Hikvision has launched a new Thermal Bullet camera (DS-2TD2117) that boasts Deep Learning capabilities and a new sensor that improves the quality of its images. This product brings thermal technology to a lower budget scenario, making it practical for smaller solutions. Developing earlier versions, the DeepinView camera is equipped with a new improved 160 x 120 pixel sensor in the Hikvision family. The camera is also more sensitive – detecting to a noise-equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of 40mk (previous models went to 50mk). NETD is an industry standard measurement of a sensor’s sensitivity to thermal radiation in certain parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Based on deep learning algorithms, the camera also delivers powerful and accurate behavior analysis, including detections such as line crossing, intrusion, region entrance and exit. The intelligent human/vehicle detection feature helps reduce false alarms caused by animals, camera shake, falling leaves, or other irrelevant objects, significantly improving alarm accuracy. In addition, the cameras are equipped with a built-in GPU. This high-performance GPU can support updates with more complex algorithms with larger data samples in the future to further improve the intelligent effect of Video Content Analytics (VCA). Other features include: Reliable temperature exception alarm function Advanced fire detection and smoking detection algorithm 160 x 120 resolution sensor, high sensitivity sensor, support contrast adjustment Shutter adjustment in various modes 3D DNR, 15 palettes of color adjustable, image detail enhancement. The camera’s short focal length (3mm or 6mm) makes it a crucial element in smaller perimeter solutions, like yards or car parks for small businesses. Its fire protection capabilities come in handy in solutions like warehouse and rubbish dumps, where avoiding fire is a priority. In essence, this camera can reduce costs, and prevent damage but also, more importantly, can increase safety by detecting potential fires before they happen. “Our R&D Center is 10,000 strong and this is a great example of how they are pushing forward the boundaries of technology”, says Peter Guan, Director of Channel Sales and Marketing for Hikvision Europe. “Using a new thermal sensor means that we can deliver a more sensitive, and so more effective, product to customers.”
Z3 Smart Camera Home Security System is the ideal solution for the small to mid-size home owner who is looking for a comprehensive smart home security system with boundless expandability. With so many sensors and accessories out in the market, how can a user find what they need to start off with? The multifunctional Z3 Smart Camera Security System provides an all-in-one solution with built-in basics, including 1080p HD Camera, PIR motion, temperature, humidity, and ambient lux light sensors, and two-way clear voice intercom system with echo cancellation feature. Z3 is compatible with RF, ZigBee and Z-Wave accessories, supporting up to 160 wireless sensors, to create endless possibilities to help users to create comprehensive smart home security. Add on voice prompt, loud siren, and backup battery, Z3 makes it possible to provide comprehensive smart home security services, including remote management, home security, live visual monitoring, home automation, energy management and emergency monitoring, designed to bring all-around convenience, comfort and safety. Z3 brings a complete and cost-effective smart home solution for users to experience a secure, and comfortable lifestyle. Features Communication Path: IP (Ethernet), WiFi, 3G/4G Built-in Protocol Options: RF, ZigBee, Z-Wave Two area configurations, supports up to 160 zones Alarm event reporting via CID/SIA Email / SMS /Push Notification via Cloud Server Camera: 1920x1080p high-resolution with 152° diagonal wide-angle lens Temperature Sensor: detects temperature from -10°C~ 50°C (14°F~ 122°F) Humidity Sensor: humidity range 0 ~ 100%RH PIR Motion Sensor: 7m range @ 100° degrees Ambient Light Sensor: detects light lux levels Home Security capabilities Security Visual Verification and Real-time Monitoring & Reporting ZigBee and Z-Wave based home automation capabilities Energy Management capabilities 24/7 Environment Emergency Monitoring Built-in siren, voice prompt, microSD slot Remote management via Smartphone App and Web browser Specifications ZigBee Protocol: ZigBee Pro HA 1.2, 2.4GHz Z-Wave Protocol: Z-Wave 868.40MHz (EU) / 908.40MHz (US) RF Frequencies: 433 MHz / 868MHz Wi-Fi Module: 802.11 b/g/ n 4G Frequencies: 2100 / 2600 / 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 / 700MHz Power Supply: 12V/2A, 100~240VAC Backup Battery: 7.2V, 1600mA NiMh rechargeable battery pack Backup Battery Life: 15 hours* Siren: 95dB @ 1m Memory Card Slot: MicroSD card Operating Temperature: -10° to 45°C (14°F to 113°F) Operating Humidity: Up to 85% non-condensing
VIVOTEK’s IB9387-LPR camera is a standalone LPR camera system, featuring built-in license plate recognition software and edge-computing capability without additional server, the IB9387-LPR can identify license plates from over 70 countries around the world. It converts number plates into Wiegand signals for use with an access control system, and also offers various APIs for integration with 3rd party systems such as parking management, toll collection, and weighbridge systems. The system is ideally applied for parking access control and Stop & Go toll systems or any LPR applications where a vehicle stops, or almost comes to a complete stop. Supported Both Simple and Complex Scenarios The IB9387-LPR camera can work as an embedded access control application based on LPR software. It can trigger digital output device on this camera when a number plate is recognised and matched the data in list such as white list. This IB9387-LPR camera can convert number plates into Wiegand signals to work with access control system. Centralised List Management With a black & white list embedded inside the IB9387-LPR, the control barrier will open the gate when a white list vehicle is detected. On the other hand, a black list vehicle will trigger an alarm and a notification will be sent to security staff. With VIVOTEK’s IB9387-LPR, security staffs of parking lots with multiple entry points no longer need to upgrade system one after another. They can simply upload these lists to a single centralised LPR camera and all the other LPR cameras will download the master list, thus significantly reducing both installation time and maintenance efforts. Easily Integrated with 3rd Party Systems Thanks to its various Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), third-party systems such as parking management, toll collection, and weighbridge systems are able to receive live LPR images with specific country, state, date, time, and confidence level from IB9387-LPR. Finally, the sophisticated camera is safeguarded by Trend Micro IoT Security, providing proactive protection in cybersecurity. Combining recognition and management technology, VIVOTEK’s IB9387-LPR offers an intelligent, scalable and highly secure standalone LPR system.
