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Vista covers every angle with latest IP and analogue camera launches

Vista has just announced the newest additions to its VK2 and HDA ranges. The camera launches are supported by the introduction of the new ‘universal’ brackets which greatly simplify installation and were developed in line with ‘Voice of Customer’ feedback.

The collective aim of the cameras and brackets is to reduce installation time on site, (and therefore minimise cost). The use of the latest technology within the cameras and the intelligent product design means that “excellent quality images” can be produced and adjustments easily be made to meet future end user requirements.

The VK2 range has been developed with the customer very much in mind. The cameras are designed to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements along with minimising the time required on site for installing and adjusting the cameras.

Their ability to stream highly efficient H.265 video format, combined with Vista’s advanced Hi-Stream bandwidth reducing function, means that storage and bandwidth requirements can be up to 75% lower than that of an equivalent H.264 stream.

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The VK2 cameras are available in both 2 MP and 4 MP formats and produce “crisper images” compared to those achieved by general IP cameras. This is as a result of a user-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed, true Wide Dynamic Range and IR illumination.

The VK2L range has been designed for those end users who require high quality video images delivered at a cost-effective price. These cameras reduce bandwidth and storage requirements like their VK2 siblings and, due to a wide angle lens, minimise the number of cameras required on site.

The key benefits shared by the VK2 and VK2L camera ranges are as follows:

Compatible with all modern NVRs and VMS H.265/H.264 compression formats make for a flexible system

Reduced required levels of bandwidth and storage Significantly reduced when used in H.265 mode and as a result of Hi-Stream Region of Interest which adds greater compression to areas with no motion

Ensure a much crisper frozen image User-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed provides much clearer images than general IP cameras

The launch also includes an analogue offer. The newly-released HDA cameras are capable of providing Full-HD 1080p resolution in TVI HDA format over coax cabling and provide a very flexible solution. A wide range of features make them suitable for many internal and external applications as well as providing excellent quality images without the requirement of an IP knowledge base.

The HDA range makes for the perfect transition from analogue to IP and can be used in conjunction with existing analogue infrastructure.

All of the IP and analogue cameras included in the launch are perfect for use with the Vista Viper range of NVRs and DVRs. ONVIF compliance ensures that they can also be used on multiple manufacturers’ recording platforms if existing systems are in place.

Alongside the cameras, the introduction of a new selection of ‘universal’ brackets simplifies installation and the process of selecting the correct bracket.

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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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Hikvision unveils ‘LightFighter’ ultra-high WDR cameras for security managers

Hikvision has been focusing on extremely high contrast imaging solutions with the launch of its LightFighter Series of 2 Megapixel SMART IP cameras. Each of the new LightFighter camera models incorporates Hikvision’s ultra-high 140 dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology for high visibility in brightly lit or high contrast environments. The result is clear, detail-rich images for end users in lighting conditions that would otherwise defeat conventional WDR cameras.

LightFighter: new series of seven cameras
The LightFighter Series consists of seven 2 Megapixel cameras featuring Hikvision’s ultra-high WDR technology to overcome the pitfalls of imaging extreme backlight and high contrast scenes.

The new models include a Smart IP box camera, two outdoor bullet cameras, two outdoor dome cameras and a pair of network PTZ dome cameras with 36x zoom functionality.

All seven LightFighter cameras are capable of rendering Full 1920×1080 HD images at a consistent 60 frames per second, as well as boasting low-light capability for night-time surveillance needs.

140 dB WDR overcomes extreme backlighting and high contrast
Key to the performance of the LightFighter cameras is the WDR system that allows each model to record greater scene details even where the intensity of illumination varies considerably, such as backlighting when very dark and very bright areas appear simultaneously in the field of view.

Hikvision's LightFighter Series cameras

Hikvision’s LightFighter Series cameras

Although a common feature in CCTV cameras for this reason, the 140 dB WDR in the LightFighter offers 100 times more powerful enhancement than the 120 dB WDR systems of conventional cameras.

LightFighter is particularly suited to intense backlight situations and is the ideal camera for pointing towards windows and entrance doors.

Smart Solution 2.0
The LightFighter camera range is equipped with Hikvision’s full SMART feature set, including face detection, intrusion detection, line-crossing detection, ANPR and object counting that enables the camera to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the camera’s area of coverage without fault.

Coupled with Hikvision Smart NVR and iVMS-5200 Professional VMS, the complete Smart Solution is set for meeting security demands in vertical markets including the commercial/industrial sector, transportation and banking.

The LightFighter Series
The DS-2CD4025FWD-(A)(P) 2 Megapixel SMART IP box camera features Auto Back Focus and P-Iris while the DS-2CD4A25FWD-IZ(H)(S) 2 Megapixel SMART IP outdoor bullet camera features a motorised varifocal lens with SMART Focus, an IR range of up to 100 metres, SMART Heating and input/output for both alarm and audio.

The DS-2CD4625FWD-IZ (H)(S) is a vandal-proof SMART IP outdoor bullet camera boasting an IP66-rated housing and an improved IR range of up to 150 metres.

