Fraud, high operating costs and scarce business intelligence data – these are the challenges the industry pioneer Dallmeier addressed with its ‘Smart Casino Solutions’ at ICE London 2019. Dallmeier’s combination of video technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve profitability of the three essential casino areas – gaming, surveillance, and marketing – led to an extremely positive response from ICE visitors. Dallmeier’s Casino Automation Tech...
The use of facial recognition has become a highly debated topic recently, and has increasingly and misleadingly been criticised by some for being an unethical tool used to spy on the public. The reason for such criticism is however largely due to lack of information and regulation around the technology. Used proportionately and responsibly, facial recognition can and should be a force for good. It has the ability to do a lot more to increase security in the future – from street crime to...
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, the marketplace for the Asian gaming and entertainment industry, officially came to a conclusion at The Venetian Macao. The Expo’s 12th edition was its largest to date, boasting a 33,000 square meters of show floor and a globally renowned showcase of more than 220 exhibitors with cutting-edge products, services and technologies. It additionally hosted 16,358 local and international trade visitors, at an annual increase of 17.2 percent. Josephine Lee, Chief O...
According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video qual...
Security teams at casinos and gaming facilities are challenged daily to balance a welcoming and guest-focused attitude with a firm and capable presence to prevent and handle security issues, manage surveillance and security systems, and protect employees, guests, and assets. And all of this needs to be accomplished while complying with strict gaming regulations. An experienced security systems integrator can assist you with many of those challenges, including the very important job of ensuring...
After the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, Jody Allen Crowe set out to develop a threat suppression tool to address school violence. Five years later, the result of that effort is the Crotega Threat Suppression System, displayed this year at ISC West. The remotely-deployed threat suppression system drenches a perpetrator with a repulsive water-based solution, thus impairing their ability to enact violence. The solution irritates eyes, throat, lungs and skin, but does not cause permanent injury....
Sony’s latest SNC-HMX70 security camera maintains an all-round 360-degree hemispheric view with no blind spots – ensuring full situational awareness in a wide range of indoor surveillance applications. The camera's fixed lens and high-resolution 12-megapixel CMOS sensor stream crisply detailed, high-resolution video at a smooth 30 fps. This assures that people and objects are seen clearly, even in challenging lighting conditions. Harshly backlit windows, lobbies and entrances are no problem for the SNC-HMX70. Intelligent Auto Exposure analyses front and backlighting in the scene, fine-tuning exposure for perfect footage in any lighting conditions. The camera’s wide 92dB dynamic range captures crucial image detail, even in high-contrast scenes with extremes of light and shade. Its slim, low-profile styling makes the SNC-HMX70 ideal for discreet round-the-clock monitoring in environments ranging from retail stores, banks, casinos and commercial buildings to schools and offices. Mounting is quick and easy with supplied twist/click mounting ring, while Power-over-Ethernet connection simplifies cabling.Even greater monitoring flexibility is provided by a choice of Panoramic, Quad and Corridor viewing modes 24/7 situational awareness Unlike conventional PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras, the SNC-HMX70 maintains total situational awareness of the entire coverage area. This means that a full-resolution 360-degree image can always be recorded, even if only a portion of the scene is being scrutinised in close-up. To provide an undistorted rectangular view, this hemispheric image can be ‘de-warped’ – using Video Management System software or the camera’s own edge de-warping function that provides three simultaneous views. In addition to full image circle and de-warped views, remote E-PTZ (Electronic Pan, Tilt and Zoom) allows high-resolution monitoring of specific Regions of Interest (ROI). Even greater monitoring flexibility is provided by a choice of Panoramic, Quad and Corridor viewing modes. Smart coding and video analytics Smart Coding intelligently distinguishes between noise and crucial picture information, as well as between moving and static parts of the scene. This reduces video bitrate by up to 50 percent, cutting network data demands without compromising picture quality. Through Sony’s technology partnership with Bosch, the new SNC-HMX70 uses powerful on-board video analytics that can accurately track movement through the camera’s entire coverage area. This makes the SNC-HMX70 ideal for applications such as people counting or detection of suspicious activity. In addition, metadata is streamed from the camera to client software for further use in business analysis or search. With the SNC-HMX70, security users can be confident that no detail gets missed when it really matters" Hemispheric monitoring “The new SNC-HMX70 is compact, discreet and unobtrusive – but it’s remarkably powerful for its size,” notes Yoshikazu Hirano, General Manager of the B2B Segment Business Division at Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. “Hemispheric monitoring offers a really big advantage over conventional PTZ cameras that sacrifice wide-area situational awareness when they’re zoomed in to see unusual activity in close-up. With the SNC-HMX70, security users can be confident that no detail gets missed when it really matters.”
