FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced FLIR TruWITNESS, an industry-first wearable sensor platform designed for city-level security and public safety operations. TruWITNESS combines video, audio, location data, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and cloud and management software in one solution, allowing organisations to reach a new level of situational awareness. TruWITNESS wearable sensor platform TruWITNESS is designed for any public safety organisation that requires on-scene, real-time mobil...
Johnson Controls developed the competitive Illustra IR PTZ camera with powerful zoom and control capabilities to handle even the most challenging lighting conditions. Illustra Flex IR PTZ indoor and outdoor cameras feature a 30x optical and 12x digital magnification to effectively resolve scene details at up to 1000 feet. The powerful IR illuminators on the outdoor model allow for a night scene illumination of up to 150m. Packaged in a bubble-free, environmentally sealed, and vandal-resistant d...
The security industry is driven by a constant stream of new innovations. However, innovation can have a negative knock-on effect when it leads to increased complexity, makes installation more complicated, set-up more confusing and operations more strenuous. It is a guiding principle that means every technical and software innovation is designed around the people who matter the most: installers, users, operators, integrators and IT specialists. UserFirst ensures every innovation not only advance...
Dahua Technology hosted its ‘Dahua Heart of City (HOC)’ Launch Conference at Damei Center in Beijing, China. At the conference, business representatives, industry experts, as well as security and mass media witnessed the unveiling of the Dahua Heart of City (HOC) New Smart City Framework, as well as the release of Dahua Technology’s latest cutting-edge technologies, which fully demonstrated the leadership of the Dahua HOC in empowering smart industry transformation. Dahua Chai...
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, announces immediate availability for the company’s new VIGIL Client Lite software for Mac users. 3xLOGIC’s newest software offering fulfils customer requests to produce a lite version of VIGIL Client for Mac users that provides the basic functionality of the PC version of VIGIL Client. “This application opens up a yet untapped segment of our customer b...
In a move to expand the reach of in-depth locally based technical and sales support, 360 Vision Technology, the UK-based CCTV manufacturing company, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Pascal Wojciechowski to the role of Business Development Manager for France. Vast experience in integrated solutions Bringing a wealth of high-performance visual imaging experience to his new role, Pascal will be supporting customers across France and French-speaking countries, including Belgium, Swit...
Hikvision USA Inc., the global supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, will showcase new technology and its extensive integration capabilities at the GSX 2018. Central Management System To highlight unique features and demonstrate how products can be combined to address the specific needs of end users, HikCentral—Hikvision's Central Management System (CMS)—will be the centerpiece of the Hikvision showroom. "End users and integrators come to GSX to figure out how to solve security problems and run businesses more efficiently. For integrators, building a solution that addresses customers' specific pain points has never been easier," said Eric Chen, general manager, Hikvision North America. "Our video wall display will provide a live demo including remote monitoring outside of the conference centre, showing how HikCentral provides a totally integrated solution for all Hikvision and partner products." TurboHD 4.0 cameras Well suited for complex projects in a variety of vertical markets, HikCentral is easy to use and configure. New products in several categories will be on display including: Value Express Series entry level IP and Turbo cameras, access control with UL294 certification, residential two-wire intercom and multiple PanoVu cameras including the new 32 MP 180° Panoramic, PanoVu 180°/360° IR PTZ, and PanoVu mini cameras. TurboHD 4.0 cameras enhanced with power-over-coax (PoC), panoramic view camera, and higher 5MP/8MP image resolution will be showcased, along with Hikvision's PTZs, ranging from 1” or 2.5” mini DE series to the advanced DF series. In addition to cameras, Hikvision’s access control product line will be demoed with HikCentral. The Hikvision showroom is located at the Westgate Las Vegas Pavilion #9 and will be open during exhibit hall hours.
RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers from Video Management Software (VMS) provider OnSSI on display here at GSX 2018 (booth #2263) deliver unmatched performance, integration, ease of deployment and cost-efficiency for a myriad of applications. RecOn5 NVRs are pre-loaded with Ocularis NVR software for stand-alone operation, and RecOn5 Servers are designed for easy expansion of existing Ocularis VMS installations. “The demand for integrated VMS appliances continues to grow as users look for more cost-efficient and easy ways to implement advanced surveillance management and control capabilities,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “OnSSI’s latest series of RecOn5 Series Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers provides users and integration partners with a versatile and powerful VMS solution futureproofed by Ocularis’ open platform architecture, scalability and lower total cost of ownership.” Cost-effective turnkey solution RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution that is ideal for stand-alone single server solutions Available in desktop models with 32 and 64 camera capacities and rackmount models with 32, 64 and 128 camera capacities, RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers offer HDD capacities of 8 to 40TB for desktop models, and 8 to 80TB for rackmount models with the proven performance and reliability of Seagate Skyhawk surveillance grade, removable HDDs. Rackmount models offer optional RAID 5 data integrity and RAID 1 OS redundancy to assure server uptime. RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution that is ideal for stand-alone single server solutions, and include eight Ocularis NVR pre-loaded camera licenses with additional individual licenses available for purchase. Seamless integration Features include HTTPS and AES encryption; multi-streaming for bandwidth efficiencies; automatic recorder patch update service; Smart Camera drivers, H.265/264; MJPEG & MPEG4 support; alarm and PTZ support; automatic HDD load balancing; Web and Mobile Client support; no device registration or MAC address requirements; and a one year StayCURRENT upgrade plan included at no additional charge. RecOn5 Servers provide fast and seamless integration with existing Ocularis systems. RecOn5 Servers support all features available in Ocularis Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate, allowing for easy expansion by simply purchasing the respective camera licenses needed for deployment on a certified OnSSI hardware solution.
At GSX 2018 in booth #2341, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, will unveil the new Wisenet X Plus camera line. With a focus on modular design, the X Plus series is one of the fastest cameras to install, service, and upgrade saving installers time and money. X Plus cameras also feature in-camera audio messaging playback, extended temperature handling, removable colour skins, and PTRZ (pan, tile, rotate, zoom) for ultimate flexibility. “The X Plus series combines the best of Hanwha Techwin X series technology with the convenience of complete modular design,” said Paul Kong, Technical Director, Hanwha Techwin. “X Plus series cameras utilise magnets to lock sensor modules into the housing for instant configuration. Electricians can run conduit with a single PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the housing or backplate, without the camera module, allowing security professionals to snap the camera into place after the job site is clean in just minutes.” Wider area coverage with 85 degree tilt angles New features enable pre-recorded audio messages to be triggered by in-camera analytics, which are played out of the camera’s audio out connection Camera modules are available with options such as PTRZ, IR, and a heater. Housing choices include indoor, outdoor, and a new compact plenum-rated flush mount. Removable skin covers available in white, black, and ivory allow easy changing of colours to blend in the décor of the room. Custom painting is also made easy since the skin easily separates from the camera. New features enable pre-recorded audio messages to be triggered by in-camera analytics. These messages are played out of the camera’s audio out connection. The audio files are stored locally on the camera’s SD card. Additional highlighted features: Increased operating temperatures from -58 degree to 140 degree F (-50 degree to 60 degree C) Tilt angles increased to 85 degrees for wider coverage with low ceilings PTRZ enables view changes remotely simplifying installation and additional adjustments New gyro-sensors provide shock detection
