playback. Smooth Dragging, so users can switch to the live view window by simple clicking and dragging. Thumbnail Playback, so prominent thumbnails can be linked to video playback and become visible when moving the mouse over the progress bar. Background Export, so users can still switch between menus while video is exporting. Graphic Camera Management, so the camera list can be displayed in thumbnail mode, and it’s easy to identify the surveillance scene from each camera. Features Smart Data Release and HDD Health Management NVR 4.0’s enhanced intelligent applications include Smart Data Release – giving users the ability to configure ratios between insignificant recordings and critical video so vital footage can be stored for longer. It is also enabled with HDD Health Management (developed in collaboration with Seagate), giving real-time monitoring on HDD health, enhancing safety and reliability. Keen Yao, VP of Hikvision’s International Business Centre, says: “Hikvision is constantly looking at innovative ways to improve our products. But we don’t just look at the front-end cameras – we’re busy developing our whole solution set. After two years of development, we are proud to announce the pioneering NVR 4.0 GUI, which we think users will find a joy to use.”
Hikvision, the global supplier in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, announced that it has once again achieved the highest global ranking in the a&s ‘Security 50 Ranking and Reports 2017’. Ranking publicly listed security industry manufacturers based on their physical product sales revenue for 2016, the a&s Security 50 report confirms Hikvision technology took the top position with a 2016 revenue of US$4.6 billion. This figure represents a growth of 29.2% from $3.6 billion last year. Deep learning AI security solutions Via the sustained expansion of its global network, Hikvision is placing the importance of localised support and service to its partners and users at the forefront of its operation – as well as spearheading the development of the latest security technology solutions, such as artificial intelligence (AI). "We’re committing great energy to drive new technology-based solutions, illustrated by the recent introduction of Hikvision’s Deep Learning 'DeepinView' cameras and 'DeepinMind' NVRs. AI is no longer just hype, it is a reality. This advanced intelligent technology has been proven out in the field, where Hikvision has installed it successfully to deliver many practical security, management and safety benefits in many applications across the globe, including in public safety, traffic, retail business and more,” said Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. "The achievement is also attributed to our relentless product research and development, and above all, thanks to the support of our customers and valued partners. Partnership is essential to the Hikvision business. In the coming years, we will present more innovative partner solutions to the market to create a safer and more secure world.”
Hikvision, the supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, is pleased to announce that it has won the Detektor International Award for Innovation Achievement award for the iDS-2PT9122IX-D/S DeepinView network PTZ camera. This is the world’s first ever smart outdoor dual sensor ‘Deep Learning’ camera. Featuring a panoramic lens on the top and a PTZ lens at the bottom, the DeepinView series 2MP + 2MP 10x network PTZ camera is able to capture sharp images of objects both in distant and close-up views. Integrated with the Movidius Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit (VPU) technology, it can accurately detect, recognise, and analyse human and vehicles ranging up to 40 metres with an accuracy level of around 99%. Technology beyond Smart The judges said: “With this new network security camera – Hikvision takes technology beyond smart and proves its impressive innovation capability.” Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre, says “We are honoured to receive this award as we are constantly striving to develop high-quality, innovative products. Based on deep learning technology, our DeepinView cameras will provide more structured and useful information for application systems, so our customers and users get the very best experience along with reliable security and peace of mind. It’s nice to be recognised for our hard work.”
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has launched a new addition to its Turbo HD 4.0 analogue range with PIR technology to give it even more accurate detection. The PIR (Passive Infra-Red) sensor, which has a detection range of 11 metres, senses movement in an area. It has been added to four models (DS-2CExxD8T-PIR(L) series), so it is available in three form factors – bullet, dome and cube. Filtering our false alarms The sensor can filter out false alarms by differentiating between the infrared emissions of a human being from the other ‘noise’. So, when an inanimate object moves, there’s no alarm, but when it senses human body movement, an alarm is triggered. In the meantime, the camera generates flashing white light as a warning signal to deter the intruder, while it also provides supplemental light, allowing the camera to capture clearer image of the target in harsh environment. Filtering out false alarms saves on storage space and also means more efficient searching post-event, as there are fewer alarms to look through. The cameras are also equipped with ultra low-light technology, so they can produce clear, high quality images even in low-light scenarios – down to 0.005 lux. Camera applications These cameras are really useful in applications where cost is a relevant factor, like for private residences and outside smaller retail outlets. Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre, said: “We are pleased to extend our Turbo HD 4.0 range even further to meet more customer needs. This technology comes into its own in perimeter protection, on fire doors in buildings and dynamic fire detection. Applications include those areas with large areas to monitor, like airports, harbours, borders, industry and shopping centres.”
