Surveillance cameras Comparison: SightLogix, Bosch  (4)

 
Chip Inch Size "
1/4
1/3
1/3
1/3
Colour Type
Colour / Monochrome
True Day / Night
True Day / Night
Colour / Monochrome
Resolution TVL
640 x 480
720
720
520
Digital (DSP)
Sensitivity lux
0.7 @ F1.4
0
0.002
0.0
Voltage
24 V AC ~ V DC, PoE
24 V AC / 12 V DC
24 V AC / 12 V DC
12 V DC / 24 V AC
Focal Length mm
2.8 ~ 48
2.8 ~ 12
--
4 ~ 8
Picture Elements HxV
640 x 480
1020 x 596
1020 x 596
768 x 494
S/ N (Signal/ Noise) Ratio dB
>50
> 50
> 54
48
Specialist Types
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Infrared
--
Infrared
Auto Iris
--
--
Motion Activated
--
--
Mount Type
--
Bracket
--
--
Wide Dynamic Range
--
--
Back Light Compensation
--
--
White Balance
--
--
Electronic Shutter range
--
1/50 ~ 1/10,000
1/50 [1/60] ~ 1/100000
1/60 ~ 1/100,000
Synchronisation
--
Internal, Line Lock
Internal, Line Lock
--
Signal Mode
--
PAL
PAL
NTSC
Lens Mount
--
--
CS
--
Auto Gain Control
--
--
--
Direct Drive
--
--
--
Gamma Correction
--
--
--
0.45

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Sightlogix’s Motion-based Video Surveillance Tool SightSensor Helps Monitor NYSBA Bridges
Sightlogix’s Motion-based Video Surveillance Tool SightSensor Helps Monitor NYSBA Bridges

The analytic capabilities of SightSensor allow operators to know when a car slows down to a certain speed The Hudson River is an essential waterway for the flow of commerce on the East Coast. The watercourse spans 315 miles, starting in upstate New York, flowing past the capital of Albany, and continuing down to New York City, where it forms a border with the state of New Jersey. The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) is a government-owned entity that maintains and operates five of the bridges spanning the Hudson River: the Bear Mountain Bridge, the Newburgh- Beacon Bridge, the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. “The Hudson River is a vital pathway to and from the Port of Albany, so the security of the bridges and the water under the bridges is paramount,” says Greg Herd, director of information technology at NYSBA. He and his IT department are in charge of the technologies used at the bridges to monitor traffic and toll transactions, and provide an overall secure environment. He says challenges on those structures include trespassers, inclement weather, and traffic incidents ranging from minor fender benders to serious accidents. “Without the technologies that we have at our disposal now, [security] would be an extremely difficult task,” says Herd. 9/11 Spurs Major Change in Bridge Security The 9-11 terrorist attacks caused a major shift in the way the NYSBA approached security. “Since [then] we’ve had several major security initiatives at the bridge authority both in monitoring and in access control,” says Herd. “It had initially started out mainly as perimeter fencing and perimeter alarms in the traditional sense, with motion detectors and fence vibration devices in the plan.” Initially, research into video motion detection resulted in the finding that the software wasn’t mature. It yielded “a tremendous number of false alarms, and no products that I found were able to detect stopped motion,” he says. “That was something that we had wanted to implement so that we could detect vehicles that may have stopped on the roadway. Response time is paramount when you’re on a three lane highway with very little shoulder room and you have a vehicle stop over.” In July 2011, a consultant suggested Herd take a look at the Sightlogix SightSensor, a motion-based video surveillance tool, for possible use on and around the NYSBA bridges. “As we looked into SightLogix, we quickly realised that the analytical capability of their product brought to us everything that we’d been looking for,” says Herd. They implemented the system in March 2012. “As we looked into SightLogix, we quickly realised that the analytical capability of their product brought to us everything that we’d been looking for” Eliminating Nuisance Alerts is a Must As Herd points out, one of the biggest challenges the sensors help them manage is vehicle traffic. And the NYSBA bridges get a lot of it. According to a recent report, more than 58 million vehicles crossed the five bridges combined in 2012; the busiest of those bridges, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, saw nearly 25 million vehicles cross last year. The analytic capabilities of the SightSensor also allow operators to know when a car slows down to a certain speed, and operators can set parameters to target the alerts more precisely. ”You can say, ‘I only want to know when an object is doing less than three miles an hour, and it’s this particular size,” which will help eliminate small animals from triggering an alarm, says Herd. Dan Hearn, vice president of sales at SightLogix, worked with Herd and systems integrator Transdyn, which designed and installed the sensors for the NYSBA. He explains that the SightSensor product offers an array of capabilities that make it ideal for a bridge environment, including being able to handle all types of weather. He referred to the version that uses thermal imaging, which is what the NYSBA installation has. “Thermal cameras can see in any lighting condition, so there is no need for adding visible lighting. [The image) looks the same during the day as at night, for the most part. It does much better in inclement weather, so if it's raining, if it's snowing, if it's foggy, these devices can see what a normal camera, which looks at the visible spectrum of light, would miss," he says. Thermal Imaging Mitigates Impact of Weather and Lighting The camera system also reduces false alarms with electronic image stabilization Inclement weather and light-reflecting river water are notorious for causing false alarms. Hearn points out that the thermal imaging also comes in handy when dealing with car headlights, reflections off water, shadows from clouds going by, and "all sorts of things that are outdoors that make the average visible camera system a poor choice for doing automated detection." Another offering of the SightSensor is what Hearn calls geo-referencing. He notes that each pixel in the images generated by the sensors is associated to a GPS position, giving the sensor even more intelligence about the size of objects in the field of view. "In effect, we're making [the sensor) very, very smart by saying, 'we're going to tell you where everything is, not only the latitude and the longitude, but how big an object is, where it is, what direction it's moving in, and how fast." Herd notes that the geo-referencing capability has allowed them to set up zones around the bridges to better deal with boat traffic. "[The] SightLogix product enabled us to configure zones to say, ‘okay, if a boat is moving or a vehicle is moving, not a problem, but if they stop for more than [a certain] amount of time, go into alarm.’ Then we needed to have that alarm coming to the local facility, but then also feed the alarm into a command center that monitors all of our facilities.” The camera system also reduces false alarms with electronic image stabilisation, which removes movement caused by wind and passing cars, a necessity for reducing false positives in a bridge application. The NYSBA uses a video management system from Videolnsight, which easily integrates with the SightLogix sensors, according to Herd. When an alarm is triggered, the SightSensor passes the alarm into the video management system. Herd explains that the system can be programmed to take a series of actions, such as sending an e-mail or putting text into a variable message sign. The NYSBA monitors the incoming images and alarms from a central station, says Herd, but it also has backup locations in the event of an emergency. So whenever there is an incident or an accident that impedes traffic, the system sounds an alert. Operators can then dispatch help to the scene and use the system to monitor and evaluate the event. "If we didn’t have the SightLogix sensors, we would be looking at traditional methods of blocking access and monitoring individuals. And that would mean a considerable amount of chain link fence" A “Huge Return on Investment” The system has been operational for about a year and a half. Herd says that the sensors have provided a huge return on investment and that the NYSBA relies on the technology on a 24/7 basis. “If we didn’t have the SightLogix sensors, we would be looking at traditional methods of blocking access and monitoring individuals. And that would mean a considerable amount of chain link fence, traditional motion detectors, and all the equipment that goes behind traditional detection,” he says. “As an example, one of our sites has a large area by the river where there’s pretty much free access alongside woods. If we had to secure that area without the SightSensors, it would be thousands of feet of chain link fence augmented with outdoor motion sensing devices. And then we would need low-light or thermal surveillance cameras to investigate every time a motion sensor tripped,” he explains. Herd notes that moving forward, NYSBA will continue to keep an eye out for products that can help secure the bridges and waterway even better. He says that he is always looking at new technology and assessing whether it might reduce costs and increase security.

