Articles by Ramy Ayad
There’s almost no installation that goes 100-percent smoothly in the field of video surveillance. Unexpected issues routinely arise that can increase time on the job, cost of the project and frustration. Manufacturers work on the product side to help ensure their products are easy to install and – when troublesome situations do arise – are flexible enough for installers to quickly find a remedy. Importance of ease of installation Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable and can be very expensive. In some cases, the cost of labour to install a camera can be more than the cost of the camera! If labour costs are high – or are more expensive than a system integrator planned – they can lose a great deal of money on a project. If a cautious system integrator includes too high of an estimate for labour in a project bid, his overall bid will to high and it could cost him the project. The easier the camera is to install, the lower the labour cost, subsequently achieving higher savings for end-users. Hence it is essential that camera manufacturers develop products that are easy to install or are flexible in the field for system integrators and installers who know that time is money. Enterprise projects can involve thousands of cameras installed Simplifying installation of cameras Camera installation typically involves an electrician, the camera installer and the person who configures the VMS (Video Management Software). Of course, one person can play all three roles, and in many cases, does, but enterprise projects can involve dozens, hundreds or even thousands of cameras with teams of individuals involved in an installation. The electrician runs conduit with an electrical or PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the housing or the backplate of the camera; the installer then installs the camera at that location, hooking it up to power; and then a configurator adds cameras to the network and makes adjustments – renaming the camera, setting the frame rate, enabling WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), and the like. When it’s a project that involves different players for any of these functions, there is the potential for a bottleneck and delay in project completion. And if a system integrator is paying an electrician, installer and software configurator – and they are all three on site waiting for each other to finish – that’s a system integrator’s worst-case scenario. Enhancement through modular cameras Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take different roles Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take the different roles of electrician, installer and configurator into consideration, allowing them to complete their tasks independently. With a focus on modular design which includes a USB dongle, a device manager, magnetic module and included accessories, the Wisenet X series Plus is one of the fastest cameras to install, service and upgrade – saving installers time and money. Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a detachable camera module that utilise magnets to lock into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE connection to the back plate/housing while the configurator is working on configuring the camera module, allowing security professionals to later snap the camera into place in just minutes. The VMS configurator can then come and add the cameras to the network and program their functionality. Modular cameras offer flexibility In the past, an end user might determine after the camera is installed that there aren’t enough pixels on target, or they need certain different functions like video analytics for example, resulting in the time-consuming replacement of the entire camera. With modular-designed cameras, the camera module can be swapped with a new one without having to focus or replace the camera – even to change the resolution or field of view, also Wisenet X series Plus has optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view and the position of the camera lens. Making camera adjustments in the field is also now easier and perhaps even safer. Installers have been known to climb a ladder and juggle a bulky laptop to access the network to be able to see video of how the camera is positioned. Or they’ve had to use analogue video output to view the video feed on a separate monitor which provides the field of view, but not megapixel quality. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a USB port that allows installers to connect it to a small dongle that converts the camera to a Wi-Fi device. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera. It’s a much easier way to evaluate video while at the camera. Eliminating the second person looking at live view on a computer guiding through a cellphone to the installer to accurately point the camera to the proper position. If system integrators can do some of the legwork prior to even getting on site, it can reduce cost and improve efficiency. Imagine having 300 cameras ready to send to a project site. To configure those cameras, a system integrator has to take each camera out of the box, plug each into a switch, configure it, take it off of the switch and put it back in the box. To improve this process, camera manufacturers have now developed packaging that provides access to the camera port without even having to remove it from the box. It’s an innovative solution that saves time. Modular cameras have optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view Software programs help in enhancing installation Whether it’s a one-man show or a team of electricians, installers and configurators, software programs can greatly enhance the installation process. Device managers are important tools in adding multiple cameras to a project. Using that 300-camera project, for example, it’s easier when a manufacturer has a device manager that allows the mass programming and configuration of cameras. Adding 300 cameras one by one is time consuming and leaves room for error when making so many multiple entries. A device manager should be able to scan the network and locate its devices, allowing them to be grouped, configured and much more. Every video surveillance camera project is going to have its ups and downs. But camera manufacturers can do their part in the production process to address the many issues known to slow down progress. It’s impressive that many are taking the lead in producing innovations like modular camera design, flexibility in the field and accessible packaging that can truly reduce installation cost and improve efficiency.
