VIVOTEK, the global IP surveillance provider, will showcase its latest IP surveillance solutions at Intersec Dubai 2019, taking place from January 20 to 22 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. As well as presenting its cybersecurity strategy, Security-within-Security, VIVOTEK will display the latest development in cybersecurity solutions, deep-learning technology, and 180-degree solutions at its booth (#SA-B33). These three highlights will be introduced by VIVOTEK at Int...
The recent incident at London Gatwick airport caused major travel disruption for more than a day after drones were spotted flying over this sensitive area. This incident once again highlighted the need for anti-drone technologies to address this evolving threat and secure the safety of airplanes. Following the episode, the US Federal Aviation Administration was instructed to develop a strategy to allow wider use of counter drone technologies across airports. Detecting drones, and any UAV threat...
According to a recent report produced by IHS Markit, which specialises in providing insight on the areas that are shaping the business landscape, the number of video surveillance cameras equipped with advanced low-light functionality is set to soar over the next four years. Whilst it is estimated that in 2015 there were approximately 4.75 million of these types of cameras delivered to the market, in 2022 this number is projected to increase to about 51 million. Advanced low light functionality...
DW, the provider of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the upcoming release of our 4MP MEGApix video analytics cameras. The new cameras — including fixed and varifocal lens turrets (DWC-MTT4WiA, DWC-MTT4Wi28, DWC-MTT4Wi36 and DWC-MTT4Wi6), vandal domes with fixed varifocal lens (DWC-MVT4WiA, DWC-MVT4Wi28, DWC-MVT4Wi36 and DWC-MVT4Wi6), and fixed lens bullet (DWC-MBT4Wi28 and DWC-MBT4Wi36) — offer a vast array of analytical solutions. A...
Pelco by Schneider Electric, the provider of video surveillance solutions, announces that it will be exhibiting solutions, services, and products in various segment applications at Intersec 2019 held in Dubai on January 20-22. As part of this presentation, Pelco will share a glimpse into a few soon-to-be released products and focus on how new technologies such as increased camera resolutions, cloud services, and analytics are shaping the future. Pelco will also feature significant updates to it...
Pelco is pleased to announce four new combination IR/white light illuminator models to the award-winning Esprit Enhanced PTZ camera product line. These new models provide IR-only and white light/deterrent modes of operation to give you the ability to overtly capture clear full colour images when using white light direct illumination or covertly with clear black and white images when in IR-only mode. The new models are ideal for performance-oriented 24 by 7 operations as well as extreme tempera...
Pelco by Schneider Electric, global provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions, announced the release of the GFC Professional 4K, a video camera delivering 8 MP resolution detail for demanding video security applications with heavy foot and vehicular traffic. The GFC Professional 4K is also designed to support challenging lighting conditions that are typical in city surveillance, airports, seaports, traffic, gaming facilities, corrections, commercial, and hospitality deployments. GFC Professional 4K Camera The GFC Professional 4K Camera delivers high definition, crystal clear video at 30 frames per second (fps) for industries whose operations demand 24/7 surveillance. With this level of clarity, customers can use one camera to cover a large area and digitally zoom-in for detailed information like license plate numbers and faces. Smart Compression technology By pairing 4K video resolution with H.265 video coding and Pelco’s Smart Compression technology, the GFC Professional 4K Camera minimises network bandwidth and storage costs. In comparative tests using the ISO standard for evaluating a camera’s true dynamic range (tone contrast within an image), and not a proprietary vendor test with undisclosed ‘forensic’ conditions, the GFC Professional 4K consistently tested 5 to 9% higher than the competitor’s 4K camera. Additionally, the GFC Professional 4K delivers category-leading 0.2 lux light sensitivity performance at 30FPS in color mode. 4K technology “Pelco has successfully applied 4K technology to solve real security video challenges – providing more detail even in scenes with low light or overly bright areas, and doing this cost-effectively without unduly burdening storage costs,” said Sophie Wang, Sr. Global Product Line Manager. “Unlike other vendors’ 4K cameras, the robust Pelco Pro firmware feature set on the GFC Professional 4K maximises image quality, light sensitivity, and much more,” she concluded.The GFC Professional 4K delivers category-leading 0.2 lux light sensitivity performance at 30FPS in color mode The introduction of 4K technology into Pelco’s product portfolio is a natural step in the journey to offer quicker identification related to incidents or suspicious activity with the following key features: Up to 4K/8MP resolution in 30fps: Contains up to four times the resolution of 1080p, a single fixed camera can cover a wide area with highly accurate and clear details. H.265 video coding & Pelco Smart Compression: Decrease bandwidth and video recording costs. Wide temperature range: This camera operates in extreme temperature environments with a temperature range between –40° to 60°C (–40°F to 162.5°F), and up to 65°C (149°F) at four hours/day. 100dB true Wide Dynamic Range (WDR): Brings out the detail in both very bright and dark areas to maximise visibility and is useful in scenes where there are dark and bright areas in the image; lobby areas with streaming sunlight and nighttime traffic with headlights and taillights that obscure license plates. IR illumination: The built-in IR Illuminator produces detailed images in zero light, and the adaptive IR Illuminator avoids overexposure that can hinder detection. Motorised lens with P-Iris: In addition to remotely zoom and focus control, the P-Iris enables more precise control on the light reaching the sensor resulting in better image clarity and depth-of-field in all lighting conditions. IK10, IP66 rating & metal construction: Both indoor and outdoor cameras are rugged, vandal resistant, and waterproof. Three independent, configurable streams: All three streams are configurable with video coding (H.265/H.264/MJEPG), resolution, and frame rate. This enables more flexibility in recording and viewing video. Audio and alarm functions: Operators can interface with other systems and the camera to promptly react to events and incidents. Real-time audio enhances the security information captured by the camera.
