BrainChip Holdings Ltd, global neuromorphic computing company has announced that it recently signed a strategic partnership agreement with Novo Technologies to sell BrainChip’s AI-powered video analytics solutions in Greece and Cyprus. Novo Technologies currently sells video surveillance, security and access control solutions to police and border control agencies as well as airports, sports stadia and retail/banking locations that require video monitoring. In addition, the company has exp...
3xLOGIC, global provider of integrated and intelligent security solutions, has announced its launch into the European market, bringing with it a wealth of knowledge and expertise. A renowned innovator in server and cloud-based security technology for over 15 years, the US-headquartered organisation is now part of STANLEY Products & Solutions (SPS), joining PAC/GDX and PACOM within SPS to build the strongest, most innovative security manufacturer in the industry. The businesses will continue...
Zhiyun, globally renowned gimbal brand for cameras and smartphones, has announced its plan to attend at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. At the Zhiyun booth, visitors can experience Zhiyun’s latest and revolutionary stabilisers the CRANE 3 LAB and WEEBILL LAB as well as a rich assortment of accessories aimed at allowing filmmakers to reach new heights with their footage. Additionally, Zhiyun is pleased to announce that the WEEBILL LAB has been awarded the prestigious iF Design Awa...
Hikvision USA Inc., global provider of security hardware equipment and software solutions, donated US$ 15,000 and security equipment to the Team 5 Foundation. All funds raised will allow the Team 5 volunteers to assist with natural disasters and medical deployments. Team 5 is a veteran platinum-rated medical nonprofit organisation that deploys volunteers to dangerous and difficult-to-reach areas around the globe to teach medicine to local health practitioners, run free dental and medical clinic...
Upon 24/7 surveillance scenes to capture every critical moment, without video loss, becoming more crucial to the business, Detection Video Analytics act as inevitable tools to detect moving objects in a video or avoid cameras damage to stop recording. Surveon Detection Video Analytics Solutions provide two ways of detection, including "Video Detection" and "Self-Detection". Accurate object motion detection For continuous monitoring the video clips in real time, partners can choose the Video De...
Videalert, a UK supplier of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions, is expanding the range of services provided at its recently opened Mobile Enforcement Vehicle (MEV) engineering hub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The company has announced the launch of a new refit service for MEVs that will enable councils to cost effectively extend the operational life of existing assets while driving significant increases in productivity and efficiency. ONVIF-compliant HD digital cameras This...
At ISC West 2019, in booth #14079, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will showcase version 4.0 of its Wisenet WAVE VMS solution along with new features and functionality across several Wisenet camera lines. Significant development Focusing on ease of installation, the new, highly modular Wisenet X series Plus cameras will be shipping at the show. Attendees will also be able to see the affordable new 5MP Q series cameras and the latest XRN / QRN NVRs supporting instant configuration of mobile phone monitoring via QR Codes. The Wisenet WAVE VMS has seen significant development since its introduction last year. Designed to support the advanced features and onboard analytics that are unique to Hanwha cameras, it is ideally suited to meet the needs of customers looking for reasonably priced, easy to use, end-to-end video surveillance solutions. Temperature change detection Additionally, a new metadata SDK allows the rapid integration of object metadata generated by 3rd party computer vision applications Version 4 adds support for Q series NVRs with integrated PoE, improved PTZ support & functionality on NVRs and SPE encoders, additional in-camera analytic functions including queue management, shock detection, and temperature change detection (for thermal cameras) as well as sound classification and descriptive alerts for events like explosions, glass breaking, gunshots, and screams. System scalability has been enhanced to support more servers, devices and users. Additionally, a new metadata SDK allows the rapid integration of object metadata (coordinates, tags) generated by 3rd party computer vision applications. This allows for the integration of several functions including the ability to overlay bounding boxes and object paths within video tiles, as well as integrate custom actions and events. In-camera analytics With a focus on modular design, the Wisenet X series Plus is one of the easiest cameras to install, service and upgrade saving installers time and money. X series Plus cameras utilise magnets to lock sensor modules into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE connection to the housing or backplate, without the camera module, allowing security professionals to snap the camera into place after the job site is clean in just minutes. X Plus cameras feature extended temperature handling, increased tilt angle, removable colour skins, and PTRZ (pan, tile, rotate, zoom) for ultimate flexibility. Pre-recorded audio messages and warnings can be triggered by in-camera analytics and played out directly from the cameras. The X series Plus cameras will be shipping at ISC West. Easy remote monitoring Featuring true WDR and a motorised vari-focal lens, Q series cameras also support H.265 and WiseStream II compression technology The Q series camera line has been enhanced with 5MP resolution at up to 30fps, representing a highly affordable entry price-point without sacrificing essential features and performance. For ease of installation, an onboard CVBS output enables installers to connect a portable analogue monitor directly when making precise adjustments at the camera location. Featuring true WDR and a motorised vari-focal lens, Q series cameras also support H.265 and WiseStream II compression technology, keeping bandwidth and storage requirements to a minimum. Enhancements to XRN and QRN NVRs include a new Smart Search feature. Easy remote monitoring access via mobile app is configured instantly via QR code scanning without the need to configure DNS settings or port forwarding. XRN and QRN NVRs support H.265 recording for the most efficient media storage with select models support built-in PoE / PoE+ ports negating the need for a dedicated PoE switch.
Sofradir, globally renowned infrared technologies designer and sensor manufacturer, and Allied Vision Technologies, global manufacturer of machine vision cameras, has announced the availability of Goldeye G/CL-033 TECless, a cost-effective SWIR (ShortWave Infrared) industrial camera designed with Snake SW Tecless technology. SWIR industrial cameras Using Sofradir’s Snake SW Tecless detector, Allied Vision’s Goldeye cameras have VGA resolution housed in very compact housing (55x55x78mm), allowing integration into systems with limited space. Allied Vision designed its new model Goldeye G/CL-033 TECless industrial cameras around the Snake SW Tecless sensor Allied Vision designed its new model Goldeye G/CL-033 TECless industrial cameras around the Snake SW Tecless sensor due to the uncooled detector’s small footprint (0.65in2, 3.23cm2), the compatibility of its frame rate (300 frames per second) within most industrial in-line inspection requirements and its availability in large volume. In addition, the detector is distinguished by its exceptional level of performance in terms of low noise and image quality. Snake SW Tecless detector Snake SW Tecless is manufactured based on the cost-efficient high-volume standards typically used for visible image sensors, which makes SWIR technology more affordable in cost-sensitive applications such as industrial machine vision. “The industrial machine vision market has, thus far, been dominated by visible light CMOS/CCD cameras for product sorting and quality control. Yet, cameras using SWIR wavelengths have proven to be effective in solving challenges where the capacities of visible light fall short,” said Sebastien Frasse-Sombet, SWIR product line manager at Sofradir. “Until now, the cost of SWIR technology has been prohibitive for most high-volume applications. Our new affordable Snake SW Tecless detector helps customers justify the use of SWIR solutions like the Goldeye camera in machine vision applications aimed at increasing production yields and improving performance and quality.” Goldeye G-033 TECless SWIR camera Goldeye G-033 TECless with Snake SW Tecless is among the fastest GigE Vision compliant SWIR cameras on the market Goldeye G-033 TECless with Snake SW Tecless is among the fastest GigE Vision compliant SWIR cameras on the market. The camera achieves an outstanding image quality due to multiple image correction features such as non-uniformity, defect pixel and background correction. It offers advanced features including auto-contrast, look-up tables and comprehensive I/O control. By selecting smaller Regions-of-Interest (ROI), the camera’s frame rate can be increased even further, and image data processing can be optimised. “As a global player in the machine vision market, Allied Vision has been a driver of SWIR imaging for years. We believe that the combination of Sofradir’s knowledge in manufacturing infrared sensors and Allied Vision’s expertise in sensor integration, including image correction and optimisation, will sustain the ongoing growth in the SWIR imaging market,” said Jens Hashagen, senior product manager at Allied Vision Technologies. SWIR vision technology “With SWIR vision system costs gradually decreasing thanks to the maturity and production volumes of these technologies, the adoption of SWIR vision technology is accelerating to reliably cover a growing spectrum of applications,” added Sebastien Frasse-Sombet. Allied Vision will showcase its Goldeye G-033 TECless camera, designed with the Snake SW Tecless detector, in a microscope-based semiconductor inspection demo, at Photonics West, booth 2369 South Hall, February 5 – 7, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (CA).
