Videotec is expanding its range of explosion-proof products with the new MBA communication box, which has been designed for optimal installation of Maximus, IP or analog cameras in potentially explosive environments. Much more than a simple junction box, this communication box provides low voltage local power and allows a fast Ethernet connection, thanks to the integrated Ethernet switch that has three RJ45 ports and an SFP port for fiber optic connection. The type of SFP module can be chosen a...
Dahua Technology, a globally renowned video-centric smart IoT solutions and services provider, has announced the release of DMSS, its newly designed mobile client. DMSS can connect Dahua products via the Internet or Ethernet through P2P or IP, and can also be operated remotely. It supports all kinds of product types, including NVR, XVR, IPC, TPC, VTO, Alarm Hub, and Access Control, etc. Remote operations DMSS can work in an environment with multiple internet connections. It connects Dahua prod...
Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, announced a line of 4K AI cameras. Part of the Wisenet P series, the new AI-based cameras capture pristine images at up to 4K resolution while including powerful, in-camera deep learning algorithms for advanced object detection, classification and error-free analytics. Utilizing object recognition versus motion detection all but eliminates false alarms while also providing valuable business and operations in...
Videotec has always been committed to researching and developing optimum solutions for outdoor surveillance and protection of critical infrastructures and other complex environments. The company proposes a new integrated solution that responds to issues relating to the monitoring of poorly illuminated large perimeter areas, as it is in the airport external zones. The combined system consists of the ULISSE2 IP PTZ with the SONY SNC-VB770 ultra-high sensitivity IP camera with Full Frame 35mm CMOS...
SpotterRF, a company that specializes in designing Compact Surveillance Radar systems for highly critical sites, announces the integration of their Radar technology with the ULISSE COMPACT HD range of PTZ cameras manufactured by Videotec, creator of professional video surveillance cameras. In this integrated solution, the radar helps the camera to always look in the right direction by tracking potential threats in the vicinity. This greatly increases the value of the cameras by creating a fully...
Videotec has recently released the videoencoder’s firmware version 3.0. This update brings new functionality to the system. This firmware can be uploaded on ULISSE EVO (all versions) – ULISSE COMPACT Delux - NXPTZ Delux - MPX Delux – MMX - MVX Delux – MVXT – NVX - NTX. Videotec's PTZs What's new with this release? ONVIF Profil-T certification (in addition to Profile-S and Profile-Q). This offers better management of video stream configuration with VMS. Impleme...
Videotec has knowledge in creating indestructible products for external use. As a result, the new SERIES2 range offers advanced technology and performance for security systems that operate in explosive atmospheres in the Oil & Gas, Maritime and Industrial industries. Thermal camera range The wide range of PTZs in the MPX SERIES2 includes the MPX SERIES2 with DELUX day/night camera Super low-light FullHD 1080p or with SONY FCB-EV7520 camera with image stabilization and dynamic privacy masking. The new MPXR SERIES2 is a thermal camera PTZ with radiometric features and a choice of lens type. To achieve its aim of continually improving products for challenging environments, Videotec has enhanced its ex-proof PTZ range with new performance: a double-cable entry in its integrated junction box, an SFP port for direct fiber optic connection, weatherproof IP66/67/68/69, a certification temperature of 80°C, and electro-polished and micro shot-peened external finishing for increased corrosion resistance. Integration with third-party products As with all Videotec products, the quality, robustness and reliability of these products are guaranteed by hundreds of validation tests and an unrivaled portfolio of international certificates. MPX SERIES2 offers an integrated and certified all-in-one professional solution. Only industrial/automotive range components are used for electronics and networking to perform in the most critical conditions. Mechanics, electronics, positioning and networking, software and firmware are proudly developed end to end internally by Videotec R&D, as is the case with all their network products. All products come with the company guarantee of being a reliable, cyber-safe and future-proof platform that can be integrated with third-party products easily. Backward compatibility In the SERIES2, Videotec has expanded the list of compatible software, but has not changed the tested and proven software functions and protocols already found in the MAXIMUS MPX series. As a result, Videotec can guarantee complete compatibility and interchangeability between the previous and new generations of PTZ, while protecting the investments made by its customers when it comes to validation and integration of MAXIMUS MPX. Among the improvements in this new generation is an SFP module slot at the base of the PTZ unit to allow easy fiber optic connection. MAXIMUS SERIES2’s side junction box allows a double-cable entry for easier installation with multipolar cables or conduits. As well as this, to simplify the wiring inside the devices as much as possible, MAXIMUS MBX or MBA communication boxes can connect the PTZs to their washing systems. This range is very versatile when it comes to installation thanks to numerous available accessories such as front glass washing kits, pre-wired cabling, cable glands, and wall, parapet, corner, and pole mounts. The compact design means the unit fits in the tightest spaces, while its reduced weight makes it easier to install. Certified explosion-proof Every type of MAXIMUS MPX SERIES2 PTZ is explosion-proof certified with a working temperature of up to +80°C. They have international certifications for use in Zone 1 and 2, Group IIC for gas, Zone 21 and 22, Group IIIC for dust. The Lloyd's Register Marine Type Approval System Test Specification Number 1 certification means they can be used for Marine applications. The operational robustness and reliability provided by the AISI 316l stainless steel, micro-shot and electropolished, means the MPX SERIES2 camera can be used effectively to monitor critical conditions and highly corrosive environments. This product is weatherproof to IP66/IP67/IP68/IP69, NEMA Type 4X and Type 6P certifications that guarantee complete protection against water and dust. The care taken at every stage of design of the MAXIMUS SERIES2 means costs have been reduced, making these ex-proof PTZs on the market in terms of competitiveness and performance.
Life has just become much easier for control room operators and security personnel with the launch of 5 new Wisenet P ultra-high definition 4K AI cameras. In addition to capturing superb quality images, the new feature rich cameras from the Hanwha Techwin Premium range are equipped with deep learning video analytics which offer a high level of detection accuracy, while minimizing false alarms. The license-free deep learning video analytics simultaneously detects and classifies various object types, including people, vehicles, faces and license plates and is supported by Wisenet AI algorithms unique to Hanwha Techwin which are able to identify the attributes of objects or people, such as their age group, their gender or the color of the clothing a person is wearing. Control room efficiency The algorithms are even able to recognize if a person is wearing glasses or is holding a bag The attributes are saved as metadata alongside the images captured by the new Wisenet P AI cameras, enabling users to quickly search for specific objects or incidents. The algorithms are even able to recognize if a person is wearing glasses or is holding a bag. To further increase operator efficiency, as well as minimize network bandwidth and data storage requirements, the new Wisenet P AI cameras have a BestShot feature which, as its name suggests, is able to select the best images which have been captured of a person or object, and only send these together with the associated metadata, to a storage server. False alarm reduction Operators are able to take advantage of VMS from leading software developers such as Genetec and Milestone, as well as Wisenet WAVE and Wisenet SSM, to forensically search for specific objects or people, by filtering the recorded metadata. The analytics can be configured to ignore video noise, waving trees, moving clouds and animals, all of which might normally be the cause of false alarms when standard motion detection technology or sensors are being used to detect activity. This ability to minimize time wasting and costly false alarms means control room operators and security personnel are able to focus on responding to real incidents and emergencies. At some point in the future, when the number of people being tested positive for COVID-19 begins to reduce, thought will no doubt be given as to how businesses will be able to safely reopen. Business intelligence solution The data can be displayed to provide managers with information on the number of people present Inevitably, social distancing rules will have to remain in place, and this is likely to mean only a specified number of people will be allowed to be in a controlled area at any one time. With this in mind, the Wisenet AI algorithms built into the new Wisenet P 4K AI cameras can be utilized to accurately count the number of people entering and leaving a premise. The data can be displayed to provide managers with information on the number of people present. The new Wisenet P AI cameras are likely to be of particular interest to the retail sector as they have been integrated with Wisenet Retail Insight (v2.0), which enables retailers to gain a greater understanding of customer behavior and buying patterns. The Wisenet Retail Insight business intelligence solution utilizes people counting, heat mapping and line management applications to display statistical analytics on a centralized dashboard, along with other practical information such as weather reports. analyze customer demographics With the help of Wisenet AI algorithms, Retail Insight is also able to display the age and gender of store visitors, allowing retailers to granularly analyze customer demographics. Other key features of the new Wisenet P AI cameras include: Digital auto-tracking: The cameras are able to transmit two streams of video, providing the option for operators to see a camera’s full field of view, while at the same time using a digital PTZ auto-tracking feature while viewing Full HD images to track the movements of a person or vehicle. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) which performs at up to 120dB to produce clear images from scenes containing a challenging mix of bright and dark areas which normally results in overexposed or underexposed images. DC output: A 12V DC power supply with maximum 50mA provides sufficient power to support external devices, including LEDs, PIR sensors and glass break detectors, eliminating the need to install separate power supplies for each of them. Alarm in/out ports: Connected devices such as LEDs can be activated when a camera detects and classifies an object or person. 2 SD card slots allow video or data to be stored at the edge should there be disruption to the network. Video evidence, which might have been potentially lost, can be retrieved when the network connection has been restored. Motorized varifocal lens The new Wisenet P AI cameras are as follows: Wisenet PNB-A9001 - 4K AI box camera Wisenet PNO-A9081R - 4K AI bullet camera Wisenet PNV-A9081R - 4K AI vandal-resistant dome camera with built-in IR illumination Wisenet PND-A9081RF - 4K AI flush-mount dome camera with built-in IR illumination Wisenet PND-A9081RV - 4K AI dome camera with built-in IR illumination The dome cameras have a four-part magnetic modular design which makes them extremely easy to install With the exception of the Wisenet PNB-A9001, all models come supplied with a 4.5~10mm (2.2x) motorized varifocal lens which facilitates auto-tracking and allows operators to zoom into a camera’s field of view to see close up detail of any activity and functionality. The dome cameras have a four-part magnetic modular design which makes them extremely easy to install. The ability to prefigure IP network settings without the need to remove the camera modules from their packaging, also reduces the time an engineer has to spend on site and/or cause disruption. Video surveillance solutions “We are proud of all the new innovative products and solutions we have launched over recent months, but this new camera range is a particularly good example of how Hanwha Techwin is continuing its 30 year journey of innovation and adding real value to video surveillance solutions,” said Uri Guterman, Head of Product & Marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe. “By harnessing the power of Deep Learning AI, we are providing security personnel with an extremely powerful and accurate tool to help them keep one step ahead of intruders and we are also able to provide businesses with information which could help them be more productive.”