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, exhibited the latest in innovative technologies at the China Public Security Expo (CPSE), a large security exhibition in the Pan-Asia-Pacific region, 29th October – 1st November in Shenzhen. Continuing to solve real-world challenges and create value for end users in multiple vertical industries, Hikvision demonstrated its advanced technology in three main areas: Edge computing, Cloud services integration, and Industry applications. Edge computing Edge Computing is a method of optimizing IP cameras, NVRs, and cloud computing systems by performing data processing and analytics at the “edge” of the network – that is, nearest to the source of the data. This relieves the datacenter from concurrency stress by moving huge amounts of processing to edge nodes, improving agility, real-time responsiveness, and system stability. Hikvision’s deep learning products – the DeepinView Series Cameras and DeepinMind Series NVRs – are currently the industry’s best examples of Edge Computing. Powered by high performance GPUs and deep learning algorithms, the DeepinView series cameras provide striking AI technologies. These intelligence-based functions include false alarm filtering, facial detection, people counting and vehicle structured data. The DeepinMind embedded NVRs took inspiration from the human brain to perform astonishingly accurate false alarm filtering and other smart functions. To demonstrate this, the DeepinView Dual-Lens People Counting Cameras counted visitors coming and going at the entrance and exit of Hikvision’s stand at the CPSE exhibit. Also, the Tilt Dual-lens Pedestrian Density Cameras were installed to count pedestrian density there. The DeepinMind embedded NVRs took inspiration from the human brain to perform astonishingly accurate false alarm filtering and other smart functions Cloud services integration Integrated data from edge products such as the DeepinView and DeepinMind series are then collected and sent to the cloud to create and update big data storehouses. Moreover, Hikvision established a distributed structure incorporating cloud and edge computing, integrating the advantages of the cloud with the agility of edge computing through unified management of data from each technology. Cloud services enable flexible, on-demand allocation of algorithms and resources, and further provide a variety of open services such as video, big data, and basic security services. Applications of these services meet the needs of a multitude of industries and add significant value to businesses. Industry applications Hikvision has successfully applied AI technology into many vertical markets. The company showcased its implementation in many industries at the exhibition, including Smart City, Intelligent Traffic, and Integrated Security Solutions. With AI Cloud technology, for instance, the Intelligent Traffic Solution provides efficient services for scores of roadway traffic applications. Using the PanoVu Series Panoramic Cameras and stable positioning system, the Cloud Map can change from passive to active monitoring. Based on actual 4K video imaging from inspection-area surveillance, the Cloud Map can perceive traffic information and provide precise, three-dimensional traffic control. DeepinView Cameras and DeepinMind NVRs Keen Yao, VP of Hikvision’s International Business Centre, said: “AI technology will continue to become more common and more powerful. This trend will strengthen critical security efforts in every sphere. Now, Hikvision’s DeepinView Cameras and DeepinMind NVRs and Servers will lead the way in this new world of video surveillance technology by making invisible intelligence visible for users, and then putting that intelligence to good use.” New Hikvision products were also displayed at CPSE, including front-end products like the four-lens PanoVu Series and DarkFighterX cameras; mobile, traffic, and thermal products; access control and alarm systems; and data transmission products. In addition to the video surveillance industry, Hikvision offers smart home tech (Ezviz), industrial automation (Hik Robot), automotive electronics, and intelligent storage, continually exploring news channels for long-term development. Furthermore, Hikvision's Partnerships are at the core of its long-term business development. The company continues to build close partnerships with distributors, system integrators and installers, as well as third-party technology partners for mutual success.
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has followed up its launch of the world’s first Deep Learning NVRs with a new series of IP cameras. The new “DeepinView” IP Camera Series delivers power and intelligence to boost the value of surveillance system performance across a broad range of security and management applications. Deep learning algorithms Hikvision’s deep learning algorithms bear much deeper programming compared against conventional intelligent algorithms, which only operate on the surface level. These algorithms perform feature-learning and provide astonishingly accurate and consistent video content analytics (VCA) performance. When coupled with high-speed GPU processing, Hikvision DeepinView cameras demonstrate faster computing with large amounts of data. Critical analytics – such as false alarm filters, facial recognition, people counting and ANPR – can now be reliably implemented in existing and new surveillance systems with versatile applications, providing a sophisticated level of tracking and alarm activation during incidents or even for pre-incident alerts. These analytics also enable customers to reduce the manpower previously required for searching surveillance footage, as well as improve business management efficiency and commercial ROI. Human body detection and facial recognition Hikvision deep learning technology enables the DeepinView cameras to detect human bodies while filtering out insignificant objects and movements within a scene where conventional VCA systems trigger false alarms. This is particularly useful for perimeter protection, where users often spend too much time and monetary resources locating significant alarms and relevant information. Critical analytics enable customers to reduce the manpower previously required for searching surveillance footage Facial recognition can be deployed in many security and management scenarios within a variety of applications to alert system operators to the presence