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions, releases the Spectra Professional IR - a rugged camera ideal for transportation, city surveillance, airports, seaports and commercial markets. The Spectra Professional IR features ‘above the horizon’ viewing capability providing greater coverage of bridges, overpasses and building exteriors without mounting additional cameras. The camera also provides built-in IR illumination on areas of interest such as roadways, ports, parking lots and building perimeters up to 150 meters away offering a solution for customers who are frustrated with the inability of typical PTZ cameras to capture key image details in poorly lit environments. Spectra Professional IR also features a bubble-less design, a new feature to Pelco’s line of surveillance technology Typical mounting locations “With extensive research and development, Pelco has honed the technology to capture critical details in low light situations,” said Todd Dunning, Sr. Product Manager. “Spectra Professional IR also features a bubble-less design, a new feature to Pelco’s line of surveillance technology.” Assuring coverage of large areas, the Spectra Professional IR camera is designed for use in round-the-clock surveillance. Key features include: The Spectra Professional IR can view 15 degrees above the horizon that enables customers to see areas that are difficult to view when using typical mounting locations including bridge supports and cables, higher floors of commercial buildings as well as ships at a distance from seaport. Smart Compression technology Primarily used for outdoor applications with poor lighting conditions, the IR technology allows operators to see details up to 150 meters away, where external visible lighting is not wanted or is unavailable. The technology also provides control of the illumination intensity and exposure in the camera; enabling people and vehicles to be tracked with clarity wherever they move in the field of coverage, near or far. Spectra Professional IR lowers bandwidth and storage requirements between 30 and 70 percent, depending on the amount of motion in the scene Featuring H.265 and Pelco’s Smart Compression technology, the Spectra Professional IR lowers bandwidth and storage requirements between 30 and 70 percent, depending on the amount of motion in the scene, especially important for 24x7 surveillance. Video management systems Reducing blurring associated with camera motion, this feature allows the camera to maintain a smooth image ideal for surveilling areas affected by high vehicle traffic or strong winds like bridges and light poles. Using only one wire to connect, the Spectra Professional IR comes with three power options and an embedded hinge design, making it easy to connect to and providing greater flexibility during installation. Seamlessly presented in video management systems allowing operators to easily track objects moving in the scene and zoom in for greater detail.
As part of the company's continuing growth and worldwide expansion, Magos Systems, a state-of-the-art radar technology and perimeter protection solutions provider, announces that it is expanding into the North American market with veteran security executive, Yaron Zussman as general manager. Founded in 2007 in Israel, Magos first specialised in advanced radar solutions for the military and defense markets. In 2015, Magos’ technology was declassified, allowing the company to focus on developing best-in-class systems for the commercial security market. Today, Magos radars are used in over 30 countries in critical infrastructure, data centers, electric utility sub stations, and oil refineries as well as in other commercial verticals like vineyards and car lots. Now, Magos is positioned to see increased adoption of its solutions in the U.S. Magos has also welcomed both Moshe Levi and Javier Arias as program managers to the North American operation Security management systems Magos has also welcomed both Moshe Levi and Javier Arias as program managers to the North American operation. Moshe Levi brings over 18 years of experience in the IT and security industries to the team. Levi holds a degree in computer science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv. Prior to joining Magos, Levi worked with companies such as FST Biometrics and spent two years with ML-TEC Consulting as a technology and business development consultant and product manager. Levi also worked with OnSSI as a product manager and held the position of director of partner alliance with BriefCam. Javier Arias has spent over 20 years in the security industry and holds a degree in computer engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also