The IDIS 12MP Super Fisheye camera delivers 360° HD surveillance, with clear identification from center to edge and wall to wall. Built-in IR LEDs ensure nearly 50-ft night visibility, with support for true WDR up to 120dB. It offers camera-side and client-side dewarping (including on smartphones), giving users the widest choice of recording platforms and VMS options. And the groundbreaking ease and accuracy of IDIS's Smart UX Controls v2.0 allows for effortless dewarping, including agile PTZ in a dewarped state. The Super Fisheye also offers the benefit of IDIS Intelligent Codec with MAT, delivering up to 90% storage and bandwidth savings.
System OverviewWith advanced H.265 encoding technology, Dahua corner network camera has efficient encoding capacity, which helps to save bandwidth and storage space. The camera adopts starlight technology, intelligent IR technology, and intelligent image analysis technology; and has waterproof function, dust-proof function and vandal-proof function, complying to the standards of IP67 and IK10+50J. Functions Smart ( H.265+ & H.264+ )With advanced scene-adaptive rate control algorithm, Dahua smart encoding technology realizes the higher encoding efficiency than H.265 and H.264, provides high-quality video, and reduces the cost of storage and transmission. StarlightDahua Starlight technology mainly applies to the environment of low illuminance, and it can provide clear colorful video. Even in the environment of ultra-low illuminance, the technology can guarantee the good image effect. Perimeter ProtectionWith deep learning algorithm, Dahua Perimeter Protection technology can recognise human and vehicle accurately. In restricted area (such as pedestrian area and vehicle area), the false alarms of intelligent detection based on target type (such as tripwire, intrusion, fast moving, parking detection, loitering detection and gathering detection) are largely reduced. Distortion CorrectionWith advanced distortion correction algorithm, Dahua Distortion Correction corrects the image distortion in both horizontal and vertical directions to be consistent with the actual situation. No IR ExposureWith 94 nm IR LED, the camera will not generate IR exposure. Naked eyes are invisible. Protection (IP67, IK10, wide voltage)IP67: The camera passes a series of strict test on dust and soak. It has dust-proof function, and the enclosure can works normal after soaking in 1 m deep water for 30 minutes. IK10: The enclosure passes strict vandal-proof test, and it can stand the punch of 50J impact energy. Wide voltage: The camera allows ±30% input voltage tolerance (wide voltage range), and it is widely applied to outdoor environment with instable voltage.
