MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution With Intelligent Traffic Features And High Power IR LED Illuminator
MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution With Intelligent Traffic Features And High Power IR LED Illuminator

The NCH517 2-megapixel IP LPR solution from  MESSOA is designed for detail-demanding traffic surveillance, ranging from access control to high-speed monitoring up to 180km/h. Featuring 1080p resolution and the standalone high-power illuminator, it is perfect for monitoring multi-lane traffic under all lighting conditions. Multi-lane traffic monitoring made possible by megapixel IP solution The NCH517 allows monitoring multiple traffic lanes simultaneously, thanks to the Full HD x2.5 coverage range compared to D1 resolution, providing a wider view and superior image quality as every detail comes through in razor-sharp megapixel clarity. Extended view range also indicates fewer cameras needed to cover the same number of monitored lanes and less project cost as a result. Leveraging the versatility of IP technology, the NCH517 provides simple, flexible setup and control that can be done from remote locations via the existing IP network. A variety of video detections and event management capabilities serve as a complementary tool to enhance the monitoring experience. Superb low light performance boosts night vision IP LPR Cameras have been around the market but failed to deliver the performance as expected due to their deficiency in low light environments. Coming from a perspective of a low light specialist, MESSOA stresses the importance of lighting and offers a solution package that solves such issue. Unlike conventional models which lack an adequate lighting apparatus, the NCH517 comes with the SLI080 IR Illuminator to provide sufficient IR lighting needed to attain qualified plate images for all types of license plates. Backed by 850nm, high power IR LED array, the illuminator extends the recognition range up to 100 meters (328ft), making the characters more visible to the camera at night for extra long distance and/or high-speed monitoring. To match the camera’s field of view for multiple lane applications, the proprietary LumiiFlex™ adjustable diffuser design of the illuminator provides the flexibility to tune the angle of illumination on site to suit specific security needs. This technology ensures even output illumination across the entire scene without overexposure or flare. Intelligent Traffic Mode ensures optimized plate recognition results Various installation and environmental factors must be taken into consideration when setting an LPR camera to maximize license plate recognition accuracy, but a proper configuration takes a great deal of effort, and the outcome is not always guaranteed. MESSOA NCH517 is built in with 4 preset modes with optimized parameter settings in accordance with different car speeds and camera angles to help inexperienced users easily achieve the best capture results every time in these preprogrammed scenarios, e.g. city surveillance, highway, entry point/toll station, and parking lot. Customisable Profile Configuration is another Intelligent Traffic feature that provides users with freedom to configure and apply optimized parameter settings for different time frames up to 4 customisable profiles to meet the variation in environmental factors during a day.

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MESSOA Mini Series 1MP Full-Featured Network Camera
MESSOA Mini Series 1MP Full-Featured Network Camera

MESSOA Mini Series consists of three 1-megapxiel network cameras, which are the box-type NCB750, dome-type NDR720, and the bullet-type NCR770. Their exceptionally compact yet versatile form factors make them ideal for projects demanding discreet and low profile installations, such as residences, boutiques and retail shops. Compact design ideal for discreet surveillance No bigger than the size of an adult’s hand, the sleek, compact-designed enclosure of the Mini Series allows the cameras to be easily deployed and fit in any environment for unobtrusive monitoring, which is perfectly suited where discreet, covert surveillance is required. Easy plug-and-play NVR solution ready The cameras are designed for complete functionality and plug-and-play integration with MESSOA Lite Series NVR, making installation hassle-free and easily done within a matter of minutes. No need of any complicated network setup, it is perfect for users who are new to IP technology but are looking for an entry-level IP video surveillance solution to replace the previous analogue system. Superior video quality at full frame rate Though small in size, the Mini Series delivers megapixel video quality up to 30fps. The cameras capture every critical moment with smooth video display. Increased frame frequency significantly reduces blurry images and particularly suits motion-sensitive applications. Packed with market-leading features Each camera is further equipped with its own unique features for their respective target deployment and applications. The NDR720 Dome Camera is built in with patented matrix IR LED to ensure wide-angle, even illumination in low light conditions; the NCR770 Bullet Camera comes with IP67-rated water-resistant enclosure for durable outdoor uses; and the NCB750 Box Camera offers microSD card slot for local storage, two-audio communication, and focus assistance for users who look for more sophisticated functionality.

