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LILIN introduces next generation analogue HD auto focus surveillance cameras for end users

LILIN has announced a major expansion of its surveillance camera family with three new AHD models featuring 1080p/1280H resolution, a remote auto-focus 2.8-8 mm lens and long transmission distances, along with the convenience of three form factors (ie dome, bullet and turret) to fit a variety of applications.

The new remote auto focus AHD products provide a value added offer with the high quality video found in LILIN’s popular IP series with integration into leading automation platforms.

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“We have worked hard in identifying ways to improve the overall installation experience with our HD analogue products,” explained general manager Joe Cook. “Simply mount and aim the camera type that best fits the application then adjust the FOV and fine-tune the focus using AHD UTC communication from the DHD516 Series and other compatible recorders. Our newest AHD cameras allow security installers to maintain the familiarity of analogue video technology while allowing their end users to enjoy the benefits of HD surveillance combined with simplified installation.”

UTC technology allows end users to remotely set up LILIN AHD cameras using compatible UTC recorders, in turn reducing the time taken to do so and eliminating the need for varifocal adjustments at the camera. In addition, the infrared LED automatically activates for image capture in total darkness.

The new AHD652AX2.8 is a small, unobtrusive turret-style dome camera designed for indoor/outdoor use, and especially in low-light areas. The AHD662AX2.8 is a rugged outdoor dome camera featuring IK vandal-resistance protection, a defogging capability and an IP66 weather resistance rating such that it can operate in a wide temperature range from -40°F to 122°F.

The AHD842AX2.8 is a fully-featured bullet camera for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Bosch makes video analytics at the edge a new built-in standard for all IP cameras

Escalating demand for highly-detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, Bosch Security Systems has announced the roll-out of video analytics inside its cameras (ie ‘at the edge’) as a standard feature. By enhancing both its existing and future IP cameras with this technology, Bosch will enable end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and duly pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, Bosch Security Systems’ complete range of IP cameras will come fully-equipped with video analytics at the edge. Bosch’s Starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of its new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras.

All top-of-the-line IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras will come equipped with the company’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities for risk and security managers.

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Video analytics inside the camera create an intelligent video security system using metadata, which means adding sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (ie ‘at the edge’) and enabling each camera to operate independently.

Decentralising intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (or ‘edge’) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert end users of potential security threats in real-time based on configurable triggers.

Take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently

Video analytics at the edge will allow end users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that’s needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced.

Data streamed can include all image data or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 live monitoring by security personnel.

All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for network video security solutions.

Small and medium-sized businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used for enforcing Health and Safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection as well as to perform crowd density assessment.

It also provides useful business metrics for various applications such as people counting and crowd density information.

Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics stands has the ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret.

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Honeywell expands Performance Series IP camera family

Honeywell has expanded its Performance Series IP camera family to include a new range of affordable, high-quality IP cameras that are easy to install, use and maintain.

The range introduces seven new IP cameras in dome, ball and bullet design, all of them perfect for commercial settings such as office buildings, retail stores and warehouses.

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Selected cameras from the new collection use Motorised Focal Zoom technology, which auto-focuses the lens after zoom operation. This allows the system installer to fine-tune camera focus and field of view off the ladder, making the install process easy and saving on labour costs.

Additionally, each camera captures crisp, clear images with high-resolution pixel detail, and offers correct object-aspect ratio to avoid on-screen distortion.

The cameras can be used immediately with Honeywell’s Performance Series embedded NVRs upon installation and are backed up by full customer support.

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Axis Communications’ Q61-E network camera series wins prestigious Good Design Award 2015

Axis Communications has received recognition from the Japanese Institute of Design Promotion for its Q61-E PTZ dome network camera series. The cameras feature a dome geometry that allows operators to identify objects as much as 20° above the horizon.

The Good Design Award, also known as the G Mark Award, is a mark of excellence and gives recognition to innovative product design. It dates back to 1957 as the sole comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system in Japan.

The Q61-E features a unique design concept which resulted from listening to customers and partners. To blend in better with their environment when mounted, the cameras are easily re-paintable and 45% smaller than previous generations. The ‘Speed Dry’ function causes the cameras to vibrate, thereby effectively shaking off water drops in rainy weather.