Alerta Electronics and Hanwha Techwin Europe have established a business partnership which will see the two companies work together closely to support installers and system integrators in Turkey. Alerta, one of Turkey’s fastest growing distributors, has been active within the electronic security sector since 2005 and has built an enviable reputation for providing ‘best-in-class’ video surveillance solutions, backed-up with high levels of pre- and post-sales support. IP network-based security solutions “Alerta’s extensive knowledge of network-based solutions makes them the ideal business partner to help us promote our Wisenet IP based security solutions to the Turkish market,” said Mr. Yasin Altas, Country Manager for Turkey at Hanwha Techwin Europe. Hanwha Techwin is now able to offer an end-to-end video surveillance solution for projects of any size" “Hanwha Techwin is now able to offer an end-to-end video surveillance solution for projects of any size, from small single sites to large multi-sited applications. The combined strength of our comprehensive range of products, many of which incorporate technologies unique to Hanwha Techwin, together with Alerta’s local knowledge and sales and technical expertise, places us in an ideal position to successfully compete together for large-scale, high security and mission critical video surveillance projects throughout Turkey.” Wisenet IP cameras, recorders and VMS Istanbul-based Alerta will be offering all cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin. These include Wisenet X 2MP and 5MP models which are at the heart of the company’s impressive range and premium Wisenet P Series cameras that deliver superb quality 4K (12MP) images. Alerta’s customers will also have access to entry level Wisenet Q network 2MP and 4MP cameras and Wisenet HD+ analogue camera which delivers Full HD images in 1080p without the need to upgrade cabling infrastructure, as well as Wisenet NVRs and WAVE Video Management Software (VMS). “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to offer the Wisenet range to our customers throughout Turkey,” said Mr. Suphi Sözmen, Managing Director at Alerta Electronics. “Hanwha Techwin has already achieved a significant market share in Turkey with its Wisenet products and solutions which have a reputation for being ultra-reliable. They offer true value in terms of their price/performance ratio and particularly so as they are supplied with a 5-year warranty. We believe combining these great products and solutions with a passion shared by both our companies for providing unbeatable support services, is a winning formula.”
Delivering secure remote access to the smart home with KNX, the Gira S1, available from Ivory Egg, enables users to remotely connect to their KNX smart home with total security. How? The Gira S1 ensures that all communication is encrypted and secure as the server for the Gira device portal is located in Germany and is subject to German data protection laws. This ensures that stringent data protection standards are applied so all Gira customers are fully protected with safe and secure technology. Preventing unauthorised access Both the Homeserver and the X1 allow you to manage and control lighting, blinds and heating from anywhere in a building or remotelySwitching off the light, checking camera images, switching on the heating and/or closing the blinds while on the move has never been safer, removing the risk and opportunity for unauthorised persons to gain access to your smart home system. Working in conjunction with the Gira X1 or Gira HomeServer App, the Gira S1 communicates with the Gira device portal: removing the need to laboriously activate a VPN or special settings in the router! Both the Homeserver and the X1 allow you to manage and control lighting, blinds and heating from anywhere in a building or remotely and make visualising a family home with a KNX system more convenient and functional than ever before. Smart home solutions And thanks to Gira S1, homeowners can now define who has access to their smart home safely and securely. Mark Warburton, Technical Director at Ivory Egg, says “The introduction of the Gira S1 answers the clear demand for intelligent smart home solutions which offer secure remote access. With the market for smart homes readily gaining traction, I believe that user-security will become a primary concern for homeowners. To be able to overcome this potential problem with a simple remote access module is what our industry needs to progress this type of technology and have it viewed as a prerequisite for the modern home.” User benefits Secure remote access to a smart home with KNX using the Gira HomeServer or Gira X1 App Secure remote access to web-based visualisations Secure remote maintenance and remote programming of the Gira HomeServer, Gira G1, Gira X1, Gira L1, and Gira KNX IP router Secure remote maintenance and remote programming of KNX projects using ETS4 or ETS5. Programming is supported along with diagnosis via group and bus monitor Secure remote access to HTML pages in the smart home network (e.g. camera, NAS, router, switch) Secure data transfer courtesy of SSL/TLS encryption Independence from internet provider and network routers. Secure remote access even with IPv6 Dual Stack Lite - (e.g. with Unitymedia), LTE, or UMTS connections Remote access can be managed via KNX communication objects Feedback of the secure connection statuses via KNX communication objects Send KNX status messages via email. An attachment can be added to the email, as an option Send KNX status messages by SMS or voice call Optimised KNX IP communication, for mobile or very slow connections Supports the accelerated transfer of the ETS to KNXnet/IP devices via a direct KNX IP connection Two RJ45 sockets with switch functionality support simple loop-through of the patch cable Quick and convenient Gira S1 start-up via the Gira device portal 2 GB of data each month Unlimited operating life and 5 years' guaranteed server operation Functional extensions and updates via firmware and software updates Firmware update is performed via the Gira Project Assistant (GPA) Hardware prepared for KNX Secure. Future firmware update required
Matrix, a manufacturer and pioneer in telecom and security solutions, is participating at INDIA ELECTRONICS EXPO & INDIASOFT, Hyderabad, India, from 4th to 5th Feb 2019. Matrix will be unveiling its recently launched COSEC ARGO. Matrix will also be exhibiting its other video surveillance, people mobility and telecom solutions at the event. Matrix will be showcasing its new extreme series of network video recorder (NVRX) at the event. This NVR is equipped with 4K decoding capacity and characteristics like cascading (up to 20 NVRs), camera-wise recording retention and database level integration. Moreover, these latest NVRs are also backed with an intelligent software that helps detect threats and send instant notifications for real-time security. Audio compatible IP cameras Matrix will be launching COSEC ARGO – the next generation door controller with a blend of performance and aesthetics All in all, these comprehensive, flexible, reliable, integrated NVRX provide a proficient, persistent and preventive security solution, suitable for enterprises and multi-location offices. Along with these NVRs, Matrix will also be showcasing its audio compatible and compact professional Series IP cameras powered by SONY STARVIS series sensors. This gives the cameras an edge over others in terms of exceptional low light performance, consistent image quality during varying light conditions (True WDR), better bandwidth optimisation and many other features. In people mobility management domain, Matrix will be showcasing innovative range of access control and time-attendance solution. Matrix will be launching COSEC ARGO – the next generation door controller with a blend of performance and aesthetics. Ultrafast fingerprint identification The door controller is equipped with features like 3.5” IPS touchscreen LCD with gorilla glass, elegant aesthetic with full frontal glass, open connectivity with ethernet, Wi-Fi, BLE, USB, PoE, ultrafast fingerprint identification (2x fast sensor), wall and flush mount options, simple and clean installation with minimum wiring, intuitive user experience, vandal resistant enclosure with IK08 and suitable for outdoor applications with IP65 certification. Matrix will showcase PRASAR UCS – a pure IP solution for modern enterprise that sets a new benchmark at multi-location collaboration It benefits organisations with reduced user verification time, higher security, versatility, improved productivity, low IT infrastructure cost, future proof, flexibility, etc. Additionally, the device comes with higher processing speed, wall and flush mounting options, and increased fingerprint and event storage capacity, further enhancing its efficiency. As a major highlight in IP-PBX domain, Matrix will showcase PRASAR UCS – a pure IP solution for modern enterprise that sets a new benchmark at multi-location collaboration. Exhibition of gateways Moreover, Matrix will also showcase its unified communication solutions – a wide range of products that enhance mobility, productivity and collaboration across an organisation. Here, at this event, Matrix will exhibit its range of gateways. Based on SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), these Gateways allow easy integration with most of IP-PBX, TDM PBX, Softswitch and hosted solutions. Award winning series of Matrix gateways are perfect for enterprise and carrier-class solutions. Starting from a single port VoIP adaptor to high density VoIP-GSM-PRI-FXO/FXS Gateways, Matrix has one stop solution for every business need. Preloaded with superior voice quality and state-of-the-art routing features, Matrix gateways are ideal for multi-site connectivity, remote survivability and SIP trunking. Talk to Matrix solution experts to know more about these unique solutions by visiting Matrix at Booth 164, INDIASOFT, Hyderabad International Convention Center from 4th Feb to 5th Feb 2019.
