VIVOTEK, the global IP surveillance provider, released four top-tier 4K cameras, the FD9391-EHTV, IB9391-EHT, IP9191-HP and IP9191-HT. These four brand new ultra-HD cameras provide 3840x2160 resolutions at 30 frames per second and 1920x1080 resolutions at 120 frames per second. Compared to other devices with standard 1080p resolution, the video quality in these cameras has seen significant advancement, delivering images of four times the resolution to viewers. Anti-intrusion software Taking in...
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete...
Vanderbilt, a provider of security systems, announces that Scott Kilbourn has been named the company's new Southeast Regional Sales Director. In this role, he will be instrumental in creating relationships with both end users and channel partners as he helps build on the continued success of the organisation in the region. Kilbourn joins Vanderbilt from All State Fire and Security, where he served as a Strategic Account Executive, working as part of an expansive team to manage and grow exi...
Genetec Inc., a technology provider of parking enforcement, unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced Plate Link, a new feature for its AutoVu™ automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) solution. Designed to allow vehicles to share license plate data while out on patrol, Plate Link acts as a force multiplier for parking enforcement officers (PEOs), allowing them to administer shared permits and time-limited parking bylaws across multiple z...
With the rapid development of industrial automation, the long for productivity enhancement, labour interference reduction and product quality improvement is souring, resulting in a rapidly growing demand of industrial cameras. Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has unveiled a series of new industrial camera to enrich its product offering globally for logistics industry and general industry automation. Industrial camera series Together with the new...
STANLEY Security, global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, has broadened its alarm verification offerings with STANLEY’s Thermal Perimeter Detection, a solution that provides a reinforced layer of identification and verification protection against intrusion, theft and damage in outdoor spaces with the use of thermal sensors and intelligent analytics. With the mounting number of high-value assets being stored outdoors for multip...
Bosch introduces a complete new lineup of intelligent cameras within its midrange portfolio. The all-new fixed FLEXIDOME camera and DINION bullet IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras now have Essential Video Analytics built in as a standard (intelligent) feature. This enables these network video cameras to understand what they are seeing, generating metadata to add sense and structure to the video footage. Instead of simply capturing and storing video data, users can now use the metadata alongside the video footage to improve their level of security and make smarter business decisions using a wealth of statistics. Improving security and intrusion detection Further improving security, these intelligent cameras enable advanced intrusion detection, allowing users to set one or more alarm rules in parallel, only receiving alerts when needed. The cameras’ ability to interpret what they see helps add sense and structure to video data using metadata. Video data is enriched with numerous statistics like colour details, and the type, speed and direction of moving objects in a scene. The standard forensic search feature provided with Essential Video Analytics employs metadata, making it possible to sift through hours of recorded video data in only seconds. Delivering the right information in case of an emergency or the correct evidence after a criminal act is easier than ever. Beyond security: Retail business decisions By enabling users to interpret data directly at the source, data can also be re-assigned to make smarter business decisions. In the retail business environment, for example, the IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras can gather statistics such as the number of people entering or leaving a store, or identify patterns in customer activity in order to optimise store layouts, improve customer experiences and bolster sales. The new DINION IP starlight 6000i IR bullet camera provides clear and detailed colour images, thanks to Bosch starlight technology Another example of how the cameras take analytics beyond mere security applications is by helping enforce health and safety regulations in commercial buildings, retail, warehouses and industrial facilities. Through video analytics, automatic alarms can trigger when something is blocking emergency exits, when forklift trucks are driving in the wrong direction, or when unauthorised vehicles are parked in “no-parking” areas, such as loading zones. Bosch starlight technology The next level in video security and video data analytics requires cameras with built-in video analytics combined with the ability to deliver the highest image quality and most efficient data management. With these requirements in mind, the IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras are available in a range of resolutions, from 720p up to 5 megapixels, with frame rates up to 60 frames per second. Even in challenging lighting conditions, the new DINION IP starlight 6000i IR bullet camera provides clear and detailed colour images, thanks to Bosch starlight technology. This opens up the camera’s full video analytics capabilities, like colour filtering, even in scenes with minimal ambient light, to improve security and offer new application opportunities. Noise reduction and intelligent streaming For the most efficient data management, all IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent streaming. Since quiet scenes with little or no movement require a lower bitrate, the cameras’ intelligent bitrate techniques distinguish between image noise and relevant information, such as movement. This helps keep video data manageable, while substantially reducing network strain and storage requirements - and because image noise is reduced at the source during image capture, the lower bitrate does not compromise video quality. Combined with latest H.265 video compression, the cameras can reduce bitrates by up to 80 percent. In case a legacy system does not yet support H.265, the all-new IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras ensure backward compatibility by supporting legacy H.264 systems. Like all Bosch network cameras, the IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i models offer various software and hardware measures, such as a built-in Trusted Platform Module, to keep video data secure. Bosch’s new IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i fixed dome and bullet cameras with built-in video analytics are designed to take data usage to a whole new level. The cameras not only meet highest security demands, they open up the world of video analytics, revolutionising how video data is used. Users can now put video analytics to work for them - to make smarter business decisions.
