Rhombus Systems, an enterprise video security startup, releases Unusual Behavior Detection (UBD) to quickly notify organizations when something is wrong. Last year, Rhombus Systems released their AI-Powered R1 security camera to provide organizations cloud-management, facial recognition, people analytics, and enterprise integrations at an affordable price point. Today’s existing video surveillance systems are reactive and used only after an incident has already occurred. Rhombus is changi...
ADT Inc., global provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, has announced the unveiling of its newly redesigned smart home security system – the ADT Command Panel & Control Platform (ADT Command) – as well as a suite of smart security and home automation products at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This year’s theme, “Real Protection,” will highlight the products ADT offers to ensure...
Aiphone has announced significant improvements to its full IP IX intercom and security solution. The new and upgraded features built into the new IX2 series include improved audio and camera functionality, large touch screen monitors and communication with up to 9,999 door stations. IX2 IP Intercom And Security Solution “With no server or license fees, the IX2 system offers highly affordable P2P full IP video entry security, internal communication and multicast paging,” said Wyatt...
In a proactive response to the increasing convergence of the physical security and professional A/V industries, XtraSales, Inc., a manufacturer’s representative serving the professional / commercial security sector, and On the Road Marketing, a professional A/V manufacturer’s representative firm serving manufacturers in the commercial Audio & Video industry, have announced a strategic alliance. Sophisticated Security Systems Demand for integrated and sophisticated security syst...
Vistacom Inc., a provider of audiovisual and communications solutions, announced the availability of the enhanced version of its Vistacom SecureView video wall solution. Vistacom SecureView 2.0 is an intelligent visual solution that enables organizations to view data from multiple services and solutions in a single operational picture. Vistacom SecureView 2.0 Today’s mission-critical environments require efficiency and intuitiveness to maintain an effective and intelligent security postu...
ADT Inc., a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the United States and Canada, today announced that, in addition to being the exclusive provider of security solutions for Tuesday Morning, it has now entered into a chainwide agreement for an extended service plan that includes maintenance for all security solutions. About Tuesday Morning Tuesday Morning, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a national retail chain established in 1974 specializin...
Veracity, a global designer and manufacturer of innovative IP transmission products, long-term surveillance storage and an advanced, modular integration platform for Command and Control Centers, is a key sponsor of the IAPSC Annual Conference and will be presenting to the attended delegates in San Diego, CA during the three-day event. Veracity will be promoting VIEWSCAPE, their comprehensive Command and Control system. Featuring an advanced, modular integration platform, VIEWSCAPE gives operators flexible and immediate control over complex surveillance and security functions. VIEWSCAPE includes visual information received from IP and deployable CCTV cameras combined with interactive maps and incident management. Its flexibility adapts to new requirements whilst minimizing the challenges of integration with legacy systems.Live views may be mixed with playback and media streams such as broadcast news, online data streams, maps or other graphical displays TRINITY Direct-To-Storage Architecture VIEWSCAPE is fully integrated with Veracity’s TRINITY direct-to-storage architecture and the award-winning, advanced COLDSTORE surveillance storage system. It also features a full video and media wall display option that can be reconfigured on-the-fly and in response to specific incidents or emergency situations. Live views may be mixed with playback and media streams such as broadcast news, online data streams, maps or other graphical displays. Cost-Effective Security Solution “Our solution brings a new level of cost-effectiveness to the integrated Command and Control system market,” says Jack Meltzer, Director of A&E Programs at Veracity. “COLDSTORE has already established itself as the most reliable and cost effective long-term storage solution available, and the addition of VIEWSCAPE to our portfolio brings significant added-value for any project."Veracity’s innovative solutions will be presented to the attending conference delegates at the IAPSC Annual Conference IAPSC Annual Conference "The system can provide integration with access control, building management, intruder detection, VOIP intercom systems and video analytics including LPR and facial recognition” added Meltzer. “A number of native security functions can be added to the system in a modular, customisable way, such as guard tour, lone worker monitoring, dispatch, alarm monitoring and key management.” Veracity’s innovative solutions will be presented to the attending conference delegates at the IAPSC Annual Conference between the 29th April and the 1st May in the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, California.
PSA the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative announced that Glenn Bill, speaker, author, serial entrepreneur, and world-class coach, will be featured at PSA TEC as the keynote presenter. His presentation, “Amplify Your Attitude”, will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM during breakfast. All TEC attendees are invited to attend this general session. Glenn Bill is America’s number 1 attitude speaker and is the author of the Amazon’s number 1 International Best Seller ‘The ABC’s of ATTITUDE: Discover the Secret Formula to Achieve Success in YOUR Personal and Business Life’, ‘Increase Your Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘GET ATTITUDE’. Glenn Bill is America’s number 1 attitude speaker Empowerment For Security Professionals He has been featured on FOX News, CBS, ABC, NBC, Business Journal, and other network stations. Most recently he established the University of Attitude which is built upon three pillars; personal growth, empowerment for professionals, and education. Starting out as a real estate agent, Glenn has carved his own path as a business owner, high school sports coach, community leader, and family man. “As professionals within the security industry, it’s important that we take time to do a self-awareness inventory,” said Anthony Berticelli, director of education at PSA. “We are excited to have Glenn Bill join us at TEC to help us amp up our attitudes and focus on how our attitude impacts us, our work, and everyone around us every day. We hope that attendees walk away with the tools to evaluate their attitude and reflect on how to achieve the highest level of success.” Event Registration PSA TEC will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, CO on March 12-16, 2018. Event registration is currently open for all systems integration professionals. Space is limited in select sessions, so attendees are encouraged to register early.
