Arecont Vision AV3356RS IP Megapixel Camera
Arecont Vision AV3356RS IP Megapixel Camera

MegaDome® G3 RS third generation multi-megapixel cameras provide ample resolution to zoom in for details in live or recorded video. With an IR corrected motorised lens and gimbal, MegaDome G3 RS is easy to install and manage with “no-touch” remote setup. Install the magnetic mounting plate, connect the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) IP cable, magnetically snap in place and fasten the camera to the mounting plate, and then remotely configure the camera. Use the intuitive interface to remotely pan, tilt, zoom, and focus the sensor.  Indoor/outdoor all-in-one surveillance solutions These indoor/outdoor all-in-one solutions integrate a 1080p, 3 or 5-megapixel (MP) sensor with fast frame rates, and SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology to reduce bandwidth without impacting image quality. The True Day/Night mechanical IR cut filter provides the highest image quality at any time of day. Select 1080p and 3MP models of MegaDome G3 RS include wide dynamic range (WDR), delivering up to 100dB at full resolution for applications with bright or over-saturated lighting conditions. All models feature CorridorView™ for 90° image rotation, non-integer scaling, and an SDHC memory card slot for internal storage. The installer-friendly housing is IP66 rated for both indoor and outdoor applications and the cast-aluminium housing is IK-10 impact resistant, capable of withstanding the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force. VMS/NVR platform integrations The camera is integrated with the industry’s leading VMS/NVR platforms. Using the camera interface or the AV IP Utility, security updates and both new and enhanced features can be applied to the cyber-hardened MegaDome G3 RS’s Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture. This in-house developed architecture runs on the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit that is at the core of every Arecont Vision camera. The MegaDome G3 RS is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Series S compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. 

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Arecont Now In Its 5th Generation Of The SurroundVideo IP Panoramic Series
Arecont Now In Its 5th Generation Of The SurroundVideo IP Panoramic Series

Arecont Vision® has perfected multi-megapixel, multi-sensor camera technology. Now in its 5th generation, the SurroundVideo® Panoramic Series has been upgraded with the latest features including STELLAR™ low light technology. Cost-Effective Solution For Time-Sensitive Applications The SurroundVideo G5 is best suited for businesses and organizations that require ultra-high resolution at a low cost per pixel. The camera features four factory-installed P-iris lenses, ensuring the best possible depth of field and image clarity for precise performance from each individual sensor. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera onsite. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk missing critical information from a 180° scene. It is a cost-effective solution for time-sensitive applications, which require a quick, multiple camera installation. The 5MP model features four 1.2MP image sensors and patented Arecont Vision STELLAR (Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture) low light technology. STELLAR utilizes advanced algorithms to reduce motion blur and noise, while enhancing contrast and generating high-quality color video under the most challenging lighting conditions – including near complete darkness. In addition to unparalleled low-light performance, STELLAR simultaneously reduces bit rate and storage requirements to further enhance the value of the Arecont Vision industry-leading megapixel imaging solution. Designed For Demanding Environments The SurroundVideo G5 multi-megapixel camera delivers a choice of 5MP, 12MP, or 20MP resolution options. For added flexibility, users can view the camera’s four sensors individually or as a smooth transition of all images for a full 180° panoramic view. The camera is factory aligned with a slight image overlap to ensure you never miss a thing. For an optimal image, each sensor can be individually adjusted for the best exposure ratio per sensor (AV12586PM WDR model). The SurroundVideo G5 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force.

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Arecont Vision Releases MicroDome Duo Compact Twin-sensor Megapixel Camera Series
Arecont Vision Releases MicroDome Duo Compact Twin-sensor Megapixel Camera Series