of persons of interest. This is achieved by the facial image modelling and similarity calculation woven into the system. This technology is becoming a crucial tool against blacklisted personnel entering casinos, as the identity of an individual can be used to alert security guards to the presence of a known offender, enabling security personnel to deny access in that casino. In this way they can potentially prevent cheating behaviours. The technology works equally well in preventing the admittance of known offenders into venues such as sports stadiums or restaurants. People counting For transportation hubs, retail stores, sports venues, visitor attractions, and car parks, the gathering and analysis of accurate visitor information can assist businesses to improve their profitability and site management. People Counting video analytics can track the number of people who enter and exit a particular area. It can record foot traffic through a retail store on a daily basis, or monitor the number of people in a venue to ensure that health & safety limits are not breached at any one time, as in a museum for example, where crowds move through on foot. Vehicle management Traffic monitoring and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) analytics can be deployed to monitor vehicular traffic movement and enhance the efficiency of traffic management strategies. ANPR can be used to identify vehicles with listed number plates and allow them access to public and private car parks automatically. Hikvision DeepinView deep learning cameras self-learn the number plate information within a scene and recognise a larger amount of number plates than conventional ANPR systems, without the often cumbersome camera positioning adjustments. Hikvision DeepinView deep learning cameras recognisea larger amount of number plates than conventional ANPR systems DeepinView Traffic monitoring analytics, when applied in populous areas and on highways, capture traffic violations such as running red lights, wrong-way driving, illegal parking, and illegal U-turns, contributing to decreased traffic congestion and placing the public and vehicle passengers at lower risk of accidents. Deeper system functionality “Offering security professionals much deeper system functionality, the new range of Hikvision DeepinView IP cameras combine video data, immense processing power, and Hikvision’s innovative set of intelligent technologies to provide a whole new level of video surveillance performance,” says Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. “With the DeepinView range, deep learning video analytics will transform standard CCTV systems into intelligent and highly-effective, HD-quality, automated detection and alert systems, to support operators and to deliver more efficient surveillance systems management.” Hikvision has taken the Deep Learning technology and innovated a family of products to maximise its use, including the DeepinView IP Camera Series, DeepinMind NVRs, and the DeepinMind Video Analytics Server. The launch dates of these products will be announced on the Hikvision website.
Hikvision, a supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, has launched its ‘DeepinMind Network Video Recorder (NVR)’—the world’s first embedded NVR benefiting from ‘Deep Learning’ functionality. This intelligent NVR effectively ‘learns’ to identify people captured by video surveillance cameras. The NVR will also learn to filter out false alarms that would have previously been triggered by non-threatening moving objects. This new 32-channel iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S NVR will be the first in Hikvision’s new range of DeepinMind products. Hikvision is taking the ‘Deep Learning’ concept and applying it to the security industry, yielding a series of completely new products. Imitating human beings’ synaptic learning and memory processes, the DeepinMind Series NVR incorporates advanced algorithms to achieve astonishingly accurate and consistent Video Content Analytics (VCA) performance. The launch of the innovative iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S NVR is on track to establish remarkable new levels of alarm-activated monitoring. Alarm-activated monitoring False alarms triggered by animals, leaves, shadows, changes in lighting, and other insignificant objects regularly plague security personnel, costing too many man-hours and monetary resources. But with its ability to detect human bodies, the iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S NVR effectively filters out such false alarms. The DeepinMind NVR identifies and triggers human activity with an unprecedented accuracy—exceeding 90%. Its high-speed Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) performs accelerated computing while Deep Learning algorithms improve accuracy over against current NVR models that still rely on conventional CPUs. Moreover, these features enable authorised users to search recorded footage and find targets far more quickly than with a traditional NVR. The iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S DeepinMind embedded NVR can simply substitute an existing DVR or NVR “With traditional edge-based VCAs employed in camera heads, alarm activation accuracy relies on strict requirements for a scene’s background. To date, the accuracy of their intelligent recognition and analysis in comparable scenarios can be inconsistent” says Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. “With the introduction of the DeepinMind embedded NVR, Hikvision is offering installers and end-users a whole new level of alarm activation accuracy, and with that, more efficient surveillance systems management.” Intelligent learning functionalities The iDS-9632NXI-I8/16S DeepinMind embedded NVR can simply substitute an existing DVR or NVR, introducing intelligent learning previously unavailable with traditional surveillance systems in just one step. Such an upgrade enhances conventional video surveillance performance for markedly more efficient security. The DeepinMind embedded NVR also features up to 32 channels of video input for IP cameras (up to 12 MP), HD video output & decoding, hard drive hot-swapping, RAID (0, 1, 5, 6, and 10) configurations for up to eight 8-TB HDDs, and dual-NICs. Besides, Hikvision has also taken the Deep Learning technology and innovated a family of products to maximise its use, including DeepinView IP camera range and DeepinMind video analytics server.
Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, recently welcomed the delegates from the BRICS Communications ministers conference to its head office in Hangzhou, China. Cynthia Ho, VP at Hikvision, and Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision international business centre, hosted the reception, and introduced Hikvision’s latest technology innovations to the delegates. Technological innovation During the visit, the conference delegates learned about Hikvision's achievements in technological innovation over the past years. Of note are the company’s advances and products made using AI, Internet of Things technology, big data, and cloud technologies – all highly acclaimed by the delegates. Along with that, the guests were also impressed with Hikvision’s expanded overseas business development, including its global business network establishment, the implementation of its localisation strategy, and the value continually being added to its worldwide customers. Smart Security experience centre In the Hikvision Smart Security experience centre, conference delegates observed a collection of intelligent functions driven by AI technology, including facial recognition, human body feature detection, and multiple target tracking. They also witnessed how improvements in data-driven algorithm performance have accelerated video intelligence in various “Smart” applications – Smart cities, buildings, transportation, manufacturing, and logistics, to name a few. Hikvision demonstrated its mounting experience in these vertical solutions. Mutual communication and collaboration After the visit, the delegates expressed interest in strengthening mutual communication and collaboration, and in enabling more technological innovations to serve the BRICS countries – the economically defined group that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Hikvision has opened local branch offices in each of these countries, each with 80-90% local employees. Expansive localisation provides customers instant support and high-quality service. South Africa, as an example, incorporates a service network with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and the country of Nigeria, covering marketing and technical support services for 45 countries in Africa.
Building on the company’s incredible year-on-year growth, and underlining the global level of support for its range of security surveillance products, Hikvision, a supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, has announced that it has again achieved No.1 position in a recent IHS Markit report, based on 2016 data, with a dominant market share of 21.4% for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment worldwide, rising from last year’s 19.5%. Hot off the press, IHS Markit, a provider of critical information, analytics, and solutions, also reported that Hikvision technology ranks in the No.1 position for 2016 global market share in the categories of Security Cameras (24.2%), Analogue +HD CCTV Security Cameras (23.9%), Network Security Cameras (25.6%), and Recorders (25.3%). Moreover, the company is continuing its leading position in the EMEA market, with 14.9% market share for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment, and achieved an 8.5% market share equating to the No.2 position for the Americas market. Continuous R&D of new technologies Supporting the rapid growth of a company that is now an acknowledged security industry technology leader, Hikvision attributes its IHS Markit ranking success to its continuous R&D investment in new product technologies, and the rapid response to market trends, and long-lasting partnerships that the company’s been placing in its business core. “Creating value for its customers is our driving goal, and this latest achievement of being ranked number one for global market share in video surveillance is very exciting for the company,” enthused Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. “We look forward to sharing our success with the people who help to make it all possible, our partners and customers. In addition to the video surveillance industry, Hikvision has extended its reach to industrial automation, smart home tech, and automotive electronics industries, to achieve its long-term vision.” Underlining the R&D investment, for those looking to experience Hikvision products and technologies at first hand, the company will be showcasing their cutting-edge advances in surveillance technology at the upcoming IFSEC International exhibition, including brand new products and solutions, as well as an innovative new set of technologies derived from the IT industry’s ‘Deep Learning’ concept. Visitors to IFSEC International can find Hikvision at stand E800.
Blazer Pro connects previously separated NVR/DVR sites together with centralised management Hikvision, a supplier of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has launched Blazer Pro, an all-in-one high-end server solution designed specifically to meet the needs of medium to large camera count, mission critical surveillance network projects. Advanced functionality Combining Hikvision’s powerful video management system software and data storage in to one physical server solution, Blazer Pro is capable of handling up to 128 or 256-channels. Catering for any large to mid-size surveillance application, the all-in-on server not only performs basic functions like recording, live view, playback, and alarm management, but also optional advanced functionality such as ANPR, business intelligence, and people counting. Suitable for large-scale and critical surveillance projects such as shopping centres, transportation hubs, casinos, town centres, utility sites and financial applications, Blazer Pro meets the highest demands for features and reliability. Fail proof backup system Utilising an industry-leading dual boards design, the all-in-one solution ensures a fail proof backup system with the server board and storage board working independently so that in the advent of VMS server failure, normal recording, preview and playback functionality remain unaffected. The storage board adopts the stable Linux architecture, providing more dependable operation. “Hikvision continues to innovate in security technologies that provide users with peace of mind and ease of use during operation” In a project with several local NVRs performing local recording and utilising Blazer Pro as the central platform managing those NVRs, if a local problem occurs with an NVR or it is removed (stolen), all is not lost, as the Blazer Pro unit will retain the key IP channels data from that local site. This fail-safe solution is facilitated by key IP channel streams being simultaneously transmitted in real-time for recording, from the local NVR, to the central Blazer Pro server. With this Hikvision solution, Blazer Pro ensures the safety of key local IP channels data.Flexible operation Hikvision’s Blazer Pro boasts many advanced video footage and system safety technologies, including Flexible User Management, which allows users to prioritise access for management and personnel – to ensure that staff members can be allocated an appropriate system access authority. Blazer Pro connects previously separated NVR/DVR sites together with centralised management.Providing effective system awareness and identification, Blazer Pro’s alarm management interface is a simple and friendly interface that displays real-time performance and alarm notification, making it easier to identify an alarm, locate relevant video and associated information in a single window.“Hikvision continues to innovate in security technologies that provide users with peace of mind and ease of use during operation. The new Hikvision Blazer Pro VMS server solution ensures any investment in a large camera network will be supported with reliable, simple and effective control functionality,” said Keen Yao, VP of International Business Center at Hikvision.