3xLOGIC, Inc., a provider of integrated, intelligent security solutions, and a three-time Deloitte Technology Fast 500 winner, today announced 3xLOGIC and Sonitrol of Evansville are working to provide highly effective security protection for all of Hutson Inc’s John Deere dealerships located in Kentucky and Tennessee. Hutson Inc. is a John Deere dealership with 13 locations. The initial site Hutson focused on in Paducah, KY, has a display lot of over 88,000 square feet and a building with more than 14,000 square feet—there was a lot of territory to protect. Ensure Protection Of Assets At the Paducah location, Hutson decision-makers wanted to protect their building inside and out, during business hours and after hours. Also, covering a large outdoor area can be especially challenging from a security standpoint. Hutson’s management understood that some customers want to be able to walk the lot and view the tractors and other equipment after hours without being approached by a salesperson, but they needed to ensure their assets would be protected. Sonitrol of Evansville was able to secure the buildings with impact-activated audio on a network-based panel and a video surveillance system from 3xLOGIC. Sonitrol Security Consultant, Andrew Beitler, designed a system with outdoor protection; a burglar and intrusion alarm system; and a verified 3xLOGIC CCTV solution that would work by arming just one keypad, which in turn arms the three combined systems. 3xLOGIC cameras are installed at all 13 locations, inside and outdoors, for a total of more than 100 cameras spread throughout all the dealerships. The video verification alarm function is triggered in two ways: yard cord looped throughout display equipment or motion detection located at fence perimeters. The yard cord system is like extension cords looped through the equipment. When a connection is broken along the cord an alarm is triggered signaling the Sonitrol monitoring station, explained Jim Gilliam, Safety and Compliance Manager for Hutson. Improved Security In 13 Work Locations Hutson has methodically been installing and improving security at their 13 locations for the last number of years. “We’ve had some incidents over the years and the system works great,” said Gilliam. “We can look at the system’s activity log and using the 3xLOGIC Smart Search feature tell exactly where the potential perpetrator came from and the path they took through the yard. When equipment goes missing, we almost always get it back. Our cameras provide us with pictures of the perpetrators as well as images of their vehicles, and of course, when video verification is tripped, we have live monitoring of what is going on. We give that information to the police, which leads to arrests—I’m very happy with the system.” Indoor cameras are focused on cash drawers. “We’ve had incidents with stolen credit cards and we can pick up their faces. Our cameras are synced, so we see them at the cash register, then we can follow them outside to identify their car,” said Gilliam. “Another huge advantage of 3xLOGIC’s video verification and Sonitrol’s live monitoring is to cut down on false alarms. This is critical to freeing up law enforcement to focus on real bad guys, instead of wasting time chasing alarms caused by the wind, animals, or any other false trigger.” Priority Verified Alarm Response “As a Sonitrol franchise, we embrace verified alarm solutions,” said Chris Dingman, Sonitrol of Evansville Operations Manager. “Whether it be the impact-activated audio verification or Sonavision verified video, we believe in the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response’s initiative.” Gilliam and Hutson continue to upgrade their security; they have installed one 3xLOGIC thermal camera as a beta, and they’re looking to install more. “We’re always looking at more functionality and upgrades. Our display lots and our needs change, but so far, so good—we’re achieving our security objectives with Sonitrol and 3xLOGIC.”
Global visualization leader Barco and ProAV distributor Starin are teaming up this month to showcase UniSee – a revolutionary patented modular platform that surpasses traditional LCD video walls on every level – at the exclusive event “Visualise Your Bright Outcome in 2018” in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 14, 2017. Innovative bezel-less LCD video wall offers unmatched brightness, highest reliability, back-light lifetime and intra-tile uniformity. Completely redesigned and optimized LCD platform responds to market’s strong demand for an easier-to-install, perfectly aligned display system offering an uninterrupted viewing experience. Strengthens Barco’s leadership in large-screen visualization by expanding its portfolio of advanced rear projection, LCD and LED video walls. Professional Visualization As long-time collaborators in the development and distribution of large-screen visualization, Barco and Starin are excited to host a VIP event featuring the Barco UniSee LCD video wall platform. Following on the heels of Barco’s primary launch events on October 24 in Belgium, New York City, Dubai, Beijing and Montreal last month, Starin’s “Visualise Your Bright Outcome” event will feature hands-on demonstrations of UniSee to showcase all of its groundbreaking features and capabilities. “After consulting with our valued resellers, installers, partners and end users in the marketplace, we knew that we had to completely rethink the concept of LCD video walls and their mounting structures. The result is Barco UniSee − a revolutionary patented modular platform that will redefine the LCD video wall market for many years to come,” comments Suchit Rout, Strategic Marketing Director – Operator Experience at Barco. Starin is excited to offer the new UniSee video wall, a highly anticipated solution by an industry seeking to overcome the typical challenges of video walls, such as color uniformity, energy consumption and efficient mounting. Single Uniform View “Simply put, Barco UniSee is brilliant,” comments Bill Mullin, CEO of Starin. “I’ve never been more delighted with a development so right for what the market needs. It is truly one of the best works of engineering innovation I have seen in our industry. We’re very pleased that Barco chose Starin for the introduction, as they did for the ClickShare launch, as this is another game changer.” Barco UniSee offers a single uniform view, making it the ideal LCD video wall platform for a multitude of applications – including control rooms, corporate lobbies, experience centers, brand showrooms, executive briefing centers and meeting rooms. Thanks to its patented NoGap technology, users can present content over multiple video wall tiles without the disturbance of a bezel for a truly seamless, brilliant image. Higher Reliability With Ease Of Installation And Servicing The patented UniSee Mount uses the power of gravity to perfectly and automatically align panels, ensuring fast, easy set-up and maintenance. Barco has also re-engineered the design of the panels to counter all possible variations in brightness from the center to the edges. The result perfect and unmatched intra-tile and inter-tile uniformity. UniSee Connect features Barco’s Sense X automatic, continuous and real-time color and brightness calibration system, which ensures that the complete wall produces a perfectly balanced image at all times. UniSee’s modular design also enables faster servicing most repairs can be completed on-site, minimizing downtime of the entire Barco UniSee wall. What’s more an optional redundant power supply (either locally or remotely installed) takes over when the first unit fails to ensure continuous uptime of the display.
