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DVS and Lantec Security enhance Sand Martins Golf Club surveillance system with Hikvision technology

Video surveillance solutions developer Hikvision and systems installer Lantec Security have recently completed an upgrade project at the prestigious Sand Martins Golf Club in Surrey with assistance from Hikvision’s UK distributor DVS.

The Sand Martins Golf Club is located near Wokingham and, only recently, the management team decided it was time to upgrade the club’s existing standard definition analogue surveillance system.

Given that the course is spread across many acres of land, CCTV is paramount for the security and smooth running of the location. Steve Lane of Lantec Security headed up the installation project for the new surveillance system, all the while working closely with DVS. A full HD system has been designed and implemented using Hikvision surveillance solutions.

The project consists of 16 Hikvision Full HD cameras, among them vandal-resistant IR domes, bullet cameras and even a newly-released Lightfighter model installed to watch over the club’s grounds.

Hikvision’s ANPR system is employed in the car park, recording the number of every vehicle that enters the compound. The large field of view on the ANPR solution means that it can also serve as a general overview system.

The installation even boasts an auto tracking dome on the 18th hole that streams live images directly into the clubhouse.

End-to-end solution

“We decided to choose a Hikvision system as the user interface is ideal,” explained Steve Lane. “Using Hikvision’s products also allowed us to provide an end-to-end solution covering ANPR, internal areas and the retail space at the club while providing an auto tracking dome which helps with player traffic in addition to general security around the clubhouse.”

Lane added: “The 3 Megapixel picture quality rendered by the cameras on site represents a massive improvement on the original analogue system. The end result will be a great help on any future incidents due to the superior image quality that’s now rendered.”

In conclusion, Lane told Risk UK: “DVS was very helpful in assisting with the design of the security infrastructure.”

Andrew Hall, a PGA professional at Sand Martins Golf Club and overseer of the new security installation, commented: “The system is extremely sophisticated and much more user friendly than the previous one. It’s now very quick and easy for us to search for any footage we need. The ability to view images from a mobile device is also fantastic. Those images are very clear, which is so important when there are any issues to be resolved.”

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Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII cameras help create safe environment for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust estate

Creating a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors is a constant challenge throughout the National Health Service (NHS) and particularly so within mental health facilities. With that in mind, 19 Mental Health Units located throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s estate have been equipped with IP network-based video monitoring systems.

The safety of its staff, patients and visitors is fundamentally important to the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which currently provides care for over 40,000 people across the Norfolk and Suffolk region who have mental health problems and offers a range of specialist services dedicated to the care and recovery of anyone experiencing mental ill-health or suffering from substance misuse issues.

Although some of the Mental Health Units are secure, the majority allow the free movement of patients. On that basis, the Trust’s management team has looked to source the latest advances in video monitoring technology to alert nursing and support staff such that they can react quickly and appropriately to any situation where there may be a problem.

“We’re fully committed to the ‘Safewards’ initiative, a key aim of which is to reduce the rates of conflict within in-patient mental health settings,” said Mark Milliard, capital projects manager at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. “We believe that the use of smart technology, such as IP network-based video monitoring systems, can play a large role in helping us achieve this objective.”

Migrating from analogue to Video-over-IP

Over recent years, Milliard – who has worked within NHS Estates since 1986 – has overseen migration of the Trust’s analogue CCTV systems to Video-over-IP solutions.

“The analogue systems that were installed a number of years ago became increasingly unreliable and we made the decision to upgrade them with IP network-based systems,” explained Milliard. “A key advantage of being able to transmit images over the network is that it provides the flexibility for any authorised end user to view live or recorded video captured by any of the cameras from their PCs. We realised that this would provide us with much more flexibility in terms of how we monitor activity at the mental health units when compared to the analogue CCTV systems which could only transmit captured images to a central location.”

In compliance with the Trust’s obligation to achieve best value from its investment in new technology, Milliard initiated a tender process and invited a number of installation companies to submit proposals to install and service video monitoring systems at each of the 19 locations. The tender document specified which cameras should be installed.

