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Network Video Offers An Important Route To Reducing Shrinkage For Retailers

Axis Communications is seeing strong demand for its network video products in the retail sector following an extended period of engagement with a range of retail solutions providers.  Phil Doyle, managing director of Axis Communications (UK), points out some of   Network video provides ideal solution for retailers faced with rising shrinkage the more successful and practical applications of network video in the sector. The natural focus of any discus...

Future-proofing Your Investment By 'de-coupling' Surveillance Software From Hardware

Milestone Systems' Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Eric Fullerton, outlines clear advantages of choosing an open platform IP video solution to deliver a video surveillance system that has room to grow and expand in any direction with the lowest cost of ownership. Choosing surveillance camera management solutions It is no surprise that  A camera management application limited to one camera vendor is high in risks, low in rewards   security camera vend...

From Reactive To Proactive - Intelligent CCTV Security For A Modern World

Simon Nash, European Product Manager, Network Video Monitoring, Sony Europe, explains the key benefits and potential impact of the new generation of groundbreaking intelligent cameras. It has long been known that there are inherent weaknesses in the process of manually scrutinising security  Intelligent cameras offer proactive network video monitoring monitors hour after hour, in the hope of pinpointing all possible risks.  The challenge has been to find a robust te...

Video Analytics - The New Magic Solution?

Jeremy Kimber, Honeywell's EMEA Marketing Leader, analyses the rising phenomenon of video analytics in the security industry. Like the pharmaceutical industry, CCTV is always unveiling a new wonder cure.  Given the rapid pace of technology development, it is inevitable that new  Rapid growth predicted for analytic software market within the next two to three years solutions are constantly being brought to market.  However, in many cases these new solu...

Open Industry Standards - The Next Steps In Network Video

SourceSecurity.com recently caught up with Jonas Andersson, business development director at Axis Communications, to talk in more detail about Axis' ground-breaking co-operative agreement to work collectively with Bosch and Sony on the development of a standard network interface for network video products.  The resulting collaboration, now called Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), will strive to develop an open industry standard and is inviting would-be participants to register via...

Cooled Versus Uncooled - Thermal Imaging Cameras For Long-range Surveillance

FLIR Systems' Christiaan Maras highlights the benefits between cooled and uncooled thermal imaging systems. The demand for thermal imaging to enhance the CCTV environment is increasing markedly.  Thermal imaging provides 24-hour, all-year-round, long-range asset and personnel protection.  Unlike other cameras thermal imaging cameras require no lighting that may draw unwanted attention to a facility or site.  They provide vivid, high-contrast images of intruders even whe...

Financial Focus For Security

When it comes to the application of sophisticated security techniques in the banking environment - to keep assets, staff and customers safe and secure - financial institutions are looking carefully at how they can seamlessly integrate advances, such as High Definition CCTV and the monitoring of their cash machines, into their existing infrastructure.  Pauline Norstrom, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Dedicated Micros, discusses the challenges. A key issue for banks is to ensure that the...

Challenges And Developments In "intelligent Video Surveillance"

Security analysts IMS Research have charted a 65% annual compound growth in the video analytics market since 2004 and predict that the sector will be worth £215 million in 2009.  Here, Chris Gomersall, Chief Executive Officer of London-based analytics provider Ipsotek, outlines the technology, describes on-site challenges and considers likely developments. Referred to variously as "intelligent video surveillance" or "intelligent scene analysis", video analytics employs algorithm...

Specifying IP Video CCTV Systems For Casinos

Casino operators are among the most pro-active and demanding users of CCTV surveillance. IP Video systems are an ideal solution for this industry, but it's important to specify a well-designed system warns Oliver Vellacott, IndigoVision's CEO. A quality casino surveillance system is an essential business tool used to resolve gaming disputes, monitor public safety and detect fraud, cheating and theft.  The very nature of the gaming environment where patrons and staff intermingle and handle...

Demystifying Video Analytics - Is "intelligent" Now A Dirty Word?

Edward Troha, Director of Marketing for ObjectVideo, questions the actual intelligence of some video analytics packages. While roaming the halls of the seemingly endless stream of security and surveillance trade shows, have you ever asked yourself if all of the devices and software and solutions that claim to be "intelligent" really are?  No way.  Perhaps the more important question is "what can you do today to most effectively educate yourself on the fact and fict...

Interoperability In The Security Market

Nicolas Richter, Head of Security Products for Siemens Building Technologies, looks at the increasing importance of interoperability in the security market. In trying to identify the greatest driver in the security market at the moment, I would have to say interoperability.  If you look at intrusion, for example, it is no longer just intrusion, particularly in the commercial sector.  The access control system operates during office hours but then out of hours, yes, you have the i...

Axis Communications Considers The Future For The Security Industry

SourceSecurity.com took the time to catch up with the CEO and President of the company that invented the network camera more than 10 years ago, Axis Communications, to ask him whether the era of IP-based surveillance had arrived and what obstacles remain in the way of more widespread adoption. SourceSecurity.com: Do you think IP-Surveillance has finally come of age? Ray Mauritsson: Yes and it is not just Axis saying this.  You only need to look at the growth of sales of the network...

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