Vista is proud to announce its latest partnership with BCDVideo. As one of Vista’s core technologies continual improvements and updates are always being made to the qulu range so that the best user experience can be offered. The IP video server is the heart of any video surveillance project. It communicates directly with networks, monitors, cameras, and every part in between and the new partnership means an even stronger server offering. BCDVideo Support And Technical Development As the new supplier of qulu servers, BCDVideo can provide the support and technical developments required for Vista to continue offering an innovative, high end video storage solution that works seamlessly with its existing software package. The biggest enhancement to the range is the new SFF (Small Form Factor) server which replaces the current Microserver. The new SFF version provides additional features such as updated processing power and graphics capability, a more powerful CPU processor and increased performance via the on-board INTEL graphics processor unit. These improvements mean reduced costs for the end user as the SFF server now allows both live video and recorded footage to now be viewed, in addition to recording, meaning there is no need to purchase an additional viewing client PC. Increased Functionality, Greater Storage Jeff Burgess, President/CEO BCDVideo comments, “Having had the privilege of knowing Gary Rowden for six years, his approaching BCDVideo about innovating new robust solutions for Vista made for an exciting endeavor. The payoff for the Vista customer is a synchronized solution born from the collaboration of two engineering teams functioning as one.” Designed by BCDVideo, the new qulu servers offer some of the best performing and efficient video management systems on the market today, while maintaining the same great qulu experience. The move to BCDVideo allows Vista to take advantage of the technological developments detailed above, but also to improve lead times and support. Gary Rowden, Divisional Director for Vista comments, “Our partnership with BCDVideo will allow us to offer increased functionality and greater storage levels on our qulu server range and will benefit us and our customers with even higher levels of support. This is an exciting partnership that further enhances the qulu offering.”
The Christie FHD553-XE 55-inch LCD panel in a 2x2 array is ideal for tiled display walls in security operation environments Christie will be exhibiting industry leading networked control room monitoring products for the security industry at ISC West 2017 from April 5 to 7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Control room solutions showcased at the booth will include Christie FHD553-XE LCD panels, Christie Velvet Apex Series 1.2mm LED tiles, Entero HB 70-inch HD display cubes, Christie Phoenix, Christie Phoenix EP (Embedded Processor) and Christie Phoenix Quad-T. “Because security operations teams work from multiple locations, there’s an increased need to collaborate and manage data in multiple formats and sources between sites in order to be effective while making critical decisions about security,” said John Hallman, director, Americas, technical sales and solutions, Christie. “At ISC West 2017, attendees will experience Christie’s breadth of control room solutions that address the demands placed on evolving modern security operations. We offer robust and reliable displays to cutting-edge open network distribution systems. Our control room solutions are used all over the world in the most demanding security monitoring situations.” Christie FHD553-XE LCD Panel The Christie FHD553-XE 55-inch LCD panel in a 2x2 array is ideal for tiled display walls in security operation environments. The extreme-narrow bezel of 1.7mm and high-pixel density offer industry leading image quality with a low cost of ownership, and can be installed in either portrait or landscape orientation. As the main panel in the Christie® Extreme Series of LCD video wall panels, FHD553-XE operates with Phoenix EP to provide a complete video wall solution that is perfect for critical viewing scenarios. Christie Velvet Apex Series LED tiles, with ultra-fine pixel pitches starting at 1.2 millimetres, deliver content in impeccable detail, making it the ideal choice for critical viewing applications where image quality and clarity is paramount. This solution offers seamless display matched with premium performance in a solid-state, energy efficient, slim design. Entero HB 70-inch HD display cubes offer brightness up to 1350 lumens and optional Wi-Fi connectivity. Backed by full service and support, Christie’s LED, rear projection displays and LCD solutions offer long-term peace of mind and are designed for 24/7 critical viewing applications, perfect for security room operations. Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data from virtually anywhere, through a single, robust system Christie Phoenix Christie Phoenix will power all displays on the booth to showcase how to streamline project designs and eliminate the need for audio-visual distribution equipment. Christie Phoenix enables seamless access and control of audio-visual data from virtually anywhere, through a single, robust system. Its comprehensive tools allow security professionals to simultaneously view, listen to and interact with any source of information found in a security operations room, regardless of the location. New to the Christie Phoenix solution, Phoenix EP features processing that is embedded in compatible Christie displays that connect directly to a network using CATx cable. Christie Phoenix EP streamlines project designs and eliminates the need for audio-visual distribution equipment simplifying the installation process. Built as a stand-alone module, Christie Phoenix Quad-T units are designed to seamlessly expand monitoring capability by adding additional inputs to Christie Phoenix while ensuring the ability to control and encode real-time information sources. Christie staff will be available to discuss products on display at ISC West 2017 from April 5 to 7 in booth 23123 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Security control rooms should be functional and durable, and their aesthetics should incorporate matching colors that are conducive to a 24/7 operating environment—not too much contrast and