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Multi-Lane IP LPR in high definition for all distances
Multi-Lane IP LPR in high definition for all distances

MESSOA combines years of experience in traffic surveillance with IP technology, offering a versatile line of advanced IP LPR cameras to capture the best LPR images with HD accuracy for all ranges and applications. Made for LPR application Features, such as Unique CatchAll™ engine with headlight suppression, and illumination control, are designed to tackle challenges on the road, delivering unparalleled LPR performance One camera for both day and night Featuring Mechanical ICR and configurable IR night vision control with the light sensor design, the true day/night camera is perfect for 24/7 traffic surveillance. Profile management Helping users manage different settings and schedules more efficiently with up to 4 profiles to meet variation in lighting and other environmental factors on the road. Intelligent traffic modes 4 traffic modes are preprogrammed with optimised settings to help inexperienced users attain best results in respective scenarios. (City Surveillance / Highway / Entry Point & Toll / Access Control) Built-in heater for extreme temperatures The cameras are outdoor-ready with a built-in heater, which ensures the operation at the most extreme temperatures as low as -40C (-40F). Extended system integration Compatible with major LPR/ANPR software (e.g. Milestone, ARH, Aimetis, Digifort) based on ONVIF open platform; SDK tool is also available for integration with other 3rd party software.

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MESSOA Adds The NCR878 IR Bullet Camera To The 5-megapixel Line-up
MESSOA Adds The NCR878 IR Bullet Camera To The 5-megapixel Line-up

The NCR878 IR Bullet Network Camera features superior 5-megapixel image sensor optimized for low light performance, delivering the unparalleled image sharpness and view coverage 24 hours a day. With the built-in IR LED illuminator up to 20 meters of view range, the NCR878 is perfect for any outdoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. Superior Video Quality See wider view coverage and extreme details in HDTV quality under all lighting conditions day and night. The 5-megapixel network camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ Technology to optimize its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented clarity. Intelligent Face Detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB878 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon capturing any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. DC Iris Control The NCR878 supports DC Iris control, which enables the camera to accurately adjust the iris and to respond to any sudden light changes more promptly in the monitored scene, delivering excellent image quality with optimal sharpness all the time. Weatherproof, outdoor ready The NCR878 is perfectly suited to any outdoor environment with its IP67-rated waterproof housing and protective rain guard. The cable management design prevents the cables from exposing to the outside, thus eliminating damages from rain and external forces to ensure the device’s durable and reliability. The NCR878 is backed by the proprietary Lumii™ low light optimization technology that further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The camera also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include local storage, video out, and two-way audio.

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MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel Camera Designed For Detail-demanding Applications
MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel Camera Designed For Detail-demanding Applications

The NCB858 fixed network camera features superior 5MP resolution sensor, delivering the ultimate image sharpness and view coverage like no others. The NCB858 is perfect for any indoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. The proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The NCB858 also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include microSD / SDHC card slot, video out, and two-way audio. Superior video quality See clear and detailed, HD quality images in all lighting conditions. The 5-megapixel camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology to further enhance its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented sharpness and clarity when lack of light. Intelligent face detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB858 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon detecting any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. Cost-saving H.264 support The NCB858 supports the H.264, a cost-saving compression format which consumes very little storage and bandwidth resources while maintaining premium image quality. Multiple streams can also be provided for different quality needs and bandwidth limitations.

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MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras
MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras

MESSOA has introduced the latest Maven Series IP Cameras to its product portfolio. From 1MP flat mini dome to 5MP rugged outdoor IR camera, the Maven Series features a wide selection of resolutions, lens, functions, and housings ready for all kinds of surveillance applications. Users can choose from a complete range of box type, bullet type, dome type, flat dome and even PTZ cameras that best suit their installation needs. Image quality boosted by Lumii 2.0 Engineered to enhance user experience, the Maven Series IP cameras are equipped with more powerful image processing capabilities powered by the Lumii 2.0. The new-generation imaging technology built on an innovative platform transcends its predecessor and sets to deliver truer color, smoother motion and amazing image quality at challenging light conditions. Installer-friendly features make installation easy The Maven Series also upgrades its usability by including various installer-friendly functions for specific models, such as remote zoom and auto focus, hassle-free in-ceiling mount design, and easily accessible controls. These enhanced features serve to further facilitate installation and maintenance, making video surveillance much easier and flexible to everyone. Reliable operation in every way  Improvement is achieved in terms of reliability as the Maven Series outdoor models are built stronger and more resilient than ever to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Maven Series also support more network protocols and security mechanisms, such as HTTPS encryption, 802.1x, and IP Address Filtering to secure communication over network, thereby improving overall system reliability. Key benefits Advanced imaging capabilities ideal for 24/7 surveillance powered by Lumii 2.0 Full range of resolutions, lens and housing suitable for all applications 3D Noise Filtering minimizes digital artifacts without causing motion blur Hyper Dynamic Range allows greater scene details in high contrast settings Easy, flexible deployment with installer-friendly designs Rugged enclosures ensure reliable operation at all conditions Multiple browser compatibility, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Enhanced network security