Dallmeier, a solutions provider for the casino industry, has announced that the recent ICE show in London was extremely positive for the company. “Our new CAT product was extremely well received by the major European casino operators who had attended live product demonstrations during the show,” said Konrad Hechtbauer, Dallmeier’s Project & Application Development Director. “This successful show edition has proven to us our plans to extend our CAT product offering into EMEA markets in 2018, with our product portfolio being increased with new additional solutions in the coming months.” At the show, Dallmeier’s Casino Division team presented for the first time in Europe their brand new innovative Casino Automation Technology (CAT) dedicated to live gaming and table gaming automation, which Dallmeier has recently successfully carried out numerous tests in live casino environments and has proven to be an accurate, secure and market-ready product. Flexible table game analysis solution The main function of CAT is overall table game tracking and real-time player rating. The advanced system was created to help casino operators to increase profits, mitigate risks, protect gaming table integrity, streamline operations via real-time data analysis, achieve gaming floor transparency and help casino operations understand gaming table performance as well as reduce labour costs and minimise human fallibility. Dallmeier’s CAT is easy to integrate and install, doesn’t require additional sensors, is not CMS system specific, does not depend on RFID technology (but can integrate with it), interfaces and operates with any smart dealing shoe, uses standard CCTV cameras and is not system specific. During these past years Dallmeier has invested heavily in their R&D, aiming to develop the best flexible solution for the gaming industry related to overall game tracking and real-time player analysis. The company has closely worked with its customers in developing their system, to be confident the product would best match the operators’ needs and expectations. CAT is an overall table management system and the produced data can be used in many fields of the casino operations, such as marketing, gaming and surveillance, to name but a few.
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, is showing the latest additions to its Wisenet X series cameras at ASIS 2017 (booth 3523). The latest evolution of Wisenet X features Hanwha’s innovative Wisenet 5 chipset, the most important core technology developed to date by Hanwha Techwin. "By extending our Wisenet X series, Hanwha Techwin offers the most comprehensive portfolio of video surveillance solutions with the highest levels of performance, intelligence and reliability,” said Miguel Lazatin, Director of Product and Channel Marketing, Hanwha Techwin America. “Our new Wisenet X series cameras featuring ½-inch CMOS sensors and 60fps deliver the features and performance characteristics required across a wide range of industry verticals including gaming, municipal surveillance, government and retail.” Substantial bandwidth saving with WiseStream II compression technology dynamically controls encoding and balances quality and compression Evolution of Wisenet X cameras 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. The cameras’ trim ring colors are available in black and white to aesthetically fit into any environment. Bandwidth saving with WiseStream II compression technology dynamically controls encoding and balances quality and compression Aside from the optics developed and manufactured by Hanwha, the Wisenet X series 12x Optical Zoom Cameras (XNV-6120R, XNO-6120R and XNV-6120) offer 2MP resolution, 150dB WDR with 60fps, H.265/H.264/MJPEG and WiseStream II compression, license-free analytics, motion detection, hallway view, dual SD card slot for increased on-board storage and image stabilisation using gyro sensors. The Wisenet X 12x Optical Zoom Cameras are available in dome and bullet form factors. Wisesnet X series ½” Sensor Cameras (XNV-6085, XND-6085V, XNO-6085R and XNB-6005) 2 MP network cameras capable of 150dB WDR and 60fps. The cameras include triple streaming H.265/H.264/MJPEG, WiseStream II compression technology and dual SD card slots. Wisenet X series Outdoor Mini and Micro PTZ Cameras (XNP-6120H and XNP-6040H) are 2 MP network outdoor PTZ cameras with 150dB and 60fps. The cameras also include triple codec streaming (H.265/H.264/MJPEG), WiseStream II compression technology, and digital image stabilisation. Model XNP-6120H offers endless 360-degree viewing and 12x optical zoom. Wisenet X cameras capture excellent color images in low-light environments; substantial bandwidth savings with WiseStream II compression technology that dynamically controls encoding and balances quality and compression according to movement in the image; a USB port, license-free analytics; dual SD card slots; and gyro sensors (certain models) for more accurate stabilisation.
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.
At ASIS 2017, Pelco by Schneider Electric will be showcasing a wide range of integrated surveillance technologies which drive the company’s advanced solutions capabilities. Key vertical market displays in the Pelco exhibit (booth 2309) will address challenges faced in the city surveillance, gaming, ports, and oil and gas verticals. A special feature in the Pelco exhibit will highlight how the company’s portfolio of surveillance cameras and video management platforms combine with partner technologies to seamlessly deliver end-user solutions with meaningful innovation. “Pelco is reclaiming the lead in product development and in driving advanced integrated surveillance solutions,” said David DeLisser, Director of Global Solutions Marketing, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “This year’s ASIS exhibit demonstrates our commitment to deliver solutions that provide our customers with meaningful innovation to address their specific security challenges and objectives.” Port security Today’s airports and seaports are faced with operational challenges that impact nearly every aspect of the facility. From strict regulation requirements, to evolving terrorism threats, to theft prevention and a focus on passenger safety, these complex environments require immediate response and leave little room for error. Pelco’s Video Management System (VMS) and extensive portfolio of high-resolution network surveillance cameras provide security management with the wide area coverage and documentation they need so they can control their facility with confidence. By leveraging powerful VMS offerings with third-party solution providers, and multiple related systems such as access control and analytics, Pelco provides tailored solutions to help better protect ports. Pelco’s powerful VMS solutions ensure that gaming facilities’ surveillance and security systems are controlled with confidence Casinos and Gaming surveillance As gaming facilities continue to evolve into multi-use, multi-business operations, their surveillance needs continue to expand and escalate. This requires a partner with end-to-end surveillance solutions that deliver the performance and quality required for mission critical applications while satisfying the specific compliance demands for gaming facilities. Pelco’s powerful VMS solutions ensure that gaming facilities’ surveillance and security systems are controlled with confidence. With features like the ability to partition systems with independent control and analytics, Pelco’s VMS platforms satisfy specific gaming application requirements. Pelco also provides a comprehensive range of imaging solutions that deliver wide area, long range, extreme close-up and panoramic coverage even in challenging lighting conditions that are ideal for virtually any gaming table, back area, casino cashier, parking area, and entry/egress coverage applications. Oil and Gas video solutions Hazardous environments require specialized products that comply to specific criteria and regulations. Pelco’s unique explosion-proof cameras are engineered to survive in the harshest and most hazardous environments. When deployed with Pelco’s versatile VMS solutions, these unique systems dramatically improve the control of integrated surveillance and security systems, providing users with greater situational awareness so they can make more timely decisions and execute decisive action. Enabled with SCADA integration and perimeter control analytics, Pelco delivers comprehensive surveillance and security solutions specifically designed for oil and gas facilities. City Surveillance City surveillance systems need to function as eyes on the street for law enforcement and city management officials. Pelco’s comprehensive offering of panoramic multi-sensor cameras deliver 180°, 270° and 360° views that totally surround you. When combined with any of Pelco’s advanced networked PTZ dome and fixed cameras with advanced low-light and processing capabilities, system operators have unparalleled flexibility to monitor wide areas such as parks and intersections with advanced analytics like automatic vehicle incident detection or license plate recognition analytics.
