MESSOA Spotlights ANPR/LPR Solution With New CatchAll™ Engine Inside Its IFSEC 2008 Stand
MESSOA Spotlights ANPR/LPR Solution With New CatchAll™ Engine Inside Its IFSEC 2008 Stand

MESSOA's latest video surveillance solutions feature industry-leading technology and reliability.  These new offerings, which include the CatchAll™ Engine, a 560 TVL H.264-like standalone DVR, 1.3 megapixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras, and the Lumii series of products, impressed IFSEC visitors from more than 50 countries.  MESSOA's innovative CatchAll™Engine was a particular favorite and won overwhelming praise at IFSEC 2008. MESSOA's ANPR/LPR series of cameras incorporates the company's new CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimized video processing designed to deliver clear colour overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of speeding vehicles to external recognition software, regardless of the setting or lighting conditions.  The technology also enables cameras to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates problems related to oncoming headlights.  Messoa spotlighted the SCR520 at its IFSEC stand to demonstrate the outstanding performance of the CatchAll™ Engine technology. The CatchAll™ Engine is also available in MESSOA's SRD100 series, which comes in 4-, 8-, and 16-channel models, and delivers superior 560 TVL resolution for live-viewing, recording, and playback for ANPR/LPR applications.  The series ensures exceptional reliability with its twin heat vents, fan- and power-failure detectors, and hardware-watchdog function, and saves recording space with a built-in noise-reduction filter.  It also provides a straightforward, easy-to-use interface, a bundled viewer that simplifies remote control, and incredible 24/7 dependability. MESSOA further impressed IFSEC 2008 visitors by offering a full range of hybrid security solutions of the future.  These included: 1.3 Mega-pixel progressive-scan CCD network cameras with PoE and SD card slots Vandal-proof high-speed domes featuring a super-wide 128X dynamic range The highly sensitive Lumii series of products, featuring vandal-proof IR domes, built-in UTP circuits, and varifocal IR bullet-cameras Vandal-proof side-opening housings with cable-management brackets and optional built-in IR IED.

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MESSOA Presents Its Latest Full HD H.264 IP Cameras And New Technologies For Traffic Solutions
MESSOA Presents Its Latest Full HD H.264 IP Cameras And New Technologies For Traffic Solutions

The MEGASSOA™ Full HD H.264 network camera series incorporate a full range of functions, including intelligent detection, HyperDynamic and Smart Focus. These functions coupled with amazingly clear and detailed images to deliver a superior security solution. The MEGASSOA™ series cameras are also equipped with Lumii™ II technology that increase sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. Furthermore, it is ONVIF compliant, facilitating integration and enhancing scalability by ensuring interoperability between network video products regardless of their brand. MESSOA's complete traffic solutions deliver the latest technological excitement. The new CatchAll™ II technology enables the camera to suppress high beam headlights and capture crisper, clearer images for identification. Moreover, MESSOA's patented Lumii™ II technology helps increase the sensitivity and reduce video noise in low light conditions. It is worth mentioning that cameras equipped with the industry's leading fog penetration technology can greatly enhance its identification ratio by delivering more information-rich imagery. The full range of dedicated traffic surveillance cameras is ideal for intersections, freeways, parking areas, ports, metros, railways and tunnels, making it the most effective solution on the market for applications ranging from law enforcement to vehicle inspection. Feedback has been positive with users commenting on the many applications and features such as the user friendly interface and MESSOA's outstanding MEGASSOA™, CatchAll™ II and Lumii™ II technologies. The extremely detailed clips and the vast improvement in picture quality were also well received. Further advantages were the extremely sturdy nature of the camera and low maintenance. MESSOA is committed to employing state-of-the-art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service. We would like to thank everyone who visited us at IFSEC 2010.

