The Milestone Husky X series is designed to unlock the full potential of Milestone’s XProtect video management software (VMS), offering remarkable performance and low total cost of ownership. All NVRs in the Milestone Husky X series utilise hardware accelerated video decoding for server-side motion detection to further increase performance and camera capacity – all that in hardware that is customisable and can be matched to specific functional, operational and budgetary requirements....
Matrox Graphics Inc. will demonstrate a variety of ground-breaking, IP-based innovations at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Featuring the industry’s highest-quality capture and encoding technology at the lowest bitrates, Matrox Maevex enterprise encoders, Extio 3 IP KVM extenders, and Mura IPX video wall and multiviewer cards will stream, extend, record, decode, display, and control multiple 4K video content on advanced modelling, si...
Pelco by Schneider Electric, global provider of intelligent video surveillance solutions, announced the release of the GFC Professional 4K, a video camera delivering 8 MP resolution detail for demanding video security applications with heavy foot and vehicular traffic. The GFC Professional 4K is also designed to support challenging lighting conditions that are typical in city surveillance, airports, seaports, traffic, gaming facilities, corrections, commercial, and hospitality deployments. GFC...
From 20th to 22th January, INTERSEC 2019 in Dubai will showcase the latest products in Security, Safety and Fire Protection. Bosch Building Technologies will display its innovative security, safety and communications products on booth SAB21, Saeed Hall 1. Bosch FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i Once again Bosch is pushing the technological boundaries with the launch of the FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i fixed dome cameras. Developed with Bosch’s starlight technology, HDR, plus HD 1080p,...
Matrox Graphics Inc. is proud to announce that Meiko Electronics Co., Ltd. has selected Matrox Mura-brand video wall controller boards, Matrox Maevex-brand multi-channel encoders, and Matrox Extio-brand high-performance IP KVM extenders as core components of Meiko’s advanced control room and collaboration suite embodied in the new Meiko MVC-IP Series. A manufacturer of video wall systems in Japan, Meiko will demonstrate their full suite at Inter BEE 2018 (booth#: 2615) at Makuhari Messe i...
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...
Opening up new possibilities for competitive video surveillance deployments in retail, restaurant and small business applications, IDIS has launched a compact range of robust, high performance cameras and recorders. The IDIS Compact Solutions series is designed for rapid installations and both single and multi-site roll outs, allowing for the mixing and matching of analogue and IP technologies, making upgrades and system extensions more affordable than ever. IDIS Compact Solutions The new line includes a choice of network and HD-TVI cameras and recorders, all of which are easy to install through one-click network configuration. A highly competitive price point comes without any compromise on IDIS’s signature reliability and performance, while hardened network security protocols provide complete reassurance against hacking risks. The new Compact Solutions line features 4-channel compact recorders that can be conveniently desktop or wall mounted, and for end-users and operators - including branch managers, small business owners and security personnel – the line combines high performance features with simple operation and a choice of client software. The IDIS Compact Solutions range is hard-wearing, making it particularly durable and perfectly suited for busy environments where reliable capture of high definition video images is important. IDIS dome and bullet PoE cameras IDIS’s DC-D4212R dome and DC-E4212WR bullet PoE cameras are perfect for confined spaces yet deliver full-HD performance IDIS’s DC-D4212R dome and DC-E4212WR bullet PoE cameras are perfect for confined spaces yet deliver full-HD performance in live view and playback (including on remote devices such as smartphones) and come with motion detection, tamper alarms, zoned privacy masking, day and night ICR and IR LED up to 20m. A choice of four and eight channel IP or HD-TVI recorders allows fast and trouble-free installation and lets installers take advantage of existing coax cabling. The IP recorders also benefit from H.264 live view which eliminates the need to upgrade hardware peripherals. For highest performance streaming capacity, H.265 and IDIS Intelligent Codec compression deliver bandwidth savings of up to 90 percent, ensuring smoother real-time viewing and full evidence retention. “The new IDIS Compact Solutions line continues our longstanding tradition of market-responsive offerings, designed and developed in house to meet the real-world needs of our industry partners and end-users. This new line of fills an important need in the market, for high value, high performance technology from proven market leaders able to reliably meet highly specific requirements in vertical spaces, such as retail, and smaller business operations,” noted Keith Drummond, Senior Director, IDIS America. IDIS Total Solution As with all IDIS products the Compact Solutions range is backed by industry-lauded technical support and service, including the company’s global technical support operation, co-located with IDIS America’s regional headquarters near Dallas, Texas. The new IDIS Compact Solutions line is the latest offering in the powerful and award-winning IDIS Total Solution—an end-to-end, single sourced offering that delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity (combined with highest-quality performance, compatibility, now featuring the longest recorder warranty in the industry), with a low total cost of ownership.