G2E Asia 2017, the marketplace for the Asian gaming industry, held in Macau from May 16 to May 18, was the largest edition in the show’s history. Marking another year of setting new records across several key areas: The show spanned 28,000 sqm of exhibition space – 27% increase over last year; The total number of visitors increased 28% over last year – with close to 14,000 in attendance; and The attendees included over 1,650 VIPs and top-quality buyers, producing a remarkable growth of 75% from 2016. "Despite the gaming industry in Macau’s tumultuous global and economic factors, we continue to see the evolution of gaming in Asia, with Macau as the ultimate regional hub,” said Josephine Lee, Chief Operating Officer of Reed Exhibitions Greater China. “G2E Asia set new records this year in the number of visitors attending, exhibition space and diversity of international representation at the event. These factors all benefit G2E and the Asian gaming industry as a whole.” Product Hot Hits Product Hot Hits, a newly introduced feature at G2E Asia 2017, was particularly successful at the show. Hot Hit boards were installed in conspicuous spaces around the halls to display the top ten products that were scanned the most by visitors through the show’s mobile app. The exciting visuals and product highlights generated additional buzz across the show floor. Winning product The product with the highest number of scans at G2E Asia 2017 was Mobile Gaming White Label Solution by GWIN. J.W., Manager of GWIN Group said, “What a simple but impactful innovation by G2E Asia. We’re honoured to be crowned as the inaugural G2E Asia Product Hot Hits champion. This has helped us increase the exposure of our brand, and the number of incoming orders has also increased tremendously. GWIN is grateful for this recognition of our hard work. We will continue to strive to launch more innovative features into our products for operators to expand their iGaming business territory. And of course, we are already looking ahead to G2E Asia 2018.” G2E Asia 2018 will take place from May 15 – 17, 2018 at The Venetian Macao, Macau SAR, while G2E Las Vegas will be running from October 3-5, 2017, at Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas.
Cameras capable of recording video at 60 frames per second (fps) are becoming widely available in the security industry. It’s important to understand what 60-fps brings to the table for the security industry and how to leverage the technology for particular scenarios. Capturing video at 60-fps represents a unique application. System integrators typically use much lower frame rates, ranging from 7- to up to 30-fps. The potential for an incident might only represent 1%, or less, of the time a camera is recording. However, when a significant event does occur, it’s better to record at a higher frame rate, because incidents such as a car accident, an altercation, or someone running away are usually only seconds long. Depending on the lighting environment, and the camera setup at that time, you either captured plenty of details or you didn’t. Casino and stadium security For example, in casinos, hands, money and chips move around quickly. If there’s a dispute, footage needs to be examined frame-by-frame at a resolution that provides exacting detail. For this reason, Las Vegas casinos require at least 30-fps for any cameras covering gaming action. Another example is a stadium; if you have a lower frame rate of 10-fps, it might look good when all the seats are empty and there is very little motion. On game day, things can look different. If there is an altercation, at that frame rate, it becomes difficult to ascertain the actual sequence of events. The quality of what is captured in those brief moments is where 60-fps recording pays off with its increased resolution and crystal-clear image detail. Casino footage needs to be examined frame-by-frame at a resolution that provides exacting detail. Can my infrastructure handle 60-fps? Running multiple streams of 60-fps 24/7 will consume network resources and storage space at an exponential rate, which is difficult to justify for most organisations. For 60-fps recording to be practical, H.265 encoding and other compression techniques are necessary. With H.265, there is no requirement to upgrade a network infrastructure. H.265 does require a more capable workstation to decode, view and playback video, but most VMS systems utilise GPUs for decoding, so this is a non-issue for most installations. The best way to reduce network and storage bandwidth is to teach the camera not to run at its maximum frame rate when there is no motion. The frame rate can drop to 5- to 4-fps if there is no motion or other activity, but as soon as there is a visual or audible trigger, the camera can dynamically switch to its highest frame rate. Having analytics in-camera makes this simple to setup and should be part of a camera’s profile. Performance vs. frame rate A camera capable of 60-fps output is considered a high-performance camera. It might be more beneficial to put that performance to use enabling features other than pure 60-fps output. Cameras with the power to output 60-fps should also be able to process more data in parallel than regular cameras. This means that a 60-fps camera could also be used to send out multiple streams at lower frame rates. You might decide on a 30-fps stream to the recorder, with a 15-fps profile feeding a live view, and another 15-fps stream going to a mobile app. In this way, a 60-fps camera can offer tremendous flexibility in how its power and processing are used. Shutter speeds are typically reduced at night to get more light onto a camera’s sensor WDR (wide dynamic range) has the ability to combine multiple exposures into a single image to allow us to see in the shadows while not overexposing highlights. WDR can also halve your frame rate. A typical 30-fps sensor with WDR enabled has an effective frame rate of 15-fps for motion because of the duplicate frames being used for exposures. Starting with a 60-fps camera, customers can utilise WDR and still have an impressive 30-fps frame rate for an incredible quality image. Optimising equipment for low-light usage Shutter speeds are typically reduced at night to get more light onto a camera’s CMOS sensor. The sensitivity of the sensor and the lens f-stop will come