Arecont Vision announces the expansion of the compact MicroDome ultra-low profile true day/night camera family with the release of its dual-sensor MicroDome Duo series. MicroDome Duo Unique Capabilities With revolutionary innovation and in-house designs, Arecont Vision has pioneered the multi-sensor megapixel surveillance camera market since 2006. MicroDome Duo is the latest addition to that continuing heritage, with an extremely compact and advanced twin sensor omnidirectional camera. Both sensors feature independent remote focus modules, mounted on 3-axis gimbals for outstanding viewing coverage.  “Customers across the Middle East and around the world will benefit from the small size, advanced cybersecurity protection, future-proof design, and unique capabilities of the new MicroDome Duo,” said Sanjit Bardhan, Vice President of Sales, Middle East, Africa, and India (MEAI) for Arecont Vision. “MicroDome Duo reduces the number of cameras required for a wide range of applications by providing high definition video of two areas at once, and its many, installer-friendly features cut down on installation time and expense.”  Enhanced Coverage And Situational Awareness A single compact MicroDome Duo camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling to cover two different views simultaneously. This results in enhanced coverage and improved situational awareness over a multitude of scenes, particularly those in need of low-profile, high resolution indoor/outdoor surveillance. Such areas include hallways, walkways, ATMs, and POS terminals.  MicroDome Duo offers fast frame rates and a choice of 4, 6, or 10-megapixel resolution models. Each camera is available with lens options ranging from 2.1 to 16mm, providing the widest possible application requirements.  SNAPstream (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology reduces camera bandwidth consumption in all MicroDome Duo models without impacting image quality.  Each MicroDome Duo camera offers independent remote focus capability to simplify set-up and reduce installation time Core Features And Technologies At the core of MicroDome Duo is an Arecont Vision FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) integrated circuit. Arecont Vision cameras are designed and built in the USA to run an in-house developed, Massively Parallel Image Processing Architecture (MPIPA) on the FPGA. All core features and technologies are developed by Arecont Vision, allowing installed cameras to be upgraded with new capabilities, thereby extending the useful life of the device.  By employing the unique MPIPA architecture on the FPGA, Arecont Vision cameras do not require the use of common operating systems. This approach eliminates the risk of a cyber hacker repurposing an Arecont Vision camera for use in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) robotic actions or other increasingly common cyberattacks.   Tackling Challenging Lighting Conditions The MicroDome Duo series is designed for applications with challenging lighting conditions, featuring integrated, dual, day/night mechanical IR cut filters. For applications with strong backlighting, reflections from wet flooring, streets or puddles, or contrast due to fog, mist, or glare, optional Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) equipped 4- and 6-megapixel models are also available. Built-in CorridorView™ technology provides better coverage of hallways, corridors, and other narrow spaces without wasting pixels on unchanging areas.  Each MicroDome Duo camera offers independent remote focus capability to simplify set-up and significantly reduce installation time. Installers can simply select “Short Range Focus” or “Full Range Focus” for rapid setup, or they can adjust the view remotely as required by the application.    Compact Light Weight Camera Series The MicroDome Duo is a compact (71.9mm/2.83” height by 103mm/4.06” width by 163mm/6.42” length), light weight (0.88kg/1.95lbs) surveillance camera series. It is built on Arecont Vision’s new installer-friendly enclosure design to further simplify positioning and installation. A single PoE IP connection is required, reducing wiring time and expense.  The rugged, tamper-resistant, die-cast aluminum housing features two polycarbonate dome bubbles that are both IK-10 impact-resistant and IP66 weatherproof rated. The MicroDome Duo is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Series S compliant.

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Newly Announced: Arecont Vision MegaBall G2 Megapixel Camera With STELLAR & Adjustable IR
Newly Announced: Arecont Vision MegaBall G2 Megapixel Camera With STELLAR & Adjustable IR

The new MegaBall® G2 offers 1.2, 1080p, 3, and 5 megapixel choices in an all-in-one camera. New adjustable IR LEDs and flush, surface, or bell mount housings. Select motorized P-Iris lens or manual Panomorph 360°.  Advanced options include true day/night, STELLAR™ advanced low-light technology, true WDR at up to 100dB at full resolution. Resolution The MegaBall G2 megapixel camera series fuses optimum performance with outstanding aesthetics. These stylish indoor cameras feature a choice of 1.2-, 1080p-, 3-, or 5-megapixel (MP) resolution options. Challenging Lighting Conditions Regardless of time-of-day, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. The series combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated P-iris lens for precise, optimal image quality. For applications with poor lighting conditions optional wide dynamic range is available on some 1080p and 3MP models. For challenging low-light color images without IR, the 1.2MP STELLAR™, “Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture” model offers best-in-class light sensitivity capturing details in near complete darkness. For additional low light capabilities Binning Mode is available on 3MP and 5MP camera models. Adjustable Infrared Illumination MegaBall G2 IR models are integrated with an Adjustable Infrared Illuminator, providing clear images in extreme, low-light scenes. Infrared camera models offer the ability to manually adjust the IR's level of intensity, providing the flexibility to ensure the scene is illuminated uniformly. Ease Of Installation The camera's interface allows for an intuitive, fast, and easy configuration; while the Free AV IP Utility tool allows users to quickly configure multiple cameras at one time. The MegaBall G2 is ONVIF Profile S (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.