“With the Q61-E, we’ve broken with conventional designs and introduced an entirely new dome geometry, offering effective video surveillance of objects located above the camera horizon,” explained Erik Frännlid, director of product management at Axis Communications. “We also took a look at nature. A dog shaking off rain water inspired our Speed Dry function that quickly removes water drops from the dome glass.”

Frännlid concluded: “This prestigious design award win underlines our commitment to continuously innovate as we strive to provide our customers with smarter solutions.”

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Hikvision’s Easy IP Solution set to offer “more advanced features” for end users in SMBs

Hikvision is expanding its Easy IP Solution family of cameras and NVRs in a continued quest to make CCTV surveillance “easier, quicker and smarter”. The Easy IP range now includes more advanced features, such as 4 Megapixel ultra-high resolution, 120 dB WDR and H.264+ optimised Smart codec, etc, all of which willo assist SMBs.

The new Easy IP Solution makes installation easy and secure for all end users. The PoE-equipped NVRs mean that the need for a separate power supply to each camera is eliminated, while the inclusion of the 4 Megapixel panoramic fisheye camera allows the entire coverage of a store or office rather than having to deploy several fixed cameras.

The recessed-mount dome cameras also enable installers to simply use existing downlight installations. Cameras with motorised lenses and PTZ functionality eliminate the need for post-installation camera and lens direction positioning.

The Hikvision Easy IP Solution product range

The Hikvision Easy IP Solution product range

As well as PoE meaning that just a single Ethernet cable is required for each camera, the Easy IP Solution includes a complete range of Wi-Fi cameras and NVRs featuring auto-detection, auto-connection and easy access.

At the same time, the PoE NVRs automatically allocate an IP address to each camera when connected, in turn completely removing any potential delays with configuring IP address forwarding and saving time in larger installations.

Easy storage

Featuring on-board storage on many of the cameras, Hikvision’s Easy IP Solution also offers high compression efficiency codecs to reduce the burden placed on the transmission and storage elements of the system. This is particularly significant for HD IP systems where bandwidth and storage costs can be a major concern. A standard H.264 camera with Full HD 1080p resolution and one month of recording can result in about 1.2 Tb of space being consumed.

The Hikvision H.264+ optimised Smart codec technology helps to reduce storage consumption by up to two-thirds, with Full HD 1080p resolution for one month consuming just 462 Gb.

All Hikvision Easy IP Solution cameras support the EZVIZ Cloud – P2P service, which enables remote access from your smart phone. This means you can view the live video and recorded video files from your house, store, office or enterprise anytime and anywhere.

EZVIZ also includes intelligent alarm support so that any intrusion or emergency events can be precisely recognised and resolved.

The Easy IP Solution’s range of indoor and outdoor cameras is designed to meet a wide variety of needs and includes bullet, dome, panoramic, cube and PTZ styles. For instance, the 1 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel mini cameras with their on-board storage capability will be well suited to smaller business installations, while the 4 Megapixel ultra-HD units with H.264+ Smart codecs ensure high quality 1080p resolution images during the day and night.

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Samsung all set to offer “out-of-the-box” software solutions on dedicated WiseNetIII Open Platform cameras

Last year, Samsung Techwin introduced its WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range. These bullet, dome and body camera variations run the very latest high performance DSP chipset, giving enough processing power to simultaneously use multiple edge-based applications. Now, Samsung Techwin Europe has given advance notice that the business intends to supply WiseNetIII models with pre-loaded applications.

Here, technology partner manager Dan England explains to Risk UK why Samsung Techwin Europe is going down the route of offering cameras with pre-loaded software, duly highlighting who will benefit from this significant move which is specifically designed to provide out-of-the-box solutions and, in turn, elevate video surveillance from simply being a security system to a smart solution that can deliver so much more for end customers. 

Risk UK: Dan, first of all can you tell Risk UK’s readers about your career to date?

Dan England: Yes, of course. I’m now in my seventeenth year in the security sector and, in that time, I’ve gained experience as an integrator and project manager. I’ve also worked for manufacturers of both access control and CCTV solutions. These days, I have developed a specific interest in edge-based video applications.

Risk UK: Can you also explain what your present role as technology partner manager entails?