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Messoa SCR 505 Infrared 15M Plate-capture Camera
Messoa SCR 505 Infrared 15M Plate-capture Camera

MESSOA introduced two new LPR/ANPR cameras for entrance and parking applications at IFSEC 2009. One of the new offerings features our CatchAll™ Engine, an innovative technology for optimized video processing that delivers clear color overviews and razor-sharp number-plate shots of moving vehicles to external recognition software. Both new cameras also feature vandal resistance and an IP66 weatherproofing rating. Both new LPR/ANPR cameras make outstanding traffic-security solutions. The SCR505 features high-contrast imaging performance that delivers sharp, clear license-plate captures of vehicles moving up to 30km/h, even in bad weather and low-light conditions. The SCR506 incorporates color-overview functionality that enables this plate-capture camera to monitor its surroundings, gathering information on vehicle type, color, and model. The SCR506 can also capture non-reflective plates at short range (less than 5 meters), and includes an ICR day/night mode that enables it to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. The cameras' compact design and durable housings are vandal-resistant and deliver IP66 weatherproofing, helping make them the most cost-effective solutions on the market for gated-community and parking-lot applications, as well as for traffic monitoring, law enforcement, and border control. Key features of MESSOA's traffic-security solutions include: 1/3" Sony CCD/DSP 9-22mm IR-corrected lens IR visible distance to 15 Meters (50 ft.) and an effective capture distance 3-8m (10-27 ft) Easy installation, including external controls (zoom and focus) Sunshield and rainguard Protection class: vandal-resistance and IP66 weatherproofing Applications: entrance/parking, access control, etc.

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MESSOA Innovative License Plate Capture Camera With Overview Functionality
MESSOA Innovative License Plate Capture Camera With Overview Functionality

End users often ask ANPR cameras to play a dual role: plate recognition and overview monitoring. But when cameras are tasked with capturing plates while simultaneously providing wide-area coverage, their performance suffers. MESSOAdeveloped the SCR506R specifically to address this issue. The camera delivers uncompromising close-range number-plate capture (for reflective plates) and overview-monitoring performance. The SCR506R features MESSOA's innovative CatchALL™technology. An innovative solution to the main challenges faced in traffic surveillance, CatchALL™ technology enables the camera to ignore extraneous information on number plates and even eliminates headlight glare. The SCR506R is a comprehensive solution that requires no external LPR software: reflective plates can be visually identified directly from the monitor. The camera also features integrated Day/Night overview functionality that facilitates monitoring of surrounding areas and delivers information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. Equipped with a powerful 850nm IR LED, the SCR506R works perfectly even in total darkness to deliver clear and sharp plate captures. The camera's varifocal IR-corrected lens and IR day/night mode keep it in focus day and night, optimizing its round-the-clock image-capture capabilities. In short, the SCR506R delivers the kind of reliability and day-and-night surveillance-and-capture performance crucial to maximizing the efficacy of LPR. Features: Reflective plates: optimized to capture reflective plates. Day / night overview functionality: monitors surrounding areas, gathering information on vehicle type, colour, and shape. 24-hour surveillance: ICR day/night switching enables the camera to adapt to diverse lighting conditions. Powerful IR: a high-powered LED helps minimize energy usage. Wide field of view: captures a wide 3-8m (10-27 ft) field. Rain guard / extendable sunshield: minimize the effects of rain and sunlight on image quality. Easy installation: a cable-management bracket facilitates installation in any location.

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MESSOA Presents Its 50 Metre (164ft) Infrared Camera With Vari-focal Lens - The SCR368
MESSOA Presents Its 50 Metre (164ft) Infrared Camera With Vari-focal Lens - The SCR368