Providing the intelligence behind a new range of cameras and NVRs, the EasyIP 3.0 range delivers superior video performance Hikvision, the supplier in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, launches the all new EasyIP 3.0 product range - employing Hikvision’s remarkable H.265+ in-house encoding technology based on the H.265/HEVC standard. The new range brings better storage, better imaging, better analytics, and better usability. “Hikvision has been creating effective, real-world security solutions for 15 years and counting. Built on smart applications of intelligent products and advanced technology, the EasyIP 3.0 Solution really does make video surveillance simple, practical, and affordable,” said Keen Yao, VP at Hikvision International Business Centre. Hikvision H.265+ smart codec Providing the intelligence behind a new range of cameras and NVRs, the EasyIP 3.0 range delivers superior video performance across a wide range of parameters utilising the H.265+ smart codec algorithm. By addressing the archiving of unnecessary elements within surveillance scenes; such as static backgrounds, limited moving subjects, and the impact of noise in night-time video surveillance, Hikvision’s H.265+ technology reduces by over 50% (compared to standard H.265) the amount of required bandwidth, storage and associated costs. 4K Ultra-HD video By virtue of its vastly efficient compression technology, H.265+ promotes the use of ultra HD video surveillance solutions using 4K cameras, as well as 2, 3, 5 and 8 megapixel models – which are all available in the Hikvision EasyIP 3.0 range. By virtue of its vastly efficient compression technology, H.265+ promotes the use of ultra HD video surveillance solutions using 4K cameras To help deliver the ultimate imaging performance in a variety of real-world lighting conditions, including variable light, high contrast or light deficient scenarios, all cameras in the new EasyIP 3.0 range have been equipped with 120dB True WDR. The camera range also features Hikvision EXIR 2.0 with Smart IR capability, 3D DNR and Darkfighter ultra-low illumination technology - providing superior colour rendered images even in extreme low light scenes. Enhanced VCA functions Within the EasyIP 3.0 range, new cameras additions also provide greater analytical functionality than previous generations, featuring on-board Video Content Analysis (VCA) options to trigger automatic alarm activations. Standard VCA functionality includes Line Crossing Detection, Intrusion Detection, Object Removal Detection, Unattended Baggage Detection, and Face Detection, significantly reducing operator input resulting in more efficient and effective security systems management. More usable and durable Designed to cope with the harshest of operating conditions, many camera models in the new Hikvision EasyIP 3.0 range are fully protected from dust and water, certified to IP67 and vandal resistant to IK10 standard. In addition, PoE up to 300 metres ensures maximum installation flexibility, with the entire EasyIP 3.0 range providing high levels of security, control, and cost-effective analogue, IP, or mixed system solutions.
Hikvision has been in the news in the United Kingdom recently, including a front page news story in The Times. SourceSecurity.com offered Keen Yao, Vice President at Hikvision’s International Business Centre, a chance to set the record straight regarding concerns expressed about hacking of cameras, the company’s ties to the Chinese state, and its role as the biggest video surveillance equipment manufacturer in the world. Hikvision has come a long way in the past few years. Since it was established in 2001, it has become a dominant force in the global video surveillance market, with annual revenues for 2015 standing at around $3.75 billion. Now in 2016, it has a market capitalisation of more than $20 billion, employs over 18,000 people and has 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries or shareholdings companies worldwide. In mainland China alone, Hikvision partners with more than 40,000 distributors, system integrators and installers. According to research data from IHS Markit, Hikvision accounted for an almost 20% share of the global video surveillance market in 2015, up from just 4.6% in 2010. And its success is not limited to Asia – the company is ranked number one in the EMEA region with a 12.2% market share, and second in the Americas with 7.3% share. Security concerns voiced It is perhaps this spectacular growth that has fuelled some of the claims and concerns about the company, most recently in the UK in a front-page article in The Times. While highlighting the company’s success – in the UK it has sold more than a million cameras and recorders installed at sites such as government buildings, airports and sports stadiums – the article questioned whether there is sufficient oversight of the security implications of foreign involvement in critical infrastructure. The concerns were raised in the wake of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s delayed approval of the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant, which is to be financed in part by China. "The recent Times reportincluded many inaccuraciesabout Hikvision and videosurveillance technology ingeneral" The article also questioned the ownership of Hikvision and its links to the government, claiming