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Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni G3 Multi-megapixel Camera
Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni G3 Multi-megapixel Camera

The SurroundVideo® Omni G3 is an industry game-changing, first-of-its-kind omni-directional, remote-configurable, multi-sensor, multi-megapixel camera built to provide outstanding high resolution video coverage for a wide range of applications. The unmatched coverage and capabilities of the SurroundVideo Omni G3 provides organizations of all sizes with the flexibility to deploy a surveillance camera system that truly matches their current and future requirements for complete situational awareness.  Fast And Easy Camera Installation SurroundVideo Omni G3 is available with a choice of 12- or 20-megapixel (MP) resolutions. The number of cameras required for a project can be dramatically reduced with a single SurroundVideo Omni G3, thanks to its four customizable remote sensor gimbals. Installation is fast and easy. Install the hinged mounting plate, connect the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) IP cable, and then remotely configure the camera. Select a preset choice for 180°, 270°, or 360° views, or use the intuitive interface to remotely pan, tilt, zoom, and focus each sensor. Two custom presets created by the user can be saved to memory. The camera is MegaLabTM-integrated with the industry’s leading VMS/NVR platforms.  SurroundVideo Omni G3 is ideal for applications with normal to challenging lighting conditions. The Omni combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter for the highest image quality at any time of day. For applications with bright or over saturated lighting conditions, Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) delivers up to 100dB at full resolution on select 12MP models. In poor lighting conditions, Binning Mode increases the camera’s low light performance by combining pixels so that more light can be collected. SurroundVideo Omni G3 includes SNAPstreamTM (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology to reduce bandwidth without impacting image quality. The camera offers advanced streaming capabilities and is designed on an efficient H.264 encoding platform capable of delivering high quality video without straining the network. Power can be supplied via a single PoE Class 3 compliant network cable or via an 18–48V DC/24V AC power supply.  SurroundVideo Omni G3 is designed for demanding environments, able to operate indoors and out in an extended operational temperature range. Certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the camera carries an IP66 rating. The rugged dome housing is IK-10 rated to withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force for vandal-prone applications.  The camera interface or the AV IP Utility can be used for setup and updates, as can many MegaLab-certified VMS/NVR platforms. Using the camera interface or the AV IP Utility, security updates and both new or enhanced features can be applied to the cyber-hardened SurroundVideo Omni’s Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture. This in-house developed architecture runs on the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) integrated circuit that is at the core of every Arecont Vision camera.

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Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni 2nd Generation Brings Outstanding User-Selected 180-360° HD Megapixel Coverage
Arecont Vision SurroundVideo Omni 2nd Generation Brings Outstanding User-Selected 180-360° HD Megapixel Coverage

SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is the first HD panoramic camera to feature 4 user-configurable, remote focus modules. There is nothing else like it All 4 sensors can be independently set in any orientation around a 360° magnetic track, including looking straight down for no blindspots. Omni replaces multiple single-sensor or PTZ cameras for non-stop HD quality video coverage of hallways, lobbies, restaurants, parking lots, traffic circles, intersections. Better coverage & images from one Omni camera. SurroundVideo® Omni G2 The SurroundVideo Omni G2, new generation multi-sensor camera design, meets the highest level of flexibility. The unique, future-proof platform provides organizations of all sizes the flexibility to deploy a security system that truly matches their current video surveillance needs, and the simplicity to make changes if you need to in the future. The SurroundVideo® Omni G2, pushes the ease of installation even further providing users with four remote focus lens options on a unique 360° magnetic track encompassed in a single indoor/outdoor, impact-resistant housing. Resolution The SurroundVideo Omni G2 series features a choice of 12- or 20-megapixel resolution options. These cameras include four individual true day/night sensors that provide an all-in-one solution for capturing wide area video surveillance while maximizing the field-of-view and reducing the total number of cameras required; saving installers time and end users money. Optic For added flexibility, users can place the four individual three-axis lens gimbals independently in nearly any configuration on the track for applications such as to see down all four hallways or on the corner of a building for a 270° view. The three-axis lens adjustment provides users with more camera placement options, allowing the cameras to be easily mounted on a wall or ceiling so they can rotate the lens in a variety of directions for a precise field of view. The customization of this camera is unparalleled offering a range of interchangeable lens options for each individual sensor including 2.1, 2.8, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16mm options. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera on-site. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk of missing critical information. Rugged Design SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating, and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force. Ease Of Installation The camera's interface allows for an intuitive, fast, and easy configuration. The Free AV IP Utility tool allows users to quickly configure multiple cameras at one time. The SurroundVideo® Omni G2 is PSIA (Physical Security Interoperability Alliance) compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer. Challenging Lighting Conditions For applications with bright or over saturated lighting conditions, the optional wide dynamic range feature delivers up to 100dB at full resolution (select 12MP models). For applications with poor lighting conditions, Binning Mode increases the camera’s low light performance by combining pixels so that more light can be collected.