MESSOA is proud to present their newest, superior infrared CCTV camera - the SCR368. The SCR368 possesses a 50 metre (164 feet) view range that can capture sharp pictures in even the darkest night. Enhanced with Lumii™ III - the latest in image enhancing technology - the SCR368 is able to make images appear sharper and clearer than traditional cameras. Clear, visible pictures at night The MESSOA SCR368 is a high quality, CCTV, bullet camera that can show clear pictures in all conditions. It is equipped with a 1/3" SONY Exview HAD CCD II that is able to reproduce 700 TV lines of image clarity. Implemented with exclusive Lumii™ III technology, the SCR368 is capable of displaying first rate 12-bit images. This enables the SCR368 to deliver a representation of the detected image that is sharper and clearer than conventional cameras. Lumii™ III technology also helps to tackle difficult conditions. For instance, Lumii™III greatly enhances camera sensitivity in extremely low light environments. Conventional cameras switch to B/W mode when encountering a poorly lit environment; not so with the SCR368 which allows for crystal clear clarity even in 0 lux situations. Wide coverage area let's you see more A quality, 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens allows you more flexibility in camera placement while giving a wide coverage area. Proper view angles are easy to set up using only a single lens thus reducing inventory requirements. The 6mm~50mm vari-focal lens provides great shots at any angle. Intelligent power consumption The SCR368 uses 7W of power max - much lower than other IR cameras. A single light control reduces power consumption by 30%-40%. Additionally, IR LEDS do not always need to be on during night time surveillance, but only until the monitored environment reaches under 10 lux. Thus, LED life is extended and requires less maintenance. No IR reflections and focus shift problems The SCR368 comes with superior IR LED design to reduce IR disturbance. Reflection is prevented and a wide variety of installation locations become available. It is also equipped with an IR corrected lens to remove focus shift problems when switching between day and night modes. Built tough and feature packed With an IP66-rated housing, the SCR368 is resistant to extreme weather, vandalism and tampering. Also, intelligent cable management protects the cameras wires from water, heat and other hazards while making installation simple in any location. The settings can be easily adjusted using the controls on the housing, without the need to open the case. Motion detection automates and enhances the ability to detect potential threats. Customisable privacy zones allow ultimate flexibility when blocking out residential and private areas that do not need to be recorded.

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MESSOA Introduces The NCC800 Its First Cube Network Camera
MESSOA Introduces The NCC800 Its First Cube Network Camera

Targeting retail and small business applications, this feature-packed yet easy-to-use NCC800 cube camera provides 2-megapixel Full HD resolution with built-in IR LEDs and comprehensive network capabilities, suitable for any detail-demanding installation that requires 24/7 surveillance and remote monitoring in clear megapixel image quality over the network.Advanced features, including 2-way audio communication with the built-in microphone and speakers, input and output ports for alarms and sensors, local storage support, and a variety of intelligent video functions, are all packed in the NCC800 to provide a versatile surveillance solution that addresses the unique requirements of small businesses.Exceptional full HD video qualityProprietary Lumiitechnology significantly enhances the camera sensitivity while reducing video noise to deliver optimized video images in unparalleled sharpness without distortion in a low light environment. Whether it is general overview or close-up focus, day or night, the NCC800 provides wider and clearer images in full HD video quality at full frame rates around the clock. Blurry images are minimised, and individuals and objects of interest come through in perfect clarity.True visibility in pitch darknessLeading the industry in illumination distance, the integrated infrared LED illuminator gives true, maximised visibility in complete darkness with uniform light distribution up to 10 meters (33ft.), suitable for off-hour surveillance, low to no light applications or places required for 24/7 covert surveillance.Hassle-free installation with flexible connectivity The NCC800 can be powered by either DC 12V or Power over Ethernet (PoE), adding flexibility to camera installations where power outlet is unavailable. In addition to the standard Ethernet connection to a wired network, the NCC800 is also compatible with Wi-Fi connectivity and provides the high-speed, reliable wireless network connection without the hassle of complicated wiring.

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Surveillance cameras - Expert commentary

