The new Wisenet TNV-8010C 5-megapixel corner mount camera has been built to make it impossible for a ligature to be tied around it, as well as very difficult for someone to rip it off a wall. Although primarily intended to assist police, prison and mental health institutions in preventing inmates and patients from self-harming within secure room environments, the vandal-resistant and water-proof TNV-8010C also offers a robust solution for other demanding applications, such as the monitoring of...
Every video security application has its unique challenges, especially in terms of scale, location, lighting, and affordability. Can the entrance to a retail shop be secured to the highest level of detail, while compensating for light fluctuations? Is it possible to monitor an external perimeter day and night whilst paying close attention to keeping storage costs low and avoiding network strain? And, can these challenges not only be met, but also provide high quality images that enable persons...
The international trade fair Security Essen planned for 22-25 September 2020 is cancelled due to the unforeseeable developments of the Corona crisis. Against the background of the unchanged dynamic situation and the worldwide travel restrictions, there is currently no planning security given that is required for the serious preparation of all fair participants. The customer expectations and the performance promise of the international trade fair of the security industry cannot be fulfilled unde...
The SCM-8ZBS is a roller shutter control providing easy operation that automatically or remotely rolls up/down, or stop/pause motorised roller shutters. SCM-8ZBS secures one's electrical safety by adopting zero-crossing detection and strain relief clamp, preventing sparks and providing protection from metal cutout. With the implementation of the SCM-8ZBS, motorised roller shutters can be configured to automatically open or close according to preset schedules and scenarios; SCM-8ZBS also allows...
Security personnel responsible for the safety of visitors at airports, sports stadiums and other wide open environments where there is a high risk of terrorist activity, can now rely on a new high-performance Wisenet video surveillance camera manufactured by Hanwha Techwin, to help them detect and forensically analyse any suspicious activity. “The super high resolution capabilities of the Wisenet TNB-9000 means that large areas can be covered with sufficient pixel density to enable operat...
Hanwha Techwin enhances its premium Wisenet P series with the addition of three new 4-channel multi-sensor cameras, designed to provide a cost-effective solution for detecting and tracking objects over wide open areas. The 8MP Wisenet PNM-9084QZ features motorised varifocal lenses for precise control of focal length, angle of view and zoom of each of its sensors, as do the 8MP PNM-9084RQZ and 5MP PNM-9085RQZ, which are also equipped with built-in smart IR illumination for each sensor. This illu...
IDIS launches a powerful line-up of Edge VA bullet and dome cameras, featuring on-board analytics that will transform the efficiency of security operations in retail, banking and busy commercial settings. The new cameras, unveiled at Intersec (on IDIS stand SA-A28 19-21 January in Dubai) build on the power of IDIS Instant Meta Filtering, allowing users to easily access and search large volumes of video data using the totally cost- and license-free IDIS Center VMS speeding up investigations from days and hours to minutes. Smart failover protection against loss of data All the new dome models deliver full HD (1080p) resolution, two way audio, IDIS Smart Failover protectionThe full toolkit of high accuracy, easy to use, new Edge VA functionality includes line cross, loitering and object detection as well as other useful features such as audio detection, active-tampering, trip zones, and alarm in capability. The new domes include full HD IR domes (DC-D6233RX), full HD flush IR domes (DC-D6233FRX), full HD vandal-resistant IR domes (DC-D6233HRX and DC-6243HRX), and the LightMaster full HD IR dome (DC-D6233HRXL). All the new dome models deliver full HD (1080p) resolution, two way audio, IDIS Smart Failover protection against loss of data, and outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions with true wide dynamic range (WDR) easily handling rapidly changing light and shade. Multi-layer cybersecurity The same powerful features are delivered with the new full-HD bullet camera range too, which includes models with built-in heaters (DC-T6233HRX and DC6243HRX), IR tech and a PIR sensor (DC-T6234HRX), and an addition to the IDIS LightMaster range. The LightMaster bullet and dome models feature high grade lenses with advanced sensor technology and finely tuned, client-side image processing to allow the capture of vivid, true colour video in extremely low light conditions. Both the bullets and domes feature IDIS’s trademark true plug-and-play installation They ensure excellent image capture at longer distances, with minimum motion blur, making them ideal for shopping centres, public areas and outdoor spaces. Both the bullets and domes feature IDIS’s trademark true plug-and-play installation and one-click peer-to-peer configuration, ensuring rapid, trouble free set up and improved, multi-layer cybersecurity, including two-factor authentication and eliminate the need for engineers to manually enter passwords even for multi-site deployments. Improving control room and operator efficiency For users, the built-in analytics capability allows easy to search by colour and type of object (for example, people, cars, and bicycles) and number, to deliver significant labour efficiencies and reduce investigations from days and hours to just minutes. And a new IDIS mapping tool allows users to select a specific camera on an intuitive layout plan, and live view or playback video in the corner of the screen to further improve control room and operator efficiency. “This new line-up will let customers achieve new levels of efficiency with easy-to-use analytics that address their key priorities,” Harry Kwon, General Manager, IDIS Middle East and Africa (MEA). “And for installers and integrators, the 6000 range is a valuable addition to the choice of IDIS end-to-end solutions, giving them successful project delivery and trouble-free maintenance going forward.”