Swann, a globally renowned provider of do-it-yourself security solutions, has announced the release of the Swann Tracker security camera as well as the Swann Enforcer camera systems in 4K resolution, a perfect indoor and outdoor security solution for any home or business. The 1080p resolution Enforcer cameras are coming soon. Swann Tracker security camera The Swann Tracker security camera was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 earlier this year and was named a CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree as the world’s first compact, non-mechanical pan-tilt security camera that includes auto-tracking. The Enforcer is Swann’s latest camera that includes motion-activated, red and blue flashing lights, spotlight, siren (on 4K variant) and additional features to deter intruders. Swann has announced two new additions to their security products line. Swann Wi-Fi Tracker security camera Compact, non-mechanical pan-tilt indoor security camera – It uses innovative auto-tracking technology to track and record moving objects without physically having to pan or tilt. Auto-zoom capability – It ensures any suspicious activity is kept targeted and in-focus for up to 2 objects at once within a second camera view while the main 180-degree widescreen full-room view remains onscreen via the Swann Security app. Infrared night vision which can see in the dark up to 32ft / 10m, automatically turning on when the lights are off. Two-way audio - Greet visitors, talk to pets or warn off intruders. Easy to install - Just plug into power and connect through Wi-Fi. Swann Enforcer security systems Motion-activated police-style, red and blue flashing lights - Deters intruders, while their spotlights, sirens (4K version only), and mobile alerts ensure intruders are left with nowhere to hide. Night2Day color night vision - Available on the 1080P model, this ensures complete protection and peace of mind 24/7. True Detect Heat and Motion technology - Sensing people and cars for more reliable security monitoring and fewer false alarms. Free local storage on DVR - Up to 180 days onto a 2TB hard drive, plus the ability to upload clips to the cloud for free. “While many of us are staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the need to safeguard our homes and small businesses has never been of greater importance. These next generation Swann surveillance products offer advanced features to prevent and deter unwanted intruders outside and inside the house,” said Michael (Mike) Lucas, CEO, Swann. He adds, “Swann’s latest products continue the Swann tradition of providing consumers with easy to use, reliable, home security protection and 24/7 peace of mind.” Total security control via Swann Security app These new products are part of a complete security ecosystem that can be managed under the ‘Swann Security’ app. This gives users a unique ability to control wired and wireless security devices from multiple sites, stream live video, always receive rich notifications and know what’s happening in one place. Swann is the only vendor that offers a complete line up of inter-connectable wired and wireless security solutions that is also completely integrated with Google Assistant and Alexa.
Videotec is proud to announce that is has released a “robust and smart” video analysis technology, integrated into ULISSE EVO cameras, that offers an end-to-end solution for preventative detection of intrusions in outdoor monitoring applications of critical infrastructures, industrial sites and perimeters. Videotec Analytics is the result of more than 10 years of research and design, carried out by a team of R&D professionals, cooperating together with prestigious international universities and research centers. This technology was designed to be extremely reliable and proactive and be simple to configure and easy to use. Videotec analysis technology The ULISSE EVO camera with Videotec Analysis technology comprises robust algorithms for accurate PTZ detection and precise and smooth auto-tracking, even in the most adverse external environmental conditions. The operator will have complete situational awareness no matter the circumstances. A simple initial configuration will allow ULISSE EVO to detect an object or person present in a sensitive area. Depending on the rules set by the user, an alarm is displayed and auto-tracking activated if an object enters, exits, or appears or stops more than allowed in an area. The detection algorithm is extremely reliable even in rain, snow, where the camera is affected by vibrations, in low contrast or sudden light changes or shadows, and where small animals or insects are present. The auto-tracking keeps the target at the center of the frame through its very smooth pan and tilt action and zoom control. Integrated professional outdoor solution The metadata sent to the VMS system can be used to frame the target with a bounding box for clear identification This happens even if the target moves and changes direction quickly or if the area being monitored is in unfavourable lighting conditions such as low contrast, obstructions or sudden light changes. The metadata sent to the VMS system can be used to frame the target with a bounding box for clear identification of the subject or it can be used to activate alarms or begin recording. Depending on the rules set by the user, an alarm is displayed and auto-tracking activated if an object enters, exits, or appears or stays longer than a defined time. Videotec’s ULISSE EVO range with Video Analytics offers an integrated professional outdoor solution that is robust and performs better. Video analysis algorithms Videotec puts its all-in-one products through hundreds of validation tests in order to guarantee optimum robustness and reliability. Mechanics, electronics, positioning, networking, software, video analysis algorithms and firmware are developed end-to-end by Videotec’s own team who therefore have the complete know-how. ULISSE EVO therefore offers Videotec’s guarantee of being a reliable, cyber-safe, future-proof platform that is easily integrable with third-party products. Videotec’s new video analysis feature, combined with ULISSE EVOs optimum technology and image quality, ensure high level of protection for people, belongings and property.
With the MOBOTIX CLOUD, MOBOTIX launches a new cyber-secure cloud video management system that is available via a flexible software subscription. The MOBOTIX VSaaS offering (Video Surveillance as a Service) enables complete video management of local cameras via App. The data is stored in stable cyber secure cloud data centers in regional proximity to the cloud users. "The market launch of the MOBOTIX CLOUD is another important step for us as a complete solution provider for security-relevant video management systems for our customers. Together with our technology partners, we plan, develop, install and support high-end video solutions. In this way, we optimize our customers' business and make it more secure without requiring them to invest additional technical, time or personnel resources", explains MOBOTIX CEO Thomas Lausten. Intelligent bandwidth management The MOBOTIX CLOUD solution includes, in addition to the MOBOTIX Bridge hardware component, all services available in a conventional VMS: event-controlled video recording, archiving, live remote access to each camera, notifications, user administration, Internet security and much more. MOBOTIX CLOUD is available with a monthly subscription model, thus saving on own storage devices, additional video servers and IT personnel for the video system. Each camera communicates with a securely encrypted outgoing connection with the MOBOTIX Bridge” "Each camera communicates with a securely encrypted outgoing connection with the MOBOTIX Bridge, a compact high-security connection box. A single bridge can be connected to up to 15 ONVIF-S network cameras. With several bridges per site, the number of connected cameras can be expanded as needed," explains Hartmut Sprave, CTO of MOBOTIX AG. The bridge streams the video data to the MOBOTIX CLOUD, enables intelligent bandwidth management and, thanks to the integrated hard disk, also local buffering of the video in case of bandwidth fluctuations. In addition, network failures of up to 48 hours can be bridged. All video recordings are secure and stored per camera for a freely definable archiving period and resolution in private MOBOTIX data centers. Data encryption for data storage The top priority for MOBOTIX was to provide cyber secure connections to regionally available MOBOTIX CLOUD data centers for its own cloud solution. Secure end-to-end encryption protects all data stored and transferred in the system. And the integrated hard disk in the MOBOTIX Bridge serves as a storage buffer in case of interrupted or poor connections to the cloud. The MOBOTIX CLOUD video management system combines comprehensive security with a scalable infrastructure. It is suitable for video systems of all sizes. The cloud solution is ideal and easy to manage, especially for projects with a large number of different locations (e.g. retail stores, franchises, restaurants) and users (e.g. security personnel in public buildings or different departments in larger companies with several branch offices). Even for private users, the cloud provides easy access to the use of a video security system. The MOBOTIX CLOUD combines the use of high-quality MOBOTIX cameras with extremely simple and convenient operation. The user interface of the CLOUD is limited to the essentials for efficient everyday use, making it easy even for users without IT or MOBOTIX knowledge to enter and move into the cloud world. Malware protection for videos The MOBOTIX CLOUD solution meets the basic requirements of one's own products with regard to the highest possible cyber security standards. In this way, the MOBOTIX CLOUD reduces potential weaknesses: There are no open ports, no local firewalls and no local software. Furthermore, no firewall installation is required and no incoming Internet connections are allowed. The cameras are not directly connected to the Internet; instead, the MOBOTIX Bridge is connected in between. When a video is stored in the cloud, it is safe from equipment failure, damage, and theft The MOBOTIX CLOUD Datacenter is malware protected without any open network connections and all recorded videos are encrypted. When a video is stored in the cloud, it is safe from equipment failure, damage, and theft. But it's also safe from other unforeseen events such as fire or water damage. The MOBOTIX CLOUD data centers, which are currently located at twelve sites around the world and offer multi-layered redundancy. The MOBOTIX Bridge acts as failsafe recorder allowing the cameras to continue recording for up to 48 hours even during a network outage. Compatibility with MOBOTIX cameras The MOBOTIX CLOUD requires only one H.264 stream from a video source, and is therefore compatible with all current MOBOTIX camera models of the Mx6 series, the MOBOTIX 7 series and the MOBOTIX MOVE models. Both digital and mechanical PTZ functions can be controlled via the MOBOTIX CLOUD as well as hemispheric cameras. Existing third-party cameras with ONVIF-S profile can also be used in the MOBOTIX CLOUD. End customers save money with the MOBOTIX CLOUD. There is no need to buy and maintain software, storage devices or additional servers. One can pay a small initial amount, and then decide on the basis of a flexible subscription plan where one only has to pay for what one needs. Regular updates of the MOBOTIX CLOUD software ensures that the system is always up-to-date.
