IP cameras Comparison: Videotec, Avigilon  (4)

 
Chip Inch Size
1/2.8
1/3
1/2
1/3
Resolution
1080p
3 MP
5 MP
2 MP
Sensitivity Lux
0.0008 ~ 0.0013
0.04
0.026
0.04
Voltage
24 V DC, 24 V AC, PoE
12 V DC / 24 V AC / PoE
12 V DC / 24 V AC / PoE
12 V DC
Focal Length mm
4.3 ~ 129
3 ~ 9
9 ~ 22
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Wide Dynamic Range
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Image Frame Rate
1 ~ 60 fps
30 fps / 20 fps
30 fps
30 IPS
Back Light Compensation
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Auto Gain Control
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--
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White Balance
Electronic Shutter Range
1/1s ~ 1/10000s
1/6 ~ 1/8000s
1/6 ~ 1/8000s
1/6 ~ 1/8000 sec
Colour Type
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Colour / Monochrome
Colour / Monochrome
Colour / Monochrome
Digital (DSP)
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Specialist Type
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Megapixel
Megapixel
Megapixel
Auto Iris
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Direct Drive
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--
Motion Activated
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Mount Type
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Surface
Surface
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Picture Elements HxV
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2048 x 1536
2592 x 1944
1920 x 1080
Inclusion DVR/ Web Server
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Signal Mode
--
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NTSC / PAL

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Milestone XProtect And Videotec Cameras Guarantee Total Protection At 9.4 MW Solar Farm In Italy
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The client demanded a solution in which the network infrastructure was both sturdy and scalable “The more critical the environment to be protected, the higher the levels of protection and reaction speeds required. This is why we decided to focus on the integration of different technologies on one single platform to guarantee maximum safety and significant scale economies” – Claudio Toaldo – Owner of Sicurtel Requirements Having now completed the construction of a 9.4 megawatt solar farm in the province of Turin, the company turned to address the problem of guaranteeing the highest possible levels of protection. "The client asked us to design a solution in which the network infrastructure was both sturdy and scalable so that it could be used simultaneously by the security system, the video-surveillance system and the other equipment used to monitor the production of electricity. Moreover, in compliance with the applicable laws in force, the video-surveillance system had to ensure low luminous impact at night and, therefore, had to be able to operate satisfactorily without any lights on, except in exceptional circumstances", explains Claudio Toaldo, owner of Sicurtel, the company that built the plant. The Solution The plant took about two months to complete, including meetings with the client and the realisation of the design plan. Given the distance of the perimeter (about 4,000 metres) and the possible electromagnetic interference caused by 12 inverters installed on the field, Sicurtel decided to construct a closed ring fiber optic Ethernet infrastructure using O-ring technology with 12 field switches and an extended temperature range of -40°C/+75°C. The network hosts 28 ERMO 482 X PRO Cias microwave barriers and 11 Ulisse Compact IP 36 + Videotec 110 mt IR cameras. The Cias barriers are connected on the field via 15 485/Ethernet IB-FMCREP-ETH converters and are controlled by means of an IB-SYSTEM IP server. The Videotec cameras used for the surveillance system guarantee lowest environmental impact during night-time monitoring and are also fitted with a powerful optical zoom for close-up inspection when necessary. Sicurtel considered the Milestone XProtect® system to be the only fully integrated platform that could manage all the field equipment on an IP platform, hence satisfying its client’s requirements. "We decided to use the Milestone XProtect® Corporate video management and recording system", continues Toaldo "because it allows you to record video images and transmit them to the security company Control Room. This enables the Control Room to handle emergencies and, at the same time, collect information on any alarms detected by the IB-IP SYSTEM Cias and recorded by one of at least three pre-set cameras, which the Milestone video management software (VMS) immediately positions on the security barrier section that triggered the alarm. This is extremely helpful to the work of the security companies, as they are able to quickly and effectively verify all intrusion attempts". The system provides the end user with real time data on the production of electricity. The XProtect® Smart Client can be used from the company’s headquarters. Furthermore, XProtect Mobileis an exceptionally useful and powerful tool for maintenance operators. It is used to remotely plan and verify all interventions, whenever and wherever they are. The Milestone VMS supports a number of I/O IP modules to allow the operator, the end user and the security company to use the Milestone XProtect Smart Client to turn on the lights installed along the perimeter when an alarm is triggered at night, to monitor anomalies detected inside electrical substations or special situations such as a lack of power supply. The Advantages of this Solution "The possibility to integrate the anti-intrusion security system, the video-surveillance system and the electricity production monitoring equipment within the same network infrastructure means that the end user has full control over all the systems installed at the solar farm and, at the same time, can realize important economies of scale, while paving the way for all future upgrades to the systems", highlights Toaldo. The solution guarantees efficacy and timely interventions by technical assistance teams managed by Sicuretel using remote systems. In particular, all the routine maintenance operations and interventions to resolve any malfunctions detected by the system that do not imply the replacement or repair of and field devices or equipment are managed via the Internet.

