ConteraCMR® is a full line of cloud managed recorders, with four customizable platform choices. The Compact NVR Server, in a 2U rackmount form factor that can be configured for up to 24TB with optional RAID 5 for a maximum of 64 channels. The online Arecont Vision SysCon System Configurator™ simplifies selecting the best ConteraCMR platform for specific project requirements. All ConteraCMR platforms include a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. Tying the ConteraVMS®, an advanced video management system that can support up to 128 cameras, and Contera CMR platforms together over the cloud is ConteraWS® (web services). ConteraWS enables recording to occur locally on a ConteraCMR platform (or 3rd party compliant server running ConteraVMS software). Local recording eliminates the pitfalls of resolution and framerate restrictions that can limit other solutions. User profiles and cloud information is all stored in the cloud for convenient, remote access and management. Local administration is not required, reducing complexity and staffing needs. Therefore, the Compact NVR Server can be accessed remotely over the local area network just as in a traditional video surveillance solution. The system can be securely reached from anywhere via choice of a full-featured thick client, mobile apps, Apple TV app, and a multi-browser web client. Video also can be stored in the cloud for important clips, then shared as needed. Management is simplified with access to all ConteraCMR platforms via a single sign-on capability. Instant notification of alarm, motion, or system health events are sent to any authorized recipient via smartphone or computer. Software updates can be applied remotely, reducing time and cost to deploy. There is no need for port forwarding or use of a Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS). ConteraWS also brings advanced cybersecurity, offering multi-factor authentication, NIST-compliant data encryption, transport layer security, and requiring no open inbound ports. The complete Contera video surveillance solution offers the performance and reliability of local recording with the convenience and flexibility of a cloud application.
Exhibiting at IFSEC, stand C310 MOBOTIX has announced a raised focus on cyber security by implementing the “MOBOTIX Cactus Concept.” The concept aims to deliver a comprehensive approach to protecting MOBOTIX products against the threat of cyber-attacks along with education and tools to help customers and partners build and maintain secure video surveillance and access control environments. Multimedia Cybersecurity Campaign The objective of the Cactus Concept is to implement a multimedia cyber security campaign in order to raise awareness among potential and existing MOBOTIX customers of the importance of data security in network-based video security systems and how organizations can protect themselves through cost-efficient and intelligent solutions. End-to-end encryption with no blind spots is required, from the image source via the data cables and the data storage through to the video management system on the user’s computer. Like a cactus, whose every limb is covered in thorns, all of the modules (camera, storage, cables, VMS) in the MOBOTIX system have digital thorns that protect them from unauthorized access. Protecting People, Places And Property “Modern video surveillance and access control technologies help protect people, places and property across the world but they are increasingly targeted by criminals aiming to infiltrate, take-over or disable these vital systems,” says Thomas Lausten, Chief Executive Officer of MOBOTIX. “With the Internet of Things trend adding billions of IP connected devices each year, our industry must lead the way in creating secure platforms that can reduce the risk posed by these damaging attacks.”The Cactus Concept protects every element of the design, manufacture and operation of each device As an important company within digital video surveillance, MOBOTIX believes in its “Cactus Concept” that protects every element of the design, manufacture and operation of each device along with end-to-end encryption across the entire usage and management cycle. SySS Third Party Security Testing To ensure the highest levels of security, MOBOTIX uses the services of SySS, a highly-regarded and independent third-party security-testing company that examines the security of both software and hardware elements. SySS customers include Basler Versicherungen, Bundeswehr, CreditPlus Bank AG, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Festo, Hewlett Packard, Innenministerium/LKA Niedersachsen, SAP, Schaeffler, Schufa, T-Systems and Union Investment. Sebastian Schreiber, SySS CEO said: “MOBOTIX has a contract with us to provide further penetration testing of its technology elements. The initial platform testing on a current camera model revealed very positive results and we will continue security testing as an ongoing process.” “Cyber security has been and will continue to be a core focus for MOBOTIX,” adds Lausten, “and we look forward to working with our peers in the industry, customers and government agencies to protect the very technologies and systems that help make society safer for all.”