AxxonSoft has announced the release of version 4.11 of the Intellect PSIM. The new version provides neural network–based analytics, video wall management interface, automatic object tracking with a PTZ camera, support for Intel Quick Sync Video hardware decoding, and servers for ONVIF and SIP protocols. The new release also includes updated versions of Face Intellect, POS Intellect, Auto Intellect, and Web Reporting subsystem, along with many other enhancements and improvements introduced. Video Analytics Neural Tracker The neural tracker uses DNN (deep neural network) to recognize specific types of objects, e.g., humans or vehicles. The neural tracker tracks objects in motion, which allows the application of any VMD-based detection tool: motion in an area, line crossing, appearance/disappearance of an object, etc. Detection based on the neural tracker can be applied to complex scenes with a large amount of non-relevant detail, whereas classic motion detection would be drowned out by false alarms. One neural tracker can work with several individually set-up counters, with various detection zones Object Counter A neural tracker can be linked to a counter that will periodically report the number of objects within a specified area in the FOV. One neural tracker can work with several individually set-up counters, with various detection zones, reporting intervals, etc. Neural Filter The neural filter works in parallel with the standard tracker, which allows the detection only of moving objects of a specified type or abandoned objects, while ignoring all other movement in the FOV. The results of their joint operation can be used by VMD-based detection tools in real time and recorded to a database that allows the quick location of objects of a specified type in recorded footage. Custom training of neural networks AxxonSoft offers custom training of the neural networks used by the neural tracker and neural filter To deliver high-quality video analytics, AxxonSoft offers custom training of the neural networks used by the neural tracker and neural filter. For each particular project, these AI tools are trained with the help of videos shot on site. Behavioral Analytics The neural network analyzes video and generates data on the postures of people in the FOV. This data is processed by analytical algorithms which are capable of detecting specified postures, such as crouching, lying prone, shooting, with hands up, or the appearance of an individual in any posture. Behavioral analytics detects potentially dangerous scenarios by specific postures, for example: An individual crouched down next to an ATM could be a burglar; One in a shooting position and other(s) with hands up could be an armed robbery. Enhanced and Optimized Added an option to save and recall templates for Forensic Search in Video Footage. A saved template can be re-used for further searches by using the same criteria. Updated neural algorithms for fire and smoke detection. Added Alarm Expired events for these detection tools, and an option to select processing hardware: GPU or CPU. Optimized memory consumption by the sweet-hearting neural detection tool that shows items not being swiped at the cash desk. Improved the stopped vehicle detection tool. Video Surveillance Added Tag&Track Pro feature that automatically tracks an object with a PTZ camera using coordinates obtained from the fixed camera's tracker. To start tracking a moving object, just click on its image. The PTZ camera will track it until the object leaves the fixed camera's FOV. Implemented support for the hardware decoding of H.264 streams using the Intel Quick Sync Video technology. The decoding is performed by an Intel GPU, which significantly reduces the Server's CPU load when applying video analytics, and the Client's CPU load when displaying video feeds. Added an option to hide selected portions of an archive. The availability of the options of hiding records and viewing hidden archives depends on the assigned user rights. One can now also mask faces on exported videos. To make it possible, the neural network automatically locates faces in recorded footage. These functions are required to comply with privacy and data protection requirements, such as the GDPR. Added an option to export videos from external storage, such as IP camera archives or NVRs. Added a comprehensive set of system events to audit operator's actions. Communication Protocols ONVIF Server - The ONVIF server is used for media streaming to external systems. It allows ONVIF clients to connect to an operating Intellect PSIM system, as they would to an ONVIF compatible device. Supported video streaming with synchronized audio in H.264/H.265/MPEG-4/MJPEG formats, multi-streaming, access to Video Footage, multicasting, authentication, and transmission of I/O events from devices and metadata. SIP Server - The SIP server allows the Intellect PSIM to connect to intercom devices such as IP door stations and push plates, and to create and route calls. The server supports audio and video calls, which can be recorded for further monitoring. Security system operators can now communicate via a new SIP Panel client interface. Each device and SIP Panel is assigned a calling ID number, and address books containing available call numbers are set up on SIP Panels. Other Protocols - Added support for the AMQP open messaging protocol, which allows the Intellect PSIM to receive and send RabbitMQ messages. Implemented the HTTP Server module, which is capable of sending events to an external system via HTTP polling. The User Interface Screen Manager Screen Manager is a new UI for video wall management. It enables convenient monitor layout management on selected PCs. Screen Manager can be used to: Create, edit, or delete layouts, and assign them to selected PCs; Remotely switch layouts on PCs. Operator Protocol For objects linked to a camera, they can now display a still image or recorded video of an event Operator Protocol is now completely revamped. Events list is now displayed as tiles, sortable by time and priority. Events processed by other operators are marked with a gray background, and their cells include the name of the Operator Protocol in which the processing has been completed. Users can now escalate an event to a specified operator. The parameters displayed along with the event are now selectable. For objects linked to a camera, they can now display a still image or recorded video of an event and zoom in on the alarm snapshot in a separate window. If an object is linked to multiple cameras, users can scroll between their images and can set video display in the Camera Window or ActiveX component. Set Bookmark checkbox All buttons and comments are now located on a single upper panel. An operator can now select several events, and work with them simultaneously. Another new feature added is a Set Bookmark checkbox for automatic creation of a bookmark in Video Footage when an event is processed by the operator. Operator's text comments are used for bookmark names. Incident management Additionally, a new feature added is the incident management function. If an operator selects an event, a list of required processing actions is displayed. The operator selects the required checkboxes, and information about their actions is added to text comments along with date/time stamps. In addition, the operator can now view processing instructions for events from any source object. Other new interfaces and enhancements The object context menu on the Map now includes an option to set the number of recent events to be displayed (up to 99). Introduced an option to request single frames or camera archives (also for cameras under a parent object) via the ActiveX component. The Main Control panel now includes the following information about the system - product name and version, installed subsystems' names and versions, available system objects list and the number of used objects, and license expiration date. Also added is a new graphs interface containing analog sensor data representations, and an interface allowing display of statistical data about objects' statuses as a table or a chart. User Rights Added support for Active Directory service, which enables synchronization between users and groups of the Intellect PSIM and their relevant Active Directory objects. When creating a new user rights group, operators can now import settings from an existing group. If multiple groups are selected, their combination is created. Added a setting to automatically shut down the session if the operator becomes idle. Added an option to limit the list of available actions on objects in video surveillance monitor and Map UIs. Added an option to disable frame/video export and printing a still frame from the video surveillance monitor. Auto Intellect 5.5 Introduced a module that uses the neural network to detect vehicle types. The module is capable of classifying passenger cars, vans, buses, trucks, and motorcycles. Integrated the IntLab container number recognition module. Updated the IntelliVision car number recognition module. Added support for new national license plate formats and running recognition on GPU and increased overall recognition quality. Basic virtual loop is now replaced with the IntelliVision virtual loop. The SDK for the AutoUragan LPR module is updated to version 3.7. Added new national formats and templates and increased operational stability. Updated VIT LPR module to version 2.7.2. Added new national formats and templates, increased recognition quality and stability; the GUI now includes tools for fine-tuning the module. Face Intellect 7.3 Integrated new YITU and SCT facial recognition modules. Updated VisionLabs facial recognition module to version 3.6.3. In the Tevian engine, recognition of emotion, race, and facial attributes (glasses, mustache, beard, hair color, headwear, etc.) was added to the existing age and gender guesstimation capabilities. Facial recognition now warns of faces covered with masks etc. and performs "liveness" checks to preclude identity spoofing. Operators can now use facial attributes for filtering, e.g., to find all males wearing glasses and/or with a beard. Emotion recognition allows you to evaluate the quality of personnel operations and the degree of customer satisfaction in banking, retail, and other industries. The Face Search tab now includes filters by name, department, and similarity rate, time window presets, and saving search parameters (filters) option. Operators can now launch a filtered search by double