Avigilon HD Surveillance System Secures On Of Toronto's Top Tourist Attractions
Avigilon HD Surveillance System Secures On Of Toronto's Top Tourist Attractions

Challenge Deploy a reliable, flexible, and high-quality surveillance system to create a safe, comfortable, and entertaining spectator experience. Solution Using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management, Rogers Centre monitors every seat of the 50,000 capacity area and the building's perimeter live during events from its command post. Nineteen Avigilon HD Professional 16MP cameras cover the entire seating bowl while a mix of Avigilon HD 1MP, 2MP, 5MP, 11MP, and 16MP cameras monitor the building's perimeter. Three Avigilon HD Network Video Recorders (NVR) store surveillance footage. Benefits Rogers Centre leveraged its existing fiber network to reduce installation and management costs and Avigilon's use of JPEG2000 compression technology to reduce bandwidth requirements. Achieving complete coverage with fewer cameras and less staff than would be required to operate a traditional analog-based PTZ solution, Rogers Centre further reduced costs. Avigilon's reliability, superior image clarity, and advanced management features facilitate investigations for quick and efficient resolution, dramatically improving the customer experience. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System also captures operational information used to make strategic customer service decisions and to deal with risk mitigation issues. ogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome, is one of the most dynamic and versatile entertainment complexes in the world, able to accommodate a variety of events suited for an arena, a domed stadium, and an open-air facility. Famous for its fully retractable roof, Rogers Centre is one of Toronto's top tourist attractions, hosting more than 2,000 events and more than 60 million visitors since opening in 1989. As a public venue, Rogers Centre remains vulnerable to security risks that can result in significant damage to property or personal injury, making security a top priority. Focused on providing spectators with a safe, comfortable, and entertaining experience, Rogers Centre deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to secure up to 50,000 seated guests during sports events, concerts, family shows, tradeshows, and conventions. As an added benefit, the Avigilon HD Surveillance System has become an important business tool used by Rogers Centre to more effectively manage events and resources in its ongoing effort to provide the ultimate spectator experience. Powerful and flexible surveillance As one of the few multi-purpose stadiums in North America, Rogers Centre has deployed a security plan that is flexible and readily adaptable to meet the needs of any event - ranging from 5,000 visitors at a tradeshow to 50,000 during a Blue Jays Major League Baseball game. With a variety of security solutions including access control and analog-based surveillance systems already installed in some parts of the facility, stadium managers opted for an advanced, high definition (HD) surveillance system to cover the main seating area in an effort to better understand, assess, and manage incidents. "Because we host a range of events that require different configurations, we wanted a powerful, flexible, and cost-effective surveillance solution that could give us access to the information we need to make staffing decisions and address incidents to more successfully serve our customers," said Mario Coutinho, Vice President of stadium operations and security at Rogers Centre. Previously, Rogers Centre had been using a portable surveillance system to manage real-time events, but with only one camera that required a human operator, many incidents were missed. "After an impressive product demonstration, we knew the Avigilon HD Surveillance System would provide superior clarity, maximum coverage, and ease of management - key features we needed to improve our incident management capabilities." "The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is extremely reliable, scalable, and easy to use, dramatically improving our ability to effectively monitor events..." Leveraging IT for performance gains and cost savingsWith a fiber network infrastructure already in place, Rogers Centre was in a position to cost-effectively add the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as a key element of its surveillance solution. "Having the infrastructure in place was a key factor in our decision to deploy the Avigilon HD Surveillance System," explained Coutinho. "To improve overall coverage, it is simply a matter of adding to the existing infrastructure; saving us both time and budget." Coutinho was also impressed with Avigilon's use of JPEG2000 compression technology to reduce bandwidth requirements and make more efficient use of the venue's existing network. "It's as simple as plug and play." Using Avigilon Control