that the Chinese state holds a “controlling 42% stake” in the company. I asked Yao about their ownership structure: “The ownership structure of Hikvision, like many global, independent, publicly traded companies, is complex, and includes a diverse set of private and public shareholders.” According to Hikvision, 42% of the company’s shares are owned by China Electronics Technology HIK Group (CETHIK) and CETC No. 52 Research Institute; both are part of CETC, a state-owned enterprise. Just over 18% is privately owned by a Hong Kong businessman, 8.5% is owned by the company’s founders and executives, and the remaining 31% is owned by A-shares investors, including international institutional investors such as UBS and JP Morgan. “The recent Times report included many inaccuracies about Hikvision and video surveillance technology in general. Hikvision is a global, independent, publicly traded company. It is not ‘controlled by the Chinese government’,” noted Yao. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities? The Times article also suggested that the company’s cameras could be hacked by Chinese government agents. Yao said cybersecurity vulnerability is a concern for all manufacturers, including Hikvision, which has “industry-leading cybersecurity best practices.” The company has an established network and information security lab, which is responsible for setting security standards, performing security evaluations and testing, and responding to security issues. It has also partnered with several security data and analytics companies to perform penetration tests and vulnerability assessments of its products. “Hikvision does not provide access to any government for unlawful surveillance through our equipment and is committed to maintaining the highest privacy standards,” said Yao. “We need to move away from outdated Cold War stereotypes and concentrate on solving the serious problems our global society faces today,” said Yao. “The real threat to the law-abiding citizens in the UK and elsewhere is terrorism and criminal activity.” "We need to move away fromoutdated Cold War stereotypesand concentrate on solving theserious problems our globalsociety faces today" R&D commitment Hikvision’s commitment to technology is apparent in its R&D team of over 7,100 engineers. Hikvision says its significant R&D investment has led to notable advances in video image processing, video and audio codec, video content analysis, streaming media network transmission and control, video and audio data storage, cloud computing, big data, deep learning, video structuralisation and others innovations. “Hikvision has achieved a competitive advantage in both technology and cost by establishing a systematic technology and product platform that enhances the product development efficiency,” said Yao. Meanwhile, Hikvision has established partnerships with world technology leaders including Intel. Commenting on the market research findings during IFSEC 2016 in London earlier this year, Cynthia Ho, Vice President at Hikvision said: "We are delighted to see Hikvision's rankings in the CCTV and video surveillance equipment sector increase once again on the previous year’s figures. This is thanks to our team’s hard work and the company’s continuous R&D innovation.” “Hikvision is dedicated to advancing the convergence of technologies, and the development of complete end-to-end security solutions, as was illustrated with the launch of many new product ranges and technologies at IFSEC 2016,” said Ho. Just a sample of these included PanoVu, Turbo HD 3.0 and a high-performance thermal camera range, as well as products with intelligent analytics for use within retail, transportation and building management applications. Save Save Save Save Save Save
Hikvision, the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, has announced the integration of its full range of network cameras and Network Video Recorders with Net2 access control system from Paxton, the UK market leader of electronic IP access control and door entry solutions. The integration will provide a user-friendly interface to manage building security more easily. Easy camera configuration and detection This seamless integration allows for the easy configuration of Hikvision Network Video Recorder (NVR) and camera detection with Net2 access control system. Hikvision cameras can be associated to individual doors, enabling users to monitor video linked with access events. This provides a more comprehensive service for users, enabling them to take necessary actions both in real-time and post-events. A value-added solution for Hikvision & Paxton customers Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, said: “The integration provides a value-added solution to Hikvision and Paxton customers. It will help identify and address suspicious activities, making security system management simple and more time-efficient.” Gareth O’Hara, Paxton’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “At Paxton, we encourage original thought. We develop innovative solutions that represent the company’s ethos of simplicity and quality, whilst answering the needs of the security market. It’s a pleasure to be working with Hikvision, a company who place as much importance on product innovation and diversification. We hope the solution will be an attractive proposition for a wide range of installers.”
