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Veracity set to join partners at BETT 2017 as education sector demands reliable and long-term storage of HD video

Veracity – a leading provider of innovative and intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display – has just announced its inaugural attendance at the BETT Show.

The BETT Show takes place between 25-28 January at London’s ExCeL, and is the largest education technology event in Europe. By partnering with Kingsfield Computer Products Ltd on Stand G372 and Kent CCTV & Data Ltd on Stand E370, Veracity will show visitors from schools, colleges and the further education world that choosing to use higher definition cameras to record in much greater detail is now perfectly possible by dint of using the company’s award-winning surveillance storage product COLDSTORE.

Depending on the environment and the use of open platform cameras, it’s also possible to reduce the systems’ overall total cost of ownership by recording direct to COLDSTORE from the cameras, cutting out the additional hardware, VMS licence and energy costs of NVRs.

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Alastair McLeod: Group CEO of Veracity

“No longer need you worry about reducing the recorded resolution from your cameras to conserve hard disk space,” explained Alastair McLeod, Group CEO of Veracity, to risk and security managers operational in the education sector, “or recording in high definition for short periods only. Security teams looking after retail centres are already realising the benefits of being able to record continuously in high definition, enabling them to retrospectively interrogate CCTV footage in greater detail than previously possible.”

McLeod added: “COLDSTORE’s recording design, which uses only two hard disk drives at a time in a mirrored overlapping pair sequence, extends the life of those disks considerably and reduces system energy consumption by around 90% when compared to similar-sized RAID systems.”

Veracity’s transmission products will be available for visitors to view. These include the industry-benchmark HIGHWIRE family of products, enabling the latest IP cameras to be installed over legacy coax networks without re-cabling and associated business disruption.

Also of interest will be the POINTSOURCE Wireless solution, which enables security installers to locally view IP cameras on a smart phone during installation

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Hanwha Techwin and Veracity agree global marketing partnership

Hanwha Techwin (formerly Samsung Techwin), the manufacturer of video surveillance solutions, is introducing a low power, high capacity storage solution in partnership with Veracity, the IP transmission and surveillance storage specialist.

The combined solution, encompassing the latest generation of Hanwha Techwin’s HD cameras, SSM video management software and COLDSTORE storage offers “the most efficient direct to disk system available” and doesn’t require any NVRs.

The open platform capability of the WiseNetIII camera range is used to enable recording from the IP camera direct to the COLDSTORE disk array. Further, the use of LINKLOCK tamper-proof Ethernet-over-Coax technology, which is exclusively available from Hanwha Techwin, provides a “total barrier” to all unauthorised network access by fully blocking external IP connections to any cable or equipment that has either been tampered with or disconnected.

“The partnerships we have established with specialist technology providers such as Veracity are a key component of our ongoing major investment in R&D,” said Cheol Kyo Kim, president and CEO of the Hanwha Techwin Co Limited. “They’re a clear demonstration of our commitment to offer market leadership and provide end users with a total security solution.”

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Kim continued: “When supported by COLDSTORE, our cameras and sophisticated, professional-level SSM VMS deliver a truly impressive and unique architecture known as TRINITY. It’s an excellent example of how, by working in harmony with our technology partners, Hanwha Techwin has become a one-stop shop for video surveillance solutions.”

Hanwha Techwin’s leader added: “This global marketing partnership will enable us to jointly raise awareness of a low power, high performance solution which gives installers and systems integrators a competitive edge. It also offers end users a highly cost-effective and complete video surveillance system that takes full advantage of our open platform HD camera technology and minimises total cost of ownership.”

The global marketing partnership was formalised at a signing ceremony held at Veracity’s UK head offices in Prestwick, Scotland on Wednesday 6 April. 

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Worldwide open platform opportunities

The solution takes advantage of the processing power of Hanwha Techwin’s WiseNetIII open platform cameras, which enables them to simultaneously run multiple specialist video analytics applications as well as Veracity’s TRINITY™ ‘direct-to-disk’ recording solution.

The solution provides end users with a robust and scalable system which doesn’t require a server or network recording device. Despite its simplified architecture, it’s able to support audio and metadata as well as video, while also offering innovative features such as camera-level fail-over, resilience to network interruptions and optional fully-redundant recording.

“I’m delighted that Hanwha Techwin has chosen to work closely with us to promote worldwide innovative video surveillance solutions that capitalise on groundbreaking technology,” said Alastair McLeod, Veracity’s Group CEO. “TRINITY delivers what we believe is the most power-efficient, reliable and complete surveillance recording solution available today.”