From towers and moats to modern walls and wire mesh, physical perimeter fortifications have been around for millennia. Today’s technology brings us various types of electronic perimeter protection systems, mainly detecting or possibly preventing would-be intruders from crossing over into protected areas. Now, most traditional perimeter protection systems use active infrared detection. However, this type of detection method falls short in stability and reliability. Just before an intrusion happens, or while it is happening, traditional IR cannot make accurate predictions, and, lacking video data, it can be rather difficult to locate key alarm points. Furthermore, terrain, environment, and other factors often cause underreporting, false alarms, or other inaccurate results. Camera with built-in PIR detector The Turbo HD PIR Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusionsIn order to resolve these problems, Hikvision’s Turbo HD Passive Infrared (PIR) Camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to improve alarm accuracy and prevent intrusions. As a result, perimeter protection jumps to a whole new level for residential areas, around factories, warehouses, schools and other settings. The most striking features of this camera are the rapid response rate and alarm accuracy when suspicious people cross established perimeters. The camera has a built-in PIR detector that captures infrared light given off by human bodies and distinguishes it from other visual ‘noise’. It can be equipped with Hikvision’s Turbo HD K series DVR’s motion detection to filter false alarms caused by moving targets without human body IR emission. This way, filtering false alarms reduces storage space and costs, and it also means more efficient post-event footage search. Intrusion detection and crime prevention Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protectionIn addition, the camera features a strong and immediate deterrent by producing a flashing white strobe light that serves as a warning signal to stop intruders. And with ultra low-light technology, the white light serves as supplemental lighting, enabling the camera to capture clear images of suspects as evidence when the alarm is triggered, even in extremely dark environments. Hikvision’s Turbo HD PIR Camera can be used with the Hikvision’s Turbo HD K-Series DVRs for perimeter protection, with both the intrusion warning function and its ability to keep an eye on monitoring areas in real-time with front-end devices. When an intrusion occurs, it can issue a warning immediately and notify security personnel to go right to the scene. In some cases, intruders will be deterred and leave – thus crime can be prevented, not just detected. The camera can support a broad range of perimeter protection and security system processes for pre-warning, warning in process, and evidence collection after an event. It has truly improved monitoring functions, surpassing the traditional ‘post-event investigation’ approach, and helps change perimeter protection from passive monitoring to active deterrence, protecting people and assets.
Hanwha Techwin’s new Wisenet Flateye IR dome cameras have been designed for high humidity environments and for where condensation might occur because of temperature differences. Wisenet Flateye IR dome cameras The main feature of the new H.265 domes, which are part of the Wisenet Q series, is that they each have a flat surface cover which is applied to the front of the lens instead of the dome cover. This reduces IR diffused reflection which is caused by moisture and in the absence of a normal transparent dome cover, also removes the effect that scratches can have on image clarity. “These new models have been introduced to provide a highly effective and robust solution for our end-user clients who require high definition cameras to operate effectively in what may be challenging environmental conditions, such as industrial or food processing plants,” said Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. “Installers will also benefit from having to spend less time on site as there is no need to initially remove and then mount a dome cap during the installation process.” Infrared surveillance and defocus detection The 2-megapixel Wisenet QNE-6080RV and 4-megapixel QNE-7080RV Flateye domes have built-in IR functionality to ensure objects can be recognised at night up to 30 metres, whilst a 3.1x (3.2 – 10mm) motorised varifocal lens enables wide-angle monitoring. The new domes are also equipped with Defocus detection which generates an alert if the camera is out of focus and ‘defogging’ that in turn makes corrections to blurry images captured in foggy conditions. Additional features include the world’s best Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which performs at up to 150dB to accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas, and Lens Distortion Correction (LDC) which compensates for the image distortion that can occur with wide angle lenses. A Hallway View feature provides a highly effective way to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles, with the bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements.
ISS, Intelligent Security Systems, global provider of intelligent VMS and analytics, is showcasing two highly specialised analytics solutions for vehicle surveillance and law enforcement applications at ISC East 2018 (booth #527). Natively developed and designed to seamlessly integrate with ISS’ SecurOS v10 platform, SecurOS UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) combines advanced software and hardware for remote under-vehicle surveillance. Furthermore, the ISS SecurOS Motus is an IP-camera offering featuring integrated ANPR analytics for high-speed accuracy in commercial and law enforcement applications. SecurOS UVSS (Under Vehicle Surveillance System) “SecurOS UVSS and Motus are ideal for large municipalities, making the greater New York City market ideal for these innovative and highly accurate vehicle surveillance solutions,” said Cody Flood, Vice President of North American Sales, ISS. “Because SecurOS UVSS and Motus were specifically developed for seamless integration with our recently released SecurOS v10 VMS platform, these highly advanced solutions can be quickly and easily implemented with outstanding results.” SecurOS UVSS creates a database of high-resolution images of vehicle undercarriages and recognises vehicle license plates SecurOS UVSS creates a database of high-resolution images of vehicle undercarriages and recognises vehicle license plates, making it ideal for numerous venues where underground parking or structured parking facilities are utilised. Unlike makeshift under-vehicle surveillance deployments, the ISS SecurOS UVSS can monitor vehicles with high precision, and can be deployed virtually out of the box when interfaced with ISS SecurOS VMS. Other differentiating features include: automatic vehicle presence detection; automatic comparison of a vehicle’s undercarriage image with reference images stored in the user’s databank; simultaneous display of live and archived video from all cameras; built-in machine vision camera; corresponding ISS LPR/ANPR cameras; and interoperability with integrated security and access control systems, traffic lights, barriers, electronic displays and third-party systems. SecurOS Motus network IP camera SecurOS Motus is a specialised camera for running ISS license plate recognition software that delivers accurate image quality in both day and night under all weather conditions. Core features include: a motorised lens; IP67 rating to protect against harsh environments; easy installation with limited wiring for fast and easy deployment; remote setup and configuration adjustment; a built-in configurable IR or white-light illuminator; superior image quality and ANPR precision; and low power consumption. The CE and FCC certified solution also features a two-year warranty and comes with an adjustable wall-mount bracket with optional pole-mount bracket.
Hikvision, global provider of innovative video surveillance solutions, has added an ultra HD 32 MP panoramic camera to its award-winning PanoVu camera range. Seamless panoramic image The new DS-2CD6984G0-IH(S)(AC) 32 MP PanoVu Series Panoramic Dome Camera uses four 1/2" Progressive Scan CMOS sensors to deliver a true 180-degree horizontal panorama, as well as a vertical field of view of 95 degrees. The four video images are stitched together by the camera itself, which intelligently outputs a single, seamless panoramic image. Frank Zhang, General Manager of the International Product Marketing Department at Hikvision says, “We are very excited to add this state-of-the-art high definition camera to the award-winning PanoVu family. Organisations with large outdoor areas are continually looking for innovative ways to monitor and protect their premises. Our 32 MP camera gives them some of the most remarkable panoramic and HD monitoring features they’ll find on the market.” HD panoramic video in low-light environmentsThe camera offers impressive HD, with a maximum resolution of 8160 × 3616 pixels The camera offers impressive HD, with a maximum resolution of 8160 × 3616 pixels. Its 32 MP image resolution at 30 fps ensures smooth video image preview and playback. Engineered with low illumination capability and four embedded infra-red LEDs, the DS-2CD6984G0-IH(S)(AC) can continue to deliver HD panoramic video in low-light environments and even under 0 lux conditions, up to a distance of 20 metres. Multiple display modes The camera also has a range of display modes to suit user needs. In addition to the standard 32 MP panorama view, users can choose to output the panoramic image in 8 MP resolution to fit into a corresponding network video recorder. The camera can also deliver four, 8 MP standalone images from each lens, or four images in divided panorama view. Thanks to its broad field of view, the DS-2CD6984G0-IH(S)(AC) is ideal for large, open areas such as stadiums, plazas, entertainment venues and industrial facilities. Just one camera can cover an area that previously required multiple cameras, reducing IP channels. This also makes installation and configuration much easier, faster and potentially more cost-effective.