Dahua Technology is proud to present the world with HDCVI 5.0, the latest instalment to a revolutionary series for the global surveillance industry initiated in 2012, which brings clarity, intelligence and security to an unprecedented level. For those who are not already familiar with the field, there’s no need to rush into jargons of technical details behind the acronym. Simply imagine a really good security guard you hire that happens to enjoy exceptionally sharp eyesight unaffected by the darkness; who also happens to be able to recognise each and every face ever shows up with correct names attached; who also happens to be smart enough to identify potential threats approaching and brave enough to take spontaneously actions; who also happens to never get tired 24/7. It doesn’t take a miracle to have such a great security guard. Dahua's HDCVI 5.0 Technology accomplishes all the aforementioned and more. Intelligent analysis The system boasts intelligent analysis that filter minor objects like animals, insects, leaves, light, raindrops etc. Cut to the facts and numbers that confirm the various benefits brought to you by HDCVI 5.0, which consists of HDCVI Active Deterrence Camera, 4K/5MP/1080P Starlight HDCVI Camera, 1080P Full-color HDCVI Camera and HDCVI 4K & H.265 AI XVR. When used combined, they will take care of your security problems in the following 5 aspects. HDCVI 5.0 can detect potential risks based on configurable motion, tripwire and intrusion rules. The system will send alarms to users when unwanted moves occur. Furthermore, the system boasts intelligent analysis that filters minor objects like animals, insects, leaves, light, raindrops etc., thus reducing false alarms and allowing users to focus on real threats that are people and vehicles. Enhancing monitoring efficiencies HDCVI 5.0 is able to determine if there is a face in the monitoring video and crosscheck it with faces stored in the database to see if it belongs to a suspect or distinguished guest according to the users’ own black/white lists and take corresponding actions that could either be an alarm or a free pass without a manual check at entrance control. The system supports up to 24 pic/s face recognition and 20 database with up to 100,000 face images in total Fully guaranteeing accuracy and process efficiency, the system supports up to 24 pic/s face recognition and 20 database with up to 100,000 face images in total. Constituted with feature attribute information extracted from target faces, such as gender, age, glasses, masks, beard and expressions, metadata makes it possible to do smart search by comparison between the modelled object and databases or matching with identity characteristics, which significantly enhances accuracy and efficiency. Real-time video and audio verification In addition, the metadata is also of great help to platforms that allow potential business applications realised by third parties. Enjoying PIR and motion dual-detect which improves accuracy and reduces storage space for motion detection-based recording, HDCVI 5.0 can not only send real alarms to users in time but also warn off intruders with white light and siren on site. Thus, the system is a watchdog that not only watches but also barks. Moreover, together with the alarms sent to users in real-time are visual and audio verification with HDCVI videos, the most immediate evidence of what really happened. For HDCVI 5.0, darkness is no excuse. With starlight cameras ranging from 1080P to 4K and full-colour, which are endowed with high performance sensor and larger aperture lens, the system can provide high colour reproduction and light sensitive performance resulting in more vivid, brighter images, meeting the requirements in low-light monitoring environments, such as parking lots, urban streets, shops, etc. Advanced processing technology Dahua Technology has always put great emphasis on ‘Innovation, Quality, and Service’ Full-colour camera allows 24/7 colour monitoring for collecting chromatic information such as colours of clothing or vehicles. Even in total darkness, the system still functions, thanks to light compensation with Smart IR (for common starlight cameras) or Smart White Light (for Full-colour cameras). The images gathered, after being treated with advanced processing technology to reduce noises while retaining low smear and clear details, are useful materials for further intelligent analysis. It should also be noted that HDCVI 5.0 keeps all born features of HD-over-Coax system including seamless upgrade and easy-to-use. It further simplifies system deployment with practical features as smart H.265+ encoding and broadcast-quality audio. As a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, Dahua Technology has always put great emphasis on ‘Innovation, Quality, and Service’, which naturally leads to the birth and ever evolving of HDCVI solutions. The latest HDCVI 5.0 is another milestone on the way to Dahua’s ultimate goal: Enabling a Safer Society and Smarter Living.
Matrox Graphics Inc. announces that the Matrox Maevex 6120 dual 4K enterprise encoder appliance is now shipping. Leveraging the same best-in-class capture and real-time encoding technology as the game-changing Matrox Maevex 6150 quad 4K encoder, Maevex 6120 delivers simultaneous dual 4K capture, stream, and record—with options to stream and record even more channels in different configurations—all on a standard one Gigabit Ethernet network. The powerful standalone appliance is ideal for a variety streaming and recording applications in corporate, education, digital signage, military, government, control rooms, and more. Packaged in a convenient, rack-ready, plug-and-play form factor, Maevex 6120 features ground-breaking encoding capabilities that can easily feed cloud-based servers to reach internet viewers, push many streams on-premises over the LAN for local audiences, and record to local or network storage for later editing and viewing—all concurrently. Secure reliable transport The appliance’s ability to also stream multiple resolutions, bitrates, and protocols—including Secure Reliable Transport (SRT)—at the same time, significantly offloads or eliminates cloud transcoding operations and costs for organisations. The included Maevex PowerStream Plus software management tool provides complete reach and control over the entire Maevex network—including all Maevex 6100 Series 4K enterprise encoders and Maevex 5100 Series Full HD encoders and decoders. PowerStream Plus API for Windows and Linux and lower-level REST API are also available for integrators and developers For rapid customisation, the PowerStream Plus API for Windows and Linux and lower-level REST API are also available for integrators and developers looking to create personalised Maevex control applications. These APIs can be used to easily include Maevex functionality into existing or even third-party applications. 4K enterprise encoders “Maevex 6120 and 6150 dual and quad 4K enterprise encoders provide best-in-class high-performance, low-bitrate, low-latency encoding appliances interoperable with virtually any third-party hardware, software, or service,” says Ron Berty, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “And now with Maevex 6120, this provides customers with even greater flexibility to meet a wider range of requirements, either as a better fit for single- or dual-input streaming and recording applications, or by mixing and matching with Maevex 6150.”
Korean video surveillance and technology firm, IDIS, has been confirmed as a double finalist in the 2018 Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The keenly-contested annual award, now in its nineteenth year, highlights outstanding achievements in 26 key security and fire sector categories covering people, projects and processes. Cutting-edge video innovation IDIS has been shortlisted for both the title of 2018 Security Hardware Manufacturer of the Year and that of Security Software Manufacturer of the Year, an achievement that reflects the company’s broad capabilities at the cutting edge of video surveillance innovation. The awards are hosted by UBM, organisers of IFSEC International and Firex International, with the winners to be announced in November 2018. Critical Failover technology In the Software category, IDIS’s award entry focused on its Critical Failover technology, which has been embedded across its cameras and NVRs In the Software category, IDIS’s award entry focused on its Critical Failover technology, which has been embedded across its cameras and NVRs over the last year. Critical Failover addresses widespread concerns about the fault tolerance of enterprise level video infrastructure. It prevents loss of potentially vital footage during a range of likely fault conditions, including network instability, network failure, storage failure, recorder hardware failure and power supply outage. As evidence for the importance of failover technology, the 2018 IFSEC Global Video Surveillance Trend Report found that, of the 243 professionals surveyed, 65% said they took loss of video footage ‘very seriously’, and 25% ‘moderately seriously’, whilst only 9% viewed it as a ‘minor problem’. Securing IP cameras, NVRs and PoE The report concluded that contingencies are needed for a range of faults since cameras, storage NVRs/DVRs, software and PoE or other cables are all prone to failure with comparative frequency. Meanwhile, in the Hardware category, IDIS’s award entry highlighted a number of innovations launched over the last year, including a new line up of H.265 cameras and NVRs including the powerful 64-channel IDIS DR-8364 NVR; the 4K DR-8400 series NVRs that support RAID 1,5,6 and 10 and come with a throughput of 960ips; the award nominated HE-1101 HDMI/VGA video encoder; and a range of military grade, ruggedised NVRs. Super Fisheye Camera with IDIS Intelligent Codec Perhaps the stand out product, which has rapidly become the company’s most popular model, is the 12MP Super Fisheye Camera Perhaps the stand out product, which has rapidly become the company’s most popular model since it was launched in October 2017, is the 12MP Super Fisheye Camera. This best-selling unit captures crystal clear 360-degree images and offers up to 90% storage savings using IDIS Intelligent Codec. Features include dual side dewarping, IR LED up to 15m, an internal microphone, true WDR, Smart UX Controls and vandal/weatherproof construction. James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe, welcomed IDIS’s double success in the Excellence Awards shortlists, saying that the focus of innovation is always to deliver new benefits customers. “I am delighted that the independent judging panel has recognised our efforts over the last 12 months as we continue pushing at technical boundaries in the video surveillance field. What these awards recognise is that in improving our technology we are helping our customers to deal more effectively with changing and challenging real-world risks.” Global video surveillance firm Founded in 1997 by experts in computer science and artificial intelligence, IDIS is a global surveillance solution provider. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities based in South Korea and dedicated offices that offer training and technical support in the UK, Dubai and the USA, IDIS has grown to become a global security company that designs, develops, and manufactures surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public-sector markets.