Center Enterprise network video management software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management, security personnel located in the command post monitor the 50,000 seat area and building's perimeter live during events. Nineteen Avigilon HD 16MP cameras cover the entire seating bowl while a mix of Avigilon HD 1MP, 2MP, 5MP, 11MP, and 16MP cameras monitor the building's perimeter. Three Avigilon HD Network Video Recorders (NVR) store surveillance footage. "The Avigilon HD Surveillance System is extremely reliable, scalable, and easy to use, dramatically improving our ability to effectively monitor events live and playback video to resolve potential conflicts or address guest complaints after the fact," added Coutinho. Value for the dollarWith the infrastructure already in place, making the move to the Avigilon HD Surveillance System was an easy one. "We knew we needed greater coverage in the seating area, but found the cost and management requirements of a traditional analog-based Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) solution prohibitive, given the scope of the area that we needed to cover," commented Coutinho, who noted that he would have had to employ an operator for each PTZ camera installed. With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, he was able to achieve complete coverage of the area with dramatically fewer cameras and fewer staff, which meant lower installation and management costs. In fact, Rogers Centre would have had to install hundreds of analog cameras to achieve the same coverage as just 19 Avigilon HD 16MP cameras. "The Avigilon HD Surveillance System simply gave us more value for our dollar." "Ease of navigation and superb image quality were key features for us, since we rely on the system to confirm facts about situations and deploy resources accordingly..." Facilitating security managementAfter going through Avigilon's online training program, Rogers Centre was up and running on the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in no time. In fact, the team was immediately able to leverage Avigilon Control Center's advanced management features to view detailed footage of live events and play back recorded video to identify the nature and cause of incidents. "Ease of navigation and superb image quality were key features for us, since we rely on the system to confirm facts about situations and deploy resources accordingly to more effectively manage the incident, whether it's a medical issue, fan disturbance, or service complaint," stated Coutinho, who estimates that between 12 and 20 incidents per event require some kind of investigation. "With reliable information in hand, we can respond appropriately to incidents to enhance spectator safety, improve security management practices, and reduce costs." Gaining operational efficiencies Rogers Centre has also been able to achieve significant operational efficiencies. "Sometimes our guests complain about the service in the stands," said Coutinho. "With the Avigilon HD Surveillance System, we can pinpoint the exact location and time of the complaint and follow-up with the concessionaire or spectators as necessary." With this information, Rogers Centre can assess existing service levels and find new ways to provide better customer service moving forward. In the event of liability issues, Coutinho archives footage of potentially problematic situations so the venue has irrefutable evidence for risk mitigation purposes. "Previously, we simply had no information to turn to," he explained. "At the end of the day, we now have a tool that allows us to make strategic decisions based on the facts - it's just one simple call up to our command post and we can quickly resolve a situation."   Rogers Centre is always investing in the most innovative and reliable solutions available to improve operations Avigilon support "Overall, I have been very pleased with our decision to work with the Avigilon team, who has provided strong support in terms of camera placement, training, and technical assistance to help us achieve optimal performance," said Coutinho. "In the past, I have had a hard time finding a surveillance solution that could meet all my needs, but Avigilon has surpassed my expectations in many ways." HD in stadiums worldwide Entertainment venues and sports arenas worldwide are embracing technology to gain efficiencies and enhance the spectator experience - and advanced surveillance solutions are no exception. As an important Toronto landmark and a large, multi-purpose venue, Rogers Centre is always investing in the most innovative and reliable solutions available to improve operations. "Stadium managers from around the world have come to Rogers Centre to see first-hand Avigilon's performance and advanced features," concluded Coutinho. "I expect that the Avigilon HD Surveillance System will be embraced by many of these venues because of its merits from both a safety and operational perspective."