GJD, a UK manufacturer, designer and supplier of professional external detector equipment, as well as Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators is proud to announce that its IP drivers are officially Control4 certified. The certification means GJD’s IP devices are Control4 ready straight out of the box, further enhancing GJD’s commitment to the Custom Install industry. The drivers are listed on the Control4, Janus Technology, and GJD websites. All certified drivers must pass stringent testing in Control4 labs, ensuring smooth and seamless integration. GJD’s certification includes the incorporation of Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), which makes integrating GJD IP devices with a Control4 system easy and seamless. Passive infrared detectors Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s Managing Director commented: “We are extremely proud that our IP drivers are C4 certified. GJD is fully committed to providing Custom Integrators with all of the benefits of a truly customisable network-based security system. Our partnership will make it even easier for CI’s to install and configure GJD into Control4 home and commercial automation projects”. GJD offers a wide variety of IP devices ranging from external passive infrared detectors and highly accurate laser sensors for perimeter protection GJD offers a wide variety of IP devices ranging from external passive infrared detectors and highly accurate laser sensors for perimeter protection and intruder detection, to Infra-Red and White-Light LED illuminators for intelligent lighting. There is also a certified driver for the company’s IPAnything Module, which is an I/O Converter, designed to convert any type of analogue sensor to an IP system, or vice versa. Personalised automation GJD’s professional IP technology provides transformative benefits including early intruder warning alerts to provide an alarm when the intruder is at the boundary, rather than alerting the user when the threat is already inside the building. More unique benefits include utilising detectors to measure outdoor light level and ambient temperature, which optimise environmental control. Overall an integrated GJD and Control4 system provides convenience, peace of mind and extremely reliable security detection to create a comfortable and safe environment for the user. Founded in 2003, Control4 is a provider of personalised automation and control solutions, which allows the user to control virtually any device in a home or business automatically. Control4 provides an affordable way to control and automate security, lighting, energy, and music in a single room or throughout the entire home. The partnership between GJD and Control4 will bring even more versatile smart solutions for home and commercial projects.
As a grocery store or supermarket owner, it is very hard to fight theft. Shoplifting and retail theft may not seem like a major deal, but to the small business fighting for survival, it has a big impact on the bottom line. A disadvantage of traditional tools for fighting shoplifting is that they are most effective when the shoplifter is caught red-handed. Once the shoplifter has concealed the stolen product in his or her clothing or bag, it is very hard to see whether something has been stolen. This paper explores how thermal imaging technology from FLIR and Nexo Group can detect stolen goods that are hidden under clothing, reducing losses up to 60%. Find out more about: Disadvantages of traditional security methods How heat catches thieves Reducing losses up to 60% Radiometric camera technology
The new scanner can quickly screen large groups of people without needing them to stop or slow down Most body scanners are designed to work one person at a time, checkpoint style. QinetiQ has developed a scanner that can be used in crowded places without having to slow down or stop moving targets. The body scanner, capable of detecting hidden explosives or weapons on a person, has been demonstrated publicly in the United Kingdom for the first time. The QinetiQ SPO-NX SPO-NX from QinetiQ – a company spun out of the UK’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 – can quickly screen large groups of people for concealed weapons or explosives in a passive, non-intrusive way, without needing people to stop or slow down. The system was built into the immersive Securing Crowded Places Demonstrator at UK Security Expo 2016 last November, consisting of three linked zones set in and close to the entrance of the Olympia exhibition centre in London. To safeguard privacy, the system does not generate images of the body beneath the subject’s clothing. Instead, it displays a video-style image of the subject with a “threat level” overlaid when it detects unusual objects concealed on an individual, enabling law enforcement or security personnel to investigate further. The system is entirely passive and does not emit radiation. Upgraded security screening In 2014, the USA’s Transport Security Administration (TSA) awarded QinetiQ a 24-month contract to implement the technology. The system – an upgrade from the QinetiQ SPO-7R already in use by the US Transportation Security Administration – enables the operator to scan crowds and search for anomalies, without the need to disrupt the flow of foot traffic through the area, minimising inconvenience and enabling security screening in locations where it was impractical before. (Click to see larger image) The QinetiQ SPO-NX is designed to operate in relatively large, open spaces such as a train station concourse “The law enforcement community has been asking for this solution for many years,” says Colin Cameron, Technical Leader, Protective Security Technologies at QinetiQ. “Under the supervision of the Transportation Security Administration, some law enforcement teams have been using the technology at special events and on some of the country’s busiest mass transit systems, including rail, metro and commuter ferry. Last Thanksgiving holiday, for example, it was deployed as part of enhanced security measures at Washington Union Station in central Washington DC.” Passive Millimetre Wave Technology The scanning system uses Passive Millimetre Wave Technology, which exploits part of the electromagnetic spectrum that sits between visible/infrared and radio. “It therefore has characteristics of both parts, so for example we can build pseudo-optical cameras in a similar way to infrared cameras, but we can also see through materials and obscurants just like radio waves can penetrate these materials,” explains Cameron. “So for security applications, we can build sensors that can sense or see through materials and obscurants. In the case of the SPO-NX system, we exploit this approach to find potential suicide bombers or people with large concealed weapons.” But with what sort of numbers of people can the system operate and at what rate? Facial recognition systems operating on moving video targets, for example, can be limited to a certain number of faces caught in a single frame of video. “At the UK Security Expo we achieved a rate of 380 people an hour, but this was limited by the particular concept of operation and other factors. It takes about four to five seconds to scan one person, so throughput rates could be significantly higher.” Operator-controlled scanning Unlike airport scanning systems that mostly require people to pass through a “checkpoint” arrangement, the SPO-NX is designed to operate in relatively large, open spaces such as a train station concourse, but without necessarily scanning all of the people all of the time. Whether the deployment of such a system in Brussels or Paris could have detected the guns and explosives being carried by the perpetrators of those terrorist attacks is a matter for speculation. "The SPO-NX system is completely passive and privacy-protecting" “Depending on the concept of operation at a particular event or location, the operator may or may not wish to scan 100% of people passing the sensor,” explains Cameron. “There is a trade-off between scanning people that have no restriction placed on them for security versus slowing people or funnelling people through a checkpoint of some type to ensure 100% scanning – even if it is a high throughput checkpoint. Different users are likely to use this technology in different ways and random sampling of crowds is certainly one viable approach.” To get an idea of the scale and scope of operation, it helps to consider the range limits of the SPO-NX. The standard model has a range of 6m to 15m. A longer-range option will also be available, with a range of up to around 25m with a larger front lens on the sensor. This moves the security perimeter further back, making the earlier detection of a threat possible, explains Cameron, especially where there is a high throughput of people flowing into a contained space. By scanning the crowd before they converge, risk is managed without the need to funnel or slow down the footfall further. At present the scanner is operator-controlled, but part of the roadmap at QinetiQ is the development of automated tracking. Privacy-protected scanning system So, what differentiates this system from other scanning systems available? “The SPO-NX system is completely passive and privacy-protecting,” says Cameron. “It is therefore safe and easy for end users to deploy, because there are no privacy or other regulatory issues to navigate that some competitive systems have. It also allows fully non-cooperative scanning – people being scanned do not need to stop or pause their journey and do not need to divest any objects from their pockets or from their person.” “SPO-NX is a portable system that can be set up by one person in less than five minutes. This makes it a cost-effective asset that can be re-deployed at a new venue or location as required. Alternatively, it can be fixed permanently on a wall or ceiling mount. It is a real-time system, self-calibrates and can be operated locally at the sensor head or, for example, remotely from a CCTV control room.”
