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Pelco to showcase broad end-to-end solution offers at Intersec 2019

Pelco by Schneider Electric, the video surveillance solutions developer, will be exhibiting solutions, services and products in various segment applications at Intersec 2019, which is to be held in Dubai from 20-22 January.

The company will share detail on a few soon-to-be released products and focus on how new technologies such as increased camera resolutions, cloud services and analytics are shaping the future.

Pelco will also feature significant updates to its VideoXpert VMS platform and the GFC Professional 4K camera, along with other new products including the award-winning Esprit Enhanced camera, with options for white and IR combination illumination.

Recognising that Pelco VMS and cameras are broadly deployed across a wide range of vertical market applications and trusted by some of the most demanding customers in the world, the company will be showcasing multiple vertical market applications for hospitality/commercial, education/correction, oil and gas, cities, traffic and airports.

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As technology continues to evolve, organisations face a multitude of challenges that require new solutions. Pelco will share detail on how its products, services and solutions are incorporating cyber security, higher resolution, compression, cloud and analytics capabilities within its portfolio of VideoXpert VMS, cameras and Professional Services to deliver “compelling and operationally successful” deployments.

Pelco will also detail how its newly-launched Professional Services provide a high level of support for both integrators and end users. By leveraging these services, customers and channel partners alike can gain access to a team of trained and certified professionals to assist them with network and system design. They can also help customers with configuration, auditing and onsite troubleshooting.

In addition to the newly-released GFC Professional Pro 4k camera, nearly 20 other Pelco products, solutions and services will be showcased. Among them are Pelco Camera Link, ExSite Enhanced cameras (explosion-proof), Optera cameras (seamless panoramic view), Esprit Enhanced cameras (high resolution PTZ) and IBD cameras (corner mount).

Visitors are encouraged to experience a hands-on demo of the GFC Pro 4K at Pelco’s Hospitality/Commercial and Traffic Monitoring-focused solution booths.

On 21 January, Pelco’s director of segment marketing, namely Stuart Rawling, will offera presentation on how to organise data chaos and assess the various ways in which connected devices impact the world today.

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ONVIF reflects on 2018 activities at 10th Annual General Meeting

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, held its Annual General Meeting earlier this month, with an overview of important activities in 2018 and perspectives on the year ahead the order of the day. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile T, an advancement which represents how ONVIF is keeping pace with technological advancements that affect product development and interoperability between IP-based physical security products.

In an acknowledgement of the organisation’s 10th Anniversary, ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements over the past decade, including an overview of the six ONVIF Profiles, with a clear emphasis on the newly-released Profile T for advanced video streaming.

Collectively, the ONVIF Profiles provide support for more than 10,000 conformant products that are increasingly included in various bid and specification processes in projects around the world. Björkdahl also cited the continued involvement of ONVIF as part of the work of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s TC79 for international standardisation.

ONVIF also recognised the contributions of four individuals from various ONVIF Technical Committees for their work on different profiles and committees. Fredrik Svensson of Axis Communications and Dora Han of Hikvision were recipients of the ONVIF Award acknowledging individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the organisation. As chairman of the Profile T Working Group, Svensson was a leading force in the development and successful final release of the Profile T specification. Han received anaward for her extensions to the specification, and also for supporting the development of other members’ extensions to the specification.

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Distinguished Service Awards

One of two 2018 ONVIF Distinguished Service Awards was bestowed upon Baldvin Gislason Bern of Axis Communications for his role in developing and proofing the evolution concept as chair of the Technical Services Device Test Tool Evolution. Joining him in receiving this award was Dr Hasan Timucin Ozdemir of Panasonic, who served as chairman of the ONVIF Video Enhancement Working Group from 2009-2018. This Working Group is directly responsible for formulating and prototyping new features for the ONVIF specification.

“All of our award recipients have shown their significant and long-term commitment to the organisation as a whole, and in turn have directly and positively impacted the work of ONVIF,” enthused Björkdahl. “The success of our organisation would not be possible without the innovative contributions and hard work of our members. For that, we say Thank You.”

ONVIF Technical Committee chair Hans Busch of Bosch spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 Working Groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee chair Andreas Schneider of Sony gave an overview of the Committee’s work on new and existing profiles, client and device test tools, updates to the conformance process and tools and Developers’ Plugfests.

ONVIF Communications Committee chair Tim Shen of Dahua provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2018. There has been a continued focus on market education about the specific Profiles through presence at industry events coupled with much media activity. Shen also reported on the success of the first-ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge that took place earlier this year.

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ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl

Election results

The results of the annual elections for ONVIF’s committees were announced by Kevin Schader, ONVIF’s executive director.

Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Hanwha Techwin’s Sujith Raman, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf and Tyco Security Products’ Stephen Serplus were re-elected, while Hikvision’s Dora Han joined the Technical Committee as a new member.

Bob Dolan of Anixter and Giri Guntipalli from Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee, along with new member Marwan Obeidat of Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Tim Shen of Dahua, Jens Berthelsen of Hikvision and Xinming Kang of Honeywell were re-elected to the ONVIF Communications Committee, while Cathy Zhou of Huawei joined as a new member. Founding members Axis Communications, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

 

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Pelco introduces rugged Spectra Professional IR PTZ camera

Pelco by Schneider Electric, one of the global leaders when it comes to intelligent video surveillance solutions, has released the Spectra Professional IR – a rugged camera ideal for transportation-focused projects, city surveillance, deployment at airports and seaports and for use in commercial markets.

The Spectra Professional IR features an ‘above the horizon’ viewing capability providing greater coverage of bridges, overpasses and building exteriors without mounting additional cameras. The camera also provides built-in IR illumination on areas of interest such as roadways, ports, parking spaces and building perimeters up to 150 metres away, thereby offering a solution for end user customers who are perhaps frustrated with the inability of typical PTZ cameras to capture key image details in poorly lit environments.

“Thanks to extensive R&D, Pelco has honed the technology to capture critical details in low light situations,” explained Todd Dunning, senior product manager at Pelco. “Spectra Professional IR also incorporates a ‘bubble-less’ design, which is a new feature for the company’s line of surveillance technology.”

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Spectra Professional IR: benefits for end users

Assuring coverage of large areas, the Spectra Professional IR camera is designed for use in round-the-clock surveillance projects.

Key features include:
● ‘Look-Up’: The Spectra Professional IR can view 15 degrees above the horizon that enables customers to see areas that are difficult to view when using typical mounting locations including bridge supports and cables, higher floors of commercial buildings as well as ships at a distance from seaports
● Outstanding image quality in poorly lit areas: Primarily used for outdoor applications with poor lighting conditions, the IR technology allows operators to see details up to 150 metres away, where external visible lighting isn’t wanted or is unavailable. The technology also provides control of the illumination intensity and exposure in the camera, thereby enabling people and vehicles to be tracked with clarity wherever they move in the field of coverage, near or far
● Smart compression technology: Featuring H.265 and Pelco’s Smart Compression technology, the Spectra Professional IR lowers bandwidth and storage requirements between 30% and 70%, depending on the amount of motion in the scene. This is especially important for 24×7 surveillance
● ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’: Reducing blurring associated with camera motion, this feature allows the cameras to maintain a smooth image ideal for surveilling areas affected by high vehicle traffic or strong winds like bridges and light poles
● Simple installation: Using only one wire to connect, the Spectra Professional IR comes with three power options and an embedded hinge design, making it easy to connect to and providing greater flexibility during installation
● Full integration with VideoXpert and ONVIF-compliant VMS: Seamlessly presented in video management systems, allowing operators to easily track objects moving in the scene and zoom in for greater detail

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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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Pelco by Schneider Electric announces integration of VideoXpert with iView Systems’ iTrak

Pelco by Schneider Electric has announced that its VideoXpert video management system is now integrated with iTrak, the latest incident management solution to be developed by iView Systems.
 
“The iTrak plugin continues our efforts to work with other leaders in the industry on providing Pelco customers with seamless access to ready-made security solutions such that they can better understand and protect their organisations,” said Jonathan Lewit, director of business applications at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Ideal for multi-site, multi-departmental solutions, iTrak provides end users with a centralised platform for incident and risk management. Its intuitive system design makes it easy to access comprehensive reporting, profiling, interview management, risk analysis and subject profiling information.

With the integration to VideoXpert, end users will not only be able to see all related incident data via a single report, but they can also now link these incidents with supporting video.

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The Incident File feature captures critical incident data including location, sub-location, date and time as well as a short description of the incident in question. The added ability to include supporting attachments in the form of a narrative or media file to the incident subsequently allows for quick information retrieval.

Narrative files provide flexibility to include free-form text. This can be critical in instances of collecting witness accounts or documenting incident notes, while the media file attachments enable end users to include pictures or PDF files for more thorough event investigations.

“Ease-of-use and the integration of video with critical business data are cornerstones of the VideoXpert platform,” added Lewit. “The integration with iView really is a prime example of our long-term commitment to providing end users with extensible functionality through partner integration.”

Martin Drew, president and CEO at iView Systems, explained: “The seamless integration of iView Systems iTrak with the Pelco VideoXpert Ops Centre provides an instant and efficient method of converging incident-related information with its associated video data. This is hugely important. Users will also be able to leverage the tagging capability to identify video from cameras associated with iTrak’s incident location classifications. We believe the overall integration will provide significant improvements in overall operational efficiency and accuracy of reporting.”