Mikrotron, globally renowned high-speed machine vision systems provider, announced that it will introduce a suite of new cameras at the SPIE Photonics West, taking place from February 5-7, 2019, in San Francisco, CA, at the Moscone Center. SPIE Photonics West is one of the world's largest photonics technologies event, consisting of three conferences and two world-class exhibitions. Mikrotron will be in booth #5672. "At SPIE Photonics West, we look forward to engaging with system integrators and OEMs to showcase how Mikrotron continues to bring to market the world's most advanced imaging solutions at lower cost with 100% reliability," said Mike Scholz, Strategical Marketing Manager at Mikrotron. "As a premier imaging event, we have chosen SPIE Photonics West to launch three breakthrough cameras that are certain to grab the attention of machine vision professionals." EoSens 1.1CXP2 camera Taking center stage for Mikrotron will be its EoSens 1.1CXP2 camera based on the new, faster CoaXPress V2.0 interfaceTaking center stage for Mikrotron will be its EoSens 1.1CXP2 camera based on the new, faster CoaXPress V2.0 interface. Capable of delivering up to 3,600 fps at 1.1-megapixel resolution, the camera transmits approximately 30 Gbit/s over 4 channels with 12 Gbit/s each, making it the ideal imaging solution for demanding applications including ball grid inspection, robotics, microscopy, PIV measurements and melt pool monitoring, among others. It is contained in a rugged metal housing that measures a mere 80mm x 80mm x 53mm with an advanced feature set highlighted by gamma and FPN correction, noise reduction, sequencer and GPID for unmatched performance. In addition, its extreme sensitivity of 20V/lux@550nm achieves high-contrast, detailed images in industrial areas where lighting is limited. EoSens FIBER Megapixel cameras With fiber-based cameras finding their way into applications requiring extended cable lengths and resistance to EMI, Mikrotron plans to showcase its new EoSens 3FIBER (3MP) and EoSens 4FIBER (4MP) cameras at SPIE Photonics West. Equipped with fiber optical interfaces, both cameras allow for fast transmission up to 300 meters (985 feet) to offer a cost-effective solution for applications with high interference potential or longer transmission distances. EoSens FIBER cameras are relatively inexpensive due to reduced cable prices per meter"An exclusive benefit of the new cameras is a compact and robust MTP/MPO fiber connector that ensures that they do not disconnect even during the fast or sudden movements often experienced in industrial, transportation, military or surveillance environments. "Compared to the cost of copper-based solutions, EoSens FIBER cameras are relatively inexpensive due to reduced cable prices per meter and because the fiber interface is integrated into the frame grabber and the camera," noted Scholz. "This solution is especially cost-effective where several cameras are needed to operate synchronously over long distances." EoSens Quad 1.1 recording camera Boasting mechanical shock resistance of 100g, the next-generation EoSens Quad 1.1 high-speed recording camera from Mikrotron is designed to operate in intense shock and vibration environments, for example, automotive crash testing and manufacturing troubleshooting. The Quad 1.1 has a 14.9μm 10-bit pixel resulting in high sensitivity for both mono and color models. Two analogue and four digital I/O inputs enable recording video and sensor data in total sync. The new camera is available in both C-Mount and Nikon FG-Mount giving users more lens choices. VisualMARC, the included control and player software, has all basic and extended functions required to set up Quad 1.1 cameras for recording and exporting videos.
There’s almost no installation that goes 100-percent smoothly in the field of video surveillance. Unexpected issues routinely arise that can increase time on the job, cost of the project and frustration. Manufacturers work on the product side to help ensure their products are easy to install and – when troublesome situations do arise – are flexible enough for installers to quickly find a remedy. Importance of ease of installation Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable Ease of installation is a very important part of the project to the system integrator because the cost of labour is variable and can be very expensive. In some cases, the cost of labour to install a camera can be more than the cost of the camera! If labour costs are high – or are more expensive than a system integrator planned – they can lose a great deal of money on a project. If a cautious system integrator includes too high of an estimate for labour in a project bid, his overall bid will to high and it could cost him the project. The easier the camera is to install, the lower the labour cost, subsequently achieving higher savings for end-users. Hence it is essential that camera manufacturers develop products that are easy to install or are flexible in the field for system integrators and installers who know that time is money. Enterprise projects can involve thousands of cameras installed Simplifying installation of cameras Camera installation typically involves an electrician, the camera installer and the person who configures the VMS (Video Management Software). Of course, one person can play all three roles, and in many cases, does, but enterprise projects can involve dozens, hundreds or even thousands of cameras with teams of individuals involved in an installation. The electrician runs conduit with an electrical or PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the housing or the backplate of the camera; the installer then installs the camera at that location, hooking it up to power; and then a configurator adds cameras to the network and makes adjustments – renaming the camera, setting the frame rate, enabling WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), and the like. When it’s a project that involves different players for any of these functions, there is the potential for a bottleneck and delay in project completion. And if a system integrator is paying an electrician, installer and software configurator – and they are all three on site waiting for each other to finish – that’s a system integrator’s worst-case scenario. Enhancement through modular cameras Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take different roles Video surveillance camera manufacturers like Hanwha Techwin are producing products that take the different roles of electrician, installer and configurator into consideration, allowing them to complete their tasks independently. With a focus on modular design which includes a USB dongle, a device manager, magnetic module and included accessories, the Wisenet X series Plus is one of the fastest cameras to install, service and upgrade – saving installers time and money. Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a detachable camera module that utilise magnets to lock into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE connection to the back plate/housing while the configurator is working on configuring the camera module, allowing security professionals to later snap the camera into place in just minutes. The VMS configurator can then come and add the cameras to the network and program their functionality. Modular cameras offer flexibility In the past, an end user might determine after the camera is installed that there aren’t enough pixels on target, or they need certain different functions like video analytics for example, resulting in the time-consuming replacement of the entire camera. With modular-designed cameras, the camera module can be swapped with a new one without having to focus or replace the camera – even to change the resolution or field of view, also Wisenet X series Plus has optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view and the position of the camera lens. Making camera adjustments in the field is also now easier and perhaps even safer. Installers have been known to climb a ladder and juggle a bulky laptop to access the network to be able to see video of how the camera is positioned. Or they’ve had to use analogue video output to view the video feed on a separate monitor which provides the field of view, but not megapixel quality. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera Wisenet X series Plus cameras have a USB port that allows installers to connect it to a small dongle that converts the camera to a Wi-Fi device. Using a smartphone, the installer can wirelessly see full and not cropped quality video directly from the camera. It’s a much easier way to evaluate video while at the camera. Eliminating the second person looking at live view on a computer guiding through a cellphone to the installer to accurately point the camera to the proper position. If system integrators can do some of the legwork prior to even getting on site, it can reduce cost and improve efficiency. Imagine having 300 cameras ready to send to a project site. To configure those cameras, a system integrator has to take each camera out of the box, plug each into a switch, configure it, take it off of the switch and put it back in the box. To improve this process, camera manufacturers have now developed packaging that provides access to the camera port without even having to remove it from the box. It’s an innovative solution that saves time. Modular cameras have optional PTRZ modules that can be remotely adjusted to the field of view Software programs help in enhancing installation Whether it’s a one-man show or a team of electricians, installers and configurators, software programs can greatly enhance the installation process. Device managers are important tools in adding multiple cameras to a project. Using that 300-camera project, for example, it’s easier when a manufacturer has a device manager that allows the mass programming and configuration of cameras. Adding 300 cameras one by one is time consuming and leaves room for error when making so many multiple entries. A device manager should be able to scan the network and locate its devices, allowing them to be grouped, configured and much more. Every video surveillance camera project is going to have its ups and downs. But camera manufacturers can do their part in the production process to address the many issues known to slow down progress. It’s impressive that many are taking the lead in producing innovations like modular camera design, flexibility in the field and accessible packaging that can truly reduce installation cost and improve efficiency.