Retail Security In 2021 And Beyond
Retail Security In 2021 And Beyond

This year has brought about changes in virtually every sector. As with other frontline industries, the security sector has been tested more than those able to move entirely to remote working. While the promise of a vaccine means an end is in sight, the post-COVID era will not bring with it a return to the ‘normal’ we knew before the pandemic. Organizations have adapted, becoming more resilient and agile and this will have lasting effects. The coming months will continue to be testing. The tiered system will see the precautions in place fluctuate with the situation. Initial lockdown period At the same time, a gradual return to normal as the vaccine is rolled out will require adaptive measures. The security sector will be at the heart of keeping people safe throughout this process. The initial lockdown period and the first wave of panic buying might seem like a lifetime ago. However, the introduction of the second lockdown in November was accompanied by another wave of stockpiling despite organizations trying to reassure their customers. It is uncertainty that breeds anxiety, and we continue to see this as the restrictions fluctuate across the country. The tier system depends upon a number of factors: case detection rate, how quickly case numbers are rising or falling, positive COVID-19 test numbers in the general population, pressure on the NHS in that region, and local context and exceptional circumstances. Social distancing measures For the sector to meet demand, technology will be needed to work alongside the manned guarding role While travel is allowed in all tiers if necessary for work, government advice still recommends that those able to work from home should do so. This means that throughout the country, many buildings will remain empty or at minimal capacity for some time to come. Security risks vary with the restrictions in each area. Although shops are largely open, tier three still requires the closure of many premises. Vacant premises are more vulnerable to theft and damage, meaning officers and security technology remain in higher demand than usual. As more premises are allowed to open, the need for officers to implement social distancing measures increases, stretching the sector like never before. For the sector to meet demand, technology will be needed to work alongside the manned guarding role. Temperature checking devices It will continue to be important in providing security when officers cannot be present in person through CCTV and sensors. But it will also be integrated into the manned guarding role to streamline processes. We are already seeing the start of this as many officers are using handheld temperature checking devices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We’ll also see temperature scanners installed into buildings to allow security guards to focus on other priorities. Those businesses that are open will need to continue to adapt to the changing regulations in the coming months. Christmas is a busy period that stretches the retail sector. Unpredictability results in heightened stress levels and makes it more difficult for people to reliably take in and recall information. Security officers are a key first point of contact both to enforce measures and reassure anxious staff and members of the public. Enforcing one-Way systems Security staff will need to keep members of the public safe and prevent disruption Some shops are enforcing one-way systems and limiting the number of customers allowed inside. Over Christmas, many more may choose to do so. Security officers will be responsible for ensuring these precautions are followed. With the heightened pressure of the festive period, it can be hard to predict how members of the public will respond to officers enforcing measures. Security staff will need to keep members of the public safe and prevent disruption. Doing so will require tact and empathy in dealing with customers. Within shops, too, officers will be tasked with ensuring social distancing and other measures are followed effectively. Doing so, they must work closely with clients to understand what protocols are in place and how to handle a breach. They must also be able to enact discretion. For example, clients may not take issue with protocols being broken momentarily or accidentally. Extensive government guidance There is extensive government guidance on the precautions that should be taken on various premises. They include the introduction of one-way systems and limiting building capacity. Measures such as one-way systems may be broken by those that don’t notice or don’t care. Officers must be able to judge what responses are appropriate while maintaining a calm and reassuring presence. The security officer role has long been moving toward a more front of house position as, for many visitors to a building, they are the first point of contact. The pandemic has accelerated this trend. Working on the frontline of the pandemic, officers have had to play a more multifaceted role than ever before. Officers still act as deterrents and manage security issues, but they must also use empathy and strong communication skills to inform and reassure customers and staff onsite. Adapting to new technology They will need to be able to learn quickly on the job and adapt to new technology and practices Being able to demonstrate this flexibility and to read a situation and react appropriately will be some of the skills most in demand in the industry in the future. Officers will need to build close working relationships with clients. In addition, many will have new roles, such as taking temperatures with handheld devices. They will need to be able to learn quickly on the job and adapt to new technology and practices. Technology, too, will be more important. If the global pandemic has driven any point home, it is that we cannot always see or sense threats. Data-Driven insights Temperature checks and occupancy sensors will be the norm in protecting from COVID, while security technology and data-driven insights will continue to grow in popularity. The security sector specializes in adapting to the unexpected and the threatening. It continues to demonstrate incredible value through the pandemic. While the coming months will undoubtedly be trying, the sector is adapting. Lessons have been learned from the pandemic that will affect business globally. Security specialists are taking these on and creating a stronger and more effective industry.