Ambarella, Inc., an AI vision silicon company, Lumentum, a designer and manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products, and ON Semiconductor, a provider of CMOS image sensor solutions, announces a joint 3D sensing platform for the development of intelligent access control systems and smart video security products such as smart video doorbells and door locks. The platform is based on Ambarella’s CV25 CVflow® AI vision system on chip (SoC), structured-light powered by Lumentum’s VCSEL technology, and ON Semiconductor’s AR0237IR image sensor. Ambarella, Lumentum, and ON Semiconductor will demonstrate the platform during CES 2020. Significantly reducing system complexity Lumentum has worked to enable diverse applications of our VCSEL technology into next-generation 3D sensing products" Traditional structured-light solutions need to use both an infrared (IR) camera and a separate RGB camera and typically, a dedicated ASIC for depth processing. This new platform leverages a single ON Semiconductor AR0237 RGB-IR CMOS image sensor to obtain both a visible image for viewing and an infrared image for depth sensing. The Ambarella CV25 AI vision SoC powers depth processing, antispoofing algorithms, 3D facial recognition algorithms, and video encoding on a single chip, significantly reducing system complexity while improving performance. “Lumentum has worked to enable diverse applications of our VCSEL technology into next-generation 3D sensing products,” said Dr. Andre Wong, vice president, product line management, 3D Sensing at Lumentum. “We are excited to partner with Ambarella to help expand the use of 3D sensing in new applications including video security and more broadly AI vision.” Providing powerful AI processing capability We are delighted to partner with Lumentum and ON Semiconductor to deliver a hardware platform" “ON Semiconductor’s RGB-IR sensor technology enables single sensor solutions to provide both visible and IR images in security and vision IoT applications,” said Gianluca Colli, vice president and general manager of the Commercial Sensing Division at ON Semiconductor. “Ambarella’s CV25 computer vision SoC, with its next-generation image signal processor (ISP), brings out the best image quality of our RGBIR sensor, while providing powerful AI processing capability for innovative use cases in security applications.” “We are delighted to partner with Lumentum and ON Semiconductor to deliver a hardware platform for the next generation of intelligent access control systems and video security devices,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. Improved reliability and security “Powered by Lumentum’s VCSEL solution, ON Semiconductor’s RGB-IR technology, and our CV25 SoC, it delivers 3D sensing with reduced system complexity as well as improved reliability and security. We look forward to seeing the innovative products our customers will build with this hardware platform.” Ambarella’s CV25 chip includes a powerful ISP, native support for RGB-IR colour filter arrays, and advanced high dynamic range (HDR) processing, which results in exceptional image quality in low-light and high-contrast environments. CV25’s CVflow architecture delivers the computational power required for liveness detection and 3D face recognition, while running multiple AI algorithms for advanced features such as people counting and anti-tailgating. CV25 includes a suite of advanced security features to protect against hacking including secure boot, TrustZone®, and I/O virtualisation.