The Evolution 180 Indoor camera is built upon Oncam’s expertise and heritage on 360-degree technology. It’s been specifically designed for applications that require a dewarped panoramic view of a scene, without blind spots, from a single sensor camera. The 5:2 Panoramic+ stream provides a perfect balance between image quality and bandwidth efficiency. In addition, when mounting on an angle, Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology (ACT) corrects the view, straightening vertical lines in the scene. The true day/night functionality allows images to be produced in all lighting conditions, including additional IR lighting. The camera is provided with three different mounting back boxes (0°, 25° and 45°), which also double up as pendant mount. EVO-180-WID (White) / EVO-180-WJD (Black)
Dahua AI series products adopt the most advanced AI technologies, including deep learning algorithms that primarily target people and vehicles, which provides higher flexibility and accuracy for end-users. This enables the Dahua AI series to offer various advanced applications such as Face Recognition, ANPR, Metadata, People Counting, traffic data statistics, etc.The complete lineup of Dahua AI includes network (PTZ) cameras, network video recorders, servers, and platform management products. Beyond seeing the world, the power of AI allows devices to perceive the environment and understand the world in a better way. System Overview Pro AI series contains Face Capture, Perimeter Protection and People Counting functions.Powered by deep-learning Artificial Intelligence algorithms, significantly improved accuracy. Meanwhile, the series features starlight and smart IR technology. This series fully protected from dust and water, certified to IP67 standard. Functions Face CaptureFace capture is a software application that automatically captures faces from within a digital image or a video frame from a video source. Dahua cameras use advanced deep learning algorithms and are trained by a large number of face data sources, enabling the camera to locate faces quickly and accurately from the video source and capture facial images. Perimeter ProtectionDahua’s Perimeter Protection functions significantly improved accuracy. Perimeter Protection reduces false alarms and decreases pixel count requirements for object detection. Perimeter Protection features custom tripwires based on object type for automation in limited access areas such as pedestrian or vehicle-only zones. This combination of advanced AI analytics and real-time alerts to a desktop or to a mobile client reduces system requirements and resources resulting in greater surveillance system efficiency. People CountingPeople Counting function uses advanced image processing technology to capture depth information from within images. The camera pairs this information with deep learning algorithms to analyze and detect humanbodies and track target objects in real time. The camera provides statistics for separate individuals’ entrance and exit with up to 95% counting accuracy. Full-colour StarlightThe camera adopts F1.6 large aperture lens and 1/1.8" high performance sensor. With higher amount of absorbed light and advanced image processing algorithm, the camera presents an impressive lowlight performance with an exceptional balance between noise reduction and the blur of moving object. Warm Supplemental lightsWith two warm supplemental LED lights, the camera is able to provide a colourful and vivid image even in total darkness. It also provides visible By default, the camera is set to smart light mode, in which the camera can automatically adjust the exposure time and light sensitivity simultaneously to avoid overexposureing of the objects in the image center. Also, the sensitivity and intensity of the LED lights can be remotely controlled by OSD menu. Protection(IP67, wide voltage)The camera allows for ±30% input voltage tolerance, suitable for the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and immersion tests (IP67) , the camera is the choice for installation in even the most unforgiving environments.
The FUJINON SX800 camera system marks FUJIFILM's successful entry into the surveillance systems market. FUJIFILM presents the new long-range camera module FUJINON SX800 to the surveillance systems market. With a full HD camera and an optically stabilized, 40x zoom lens from FUJINON, two high-performance components are integrated into one system. This innovation is the result of years of experience in digital cameras and a dedication to the highest optical quality. Thanks to its powerful 1/1.8" image sensor, the long focal length range of 20 mm to 800 mm and state-of-the-art image processing technology, the FUJINON SX800 is ideally suited for aerial surveillance. In modern society, the security needs of citizens are constantly increasing. Surveillance cameras with long focal lengths are not only used to address sensitive issues such as border security but are increasingly being incorporated into public infrastructure such as airports, seaports and motorways. Long range surveillance systems must cope with special challenges. For optics with long focal lengths, the smallest vibrations are sufficient to compromise the image information. Heat haze or fog in the air also impair image quality. And, a focus drive that is too slow leads to safety-relevant information loss. However, with the development of the new FUJINON SX800, FUJIFILM has found a way to minimize the impact of these challenges. Instead of developing a surveillance camera and a separate matching lens, the concept of a fully integrated system consisting of camera and lens has been realized. In addition to the high-quality zoom optics, the FUJINON SX800 has a powerful combined optical and electronic image stabilization mechanism that provides angle correction of up to ±0.22 degrees. The integrated high-speed autofocus provides a sharply focused image in less than a second, while a fog filter and heat haze reduction technology helps prevent weather interference. The system provides consistently sharp images – even of objects several kilometers away. In addition, the integrated design of the new FUJINON SX800 reduces the high adjustment effort normally required for camera installation. As of Q3 2019, the FUJINON SX800 will be available as both a mobile stand-alone device and as a system that can be integrated into a pan-tilt head.
March Networks Searchlight for Retail enables all types of retail organisations – including specialty retail, grocery stores, quick service restaurants (QSRs) and convenience stores (c-stores) – to reduce losses from theft, oversee operations, improve customer service and increase profits. The intelligent software integrates clear surveillance video with data from retail systems including point-of-sale (POS) and RFID tags to alert loss prevention staff and business owners to instances of potential theft, and reduce investigation times from hours to minutes. In addition, Searchlight’s optional business analytics (e.g. people counting, dwell time monitoring and queue length) combined with video data provide valuable insights on occupancy, speed of service, transactions conducted with no customer present, and customer interest. Available as a standalone software application, or as a hosted software as a service (SaaS) for a low monthly fee, Searchlight for Retail delivers key benefits to retailers including: Transaction Summaries. View and compare user-definable report summaries (voids, refunds, discounts, etc.) to identify potential issues based on transaction trends over time. Transaction Reports. Review transaction data integrated with video to quickly investigate instances of potential internal theft, and to evaluate employee behavior at the POS. Business Analytics. Uncover customer trends and employee Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and gain insight into overall store or restaurant operations. Operations Audits. Review snapshots from the cameras at your locations to see what’s happening, and discern operational issues like cleanliness, safety concerns, placement of promotional displays, etc. Business Rules. Detect possible fraud by reviewing lists of transactions and events that are important to you, e.g., no sales, safe drops, and transactions that exceed a certain amount, and be automatically alerted about these events via email. Security Audits. Filter by location ID and/or alarm type, and view alarm video from the vantage point of one or multiple cameras; export alarm details along with relevant video and audio evidence. Integrate your video surveillance system with leading POS and RFID software. A portfolio of POS and RFID integrations are available off-the-shelf; customised integrations can be configured as needed.