With the launch of Hikvision's SMART SOLUTION 2.0, the world leader in Intelligent Video Surveillance technology is raising the bar for the entire CCTV industry with increased performance, functionality, usability and business productivity. SMART SOLUTION 2.0 includes enriched Smart features across its entire range of industry-leading IP cameras, Smart NVRs and video management software, together with tailored applications specially designed to meet the individual requirements of key vertical markets, including the retail, banking, hotel and industrial sectors. "As the number of sites multiplies, client requirements and expectations vary more than ever, and IP is increasingly accepted as the de facto standard, a new generation of intelligent video systems is needed to address the critical requirements facing all CCTV systems", says Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision. "SMART SOLUTION 2.0 recognises that users need help to differentiate the real threats from the background noise and ways to efficiently retrieve this information amid the explosion in stored data. SMART SOLUTION 2.0 also recognises that CCTV surveillance has made the jump from an assurance system to a key driver in many businesses and this convergence of security and productivity is set to accelerate." A new generation of smart features Hikvision's SMART IP cameras combined intelligence, efficiency, ease-of-use and high performance when they introduced Smart technologies such as Smart Codec, Smart Detection and Smart Control to modern video surveillance. Now, SMART SOLUTION 2.0 enriches the Smart features with Region Entry/Exit, Object Counting/Removal/Exit, Target Cropping and ANPR (automatic number plate recognition). Region Entry/Exit detects people, vehicles or other objects entering or exiting from a pre-defined virtual region, triggering an alarm which may also generate further actions. The 'Object' tracking features build upon this to allow users to define an area of interest and count objects entering or leaving, with objects including people and vehicles. In a further refinement, Object Left/Removal can detect and prompt an alarm if an object is left in or removed from a pre-defined region. Rounding out the solution, the on-board ANPR analytics further help to detect and recognise a vehicle's license plate and send ANPR info to a Smart NVR or video management software for access management. It allows users to systematically manage videos and locate each individual vehicle in a given period of time, greatly accelerating post-event investigation. Vast range of advanced IP cameras From its inception, SMART IP has offered professionally-focused, high-performance cameras and NVRs. In line with the enriched Smart features, SMART SOLUTION 2.0 offers an exceptional range of advanced CCTV equipment to suit any application. As well as the original Smart IP and Smart PTZ ranges, the new cameras include Hikvision's DarkFighter and LightFighter series, the 6MP Ultra HD series, the 4K IP series, 8MP and 12MP real-time-video Smart IP cameras and the newly-launched 3MP WDR series. Each boasts the full SMART feature set, making it the industry's richest Smart product offering available. Total solutions Whether the project is large or small, SMART SOLUTION 2.0 offers a complete security platform for users to manage cameras, NVRs, alarm, access control and TV wall devices. For the small to middle-sized project, SMART SOLUTION 2.0 brings Smart IPC and Smart PTZ cameras together with their range of Smart NVRs, complete with Smart Detection, Smart Search, Smart Playback and Smart Backup. Larger projects can complement the Smart cameras with Hikvision's iVMS-5200 Professional software, which adds Smart Analytic features to the Smart Detection, Smart Search, Smart Playback and Smart Backup features found in the Smart NVRs. Tailored for vertical applications SMART SOLUTION 2.0 is a powerful business productivity tool, combining a smart platform that integrates the management of all security equipment with smart features and analytics. A number of specially tailored modules are available for key industry sectors, including Retail, Banking, Hotels and Hospitality. For example, the Smart Retail system includes POS Management, POS & Alarm Control, Heat Mapping Analytics, People Counting Analytics, Demographic Analytics, Multi-stores Management and Convention Rate Analytics to precisely monitor customer flow, preferences and employee performance, etc. A host of graphic reports is also generated to capture valuable business intelligence and improve management efficiency. Smart 2.0 is not available in the North American market.
Smart and Turbo HD lines were explained at the meeting ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.’ (C. Darwin). This quote was shared by Jiangfeng Zhi, President at Hikvision Europe BV to the audience during the two-day event dedicated to the first European distributors’ meeting held in Lisbon on April 23-24, 2015. Sales revenue of 2.82 billion USD in 2014 Hikvision has always been improving its products, marketing and positioning, seeking to anticipate future trends. This attitude led to a strategy adaptation, thus leading the Chinese company, sales leader in its own country, to expand overseas with excellent results – a sales revenue of 2.82 billion USD in 2014, 13,000 employees, 4800 R&D engineers. Aim at highly cooperative relationship with clients In the name of transparency and close relationships with partners, six special guests have been given a chance to speak, following the introduction of their respective Hikvision Sales Directors from Italy, North-West Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, UK, Israel and Russia. Each of these distributors shared their story and sense of belonging to the Hikvision family. Keen Yao, International Marketing Director, has frequently highlighted the importance of this event. It’s now clear that, given the strong position of product lines, the company should aim at strengthening a firm, trustworthy and highly cooperative relationship with its clients, that is to say the distributors throughout Europe. Hikvision global market share reached 11% in 2013 But there’s more, Hikvision does not only rely on the intuition of its managers and skills of distributors, but also focus on research to stay close to the market and customers. The Security & Fire Market Analyst Aaron Dale from IHS Research was invited to the event, and has brought figures and market trends for the forthcoming years. Given the drop in sales of analogue cameras, it is now confirmed the growth of second generation HD CCTV devices, such as TVI technology, and the increase in IP cameras’ shipments. In 2013, Hikvision global market share has reached 11%. Dale subsequently touched upon the topic of key vertical markets for Europe. A special attention has to be paid to residential and consumer markets that will eventually involve both traditional video surveillance systems and Home Monitoring/Smart Home Video Surveillance. The two-day event organised at Xabregas Palace in Lisbon A charming Gala Dinner organised at Xabregas Palace in Lisbon has been the turning point of these two days: an occasion for networking and assisting at the awarding ceremony of distributors who have been invited on stage to receive recognition for their growth performance, technical support to clients or even the long-term relationship with Hikvision. The second day has then been focusing on in-depth presentations on technologies and products. Smart and Turbo HD lines have been thoroughly explained. That’s also because, together with a huge brand awareness activity, the company is aiming at achieving the “product-range awareness”. This strategy will be even more visible on the upcoming security exhibitions, road shows and events.
