Vicon Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announced the addition of new 5 MP models to its V940 camera line, which includes both dome and bullet style cameras. The V940 line, which features motorised Varifocal Auto Iris lens, enhanced wide dynamic range (WDR) and Smart IR technology, is designed for premium performance in every possible lighting condition. Triple streaming video The cameras provide triple str...
The physical security market continues to experience growth as users look to capitalise on the promises of emerging technologies and because of this, 2017 proved to be a great year for Oncam. In fact, this year was the best year in Oncam's history in terms of sales, as 360-degree fisheye cameras have gone from being a “specialty” camera used only in certain applications to a primary device for enabling total situational awareness. Today, many of our customers leverage 360-degree ca...
Vicon Industries, a designer and producer of security surveillance solutions, introduces a 16-channel H.264 video encoder model that converts analogue camera inputs into streamed IP video data. The encoder incorporates high-quality H.264 video and audio encoding and compression technology and is specifically designed to support 960H, AHD and TVI analogue cameras. Perfect solution for hybrid systems The ENC-H264-16 encoder is the perfect solution for hybrid systems, as it simplifies the migrati...
Cultural and hospitality venues are attractive targets for terrorists due to their public accessibility Over the past 40 years there have been numerous attacks carried out against cultural and hospitality venues in the furtherance of religious, ideological, criminal or political beliefs. By default, cultural and hospitality venues are attractive targets for terrorists due to their public accessibility, the volumes of visitors and guests or because of what the venue represents;...
Major art heists often feature audacity that defeats even the most thorough security protocols Museum security, like art, is ever-changing. Traditional security practices like manned guarding alone are not sufficient to keep thieves at bay. Modern security technologies such as video surveillance, motions detectors, intruder alarms and other physical security devices also play an equally important role in securing museums and its art work. Regrettably, having all the...
To succeed at outsourcing, the relationship between the organisation and the outsourcing company has to be an equal partnership Can you save money on security by outsourcing? Maybe, maybe not, according to William J. Powers III, CIPM II, CIPI. “Considering the way I approach outsourcing, I’m not sure if it saves money,” says Powers. As director of facilities at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., Powers oversees facilities,...
VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the debut of its compact Split-type Camera System VC8201, which is comprised of two camera units, CU8131 and CU8171, and a VC8201 video core. Designed separately, the bodies of the camera units are much more compact than general network cameras, making them easier to install and harder to notice. The CU8131 and CU8171, two camera units especially developed for the Split-type Camera System, are both designed as recessed dome type. With a 1-Megapixel CMOS sensor and WDR Pro technology, the CU8131 can capture clear and detailed images in environments with sharp lighting contrasts. The 5-Megapixel CU8171, featuring a fisheye lens, provides a 180° panoramic or 360° surround view without blind spots. In addition, the VC8201 video core supports different combinations of the two camera units (up to two 5-Megapixel fisheye camera units) with 8-meter long cables, dramatically simplifying the installation process. Incorporating some more advanced features like 3D Noise Reduction, tamper detection, 802.3af compliant PoE, SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, and VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software, the Split-type Camera System is perfectly suitable for places with intricate interior design or complex layouts, such as retail stores, offices, galleries, museums, and vehicles. Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK, noted, “We are pleased to introduce our Split-type Camera System to the market today. Considering trends in camera miniaturisation and user-friendliness, VIVOTEK has come up with a very clever response in the Split-type Camera System. The installation flexibility and outstanding image quality of this new product is sure to meet our clients’ every need.”
Corps Security provides security and customer visit staff for the Museum’s site in Chelsea Corps Security is helping the National Army Museum, Chelsea secure it’s Building for the Future redevelopment project by donating to its £23.25m fundraising appeal. The Museum’s redevelopment project will see the radical transformation of the current Chelsea site with a bright open atrium, stunning new galleries, a dedicated learning suite, an upgraded research centre and new café and shop facilities. Central to the redevelopment has been the need to respond to the public's call to create a Museum which provides a more modern, welcoming and social environment for families and to create displays and programmes that foster dialogue and debate about an Army which has been part of British society for over 400 years. Corps Security provides security and customer visit staff for the Museum’s site in Chelsea and for the bespoke warehousing facility in Hertfordshire. Corps Security and its staff are key to making the Museum’s visitors feel welcome and its one million strong, world class Collection secure.