System OverviewFeaturing powerful optical zoom and accurate pan/tilt/zoom performance, the camera provides a wide monitoring range and great detail. The camera delivers 1080P resolution at 25/30fps. The camera is equipped with smooth control, high quality image, and good protection, meeting compact size demands of video surveillance applications. Functions Starlight TechnologyFor challenging low-light applications, Dahua’s Starlight Ultra-low Light Technology offers best-in-class light sensitivity, capturing color details in low light down to 0.005 lux. The camera uses a set of optical features to balance light throughout the scene, resulting in clear images in dark environments. EnvironmentalDahua cameras operate in extreme temperature environments, rated for use in temperatures from -30°C to +60 °C (-22 °F to +140°F) with 95% humidity. Subjected to rigorous dust and water immersion tests and certified to the IP66 Ingress Protection rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. ProtectionThe camera allows for 4KV lightning rating,which provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. InteroperabilityThe camera conforms to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) specifications, ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. Wide Dynamic RangeThe camera achieves vivid images, even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions, using industry-leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120 dB) optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Smart H.265+Smart H.265+ is the optimized implementation of the H.265 codec that uses a scene-adaptive encoding strategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart H.265+ technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to standard H.265 video compression.
System OverviewFeaturing a dual lens Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera, this series provides an all-in-one solution that is especially beneficial for long distance video surveillance in outdoor applications. Together with Dahua Thermal and Starlight technology, the camera’s long range capabilities are able to be utilized even at night. The series combines one thermal camera for monitoring in total darkness and one camera with Starlight functionality and a motorized lens for confirming details up close. Functions Uncooled Vox TechnologyDahua thermal cameras use uncooled Vox sensor technology. Their small size and better performance make them a cost-effective solution for thermal security. High SensitivityHigh thermal sensitivity (<40mK) allows cameras to capture more image details and temperature difference information. Fire Detection & AlarmWith built-in fire detection functionality, the camera has the ability to detect fires from long range. Because thermal cameras are sensitive to temperature, they provide higher fire detection accuracy than standard cameras, making them particularly fit for applications such as forest fire prevention. Intelligent Video System (IVS)IVS is a built-in video analytics algorithm that delivers intelligent functions to monitor a scene for tripwire violations, intrusion detection, and abandoned or missing objects. A camera with IVS quickly and accurately responds to monitoring events in a specific area. EnvironmentalWith a temperature range of -40 °C to +70 °C, the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water immersion tests, the IP66 rating makes it suitable for demanding outdoor applications. For enviorments with rain, sleet, snow and fog, an integrated wiper(optional) provides users with clear visibility at all times. ProtectionThe camera Supporting wide range voltage input(100–300V AC), suitable for the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6 kV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning.
Increase safety and reduce risk on board your transit vehicles with March Networks® RideSafe MT Series IP Recorders. These all-IP units deliver highly-reliable video surveillance recording and management in a compact, rugged design that is ideal for mid-sized vehicles – like student and patient shuttles and paratransit buses. Available in 4-channel and 6-channel models, the RideSafe MT Series solution enables operators to capture everything that’s happening on the bus, inside and out. Whether you have one or a thousand vehicles, this plug-and-play recorder can operate as a standalone unit programmable through embedded software, or be remotely managed and monitored daily using March Networks Command™ for Transit video management software. Video from the recorder can also be integrated with existing CAD and AVL systems and mobile routers. Key RideSafe MT Series features include: Front panel LEDs for easy recorder diagnostics, including operational, recording and video export status Embedded Linux OS, to ensure reliable and secure video recording Real-time health monitoring, alerting operators to camera, recorder and network issues before they affect performance Vehicle metadata integration from CAD/AVL systems and accelerometers for accurate re-enactments, driver monitoring and investigations Configurable recording policies based on schedule, motion, incident/event and other user-definable variables Powerful video management software, providing the advanced tools and features needed to manage entire fleets Automated video and data extraction over WiFi or 4G networks Extended thermal range (ETR) models available
The Evolution 180 Outdoor Camera is built upon Oncam’s expertise and heritage on 360-degree technology. It is specifically designed for applications that require a dewarped panoramic view of an outdoor scene, without blind spots, from a single sensor camera. The 12MP high-resolution sensor and the built-in 3D dewarped panoramic video provides industry leading Panoramic+ views. The true day/night functionality allows images to be produced in all lighting conditions, including additional IR lighting. The camera is IP66, IP67, IP68, IP69K and IK10+ rated, making it a robust design. Its versatile enclosure enables wall and pendant mounting, while the integrated adjustable mounting allows for an angling of up to 45°. When angled, Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology (ACT) corrects the view, straightening vertical lines in the scene.
