Articles by Paul Routledge
It's a very common purchase for people to seek a smart security camera to remotely link them to their home whilst at work. Now the emphasis has shifted, with a lot more people working from home, business owners should consider a surveillance device to deter would-be thieves, protecting valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours. According to a recent report, police forces are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centres, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, investing in a video security system can save you and your business money – and in more than one way. In addition to preventing loss of property from inside, surveillance cameras also prevent acts of theft and vandalism by outside individuals However, technology, improved mobile connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has changed the security market and made it easy for anyone to set up a surveillance ecosystem with easy installation and constant round the clock, cloud monitoring. Plus, you can access footage from anywhere in the world via devices and apps – just in case you have to skip the country! The best cameras for SMBs Most good cameras have the much same functionality: excellent video and audio capabilities, remote access and programming, motion and sound detection, and the ability to capture still or video images and audio and save the data to the Cloud. But the burning question is, when you're trying to find a need in a haystack, what will work best for a small to medium sized business? A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours Now you can buy cameras that come packed with features such as integrated night vision, 1080p resolution, microSD card slot for local recording, two-way audio functionality as well as the latest latest 128bit encryption. They also have wide-angle lenses allowing users to see more of their office with a single camera, and some come with free, intelligent AI-Based motion detection. The AI gives users more choices on what is captured by the camera and when they should be alerted. Users can specify what types of motion they would like to detect, such as an intruder as opposed to a dog, an object crossing a defined boundary or into a specific area. They can also define multiple zones, alerting them immediately when movement is detected in particular areas. Easy installation is crucial These security cameras should also be easy enough to install and use that you don't need to fork out for expensive expert installation, and many can work with existing CCTV and CCTV DVR systems you may already have set-up. Many of the business security cameras are Wi-Fi enabled and come with their own apps, so you can view footage on your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are in the world. It means you don't need to pay for a security team to watch the footage at all times (though if you can afford it, that won't hurt), and you can store your videos locally with an NVR on a HD, in the cloud with mydlink or do both with a hybrid NVR/cloud recorder. The apps use Rich Notifications which send a push notification with snapshot to the mobile device the moment activity is detected. Users can react immediately without the need to log into the app by accessing the camera’s live view or calling one of two pre-assigned contacts with a single tap. Any motion-triggered recordings can be saved in the cloud, or locally on a microSD card. Indoor, Outdoor or both? Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras The primary distinction between indoor and outdoor security cameras is the types of external factors each camera has to be able to withstand. While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions. Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they are typically made of more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal. Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras utilise features like infrared, allowing for clear pictures in low light conditions and easy transitions when there is a sudden change in light-changing automatically from colour images in bright light to black and white when it gets darker. When doing your research, features to look out for include: Wide angle lens for optimum room view or full view of the front of your property Full HD 1080p at 30fps ONVIF compatible - Open Network Video Interface Forum - The forum aims to standardize how IP products within the video surveillance industry communicate with each other. Night vision - look at length of the night vision - 5m is about right Your options will depend on your budget and specific needs, but the above features are a great start when you come to buy.
Across the world, the impact of the current pandemic has majorly disrupted how we function in our everyday lives, as a society, and the ways in which we do our jobs. Throughout, our personal safety and wellbeing, as well as that of our families, neighbours and colleagues, has been paramount - and adapting our day-to-day lives to meet social distancing measures has been a learning curve for us all. As we start to reassemble normal life, precautionary measures will continue to be put in place to achieve the universal aim of mitigating the spread of the virus as much as possible. As different countries reach new stages of this process, some parts of the world continue to live and work in lockdown, whilst some are beginning to open up. This means governments, as well as businesses and organisations, will need to think beyond one-way systems and sanitation stations to contain the risk of infection as more people begin to return to the outside world. Tracing the spread of COVID-19 Of course, this will need to be driven by higher-level support from leaders in government, healthcare and technology to develop innovative ways of tracking and tracing the spread of COVID-19. From