DeepSense series products adopt the most advanced AI technologies, including deep learning algorithms that primarily target people and vehicles, which provides higher flexibility and accuracy for end-users. This enables the Dahua DeepSense series to offer various advanced applications such as Face Recognition, ANPR, Metadata, People Counting, traffic data statistics, etc.The complete lineup of Dahua DeepSense includes network (PTZ) cameras, network video recorders, servers, and platform management products. Beyond seeing the world, the power of AI allows devices to perceive the environment and understand the world in a better way. System Overview Face detection AI network camera is designed to focus on the detection of frontal human faces, it adopts high performance smart chip with deep learning technology, which can provide high precision face detection. This product supports real-time face detection, face optimized snapshot, face enhancement and face attributes analysis. Functions Face CaptureFace capture is a software application that automatically captures faces from within a digital image or a video frame from a video source. Dahua cameras use advanced deep learning algorithms and are trained by a large number of face data sources, enabling the camera to locate faces quickly and accurately from the video source and capture facial images. Face AttributesThrough the use of deep learning algorithms to analyze facial images, Dahua cameras can extract six facial attributes from each frame, including gender, age, expression (happy, calm, surprised, sad, and angry), glasses, masks, and mustaches. Customers can acquire data of interest via face attributes statistics. MetadataMetadata is feature attribute information extracted from a target object which can be used for data retrieval. Dahua face recognition camera can extract six facial attributes and output the metadata for analysis. Starlight TechnologyFeaturing Dahua’s Starlight Technology, this camera is ideal for applications with challenging lighting conditions. Its low-lightperformance delivers usable video with minimal ambient light. Even in extreme low-light conditions, Starlight Technology is capable of delivering color images in near complete darkness. Wide dynamic range (WDR)Embeded with industry leading wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, vivid picutures are achieved even in the most intense contrast lighting conditions. For applications with both bright and low lighting conditions that change quickly, True WDR (120dB) optimizes both the bright and dark areas of a scene at the same time to provide usable video. Smart Codec (H.265+ & H.264+)Smart Codec is the optimized implementation of standard video compression (H.265 & H.264) that uses a scene-adaptive encodingstrategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart Codec technology reduces bit rate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to the standard video compression.
The Evolution 180 Outdoor Camera is built upon Oncam’s expertise and heritage on 360-degree technology. It is specifically designed for applications that require a dewarped panoramic view of an outdoor scene, without blind spots, from a single sensor camera. The 12MP high-resolution sensor and the built-in 3D dewarped panoramic video provides industry leading Panoramic+ views. The true day/night functionality allows images to be produced in all lighting conditions, including additional IR lighting. The camera is IP66, IP67, IP68, IP69K and IK10+ rated, making it a robust design. Its versatile enclosure enables wall and pendant mounting, while the integrated adjustable mounting allows for an angling of up to 45°. When angled, Oncam’s Angle Compensation Technology (ACT) corrects the view, straightening vertical lines in the scene.
Exhibiting at IFSEC, stand D300 Hikvision PanoVu series DS-2DP1636Z-D panoramic + PTZ cameras, with integration design, are able to capture panoramic images as well as close-up images to give consideration to both panorama and details. The panoramic images are captured by eight sensors, which could realise 360° panorama monitoring. The design of integration model and high speed PTZ offers the function of fast detail positioning over a panoramic area. Furthermore, with its advanced video analysis and multiple targets tracking algorithm, PanoVu cameras also feature a wide range of smart functions for multiple targets within the panoramic view field, including intrusion detection, line crossing detection, region entrance detection, and region exiting detection. The cameras could also output alarm signals to link the PTZ for tracking, benefitting users with great improvements in security efficiency. Camera Features 1/1.9" Progressive Scan CMOS 360° view angle Up to 2 × 4096 × 1800@30fps 36X Optical Zoom Ultra-low illumination WDR 3D intelligent positioning function IP66
The Contera Bullet outdoor-ready megapixel camera features 1080p and 5-megapixel (MP) resolution for optimum performance. The Contera Bullet combines a day/night mechanical IR cut filter with an integrated motorized 2.7–12mm varifocal remote focus and zoom precision iris (P-iris) lens. Regardless of the time of day, the Contera Bullet is prepared for any lighting condition. For applications with poor lighting conditions, Enhanced WDR™ (wide dynamic range) at 120dB provides the best visual balance to shaded and bright light conditions. For clear color images in low-light, NightView™ offers strong low-light sensitivity for capturing details in extremely poor-lit scenes, and is further enhanced by built-in Smart IR LED illumination that automatically adjusts output in response to the distance of an object in view to prevent over-exposure when the object is very close to the camera. The Contera Bullet is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S and G compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