into play, but in general, if you force the camera to run at 60-fps at night, it’s going to produce a darker image than a 15-fps or 30-fps camera. A camera set at 15-fps may also produce more of a ghosting effect on fast moving objects. Ultimately, it’s the customer’s individual use case that should dictate what is most important between luminance and clarity for moving objects. A powerful 60-fps camera can deliver the best tradeoff between low-light performance and frame rate, giving end users the best possible solution available for their unique requirements. Many VMS solutions can tell cameras to switch profiles at certain times of the day to capture optimal images based on the environment and time of day. Again, 60-fps cameras can offer the most flexibility across all scenarios. It’s important to remember that most cameras look good in daylight, and since 99% of installations happen in the daytime, always remember to tune cameras for nighttime use as well.
As the technology in omnidirectional cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market Just a few years ago, omnidirectional cameras were a novelty. Today, however, this technology has taken the leap to the mainstream. Think about how ubiquitous Google’s Street View is, and you can gain a better idea of the power of omnidirectional cameras. Even consumers are starting to see many forms of omnidirectional cameras, from 360-degree lenses on SLRs to 360-degree video from action cameras. To that end, 360-degree cameras represent one of the strongest areas of growth in surveillance technology, with global unit shipments forecasted by IHS to increase by more than 60 percent year-on-year. Omnidirectional vs. traditional cameras Both 360- and 180-degree surveillance cameras offer panoramic views, helping reduce the number of traditional narrow field-of-view cameras needed in a single installation. Omnidirectional cameras can also be used in concert with PTZ cameras, or replace them entirely depending on the application. Not only does this help increase situational awareness, it decreases the overall cost of the cameras, installation and maintenance. Compared to PTZ cameras, omnidirectional cameras have the advantage of being able to pan, tilt and zoom around in both live, as well as stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time, ensuring incidents can be resolved quickly and efficiently, and at the same time, go back to stored 360-degree video to conduct investigations. The option for 180- and 360-degree coverage from a single camera is delivered via a specialised lens on one sensor or a camera that integrates with multiple sensors with conventional lenses aligned to provide an ultra-wide-angle coverage. Single-lens or “fisheye” cameras use a specialised lens called a fisheye lens, which, when compared to a conventional lens, employs different optical design techniques that can lead to the distortion of the captured image when viewing beyond a 90-degree horizontal field-of-view. With this, “barrel distortion” can occur, where a circular image is created and a straight line within the captured image appears curved. ‘Dewarping’ software has to be used to correct this optical illusion. As a consequence of lens design idiosyncrasies in 180- and 360-degree fisheye cameras, either an oval or circular shaped imaged is created. Since image sensors used in surveillance cameras are square or rectangular, some parts of the sensor are not used. Increasingly affordable solutions As the technology in these types of cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market. Similarly, higher resolutions and more affordable storage for video data make it more affordable to get increased amounts of coverage and detail at the same time. As mentioned previously, cost savings can also be realised when a single 360-degree camera replaces three to four fixed cameras, a result that can be recreated in other areas or departments within an organisation to help realise additional cost savings. Fisheye vs. multi-sensor Fisheye and multi-sensor cameras both create panoramic images, but do so in very different ways. Fisheye cameras capture the whole scene in a single view without having to stitch images, so the full view of the captured video footage has consistent brightness, sharpness and contrast across the entire scene. Fisheye cameras also offer a number of other benefits: higher reliability as a result of a single sensor, camera and lens arrangement; no blind spots; fixed focus, making installation quicker; lower cost; and a smaller, less obtrusive form factor. Additionally, the dewarping of the image is carried out in the video management system or network video recorder, allowing for higher frame rates at any given bandwidth. Omnidirectional cameras can pan, tilt and zoom around in both live and stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time However, fisheye cameras may have fewer pixels per foot, depending on the total resolution, and these types of cameras require client-side dewarping to gain the full benefits of retrospective image adjustment – that is, dewarping of stored video for investigations. Multi-sensor cameras, on the other hand, may offer a higher total resolution depending on the individual resolution of each of the sensors within the camera. Here, dewarping is not required since each sensor is, in essence, a narrow field-of-view camera. Multi-sensor cameras, however, have more than one sensor, which can lead to an overall higher maintenance costs, and with four or more cameras needed to cover a specific area, there is an increased risk that one or more of the sensors can malfunction — in essence, lower reliability. Installation of multi-sensor cameras is also more complicated and more time-intensive. Additionally, the units themselves can be large and bulky, and complex to operator and manage — each view has to be stitched together, which means captured images have to be carefully calibrated with the correct brightness, colour, contrast and sharpness for the image to be as clear and seamless as it needs to be for viewing and evidentiary purposes. Other possible considerations include: additional licensing fees for each camera connected to an NVR or VMS, total frame rate is generally lower and bandwidth usage will be high. Also, storage costs are higher. As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation Dewarping images If a camera sends a 360-degree image, the VMS software has to dewarp the image so that users can get normal views while electronically PTZ’ing around in the image. This is called “client-side” dewarping. With client-side dewarping, images can be dewarped retrospectively — that is, stored video can be dewarped, enabling users to forensically analyse a scene after the fact. The result is that investigations can be carried on as if the video were being watched in real time, making the data indispensable to investigators examining the details of a crime or security breach. Not only does this approach deliver new levels of situational awareness, but it also allows officials to use the data to examine additional areas of interest. The virtual PTZ function can only be experienced via client-side dewarping for stored video, and it can also be run on still images. Additionally, different parts of the image might be useful for different applications that are hard to predict in advance. For example, a merchandiser may want to zoom in and look at signage or an end cap after the fact to gain better insight into the business. Client-side dewarping may also be run on mobile devices, on either live or on stored video. One challenge of client-side dewarping is that VMS and NVR platforms have to support this function. There are already a large number of platforms that support this functionality because of end user demand. On the other hand, camera-side dewarping does not require a VMS/NVR platform to integrate this function. Camera-side dewarping means you can only virtually PTZ around in a live scene, which is the same as using a motorised PTZ camera – and this function requires an operator to manually navigate and record what the camera sees. Once these views are fixed, a user may only see those views in stored footage, severely limiting the possibility of being able to capture a wider scene for analysis. This means there may be more blind spots in live and stored video depending on how the views are configured. Evaluating technology implemented As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation. There are a number of pros and cons to dewarping software and the views within the cameras to consider. But, with higher resolutions and more efficient dewarping/stitching technologies, omnidirectional cameras may soon replace narrow field-of-view and PTZ cameras in a number of vertical markets, including transportation, retail, education, banking and finance, maritime, leisure and gaming, ushering in a new era of total situational awareness with a wealth of data and insight yet untapped.
7K cameras are best suited for large openspaces such as stadiums and city centres,capturing the finest details in their footage With several manufacturers now offering 4K CCTV cameras, Avigilon, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised the bar in April 2015 with the launch of their 7K HD Pro surveillance solution. The 30-megapixel camera is the latest addition to the company’s Professional Series, an innovative model Avigilon believes will drive competition in the security industry’s race for optimal resolution. Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro uses Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, featuring its High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. It offers a horizontal resolution in excess of 7,000 pixels and more than 30 million pixels in total. The camera also performs in “extreme lighting conditions,” supported by Avigilon’s LightCatcher technology, which boosts low-light performance. Critics have raised the argument that the technology may only be necessary for certain applications – specifically for casino use – and is unnecessary for many other commercial uses. So, is there ever such a thing as too good? Integrator ACC Security Solutions specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of custom-tailored commercial security systems in the Northwest region of England. “We are an Avigilon partner, which is constantly pushing boundaries in the realm of CCTV and security. Through the technologies they develop we are able to provide our clients with the latest in security innovations,” says Simon Farmer, ACC Security managing director. He says the emergence of newer technologies in general allow ACC Security to create intelligence within a system by enabling various aspects of the security system (the cameras, lights, audio messaging, alarms) to integrate and communicate with each other. The future of 7K Farmer expects many installation opportunities for the deployment of 7K cameras, with the technology best suited for applications that extend beyond gaming and include large open spaces such as stadiums, city centres, expansive warehouses and other similar vertical markets. “It allows you to zoom in from a distance and drill much deeper into recorded footage without losing detail. A single 7K can cover the same area as three 2K cameras, so it also offers a cost saving to those who utilise its technology,” he says. "It allows you to zoom in from a distance and drill much deeper into recorded footage without losing detail. A single 7K can cover the same area as three 2K cameras, so it also offers a cost saving to those who utilise its technology", says Simon Farmer, ACC Security managing director A good candidate client for the technology would be an end user interested in capturing the finest detail possible in their footage. “One area that we have seen an increased interest in higher quality footage is the food and water production industries. Threats of poisoning from terrorists have meant that production lines must be monitored much more closely, and higher resolution offered by 7K makes this possible.” Assessing the suitability of the use and placement of these cameras is vital if they are to be used efficiently and cost-effectively. For every site visited, ACC Security believes in correctly identifying and delivering the ideal operational requirements. The priority is ensuring the right system is selected for each client, installed to the best possible specification and that the system provides adequate and effective coverage. “All our systems are designed and fitted in consultation with clients to ensure the most suitable product is delivered,” Farmer adds. Do smaller, local businesses or commercial units require Avigilon’s 7K HD Pro? Perhaps not just yet. But without global market leaders continually driving the evolution of security technology, the market would become stagnant. As long as the big players such as Avigilon keep bettering themselves and paving the way for this type of innovative technology, whether it is in HD imaging or other areas, the security systems that are available commercially will continue to evolve. “It’s massively important for us to keep up with the latest technology available on the market (such as 7K cameras) as it lets us stay many steps ahead of the competition, many of whom can only offer equipment from out-of-date catalogues that have to be approved by many levels of management,” Farmer says.