For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers 6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.
There are many aspects to consider when developing a retail security strategy, including loss prevention, physical security, asset protection, risk management, and IT. All these areas could be the responsibility of just a few people working to secure a handful of stores or each of these areas could be entirely separate departments, as is often the case for major retailers with locations throughout the country. Regardless of the size of the retailer, there are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention, yet none should be used in a silo. There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together, including enhancing overall safety and security, reducing shrink, and improving operations. There are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention As the existing security infrastructure is evaluated and plans for the future are developed, the team responsible should consider some of the following questions. Are there areas of the store that require greater security? Are there notifications or other technologies that could improve the efficiency of personnel and the safety of shoppers? Are there other departments within the organisation that could benefit from the data gathered by the security technology? Understanding current pain points within the stores and how integrated security solutions can address these is the key to implementing the best solution. Here are a few “hot spots” within a typical retail store that easily demonstrate the power of integrated solutions. Point of sale terminals Whether it’s loss through sweet hearting or other fraud, point of sale terminals present a significant shrink risk for retailers. Integrated systems enhance security at these locations. Video recording of HD or megapixel cameras integrated with point of sale data makes it easy to locate video associated with transactions and exception reporting. This allows for visual verification of each transaction when needed.There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together Other risks like robbery not only result in loss, but also impact the safety of employees and shoppers alike. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk. When the intrusion detection system is integrated with the video system, pressing a panic button or pulling the bill from the sensor can automatically trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the monitoring station to provide verification of the alarm and more information for law enforcement when they are dispatched. Adding audio integration to the intrusion system can also result in a message sent to the store security personnel’s two-way radio when a panic button is pushed, or a bill trap sensor is activated. If no security guard is onsite, video monitoring services can allow the monitoring centre to intervene through audio, alerting the perpetrator that his or her actions are being monitored and that the authorities have been contacted. This may cause the offender to flee the area, helping to mitigate the safety risk as well as the potential for loss. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk High value displays Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communication Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communications. For example, a person standing at a display for longer than a pre-defined time or touching items on display can trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the store manager and an audio message to play through a nearby loudspeaker, such as: “Thank you for your interest in our smartphone selection; an associate will be there soon to assist you.” This not only alerts potential offenders that their actions are being watched, it also serves to improve customer service for legitimate shoppers – as a retail floor associate is notified that a customer may need assistance. Cash office An access control reader at the door to the cash office restricts access to only authorised individuals. Integrating video can automatically capture an image of the person requesting access for verifying an employee’s identification prior to granting access or for retrospective analysis in the event of a theft. Exit doors If an employee props open a back door – either for easy re-entry after a break or to allow access to another person with intentions of theft – integration of the intrusion detection system to the video and audio system can significantly reduce risk of loss. For example, the intrusion detection system can monitor doors for abnormal conditions, even when the system is disarmed.Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door is accidentally left open A door left open for longer than a pre-defined time can cause an alarm on the intrusion panel, which can trigger a nearby camera to send a snapshot of the open door to the store manager and trigger the public address system to play a pre-recorded message through a nearby speaker. This prompts the employee to close the door, reducing risk of theft. Coolers and freezers Loss isn’t just about theft. Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door of one of these units is accidentally left open. The same concept for monitoring exit doors can also apply to doors for coolers and freezers to prevent spoilage. A cooler or freezer door monitored by the intrusion detection system can trigger an alert or chime to play in the area to remind an employee to close the door or to alert the store manager to the issue. While providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can be used to trigger an alert in case the queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold Serving a dual purpose Retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store While the technology solutions described above positively impact loss prevention in a retail store, they can also extend beyond security to improve health and safety and enhance customer service as well as customer engagement and sales. For example, while securing a store’s main entrance with IP cameras featuring on-board video analytics, retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store. This data can help them understand peak days and times when making decisions about staffing. Or while providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can also be used to trigger an alert in case the number of people in a queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold. At this point, the same public address system and loudspeakers used to play background music to enhance the shopping experience could be activated to broadcast a message to request another cash register to be opened, improving store operations. For security and loss prevention purposes, video analytics can also be used to ensure that no one enters or leaves the retail shop using the emergency exit. To address health and safety issues, these same cameras can also trigger an alarm if that emergency exit is blocked by an object – improving the safety of customers and employees. When systems are used to deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost Metadata generated by the cameras can also be used to gather information that when processed with sophisticated algorithms in the cloud can show trajectories of the paths that shoppers take as they travel throughout a store as well as heat maps indicating where they walk, stop and dwell – all while protecting the privacy of individual shoppers. This information can be used by merchandisers to evaluate the success of displays and store layouts, which directly impacts customer engagement and sales. When systems are used for and deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost of the system. This provides an added benefit by relieving some of the cost burden from security or other operational budgets. Product selection Integration is becoming easier using standards and expanding industry partnerships. However, in some cases, choosing systems from a single vendor that are designed to work together can help to speed and simplify installation, while also reducing system costs for both the integrator and the user. Regardless of the products chosen, it will be important for a retailer with many locations to have consistency in the type of equipment installed at each site. This makes support easier and enables a more uniform response to incidents that happen at various stores. As many retailers already understand, there is no silver bullet to reducing loss. However, a combination of the right technologies working together to prevent shrink and improve investigative capabilities can result in smarter and more effective loss prevention.