Videotec is launching NVX, an IP Full HD super low-light camera with high corrosion resistance. This camera incorporates the DELUX imaging and encoding technology for recording incredibly clear colour video day or night. Its extremely sensitive light sensor works with the DELUX technology to provide high colour rendering and maximum noise reduction in very low light conditions of 0.006 lux, or 0.0006 lux in black and white. Full HD video streams Video images can be transmitted via network with H.264/AVC, MPEG4, MJPEG or JPEG compression, and it’s possible to have up to 3 simultaneous and independent Full HD video streams. NVX has exceptional corrosion resistance, a wide operational temperature range and IP66/IP67/IP68/IP69 protection The NVX external housing is made entirely from AISI316L stainless steel and has a compact and lightweight design that, along with the rapid connectors, helps installation and maintenance. The wiper and the modular bracket for wall/ceiling/parapet mounting come as standard features. Corrosion resistance NVX has exceptional corrosion resistance, a wide operational temperature range and IP66/IP67/IP68/IP69 protection. NVX is designed to perform perfectly in the sea and rail sectors, motorway tunnels and industrial applications – such as the food industry. Discover the new NVX at SECURITY Essen on Booth 5G40 from 25th-28th September 2018.
In most residential and small commercial applications, the popular XT Series by Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) is the industry’s workhorse with everything you need in a single panel. In typical DMP style, this family of panels continues to deliver added features and enhancements. For instance, monitoring centers now have the option to program Receiver 2 exclusively as a backup receiver. If programmed this way, Receiver 2 will start receiving messages when Receiver 1 fails. The panel will confirm that it’s had to fail over as Receiver 2 continues receiving messages until Receiver 1 returns to its normal state. This option is now standard with all DMP panels. XT Series panels with Entry Check-In Protection Furthermore, all XT Series panels now have the added security feature known as Entry Check-In Protection. It’s a proactive safeguard against a burglar’s fast tactic to disable the security system before it can send an emergency signal. Specifically, if an entry zone is triggered, and the system is not disarmed in the designated delay timeframe, a trouble signal will be generated at the monitoring center. There are no intermediary servers or network operation centers, and no retransmission or reinterpretation of the information over the Internet. This ensures faster response and eliminates concerns about signals not being properly relayed or intermediate communication links failing. “Entry Check-In Protection is based on the same reliable check-in technology that we’ve used for years, even for our high-security customers,” says DMP Vice President of Sales Mark NeSmith. “And, because this is the same trusted network supervision solution that dealers and subscribers have trusted for years, there’s no need to update receiver hardware or software.”Consumers can add video integration with multiple options and control it all from the app or browser Greater system automation features With this month’s XT Series Version 182 update, customers who use the Virtual Keypad app or VirtualKeypad.com browser have even greater system automation features. They not only can remotely control lights, locks, and thermostats as they come and go, but they also can use the new Custom Actions programming to automate up to 20 different user programmable scripts. Consumers can add video integration with multiple options and control it all from the app or browser. And now, customers who use the app also have the ability to allow up to 50 night or exit type zones to report to them as activity occurs on their systems. XTLtouch security system and XTLplus panels Introducing the Newest XT Panel DMP’s best known XT panel is the popular XTLplus, which sets a standard for security, fast installations, and ease of operation. This month’s launch of the new XTLtouch security system is a natural extension of that proven XT and XTLplus security technology, built into an enhanced all-in-one system.
The role of storage in video surveillance systems has evolved, from a means of preserving evidence to an evidence search tool, and soon as the main data repository for predictive analytics. Old analogue systems are now being replaced with massive multi-camera IT systems. Necessary storage volumes keep growing as video resolutions increase. 1K, 4K, and 8K megapixel cameras require such gigantic storage space that network video recorders (NVRs) can hardly handle more than a handful of them simultaneously. This Quantum white paper explains how you can efficiently circumvent this situation, showing a progressive migration path from current state-of-the-art IP video solutions, up to tomorrow’s storage-centric architectures. What's Inside? Typical VMS architectures Issues with NVRs Uses of video analytics and its impact on storage The benefits of multi-tier storage The future of video recording Click Here to Download the White Paper Now!