VIVOTEK’s FE9391-EV is a market-leading H.265 12-megapixel day-and-night Deep Learning fisheye network camera, featuring a detailed 12-megapixel CMOS sensor which guarantees superb image quality and 360-degree surround views with zero blind spots. Accurate people detection capability Base on VIVOTEK’s people tracking AI engine, the FE9391-EV is equipped with accurate people detection capability which only people activities will serve as event triggers. Furthermore, armed with VIVOTEK’s self-developed Deep Learning Smart 360 VCA technology, the FE9391-EV provides new functionalities including Intrusion Detection, Crowd Detection, and Loitering Detection. These features are the next steps in elevating surveillance cameras from image capturing devices to advanced notification instruments, allowing users to significantly reduce false alarms. Anti-intrusion software To respond the rising cyber risks of IoT device, the FE9391-EV is embedded with Trend Micro’s anti-intrusion software with multi-layer protection, including brute force attack detection, intrusion detection & prevention, and instant damage control. Users can obtain higher cyber security protection and minimise cyber risks of surveillance network. Working together, these advanced features ensure the new smart fisheye camera FE9391-EV is both highly intelligent and robustly secure. Panomorph lens technology The FE9391-EV's use of the latest in panomorph lens technology has led to much improved image quality with a huge drop in edge distortion. It is also updated with the latest in IR illumination, VIVOTEK's Smart IR II technology with Adaptive IR. Adaptive IR enables the FE9391-EV's IR illuminators to adjust to the scene together or individually to provide the best possible IR image, reducing glaring hotspots and/or underexposed dark spots. It is an ideal camera for the open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more.
The new DC-C4212RX 2MP micro dome camera is the latest addition to the DirectIP® line up from IDIS, which is South Korea’s largest in-country manufacturer of surveillance technology. The compact design of the DC-C4212RX makes it the best choice for understated, less noticeable installation. The neat aesthetics are ideal for applications where there is a need for unobtrusive surveillance but where comprehensive, high-performance video capture is paramount. Measuring only 86 mm x 58 mm and weighing just 105 grams, the DC-C4212RX delivers advanced benefits within its lower profile and is the right choice for high-end locations such as jewellery shops and boutiques, as well as up-market restaurants and luxury hotels. The DC-C4212RX offers all the key benefits that installers expect from IDIS DirectIP dome cameras, including the company’s signature plug-and-play installation and configuration. The elimination of a pigtail cable allows faster and easier deployment. The 3-axis mechanical lens enables rotation and easy angle adjustment, making it an important design feature for precise image capture, particularly when the camera needs to be discretely wall-mounted. The camera can also operate in a wide range of lighting conditions, delivering high performance live monitoring and playback. Other key features include true wide dynamic range (WDR); IR LED illumination up to 15m with day and night ICR; dual codec H.264/H.265 performance; and easy, plug-and-play integration with IDIS VA in the Box. This cost-effective video analytics appliance delivers value-add business intelligence gained from heat mapping, people counting, queue management and comprehensive reporting. “Our new micro dome is a great camera for installers to work with and it delivers outstanding surveillance capability for customers,” says James Min, Managing Director of IDIS Europe. “It further strengthens our end-to-end offering for retail applications, including high street fashion, boutiques, dining, pubs and coffee shops - markets in which we have gained significant market share globally.”
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SourceSecurity.com’s Expert Panel covered a lot of ground in 2016 about a variety of topics in our Roundtable discussions. The very most-clicked-on Roundtable discussion in 2016 was about how to choose between a cloud-based system and a server-based system. Other hot topics that made the Top-10 list of Roundtable discussions included edge-based video storage, the challenges of commoditisation, and mistakes customers make when buying and installing security systems. Here is a listing of the Top 10 Expert Panel Roundtable discussions posted in 2016 at SourceSecurity.com, along with a “sound bite” from each discussion, and links back to the full articles. Thanks to everyone who contributed to Expert Panel Roundtable in 2016, including the quotable panelists named below! 1. What factors should a customer consider when choosing between a cloud-based system and a server-based security system? "Invariably the choices will be driven by security processes in place within the corporate environment and by ensuring the remote system is as impenetrable as the corporate network. Both options potentially leave the corporate network vulnerable to a determined cyber attacker, so the systems and access points to the network need to be sufficiently hardened to deter or prevent attacks.” [John Davies] 2. What is the most unusual application of surveillance cameras you have seen recently? "The most unusual application I’ve seen is the use of 360-degree fisheye cameras mounted on mobile poles for security along a marathon route. The poles were mounted on mobile units that contained power and communications infrastructure. Multiple mobile units were driven and placed along the route so that the entire route was constantly under surveillance. " [Jumbi Edulbehram] 3. What is the biggest mistake you see your customers make when it comes to buying or installing security or surveillance systems? "Too many businesses fail to take full advantage of the breadth of services available for maximising tools like remote diagnostic services, for example, which allow customer service teams to regularly and proactively check equipment quality and make repairs remotely." [Joe Oliveri] A number of major security companies are offering cloud video surveillance solutions apart from the traditional server-based systems, but which is best for the customer? 