Daily Archives: 13/05/2015

Dedicated Micros and Norbain reach exclusive agreement on distribution for the Digital Sprite 2 DVR

Norbain has struck a deal with Dedicated Micros to be the exclusive distributor of the last version of the industry renowned digital video recorder the DS2. With an international presence in more than 75 countries, Norbain will now manage distribution in the UK and throughout Europe.

Norbain has secured all remaining stocks of the units which are expected to supply the market for the next two years.

The agreement, which will come into effect in June, will see Norbain manage distribution for refurbished units of the DS2. The DVRs will have enhanced capabilities, come with 16 channels and 2 Tb of storage and use re-manufactured stock parts.

198,000 units of the Digital Sprite have been sold to date – representing some 3.2 million channels of video – since the initial launch back in 2000.

Headquartered in Reading, Norbain is the UK’s leading provider of IP, CCTV, access control and intruder detection solutions. The company’s £10 million stock holding guarantees 98% availability of catalogue stock.

Since 1982, Dedicated Micros has been a leading innovator and manufacturer of analogue and IP CCTV products that meet the demands of continuous 24-hour security surveillance. The company, which is part of the AD Group, services many applications used in AD Group solutions.

Speaking about the new arrangement, Charlie Lacey (sales and marketing director for Norbain) commented: “We’re delighted to have reached this agreement with Dedicated Micros. The DS2 is an extremely respected and trusted model used across a wide variety of applications. We’re continually striving to ensure we provide our customers with the best service and product offerings in the industry, and this deal is a prime example of how we can achieve that aim.”

Pauline Norstrom of Dedicated Micros

Pauline Norstrom of Dedicated Micros

Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer of Dedicated Micros, added: “We believe that this last batch of enhanced DS2 will prove as popular as earlier versions and demand will be high. While we recognise the impact and appreciation the DS2 received from the security market, we’re now focused on the future. AD Group products and solutions have progressed to more powerful solutions using HD. With NetVu Connected, DS2 and HD-based solutions can now be managed seamlessly by the same user interface.”

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IDIS and 4Sight Imaging unveil “groundbreaking” ANPR solution for end users

Global surveillance solutions provider IDIS and 4Sight Imaging – a leading imaging technology company – have announced the successful integration of DirectIP with Veracity, a powerful and intuitive Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software engine.

Proving “ten times more accurate” in independent comparative testing, the IDIS and 4Sight solution combines leading image analysis technologies with next generation DirectIP HD cameras, in turn leveraging the latest system architectures and advances in solid state lighting to allow a wide, multi-lane field of view that’s accurate across a wide range of weather, lighting and number plate conditions.

The “groundbreaking” solution eliminates the challenges traditionally associated with ANPR systems by removing complicated set-up, configuration and constant maintenance and system adjustments made possible through both companies’ patented plug-and-play technology. The end result translates to low system configuration and simple, fast deployment that delivers benefits in terms of affordability and a continued low cost of ownership for the end user.

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Customers are now offered a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and affordable ANPR solution featuring:

  • “industry-leading accuracy” across a wide range of weather and operating conditions
  • high performance, reliability and image quality combined with ease of installation and operation
  • international plate recognition
  • future-proof technology that inherently leverages new developments in camera hardware, system architectures and processing power

Commenting on the new ANPR solution, Brian Song – managing director at IDIS Europe – noted: “There’s natural synergy between IDIS and 4Sight Imaging with both organisations committed to delivering high performance technology combined with plug-and-play simplicity that offers ease of installation and operation and a low cost of ownership. We can now offer exactly that in terms of an ANPR solution following the successful integration of DirectIP and Veracity.”

Brook Jackson, managing director at 4Sight Imaging, added: “The complexities previously associated with plate recognition have until now restricted system integrators from maximising the opportunities around ANPR for their end users. The Veracity solution allows our partners to grow, protects their margins and at the same time ensures end user satisfaction.  One major car parking organisation in the UK has already seen significant return on investment through improved accuracy since rolling out the solution across their national estate.”

Used by a wide range of global customers across surveillance, car parking operations and access control, the Veracity and DirectIP solution delivers a variety of tangible benefits including:

  • enhanced safety and security
  • low cost of ownership
  • increased profitability from car parking operations
  • improved surveillance operations with high quality evidential images
  • operational efficiencies through the automation of previously manual tasks

*For more information on 4Sight Imaging and Veracity go to: www.4sightimaging.com or e-mail: info@4sightimaging.com

**Further detail on IDIS and DirectIP can be found at: www.idisglobal.com

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Milestone Systems expands device support with launch of Pack 7.9 for partners and customers

Milestone Systems – the open platform company specialising in IP video management software (VMS) – has released Device Pack 7.9 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect security solutions. Device Pack 7.9 has support for 1,012 tested ONVIF devices, all using the same optimised driver.  

The XProtect Device Packs include tested and certified drivers optimised to enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by the XProtect software. Testing the drivers ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is obviously important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. The company has always promoted driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.

In the case of ONVIF-supported devices, it’s often assumed that a device which has passed the ONVIF test tool will just work in a given infrastructure. This isn’t always the case as there are marked idiosyncrasies that need to be taken into account to insure proper interoperability and leverage the full feature use of a device with a VMS.

Before ONVIF supported devices are listed on the supported hardware list on milestonesys.com, they’ve been tested to ensure 100% functionality with the XProtect open platform technology.

In the Milestone CaPP, this ONVIF functionality test can be done by Milestone or vendors can conduct the testing procedures in their own facility after they’ve completed a four-day Milestone training course. The ability to do the complete Milestone certification test can save time and costs for camera manufacturers in their go-to-market strategy.

Advanced compression support

Device Pack 7.9 also includes support for the Axis Zipstream technology, an advanced mode enabling variable compression as well as variable bit rate. According to Axis Communications, this can reduce the bandwidth requirement by up to 50% without major loss in picture quality.

This technology increases compression when less movement is detected in the video. Beyond reducing the bandwidth, the use of advanced compression technologies like Zipstream can also save disk space on the recording servers in a system.

The Milestone VMS has been supporting advanced compression technologies since 2012.

Extended support for Vivotek cameras has been added, so too 64 new devices from Dahua all based on ONVIF where the compliance test was conducted by Dahua.

Other vendors with new device support in this release include Pelco by Schneider, Vicon’s IQEye and Canon.

*Milestone Device Pack 7.2 is available now for download from the following link: www.milestonesys.com/solution-partners/supported-hardware/

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