Gaps in video from dropped video frames are a common problem. A web search on the phrase “dropped video frames” turns up links oriented towards gamers, YouTube videographers and even the world of video surveillance, discussing why frame drops happen and providing advice for coping with them. On Windows computers, video frame drops are a fact of life. Much of the advice can help reduce the number of frame drops, though never completely eliminate them. If you are an amateur filmmaker, and you drop key video frames, you can always do another “take.” Not so in the 24/7 world of security surveillance. You never know which few seconds of video might be critical in determining what really happened, who was really there and who could be held liable.General use IT products like a Windows computer are architected to be event-driven and time-shared Causes of video frame drops in surveillance systems To begin to address this problem, it’s important to have a better understanding of the major causes of video frame drops in a video surveillance system. Many video surveillance systems stream the output from the video cameras over a network to an off-the-shelf computer such as a Windows machine, which acts as the video server and runs your Video Management Software (VMS). The video server stores all the video files to racks of disk drives (disk drives being an affordable choice for the large amount of storage needed in a multi-camera system). Let’s focus on these major sources of video frame drops: Video servers dropping incoming video frames when various system tasks compete for resources Disk heads in your disk drives that can’t write the incoming video files fast enough to keep up with the continuous stream of data Many integrators who use off-the-shelf Windows computers will ensure the computer is dedicated to being the video server Video processing overload General IT products like a Windows computer are architected to be event-driven and time-shared. They strive for fairness and are designed to share the processing capacity so that no single task is starved. Instead, all tasks get a smaller proportion of processing capacity. This means new events, like a keystroke or automatic start of a common “background” task or system service, can interrupt and delay ongoing tasks like the handling of your incoming video streams. In the networked world, that is usually a good choice, since the network protocols will recover by resending the data and the latency that adds is not a problem. This does not work with video. Your cameras are continuing to send new video, so even if you could resend, this would simply bog down the computer still further and cause even more frames to drop. If the CPU, memory or disk handling required by both the new event and your ongoing video processing exceeds the capacity of the computer, its default way of dealing with the overload is to drop data coming in over its network connections. Disk drives are optimised for reading and writing data quickly, generally in a variety of block sizes depending on what is being stored Dropped video frame testing Recently, we started monitoring and testing for dropped video frames on off-the-shelf Windows video servers. In our tests, just clicking on a Windows disk management command resulted in almost 4,000 frames being dropped, an 8-second gap in the video record – and as we all know, a lot can happen in 8 seconds. Even we were surprised by how often and how consistently frames were dropped, coinciding with various demands on the servers from things like background tasks. Almost always, these drops happened as a cluster, multiple seconds of contiguous video simply gone, a much more serious issue than dropping a few random frames here or there.The best solution is to use a machine and operating system that are optimised to be part of a video surveillance system Many integrators who use off-the-shelf Windows computers will ensure the computer is dedicated to being the video server, and they will try to tweak the Windows operating system to reduce the number of background tasks, like removing any third-party antivirus programs or performance programs. This reduces the number of video frame drops but does not come close to eliminating all of them. Video surveillance system solution The best solution is to use a machine and operating system that are optimised to be part of a video surveillance system, designed to funnel resources as needed to handling the incoming video streams versus attempting to share resources evenly across all tasks or dropping incoming video data when the system is overloaded. By giving priority to the incoming video data and being sized correctly for the number and type of cameras, these systems are much more robust and less prone to dropping frames. Optimising storage for surveillance The previous sections looked at how video frames get dropped before your VMS even sees them. However, frames can go missing on the other side of the system when the storage system cannot keep up with the incoming video data. Most systems use some form of disk storage; because to store all the video from multiple cameras running 24/7 can require a massive amount of storage – frequently into the terabytes – and disk storage is still affordable on this scale. Disk drives are optimised for reading and writing data quickly, generally in a variety of block sizes depending on what is being stored. If you think about a database, various data records are written once, read many times as people look up data and modified (written again). Storing the video output from multiple cameras breaks this model in several ways: The block sizes for video data are larger than typical data files The blocks are written once and very seldom read, so it is very write-intensive New files from multiple cameras are continuously coming in to be writtenWhen you need high performance and reliability from a system that faces heavy demands, off-the-shelf may simply not be good enough Avoid missing key video All these factors keep the disk head extremely busy and lead to longer seek times. Essentially, the disk head cannot write fast enough and cannot keep up with the incoming stream of video data to be stored. The result is that some video frames get dropped. By using disk systems that are optimised for video storage, you can improve your odds. Solutions that improve head seek time, consolidate multiple video files into one file to reduce the number of writes needed and find other ways for the disk head to work more efficiently can greatly reduce the chances that frames might be dropped. The off-the-shelf components that are frequently used for video surveillance systems are general purpose machines that do a decent job of supporting a small system with a minimal number of cameras. However, even in a small system with only 3 to 4 cameras, our testing has shown that video frame drop is a given, due partly to Windows’ bias to share resources among tasks and default to dropping incoming data/video streams when busy, and partly to off-the-shelf disk drives that cannot keep up with the write-intensive nature of storing video feeds. These issues are due to the size and nature of video files, but are not unique to surveillance systems. In the film industry, they too use custom machines as their video servers to handle incoming streams from their digital cameras and store those streams to custom storage hardware. When you need high performance and reliability from a system that faces heavy demands, off-the-shelf – though less expensive initially – may simply not be good enough. Only you can determine how much tolerance you have to the risk of missing key video sequences, and whether your potential liability and the risk of lawsuits is increased beyond an acceptable measure by a surveillance system that captures less than 100% of the action.
Over the last year, we have continued to see the rise of manufacturers from China in the mid- to low-end market for video surveillance - a trend that currently shows no signs of tapering. Additionally, the shift from analogue to IP systems has remained consistent, with end users increasingly looking to network-enabled devices to mitigate risk from both a physical and cyber perspective. Complex network attacks in 2016 demonstrated the need for increased network security for network-connected devices such as IP cameras and network video recorders. More and more manufacturers are considering the potential for such attacks when designing updates for existing hardware and software technology, strengthening password requirements, incorporating robust data encryption, and educating integrators and end users on how to put protocols in place to protect the valuable information being collected. Increased security collaborations Today’s surveillance technology - and the new innovations right around the corner - incorporates more IT protocols in response to high-profile cyber incidents. As a result, IT standards will finally start being adopted by security system manufacturers over the course of the next few years. At the same time, we'll see increased collaboration between IT and security leaders within enterprises. Intelligent, big data analysis Video technologies such as panoramic 360-degree cameras with advanced dewarping capabilities are being rapidly adopted, along with video analytics software that enables the extraction of data for business intelligence, apart from just security video. The future includes more widespread availability of cloud technologies and services. In 2017, we can look forward to the more widespread adoption of intelligent analytics and big data analysis, which has the potential to streamline processes and optimise sales operations for organisations to drive new levels of business intelligence. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here Save