easy on the eyes. Another factor driving aesthetics is an enterprise’s desire to create a ‘showpiece’ to demonstrate a commitment to security for shareholders and other stakeholders. “Everyone wants to have a good-looking control room and a cost-effective design,” says Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles. Critical Role Of Lighting And Aesthetics “Lighting is a critical factor for operators,” adds Papic. Studies of control rooms have sought to address issues of circadian rhythms (physical, mental, and behavioral changes that a person undergoes over a 24-hour cycle, based on responses to light) and the impact of changing light colors throughout the day. Flexibility is key. Properly adjusted light can increase alertness at 2 a.m.; controlling the color, tone and intensity of light can increase productivity any time of day. Evans Controls has experts who can do a lighting study of a room as part of construction services and consulting. Evans Controls has experts who can do a lighting study of a room as part of construction services and consulting Aesthetics, depending on the control room, can be very important, agrees Randy Smith, President of Winsted. His company accommodates aesthetics by using a variety of matching laminates, solid (Corian-type) surfaces, and sometimes real wood. They can put in a console with matching work surfaces, a credenza or other furnishings, or can even match existing décor in a facility. Customized Tailored Furnishing Security control rooms, often operating in glass enclosures, are often used to “make a statement” about the security of a facility, says Smith. Companies want the control rooms to be up-to-date, and have “cool designs.” Sometimes they want to add a company logo to a work surface or side panels, or they want to employ corporate colors in the design. Winsted can customize its offerings to meet any such requirements, says Smith. In too many instances, the control room is an afterthought: They just install furniture that fits with the monitors. How the furnishings are tailored to the operator is often not considered, says Papic. He offers several other considerations: Will the furniture last the lifetime of the control room? How adaptable is a design to possible future changes, whether larger monitors, managing cables, or ability to reconfigure the console? Furniture should not be viewed as a transactional item; there are more issues to address beyond physically housing the equipment, says Papic. Read part 5 of our Control Rooms series here
Technology is changing the look and function of today’s security control rooms. Old-school CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors are giving way to the thinner, flat screen monitors in the control room environment, but the transition is gradual. Randy Smith of Winsted still sees many control rooms that need to make the conversion, which is a boon to his company’s business. Furniture today is designed differently to accommodate the thinner monitors, often with larger screens. Need For Integrated Rack Systems With the increase of IP-based systems comes the need for integrated rack systems that include advanced functionality such as cable management, adds Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Server rooms are environmentally controlled by cooling systems and power systems monitored on the IP network. Low-profile flat screens allow centers to utilize space vertically, thus creating a smaller footprint for the consoles. Additionally, with IP-based systems, workstations will have a smaller footprint because there is less cumbersome equipment. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security, says Coleman. This environment also helps with cable and power management. AFC builds technical furniture racks that adhere to the precise needs of computer network server room operators. The company designs and fabricates LAN workbenches with versatile functionalities, and server room workstation racks that are scalable. There is a complete line of IT workbenches, IT computer racks and computer server rack mounts with flexible mounting options. In most cases the servers are stored in a secured, climate controlled environment to eliminate overheating of the servers and maintain their security Flexible Control Room Designs Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles, says the transition from bulky CRT equipment to flat-screen (lower profile) monitors was a major disruption in control room design; it changed the whole dynamic. Another evolution is the use of IP video streaming, which allows more flexibility in manipulation of audio-video content, and requires more flexible control room designs. Another shift, driven by larger, higher-definition monitors, is a shift to fewer monitors that display more information. Instead of a smaller monitor for each information stream, larger monitors now consolidate that information into “dashboard” displays. Looking ahead, control rooms will need to be more flexible, both in the initial design and the ability to adapt to changing technology, says Papic. Legacy customers who are currently using PCs may be moving to more remote applications. Sit-stand equipment will continue to be increasingly prevalent. “There will be more emphasis on flexibility, technology integration, and the ability to change over the life of the system,” says Papic. Consolidation Of Multiple Operations Into A Single System A trend in security is consolidation of multiple physical operations into a single system, says Papic. As a result, more customers are taking more interest in alarm management and situational awareness. How is the technology being used in terms of alarm triggers? How can the systems react rapidly and provide information to a larger audience in the control room? These questions impact how control rooms are designed, and Evans Consoles can adapt lessons learned from other markets to these trends in the security arena. Greater use of technology is inevitable, says Coleman of AFC Industries. “It is virtually impossible for humans to monitor all security data at the street level in our cities,” he says. “As computers become more powerful and their programs more all-encompassing, we will see a greater shift to robotic and technology uses that will provide enhanced monitoring capabilities and safety reactions.” Read our Control Rooms series here