The WRT-3301 is a dual purpose Wisenet WAVE server and client built into a compact mini-tower form factor. This ready to deploy solution can manage up to 170 Mbps of recording throughput on up to 32TB of storage for a single site, or as an addition to your existing Wisenet WAVE system. Wisenet WAVE VMS (Video Management System) Wisenet WAVE is ideally suited to meet the needs of customers looking for a reasonably priced and easy to use end-to-end video surveillance solution. A highly customizable IP video management platform, WAVE gives users the ability to create tailored network video solutions for any type of project, on any device. With an intuitive interface requiring little to no training, WAVE empowers new and existing Hanwha IP camera users to make the most of their cameras’ advanced features and onboard analytics such as intelligent video analytics (appear, disappear, loitering), market intelligence statistics (queue management) and sound classification (explosion, glass breakage, gun shot and scream detection). WAVE is ONVIF compliant which allows it to support many other ONVIF compliant devices.
New Wisenet Multi-sensor Cameras Hanwha Techwin has expanded its Wisenet multi-sensor camera line with Wisenet PNM-7000VD (2-head). It combines powerful performance at an affordable price. For maximum adaptability, configurable fixed-focus lens/CMOS sensor modules are available in multiple fields of view which can be easily installed onsite. A 2MP lens module is available for the PNM-7000VD, which enables installers to precisely customize the resolution and lens combination for a perfect fit to any environment. The camera brings a new level of quality and value to the multi-directional camera market with high frame-rates, true WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and a powerful suite of analytics built in. Utilizing a single IP address requires only one VMS license, further reducing the cost to install, service and support. The PNM-7000VD camera is a perfect solution for hospitals, schools and retail and allows for individual on-screen displays and a full suite of video analytics including loitering, directional detection, fog detection, tampering, motion detection, object appearing/disappearing and objects entering or exiting an area. Hallway view aspect ratios are also supported for monitoring of vertical shaped areas.
Hanwha Techwin America continues to be an industry leader with extreme low-light capability due to a 1/2” CMOS sensor and one of the best in class F0.94 lens. extraLUX, is now available for its popular Wisenet X series camera range and is featured in the XNV-6085 (outdoor dome) camera. This extraLUX-enabled camera captures crystal clear, true-color images in low-light conditions without IR LEDs. The XNV-6085 includes a motorized vari-focal lens (4.1mm ~16.4mm) which will allow the user to remotely zoom in/out and focus. It also features full PTRZ (Pan, Tilt, Rotate and zoom) for additional control and positioning. Wisenet X series cameras feature Wisenet 5 technology providing 150dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), a comprehensive suite of license-free built-in analytics, enhanced device security and better compression and data transfer performance via Hanwha’s embedded WiseStream II compression technology and H.265 high efficiency encoding.
ConteraCMR® is a full line of cloud managed recorders, with four customizable platform choices. The base NVR Appliance supports a maximum of 8 or 16 POE ports and up to 20TB of onboard video-optimized storage. The online Arecont Vision SysCon System Configurator™ simplifies selecting the best ConteraCMR platform for specific project requirements. All ConteraCMR platforms include a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. Tying the ConteraVMS®, an advanced video management system that can support up to 128 cameras, and Contera CMR platforms together over the cloud is ConteraWS® (web services). ConteraWS enables recording to occur locally on a ConteraCMR platform (or 3rd party compliant server running ConteraVMS software). Local recording eliminates the pitfalls of resolution and framerate restrictions that can limit other solutions. User profiles and cloud information is all stored in the cloud for convenient, remote access and management. Local administration is not required, reducing complexity and staffing needs. Therefore, the NVR Appliance can be accessed remotely over the local area network just as in a traditional video surveillance solution. The system can be securely reached from anywhere via choice of a full-featured thick client, mobile apps, Apple TV app, and a multi-browser web client. Video also can be stored in the cloud for important clips, then shared as needed. Management is simplified with access to all ConteraCMR platforms via a single sign-on capability. Instant notification of alarm, motion, or system health events are sent to any authorized recipient via smartphone or computer. Software updates can be applied remotely, reducing time and cost to deploy. There is no need for port forwarding or use of a Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS). ConteraWS also brings advanced cybersecurity, offering multi-factor authentication, NIST-compliant data encryption, transport layer security, and requiring no open inbound ports. The complete Contera video surveillance solution offers the performance and reliability of local recording with the convenience and flexibility of a cloud application.