clicking a facial image in the captured/recognized faces log. Other new features: The full names of recognized persons now appear on live video under the facial bounding box; Users can now check an entire folder containing facial images against your DB; Facial recognition now has a configurable capture area; Facial DB replication across servers now allows a face to be added to all DBs by adding it to just one database. POS Intellect 5.4 Integration of the screening system allows data to be received from connected devices Integrated 5 models of POS terminals, 2 models of vehicle scales, a printer scales and the Sphinx screening management system that supports up to 5 handheld metal or metal/radiation detectors. The integration of the screening system allows data to be received from connected devices, recorded to the POS Intellect DB, used for captioning screening videos, and utilized for searching by text comments in Video Footage. The integrated solution allows one to control equipment and personnel operations for more efficient and reliable screening. In POS Intellect, existing integrations have been enhanced, and the wildcard search in captions has been introduced. Intellect Web Report System 3.4 The web report subsystem now includes new and updated reports, and new functions have been introduced. New Types of POS Reports - A "sweet-hearting" report allows one to view event video live. A canceled items report contains data filtered by specified cashiers and item names over a specified period. A canceled amount report is similar to the one previously listed and includes the total value of canceled items. New Types of Time and Attendance Reports A consolidated employees report contains data on the total number of employees in specified departments, and the number of employees staying in a specified area at the moment of reporting, or on a specified time/date. A detailed employees report contains data on the number of employees staying in a specified area during each day of a specified time period. Other New Report Types - A customer counter report contains information about the number of visitors who entered/exited a specified area over a specified period and is presented as a graph or as a table. A graphical report on events represents the number of events of a specified type for the selected types of objects over a specified time period. The exported report includes both a graph and a table. A pass card report contains information about the times of issuing pass cards for specified employees, or departments, as well as the types of cards and their expiration dates. A recognized rail car numbers report contains information about error detection with a check digit and a photo from the linked camera.
Critical infrastructure facilities that must secure large areas with extended outer boundary and numerous entry points, present a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to perimeter protection. As such, true end-to-end perimeter protection calls for the utilization of a sophisticated, multi-layered solution that is capable of defending against anticipated threats. Integrated systems that incorporate thermal imaging, visible cameras, radar and strong command and control software are crucial for covering the various potential areas of attacks. Let’s look at these technologies and the five key functions they enable to achieve an end-to-end solution that provides intrusion detection, assessment and defense for the perimeter. 1. Threat Recognition The first step in effectively defending against a threat is recognizing that it’s there. By combining state-of-the-art intrusion detection technologies, facilities can arm themselves with a head start against possible intruders. An exceptionally important aspect of effective perimeter protection is the ability to conduct 24-hour surveillance, regardless of weather conditions, environmental settings, or time of day. Visible cameras do not perform as well in low light scenarios and inclement weather conditions. However, thermal imaging cameras can provide constant protection against potential intruders, regardless of visual limitations, light source or many environmental factors. In fact, facilities such as power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create what is known as a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool Critical infrastructure applications require not only continuous video surveillance and monitoring, but also a solution that yields highly reliable intrusion detection, with fewer false alarms. This need makes advanced video analytics a must for any adequate surveillance system. Features like dynamic event detection and simplified data presentation are game changing in supporting accurate intrusion analysis and facilitating a proactive response. Advanced analytics will provide multiple automated alarm notification options, including email, edge image storage, digital outputs or video management software (VMS) alarms. Incorporating high quality, unique and adaptive analytics can virtually eliminate false alarms, allowing security personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively, while also lowering overall cost for the end user. While surveillance technologies such as radar, thermal imaging and visible cameras, or video analytics work well on their own, utilizing all of these options together provides an advanced perimeter detection system. For example, ground surveillance radar can detect possible threats beyond the fence line as they approach and send a signal to pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, triggering them to slew to a specific location. From there, embedded analytics and visible cameras can further identify objects, notify authorized staff, and collect additional evidence through facial recognition or high-quality photos. 2. Automatic Response Systems Once an intrusion attempt is discovered, it is important to act fast. Organizing a response system that can initiate actions based on GPS location data, such as the slewing of PTZ cameras, automated intruder tracking or activated lighting sensors, greatly increases staff’s situational awareness while easing their workload. For instance, thermal imagers deployed in conjunction with video analytics can be used to generate an initial alarm event, which can then trigger a sequence of other security equipment and notifications for personnel to eventually respond to. Having all of this in place essentially lays the entire situation out in a way that allows responders to accurately understand and evaluate a scene. Power stations located near bodies of water can use thermal cameras to create a “thermal virtual fence” in areas where they are unable to utilize the protection of a physical fence or wall 3. Deterring Suspicious Activity After the designated auto-response mechanisms have activated and done their job, it is time for responders to acknowledge and assess the situation. From here, authorized personnel can take the next appropriate step toward defending against and delaying the threat. Deterring suspicious activity can be achieved through real-time two-way audio, a simple but powerful tool. Often, control room operators can diffuse a situation by speaking over an intercom, telling the trespasser that they are being watched and that the authorities have been notified. This tactic, known as ‘talk down’, also allows officers to view the intruder’s reaction to their commands and evaluate what they feel the best next step is. If individuals do not respond in a desired manner, it may be time to take more serious action and dispatch a patrolman to the area. 4. Delay, Defend, Dispatch And Handle The possible danger has been identified, recognized and evaluated. Now it is time to effectively defend against current attacks and slow down both cyber and physical perpetrators’ prospective efforts. Through the use of a well-designed, open platform VMS, security monitors can manage edge devices and other complementary intrusion detection and response technologies, including acoustic sensors, video analytics, access control and radio dispatch. A robust VMS also enables operators to control functions such as video replay, geographical information systems tracking, email alerts and hand-off to law enforcement. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level The primary purpose of the delay facet of the overall perimeter protection strategy is to stall an attempted intrusion long enough for responders to act. Access control systems play a key role in realizing this objective. When a security officer sees a non-compliant, suspicious individual on the camera feed, the officer can lock all possible exits to trap them in one area all through the VMS. 5. Intelligence: Collect Evidence And Debrief More data and intelligence collected from an event equals more crucial evidence for crime resolution and valuable insight for protecting against future incidents. With the right combination of technologies, facilities can take monitoring and evidence collection to the next level. One innovative resource that has become available is a live streaming application that can be uploaded to smart phones and used for off-site surveillance. This app gives personnel the power to follow intruders with live video anywhere and allows operators to monitor alarm video in real-time. Geographic Information System (GIS) maps are computer systems utilized for capturing, storing, reviewing, and displaying location related data. Capable of displaying various types of data on one map, this system enables users to see, analyze, easily and efficiently. Multi-sensor cameras, possessing both visible and thermal capabilities, provide high-contrast imaging for superb analytic detection (in any light) and High Definition video for evidence such as facial ID or license plate capture. Integrating these two, usually separated, camera types into one helps to fill any gaps that either may normally have. Still, in order to capture and store all of this valuable information and more, a robust, VMS is required. Recorded video, still images and audio clips serve as valuable evidence in the event that a trial must take place to press charges. Control room operators can use data collection tools within their VMS to safely transfer video evidence from the field to the courtroom with just a few clicks of their mouse. More advanced video management systems can go a step further and package this data with other pertinent evidence to create a comprehensive report to help ensure conviction.
