VIVOTEK Launches H.264 Day & Night Speed Dome Network Camera – SD8111/8121
VIVOTEK Launches H.264 Day & Night Speed Dome Network Camera – SD8111/8121

VIVOTEK SD81x1, equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens, is a high performance day/night speed dome network camera geared for professional surveillance applications, representing another significant addition to VIVOTEK's high-end H.264 network camera portfolio. Adopting a 12x optical zoom lens and utilising Sony's EXView CCD sensor, this network camera allows for not only close-up images with exceptional detail from a faraway distances, but also crystal-clear, razor-sharp video of fast-moving objects without jagged edges. With a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, it provides fast, precise movement with endless 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. The user can easily control the lens position via mouse or joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 128 preset positions for patrolling. The day and night functionality also makes the SD81x1 ideal for operating under diverse lighting conditions. When lighting conditions turn poor, the IR-cut filter will automatically disengage to accept IR illumination and improve image quality. With the new 2D & 3D noise reduction technology, environmental noise is removed to provide crystal clear nighttime video and the camera automatically switches from colour to black and white, assuring optimal image quality at all times. Additional advanced features, including 3GPP mobile surveillance, two-way audio via SIP protocol, and digital I/O for external sensors & alarms, make the VIVOTEK SD81x1 a full-featured speed dome and a suitable solution for all levels of enterprise projects such as airports, parking lots, and shopping malls, where high-level reliability and precision are an absolute must. Key features:  Sony EXview HAD CCD Sensor in D1 Resolution 12x Zoom Lens  360° Continuous Pan and 190° Tilt  Removable IR-cut Filter for Day & Night Functionality  Real-time H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec)  Simultaneous Multiple Streams  3D Noise Reduction for Clear Nighttime Image  Activity Adaptive Streaming for Dynamic Frame Rate Control  Two-way Audio via SIP Protocol  Built-in SD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board Storage  Supports ONVIF Standard to Simplify Integration and Enhance Interoperability 

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Back From IFSEC! VIVOTEK Continues To Impress Retail Vertical Market
Back From IFSEC! VIVOTEK Continues To Impress Retail Vertical Market

VIVOTEK has returned from IFSEC, feeling fulfilled and rewarded as usual, as it was another year of successful exhibition. The product display and design of the VIVOTEK booth reflected the investment and efforts the company has made, particularly in the retail vertical market. The Fun-minar session, new to VIVOTEK this year, turned out to be a great success. Many visitors were drawn to the booth not only for the amazing giveaways but also the opportunities to exchange technical knowledge. A good number of the fun-minar questions revolved around the models designed for retail, including the FD8136 and FD8131. VIVOTEK FD8136, at a size of 90 mm in diameter with an installation time of less than 120 seconds, is currently the world’s smallest network-based fixed dome camera. With selectable focal lengths, the FD8136 is suitable for versatile applications and environments at retail chain stores and boutique stores. VIVOTEK FD8131, equipped with a CMOS sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280 x 800 up to 30 fps, is another retail-specific solution. Like the FD8136, the compact, all-in-one FD8131 comes with a vari-focal lens and on-board storage and is a perfect stand-alone device. Some of the recent retail projects won by VIVOTEK include Plaza El Roble Mall in Chile and Morocco Mall in Morocco. VIVOTEK continues to invest in the retail vertical market. From June 12 to June 14, VIVOTEK will exhibit at Retail Asia Expo in Hong Kong (booth number J25) – come visit and let VIVOTEK show you a world full of possibilities with surveillance solutions and applications for retail. For more information, please visit www.vivotek.com. Note: VIVOTEK FD8131 is estimated to be available as of Q3 2012. 

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VIVOTEK Launches 2-megapixel Vandal-proof Fixed Dome-MD7560
VIVOTEK Launches 2-megapixel Vandal-proof Fixed Dome-MD7560