Trends And Challenges We Will See In The AI-driven Security Space In 2021
Trends And Challenges We Will See In The AI-driven Security Space In 2021

For decades, the nature of global safety has been evolving. From physical security threats like large-scale terrorist attacks and lone actor stabbings to chemical threats such as the Salisbury poisonings and even microbiological threats such as COVID-19, new challenges are constantly arising and the threat landscape we operate in today is constantly changing. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks. With the economic downturn, there is the traditional rise in theft, violence and other crimes. Compound this with unmanned businesses and work-at-home staff, and there is a perfect storm for a rise in security threats. Artificial intelligence (AI) and specifically the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), was already causing widespread disruption in many industries, including the security industry. AI has been a driving force to replace labor-based business models with integrated data and actionable intelligence that is context-aware. It has become apparent that AI will play a big part in the ongoing fight against both pandemics such as COVID-19, as well as other threats that we may face in the future. With all of this in mind, 2021 is poised to be a big year for AI growth. While AI is going to continue to impact our lives in dozens of ways, from smart sensors to face mask compliance detection, the following reflects a few top trends and challenges that I have my eye on for 2021 as we close out this year. The rise of smart city investments One such example is the increasing development of smart cities and how AI can be leveraged to build safe communities. To date, we’ve seen an increase in the number of smart city programmes around the globe; cities that are beginning to deploy innovative technologies for the management and ease of life services. Compounding the complexity of the security issues is the complexity and nature of attacks Typical development of a city includes standard infrastructure - roads, schools, power, water, transportation. Now, internet, data and AI capabilities are part of the standard infrastructure requirements for all new developments. AI promises to deliver increased efficiencies with the infrastructure that will accommodate growing populations while reducing our impact on the environment, resources, and communities. Global cities now account for more than half of the world’s population, and the United Nations projects the number to balloon to 68% by mid-century. Owing to both demographic shifts and overall population growth, that means that around 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by the middle of the century, predicts the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). With an increase in population has come an increase in global spending on smart city initiatives to drive down the impact of growing urban concentration. Global spending on smart city initiatives is expected to total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide, while Singapore, Tokyo, London and New York as the big spenders - expected to spend more than $1 billion in 2020. Using AI-driven technology to create safer public and private spaces Today, security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments to protect the population in a more efficient, and accurate manner. As we look ahead to the future of public safety, it’s clear that new AI technology can dramatically improve the effectiveness of today’s physical security space. One such deployment is the use of video object recognition/computer vision software that can be integrated into existing video monitoring security (VMS) systems. These enhanced VMS systems can be deployed both inside and outside of buildings to identify risks and flag threats, such weapons, aggressive behaviours, theft, and safety compliance. This helps to minimize the impact of a breach by an early alert to onsite security in real-time to the location and nature of the potential threat, allowing them to intervene before a loss occurs. These same AI-enabled video solutions can similarly be used to provide advanced business operations in retail, logistics, and manufacturing organizations. Multi-sensor security solutions Also, targeted magnetic and radar sensor technologies, concealed in everyday objects like planter boxes or inside walls, can now scan individuals and bags entering a building for concealed threat objects. Using AI/machine learning, these two sensor solutions combined can identify metal content on the body and bag and match the item to a catalog of threat items, such as guns, rifles, knives and bombs. Security solutions driven by AI are being developed and can be covertly deployed across a range of physical environments Without this advanced multi-sensor solution, it becomes nearly impossible to discover a weapon on a person's body before it appears in an assailant’s hands. This multi-sensor solution allows for touchless, unobtrusive access to a building, but allows for immediate notification to onsite security when a concealed threat is detected. The hidden technology thus empowers security staff to intercept threats before they evolve into a wider scale attack, while also maintaining the privacy and civil liberties of the public, unless, of course, they are carrying a concealed weapon or pose a physical threat. With the advent of sophisticated surveillance and technological innovation, a level of caution must be exerted. Despite the ongoing global debate, there remains little regulation about the use of AI technologies in today’s physical security space. One thing is certain; it must be deployed in the right place, at the right time, with the right privacy and civil liberty protection objectives. People don’t want to be protected by omnipresent, obstructive and overbearing security systems that infringe on their privacy and civil liberties. They want a proper balance between security and their current way of life, one that must be fused together. Technology and tracing COVID-19 Machine learning-based technologies are playing a substantial role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, the key purpose of surveillance systems has been to detect and deter threats, including the detection of visible and hidden weapons and abnormal behavior. While this, of course, remains a primary focus, today we are seeing how surveillance systems defend against new invisible threats, as well as rapidly automate the process of contact-tracing to capture and contain a virus before it spreads. Again, the ability to track and trace through parsing algorithms that can manage through enormous amounts of data provides a highly scalable and rapid response mechanism to control the spread of threats. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact Although the threat may not be visible, it is just as destructive. By incorporating AI into existing technologies, government, healthcare and security professionals can monitor public spaces and environments through the combined use of digital and thermal video surveillance cameras and video management systems); just one of the solutions being explored. AI has demonstrated potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact. By Using AI-powered video analytic software, businesses can monitor face masks, social distancing and large gathering compliance and also detect elevated body temperature. Critically, technology must be capable of both identifying and tracking the virus but also be unobtrusive. An unobtrusive system that is adaptable enough to be deployed across a range of environments where the public gathers in enclosed spaces is necessary to be effective. Security in 2021 Technology has proven itself to be a valuable ally in times of crisis. For smart cities, the use of innovative AI/machine learning technologies will help optimize security solutions in areas that are brimming with potential. As we look ahead to the future of security in a world that is impacted by such a wide range of threats, from physical to chemical to microbiological, it’s clear that new technologies, specifically AI can dramatically improve the effectiveness of security systems and help us to better defend against a wide spectrum of threats. Technology has a huge role to play in making our communities safe in 2021 and beyond, but for security systems to be effective, they must not be oppressive or obstructive. This will ensure they have the full support of the public - the key to success.

