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Brian McClain assumes presidency of Pelco in wake of recent acquisition by Transom Capital Group

Pelco – a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of predictive video security solutions including cameras, recording and management systems, software and services – has announced that CEO Jean-Marc Theolier will be leaving the organisation effective immediately. As part of this change, COO Brian McClain will take the role of president, leading the recently independent company while the search for a new CEO is finalised.

Pelco was acquired by the Transom Capital Group in May. Transom is an operations-focused private equity firm in the middle market with more than $500 million in assets currently under management. The firm’s functional pattern recognition, access to capital and proven ARMOR Value Creation Process combines with management’s industry expertise to create improved operational efficiency, significant top-line growth, cultural transformation and overall distinctive outcomes.

The organisation is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

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Brian McClain

Speaking about the management changes, McClain stated: “Jean-Marc served as a critical member of the Pelco team in the recent sale and resulting ownership transition. I want to thank him for his passion and service to Pelco and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Transom Capital Group has ambitious plans for Pelco, including leveraging a bold vision designed to meet the growing demand for solutions-focused products and services across specific market segments.

“Pelco commands a powerful brand in a growing industry and maintains a deep bench of amazingly talented employees,” added McClain. “Transom Capital Group recognised these factors in its decision to purchase the company and will serve as our foundation in becoming the leading solutions provider in the industry.”

Existing Pelco employees Brooke Christopher has been promoted to head of marketing communications and branding, while Stuart Rawling becomes vice-president of marketing strategy.

“We congratulate Brooke and Stuart on their new roles and look forward to their continued leadership within the company,” concluded McClain.

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LILIN’s megapixel outdoor IP cameras feature edge computing for object counting

LILIN is taking quality and value “to the next level” with the new ZMR8122X-P bullet IP camera. Perfect for outdoor installations, the ZMR8122X-P delivers Full HD 1080p (2 MP) video at up to 30 frames per second (fps), while also offering end users maximum protection against dust, dirt, and water.

On-board Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) enables security integrators to tailor the ZMR8122X-P to detect the objects and situations that matter most to the purchasing end user, in turn opening up new possibilities for customised applications.

IVS combines edge-level advanced motion detection, designated Tripwire, that allows a detection line to be drawn within a camera image – Semaphore + Tripwire – when a combination of events need to occur for an alarm to trigger. Object counting enables businesses, for example, to obtain accurate information on the number of people who enter or leave their premises.

To achieve excellent depth of field, the ZMR8122X-P is P-IRIS supported, meaning that it automatically adjusts like an auto iris yet prevents blurred images that can occur when an auto iris over-corrects for bright lights.

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With P-IRIS, the camera is the ideal solution for situations where light is constantly and quickly changing, no matter how close or how far the subject is located. True day/night recording is enhanced by infrared LEDs and LILIN’s SenseUp Plus enabling clear night-time images at a distance of up to 115 feet or more.

The ZMR8122X-P bullet IP camera is for those security professionals who require detailed, high-resolution surveillance of challenging locations such as hotels, car parks and loading bays. It’s the latest addition to LILIN’s portfolio of advanced IP video technology engineered to improve ease of use for operators, simplify installation for contractors and deliver stable, high-quality video for end users regardless of lighting conditions to help protect people and facilities. 

Built-in I/O ports allow the connection of external devices to help enhance alarm signalling and also enable features such as two-way audio.

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IDIS determined to focus on video cyber security at IFSEC International 2019

Network security and the threat of ‘cyber loopholes’ should be a top priority for video surveillance users, IDIS will tell visitors at IFSEC International. Launching a cyber security advisory video ahead of the show, the IDIS team at ExCeL in London from 18-20 June will also be on hand to demonstrate and explain how IDIS technology goes a step further to strengthen the resilience of traditional surveillance network processes.

IDIS will be highlighting the dangers of cyber attacks and the common vulnerabilities found in many surveillance set-ups – as well as showcasing a full range counter-measures – on Stand IF1110.

Users should plan for three specific risks, states the company: data access loopholes, data transmission weaknesses and the integrity of recorded footage.

“IDIS has consistently led the way in addressing cyber security concerns, taking a multi-pronged approach from R&D through to customer installation,” said James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “We’ve developed a rich, layered and comprehensive set of technologies and features to ensure maximum protection for end users.”

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Visitors will see how IDIS DirectIP – the cornerstone of the IDIS Total Solution – closes-up widespread vulnerabilities and serves as a proprietary mutual authentication system for all IDIS IP products. IDIS DirectIP speeds up implementations and streamlines cyber security by eliminating the need for engineers to manage multiple IP addresses and associated passwords during implementation. It therefore mitigates human error and the common malpractice of saving passwords in vulnerable spreadsheets.

Using peer-to-peer technology, IDIS’ ‘For Every Network’ technology also lets engineers deploy and configure secure, multi-site surveillance solutions that use centralised monitoring and control without in-depth knowledge of routing or networking.