Part 6 of our Robots in Security series Later this year Universal Protection Service will begin offering a new autonomous robot to customers in California The next security guard you see may look more like R2D2 than Paul Blart, Mall Cop. Robots are starting to make their way into the offerings of security companies, and they may give guards a whole new image. Later this year Universal Protection Service — a division of Universal Services of America — will begin offering a new autonomous robot to customers in California. This Machine as a Service will feature robots manufactured by Knightscope, a security technology company based in Mountain View, California. The bots won’t replace human security guards, but they will free them from some of the boring and low level work — such as staring at monitors — that has long been the bane of the profession. That will allow people do higher-level jobs require decision making and judgement. “It goes to the broader growth of security as a profession and the broader growth of using technology for gathering information” “It goes to the broader growth of security as a profession and the broader growth of using technology for gathering information,” explains Mark McCourt, Vice President, Enterprise Security Services at Universal Protection Service. “It’s about being more predictive vs. reactive in security.” Providing actionable intelligence One of the great challenges of security at every level has been access to the right information at the right time. “The autonomous data machine is a very unique and powerful way to have a set of eyes, ears and even noses,” says McCourt. “It can do a number of things that are really a force multiplier to collect data in its surroundings and send that data into that central location or operations centre where analysts can review it.” Knightscope was founded by Stacey Dean Stephens, a former law enforcement agent, and William Li after the Sandy Hook mass shooting. A report had found that if officers had been able to get into the building a minute sooner more than a dozen lives could have been saved. Robots equipped with cameras and sensors can provide actionable intelligence that can speed the deployment of law enforcement. These devices – which are essentially at eye level, also offered the prospect of better images than those provided by stationary mounted CCTV. These robots will be particularly useful in high-crime areas where constant monitoring is essential He came up with the idea to build a predictive network to prevent crime using robots. The units collect data using 360-degree high-definition and low-light infrared cameras and built-in microphones that can also be used two way communication. The system can identify suspicious sounds such as breaking glass and send an alert to the security network. Depending on your age and pop culture background, Knightscope’s K3 and K5 machines will remind you of the friendly Star War’s R2D2 or the not-so-friendly Daleks of Dr. Who fame. The design is more a case of form follows function than trying to emulate a pop culture icon, according to Stephens. Vertical markets The company has been marketing the machines to office buildings where the larger outdoor-oriented K5 units function as security assistants. Customers include a number of Silicon Valley tech companies and yes, even a local mall. The deal with Universal marks a big step toward making the robots more widely available. “In Silicon Valley we have all these autonomous vehicles running around logging more than half a million miles,” notes Stephens. “Why not make an automatous robot using the same technology that they use to navigate busy streets?” The new K3 model now in development is designed for indoor use, while the larger K5 operates outdoors within fenced areas such as parking lots. Much like the systems used on self-driving cars, the robots are equipped with 19 lasers that can create a 3D image of their surroundings. They also have the ability to recognise anomalies such as an open door or gate and send an alarm to central dispatch. Companies leading the way At Universal company officials recognised it was good time to become the leader in offering a robot option to customers. "The autonomous data machine is a very unique and powerful way to have a set of eyes, ears and even noses" “The technology has come a long way,” says McCourt. “Price points have come a long way and so economically it makes sense now to give it a try.” These robots will be particularly useful in high-crime areas where constant monitoring is essential. They also offer a deterrent that has previously only been provided by uniformed security. At more than five and a half feet tall and 300 lbs., the machines are easily seen. Gliding across a parking lot with lights flashing, they can be startling. Just as Universal sees benefits in being first, Knightscope is also an early offering in the robot space. “Knightscope is the only company with a working security application-focused ADM,” says McCourt. “We’ve met with a lot of companies and seen a lot of prototypes, and there will be many more machines rolling off the assembly lines for demonstration and testing.” If robot security continues to grow as the experts are predicting, the company will be looking at other models to meet customer needs, he adds. “We’re talking to customers who demoed it and looked at it and who really kicked the tires and the acceptance and satisfaction rate was very high,” said McCourt. Catch up on our Robots in Security series here
Perimeter security has evolved in recent years from an emphasis on fences and low-cost sensors to a broader systems approach that incorporates a variety of technologies. Protech is among the companies leading the transition and positioning itself as a one-stop systems provider at the perimeter. Mergers and acquisitions In 2014, U.S.-based Protech merged with Sorhea, a French manufacturer of perimeter security systems. The combination expanded Protech’s business from one product to the ability to supply an entire system. Parent company Groupe ST also owns TIL Technologies, which designs, manufactures and markets electronic access control, intrusion detection and video systems. Sorhea is strong in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Protech’s plan is to further expand its presence and range of systems in the United States in the next year and a half, while building a network of well-trained integrators. Just this year, Groupe ST also acquired VideoWave Networks, a developer of video analytics systems that detect and track objects in outdoor environments – adding another new element to the portfolio, and the ability to supply systems with even more capabilities. Sorhea/Protech CEO Eric Thord calls it “the last piece of the puzzle.” "It’s easy to make a product that will detect whensomething happens, but youalso need to not detect whennothing happens" Expanded product range At the recent ASIS show, Protech exhibited its expanded range of products, including those from Sorhea and VideoWave. “Our systems are sophisticated and reliable, but they are also cost-effective, especially if you consider the total cost including less-expensive installation,” says Thord. Thord also emphasises Protech/Sorhea’s spending on research and development – some 8 percent of revenue – which will ensure a flow of technology launches in the near future. “We have sophisticated security products, and we make sure the products are reliable,” says Thord. “It’s easy to make a product that will detect when something happens, but you also need to not detect when nothing happens.” The largest vertical market for perimeter security has historically been corrections. Protech is also making a mark in airports and transportation, electrical utilities, water treatment and supply, government, and oil and gas refining. Power and connections A differentiator for Protech/Sorhea is the ability to provide systems that are not heavily dependent on infrastructure. Perimeter security areas may be remote and far away from network connections and/or power supplies. Protech’s solar-powered and wireless sensors are not burdened by infrastructure requirements. Protech/Sorhea’s Solaris infrared beam technology provides a virtual fence to detect intrusion. It is wireless and solar-powered and works with a radio mesh network. There is a 300-foot range per system, and local or remote access is available through an integrated web server. Minimal, or even no, infrastructure is required, given the system is solar-powered (with battery backup) and communicates wirelessly. There are no trenches to dig. Anti-condensation caps designed into the product prevent the presence of condensation and ice on the infrared cover, thus allowing for correct functioning in all weather. Protech has a wired systemcalled Maxiris, an IR beamvirtual fence that provides"pinpoint" intrusion detectionin up to three zones Multiple sensor intrusion detection Protech also has a wired system called Maxiris, an IR beam virtual fence that provides “pinpoint” intrusion detection in up to three zones. It also needs minimal infrastructure, offers a 300-foot range, and can be accessed locally or remotely through a web server. There are multiple modular styles for expansion. The company’s Apiris products use multiple sensor technology – the virtual fence combines an active infrared, dual technology sensor and microwave barrier into a single operating interface. The G-Fence/G-Wall fence and wall-mounted system offers accelerometer-based detection. It can detect dynamic cut and climb activity and pinpoints intrusions to within 10 feet. There are both solar and powered models. The Piramid dual technology motion sensors use stereo Doppler technology for targeted detection – direction, speed and distance. In addition, the Protech VideoWave video analytics object detection and tracking will be available in 2017. “We have a breadth of technology that could be packaged as a total solution or sold independently,” Greg Zuckett, Protech’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing, told me at their ASIS booth. “We offer detection at the outermost perimeter, and then track the intruder as they move closer to the facility.” He says he was pleasantly surprised by the tremendous interest in their products at the ASIS show.
