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Milestone Systems highlights ‘Platform and Community’ approach at Security Essen 2018

Milestone Systems, the Video Management Systems (VMS) provider, is currently showcasing its hardware and software at this year’s Security Esseny, which runs in Germany from 25-28 September.

Milestone Systems is an open platform VMS provider with 1,800-plus solution partners across the globe. Eleven of these partners are attending Milestone’s Stand 5F10 in Hall 5 to show precisely how they’ve created high quality solutions using Milestone’s open platform approach.

Visitors to the show are now learning more about the “game-changing power” of intelligent video systems and witnessing new, cutting-edge propositions from the Milestone partner community.

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Highlights of Security Essen 2018 for Milestone include:

*The European launch of Husky X2 and X8, two Network Video Recorders that work as high-performance building blocks in business video infrastructures

*The release of XProtect 2018 R3, a Product Update that allows Milestone and its partners to continue to meet ever-changing market needs

*Milestone Partner demonstrations of how Milestone’s technology can be used to create innovative solutions, ranging from advanced storage through to video analytics. Partners include BriefCam, Oncam, Quanergy, Zucchetti, Datapath, IPS, Fast Protect AG, Sony, Netavis, Zepcam and SiCK.

Paving the way for big visual data

This year, Milestone Systems joins the next revolution in video technology by taking an in-depth look at how intelligent video systems can help people and organisations handle and interpret increasing amounts of visual data.

“We’re entering a new phase in the evolution of business video,” explained Christian Ringler, director (DACH and the Middle East and Africa) at Milestone. “The Milestone community is leading this evolution, confirming that true open platform is the only way forward for a more informed future. DACH is a very important region for us as we see a great response to our open platform message.”

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Dahua and GJD partnership delivers advanced detector-activated surveillance

Dahua Technology’s network video recorders (NVRs) now have a direct integration with IP-based outdoor detectors from GJD Manufacturing Limited. This integration provides end users with high quality and reliable detector-activated surveillance and monitoring.

The D-TECT IP range of detectors and Clarius PLUS IP illuminators have been integrated with Dahua’s NVR6-4KS2 range, an enterprise-level NVR providing up to 4K resolution. Its open architecture supports multi-user access and it’s compatible with ONVIF 2.4, enabling interoperability when combined with third party 4K cameras.

The NVR includes intelligent video analytics to detect people and moving objects, as well as other predetermined events, such as abandoned or missing objects, tripwire detection, people counting and facial detection.

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The integration was achieved by incorporating GJD’s API on a special firmware that enables the NVR to accept alarms from the detectors and link them to the recorder’s functions.

The BS 8418-compliant IP detectors are suitable for intruder monitoring, CCTV surveillance and other alarm warning requirements, providing both volumetric and long-range narrow field-of-view sensing, in addition to remote programming.

Eric Wang, head of product support for Dahua UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to have integrated our NVRs with GJD’s IP detectors, providing a professional detection and alarm monitoring solution that’s a fantastic addition to our security portfolio.”

Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Dahua Technology. The integration of Dahua’s surveillance products with GJD’s D-TECT IP motion detectors and Clarius illuminators will provide end users with high quality, reliable and efficient surveillance solutions.”

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Investigation management tools enhance victor Video Management System

Tyco Security Products has introduced version 4.8, the newest version of the victor Video Management System (VMS) and VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR , in turn adding several new investigative tools to further simplify incident reporting for busy surveillance operators.

The newest version of victor enables operators to quickly build and edit video clips of a specific incident, reducing the time spent searching for video evidence from hours to just minutes.

Using the new clip builder and image editor features, operators can split, cut, crop, delete and add relevant segments of video to a clip while also adding information directly on the image to better document actions occurring in the scene.

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These new incident management tools make case reporting faster and more efficient for internal and external law enforcement investigations.

Operators tracking a subject can now use victor’s surveillance window recording tool to collate with ease all the related video clips into a single file to capture the entire incident, without having to collect the clips individually from multiple recorders.

All streaming video in a selected layout can be simultaneously recorded into a single clip file for export or internal viewing.