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MESSOA Presents Integrated 2MP IP And IP LPR Traffic Camera
MESSOA Presents Integrated 2MP IP And IP LPR Traffic Camera

H.264 full HD network cameras reveal everythingMessoa Technologies Inc. has an uncompromising vision to deliver high quality, easy-to-use, smart and interoperable security solutions. With over 11 years of delivering innovative surveillance systems, Messoa brings its considerable experience to bear with full HD surveillance cameras.New models being showed off to the crowd included the NDR891, a 2MP, ICR Day/Night Network camera, and the NCR870, a ready to go infrared camera able to see in 0 lux. The visitor crowd watched on HDTVs as the cameras streamed Full HD 1080p images of the convention. Individual people were easily identifiable even in the packed convention center.The MESSOA MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilizes Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximizes protection of the camera in extremely cold weather."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."Traffic cameras cut through dense fogThere were several inquiries about the latest traffic cameras MESSOA had to offer, including the NCR515PRO, an LPR camera. Visitors were treated to video of the NCR515PRO as it cut through fog to reveal license plates.The SCR505 traffic camera also wowed the crowds. The SCR505 is close-range, high contrast traffic camera that is easy to install. Its built-in 9-22mm lens captures a wide 3-8 m(10-27 ft) field. It was a good solution for many customers looking for a quality traffic camera.MESSOA is committed to employing state of the art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

Enhance Traditional Security Systems Within Your Smart Home
Enhance Traditional Security Systems Within Your Smart Home

Market dynamics are changing the U.S. residential security market, creating new business models that better appeal to the approximately 70% of households without a security system. Smart home adjacencies have helped revitalize the traditional security industry, and alternative approaches to systems and monitoring for the security industry are emerging, including a new batch of DIY systems. Growth in the residential security market and its position as the channel for smart home solutions have attracted numerous new entrants. Telecoms, cable operators, and CE (consumer electronics) manufacturers are joining traditional security players as they compete to fulfill consumer demand for safety and security. Connected products also provide a layer of competition as consumers must decide whether having category devices such as doorbell video cameras, networked cameras, and other products suffice for their security. Increasingly Competitive Landscape Smart home services can provide additional revenue streams for the security industry For instance, IP cameras are a highly popular smart home device rooted in security, and Parks Associates estimates 7.7 million standalone and all-in-one networked/IP cameras will be sold in the U.S. in 2018, with $889M in revenues. Product owners may feel their security needs are fulfilled with this single purchase, as such dealers and service providers are under increasing pressure to communicate their value proposition to consumers. Categorically, each type of player is facing competition uniquely—national, regional, and local dealers all have a different strategy for overcoming the increasingly competitive landscape. Smart home services can provide additional revenue streams for the security industry. In Parks Associates’ 2017 survey of U.S. security dealers, 58% report that smart home service capabilities enable extra monthly revenue. Almost half of dealers also note they have to offer smart home devices and services in order to keep up with their competition. While white-label devices are acceptable in some instances, dealers need to integrate with hero products whenever possible when those exist for a category. For dealers who have added smart home devices and services are all potential benefits and good for business Improved Customer Engagement That 2017 survey also revealed 36% of security dealers that offer interactive services report security system sales with a networked camera and 16% report sales with a smart thermostat. For dealers who have added smart home devices and services, enhanced system utility, increased daily value, and improved customer engagement with the system are all potential benefits and good for business. Security has served as the most productive channel for smart home solutions, mainly because the products create natural extensions of a security system’s functions and benefits, but as smart home devices, subsystems, and controllers expand their functionality, availability, and DIY capabilities, many standalone devices constitute competition to classical security. Particularly viable substitute devices include IP cameras, smart door locks, smart garage doors, or a combination of these devices. Products that are self-installed offer both convenience and cost savings, and these drivers are significant among DIY consumers—among the 6% of broadband households that installed a security system themselves, 39% did it to save money. Enhance Traditional Security Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market who want security While many security dealers believe substitute offerings are a threat, some dealers do not find such devices an existential threat but instead view them as another path to consumer awareness. They argue that the difference between smart product substitutes and traditional security is that of a solution that provides knowledge versus a system that gives one the ability to act on that knowledge. A common theme among professional monitoring providers is that a homeowner who is aware of events happening in the home does not necessarily have a secure and protected household. For example, a Nest camera, a DIY product, notifies a consumer via smartphone about events in the home when it detects motion, but only when the notification is opened and identified will a consumer be able to act on the related event. Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market who want security but are unwilling to adopt professional monitoring; however, providers can leverage these devices to enhance traditional security features and communicate the value of professional monitoring.  Smart home devices and features, while posing a threat to some security companies, are a potential way forward to increased market growth Increased Market Growth A key counterstrategy for security dealers and companies is to leverage their current, powerful role as the prime channel for smart home devices. Many security dealers now include smart home devices with their security systems to complement their offerings and increase system engagement. For example, as of Q4 2017, nearly 70% of U.S. broadband households that were very likely to purchase a security system in the next 12 months reported that they want a camera to be included as part of their security system purchase. In response, many security system providers now offer IP cameras as optional enhancements for their systems. Smart home devices and features, while posing a threat to some security companies, are a potential way forward to increased market growth. Security dealers have an opportunity to become more than a security provider but a smart home solutions provider rooted in safety. Provide Status Updates Comcast has entered both the professionally monitored security market and the market for smart home services The alternative is to position as a provider of basic security with low price as the key differentiator. Comcast has entered both the professionally monitored security market and the market for smart home services independent of security. It has discovered that monetizing smart home value propositions through recurring revenue becomes increasingly challenging as the value extends further away from life safety. Since the security industry remains the main channel for smart home services, security dealers are in a unique position to leverage that strength. Value propositions must shift from the traditional arming and disarming of a system to peace-of-mind experiences that builds off the benefits of smart devices in the home to provide status updates (e.g., if the kids arrived home safely) and monitoring at will (e.g., checking home status at any time to see a pet or monitor a package delivery). These types of clear value propositions and compelling use cases, which resonate with consumer and motivate them to expand beyond standalone products, will help expand the home security market.