4. How many megapixels are enough? At what point does additional resolution not matter, or not make economic sense? "The industry commonly holds that 20 pixels/foot is enough for general surveillance, 40 pixels/foot is the minimum for facial recognition and licence plate identification, and 80 pixels/foot is used for higher detail like reading logos, names embroidered on a shirt, etc. " [Jason Spielfogel] 5. What is the value of edge-based storage and in what specific applications? "Recording at the edge frees up network bandwidth and PC processing power, allowing users to view and manage video feeds and store applicable images for later use or transfer to the network when necessary. " [Dave Poulin] 6. How can security integrators replace revenue in the age of commoditisation? "The integrator community needs to learn to embrace what hundreds of other contractor businesses have. They need to improve their predictable cash flow and margin by offering contracted services. Call it what you like – RMR, managed services, monitoring – the description makes no difference. The integrator community simply needs to get off their butt and make it happen. " [Bill Bozeman] 7. How successful was ISC West 2016? Did it meet your expectations? "It was unanimous that 2016 ISC West was the best show we have participated in Arecont Vision history! Activity on the first two days was especially strong with Systems Integrators, Dealers, Distributors, End Users, and A&E/Consultants. These people all came to see our new product line and were especially interested to see the product performance improvements and ease of installation and setup." [Scott Schafer] More of us are depending on social media smart phone apps as a source of information, providing new levels of immediacy that dovetail well into security, specifically in areas of emergency notification 8. What are the physical security challenges of "safe cities" applications, and how is the market meeting those challenges? "One of the challenges is, of course, to make systems from different manufacturers work together. Interoperability is important not only from an operator’s point of view, but also in how cities and their internal divisions should respond to incidents reported by the security systems. " [Per Björkdahl] 9. How should integrators/installers differentiate themselves or make themselves stand out in today’s market? "In today's market, it's all about customer service. Almost every integrator has good product – and most of these products do a lot of the same things – but what sets integrators/installers apart is the level of value-added support they are providing to their accounts. Increased support through training, follow-up, open communication and keeping them informed on emerging technologies can really speak to the needs that end users have and why they will remain loyal.” [Mitchell Kane] 10. What role can social media play in the security marketplace and/or as a tool to promote better security in general? "Social media has weaved its way into our daily lives and is an integral part of our interaction with customers in the marketplace. Social media outlets bring the human element to interfacing with our communities and customers. This humanization allows us to address sensitive topics like the recent events in Orlando and how to take preventative measures in the future." [Melissa Stenger] See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles hereSave Save
Are we about to see the first truebreakthrough for video analytics? Daniel Wan, Channel Marketing Leader UK at Honeywell Security Group, assesses the development of video analytics from a perceived premium add-on to a cost-effective and key component in video surveillance and several other security applications. Its proven benefits in perimeter protection, increasing the efficiency of manned guarding services and the ROI it delivers, particularly in preventive security, shows that video analytics is indeed a technology whose time has finally come.False dawns with mass acceptance of video analyticsSince the very first so-called "video analytics" systems were introduced, the technology has experienced a number of false dawns in terms of its acceptance as a reliable and cost-effective addition to traditional video surveillance tools. Although predicted as a significant growth area in the security industry for many years, the wide adoption of analytics has not materialised for a number of reasons. Early manufacturers made impressive claims for their solutions, often over-promising on what systems were able to deliver and causing customer dissatisfaction in the process. These solutions were usually created by start-up companies and were focused only on delivering video analytics. As a consequence, they were incapable of being effectively integrated with other components or disciplines in real-world security applications. This also resulted in many early systems being installed on a trial-only basis, with customers often unwilling to pay a premium for the new technology.Benefit of video analytics in transport applicationsThe use of video analytics in the transport sector has evolved beyond fulfilling basic security needs to include advanced features such as traffic monitoring functions and detection of left-behind luggage within transport hubs.On a basic level, the ability of video analytics to identify the movement and speed of vehicles (and people), as opposed to other spurious objects, lends the technology to monitoring of perimeters and suspicious behaviour within defined areas. Clearly, there is a requirement for security alerts where there is a danger of cars or pedestrians entering hazardous or restricted zones, such as railway tracks. Even a lone bag can become a significantsecurity threat if left unattended at an airport Unclaimed/ orphaned luggage poses a significant security threat in airports and railway stations and, as such, has become an area of increasing interest for transport operators and governments. Again, the Home Office's Imagery Library for Intelligent Detection Systems (i-LIDS) certification contains a specific scenario relating to detection and tracking of objects. Video analytics can alert transport operators to packages left within a scene, which otherwise may go undetected in the midst of multiple CCTV screens. Similarly, the software can highlight instances of theft, where objects have been removed from a scene. Growth of video analytics in the CCTV marketRecently, a number of factors have contributed to an increase in interest and demand, enabling video analytics to be reconsidered as a viable video surveillance option. The growing transition from analogue to networked CCTV surveillance has seen a wider acceptance of digital solutions, including analytics, leading to further