Diebold received the award for enhancing the security operation for an award-winning beach resort in Florida Diebold Incorporated has enhanced the security operation for an award-winning beach resort, earning an award for itself in the process. Streamlining security across the expansive St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences in Miami Beach, Fla., Diebold infused innovation throughout planning, installation, testing and training to earn the 18th annual SAMMY Award for In...
Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, introduces a new security radar into the market which opens up completely new opportunities for the wide-area protection of sensitive industrial or military installations. As part of Cassidian's SPEXER security radar family, the new SPEXER 1000 has been launched during the Milipol exhibition in Paris. "Our new radar is the first operational security radar using the latest digital beam forming (DBF) technology, which enables the early det...
Perched on a beautiful peninsula just 7 nautical miles north-east of Sydney, Australia, lies the suburb of Manly. When Captain Arthur Philips, founder of the settlement of Sydney, first visited the area, he was apparently so impressed by the self-assured and manly behaviour of the local Aborigines that he named it Manly Cove, whence present day Manly derives its name. A mere stone’s throw from the central business district, and with the stunning Northern Beaches region on its doorstep, this coastal municipality boasts a perfect combination of world-class surfing, heritage buildings, and a vibrant and bustling town centre. It is a highly attractive residential location and tourist destination alike, welcoming around 6 million visitors each year. Famous for all the wrong reasons However, in recent times, Manly had become famous for all the wrong reasons. The lively entertainment precinct is somewhat of a social hub, not only for locals, but also for holidaymakers, backpackers, and young people from the surrounding areas. In 2007, serious concerns about increasing levels of anti-social and violent behaviour, much of it alcohol-related, led Manly Municipal Council to install CCTV. After close consultation with the local police force to identify trouble spots, the reins were handed over to the council’s IT department who then developed the system. There are now more than 100 MOBOTIX cameras in place throughout the suburb. In a coastal area such as this, it would be simple to also monitor remote areas thanks to the MOBOTIX MxActivity Sensor firmware, which comes standard with every camera from the 4.1.6 firmware upwards. In a coastal area such as this, it would be simple to also monitor remote areas thanks to the MOBOTIX MxActivity Sensor firmware The low energy consumption and minimal bandwidth load of MOBOTIX cameras means that Ethernet cabling is usually all that is required to create a network and supply power, but the Manly site was too large for such a solution. Instead fibre optic cable was laid to carry data back to the main NAS storage and PoE was provided by means of power injectors, mainly using lightpoles as an energy source. Wherever several cameras were installed in close proximity to one another, airbridges created a network between them, meaning a single fibre optic cable could carry signals from several devices. A large network "The main reason we chose MOBOTIX,” explains Kevin Shea, Systems Administrator at Manly Council, "is because the cameras needed to be able to withstand extreme conditions, such as high temperatures, torrential rain storms and the damaging salt air. And, because we are a government agency, we were also looking for an economical solution which could offer excellent image quality in all light and weather." MOBOTIX has delivered on all counts. Larger, high quality images are recorded using fewer cameras than traditional video solutions, and 7 years on, the cameras have proved to be extremely low maintenance and robust. Managing such a large surveillance operation is simplified with MOBOTIX MxControlCenter (MxCC) video management software. Its user-friendly interface makes controlling and configuring cameras easy and offers a myriad of sophisticated post-processing and analysis possibilities, including MxCC’s time search facility. In just a few clicks footage from one, or several, cameras can be found and viewed. More importantly, the timeserver synchronisation used to achieve this meets court standards, so that the footage can be used as evidence and the superior quality of the high-resolution images maximises the chances of positive identification. MOBOTIX technology has not only helped make the streets of Manly safer, it has also played a significant role in promoting the positives about the town Beyond the call of duty MOBOTIX technology has not only helped make the streets of Manly safer, it has also played a significant role in promoting the positives about the town. The high quality recordings have been used to market a diverse array of events, including the Christmas carols and the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing (AOS). Widely hailed as the birthplace of Australian surfing after Duke Kahanamoku of Hawaii brought his famous surfing exhibition to Manly in the summer of 1914/15, the AOS has really put the town on the international surfing map. Modelled on the famous US Open of Surfing in Huntingdon, California, the festival of surfing, art, music, fashion, and skateboarding attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors and is a major highlight of the local calendar. “Constructing the festival site takes around 10 days, so we use the cameras to keep an eye on things whilst it is being built,” Kevin explains. “Also,” he adds further, “this year we gave the footage to the surfing festival promoters, who used it to make a time-lapse film of the construction.” A MOBOTIX camera is also keeping Manly’s tiniest residents safe from harm, watching over the only breeding colony of the endangered Little Penguin to be found on the NSW mainland. Conclusion Manly council have successfully implemented and managed a large-scale CCTV operation. Easy to install and configure, and low maintenance, the solution has been both economical and capable of weathering the harsh outdoor environmental conditions. MOBOTIX technology has played an important role in making Manly safer, and in protecting and promoting all that makes the place so special.