IDIS, the largest south Korean surveillance manufacturer, announced that it has signed a strategic alliance with Al Sulaiman Security Systems and Services (A4S). The Qatari based company is a well-established Extra Low Voltage (ELV) provider as well as offering total security solutions. A4S prides itself on its technical expertise, a motivated sales team, and highly qualified management personnel, with the company rolling out many high-profile projects across Qatar and beyond. Offering IDIS Total Solution Under the agreement A4S will offer its customers the IDIS Total Solution, encompassing the IDIS cornerstone of its portfolio, the plug-and-play and full-HD solution, DirectIP that comes with total cost free IDIS Center, an intuitive user interface that is extremely easy for operators to utilise and ensures a low total cost of ownership for end users. DirectIP offers a wide range of IP cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) suitable for any size or application. In addition, A4S can propose IDIS Solution Suite, enterprise-level video management software (VMS) that is perfect for large and multi-site implementations, DirectCX for customers looking to leveraging existing co-axial cabling as well as a multitude of IDIS innovations and that deliver a superior user experience and low-cost total cost ownership demonstrating “why it’s not the same, it’s IDIS.” Commenting, Harry Kwon, General Manager, IDIS Middle East and North Africa (MENA), said, “This is a very strategically important relationship for IDIS and A4S as well as the wider Al Sulaiman Holdings organisation. A4S has excellent local technical support, a strong sales force and a wide reach across Qatar. We already have a number of projects underway and the partnership is also paying dividends when we recently co-exhibited at the Project Qatar conference and exhibition picking up nearly 150 leads and 10 live projects.” Vertical market focus A4S is owned by Al Sulaiman Holdings, and since its inception in 1986, the company has continued its rise in ranks to become a remarkable leading business group in Qatar, operating a host of diversified business units across a spectrum of sectors. The company has businesses that range from jewellery, luxury retail, manufacturing and industrial services, healthcare and education among many others. Mr Nasser Sulaiman Haider Al Haider, Chairman of Al Sulaiman Holdings added, “We understood immediately that both IDIS and Al Sulaiman had many synergies including well established high-end vertical market focus in Qatar, a commitment to long term successful partnerships and an innovative vision into the future in terms of surveillance and security technology. We look forward to continuing to build upon our initial success and will strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.” Alvin R. Meria, General Manager of A4S, said: “We were instantly impressed with the IDIS Total Solution in terms of high-performance, quality and reliability. Since it’s quick and easy to install and maintain, this protects our margins and reduces costs and business disruption for our customers.”
VIVOTEK, the IP surveillance solution provider, is proud to showcase a wide range of new products and solutions at Salon APS 2017, to take place from September 26 to 28 at Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. At its booth, (#E36) VIVOTEK will unveil its latest strategy - See More in Smarter Ways, combining fully smart IP surveillance solutions to target retail, city, and industrial markets. Smarter Ways to Operate Retail VIVOTEK introduces a complete solution to its end users with the latest 12-megapixel fisheye camera, FE9191, featuring the ImmerVision 360° panomorph lens technology. This breakthrough in lens technology allows it to provide unparalleled peripheral visibility for optimal 360 image quality. Moreover, with built-in smart technology including crowd detection, it expands the horizons of intelligent surveillance solutions. To optimise retail operation, VIVOTEK introduces people counting solutions. The stereo camera SC8131 employs 3D Depth Technology, which is capable of achieving of up to 98% accuracy rates. Also on display will be a total WiFi solution with the latest 2-megapxiel WiFi cameras IP8160-W and IB8360-W, as well as the specifically designed WiFi Network Video Recorder (NVR) ND8212W, offering smarter options for retail users of any scale. Supreme City Surveillance Recognising the growing need for city surveillance to ensure public safety as well as overall efficiency, VIVOTEK presents the ideal solution for urban surveillance. The brand-new H.265 flagship model, the 2-megapixel bullet network camera IB9365-HT will also make a debut during the event. This model is equipped with the new generation of video compression technology, Smart Stream III, making it an unparalleled H.265 solution to minimise bandwidth usage. Also, to be on display is the SD9364-EH, a professional H.265 IR speed dome camera, equipped with Vari-Angle IR technology, featuring 250 meters IR illuminators to maintain superb image quality and illumination in the most challenging environments. VIVOTEK also demonstrates the outdoor ready VivoCam L2+ PoE switch with IP surveillance management functions, an all-in-one solution equipped with an industrial PoE switch. Making the series the perfect choice for any exposed outdoor application, a weather-proof IP67 and vandal–proof IK10-rated housing cabinet, surge protector and power supply ensure full protection against unfavorable climates as well as vandalism. See More with Industrial Surveillance VIVOTEK demonstrates further advances with two multiple sensor network cameras, the built-in IR illuminator capable unit MS8391-EV and MS8392-EV. Both cameras feature four 3-megapixel CMOS sensors with 180-degree panoramic views. Moreover, the cameras are especially equipped with a video alignment feature to provide a seamless picture while maximising the field of view and reducing the total number of cameras required, ultimately saving on installation costs. The two cameras are armed with a robust IP66 and IK10-rated housing to enable the multi-sensor devices to withstand rain and dust as well as any attempted vandalism or tampering. Operators will take advantage from the unique design of VIVOTEK’s panoramic solutions.