Some end users and integrators are daunted by the idea of designing control rooms, but they shouldn’t be. “It’s not difficult to design because we will help,” says Randy Smith, President of Winsted. “We will walk you through the entire process.” Some control rooms still need storage areas for consoles underneath the workspace; however, when hardware is relocated to a server room, Winsted has modern, streamlined and simplified designs with no doors or storage under the work area. The request for a new control room can come from a consulting engineer, an integrator, or even from an end user. All Winsted sales go through the company’s integrator channel, although larger jobs tend to be specified by security engineers or consultants, who put the job out to bid with integrators. “The most important thing is for engineers to understand we are a partner for them and will walk through a project from beginning to end. We will do the design work and make sure it’s correct,” says Smith. Designing Control Room Furnishings In designing control room furnishings, Winsted considers the room dimensions, number of operators, electronics to be deployed and both the day-to-day workflow of the room and how it will need to operate in an emergency. Smith says that putting in new security hardware is often the catalyst for redesigning the control room. Winsted’s free equipment layout software is available on the website, and Winsted can also provide an AutoCAD drawing of the room and proposed furnishings. Depending on the market, another manufacturer, Evans Consoles, works with a variety of partners, dealers, integrators, and equipment providers. Most of the work they do is “brownfield” and involves retrofitting of existing facilities, says Richard Game, Chief Operating Officer of Evans Consoles. Evans Consoles personnel span a range of capabilities; from architects to visualization artists, to engineers Broad Spectrum Of Resources Evans Consoles personnel span a range of capabilities from architects to visualization artists, to engineers; encompassing product design and construction management, and considering ergonomics. This broad spectrum of resources enables Evans to provide control room furnishings in 15 different market areas – security is just one of them. As a broad-based company, they can apply lessons learned across the span of various markets; as a global company, they can consider where the technology is going on a global scale. They execute an average of more than 40 control room projects a month. Evans seeks to engage with customers as subject matter experts in the area of control rooms; they can work at any level of engagement as needed by the customer, based on a scaled approach. For an architect concerned with the overall design of a building, for example, they can help to focus on the control room piece of the puzzle. They can work either with an integrator or an end user. “Some just want to buy the Evans products, and others want integrated services,” says Game. AFC Industries, another manufacturer, also provides free on-site consultation to create a customer environment. The company provides free project support and design service too. Read part 4 of our Control Rooms series here
TCA, the provider of security services for North Lanarkshire Council, has seen savings of around £50,000 a year, after installing 300 Panasonic CCTV cameras, waterproofed with a unique ClearSight coating. Located east of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire has challenging weather conditions for any technology, which has previously hindered the provision of cost-effective security in the area. High levels of rain resulted in water marks, dust spots and condensation, which meant heavy maintenance burdens and the potential for missing incidents. When considering an upgrade to the system, TCA needed to combat these issues with a security system that remained affordable in an era of local authority austerity. Implementing PTZ Cameras For Cost Reduction The ClearSight coating forms an invisible layer over the surface of the dome preventing water droplets from obscuring footageTCA secured the lower total cost of ownership they were seeking by implementing Panasonic PTZ cameras. The ClearSight coating forms an invisible layer over the surface of the dome preventing water droplets from obscuring footage, while also eliminating dirt and dust build-up on the dome cover. "On many models, when the rain stops, you tend to get a coating of dust on the dome, which the camera then focuses on," says Nikola Graham, Operations Manager. "We just haven't seen that with the Panasonic cameras. In fact, we have actually halved the number of maintenance visits, which we think probably equates to a £50,000 annual saving.” The initial installation took place over two years with the bulk of the cameras installed on 27 high rise blocks, identified as having problems with crime and antisocial behavior. Reduction In Criminal Incidents "The result has been impressive. The council has seen a reduction in the number of criminal and anti-social incidents within the residential blocks, the cameras have contributed greatly to this. The people living in the blocks feel safer as a result,” said Graeme Good, Business Manager at TCA. In total, 875 cameras are monitored round the clock, while a further 300 cameras are linked in and monitored out of hours if an alarm is triggered “A camera in the Motherwell area has on several occasions been used to catch vehicles that were used in some pretty serious crime. The quality of the footage and the evidence packs that we are giving the police is exactly what they are looking for.” Round The Clock Monitoring Utilizing tours and salvos, the control room in Coatbridge has eyes trained on 21 Full HD monitors. In total, 875 cameras are monitored round the clock, while a further 300 cameras are linked in and monitored out of hours, if an alarm is triggered. Various triggers, such as alarms within the lifts, will show as priorities for the operators. "It's great credit to our integration partners that some of the cameras we monitor are 16 years old," adds Graeme Good. "Every time we have a fault, we will appraise whether it's cost-effective to repair the unit. If not, we'll continue with the roll out of Panasonic, which have been virtually faultless thus far."