Securing Your Business While Working Remotely
Securing Your Business While Working Remotely

It's a very common purchase for people to seek a smart security camera to remotely link them to their home while at work. Now the emphasis has shifted, with a lot more people working from home, business owners should consider a surveillance device to deter would-be thieves, protecting valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours.    According to a recent report, police forces are having to carry out extra night patrols in empty city and town centers, as burglars target shops, pubs and other commercial premises during the pandemic. During these unprecedented times, investing in a video security system can save you and your business money – and in more than one way. In addition to preventing loss of property from inside, surveillance cameras also prevent acts of theft and vandalism by outside individuals However, technology, improved cellphone connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has changed the security market and made it easy for anyone to set up a surveillance ecosystem with easy installation and constant round the clock, cloud monitoring. Plus, you can access footage from anywhere in the world via devices and apps – just in case you have to skip the country! The best cameras for SMBs Most good cameras have the much same functionality: excellent video and audio capabilities, remote access and programming, motion and sound detection, and the ability to capture still or video images and audio and save the data to the Cloud. But the burning question is, when you're trying to find a need in a haystack, what will work best for a small to medium sized business? A robust security camera setup can aid existing security staff, and give business owners peace of mind out of hours Now you can buy cameras that come packed with features such as integrated night vision, 1080p resolution, microSD card slot for local recording, two-way audio functionality as well as the latest latest 128bit encryption. They also have wide-angle lenses allowing users to see more of their office with a single camera, and some come with free, intelligent AI-Based motion detection. The AI gives users more choices on what is captured by the camera and when they should be alerted. Users can specify what types of motion they would like to detect, such as an intruder as opposed to a dog, an object crossing a defined boundary or into a specific area. They can also define multiple zones, alerting them immediately when movement is detected in particular areas. Easy installation is crucial These security cameras should also be easy enough to install and use that you don't need to fork out for expensive expert installation, and many can work with existing CCTV and CCTV DVR systems you may already have set-up. Many of the business security cameras are Wi-Fi enabled and come with their own apps, so you can view footage on your smartphone or tablet, no matter where you are in the world. It means you don't need to pay for a security team to watch the footage at all times (though if you can afford it, that won't hurt), and you can store your videos locally with an NVR on a HD, in the cloud with mydlink or do both with a hybrid NVR/cloud recorder. The apps use Rich Notifications which send a push notification with snapshot to the mobile device the moment activity is detected. Users can react immediately without the need to log into the app by accessing the camera’s live view or calling one of two pre-assigned contacts with a single tap. Any motion-triggered recordings can be saved in the cloud, or locally on a microSD card. Indoor, Outdoor or both? Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras The primary distinction between indoor and outdoor security cameras is the types of external factors each camera has to be able to withstand. While both types of cameras usually come in similar styles and with comparable features, outdoor cameras need to be able to contend with all types of weather and varying light conditions. Outdoor cameras are also more vulnerable to being tampered with, so they are typically made of more durable materials, like metal, and may be heavier or even housed in a casing in order to discourage easy removal. Indoor cameras can be smaller, more lightweight and are usually less intrusive than bulkier outdoor cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras utilize features like infrared, allowing for clear pictures in low light conditions and easy transitions when there is a sudden change in light-changing automatically from color images in bright light to black and white when it gets darker. When doing your research, features to look out for include: Wide angle lens for optimum room view or full view of the front of your property Full HD 1080p at 30fps   ONVIF compatible - Open Network Video Interface Forum - The forum aims to standardize how IP products within the video surveillance industry communicate with each other. Night vision - look at length of the night vision - 5m is about right Your options will depend on your budget and specific needs, but the above features are a great start when you come to buy.