Bosch IR Bullet Cameras Monitor Animals At Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Bosch IR Bullet Cameras Monitor Animals At Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Bosch cameras keep a "baby watch" over pregnant elephants without adding visible light Cameras Deliver Discreet Surveillance Bosch WZ16 and WZ18 Integrated Infrared Bullet Cameras help staff at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium monitor select groups of animals, including polar bears, elephants and tigers. Providing reliable, high-performance day and night surveillance, the cameras helped zoo staff keep a "baby watch" over pregnant elephants without adding visible light that would disturb the animals. Problem: Zoo Staff Need a Method for Monitoring Animals Day and Night Surveillance equipment is essential for security and monitoring of large zoo animals Night time imaging must be effective without disturbing the animals’ habitats Vivid color video required to feed live zoo cam used in partnership with local CBS affiliate Solution: Bosch Integrated Infrared Bullet Cameras WZ16 and WZ18 cameras deliver vivid color images during the day Integrated LEDs provide 60 feet of high-performance night vision under low light conditions  Compact design allows for discrete surveillance Results: Improved Awareness of Animal Activity Cameras used during “baby watch” helped zoo capture two elephant births on video Staff can monitor safety and security of animals at night without added lighting Cameras feed video of polar bears to CBS’ live zoo cam

Rail Transit System Stops Security Intrusions With SightLogix Intelligent Thermal Analytic Cameras
Rail Transit System Stops Security Intrusions With SightLogix Intelligent Thermal Analytic Cameras

Overview Rail storage yards for a major US metropolitan transit system were being repeatedly broken into during nighttime hours and experiencing repeated vandalism of cars. The perpetrators were able to climb down from an adjacent bridge and gain access to the yard undetected. The existing video system was only able to display evidence of the break-ins after they occurred. The low-light environment also reduced the chances of identifying the vandals. There were sizable costs associated with the intrusions. Restoring an individual rail car after an act of vandalism or graffiti is many thousands of dollars; such repairs also took the cars out of circulation, leading to significant lost revenue. Graffiti concerns, while costly, also highlight potentially more severe security vulnerabilities for the transit system overall.    By employing long-range SightSensors, the rail company was able to eliminate two-thirds the number of cameras along with associated poles, power and communication requirements originally specified in the site plan. In some cases, the long-range capabilities of the cameras allowed the utilization of existing buildings for installation purposes, further cutting costs.   The use of longer-range cameras also yielded an unexpected benefit: In the original plan, PTZ cameras were mounted on poles too short to see over parked rail cars. By employing fewer SightLogix cameras and poles to cover the area, the rail organization was able to shift a portion of the cost savings to higher poles, providing more effective coverage over the entire yard at reduced cost. Key to the successful use of higher poles was on-board electronic image stabilization in the SightLogix cameras, which are able to eliminate the impact of pole sway – along with the vibrations from passing trains – movement which would have otherwise resulted in excessive nuisance alarms.    Shortly after the SightLogix solution was put into place, the technology successfully detected several intruders entering the yard. The automated surveillance system alerted rail security with enough time to intervene and apprehend the intruders.