System Overview Ultra series adopts high performance DSP and Sony advanced image sensor technology, which can provide excellent image effects for users. With Dahua advanced software algorithm, the series is able to support people counting and heat map which brings extra business analysis value for customers. In addition, IP67, IK10 and heater compliance ensure the series can be applied in a harsher environment. Functions ePoE TechnologyThe ePoE technology of Dahua, designed internally, adopts advanced 2D-PAM3 coding modulation from physical layer, and realizes full duplex transmission over 800 meters at the speed of 10Mbps, or 300 meters at the speed of 100Mbps via Cat 5 or coaxial cable media. It supports PoE and PoC power supply technology which has greatly simplified construction and wiring. Dahua ePoE technology offers a new way to accomplish long distance transmission between IP cameras and network switches. It allows more flexible surveillance system design, improves reliability and saves construction and wiring cost. 4K Technology4K resolution is a revolutionary breakthrough in image processing technology. 4K delivers four times the resolution of standard HDTV 1080p cameras and offers superior picture quality and image details. 4K resolution improves the clarity of a magnified scene to view or record crisp forensic video from large areas. E-PTZ FunctionE-PTZ (electronic-PTZ (Pan-Tilt Zoom)) is a virtual technology. E-PTZ function can be utilized on the local area. Mostly it appears in megapixel or other cameras. Business Intelligent Analysis (People counting, Heatmap)This Dahua camera also supports more advanced intelligent features such as people counting and heat map, besides basic IVS functions. These two functions can be applied to business intelligence and bring extra values to customers. It is available to acquire daily, weekly, monthly and yearly people flow via people counting and output data report. Heat map can be based on a moving object in time of space movement for analysis, find the most active area and output the report, which is to provide valuable data support for commercial applications. Smart Codec (H.265+ & H.264+)Smart Codec is the optimized implementation of standard video compression (H.265 & H.264) that uses a scene-adaptive encodingstrategy, dynamic GOP, dynamic ROI, flexible multi-frame reference structure and intelligent noise reduction to deliver high-quality video without straining the network. Smart Codec technology reduces bitrate and storage requirements by up to 70% when compared to the standard video compression. Environmental & ProtectionWith a temperature range of -40 °C to +60 °C (-40 °F to +140 °F), the camera is designed for extreme temperature environments. Supporting ±25% input voltage tolerance, this camera suits even the most unstable conditions for outdoor applications. Its 6KV lightning rating provides effective protection for both the camera and its structure against lightning. Subjected and certified to rigorous dust and immersion tests (IP67) and impact tests (IK10), The camera complies with an IK10 impact rating making it capable of withstanding the equivalent of 5 kg (11.02 lbs) of force dropped from a height of 40 cm (15.75 in.)