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, is showcasing its line of Wisenet Cameras at ASIS 2017 (booth 3523). Wisenet X series premium line of network cameras feature Hanwha’s self-developed proprietary Wisenet 5 chipset, the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range. The full line of network cameras and NVRs make Wisenet X ideal for virtually any security and surveillance application and provides benchmark performance with the most intelligence, expansive feature sets and extreme value for almost any professional surveillance application. “Our Wisenet camera technology provides specific imaging solutions for a broad range of users across all vertical markets,” said Ramy Ayad, Senior Product Manager, Hanwha Techwin America. “Hanwha’s self-developed Wisenet 5 chip is used across the entire range of X series cameras which allows us to meet specification and performance requirements across specific vertical sectors including government, gaming and retail.” Wisenet cameras displayed at ASIS 2017 Wisenet P series Multi-sensor/Multi-directional Cameras 8 and 20 megapixel cameras for versatile wide area surveillance applications Wisenet X series 12x Optical Zoom Cameras (XNV-6120R, XNO-6120R and XNV-6120) with 2MP resolution in dome and bullet form factors. Wisenet X series Outdoor Mini and Micro PTZ Cameras (XNP-6120H and XNP-6040H) 2MP network outdoor PTZ cameras with 12X optical zoom lenses. Wisenet X series ½” Sensor Cameras (XNV-6085, XND-6085V, XNO-6085R and XNB-6005) 2 MP network cameras capable of 150dB WDR and 60fps. Wisenet X series Flush Mount Cameras (XND-6011F and XND-8020F) feature digital image stabilisation, built-in microphone, hallway view, and a host of built in analytics for security and business applications. Hanwha is also displaying its entire surveillance system solutions offering at ASIS 2017 including the company’s innovative recording and camera management systems integrated with industry leading partners and technologies.
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will showcase its Wisenet P series multi-sensor/multidirectional cameras at ASIS 2017 (booth 3523). Available in 8 and 20 megapixel, these high performance multi-sensor/multi-directional cameras feature four imaging sensors that can be independently positioned to provide a wide surveillance area on spaces of specific interest making them ideal for an array of mainstream applications in parking lots, shopping malls, office lobbies, mass transport concourses and airports. "Hanwha Wisenet P series Multi-sensor/Multi-directional cameras set the benchmark for performance and value," said Ramy Ayad, Senior Product Manager, Hanwha Techwin America. "With multiple sensors capable of operating independently of one another, multisensory megapixel cameras capture four times the amount of video, increasing the value of that video – and the value of the camera itself – for end users.” WiseStream II compression technology Wisenet P series Multi-sensor/Multi-directional camera offerings include the PNM-9080VQ with four individual 2 megapixel (8 megapixel total resolution) with 150dB WDR and 60fps (per sensor). The series also includes the PNM-9081VQ with four individual 5 megapixel sensors (20 megapixel total resolution) with 120dB WDR and 30 fps (per sensor). Both Wisenet P models incorporate Hanwha’s WiseStream II compression technology that dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality, resulting in bandwidth reduction of up to 99% and significant cost savings. The cameras also feature backlight compensation, True Day/Night operation and digital image stabilisation with a gyro sensor. High PoE compatibility Additional key features of Wisenet P series Multi-sensor/Multi-directional cameras include: 4 SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots (one for each channel), offering total storage of up to 1TB of onboard storage; PoE+ (8 megapixel) or High PoE (20 megapixel) compatibility; Triple codec H.265/H.264/MJPEG; license free built-in analytics; hallway view; and motorised varifocal lenses (2.8-12mm per sensor at 8 megapixel and 3.6-9.4mm per sensor at 20 megapixel) to deliver exceptionally wide area surveillance. All units are also IP66/K10 rated for use in harsh environments.
