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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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Samsung all set to offer “out-of-the-box” software solutions on dedicated WiseNetIII Open Platform cameras

Last year, Samsung Techwin introduced its WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range. These bullet, dome and body camera variations run the very latest high performance DSP chipset, giving enough processing power to simultaneously use multiple edge-based applications. Now, Samsung Techwin Europe has given advance notice that the business intends to supply WiseNetIII models with pre-loaded applications.

Here, technology partner manager Dan England explains to Risk UK why Samsung Techwin Europe is going down the route of offering cameras with pre-loaded software, duly highlighting who will benefit from this significant move which is specifically designed to provide out-of-the-box solutions and, in turn, elevate video surveillance from simply being a security system to a smart solution that can deliver so much more for end customers. 

Risk UK: Dan, first of all can you tell Risk UK’s readers about your career to date?

Dan England: Yes, of course. I’m now in my seventeenth year in the security sector and, in that time, I’ve gained experience as an integrator and project manager. I’ve also worked for manufacturers of both access control and CCTV solutions. These days, I have developed a specific interest in edge-based video applications.

Risk UK: Can you also explain what your present role as technology partner manager entails?

Dan England: My overall objective is to ensure that we’re best placed to provide end users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

Since Samsung Techwin Europe launched the WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range, we’ve been approached by countless software development companies who want to capitalise on the new business opportunities that can be created by running their solutions on the WiseNetIII cameras.

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Dan England

My role is to manage, encourage and support all of these application developers, as well as video management software (VMS) providers, and work with them in partnership to ensure that our mutual customers have the freedom to choose from a wide range and combination of Samsung-approved solutions.

Risk UK: If you’re intending to pre-load applications on to WiseNetIII cameras, will this not restrict a customer’s choice as to which application they can work with?

Dan England: No, not at all. After listening to market feedback, it makes perfect sense to offer a number of ‘pre-packed’ options for those customers that are perhaps new to video analytics or would benefit from a simple ‘no-fuss’ purchase.

It’s also important to emphasise that customers will still be able to buy Samsung WiseNetIII cameras without any pre-loaded software and still have the option to upload applications of their choice as required. Following the connection of a WiseNetIII camera to the network, installers or operators simply need to upload their preferred app via the camera’s browser.

Risk UK: What are the advantages of ordering Samsung WiseNetIII cameras with pre-loaded applications?

Dan England: Our decision to do this is based on enhancing Samsung’s reputation as a brand that can always be trusted to look for ways to not only make it easier for customers to deploy our video surveillance solutions, but also for them to achieve maximum return on investment. In this respect, Open Platform is an exciting game-changer which we’re determined to help customers take advantage of on a continual basis.

Samsung'S WiseNetIII cameras

Samsung’S WiseNetIII cameras

By pre-loading software which we’ve fully tested and evaluated, we will be saving installers, systems integrators and end users considerable time and effort in having to research the fast-growing list of available applications.

Plus, since we’ve worked very closely with the respective developers of the applications, customers can be assured of a seamless integrated solution that’s easy to configure.

Risk UK: What kind of applications are you recommending to customers?

Dan England: Well, the good news is that some applications, such as Arteco Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Facit video analytics, are already available pre-loaded on Samsung WiseNetIII cameras.

In addition to video analytics, we’ll be offering WiseNetIII cameras and domes pre-loaded with storage, people counting, intruder and perimeter protection applications as well as specialist retail analysis solutions.

Over the coming months, I’ve no doubt that many more different types of applications will emerge.

As predicted when the WiseNetIII series was first launched, one thing we can be certain of is that we will be able to look back in a year or so and be amazed at the diversity of applications that have been introduced. The very latest out-of-the-box application is in fact a specialist time-lapse solution from Pernixia which has been developed to meet the requirements of the broadcast and construction industries.

Risk UK: It sounds like it might be quite complicated for customers to order WiseNetIII cameras with the right application pre-loaded, and particularly so if they want to take advantage of the cameras’ ability to run more than one application. Is that the case?

Dan England: In reality this will not be a problem. Using smart part numbers, we will make it a ‘no fuss’ process for customers to identify and order the ideal camera/applications combination. 

Risk UK: Who are your preferred suppliers of these applications and which regions do they cover?

Dan England: We will publish a complete list on our website in the very near future with a mixture of European and global solutions. In the meantime, I’m available on e-mail (d.england@samsung.coM) to offer advice and guidance on the best option for specific projects.

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‘Let’s Rebuild Nepal’: A ‘Call to Action’ from The Different Travel Company and Risk UK

Sarah Burgess – the wife of Samsung Techwin account manager Colin Burgess – is behind The Different Travel Company’s organisation of a special trip designed to assist the surviving victims of last April’s earthquake in Nepal. Brian Sims outlines the plans in place and urges the readers of Risk UK to assist in any way they can.