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SurroundVideo G5 180-Degree For Day/Night Situational Awareness And Easy Installation With Remote Focus
SurroundVideo G5 180-Degree For Day/Night Situational Awareness And Easy Installation With Remote Focus

The 5th generation SurroundVideo® G5 delivers 4 integrated, P-iris, remote focus lenses in a compact dome camera that is easier than ever to install for loading docks, factories, restaurants, retail, parking lots, lobbies, and more. G5 delivers an incredible 180º panoramic experience with double the frame rate of previous models. 5, 12, and 20-megapixel models all offer built-in remote focus capability to simplify set-up. WDR, STELLAR™ advanced color low light technology, and more. Panoramic Overview  SurroundVideo® G5 cameras provide an all-in-one solution for capturing wide area video surveillance while maximizing the field-of-view and reducing the total number of cameras required. For added flexibility, users can view the camera’s four sensors individually or as a smooth transition of all images blended together for a full 180° panoramic view. The camera is factory aligned with a slight image overlap to ensure you never miss a thing. For an optimal image, each sensor can be individually adjusted for the best exposure ratio per sensor.  Resolution  The SurroundVideo® G5 multi-megapixel camera series delivers 5-, 12-, or 20-megapixel resolutions.  Lenses  The SurroundVideo® G5 multi-sensor, multi-megapixel dome camera pushes the boundaries of next generation technology, providing users with four integrated, Remote Focus P-iris lenses for an incredible 180° panoramic experience in a single indoor/outdoor housing.  Rugged Design  SurroundVideo® G5 is designed for demanding environments. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and water tests, the IP66 rating, and its extended operating temperature range make it ideal for outdoor applications. The IK-10 rated, rugged dome housing is perfect for deterring vandals since it can withstand the equivalent of 55 kg (120 lbs) of force.  Ease Of Installation  The SurroundVideo® G5 camera features four factory-installed Remote Focus P-iris lenses, ensuring the best possible depth of field and image clarity for precise performance from each individual sensor. Once mounted, the operator can quickly focus the camera remotely, eliminating the need to adjust the camera on-site. No more hassle individually installing multiple cameras to cover a wide area, manually focusing lenses, or risk missing critical information from a 180° scene.  Challenging Lighting Conditions  The series combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter for the highest image quality at any time of day. For challenging low-light applications, the 5MP STELLAR™, “Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture” model offers best-in-class light sensitivity capturing details in extreme low-light. The 12MP SurroundVideo® G5 camera (AV12586PM) features Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) to produce clear images in harsh lighting conditions.

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Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center
Safety In Smart Cities: How Video Surveillance Keeps Security Front And Center

Urban populations are expanding rapidly around the globe, with an expected growth of 1.56 billion by 2040. As the number of people living and working in cities continues to grow, the ability to keep everyone safe is an increasing challenge. However, technology companies are developing products and solutions with these futuristic cities in mind, as the reality is closer than you may think. Solutions that can help to watch over public places and share data insights with city workers and officials are increasingly enabling smart cities to improve the experience and safety of the people who reside there. Rising scope of 5G, AI, IoT and the Cloud The main foundations that underpin smart cities are 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud. Each is equally important, and together, these technologies enable city officials to gather and analyze more detailed insights than ever before. For public safety in particular, having IoT and cloud systems in place will be one of the biggest factors to improving the quality of life for citizens. Smart cities have come a long way in the last few decades, but to truly make a smart city safe, real-time situational awareness and cross-agency collaboration are key areas which must be developed as a priority. Innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns Public places need to be safe, whether that is an open park, shopping center, or the main roads through towns. From dangerous drivers to terrorist attacks, petty crime on the streets to high profile bank robberies, innovative surveillance cameras with integrated IoT and cloud technologies can go some way to helping respond quickly to, and in some cases even prevent, the most serious incidents. Many existing safety systems in cities rely on aging and in some places legacy technology, such as video surveillance cameras. Many of these also use on-premises systems rather than utilising the benefits of the cloud. Smart programming to deliver greater insights These issues, though not creating a major problem today, do make it more challenging for governments and councils to update their security. Changing every camera in a city is a huge undertaking, but in turn, doing so would enable all cameras to be connected to the cloud, and provide more detailed information which can be analyzed by smart programming to deliver greater insights. The physical technologies that are currently present in most urban areas lack the intelligent connectivity, interoperability and integration interfaces that smart cities need. Adopting digital technologies isn’t a luxury, but a necessity. Smart surveillance systems It enables teams to gather data from multiple sources throughout the city in real-time, and be alerted to incidents as soon as they occur. Increased connectivity and collaboration ensures that all teams that need to be aware of a situation are informed instantly. For example, a smart surveillance system can identify when a road accident has occurred. It can not only alert the nearest ambulance to attend the scene, but also the local police force to dispatch officers. An advanced system that can implement road diversions could also close roads around the incident immediately and divert traffic to other routes, keeping everyone moving and avoiding a build-up of vehicles. This is just one example: without digital systems, analyzing patterns of vehicle movements to address congestion issues could be compromised, as would the ability to build real-time crime maps and deploy data analytics which make predictive policing and more effective crowd management possible. Cloud-based technologies Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation Cloud-based technologies provide the interoperability, scalability and automation that is needed to overcome the limitations of traditional security systems. Using these, smart cities can develop a fully open systems architecture that delivers interoperation with both local and other remote open systems. The intelligence of cloud systems can not only continue to allow for greater insights as technology develops over time, but it can do so with minimal additional infrastructure investment. Smart surveillance in the real world Mexico City has a population of almost 9 million people, but if you include the whole metropolitan area, this number rises sharply to over 21 million in total, making it one of the largest cities on the planet. Seven years ago, the city first introduced its Safe City initiative, and ever since has been developing newer and smarter ways to keep its citizens safe. In particular, its cloud-based security initiative is making a huge impact. Over the past three years, Mexico City has installed 58,000 new video surveillance cameras throughout the city, in public spaces and on transport, all of which are connected to the City’s C5 (Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Citizen Contact) facility. Smart Cities operations The solution enables officers as well as the general public to upload videos via a mobile app to share information quickly, fixed, body-worn and vehicle cameras can also be integrated to provide exceptional insight into the city’s operations. The cloud-based platform can easily be upgraded to include the latest technology innovations such as license plate reading, behavioral analysis software, video analytics and facial recognition software, which will all continue to bring down crime rates and boost response times to incidents. The right cloud approach Making the shift to cloud-based systems enables smart cities to eliminate dependence on fiber-optic connectivity and take advantage of a variety of Internet and wireless connectivity options that can significantly reduce application and communication infrastructure costs. Smart cities need to be effective in years to come, not just in the present day, or else officials have missed one of the key aspects of a truly smart city. System designers must build technology foundations now that can be easily adapted in the future to support new infrastructure as it becomes available. Open system architecture An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations For example, this could include opting for a true cloud application that can support cloud-managed local devices and automate their management. An open system architecture will also be vital for smart cities to enhance their operations and deliver additional value-add services to citizens as greater capabilities become possible in the years to come. The advances today in cloud and IoT technologies are rapid, and city officials and authorities have more options now to develop their smart cities than ever before and crucially, to use these innovations to improve public safety. New safety features Though implementing these cloud-based systems now requires investment, as new safety features are designed, there will be lower costs and challenges associated with introducing these because the basic infrastructure will already exist. Whether that’s gunshot detection or enabling the sharing of video infrastructure and data across multiple agencies in real time, smart video surveillance on cloud-based systems can bring a wealth of the new opportunities.