Choosing the right server for a video surveillance application comes down to one question: What does the customer expect from the system? Is it a retail location with two cameras that only needs video stored for 24 hours? Does the system need failover protection? What are the ramifications if a system goes down? Does business have to stop? How fast does the customer need to have access to video? Is it a regulated industry where immediate access is a requirement? How mission-critical is the video system to operations? Mission critical video surveillance solutions Such questions can point video system designers to the right technology for an application, and a manufacturer and reseller with a wide product offering ensure that the perfect solution is available and can be shipped quickly. It’s important to remember that this is not a “one size fits all” marketplace. Questions need to be asked on what an appropriate server solution will provide for the customer 1) JBOD - It stands for "just a bunch of disks" and refers to a collection of hard disks that have not been configured to work together. This approach is typical of stand-alone systems such as a retailer who has one or two cameras recording locally at a remote location, and who have a tolerance for occasionally losing video footage. 2) RAID 5/6 is a redundant array of independent disks in which data is stored across all the disks. The configuration provides more redundancy and reliability, better balance of disk usage, and more throughput and performance. RAID 5/6 is a redundant array of independent disks in which data is stored across all the disks 3) SAN or storage area network is a type of centralised storage providing enhanced accessibility to disk arrays. SAN provides high performance but is not as easy to expand. It is also less expensive than NAS systems. 4) NAS or network-attached storage is another type of centralised data storage. NAS systems are networked appliances containing storage drives. Benefits include faster data access, easier administration and simple configuration. NAS systems are easier to expand than SAN but provide less performance. NAS systems fit well in situations where customers have massive storage needs (or expect to in the future.) These are applications with lots of cameras and a need to retain high-frame-rate video for 180 days or longer. Typical uses include sports arenas, large cities, universities, corporate campuses and airports. Immediate access to video Highly available systems, such as SAN or NAS, are needed in any regulated industry. For example, in the cannabis grower market, an end user might need immediate access to video to show a compliance regulator. Gaming is another market in which immediate access to video is critical, and, for example, if a video system goes down at a table game, the gaming has to shut down, which is an expensive prospect to the casino. Therefore, reliability is critical. Video’s benefits beyond safety and security can also help to justify the costs of more expensive system Importance of video in risk mitigation In some instances, video is used primarily to manage risk, for example in litigation (or to avoid litigation) in a slip-and-fall claim or other court action. This is referred to as Loss Prevention. The ability to save thousands of dollars (or millions) by averting an expensive legal verdict can go a long way toward justifying the costs of systems. Video’s benefits beyond safety and security, such as for marketing and business analytics, can also help to justify the costs of more expensive systems. Identifying the right video server equipment Offering a variety of choices, and adapting those systems to specific applications, ensures customer satisfaction “A tradeoff of cost and needed functionality is at the center of decisions when buying server systems for video applications,” says Tom Larson, Chief Technology Officer, BCDVideo. “Identifying specifically what the customer needs from the system, and how important it is to meet those needs, points to the right choice in video server equipment. "Various technologies have advantages and some downsides, and it is the customer’s need for those advantages (and tolerance for the downsides) that determines which server equipment is right for the job.” Offering a variety of choices, and adapting those systems to specific applications, ensures customer satisfaction. The systems builder can help integrators analyse the site and project requirements and translate those into the right equipment and networking choices. What does the customer need and how much are they willing to pay for it? The real determination is “how important is the video?”
IFSEC International 2018 kicked off last week at London’s ExCel Centre. Visitors were lucky enough to experience a rare three days of British sunshine as they came together to discuss the latest trends and technologies in the physical security industry. Many exhibitors commented on how the show seemed smaller than previous years, with stands more spread out, and fewer ‘double-decker’ offerings than earlier shows. Although exhibitors represented all aspects of physical security, including access control and intrusion detection, the show was largely dominated by video surveillance. Video manufacturers Avigilon and Dahua were key sponsors, while the largest stand by far was occupied by Hikvision. Rather than hosting large product portfolios, exhibitors chose to demonstrate how integrated solutions could provide a more holistic solution If stands seemed more modest than in previous years, this may be a reflection of the industry shifting away from its long-standing product focus. Displaying large product portfolios takes more exhibit space. In an increasingly commoditised market, security integrators are combatting price erosion by emphasising holistic solutions rather than products and features. While some manufacturers have responded by collaborating with partners to offer a broader portfolio of solutions, others have invested in building end-to-end systems. Both these trends were reflected at the show; rather than hosting large product portfolios with a wide range of features, exhibitors chose to demonstrate how integrated solutions could provide a more holistic solution to end users’ challenges. Integrated systems approach One manufacturer opting for a solutions focus was security, access control and door entry systems provider STANLEY Product and Technology. The stand was represented by a range of STANLEY brands including PACOM and PAC GDX, as well as technology from recent acquisition 3xLOGIC. The PACOM team was on hand to demonstrate integrations of PACOM’s Graphical Management System (GMS) with workflow management software from RightCrowd, and biometric authentication products from EyeLock. PACOM Systems’ Commercial Director Gary Rowden explained that the stand was designed specifically to showcase all of STANLEY’s brands and partners in one place, encouraging customers to buy into the STANLEY solutions approach, rather than focusing on specific products. The show was largely dominated by video surveillance, with video manufacturer Avigilon a key sponsor Connecting with partners Another company emphasising partner solutions was Milestone Systems. Milestone’s Vice President for EMEA, Malou Mousten Dyhr Toft, who joined the company in March, explained how IFSEC International continues to be a key show. It was an opportunity to meet with Milestone’s expansive community of existing partners, as well as connecting with new partners and end users. Milestone hopes to enable community customers to process more video data with fewer servers, increasing scalabilityIn February this year, the company launched the Milestone System Builder initiative, allowing partners to optimise their hardware to pre-load Milestone’s XProtect VMS software. Several system builder partners were present at the Milestone stand. By collaborating with NVIDIA, Milestone hopes to enable community customers to process more video data with fewer servers, increasing scalability and reducing the total cost of ownership of its partner solutions. The stand showcased Milestone’s latest XProtect 2018 R2 VMS that leverages NVIDIA’s high-powered graphics processing units (GPUs), which can handle up to 2,000 video streams on one single server. Commitment to open systems MOBOTIX took this year’s IFSEC International as an opportunity to spread the word about its increased commitment to open systems. Since the company’s majority acquisition by Konica Minolta in 2016, and the subsequent addition of CEO Thomas Lausten last year, the company has undergone a significant change in approach, all-the-while guarding its core decentralised IP video product offering and made-in-Germany DNA. Lausten was previously a key figure at Milestone Systems and has brought to MOBOTIX a new approach focused on collaboration. Partners present at the MOBOTIX stand included Milestone, Kentix and Wavestore. The company also demonstrated its commitment to open systems by unveiling MOBOTIX MOVE, the manufacturer’s first line of ONVIF G compliant cameras. Visitors were lucky enough to experience a rare three days of British sunshine at IFSEC International this year Security system provider Vanderbilt had many new developments on show, including integrations both within Vanderbilt systems and with partner systems. The company’s SPC intrusion detection system now integrates with Milestone software, allowing SPC users to trigger events and control alarm systems from within the Milestone platform. A further highlight was Vanderbilt’s ACTEnterprise access control system, which now integrates with ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio wireless locking solution. Vanderbilt hopes that the integration will provide customers with faster, more cost-effective access control installations.Vanderbilt hopes that the integration will provide customers with faster, more cost-effective access control installations Reducing costs, increasing ease-of-use Many exhibitors were keen to demonstrate how integrated solutions could reduce costs for integrators by unifying systems on one easy-to-use platform. Arecont Vision unveiled its new Contera cloud-based video management solution at ISC West in April, making IFSEC the technology’s first outing in the European market. Contera is Arecont’s first video management offering and will allow customers to benefit from end-to-end solutions from the US-based company. Since the Contera system is designed to be web-based from the start, integrators will not be faced with the additional cost of adapting a legacy VMS system to the cloud. IDIS was another manufacturer highlighting their enhanced user experience and reduced cost offered by end-to-end systems. Visitors experienced demonstrations of the IDIS Center video management software, which is designed to offer smart user experience controls, and a user-friendly interface. Also on display were the company’s latest ranges of analogue and IP cameras. The IDIS system allows users to ‘mix-and-match’ HD analogue and IP video depending on the requirements of the project, with all surveillance operated from the same IDIS software interface. The mix-and-match approach avoids the additional cost of unnecessarily ripping and replacing legacy analogue systems. IFSEC 2018 presented a snapshot of how manufacturers from across video, access control and intrusion detection are continuing to innovate and collaborate to stay competitive in an increasingly challenging market, without losing sight of the most pressing needs of end users and integrators.