Videotec is launching DELUX, the new imaging and encoding technology for outdoor surveillance that generates incredibly vivid and clear color video images day or night. In particular, thanks to the camera’s increased light sensitivity, the DELUX technology can obtain bright images with well-defined colours in very low light conditions – even typical night-time conditions to 0.006 lux (0.0006 lux in black and white). The technology offers significant advantages for video surveillance in sensitive outdoor areas where it is necessary to identify people, objects, moving vehicles and abnormal events with the highest levels of detail possible at all times, even at night. Developed end to end by Videotec’s R&D team, the new DELUX technology has now been integrated into the ULISSE COMPACT PTZ, the worldwide benchmark for the surveillance of urban and industrial areas, critical infrastructures, transportation, perimeters and borders. The ULISSE COMPACT is a Day/Night, FullHD 1080p camera with a 30x optical zoom and a frame rate of 60fps. It is capable of accurately pinpoint details in any scene – even dynamic, rapidly changing situations. In addition to improved light sensitivity, with outstanding color rendering and greater noise reduction, the DELUX technology has brought new advanced performances to the ULISSE COMPACT, namely in the control of speed proportional to zoom and management of Privacy Masking. ULISSE COMPACT’s robust mechanical construction guarantees unbeatable performance in all weather conditions, – from -40°C to + 60°C – with a rotation speed of up to 200°/s, highly accurate preset positioning, a wiper and an integrated LED illuminator. Thanks to the meticulous care taken in all of the DELUX technology design stages, significant reductions have been made to the costs of this new ULISSE COMPACT model. In addition to the improved performance, this has increased the model’s competitiveness thus responding to customer’s needs and an increasingly selective market.
Contera® Panoramic megapixel IP cameras provide an all-in-one solution for wide-area video surveillance. Four sensors and lenses are housed in an outdoor-rated IP66 and IK-10 impact-resistant dome enclosure. The cameras are available in a 180° configuration and resolutions of 8- and 20-megapixel (MP). A single Contera Panoramic camera can replace multiple conventional cameras with the ability to zoom into multiple regions of interest. Their return on investment is easily measured any way you view it. Regardless of the time of day, the Contera Panoramic is prepared for any lighting condition. For applications with poor lighting conditions, Enhanced WDR™ (wide dynamic range) at 120dB provides the best visual balance to shaded and bright light conditions. For clear color images in low-light, NightView™ offers strong low-light sensitivity for capturing details in extremely poor-lit scenes, which is further enhanced by LED illumination built into each sensor gimbal. Arecont Vision was the first to bring H.264 to the mainstream market and recently-developed SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology for reducing bandwidth without impacting image quality. Today, we are proud to offer our next generation H.265 with SNAPstream+™ smart codec capable of delivering high quality video while saving over 50% of the data rate to reduce or prevent strain on the network. The camera’s power can be supplied via a Power over-Ethernet (PoE - IEEE 802.3af) compliant network cable connection. The Contera Panoramic is ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S and G compliant, providing interoperability between network video products regardless of manufacturer.
Avigilon Appearance Search™ technology is a powerful artificial intelligence (AI) search engine that is designed to make searching video as easy as searching the internet. Available in the upcoming Avigilon Control Center 6.10 video management software, the latest enhancement to Avigilon Appearance Search technology will allow users to select certain physical descriptions, such as hair and clothing color, gender and age. The new feature is designed to provide security operators enhanced speed and flexibility when conducting a search for a person.
Exhibiting at ISC West 2018: booth number 8045 Arecont Vision has unveiled the newest member of the MegaDome® feature-rich camera series. The new MegaDome UltraHD adds Tri-Mode capability, offering the user the choice of 12MP at 20fps, 4K at 30fps, or 1080p at 60fps, enabling delivery of outstanding video for a wide range of requirements. The true day/night indoor/outdoor MegaDome UltraHD dome camera is loaded with features, including a motorized remote focus/zoom P-Iris lens mounted in a 3-axis gimbal. The installer-friendly, IP66 environmental-rated and IK-10 impact-resistant housing encloses integrated IR LEDs with adjustable beam angle and LED intensity, SDHC onboard storage card slot, and mechanical IR cut filter. Wide dynamic range (WDR), NightView™ low light technology, binning mode for strong low light performance, SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology for reduced bandwidth without impacting image quality, and dual encoder H.264/MJPEG capabilities are built in as with other members of the MegaDome series. Features include privacy mask, motion detection, flexible cropping, bit rate control, multi-streaming, multicasting, forensic viewing, and non-integer scaling. The camera offers network protocols for security and management including SNMP, HTTPS, 802.1x, IPv4, and DHCP. Power requirements are met entirely via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or optionally via 12-24V DC. At the heart of all Arecont Vision-brand cameras is the in-house developed Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture, leveraging a built-in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) integrated circuit. The architecture enables Arecont Vision cameras to be field upgraded with new advanced features and capabilities as they become available, while providing unmatched cybersecurity capabilities. All Arecont Vision cameras are integrated and tested with the industry’s leading VMS, video analytics, networking, storage, and other software and hardware through the company’s Technology Partner Program™ and subsidiary MegaLab™ technology center.