MedixSafe, a pioneer in the access control cabinet market, announces that its Key Access Ready Enclosure (KARE) key control cabinets are now available with Bluetooth format card readers. This wireless technology enables users to access their KARE cabinets using their mobile devices as their access credential, while still offering the high level of security synonymous with MedixSafe’s solutions. Polymer swing handle lock Each key tag easily snaps open so that names and/or numbers of keys can be inserted With the latest addition of this Bluetooth technology, KARE is now available in three different technologies to achieve access – HID, Multi-Class and Bluetooth format card readers – with a key override built right into the electronic lock. The KARE reader features a Wiegand output that can be connected to any access control panel. Much more than merely a place to store keys, it gives the user control over their keys by limiting access to authorised users only and knowledge of who has accessed keys and when. The KARE key cabinets come in three sizes: (48-56 Keys) 16"H x 13.5"W x 4.5"D, (12-24 Keys) 10"H x 10"W x 4.5"D, and (192-224 Keys) 36"H x 14"W x 9"D. Each enclosure has a polymer swing handle lock and allows users to use their existing cards or phone. Access to the KARE cabinet is then controlled by the user’s existing access control database. Bluetooth-enabled mobile readers Included are key tag holders that can hold multiple keys or a set of keys. Each key tag easily snaps open so that names and/or numbers of keys can be inserted. When a different key is placed on the tag, a new label can easily be printed and installed. An Excel template that allows fonts and sizes to be customised is included for printing labels. "MedixSafe is dedicated to providing the very best in key control," says Jim Turner, President, MedixSafe. "Our KARE cabinets with Bluetooth-enabled mobile readers are an ideal choice for users who prefer to use their smartphones as their mobile access credential.”
Videotec announces that the new ULISSE EVO PTZ range will integrate the high-sensitivity SONY FCB-EV7520 camera. This camera will provide a new level of high performance and exceptional image quality for the external surveillance of airports, critical infrastructures, and traffic. The new ULISSE EVO with the SONY FCB-EV7520 camera has a 30x optical zoom and a 1/2.8” Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with Full HD 1080/60p resolution that produces the highest image quality, even when surveilling moving objects or in poor lighting conditions. Powerful image stabilisation algorithm With ULISSE EVO and the SONY camera, you can set up to 24 dynamic privacy zone masks The powerful image stabilisation algorithm means even the smallest camera vibrations are detected and any blur in the footage is dynamically corrected. This results in a sharp image of the scene being surveilled. This is useful for traffic monitoring applications where the camera could be buffeted by wind or shaken by mechanical vibrations, especially if it installed on an unstable structure such as a bridge or pole. With ULISSE EVO and the SONY camera, you can set up to 24 dynamic privacy zone masks. These masks change size and shape based on the pan/tilt/zoom position so objects that shouldn’t be seen remain hidden. The advanced SONY technology brings the functions of Wide Dynamic Range and High Light Compensation that allow optimal management of contrasting light and dark conditions. Ensuring continuous monitoring The camera’s high sensitivity means you get colour video with a minimum illumination of just 0.0013lx (0.0008lx in black and white). This guarantees surveillance coverage even when lighting at the scene is very poor. The LED illuminator integrated into the PTZ, which is available as an accessory, ensures continuous monitoring 24 hours a day. This PTZ camera provides 3 Full HD streams with H.264/Avc digital compression The de-fog function provides a clear view even with fog or haze. When this function is activated, the camera will detect how hazy it is and compensates accordingly in the image. This PTZ camera provides 3 Full HD streams with H.264/Avc digital compression. It can be connected to an Ethernet network easily and can send video streams to digital monitors and storage systems. It complies with ONVIF, Profile S and Profile Q protocols. Quick-fit connectors for Ethernet/PoE The ULISSE EVO with SONY camera can be 24Vac/24Vdc or 90W PoE powered, depending on installation requirements. It can even be mounted upside down, in the typical speed domes position. The supports can be supplied with quick-fit connectors for Ethernet/PoE, power supply and I/O. This means the unit can be replaced quickly and easily in case of on-site intervention. The wiper is supplied as standard, for optimum cleaning of the front glass. ULISSE EVO operates at maximum efficiency between -40°C and +65°C. It is IK10, IP66/IP67/IP68, NEMA Type 4X and Type 6P protected and is wind-resistant up to 230 km/h. This ensures maximum protection against dust and bad weather, strong impacts or gusts of wind, and acts of vandalism.