The first Starbucks coffee house opened in in Moscow in 2007 and in ten years the chain’s growing popularity across Russia has seen more than 100 outlets open. There are now several different store formats including classic coffee shops located in shopping centres; stand-alone stores characterised by open vaulted ceilings; smaller kiosk outlets; and drive-through outlets where customers can buy fragrant coffee and fresh-baked goods round the clock without leaving their cars. Following a survey of the latest solutions AVIX recommended IDIS technology as the best option for reliable, scalable video that could be remotely accessed via PCs and mobile devices. Maximum design IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment IDIS Solution Suite was identified as the best video management software option to integrate existing legacy equipment, the analogue IDIS DirectCX range to leverage existing infrastructure as well as the latest IDIS IP solutions. The VMS also offered the most user-friendly and convenient for use not only for Starbucks security controllers but also by the senior operations managers In the classic coffee house outlets IDIS HD TVI DVRs have been installed handling either 8 IDIS cameras (TR-3108) or 16 cameras (TR-4116) depending on the site requirements. A mix of analogue and IP camera technology is used across the Starbucks estate, giving maximum design and installation flexibility. New drive-through outlets are protected by a combination of external and internal cameras. Older legacy cameras In the shopping centre kiosk outlets an easy-install and compact full-HD flat dome camera (DC-F1211) has been deployed, while a compete view of the entire point of sale is covered by a vandalresistant IR camera, the DC-D2233WR, with both cameras linked to an H.265 4K recorder (DR-2304P). With thousands of customers visiting stores every day, and hundreds of staff to take care of, Starbucks’ management wanted a robust, flexible video surveillance solution that would operate effectively in every store location and in all store formats. AVIX, a Russian distributor was challenged with designing a system that would deliver optimum quality video regardless of the store format and make use of older legacy cameras in certain locations. The system also needed to be convenient to install while maintaining the aesthetics of each outlet with the ability to focus in on sales transactions in real-time. Maintaining quality standards This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion" The system was required not just to ensure high security standards but also to be used by Starbucks’ senior operations managers to control efficiency and underwrite customer service and performance as the number of stores continues to grow. Senior staff in the Starbucks operations department, and security managers, now use the video system day-to-day, verifying working hours, maintaining quality standards and controlling incidents. “This IDIS solution gives us excellent video quality the operational control we need to manage our continued expansion. The IDIS Solutions Suite VMS is comfortable and convenient for remote monitoring and it works perfectly by allowing our current mix of IP and analogue cameras, including the latest IP IDIS models and equipment. The system is future scalable, and we will easily adapt it to changing needs.” Alim Sizov, General Manager ‘SVS Project’ – Starbucks Partner. Following the success of this first phase installation a comprehensive upgrade to IDIS video cameras is being implemented across the entire Starbucks estate.
Located in the middle of the deep forests of Småland in the south of Sweden, the Strandudden Gated Community has been designed to provide a safe environment for homeowners who wish to enjoy a high quality of life. The first phase of the development has seen the construction of 18 apartments which have stunning lake views. The materials and features of each apartment have been carefully selected to ensure sustainable energy consumption. When the development is completed, over 100 Wisenet cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin, will enable security personnel to closely monitor the movements of people and vehicles as they enter and move around the public areas of the gated community. Ensure strict compliance Equally important, the massive processing power of the chipsets of the open platform cameras means that our client is able to run specialist applications" 6 Wisenet cameras were initially installed during the construction of the apartments. These have been used to ensure strict compliance with the site’s healthy & safety regulations and to keep a close eye on valuable plant and machinery. “We evaluated products from a number of different manufacturers, but the superb quality of the images captured by the Wisenet cameras made it a very easy decision for us to recommend that they should be deployed throughout the Community,” said Henrik Carlsson, CCTV Product Manager for Elajo, one of Sweden’s electrical, mechanical, engineering and energy installation companies who were awarded the contract to manage the project. “Equally important, the massive processing power of the chipsets of the open platform cameras means that our client is able to run specialist applications, such as licence plate recognition (ANPR), in order to control vehicle access to the Community.” High quality images The Hanwha Techwin Europe pre-sales and technical teams have worked closely with Elajo to ensure the best camera types have been specified for each of the carefully chosen camera locations. 6 different Wisenet models have been selected to ensure high quality images can be captured day or night and that there are no blind spots. Among these is the Wisenet IP network PNP-9200RH 4K PTZ dome which has built-in IR illumination. The PNP-9200RH, which is IP66 and IK10 rated for vandal-resistance and outdoor use in the harshest environments, utilises Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles. The PNP-9200RHs which have been installed at the entrance to the Community are equipped with the Wisenet Group ANPR solution which provides the opportunity to automatically control the movement of white listed cars through barriers via camera relay outputs. Drag and drop tool Images from all 100 cameras will be displayed in the Community’s control room via Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS) Developed by Hanwha Techwin in partnership with analytics experts, FF Group, the solution uses camera-to-camera IP communication technology to enable up to 4 Wisenet Group ANPR cameras to work together, with data from each simultaneously transmitted to a single web based display. Images from all 100 cameras will be displayed in the Community’s control room via Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS). An intuitive ‘drag & drop’ tool makes it extremely easy for operators to set up a display of live and recorded images on a single screen or video wall, with customisable layouts and sizes. Other key features include a virtual PTZ which, with just simple clicks of a mouse, enables operators to zoom in to see close up detail of any suspicious