According to the September 2017 issue of Forbes Asia, this year’s Asia’s Fab 50 list is out. Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, made it into the top 50 of this exciting list. The Forbes 13th annual Fab 50 list of the best big publicly traded companies honors corporate stars throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This year, China is grabbing most of the spotlight, with 29 of the 50 companies headquartered on the mainland, represented by the two most valuable companies on the list: Alibaba and Tencent Holdings. Dahua is one of eleven Chinese new comers to the Fab 50, reflecting the country's deep pool of entrepreneurial talent. Forbes Asia’s Fab 50 2017 It is a gigantic competition among 1694 publicly traded companies that have at least US$1.8 billion in annual revenue. The companies that are losing money or whose revenue is less than it was five years ago are knocked off the list, together with those that are carrying a high debt ratio, and those that have more than 50% state or listed parent ownership. The final results were tallied made after Forbes ran a battery of more than a dozen financial measures among the remaining contenders. The goal is to highlight entrepreneurial outfits, not those living off of government connections, thus to produce a stellar lineup of high-performing blue chips - the region's best of the best. According to the Dahua 2016 Financial Report, Dahua accomplished a yearly gross revenue of US$1.93 Billion, representing a YOY growth of 32.26%. Since its IPO in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008, Dahua has attained continuous growth throughout the years. Its 2017 H1 Financial Report shows that it has achieved a YOY growth of 50.81% in terms of gross revenue in the reporting period. Dahua attaches great importance to cooperation with well-known companies and institutes Innovative surveillance technology Since 2014 Dahua has invested about 10% of its annual sales revenue into R&D, 10.67% in 2017 H1 according to the Dahua 2017 H1 Financial Report. The company has four research institutes – Advanced Technology Institute, Big Data Institute, Chip Institute and Video Cloud Institute -- and more than 5,000 R&D engineers and technical staff working on cutting-edge technologies. In 2017 alone, Dahua has released numerous new products and solutions such as the HDCVI-4K product line, ePoE systems, Seaport Solution, and Smart City Solutions. Dahua attaches great importance to cooperation with well-known companies and institutes. By the end of 2016, Dahua announced cooperation with DELL in building smart security systems. In 2017, Dahua cooperated with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications on a new joint intelligent video lab. It also worked with NVIDIA to promote video+ with "Deep Sense" smart video structure server. In addition, Dahua and Intel announced the joint release of a new industrial camera, setting the blueprint for the machine vision industry. According to Dahua 2016 Financial Report, in 2016, Dahua has finished the overall transformation of its diversified front-end products into smart devices, as well as the improvement of a multi-dimensional sensing system. Now it is focusing on upgrading customised industry solutions. Dahua has realised that to provide increasingly better service to its customers and partners, localization is a must Dahua IoT projects Quality has always been Dahua’s focus point. A national lean six sigma award in 2015, Hangzhou Best QC Organisation as well as Asia Quality Innovation Excellent Project in 2016 are just a few examples of Dahua’s commitment to quality. In June 2017, Dahua partnered with Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS) to enhance the security of its Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Later this year, the Dahua Intelligent (IoT) Industrial Park will be opened in Hangzhou’s Fuyang District. It is estimated that by the end of 2017, many more Dahua service stations will be opened all around the world, providing localised after-sales technical support to its local customers and partners. End-to-end service Dahua has realised that to provide increasingly better service to its customers and partners, localisation is a must. In addition to the establishment of service stations which mainly provide after-sales services, more and more subsidiaries and international academies have been opened in different regions of the world. In 2017 alone, Dahua opened subsidiaries in Russia, India, and Bulgaria. Two Dahua International Academy training sessions were held in Poland and Iberia, attracting extensive attention from Dahua customers and partners worldwide. Dahua has also been cooperating with world-renowned third-party software platforms such as Milestone, Genetec, Axxon, and Angelcam to extend the application scope of its products and solutions, giving its customers more utilisation opportunities. It might be worth mentioning that Dahua is the only video surveillance company that has been listed in the 2017 Fab 50. Just as the list’s goal is to highlight entrepreneurial outfits and produce a stellar lineup of high-performing blue chips, Dahua, with a mission of “Enabling a safer society and smarter living”, will continue to focus on “Innovation, Quality, and Service” to serve partners and customers around the world.