Arecont Vision is a company in transition to say the least. With its balance sheet burdened with debt, the company is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and simultaneously being acquired by a private equity firm. The ‘new’ Arecont Vision that will emerge after several months when the process is complete will have a new owner, a clean balance sheet, and be poised to succeed in the competitive world of video surveillance, says Raul Calderon, Arecont Vision CEO and General Manager.Good companies go through restructuring, and the company will be better off after doing it. We will be able to lead” Ensuring business continuity An asset purchase agreement announced this week with an affiliate of Turnspire Capital Partners LLC involves the private equity firm acquiring Arecont Vision’s assets. To eliminate the debt, the company has initiated proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United State Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware. “We want the industry to know that we are restructuring our business and our financing,” says Calderon. “We are not going out of business. It is a financial restructuring more than anything.” Business will continue uninterrupted during the bankruptcy, he says, with debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing provided by Arecont Vision’s current secured lenders. Turnspire, as the ‘stalking-horse bidder’, sets the low-end bidding bar and guarantees the company will have new ownership at the conclusion of the process “Good companies go through restructuring, and the company will be better off after doing it,” Calderon adds. “We will be able to lead and innovate, to be stronger, better and faster once we finish.” For perspective, it is interesting to note that, in the broader business world, some well-known companies have emerged from Chapter 11 even stronger, such as Delta and American Airlines and General Motors. Investment in product development Previously Arecont Vision has been burdened by the costs of $80 million in debt the owners took on in 2014. The burden of that debt has limited the company’s flexibility to react to the more competitive industry landscape, and to implement strategies to reverse softening sales numbers in the last couple of years. “We couldn’t use the money in the company because we were servicing the debt,” says Calderon. “In order to be compliant with the enormous debt service, we made decisions to reduce head count and expenses.” “[The bankruptcy] will free up that money to invest in the organisation,” he adds. “We will be able to make decisions for our future rather than the past, including investments in product development.” Focus and investment will be on key functions such as engineering, product development and sales Although there is an asset purchase agreement in place with Turnspire, there will also be an auction that could result in a higher bidder. Turnspire, as the ‘stalking-horse bidder’, sets the low-end bidding bar and guarantees the company will have new ownership at the conclusion of the process, either Turnspire or a company that outbids their offer. [UPDATE: An additional bid received from Costar Technologies and Costar Video Systems ensures that an auction will be held on July 9, 2018.] Calderon says Turnspire “shares our vision and will ensure an exciting future for the company.” The transaction is expected to move fast and close within a couple of months.Arecont Vision expects to continue to compete based on technology differentiation in the market, rather than on price Maintaining technology differentiation-based competition Turnspire Capital Partners is a private equity investor that is a ‘turnaround specialist’. Their website describes their role as targeting “high-quality businesses that have reached strategic, operational or financial inflection points and stand to benefit from [a] hands-on, operationally focused approach.” Calderon says Arecont Vision’s investment banker, Imperial Capital, was instrumental in bringing Turnspire to the table. The Turnspire purchase agreement proposes that the new owner retain the majority of employees, and the overall function and motivation of the company will remain. New levels of outsourcing, new software tools, or other strategies may be implemented to increase efficiency of operations. Focus (and investment) are likely to centre on key functions such as engineering, product development and sales. After the acquisition and bankruptcy are completed – in the next several months – Arecont Vision expects to continue to compete based on technology differentiation in the market, rather than on price, says Calderon. Business as usual Customers and partners see it as a positive step, and they understand that getting rid of the debt burden can only be positive” Calderon declined to be more specific about future plans for the company under the new ownership, who will ultimately decide what those plans are. He did reiterate Arecont Vision’s past successes and expected continuing role in the market. “We are looking to provide the leadership and the type of solution we are known for providing,” he says. “We have come out with some innovative things historically, from megapixel cameras to the first H.264 cameras to the first omni-directional cameras. We have not stopped our innovation, and our intent is to lead the market again with innovative solutions. Another key is to do right by our customers today and in the future, improving customer service, providing better offerings to our customers – that’s what we will be looking to do.” “I’ve had a lot of conversations with customers and partners in the last couple of days,” Calderon says. “I can say the conversations have been encouraging. They see it as a positive step, and they understand that getting rid of the debt burden can only be positive. Customers and partners have offered help, and we’re still closing deals. It’s business as usual.” He noted the company is seeking transparency throughout the process and wants to ‘get in front of’ the information flow, rather than allowing others to drive the narrative.
In a significant move for the video security market, BCDVideo has announced that it is set to become Dell EMC’s OEM partner in the video surveillance space. For nearly a decade, the Chicago-based company has been known as a key OEM partner of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), providing storage and networking technology to security integrators on a global scale. This latest partnership will allow BCDVideo to take their offerings to the next level. BCDVideo Vice President Tom Larson spoke to SourceSecurity.com to discuss the reasoning behind the deal, and how the programme will benefit partners, integrators, and end-users alike. Expanding BCDVideo's product offering For BCDVideo, the HPE OEM programme has been widely acknowledged as a success, allowing the company to leverage a globally recognised brand and provide high-quality, reliable solutions across video networking and access control. Nevertheless, explains Larson, HPE server solutions are primarily suited to large-scale enterprise projects, and are therefore unable to accommodate for the growth in small- and medium-sized surveillance applications. The global collaboration with Dell EMC will allow BCDVideo to open up a broader product offering, building on success in the larger enterprise market to offer tailored solutions to SMEs. Our aim is to look at all best of breed technology to serve the video surveillance marketplace, and that means multiple partnerships” Support for integrators By leveraging Dell EMC’s sophisticated digital storage platforms, BCDVideo will now be able to offer a more cost-effective solution to integrators, without sacrificing the resilience and IT-level service that BCDVideo is known for. With access to Dell EMC’s expansive global sales and technical teams, the company hopes to expand its reach, all-the-while providing partners with around-the-clock technical support and a five-year on-site warranty. Customers should be reassured that BCDVideo will continue to offer HPE platforms, service, and support. “Our aim is to look at all best-of-breed technology to serve the video surveillance marketplace, and that means multiple partnerships,” says Larson. “The addition of Dell EMC to our portfolio is a major win for BCDVideo, for Dell EMC, and for our integrators.” The global collaboration with Dell EMC will allow BCDVideo to open up a broader product offering Meeting surveillance market demands At the technology level, assures Larson, Dell EMC’s server offering is well suited to handle the increasing video resolution and growing camera count demanded by the surveillance industry. At the larger end of the spectrum, the company’s Isilon Scale-Out NAS solution can handle tens of petabytes of data, making it ideal for large-scale security applications such as city-wide surveillance and airport security. Dell EMC storage solutions are already proving successful at major international airports including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, each with a camera count in the 1000s.Dell EMC and BCDVideo together are ensuring our customers get the right solutions designed for the surveillance market” For Dell EMC, the new partnership means the ability to expand on this success in the enterprise market, leveraging BCDVideo’s surveillance expertise and high-level customer service to offer tailored solutions for lower-volume applications. Since its inception, BCDVideo has differentiated itself in the security space by providing a high level of IT service to integrators making the transition to IP systems. By combining resources, the partners will be able to service VMS and analytics companies, software vendors, and access control providers, as well as traditional business integrators. Ken Mills, General Manager Dell EMC Surveillance, explains: “Surveillance storage is not just about capacity, it is also about performance and reliability. Dell EMC and BCDVideo together are ensuring our customers get the right solutions designed for the surveillance market.” Accomodating for growth BCDVideo is well placed to accommodate this anticipated growth. Last year, the company opened a new 51,000-square-foot global headquarters in Illinois, home to 90 separate stations within their Innovation Center where each system is customised according to integrator needs. The new facility allows for expanding business with new and existing partners in the security market.