At GSX 2019, on booth 251, Hanwha Techwin America, a supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will announce its latest multi-sensor cameras. The new cameras feature motorised varifocal lenses for precise control of focal length, angle of view and zoom for each direction. Each sensor supports remote PTRZ (pan, tilt, rotate, zoom) control for efficient installation and easy adjustment. The 2MP PNM-9084RVQZ and 5MP PNM-9085RVQZ feature built-in IR illumination for each sensor while the PNM-9084VQZ is a compact and cost efficient four channel PTRZ camera. Focused on cost savings for both installers and end users, multi-sensor cameras use less cable, conduit and mounting hardware and require fewer ports on the switch and VMS licenses due to their single IP connection. Multi-sensor cameras Our multi-sensor cameras offer savings beyond just reduction in camera placements and network" Unlike fisheye lenses, multi-sensor cameras have more pixels focused in each direction with a broad range of customisable angles and zoom settings per lens. All sensors feature up to 60fps per channel for smooth motion capture and up to 150dB WDR (wide dynamic range) for enhanced image quality and a suite of license-free onboard analytics powered by Hanwha’s Wisenet 5 chipset. “Our multi-sensor cameras offer savings beyond just reduction in camera placements and network,” said Ray Cooke, Vice President of Solution & Product Management, Hanwha Techwin America. “The PTRZ varifocal lenses make installation adjustment more efficient than ever – and all the more so for adjusting the view after installation. Plus with WiseStream II compression technology and H.265 you can see reduced bandwidth and storage” Multi-sensor camera models and their key features are as follows: PNM-9084QZ: 2MP x 4ch, 3~6mm motorised-varifocal lenses, PTRZ PNM-9084RQZ: 2MP x 4ch, IR, 3.2~10mm motorised-varifocal lenses, PTRZ PNM-9085RQZ: 5MP x 4ch, IR, 3.6~9.4mm motorised-varifocal lenses, PTRZ
The latest addition to the Wisenet P premium camera series manufactured by Hanwha Techwin, offers the capabilities of two video surveillance cameras in a single housing. The 2 channel multi-directional Wisenet PNM-9000VD camera, which features a modular lens design and a suite of built-in video analytics, is able to capture superb quality 5MP images of adjacent areas with the help of two separate lenses. Depending on the field of view required, 3.7, 4.6 or 7mm lens modules are available to be purchased separately to the PNM-9000VD, and these can be easily fitted on site by system integrators. Monitoring open spaces As is the case with the 2MP multi-directional Wisenet PNM-7000VD launched in 2018, the multi-streaming Wisenet PNM-9000VD significantly reduces the costs which would normally be associated with installing two separate cameras to cover, for example, an L-shaped area in order to monitor two sections of a corridor or either side of a building. The PNM-9000VD only needs a single IP address even though it has two camera channels It does so without any compromise on quality and as such, the PNM-9000VD offers a highly cost-effective solution for monitoring large open spaces such as car parks, shopping centres and warehouses. The PNM-9000VD only needs a single IP address even though it has two camera channels. With only one Video Management Software (VMS) license required, this further reduces the cost of ownership, as does Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, which negates the need to install power supply cabling. Complementary compression technology The PNM-9000VD supports H.264, H.265 and MJPEG compression. However, bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 99% compared to current H.264 technology when H.265 is utilised with WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. The key features are as follows: True Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which performs at up to 120dB to produce clear images from scenes which contain a challenging mix of bright and dark areas which normally results in overexposed or underexposed images. Lens distortion correction and digital image stabilisation Face, fog, virtual line, appear/disappear, loitering and camera tampering detection. Hallway view options which enables the PNM-9000VD to generate images in the 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio to work effectively in tall and narrow spaces, with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements. Two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slots for each channel enabling video to be automatically recorded in the event of network disruption. Vandal resistant and weatherproof with IK10 and IP66 ratings.