activity, whilst motion detection and video analytics support can be configured to generate alerts when user defined incidents occur. Auto-discover feature “Wisenet WAVE has proved to be extremely easy to use and it is a significant bonus that, with minimal training, operators are able to take maximum advantage of its wide range of innovative features,” said Henrik Carlsson. “It has also helped reduce installation costs as it has an auto-discover feature which means connected cameras can be addressed and set up within just minutes.” In addition to the images being displayed in the Community’s control room, should an incident occur that needs a rapid response, security personnel on patrol will be able to remotely view any activity via a smartphone or tablet with the help of the secure Wisenet Mobile App. PNP-9200RH: Wisenet P 4K PTZ IR dome camera PNM-9020V: Wisenet P 7.3 megapixel multi-sensor 180˚ Panoramic camera PNV-9080R: Wisenet P 4K Vandal-Resistant IR dome camera PNO-9080R: Wisenet P 4K IR Bullet Camera QND-7080R: Wisenet Q 4 megapixel IR dome camera XNO-6120R/FNP: Wisenet X ANPR camera
Nestled on the banks of the river Thames, Kew Gardens in southwest London is home to the most diverse collection of living plants anywhere in the world. At 330 acres in size, it’s London’s largest UNESCO world heritage site, and has a history stretching back more than 250 years. The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, attracts more than 1.6 million visitors every year, coming to see the 30,000 different kinds of plants, and to visit the Herbarium, which has over seven million preserved plant specimens. As an internationally important botanical research and educational institution, Kew’s library contains more than three quarters of a million books, along with more than 175,000 prints and drawings of plant life. 24/7 video surveillance coverage Kew Gardens hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, including festivals, concerts and art exhibitions, as well as learning experiences for all ages and interests, in addition to the garden attractions. A need was identified to upgrade the existing legacy analogue CCTV system to one capable of transmitting and recording in true HDThe site is accessible via London Underground, Overground, buses and river services in summer, and the public can enter via four separate gates: the Elizabeth Gate, the Brentford Gate, Victoria Gate and the Lion Gate. There are also a number of other access gates to the gardens which are not open to the public. Because of the sheer volume of visitors and the multitude of public and trade entrances to Kew Gardens, the site requires around the clock video surveillance coverage, seven days a week. Analogue to IP CCTV system Kew’s CCTV control room operations team works to monitor the safety and security of the park, but a need was identified to upgrade the existing legacy analogue CCTV system to one capable of transmitting and recording in true High Definition. Security specialist firm The ITS Group was called in to help. The ITS Group is comprised of ITS Fire and Security, ITS Electrical, ITS Fire Training and ITS Building Services. The company has 20 years of experience within the fire and security industry, and provides CCTV, intruder alarms, barrier gates, security lighting, panic alarms, access control, and door and video entry, alongside a swathe of other services. ITS Group Director Tim Dyer said the Kew project required upgrading equipment in the Gardens’ security control room and providing site-wide cameras which can be used to view all entrances for both public and trade, as well as various strategic locations throughout the Gardens. Challenges in system installation The results were achieved in the process of implementing a Hikvision IP HD video surveillance systemThe massive 330-acre site is a huge area to monitor in itself, and Tim Dyer says the very public nature of the Gardens and its operations meant the actual video system installation posed some security continuity challenges. “Because the control room needed to be in operation 24/7, close co-ordination was required between ITS and the security team on-site,” he says. “We needed to maintain the CCTV in line with the changing site requirements on a daily basis. This, coupled with access issues and working in a public environment, was very challenging, and the fact that we were able to achieve such good results is testament to the close co-ordination between the site team and Kew security.” Those results were achieved in the process of implementing a Hikvision IP High Definition video surveillance system, which included new 43-inch and 22-inch HD monitors for the control room, along with new touchscreen network keyboards and joysticks. HD images in low light When there’s no light at all, the Darkfighter cameras switch to IR mode and record black and white images at 0 LuxControl room operators monitor images from a number of different Hikvision cameras. These include an initial 48 DarkfighterX network speed domes, which provide colour HD images in light levels as low as 0.001 Lux. That’s pretty dark. And when it gets darker still, they provide black and white images in light levels down to 0.0001 Lux. When there’s no light at all, the Darkfighter cameras switch to IR mode and record black and white images at 0 Lux. In addition, they offer 25x zoom capabilities and Deep Learning-powered target classification for automatic tracking and perimeter protection. They’re complemented by 29 Darkfighter 2 megapixel motorised varifocal lens cameras, 21 ultra-low light smart bullet cameras, and six low light smart cameras. Images are recorded to Hikvision 16-channel Turbo HD digital video recorders which support analogue, HD-TVI, and IP cameras, H.264, H.264+ and dual-stream compression, and can output at up to 4K resolution. Improved picture quality The Gardens now have a full HD system which can be expanded with additional cameras in the future"The resulting system is not only powerful and effective in the short-term but is purposefully planned to incorporate forthcoming changes. “The Gardens now have a full HD system which can be expanded with additional cameras in the future,” Tim Dyer says. “It allows them to take advantage of technology advances and newly developed functionality on any cameras or devices they add to the system in future.” Tim Dyer says the Hikvision system has revolutionised Kew’s video picture quality and functionality. “Making the change from an old analogue system to installing a new Hikvision IP system has transformed the Gardens’ picture quality, both during the day and at night,” he says. “The zoom facility is amazing and precise, and the reliability of them is second to none, making the work of the control room operatives a much easier role.” The HD surveillance system has been received exceptionally well by those whose opinion matters most: the security team at Kew Gardens. John Deer, Head of Security, said: “I am delighted with the installation of Hikvision cameras at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They are of the highest quality, which has enhanced the overall security across the 330-acre site.”