Steps To Develop An Integrated Retail Security Strategy
Steps To Develop An Integrated Retail Security Strategy

There are many aspects to consider when developing a retail security strategy, including loss prevention, physical security, asset protection, risk management, and IT. All these areas could be the responsibility of just a few people working to secure a handful of stores or each of these areas could be entirely separate departments, as is often the case for major retailers with locations throughout the country. Regardless of the size of the retailer, there are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention, yet none should be used in a silo. There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together, including enhancing overall safety and security, reducing shrink, and improving operations. There are many different technologies that can be used within a retail store to improve security and loss prevention As the existing security infrastructure is evaluated and plans for the future are developed, the team responsible should consider some of the following questions. Are there areas of the store that require greater security? Are there notifications or other technologies that could improve the efficiency of personnel and the safety of shoppers? Are there other departments within the organization that could benefit from the data gathered by the security technology? Understanding current pain points within the stores and how integrated security solutions can address these is the key to implementing the best solution. Here are a few “hot spots” within a typical retail store that easily demonstrate the power of integrated solutions. Point Of Sale Terminals Whether it’s loss through sweet hearting or other fraud, point of sale terminals present a significant shrink risk for retailers. Integrated systems enhance security at these locations. Video recording of HD or megapixel cameras integrated with point of sale data makes it easy to locate video associated with transactions and exception reporting. This allows for visual verification of each transaction when needed.There are tremendous benefits to integrating security technologies and communications systems together Other risks like robbery not only result in loss, but also impact the safety of employees and shoppers alike. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk. When the intrusion detection system is integrated with the video system, pressing a panic button or pulling the bill from the sensor can automatically trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the monitoring station to provide verification of the alarm and more information for law enforcement when they are dispatched. Adding audio integration to the intrusion system can also result in a message sent to the store security personnel’s two-way radio when a panic button is pushed, or a bill trap sensor is activated. If no security guard is onsite, video monitoring services can allow the monitoring center to intervene through audio, alerting the perpetrator that his or her actions are being monitored and that the authorities have been contacted. This may cause the offender to flee the area, helping to mitigate the safety risk as well as the potential for loss. Panic buttons or bill trap sensors connected to the intrusion detection system ensure silent alarms are issued when employees are at risk High Value Displays Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communications Protect high-value or frequently-stolen items such as electronics, using video analytics integrated with audio communications. For example, a person standing at a display for longer than a pre-defined time or touching items on display can trigger a video snapshot to be sent to the store manager and an audio message to play through a nearby loudspeaker, such as: “Thank you for your interest in our smartphone selection; an associate will be there soon to assist you.” This not only alerts potential offenders that their actions are being watched, it also serves to improve customer service for legitimate shoppers – as a retail floor associate is notified that a customer may need assistance. Cash Office An access control reader at the door to the cash office restricts access to only authorized individuals. Integrating video can automatically capture an image of the person requesting access for verifying an employee’s identification prior to granting access or for retrospective analysis in the event of a theft. Exit Doors If an employee props open a back door – either for easy re-entry after a break or to allow access to another person with intentions of theft – integration of the intrusion detection system to the video and audio system can significantly reduce risk of loss. For example, the intrusion detection system can monitor doors for abnormal conditions, even when the system is disarmed.Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door is accidentally left open  A door left open for longer than a pre-defined time can cause an alarm on the intrusion panel, which can trigger a nearby camera to send a snapshot of the open door to the store manager and trigger the public address system to play a pre-recorded message through a nearby speaker. This prompts the employee to close the door, reducing risk of theft. Coolers And Freezers Loss isn’t just about theft. Loss can also occur when a cooler or freezer malfunctions or when the door of one of these units is accidentally left open. The same concept for monitoring exit doors can also apply to doors for coolers and freezers to prevent spoilage. A cooler or freezer door monitored by the intrusion detection system can trigger an alert or chime to play in the area to remind an employee to close the door or to alert the store manager to the issue. While providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can be used to trigger an alert in case the queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold Serving A Dual Purpose Retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store While the technology solutions described above positively impact loss prevention in a retail store, they can also extend beyond security to improve health and safety and enhance customer service as well as customer engagement and sales. For example, while securing a store’s main entrance with IP cameras featuring on-board video analytics, retailers can use the metadata from the cameras to gather business statistics like counts of people entering the store. This data can help them understand peak days and times when making decisions about staffing. Or while providing surveillance of the cash register area, the camera's video analytics can also be used to trigger an alert in case the number of people in a queue exceeds the pre-defined threshold. At this point, the same public address system and loudspeakers used to play background music to enhance the shopping experience could be activated to broadcast a message to request another cash register to be opened, improving store operations. For security and loss prevention purposes, video analytics can also be used to ensure that no one enters or leaves the retail shop using the emergency exit. To address health and safety issues, these same cameras can also trigger an alarm if that emergency exit is blocked by an object – improving the safety of customers and employees. When systems are used to deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost Metadata generated by the cameras can also be used to gather information that when processed with sophisticated algorithms in the cloud can show trajectories of the paths that shoppers take as they travel throughout a store as well as heat maps indicating where they walk, stop and dwell – all while protecting the privacy of individual shoppers. This information can be used by merchandisers to evaluate the success of displays and store layouts, which directly impacts customer engagement and sales. When systems are used for and deliver data for purposes beyond security, other departments may be willing to contribute toward the cost of the system. This provides an added benefit by relieving some of the cost burden from security or other operational budgets. Product Selection Integration is becoming easier using standards and expanding industry partnerships. However, in some cases, choosing systems from a single vendor that are designed to work together can help to speed and simplify installation, while also reducing system costs for both the integrator and the user. Regardless of the products chosen, it will be important for a retailer with many locations to have consistency in the type of equipment installed at each site. This makes support easier and enables a more uniform response to incidents that happen at various stores. As many retailers already understand, there is no silver bullet to reducing loss. However, a combination of the right technologies working together to prevent shrink and improve investigative capabilities can result in smarter and more effective loss prevention.

How To Choose The Right Storage Card For Video Surveillance Systems
How To Choose The Right Storage Card For Video Surveillance Systems