Immersive Display Solutions, Inc. (IDSI) announced that it has selected the Barco F70 for its advanced dome display project. Using thirteen F70-4K6 projectors per dome and featuring the powerful Barco Pulse electronics processing platform and unique Single Step Processing (SSP) pixel-shifting technology, the integrated solution from IDSI will support high-performance fast jet pilot training. This selection continues the successful relationship which has been built between IDSI and Barco over many years and has produced some of the highest quality display systems in the industry. Barco F70-4K6 Display Projector The F70-4K6 is a high performance, robust laser-phosphor projector with sealed optics and minimal number of moving components inside. This construction enables rugged performance that ensures stability and predictability over the 60,000-hour lifetime of the product. 4K resolution is achieved using the high bandwidth Barco Pulse electronics platform and the proprietary SSP technology. All this leads to the delivery of exceptionally sharp and detailed dynamic imagery allowing trainees to detect moving objects at long distances and totally immersing them into the perfect simulation experience. The team at IDSI is well-respected throughout the industry for their precision, quality, and low-risk approach to program requirements “Our relationship with Barco is built on performance, support, and trust,” says George Forbes, President and founder of IDSI. “When we decide on which projector to use for a project, we consider much more than the technical performance- which has to be there. We know we can rely on Barco, and that the entire Barco Simulation team from top-down is behind us, and that is a big factor in who we choose to partner with.” IDSI-Barco Partnership “The team at IDSI is well-respected throughout the industry for their precision, quality, and low-risk approach to program requirements,” says Dave Fluegeman, VP, Simulation at Barco. “Our teams have always integrated very well, and when there is a seamless approach and singular focus to a project, the likelihood of success is always very high.” Recently IDSI won the ‘Small Business of the Year’ award after careful selection by the MS&T judging panel and votes by the simulation and training industry. The honor was awarded for their way of leveraging human capital, innovation and agility to grow and meet client needs, all while cultivating and growing technical and social influence in the community. The Barco F70-4K6 in turn received an honorable mention as an Outstanding Innovative Product that has positively impacted the client’s ‘way of doing business.’
Videowall technology supplied by Ultimate Visual Solutions (formerly eyevis UK) is at the heart of a new customer experience center unveiled by independent system integrator Capula. UVS Videowall Technology The installation allows Capula to showcase a wide range of software technologies, including the latest IoT solutions, to clients from within the energy, manufacturing and utilities sectors at its headquarters in Stone, Staffordshire. Ultimate Visual Solutions (UVS) installed four eyevis EYE-LCD-5500-XSN-LD-FX 55-inch LCD displays to make up the videowall, along with a custom-made sound bar and a Netpix 4900 video wall controller. Netpix 4900 Videowall Controller We are delighted to have been chosen to complete such an important project for Capula" The installation also includes two 65-inch Samsung DM-65E touch interactive whiteboards; which give the Capula team the ability to show content from the Netpix videowall controller and allow them to annotate over it mid-discussion and feed content back to any display. UVS managing director Steve Murphy said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to complete such an important project for Capula, which will showcase the solutions we provide to visitors to their headquarters.” Capula Business Manager, Neil White commented: “We are very pleased with the service provided by Ultimate Visual Solutions. The expertise, guidance and follow on support was second to none. The technology installed in our prestigious customer experience center has provided an excellent showcase for our business’ solutions.” Video Wall And Audio-Visual Solutions Burnley-based UVS, formerly eyevis UK, provides video wall displays and audio-visual solutions to a range of clients across the UK. Capula specializes in industrial control, instrumentation and automation and has decades of expertise, having worked in some of the most complex and demanding industrial environments. The Netpix 4900 is a network-based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays or projectors. The controller creates a big joined desktop for network-applications, video and graphic sources.
A total of 2,700 Sony network security cameras are the dependable choice to watch over passengers’ safety for Catalonia’s biggest transport operator. Public transit operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) runs one of Europe’s most technologically advanced and accessible metro system that comprises nine lines and 150 stations. TMB’s metro and local bus lines carry over 550 million citizens, commuters and travellers annually across the Catalan capital and surrounding areas, making safety and operational efficiency high priority topics. Round-The-Clock Reliability In recent years, TMB elected to update its analog infrastructure, replacing older cameras and extending coverage to create a metro-wide IP video surveillance system. Sony cameras has made them an optimal choice for the recent upgrade to monitor train tracks, station platforms and other public areas The relationship between TMB and Sony dates back more than fifteen years, when the operator installed its first 150 Sony cameras at several metropolitan bus depots to protect perimeters, parking areas, workshops and office spaces. The proven reliability of Sony cameras has made them an optimal choice for the recent upgrade to monitor train tracks, station platforms and other public areas where reliable 24/7 performance is essential. As well as round-the-clock reliability, Sony cameras provide excellent HD image resolution, which was another key requirement for the project. Support for open protocols, including the widely used ONVIF standard, simplifies integration with other security and monitoring systems. Reduced Operating Costs By standardising on a small number of camera models, TMB has further benefited from simplified maintenance and reduced operating costs. To date, TMB has installed a total of 2,700 Sony IP network cameras across its transportation network with more than 700 of them being Sony SNC-EB630 box-type models. A custom housing protects the cameras from dust, dirt and physical tampering while allowing easy cleaning of the front lens window. The SNC-EB630 offers excellent Full HD image quality with wide dynamic range, even in dim or harshly-lit environments where other cameras often struggle to see clearly. Built-in image stabilisation assures crisp images, even when the camera is being shaken by mechanical vibration from nearby trains. Effective Visual Deterrent Picture quality and sensitivity are major assets when monitoring the movement of passengers in congested station areas The SNC-EB630 also scores in station areas where harsh fluorescent lighting can be strongly reflected by platform surfaces, making identification of people and objects difficult. Here, Sony’s View-DR technology boosts the cameras’ dynamic range to accommodate a wide range of light levels in the same scene. The cameras’ widespread presence serves as an effective visual deterrent, and as a useful tool to clearly identify and resolve incidents involving passengers and staff. What’s more, picture quality and sensitivity are major assets when monitoring the movement of passengers in congested station areas, or directing station staff and first-responders to help passengers requiring assistance in the event of accidents or personal injury. Increase In The Security “Apart from superb picture quality, a key factor for us in choosing Sony cameras is their dependability” says Victor Ribera, Responsible of Telecommunication Systems in the Technology Area at Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. "Remote surveillance is extremely important for us. We have evolved from a complete decentralized surveillance system started at our garages and workshops to a fully centralized system – based on security control centers for the operation and management of all security cameras. Image quality has improved exponentially in a short time. Together with the functions incorporated into the cameras themselves, this has resulted in an increase in the security offered to our passengers.”