The crime rate in Santos has decreased significantly after the installation Bosch cameras Santos is not only home to Brazil’s biggest seaport, it is also short for Santos Futebol Clube, the football club where in 1956 one of the most famous football players in history, Pelé, started his career. However, not only football fans come to visit this beautiful city, also tourists from all around the world are attracted by the famous beaches of Santos. Crime prevention The city and the seaside of Santos are now much safer than just a few years ago, when street crime was on the rise. To fight crime, the city of Santos installed six Bosch video security cameras for operation during the summer season along the beaches in 2005. The video surveillance had an immediate effect in catching thieves in flagrante delicto and stopping robbers. Encouraged by the success of the video monitoring, the city has been continuously extending the network of Bosch video cameras and has recently decided to buy another 36 cameras for beach surveillance. This will raise the total number of Bosch video security cameras installed in Santos to 700 by the end of 2016. The cameras in use consist of fixed cameras, license plate recognition cameras, moving AUTODOME IP cameras, and cameras with built-in video analytics. City surveillance “The cameras also help by providing images that can be used as evidence in criminal suits” The monitoring and surveillance is now not only used to protect tourists but also residents and to increase the general security in the city. The cameras are used by fire brigades to detect fires and by the police to monitor traffic. The license plate recognition cameras are being used to keep an overview overall vehicles entering and leaving the city. Robbery and burglary rates in Santos continue to fall. In the first nine months of 2016, thefts decreased by 9.8 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.“Deterrence is one of the main purposes of the video cameras,” says Sérgio Del Brel, Municipal Security Secretary. “The cameras also help by providing images that can be used as evidence in criminal suits.”
The Vanderbilt Solaris Dome system was the solution of choice for the Monitoring Project Thailand's palm-fringed beaches are a magnet for tourists and, at Pattaya Beach, a sophisticated network of surveillance cameras is helping to ensure that visitors have a holiday to remember - for all the right reasons. Pattaya Beach The main beach at Pattaya, on the South China Sea just a couple of hours from Bangkok, is a majestic three-kilometre curve of white sand shaded with palm trees. Unscathed by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Pattaya is one of Thailand's liveliest resort holiday playgrounds. Its beach, backed by hotels, restaurants, department stores, gift shops and nightclubs, is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. So, when Pattaya's City Hall recently re-developed the area, creating a park-style paradise with paved walkways, shady groves and inviting seating, it was natural to consider the benefits of 24/7 security and the Pattaya Beach Monitoring Project commissioned a sophisticated CCTV system. Mr Kitisak Aramrueng, a consultant for the project, said: "Pattaya tourism protection, and anything that helps tourists to feel that little bit safer is welcome. We want our tourists to feel as secure as possible.” "Additionally, of course, the cameras deter criminals. And when it comes to those few criminals who are still tempted by tourist dollars to turn to crime, the cameras can be used to help identify them and track them down." Vanderbilt Solaris Dome system The Pattaya Beach