As ISC West opens today in Las Vegas, many companies will be introducing new products. But the announcements today from Arecont Vision will have a larger impact, and they involve much more than new products. In fact, the megapixel camera company is staking a claim to a broader slice of the market, and expanding its go-to-market strategy in the process. “The industry has changed, and the amount of competition out there today is significantly different and more pervasive,” says Raul Calderon, Arecont Vision’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. “We decided essentially to meet the market head on. It’s like a rebuilding and reshaping of our organisation to be more competitive and solutions-based for the future.” The details of that reshaping are playing out in multiple announcements at ISC West. Arecont Vision is announcing a new group of cameras, the Contera line, made in China, which includes single- and multi-sensor megapixel dome and bullet cameras. Also, expanding beyond its core camera business, Arecont Vision will introduce a Contera video management system (VMS) and cloud-managed video recorders (ConteraCMR) to round out a complete solution to address traditional and cloud-based video surveillance project requirements.The industry has changed, and the amount of competition out there today is significantly different and more pervasive” Remote access and management The cloud component of the new Arecont Vision platform is ConteraWS (web services), which enables local video recording and stores user profiles and cloud information for remote access and management. Management through the cloud means local administration is not required, thus reducing complexity and staffing needs. The system can be securely operated from a thick client, mobile app, Apple TV app, and/or a multi-browser web client. To ensure cybersecurity, ConteraWS has multi-factor authentication, NIST-compliant data encryption, transport layer security and requires no open inbound ports. Providing multiple system components enables customers going forward to buy end-to-end solutions from Arecont Vision. The online SysCon System Configurator simplifies selecting the best ConteraCMR platform for specific project requirements. The VMS, CMR and Web services components of the new end-to-end solution are rebranded by Arecont Vision in an OEM agreement with OpenEye. Providing multiple system components enables customers going forward to buy end-to-end solutions from Arecont Vision Enabling seamless integration As historically a camera manufacturer, why has Arecont Vision decided to embrace the trend toward end-to-end solutions? “The industry has spoken,” says Calderon. “Customers want to have a seamless integration with one provider of goods and services. We are adopting the mentality the broader industry has had for some years now.”Customers want to have a seamless integration with one provider of goods and services. We are adopting the mentality the broader industry has had for some years now” The “hybrid” platform involves video recording locally on premises (no bandwidth issues), but managed through the cloud by Amazon web services. There is an active connection between each recorder and the cloud. All administrative and access rights are managed in the cloud. A user can log into a web services account, which makes a connection to the recorder. This alleviates the requirement for any port forwarding or VPN. From an integration management standpoint, customers can manage all their clients and their recorders through a web services account. They can give permissions to local users to access only the recorders on their premises, but they can access centrally all the recorders they have deployed. From a maintenance and management standpoint, the approach allows an integrator to offer a true recurring monthly revenue (RMR)-based video solution. An integrator can charge for the web services access on a monthly basis, and/or provide other services such as health monitoring, or archiving critical video clips in the cloud. “This is a new take on the way VMSs work,” says Calderon. “It’s a new take on how we are delivering solutions to the market. We are driving toward a new way of doing business. The right integrators will see it as an opportunity to grow and develop their business — before someone else does.” The Contera cameras, the existing Mega camera line, and the Contera VMS, CMRs, and Web services are integrated for sale as end-to-end solutions. In addition, each component could also be deployed alongside other third-party components using ONVIF standards and leveraging Arecont Vision’s MegaLab program that tests and certifies third-party systems in the company’s Technology Partner Program. The Contera cameras will be assembled overseas and use industry-standard ASIC IC architecture We were able to develop, design, implement and manufacture the product in a more fast-track kind of way" New surveillance camera technology Unlike Arecont Vision’s existing Mega IP camera family, the Contera cameras will be assembled overseas and use industry-standard ASIC IC architecture, a system on a chip (SoC) platform that allows for a more affordable price point. The new cameras will also use Sony sensors. “We were able to develop, design, implement and manufacture the product in a more fast-track kind of way,” says Calderon. In contrast, the Mega IP camera family is Made in USA and uses Arecont’s MPIP (massively parallel image processing) architecture and FPGA IC chips, which offer “ultimate” cybersecurity, says Arecont Vision. “On the camera side, we have always had parts of our cameras manufactured in Asia, and did all the final assembly and PCB programming and even fabrication in the United States,” says Calderon. “With the new line, we decided to have some designs manufactured in Asia so that we can compete from a labour cost perspective. A partner we have worked with for 10 years — a Taiwanese company with a factory in China — is doing the turnkey assembly work for us. It is a collaborative development, and we are able to reduce costs significantly. We are concentrating on 10 models for which we can drive volumes and drive prices where they need to be. We will not compete at the lowest end of the market; we will be competing in the mid-tier. That’s our goal, to maintain a mid-tier presence in the market with a more competitive product.” He says some 300 units in the existing Mega camera line will continue to be assembled in Los Angeles.