Texecom's forum will help keep customers updated with the latest developments from Texecom Texecom has launched a free online forum where customers and industry professionals can ask questions, discuss and learn about new developments from the company and within the security industry. Between the knowledge, experience and expertise of the company’s own staff and the community of security professionals, Texecom expects the new forum to offer an ideal platform for troubleshooting, problem solving, and keeping customers updated with the latest news that is important to them. The forum is already live at http://texecom.websitetoolbox.com with current hot topics including the ‘evolution’ of the company’s product ranges and the implications and details of the new PD6662:2010 standards.Texecom’s Managing Director, Jim Ludwig, launched the project with this message:“In the past year, I have spent a large part of my time with installers from across the UK, and it has consistently been a rewarding opportunity to listen to, and learn from, the men and women who use our products on a daily basis.'' “One recurring theme that has struck me over the year is about how we must work harder to communicate with more of you in a real-time fashion. I want Texecom to be more transparent. Easier to talk to. Easier to work with. To be a greater resource every day, helping you, your teams and your business to be more successful. Our products are only part of your relationship with Texecom, and I want us to be striving to add as much value to your business as possible.''“To that end, I am pleased to invite you to register for our new Internet forum. It has been specifically launched in response to the voice of our customers asking for more information, faster – and a better way to ask questions, to learn from other installers, and to share knowledge more effectively.'' Ludwig states ''I want Texecom to be more transparent. Easier to talk to. Easier to work with. To be a greater resource every day, helping you, your teams and your business to be more successful.'' “We’re proud of our company, proud of being 100% UK designed and produced, and proud of our fantastic team of people that work hard every day to give you the products and service you expect. We’re also proud of what you, our partners, do on a daily basis – and of the important job all of us do in protecting precious life and property every day. Please join us and actively participate in the Texecom community at http://texecom.websitetoolbox.com".
The event also illustrated the issues surrounding security within the museum sectorASSA ABLOY Access Control and HID Global have presented the latest revolutionary thinking in access control and security at a dedicated event, held at the prestigious Wallace Collection in Central London. The event, attended by high profile representatives including National History Museum and BT, offered key insights into the latest trends within the security industry, alongside focused presentations on securing the museum sector and financial services markets across the UK and Europe.Included in the programme were keynote addresses from leading security experts and end users, including Ian Frazer, Vice President, EMEA Regional Head Security Technology at Credit Suisses Securities (Europe) Ltd and Mark Abbott, Technical Program Manager at Microsoft.Head of Security at the Wallace Collection, John Power illustrated the issues surrounding security within the museum sector and specifically, sourcing products and services to protect one of Europe's finest collections of original works of art, paintings, furniture, arms, armour and porcelain.As leading specialists in wireless locking solutions and security, Chris Bone Vice President ASSA ABLOY Access Control EMEA and Yves Ackerman, Manager Strategic Growth Initiative HID Global presented their industry views on future trends in access control and security.Guests were also exclusively treated to a private tour of the impressive works on display at the Wallace Collection, including best known paintings as the Laughing Cavalier from Dutch Baroque artist Frans Hals, and the Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Says Matt Thomas, Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Access Control and Compere of the event: "As the first of its kind, we are delighted with the outcome of the event and have received significant positive feedback on the variety of speakers and insightful content of the presentations, alongside choosing such a world renowned venue as the Wallace Collection." "This is a very exciting time for access control and security, as despite the difficult financial climate, many significant changes are about to occur in the industry which will impact on the complete supply chain, from manufacturers to end-users. Based on this success, we will certainly be planning more events and encourage those involved to attend to ensure considered security solutions are selected for the right sector."