Monitoring Project assessed several security providers and chose Vanderbilt (a Vanderbilt business) to supply the solution they wanted. "Reliability is key for us, and we know that Vanderbilt has an excellent reputation for that and being a European manufacturer helped," explained Mr Aramrueng Kitisak. The Vanderbilt Solaris Dome system was the solution of choice for the Monitoring Project. The system's unique levels of accuracy, speed and configurability appealed strongly. "We liked the fact that Solaris is easily connected to an existing IP system, that its specification is extremely high, and installation and maintenance are quick and effective," explained Mr. Aramrueng Kitisak. For the Pattaya Beach Project, an additional merit of the system is that - tested to IP67 as it is - Solaris is able to resist the potentially harsh environmental conditions, such as wind and salt, of a seashore location. In all, Vanderbilt installed a total of 44 Solaris domes, along with 16 of Vanderbilt's more conventional "pan and tilt" security cameras, controlled from a security control centre and four sub-control rooms. Vanderbilt dome features In a sensitive environment like Pattaya Beach, Vanderbilt domes were seen to offer a good compromise between style and performance: they are small enough to blend into the background, but large enough to allow for an increased zoom range of up to 18:1, an integral telemetry receiver, and day/night automatic switching option. Other features are equally innovative. The XTU (External Termination Unit) enables users - and installers - to set up the dome easily and accurately, using the LCD panel and a range of intuitive menus. One of the main advantages for busy Pattaya Beach was that the XTU can be positioned on a wall or at ground level for immediate access, eliminating the need to cordon off the dome to access the actual dome head unit. "The equipment functions are very effective and the intuitive nature of the control systems has been very useful" Underneath the contemporary styling of the dome's cover is a fully-featured camera unit that puts its operator in full control. Under manual control, pan and tilt speed is proportional to the degree of zoom, allowing suspicious characters to be inspected and tracked. A 360°/s top speed means near-instantaneous response to alarms. Enhanced beach security A year on from the initial installation and the Pattaya Beach Monitoring Project is certain that the beach remains as secure as possible. "Everyone who uses the beach, both tourists and local people, appreciates that CCTV helps to secure the area for its most important use - to help people relax, whether they're on holiday or taking a break," said Mr Aramrueng Kitisak. "Technically, the system's operation has been excellent.” "The equipment functions are very effective and the intuitive nature of the control systems has been very useful. There is also the fact that the modular systems can be readily expanded or upgraded if our requirements change in the future.” "The quality of images that has resulted from surveillance has been very good, which has impressed the police in particular. They tell us that troublemakers who are known to them are avoiding the beach, because it is under surveillance. Vanderbilt's technical advice and assistance has been second to none. The company has been a valuable partner - the most valuable partner - on the project. Their support and service are excellent." On the strength of the results to date, the Pattaya Beach Monitoring Project is now planning a next phase of CCTV installations in its area - using Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt equipment.