Moxa is helping meet Industry 4.0's demand for heightened visibility by launching the new NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, an enterprise-scale, out-of-the-box solution that conveniently integrates a RS-232/422/485 serial device server, a Wi-Fi client/bridge, and multiple digital I/O's into a single compact device. Deploying the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O empowers plant managers to wirelessly connect machinery to an IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n network for the collection, remote monitoring, and analysing of real-time visual insights on machine performance to ensure optimal manufacturing performance. "Today's manufacturers are under pressure to increase the productivity of every machine on the plant floor," said Paul Wacker, Product Marketing Manager for Device Connectivity. "Our new NPort provides a drop-in solution connecting existing equipment via Wi-Fi to gain valuable new insights about what is going on in each machine in real-time and how it is impacting productivity." Versatile advantages The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O delivers a significant advantage through its versatility. Any RS-232/422/485 serial or Ethernet device in the field can be linked to a wireless device. In addition, its multiple digital I/O's make the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O ideal for industrial data acquisition where dividends are paid in heightened efficiency, reduced production downtime, and lower overall costs. Also, because it supports baudrates between 50 and 921.6 kbps, the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O ensures reliable connectivity to the widest range of devices. "Using the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, however, CNC machines can be actively monitored to acquire data via Ethernet and/or wireless communications" Flexible application opportunities To underscore the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O's versatility, Wacker gave the example of legacy serial CNC machines. These older, capital-extensive machines are rarely connected to a plant's network, leaving plant managers in the dark as to production status. Using the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, however, CNC machines can be actively monitored to acquire data via Ethernet and/or wireless communications. Wacker also provided the example of installing the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O as a value-added service in a large parking lot. Detectors built into the back of individual parking spaces could be wirelessly read by the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O to let the head office know which parking spaces are taken and which are open. Available spaces can be displayed on a screen at parking lot entrances to assist drivers and improve customer satisfaction. Improve equipment effectiveness Overall Equipment Effectiveness or "OEE" is a key operational metric that helps plant managers monitor the performance of particular machines or production lines. Despite the numerous gains realised through Industry 4.0 technology, OEE remains stagnant at 60 percent or less for the majority of global manufacturers. The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O can help boost underperforming OEE by providing real-time visibility into machine status, allowing a plant manager to accurately adjust the production schedule for improved optimisation and decreased overhead costs. Integrated critical functions Gone are the days of spending the time to configure three different devices, going back and forth between different vendors for technical support, and buying different spare parts to maintain the different devices. With the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, all three critical functions -- RS-232/422/485 serial device server, Wi-Fi client/bridge and digital I/O -- are integrated so that installation, troubleshooting and maintenance costs are dramatically reduced when compared to using two or three separate devices. "Moxa's integrated 3-in-1 solution also decreases design time, both for installation and maintenance" Additionally, the space-saving 3-in-1 design makes the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O ideal for refurbishment of older machinery, which typically have space limitations, especially when a variety of machines have already been installed. Moxa's integrated 3-in-1 solution also decreases design time, both for installation and maintenance, when compared to implementing after-market solutions from multiple suppliers. Protected from power surges A major threat thwarted by the NPort IAW5000A-6I/O is damage from power surges. Devices installed in industrial environments experience a high risk of surge due to electromagnetic pulses produced from motors switching on and off. The NPort IAW5000A-6I/O Series offers 4 kV surge protection for serial lines to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes and to damp out electrical noise. Key features Link any RS-232/422/485 serial or Ethernet device to an Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n network Serial device server with Virtual COM-port or TCP/UDP access Integrated digital I/O: 4 in and 2 out Redundant dual DC power inputs and support for relay output 4 kV serial surge protection Secure data access with WPA2 encryption with RADIUS authentication microSD card slot for configuration backup Wireless Client/Bridge function for flexible integration
On May 17th, 2017, Dahua Technology hosted the visit of key partners from Denmark, who were received warmly by Dahua top management led by Mr. Fu Liquan, Dahua Chairman of the Board. Mr. Fu Liquan warmly welcomed the group and thanked them for their efforts to support Dahua’s business development in Denmark and Nordic region in the past years. Advanced Video Analytics Mr. Michael Chen, VP of Dahua, General Manager of Dahua Overseas Business, accompanied the partners on a tour to Dahua showroom. Mr. Michael Chen introduced some of Dahua’s latest technologies, such as AI video analytics and machine vision, as well as comprehensive Dahua solutions. During the visit, Dahua partners showed strong interest in AI-powered advanced technologies, such as video synopsis. They were also very much impressed by Dahua's customized end-to-end solutions to serve different industries. Michael promised that Dahua would offer customized solutions to customers in Denmark and even in Nordic region in the future, to better serve local customers. Mr. Lars Bjørnholdt Berthelsen from Lemvigh-Müller A/S, representative of the group, expressed gratitude towards Dahua on behalf of the group, for this visit shortened the distance between them and Dahua. During the last couple of years, their business had grown steadily and rapidly in Denmark. At the same time, Dahua had gained its brand awareness locally. Dahua has always been a company known for customer orientation Innovative Video Surveillance Solutions In this fiercely competitive environment, Dahua’s focus on innovation differentiated itself from other security surveillance companies. Besides, Dahua is without doubt the first company cooperating with them that has been continuously offering them extensive support in sales projects and marketing events such as roadshows and tradeshows. Other partners expressed their appreciation to Dahua product design quality, as well as dedicated support along the years. Dahua has always been a company known for customer orientation. With investment about 10% of sales revenue every year, Dahua runs a R&D team of more than 5000 professionals. Strong R&D capabilities and strict quality control ensures continuous technological innovation, high quality products, and comprehensive industrial solutions, continuously creating values for Dahua customers. With a mission of ‘Safer Society, Smarter Living’, Dahua will continue to focus on ‘Innovation, Quality and Service’ to serve partners and customers around the world.