Dan England: My overall objective is to ensure that we’re best placed to provide end users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

Since Samsung Techwin Europe launched the WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range, we’ve been approached by countless software development companies who want to capitalise on the new business opportunities that can be created by running their solutions on the WiseNetIII cameras.

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Dan England

My role is to manage, encourage and support all of these application developers, as well as video management software (VMS) providers, and work with them in partnership to ensure that our mutual customers have the freedom to choose from a wide range and combination of Samsung-approved solutions.

Risk UK: If you’re intending to pre-load applications on to WiseNetIII cameras, will this not restrict a customer’s choice as to which application they can work with?

Dan England: No, not at all. After listening to market feedback, it makes perfect sense to offer a number of ‘pre-packed’ options for those customers that are perhaps new to video analytics or would benefit from a simple ‘no-fuss’ purchase.

It’s also important to emphasise that customers will still be able to buy Samsung WiseNetIII cameras without any pre-loaded software and still have the option to upload applications of their choice as required. Following the connection of a WiseNetIII camera to the network, installers or operators simply need to upload their preferred app via the camera’s browser.

Risk UK: What are the advantages of ordering Samsung WiseNetIII cameras with pre-loaded applications?

Dan England: Our decision to do this is based on enhancing Samsung’s reputation as a brand that can always be trusted to look for ways to not only make it easier for customers to deploy our video surveillance solutions, but also for them to achieve maximum return on investment. In this respect, Open Platform is an exciting game-changer which we’re determined to help customers take advantage of on a continual basis.

Samsung'S WiseNetIII cameras

Samsung’S WiseNetIII cameras

By pre-loading software which we’ve fully tested and evaluated, we will be saving installers, systems integrators and end users considerable time and effort in having to research the fast-growing list of available applications.

Plus, since we’ve worked very closely with the respective developers of the applications, customers can be assured of a seamless integrated solution that’s easy to configure.

Risk UK: What kind of applications are you recommending to customers?

Dan England: Well, the good news is that some applications, such as Arteco Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Facit video analytics, are already available pre-loaded on Samsung WiseNetIII cameras.

In addition to video analytics, we’ll be offering WiseNetIII cameras and domes pre-loaded with storage, people counting, intruder and perimeter protection applications as well as specialist retail analysis solutions.

Over the coming months, I’ve no doubt that many more different types of applications will emerge.

As predicted when the WiseNetIII series was first launched, one thing we can be certain of is that we will be able to look back in a year or so and be amazed at the diversity of applications that have been introduced. The very latest out-of-the-box application is in fact a specialist time-lapse solution from Pernixia which has been developed to meet the requirements of the broadcast and construction industries.

Risk UK: It sounds like it might be quite complicated for customers to order WiseNetIII cameras with the right application pre-loaded, and particularly so if they want to take advantage of the cameras’ ability to run more than one application. Is that the case?

Dan England: In reality this will not be a problem. Using smart part numbers, we will make it a ‘no fuss’ process for customers to identify and order the ideal camera/applications combination. 

Risk UK: Who are your preferred suppliers of these applications and which regions do they cover?

Dan England: We will publish a complete list on our website in the very near future with a mixture of European and global solutions. In the meantime, I’m available on e-mail (d.england@samsung.coM) to offer advice and guidance on the best option for specific projects.

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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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Axis Communications expands HDTV PTZ dome IP camera options with competitively priced entry-level models

The new entry-level IP camera models in Axis Communications’ P55 Series offer HDTV image quality, improved light sensitivity and increased video analytics performance. Following the product launches of Axis P56, Axis Q61 and Axis V59 PTZ dome network cameras earlier this year, the company has now updated its entire mid-range and high-end portfolio of pan, tilt and zoom network cameras.

Axis P5514 and Axis P5515 are indoor cameras suitable for monitoring auditoriums, shopping centres and hotel reception areas. Axis P5514-E and Axis P5515-E are outdoor versions, perfect for the surveillance of small outdoor areas such as school courtyards and car parks.

“Axis P55 has been appreciated by customers for its dependability at an attractive price point,” said Erik Frännlid, the company’s director of product management. “The new camera models afford enhanced performance while still being offered at pretty aggressive prices. Together with our recent product launches – the AxisQ61 Series for mission-critical applications, Axis P56 Series for demanding mid-range installations and the Axis V59 Series for live streaming and web casting – they demonstrate our commitment to providing end users with the market’s widest range of PTZ cameras.”