previously worked with FST Biometrics. Arias gained experience as a project manager for G4S Technology, as a security consultant with Critigen, and worked with CH2M Hill and Security Management Systems for almost a decade. Enabling excellent performance “We are excited to expand our customer base and technology partners in North America, and we look forward to the new opportunities this strategic move will lead to,” said Yaron Zussman, general manager of Magos America. The Magos product offering includes a variety of ground-based radar solutions with varying coverage range for a broad base of applications, along with an automated radar management software. Magos radar technology allows for 24/7 all-condition detection of a protected site in a cost-effective manner. The technology boasts an ultra-high range accuracy, enabling excellent performance and false alarm reduction even in the most cluttered environments. Cost-efficient solution SR-1000 is Magos’ radar for larger-size applications with a detection range of 1000 meters for vehicles and over 800 meters for humansThe SR-1000 is Magos’ radar for larger-size applications with a detection range of 1000 meters for vehicles and over 800 meters for humans, allowing for the earliest possible detection and over 200 acres of coverage. The SR-500 features a detection range of up to 700 meters for vehicles and 400 meters for humans. The SR-250 is Magos’ newest solution in its perimeter protection lineup. Utilizing the same Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) and digital beam forming technologies found in the SR-1000 and SR-500, it can cover an area of more than 15 acres, detecting targets at up to 250 meters. With azimuth coverage of 120-degrees and elevation coverage of 30-degrees, the radar provides superior coverage in all weather and lighting conditions, providing a cost-efficient solution that delivers military grade performance. The SR-250 consumes less than three watts of power and boasts a small size, making it another ideal, easy-to-install solution for both static and mobile deployments. Yielding wider coverage Magos also offers customers its Magos Area Surveillance System (MASS), a fully automated software for handling, monitoring and logging security events based upon inputs from an unlimited number of sensors, including radars and video surveillance cameras. MASS is able to seamlessly integrate with existing video management software (VMS) to create a more wholistic approach to perimeter protection. Once a target enters a pre-defined area of interest, MASS triggers an event in the customer's VMS and cues all the relevant pan-tilt-zoom cameras to continuously follow all detected threats, capable of following over 100 targets simultaneously. This enables Magos to deliver a fully integrated perimeter protection solution that covers the same area with fewer sensors while yielding wider coverage in all weather conditions.
CCTV design and manufacturing company, 360 Vision Technology, will be showing their range of high-performance surveillance cameras at Security Essen 2018. Compatible with the security industry’s software control solutions and illustrating 360 Vision Technology’s depth of video surveillance imaging technology, cameras on show will include analogue, HD, Thermal, Radar, stainless steel, and models with built-in Sirius IR & white light LED illuminators. Predator Radar camera Also to be seen at the show, 360 Vision Technology’s high-performance Predator and new cost-effective Invictus ‘all-in-one’ Ultra-low-light PTZ camera, featuring advanced SSL & 802.1 encryption protection and available in a variety of camera model/control combinations. We’re delighted to have our Predator Radar camera selected for the final round of the prestigious Security Innovation Awards 2018"Underlining 360 Vision Technology’s emphasis on technical innovation and design, the company’s Predator Radar camera has been selected as one of just 13 entries out of 75 to reach the final round of this year’s Security Essen ‘Security Innovation Awards 2018.’ Reliability and performance “Designed to protect against hacking and ransomware attacks, we’ll be showcasing 360 Vision camera technology including advanced SSL & 802.1 encryption protection,” says Mark Rees, Business Development Director at 360 Vision Technology. “We’re also delighted to have our Predator Radar camera selected for the final round of the prestigious Security Innovation Awards 2018. This underlines our technical solutions ability to be found across our wide range of high-performance camera technology, designed to deliver secure 24/7 video imaging, reliability and performance for any application.”