With the value of scrap metal only heading in one direction recently, dealers are having to turn to ever more advanced security solutions to combat theft and break ins. Security specialist Trigion is now providing high-tech solutions at a major Kent scrap yard in the UK, including the use of thermal cameras and a ‘virtual perimeter’ system. On a site such as a scrap metal yard, there can be a lot of material on view, and it is not always easy to determine exactly what is happening on a standard CCTV camera. Simplifying intrusion detection Thermal cameras make it clear where a heat source is and when it moves. They can also display an electronic trail showing where motion has taken place; making detection much easier. In addition, by setting a virtual perimeter on screen, specific areas can be monitored more closely, and an alarm triggered if someone enters it. This perimeter can be altered remotely to meet changing situations, such as the arrival of a greater quantity of metal.With scrap metal prices consistently rising over the past year or two, dealers are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous elements" Neil Ricketts, Security & Technical Services Director at Trigion, said: “With scrap metal prices consistently rising over the past year or two, dealers are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous elements intending to cash in. We work with our customers to design the best solution for their individual needs. We’re not tied to any supplier or manufacturer, so can ensure the customer gets what they really need." "In the case of the scrapyard, the thermal imaging gives a much clearer picture of the situation, and staff at our remote monitoring station can ensure the site is secure at all times.”
Captis Intelligence, a provider of I-4 crime solutions (intelligence, information, investigation, identification), has announced the addition of the pharmacy retailer Rite Aid as a client. The announcement comes in the wake of a major acceleration in growth for Captis Intelligence, which recently opened offices in London and Singapore to support its growing international customer base. Captis will provide Rite Aid with asset protection support service from its corporate office located in Los Angeles. I-4 platform powered asset protection “Working with Captis Intelligence has enhanced our asset protection capabilities and provides us with extremely valuable information,” said Robert Oberosler, group vice president of asset protection at Rite Aid. “We are pleased not only with the results we’ve achieved since we began using the company’s platform, but also with the team’s commitment to delivering a high level of customer service.”Working with Captis Intelligence has enhanced our asset protection capabilities and provides us with extremely valuable information” Captis Intelligence developed its I-4 solution over the course of three years, with the goal of unifying powerful asset protection systems within an easy-to-use interface, categorised into four groups: Intelligence, information, investigation, and identification. Multiple industry-first solutions highlight the I-4 platform, including solveacrime.com, the first mass crowd-sourcing system used to identify unknown criminals in surveillance videos or pictures. Retail asset protection “As we look to the future, one of the key elements of our growth strategy is to expand our services to the retail asset protection segment,” said Dario Brebric, president of Captis Intelligence. “We are excited to add Rite Aid, a thought leader in the asset protection and loss prevention industry to our client roster, as part of this expansion.”
VIVOTEK has extended its IP surveillance services by improving the efficiency of daily operations at soft drinks franchise Varun Beverages Ltd. Prior to this, Varun Beverages had experienced a number of different issues, despite being under analogue surveillance. These issues included everything from theft to the operational inefficiency of workers. By helping Varun Beverages to realise the shortcomings of analogue surveillance, VIVOTEK brought the plant on par with the evolving security landscape. Along with its partner Network Technology, VIVOTEK changed the analogue video surveillance solutions to IP surveillance solutions for improved video and image quality and enhanced Field of View (FOV). Complete end-to-end solution Commenting on the success of the project, Sanjeev Gulati, Country Manager, India & SAARC, VIVOTEK Inc. commented: “Despite existing security surveillance arrangements, Varun Beverages reported a number of thefts. Adding to their distress was the poor image quality and limited coverage area of their existing analogue surveillance solutions. Their daily operations suffered due to these drawbacks. After having analysed the situation, along with Network Technology, we suggested altering their analogue surveillance solution to an IP surveillance solution. We gave them a complete end-to-end solution; from general surveillance to various checkpoints in the plant. The deployment of VIVOTEK solutions transformed operations to be more productive and secure. They are now satisfied with the video and image quality of their security surveillance system.” Robust security solution A spokesperson for Varun Beverages commented: “We were very concerned about the issues that we were dealing with; be it security, operational or employee disputes. VIVOTEK's IP surveillance system worked with us step by step to not only provide the robust security solution we were looking for, but also to help us navigate through all our key plant requirements. The IP surveillance system has significantly improved control over the entire production process and administrative areas of all our production facilities. "The solution enables an efficient and centralised security through which the manager can monitor remotely anytime and anywhere" The solution enables an efficient and centralised security through which the manager can monitor remotely anytime and anywhere, promptly and effectively. VIVOTEK has been extremely helpful during the planning stage and in providing technical support, which exceeded our expectations. We are looking forward to working with them in the future as their business expands.” VIVOTEK VAST video management software The video management software used to operate the IP surveillance solution is VIVOTEK VAST, which is connected to various camera models, including 5-megapixel 360-degree surround view fisheye camera FE8180, the robust Full-HD speed dome camera SD8363E, the 3-megapixel outdoor ready 180-degree view fisheye camera CC8370-HV, the 2-megapixel 15-metre IR illuminator fixed dome camera FD8169, and two bullet-type cameras IB8369 and IB8367. VIVOTEK and its associate partner also segregated the cameras on the basis of lens types, such as fixed lens camera and varifocal lens camera for different applications. After the installation of the new IP surveillance system, Varun Beverages has managed to prevent thefts in its warehouses and plants. The workers and operation staff, being well-aware of the new enhanced security surveillance, stick to company protocol and uphold company standards in terms of hygiene and effective and efficient operations.