Back in April this year, Nepal was hit by an enormous earthquake measured on a magnitude of 7.8. The quake took over 8,000 lives while tens of thousands of others were seriously injured. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. Avalanches were triggered and shops and businesses decimated. A few weeks later, a major aftershock dealt another blow to the country, killing and injuring hundreds more.

For nearly a decade now, The Different Travel Company has been operating trips to Nepal, an enchanting country that never fails to leave a deep impression on all those who visit. Now, in Nepal’s hour of need, The Different Travel Company is massively keen to help support the Nepalese people in their efforts to rebuild their lives and would like to invite you, the readers of Risk UK, to help the business help Nepal.

“We’re looking for at least ten people to join us to build one or more houses in a community in the Kathmandu valley,” said Sarah Burgess, owner of The Different Travel Company. “After the earthquake, many houses had to be totally demolished as the damage was so severe renovation wasn’t possible. To enable families to be rehoused safely and as quickly as possible, a method has been developed which uses a metal structure rather than brick walls. These are fast to construct, low cost and are more durable against flooding or further earthquakes. We’re hoping for the team that travels to be able to build at least one house in five days. Put simply, the more people who are involved, the more impact we can have.”

Burgess continued: “The money you pay for the trip will cover the actual costs of your visit such as flights, airport transfers, accommodation, meals and building project materials plus administration costs and support both here in the UK and locally. Any remaining funds after these costs are covered will be donated to the local community to continue the relief work in the area. A land-only, or no flight price is available on request and extensions to your stay may be possible.”

The Itinerary

Day 1-2 (Thursday 26 November-Friday 27 November 2015): London to Kathmandu
Depart for Kathmandu on an overnight flight (via a Middle East or Asian hub). Upon arrival in Kathmandu the following day you will be transferred to a central hotel. Depending on flight times there may be an opportunity for you to explore the local area before gathering together to meet the local team. There will also be a Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 (Saturday 28 November 2015): Kathmandu Project
After breakfast, there’ll be a drive to the location of the build project where the camp will be set up for the next five days. Once camp is set up, it will be time to meet the local community and have a briefing on the days to follow.

Days 4-8 (Sunday 29 November-Thursday 3 December 2015): Kathmandu Project
The next five full days will be spent building a house for a family affected by the earthquake.

Day 9 (Friday 4 December 2015): Kathmandu Project
This day will be spent putting the finishing touches to the house build and saying ‘Farewell’ before returning to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is at leisure for sightseeing and souvenir shopping, which will not only help support the local economy but also serve as a great reminder of the trip.

Day 10 (Saturday 5 December 2015): Kathmandu
A full day of leisure in Kathmandu before a farewell dinner.

Day 11 (Sunday 6 December 2015): Kathmandu to London
Transfer to the airport for the flight home (via a Middle East or Asian hub), possibly arriving the next morning depending on flight schedules.

NB: The day-to-day schedule is of course subject to weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While The Different Travel Company doesn’t anticipate any changes to the itinerary, the business cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately, the Health and Safety of all travelling group members takes priority in every circumstance.

The total cost of the trip per person is £1,650.

What’s included in the cost of the trip

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Local transfers and transport in Nepal
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel
  • Tents during the project
  • Camp shower and toilet facilities
  • Expert English-speaking local guides
  • Building support staff
  • Project materials
  • All meals as per the itinerary

What’s not included in the cost of the trip

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Visa (currently these cost $25 per person for British citizens)
  • Carbon emission offsetting

*For further information access The Different Travel Company’s website, telephone 07881 698623 or send an e-mail to: info@different-travel.com

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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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Samsung Techwin safeguards the Holy Shroud in Turin during 2015 Exposition

More than two million pilgrims are expected in Turin for the 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud, which is taking place in the city’s cathedral from 19 April to 24 June. As was the case in 2010, the Enzo Hruby Foundation is collaborating with Samsung Techwin to protect the relic by dint of employing the latest generation of video surveillance technology.

Turin-based Centro Sistemi Antifurto designed and installed the video surveillance system required to monitor the areas dedicated to the Exposition, as well as the route to be taken by visitors and its surrounding areas. Images captured by the Samsung Techwin cameras are being recorded and transmitted in real-time to an operations centre at the police headquarters in Turin, in turn enabling a quick response should any incidents arise.

Riello UPS has contributed to the success of the project by supplying the emergency power supply units for the system.

“The Committee was firmly dedicated to ensuring absolute peace of mind for everyone involved while the event takes place,” explained Maurizio Baradello, director general of the Organising Committee for the Exposition. “It was an objective that all the parties involved in the project aimed to meet within a climate of positive co-operation.”

Surveillance and security services provided by law enforcement agencies are in place in the Exposition area and supported in their task by the surveillance network made available thanks to the Committee.