Axis Communications, the global provider of intelligent surveillance technology, yesterday held the official launch of the new Axis Experience Centre in Luton. The event was a chance for Axis’ partners to meet with the senior management team and explore how the new centre operates, all the while celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary over a glass of champagne. The centre was officially opened by Axis Communications co-founder Martin Gren, along with Bodil Sonesson, the company’s VP of Global Sales. The toast was led by Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe. As one of Axis’ first ever employees, Rajput was particularly well placed to thank partners for their collaboration over the last twenty years. As celebrations continued, SourceSecurity.com was lucky enough to join Axis’ partners in a tour of the new facility. Exploring the Axis Experience Centre What immediately became apparent was that this was no ordinary showroom. In contrast to open-space demonstration rooms traditionally favoured by the security industry, the Experience Centre takes end users on a flowing tour where they can experience Axis solutions in a variety of environments simulating real-world problems. The tour typically takes two hours, and is designed for small groups of people to allow in-depth discussion of the difficulties end users are facing. Atul Rajput (Regional Director, Northern Europe), Bodil Sonesson (VP, Global Sales) & Axis Communications co-founder Martin Gren officially open the Experience Centre Axis open platform solutions One highlight of the experience is the AXIS Camera Application Platform (ACAP), which allows partners to solve specific customer problems by downloading third-party applications to Axis IP cameras and encoders. Typical end user problems highlighted by the tour include queue management, people counting and intrusion detection. The solutions are all fully interactive – on passing through a gateway, an audio alert notifies participants that they are trespassing, while three participants standing in a given space can trigger air conditioning and ambient audio. The most immersive part of the experience is the ‘dark room’, which simulates all kinds of challenging lighting conditions including the intense backlight that may be experienced at a building entrance or window. On leaving the room, participants are shown how Axis’ WDR cameras capture extremely detailed images despite the challenging illumination. Other highlights include the networking centre, which demonstrates Axis hardware and third-party switches, and the VMS control room, which features a new user interface and can be integrated with intercoms, speakers, and access control systems. Smart solutions for businesses and cities The overriding theme of all areas of the tour is the emphasis on applications, not products. Rather than being directed to a particular product to suit a given vertical market, end users and installers are encouraged to discuss the real-world challenges they face, and explore how Axis solutions could work for them. In this way, enterprises, small-to-medium businesses and Smart City providers can all be catered for. The concept is already proving successful – over the last month, the facility has been in use every day!
An upgraded public area CCTV solution using robust video capture technology from IDIS, Korea’s global surveillance technology provider, is safeguarding Leybourne in Kent against anti-social behaviour. The new system, designed and installed by iC2 CCTV, has allowed the parish council to work within a limited budget to deliver extended coverage, improved image quality and no data loss. Leybourne is a village with a strong community feel and an attractive rural character however, with good transport links to the nearby M20, residents were concerned about the risk of crime coming in from outside the area. Budget constraints also meant that data-streaming had to be capped and as a result video evidence was only being recorded part time Devise a solution Prior to the upgrade the village had limited public area surveillance based on outdated analogue technology, but it was proving costly to maintain and difficult to adapt to changing needs. Budget constraints also meant that data-streaming had to be capped and as a result video evidence was only being recorded part time. London-based integrator iC2 CCTV was consulted and asked to devise a solution that would work within the funds available. To achieve the lowest total cost of ownership, iC2 CCTV recommended installing the latest IDIS technology on a 5GHz point-to-point wireless infrastructure. At the heart of the new system is a powerful 64-channel, full HD NVR recorder – model DR-8364D – which offers the important advantage of flexible H.265/H.264 dual codec performance. This feature allows recording in high-definition H.265 but viewing on a variety of older screens using H.2264, so it means existing display equipment can be retained. Significantly improved protection A combination of 3-megapixel and 5-megapixel IDIS domes and bullet cameras mounted on lamp-posts in key locations gives significantly improved coverage and image detail. And IDIS Smart Failover provides the best guarantee against data loss: if Leybourne’s network connection is compromised for any reason, all recordings continue to be stored on SD cards within the cameras and are then automatically downloaded as soon as the connection is re-established. The IDIS technology together with the wireless network, installed over five weeks by iC2 CCTV without disrupting the village, gives Leybourne significantly improved protection without high ongoing costs. Unlike the old analogue system, recordings are now easily searchable with time/date stamped footage and the high definition image quality is ideal for use in investigations and as evidence. IDIS Smart Failover ensures that uninterrupted evidence is always retained in the event of transmission failures Excellent quality data IDIS Smart Failover ensures that uninterrupted evidence is always retained in the event of transmission failures, without the need for time-consuming manual data downloads from individual cameras. “This robust, new video system is proving very popular with Leybourne Parish Council and the community and enables us to provide excellent quality data and images for Kent Police and the local authorities,” stated the chairman of the Parish Council Bob Ulph. “It has already deterred a lot of the anti-social behaviour that councillors and residents were concerned about and is providing reassurance that any crime in the future will be dealt with.” More cameras can now be easily added, or the location of cameras changed as the need arises, says James Min, Managing Director, IDIS Europe, and the system is protected by the IDIS Ultimate seven-year warranty and the assurance that the technology will be forward-flexible to meet future needs.
Videotec has extended its range of cameras that include the new DELUX imaging and encoding technology. It can now be found in models designed for surveillance in the Marine and Oil & Gas sectors, and significantly improves the day and night vision and competitiveness of these products. DELUX imaging and encoding technology After recently being integrated into the ULISSE COMPACT PTZ, DELUX technology is now available across the IP, PTZ and fixed cameras of the ex-proof and Marine lines, namely the MAXIMUS MPX, MVX AND NXPTZ. These models are well regarded on the market for their high-performance levels and operational efficiency in extreme environments and where there is a risk of explosion. DELUX technology brings increased light sensitivity, which means the cameras deliver very high-quality vision during the day or night, with clear high-definition images and incredibly well-defined colours – even in very low light conditions. The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications Day/Night surveillance The improved precision and image clarity provides immediate added value to outdoor surveillance applications, especially in sensitive areas where the need to identify people, objects, moving vehicles and other events, day or night, is crucial. In addition to improved colour rendering and greater noise reduction, DELUX technology has brought new advanced PTZ performance, namely in the control of speed proportional to zoom and the management of Privacy Masking. High-performance solutions The DELUX technology has been developed end-to-end by Videotec’s R&D team and this has led to considerable reductions to the costs of these new camera models. Videotec’s DELUX products are therefore extremely competitive, and are complete high-performance solutions, reinforcing their prominent position in an increasingly demanding and selective international security market.