The event will give insights into latest security trends and security for the museum sectorASSA ABLOY Access Control and HID Global will be representing the latest news and views of the security sector at a dedicated seminar, held at the prestigious Wallace Collection in central London on Monday 12th September 2011.The event, starting at 3pm, will offer key insights into the latest trends within the security industry alongside specific considerations for securing the museum sector and financial services markets across the UK and Europe.Included in the programme are keynote addresses from leading security experts and end users, including Mark Abbott, Technical Program Manager at Microsoft, and Ian Frazer, Vice President, EMEA Regional Head Security Technology at Credit Suisses Securities (Europe) Ltd.Head of Security at the Wallace Collection, John Power will also be discussing the issues surrounding security within the museum sector and specifically, sourcing products and services to protect one of Europe's finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms, armour and porcelain.As leading specialists in wireless locking solutions and security, ASSA ABLOY Access Control and HID Global will be demonstrating how latest access control innovations can meet the needs of specific security requirements, with a panel discussion planned to invite end user feedback. Visitors will be able to enjoy the impressive location, with guided tours organised at the Wallace Collection and through the conservation department, which has already utilised ASSA ABLOY Access Control's AperioTM locking solution. The event will conclude with a seated dinner in the Lower Courtyard, hosted by ASSA ABLOY Access Control and HID, and is expected to close by 9.30pm.Says Matt Thomas, Managing Director ASSA ABLOY Access Control: "This inaugural seminar is our chance to present up to date industry developments in a structured and comprehensive manner. It was also an opportunity to highlight the importance of ensuring the right security solutions are selected in the right sector."We hope guests will find the day insightful and even enjoyable, especially with the level of expertise amongst the keynote speakers present at the renowned Wallace Collection. We also anticipate some worthwhile feedback from our panel discussions to ensure we continue to deliver high quality locking solutions that meet the exact needs of end users."
With a history dating back to the 1850s, the Sioux City Public Museum has evolved from its original focus on natural science to a broader emphasis on preserving the area’s heritage, offering a variety of educational programmes, events, and historical exhibitions valued at more than $2 million. Having outgrown its former location in a prominent Victorian-era mansion, the museum moved to a new downtown site in April 2011—a modern, open-concept building that has become known as one of the premier cultural destinations in Siouxland and beyond. With more than 5,000 visitors each month, the Sioux City Public Museum has made public safety and asset protection top priorities. Chosen for its advanced management features, ease-of-use, and exceptional image clarity, the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has played a key role in helping the museum meet its security goals.The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used to deter criminal behaviour and to safeguard valuable artefacts Crime mitigation Located in the heart of downtown, the Sioux City Public Museum is a 55,000 square foot facility with an outdoor plaza, loading dock at the rear, and skyway connected to public parking. “Because of the size of the building, as well as its location in an area known for attracting a transient crowd, we wanted an advanced, high-definition surveillance system to monitor people coming and going from our facility around the clock,” explained Steven Hansen, museum director at the Sioux City Public Museum. “We use the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to deter criminal behaviour and to safeguard our valuable artefacts.” Based on research and a strong recommendation from the City of Sioux City facilities manager, Hansen chose to work with Electric Innovations, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service who installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to monitor the entrances, permanent exhibition area, temporary exhibition area, and loading dock. “We needed an advanced, high-definition surveillance system that would provide broad coverage, overcome architectural challenges in our open-concept building, and remain unobtrusive,” explained Hansen. “Providing excellent local support, Electric Innovations has installed the best quality surveillance solution possible to deliver optimal system performance.”Each user can select relevant camera views from their own desktop Live monitoring and broad coverage Administrators and exhibition staff at the Sioux City Public Museum manage the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) monitoring the system live throughout the day from their desktop computers. A permanent monitor has been set up in the main reception area to monitor visitors as they enter and exit the permanent exhibit space. The museum installed 15 Avigilon 1 MP and 2 MP cameras in the main exhibit areas as well as in hallways, key entry points, and at the loading dock, and store 29 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon network video recorder (NVR). Without a permanent security staff, the museum’s administrators are responsible for the facility’s security in addition to all other operational responsibilities, so ease-of-use was a key requirement for the new system. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is very simple to use, providing each of us with a variety of camera views right from our desktop, making it much easier and less time-consuming to monitor throughout the day,” said Deanna Mayo, administrative assistant at the Sioux City Public Museum. “Because each user can select relevant camera views from their own desktop, we can ensure broader coverage of the museum at all times.”Avigilon’s image quality makes it much easier to identify events with greater accuracy Effective surveillance “While our needs are pretty basic, we can quickly and easily identify people and events because of Avigilon’s simple and intuitive user interface,” confirmed Mayo. Avigilon Control Center provides full control over surveillance video playback, making it easy for users to quickly retrieve evidence and speed up response times. “Avigilon Control Center software is 1,000 percent more effective than our previous analogue-based system,” added Hansen. Hansen and Mayo have also been very impressed with Avigilon’s image quality, which makes it much easier to identify events with greater accuracy than before. “I recently spoke with the captain of the police force who is very pleased that we have invested in the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system,” noted Hansen. “We are located in an area that has caused concern for the police, and we have noticed a marked reduction in trespassing since deploying the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system.”Sioux City Public Museum will be able to reduce its insurance costs and protect itself against the threat of false liability claims Safe educational experience The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has played a critical role in helping the museum ensure public safety and protect its assets worth more than $2 million. “I am confident that the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system will deliver a lower total cost of ownership than other solutions because it offers greater image quality and reliability, requires less maintenance, and will free up our time for other important tasks,” explained Hansen. By installing such an advanced surveillance system, Sioux City Public Museum will also be able to reduce its insurance costs and can more effectively protect itself against the threat of false liability claims. “Most traveling exhibits stipulate strict security guidelines before they can be displayed in a new location,” commented Mayo. “With the Avigilon system in place, we are in a much better position to host new exhibits and share the latest collections to attract new audiences,” said Mayo. With the knowledge that activity is being accurately captured around the clock by the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, Sioux City Public Museum administrators and patrons alike can enjoy a greater sense of security as they experience the region’s past at this leading cultural institution. “Avigilon has delivered the quality, reliability, and ease-of-use we need to help us deliver a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience,” concluded Hansen. “We have invested in the best quality and most reliable products in the industry.”
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is the largest in Canada to house priceless and restored World War I and II warplanes, including bomber planes used by the Canadian military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The non-profit organisation is mandated to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircrafts that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Their role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. Today, the Museum houses almost 50 aircrafts, an extensive aviation gift shop and exhibit gallery as well as host private events and offer group tours. The museum’s responsibility of staying open daily, year-round also requires a full-time staff making security a crucial priority. The primary objective is to secure indoor and outdoor premises, including visitor’s parking lot next to Hamilton International Airport. The main purpose is to deter all potential crime, vandalism and theft of property, and mainly to secure priceless World War I and II airplanes. VIVOTEK cameras with IR capabilities Deploying VIVOTEK cameras at the Warplane Heritage Museum was an ambitious task due to the structure of the site being an airplane hangar housing over 50 Warplane Heritage airplanes. The outside perimeters of the museum contain extremely dark zones and parking lots, requiring equipment with very strong IR capabilities to provide sufficient monitoring. Securing the indoor and outdoor premises, including a 400-vehicle parking lot adjacent to Hamilton International Airport took careful planning and a specific camera surveillance system to cover the extensive property. A new and upgraded security system would also deter potential vandalism and theft of property and vehicles, especially securing the priceless airplanes. VIVOTEK’s IB836B-HT Bullet Network camera was installed throughout the premises Earlier this year, the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, launched a project designed to update and improve the Museum’s existing video surveillance system. The process culminated in the selection of VIVOTEK’s valued partner, A.S. Security & Surveillance, Inc., a systems integration company headquartered in Southern Ontario that specializes in various residential, commercial, industrial and corporate security surveillance system installations. New VIVOTEK surveillance system The new video surveillance system features sixteen VIVOTEK Network cameras including a 32-channel Network Video Recorder, ND9541. VIVOTEK’s IB836B-HT Bullet Network camera was installed throughout the premises with its 2-Megapixel full HD sensor enabling smooth viewing resolution, capable of capturing high quality and high-resolution video with WDR and SNV technology, regardless of high contrast or low light environments. IB836B-HT is equipped with built-in IR illuminators up to 30 metres for superior image quality 24 hours a day and can withstand inclement weather and the IP66 and IK10-rated housing protects the unit against acts of vandalism, making these units a great selection for installation throughout the Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum. VIVOTEK’s PoE switch – IP surveillance Apart from the VIVOTEK cameras being used in the installation process, the ND9541, H.26 network video recorder equipped for up to 32-Channel network cameras with 4 hard drives offered ample storage space and AW-GEV-264-370, VivoCam Layer 2+ Managed PoE Switch provided extra power for all cameras used. VIVOTEK’s PoE switch enables IP surveillance management functions by not only being a standard Layer 2+ PoE switch, but also enabling set up and configuration of VIVOTEK IP cameras, NVR and CMS. Due to the building structure, AP-FXC-0210 was needed to extend the range for two cameras located indoors. The indoor PoE extender allows a daisy-chain installation with up to a 300M installation.