Investigation and productivity tools

“The ability to quickly and efficiently collect the right evidence immediately following an incident is a critical time saver in building a case,” said Stuart Bettle, video product marketing manager EMEA at Tyco Security Products.

“These latest enhancements to the powerful victor platform provide an industry-leading suite of enterprise-class investigation and productivity tools. The intuitive interface is designed to maximise operator time and resources in mission-critical Control Room environments.”

The new schedule clip download tool enables surveillance operators to schedule the automatic retrieval of reoccurring video clips they need to review daily, saving on bandwidth usage and freeing up operator time spent manually queuing video for download.

Schedule clip download allows users to customise the length of the clip, saving location and clip expiration. Users can also create and save custom surveillance layouts.

Beyond the standard layouts, end users can define number of rows, columns and aspect ratio and merge cells together to create the view that works best for their specific needs.

Enterprise customers can apply corporate branding to deactivated surveillance panes for added customisation options.

Additionally, victor offers enhanced camera management capabilities, including 360 fisheye camera client-side dewarping for exacqVision NVRs. Client-side dewarping records one video stream and eliminates the possibility of redundant recording, allowing users to zoom in and navigate within the image for greater detail.

End users will also be able to specify minimum and maximum camera recording rates and receive notifications on their specified levels through the VideoEdge NVR and VideoEdge Hybrid NVR Client or through victor. This gives VideoEdge customers automated recorder monitoring to ensure optimal storage capacity.

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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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IDIS NVR leads the pack in Benchmark Magazine review

Risk UK’s sister publication Benchmark Magazine – the UK-based journal dedicated to “driving innovation in the security industry” – has completed an independent test of the IDIS DR6116P Network Video Recorder (NVR). The magazine awarded the IDIS NVR a rating of 85, featuring the results of the product test in its July 2014 issue where IDIS received the highest rating of all NVRs featured in the magazine’s round-up.

In its review, Benchmark Magazine lists the DR6116P NVR as a “recommended” product, noting the robust features and functionality of the IDIS NVR. The magazine describes products given a “recommended status” as those that have “no obvious flaws or performance issues, do not lack credibility and have been designed for simple installation and operation.”

With regard to the IDIS DR6116P, the magazine specifically mentions the integrated provision of the IDIS Center software package – “to deliver remote connectivity and system control” – and speaks to the NVR’s place as part of IDIS’ one-stop-shop DirectIP total solution.

It notes that ONVIF devices may be used with the DVR and that IDIS offers a “true plug-and-play” and simple to configure networked surveillance solution.

Commitment to innovative R&D

Brian Song, managing director of IDIS Europe, commented: “It’s always an honour to have IDIS quality recognised by credible industry experts such as those at Benchmark Magazine. It’s especially gratifying to learn the IDIS DR6116P NVR received the highest rating of all those solutions reviewed.”

Song continued: “The DR6116P and all of our NVR offerings reflect IDIS’s commitment to innovative research and development and industry-leading product quality. Our NVRs deliver on that commitment as an essential part of our DirectIP total solution—one that offers customers everything required to build a cost-effective, powerful and simple to install networked surveillance solution.”

Benchmark Magazine is a monthly, UK-based print and online publication with a global readership dedicated to the delivery of “essential information for those involved in the specification and purchase of advanced security solutions.” Through unbiased evaluations of security solutions, Benchmark seeks to provide vital information to the marketplace by way of independent testing, system and technology assessments, field-based analysis, educational articles and informed debate.

The magazine is offered in free electronic versions, and is also available for print subscription. Visit: http://www.benchmarkmagazine.com for further details.

Benchmark Innovation Awards

Benchmark Magazine previously recommended the IDIS DirectIP™ platform, and honoured DirectIP™ as a finalist in the 2014 Benchmark Innovation Awards.

IDIS offers DirectIP as an end-to-end solution comprising a range of cameras, monitors, NVRs and comprehensive video management software.

DirectIP delivers “unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity combined with high quality performance and industry-leading affordability”.

For more information on IDIS NVRs and DirectIP visit: http://www.idisglobal.com

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