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Vista partners with BCDVideo to enhance qulu offering

Given that it’s one of Vista’s core technologies, continual improvements and updates are always being made to the qulu range such that the best user experience can be offered.

The IP video server is the heart of any video surveillance project. It communicates directly with networks, monitors, cameras and every part in-between. The new partnership between Vista and BCDVideo means an even stronger server offering.

As the new supplier of qulu servers, BCDVideo can provide the support and technical developments required for Vista to continue offering an innovative high-end video storage solution that works seamlessly with its existing software package.

The biggest enhancement to the range is the new Small Form Factor (SFF) server which replaces the current Microserver. The new SFF version provides additional features such as updated processing power and graphics capability, a more powerful CPU processor and increased performance via the on-board INTEL graphics processor unit.

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These improvements mean reduced costs for the end user as the SFF server now allows both live video and recorded footage to now be viewed, in addition to recording, meaning there’s no need to purchase an additional viewing client PC.

Jeff Burgess, president/CEO at BCDVideo, commented: “Having had the privilege of knowing Gary Rowden for six years, his approaching BCDVideo about innovating new robust solutions for Vista made for an exciting endeavour. The pay-off for the Vista customer is a synchronised solution born from the collaboration of two engineering teams functioning as one.”

Designed by BCDVideo, the new qulu servers offer “some of the best performing and most efficient video management systems on the market” today, while also maintaining the same great qulu experience. The move to BCDVideo allows Vista to take advantage of the technological developments detailed above, but also to improve lead times and support.

Gary Rowden, divisional director for Vista, stated: “Our partnership with BCDVideo will allow us to offer increased functionality and greater storage levels on our qulu server range, benefiting both ourselves and our customers with even higher levels of support. This is an exciting partnership that further enhances the qulu offering.”

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EUSAS-Euralarm Fire Safety Conference focuses on R&D and standardisation

The results of cutting-edge research on fire safety were presented during a joint conference of EUSAS and Euralarm, the European research and Trade Associations in the sector. R&D’s potential impact on current and future standardisation work was a further point of focus for the event.

The joint EUSAS-Euralarm Conference took place on February 7-8 at the Berlin offices of Bosch Security Systems and determined to discover how cutting-edge innovation in the fire safety sector will drive the development of future standards and make buildings and people safer than they have ever been.

The event brought together 60 top specialists in the field of fire safety research, engineering and standardisation representing various European countries. Introducing the event were EUSAS chairman Professor Dr Andreas Czylwik, Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi and, on behalf of the event’s host, Christoph Hampe.

The programme was divided into four sessions: false alarms, performance and quality testing, evacuation systems and fire safety in smart buildings.

As yet unpublished research on false alarms data gathered in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Sweden was presented by Dr Sebastian Festag from ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, and Lance Rütimann from SES, the Swiss Association of Security Product Manufacturers. Both are Euralarm delegates in the Task Group on False Alarms and have derived a common approach to an empirical analysis of false alarm data.

Wolfgang Krüll from the University of Duisburg-Essen presented reproducible testing procedures for false alarms and three new testing devices which have been developed for those procedures. In parallel, statistics from Iceland were presented by Gudmundur Gunnarsson of the MVS Iceland Construction Authority.

The problem of testing a safety device’s performance over its whole lifetime was first presented by Thomas Litterst of Hekatron, including detail of a specific testing process he has developed. As demonstrated by Thorsten Schultze from the University of Duisburg-Essen, products currently on the market are largely compliant with current standard’s requirements on age limits and could potentially function correctly well beyond.

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Raman Chagger from the Building Research Establishment in England also showed that optical smoke detectors developed in the 1980s function perfectly in modern environments.

Another matter is the mechanism of drift compensation, making up for the aging of a device and the build-up of dirt on sensors, which has the potential to delay the detection of slowly developing fires. That’s according to Florence Daniault from the Wagner Group.

Evacuation systems was the third topic. It was discussed by Dr Karl Fridolf from WSP, an engineering services group, who exposed the theoretical framework of human behaviour in situations of fire, and how behavioural aspects could be better considered in safety design.

Video fire detection and its influence on evacuation was presented by Dr Tjark Windisch from Bosch Security Systems. On the day, Dr Windisch called for greater efforts when it comes to standardising video fire detection.

The final topic, smart buildings, was first discussed by Raman Chagger from the perspective of visual alarm devices. He demonstrated how the product standard together with suitable guidelines in a code of practice needs to be based on more solid research.

Dr Peter Harris from United Technologies Corporation showed how favouring interoperability and data sharing in smart buildings could bring about ‘context-aware smoke detection’.

In a final presentation, Marc Chenevoy from Euralarm highlighted the difficulties inherent with standardising interoperable systems in smart buildings, but reported on positive progress being made within European standardisation bodies.

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Milestone Systems and Community Partners deliver high profile retail surveillance solution across Middle East and North Africa

Milestone Systems, the developer of open platform IP VMS, has delivered a flexible and scalable surveillance solution for Majid Al Futtaim’s multi-site operations across the Middle East and North Africa. The solution integrates Best-in-Class technologies from Community Partners.

As a fast-growing business, Majid Al Futtaim realised that managing large camera networks and risks across multiple sites and countries posed several challenges. First, the outdated analogue surveillance infrastructure was in need of being modernised. Second, the sheer size of the operation, with multiple sites across several countries and more than a thousand cameras at some sites, had to be addressed.