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, hosts more than 300,000 guests each year to view its collection of more than 13,000 instruments and associated objects, and to attend live performances in the MIM Music Theater. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM creates an exciting experience for guests, immersing them in cultural traditions from around the world. With a mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world, MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience throughout the day with multiple live evening performances each week. The safety and security of visitors and staff and the protection of the museum’s extensive collection is an essential aspect of fulfilling its mission. The safety and security of visitors and staff is an essential aspect of fulfilling the museum's mission To enhance the security of its exterior spaces, the museum recently worked with IES Communications, a nationwide provider of integrated security solutions, to upgrade its outdoor surveillance system. Now, a combination of Bosch AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD, FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 VR, and AUTODOME IP 5000 IR cameras provide high-quality images of the museum’s outdoor areas, which include an impressive courtyard at the main entrance, an additional courtyard at the student entry, an outdoor café and seating area for guests, as well as special events, and two parking lots. Full-colour night images Bosch cameras with starlight technology provide clear images regardless of lighting conditions, delivering full-colour images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras turn to monochrome images. Supported by new exterior LED lights, the Bosch starlight cameras at the museum produce full-colour images throughout the night. The intelligent cameras also feature built-in video analytics to alert the museum’s security operators to possible risks, such as detecting objects left behind or the gathering of large crowds that may create congestion in an area. With Intelligent Tracking, AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras can also automatically track objects of interest as they move throughout a scene. “The low light performance of the Bosch starlight cameras is completely unmatched. They are producing beautiful colour images all through the night,” said David Burger, security manager at the Musical Instrument Museum. The cameras also feature built-in video analytics to alert the museum’s security operators to possible risks, such as detecting objects left behind In addition, Bosch AUTODOME IP 5000 IR cameras are strategically placed in perimeter and other areas of the museum exterior where there is limited lighting at night. These pan-tilt-zoom cameras feature a built-in intelligent IR beam that ensures optimum illumination of objects regardless of the level of zoom. “The quality of the images, the onboard video analytics that are included without an additional cost, and the reliability of the moving cameras were key factors in our decision,” continued Burger. “Our security operators are thrilled with the quality and operation of the cameras.” Long distance data delivery One challenge with the installation was how to deliver data from the security cameras over long distances, between remote locations and the head-end network switches and servers. After receiving recommendations from IES Communications and Bosch, the museum selected Altronix’s PaceTM Long-Range Ethernet Solutions. Utilising a Pace8PRM multi-port receiver at the headend, along with Pace1ST transceivers at each device, the museum successfully deployed the Bosch high-resolution IP cameras beyond the standard Ethernet range of 100 meters. Using existing CAT6 cable, Pace transmits Ethernet data at 100Mbps at distances of up to 500 metres, which exceeded the museum‘s requirements.The design of the solutions are rugged enough to handle the intense heat and other weather conditions With the Altronix Pace solution, the museum did not need to replace existing cabling, which delivered a cost savings for the overall project without sacrificing performance. It also provided a higher return on the museum’s initial infrastructure investment. “We are definitely pleased with the ease of use of the Altronix Pace system,” Burger said. “It’s a completely plug-and-play system. It works great with all of our existing network equipment and infrastructure. It was pretty seamless for us to achieve integration with the new Bosch cameras.” Real-time video monitoring In addition, said Burger, the design of the Altronix Pace solution is rugged enough to handle the intense heat and other weather conditions related to Arizona’s weather and climate. “It speaks to the quality of the manufacturers: both Altronix and Bosch,” added Burger. Video throughout the exterior and interior of the museum is monitored around the clock by utilising Security Center from Genetec. Real-time monitoring allows museum staff to proactively address possible risks, as they are happening, to enhance overall security and safety at the museum.