Protecting assets and people has always been a top priority for Kirkland’s, a global home décor retailer. With over 400 stores in 37 states, Kirkland’s is a go-to spot for a broad selection of distinctive merchandise: art, mirrors, candles, lamps, frames, accent rugs, furniture and more. When they evaluated their security solutions in 2016, they determined they needed to upgrade the analogue video surveillance systems in use at their existing locations and plan for new stores. Analogue video surveillance cameras Management wanted a camera that provided a clear picture, while minimising bandwidth usage Saraya Charlton, Kirkland’s Loss Prevention Investigator, said the analogue video surveillance cameras they had in place were acceptable, but they desired cameras with wider coverage and better resolution. The department was also frustrated with the amount of time it took to investigate incidents for loss prevention and personal injury claims. Each time they were called to investigate an incident – vandalism, theft, employee misconduct, a slip and fall, or a cut from broken merchandise – each individual store had to extract the footage from the analogue DVR at that location and send it to loss prevention at Kirkland’s headquarters. Charlton said Kirkland’s sought an IP-based solution that could be accessed remotely, that would make the loss prevention investigation process more efficient and would provide additional benefits. Management wanted a camera that provided a clear picture, while minimising bandwidth usage and had analytics capability. IP video surveillance solution Working with several systems integrators, Kirkland’s chose to deploy an IP video surveillance solution consisting of Hanwha video surveillance cameras managed by Salient enterprise Video Management Software (VMS). The first phase of the security upgrade has included the deployment of 1,800 Hanwha Wisenet X series XNV-6011 2 megapixel HD dome cameras and Wisenet Lite vandal-resistant dome cameras at 200 Kirkland’s locations, as well as the distribution centre and the e-commerce building. As new stores are built by this growing retailer, they will also include the Hanwha-Salient security solution. They expect to have a full migration to IP at all locations by 2021. Kirkland’s chose to deploy an IP video surveillance solution consisting of Hanwha video surveillance cameras managed by Salient enterprise VMS Perfect fit for the retail environment The wide-angle 2.8 mm lens captures a 112-degree horizontal field of view, for a retailer that means doing more with less Each Kirkland’s location is outfitted with approximately eight cameras that are positioned to capture the entrance, the sales floor and the back of house operations. Charlton said Hanwha’s cameras provide the most comprehensive view of the store possible. “The wide-angle capability – as well as the quality of the camera – is really what sold us on Hanwha,” said Charlton. “We are getting the best views possible and they are allowing us to see the entire sales floor which is exactly what we wanted and needed.” Hanwha’s Wisenet X series of cameras is a perfect fit for the retail environment. The wide-angle 2.8 mm lens captures a 112-degree horizontal field of view, for a retailer that means doing more with less. Pulling recorded video Charlton said the Hanwha cameras are particularly useful at store entrances because, thanks to the WDR feature, video images are not affected by the bright sunlight that often shines through the windows and they can still see faces clearly. And because many of Hanwha’s cameras offer license free analytics, Kirkland’s will begin exploring that capability in the future to gain information on people counting, heat mapping and dwell time. They also appreciate being able to use Hanwha’s Device Manager to troubleshoot The Hanwha-Salient solution has improved Kirkland’s loss prevention investigation efficiency since the team is able to pull recorded video from any camera via the Salient VMS rather than wait for information to be extracted from an analogue DVR. They also appreciate being able to use Hanwha’s Device Manager to troubleshoot and resolve any camera issues remotely first rather than unnecessarily sending out a service technician. Video surveillance and security bandwidth In addition to offering quality images, improved field of view and more efficient operations, the Hanwha solution has also helped Kirkland’s conserve valuable bandwidth with Hanwha WiseStream II compression technology, said Charlton. WiseStream II dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement of the image. Combined with H.265 compression, bandwidth efficiency can be improved by up to 75 percent compared to current H.264 technology. “We share our video surveillance and security bandwidth with our Point of Sale system and we don’t ever want to take away from the bandwidth of POS transactions or impact the speed at which they go through,” said Charlton. “Hanwha’s Wisestream compression technology fits our business model and along with Salient helps preserve and efficiently manage bandwidth. It’s really helpful to have a camera that’s smart enough to be able to tweak and regulate itself.”