With increased demands being placed on safety and security globally, and supported by advancements in IP cameras and 360-degree camera technology, the video surveillance industry is growing steadily. Market research indicates that this worldwide industry is expected to reach an estimated $39.3 billion in revenue by 2023, driven by a CAGR of 9.3 percent from 2018 to 2023. Video surveillance is not just about capturing footage (to review an event or incident when it occurs), but also about data analysis delivering actionable insights that can improve operational efficiencies, better understand customer buying behaviors, or simply just provide added value and intelligence. Growth of Ultra-HD Surveillance To ensure that the quality of the data is good enough to extract the details required to drive these insights, surveillance cameras are technologically evolving as well, not only with expanded capabilities surrounding optical zoom and motion range,4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021 but also relating to improvements in signal-to-noise (S2N) ratios, light sensitivities (and the minimum illumination needed to produce usable images), wide dynamic ranges (WDR) for varying foreground and background illumination requirements, and of course, higher quality resolutions. As such, 4K Ultra HD-compliant networked cameras are expected to grow from 0.4 percent shipped in 2017, to 28 percent in 2021, representing an astonishing 170 percent growth per year, and will require three to six times the storage space of 1080p video dependent on the compression technology used. Surveillance cameras are typically connected to a networked video recorder (NVR) that acts as a gateway or local server, collecting data from the cameras and running video management software (VMS), as well as analytics. Capturing this data is dependent on the communications path between individual cameras and the NVR. If this connection is lost, whether intentional, unintentional, or a simple malfunction, surveillance video will no longer be captured and the system will cease operations. Therefore, it has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism. Despite lost connectivity to the NVR, the camera can still record and capture raw footage locally until the network is restored, which in itself, could take a long time depending on maintenance staff or equipment availability, weather conditions, or other unplanned issues. Since microSD cards play a critical role as a failsafe mechanism to ensure service availability, it is important to choose the right card for capturing video footage. It has become common to use microSD cards in surveillance cameras as a failsafe mechanism if an NVR breaks Key Characteristics Of microSDs There are many different microSD cards to choose from for video capture at the network’s edge, and they range from industrial grade capabilities to commercial or retail grade, and everything in-between. To help make some of these uncertainties a little more certain, here are the key microSD card characteristics for video camera capture. Designed For Surveillance As the market enjoys steady growth, storage vendors want to participate and have done so with a number of repurposed, repackaged, remarketed microSD cards targeted for video surveillance but with not much robustness, performance or capabilities specific to the application. Adding the absence of mean-time between failure (MTBF) specifications to the equation, microSD card reliability is typically a perceived measurement -- measured in hours of operation and relatively vague and hidden under metrics associated with the camera’s resolution and compression ratio. Therefore, when selecting a microSD card for surveillance cams at the edge, the choice should include a vendor that is trusted, has experience and a proven storage portfolio in video surveillance, and in microSD card technologies. Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites possible before the card can no longer store data correctly High Endurance Endurance, as it relates to microSD cards, represents the number of rewrites (program/erase cycles) that are possible before the card can no longer store data correctly. The rewrite operation is cyclical whereby a new stream of footage replaces older content by writing over it until the card is full, and the cycle repeats. The higher the endurance, the longer the card will perform before it needs to be replaced. Endurance is also referred to in terabytes written (TBW) or by the number of hours that the card can record continuously (while overwriting data) before a failure will occur. Health Monitoring Health monitoring is a desired capability that not many microSD cards currently support and enables the host system to check when the endurance levels of a card are low and needs to be replaced. Having a card that supports this capability enables system integrators and operators with the ability to perform preemptive maintenance that will help to reduce system failures, as well as associated maintenance costs. Performance To capture continuous streams of raw footage, microSD cards within surveillance cams perform write operations about seventy to ninety percent of the time, whereas reading captured footage is performed about ten to thirty percent. The difference in read/write performance is dependent on whether the card is used in an artificial intelligent (AI) capable camera, or a standard one. microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius Finding a card that is write-friendly, and can provide enough bandwidth to properly capture streamed data, and is cost-effective, requires one that falls between fast industrial card capabilities and slower commercial ones. Bandwidth in the range of 50 MB/sec for writes and 80 MB/sec for reads are typical and sufficient for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras. Temperature Ranges Lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments As microSD cards must be designed for continuous operation in extreme weather conditions and a variety of climates, whether located indoors or out, support for various temperature ranges are another consideration. Given the wide spectrum of temperatures required by the camera makers, microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras should support temperature ranges from -25 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius, or in extreme cases, as low as -40 degrees Celsius. Capacity Selecting the right-sized capacity is also very important as there needs to be a minimum level to ensure that there is enough room to hold footage for a number of days or weeks before it is overwritten or the connectivity to the NVR is restored. Though 64GB is considered the capacity sweet spot for microSD cards deployed within surveillance cameras today, lower capacity support of 32GB can provide room to attract the smaller or entry-level video surveillance deployments. In the future, even higher capacities will be important for specific use cases and will potentially become standard capacities as the market evolves. When choosing the right storage microSD card to implement into your video surveillance system, make sure the card is designed specifically for the application – does it include the right levels of endurance and performance to capture continuous streams – can it withstand environmental challenges and wide temperature extremes – will it enable preventative and preemptive maintenance to provide years of service? It is critical for the surveillance system to be able to collect video footage whether the camera is connected to an NVR or is a standalone camera as collecting footage at the base of the surveillance system is the most crucial point of failure. As such, failsafe mechanisms are required to keep the camera recording until the network is restored.
Schools today are charged to provide an environment that is both safe and conducive to learning, which can be difficult considering the range of security incidents and challenges they face, including bullying, fights, graffiti, theft and more. In addition to working within often tight budgetary constraints, a main challenge is to provide the highest level of security in an aesthetically pleasing way that doesn’t make students feel as if they are in prison. While these two needs may seem mutually exclusive to some degree, that doesn’t have to be the case. School security can be achieved without building 20-foot walls or putting barbed wire around the perimeter. The key to balancing the security and learning environment can be found in the four pillars of a good school security strategy, namely people, practices, technology and physical environment. A mobile app or text notification system could be used to alert students and staff of potential problems Situational Awareness One of the most effective measures to take is to educate staff and even students to learn to be aware about their surroundings and adopt the 'If you see something, say something' mentality. In an emergency, time is of the essence, so the speed of response becomes critical. Educating staff and students to recognize potential problems and report them is a good first step. Augmenting this with mobile apps and/or texting capabilities, for example, that allow someone to send a photo to school security or law enforcement for quick assessment and evaluation, can speed response even more. A mobile app or text notification system could also be used to alert students and staff of potential problems and provide instructions on what steps to take in order to remain safe. By providing real-time situational awareness about potential responses, these types of technologies can reduce the number of armed guards or resource officers needed to patrol a school or campus, which also makes students more comfortable and able to learn in a non-prison-like environment. Security Best Practices Every school should establish a set of security policies and procedures and ensure that staff and students understand what to do if they suspect a problem or if an incident should unfold at the school. However, too often, schools may not know where to start when seeking out best practices. And once these policies are in place, there may be confusion about how to audit them to ensure people are properly educated. The NFPA has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis A number of organizations are available to aid with this process, such as the Partner Alliance for School Safety a group founded in cooperation with SIA (Security Industry Association), which provides resources and tools to help schools and security professionals evaluate and establish the best security protection for their buildings. These guidelines and best practices are designed to help schools spend their often limited funds on the right security solutions. Safe and Sound Schools provides downloadable school security toolkits, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released the NFPA 3000 Active shooter response guidelines and has begun work on a school security standard that would address a range of issues schools face on a daily basis. The key takeaway is that the information is out there, and the organisations mentioned above are excellent resources for helping schools create safe, secure and learning-conducive environments. Technology In School Security The second thing that needs to be considered is how technology can be brought to bear to contribute to school security. Video surveillance with video analytics can be deployed to monitor areas at certain times of day. For example, once school starts, there shouldn’t be a lot of activity in the parking lot or in particular areas around the school. For these situations, intelligent cameras with video analytics can be used to detect activity in those areas of interest to alert school security that something may need their attention. This might be a vehicle entering a lot or driving against the normal traffic flow, which may simply be a parent arriving to pick their child up early, or it could be something worth following up on. Radar detection is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area In any case, this is something that should be brought to the attention of someone who can quickly assess the situation and determine what, if any, response is needed. Because the goal in a potentially dangerous situation is speed response times. The faster you’re able to detect something using technology, the faster you’re able to respond. Therefore, being able to identify something happening in a parking lot and alert school resource officers could provide 30 seconds or a minute head start for response, which can get the school into a lockdown situation and get first responders on site more quickly.Facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents After-Hour Monitoring Solutions Monitoring buildings and facilities after hours presents a different set of challenges. For sporting events, the National Center for Spectator Sports and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi provides best practice guidance for sporting facilities and events not only just for universities but even including those at high schools. It’s been shown that using lighting at night can deter crime. However, it can be expensive to keep a building and grounds illuminated all night, every night. To mitigate these concerns and potential costs, there are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability that allows them to see in near-dark or in some cases complete darkness. This allows a school to save money by turning lights off while achieving a level of surveillance performance similar to daytime deployments. Radar Detection Another technology for effective school security, both during and after school hours, is radar detection. This is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area. Radar can be deployed with a single PTZ camera, which can track whatever has been detected to provide real-time situational awareness for a school resource officer or law enforcement to investigate to determine the potential threat, if any, related to the perimeter breach.Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities More often than not, schools are faced with issues that are not necessarily the worst-case scenario everyone fears, such as how to identify parents and others who are authorized to pick a child up from school early. In this instance, facial recognition systems and providing access through smartphones could help create a more welcoming and secure environment for students, staff and parents. Lighting And Landscaping In addition to technology, one of the things that can contribute to a safer school environment is environmental design. CPTED provides four basic principles, one of which is natural surveillance, which follows a 'see and be seen' philosophy. In other words, when people know they can be seen, they are less likely to commit a crime. The main points in this general principle are lighting and landscaping. For example, a school doesn’t want to block potentially vulnerable areas with landscaping, so the height and thickness of any potential landscaping elements should be carefully considered. In general, openness and visibility should be the guiding factors. Securing Physical Environment Another aspect of the physical environment is maintenance. If a window gets broken but isn’t fixed right away, that tends to invite vandalism. These are just two of the guidelines CPTED offers for creating a more secure environment that doesn’t feel like a prison. In general, finding the right mix between maintaining security and providing a welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and learning-conducive environment can seem like a difficult – if not impossible – task. Following the four pillars of school security can ease the process while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of securing educational facilities.