contact tracing solutions, to self-reporting apps and thermal screening cameras – governments and businesses across Europe have a new responsibility to seek and reinforce the most effective ways to ensure people’s safety. These measures are particularly pertinent to those reopening their doors as lockdown eases, and those returning to a daily routine of commuting to and serviced office spaces. As more and more people begin to move through public and commercial areas, we will rely more on technology to run in the background to ensure safety and wellbeing is monitored - much like that of the everyday CCTV camera. Thermal temperature screening cameras One piece of technology that we can expect to see as more commonplace is the thermal temperature screening cameras and monitoring system. An example of this kind of device, is D-Link’s recently launched all-in-one, intelligent fever screening kit – which includes a dual-lens thermographic camera, blackbody calibrator, as well as integrated management software. Governments, as well as businesses and organisations, will need to think beyond one-way systems and sanitation stations to contain the risk of infection The premise of temperature screening cameras like this one, is to harness thermal imaging technology coupling it with AI to identify if a person is experiencing elevated temperatures, and raise the alarm automatically when someone at risk of spreading is detected. To monitor the progression or depletion of COVID-19, technologies such as AI facial recognition will play an important role in mitigating the risks of the virus spreading. Thermal cameras that use AI can easily capture and manage employee’s temperature and stop their entrance if a fever is detected. For this reason, such devices are normally installed in a doorway or entrance to a building to quickly detect and identify those displaying symptoms before entering a building. This type of surveillance will be detrimental to the management of COVID-19 in the world of a ‘new normal’ – as companies feel their way out and learn as they go along with people’s health and wellbeing continuing to be centre of the mind. Just as lockdown has had an impact on physical as well as mental health, so too will the adjustment to living life post-pandemic. Not only in getting used to and dealing with the emotional and mental pressures of life on the ‘outside’ as they leave lockdown, but they also face the very real risk of contracting the virus and the worries they may have of spreading it. Appropriate installation of temperature screening Companies and organisations have a responsibility in these times to play a supportive role towards employees, such as allowing them to continue working from home until they feel comfortable to work in an office setting. Equally, as restrictions ease, employers have a duty to make the workplace a safe place that is able to uphold the wellbeing of staff, which is where, as we wait for a vaccine, we must make use of the available technology. However, in the case of the thermal camera, in order for it to deliver effective results, it must be installed appropriately. To support this, we have outlined some key points to consider when deploying a temperature screening camera here: Choose a solution that features a blackbody calibrator – a vital part for any temperature screening device. A blackbody calibrator is the basis for accurate calibration of infrared thermography devices and allows the device to accurately detect a fever. Check for facing windows or doorways and heat sources such as radiators as these increase the risk of stray heat or cold sources throwing off readings according to the ISO standard associated with this type of equipment Be wary of weather and changes in climate as the device will need time to acclimatise – in order for readings to be clear individuals coming in from outside must wait five minutes before being screened When mounted, the camera must face individuals head-on and in parallel with their face to capture the inner eye area which is crucial for temperature reading Consider an option using AI which will automatically recognise individuals based on photos in the system Check applicability and legality of temperature screening cameras before deploying There’s a long way to go before life will fully return to normal. In the meantime, and to help everyone along the way, it’s essential that the right measures are in place to protect the physical and mental wellbeing of those we are responsible for. For anyone who is exploring options, know that there is help out there to provide guidance and expertise on the solutions that will be right for you and your business - now, as we go through the remainder of lockdown, and as we slowly move back into everyday lives.
D-Link, the world-renowned networking solutions provider, has announced its latest high-performance switches – the Industrial Gigabit Switches (DIS-100G, DIS-300G and DIS-700G Series). These have been designed specifically to support the rising demand for smart city applications, industrial automation and the growing adoption of Industry 4.0 techniques such as the Internet of Things (IoT). They are ideally suited for deployment by local authorities, transport operators, construction companies and the system integrators that support them. The switches can withstand wide temperature ranges (-40° to 75°C), vibration and shock. This makes them ideal for year-round outdoor deployment. Their hardened, robust design, combined with high availability network features, enables the switches to reliably perform their vital role in the network infrastructure without the need for costly air conditioning and vibration isolation enclosures. The switch series is simple to install and delivers long service with low maintenance requirements. We’re excited at the prospect of being at the forefront of many new services and