Network Rail is keeping a close eye on work being carried out at its Ambergate rail site with the help of the advanced technology built into the latest generation of video surveillance dome cameras. Images captured by Wisenet XNP-6040H PTZ domes manufactured by Hanwha Techwin are being streamed to a Network Rail control room, enabling operators to monitor the progress of work being carried out at various locations throughout the Ambergate site in order to minimise walkouts and ensure compliance with its health & safety regulations. Reduce site walkouts Network Rail required several site monitoring systems to provide them with live video streams of their Ambergate rail site. These live streams would be used by Network Rail to attain a better oversight of progress, asses safety on site, and reduce site walkouts. Inside Out Group were awarded the contract to provide four separate monitoring systems for the Ambergate site, after being invited to participate in a tender process. With the rail improvement work being carried out in remote locations, the camera systems also required standalone power sources" “This was an interesting, as well as a challenging project to work on in that the monitoring systems needed to be sufficiently robust to be able to work in tough track side conditions,” said Jay Dale, Head of Time Lapse for Inside Out Group. “With the rail improvement work being carried out in remote locations, the camera systems also required standalone power sources without any reliance on generators. We met with staff from Network Rail to establish their exact site monitoring needs. This helped us give detailed advice and recommend specific CCTV products that fit Network Rail’s needs.” Accurate image stabilisation Although the CCTV installation tender was a national one, the first site highlighted was Network Rail’s Ambergate work site. After evaluating cameras from a number of different manufacturers, Inside Out Group decided to specify the 2 megapixel Wisenet XNP-6040H PTZ domes for all the required camera locations. Image quality was a major factor in the decision, as was the Wisenet XNP-6040H’s relatively low operating power requirements. The vandal-resistant and weatherproof H.265 Wisenet XNP-6040H domes have an auto-tracking PTZ feature which enables operators to monitor close up detail of any site activity. This ensures that Network Rail can remotely control the systems and focus on different areas of site that they need to see. The Wisenet XNP-6040H dome’s are also equipped with gyro sensors for more accurate image stabilisation if they are disturbed by wind or vibration, whilst built-in SD memory card slots enable the short term storage of video in the event that there is any network disruption. Minimise installation time Working closely with Network Rail’s S&C North Alliance Doncaster team and with the help of distributors Norbain, Inside Out Group were able to have all the cameras delivered to site and working within 48 hours of the commencement of the project. Each of the four systems are battery powered, negating the need for any costly cabling and the cameras have been attached to existing site structures which helped minimise installation time. H.265 compressed live video streams captured by the Wisenet XNP-6040H domes are being transmitted over fast 4G mobile network to the control room H.265 compressed live video streams captured by the Wisenet XNP-6040H domes are being transmitted over fast 4G mobile network to the control room, with secure logins also enabling authorised personnel to remotely access the video via their smartphones, tablets and laptops. Additionally, Inside Out Group also installed one of their durable time lapse systems on site. This system was primarily used for film production purposes, as Network Rail were also keen to visually showcase Ambergate’s rail works as a production. Monitoring solutions Inside Out Group have received positive feedback from senior staff within Network Rail in respect of the quality of the systems installed and for organising the installations within the required tight timescales. In particular, high praise has come from members of the S&C North Alliance Doncaster team, with Alliance Director, Neil Johnson noting that the captured images ‘are crystal clear’ and Project Manager, Rachel Cox stating that the systems are ‘working brilliantly’. “Following on from the installation of the four systems, we have continued to work closely with Network Rail so that we can obtain feedback from staff on their experiences of using the live video, said Jay Dale. “This will help us going forward to optimise benefits we can offer Network Rail from these type of monitoring solutions.”