Total Ghana, a leading oil and gas company with over 200 service stations in Ghana, is one such business that needs around-the-clock security not only for its premises based in Accra but also for its many service stations. Total is dedicated to delivering quality petroleum products and serving its customers in innovative ways. This means Total’s consumer operations involve a concentration of vehicle and pedestrian activity with people fueling vehicles and moving between the retail outlets. This leads to complex security and safety challenges and keeping track of it all is not possible without an effective security system. Facilities and workers’ security With the continuing growth of its business, Total needed a solution that would strengthen security of its premises and new service stations being opened across the country. The safety of Total’s workers is paramount and, in addition to securing its premises and stations, the company wanted to automate the monitoring of its operations to ensure compliance with safety procedures. Total turned to Steehold, a security solutions provider in Ghana renowned for protecting companies across industries including financial services, mining, petrochemicals, and telecommunications. Steehold was tasked with not only installing a new security system but also ongoing security monitoring and management across Total’s operations in Ghana. Steehold’s video security system From the moment we engaged with Steehold, we knew they understood the security challenges facing our business" “From the moment we engaged with Steehold, we knew they understood the security challenges facing our business. For example, petrol stations operate day and night so video cameras need to provide excellent imagery in variable lighting conditions and we need to monitor areas both inside and outside. If cameras lack certain features, then the images they record may be insufficient for analysis, or for use as evidence, should it be required. Steehold knew how to combat these issues while also providing an effective monitoring tool for operational efficiency and worker safety,” explained Total executive. Steehold needed a video surveillance system that would cover Total’s premises and service stations from all directions and it knew exactly which solution would meet Total’s needs. IP video surveillance solution “We choose Hikvision as we knew its video cameras were grounded in innovation and quality, providing the best video footage in the widest range of conditions to help Total’s business,” said Samuel Tawiah, executive director, Steehold. Following extensive consultation with Total staff, the final design of the surveillance solution at the facility and new services stations consisted of 120 Hikvision IP cameras to enable high quality 24/7 surveillance across the Total’s premises and its new service stations in Ghana. Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras and NVRs Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras feature a wealth of innovative technologies to combat low-light, bright-light, and extreme weather conditions The Hikvision Easy IP 3.0 cameras feature a wealth of innovative technologies to combat low-light, bright-light, and extreme weather conditions, while still providing superlative image quality. The cameras also include capabilities such as object tracking, line crossing, intrusion detection, and motion detection, with the ability to trigger alerts and make security staff immediately aware of any suspicious behaviour. At the heart of the solution lies Hikvision’s NVRs, which store up to 12 terabytes of recorded footage from all cameras. IP cameras, PoE and video encoders While Total wanted to upgrade to an IP system, it had already invested heavily in CCTV cameras and wanted to retain the cameras that were functioning well. Steehold installed Hikvision’s video encoders which convert the existing cameras’ analog signals into digital. These encoders are connected to the NVR, and the system treats them like the other IP cameras. Steehold installed the IP cameras itself as the cameras are PoE (Power over Ethernet) which means that power and data is supplied over a single Ethernet cable, making installation much easier because they don't have to be located next to a plug socket. Hikvision remote video surveillance system Total is already reaping the benefits from the newly installed Hikvision video surveillance system Total is already reaping the benefits from the newly installed Hikvision video surveillance system. It provides the ability for Steehold to monitor Total’s entire facility and new services stations in real-time remotely from its control center located in Accra. “The deployment of Hikvision’s innovative technology into our surveillance solution for Total has proven essential for our security operators to detect intrusion, theft, and damage across Total’s operations. With crystal clear images day and night as well as advanced features that alert security operators of any suspicious behaviour, we are confident we can help Total respond quickly to any breaches,” said Mr. Tawiah. Watchful IP eyes for operational safety Hikvision’s video surveillance system also helps Steehold operators to remotely monitor processes across Total’s premises, enabling supervisors to enhance processes to improve workflow and ensure the safety of workers. “At Total, the safety of employees is of utmost importance. Data from Steehold generated by Hikvision’s video surveillance system plays an integral role in helping us keep our employees safe and our operations compliant with safety policies. It provides a definitive way to ensure safety policies are being followed and that there are no hazards presenting a harmful threat to our employees,” said Total executive. Intrusion detection Hikvision’s security cameras deliver a live and recorded view of the facility which is accessible 24/7 and has helped ensure safety protocols are followed By deploying Steehold’s security solution based on Hikvision’s video surveillance system, Total’s heightened security has kept its facilities and service stations protected against trespassers, theft, and vandalism, and in particular has minimised losses caused by theft in its service stations. In addition, Hikvision’s security cameras deliver a live and recorded view of the facility which is accessible 24/7 and has helped ensure safety protocols are followed. For example, it has significantly increased employee compliance with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) rules at Total’s sites resulting in a direct and immediate improvement in safety. Easy, seamless integration Easy installation and integration with Total’s existing CCTV-enabled Steehold to deliver a cost effective, efficient, high-end video surveillance solution. Steehold is now planning to use Hikvision’s cutting-edge video monitoring systems as part of its security and emergency response solutions for its other customers, helping them minimise security threats and maximise operational safety and efficiency.
The historic village of Leybourne in Kent is situated closed to the M20 and benefits from easy access to London, the channel ports and the motorway network. It’s a village with a strong community feel and an attractive rural character, however good transport links can bring problems. Leybourne Parish Council was particularly concerned by the risk of crime coming in from outside the area and to protect the community from vandalism and anti-social behaviour and wanted a video surveillance system capable of deterring wrong-doers. IDIS HD IP video surveillance solution Leybourne already had limited public area surveillance, but the system used outdated analogue technology that was proving costly to maintain and difficult to adapt to changing needs. Budget constraints also meant that data-streaming had to be capped and as a result video evidence was only being recorded part time. London-based integrator iC2 CCTV was consulted and asked to devise a solution that would extend coverage, improve image quality and guarantee no data loss – and all that had to be achieved within the parish council’s limited budget. A combination of 3-megapixel and 5-megapixel IDIS domes and bullet cameras gives significantly improved coverage and image detail For significantly upgraded coverage, but with the lowest total cost of ownership, iC2 CCTV recommended installing the latest IDIS technology on a 5GHz point-to-point wireless infrastructure. At the heart of the new system is a powerful 64-channel, full HD NVR recorder – model DR-8364D – which offers the important advantage of flexible H.265/H.264 dual codec performance. This feature allows recording in high-definition H.265 but viewing on a variety of older screens using H.2264, so it means existing display equipment can be retained. A combination of 3-megapixel and 5-megapixel IDIS domes and bullet cameras mounted on lamp-posts in key locations gives significantly improved coverage and image detail. IDIS Smart Failover and H.265 technology Furthermore, IDIS Smart Failover provides the best guarantee against data loss: if Leybourne’s network connection is compromised for any reason, all recordings continue to be stored on SD cards within the cameras and are then automatically downloaded as soon as the connection is re-established. The IDIS technology together with the wireless network, installed over five weeks by iC2 CCTV without disrupting the village, gives Leybourne significantly improved protection without high ongoing costs. Unlike the old analogue system, recordings are now easily searchable with time/date stamped footage and the high definition image quality is ideal for use in investigations and as evidence. IDIS Smart Failover ensures that uninterrupted evidence is always retained in the event of transmission failures, without the need for time-consuming manual data downloads from individual cameras. More cameras can now be easily added, or the location of cameras changed, as the need arises.