Having one of the world’s top predators take up residence in the middle of your town may not seem like a welcome surprise. But, when that predator is the world’s fastest bird and provides the chance to capture its behavior at its nest site, courtesy of a top 4K camera from Hikvision, it proved to be too good an opportunity for the people of Taunton and UK peregrine experts to miss. The Peregrine Falcon is a large, powerful, and breathtakingly fast bird – the fastest animal on the planet. In normal flight it cruises at 40 mph and can reach 65 mph in a chase. But, on the hunt, it can dive towards its prey at more than 200 mph. The peregrine has little to fear except man, being driven close to extinction in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain Taunton Peregrine Project A top predator, the peregrine has little to fear except man, being driven close to extinction in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain. With the benefit of stronger legislation and listed species protection, these birds have recovered in their natural strongholds and have now expanded into many urban areas. Just like the urban fox, the peregrine has found our built environment a perfect place to call home, lifelong pairs nesting in their eyries on tall structures and high-rise buildings and feeding predominantly on feral pigeons. St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton, Somerset, found itself with a pair of peregrine falcons at the top of its 163-foot church tower earlier this year and quickly turned to naturalist and ecologist, Michael Leigh-Mallory, to lead the Taunton Peregrine Project. Monitor Birds Behavior Working with Coomber Security Systems, a total of five Hikvision cameras were installed to monitor the bird’s behavior, with all the video feeds wirelessly transmitted to a Hikvision NVR and 4K monitor within the church. Located in the heart of Somerset’s county town, St Mary Magdalene can trace its history to the early eighth century when Christianity was established in Taunton. Since the 12th century, the church has been built mainly of sandstone and this ancient structure provided the first challenge for the installation team as no drilling or permanent fixing to the listed building’s structure is now allowed. The second challenge to the team: placing all five cameras at a height of more than 160 feet within the confines of the church tower Highest Point Possible Naturally, the birds chose the highest point possible to establish their perch, providing the second challenge to the team: placing all five cameras at a height of more than 160 feet within the confines of the church tower and in positions that would allow the Peregrine Project to observe the widest possible range of behaviours, including in-flight as they arrived and departed the site. Finally, the ornithologists were determined that the monitoring activities should not disturb the birds. This meant locating the NVR and 4K monitor at ground level at the opposite end of the church. Comprehensive Coverage Coomber Security Systems took on the task of designing and installing the bespoke surveillance system, using Hikvision PoE Switches to provide power and data handling for all five IR-equipped cameras that were sited on the tower. The three 4K Vari-focal bullet cameras were mounted on wooden poles and then strapped to the tower to overcome the prohibition on making any permanent change to the church structure. Between the three feeds, the project team can see the birds in the air arriving at and departing from the tower, together with comprehensive coverage of the nest box that they installed in the hope that the birds would be encouraged to breed in the future. A Ubiquiti AC Nano wireless bridge was used to create a secure connection between the top of the tower and the far end of the church Impacting Natural Behavior The Project’s observation team also capture video and sound from a 4MP Mini Dome IP camera mounted within the nest box and a small 2MP PTZ camera mounted at the top of the tower to capture all round views, and to ensure the birds are not disturbed, a Ubiquiti AC Nano wireless bridge was used to create a secure connection between the top of the tower and the far end of the church. This means the video and sound from the cameras can be recorded and monitored 24/7 without impacting the natural behavior of the falcons. Providing Valuable Information According to Michael Leigh-Mallory, Project Leader of the Taunton Peregrine Project, “With two months of operation under its belt, the new system has been providing 24-hour coverage of the falcon pair, including highly-resolved images of the peregrines flying in to the perch with their prey.” “Despite the difficult and potentially hazardous installation on the ancient building, and the use of an unorthodox mounting system that puts the cameras in very exposed positions, the 4K video from the IP bullet cameras is of amazing quality both day and night. The Hikvision equipment has recorded ground-breaking images of a wide range of behaviours, including nocturnal hunting, and all in incredible definition. These 4K images are most probably a first for peregrine observation in the UK. What’s more, this unique 4K footage has been providing valuable information to external Peregrine experts, like Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster and writer of the book Urban Peregrines.” The team plan to raise more money so the views of the birds can be live streamed to the Internet via their web-site Ground-Breaking Images An Open Day was held at the end of March to allow the local community to see for themselves the