Following a comprehensive vetting process, Majid Al Futtaim chose a state-of-the-art security and video surveillance solution in order for the business to remain at the forefront of operating safe and secure retail and leisure environments.

The Milestone XProtect Corporate VMS permits Majid Al Futtaim to operate the entire surveillance solution from a single management interface in the UAE. Being able to access all the sites from one location enables the operations team to co-ordinate surveillance and management efforts across those sites. Other relevant parties can also leverage the information directly from mobile clients, in turn enabling more efficient safety operations.

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Top-of-the-range Axis Communications cameras and Pivot3 hyper-converged server infrastructure guarantee the host business lives up to Government regulations. iCetana’s dynamic live monitoring system helps offset the challenges of actively monitoring the large camera networks and enables a real-time assessment and response capability.

Operational costs related to the hardware, servers and cameras have been reduced from 23% to 7%. Real-time response capability helps make overall security operations more effective by immediately identifying risks. Today, there are approximately 10-12 incidents actioned per 300 cameras.

“We are honoured Majid Al Futtaim has chosen Milestone as its primary VMS and we look forward to continuing to support them now and into the future,” enthused Peter Biltsted, director for the Middle East and Africa at Milestone Systems.

“iCetana is proud to provide ongoing support to Majid Al Futtaim throughout the MENA region, and also to be part of Milestone’s Partner Community as key components of Majid Al Futtaim’s video surveillance infrastructure,” added Stephen Bose, head of business development at iCetana.

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End users urged to “experience the power and flexibility of the new Vista Q server”

Vista has announced the release of Q, the four-channel server which comes pre-loaded with four qulu licences.

The Q server brings the power and flexibility of qulu video management software to smaller installations. It supports up to four IP cameras and includes 2 Tb of onboard storage.

As your security needs grow, Q can easily be clustered with other Q devices and servers on the network to form part of a larger system.

Coupled with qulu’s 2.4.1 update, Q may be configured to prioritise failover for up to eight additional cameras in order to protect your most important recordings.

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Designed to allow easy accessibility and simple set up, it helps businesses reduce their total cost of ownership while continuing to provide the same qulu experience.

The 1 Gb of RAM allows 4 x 1080p real-time images to be displayed on the qulu client without affecting the recording performance. Separate, dedicated storage for the Linux OS ensures all 2 Tb of the HDD goes towards the storage of images.

Key features are as follows:

  • Experience qulu on smaller systems: Q comes with four pre-loaded qulu licenses, which is ideal for smaller systems
  • Ultimate scalability: Q can be clustered easily to form part of a larger system as your security needs grow
  • Distributed architecture: reduce the potential of a single point of failure
  • True embedded NVR: powered by an ARM Cortex A7 processor for ultimate power and flexibility
  • Compact dimensions: discreet size and quiet operation ensures suitability for commercial applications

Gary Rowden, divisions director for product management and business development at Vista, commented: “Vista’s qulu VMS has brought a whole new level of interactivity to the interrogation of live and recorded video. Q has been developed specifically to allow smaller systems to benefit from this without compromising costs. Thanks to the distributed architecture, the potential of a single point of failure can be significantly reduced, subsequently ensuring that recordings are kept safe.”

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Intergrated Security Manufacturing to exhibit Genesys PSIM technology at ISC West

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) – a leader in the design, development and manufacture of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) technology – is to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas, which runs from 15-17 April. The company will be present in Booth 31108.

Genesys v2 is a technology designed by engineers who have a firm understanding of the commercial security market and which delivers “exceptional” levels of functionality, performance and ease of use for system installations both large and small.

Steve Smith, managing director of ISM, explained that the business continues to invest significantly in technology and R&D and is expanding the use and application of Genesys into new markets.

“The US provides a significant growth opportunity for our PSIM technology,” said Smith, “and notably in Homeland Security applications to protect critical infrastructure, embassies and data centres. There’s also a market in new vertical sectors including casinos.”

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) is set to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West in Las Vegas

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM) is set to show the latest version of its proven Genesys security management system at ISC West in Las Vegas

Smith continued: “Whatever the size of the installation or the opportunity, Genesys is fully scalable and able to ‘flex’ in line with a client’s needs.”

Genesys allows the integration of multiple systems from multiple manufacturers – all from one holistic integrated security system. Every electronic security or fire safety device from CCTV and intruder alarms to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform.

Control migration in practice 

Most importantly, Genesys features Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic failover technology that adds higher levels of automatic configurable redundancy and power. Control is effectively distributed across multiple workstations:

“We take power to your PC and multiple it by the number of PCs on your network,” stated Smith. “What this means is that if one PC fails, control is migrated to another PC on a seamless basis with no interruption or downtime. Our system is not restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software.”

Genesys is a ‘true’ PSIM system built around intuitive software that combine a range of industry leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience and 3-D modelling as well as a comprehensive event management database.

Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

The PSIM software operates as a standalone platform over LAN or WAN networks for remote and local sites with workstations that can be transferred to any operating Security Control Room on the network. This offers end users flexibility when closing down sites or buildings for off-peak or out of normal working hours (or in the unlikely event of any system failures).

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