Video surveillance cannot address all the security challenges in education, but it is a valuable tool and among the least obtrusive options available. And the list of security challenges that video can address grows every day. Video systems can provide real-time monitoring of school premises and facilitate rapid response to incidents. New advances such as video analytics are currently underutilized in the education arena. Historically, video has been used as a forensic tool in the education market, providing critical information about an incident after the fact. But that generalization is changing. Today, networking enables video images to be shared throughout a school system, traveling over existing networks, empowering a more centralized security management structure, and making video more valuable. In particular, higher education institutions are more likely to view live video, given the larger campuses, greater number of buildings, and more public areas where staff and students congregate. Challenges for securing a school environment Panoramic cameras are one tool to address challenges, as a single 360-degree camera can replace between 4 and 5 PTZ camerasMultiple challenges in the education market for security goods and services (from a video perspective) include wide open spaces that make securing schools with video surveillance cameras difficult since the vast amount of coverage required can be cost-prohibitive. Second, state and federal regulations must be taken into account and balanced with the need to protect student privacy. Finally, schools and colleges face dwindling budgets, which means security solutions must deliver more coverage and functionality, while also being cost-effective to deploy. Panoramic cameras are one tool to address these challenges, as a single 360-degree camera can replace between four and five traditional pan-tilt-zoom cameras, resulting in fewer cameras and more coverage – all at a lower cost for hardware and licensing. Data capture form to appear here! Intelligent cameras with video analytics Video surveillance with video analytics can be deployed to monitor areas at certain times of day. For example, once school starts, there shouldn’t be a lot of activity in the parking lot or in particular areas around the school. For these situations, intelligent cameras with video analytics can be used to detect activity in those areas of interest to alert school security that something may need their attention. Radar detection is ideal for perimeters, where a device can be set up unobtrusively to alert when someone enters a particular area. ACC 6 video management software with Avigilon Appearance Search technology provides advanced video analytics search The goal in a potentially dangerous situation is to speed up response times. The faster you’re able to detect something using technology, the faster you’re able to respond. Therefore, being able to identify something happening in a parking lot and alert school resource officers could provide 30 seconds or a minute head start for response, which can get the school into a lockdown situation and get first responders on site more quickly. Video cameras with low-Light capability There are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability to see in near-dark or complete darknessIt’s been shown that using lighting at night can deter crime. However, it can be expensive to keep a building and grounds illuminated all night, every night. To mitigate these concerns and potential costs, there are video cameras available with extreme low-light capability that allows them to see in near-dark or in some cases complete darkness. This allows a school to save money by turning lights off while achieving a level of surveillance performance similar to daytime deployments. Facing above-average student incident rates and student disciplinary concerns at some schools, a school system in the United States sought to upgrade its video surveillance system to allow better local and remote monitoring in important areas. Avigilon high-definition cameras with self-learning video analytics and access control solutions were installed in 101 schools, and ACC 6 video management software with Avigilon Appearance Search technology provides advanced video analytics search. A deep learning artificial intelligence search engine can sort through hours of footage and allow operators to click on a button and search for all instances of a person or vehicle across all cameras on a site, quickly and efficiently.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is expanding the capabilities of license plate readers and vehicle identification systems. Within a smart/safe city scenario, automatic license plate reader solutions are used to help analyze real-time video streams for site surveillance, inspection and public safety, and to offer actional information through a network of connected camera systems. Outside of law enforcement, this can include other public safety initiatives such as traffic tolls, car counting, and parking security. Vehicle recognition systems Rekor Systems is a provider of vehicle recognition systems in more than 60 countries Using AI to enable video cameras, Rekor Systems is a provider of vehicle recognition systems in more than 60 countries. Applications include security and surveillance, public safety, electronic toll collection, brand loyalty, parking operations, banking and insurance, logistics, and traffic management. AI allows Rekor’s products to recognize and read license plates, while also providing information about each vehicle, including color, make, year, and model. Rekor’s products are powered by OpenALPR software, an AI-based solution that enables any IP (internet protocol) surveillance camera to scan license plates and provide vehicle data including tag number, make, model, and color in real time with 99% accuracy, according to the company. Rekor’s products are powered by OpenALPR software Integrated solutions “Rekor's software started as an open source project, and we have done our best to keep the commercial software as open as possible,” says Rod Hillman, Chief Operating Officer, Rekor Systems. “One of the challenges we see with others in our space is a tendency to ‘close off’ and ‘silo’ their solutions. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible to deploy, integrate, and ultimately use.” Rekor has numerous application programming interfaces (APIs) and ways the solution can be integrated into partners' solutions with a software development kit (SDK). Rekor solutions can be purchased directly or through a worldwide partner network of integrators, wholesalers, and within integrated solutions such as Nokia's smart city platform. Electronic toll collection Rekor’s solutions have viable applications within multiple markets While many systems are hardware-based, Rekor’s software-as-a-solution offering can turn an IP camera into an automatic license plate reader. Rekor’s solutions have viable applications within multiple markets, including law enforcement, security and surveillance, electronic toll collection, parking operations, banking and insurance, logistics, traffic management, and customer experience. “Rekor offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional LPR systems with a much higher accuracy rate at 99% allowing more cameras to be present and active at any given time,” says Hillman. “Traditional LPRs need someone to go through hours of footage to find what they are looking for while Rekor’s technology will send alerts in real time, resulting in much quicker response times.” Move Over Camera mounts onto roadside worker’s vehicles to capture ‘Move Over’ violations Two-Part authentication Rekor’s products include: NUMERUS, a cloud-based solution for high-volume vehicle recognition, designed to reduce costs and increase efficiencies for the electronic toll collecting industry. Two-part authentication instantly identifies the vehicle’s make, model, color and body type along with the license plate read. Machine-learning-enabled software recognizes license plates from all 50 U.S. states, in addition to plates from more than 70 countries on six continents. Edge, an all-in-one camera and vehicle recognition system that instantly reads vehicle license plates, along with the vehicle’s make, model, color and body type. Move Over Camera, which mounts onto roadside worker’s vehicles (police, tow truck, etc.) to capture ‘Move Over’ violations. ‘Move Over’ laws state that vehicles must move over one lane and/or slow down if they cannot move over to avoid incident while roadside workers are in the shoulder lane. The camera can detect what lane vehicles are in and how fast they are moving. Violators are flagged in the system for law enforcement’s review.