TV cameras don’t work at night, and night is when users need cameras the most. Police officials in Newport Beach, California found this out and came to FLIR for the solution. One of the most exclusive communities in the country, Newport Beach is home to movie stars, industrialists and entrepreneurs. Befitting its exclusivity, the beach closes to the public each night. Once the sun goes down, however, groups of young people flock to the beach, creating disturbances and disrupting the citizens’ lives in Newport Beach. To counter this nighttime mischief and keep the residents safe, Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) officers patrolled the beach every Thursday through Sunday evening. This cost the Department thousands of dollars a month and kept officers from patrolling other areas of town. The assessment In early 2007, the NBPD started looking into a technological solution to this problem: video beach surveillance. After initial discussions with Jay Gill of Bassett Sales, a local security camera representative, NBPD IT manager Tom Encheff realised that neither daylight nor infrared illuminated cameras would be up to the job. Illuminating the beach was not a viable option, as the lighting infrastructure alone would cost millions of dollars. Not to mention the resulting glare, this would be offensive to residents and visitors alike. Gill saw the solution right away, telling Encheff, “You need to go thermal.” Thermal security cameras – the right solution Thermal security cameras make pictures from heat, not light, detecting the tiny differences in heat energy that are around us all the time. Day and night, in good weather and bad, everything emits thermal energy. What’s more, the hotter something is the more thermal energy it gives off. FLIR’s thermal security cameras take this energy in and make pictures that look like black and white TV video. Thermal energy is part of a continuum of energy called the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. The EM spectrum includes gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, and radio waves. The only part of the EM spectrum that we can see is the small band of energy called “visible light.” Visible light reflects off objects, our eyes sense it, our brains interpret it, and we experience that as sight. Household cameras and camcorders work the same way: they detect reflected visible light and their electronics create pictures. Thermal security cameras, on the other hand, sense and create images from emitted heat energy. FLIR thermal security allows policeofficers to see beach gatherings, evenin the dark of night Because most things generate heat, thermal cameras can see as well at night as during the day. Visible light detectors (like our eyes) don’t work well at night without the help of lights. FLIR’s thermal security cameras don’t have this shortcoming. Financially viable solution NBPD officers were familiar with thermal imaging; their helicopters fly with FLIRs every night. They were not aware, however, that thermal security cameras make a financially viable solution for beach surveillance. Once NBPD officers experienced how FLIR cameras let them see at night, they were sold on the concept and the solution. In June 2007 FLIR partners Bassett Sales and Thompson Engineering installed seven thermal security cameras in Newport Beach. The NBPD chose five SR-19 fixed cameras, one fixed SR-100 and one PTZ-50 MS. This mix of cameras let NBPD keep an eye on large areas of beachfront around the clock. What’s more, the SR-100 long-range camera lets them cover areas they thought would go unobserved. Once they saw the camera’s range performance and image quality, they decided to include its capabilities in their surveillance program. The combination of cameras let the NBPD design a security net with overlapping imaging zones. The PTZ-50MS in particular gives watch standers flexibility in responding to alarms, using a pan/tilt/zoom camera to back-up their fixed cameras. The video from all seven cameras is transmitted to the Department’s command and dispatch centres. There, motion detection software monitors the incoming video and alerts watch standers to activity on the beaches. When someone trips an alarm, commanders can evaluate the intrusion and decide if they need a patrol officer to respond. This allows NBPD to keep its officers on citywide patrol, saving money and using resources more efficiently. The result Installing FLIR thermal security cameras allows the NBPD to cover the beach thoroughly at night, responding more effectively than ever before. Officers previously assigned to beach patrol are now free to cover inland sectors, saving the city money while providing better police services to the public. The Newport Beach Police Department has seen for themselves that FLIR’s thermal security cameras work better at night than any other imaging technology just when they are needed the most.