The LightFighter range also includes two SMART IP outdoor dome cameras. The DS-2CD4525FWD-IZ (H) features an IR cut filter with an auto switch, SMART Heating and an IR range of up to 50 metres while the DS-2CD4125FWD-IZ has a slightly reduced IR range of anything up to a distance of 30 metres.

Rounding off the LightFighter Series are two 36x network PTZ dome cameras: the DS-2DF6236V-AEL and the DS-2DF8236IV-AEL. Both are equipped with a 1/3″ HD CMOS sensor capable of rendering at Full 1920×1080 HD, 36x optical zoom, SMART Tracking and SMART Detection. In addition, both models feature IK10 vandal-proof housings. The DS-2DF8236IV-AEL boasts long range IR capable of detection and tracking at distances of up to 200 metres.

*The Hikvision LightFighter Series will be showcased at IFSEC International 2015. Visit Stand E800 at ExCeL London from 16-18 June to experience these intelligent and feature-rich products

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Wavestore introduces ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme in support of VMS solutions

Wavestore has introduced its ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme in support of the fast-growing worldwide network of installers and systems integrators who are choosing to recommend the company’s Video Management Software (VMS) solutions to end user customers.

The Wavestore Partner Programme is designed to offer real-world advantages to companies involved in the design, installation and commissioning of video surveillance solutions. Among the benefits on offer are project registration, system design and tender submission support, as well as access to training, free demonstration licences and PR services.

“Wavestore’s business philosophy is based on partnerships, and that’s exactly why we’ve adopted the Better Together’ theme for our Partner Programme,” said James Smith, the company’s marketing director.

“We believe we’re much stronger together with close partnerships leading to better solutions, happier end user clients and more winning situations. Being open platform and truly independent means that, through the Partnership Programme, we’ll be able to develop ever closer business relationships with installers and systems integrators and, by doing so, deliver innovative and Best of Breed total security solutions across a wide variety of end user markets.”

The ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme is likely to be of particular interest to those installers and systems integrators who are involved in enterprise level projects as a key feature of the programme is the provision of dedicated pre-sales project support for large or complex applications.

However, the comprehensive support offered by the Partner Programme reflects the flexibility and scalability of Wavestore’s VMS and its ability to meet end user clients’ expectations regardless of the size of a project, from small standalone systems right up to large distributed server networks with thousands of cameras which may be integrated with a wide range of third party technologies and systems.

Companies can register to join the programme by visiting: www.wavestore.com/partner

Wavestore will be on stand D1350 at IFSEC International 2015, which takes place at ExCeL London from 16-18 June.

Video Management Software: the detail

The company’s truly independent open platform VMS enables end users to achieve maximum return on investment from their security solution by unlocking its full potential.

Wavestore VMS combines powerful ‘any source’ video, audio and recording management with deep integration across multiple technologies from a wide range of third party technology providers. These include leading camera, video analytics, access control, recording and sensor providers, making it possible for end users to effortlessly operate, monitor, control and manage a total security solution from a single screen.

The company’s standalone VMS and hardware-based NVR solutions are available in Base, Premium and Enterprise editions providing users with a choice for what they need today but safe in the knowledge that commissioned solutions can be easily scaled in the future.

Compatible with thousands of devices and ONVIF conformant, Wavestore’s solution is able to satisfy the majority of applications as standard, but can also quickly and cost-effectively integrate specialist devices via WaveStar translation script. 

*For further information visit: http://www.wavestore.com

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Wavestore appoints James Smith in marketing director’s role

Popular industry professional James Smith has joined Wavestore as the company’s new marketing director. Smith has worked within the electronic security industry for over 20 years now, during which time he has held senior marketing, sales and general management roles within leading security distribution, manufacturing and systems integration businesses.

Wavestore is a Linux-based video recording and management system which is able to simultaneously record images captured by combinations of analogue, IP, megapixel, HD, HD-SDI and 360-degree cameras.

The company is fully committed to an open platform philosophy. This enables it to integrate and work closely with camera manufacturers and other third party technology partners to offer a comprehensive security solution which can include video analytics, access control, Command and Control, PSIM, motion detection, license plate recognition, abandoned object and intruder detection, people counting, perimeter security detection and traffic monitoring systems.

“I’m very excited about having the opportunity to work with my Wavestore colleagues and our global technology and business partners and ensure that the advantages and benefits of what the company has to offer are brought to the attention of a wide audience,” said Smith.

James Smith: marketing director at Wavestore

James Smith: marketing director at Wavestore

 

“Known for being a truly independent and open platform, Wavestore has unique integration capabilities. The impressive and innovative features built into the latest version of its video recording and management platform enables the company to satisfy virtually any video management application up to enterprise level through its software and NVR hardware solutions. Combining that with our excellent reputation for ease of use and support, it’s easy to see why we have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd in what is a fragmented video management software (VMS) marketplace while delivering real benefits to our users around the world.”

Wavestore’s video management software is ONVIF Profile S Conformant. Profile S describes the common functionalities shared by ONVIF conformant video management systems and devices that send, configure, request or control the streaming of media data over an IP network, and includes specific features such as PTZ control, audio streaming and relay outputs.