With increased demands being placed on safety and security globally, and supported by advancements in IP cameras and 360-degree camera technology, the video surveillance industry is growing steadily. Market research indicates that this worldwide industry is expected to reach an estimated $39.3 billion in revenue by 2023, driven by a CAGR of 9.3 percent from 2018 to 2023. Video surveillance is not just about capturing footage (to review an event or incident when it occurs), but also about data analysis delivering actionable insights that can improve operational efficiencies, better understand customer buying behaviors, or simply just provide added value and intelligence. Growth of Ultra-HD Surveillance To ensure that the quality of the data is good enough to extract the details required to drive these insights, surveillance cameras are technologically evolving as well, not only with expanded capabilities surrounding optical zoom and motion range,4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021 but also relating to improvements in signal-to-noise (S2N) ratios, light sensitivities (and the minimum illumination needed to produce usable images), wide dynamic ranges (WDR) for varying foreground and background illumination requirements, and of course, higher quality resolutions. As such, 4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021, representing an astonishing 170 percent growth per year, and will require three to six times the storage space of 1080p video dependent on the compression technology used. Surveillance cameras are typically connected to a networked video recorder (NVR) that acts as a gateway or local server, collecting data from the cameras and running video management software (VMS), as well as analytics. Capturing this data is dependent on the communications path between individual cameras and the NVR. If this connection is lost, whether intentional, unintentional, or a simple malfunction, surveillance video will no longer be captured and the system will cease operations. Therefore, it has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism. Despite lost connectivity to the NVR, the camera can still record and capture raw footage locally until the network is restored, which in itself, could take a long time depending on maintenance staff or equipment availability, weather conditions, or other unplanned issues. Since microSD cards play a critical role as a failsafe mechanism to ensure service availability, it is important to choose the right card for capturing video footage.  It has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism if an NVR breaks Key Characteristics Of microSDs There are many different microSD cards to choose from for video capture at the network’s edge, and they range from industrial grade capabilities to commercial or retail grade, and everything in-between. To help make some of these uncertainties a little more certain, here are the key microSD card characteristics for video camera capture. Designed For Surveillance As the market enjoys steady growth, storage vendors want to participate and have done so with a number of repurposed, repackaged, remarketed microSD cards targeted for video surveillance but with not much robustness, performance or capabilities specific to the application. Adding the absence of mean-time between failure (MTBF) specifications to the equation, microSD card reliability is typically a perceived measurement -- measured in hours of operation and relatively vague and hidden under metrics associated with the camera’s resolution and compression ratio. Therefore, when selecting a microSD card for surveillance cams at the edge, the choice should include a vendor that is trusted, has experience and a proven storage portfolio in video surveillance, and in microSD card technologies. Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites possible before the card can no longer store data correctly  High Endurance Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites (program/erase cycles) that are possible before the card can no longer store data correctly. The rewrite operation is cyclical whereby a new stream of footage replaces older content by writing over it until the card is full, and the cycle repeats. The higher the endurance, the longer the card will perform before it needs to be replaced. Endurance is also referred to in terabytes written (TBW) or by the number of hours that the card can record continuously (while overwriting data) before a failure will occur. Health Monitoring Health monitoring is a desired capability that not many microSD cards currently support and enables the host system to check when the endurance levels of a card are low and needs to be replaced. Having a card that supports this capability enables system integrators and operators with the ability to perform preemptive maintenance that will help to reduce system failures, as well as associated maintenance costs. Performance To capture continuous streams of raw footage, microSD cards within surveillance cams perform write operations about seventy to ninety percent of the time, whereas reading captured footage is performed about ten to thirty percent. The difference in read/write performance is dependent on whether the card is used in an artificial intelligent (AI) capable camera, or a standard one.   microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius Finding a card that is write-friendly, and can provide enough bandwidth to properly capture streamed data, and is cost-effective, requires one that falls between fast industrial card capabilities and slower commercial ones. Bandwidth in the range of 50 MB/sec for writes and 80 MB/sec for reads are typical and sufficient for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras. Temperature Ranges Lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments As microSD cards must be designed for continuous operation in extreme weather conditions and a variety of climates, whether located indoors or out, support for various temperature ranges are another consideration. Given the wide spectrum of temperatures required by the camera makers, microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius, or in extreme cases, as low as -40 degrees Celsius. Capacity Selecting the right-sized capacity is also very important as there needs to be a minimum level to ensure that there is enough room to hold footage for a number of days or weeks before it is overwritten or the connectivity to the NVR is restored. Though 64GB is considered the capacity sweet spot for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras today, lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments. In the future, even higher capacities will be important for specific use cases and will potentially become standard capacities as the market evolves. When choosing the right storage microSD card to implement into your video surveillance system, make sure the card is designed specifically for the application – does it include the right levels of endurance and performance to capture continuous streams – can it withstand environmental challenges and wide temperature extremes – will it enable preventative and preemptive maintenance to provide years of service? It is critical for the surveillance system to be able to collect video footage whether the camera is connected to an NVR or is a standalone camera as collecting footage at the base of the surveillance system is the most crucial point of failure. As such, failsafe mechanisms are required to keep the camera recording until the network is restored.