The average German consumer generates nearly 213 kilos of packaging waste every year. ZAK–Zentrale Abfallwirtschaft Kaiserslautern—the municipal waste management company of Kaiserslautern, treats, recycles and disposes of this and other types of waste for the more than 250,000 residents of the city and district of Kaiserslautern, Germany. ZAK relies on MOBOTIX video systems to ensure that operations run smoothly and that the 88-hectare premises of the modern waste management facility remain safe. Modern waste treatment The landfill was closed in 1999 due to changes in the law. Since then, the waste from the city and district of Kaiserslautern has undergone mechanical biological treatment and been disposed of externally, or it has been thermally treated by an external company. For this reason, the waste collection and treatment facilities are therefore a priority, as well. All facilities are subjected to continuous improvement processes to remain state-of-the-art. The same applies to MOBOTIX camera solutions. “Initially we were using analogue video systems to keep an eye on the gate and facilities. Now there are 65 modern MOBOTIX video IP solutions ensuring smooth operations on the premises,” explains Michael Hentz, IT and telecommunications manager at ZAK. Camera for fire prevention and detection There are two M15D thermal cameras in use to monitor the temperature of the timber shelter in general and more specifically, the temperature of the fuel. The video systems can automatically detect events within a range from -40 to 550 °C (-40 to 1022 °F), thanks to a thermal sensor technology and thermal radiometry. For this reason, the technology is well suited to operate as an automatic alarm when paired with temperature thresholds or ranges.One of the thermal cameras has been suspended in the timber shelter where it monitors the entire area for high temperatures One of the thermal cameras has been suspended in the timber shelter where it monitors the entire area for high temperatures. A fire can break out quickly during the fermentation process. This way, materials with excessive temperatures being added to the facilities when brought by truck can be detected. The second video solution has been installed in a location where the material is transported by crane so it can be fed into the incineration process. Mr. Hentz explains: “We can know exactly how high the temperature is in the timber shelter and can take countermeasures, if necessary.” Video solution replaces rearview camera In addition to the thermal cameras, 90 % of the cameras that ZAK uses are M25 video systems, which are distributed over the premises, especially in areas where people are not present. The M25 camera is a compact, affordable and powerful all-round system that uses 6MP Moonlight technology. “These cameras are particularly excellent because they are robust, low-maintenance and weatherproof,” adds Mr. Hentz. “These features play a very critical role because dirt is omnipresent at the waste management facility. And of course, this dirt collects on the cameras, as well. But the MOBOTIX models continue to perform well. They’ve really proven themselves.” A thermal camera has been suspended in the timber shelter where it monitors the entire area for high temperatures Video systems have also been installed on buildings where there is little leeway. Drivers of the two trucks, which are constantly moving back and forth on the premises, use a tablet computer to view the images provided by these cameras. It gives the drivers a good vantage point of things when they are manoeuvring their vehicles, and it prevents accidents. “Rearview cameras are of little use, as they become dirty quickly,” concedes Mr. Hentz, “which is what gave us the idea to provide tablets to our drivers, so they can use the images generated by the cameras.” Two T25 IP Video Door Stations have been installed on the exterior and interior area near the main gate. They are used for door communication and access control. Additionally, they make it possible to use RFID and keypad solutions to time-control and log access to the premises as well as create photo-documentation. Employees work around the clock at the biomass power plant, which means that chances are, there will be someone on the premises who needs to leave after ZAK closes for the day. In this event, the person can ring a bell and an employee will then open the gate. Quality stands out Mr. Hentz is very pleased with the MOBOTIX solutions. “I’ve been working for a long time with these video systems. They are both exceptionally robust and maintenance-free. What’s more, it is also easy to manage the network cameras. They score points because data can be stored directly in the camera. "I am also convinced because over the years, you can tell that the features are continually being tweaked. Yet, all cameras work on the same basic principle, which is a tremendous advantage when it comes to using them. The range of possible applications is still very diverse, thanks to the high image quality and the option to use various lenses.”