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Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS V2.5 Video Management Software Adds New Storage And Performance Features
Digital Watchdog DW Spectrum IPVMS V2.5 Video Management Software Adds New Storage And Performance Features

Digital Watchdog (DW™), the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of the latest update for DW Spectrum™ IPVMS. The new v2.5 software adds powerful new features including a bookmarks engine and storage backup, performance improvements and improved support for multi-sensor cameras. Easy Approach To HD Surveillance DW Spectrum IPVMS is an elegantly easy cutting-edge approach to HD surveillance, addressing the primary obstacles and limitations of managing enterprise-level HD video while offering the lowest total cost of deployment and ownership of any solution on the market. The software offers advanced search features to help you quickly find incidents or instantly review an exact date and time. The software is cross-platform, installs quickly and provides instant network mapping and discovery to start viewing your entire security system in minutes. DW Spectrum IPVMS is a perfect solution for any application that requires ease, speed, efficiency, and unprecedented image quality. “With the timely release of DW Spectrum 2.5, it continues to deliver unprecedented return on investment without the need for an annual maintenance agreement.” said Patrick Kelley, Director of IP Sales – North America, Digital Watchdog. “These new features are seamlessly incorporated into the DW Spectrum user interface, providing a dramatically easier user experience for all user levels than any other video management solution on the market.” DW Spectrum™ IPVMS Features: New Mobile Apps - Brand new cross-platform mobile apps for iOS and Android with better performance, revamped design and consistent user experience across both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Bookmarks - Users can create bookmarks for specific segments of archived video with names, descriptions, and tags either manually or via the Rules & Events engine. Storage Backup - Users can now set up scheduled or real-time archive backup of high-res, low-res, or all streams from selected cameras to local, NAS, or even cloud-based storage locations (e.g. ftp sites, Amazon Prime Storage, etc). PTZ Preset as an Action - Users can now set up rules to trigger a PTZ preset as an action (e.g. create a motion event on a fixed camera that triggers the PTZ to look at the spot where motion occurred). Alarm Layout - allows users to set display-camera-on-Alarm-Layout as an action (aka pop-up video on alarm). Live Video Text Overlay - allows users to create custom text overlays-as-an-action (including Generic Event API). New Device Support: Axis F44 Main Unit Axis Q6000E panoramic camera ACTi V23 4 Channel Encoder (with I/O Support) Messoa IP Cameras (with I/O Support) Hikvision DS-6704HFI 4 Channel Video Server Implemented "Advanced" Settings for DWC-BVI2IR cameras Improved support for DWC-PZV2M72T cameras Vista VK2-1080XVRDPTPMF camera now mapped for advanced PTZ Arecont RTSP camera support implemented Digital I/O support for Arecont cameras implemented Improvements To Management Software: Added "Connect" button to the "Test" dialog during dialog Updated viewing cell icons and improved styling for "info" data Calendar widget can now be pinned Added layout background support for video wall Transcoding is now enabled by default for video export from multi-sensor cameras (e.g. DWC-PZV2M72T) Added warning before export if export will result in video downscaling (applies only to very high resolution or multi-sensor cameras) "Timeline mode" renamed to "Time Mode". Change can be seen in timeline, timestamps in Event Logs, Audit Trail and Bookmark Log Added ability to sort Alarm/Event Rules by any column Improved "Server Settings" and "System Administration" dialogs - now changes can be applied without closing dialog Storage Analytics improvement - storage utilised by deleted/moved out cameras is displayed separately Storage usage optimisations and improvements Improved time synchronization mechanism between Servers Improved error messages for some cases of push updates failure "Free Storage Space" is increased from 5Gb to 50Gb for NAS   Server SSL can now be disabled API documentation is improved and extended General Server stability improvements based on anonymous usage and crash statistics