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According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analog, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure Overhaul For HD Video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analog HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy Solutions For HD Video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analog systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analog solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analog technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping Video Delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetize their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analog systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing Network Hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilize a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying Surveillance Through One DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analog or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analog systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression. HD Casino Surveillance Made Simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analog system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorized personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximizing existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.
It had been a particularly slow night. The plant security guard had just made his rounds on this Sunday evening shift. As soon as he passed the weighing scales, he could enter the guard shack and get off his feet. Challenging A Curious Incident However, on this night, he noticed the waste vendor’s truck sitting half on and half off the scale. He stopped dead in his tracks to see if the truck would back up and completely sit on the scale. It never did. The observant guard walked up to the truck and challenged the driver who seemed surprised. “Hey, you’re not weighing your truck properly.” The driver fumbled for a response before replying, “Sorry, I was on the phone with a friend. I didn’t notice it.” But this security guard had the presence of mind to demand the driver’s phone. The driver was caught off guard and surrendered the phone. The guard then pulled up the most recent incoming/outgoing calls and saw no calls during the last 30 minutes. “I don’t think so.” “You don’t think so what?” The security guard was frank, “You haven’t used this phone in over half an hour.” The truck driver sheepishly acknowledged the fact. It was decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting Preventing Crime As It Happens Knowing the driver was lying, the security guard ordered the truck back on the scale for a correct weighing and advised the driver that he would report the incident. The security guard wrote up his report and handed it off to his supervisor who, in turn, contacted the local corporate investigator. This investigator was soon on the phone with his boss at corporate headquarters on the other side of the world. Together with Security, they decided to install video surveillance covering the weighing area and scales – no easy feat due to poor lighting. However, once completed, they waited. They would not have to wait long. For the next two months, the waste vendor trucks, filled to the brim with production waste, black-and-white paper and other waste products from the plant, would stop on the scale only for a moment and then drive the front half of the truck off the scale for weighing. It was obvious that the vendor was cheating the company by only paying for half the waste. After two months, it was decided to catch the next cheating driver “en flagrante.” Sure enough, the next truck went half on and half off the scale and was weighed. Security then asked the unsuspecting driver to park his truck and invited him inside the building to talk to a supervisor. The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet Waiting for the driver in a large office was the local investigator and his close friend, the Head of Security. After a difficult interview, the driver admitted to cheating on the scales over a two-year period—he claimed that some of the scale cheating was done at the direction of the vendor’s management, while some of it he did himself by “ripping off” the vendor—which he acknowledged was dangerous. Working With Authorities The driver signed an incriminating statement about the scheme and his role therein. They sent him on his way asking him to keep it quiet—they would see what they could do for him later on. In the meantime, Corporate Investigations had received a due diligence report on the vendor company which contained disturbing news—the company and its managers were associated with a countrywide waste management mafia. The report suggested that the vendor had a reputation for thefts and involvement in numerous lawsuits regarding thefts and embezzlement. Shockingly, no prior due diligence had ever been conducted on the vendor. Fortunately, the plant’s finance and audit team had maintained good records over the past 5 years and were able to re-construct the amount of waste going out the plant door and the amounts being claimed and paid for by the vendor. The discrepancy and loss stood at a multi-million dollar figure. After consulting with the local police authorities and company lawyers, it was decided to pursue a civil case against the vendor. Pursuing Legal Action The regional lawyer, the Head of Investigations, the Head of Security and the CFO invited the vendor to discuss the problem. Some of the evidence was shown to the vendor’s CEO who became indignant and, in order to save face, promised to fire the truck drivers and to repay any losses for the last two months. Inter-dependent entities - security, investigations, finance/audit and legal - combined their resources and agendas to form a unified front That was not enough for the company and a protracted legal battle ensued which lasted several years and resulted in the vendor’s paying almost the entire amount in instalments. The vendor was dropped from the contract and internal controls strengthened—the only plant employee dealing with the waste issue left the company and was replaced by two individuals. The plant also began paying more attention to the waste process and less to the production side. Several “lessons learned” come to mind. First, the tripwire came in the person of an astute and well-trained security guard who exhibited some of the best characteristics you want to see from men and women in that profession. The Security Department was also adept at installing the surveillance system and capturing the fraud live on videotape. But a far greater lesson was learned—of what can happen when inter-dependent entities (security, investigations, finance/audit and legal) within a company combine their resources and agendas to form a unified front. The results speak for themselves.