Over 1,600 Wisenet cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin have been installed at Asia’s largest mega hub terminal in order to help operators monitor the movement of parcels and vehicles, as well as keep employees and visitors safe. With its nine decades of endless innovation, Korea’s logistics service provider, CJ Logistics, is leaping forward to become a pioneer by expanding its global networks to over 94 locations and entering the Thailand, Malaysia, China and Philippines markets. Video surveillance solution In June 2018, CJ Logistics opened Asia’s largest mega hub terminal in Gonjiam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The terminal, which comprises two buildings with four floors above ground and two underground, occupies approximately 300,000sq metres, almost the size of 40 football stadiums. The total length of the facility’s conveyer belts is almost 43km, long as a full-course marathon The total length of the facility’s conveyer belts is almost 43km, which is as long as a full-course marathon. The terminal also has a state-of-the-art automation system, the first of its kind in Korea, which has increased the company’s daily handling capacity to 1.72 million parcels, four times higher than its competitors. CJ Logistics looked for a top-notch video surveillance solution which could match the terminal’s grand scale and the technically advanced automated facilities. Providing periphery monitoring After testing cameras from different manufacturers in the market, CJ Logistics chose Hanwha Techwin as its supply partner and have subsequently installed around 1,660 Wisenet cameras throughout the terminal. Wisenet X series IR PTZ cameras have been installed along the building exteriors, providing periphery monitoring 24/7 and auto tracking that enables precise monitoring across long distances, while IR illumination provides visibility even at night. Inside the buildings, around 1,400 Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet Q series cameras were installed on the terminal’s ceilings and walls. The cameras are able to help detect any problems occurring to the automated conveyer systems which have a constant flow of parcels on them. They also oversee the movement of over 1,500 vehicles in and around the terminal and help create a safe working environment. Highly accurate recognition Wisenet X series bullet cameras, running license plate recognition (ANPR) software onboard, have been installed at the main gate of the terminal to enhance security at the entrances and exits, providing highly accurate recognition of license plates. These cameras enable effective vehicle monitoring within the terminal where cargo moves in and out around the clock, and are particularly useful in monitoring the main entrance. Both camera types are equipped with 12x optical zoom and 150dB WDR Wisenet X series bullet and PTZ cameras have been installed at indoor staircases and corridors of the office building. Both camera types are equipped with 12x optical zoom and the World’s best 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which ensures clear images are captured from scenes that contain a challenging mix of bright and dark areas, normally causing overexposed or underexposed images. Intelligent video analytics As part of the Wisenet X series, these cameras feature intelligent video analytics and offer movement, loitering and intrusion detection. They are also equipped with audio analysis functionality which recognises critical sounds such as gunshots, explosions, screams and broken glass. “Thanks to the Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet security solution, we were able to build a safe video surveillance system that can match the size and the cutting edge facilities of Asia’s largest logistics terminal,” said an official at CJ Logistics. “Now we can safeguard every corner of our terminal including vehicles, parcels, and personnel, not to mention indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Two of the most important priorities in a manufacturing environment are safety and productivity. Failure to follow safe work practices around machinery on a factory floor can result in serious injury, while poor productivity can erode profits and ultimately threaten the viability of the business. At WCCO Belting, a Wahpeton, North Dakota-based manufacturer of custom rubber products for agriculture and light-industrial conveyor equipment, a March Networks® video surveillance solution plays a key role in enhancing both safety and productivity. Monitor work processes “Recently, for example, we had a minor safety incident on one of our machines that was captured by the system,” said Michael Marsh, Senior Technology Administrator. “The video not only allowed us to determine the cause of the incident, it also helped us create a proprietary piece of equipment to ensure that the accident would never happen again.” Safety was the main reason WCCO Belting acquired a March Networks system in 2015 Safety was the main reason WCCO Belting acquired a March Networks system in 2015, but the company soon discovered it could use the technology for other equally important priorities. “We found that we could use the video solution for time studies, to be more effective and efficient,” said Marsh. WCCO engineers use the video to monitor work processes and then tweak them to speed production, while ensuring optimum quality. Security system integrator The company selected Marco Technologies as its security system integrator in 2015, and acquired March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs shortly thereafter. Two years later, when WCCO Belting decided to also equip a second production facility in Arlington, Texas, it upgraded to a March Networks Command™ Recording Software (CRS) solution in North Dakota and moved the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs to its Texas facility. At the same time, the company deployed March Networks Command Enterprise Software to tie all the video from its geographically-dispersed facilities together, said Marsh. The software enables WCCO Belting “to oversee everything and manage the entire system from a single point of entry.” In addition, approximately 50 March Networks IP cameras — including indoor domes with