MESSOA Technologies Launches Industry’s First 3-megapixel IR Bullet LPR/ANPR Network Camera
MESSOA Technologies Launches Industry’s First 3-megapixel IR Bullet LPR/ANPR Network Camera

MESSOA Technologies Inc. recently announced the launch of the LPR606, the industry’s first 3-megapixel IR Bullet LPR/ANPR network camera. The newest addition to MESSOA’s existing IP traffic camera lineup was specifically engineered for overview and access control LPR applications at car parks, toll booths, gated communities, and a variety of low-speed environments. Designed with access control in mind, the LPR606 is ideal for applications of capturing vehicles with reflective license plates traveling at moderate speeds up to 60km/h. The 3MP resolution of the LPR606 allows for a much wider view and more details compared to VGA, covering up to 2 traffic lanes with just a single camera. Not only does it reduce the total cost of ownership, the camera delivers much enhanced image quality, which ensures plate recognition results are up to the high standards. The LPR606 is equipped with a 30m IR LED unit that generates adequate, even illumination needed for the high megapixel images at difficult lighting conditions. Thanks to MESSOA’s low light expertise and the camera’s LPR-oriented specifications, such as configurable shutter speed, iris, and illumination control, the LPR606 is able to deliver unparalleled imaging performance that yields superior LPR rates. Deployment-wise, the 3-axis cable management bracket and external lens adjustment significantly facilitates installation of this outdoor-ready LPR/ANPR camera. “We are excited to be the first one to provide a 3MP IP LPR camera to the market,” said Ervin Wang, Sales Director of MESSOA. “LPR application is becoming a more prevalent segment in video surveillance. It is vital to use cameras that are specifically designed for LPR and can offer reliably accurate capture at all times. The LPR606 is a revolutionizing solution that advances fixed LPR to a new IP era.” The LPR606 is duly compliant with the latest ONVIF standards and can be fully integrated with major LPR/ANPR platforms, such as Milestone and Genetec. It also comes with the SDK tool for easy integration with other 3rd party software. The LPR606 is available for sample orders now and scheduled for shipment in February.

MESSOA and NUUO to jointly showcase video management solutions at ISC East 2013
MESSOA and NUUO to jointly showcase video management solutions at ISC East 2013

The collaborated display will show enhanced image quality and system versatility MESSOA Technologies Inc. will be teaming up with NUUO to make its debut appearance at the upcoming ISC East on November 20 in New York City, USA. The two long-term partners together will showcase intelligent video management solutions that combine superior image quality and system versatility for various applications in front of the crowd. Through the ONVIF open-platform standards and SDK integrations, the NUUO NVR and software, ranging from the Titan Series to the NVRSolo Series, are seamlessly interoperated with MESSOA IP cameras, which include the following models: The PRO Series, 2MP models featuring superior HDTV video quality up to 30fps with H.264 codec support 5MP models delivering maximum detail for large covered areas Traffic cameras, such as 2MP LPR network camera NCH517 and CatchAll Technology embedded SCR505 The NIC900 Series Speed Dome, such as NIC990 featuring 1080p, 20X optical zoom, and WDR capability These models, featuring superior HDTV video quality and low light performance, will be showcased at the stand along with live demonstration. The collaborated display will show customers how they could benefit from the enhanced image quality and the system versatility provided by the two leading brands. Join us in the Big Apple where our sale representatives will be available for discussions on the stand. The NUUO-MESSOA booth will be located at Stand No. 301 in the brand new venue of Javits Center.

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