With a heritage stretching back over 500 years, Gebrüder Weiss is one of Europe’s oldest transport and logistics companies. Based in Vorarlberg, Austria and with more than 7,000 employees in 150 locations around the world, it is also one of the largest. Sony video security in logistics centers Customers of all sizes trust Gebrüder Weiss to ship their consignments quickly, safely and undamaged to their destination Customers of all sizes trust Gebrüder Weiss to ship their consignments quickly, safely and undamaged to their destination. To guarantee this and make the entire logistics chain traceable, the service provider relies on comprehensive video surveillance in its logistics centers, which is regularly updated to reflect the latest state of the art. Gebrüder Weiss has now expanded its existing monitoring solution at the company’s largest distribution centre in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna that previously featured almost 500 Sony cameras and Milestone's video management software (VMS). This has been supplemented with the addition of 33 Sony SNC-VM772R 4K video security cameras. Sony 4K cameras The upgrade ensures greater security, comprehensive package tracking and the ability to track any damage. The new Sony 4K cameras are used mainly to monitor reloading from larger trailers into smaller trucks. Their field of view covers the actual transfer area as well as the interior of the trailers and conveyor belts. The SNC-VM772R features a large CMOS sensor with 4K resolution that combines excellent image quality and large depth of field, even in difficult lighting conditions. The camera’s robust design with integrated image stabilization ensures smooth, clear video images despite vibration, dust and exhaust fumes from passing trucks. Video monitoring The new 4K cameras can track several objects simultaneously with either VGA or Full HD resolution The cameras’ installation ensures that the entire transshipment area is monitored at all times, with no blind spots caused by vehicles or pallets. In addition, the new 4K cameras can track several objects simultaneously with either VGA or Full HD resolution. The SNC-VM772R's 20-megapixel image sensor also enables capture of high-resolution Evidence Shots – still images with greater than 4K resolution that allow even the smallest details to be viewed clearly. For Gebrüder Weiss, the Sony solution is thus an outstanding alternative to multiple PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras or multi-sensor systems. Installation and integration into the existing environment were carried out by local Sony partner ÖWD Österreichischer Wachdienst Security & Services. With 2,800 employees, ÖWD is one of the largest security companies in Austria and maintains 24/7 technical teams in all Austrian states. "Since it opened in 2006 we have been using Sony cameras at our terminal in Maria Lanzendorf, which is our largest in the world" says Werner Drnec, Operations Manager at Gebrüder Weiss, Maria Lanzendorf. "Both the image quality and reliability – with failure rates close to zero – have always exceeded our expectations, and even in the current project they proved themselves in a direct comparison. Our confidence in the Sony brand plus easy, seamless integration into our existing environment added to this."
Can you imagine just one click to enjoy the real time marvellous view from 2,064 meters height of Mountain Refugio Collado Jermoso? Thanks to the technology of Dahua’s IP camera, the distribution of IPTECNO and the installation of WOLKAM, one can now appreciate the amazing landscape, get the latest weather information and warnings of bad weathers, sent from the peak, directly on social media. At the peak of Mountain Refugio Collado Jermoso, the biggest challenge comes from the harsh weather conditions, which requires tough equipment to adapt to all extreme climates like storm, low temperature, humidity, etc. Also, the streaming solution is a big problem; for the future observation and online video, a strong streaming engine is needed to get the real time image.Powerful optical zoom with true WDR The Dahua camera is able to operate in extreme temperature environments from -40°C to +70 °C with 95% humidityAccording to an analysis of this situation, Dahua’s ultra-series speed dome SD65F230F-HNI seemed like an excellent option, which can provide powerful optical zoom and accurate pan/tilt/zoom, making the camera catch every angle of view. Also, with the Starlight technology, the camera is the perfect solution for both ultra-low illuminate environment and daylight. The True WDR makes the camera never afraid to face the sunlight or glare directly. Although all these technologies allow the camera to provide high quality image, the difficulty is to survive in these extremely harsh weather conditions.The Dahua camera is able to operate in extreme temperature environments from -40°C to +70 °C (-40 °F to +158 °F) with 95% humidity and the camera complies with the IK10 Vandal Resistance impact rating. Subjected to rigorous dust and water immersion tests as well as certified to the IP67 Ingress Protection rating, the camera is suitable for this project and other demanding outdoor applications.Live video and audio capability The camera ran into the test at the beginning of 2018 and was used in Aemet Cantabria to get the information of avalanche risks on Picos de Europa. At that moment, the new equipment started with a huge ‘Snowfall’ that brought the first cold front of February and in a few days, accumulated more than 3 meters of snow in the area. And the camera still worked well. The cameras installed on Mountain Refugio Collado Jermoso are able to offer live video and audio on FB page or YouTube Channel For the enjoyment of all outdoor sports in the Picos de Europa National Park and the Valdeón Valley, on June 18, a series of Dahua IP cameras came into operation. The cameras installed on Mountain Refugio Collado Jermoso are able to offer live video and audio on FB page or YouTube Channel and will surely become, from now on, one of the most popular ‘live window’ of Picos de Europa, both for the enjoyment of its views and to be visually informed of the conditions and state climatology of the upper area of Valdeón Valley.Breathtaking pictures of sunsetsThe new angle of the camera that now faces west and over Valdeón Valley is able to observe all its magnitude; the spectacular limestone landscape that Picos de Europa offers, with the summit of Friero (2,440m) in the foreground and La Canal de la Sotín below.The most attractive pictures taken by Dahua webcam were the breathtaking sunsets that until now were reserved only for mountaineers and more experienced walkers. Meanwhile, Mountain Refugio Collado Jermoso has been reputed to offer the best sunsets in the National Park of the Picos de Europa.