Porto is home to one of Portugal’s most important art and architecture foundations, the Serralves Foundation, which governs the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Serralves Park. Both are National Monuments, Portugal’s most important heritage classification. Managing visitor flow Over the past years, the Serralves Museum has become Portugal’s most popular museum: visitors now exceed 300,000 per year. They are drawn by world-class cultural events – such as a recent exhibition of Spanish artist Joan Miro. Many of the more than 80 works had never before been shown publicly. With such high visitor numbers, the Serralves Foundation searched for support in managing their visitor flow. Administrators wanted to identify high- and low-traffic days, so they could adjust staffing levels and thereby prevent long queues at entrances and dangerous overcrowding of exhibition rooms. Bosch FLEXIDOME cameras Bosch supported the Foundation by installing FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 video cameras inside and outside the museum. Then the cameras were connected to the Bosch Remote Portal. Bosch supported the Foundation by installing FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 video cameras inside and outside the museum The cameras provide a complete 360-degree view of a certain scene without blind spots. Thanks to their build-in video analytics function, the panoramic cameras are enabled to interpret what they see. In this way they not only capture and transmit video images, but they can also transmit associated data, like object type, size, speed and much more. Remote Portal is a software that as a service allows installers to access via the cloud any Bosch IP camera to configure applications, monitor the health status of the camera or set up camera counter reports. Visitor traffic report data Thus, this solution enables the Museum’s administration to count visitors – and report the count in real time. The Remote Portal allows for the creation of visitor traffic reports over a day, a week or several months. All data can be easily exported to other applications. With the help of this information, the Serralves Foundation plans and relocates staffing as well as other resources well in advance. Also, if needed, security guards can avoid the entrance of more people to the Miró Museum. It manages visitor traffic over the course of the year, so all visitors can indulge fully in experiencing fine art – rather than the art of being stuck in a crowd.
"Many disasters have occurred in the world, but few have also provided so much delight for posterity." There probably are no better words to describe Pompeii than Goethe’s during one of his trips to Italy – the area of Pompeii encompasses 440,000 square meters that include the archaeological excavations of the ancient Roman city submerged by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, frozen in time by the sudden rain of ash and lava rock that preserved it for centuries. In 1997 UNESCO declared Pompeii a World Heritage Site, on account of the fact that the extraordinary findings in the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and neighbouring cities buried by the eruption provide a complete and vivid picture of society and daily life that have been preserved nearly intact for two millennia. Presently Pompeii is the flagship of the Pompeii Authority, an Institute of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism provided with special autonomy, which is active in the area of protection, conservation, and public access to cultural heritage sites. The Great Pompeii project: video security needs The need to install a video security system was born of the Great Pompeii project, an undertaking ordered by the Italian Government for the purpose of reinforcing the effectiveness of the conservation actions and programmes in the archaeological area of Pompeii, by developing an extraordinary and urgently needed programme of conservation, prevention, maintenance, and restoration. An important and demanding operation, also in financial terms – €105 million from Fesr and national funding – with the objective of modernising the Pompeii archaeological site, not only by stabilising and restoring decorated walls and surfaces, but also by means of security and leveraging the video security system. Metoda's technical expertise "The reasons underlying theneed to implement a videosecurity system included protection of archaeological findings, to tourist control" The project, supported and accompanied by a suitable scientific and technical study plan for the purposes of identifying, researching the scientific knowledge and guiding the operating choices, called for launching a bid for tenders for a new video security system, which was eventually awarded to Metoda in August 2014. An Italian company in the providing solutions, software projects, and consulting in diverse IT and tele-communications sectors – from mobile payments to building management, including civil protection, security and networking – Metoda employs more than 300 experts, from professionals and specialised technicians involved in the business units dedicated