Paradigm shift in the approach to VMS

The expertise of its hardware and software development teams ensures that Wavestore is able to quickly react to rapidly changing market demands. Indeed, many of the features incorporated into Wavestore V5 have been introduced as a direct result of listening and responding to customer requirements.

Some of these features are unique to Wavestore, among them de-warping software which facilitates the recording and display of the fisheye images captured by 180-degree and 360-degree panoramic cameras.

Developed on the Linux operating system, Wavestore’s DVRs, NVRs and HVRs are rugged, reliable and straightforward to install, configure and operate.

Wavestore systems are also easily expandable and upgradable as and when a client’s requirements change, while Wavestore’s powerful SDK and metadata capability enables integrated security solutions to be developed that will provide a rapid response to dynamic events.

Available as a fully-assembled server or to OEMs and system integrators as a VMS, Wavestore has a proven track record of reliable performance in high integrity security and surveillance applications. It’s able to fulfil applications from small standalone systems right up to large-scale distributed server networks employing thousands of cameras and detectors.

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Samsung Techwin generates bespoke power plant video surveillance solution

Samsung Techwin has provided a bespoke video surveillance solution for a major thermal power plant in Turkey.

The Çelikler Seyitömer thermal power plant is playing an important role in helping Turkey implement a strategic energy plan which will see the country become less dependent on the importation of natural gas by dint of using its own natural resources.

Located in Kütahya and having an annual production capacity of four billion kilowatts per hour, the Çelikler Seyitömer thermal power plant is owned and operated by Çelikler Seyitömer Electricity Production Corp which is part of Çelikler Holdings, one of Turkey’s largest construction, mining and energy companies.

The plant has undergone a reconstruction during the last 12 months, and part of this process has seen an old analogue CCTV system replaced with a Samsung Techwin IP network-based system.

The contract to carry out this work was awarded to Entpa Elektronik, a leading specialist distributor of electronic security and energy management solutions, and one of its local solution partners, namely Erkaya Elektronik.

“The old CCTV system has done a good job over many years, but it was very limited in its functionality,” said Doğan Can, product group manager for Entpa Elektronik. “On that basis we had no hesitation in designing and recommending a solution which was IP network-based in order to help the client provide a safe and secure environment for everyone who works at the plant, as well as protecting high value machinery and other assets.”

Phased installation process

The video surveillance system is being installed in phases in line with the ongoing reconstruction work being carried out at the power plant.

Phase 1 has seen 45 Samsung Techwin cameras being deployed. Among them are SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome cameras equipped with a 30x optical zoom and featuring PoE (Power over Ethernet) that enables power to be drawn from the network to drive all of the camera features.

The SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome camera

The SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome camera

They also feature a built-in heater for when the outdoor temperature may be as low as -30°C.

Cameras from the Samsung Techwin Open Platform WiseNetIII camera range have also been installed, including 2 Megapixel Full-HD SND-6011RP dome cameras (that have built-in IR LEDs which can enable objects up to 10 metres distant to be viewed even in total darkness) and SNB-6004P 2 Megapixel Full-HD fixed cameras.

Images from all the cameras are recorded on a Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVR which provides up to 24 Tb of on-board video storage capacity with the potential for an additional 24 Tb of storage via two external e-Sata direct storage devices.

Samsung Techwin's SND-6011R dome camera

Samsung Techwin’s SND-6011R dome camera

The Linux-based SRN-1000 can record at 100 MBs, supports H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression and is fully compatible with Samsung Centralised Management Software which provides the option for end users from any remote location to have access to live or recorded video via a PC or mobile device (such as a smart phone or tablet).

Phase 2 will see additional Samsung Techwin cameras and domes installed throughout the power plant in order to ensure that there are no blind spots.

“This is what can be called a mission-critical project where reliability is just as important as the quality of the images captured,” said Doğan Can. “With this in mind, we specified Samsung Techwin as the sole supplier for all the component parts of the video surveillance system because, having previously worked with the company’s products and its technical team on other projects, we knew that we could work in partnership with them to successfully meet the requirements of this project.”

Detail of the SRN-1000 NVR

Detail of the SRN-1000 NVR

Philosophy of delivering Smart Security

The Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin manufactures video surveillance products designed to meet the current and future needs of today’s practising security professionals.

The products use innovative technologies, many of them unique to Samsung Techwin and which can deliver tangible benefits and “outstanding value” to those involved in combating criminal activity while also offering time and cost saving advantages to installers and system integrators alike.

Samsung Techwin’s’ philosophy of delivering ‘Smart Security’ is reflected in a product portfolio which provides customers with the flexibility to choose the best solution for the job in hand. A complete end-to-end IP network solution range includes NVRs, licence-free viewing and recording software and an impressive line-up of HD Megapixel cameras which feature Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII DSP chipsets and incorporate the ‘Three Pillars’ of development: image quality, bandwidth utilisation and ease of use.

‘Hybrid’ options include encoders providing a cost-effective and easy-to-implement method of adding analogue cameras to an IP network-based video surveillance system. Customers also have the option to choose from a comprehensive range of analogue cameras, DVRs and monitors.

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