Dallmeier offers comprehensive security solutions for all areas of application around airports. Specifically, in the area of cameras a wide range of systems allow customers to tackle all of their safety and security challenges and be able to comply fully with operational and regulatory requirements. On top of that, Dallmeier supplies video management solutions that not only give operators an exhaustive overview of security-relevant events, but also allow the video data to be analysed with a view to optimising business processes such as ground handling operations. One of the paramount concerns for airports is perimeter protection; an issue, which was highlighted by a number of recent incidents involving unauthorised access onto airfields. It is important to be able to use video system to track an intruder, but the ultimate goal is to prevent an intrusion in the first place. IR cameras with integrated IR illumination With its range of high-performance IR cameras with integrated IR illumination, Dallmeier offers the right solution for every area of applications across airports IR cameras are a key component of any video security system that must provide around-the-clock monitoring capabilities, and the Dallmeier line of advanced IR cameras is ideally suited for that. With its range of high-performance IR cameras with integrated IR illumination, Dallmeier offers the right solution for every area of applications across airports. The IR cameras are designed specifically for applications requiring images with highest resolution in real-time at day and in the IR mode at night. Dimly lit areas on the apron or sections along the airport perimeter, which might only be lit in case lighting systems are triggered by movement, are among the many possible applications. Multi-focal sensor technology Panomera Airports typically encompass wide areas and stretch over long distances, which poses particular challenges for video monitoring system. In the past, in order to adequately monitor the entire area, it was necessary to use a number of cameras installed in a whole range of locations. Dallmeier’s multifocal sensor system Panomera, however, represents an entirely new technology and a fundamentally different approach to the issue of video security. The patented multi-focal sensor technology Panomera from Dallmeier is the ideal video solution for landside and airside safety and security. It was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas. With Panomera, huge widths, as well as areas with large distances can be displayed with a completely new resolution quality, in real time and at high frame rates of up to 30 fps. With Panomera, a huge area can be surveyed from a single location and depending on the customer’s needs, the resolution can be scaled nearly limitlessly. For example, one Panomera system equipped with eight sensors is sufficient to replace up to 35 standard megapixel cameras. Optimising airport operations Panomera offers unique capabilities for optimising airport operations, such as aircraft turnaround time, as well as monitoring airfield traffic on both aprons and runways Moreover, in conjunction with intelligently designed video management and analysis systems, Panomera offers unique capabilities for optimising airport operations, such as aircraft turnaround time, as well as monitoring airfield traffic on both aprons and runways (e.g. ground support equipment on the way to restocking aircraft galleys). The fact security personnel are provided with a comprehensive overview of the entire airport, regardless of where their individual focus may at any given time, means that they can react quickly to any incidents. Video technology can therefore assist airports with the implementation of the Europe-wide optimisation concept of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), which is supported by a number of organisations including the European Organisations for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) and the Airport Council International Europe. The latter represents over 500 airports from 45 European countries. A-CDM specifically aims to enhance the operational efficiency of airports, which opens up various application areas for video technology. Proactive video monitoring as is enabled by the Dallmeier video information systems, instead of passive surveillance, is the way forward across different industries - including airports.
Three years after its original decision to single source video monitoring solutions from Hanwha Techwin, (previously known as Samsung Techwin) the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is now investing in the latest Wisenet camera and recording technology to help create a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors within its mental health units. Over 380 Wisenet X H.265 network cameras have recently been installed at 9 mental health units located throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust estate. These are in addition to the large numbers of earlier generation Wisenet cameras which were installed at 19 other units during previous phases of the project. “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the price of the Wisenet X cameras is lower than the older models which they supersede and yet they deliver superior performance and enhanced feature sets,” said Mark Milliard, Capital Projects Manager at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. “It was an easy decision therefore to deploy various Wisenet X models throughout the 9 mental health units.” Safeguarding staff, patients and visitors We are committed to the Safewards’ initiative, whose key aim is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings" The safety of its staff, patients and visitors is fundamentally important to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and it needs to be able to constantly and unobtrusively monitor patient activity. The Trust, which currently provides care for over 40,000 people with mental health problems, offers a range of specialist services that are dedicated to the care and recovery of anyone experiencing mental ill health or substance misuse issues across Norfolk and Suffolk. Although some of the mental health units are secure, the majority allow the free movement of patients. “We are committed to the Safewards’ initiative, whose key aim is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings,” said Mark Milliard, “We believe that the use of smart technology, such as IP network-based video monitoring systems, can play a large role in helping us achieve this objective.” Upgrading to IP network-based systems Mark, who has worked within NHS Estates since 1986, has over recent years overseen the migration of the Trust’s analogue CCTV systems to IP network-based solutions. “The analogue systems which were installed a number of years ago became increasingly unreliable and we made the decision to upgrade them with IP network-based systems,” explained Mark. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Wisenet cameras" “A key advantage of being able to transmit images over the network is that it provides the flexibility for any authorised user to view live or recorded video captured by any of the cameras from their PCs. We realised that this would provide us with much more flexibility in terms of how we monitor activity at the mental health units, compared to the analogue CCTV systems which could only transmit captured images to a central location.” Monitoring high-definition images “It made sense to source the cameras from just one manufacturer and from an ongoing maintenance point of view, to deploy the minimum possible number of different camera models,” said Mark. “I decided to carry out my own research as to which manufacturer had a product portfolio which could best cover all our requirements, as well as offering us the value we were looking for. “Part of the value formulae had to include a rock-solid reputation for reliability, as well as cameras with advanced technical features which would allow us to capture and monitor high definition images, regardless of the location or environmental conditions.” Mark’s extensive evaluation of a large number of manufacturers resulted in a shortlist of two, from which Hanwha Techwin emerged as the winner. “Both companies were able to show evidence as to the reliability of their cameras,” said Mark. “However, I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Wisenet cameras and the fact that each camera, depending on its location, could be configured to multi-stream images at different frame rates and at different resolutions. This offers a significant benefit from a network bandwidth management point of view.” Wisenet cameras with 150dB WDR technology Among the Wisenet X cameras recently installed are a number of XNP-6370R two megapixel 37x network IR PTZ domes which allow operators to zoom into observe close up detail of any activity The majority of the cameras installed at the 9 mental health units are Wisenet XNV-6080R two megapixel vandal-resistant network domes which have built-in IR illumination and utilise H.265 compression to minimise bandwidth and video storage requirements. Equipped with the world’s best 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology and the world’s best motorised varifocal F0.94 low light lens, Wisenet X cameras such as the XNV-6080R, are supercharged by the most powerful DSP chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range. Together, these features ensure superb quality colour images are captured, regardless of the environment or the time of day. The processing power of the Wisenet X chipset also provides the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust with the option to run multiple on-board third-party analytics applications. PTZ domes, fishnet and panoramic cameras Also, among the Wisenet X cameras recently installed are a number of XNP-6370R two megapixel 37x network IR PTZ domes which allow operators to zoom into observe close up detail of any activity. In addition, a number of Wisenet XNF-8010R 4 megapixel 360° fisheye and Wisenet PNM-9020V 7.3 megapixel 180° panoramic cameras have been installed, in order to efficiently reduce the number of cameras which would normally be needed to monitor wide open areas within the mental health units. With 4HDDs, the XRN-1610S offers a potential on-board storage capacity of up to 24TB, with additional storage possible via e-SATA Images from all the recently installed cameras are being recorded onto Wisenet XRN-1610S Network Video Recorders (NVRs). With 4HDDs, the XRN-1610S offers a potential on-board storage capacity of up to 24TB, with additional storage possible via e-SATA. It also supports WiseStream, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression. Relaxed and secure working environment “There is nothing wrong with the earlier generation of Wisenet cameras which we currently continue to use at most of the mental health units, but there is no doubt that the Wisenet X models are making it even easier for us to maintain a relaxed and secure working environment for our colleagues whilst keeping our patients safe,” added Mark Milliard. “Over the coming months we will continue our programme of updating the systems at other mental health units and in this respect, we have decided to continue to single source the cameras and recording devices from Hanwha Techwin.”