The Axis P55 Series dome camera

The Axis P55 Series dome camera

Axis P5514 is ideal for indoor video surveillance applications such as small industries, shopping centres and hotel receptions. It’s an HDTV 720p camera with 12x optical zoom and with IP51 protection against dust ingress.

The Axis P5515 model offers the same zoom performance and dust protection but also features HDTV 1080p resolution for even more image detail.

Axis P5514-E is an IP66-protected outdoor camera that’s resistant to water, wind and snow. Its HDTV 720p resolution and 12x zoom makes it perfect for monitoring small outdoor areas such as school courtyards, car parks and car dealerships.

The HDTV 1080p version, designated Axis P5515-E, offers a higher resolution as well as 12x zoom and IP66 protection, in turn making it resilient against conditions experienced within tough environments.

Compared to previous generations of the cameras, the new Axis Communications P55 network camera models provide increased analytics performance. Built-in intelligent functionalities include audio detection and Advanced Gatekeeper, allowing the cameras to detect an object in a specified area and zoom in on it.

Given their support for Axis Communications’ Camera Application Platform, other video analytics applications may be easily downloaded to the cameras.

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ITS Products issues corner-mount adaptor for Canon mini dome cameras

Locations such as police interview rooms, custody suites, secure mental hospitals and immigration centres make special demands of integrators with the twin challenges of ensuring maximum room coverage and factoring out possible ligature points for self-harm. With this in mind, ITS Products has released an “innovative” flush corner-mount adaptor for the Canon mini dome series that allows the cameras to be installed in environments where there’s a likelihood of physical attack.

The triangular design of the new unit, combined with Canon’s wide-angle lens, delivers “as complete a view of the room as possible” and “outperforms more traditional solutions” by eliminating the blind spot usually found immediately below the camera.

ITS Products is aware that there are no Europe-wide standards on performance of cameras in these circumstances but individual countries and organisations such as National Health Trusts, police services and border control forces impose stringent criteria on optical performance, flushness of mounting and resistance to impact.

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

The corner adaptor configured by ITS Products for Canon’s mini dome cameras

In the UK, for example, the NPCC guidance on safe custodial detention emphasises the importance of designing out possible ligature points in any custody suite.

Installers working in high security environments will know that engineers are regularly accompanied on site by overseers to minimise the risk of tools being mislaid and appropriated by inmates. This is combined with laborious counting in and out of every item in an engineer’s toolbox.

The new adaptor is installed by fitting a mounting frame complete with an IP-rated seal in the corner of the room. The installation can be enhanced by using anti-pick mastic that further prevents any risk of ligature points. The normal outer cover of the dome is discarded so as not to produce a second lens effect while safeguarding Canon’s optical performance.

Installation is completed with three screws to secure the camera in place. Now fully integrated, the clamping bracket and dome are fitted back onto the front panel and located within the frame.

The whole installation process takes a matter of minutes which is a great advantage compared with traditional offerings in facilities that are occupied by vulnerable or potentially disruptive residents.

Appealing to facilities and risk managers

Installers will also appreciate that the mounting frame has a degree of flex which accommodates the fact that few corners form a perfect 90-degree angle.

The minimal requirement for tools will appeal to any facilities or risk manager securing a building where there is a potential for appropriation and misuse of tools by residents or inmates.

The corner unit’s dome and the camera itself remain concentric so the optical performance is not compromised and there is no change to the focal point if a PTZ camera is being used. The dome is certified to be optically correct even when used with cameras of up to 5 Megapixels.

ITS Products has anticipated the likelihood of casual vandalism and sustained physical attack on the unit by making the cast acrylic dome with a scratch-proof coating and the ability to withstand an impact specified by the IK10 rating.

Installers will be aware of the need for optically correct corner units for quality control in machine vision applications. There is also provision for an integrated audio system within the unit’s design which requires local power. A flying lead is supplied ready to connect directly to the mini dome.

Austin Freshwater, pro-imaging director for Canon UK, said: “At Canon, we strive to work with partners to develop solutions that meet specific industry needs. Our mini dome range offers customers superior image quality and functionality within compact and discreet designs. Partnering the camera with ITS provides a solution for use in demanding niche verticals that offers a greater angle of view and greater protection for end users.”

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