Hikvision, the global leader in video surveillance equipment, announces the release of its iVMS-5200 Professional video management software. “The release of iVMS-5200 Professional reflects Hikvision’s commitment to providing complete security solutions for our partners and customers,” states Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “Up to 1024 video devices can be connected and iVMS-5200 fully supports all Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes; third party products that conform to ONVIF standard can also be connected. This will allow any security needs to be addressed, regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation.” iVMS-5200 Professional video management software introduces a complete, smart, open, easy-to-use and customisable solution for all users. Complete iVMS-5200 Professional software can be easily customised to suit the complete business needs of different vertical markets. For example, iVMS-5200 Professional includes a Transact module and a Business Intelligence module in, to better meet the demands of the retail sectors and Hikvision is integrating a License Plate Recognition module for transportation and parking systems and an Access Control module for building facilities management. Many more modules are planned and will be introduced in the future. The retail sector also benefits from a fully-integrated POS system, which enables users to combine video and transaction data to assist loss prevention and provide evidence in case of customer disputes. Retailers, and supermarkets and chain stores in particular, can also take advantage of the advanced video analytics, such as face recognition, people counting and heat maps to monitor customer flow and preferences and employee performance. iVMS-5200 Professional generates a host of graphical reports to capture this valuable business intelligence and improve management efficiency. Smart iVMS-5200 Professional fully supports smart features from Hikvision products, including smart search, playback, smart detection, and smart application for people counting, heat map, interactive map and much more. It delivers a total Smart Solution and enhances management efficiency, allowing users to easily find a specific video clip or locate a suspicious target, etc. Open Besides integration with all types of leading CCTV equipment, iVMS-5200 Professional also easily interconnects with various types of security and business systems due to its open architecture design. This complete flexibility provides customers with greater operational possibilities and almost limitless adaptations. More importantly, the iVMS-5200 software allows operators to fully customise their own security system specifically tailored to meet each project’s individual needs. Besides the comprehensive benefits that Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional brings through being Open, Smart and Complete, users can also enjoy the easy-to-use functions in which it excels. iVMS-5200 Professional video management software ensures a simple and optimised experience for partners and end users, such as supporting One Step Installation. With just a few clicks, users are able to easily install the software and avoid time-consuming tasks, such as additional staff training. With efficient modular design, iVMS-5200 Professional is also capable of resolving potential system failure quickly by automatic detection and recovery. This ability enables shorter maintenance times and protects users’ investment. “I am very excited about this release and the possibilities it gives our customers. Whether it’s a new site installation or expanding an existing system, the iVMS-5200 professional software delivers a complete end-to end solution, a more seamless integration of system components, and a superior user experience for our customers worldwide,” concludes Yao.
This integration will allow Agent Vi’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras Hikvision, the worldwide leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, together with Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), the leading global provider of open architecture video analytics software, have announced strategic cooperation to integrate their products to allow Agent Vi’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras. The integration enables end users to run Agent Vi’s full range of video analytics solutions on up to 200 Hikvision cameras simultaneously per single server. Cameras from Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP camera range are the first to be included in the integration. The cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilisation, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. With 1.3/2/3MP resolution in bullet, dome and box styles available, the cameras provide versatile solutions for users’ different needs. Agent Vi’s advanced video analytics platform, savVi™, boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the immediate detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or sift through recorded video. savVi offers the widest set of video analytics functionalities incorporated in a single product, including real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications. Through the integrated solution, Agent Vi’s software component is embedded inside the Hikvision cameras, allowing customers to deploy Agent Vi’s video analytics in an optimal set up that minimises hardware requirements and eases deployment.“The strategic cooperation between Hikvision and Agent Vi allows Agent Vi to expand its reach to a very significant share of the global surveillance market, strengthening Agent Vi’s position as the leading global provider of video analytics,” comments Itsik Kattan, CEO of Agent Vi. “Hikvision users will benefit from the integrated solution which offers them the most comprehensive and reliable video analytics solutions on the market. The Hikvision-Agent Vi integration allows the running of a full set of video analytics functionalities on hundreds of cameras per server, making the price point for the overall solution very attractive.” Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, comments, “With the embedded video analytics in Hikvision cameras, the new solution enables our users to better manage their system and help them locate critical events, to maximise security efficiency. Looking forward, Hikvision will continue to cooperate with Agent Vi to expand the integration and include more Hikvision camera models in the future.”