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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 introduces Zipstream compression technology for end users

Axis Comunications has launched its Zipstream compression technology, developed specifically for video surveillance applications. This new technology reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more without the need for end users having to invest in new cameras or software. In addition, Zipstream is fully compatible with the widely adopted H.264 compression standard.

In use, Zipstream analyses and optimises the network camera’s video stream in real-time. Scenes containing interesting details are recorded in full image quality and resolution, while other areas are filtered out for optimal use of available bandwidth and storage. This allows important forensic details like faces, tattoos or license plates to be isolated and preserved.

Irrelevant areas such as white walls, lawns and vegetation are sacrificed by ‘smoothing’ in order to achieve the better storage savings.

The new Zipstream security solution from Axis Communications

The new Zipstream security solution from Axis Communications

End user customers can deploy Axis’ Zipstream technology alongside other Axis Communications network camera technologies such as Lightfinder  and Wide Dynamic Range – Forensic Capture. Zipstream will also work with third party video management software installations already in place.

Axis Communications is making its Zipstream technology available on the existing network camera models Axis Q1615 and Axis Q1635 and also in the Axis Q35 Series via firmware updates.

New fixed network cameras and fixed dome network cameras due for release this year will also include the new Zipstream technology.

*Zipstream is now available through distributor Norbain

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Axis Communications set to demonstrate ‘smarter and safer world’ of video surveillance at IFSEC International 2014

At IFSEC International 2014, network video specialist Axis Communications will be demonstrating how the company is continuing to open new opportunities and deliver a smarter and safer world of video surveillance.

As well as showcasing the latest innovations in network video at the international security trade show, Axis Communications will be inviting attendees to learn first-hand how partnering with them can help businesses discover new markets and tap into new commercial opportunities.

Axis will be joined by five of its key partners, in turn offering visitors the chance to learn more about cloud hosting, edge-embedded analytics, efficient transmission and the use of network video to continually drive business improvement and performance as well as enhance safety and security.

Sharing the Axis stand (Stand E1000) will be leading video analytics companies Digital Barriers, IPS Intelligent Video Analytics and Wavestore, as well as communications and video specialist Fält Communications and video hosting system provider Observit.

Focus on cutting-edge technologies

The Axis stand will feature some of the company’s most cutting-edge technologies, including the latest innovations in ultra-HD 4K resolution and Axis Camera Station software for video monitoring and recording.

Other advances on show in the ‘image usability’ area will allow visitors to see first-hand Axis’ market-leading Lightfinder technology as well as its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), thermal imaging and other technical innovations (among them nitrogen-pressurised stainless steel HDTV PTZ dome cameras).

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

In addition, this year Axis will also be dedicating an entire section of the stand to its hugely successful partner programmes, including the Channel Partner Programme and the Architecture and Engineering Programme, designed to support network architects engineers and consultants involved in the design and specification of IP-based security systems.

As part of its commitment to training and development, Axis Communications’ Academy will also have its own presence on the stand. After having trained over 40,000 people globally and with training in the Northern European region at record levels, the Axis Academy is proving to be an expert in its field and clearly demonstrates the desire for recognised certified training to enable surveillance professionals to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace.

Presence at the IFSEC Academy

Throughout the three-day show, members of Axis’ Northern European team will be delivering several seminars, these include:

Safe City Development: 17 June, 12.00 noon-12.30 pm
Speaker: Daren Lang, regional business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

The Road to Smarter Traffic: 18 June, 12.00 noon–12.30 pm
Speaker: David Thomasson, transportation business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

New technologies, new possibilities: smarter security for retail stores: 18 June, 4.00 pm-4.30 pm
Speaker: Scott Brothers, retail business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Smart Buildings Theatre

Top Ten Trends: 19 June, 10.30 am-11.00 am
Speaker: Atul Rajput, regional director (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

Benefits of network video

Atul Rajput, regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications, said: “I passionately believe that, as an industry, we are guilty of underselling the benefits of network video. All-too-often, network video is viewed as a cost when in reality it can be a revenue generating opportunity.”

He continued: “We know that one of the benefits of network video is the endless opportunities for integration into complementary applications, but the question remains… Is that of real benefit to our customers and what opportunities does it present?”

Rajput went on to state: “We need to be bold and engage with all areas and departments as our technology touches every part of a business from logistics and operations right through to marketing and, of course, security. Network video shouldn’t be just a cost centre. It should be a key component in driving operational efficiencies throughout a business.”

He added: “For years, the conversation has only been about the transition from analogue to digital. That discussion has ended. Today’s successful companies are those that are proactively looking at ways in which network video can create new business opportunities. Companies that embrace this and strive to discover new and innovative solutions can look forward to a smarter and successful future.”

In conclusion, Rajput explained: “At IFSEC International 2014, we are determined to show people how we can help them and their organisations not only enhance their security, but also add real value to their business. We believe that our experience and that of our partner network means we are perfectly positioned to drive this change.”

*To discover more about Axis Communications’ presence at IFSEC International 2014 visit: http://www.axis.com/ifsec/index.htm

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