“It made sense to source the cameras from just one manufacturer and, from an ongoing maintenance point of view, to deploy the minimum possible number of different camera models,” added Milliard. “I decided to carry out my own research as to which manufacturer had a product portfolio which could best cover all our requirements, as well as offering us the value we were looking for. Part of the value formulae had to include a rock solid reputation for reliability, as well as cameras with advanced technical features which would allow us to capture and monitor high definition images regardless of the location or environmental conditions.”

Image quality and camera configuration

Milliard’s extensive evaluation of a large number of manufacturers resulted in a shortlist of two, from which Samsung Techwin emerged as the winner.

“Both shortlisted companies were able to show evidence as to the reliability of their cameras,” explained Milliard. “However, I was particularly impressed with the quality of the images which could be captured by the Samsung Techwin cameras and the fact that each camera, depending on its location, could be configured to multi-stream images at different frame rates and at different resolutions. This offers a significant benefit from a network bandwidth management point of view.”

Milliard established that only three Samsung Techwin cameras would need to be specified to provide coverage of areas both inside and outside all 19 mental health units. All three models are part of the Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII camera range and include the SNV-6084R vandal-resistant 2 Megapixel Full HD network dome camera, which has built-in IR LEDs to enable images of any activity to be captured regardless of the lighting conditions.

Milliard also selected the SNO-6084R weather-resistant bullet cameras equipped with a motorised varifocal lens and built-in IR (infrared) illuminators.

The third model to be specified was the SNV-6012 2 Megapixel Full HD vandal-resistant flat dome camera.

Installation in phases

The installation of IP network-based video surveillance systems at the 19 mental health units has been carried out in phases and, following the completion of a tender process, the contract for phase three of the project was awarded to Ipswich-based ACW Electrical Suffolk.

“We were obviously delighted to have been entrusted to fulfil such an important contract,” said Tony Wheatley, a director of the company. “We sourced the Samsung Techwin products from Blue Helix, who are a leading specialist distributor of IP network solutions. We worked closely together with the Blue Helix technical team to ensure we could complete the project to the satisfaction of Mark Milliard and his colleagues.”

Wheatley added: “As this was the first time we had installed Samsung Techwin cameras, we arranged for our engineers to attend a Samsung Techwin training course so that they would be able to configure each camera for optimum performance. The good news is that the cameras were extremely easy to install, which added to our ability to complete the contract without any delays or issues.”

Local control for the NVRs

Images from all of the cameras are recorded by Samsung Techwin SRN-1670D NVRs. These have been designed to have the look and familiarity of a DVR while delivering all the benefits of a network video recorder.

Unlike most NVRs, which can only be programmed remotely, the SRN-1670D may be locally controlled with the help of a mouse and a very easy to use on-screen display.

The SRN-1670D has the capacity for five SATA HDDs, offering the potential for a massive 10 Tb of on-board storage. It can record audio across all channels and has a built-in DVD writer and USB ports for easy export of video evidence.

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Survey highlights retailers’ continued appetite for competitive advantage through digital surveillance

According to the latest Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter (27%) of UK retailers have cited ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adoption of network IP for the third year running.

Similarly, across northern Europe, the survey – which was commissioned by Axis Communications – shows that an average of 31% of retailers said that integration with business intelligence applications is their main driver for adopting network IP, peaking at 35% in Denmark.

Of the 278 UK retailers who responded, encompassing no less than 20,350 stores, the data shows that 92.8% currently use CCTV with over 60% of interviewees planning to convert to network IP technology.

‘Quality of Image’ sees the biggest increase in priority with a 40% rise in UK respondents naming it as the most important factor when migrating to network IP.

Other major drivers for the adoption of IP technology include ‘better remote access’ (18%), ‘scalability’ (16%) and ‘reduced total cost of ownership’ (12%), all of them showing an average increase compared to the results of last year’s survey.

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter of UK retailers cite ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter of UK retailers cite ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP

Migration from analogue CCTV to network IP

Commenting on the survey results, Andy Martin (retail business development manager at Axis Communications) said: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail sector and will be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard.”