IDIS will also highlight the cyber security essentials for transmission and recording together with its own patented and proprietary technologies which prevent activities such as snooping, modification and the destruction of data.

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James Min

In addition, visitors to Stand IF1110 will learn how IDIS ensures the integrity of video recording, with its advanced ‘Chained Fingerprint’ technology authenticating footage such that it can be submitted to the police and the courts as evidence.

“Combined with these technologies, our industry-leading training programmes are helping installers and integration partners to work knowledgeably with devices and networks to ensure maximum cyber security for our end users,” concluded Min.

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IDIS Europe’s partnership strategy pays off with reported 78% sales growth

IDIS Europe has reported record sales growth for 2018, with a 78% rise attributed to successful projects with long-term partners and continued investment in technology and support services.

Contributing to this success the company, which is Korea’s largest in-country video surveillance manufacturer, was the supplier for major contract wins in the retail, healthcare and education sectors.

Since opening its European headquarters in Brentford in 2013, IDIS has established a strong technical support team and wide sales networks and the company has worked hard to develop profitable partnerships with security installers, system integrators and distributors.

“Our core strategy as a company is to pursue sustainable growth alongside our partners as a one-stop supplier for video solutions,” urged James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “This means working together to ensure customer satisfaction, delivering better value and better technology.”

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James Min

For security installers and system integrators, IDIS is now focusing on reducing Total Cost to Serve, giving them complete, easy-to-source video solutions that offer more profitable implementations and predictable revenue streams. Going forward this is a priority,  stated Min, and it will be achieved by continuing to invest in video technology that eliminates complexity and earns the loyalty of end users.

“The most encouraging thing is that, whenever customers switch to IDIS technology, they find that it gives them higher performance and a lower total cost of ownership. They also know that we’re working on new forward and backwards compatible technology to meet their future requirements.”

Once on board, customers tend to upgrade, but not switch away from IDIS, which is good news for installers. “We saw that with our new 12 MP Super Fisheye camera, launched last year as a step up from of our original 5 MP model. This has proven attractive for lots of our established customers as well as new users. It’s already our best-selling unit.”

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For the integrator, IDIS’ model of simple-to-install technology from a ‘one solution, one company’ supplier means more realistic and attractive maintenance and service agreements. True plug-and-play performance was developed to reduce complexity for engineers installing and maintaining systems and, in turn, reduce cost and disruption for end users. The IDIS Ultimate Warranty also offers greater long-term protection for both parties.

“Anything that helps us to earn customer loyalty results in more sustainable long-term business,” added Min. “We also recognise that our installation partners make a commitment to IDIS when they invest their time on engineer training and product knowledge, so it’s important that we repay that commitment by supporting them to open up new opportunities.”

Looking ahead, IDIS predicts that strong sales performance will continue in 2019, with more major projects in the pipeline and new technology launches making it an attractive proposition to expand existing systems as well as install new ones.

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Hanwha Techwin introduces 2 MP Wisenet 55x IR PTZ dome camera

With a 55x optical zoom, a Gyro sensor for accurate stabilisation in windy conditions, optical ‘Defog’ and built-in IR LEDs designed to assist the capture of HD images at night at a distance of up to 500 metres, manufacturer Hanwha Techwin feels the Wisenet XNP-6550RH can lay claim to have “set a new standard for PTZ cameras” designed for perimeter protection and large open area applications.

“The product development team has ensured that the 2 MP Wisenet XNP-6550RH is packed with features needed by security personnel to detect and observe suspicious activity over long distances in airports, car parks, industrial estates, stadiums and city centre-type environments” explained Uri Guterman, head of product and marketing for Hanwha Techwin Europe.

Guterman continued: “This is one of those cameras whose performance needs to be seen to be believed. The superior optical Defog feature built into the Wisenet XNP-6550RH is particularly impressive. Unique to Hanwha Techwin, Defog involves the use of an optical low pass filter which is able to accept a higher light range in front of the camera’s image sensor in order to reduce the influence of fog. The ability to capture clear, sharp images in daytime conditions enables faces to be recognised up to 170 metres from the camera. That also deserves a special mention.”

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Progressive scan technology

The Wisenet XNP-6550RH, which is IP66- and IK10-rated for vandal-resistance and outdoor use in harsh environments, uses progressive scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles.

An auto-tracking feature allows operators to monitor the movement of people or vehicles while remaining hands-free to control other cameras. The Wisenet XNP-6550RH is also able to ‘hand-over’ to cameras covering adjacent areas. 

A built-in suite of analytics includes Tampering, Loitering, Directional Detection, Defocus Detection, Fog Detection, Virtual Line, Enter/Exit, Appear/Disappear, Audio Detection, Face Detection, Motion Detection and Sound Classification. 

Multi-streaming and bandwidth efficiency

The Wisenet XNP-6550RH allows multiple streams of images to be transmitted at a variety of frame rates and resolutions to any PC on the network or other devices such as smart phones and tablets.

The use of H.265 compression minimises latency, making the manual tracking of moving objects simple and straightforward. The cameras also feature WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image.

Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 99% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream II is combined with H.265 compression.

The ability to store up to 256 GB of data via two SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slots incorporated into the Wisenet XNP-6550RH ensures that video is automatically recorded in the event of network disruption.

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Oncam improves design and functionality of Evolution surveillance cameras

Oncam, the dedicated provider of 360-degree video capture and business intelligence technology, has announced the release of its new and improved Evolution 05 and 12 stainless steel camera line with design enhancements that further position the device as the ideal solution for surveillance needs in the most demanding environments.

Evolution cameras provide resilient protection in areas where resistance to the elements and compliance with stringent regulations are paramount. The updated design includes:

Enhanced aesthetics The camera enclosure is more compact and aesthetically pleasing, making it an elegant solution for applications that feature high-end architecture

High-level certifications In addition to the camera’s NSF Certification and IP69K rating, the new design adds more certifications that demonstrate its effectiveness in harsh atmospheres: NEMA 4X and 6P (for enhanced compliance in the North American market), IP68 (certifies protection against submersion) and IK10+, which certifies enhanced protection against impact/vandalism

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Extended accessories range A comprehensive range of stainless steel accessories and mounting options

Tamper-proof security The front cover of the camera can only be opened using a bespoke tool, in turn providing increased safety and protection

The Evolution camera is a core part of Oncam’s specialist camera line, which includes the Evolution EXD models certified for explosive environments. This suite of specialist cameras is designed for markets that experience extreme conditions and require durable surveillance equipment to avoid inefficiency or damage. 

“The enhanced stainless steel camera line incorporates various improvements that, when combined, deliver a powerful and dependable safety device for environments that need durability the most,” said Jon Marsh, vice-president for products at Oncam. “Our customers require surveillance technology that’s set apart from standard video security solutions. The upgrades we’ve made create a robust feature set that’s specifically designed for a number of critical applications.”

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Hanwha Techwin “stands out from the crowd” in “competitive surveillance market”

Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe, has provided an indication as to what’s in the company’s 2019 product pipeline. Here, he explains how working ever more closely with distribution partners and leading system integrators, and valuing the feedback they provide in terms of changing market demands, has delivered huge dividends for Hanwha Techwin when it comes to devising a successful product strategy.

We’ve enjoyed significant sales success over the past three years. There’s no doubt that this is largely due to our ability to truly understand how the market is evolving, which we have been able to do with the help of our field-based sales colleagues and our talented teams who have taken on board our customers’ feedback.

In addition to introducing new cameras and recording devices, this has also driven us to work in partnership with third party technology providers to develop solutions which are relevant to today’s market and provide our distribution partners and system integrators alike with a competitive edge.

During 2019, our customers can be assured that we will continue to be a market leader by taking advantage of emerging technologies which will enable them to achieve maximum value from their Wisenet video surveillance solutions.

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New products and solutions

Hanwha Techwin will be formally launching new additions to its Wisenet range throughout 2019 and we’ve given a strong indication as to what’s in the product pipeline.

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning – which present exciting new opportunities for a wide range of sophisticated applications – now becoming more accessible to solution developers, we intend to introduce more solutions which support the latest AI technology.

The Wisenet 5 chipset, which is at the heart of the Wisenet X Series of cameras, will be used in other camera lines. There are also plans to introduce an even more advanced Wisenet 7 chipset.

There will be an updated version of the Wisenet WAVE Video Management Software (VMS) offering improved scaleability and interoperability for medium-sized installations, as well as a new version of Smart Security Manager which is designed for entry level, legacy and special projects. We shall continue to cooperate with third party VMS vendors for our high-end customers.

A key attribute of the new products which will be introduced over the coming months is that they’ve all been designed to improve the installers’ experience and reduce operational costs for end users. 

Smart solutions for vertical markets

We intend to sustain our efforts to seek out opportunities for introducing new and innovative solutions to complement existing Wisenet solutions developed jointly with our technology partners for strategic vertical sectors, such as retail and transportation.

Our Korean heritage and core values of ‘Challenge’, ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Integrity’, which are at the heart of ourWe Move With Trust’ central marketing theme, have equipped the business to stand out from the crowd. In order to have a brand name which is trusted, it’s not sufficient just to have products which are better than those of our competitors or for them to be more affordable. We also need to demonstrate a long-term commitment to provide customers with the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

In this respect, our message encompasses respect for our distribution and solution partners, our passion for quality and service and an extended five-year warranty support which we offer to our STEP Partners as part of a package of benefits designed to reward their loyalty and give them a competitive edge. 

Determined not to be complacent, Hanwha Techwin has declared its intention to continually monitor and test cyber security risks using third party security agencies and a dedicated cyber security team. When necessary, we will release in quick time new firmware to counter the latest threats.

This is an exciting time for our security business. The year has already begun well with the recent announcement that our new manufacturing facility in Vietnam is fully operational. This is just one of many reasons why I’m confident we will continue to succeed and be competitive in a market that continues to grow at pace.

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