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE) is the gaming and hospitality arm of the Cherokee Nation, operating multiple casinos and hotels across northeast Oklahoma, USA, including the prestigious Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Concerned that their security team was spending an overly large number of person-hours reviewing video recordings searching for a single person of interest, CNE sought to reduce the time it took to review security footage, so their security team could remain focused on proactive tasks, and optimise their day-to-day efficiency. CNE also wanted to obtain and assess accurate data on occupancy and visitor trends for business intelligence purposes. Furthermore, CNE wanted to be alerted to security-related events in real-time, in order to handle security issues as they developed. savVi’s video surveillance solution CNE selected savVi, Agent Vi’s on premise video analytics solution, due to the wide range of video analytics capabilities that savVi offers. Over 1,000 savVi licenses were purchased, allowing cameras at CNE’s ten Oklahoma-based casinos to be enabled with different combinations of real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence capabilities. CNE utilises the video search capability most widely – to enable rapid search through the surveillance video to pinpoint events of interest – and therefore video search capabilities are enabled on the majority of cameras at the sites. Business intelligence capabilities are mostly deployed around the various gaming machines, and at entrance and exit points, to show traffic patterns and real-time people counts. Real-time event detection capabilities are used largely for the high-security areas to ensure that CNE’s security team is informed regarding situations, as they unfold. savVi is deployed through integration with a range of Axis network cameras, primarily the AXIS P3225 and Q3505 fixed cameras, the AXIS P5635, Q6044 and Q6045 PTZ cameras, and for outdoor vehicle search, the AXIS Q3708 fixed camera with three sensors. CNE uses Milestone XProtect Corporate Video Management System (VMS), which is fully and seamlessly integrated with savVi, a Milestone Certified Solution. savVi’s video search capabilities allow for verification of personal injury claims by customers who may be trying to defraud the casino savVi’s real-time event detection savVi’s video search capabilities are of considerable importance to CNE. There is a prevailing need for the casinos to be able to swiftly locate specific events within masses of footage (“incident remediation” as it is known within the entertainment industry). Among other things, this allows for verification of personal injury claims by customers who may be trying to defraud the casino. Previously, the security team’s time was heavily occupied by observing hours of footage in search of a specific person or incident. savVi now enables CNE to run the search automatically, allowing far more effective use of the operators’ time, and reduced search time from as much as 16 hours for a single search, down to a matter of minutes. savVi’s real-time event detection capabilities are primarily used by CNE to ensure a safer and more secure environment within the casino parking facilities. By immediately alerting to any suspicious event, such as people loitering or cars moving in an unauthorised direction, the security team can monitor events and act accordingly as they unfold. savVi’s heat mapping capabilities savVi also allows CNE to gather and analyse essential business intelligence data on occupancy and visitor trends. savVi delivers accurate headcounts, meaning that the security team is constantly aware of how many people are on-site and using the casino facilities. This provides essential knowledge in the case of an emergency where a facility might need to be evacuated, and also helps prevent over-crowding. By utilising savVi’s heat mapping capabilities, CNE has knowledge of which areas of the casino are more heavily populated, and at what times. CNE can then leverage the data collected in a number of ways, including negotiating leasing deals for externally-owned casino equipment and knowing which internal locations require heavier investment of machines and personnel. This puts CNE well ahead of its competitors, as it is one of, if not the, first gaming company to employ Business Intelligence through video analytics. SavVi’s deployment in CNE’s casinos is an endorsement of the great benefit that savVi’s video analytics capabilities" savVi’s video analytics capabilities “It was savVi’s swift and effective video search that caught CNE’s attention when searching for an enhanced security solution, in particular due to the automated query ability,” said Joshua Anderson, Director of Surveillance and Technology, Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “We have been extremely impressed with savVi’s capabilities and the quality of its performance, and fully expect savVi to increase efficiencies and provide true ROI which will have a major impact on the bottom line.” “Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission’s approval of savVi’s deployment in CNE’s casinos is an endorsement of the great benefit that savVi’s video analytics capabilities offer to gaming concerns,” commented AJ Frazer, VP Business Development, Agent Vi. “Having selected to deploy the full range of savVi video analytics functionalities, savVi offers CNE valuable insights into the activities and customer experience at their multiple sites, benefitting both CNE and their customers.”