applications that will define how we live, work and communicate both now and in the future" Applying network expertise to switches For industrial purposes, particularly automation, the switches feature high EMI/EMC rejection enabling them to survive in high EMI environments such as welding bays and support fast network recovery under 20ms to reduce downtime. Paul Routledge, Country Manager, D-Link UKI comments: “With many exciting national, regional, public and private sector projects underway that rely on industrial switches, this is an excellent time for D-Link to maximise its three decades of network experience and apply it to this new range of industrial switches." "Performance, flexibility and dependability will be central to the Industrial Switches that lead the market, and for years these qualities have been at the heart of all D-Link’s solutions. We’re excited at the prospect of being at the forefront of many new services and applications that will define how we live, work and communicate both now and in the future.” Support for standard industrial applications DIS-100G Series switches are an entry-level Ethernet switch ideal for industrial environments, featuring plug and play installation, which means they’re suited to network edge deployment. The DIS-100G switches come in three variants: the DIS-100G-5W, DIS-100G-5SW, and DIS-100G-5PSW, giving customers the autonomy to choose the switch that best fits their network needs and requirements. Most notably, the DIS-100G-5PSW is compliant with the IEEE 802.3at PoE+ standard, delivering up to 30 watts power per port along with data on standard ethernet cabling. This capability eliminates the need for additional wiring to power transducers, which significantly simplifies installations. All DIS-100G Unmanaged Switches provide at least 4 gigabit ethernet ports and are designed to support standard industrial applications without complex setup to make the network truly plug and play. Like the DIS-100G-5PSW, the DIS-300G-8PSW and DIS-300G-14SPW switches are PoE switches Data security The DIS-300G managed switches enable greater and more granular configuration options for industrial and smart city applications. This includes remote monitoring of performance, fine-grained configuration of data and Quality of Service (QoS) to prioritise important data. Furthermore, VLAN can isolate confidential data such as CCTV images and confidential data from other less sensitive data. Like the DIS-100G series, the 300G series comes in three variants to give customers flexibility around their requirements: the DIS-300G-12SW, DIS-300G-8PSW and DIS-300G-14PSW. Like the DIS-100G-5PSW, the DIS-300G-8PSW and DIS-300G-14SPW switches are PoE switches. Reduced response time Equipped with intelligent QoS features including SPQ, WRR, and SPQ+ WRR scheduling schemes to support traffic shaping and bandwidth management, the DIS-700G-28XS L2+ Gigabit Managed Switch is a 28-port aggregation switch with 10 Gigabit uplinks. Comprehensive network redundancy features such as fast fault recovery, together with advanced security features such as port-level security and malicious traffic prevention, provide industrial-grade reliability and protection. Additionally, VLAN support provides another layer of security through segmentation and isolation. The DIS-700G series provides high overall throughput and reduces the response time for time-sensitive video, voice and data applications, which may be crucial in city-wide surveillance scenarios.
The DCS-4703E outdoor bullet camera is fully compatible with D-Link’s free D-ViewCam software D-Link, is extending its popular Vigilance camera range with the addition of the DCS-4703E. This 3-megapixel, Power over Ethernet (PoE), day and night bullet camera is perfect for outdoor installations. Outdoor digital video surveillance The DCS-4703E has a small footprint for discrete positioning and supports PoE standard 802.3af, providing power and networking connectivity with a single cable for ease of installation. This camera is ideal for security installers looking to expand their outdoor digital video surveillance offering. 3-megapixel resolution delivers super-high definition, professional grade video surveillance, making the DCS-4703E a perfect choice when facial or object recognition is required. The camera’s built-in high-performance infrared LED provides long distance night vision of up to 20 metres. Wide dynamic range (WDR) together with 3D noise reduction helps to further enhance the image quality of the DCS-4703E, delivering quality images regardless of variations in light levels and challenging light conditions. Compatible with D-ViewCam software The addition of the DCS-4703E to our Vigilance range provides installers with a multi-megapixel outdoor surveillance solution Paul Routledge, D-Link UK and Ireland Country Manager, commented: “At D-Link, we’re dedicated to developing the best possible cameras at a cost-effective price for security installers. In an increasingly competitive and challenging market, our products enable them to deliver the best service possible. The addition of the DCS-4703E to our Vigilance range provides installers with a multi-megapixel outdoor surveillance solution. Installed outdoors with minimal fuss, this new camera provides detailed images without compromising on quality and reliability.” The DCS-4703E is fully compatible with D-Link’s free D-ViewCam software which allows for up to 32 D-Link network cameras to be centrally managed, viewed in real-time and recording based on motion detection or schedule. Users can also upload a floor plan to create a realistic layout of the premises and camera locations, as well as set up e-mail and audio alerts. ONVIF support allows the DCS-4703E to work seamlessly with 3rd party video surveillance equipment, further simplifying the installation and management of the surveillance system.