The 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud takes place until 24 June  (Credit: www.sindone.org)

The 2015 Exposition of the Holy Shroud takes place until 24 June (Credit: http://www.sindone.org)

“We’re proud to have been able to offer our support in protecting the Exposition of the Holy Shroud for the second time,” said Carlo Hruby, vice-president of the Enzo Hruby Foundation. “The project is gratifying not only because of the object on which it is focused, but also due to the excellent co-operation that has been forged between public entities and the companies that joined us. It’s a unique project dedicated to an event with a global reach and a very high symbolic value.”

Hruby continued: “It’s also part of our Foundation’s commitment to protect ecclesiastical treasures, which alone make up about 70% of Italy’s entire cultural heritage. A heritage which, together with the most important and well-known treasures and monuments, consists of a myriad of churches and oratories scattered throughout the country, very often without adequate protection against theft and vandalism. As a matter of fact, in 2014, as in previous years, churches were the places that saw the greatest number of thefts of cultural objects. Our hope is that a project focused on protection on such a large scale may also act as a stimulus to communicate the possibilities that technology offers us when it comes to protecting these buildings in an affordable way.”

The camera installation

Samsung Techwin’s SNP-5430H 1.3 Megapixel HD weatherproofed PTZ auto-tracking speed domes are among the cameras deployed. The powerful 43x zoom capability of the SNP-5430H is enhanced by an auto-tracking feature which allows operators to monitor the movement of people or vehicles while remaining hands-free to control other cameras.

SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD Bullet cameras have also been installed. Part of the Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII range, the SNO-6084RP is equipped with a motorised varifocal lens and built-in IR illuminators and readily able to capture high quality images whatever the lighting conditions.

For this particular project, the images from the cameras are being recorded onto a Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVR. With 24 Tb of on-board video storage capacity, the Linux-based SRN-1000 is more than capable of storing all the images captured by the cameras during the event, as well as providing operators with the ability to quickly search and review video of any incidents.

The SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD bullet camera

The SNO-6084RP 2 Megapixel Full HD bullet camera

“Samsung Techwin’s technological contribution to this project is part of a wider context that sees our company involved in making the latest innovative security and video surveillance technology generally accessible,” said Fabio Andreoni, Samsung Techwin Europe’s country manager for Italy.

“This philosophy is fully consistent with the intentions and goals of the Enzo Hruby Foundation with whom we are pleased to co-operate for such important projects. Our contribution to protecting Italy’s immense artistic and cultural heritage is also supported by the idea that all of this can be of help in terms of feeding a virtuous circle which is able to generate benefits for all involved, including the institutions, law enforcement agencies and private companies. In particular, we can benefit visitors to the Exposition who are able to safely enjoy the experience with complete peace of mind.”

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Samsung Techwin at IFSEC International 2015: “Securing Your Future Through Partnership”

CCTV and security solutions specialist Samsung Techwin has announced that the theme for the company’s stand at IFSEC International 2015 will be ‘Securing Your Future Through Partnership’.

Tim Biddulph, who has recently been appointed head of product and marketing at Samsung Techwin Europe, explained the thinking behind this year’s theme.

“Visitors to our stand will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of a wide range of innovative and competitively-priced video surveillance solutions. Of equal importance, we will also be taking the opportunity to highlight how, by way of partnerships, Samsung Techwin can help installers and systems integrators generate new revenue streams.”

Biddulph added: “In addition to highlighting the benefits of joining the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership Programme, we will also be demonstrating how, in partnership with leading developers of innovative third party technologies such as video analytics, we are able to elevate video surveillance from just being a security system to a smart solution that can deliver so much more for end user customers.”

Tim Biddulph of Samsung Techwin

Tim Biddulph of Samsung Techwin

Among the products on show on Stand G800 at London’s ExCeL between 16-18 June will be Samsung Techwin’s new WiseNet Lite cameras and NVRs equipped with a built in PoE+ switch.

These cameras and NVRs have been designed to work alongside each other to provide highly affordable ‘value engineered’ solutions to meet the budget limitations, not to mention the functionality requirements of any video surveillance project.

“Our open platform WiseNetIII models will also be prominently displayed,” explained Biddulph. “Since their introduction, these cameras and domes have proved to be highly popular with installers and systems integrators as the processing power of the WiseNetIII DSP Chipset is such that we can provide customers with the flexibility to choose the perfect combination of edge-based Applications and video management software to best match a given project’s requirements.”

As in previous years, visitors to the Samsung Techwin stand will be able to witness demonstrations of the company’s video surveillance solutions within the context of a number of vertical market scenarios.

There will also be an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with the new WiseNet Lite and PoE NVRs, enabling customers to understand that there has not been any compromise in respect of either performance or build quality.

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