Over twenty years ago, very few people knew about the hidden, underwater world off Pembrokeshire, on the west coast of Wales. However, in 1990 the creation of Skomer Marine Nature Reserve (MNR) covering the waters off the headland and around Skomer Island, gave the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) a golden opportunity to study and protect this marine environment. Skomer’s waters are famed for their amazing range of underwater marine life. Situated on the boundary where northern and southern species overlap, there is a huge variety of wildlife of all shapes and colours – making it a great place to study and monitor changes in the marine environment. An environmental wonderland Many species are studied in detail. These range from sponges to grey seals, and from tiny, colourful sea slugs to graceful, slow-growing seafans, a 120 of which are monitored and photographed every year to study changes in them. Over the last 20 years, King scallops, which are protected from all forms of fishing within the MNR, have increased more than eight fold. Eelgrass, a rare and sensitive habitat which harbours a wealth of wildlife, has increased in area and density. It is protected in the MNR by marker buoys and by providing moorings for visiting boats - eelgrass is easily damaged if anchors are dragged through it. The environment at Skomer has also been identified as Wales‘ only Important Plant Area (IPA) for marine algae, with over 240 species recorded. CCW Marine Conservation Officer for Skomer, Mark Burton said: “Keeping an eye on the Marine Nature Reserve which is only accessible by boat can be a challenge. This is especially tough in rough weather where winds of over 110 mph and waves over 13 metres high have been measured.” Burton’s duties include maintaining the site’s oceanographic monitoring and weather station. CCW collates data on temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll, PH and oxygen from probes on the seabed of the Skomer MNR which I used as part of a UK wide research project on climate change. The MOBOTIX solution withstands the ever changing weather on Skomer Marine Reserve Officers also need to manage human activity, so that it is in line with the conservation objectives of the site. More than 145,000 people have visited the Marine Nature Reserve exhibition at Martin’s Haven. Add to this more than 40,000 divers have explored the MNR – either for pleasure or to contribute to the survey and monitoring work. “We also need to make sure that illegal fishing does not occur within the protected area but with limited staff, it was felt that a remote, high resolution camera would be a major benefit,” explains Burton. All weather capability essential Based on a requirement for extreme reliability and ability to work in all-weather conditions, CCW selected a MOBOTIX solution from Ecl-ips; a highly regarded Advanced MOBOTIX Partner. The MOBOTIX M24-SEC cameras are installed within a converted coast guard hut on the mainland overlooking the island and provide wide angle coverage across several key locations such as protected scallop beds and wildlife areas.The M24-SEC MOBOTIX cameras offers a higher 30 frames per second capture at megapixel resolutions. The two new cameras each have a 60 degree lens system. Together, the cameras can cover critical areas of the island and estuary from its vantage point in the coast guard hut. Featuring a 64 GB of internal storage capacity, the M24 cameras can ensure that even if a communication link is lost; the island can still be monitored with recording for later analysis.CCW accesses the system via a fibre optic link and all footage is recorded for 10 days. Burton said: “The system also tags movement events and can generate an alert whenever a vessel comes into the area of coverage – this is useful for monitoring any illegal fishing within the area.” The M24 cameras use a decentralised solution that is easy for conservation officers to control "High Definition protecting stunning natural beauty"The high resolution images produced by the camera allow for accurate identification of objects within the field of vision. The megapixel capability also offers software-based zoom capability without the need for an additional mechanical PTZ enclosure. In common with all MOBOTIX cameras, the installation uses a decentralised concept which places intelligence within the camera. Through decentralisation, CCW avoids the need for any additional costly video capture, encoding or storage devices. Conservation Officers can control the cameras using a simple internet browser with all video images viewed from a simple PC or even mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. This technology innovation makes the monitoring process extremely flexible while reducing cost and complexity. The cameras also have two way audio capabilities which allow ad-hoc communication between the mainland and the hut on the island. To date, the cameras have proven extremely reliable and withstood extreme temperature changes and weather conditions without fail. The system was installed by Worcestershire based MOBOTIX partner Ecl-ips, a specialist in delivering environmental and security threat management. “The implementation by the team from Ecl-ips was extremely professional and the cameras have worked well ever since,” Burton adds. The real-time images have been made available to the public through the CCW website and also provide a guide for groups preparing to scuba dive or sail in and around the island. The installation is the first of its kind within a Marine Nature Reserve. The use of this innovative visual technology is helping to raise awareness and protect wildlife.