Biometrics Provides Industries With Security, Access Control And Data Protection
Biometrics Provides Industries With Security, Access Control And Data Protection

Several major players vigorously employ biometric recognition technologies around the globe. Governments use biometrics to control immigration, security, and create national databases of biometric profiles. Being one of the most striking examples, the Indian Aadhaar includes face photos, iris, and fingerprints of about 1.2 billion people. Financial institutions, on their part, make use of biometrics to protect transactions by confirming a client's identity, as well as develop and provide services without clients visiting the office. Besides, biometric technology ensures security and optimizes passenger traffic at transport facilities and collects data about customers, and investigates theft and other incidents in retail stores. Widespread use of biometrics Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is an active user of biometric technology Business, which suddenly boosted the development of biometrics, is another active user of biometric technology. Industries choose biometric systems, as these systems are impossible to trick in terms of security, access control, and data protection. Being in demand in business, these three tasks are also relevant for the industry. However, the use of biometrics at industrial sites is discussed unfairly seldom. Therefore, it is the face identification that is the most convenient there, as workers often use gloves, or their hands may be contaminated, and the palm pattern is distorted by heavy labor. All these features make it difficult to recognize people by fingerprints or veins and significantly reduce identification reliability. Therefore, industries seek facial recognition solutions. Thus, let us demonstrate the application of face recognition technology at different enterprises, regardless of the area. Facial recognition use in incident management Facial biometric products are known to automate and improve the efficiency of security services by enriching any VMS system. These systems provide an opportunity of instantly informing the operator about recognized or unrecognized people, and their list membership, as well as save all the detected images for further security incident investigation. Furthermore, some sophisticated facial biometric systems even provide an opportunity to build a map of the movements of specific people around a site. Besides, it is relevant not only for conducting investigations but also in countering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Identifying and tracking COVID-19 positive cases Therefore, if an employee or visitor with a positive COVID-19 test enters a facility, the system will help to track his/her movement and identify his/her specific location. It will also help to take the necessary measures for spot sanitary processing. Thus, the introduction of biometric facial recognition at the industrial enterprise can improve and speed up the incidents’ response and investigations without spending hours watching the video archive. Access control system to secure physical assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets The right access control system can help industries secure physical and informational assets, cut personnel costs, and keep employees safe. Facial recognition systems may enrich access control systems of any company by providing more security. As biometric characteristics, by which the system assesses the compliance of a person with the available profiles in the database, cannot be faked or passed. The human factor is also reduced to zero, due to the fact that while identity documents can be changed, the inspector can make a mistake or treat his/her task carelessly, be in collusion with an intruder, the biometric system simply compares a person in front of the camera with the biometric profiles database. Biometric facial identification software For example, RecFaces product Id-Gate, a specialized software product for reliable access control to the site, checks the access rights by using biometric facial identification alone or in conjunction with traditional IDs (electronic passes, access keys, etc.), which means that there is almost a zero probability of passing to the site by someone else's ID. The access control system’s functionality allows one to strictly account the number and time of all the facility’s visitors and also track their movement. When unauthorized access is attempted or a person from the stop list is detected, Id-Gate sends an automatic notification to the access control system and operator. Enhanced data and information security Even despite the division of access to different industrial enterprise areas, the security service needs to provide independent information system security. Employees with the same facility access rights may have different access rights to data. However, in that case, a personal password is not enough, as an employee may forget it, write it down and leave it as a reminder, tell a colleague to do something for him/her during the vacation, or just enter it at another person’s presence. Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure Password-free biometric authentication Password-free biometric authentication systems make the procedure user-friendly and secure. Such systems usually provide an option of two-step verification when successful password entry is additionally confirmed by biometric recognition. Hence, it is particularly relevant due to the current lockdown in many countries. To sum up, the application of biometric technologies solves several issues of the industry, such as: Optimizes and partially automates the work of the security service, as it provides reliable identification and verification of visitors/employees, reduces the amount of time spent on finding a person on video and making a map of his/her movements, without spending hours on watching video archive in case of investigation. Provides a high level of reliability and protection from unauthorized access to the enterprise and the information system. Provides a two-step verification of the user/visitor (including password and biometric data) and almost eliminates the risk of substitution of user data/ID.