Most retailers invest in a video surveillance solution to improve security. Many also use it as an investigation tool to help resolve customer disputes, liability claims and reduce losses from theft and fraud. Intelligent video solutions Complete Releaf relies on its intelligent video solution for all of those reasons, however compliance with state regulations was the primary objective when CEO and owner Eric Ryant started looking for a video system for his new, 3,000 square foot cannabis dispensary in Lafayette, Colorado. Unlike many other types of retail environments, cannabis dispensaries must comply with strict rules governing the type of video surveillance equipment used, where cameras and equipment are placed, and how long video evidence must be retained. Already familiar with the regulations based on his experience operating a second dispensary and a cultivation center in Lafayette, Colorado, Ryant sourced multiple bids for his new video solution. In the end, I selected the March Networks proposal. It had everything I was looking for, including POS integration, and additional capabilities" POS integration “Once all the bids were in, I went through the process of analysing each one and ended up narrowing the contenders down to two,” said Ryant. “In the end, I selected the March Networks proposal from our systems integrator, Falcon Networks. The solution had everything I was looking for, including POS integration, and additional capabilities I thought might be useful down the road. It met all of the compliance criteria, and the price was comparable.” Prior to opening the boutique dispensary in January 2018, Ryant worked with its system integrator to design and install a fully-compliant video solution. IR dome cameras Today, IR dome cameras mounted inside the dispensary capture clear 4MP video of all activity at entrances and exits, in storage and equipment rooms, and at each point-of-sale (POS) system. In addition, 360° cameras are installed above the sales floor and in every corner to provide further panoramic coverage. The 360° cameras are also installed on the dispensary’s exterior to capture people entering and exiting, as well as any activity in the surrounding parking lot and back loading area. The cameras were selected and placed strategically to ensure that the system meets multiple legislated requirements, such as recording all activity occurring within 20 feet of any ingress/egress point, capturing clear video in all lighting conditions, and making sure that the recorded video is sharp enough to identify customer and employee facial features at each POS. Hybrid network video recorder At the center of Complete Releaf’s video solution is a hybrid network video recorder (NVR) At the center of Complete Releaf’s video solution is a hybrid network video recorder (NVR). The recorder provides IP and analog video capture and unparalleled reliability through features such as diagnostic LEDs, an internal battery backup, and a customised embedded Linux operating system. All IP channel licenses are included with the recorder, making it a convenient and cost-effective option for the dispensary. Equally important, the recorder provides Complete Releaf with 32TB of internal storage, so it is compliant with the state’s 40-day video retention requirement. “Essentially, we need 100 percent coverage with no ‘blind spots’ on our retail floor, and a clear picture of people’s faces. It’s a truly reliable product, and we’ve had no difficulties achieving our 40 days of archived video,” said Ryant. Searchlight intelligent software While security and compliance were both top priorities for Ryant, finding a video solution that would also help him run Complete Releaf more efficiently – and profitably – was also important. That’s why he’s so pleased with the March Networks Searchlight for Retail application software he is also using. The intelligent software enables Ryant and his team to proactively identify and review suspect transactions using integrated video and transaction data pulled from the dispensary’s Green Bits POS system. It provides them with an easy-to-use loss prevention tool that reduces the time it takes to investigate incidents from hours to minutes. It also arms them with strong video and data evidence to support successful prosecutions or recoveries. Ryant is also testing the Searchlight application in his cultivation facility “Having video surveillance in our dispensary definitely deters theft,” said Ryant. “Combining the video with transaction data goes a step further and really causes people to think twice before they do something they’ll probably regret.” Radio Frequency Identification tags Ryant is also testing the Searchlight application in his cultivation facility, taking advantage of the software’s ability to integrate with data from the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags he is required to add to each plant through the cultivation process as part of Colorado’s Inventory Tracking System (Metrc). The software would enable Ryant to leverage his RFID investment by making the data searchable in the dashboard and tying it to recorded video. If there’s ever an incident during the cultivation process, Ryant could use the software to easily locate the video footage to see what actually happened and who was involved.
A manufacturing giant in Maharashtra has the distinct mark of making India’s 1st Diesel Engine and Iron Mold Ploughs. The company’s legacy dates to 1922. This company is the reason behind a new wave of industrialisation in some of the towns in Maharashtra while preserving their rich heritage. Wide area monitoring The company is spread across a wide area, employing more than three thousand people. Being an established and trusted brand, maintaining quality is crucial and therefore, every area needs to be under surveillance. For this reason, cameras producing high resolution images and covering a greater area for monitoring was the primary requirement. The company is divided into various branches that are located at various places in Satara, Maharashtra. This gave rise to the need for a centralised solution at a centralised location from where all other sites can be monitored at a time. Matrix IP bullet and dome cameras To cover the large monitoring area, Matrix provided IP bullet and dome cameras that have greater field of view when compared to other brands. According to the requirement, various cameras were installed at different locations such as reception area, canteen, security area, entrance, production area, etc. These cameras also provide exceptional low light images that aid in night time surveillance and provide enhanced security. For storing the streamed videos, Matrix offered network video recorders. These NVRs have features such as adaptive recording which aids in storing more data in a defined space. Moreover, it has intelligent video analytics such as intrusion detection and motion detection which were also applied. Instant notifications and alerts ensured real-time security of the premises.
A Manufacturing giant in Maharashtra has the distinct mark of making India’s 1st Diesel Engine and Iron Mold Ploughs. The company’s legacy dates to 1922. This company is the reason behind a new wave of industrialisation in some of the towns in Maharashtra while preserving their rich heritage. Centralised surveillance solution Large area to monitor - The company is spread across a wide area employing more than three thousand people. Being an established and trusted brand, maintaining quality is crucial and therefore, every area needs to be under surveillance. For this reason, cameras producing good quality image and can cover a greater area for monitoring was the requirement. Centralised control - The company is divided into various branches which are located at various places in Satara. This gave rise to the need for a centralised solution at a centralised location from where all other sites can be monitored at a time. Low light images for enhanced security Matrix provided IP Bullet and Dome cameras that have greater Field of View when compared to other brandsTo cover the large monitoring area, Matrix provided IP Bullet and Dome cameras that have greater Field of View when compared to other brands. According to the requirement, various cameras were installed at different locations such as reception area, canteen, security area, entrance, production area, etc. These cameras also provide exceptional low light images which aid in providing high-class security. For storing the streamed videos, Matrix offered Network Video Recorders. These NVRs have features such as Adaptive Recording which aid in storing more data in a defined space. Moreover, it has Intelligent Video Analytics such as Intrusion Detection and Motion Detection which were also applied. Instant notifications and alerts ensured real-time security of the premises. Results: Centralised Control 24x7 Real-time Surveillance Higher Security with Intelligent Video Analytics
Majmaah University is based in Al Majmaah, a city of 130,000 people located approximately 180km north of Riyadh. The university was founded in 2009 as part of a state-sponsored Ministry of Education initiative to expand university education and the number of graduates in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly outside the biggest cities. Key aims of the university include more provision for higher education, high quality scientific research and development, support for the regional economy and meeting the needs of local communities. The university serves a wide area including Majmaah city, Zulfi, Remah, Ghat and Hawtat Sudair. The main campus is situated in the southern part of Majmaah city, with teaching and research delivered through 13 academic schools. The university has around 20 buildings across its multiple sites which provide accommodation for the colleges, administration, deanships and medical services. Enhanced student and staff safety Today’s higher education sector is major business and maximising student safety is central to any university’s duty of care and reputation. With this in mind, the security team at Majmaah University wanted to upgrade protection for students, staff and visitors. To achieve this, they needed to identify a cost-effective HD surveillance system combining robust performance with state-of-the-art functionality. The team needed a solution to provide centralised control, reliable remote monitoring and full redundancy for key university facilities at multiple campus sites located almost 50km apart. Digital Media installed a comprehensive mix of networked systems at campus sites in Majmaah, Hawtat Sudair and Alghat Additional requirements included innovative features guaranteed to deliver excellent image quality, rapid video retrieval and optimised use of network bandwidth. Other key priorities included compatibility of all surveillance systems; simple plug-and-play deployment; video management software; ease of use; live and simultaneous video playback; simultaneous map monitoring; minimal maintenance; plus, user-friendly diagnostic, administration and reporting capabilities. Integrated IP-enabled HD surveillance Assisted by expert regional security systems integrator Digital Media, Majmaah University chose a complete, integrated IDIS DirectIP solution that offered superior performance, dynamic multi-stream control and multi-view functionality to minimise bandwidth usage-all at a low total cost of ownership. Digital Media installed a comprehensive mix of networked systems at campus sites in Majmaah, Hawtat Sudair and Alghat. Equipment included: 336 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ), box, dome and infra-red bullet cameras; 18 network video recorders (NVRs); a suite of ISS Expert servers and clients; and 16 DAS systems. The new command centre at Majmaah was fully equipped with control systems including an IDIS Software Solution (ISS) Video Wall and 512CH Federation server to provide centralised monitoring across multiple campus sites. Following a smooth, swift installation by Digital Media, IDIS DirectIPTM is providing cost-effective surveillance to improve campus safety and protection.
Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht (GLU) is a creative and safe school that specialises in various multi-media disciplines as well as communications, media management and marketing. With approximately 2,100 students, GLU is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands and as at any education establishment, the protection of its staff and students is of paramount importance, which saw the school first implement a surveillance system in its new main building in 1998. Unobtrusive video surveillance In 2004, following several burglaries over the previous four years, Sead Hafizovic, GLU’s Safety and Security Supervisor identified the need to upgrade security provisions. The current surveillance systems consisted of five analogue cameras connected to a video recorder that required the changing of video tapes daily, and Hafizovic recognised this was no longer fit for purpose. Located across two facilities in Utrecht, GLU’s the main building in Vondellaan features glass walls and multiple access points giving the school an open and creative feel that Hafizovic wanted to maintain, making the need for unobtrusive security measures an important factor. Following a thorough assessment by both GLU and Trigion, a mix of 30 IDIS analogue cameras together with motion detectors were implementedHafizovic turned to trusted partner Trigion, a systems integrator responsible for all the school’s security measures encompassing intruder, access control and video surveillance. Acting as an advisor, Trigion was tasked to find the most effective surveillance solution that would meet the security and performance needs of the school, while having the flexibility to scale and adapt as security and operational requirements changed. Migration from analogue to HD IP surveillance Following a thorough assessment by both GLU and Trigion, a mix of 30 IDIS analogue cameras together with motion detectors were implemented. The new security system proved incredibly effective in reducing crime as well as health and safety incidents and was gradually extended over the next ten years to include cameras in all strategic locations. In 2013, the GLU went about updating the school’s security policy to include the use of cameras and their related images. While working alongside Trigion to develop the policy, Trigion advised GLU to make the move from analogue to high-definition IP to vastly improve performance and thereby further increase safety and security. Since the existing IDIS system was still reliably operating, GLU needed to be convinced of the investment. IDIS HD IP cameras and NVRs GLU was operating a mix of IDIS analogue and HD networked cameras connected to IDIS NVRs all seamlessly managed through IDIS Center Trigion first installed two networked HD cameras next to the existing surveillance system. Both systems could be viewed easily through IDIS Center, totally cost-free video management software (VMS). The improved performance in terms of crisp picture quality, fast retrieval of footage and the easy and rapid installation quickly convinced GLU to implement a phased upgrade from analogue to IP. By 2014, GLU was operating a mix of IDIS analogue and HD networked cameras connected to IDIS network video recorders (NVRs) all seamlessly managed through IDIS Center, providing a high performance, centralised monitoring capability. Since implementation the number incidents of internal theft, harassment, fighting and drug taking has reduced to almost zero—a measurable result Hafizovic is very proud of. The security policy has been shared with students and they fully understand their rights and obligations when it comes to the use of surveillance in the school and the importance of personal safety. Adapting to safety and security provisions The innate flexibility and backward compatibility of the IDIS solution allows GLU to continuously improve and adapt safety and security provisions, effectively enabling the school to upgrade to next generation IDIS technology when it comes online and integrate with other systems as required. In 2015, GLU was voted the third best school in a nationwide survey, in which GLU scored top in the areas of safety and security. Later the same year, the King of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander and Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science visited GLU to witness its achievements for themselves, proving a proud day for GLU staff and students.
The latest HD video technology from IDIS has been chosen by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust for a comprehensive upgrade across their facilities in Hampshire. In one of the largest projects of its kind, the new system will improve safeguarding at a number of sites for patients requiring specialised mental health care in a secure setting. IDIS’s Korean technology is fully network-tested and approved, which means it is secure enough to be linked to the wider NHS network, at any point in the future, giving further options for centralised monitoring and control. Selecting IP CCTV solution Southern Health wanted a fully managed system, linking all their sites onto their local LAN without the risk of system hacking Because of the sensitive nature of the care being provided, the vulnerability of patients and the risks to staff, it was essential that the video solution was not only network-secure but could be relied on to capture scenes in close detail in all lighting conditions. Southern Health wanted a fully managed system, linking all their sites onto their local LAN without the risk of system hacking, which is a key NHS consideration in selecting any IP CCTV solution. The IDIS equipment was identified as the best for the project following a full proof-of-concept comparison, with equipment set up on site to demonstrate both picture quality and ease of use. Installation of cameras and recorders It replaces a previously installed IP video system, comprising a mix of equipment from different manufacturers, and in comparison, it offers the benefits of lower cost of ownership due to ease of use, simple installation and maintenance combined with the warranty. The first phase of the upgrade has just been completed by fire and security integrator ISD Tech, with an installation at Ravenswood House, Fareham. This phase comprises almost one hundred 12MP vandal-resistant IR Fisheye cameras as well as full HD IR domes, DirectIP H.265 4K recorders, PoE switches and full-HD monitors. The older system at Ravenswood House had been proving to be difficult to use. Recordings could not be easily archived, and image quality was inconsistent, explains Tracey Edwards, Security Manager of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Identifying and retrieving recordings Delays in investigations can result in interrupted care delivery and costly disruption, so need to be minimised as much as possible “We had identified gaps in coverage and our efforts to provide a safe environment were being hampered by footage that was often unclear,” Tracey Edwards says. “The old system was proving too complex to use and it was taking too long for operators to identify and retrieve recordings.” This was a major issue because staff at the site are caring for vulnerable people and, if an incident occurs, it’s vital that they can quickly access recordings that show exactly what happened. Delays in investigations can result in interrupted care delivery and costly disruption, so it needed to be minimised as much as possible. Motion-sensor activated lighting The advantage of the IDIS 12MP fisheye cameras is that they allow all events to be captured automatically without the need for operators to focus in on an incident. Recordings from the new cameras always provide a complete 360 view of any given area without any blind spots. Just as importantly, the system is easy to use, and the footage can be accessed quickly. The fisheye units offer a choice of 6 de-warping view modes and ensure night-time IR viewing at up to 15 metres. The new system has also overcome a particular loophole at Ravenswood House: in some areas motion-sensor activated lighting was not sensitive to very slow movement, meaning the previous system could not capture images because it had no IR capability. This increased the vulnerability of both patients and staff. IDIS's Smart Failover technology IDIS and ISD Tech worked particularly closely to ensure the phase one installation went smoothlyOvercoming this, the built-in IR capability in the IDIS fisheyes enables the capture of crisp, clear images even in darkness. Crucially, the new solution also features IDIS’s Smart Failover technology which protects against loss of footage due to a wide range of potential fault conditions, including network instability, network failure, storage failure, recorder hardware failure and power supply failure. IDIS and ISD Tech worked particularly closely to ensure the phase one installation went smoothly, says Nicky Stokes, ISD Tech’s Managing Director. “Our engineers had to be very sensitive and careful working on this project because of the nature of the site and the needs of the patients. Everything went smoothly – IDIS equipment really is ‘plug and play’, which makes our job much faster, and we appreciate the high-level support that IDIS always gives.” Seven-year warranty With phase one completed, full roll-out of the IDIS technology through Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust sites will continue through 2019. “We are delighted that IDIS technology has been chosen for this important NHS project,” says Jamie Barnfield, Sales Director, IDIS Europe. “We know that our technology will provide outstanding service for years to come. Not only is it backed by our IDIS Ultimate seven-year warranty, our commitment to leading the way in new product development means that it will be forward-flexible and meet all the customer’s future needs.”