Avigilon High-definition Surveillance System Secures Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel
Avigilon High-definition Surveillance System Secures Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel

Avigilon's solution has  improved the casino’s ability to respond to security events and resolve incidents Secure Entertainment Experience The challenge was to provide a safe entertainment experience for Prairie Meadows guests, protect high-value assets, and comply with state-mandated security requirements. Avigilon Video Solution Complete coverage of the casino with more than 200 Avigilon™ HD 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 5MP, and 16MP cameras and 200 Avigilon Analog Video Encoders to capture better image quality from its existing analog cameras. The system is monitored live 24/7, 365 days a year using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) network video management software (NVMS) and 30 Avigilon HD Network Video Recorders (NVRs), which stores at minimum 7 days of continuous footage of the gaming floor and all other areas. The casino also deployed the Avigilon Control Center HD License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution and plans to add more Avigilon HD 2MP cameras and Avigilon HD PTZ cameras in the second phase of its installation. Advantages Lower bandwidth and storage requirements Faster search times Evidence-quality image detail Cost savings due to reduced maintenance and support required Reduced power consumption Faster response to incidents due to better overall protection User-Friendly Surveillance Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel and conference center was developed by the communities of Polk County in the 1980s, a time when Iowa’s agricultural industry was hard-hit. Prairie Meadows, a horse track, casino, hotel in Altoona, Iowa, was founded to create jobs, foster agriculture, boost tourism, and stimulate the economy. Although Prairie Meadows opened exclusively as a horse track in 1989, the company quickly morphed into the nation’s first “racino” – a combination horse track and casino, in 1995. Today, Prairie Meadows offers a 168-room hotel, more than 2,000 slot machines, 50 gaming tables, live and simulcast horse racing, ticketed entertainment, restaurants, lounges, and approximately 21,000 square feet of conference space that are second to none. Prairie Meadows invested in the state-of-the-art Avigilon high-definition surveillance system with the goal of providing a comfortable and truly memorable entertainment experience, while confidently meeting Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) security regulations.  “Avigilon delivers a surveillance solution that is extremely easy to use – we knew our team would pick it up quickly for faster and more successful investigations.” Advanced Functionality And Excellent Imaging Spanning one million square feet, Prairie Meadows served more than 3 million customers in 2013. Their non-profit has donated more than $1.4 billion through taxes, grants and charitable contributions to the state of Iowa. Similar to many casinos and resorts, customer safety and asset protection are top priorities. In 2011, Prairie Meadows searched for a user-friendly solution to meet the growing needs of its business. “We wanted an IP-based surveillance system that would meet state requirements and grow with us as we expand,” said Brian Reffett, surveillance manager at Prairie Meadows. “Avigilon delivers a surveillance solution that is extremely easy to use – we knew our team would pick it up quickly for faster and more successful investigations.” On the recommendation of USA Security, a local provider of surveillance system design and installation, Prairie Meadows selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its advanced functionality, excellent image quality, reliability, and unsurpassed ease-of use. “Avigilon delivers a surveillance solution that is extremely easy to use – we knew our team would pick it up quickly for faster and more successful investigations,” said Reffett. Broad Coverage With Enhanced Image Wuality Monitoring all entrances to the casino, the main gaming floor, restaurants, the event center, parking lot, and all other outdoor spaces, the casino’s new surveillance system comprises of 800 cameras, including a combination of more than 200 Avigilon HD 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 5MP, and 16MP cameras. To leverage its existing analog-based cameras, Prairie Meadows installed 200 Avigilon analog video encoders to vastly enhance image quality. Prairie Meadows is also preparing to deploy