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

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

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Salient Systems VMS Integration With Honeywell’s ProWatch Access Control Platform Secure SMG/The Moscone Center
Salient Systems VMS Integration With Honeywell’s ProWatch Access Control Platform Secure SMG/The Moscone Center

There are a handful of amazing things that set San Francisco apart from other global cities. Notably, there is the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, the Twin Peaks overlooking the city skyline, San Francisco Bay, and The Moscone Center. Just how does a convention center fit into the list of places to see in beautiful San Francisco? It is the largest convention and exhibition complex in San Francisco, California. It includes three main halls spread out across three blocks and 87 acres in the prime South of Market neighborhood. The convention center originally opened in 1981 and has gone through several renovations. It is currently upgrading its security system to reflect a modern, state-of-the-art security solution. Securing SMG/Moscone Center Security at the SMG/Moscone Center is handled similar to the security at a Tier 1 airport. However, clients who use the facility are required to provide their own inside security. When the doors of the convention Center are open to the public, it plays host to people who want to come in and look around. Our new security system will provide analytics, and the ability to look at the images in real time" “We are responsible for facility security inside and on the perimeter outside. This is considered a soft target, so we do everything possible to harden the security,” said Damion Ellis, Director of Security at the SMG/Moscone Center. Damion adds, “The time is right for us to take out the old security system, including the old analog camera system. Our new security system will provide analytics, and the ability to look at the images in real time.” IP cameras installed for wide surveillance Like any major metropolitan area, the San Francisco metropolitan region has its own issues that have to be dealt with that aren’t pleasant. This includes keeping track of the homeless population and what they are doing. Damion Ellis further said, “We are able to place the new IP cameras in places where the homeless population congregates on the outside, in dark corners of the facility.” CompleteView VMS video platform The Moscone Center complex consists of three main halls. Moscone South is located to the south of Howard Street and is three-story tall. It opened in 2017, replacing the original Moscone Center building that opened in 1981. A Keith Haring sculpture stands outside the hall at the corner of 5th and Howard streets. Moscone North is located to the north of Howard Street, and Moscone West is a three-level exhibition hall located across 4th Street from Moscone North. Integration with ProWatch access control platform “One of the most compelling reasons Moscone deployed CompleteView video platform was the integration with Honeywell’s ProWatch access control platform, as well as newly designed multi-sensor cameras,” said Salient’s Regional Sales Manager in the Bay Area, Cindy Doyle. Cindy adds, “The ease of use and intuitive software allowed the guard staff to use maps in the system to identify where triggered events took place for guard dispatch.” Monitoring door alarms Prowatch access control platform is currently being used to monitor door alarms throughout the property Prowatch access control platform is currently being used to monitor door alarms throughout the property and triggering video call-up and/or alarm video event when there is a forced or held open door. In order to keep track of outside foot traffic and provide interior and exterior security, an analytics option was foremost on everyone’s mind, and integrator Microbiz Security Co., dove in with an initial site survey to determine the best course of action. Microbiz has partnered with the SMG/Moscone Center for several years. Video analytics solution “Our goal was to take a look at what it would take to secure the facility, but to do it properly,” said Todd Chritton, President of Microbiz Security. “The integrator had some suggestions in terms of offering better security coverage in some areas,” said Marco Escobar, Vice President of Operations at Microbiz Security, adding “What they knew was three buildings needed to update from its current 2002 technology, and upgrade to 2018 technology. It also was beneficial to the integrator having worked on site for several years and also having worked with Ellis during his tenure with the Hilton Hotel chain.” Multi-sensor and multi-megapixel IP cameras  Marco Escober further stated, “We’ve been a long-time vendor at the convention center, and we offer a pride of installation as well as using the best of the best security solutions. We began by updating current cameras to Arecont Vision multi-sensor and multi-megapixel IP cameras and Salient Systems’ CompleteView VMS, Dellintegrated server with RAID6 configuration and CompleteView Enterprise software." He adds, "The VMS is a fully open architecture, enabling convention center security staff to seamlessly leverage existing technology investments and minimize disruption.”