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McLeod concluded: “We expect there to be increasing worldwide opportunities for Hanwha Techwin video surveillance solutions and products such as LINKLOCK and TRINITY to be specified for the same application. This has already happened with a number of large projects jointly won or in the pipeline across a wide range of market sectors, including city surveillance, housing, youth hostels, hospitals and petrol stations.”

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Shard owners ramp up security in wake of Greenpeace protest

Specialist CCTV with intruder detection systems has installed at the tallest building in the European Union after Greenpeace protesters climbed to the summit.

Six activists, all of them women, scaled the iconic Shard in London and unfurled a flag with ‘Save the Arctic’ emblazoned upon it to protest against plans to drill in the Arctic by the oil company Shell.

The Prime Minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, inaugurated the 95-storey building on 6 July 2012 in a ceremony attended by HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York.

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opened the View from the Shard viewing platform on 1 February 2013.

Following the Greenpeace stunt, the management company for the owner Sellar Property Group and the State of Qatar decided to enhance the on-site security system with the latest state-of-the-art CCTV.

They appointed installer Unique Security, and together evaluated leading products on the market. Zaun’s EyeLynx SharpView was selected on the basis of performance, quality and its focus on reliability.

Its rapid deployment system, Pharos, was installed together with wireless PIRs from Luminite to further secure the perimeter and the main escalators to London Bridge Station.

EyeLynx provided a back-up SharpView NVR for critical cameras in time for a Royal visit from Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip.

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This unit worked seamlessly with the installed Pharos cameras using SharpView VMS and demonstrated to the management team how the security could be drastically improved by recording in High Definition quality and retaining video for at least 30 days for all the building’s CCTV cameras.

The complete CCTV system was subsequently changed over to SharpView in January 2014, with over 200 cameras recording to ten SharpView Corporate NVRs incorporating over 200 Tb of storage, while four SharpView Manager Workstations allow the security team to manage and control the entire security system on desktop monitors and a 16 ft video wall in the Control Room.

Security for gas distribution network

One of the UK’s largest gas distributors has specified prison-style double skin steel mesh and special fence toppings to secure its gas distribution network across the north of England.

The business has turned to the Zaun Group and, specifically, its HiSec DualSkin and Flexible Steel Topping (FST) products.

The distributor delivers gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses and around 6.7 million individuals in the North East, northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire through a vast network of 37,000 km of gas pipes – enough to stretch from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back again, in fact.

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During periods of peak demand, the network transports four times as much energy as the electricity networks to large cities such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Leeds, York, Hull and Bradford and beautiful rural areas including North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Zaun’s HiSec DualSkin has been specifically designed for sites that need a more secure solution and features two layers of the traditional HiSec 358 welded mesh with 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm open mesh sections.

These double-skin 358 panels are welded together with the secondary panel turned 90 degrees to make a very tight 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration which is difficult to cut and almost impossible to climb.

The tiny apertures eliminate foot and finger holds for people trying to climb the fence or gain access to the site, prevent objects being passed through and are highly resistant against the use of hand or power cutting tools.

HiSec DualSkin conforms to BS 1722 Part 14 Category 4 and has been extensively used in prisons and by the Ministry of Defence to protect high security assets.

The FST topping system that tops the fence is fully-tested for use in UK high security prisons. At the heart of FST is a steel mesh arch, curved back over the top of a steel fence and fixed to a flexible steel bracket that’s designed to move when people try to climb it.

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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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Honeywell’s R600 Digital Video Manager helps improve operator efficiencies and mitigate business risk

Honeywell has announced enhancements to Honeywell Digital Video Manager (DVM). The latest release, DVM R600, will enable organisations to more efficiently manage their security system with enhanced mobile capabilities and voice command as well as mitigate business risk via support for current IT platforms.

Major updates to DVM include enhanced system access and usability which are designed to improve operator efficiency and reaction time. Security personnel can now access HD, full-frame-rate video on a mobile device, for example, enabling continuous monitoring from almost any location.

Operators can also control DVM using voice commands to more easily manage multiple video feeds and request near-real-time system updates.

“Every second is important to an organisation when an incident occurs and security staff must take immediate action if there is a threat,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “The latest update to DVM helps operators quickly identify and react to an issue to help mitigate the impact to safety and business continuity, no matter if they are in front of a central workstation or on the opposite side of a campus.”