benefits in terms of being able to monitor and manage systems from remote locations. More importantly, end users and security system integrators were historically unable to refer to a standard, or accreditation, for analytics systems in order to judge their effectiveness before purchase. This was the case until the introduction of the Home Office's i-LIDS certification.i-LIDS is the UK government's benchmark standard for video analytics technology and is awarded to security products judged to have met the stringent criteria specified by the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) in the development of video-based detection systems for government use.Manufacturers meeting the highest level of performance classification receive the i-LIDS accreditation, which is the first real independent measure of the quality and functionality of a video analytics system.Improving efficacy and efficiency of manned guarding services The time has come to view videoanalytics as a way of improving theperformance of your security staff When the costs of manned guarding and operators are considered, it's tempting when assessing video analytics to assume that the number of security staff can be immediately reduced by introducing the technology. Perhaps it's more appropriate to view video analytics as a way to improve the efficiency of operators and security guards. It has been proven that CCTV operators begin to miss significant events after monitoring video footage for more than twenty to thirty minutes. This effect is multiplied by the large number of screens that operators are now required to monitor in a control room environment. Analytics can be used to assist in highlighting notable events, thereby allowing operators to do what they do best: deciding whether an incident is suspicious or not. Security functions can therefore handle more CCTV cameras more effectively with their existing staff. The job of monitoring is also made more stimulating, removing the need to constantly survey a wall of video screens for long periods.In replacing security guards with yet more cameras, the net effect is to create more footage and screens for the operators to monitor. Supporting the guards with analytics provides the ability to switch guards to mobile patrols based on analytics incidents, thus covering a larger area more effectively and responding to real incidents more quickly, rather than just following a routine guard tour. Above all, video analytics also enables security teams to highlight potential risk situations that are taking place and have patrols pre-empt and prevent incidents rather than just respond after an incident has occurred.Perimeter protection, video analytics' core competencyThere are numerous video analytics packages available in the market today, all offering a multitude of capabilities, and not always linked to security. However, the majority of installed systems have focused on one of video analytics' core competencies: perimeter protection. Above all, video analytics also enables security teams to highlight potential risk situations that are taking place and have patrols pre-empt and prevent incidents Perimeter protection systems can supplement fences, or replace external PIRs, seismic detectors, etc., allowing the user to identify specific areas where intruders will be identified. Potentially this includes virtual ‘fence' lines that will trigger an alarm when an intruder climbs over it (rather than when a guard patrols along it), tripwires that trigger when crossed in specific directions, and alert areas, such as nearby roads, which will trigger if a car-sized object dwells in them for too long. Combining these rules ensures that only suspicious behaviours trigger the security alarms and not spurious objects such as the local wildlife or weather related effects.Eliminating such false security alarms in a sterile zone is a primary test in the HOSDB's evaluation of video analytics systems. This specific scenario continues to be a much demanded i-LIDS accreditation as increasing numbers of end users and integrators realise the performance and cost benefits of video analytics in perimeter detection type applications.Return on investment on video analyticsAlthough attracted by the benefits of video analytics, security managers have always faced challenges in justifying the investment in what has been perceived as a premium technology. One method of providing a clear return on investment (ROI) is to look at the existing costs for a business, or its losses.Prevention is almost always cheaper than cure. Analytics' ability to highlight suspicious behaviour and let operators react to and prevent them from turning into incidents rather than just reviewing video to help catch suspects after the event, can provide quick returns in avoiding loss and damage. Daniel WanChannel Marketing Leader UKHoneywell Security Group
Resolution quality must be considered when assessing surveillance effectiveness Surveillance cameras are becoming more and more commonplace, especially in busy metropolitan locales. Police and detectives hope to reduce crime rates by keeping a watchful eye on civilians but CCTV has only been helpful in solving a small percentage of crimes. Mike Lewis, Country Manager UK for CCTV manufacturer MOBOTIX AG, highlights key considerations for improving the efficiency of existing surveillance systems.In May of 2008, Detective Chief Inspector Mike Neville, head of Scotland Yard's Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido) became the UK's first senior police officer to challenge the misconception around CCTV's role in reducing crime. Speaking at Security Document World Conference in London, the Chief Inspector said: "Billions of pounds have been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It's been an utter fiasco." Neville also pointed out that only 3 per cent of London's street robberies had been solved using CCTV images. A low figure considering the capital is one of the most densely populated areas of CCTV coverage anywhere in the world. Identifying problems with existing CCTV surveillance systems Mike Lewis, UK Country Manager for CCTV manufacturer Mobotix AG believes that the problem stems from a fundamental issue of image quality. "For many organisations CCTV is treated as a ‘check-box' item with little thought given to how a CCTV installation can help the police solve crimes. Criminals are not stupid and a deterrent is simply not enough; the technology has to be able to gather evidence to help the police secure convictions." Lewis points out that the majority of CCTV