Arecont Vision Costar (AV Costar) To Exhibit New ConteraIP Megapixel Cameras At ISC West 2020
Arecont Vision Costar (AV Costar) To Exhibit New ConteraIP Megapixel Cameras At ISC West 2020

Arecont Vision Costar (AV Costar), a globally renowned IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions provider, has unveiled multiple high performance cameras for the ConteraIP megapixel (MP) series. The four new models build upon the high performance, superior image quality, outstanding reliability, ease of installation, and competitive pricing that are the hallmarks of ConteraIP. “We’ve taken the most in-demand form factors from our proven MegaIP single, dual, and multi-sensor camera families to bring similar choices to our expanding ConteraIP series,” said Brad Donaldson, Vice President of Product Development at Arecont Vision Costar. “ConteraIP will now address an even wider variety of challenging customer requirements as these new NDAA-compliant cameras roll out in coming weeks.” ConteraIP MicroDome LX cameras Indoor models feature a built-in microphone, while the outdoor MicroDome LX includes integrated IR illuminators The newly unveiled ConteraIP MicroDome LX IP cameras offer customers the choice of indoor ultra-low profile flush mount models for discreet surveillance or compact surface mount versions for indoor/outdoor use. Indoor models feature a built-in microphone, while the outdoor MicroDome LX includes integrated IR illuminators. All MicroDome LX cameras deliver up to 30fps of megapixel video and include a motorized remote focus lens for rapid setup, with choice of 1080p (2.1MP) or 5MP resolution.  The new ConteraIP MicroDome Duo LX offers twin, independent domes with motorized remote focus lens, each capable of up to 30fps of megapixel video. The Duo is ideal for indoor/outdoor applications such as coverage of hallways, walkways, and corners, or for monitoring ATMs or POS terminals where a 4-sensor Omni or panoramic camera may not be suitable. The compact platform brings models with 4 (2x1080p), 10 (2x5MP), or 16 (2x8MP) MP resolution choices, each with twin remote focus motorized lenses. ConteraIP Omni LX cameras AV Costar continues to build upon its legacy of surveillance industry leadership in adjustable-view multi-sensor models with the unveiling of the new ConteraIP Omni LX. The highly flexible remote-focus camera series offers 4 high resolution megapixel sensors with motorized remote focus lenses for easy installation and setup.  Omni LX offers the choice of 8 (4x1080p) or 20 (4x5MP) megapixel resolution with the customer’s choice of interchangeable lenses. Each sensor can be adjusted to the perfect individual view then remotely focused. The Omni LX delivers up to 360-degrees of non-stop coverage of virtually any scene for complete situational awareness. The Omni LX reduces complexity and cost, using a single PoE IP cable, IP address, and VMS license (on most VMS systems) instead of multiples of each being required for individual single-sensor cameras. NightView low light technology and H.265 compression ConteraIP cameras offer enhanced WDR up to 120db for varied lighting conditions, NightView low light technology, and H.265 with SnapStream+ & M-JPEG support. Other common features are high frame rates, defog technology, on screen display, MicroSD card support (most models), and multi-streaming capability. Just as in the entire MegaIP camera family, all four of the new ConteraIP models include both NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act H. R. 2500) and ONVIF compliance, plus are IP66 environmental and IK10 impact resistance rated. 360-degree Fisheye Panoramic and multi-sensor cameras Existing ConteraIP models include compact single sensor 360-degree Fisheye Panoramic cameras With the addition of these newest megapixel models, the ConteraIP camera series covers an even wider range of video surveillance and security system needs for a wide range of applications. Existing ConteraIP models include the compact single sensor 360-degree Fisheye Panoramic cameras with built-in microphone and two award-winning multi-sensor cameras - the 4-sensor 180-degree Panoramic with integrated IR and the Omni LX Remote Setup, which features 4 remotely positioned and focused motorized sensors for the ultimate ease of installation and configuration with non-stop surveillance across up to 360 degrees of coverage. ConteraIP Indoor Dome and Micro Bullet cameras The ConteraIP family further includes single-sensor ConteraIP Indoor Dome and award-winning indoor/outdoor Micro Bullet, Bullet, and standard Outdoor Dome models. EX series Bullet and Dome models complete the ConteraIP lineup, offering choice of standard and optional advanced analytics. Visitors can see the newest ConteraIP series in action at the Costar booth, #8045, at ISC West 2020, which has now been rescheduled to July 20-22 in the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Arecont Vision To Showcase Advanced IP Cameras, As Part Of Its Total Video Solution, At ISC East 2019
Arecont Vision To Showcase Advanced IP Cameras, As Part Of Its Total Video Solution, At ISC East 2019