Hanwha Techwin America, a provider of global security solutions, is building on its commitment to deliver the industry’s highest-performance video solutions with the introduction of its new Wisenet P series multi-sensor/multi-directional cameras. Available in 8 and 20 megapixel, these cameras offer unmatched performance. They are ideal for applications such as parking lots, shopping mall entrances, lobbies, station concourses and airports. "Our multi-sensor cameras have the ability to provide a wide area coverage in extreme detail with just one camera," said Ramy Ayad, Senior Product Manager, Hanwha Techwin America. "We exceeded the benchmark for multi-sensor camera technology by incorporating features such as 60fps, 150dB wide dynamic range, low light performance (0.0015 Lux B/W, 0.015 Lux color) and built-in video analytics.” Built-in video analytics Hanwha’s new Wisenet P series includes the PNM-9080VQ with four individual 2 megapixel sensors for a total of 8 megapixel resolution capable of 150dB WDR and 60fps (per sensor). The series also includes the PNM-9081VQ with four individual 5 megapixel sensors that deliver 20 megapixel resolution capable of 120dB WDR and 30 fps (per sensor). Both Wisenet P models include built-in license free advanced video analytics, backlight compensation, True Day/Night and digital image stabilization with a gyro sensor. The combination of H.265 compression and WiseStream II result in data reduction of up to 99% The combination of H.265 compression and WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology that dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image, result in data reduction of up to 99%. This translates into significant savings on bandwidth, storage and cost. Additional features of the Wisenet P cameras: 4 SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots (one for each channel), offering total storage of up to 1TB PoE+ (8 megapixel) or HPoE (20 megapixel) and 12VDC Triple codec H.265/H.264/MJPEG Hallway View Motorised varifocal lens (2.8~12mm per sensor @ 8 megapixel; 3.6~9.4mm per sensor @20 megapixel) for widest range available in the industry in a multi-sensor camera IP66/K10 rated housing
Hanwha Techwin America is showcasing the latest additions to its impressive Wisenet camera line-up here at ISC West (booth #14079). Building on its continually expanded line of Wisenet multi-sensor cameras, the new additions include multi-directional cameras that allow individual adjustment of each image sensor to capture high quality images of specific areas of interest. The new Wisenet multi-directional cameras are available in IP and Analog HD (AHD) configurations to meet a wide range of applications and budgets. Multi-sensor cameras “Multi-sensor cameras continue to gain in adoption due to their ability to provide continuous wide area surveillance,” said Ramy Ayad, Senior Product Manager, Hanwha Techwin America. “These new AHD and IP multi-sensor megapixel cameras go one step further by enabling users to focus each individual image sensor on specific areas of interest.” New Wisenet P Series IP Multi-Directional Cameras are available with 8MP (four 2MP sensors) and 20MP (four 5MP sensors) resolution. The new cameras’ key features include: motorised varifocal lenses for easy and remote adjustment; built in license-free video analytics; high frame rates of 60fps (8MP) and 30fps (20MP); and 120dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) for highly contrasted lighting environments. Hanwha’s new IP multi-directional, multi-sensor cameras will be available from July of this year. Wisenet HD+ AHD multi-directional camera The new Wisenet HD+ AHD Multi-Directional Camera features 8MP (four 2MP sensors) resolution. Features include: 100 dB WDR, magnetic camera mounting, HLC, and True Day/Night.
Hanwha Techwin America, announced several promotions and new hires to complement the company’s continued growth and expansion in the North American Market. Hanwha Techwin America closed out a very successful 2016 posting double-digit growth from the prior year. Our people are our most valued asset, and are as instrumental to our continued success as the innovative technologies and products we offer" “We will continue to enhance our sales, marketing, engineering and support teams with the most qualified and talented personnel in the industry,” said Soon Hong Ahn, President, Hanwha Techwin America. “Our people are our most valued asset, and are as instrumental to our continued success as the innovative technologies and products we offer.” New appointments include: Tom Cook has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales Robert Wegner has been promoted to VP of SAE and Technical Support Marco Sanchez and Lloyd Taylor were promoted to Regional Sales Directors (West and Midwest regions, respectively) Todd Wysocki has been promoted to Senior Regional Sales Manager in Chicago Ramy Ayad has been promoted to Senior Product Manager New hires include: Todd Cabot and Kyle Finefrock were hired as new Regional Sales Managers (West and Midwest respectively) Mark Nolan and Nate Strand were hired as new Regional Sales Managers in Texas (Houston and Dallas respectively)