Milestone Systems' world-leading open platform IP video management software is being used by Coastalwatch, an innovative analytics and media content company that services international surf life saving and coastal management needs by delivering live and recorded video and information on beaches and coastlines around the globe via its CoastalCOMS division.As a main component of the CoastalCOMS monitoring platform, the Queensland, Australia-based company is using Milestone XProtect software to provide live video surveillance and analytics solutions to marine safety and coastal management officials in several cities in Australia and the United States. CoastalCOMS' analytics software and multi-national network of hosted coastal cameras are also used for the collection of real-time data, such as wave height and wave period analysis, vessel monitoring and counting, people counting on beaches, as well as tracking changes in the shoreline and general beach state. With access to over a hundred Coastalwatch-owned cameras on the ground in Australia and many more private or municipally owned cameras in the U.S and abroad, CoastalCOMS uses Milestone XProtect software to centrally view and control cameras globally, layering in the ability to extract data for environmental monitoring, public education, tourism and recreational usage.Different combinations of the imagery and information are used by such customers as the City and County of Honolulu Hawaii's Ocean Safety Division, where CoastalCOMS assists surf lifesavers with hosted surveillance platforms capable of wave height analysis and people counting. The City of Galveston, Texas, also chose CoastalCOMS for surveillance of remote beaches because it increased the ability to measure the amount of shoreline change as a result of hurricanes."Milestone XProtect software allows us to create 'networks' of coastal cameras on the fly, patterning and sourcing video from both new and existing beach cameras according to each customer's needs. We then process the video in real time for different groups based on their reporting needs and workflows," says Tim Chandler, President/CEO of CoastalCOMS. "Integrated into our solution using the Milestone SDK, XProtect makes it possible for us to provision access to the video and cameras so only the right people can view the video and information at the right times."Video streams from a CoastalCOMS camera network being used by Surf Life Saving Queensland are also available to the public on Coastalwatch.com, which provides live video images, wave height and swell information, daily surf reports and other news to the international surfing community. Coastalwatch was awarded the 2011 Pioneer Award for CoastalCOMS Wave Height Processing Technology When authorities need to take manual control of the cameras during a lifesaving incident, integration with CoastalCOMS XProtect solution allows the live images and HD video on the media site to be cut off and replaced with other media content so as not to broadcast the command and control activities of life savers and marine safety to the public.Coastalwatch uses mostly Sony cameras in their network and the networks they install for clients. Their current solutions include a blend of Sony RZ25s with SNTEX101s in place, a huge install base of Sony RZ50s, and a growing number of the newer HD lines including the SNCRH164 HD domes and the bullet style SNCCH180 HD cams. Coastalwatch has been a Sony partner for years in Asia/Pacific/Australia working with Sony engineering out of Japan. "We can attest to how great the Sony optics and imaging are, as well as to the importance of their PTZ cameras' 'return-to-preset' accuracies and overall encoding abilities for what we do. We are now scheduling cameras and reading video for processing directly from the Milestone database via integration with our CoastalCOMS cloud platform. With the XProtect API, CoastalCOMS-enabled cameras can automatically reposition themselves based on alerts from external sensors or data feeds, such as a status change in an Emergency Management system, a Weather Service warning or alert, or a measured change that happens in front of the camera - we don't even have to press a button," Chandler explains. "This provides our customers with unprecedented abilities to gather information and images to better understand conditions and coordinate responses in changing beach environments around the world."Surf Life Saving Denmark last year installed a high definition CoastalCOMS camera at Hvide Sande Beach in West Denmark as a pilot project. The HD camera is in use to support life saving efforts by providing decision support at this busy German tourist destination. Video from the system is managed via CoastalCOMS' hosted Milestone cloud presence in the UK, and can be serviced jointly by both US and Australian offices. Since most of the infrastructure normally deployed on location is instead deployed in the cloud, the only resource they need in Denmark for this solution is a local resource for simple break fixes on the field hardware. The added abilities of CoastalCOMS' wave and environmental data processing for the lifeguards will be useful for both public safety and tourism.In January, Coastalwatch was awarded the 2011 Pioneer Award at the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Awards for CoastalCOMS Wave Height Processing Technology. The annual award is given to a person, group, or organisation that through the application of an idea and/or commitment to a project have broken new ground while contributing to the enhancement and innovation of the sport of surfing in the prior year. This video describes a brief history of Milestone Solution Partner CoastalCOMS, with some examples of how the integrated XProtect platform works with analytics and other system data