wide dynamic range and outdoor IR bullet cameras — provide crystal-clear video of activity on the company’s factory floors, loading docks and parking lots. Remote configuration Marsh cites ease of use and outstanding support as the main reasons for selecting the video solution. “The technology is easy to implement, easy to use and easy to navigate. Support has also been great. When we ran into some early issues, they responded quickly to help resolve the problem.” We didn’t have to uproot a lot of the architecture already in place" “More recently, when we decided to expand the system to include our second location, it was Marco that recommended the CRS solution and the redeployment of our NVRs to Texas. It was really plug and play. That was the winning piece for us. We didn’t have to uproot a lot of the architecture already in place.” A system that was easy to rollout was important because WCCO Belting’s IT department does the physical camera install themselves, while partnering with Marco Technologies for remote configuration. Command mobile app “It’s one of the reasons we like March Networks, because we’re a hands-on IT department,” explained Marsh. “We like to make sure we’re always on top of things and that we understand the equipment we’re working with. If we can’t install it ourselves and need someone to come in and do it for us, it just creates future costs.” Aside from the IT department, which has administrative access to the system, authorised supervisors and managers at WCCO Belting are able to audit video for safety and security purposes. Temporary access is also provided to engineering staff for time studies. Marsh and several supervisors also have access to video through the Command Mobile app on their smartphones. Available as a free download from the Apple Store and Google Play, Command Mobile runs on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Track offending vehicle Remote, after-hours access to video proved valuable during the previously mentioned safety incident, for example, “by allowing managers to pull up video from home and use it to make decisions quickly,” said Marsh. The video solution has also proven useful to local law enforcement, as some of the bullet cameras covering the employee parking lot at the North Dakota facility also have a clear view of North 9th St., a busy artery in the town of 8,000. The video resolution was so good that we were able to quickly track the offending vehicle" “One day, I was called to the front desk and met by two police officers and three sheriffs,” recalled Marsh. “They wanted to come to my office but didn’t say why. I was never so nervous in my life. Once in my office, they explained that they wanted to see if we had any recorded video to help them solve a hit and run a block and a half down the road. We did, and the video resolution was so good that we were able to quickly track the offending vehicle.” Rubber belting solutions “We’ve had two law enforcement visits since then, so now when they show up, I know I’m not in trouble,” joked Marsh. A family-owned business, WCCO Belting was founded in 1954 by Ed Shorma, a Korean War veteran who mortgaged the family car and borrowed $1,500 to buy a shoe repair shop. Propelled by Shorma’s strong work ethic and talent for ingenuity, the business grew and evolved as a manufacturer of rubber belting solutions, leading to Shorma’s recognition as Small Business Person of the Year by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982. WCCO Belting is currently led by president and CEO, Tom Shorma, Ed’s son, and has 270 employees — 200 in North Dakota and 70 in Texas. The company’s rubber product solutions are sought after worldwide, and exported to customers in more than 20 countries. The company won North Dakota’s Exporter of the Year award in 2003, and in 2010 and 2016 it was the recipient of the Presidential ‘E’ Award and ‘E-Star’ award for its export promotion efforts.
Dallmeier, a worldwide acknowledged solutions provider for the casino industry, has just returned from G2E Asia show where the company has had a successful launch of their new innovative Smart Casino Solutions, extremely well received by the visitors. Smart Casino Solutions “In recent years we have worked diligently and invested heavily in Research and Development, aiming to create innovative flexible solutions for the gaming industry as a whole, delivering comprehensive real-time hands on results.”, said Konrad Hechtbauer, Project & Application Development Director of Dallmeier Electronic and Managing Director of Dallmeier International. “We aim to establish ourselves as a complete turnkey solution provider with a wide offering of innovative Smart Casino products, that can easily be combined or presented as individual modules and/or interfaced with third party technologies to meet the needs of the end user in their environment.” Dallmeier’s vision is to create innovative operational systems which could in real-time manage different business areas and concepts Dallmeier’s vision is to create innovative operational systems which could in real-time manage different business areas and concepts, giving the operators complete control of all areas of their properties, such as Gaming, Security, Surveillance, Hotel, Retail and Strategic Marketing, etc. “Security, traceability, overall operations’ management from every angle and aspect, and a complete detailed analysis of the obtained data are the key elements building our innovative systems”, added Konrad Hechtbauer. During G2E show Dallmeier’s Casino Team had conducted dedicated personal demonstrations, where invited guests could see and experience all new developments recently introduced by the company. Advanced surveillance technologies “For years Dallmeier was worldwide known for their advanced surveillance technology and we are now ready to pursue different business opportunities and strategies, aiming to place Dallmeier as a leading strategic partner for the casino operators. In the coming years we’ll continue to develop our product offering to support overall casino operations management, creating new systems for live gaming, solutions for various security aspects, and options and modules to enhance operators’ strategic marketing”, finished saying Konrad Hechtbauer.