to specific applications, including research and development, which collaborates with prestigious research institutes and universities for many years. "The feather in the cap for Metoda is SOA certification, which was received precisely because of our complex internal organisation and attests to the financial and technical capacity of the firm to qualify for designing and implementing large scale public tenders," explains Cesare Gonnelli, Deputy Manager of Metoda. From "under observation" to "under video surveillance" "The reasons underlying the need to implement a video security system were multifaceted, from protection of the archaeological findings, which are often the object of theft and vandalism, to tourist control," adds Gonnelli. The archaeological site, which may receive up to 15,000 tourists in a single day – a numerical turnout second to only the Coliseum – sends us very frequent reports of graffiti, scratches, and defacing of the walls and frescoes of the Roman Domus villas, which are at the heart of the archaeological site. These acts of vandalism are carried out by tourists with their pens and fingernails when they somehow manage to stay within the walls on purpose even after the site is closed to the public. Furthermore, as a result of the recent terrorist attacks, the Authority evaluated the opportunity of utilizing an advanced video security system in support of the physical surveillance activity of the guards. "In fact one of the priorities was being able to clearly distinguish the face of the people and monitoring behaviour that looked out of place inside the area, as well as any objects left behind and considered potentially suspicious," continues Gonnelli. MOBOTIX video surveillance solution Cameras were installed on light posts along the perimeter, and on the walls of the Roman Domus villas Partnering with MOBOTIX since 2011, Metoda had no doubt about the best product to offer to the Pompeii Authority for implementing the video surveillance project. "MOBOTIX easily satisfied the requirements of the bid for tenders, and was in fact the only technology truly capable of providing an answer to the actual requirements of the Authority. A resounding victory, most of all because of the quality of the images, which completely surpassed all the expectations of the customer.". The installation of the first video cameras – almost all of them D15, with the exception of about ten D25 chosen to blend with the architecture and style – started in July 2015, but already in December Pompeii was under surveillance by 240 video cameras, with the objective of reaching more than 380 before the end of the summer, installed both on the light posts placed both along the perimeter of the archaeological site, and on the internal and external walls of the Roman Domus villas. In any event, the video security system is a much more complex IT and telecommunications project, as it required the implementation of a complex network support infrastructure (12 fibre optic rings and 88 nodes) thanks to the strong expertise of Metoda in networking, with a department specifically dedicated to software development and the integration of IT and telecommunication systems. Event-activated video surveillance The video cameras are in operation 24 hours a day, but with the exception of special particular requirements, are only event-activated, in order not to overload the storage, notwithstanding the 700-TB NAS archive system. The recordings can later be viewed on nine 42-inch monitors in a dedicated control room provided with four workstations dedicated for the monitoring personnel. The cameras are event-activated, in order not to overload the storage, notwithstanding the 700-TB NAS archive system No issues were encountered during neither the installation phases nor the deployment of the system, thanks also to the technical expertise of Metoda. "Likewise, no complaints from the personnel in charge of using the system (for the time being the same guards at the park), who received a minimum amount of training, but certainly cannot be called ‘expert’ in the utilisation of advanced technology systems. The ease of use of MOBOTIX solutions certainly gave us an advantage in the quick deployment of the project," concludes Gonnelli. High image quality As in most of the projects implemented by MOBOTIX, the praise should also be attributed in this case to the excellent quality of the images, which cannot be compared – also according to Metoda – to any other system available in the market. Certainly the decentralised concept of MOBOTIX played an important role in promoting all the virtues of the system, especially because of the number of video cameras involved, which prevents overloading the network under "critical" utilisation conditions. Both Metoda’s and the end user’s needs have been satisfied – a fact only confirmed by the idea that considerations are being made to implement a video analysis system to support the anti-graffiti activities, with the objective of studying behaviours considered "suspicious." As such, they could prevent acts of vandalism that could cause irreparable damage to the artistic and cultural heritage.