Vicon Industries, Inc, designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components, announces that its SN673V-B Cruiser PTZ Camera with 20X optical zoom and 1080p HD video has been deployed in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, as part of the Coastal Conservation League’s novel project, ‘The Pelicam.’ The Pelicam is a weather-resistant Vicon camera, mounted on a pole along with solar panels, battery back-up and a wireless transmission system, on an isolated strip of land within the harbor. Wray Lemke, Founder and Vice President of electronic and security services company Mount Pleasant Radio, volunteered his time to bring this project to fruition. Conservation league The Pelicam’s location is a popular spot for pelicans and other shore birds to build nests and raise their young because it is inaccessible to raccoons, coyotes and other natural predators. The Vicon camera’s 20X optical zoom provides close-up video of the birds, allowing biologist from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the public to witness behaviours that would not normally be observable by humans. Conservation League makes use of the camera’s presets to quickly change between scenes, live-streaming on YouTube video of the most interesting wildlife The Conservation League makes use of the camera’s presets to quickly change between scenes, live-streaming on YouTube video of the most interesting wildlife on display at any given time. Video recorded to the camera’s local SD card is available for DNR biologists to review and study. Andy Hollis, Data and GIS Analyst for the Conservation League, says, “The quality of the new camera is great. It pans and zooms exactly as it should and its high magnification gets us in really close.” Building public awareness In addition to supporting the research needs of the DNR, the Pelicam is hugely popular within the community, garnering regular coverage in the local media and receiving more web traffic than any other page within the organisation’s website. Mr. Hollis explains, “As an advocacy organization working with local and state level government to enact programs and laws to support conservation, the Pelicam is one of the most highly effective tools we have for building public awareness and enthusiasm for our mission.”
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. 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Five leading manufacturers specialising in secure technologies have teamed to provide safety and security at the 72nd Annual Little League Baseball World Series (LLBWS) for the players, coaches and fans. For the first time BriefCam and Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company are joining Axis Communications, Lenel and Milestone Systems to provide video surveillance systems, access control and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament. The five technology providers have come together to develop a comprehensive security strategy for the 16 Little League Baseball teams and worldwide fans participating in the World Series from August 16-26, 2018, in South Williamsport, Pa. The Little League International officials strive to promote a fun, exciting experience for players and fans, while ensuring the highest level of security during the games. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feedsProviding safety and security to visitors “Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to Williamsport to enjoy their time at the Little League Baseball World Series,” said Jim Ferguson, Little League Assistant Director of Risk Management and Safety. “Along with the safety of all of 16 participating teams, our top priority during the Little League Baseball World Series is to provide a safe and secure facility for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. Thanks to these providers, we can continue to offer all of our fans, players, and volunteers a fun and safe location to create lifelong memories and exciting experiences during their visit.” BriefCam, one of the newest contributors, is providing the company’s latest video content analytics platform to this year’s Little League Baseball World Series state-of-the-art security solution. BriefCam’s groundbreaking video content analytics platform detects, tracks, extracts and identifies people, objects, their attributes and behaviour from raw video feeds. By presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables security operators to review hours of video in minutes. Comprehensive video surveillance and analytics solution For the LLBWS, this means if children and parents are accidentally separated during the event, the security team will be well equipped to potentially locate and reunite related parties more quickly. Additionally, BriefCam’s solution can be used to optimise operations such as attendee and vehicle traffic flows to ensure a safe and positive guest experience. The company’s video content analytics platform aligns with Axis IP-based digital video surveillance cameras and Milestone’s XProtect video management software for a comprehensive video surveillance, management and analytics solution. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured “As this global event draws families from far and wide, it is important to further enable comprehensive safety, security and operational efficiencies,” said Stephanie Weagle, CMO, BriefCam. “Our technology will be on-hand to support the Little League in their endeavour to extract actionable intelligence from their video surveillance in the event that parents or family members need assistance in finding each other or streamlining operations to ensure that all involved have a great experience.” Top-notch performance for HD video over Wi-Fi Ruckus Networks, the second newest technology contributor, is providing a wireless mesh backhaul to deliver connectivity to both the scoreboards and surveillance cameras. Ruckus is deploying its T300 access points (APs), along with its SmartZone 100 management controller, to ensure seamless connectivity for the outdoor environment. The T300s—the Ruckus flagship outdoor APs—ensure top-notch performance for high-definition video over Wi-Fi, enabling every video stream to be captured. For the LLBWS, this capability allows all the video cameras in the stadium to be constantly streaming, ensuring maximum safety and security at all times. “In a digitally connected world, safety and security are critical elements that need to be part of every network,” said Bart Giordano, Vice President, Worldwide Business Development and Cloud, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company. “We are teaming with other companies to bring the most innovative security capabilities to the games so that every family can feel safer onsite. Our robust wireless technologies ensure every video stream is captured from all cameras, at all times, helping make this annual event fun and secure.” The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly 4K resolution for improved video quality Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has been a technology provider with Little League for nine years and is providing AXIS Q6128-E PTZ Network Camera, a compact, outdoor-ready PTZ dome, offering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 12x optical zoom and autofocus. The 4K resolution provides four times as much detail as the standard HDTV 1080p resolution, improving the video quality significantly. Both of these cameras will be integrated into the scoreboard in Lamade Stadium. "Each year we look forward to evolving the security system by leveraging the newest technology in the industry," said Robert Muehlbauer, Senior Manager, Business Development Partner Ecosystem, Axis Communications, Inc. "The total solution provides a comprehensive system to help keep players and fans safe so they can enjoy America’s favourite pastime, baseball. We are proud to collaborate with all of the companies involved and to continue our work with Little League Baseball.” OnGuard access control platform and XProtect VMS For the 20th consecutive year, Lenel, a provider of advanced security systems, will provide its OnGuard access control platform. Players, coaches, officials, staff and vendors are all enrolled in the system and receive a photo identification badge providing access to predetermined areas. The system is integrated with the Axis surveillance cameras so when someone presents a badge at one of the access card readers, live video and the cardholder’s photo are displayed on a nearby monitor, allowing a guard to authenticate the identification. Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers Technology provider Milestone is providing XProtect Corporate video management software, which is installed along with a Milestone Husky M500A NVR as one of the recording servers. The XProtect Smart Client interface includes advancements in system performance by leveraging the processing power of NVIDIA GPU cards for measurable hardware acceleration, enabling more concurrent High Definition or Ultra HD video streams on high-resolution monitors. Easy access to video The LLBWS is also using the XProtect Smart Wall for viewing and sending pertinent video to monitors around the facilities, including a mobile command centre. BriefCam is embedded in the XProtect Smart Client with a dedicated screen tab for easy access to search hours of video in just minutes. “It’s truly inspiring to see the open platform community of partners coming together for this great international family event, ensuring safety through ongoing technology innovations,” said Jeremy Scott, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, Milestone Systems. “Every year brings new winners - on the field, in the stands and behind the scenes.”