Security and surveillance systems are becoming critical to manufacturing plants and factories by helping to address the theft of raw materials, the theft of IP, and the tampering of equipment, machinery and cargo. They can also serve as an effective monitoring tool for overseeing assembly line production and worker safety. A Micron/Repon case study Repon, a manufacturer of high-quality ball bearing slides used in various industries including server- and rack-mount systems, office/home furniture, white appliances, tool boxes and medical carts, recently deployed an advanced security and surveillance system—an edge storage solution—at their newly built manufacturing plant in the south of Taiwan. Their system architect, Apogear, integrated Micron’s industrial microSD cards into this solution. In the case of Repon’s deployment, 24x7 operational requirements needed to be met while minimising the risk of data lossIn this case study, we discuss why Repon implemented an edge storage solution and how they will benefit—from a total cost of ownership (TCO) perspective—with Micron’s industrial microSD cards. Why edge storage? The simple answer: to enhance overall system reliability. In the case of Repon’s deployment, 24x7 operational requirements needed to be met while minimising the risk of data loss. Edge storage—the recording of video and storing it at the camera—provides recording redundancy, helping to reduce the risk of data loss. By storing a second copy of recorded video in a microSD card, edge storage provides backup in case there are any issues with the primary network storage (including network reliability issues). In the event the primary network storage goes offline, video continues recording in the microSD card. The recorded video can then be synchronised to network video recorders (NVRs) or video management systems (VMS) after the primary system is restored. Selecting the right industrial microSD Card Historically, memory manufacturers sell the lowest quality NAND flash (media grade) memory to the memory card market. While this quality of NAND can be sufficient for storing pictures and video (where data is written to once and stored), using it in microSD cards for edge storage (where data can be written and rewritten to often) is not recommended. Figure 1: Edge Storage for Recording Redundancy Edge recording with memory specifically designed to support 24x7 recording over a long period of time requires a new understanding of how that memory is made— from silicon selection, to manufacturing flow, to product design, to qualification testing. Many microSD cards available in the market today are intended for consumer use in digital still cameras (DSCs), car dash cams, or home cameras; they are not designed for commercial and industrial edge storage in IP video surveillance cameras. As such, edge storage can often be viewed as ‘unreliable’ by system integrators and installers.Users may not understand that the lifetime and quality of a microSD card can vary significantly depending on the quality of the card Users may not understand that the lifetime and quality of a microSD card can vary significantly depending on the quality of the card. Selecting the wrong quality of microSD card can result in costly field failures, often occurring within months after deployment. The importance of selecting the right memory card in an edge storage solution is illustrated in Apogear’s analysis of Repon’s edge storage solution. The analysis also shows the cost savings Repon anticipates from using Micron’s Industrial microSD cards in their solution. Project cost analysis and assumptions Apogear’s total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis (below) is reflected in relative percentages, and not on actual dollars and cents given regional and vendor differences. To create an understanding of the project scale, the TCO was estimated at approximately $850,000 USD over a three-year contract term in regards to deploying a 600-camera system at Repon’s manufacturing facility using Micron Industrial microSD cards. Figure 2: Cost Distribution Data, as provided by Apogear Figure 2 provides the percentage of costs during the estimated lifecycle of the edge storage system. The cost per system phase amounts to: Equipment cost (68%) - the cost of an IP camera, networking equipment (switch, cables, etc.), accessories, NVR and central monitoring system (CMS), and storage (HDD and microSD card). Deployment cost (20%) - the cost of installation, configuration and integration. Design cost (2%) - the cost of consulting and system architecture design. Maintenance cost (8%) - the cost of planned, regular and additional maintenance services. Decommission cost (2%) – the cost of dismounting and recycling equipment at the end of its lifetime Why Micron’s industrial microSD card? Micron’s solution is backed with a 3-year product warranty under professional surveillance use casesThe importance of product reliability is often underestimated when considering the cost of maintenance and field service. When a retail-grade microSD card fails, the card must be replaced. Not only are there direct costs of sending a crew to service and replace the card, but there are also outage times that can result in significantly more costs. By implementing Micron’s industrial microSD card, which is designed for 24/7 video surveillance edge storage usage, it is estimated that Repon will see an approximate $141,000, or about 16%, improvement in TCO compared to using an off-the-shelf retail microSD card1. High reliability and quality, lower maintenance and replacement costs Micron’s industrial microSD card supports 3 years of high-quality continuous 24/7 video recording with a quality specification of 2 million hours mean time to failure (MTTF) and 0.44% annualized failure rate (AFR) —2X better than a typical HDD today. Additionally, Micron’s solution is backed with a 3-year product warranty under professional surveillance use cases, helping to keep maintenance and replacement costs to a minimum. Figure 3: Maintenance and Replacement Cost Comparison, as provided by Apogear Advanced features minimise risk of data loss Micron’s industrial microSD card contains firmware optimised to provide stable performance for 24x7 high quality video recording with minimal frame drops.Micron understands the unique needs of this market and has developed deep application-level expertise In addition, Micron’s industrial microSD card offers a health monitoring feature for IP camera integration that reports card usage and lifetime remaining. Systems can integrate this feature into their software to alert predictive maintenance service. Micron’s industrial microSD card comes with password protected lock/unlock features to keep the device secure. Conclusion The move to edge recording and high endurance storage is happening across the Industrial IoT landscape. Targeted solid state storage solutions are emerging, and with it, new entrants into the security and surveillance ecosystem. As a leader in automotive and industrial memory solutions, Micron’s new product line of industrial microSD cards are built to meet the requirements of this industry. As a trusted advisor to its embedded customers for more than 25 years, Micron understands the unique needs of this market and has developed deep application-level expertise and a portfolio designed with that in mind. Most importantly, it brings to the market a mindset to deliver sustainable value to its customers.