AwardWallet LLC provides a free service that helps consumers manage and track loyalty programs, including air, hotel, car rental, and credit cards. AwardWallet also helps people keep track of award-program balances by accessing program balance information, aggregating data from the various loyalty programs, and then making the information easy to use for the card user. The company’s robust system tracks 432 loyalty programs, roughly four times more than any competitor. More than 82,000 active members depend on AwardWallet to manage over 15 billion miles/points representing $304 million in value. By notifying members when their balances change and before their points expire, members can stay on top of their travel assets with minimal effort. OneCard solution AwardWallet’s solution is the OneCard, a credit card-sized plastic card that lists up to 30 different loyalty program accounts on a single card The average AwardWallet member belongs to approximately 10 loyalty programs. Some belong to as many as 60. Before AwardWallet, carrying around cards and keeping track of the information for every loyalty program was burdensome and ineffective. AwardWallet’s solution is the OneCard, a credit card-sized plastic card that lists up to 30 different loyalty program accounts on a single card. The OneCard also has a magnetic strip that enables users to check in for flights at airport kiosks without using their ID or credit card. With the introduction of the OneCard and the rapidly growing user base, AwardWallet needed a way to print and encode these cards cost effectively and efficiently. FARGO Direct-to-Card printer/encoder AwardWallet found that with the DTC4500 printer, they could produce professional-quality, full-color ID cards with security encoding – all in one print transaction AwardWallet’s executives evaluated four printers, including HID Global’s FARGO Direct-to-Card (DTC) printer/encoder; the FARGO DTC4500 was recommended by AwardWallet’s security systems integrator, IDESCO Corp. AwardWallet found that with the DTC4500 printer, they could produce professional-quality, full-color ID cards with security encoding – all in one print transaction. In one pass, the device can print, encode, fluorescent print, and laminate security cards, single- or dual-sided, in less than half a minute per card. They also found the printer easy to use, and it integrates seamlessly with existing IT networks and databases. AwardWallet selected the FARGO DTC4500 printer for the following reasons: Ease of integration with existing system at AwardWallet. The DTC4500 printer’s software gives programmers control over all the features that the company would use, including setting controls for card printing and encoding, diagnostics, upgrades, audits and enabling printer security. Simple to use. AwardWallet provides its services to members with a staff of fewer than 15 people. Therefore, it was imperative that the printer be easy to use. The FARGO DTC4500 required only a few quick, simple steps. Low cost per print and fast print speed. When compared to the other three printers, the FARGO DTC4500 featured the best cost per print and was the most efficient, which was a critical factor for AwardWallet and their ability to meet the growing demand for OneCards. Ability to print on both sides of the card. Many members have so many loyalty programs that a one-sided card does not hold all their information. Dual-side printing was a must to serve AwardWallet’s clientele. Card printing Because AwardWallet is anticipating printing upwards of 10,000 cards per year, the best solution out there is the DTC4500 FARGO printer" “Because AwardWallet is anticipating printing upwards of 10,000 cards per year, the best solution out there is the DTC4500 FARGO printer,” said Andy Schonzeit, IDESCO Corp. “It’s a robust printer that can handle a large volume of card printing while still maintaining the highest quality.” “We’re growing rapidly and expect to hit 100,000 users by early 2012,” said Alexi Verschaga, co-founder at AwardWallet. “Our supply is quickly depleting, so we just ordered ten thousand more OneCards for our growing demand.” FARGO DTC4500 printer With the HID Global FARGO DTC4500 printer, AwardWallet can produce the new OneCard for their growing customer base, some of whom order two or three OneCards for the entire family. The FARGO printer can keep up with the demand for the OneCards at a low per-card cost, which also enables AwardWallet to continue offering the OneCard as a free value-added service, even as the company expands and keeps track of over 15 billion miles and points for its members. “Every time I use the printer, it blows my mind at how easy it is to produce the cards,” commented AwardWallet’s Alexi Vereschaga. “I quickly and easily print cards that not only look very professional but also contain the data that enables our clientele to manage their many loyalty programs.”
With over 166 years’ experience with seaports, ships and ferries, City Lines offer comfortable and safe sea transportation services to tourists and those who live and work in Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city. Every day, over 150,000 passengers rely on City Lines services. Having decided to offer a new ferry service between Istinye and Çubuklu—which are both part of the Istanbul greater metropolitan area located on different sides of the Bosporus—City Lines asked Istanbul-based security systems integrator InfoMET Technologies, to recommend video surveillance cameras to help keep passengers and the ferries safe and secure. The cameras would be required to cope with sea conditions as well as capture high-resolution images day or night. The Hanwha cameras are used to monitor the movement of some 2,000 vehicles which are transported daily Monitoring vehicle movement “Having previously worked with Hanwha Techwin on a number of other projects, we were confident they would be able to provide cameras that would be able to withstand demanding conditions such as salt water and high levels of vibration,” said Oguzhan Kahraman, Project Engineer, InfoMET Technologies. “The pre-sales team for Hanwha Techwin in Turkey were extremely helpful and were able to recommend the best Wisenet camera models for each required camera location.” In addition to keeping a close eye on passengers, the Hanwha cameras are used to monitor the movement of some 2,000 vehicles which are transported daily. They also to provide a valuable navigational tool for captains who use them to view blind spots that can’t be seen from the ship’s bridge. Bullet cameras with H.265 compression The majority of the 250 cameras installed are Wisenet QNO-7080Rs, which are part of the Wisenet Q series. These 4 Megapixel bullet cameras have built-in IR illumination for night viewing and are packed with innovative features such as H.265 compression and WiseStream, a complementary compression technology that dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression, according to movement in the image. When WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression, bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology, making the Wisenet Q series one of the most bandwidth friendly camera ranges available on the market. Hallway View provides a highly effective way to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles Featuring Hallway view and True WDR The QNO-7080R cameras also feature Hallway View, True Wide Dynamic Range, Tamper Detection, Defocus Detection, and Lens Distortion Correction, to deliver optimised images in every situation. Hallway View provides a highly effective way to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. It enables cameras which can generate images in the 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio, to work effectively in tall and narrow spaces. “One of the biggest factors in choosing Wisenet cameras is they do not have any problems in the environments we operate,” said Cuneyt Danaci, IT Specialist for City Lines. “Equally important, whilst we did not want to compromise on quality, we needed cameras with a high price/performance ratio. Wisenet came ahead of many other camera brands in respect of price, performance and technology. This is one of the reasons why we are thinking of working with Hanwha Techwin on other new projects in the future.”