installations in the UK still use old analogue technology with barely a fifth of the resolution found in a basic camera phone. "If a CCTV system, say covering a street outside a jewellers', captures a car pulling up and three men brandishing shotguns marching into the shop - unless you have the resolution to capture the license plate, or some distinguishing features of each masked robber, or audio capture to get a voice print - the system is pretty worthless." Mandating changes in surveillance video resolution requirements The industry also is "less than opaque" when it comes to selling CCTV in his view. "Many vendors will play down high resolution as not necessary or too expensive to implement without actually explaining that it is exactly these high resolution images and audio capture that will help police make successful prosecution where a grainy image would simply be thrown out of court." "Billions of pounds have been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court" Lewis points to the continent as an example of where UK CCTV market needs to learn from. In France for example, under anti-terrorism laws pioneered after the 7/7 tube bombings in London, all government building and high risk areas are legally required to have CCTV of a high resolution and retain data for up to 30 days. In Germany, all banks are required to deploy high resolution CCTV to monitor customers, staff and financial transactions in every branch. [It will be very useful to define what is classified as "high resolution" or the minimum resolutions that are acceptable in these countries] MOBOTIX, which only sells fully-digital high resolution CCTV camera systems believes that the potential of CCTV to reduce crime won't be fulfilled unless either the government, police or even third parties such as insurers, licensing boards or trade associations insist that end users deploy a better resolution capture, coverage and video storage and retrieval. "There will be another wave of CCTV installation heading up to the Olympics, so as a nation, we have a perfect opportunity to set a CCTV standard that meets the needs of police, local government and end users to help us reduce crime and secure more prosecution off the back of CCTV evidence,"comments Lewis. Lewis believes CCTV would be able to help solve more crimes if they had higher resolutions "The technology is not the barrier and newer CCTV systems with hemispheric (360 degree) fields of view will allow end users to actually deploy fewer security cameras while maintaining better resolution and wider coverage - the problem is still trying to persuade people that CCTV can catch criminals and not just scare them away." Optimising CCTV for solving and prevention of crime Lewis offers some constructive suggestions on how to improve CCTV's effectiveness as a crime prevention and evidence gathering tool. "There are an estimated 4 million CCTV cameras in the UK but where they all are, what they record and accessibility to these video archives is mostly unknown - having a register of CCTV for use by the police would help them to quickly gather post incident evidence." The idea of CCTV built into the environment was the theme of the 200 Secured by Design' (SBD) initiative that has been adopted by parts of the building industry to promote crime prevention measures like CCTV in development design. The initiative was endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), and has the backing of the Home Office Crime Reduction Unit. However, for police gathering information after an incident, there is no easy way to locate CCTV installations in any given area. The industry also is "less than transparent" when it comes to selling CCTV in his view Most CCTV systems installed in the UK use a centralised approach. Each surveillance camera is effectively dumb with the image processing, access to footage and storage taking place at a remote location. In smaller environments, this could be a DVR simply recording everything on a 24-hour loop. In larger campuses or city centres, this is often a dedicated control room monitored 24 hours a day. Instead Lewis argues that a decentralised approach that places more intelligence into the CCTV camera would allow greater accessibility by third parties such as the police and emergency services. "With a decentralised system, private companies could allow the police to quickly add their local cameras into a centrally managed grid." In this method, if an incident occurs, the police CCTV control centre could patch an instant video feed from the nearest available CCTV camera. With a decentralised approach, each CCTV camera becomes an access point on an IP network and can be shared by multiple agencies in a more cost effective approach. "This might sound a bit hi-tech, but it is technically possible," explains Lewis. To give an analogy, when the police receive a 999 call, the dispatcher is automatically informed of the location of the caller from the Caller Line Identification system which cross references a database of addresses of each of the 25 million public and private landlines installed in the UK. "A similar system where the police type in a post code and are presented with secure access to video feeds from all decentralised CCTV installations in an area would be a potentially society changing tool for fighting crime." High risk areas in France were legally required to have high resolution CCTV following London Tube bombings Considerations for realising CCTV's full security potential Lewis also believes: "All CCTV cameras should have a minimum mandated image quality with all information stored in a digital format for a minimum of 7 days that can be easily accessed by the police for evidence gathering." Many police forces around the country already have voluntary guidelines for business deploying CCTV and several have made CCTV installation a condition of alcohol or gaming licences. However this policy has successfully been challenged by landlords and upheld by Information Commissioner as potentially in conflict with the data protection act. Unfortunately, Lewis believes for any of these measures to work, there needs to be stronger backing from the government: "There is obviously a fear of creating an oppressive surveillance society but we have regulation for other areas like fire prevention, road safety, disabled access and a host of other health and safety issues - why CCTV, which has the potential to protect lives, is treated differently is a complete mystery to me." Mike LewisUK ManagerMobotix AG
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