In five states in the Western United States, 200 video surveillance cameras keep are keeping watch to provide early warning of wildfires. In the near future, the number of wildfire surveillance cameras will be growing dramatically. Soon there will be more than 1,000 of the cameras in California alone, keeping watch on thousands of acres at risk of destructive events like last year’s deadly Camp and Woolsey wildfires. It is a striking example of how video surveillance technology can be used effectively beyond the realm of corporate or institutional security. The wildfire surveillance cameras are providing extra eyes to avoid a disaster before it can happen. ALERTWildfire surveillance cameras The ALERTWildfire surveillance cameras are installed through a consortium of universities – the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of California San Diego; and the University of Oregon. Dozens of partners also participate in ALERTWildfire, including the National Forest Service, other government agencies, utilities and other private companies, state and local fire departments, and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Wildfire surveillance cameras can provide early warning when a fire starts and help firefighters respond quicker “It takes a lot of people, pushing in the same direction, to deploy cameras rapidly,” says Graham Kent, University of Nevada, Reno. “We are connected into the community, which is a positive thing.” The wildfire surveillance cameras can provide early warning when a fire starts and help firefighters and first responders scale the resources needed to respond. The cameras also monitor fire behavior until it is contained, enhance situational awareness during evacuations, and ensure fires are monitored appropriately through their demise. Axis Q6055-E PTZ network cameras ALERTWildfire currently uses Axis Q6055-E outdoor-ready pan-tilt-zoom network cameras that provide 1080p HDTV signals, 32x zoom and low-bandwidth compression. (Earlier versions of similar Axis camera models were also installed previously.) The camera’s robust aluminum casing can withstand temperatures up to 140 degrees F, although the cameras are positioned on the tops of towers where temperatures from wildfires are not a factor. In addition to surveillance cameras, each installation site includes a range of equipment including hard power or solar power (on about a third of installations), both with battery backups. Resilient, hardened microwave/fiber networks carry video signals from the cameras to servers at University of Nevada, Reno, which makes them available on the Internet. Geolinks, an ALERTWildfire partner, provides resilient Internet connectivity to mountaintops throughout the West. Firefighters can even watch fires on their mobile devices while they are en route to a fire breakout site Mobile Surveillance Dispatchers around the West have access to video from the cameras, and fire management can move the camera views through their iPhones. Firefighters can even watch fires on their mobile devices while they are en-route to a fire. Cameras are located currently in California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. There have been 85 cameras in place for five years or so, and the number of cameras has more than doubled since the beginning of 2019. The accelerated installation schedule is courtesy of a new policy of using existing infrastructure for cameras rather than creating it from scratch. The large number of cameras on the horizon for California is being funded by utility companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric. AI in video surveillance The public can view the camera feeds and often call 911 to report early warnings of fires The public can view the camera feeds and often call 911 to report early warnings of fires, thus providing a kind of crowdsourcing, a fire-warning version of “Neighborhood Watch.” In the future, artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to monitor the video feeds to provide early warning. For now, the system is largely used by 911 dispatchers to confirm reports of fires. “Cell phones are so ubiquitous, people call in fires before the AI could react,” says Kent. “We could never beat 911.” A model for early detection of wildfires is in operation in San Diego, where San Diego Gas and Electric manages an emergency center that uses sophisticated real-time modeling to predict fire events based on weather conditions, vegetation, etc., tracked on a threat map. The system enables firefighting resources to be deployed quickly at the first hint of fire and thus to avoid a larger, sweeping wildfire event. Enhancing surveillance for quick wildfires detection “If you can get on top of it quickly enough, it makes all the difference,” says Kent. “In the case of extreme conditions, 10, 20 or 30 minutes can make a big difference.” Other locations are looking to replicate the San Diego model to discover and confirm fires quickly and then reposition assets to respond. Phos-Chek long-term fire retardant, applied by air from a fixed or rotor-wing aircraft, is used to slow or stop the spread of wildland fires. Our successes have led to a demand to get more cameras out right now" Installing more cameras to provide early warning of wildfires is “a grave need in the Western states,” and the system is likely eventually to be deployed in other areas, too. Wildfires can be a challenge in non-Western states such as Florida and Oklahoma, and a similar approach could also be used to provide early warning of other emergencies, such as tornados. “Once we do the West, we will be looking to do the rest of the United States,” says Kent. Increasing demand for video cameras Currently, the biggest challenge is keeping up with demand. “Our successes have led to a demand to get more cameras out right now,” says Kent. “Funding isn’t the largest issue. The money is there to do it, but we have to be able to scale up quickly, working with partners. It’s a wild ride.” Key words for success of the ALERTWildfire system are “location, location, location” combined with “coverage, coverage, coverage,” adds Kent. “We can solve 90 percent of the problem with coverage.”
Sussex Police have purchased a fleet of redeployable CCTV cameras from Revader Security, primarily for use on lampposts and urban infrastructure. The Transit-lite mobile cameras are ruggedized outdoor surveillance solutions which have been proven over many years to deter crime and secure vital video evidence for prosecution. Cost-Effective solution Using the Revader EasyFit bracket system, police operators are able to regularly re-position each camera to respond to the movement of crime hotspots, antisocial behavior, vandalism and other street crime around the locality. As the units can be installed in virtually any location within minutes, only minimal planning is required. Revader Security proposed a cost-effective solution of coupling an auxiliary camera to a Transit-lite unit In this instance, Revader Security proposed a cost-effective solution of coupling an auxiliary camera to a Transit-lite unit to provide twice the visibility and coverage. The Transit-lite unit contains the recording and transmission technology and acts as a server to the auxiliary camera. It also has the capacity to host other specialist cameras, such as those for number plate recognition (ANPR). Live and recorded footage is quickly and easily retrieved over the 4G mobile network. Redeployable camera solutions A member of Sussex Police’s Divisional Operations Team commented: “We have been really impressed by the Revader cameras, which are straightforward to install, easy to use, and have provided us with some very high quality CCTV evidence”. Stuart Caldecourt, Managing Director of Revader Security commented: “The use of another PTZ camera on the same Transit-Lite unit has provided our customer with a significant operational advantage at an only marginal increase in cost, representing excellent value for money”. Revader Security offers a wide a range of mobile CCTV and redeployable camera solutions for all applications, including those with low or zero power. The company continues to support Police and a variety of clients in the public and private sector.
Welch Sand & Gravel, a family-owned operation serving the Cincinnati, Ohio region of the US. Welch harvests gravel and sand from the water and transports all the material via hundreds of feet of conveyor to be processed and delivered to all its construction customers. The 500 plus feet of conveyor is riddled with an array of copper and metal wiring that yields big dollars on the market, making it quite vulnerable. The surrounding rural area is extremely challenging to protect, as it includes multiple acres and many access points, including the water. Optex photoelectric beams installed Sonitrol of Butler County was brought in to provide a solution to Welsh's security needs. With the assistance of Optex, Sonitrol designed an outdoor security system that was comprised of hardwired and wireless Optex photoelectric beams to secure the property. All of the Optex Beams were connected to various pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras on the property Optex’s 200 ft. battery-powered, wireless photoelectric beams were strategically placed to provide perimeter detection along the property line and not allow access to the desired wiring on the conveyer belt. In addition, interior traps were placed to provide back-up protection to Welch Sand & Gravel. All of the Optex Beams were connected to various pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras on the property, and Sonitrol of Butler County now provides 24-hour monitoring of all the cameras. Optex - Sonitrol monitored solution The moment an Optex beam detects movement, the PTZ cameras are activated and the Sonitrol Central Station immediately views the activity on site. The operator can quickly assess the situation and dispatch the proper authority if necessary. The Optex security/Sonitrol monitored solution has saved the customer thousands of dollars in loss and hundreds of dollars a month in guard service costs. Since the system was installed, no additional loss has been experienced on the site.
Vera Cadillac, a renowned automotive dealer in the Fort Lauderdale area of the US State of Florida was looking to install an advanced security system to counter the growing threat of sophisticated thieves - sophisticated enough to know how to circumvent the current security system and steal parts, tires and in some cases, complete cars. Vera’s current security system included inexpensive CCTV cameras with video motion sensors that proved ineffective in deterring theft at the dealer’s showroom. The sensors were installed on the outside of the fenced perimeter, making them susceptible to being vandalized. When the sensors were disabled, the thieves were able to penetrate the perimeter and strip cars for parts. The speed in which the thieves were stealing car parts and accessories was another tough obstacle to overcome. Tyco - Optex integrated security solution Vera chose Tyco Integrated to come up with an improved, flexible system that takes into account the many obstacles within the perimeter. This includes wildlife, vegetation and other physical obstacles. In addition, the system needed to be as vandal proof as possible. Tyco Integrated and Optex teamed up to provide a flexible, effective system of detection that would use high-mount, zone detectors as trigger devices for the American Dynamic Illustra IP400 CCTV system. SIP infrared sensors - Inovonics wireless network integration The team created a design that would easily integrate Optex’s REDWALL Wireless SIP infrared sensors into Vera’s current Inovonics wireless network (used for building automation systems). The Redwall sensors would trigger PTZ dome cameras that are fixed within the area of detection The Redwall sensors would trigger PTZ dome cameras that are fixed within the area of detection. The result will capture and record any intrusion within the sensor’s zone. The intrusion event is now tracked by ADT’s Central Monitoring Station and alerts the authorities along with a Vera contact. Masking of surrounding obstacles The REDWALL SIP sensors allowed Tyco Integrated to easily adjust and account for wildlife, vegetation and other physical obstacles by simply masking those areas. Masking deletes these obstacles within the protected perimeter of the detector. Because the old system was susceptible to vandals, the team had to address this. The team installed the sensors behind the fence and over 9 feet high on the side of the building in accordance to specification. Effective intrusion detection All-in-all, the plan included 12 SIP units mounted on four buildings, which were installed in a single day. Vera Cadillac effectively maintains a secure perimeter that detects intruders from stealing auto parts and other property. In addition, the system was easily integrated into Vera’s current wireless network and is vandal proof. It provides Vera Cadillac peace-of-mind that a system is in place to prevent such incidents from happening during the night-time and can respond with quick efficiency to catch criminal activity.