VIVOTEK MD7560 is a compact, 2-megapixel network camera geared toward transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles. With full EN50155 compliance & IP67-rated design, the camera can withstand shock, vibration, humidity, dust, and temperature fluctuations, maintaining stable and reliable video during vehicle movement. Furthermore, the vandal-proof metal housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. As such, the combination of high resolution imaging and protective housing endows the MD7560 with the rugged reliability required to maximize passenger safety and optimize mobile surveillance.  By utilising high definition 1600x1200 resolution, the MD7560 can deliver extremely clear and detailed images, achieving accurate identification of people or objects with ease. Video footage of in-vehicle passenger activities or vehicle accidents captured with this camera can thus be used for post-event forensic evidence.  With the tamper detection feature, the MD7560 becomes a truly robust and intelligent camera that keeps security staff notified once it suffers video loss from being blocked or spray-painted. PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) also allows the camera to be operated and powered with a single Ethernet cable, giving greater ease of installation. In order to facilitate on-board storage and data portability, the camera is also complete with a MicroSDHC card slot for local recording. The MD7560 also offers a broad spectrum of advanced features, including QoS for optimized bandwidth efficiency; IPv6 for next generation networks, temperature alarm trigger, HTTPS encrypted data transmission, 802.1 X authentications for secure network protection, and 32-CH ST7501 recording software. Key features: 2-megapixel CMOS Sensor EN50155 Compliance for Professional Mobile Surveillance Wide Angle Fixed Lens Real-time MPEG-4 and M-JPEG Compression (Dual Codec) Multiple Simultaneous Streams Video Cropping for Bandwidth Savings ePTZ for Data Efficiency Temperature Alarm Trigger Tamper Detection for Unauthorized Changes IP67-rated, Tamper- and Vandal-proof Housing Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE (MD7560) 12. Built-in MicroSD/SDHC Card Slot for On-board

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How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages
How Smart Technology Is Simplifying Safety And Security In Retirement Villages

James Twigg is the Managing Director of Total Integrated Solutions (TIS), an independent life safety, security and communication systems integrator, specializing in design & consultancy, technology and regulatory compliance. Total Integrated Solutions work primarily with retirement villages, helping to ensure the safety of residents in numerous retirement villages across the country. In this opinion piece, James shares how smart technology is helping security teams and care staff alike in ensuring the safety and security of their spaces, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Impact of smart technology Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives Smart technology is having an impact on pretty much every aspect of our lives. From how we travel, to how we work, to how we run our homes. It’s not unusual to have Alexa waking us up and ordering our groceries or Nest to be regulating the temperature and energy in our homes. And while there’s a popular misconception that people in their later years are allergic to technology, retirement villages and care homes are experiencing significant innovation too. And the result is not only improved quality of life for residents, but also improved safety and security systems for management teams. Switching to converged IP systems I’ve been working in the life safety and security industry for over fifteen years. When I first joined TIS, much of the sector was still very analog, in terms of the technology being installed and maintained. Slowly but surely, we’ve been consulting and advising customers on how to design, install and maintain converged IP systems that all talk to each other and work in tandem. I'm excited to say retirement villages are some of the top spaces leading the way, in terms of technological advancement. Improving the quality of life for residents A move into a retirement village can be daunting and one of the key concerns that we hear about is the loss of independence. No one wants to feel like they are being monitored or to have someone constantly hovering over them. One of the ways we’ve used smart technology to maintain residents' independence is through devices, such as health monitors and motion sensors. For example, instead of having a member of staff check-in on residents every morning, to ensure they are well, sensors and analytics can automatically detect changes in routine and alert staff to possible problems. Similarly, wearable tech, such as smart watches give residents a chance to let staff know they are okay, without having to tell them face-to-face. As our retirement village customers have told us, a simple ‘I’m okay’ command can be the difference between someone feeling independent versus someone feeling monitored. Simplifying and improving security systems Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents For the teams responsible for the safety of the people, places and spaces within retirement villages, smart technology is helping to improve and simplify their jobs. Smart technology gives care staff and security oversight of the needs of residents, and ensures rapid response if notified by an emergency alert, ensuring they know the exact location of the resident in need. And without the need to go and physically check-in on every resident, staff and management can ensure staff time is being used effectively. Resources can be distributed where they are needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents who need extra consideration. 24/7 surveillance When planning the safety and security for retirement villages, and other residential spaces, it’s no use having traditional systems that only work effectively for 12 hours a day or need to update during the evening. Surveillance needs to be 24/7 and smart technology allows that without the physical intrusion into people’s spaces and daily lives. Smart technology ensures that systems speak to each other and are easily and effectively managed on one integrated system. This includes video surveillance, which has also become much more effective as a result of advanced video analytics, which automatically warn staff of suspicious behavior. Securing spaces amid COVID-19 This year has, of course, brought new challenges for safety. COVID-19 hit the retirement and residential care sectors hard, first with the initial wave of infections in mid-2020 and then, with the subsequent loneliness caused by the necessary separation of families. As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed As essential workers, we worked closely with our customers to make sure they had everything they needed during this time, equipping residents with tablet devices to ensure they could stay connected with their families and friends. It allowed residents to keep in touch without risking transferring the virus. Thermal cameras and mask detection And now that we’re emerging out of COVID-19 restrictions and most residents can see their families again, we’re installing systems like thermal cameras and mask detection, so as to ensure that security will be alerted to anyone in the space experiencing a high temperature or not wearing proper PPE. Such steps give staff and families alike, the peace-of-mind that operational teams will be alerted at the earliest possible moment, should a COVID-19 risk appear. Thinking ahead to the next fifteen years, I’m excited at the prospect of further technological advancements in this space. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about how complex your security system is or how you compete in the industry. It’s about helping teams to protect the people, spaces and places that matter. I see smart technology playing a huge role in that for years to come.