Arecont Vision Costar (AVC), globally renowned provider of IP-based megapixel camera technology and video surveillance solutions, will deliver live demonstrations of its latest high-tech cameras from booth 252 at the ISC East 2019 exhibition and conference. The two-day security industry event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located in New York City, NY, from November 20 - 21, 2019. Total Video Solution AVC will highlight several powerful new cameras as part of the award-winning Total Video Solution AVC will highlight several powerful new cameras as part of the award-winning Total Video Solution, able to be securely and easily accessed anywhere, anytime, including from Security Operation Centers, desktop or laptop computers, smartphones, and tablet devices. Brad Donaldson, Vice President of Product Development for AVC, explains, “Our ConteraIP camera family continues to grow, offering the industry’s best image quality, performance, and reliability at an affordable price point.” Mr. Donaldson continued, “Each of the new cameras is designed to address customer requests for additional configuration options and features, while leveraging the power of our cloud-enabled Total Video Solution.” ConteraIP Omni LX Remote Setup dome cameras AVC has introduced multiple new products since initial launch in July of 2018 as an operating unit of Texas-based Costar Technologies, Inc. AVC is committed to the delivery of innovative product designs and features, outstanding product quality and reliability, and unmatched customer service and support. Now available, the newest member of the adjustable-view multi-sensor Omni camera series – first pioneered for the security industry in 2014 - is the most powerful and capable yet. The Omni LX Remote Setup (or RS) indoor/outdoor dome camera was unveiled at ISC West 2019 in April, and brings a choice of 8 or 20 Megapixel (MP) models each featuring four sensors mounted in individual, motorized gimbals. Remote focus/zoom capability with customisable views complements the default 180-, 280-, and 360-degree choices. NightView technology The compact dome enclosure brings a simple installation design combined with remote setup technology to position, aim, & focus each sensor. Together, these features reduce both installer effort, and eliminate the need to physically touch the camera from a lift or ladders for post-installation view, coverage, or focus adjustments. Standard Omni LX features include superior image quality at up to 30fps (frames per second) per sensor and full multi-streaming capability. Enhanced WDR (wide dynamic range) at up to 120db, NightView technology combined with mechanical IR cut filters for day/night use, both H.265 and SnapStream+ technology for reduced bandwidth use without loss of image quality, and PoE support round out the feature set. ConteraIP Fisheye 360-degree panoramic dome cameras The compact, very-low-profile dome camera offers a full 360-degree image without blind spots Released in September at GSX 2019 Chicago, the new ConteraIP Fisheye Dome indoor/outdoor camera is proving popular with customers seeking an affordable, single-sensor panoramic model with outstanding image quality. The compact, very-low-profile dome camera offers a full 360-degree image without blind spots at 12MP resolution. This product is suitable for day/night projects where a multi-sensor panoramic or Omni camera may not be warranted. Offering multiple de-warp display modes, this PoE camera includes integrated microphone, speaker, IR illuminators, and SDXC card slot for onboard storage. H.264/H.265 encoders and advanced SNAPstream+, SmartIR, WDR, and NightView technologies are included along with the advanced suite of AVC single-sensor camera capabilities. ConteraIP Outdoor Dome & Bullet EX Series The ConteraIP Outdoor Dome EX and Bullet EX cameras first unveiled at ISC West 2019 in April are available for customer ordering. Featuring AVC’s new Advanced Video Analytics suite, each high-performance EX model delivers 5MP resolution. Included analytics are camera tamper detection, intrusion detection, line crossing, and loitering detection. An optional additional suite of analytics is also available, including object classification (person/vehicle), object left/removed, and people/vehicle counting. Each EX model includes True Day/Night capabilities with integrated IR (infrared) illuminators for use indoors or out. Each includes a motorized varifocal lens for rapid focusing during setup and offers the full suite of powerful AVC single-sensor camera capabilities. These include a SDXC card slot for onboard storage, PoE (Power over Ethernet) capability, H.264/H.265 encoders, plus advanced SNAPstream+, SmartIR, Advanced WDR, and NightView technologies. Cloud-enabled ConteraVMS All of these new ConteraIP camera series are designed for use with the cloud-enabled ConteraVMS as part of the Total Video Solution. AVC MegaLab validation and ONVIF Profile S, G, Q, and T compliance provide easy integration with 3rd party VMS systems when needed.

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