Despite the huge amount of video data collected, statistics show that only 10 percent of data is ever used and most loses its value within seconds of being generated. Why use such a limited amount of data? Many security organizations are focused on delivering the right information in case of an emergency or providing the correct evidence after a criminal act. Yet the fact is, a new video security system can be a large investment. Together with the service, maintenance and management costs associated with it, most video systems are currently considered overhead. So how can you maximize the value of your video system? Video analytics ensure surveillance images are continuously analyzed in real-time to alert users to things that need attention. This helps organizations make sense of video data and adds an extra layer of protection by providing alerts to potential security risks before or as they occur, such as detecting loitering in a parking lot or a perimeter breach after hours.Integrating analytic alerts with other security systems enables organizations to use the data to trigger responses from other components of the security solution Video analytics can be programmed to alert on things such as line/perimeter crossing, illegal parking, loitering: people counting, speeding in areas like parking lots, color matching alerts. These are just some of the ways video analytics can assist to enhance security and safety. Video Analytics Trigger System Events Integrating analytic alerts with other security systems enables organizations to use the data to trigger responses from other components of the security solution. This can increase overall security, better mitigate risk, and reduce complexity for users to improve efficiency. For example, intelligent cameras equipped with video analytics can initiate intrusion detection system events when alarms are triggered. The analytic alert can immediately fault a corresponding point on the panel. This can prompt the panel to communicate the alarm to the central station or to send video snapshots to security personnel. In a retail store or warehouse environment, video analytics can also alert to an emergency exit that has been blocked by a pallet of boxes or by another object. Using an idle object rule, the IP camera with analytics can alert when an object remains in the area for longer than a pre-defined amount of time. People counting and crowd detection can also help organizations improve customer satisfaction by monitoring for long lines or people gathered in an area When this occurs, the alert can fault a point on the intrusion control panel, which can then send an email or text message with a video snapshot to the store or warehouse manager. This can help to prevent code violations and unsafe conditions. Extending Beyond Security Not only can video analytics detect threats, alert to security breaches, and help enforce health and safety regulations, it can also do much more. It can enable organizations to re-purpose the data for new uses for the business—offering valuable insights to other departments within an organization, such as providing the ability to analyze behavior in retail stores to help merchandizers create more effective display placements. How is this possible? Analytics can provide organizations with the additional information about video data that they need to re-purpose it for a business advantage. The cameras can interpret data directly at the source and re-assign it to help organizations make smarter decisions.By providing business information that goes beyond conventional security applications, new functionality can easily be added to a video security system This includes monitoring presence to reduce utility bills, identifying patterns in customer activity to improve sales, and distinguishing road blocks to optimize retail shop layout and increase customer satisfaction. Improving Customer Satisfaction People counting and crowd detection can also help organizations improve customer satisfaction by monitoring for long lines or people gathered in an area, indicating additional assistance may be needed. By providing business information that goes beyond conventional security applications, new functionality can easily be added to a video security system. In this way, video analytics can help organizations reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve sales. The organization gains greater value from the system and a return on investment that can be measured in tangible business results. Then, the video system is no longer considered overhead. Overall, using video analytics as part of an integrated security system and fully using the data gained from the analytics can help you better meet your organization’s needs for security and extend surveillance data to deliver additional business benefits. I believe that every business should be able to take advantages of these advances in technology - without the need for additional investment or a license fee. Every business is different, and new analytics solutions should be adaptable to meet your exact needs. Thinking beyond security opens up video analytics to revolutionize how video data will be used in the future and can take data usage to a whole new level.
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