The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards
The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behavior. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behavior, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organized campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behavior Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behavior, particularly when they are the targets of that behavior. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labor, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditized business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labor-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practise since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.

Safer Streets Require Real-Time Video Analytics
Safer Streets Require Real-Time Video Analytics

The UK government recently announced a doubling of the Safer Streets Fund to £45 million, as it seeks to reassure the public that safety is a top priority, as the night-time economy makes a return. More than just surveillance While this funding increase is much needed, it’s vital that the government and local councils use the money strategically, or risk missing out on a great opportunity to deliver real change and enhance safety across the United Kingdom. One of the main strategies cited by the government is to increase the current vast number of CCTV cameras installed across the country, despite the fact that the UK is already one of the most surveilled nations in the world. Investing in video analytics London alone has around 700,000 cameras, but to effectively monitor them all would be an incredibly inefficient use of manpower and require a huge number of staff. Therefore, I believe the clearest and most cost-effective way for this project to succeed in its overall mission, is by investing in smarter technology, such as video analytics. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution This technology offers a more efficient use of resources, faster response times and enables more informed, time-critical decision making, when reacting to unfolding events in real time. Incorporating video analytics into existing infrastructure is the clear solution, as the technology enables legacy assets, such as analog CCTV cameras, to become more than just after the fact evidence gathering tools and instead be used to help enhance real-time responses to unfolding incidents. Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions Artificial intelligence-enabled solutions are trained using vast datasets of images and video footage, in order to better understand people, objects and vehicles that are captured on film, and they continue ‘learning’ and improving, while in use. The system’s algorithms analyze and prioritize input from video data to decide which inputs are of value, automatically classifying the footage and notifying security personnel accordingly. This reduces response times by notifying CCTV operators of an incident, as it happens, meaning law enforcement and security personnel can react faster and intervene in an ongoing situation. Edge technology and real-time video streaming A key consideration should be choosing a technology that can operate at the edge and deliver real-time video streaming, even at the lowest bandwidths, so it isn’t limited to use in areas with good connectivity, which would exclude most remote areas. Quality really does matter and technology that can operate over low bandwidths is crucial for allowing operators to zoom in on areas of interest, such as a car number plate or face, and retrieve full-resolution images that can make a real difference in ongoing investigations. Analytics-based security approach Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime Introducing an analytics-based security approach would also help curtail the rising cost of tackling crime. Research conducted by the UK’s Labour Party recently found that the annual cost of crime reached a staggering £100 billion. While statistics show that crime rates in general have been fairly stable over recent years, experts point to the increase in specific types of violent crime, such as knife crime which rose by over 20% during 2020. Implementing smart analytics-based technology Implementing smart analytics-based technology would help maintain staffing costs, as the system can identify incidents without an operator’s input, as well as reducing the cost of managing crime, as more incidents will be intervened in before they escalate too far. This dramatically reduces the burden on staff and allows a single surveillance operator to monitor many more cameras. On the other hand, this level of automation also reduces false alarm fatigue and operator overload, which can quickly sap efficiencies and reduce operator alertness, if left unchecked. Data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention Procurement officials should avoid the common mistake of simply doubling down and throwing more staff and security assets at the problem to bring results. Instead, they should take a more data driven problem-solving approach to crime prevention by leveraging technologies that can enhance response and preserve their existing investments in cameras. The smart use of real-time video analytics could make the difference by preventing dangerous situations from escalating into serious incidents.

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Videoloft Ramps Up Activities Across The U.S. With Versatile Cloud Video Surveillance VSaaS Solution
Videoloft Ramps Up Activities Across The U.S. With Versatile Cloud Video Surveillance VSaaS Solution