Having one of the world’s top predators take up residence in the middle of your town may not seem like a welcome surprise. But, when that predator is the world’s fastest bird and provides the chance to capture its behaviour at its nest site, courtesy of a top 4K camera from Hikvision, it proved to be too good an opportunity for the people of Taunton and UK peregrine experts to miss. The Peregrine Falcon is a large, powerful, and breathtakingly fast bird – the fastest animal on the planet. In normal flight it cruises at 40 mph and can reach 65 mph in a chase. But, on the hunt, it can dive towards its prey at more than 200 mph. The peregrine has little to fear except man, being driven close to extinction in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain Taunton Peregrine Project A top predator, the peregrine has little to fear except man, being driven close to extinction in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain. With the benefit of stronger legislation and listed species protection, these birds have recovered in their natural strongholds and have now expanded into many urban areas. Just like the urban fox, the peregrine has found our built environment a perfect place to call home, lifelong pairs nesting in their eyries on tall structures and high-rise buildings and feeding predominantly on feral pigeons. St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton, Somerset, found itself with a pair of peregrine falcons at the top of its 163-foot church tower earlier this year and quickly turned to naturalist and ecologist, Michael Leigh-Mallory, to lead the Taunton Peregrine Project. Monitor Birds behaviour Working with Coomber Security Systems, a total of five Hikvision cameras were installed to monitor the bird’s behaviour, with all the video feeds wirelessly transmitted to a Hikvision NVR and 4K monitor within the church. Located in the heart of Somerset’s county town, St Mary Magdalene can trace its history to the early eighth century when Christianity was established in Taunton. Since the 12th century, the church has been built mainly of sandstone and this ancient structure provided the first challenge for the installation team as no drilling or permanent fixing to the listed building’s structure is now allowed. The second challenge to the team: placing all five cameras at a height of more than 160 feet within the confines of the church tower Highest point possible Naturally, the birds chose the highest point possible to establish their perch, providing the second challenge to the team: placing all five cameras at a height of more than 160 feet within the confines of the church tower and in positions that would allow the Peregrine Project to observe the widest possible range of behaviours, including in-flight as they arrived and departed the site. Finally, the ornithologists were determined that the monitoring activities should not disturb the birds. This meant locating the NVR and 4K monitor at ground level at the opposite end of the church. Comprehensive coverage Coomber Security Systems took on the task of designing and installing the bespoke surveillance system, using Hikvision PoE Switches to provide power and data handling for all five IR-equipped cameras that were sited on the tower. The three 4K Vari-focal bullet cameras were mounted on wooden poles and then strapped to the tower to overcome the prohibition on making any permanent change to the church structure. Between the three feeds, the project team can see the birds in the air arriving at and departing from the tower, together with comprehensive coverage of the nest box that they installed in the hope that the birds would be encouraged to breed in the future. A Ubiquiti AC Nano wireless bridge was used to create a secure connection between the top of the tower and the far end of the church Impacting natural behaviour The Project’s observation team also capture video and sound from a 4MP Mini Dome IP camera mounted within the nest box and a small 2MP PTZ camera mounted at the top of the tower to capture all round views, and to ensure the birds are not disturbed, a Ubiquiti AC Nano wireless bridge was used to create a secure connection between the top of the tower and the far end of the church. This means the video and sound from the cameras can be recorded and monitored 24/7 without impacting the natural behaviour of the falcons. Providing valuable information According to Michael Leigh-Mallory, Project Leader of the Taunton Peregrine Project, “With two months of operation under its belt, the new system has been providing 24-hour coverage of the falcon pair, including highly-resolved images of the peregrines flying in to the perch with their prey.” “Despite the difficult and potentially hazardous installation on the ancient building, and the use of an unorthodox mounting system that puts the cameras in very exposed positions, the 4K video from the IP bullet cameras is of amazing quality both day and night. The Hikvision equipment has recorded ground-breaking images of a wide range of behaviours, including nocturnal hunting, and all in incredible definition. These 4K images are most probably a first for peregrine observation in the UK. What’s more, this unique 4K footage has been providing valuable information to external Peregrine experts, like Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster and writer of the book Urban Peregrines.” The team plan to raise more money so the views of the birds can be live streamed to the Internet via their web-site Ground-breaking images An Open Day was held at the end of March to allow the local community to see for themselves the result of their donations that fund the entire project. In addition, Somerset Ornithological Society and the BBC Springwatch team have shown great interest in the communities’ efforts and a large following is emerging on social media. Now, the team plan to raise more money so the views of the birds can be live streamed to the Internet via their web-site, which is currently under construction. Michael Leigh-Mallory, Project Leader of the Taunton Peregrine Project, said, “The Hikvision cameras have provided images of incredible definition! We have been able to record ground-breaking images of nocturnal hunting and a wide range of behaviour. The 4K images are probably a first for peregrine observation in the UK and this unique 4K footage has been providing valuable information to Peregrine experts like Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster and writer of the book Urban Peregrines.” Results Ground-breaking 4K images of nocturnal hunting and a wide range of behaviour for the first time. 2 months of uninterrupted operation with cameras operating in very exposed positions. Difficult and potentially hazardous installation on ancient building. Very satisfied End User. HIKVISION Equipment DS-2CD2685FWD-IZS - 8 MP WDR Vari-focal Network Bullet Camera 8MP Ultra HD high resolution 1/2.5" Progressive Scan CMOS Triple stream - Max. 3840 × 2160@20fps 2.8-12mm motorized vari-focal lens Up to 50m IR distance H.265+ compression IP67 weatherproof 120dB Wide Dynamic Range 3D Digital Noise Reduction Supports on board storage (up to 128GB) DS-2CD2542FWD-IS - 4MP WDR Mini Dome Network Camera 4MP high resolution Full HD1080p video Dual stream 2.8mm/4mm/6mm fixed lens 120dB Wide Dynamic Range 3D Digital Noise Reduction 3-axis adjustment Up to 10m IR range H.264+ compression IP67 weather-proof protection DS-2DE4A220IW-DE - 2MP Network IR mini PTZ Camera 1/2.8" Progressive Scan CMOS 1920 x 1080 20X Optical Zoom WDR 3D intelligent positioning function Up to 50m IR range DS-7616NI-K2/16P NVR –Embedded Plug & Play 4K NVR Third-party network cameras supported Up to 8 Megapixels resolution recording Support 1-ch HDMI, 1-ch VGA, HMDI at up to 4K(3840x2160) resolution 8/16-ch network cameras can be connected with 80M/160M incoming bandwidth Up to 2 SATA interfaces Plug & Play with up to 16 independent PoE network interfaces Support dual-OS to ensure high reliability of system running Support various VCA detection alarm and VCA search Support H.265/H.264/MPEG4 video formats 4K Monitor