The DCS-4802E camera is easy to install and can be integrated into a highly affordable video surveillance solution D-Link has launched its new Vigilance Full HD surveillance starter kit (DNR16-4802-2) for small businesses and consumers looking to make their first investment into video surveillance. The kit includes a 16-channel PoE Network Video Recorder (DNR-2020-04P) and two Full HD outdoor mini dome cameras (DCS-4802E). The DCS-4802E camera has the smallest footprint of all the cameras in the Vigilance range without losing any surveillance capabilities, including high definition imaging, a 3-axis gimbal and 20 metre night vision. Its diminutive size makes it suitable for being discreetly installed for either indoor or outdoor monitoring. Easy to install and integrate The DCS-4802E camera is designed to be easy to install and can be integrated into a highly affordable video surveillance solution. Incorporating an IR LED illuminator, WDR, and 3DNR support, the DCS-4802E provides users with up to 30 metres of night vision and clear detailed images in contrasting and low light environments. The camera’s IP-66 (weather-proof) housing is specifically designed to withstand all adverse weather conditions allowing for a quick and simple installation. The DNR-2020-04P is an all-in-one 16 channel Power over Ethernet (PoE) network video recorder that can record video from up to 16 network cameras simultaneously to its dual HDD (Hard Disk Drive) bays, with support for up to 16 TB storage. With integrated HDMI/VGA display output and USB ports, users can view, control, and configure the DNR-2020-04P without the need to connect it up to a PC. Along with standard recording, playback, and motion detection based recording, the DNR-2020-04P also supports intelligent playback. Provision of PoE ports "The Vigilance Full HD starter kit offers installers high quality, reliable products, that are simple to install, capable of working in a variety of environments, and at affordable prices" As a D-Link JustConnect product, the DNR-2020-04P recorder is simple to set up. It can be installed in minutes thanks to its embedded software, which enables easy set-up via a connected monitor, and the provision of PoE ports, which can supply power to up to four PoE cameras, making camera installation truly plug and play, saving security installers valuable time and electrical installation costs on each install. Paul Routledge, UK and Ireland Country Manager, commented: “The video surveillance market has changed dramatically over the last few years. At D-Link, we’re dedicated to developing a product suite, which enables security installers to continue to deliver the best service possible in what is an increasingly competitive and challenging market. The Vigilance Full HD starter kit offers installers high quality, reliable products, that are simple to install, capable of working in a variety of environments, and at affordable prices.”
SIP offers physical security installers an excellent partnership opportunity with regular product and market updates Recently, D-Link has announced the launch of its Smart Installers Program (SIP) in the UK and Ireland, offering physical security installers an excellent partnership opportunity with regular product and market updates. The SIP is a dedicated partnership program for installers of physical security who sell to small/medium-sized businesses and homes. With video surveillance forecasted by the IHS to grow over 19 percent this year installers require outstanding quality, backed with informed, expert advice. Specialist tools and unique benefits of the SIP include enhanced profit margins, price advantages, deal registration pricing, training and accreditation programme and a range of sales and support tools. Recognise specific needs of security installers Physical security installers that wish to partner with D-Link can access the wide range of benefits via an exclusive online portal and receive support through a dedicated account team that can advise on pricing and pre-sales technical queries. The online portal allows users to register deals, apply for demo products and secure prices whilst NFR tools such as Surveillance Floor Planner Pro and Bandwidth Calculator aid installers in planning and creating new surveillance solution projects. Paul Routledge, Sales and Marketing Manager UK, commented, “Today, security installers have a huge market opportunity, yet need to have the right ingredients in place to ensure they can attract new business prospects. We’ve created a range of specialist tools and benefits to assist security installers in achieving this”. “From profit margins and deal pricing to training and sales support, the Smart Installers Program has a host of benefits recognising the specific individual needs of security installers.” he added. Installers seek to meet demand for market-leading technology that is feature rich, versatile and reliable. With the video surveillance market predicted to grow significantly the Smart Installer Program serves to compliment the end-to-end networking solutions that D-Link already offer, giving security installers a platform for success through partnering with D-Link.
High quality meets affordability in the new range of surveillance cameras from D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider. The Vigilance range offers a professional, full featured, high definition video surveillance solution that is easy to install and a cost-effective alternative to products on the market. The range consists of cameras designed specifically to meet different surveillance and environmental requirements. From standalone surveillance cameras that allow users to record videos without additional software or equipment, to weather/vandal-proof options for harsh environments, Vigilance has it covered. The product range will include five cameras, PoE Dome, HD Wireless, Full HD Outdoor, Mini Bullet and a Full HD Outdoor PoE Mini Dome Camera providing a full surveillance package. Provides 24/7 round the clock monitoring Vigilance is perfect for security installers who are looking to offer digital video surveillance at affordable prices for businesses of all sizes, providing them with a versatile range designed for simple selection and installation. For businesses looking for a simple to setup, remote monitoring surveillance system, providing 24/7 round the clock monitoring and recording in all conditions, Vigilance is ideal. Other key features include night vision, 3D noise reduction, 2 way audio and local recording. Paul Routledge, Sales and Marketing Manager UK, commented, “The Vigilance range offers very attractive prices, without compromising the essential quality and reliability associated with the D-Link brand.” “Vigilance works with industry-standard formats, so it’s easy to get the cameras connected to other systems if you need to. Vigilance has been designed to work in a variety of environments, from schools and retail outlets, to car parks and depots,” he added. D-ViewCam VMS software All D-Link network cameras come with free VMS software- D-ViewCam Video Management, enabling users to centrally manage and view multiple cameras. D-ViewCam is compatible with all current D-Link network cameras and video servers, offering digital monitoring and recording with a wide array of features including simultaneous video recording, playback, live view and people/vehicle counting features.