Videoloft is bolstering its presence in the United States by hiring new U.S.-based sales staff and integrating with established brands in the US market, including Digital Watchdog, exacqVision, Vivotek, and Lorex.  Cloud surveillance systems Videoloft focuses on transforming traditional professional surveillance systems into cloud-connected solutions via the Videoloft Cloud Adapter. The company was born from the innovative technology created for the Manything app in 2012, which turned old smartphones and tablets into ad-hoc DIY home-monitoring cloud cameras, and now boasts over 1 million+ user. Cost-effective cloud solution The versatile and highly cost-effective Videoloft cloud solution can serve either as a backup to local recorders or as a primary recording method, sending video footage direct to the cloud at up to 8MP resolution. Videoloft end-users have remote access to its cloud video surveillance system via the Videoloft cellphone app or web-based VMS The solution employs rigid security protocols to ensure all video is transmitted and stored securely in the Videoloft cloud, which is hosted on Amazon's AWS. Videoloft end-users have remote access to their cloud video surveillance system from anywhere and at any time via the Videoloft cellphone app or web-based VMS. It makes security systems highly proactive and personalized and instantly upgrades legacy systems with new features.  Remotely installed Videoloft’s partner pricing is extremely competitive and is approximately 8 to 10 times less expensive than other cloud providers. The platform is compatible with leading brands, has an impressive feature set including video analytics and remote installation, as well as a proven ability to send video to the cloud over real-world uplink speeds. VSaaS solution Selling predominantly via the channel, Videoloft’s cloud-based VSaaS solution is rapidly being adopted by professional security dealers and systems integrators who add the Videoloft cloud to their customers’ surveillance systems. The solution is being used with exceptional results by a wide variety of users ranging from homeowners to restaurant chains, and healthcare facilities to cannabis growers and dispensaries.   Available versions Videoloft offers two white label versions of their platform, with over 150+ white label solutions already deployed by national distributors and integrators. Videoloft users span 160+ countries and generate the equivalent of 25 years of video monitored by the Videoloft cloud every day.

VIVOTEK announces rebrand, reveals commitment to ‘We Get the Picture’
VIVOTEK announces rebrand, reveals commitment to ‘We Get the Picture’

VIVOTEK, a global, technology-driven IP surveillance solutions provider, unveiled new branding in its transformation towards the IoT age, including logo, brand identity, and a new brand ethos under the slogan, ‘We Get The Picture’. The rebrand marks VIVOTEK’s commitment to its clients, enabling the company to take a more holistic approach and provide leading technology and intelligent insights. The new brand identity reveals its new style with a modern, user-centered, and digital-friendly design. New positioning and redefining look Alex Liao, the president of VIVOTEK stated, “When we say, ‘We Get The Picture’, it means to understand the whole situation in a prompt manner and to always be a step ahead to deliver the solutions demanded by our end-users.” “During the rebrand journey, we discovered that the way we did business for the last two decades, with outstanding service and business integrity, has profoundly shaped who we are today. Our new positioning and look redefine our role in the next era of IoT, but more importantly, deliver the clear message to our customers and partners that they can trust and stand side by side with VIVOTEK.”

Open Security & Safety Alliance Announces New Online Collection Of ‘Driven By OSSA’ Camera Products Portfolio
Open Security & Safety Alliance Announces New Online Collection Of ‘Driven By OSSA’ Camera Products Portfolio

The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an industry body comprised of stakeholders from all facets within the security, safety and building automation space, is proud to point the industry to its newly established ‘Driven by OSSA’ camera portfolio page. ‘Driven by OSSA’ camera products This central repository provides a convenient online location to feature OSSA members’ growing line-up of progressive video security cameras and edge devices that are part of an evolving OSSA-orchestrated ecosystem. OSSA has encouraged its member companies to collaborate to solve common issues This expanding catalog provides unequivocal proof that the Alliance’s vision is transforming into a market reality, with products steadily being introduced to market. Since its inception in late 2018, OSSA has encouraged its member companies to collaborate to solve common issues and therewith enable innovation and increase market and business opportunities with each other. Open ecosystem The market increasingly embraces the philosophy by OSSA to open up the safety and security category, and members are now delivering hardware offerings. The idea of an open ecosystem continues to unfold across the video security space, as evidenced by industry experts bringing to market ‘Driven by OSSA’ devices: AndroVideo: Early OSSA member, AndroVideo introduced its first ‘Driven by OSSA’ Smart Edge fixed cameras. Bosch: The recently introduced Bosch MIC inteox 7100i and AUTODOME inteox 7000i operate on the Bosch INTEOX open camera platform. VIVOTEK: OSSA founding member, VIVOTEK recently launched its first ‘Driven by OSSA’ cameras as part of its iNSIGHT series. Seamlessly combine with third-party software apps These first commercially available cameras can be seamlessly used in combination with third-party software applications. OSSA member company, Security & Safety Things designed an online app store, another building block of the IoT infrastructure specified by OSSA, in support of uniting demand and supply in this open market. Look for additional product announcements about cameras bearing the ‘Driven by OSSA’ seal. The mark indicates devices that follow the OSSA Technology Stack for video security, and prescribes the use of the Alliance-inspired common operating system together with the first three available technical specifications.

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