the Avigilon Control Center HD License Plate Recognition (LPR) solution and plans to augment the system currently in place with Avigilon HD 2MP and Avigilon HD PTZ cameras. The surveillance team monitors the system live 24x7, 365 days a year from the casino’s central control room using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) network video management software (NVMS.) Mandated by the IRGC, the casino installed 30 Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) for network retaining purposes. “The quality of Avigilon’s compression technologies reduces the amount of storage and bandwidth than we previously required,” said Reffett. Managed by USA Security, the process of installation was quick and easy. Once the cameras were mounted, Reffett could easily make adjustments to the camera’s focus from the control room, which has already saved valuable time. The entire casino staff, from management to security personnel, is very pleased with the new Avigilon surveillance system. “Feedback has been extremely positive – everyone loves how fast they can now conduct searches,” said Reffett.  “We have cut our search times from hours to minutes.” Speedy Process With Greater Accuracy With its user-friendly interface and advanced search capabilities, the Avigilon Control Center software dramatically expedites searches and investigations. “We have cut our search times from hours to minutes,” confirmed Reffett. Monitoring such a large space, the integrated mapping feature helps the team quickly pinpoint an area of interest with the click of the mouse. Leveraging the thumbnail search feature, users can efficiently look through thumbnail-size frames to find changes in a scene. ACC’s pixel-search feature helps identify motion events so users can quickly and easily find an incident in question. “The fact that we can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to cycle through footage is useful because it speeds the process and provides greater accuracy.” With the time saved, ease of use and accuracy of the Avigilon system, employees can be redeployed to other tasks to ensure the safest gaming environment. “Avigilon delivers more true colour with less pixilation, and we can easily zoom in for incredible detail from long distances” Evidence-Quality Images According to Reffett, a key selling feature of the Avigilon solution is its unparalleled image detail, which delivers evidence-quality images. “Avigilon delivers more true color with less pixilation, and we can easily zoom in for incredible detail from long distances,” stated Reffett. In fact, with the ability to remotely zoom in and focus the Avigilon 16 MP HD Pro camera, Reffett can clearly read the signs at the other side of the casino’s large, open property. “Even though it is set up as an overview camera, the Avigilon 16 MP camera can still focus sharply to read license plates of vehicles as they enter our horse barn area as well,” he said.  “When we turned off the old DVRs, we got a call from our facilities department asking if we were experiencing an electrical outage – a sure sign that we have dramatically reduced our electrical needs.” Cost Effective With Low Power Consumption By delivering high-quality video evidence that is easy to manage, the Avigilon solution has dramatically improved the casino’s ability to respond to security events and resolve incidents. At the same time, the new system is more cost-effective than others because licensing fees are only applied once, unlike other vendors that charge extra. The Avigilon surveillance system also delivers greater uptime and requires less maintenance and support for additional savings. “With Avigilon, we don’t have to pay someone overtime to make repairs in the middle of the night,” commented Reffett. Prairie Meadows has also noticed a marked reduction in power consumption since deploying the Avigilon system, leading to even greater utility savings. “When we turned off the old DVRs, we got a call from our facilities department asking if we were experiencing an electrical outage – a sure sign that we have dramatically reduced our electrical needs,” added Reffett. Great Customer Service “I would recommend the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system because it delivers shorter review times for faster response, better video quality, and greater reliability and scalability in a cost-effective package,” concluded Reffett, who is also impressed by Avigilon’s responsive customer service. “Avigilon is very good at listening to its customer and incorporating feedback into future upgrades to deliver the best surveillance solution possible.”