Multiple electrical substations in the Mid-West United States are operated by a large electric power holding company. Due to the high price of copper, the customer faced the growing issue of theft and damage at multiple sites. The large amount of copper theft at the electrical substations site was causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, repairs, and down time, while creating unsafe grounding conditions for the electrical equipment. Countering copper theft at site Changing site conditions, large perimeters and the inability to trench, along with remote location of the substations were all challenges that needed to be addressed when deciding on an appropriate security solution to counter the rise in cases of copper theft. An integrator was selected who then teamed up with Optex to create a reliable, effective security solution. The team decided on protecting multiple areas on the properties by taking a layered security approach. The solution would meet the customer's needs by protecting the sites from copper theft, while also eliminating the chance and liability of injury or death from trespassers. SL-350QFRi photoelectric detectors installed The battery-powered perimeter beam system allowed the integrator to set up the units without running power to them At the first area of intrusion, both the existing perimeter fence and automatic gate systems were reinforced using pairs of the SL-350QFRi, a battery-powered, wireless 350ft. point-to-point photoelectric detector. The battery-powered perimeter beam system allowed the integrator to set up the units without running power to them, eliminating the need to trench or run cables. SIP series and HX series passive infrared detectors For the interior locations on the electrical substations site, mid-range SIP series and short range HX series passive infrared detectors were installed to offer the customer a stable back-up to the perimeter system. Because the customer operated their own central monitoring station, all detectors on the property were set up to trigger PTZ cameras that were fixed within the sensor's area of detection. This allowed the monitoring station to capture and record any intrusions on the property and take the necessary action before any theft or vandalism occurred. Enhanced perimeter protection solution The end user now maintains a secure perimeter and site that detects intruders and helps to prevent possible injury. With the system in place, the customer has multiple levels of protection and can respond with quick efficiency to catch criminal activity.
BBVA Compass Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston, Texas, USA and home to the Houston Dynamo, Major League Soccer club (part of MLS in USA). It also is home to the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League and to Texas Southern University Tiger football. It is also going through a major retrofit with its security systems to include a best of breed, open architecture solution. The stadium first opened in 2012, but six years later, Cultris Security Systems of Houston is back upgrading and expanding the current security installation. After spending five years with another security provider, the Dynamo and Dash, who maintains the facility, opted for a completely new solution. Axis cameras integrated with Salient Systems VMS Along with their current Panasonic cameras, stadium officials opted for Axis Communications cameras Along with their current Panasonic cameras, stadium officials opted for Axis Communications cameras. Both camera manufacturers play well with Salient Systems VMS. The result was an image resolution much more enhanced than they had been experiencing. “With all of this equipment brought together, we found it to be easy to use, user-friendly, and supported a very complimentary search function,” said Paul Fisher, Director of Key Accounts at Salient Systems, adding “For those people hired as facility guards, and with a sometime frequent turnover in staff, new people were able to use the Salient software right away and were able to do their job guarding the facility more quickly.” Paul further stated, “An installation like this is a great reference for us, and it is a very exciting security installation. Although there are fewer than 100 cameras, the placement and location of the cameras will allow security to monitor the sometimes over-zealous fans, and with BBVA Compass Stadium officials installing our synopsis video tool, stadium officials will be able to key-map the entire facility, gain analytical data and improve the customer experience.” CompleteView VMS platform Salient also partners with Dell, taking its CompleteView VMS platform into the booming Internet of Things market. The CompleteView VMS’ ability to quickly render and manage video surveillance over a WAN or LAN makes it a compelling offering for solution providers looking to gain a foothold in IoT. The manner through which the video is processed is very efficient, and can render the video and perform forensics on the video rapidly. As more businesses look to video surveillance as an IoT application, the CompleteView VMS platform can be integrated with other software packages will enable partners to work with customers to solve specific problems through big data and analytics capabilities. DSX software installed for secure access control BBVA Compass Stadium officials also switched out the outdated access control software and installed DSX software to complete the upgrade. “We have long known that DSX is a workhorse software solution,” said Jason Smith, President of Cultris Security Systems Inc., adding “It is easy to use and a lower cost to use. These upgrades are exciting for us to be part of because the installation will come in several phases, with the integration supported for years to come.” Open architecture security solutions Cultris technicians almost had a blank canvas to begin their security installation Jason adds, “We also found working with BBVA Compass Stadium staff very easy because they were receptive to open architecture security solutions. Phase Two will begin in 2019, and we’re excited to design the next layer of security at the stadium.” Cultris technicians almost had a blank canvas to begin their security installation. The facility itself is an open architecture facility, so facility managers were very receptive when plans were drawn up for security equipment. Much of the focus was on the stadium concourses, where the bulk of the soccer fans’ traffic is found during a match. 360-degree cameras installed The new master plan now included 360-degree cameras along the concourse, which offered coverage in every direction. The same 360-degree cameras were also placed near the locker rooms, loading docks and service areas. PTZ and fixed lens cameras were upgraded and placed in each corner of the facility where there is a gate for entrance and exit. As imagined, soccer fans are very passionate about their sport and teams, so cameras on the concourse were placed in a planned manner for the guarding staff to be able to know and react quickly if or when a fight broke out among spectators. The 360-degree cameras also enable the security staff to mobilize and reach the incident spot, where they would be required, as quickly as possible. 4K PTZ cameras Stadium security staff is able to view cameras placed in an adjacent parking area Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium has a capacity of 22,039 seats, including 34 private suites, 1,100 club seats, an indoor premium club area, a dedicated supporters/fans stand and a food court. The stadium is designed to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS) and FIFA standard international soccer, as well as other sports including football, lacrosse, and rugby and live concerts. Stadium security staff is able to view cameras placed in an adjacent parking area, as well as city security cameras (live view only) in order to ensure the safety and security of people coming to the venue and leaving after the match. These cameras have a 4K PTZ quick drive function, which helps establish a clear view of events, if additional security help is needed. As an integrator, Cultris Security has clearly installed a solution that will work properly for BBVA Compass Stadium, and their tenants, who are always looking to strike a goal.
A British university has overhauled its dated suite of security cameras to prepare for expansion and better protect its students and staff. Newman University in Birmingham called in systems specialist Unison Integrated Technology after a major power-surge disabled more than 30 cameras in its ageing system. Newman wanted comprehensive video coverage that was more robust and easier to use as part of its development plan for a safe learning environment for almost 3,000 students and staff. Facilities manager Lewis Palin said: “We contract out our security services, so it’s important for newly arrived officers to be able to use all of the system’s key features with minimal training.” Digital image stabilization Unison proposed an IDIS end-to-end solution that had already performed excellently at a number of nearby schools, colleges and commercial sites. Total cost of ownership was also a factor as Newman needed more than 150 new internal and external cameras, so Palin wanted to integrate its existing cameras and infrastructure with the new kit. It also meant minimal maintenance charges, no license fees and the option to adapt or scale the system as the campus grew or requirements changed. The Unison team delivered an IDIS DirectIP solution with more than 160 cameras, including five advanced 2MP Lightmaster IR PTZ models delivering 36x zoom and pin-sharp images in all lighting thanks to their 350 meter IR, true wide dynamic range and digital image stabilization. Network video recorders Unrivalled storage capability is assured by four powerful 64-channel network video recorders Unison also installed 55 full-HD IR vandal-resistant dome cameras to secure entrances and internal areas, and 40 IR bullet cameras to give HD coverage of key external areas. All the new cameras incorporate IDIS Smart Failover technology, which ensures automatic protection against video data loss, eliminating the risk of gaps in recordings in the event of power failure or network instability. Unrivalled storage capability is assured by four powerful 64-channel network video recorders with built-in failover and RAID 1, 5 and 10 support, plus a further three 32-channel recorders with IDIS Intelligent Codec to deliver storage efficiency. easily monitor live Security officers can now easily monitor live internal and external areas, and quickly search and retrieve recorded footage to find events of interest. Palin concluded: “Unison got the entire job done in three weeks – with swift stock delivery from IDIS – working around us to deliver our new system exactly as promised. We will definitely stick with IDIS technology as we expand our estate.”
Round table discussion
The minutes are counting down to one of the biggest security industry trade shows of the 2017 calendar. Expectations are high going into ISC West 2017 in Las Vegas: Last year’s show was very well attended and highlighted lots of new technologies. Looking ahead to this year’s show, we wanted to get the Expert Panel Roundtable’s take on what news will dominate the show. So we asked our panel: What do you expect to be the big news at ISC West 2017?
In a fast-moving market like physical security, sharing information is an essential component of growth. However, there often seems to be more information available than an integrator or end user could ever digest and put to use. How does one go about finding the information he or she needs in an environment that can seem to be drowning in information (sometimes the wrong information). We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to share their strategies and suggestions. Specifically, we asked: What can integrators and/or end users do to stay informed about the fast-changing technology landscape?
The security market in the United States has been in a collective state of exhilaration since ISC West. The (possibly) unprecedented success of the big trade show has left us all feeling optimistic about the year ahead. Members of our Expert Panel Roundtable are joining the chorus of compliments for the show as they answer this week’s question: How successful was ISC West 2016? Did it meet your expectations?
PTZ cameras: Manufacturers & Suppliers
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