Pivot3, the hyperconverged infrastructure performance and technology provider, announced Caesars Entertainment EMEA has deployed Pivot3 HCI to ensure robust protection of critical video surveillance data and to future-proof its IT infrastructure to support a wider range of workloads. Support multiple mission-critical workloads Pivot3 unifies storage, compute and virtualisation resources into a powerful, easy-to-deploy solution that reduces cost, IT complexity and organisational risk. With Pivot3, Caesars’ can now support multiple mission-critical workloads, including video surveillance, on a single high-performance and cost-effective infrastructure platform. “We selected Pivot3 because we have complete confidence that its highly-resilient HCI technology will protect our video data,” said Charles Rayer, IT director, Caesars Entertainment EMEA. “In today’s sophisticated gaming environment, it’s critical that video data is protected, always available and easily accessible at any time, from any device or location. Pivot3 supports our broader roadmap initiatives with the opportunity to expand hyperconverged to our datacenter and enterprise computing applications, which helps future-proof our investment and drive additional value across our organisation.” In addition to Pivot3, Caesars EMEA is deploying Milestone video management software (VMS) across its 14 sites Video surveillance & management solutions Caesars Entertainment is one of the most established and innovative brands in the global gaming industry. Its EMEA division has a diverse portfolio of gaming, entertainment, restaurants and bars at locations throughout the United Kingdom, South Africa and Egypt. The organisation relies on highly-integrated video surveillance solutions to capture the data that drives business intelligence and ensures compliance and continuous operations. The addition of Pivot3 to its ecosystem helps protect against system failures, operational interruptions and lost revenues, which cannot be tolerated in strict regulatory environments such as gaming. Milestone video management software In addition to Pivot3, Caesars EMEA is deploying Milestone video management software (VMS) across its 14 sites in the region. Pivot3’s interoperability and ease of integration with Milestone stems from its ability to consolidate VMS hosting, security applications and associated data, and all client workstations into one centralised platform. Caesars EMEA’s individual sites incorporate 75 to more than 200 video surveillance cameras. “HCI is the ideal platform for mission-critical applications, like video surveillance, that require the highest degree of protection, resiliency and availability,” said Brandon Reich, video surveillance practice leader, Pivot3. “Pivot3 is designed to handle the rigors of enterprise IT environments with the fastest, simplest and smartest HCI available, and we’re excited to support Caesars’ video data protection needs as well as their infrastructure growth going forward.”
Dallmeier, a worldwide acknowledged solutions provider for the casino industry, has just returned from G2E Asia show where the company has had a successful launch of their new innovative Smart Casino Solutions, extremely well received by the visitors. Smart Casino Solutions “In recent years we have worked diligently and invested heavily in Research and Development, aiming to create innovative flexible solutions for the gaming industry as a whole, delivering comprehensive real-time hands on results.”, said Konrad Hechtbauer, Project & Application Development Director of Dallmeier Electronic and Managing Director of Dallmeier International. “We aim to establish ourselves as a complete turnkey solution provider with a wide offering of innovative Smart Casino products, that can easily be combined or presented as individual modules and/or interfaced with third party technologies to meet the needs of the end user in their environment.” Dallmeier’s vision is to create innovative operational systems which could in real-time manage different business areas and concepts Dallmeier’s vision is to create innovative operational systems which could in real-time manage different business areas and concepts, giving the operators complete control of all areas of their properties, such as Gaming, Security, Surveillance, Hotel, Retail and Strategic Marketing, etc. “Security, traceability, overall operations’ management from every angle and aspect, and a complete detailed analysis of the obtained data are the key elements building our innovative systems”, added Konrad Hechtbauer. During G2E show Dallmeier’s Casino Team had conducted dedicated personal demonstrations, where invited guests could see and experience all new developments recently introduced by the company. Advanced surveillance technologies “For years Dallmeier was worldwide known for their advanced surveillance technology and we are now ready to pursue different business opportunities and strategies, aiming to place Dallmeier as a leading strategic partner for the casino operators. In the coming years we’ll continue to develop our product offering to support overall casino operations management, creating new systems for live gaming, solutions for various security aspects, and options and modules to enhance operators’ strategic marketing”, finished saying Konrad Hechtbauer.
The Surveon casino solutions protect the staff and guests from potential threats Involving with activities that take place on the gaming tables, casinos become one of the occasions requiring surveillance systems with advanced technology. While guests take part in the games with excitement, it’s crucial to have every moment closely monitored to avoid potential disputes. With Surveon’s professional casino solutions, including a series of HDR cameras, 5 megapixel fisheye cameras, enterprise hardware RAID megapixel recorders as well as central management software, also called as Surveon Control Center (SCC), casino can easily track every event that occurs at any time with improved profitability while being cost-saving.Surveon WDR camerasThe complex light conditions and the demand of view angles coverage on different areas like card tables, lobby, or reception counters could be some challenges for casinos to overcome. The excellent performance of Surveon WDR cameras helps meet the demands. The 3 megapixel cameras provide 1.5-time larger monitoring range at 30 fps, becoming an ideal option for monitoring areas with high speed, such as roulette wheels.Moreover, the PTZ cameras offer wider view angles and coverage with excellent megapixel image quality, protecting the staff and guests from potential threats. Among Surveon camera selection, 2MP compact box CAM2311SC with WDR, 3MP indoor dome CAM4321LV with 3-axis support, 2MP PTZ dome CAM5330SZ with 10x optical zoom, 3MP outdoor speed dome CAM6471EZ, and 5MP indoor fisheye CAM7511 are to be recommended for such application.Surveon NVR2100 Series “We are glad that Surveon offers such a comprehensive product line-up to fulfill our needs at once” Supporting up to 64-channel 5MP recording, the Surveon NVR2100 Series with hardware RAID was chosen to provide large capacities for longer video retention periods, overall system stability and zero video loss. In addition, its hot-swappable, thermal proven cables and redundant components with industrial grade standard make it possible to achieve 24/7 non-stop megapixel recording for casino application. Paired with Surveon Enterprise VMS with SCC management software, the advanced matrix wall management enables casino to monitor every image without negligence.Surveon casino solutions have been successfully adopted in Phoenix Casino, Vietnam. "Finding a reliable surveillance partner is always the goal we are aiming for. We are glad that Surveon offers such a comprehensive product line-up to fulfill our needs at once. The performance and image quality have enhanced our efficiency conducting surveillance tasks. The running applications are reliable and quite satisfying," said the Managing Director for the surveillance deployment in the casino.Surveon is dedicated to offering a variety of end-to-end video surveillance solutions catering to different vertical applications, giving partners reliable options for their projects.