result of their donations that fund the entire project. In addition, Somerset Ornithological Society and the BBC Springwatch team have shown great interest in the communities’ efforts and a large following is emerging on social media. Now, the team plan to raise more money so the views of the birds can be live streamed to the Internet via their web-site, which is currently under construction. Michael Leigh-Mallory, Project Leader of the Taunton Peregrine Project, said, “The Hikvision cameras have provided images of incredible definition! We have been able to record ground-breaking images of nocturnal hunting and a wide range of behavior. The 4K images are probably a first for peregrine observation in the UK and this unique 4K footage has been providing valuable information to Peregrine experts like Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster and writer of the book Urban Peregrines.” Results Ground-breaking 4K images of nocturnal hunting and a wide range of behavior for the first time. 2 months of uninterrupted operation with cameras operating in very exposed positions. Difficult and potentially hazardous installation on ancient building. Very satisfied End User. HIKVISION Equipment DS-2CD2685FWD-IZS - 8 MP WDR Vari-focal Network Bullet Camera 8MP Ultra HD high resolution 1/2.5" Progressive Scan CMOS Triple stream - Max. 3840 × 2160@20fps 2.8-12mm motorized vari-focal lens Up to 50m IR distance H.265+ compression IP67 weatherproof 120dB Wide Dynamic Range 3D Digital Noise Reduction Supports on board storage (up to 128GB) DS-2CD2542FWD-IS - 4MP WDR Mini Dome Network Camera 4MP high resolution Full HD1080p video Dual stream 2.8mm/4mm/6mm fixed lens 120dB Wide Dynamic Range 3D Digital Noise Reduction 3-axis adjustment Up to 10m IR range H.264+ compression IP67 weather-proof protection DS-2DE4A220IW-DE - 2MP Network IR mini PTZ Camera 1/2.8" Progressive Scan CMOS 1920 x 1080 20X Optical Zoom WDR 3D intelligent positioning function Up to 50m IR range DS-7616NI-K2/16P NVR –Embedded Plug & Play 4K NVR Third-party network cameras supported Up to 8 Megapixels resolution recording Support 1-ch HDMI, 1-ch VGA, HMDI at up to 4K(3840x2160) resolution 8/16-ch network cameras can be connected with 80M/160M incoming bandwidth Up to 2 SATA interfaces Plug & Play with up to 16 independent PoE network interfaces Support dual-OS to ensure high reliability of system running Support various VCA detection alarm and VCA search Support H.265/H.264/MPEG4 video formats 4K Monitor
Further augmenting its global surveillance network, VIVOTEK, the IP surveillance provider, has deployed its video surveillance systems across multiple retail locations of the television, internet, and telephony service provider, SBB in Serbia and Montenegro. The latest deployment has been conducted via VIVOTEK’s Serbian channel partner Netiks, and has equipped SBB with advanced video analytics capabilities and proactive surveillance. About 50 of VIVOTEK’s FD8166A ultra-mini fixed dome network cameras, featuring sophisticated design and built-in IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE technology, are a part of the current deployment and will closely monitor more than 450,000 visitors for various use cases, including security and business intelligence. Ultra-Crisp And Clear Images The network cameras are set up alongside an easy-to-use VAST 2 software Leveraging their CMOS sensors, these network cameras can capture 2-megapixel images with 1920x1080 resolution at 30 FPS (frames per second), and deliver ultra-crisp and clear images even in extremely bright and dark environments through WDR enhancement and 3D Noise Reduction. The all-weather cameras can also aptly function in adverse weather conditions using their defogging capabilities. The network cameras are set up alongside an easy-to-use VAST 2 software, which also is VIVOTEK’s top-of-the-line IP Video Management Software (VMS), to make everything work in perfect unison. But all of this merely serves as the groundwork for the specialized, people-counting solution that delivers valuable bi-directional data comprising critical insights in real-time to SBB. Cost-Effective Cameras These insights include number of incoming customers, length of stays, peak times, and frequency of customer visits, which will help SBB in deriving significant value through Business Intelligence and a more optimal human resource management. Also, counting and monitoring data is directly computed by VIVOTEK systems, eliminating the need of a dedicated computer for the process. The solution has achieved 98 percent accuracy in counting people, despite the challenging areas that it has to coverTill date, the solution has achieved 98 percent accuracy in counting people, despite the challenging areas that it has to cover. The system stores the data for as long as 90 days and issues push notifications to the designated authority or relevant operators. In order to ensure uninterrupted access to information on security and flow, the cost-effective cameras also support H.264 compression. Traffic Monitoring Projects This significantly reduces data size and minimizes post-deployment costs by minimizing network bandwidth requirement and enabling real-time monitoring of all camera systems across the company’s retail scene. VIVOTEK has successfully deployed innumerable global video surveillance solutions including UNESCO-recognized National Library of Latvia, traffic monitoring projects in India, Warplane Heritage Museum in Canada, and one of the world’s seven wonders, the Ancient City of Jordan, now also adding SBB to its globally burgeoning video surveillance network.