Honeywell's DVM R600 for end users in operation

Honeywell’s DVM R600 for end users in operation

Along with an improved user experience, DVM R600 promotes IT integration and compliance with support for current Microsoft operating systems and databases including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 and SQL Server 2014.

Windows Server 2003 is not recommended because security systems running on the platform could be vulnerable to breaches since it’s no longer supported by Microsoft, as reported, and will not receive further updates.

In addition, DVM R600 allows customers to deploy and intelligently group multiple back-up servers to boost system robustness. This helps protect surveillance systems from failures.

Further detail on DVM upgrades

Other DVM upgrades focus on:

Speeding data collection

Security operators can export footage from multiple camera feeds in unison to streamline incident response and workflow, and quickly collect and archive forensic data in the event of an incident.

Reducing storage requirements

Dynamic recording enables the system to capture critical video under higher frame rates while collecting less important footage at lower frame rates, in turn trimming storage requirements and costs by up to 40%.

“Our surveillance system has always been robust, using hundreds of cameras throughout both our facilities to promote visitor safety and security,” said Tom Owen, operations manager for Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions which manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

“However, the IT infrastructure required large storage capacity and as many as 15 standalone PC servers. We have cut our costs significantly with DVM R600 by using the system’s single-server virtual machine environment and intelligent redundancy of storage, processing and memory. The new architecture has also helped to lower life-cycle and maintenance costs.”

DVM is a component of Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), an award-winning building management system that ties all aspects of a security solution together, including video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection.

EBI also integrates comfort, life safety, energy and other core facility controls, providing users with a single point of access to the essential information and resources needed to monitor, manage and protect a facility, campus or multi-site operation.

As a result, security operators enjoy optimised visibility and intelligence and have the ability to deploy their staff and resources more efficiently and effectively.

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Tyco’s Illustra Edge cameras with exacqVision recording software deliver “complete IP solution” for end users

Tyco Security Products has now introduced Illustra Edge, a complete HD video system combining an IP camera, pre-installed exacqVision Edge video management software (VMS) and SD storage in one out-of-the-box solution.

Ideal for smaller installations of up to ten cameras or remote sites where server hardware installations are rendered impractical, the Illustra Edge solution provides an easy and effective means to deploy an HD IP video system without incurring separate server hardware installation and configuration costs as the server software and video storage capability reside on board the camera.

For system set-up, simply mount the camera, connect and start monitoring live and recorded video. Illustra Edge is supplied pre-configured with an included server licence for simple and automatic installation.

For larger applications and enterprise solutions, a simple licence upgrade to exacqVision Edge+ makes this solution expandable to unlimited servers.

With the included exacqVision Edge software, end users have the ability to view live or recorded video from multiple Illustra Edge devices or server-based recorders simultaneously. The included VMS allows users to export video search results, display alarm events on screen and access instant replay of both video and audio events via exacqReplay.

Tyco Security Products' Illustra camera in detail

Tyco Security Products’ Illustra camera in detail

Windows, Linux and Mac computers

The exacqVision client software runs on Windows, Linux and Mac computers. Additionally, end users can install the free web service software on a separate PC in order to view video on a web browser, tablet or smart phone.

The Illustra Edge recording solution offers high reliability as there is no single point of server failure. If one camera fails, the others will continue to stream and record video. The camera-to-server traffic is internal and not on the customer’s network, thus yielding low overall network traffic.

“This is a complete solution for end user customers looking to create their own video surveillance solution without the added costs of servers and complex installation,” said Julian Inman (video product marketing manager for the EMEA at Tyco Security Products).

“Whether it’s a small business or retail store, or an end user who needs to supplement their enterprise system because of a remote location or intermittent wireless coverage, the Illustra Edge solution can be deployed to fit their needs.”

Illustra Edge is available in three camera models: the Illustra Pro 5 Megapixel Fisheye, the Illustra Pro 2 Megapixel Compact Mini-Dome and the Illustra Pro 2 Megapixel Compact Mini-Bullet. The Illustra Edge Fisheye camera boasts in-camera de-warping offering real-time 180º/360º panoramic views or a quad view delivering four independent ‘Quad’ 4×3 normalised video streams. Its 5 Megapixel capacity affords this camera solution the power of two-to-four cameras for many indoor applications.

The Compact Mini-Dome and Mini-Bullet offer end users HD video with a wide field of view, IR illumination and wide dynamic range. Although discreet, these versatile cameras are equipped with multiple viewing angles including corridor mode, making them highly useful for hallways, aisles and alleyways.

*For more information about Illustra and the new Edge solutions line visit: www.illustracameras.com

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