Ampelmann provides solutions that allow people to safely disembark from ships onto offshore structures. The company has equipped all of its systems with high-resolution MOBOTIX cameras for visual access control, on the recommendation of JB Systems, Ampelmann’s industrial automation partner. High-tech offshore transport Ampelmann was founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the Delft University of Technology. The company developed an innovative platform that compensates for the motion of the sea, allowing people to disembark from ships at sea onto offshore structures – even when there are heavy waves. The company strives to make disembarkation from ships at sea as easy as crossing a street on land. Safety requirements and legislation for the offshore sector are constantly becoming stricter. To keep up with these developments, Ampelmann has grown significantly over the past few years and now numbers over 300 employees. The company initially focused on providing systems to customers working in the North Sea. Ampelmann went on to broaden its horizons and has installed approximately 45 of its systems around the world to date. “We were invited to work on developing a control solution for the Ampelmann prototype shortly after the company was founded,” reports Cor Blok, Sales Engineer at JB Systems. “We were very interested in taking on this project, since we greatly prefer using our expertise and experience to help our clients develop innovations instead of simply providing them with standard systems.” Visual access control Each Ampelmann system consists of a telescopic gangway and a stabilising platform. The systems are installed on ships – offshore workers can safely and easily board offshore structures to perform the necessary installation and maintenance work. The disembarkation point lies roughly 20 metres away from the ship’s control console, which calls for an additional visual control closer to said point. "MOBOTIX cameras areparticularly easy for us tointegrate as they are high-resolution, all-in-one videosolutions with sound,memory, processors andcomprehensive video software" “The disembarkation point represents our greatest potential safety hazard. High-resolution cameras let us carefully observe it from a distance,” Blok continues. “To find the right camera for the job, we conducted tests comparing ones made by various brands. A MOBOTIX camera emerged as the clear winner. It’s a compact all-in-one solution that perfectly withstands the weather conditions on the high seas. The cameras made by other brands were all larger and heavier than this one, since they were made to withstand dust and water in industrial environments. We’ve integrated the MOBOTIX camera that we chose into all of the Ampelmann systems – it’s mounted onto a signal light pole located right in front of the disembarkation point. That way, it lets us see whether it’s safe to disembark. By the way, this signal light pole – this ‘Ampelmast’ – is where Ampelmann got its name.” Integration with industrial controls JB Systems is a MOBOTIX partner based in Vlaardingen, Netherlands, that specialises in industrial automation applications. The company belongs to the Hoogendoorn Group, a subsidiary of the privately held company Batenburg Techniek, and employs a total of 850 people. JB Systems planned and developed the electrical control for Ampelmann’s entire system, including the hydraulic drive. “We use joysticks and Siemens HMI software on an industrial computer screen to deploy and install each Ampelmann system,” explains Blok. “The live feed from the MOBOTIX camera is also displayed in a special window on this HMI screen. The operator can enlarge this image as necessary or expand it to a full-screen view. We worked with M12D cameras in the beginning. We switched over entirely to M15D models after they came onto the market, since they feature both day and night lenses. MOBOTIX cameras guarantee that employees of Ampelmann’s customers can disembark safely "As a partner of both large and small companies with critical processes, we pay a great deal of attention to the quality of all the products we use. MOBOTIX has had an excellent reputation in its field for many years. Moreover, MOBOTIX cameras are generally maintenance-free, which allows our customers to save on operating costs throughout the entire product lifetime.” Safe disembarkation guaranteed “For our company, the best thing about using MOBOTIX cameras is that they provide our operators with a good view of the end of the gangway,” says Johan Holster, Manager of Motion Control Operations at Ampelmann. “As such, the cameras help us guarantee that our customers’ employees can disembark safely. Speaking from personal experience, I can confirm that the cameras really hold their own against the rough weather conditions in the offshore area, and that the day/night switchover works very well. Generally speaking, the cameras we’ve installed worked perfectly, which is exactly what we wanted.” JB Systems also provides MOBOTIX cameras for Ampelmann’s cargo transfer systems. These systems consist of combined transfer and lifting systems. The high-resolution cameras make it easy to closely follow loads as they are lifted. “They’re particularly easy for us to integrate as they are high-resolution, all-in-one video solutions with sound, memory, processors and comprehensive video software,” says Blok. “Moreover, each MOBOTIX camera can work fully automatically as well as with other IP cameras in a network, which increases the number of potential applications. For example, we’ve installed an ATEX version with a special housing for potentially explosive industrial and offshore environments.”