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Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Optera cameras capture People’s Choice Award at ASIS 2015

Pelco by Schneider Electric has announced that attendees voted its Optera 180 degree, 270 degree and 360 degree panoramic cameras the 2015 ASIS Accolades ‘Security’s Best’ People’s Choice Award winner. 

The award was presented during a networking luncheon held at the 61st annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California.

Offering “the industry’s only multi-sensor camera that produces seamless panoramic video”, Pelco’s state-of-the-art Optera cameras allow end users to immerse themselves within any scene, free of the gaps often found with traditional panoramic cameras.

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Pelco by Scneider Electric’s Optera surveillance cameras

“We’re honoured to be recognised by our customers through this prestigious award,” said Herve Fages, senior vice-president for the video business line at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “After all, it’s about the unique user experience with our Optera camera and end users are our customers. No other competitor in the market today has an innovative camera solution that produces the seamless, high quality panoramic images delivered by Optera. The difference is immediately apparent to end users. They no longer have to look past the visual imperfections. With Optera, users only see the cohesive panoramic views, much like the human eye.”

Optera was one of 42 new product and service solutions submitted to the ASIS 2015 Accolades Competition. Each year, the awards are voted on by a panel of end users and experts, and are presented to the companies with the most innovative new technology solutions based on their demonstrated level of innovation, unique attributes and the benefit(s) the solution brings to the security world in general.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the recipients of such a distinguished award acknowledging the innovation of our Optera cameras,” said Kim Loy, vice-president of marketing at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “We’re so pleased that it was the People’s Choice Award because the recognition comes directly from our customers.”

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ONVIF targets future Profile developments at 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

ONVIF – the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products – hosted its annual Membership Meeting late last month. Attendees heard presentations on ONVIF success stories from 2014 (including the release of two new Profiles), as well as an outline of new initiatives in the pipeline for 2015 (among them the release of Profile Q and a new client test tool).

The audience at this year’s meeting, which for the first time was held via webinar, enjoyed a welcome address from ONVIF Steering Committee chairman Per Björkdahl (of Axis Communications) who spoke about ONVIF’s growth. The organisation now boasts 500 members representing six continents and more than 4,000 Profile-conformant products.

With the successful 2014 releases of Profile G for recording and storage and Profile C for access control, Björkdahl said that, in relation to the issue of future Profiles, ONVIF will continue to build on its vision and mission that all security systems will eventually share a single interface.

“ONVIF’s growth this year indicates just how vital our work is to the wider security and technology communities,” said Björkdahl. “Listening to what the market wants and needs and obtaining feedback will be instrumental in our future Profile developments.”

ONVIF hosted its annual Membership Meeting for 2014 via webinar

ONVIF hosted its annual Membership Meeting for 2014 via webinar

Building new relationships

Also speaking at the 2014 Membership Meeting was Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric, the Communications Committee vice-chairman for ONVIF, who discussed ONVIF’s focus on building new relationships and soliciting feedback from the physical security community at large in the coming year.

Rawlings also presented the results from recent market outreach and emphasised ONVIF’s desire to continually integrate such feedback into future Profiles and technical support.

Andreas Schneider of Sony, ONVIF’s Technical Services Committee chairman, updated members on the 2015 release of a Profile Q Device Test Tool as well as on some of the features of Profile Q – for faster installations – and Profile A for access control configuration. These features are both currently in development.

During an update from the Technical Committee, chairman Hans Busch of Bosch noted the success of this year’s Developers’ Plugfest – which was the largest yet – and announced plans for two Plugfests in 2015.

Changes on the ONVIF Committees

Members selected new representatives for ONVIF’s Committees. Neelendra Bhandari of Honeywell was appointed to the Steering Committee along with Michael Luetzeler of Siemens.

For the Technical Committee, Honeywell’s Ramesh Subbiah, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf and Siemens’ Gero Baese were elected.

The Technical Services Committee’s newly-elected representatives are Bob Dolan of Anixter, Neelendra Bhandari of Honeywell and Scott Hudson of Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

ONVIF’s Communication Committee now includes Finn Wu of Hikvision, Mike Mao of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling representing Pelco by Schneider Electric.

With more than 500 members and more than 3,700 conformant products under its umbrella, ONVIF is the largest organisation of its kind in the world. Since inception in 2008, ONVIF has seen its membership grow by between 25% and 50% each year, with the number of conformant products increasing by 250% in the last three years alone.

*Further information about ONVIF (including its members and conformant products) is available at: http://www.onvif.org

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