This major project further strengthens Qognify’s position as a leader in video surveillance for the gaming industry Qognify, formerly NICE Security, announced that its video management system (VMS) has been chosen by a major casino in Asia, to deliver 24 x 7 x 365 monitoring. The VMS will deter and prevent disruptive and unlawful behaviour, enable the security team to manage incidents with minimal disruption to the gaming floor, and make its 10 million annual visitors feel safe.Qognify is relied upon by a strong install base of casinos worldwide, including many of the largest and busiest gaming establishments. This major project further strengthens Qognify’s position as a leader in video surveillance for the gaming industry.Video surveillance monitoring Operators will be able to adjust cameras remotely, enabling them to quickly change views to focus on specific areas and events The casino will benefit from Qognify’s unprecedented levels of resilience and reliability, with its award-winning VMS delivering 100% system availability and zero downtime, for uninterrupted 24 x 7 x 365 continuous video surveillance monitoring across the entire estate. High definition video will deliver exceptional levels of detail for a wide range of purposes, including card games and money-counting areas. Through the Qognify VMS, operators will be able to adjust cameras remotely, enabling them to quickly change views to focus on specific areas and events.Meeting casino requirements“Gaming establishments are very challenging environments for security to operate. Through our 20 years’ experience working with casinos, we have developed an exceptional enterprise solution that meets their demanding requirements on the gaming floor and in the back-office,” comments Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. “Our VMS delivers cost-effective, high-quality video monitoring of the entire casino operation. This facilitates quick and effective prevention of potential security issues, promotes the safety of guests, guarantees gaming continuity and protects the integrity of casino operations.”
Phoenix Casino needed a robust monitoring system to record high quality images over long periods Surveon is pleased to announce Phoenix Casino in Vietnam has adopted Surveon’s network cameras and NVR as their partner for surveillance applications. With Surveon’s end-to-end product lineup, including a series of HDR cameras, 5 megapixel fisheye cameras, enterprise hardware RAID megapixel recorders and central management software Surveon Control Center (SCC), Phoenix casino can easily track all events at all times with improved profitability while saving on cost at the same time. Casino surveillance solution Phoenix Casino, located a short drive from Hanoi city, is one of the only seven licensed casinos in the nation. Equipped with beautifully designed facilities, the casino is an entertainment resort offering non-stop excitement. To ensure the safety of all guests and staff in such a hectic environment, the casino needed a surveillance solution that offers high quality, stability and low fault rate for their 24/7 operation. Dim light and crowded spaces result in greater difficulties for the surveillance environment. With its extensive infrastructure, Phoenix Casino needed a robust monitoring system to record high quality images over long recording periods. To meet all of their demands, Surveon provided the surveillance system that keeps everything under control. No blind spots, low fault rate, high image quality Surveon’s CAM7511 fisheye camera leaves nothing behind and is able to monitor the whole casino without any blind spots with 5 megapixel video resolutions, eliminating the cost of installing extra cameras. CAM6351 provides the site with better and wider view angles and coverage. The excellent low light performance of CAM2311SC Compact Network Camera and the various PTZ Indoor Dome cameras help meet this project’s demands. Thanks to the above deployments, the whole casino can be monitored without any blind spots with low fault rate and high image quality. Moreover, Surveon’s NVR2164 ensures continuous recording of high resolution video with stability and reliability with its built-in premium-grade RAID subsystem storage. Combined with Surveon Enterprise VMS and SCC (Surveon Control Center) management software, the advanced matrix wall management enables Phoenix Casino to monitor each image without negligence. “Finding a reliable surveillance partner is always the goal we are aiming for. We are glad that Surveon offers such a comprehensive product lineup to fulfill all our needs at once! The performance and image quality have enhanced our efficiency in conducting surveillance tasks. The running applications are reliable and satisfying.” said the Managing Director handling the casino’s surveillance deployment. Surveon’s megapixel cameras adhere to ONVIF standards and are fully compatible with Surveon VMS and other major third party VMS, giving partners a broad range of solution options for their projects
Round table discussion
You could say concerns about privacy are “trending” in our increasingly data-driven world. Unease about how Facebook and other high-tech companies use and share data dominates the news, and the full impact of new European Union (EU) regulations is about to be felt around the world. By May 25, companies that collect data on EU citizens will need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data, as enumerated in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). But how do the new regulations, and broader concerns about privacy, affect the physical security market? We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How do privacy issues and regulations, such as GDPR, impact physical security systems and how they are managed?
A clear image is the desired end-result of video systems – or is it? In a growing number of applications, it’s not the image itself, but rather what information can be gained from the image, that is most important. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to comment on some of the ways information from video is valuable to end users. Specifically, we asked: In what applications does information derived from video images provide more value than the images themselves?
The evolution of IP video has placed a lot of attention on the resolution of video, as measured in the growing number of pixels in a frame. But another variable, receiving less attention, is the number of frames captured per minute (fps). We inherited the idea of “full-frame-rate” video from the analogue world, but increasing numbers of pixels (and more data!) have sometimes led to use of slower frame rates. We asked our Expert Panel: What is the value of “full-frame-rate” video? Absent specific compliance requirements, what might suffice as an acceptable frame rate (i.e., less than 30 frames per second [NTSC] or 25 frames per second [PAL])?