Decommissioned in San Diego, California, the USS Midway served from 1945 until 1992, as the longest-serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. The historic naval ship museum opened to the public for tours on June 10th, 2004, and receives 1,000,000 visitors annually. The USS Midway’s mission is to preserve, inspire, educate, and entertain visitors as well as serve as America’s living symbol of freedom. Video surveillance system Throughout USS Midway’s 47 years of service, the aircraft carrier played key roles in the Cold War, served with the Atlantic Fleet, was combat deployed in Vietnam as well as the Arabian Gulf for Desert Storm, and many other operations throughout the world. The aircraft carrier is home to flight simulators, a gift shop, café and a theatre, measures 1,001 feet long, and contains 18 decks. The large number of tourists, volunteers, and museum staff occupying the facility, along with the many events held on-board on any given day, make safety and surveillance a top concern for the museum’s Board of Directors. Earlier this year, Director of Safety and Security, Bill McClurg, with the full support of the CEO and the museum’s board, led a team of USS Midway department directors including information technology, finance, and operations, and launched a project designed to update and improve the museum’s existing video surveillance system. The process culminated in the selection of VIVOTEK’s valued partner, Layer3 Security Services, a systems integration company headquartered in San Diego that serves companies, government agencies and institutions throughout Southern California. Network cameras The new video surveillance system features dozens of VIVOTEK network cameras including fixed domes, box cameras, and Pan Tilt Zoom models. “There were many reasons for selecting VIVOTEK for this demanding application,” said Dario Santana, President of Layer3 Security Services. “These include the breadth of VIVOTEK’s product line, the high degree of integration with ExacqVision’s VMS platform, and the products’ superior price and performance. In the end, it only made sense to select VIVOTEK for the USS Midway upgrade,” concluded Dario. In the end, it only made sense to select VIVOTEK for the USS Midway upgrade" VIVOTEK’s FD8365HV and FD8338-HV fixed dome network cameras were also positioned in areas in need of surveillance. Both camera models are able to withstand inclement weather and the IP66 and IK10-rated housing protects the unit against acts of vandalism, making these units a great selection for installation aboard the aircraft carrier. A variety of camera models were chosen to monitor specific areas of the museum and surrounding areas. VIVOTEK’s FD8373-EHV fixed dome network cameras were installed throughout the premises due to the 3-megapixel wide dynamic range CMOS sensor’s excellent ability to adjust to challenging lighting conditions. The WDR Pro feature allows the camera to capture both the dark and bright areas of an image and combine the differences to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. Zooming capabilities Working closely with Layer3, Bill McClurg also chose SD8364E, speed dome network cameras for the zoom capabilities in parking lot as well as ship deck monitoring and IP8155HP, box network cameras. VIVOTEK’s SD8364E 1080p full HD resolution speed dome delivers superb image quality with its 30x optical zoom lens, perfect for monitoring wide open spaces. SD8364E’s IP67 and NEMA 4X-rated housing protects against rain, dust, and corrosion as well as operates under extreme weather conditions making it suitable for San Diego’s climate. The IP8155HP professional box network camera offers 1.3-megapixel resolution and WDR Pro II providing extreme visibility in high contrast environments. “Layer3 Security Services and VIVOTEK far exceeded our expectations with the installation of our new upgraded surveillance system. Layer3’s ability to translate our needs into a workable design and their recommendation of VIVOTEK’s superior yet efficient product line led to a successful deployment. Effective video surveillance on a museum, whose mission is to be, ‘America’s Living Symbol of Freedom,’ is an essential element in preserving it for generations to come,” said Bill McClurg, Safety Director.