He continued: “The UK High Street is still the origin of the bulk of retail transactions, but unfortunately physical stores also carry the highest overheads so the need to ‘sweat the assets’ is vital. Surveillance systems are no exception to that rule. This is where network IP really has an advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, and deliver a real return on investment.”

Martin added: “With retailers operating on increasingly smaller margins, reducing costs is a key priority for them. While IP-based video surveillance does make a noticeable improvement to the top line, the long-term aim of superior image quality should be the lowering of total cost of ownership as it enhances detection and improves forensic investigation.”

Martin sees retailers’ use of business analytics and intelligence applications continuing to mushroom in line with developments in cloud computing and big data.

“With network cameras’ capability to provide higher resolution video and be connected from everywhere 24 hours a day,” he stated, “retailers are now receiving more and more data from a greater number of sources. Business intelligence applications are needed to help retailers manage this huge amount of information and to assist them in interpreting the data so that it’s useful.”

Given that network video is an open platform solution, it can seamlessly allow integration with emerging technologies and, therefore, transforms the surveillance camera from being a forensic tool aimed at solving problems to a proactive tool that’s designed to optimise business processes and reduce cost.

“This is clearly evident from the survey,” asserted Martin, “as nearly half of the UK retailers polled stated that queue management (49.9%) and people counting (49.2%) are the two most important non-security network IP applications of most interest to them.”

Increased adoption of business-focused analytics

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR, commented: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector. This is a growing trend that’s driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focused analytics – two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies.”

Bamfield added: “The survey results further suggest that retailers continue to appreciate the added benefits an IP-based system can deliver, which is readily evident in the high convergence rate each year.”

Andy Martin concluded: “Customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the moment, as nearly a quarter (24.2%) of respondents said that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft. 80% of respondents cited the prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main driver for the use of CCTV, seeing an average fall in loss of 15%. As a whole, the UK has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring. This is particularly true of the retail sector. Certainly for the UK, I believe that the migration to network IP has become the norm. It’s no longer a question of ‘If’ but ‘When’ the technology will be adopted.”

*The ‘CCTV in Retail’ survey involved 2,200 retailers operating across a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from specialists resident in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden

**Research was carried out by the CRR between July-August 2014 and follows similar Axis Communications-commissioned surveys conducted in 2013, 2012 and 2010

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South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpasses analogue for first time

Josh Woodhouse, video surveillance analyst at IHS, writes…

With a video surveillance equipment market size of approximately $90 million, South Africa is the largest country level market in Africa and among the most technologically mature.

The data from IHS’ recently published report on the African market for video surveillance equipment shows that, in 2012, the transition from analogue to network equipment passed a milestone. For the first time, revenues from network equipment surpassed those generated by analogue.

The market transition will continue with an increasing proportion of future revenues coming from network equipment.

However, due to a combination of low economic growth, a weakening Rand and ongoing labour disputes in key vertical markets for video surveillance, we remain conservative about the current growth prospects for the video surveillance market in South Africa.

The size of South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpassed the analogue market for the first time in 2012

The size of South Africa’s network video surveillance equipment market surpassed the analogue market for the first time in 2012

Single digit growth is forecast for 2013 and 2014.

Not the end of analogue

There remains a high installed base of analogue equipment in South Africa. Analogue equipment still accounts for the majority of unit shipments and, unlike other regional markets in Europe or North America, shipments are forecast to grow.

In certain vertical markets, analogue equipment is likely to remain the technology of choice. The residential sector is one such example: analogue equipment offers a low cost, easy-to-install solution and, each year, a high number of cameras are installed by small security professionals covering homes in South Africa.

It will be a challenge for network equipment vendors to convince these installers to switch to network video surveillance equipment.

In installations where cost is the most significant factor, the higher price of network equipment still means analogue is often preferred.

What’s the outlook?

The transition to network equipment in high value projects is having the most substantial effect on growth in the South African market.

Revenues from analogue equipment are forecast to remain broadly flat.

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