A 300-key Traka system was installed on the main site and a 100-key system was installed at a neighbouring site Imperial War Museum (IWM) London has enlisted the help of Traka to implement an automated key management system. IWM exhibits various collections, covering conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth from the First World War to the present day. The London site is home to the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, as well as other historically important items. As part of an ongoing refurbishment project, that is due to be completed in July, IWM decided to implement an automated key management system. Previously, the administration of 400 keys across two sites was managed manually, a time-intensive task that created inherent security risks. An automated process was needed to better protect the collections, and also to secure access to other parts of the museum. A 300-key Traka system was installed on the main site and a 100-key system was installed at a neighbouring site. The solution ensures that only authorised staff are allowed access to the key cabinet, and within it they can only access designated keys. The system automatically records who has taken which key and when, meaning there is complete accountability of who is responsible for which key, 24 hours a day. Thanks to the partnership between Traka distributor, Secure Technology Solutions Ltd and security integrator, Pointer Ltd the system can be used in conjunction with Lenel OnGuard access control, so that staff can access keys through their existing security badges. This creates seamless integration with the existing security management, and allows the reporting and subsequent audit trail of who has accessed which key to be fed through to the central database and reports whether the keys have been returned. Tim Strofton from the Imperial War Museum said, “Before the Traka key management system was installed we were accounting for all the keys manually, which was a very time-intensive task. Changing to an automated system improved our operational efficiency significantly and gave us greater piece of mind.”
The Lubbock County Detention Centre (LCDC) is one of the largest direct supervision county detention facilities in Texas with a current capacity of 1500 beds. Since its opening in 2010, the facility has utilised the Morse Watchmans key control system, along with other state of the art electronic security and access control systems, to increase the safety and security of both inmates and staff. According to Captain Malcolm Chambliss, Day Shift Captain and Detention Response Team Commander with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the new LCDC facility was planned with the use of advanced technology as a high priority. He says the Morse Watchmans automated key control system, introduced to the planning committee by the architect, was a perfect match for LCDC’s objective of more effectively and safely operating the facility through the use of high end security technology. “Tracking keys from one shift to another is an essential procedure for maintaining a secure environment and the Morse Watchmans system provides that capability for us in an automated, easy to use way,” said Captain Chambliss. The KeyWatcher® system in place at LCDC enables the sought after accountability through its innovative engineering. In order for a LCDC guard or other authorised user to access a key, they must enter their pre-programmed PIN code on the cabinet’s built-in keypad. If the criteria entered matches the information stored in the system database, the key cabinet will unlock and the approved key can be removed or returned. Each individual key is secured to a SmartKey locking mechanism with built-in memory chip and this unique feature ensures that every time a key is taken from or returned to the Morse Watchmans key cabinet, the activity is recorded. Captain Chambliss notes that the combination of electronically restricted access and the monitoring of key usage add another layer of security to the key control system. “The system is extremely secure and has helped to improve our security procedures,” he says. The LCDC has a total of four KeyWatcher key cabinets, each of which is network connected to allow online monitoring, updating and reporting. At any time, Captain Chambliss can view who currently has which keys out and when they are scheduled to be returned; or who has had keys out, for what areas and when. When keys are not returned as scheduled, e-mail alerts are sent to supervisors to allow quicker action. Activity reports for each key in the system can also be generated, or recorded information can be rolled into standardised databases and spreadsheets for further analysis. “The Morse Watchmans key control system was a good decision and has proven to be a valuable technology solution,” adds Captain Chambliss. “We don’t have problems with unauthorised access or missing keys and the paperwork takes care of itself. In fact, with less effort we have more usable information.”