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Qognify and Bosch expand co-operation to deliver “new level” of interoperable security solutions

Qognify, the specialist in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations, has expanded the integration of Bosch network video security cameras and Qognify’s Situator and VisionHub, in turn providing customers with advanced technology and business benefits.

This ‘Best of Breed’ solution creates centralised management for the entire platform with direct integration of Bosch cameras to Situator (Situation Management/PSIM) and VisionHub (Video Management System).

The integration enhances security management and operational benefits by leveraging situation management, video and visualisation capabilities:

*Centralised control and management through Situator Direct integration between Bosch’s network video security cameras and Situator. The integration enables PTZ and PTZ-like control for moving and fixed cameras, automatic triggering of processes when pre-defined incidents occur based on pre-defined alarm rules using cameras’ built-in video analytics, playback via local camera storage and camera tampering detection.

*Advanced video management capabilities via Qognify VisionHub including de-warping The advanced integration of Bosch’s FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 camera and Qognify’s VMS eliminates fish eye lens distortion, enabling 360° of view without blind spots and with an non-distorted overview image. Additionally, the PTZ-like control of the video allows end users to digitally pan, tilt and zoom in order to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. This advance support of de-warping means empowering the benefit from wide coverage using a single device, while having a “normal” view of an otherwise distorted or reversed image.

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Qognify records the original camera stream and de-warps the video for viewing purposes, allowing each operator a unique view.

*Reduced storage and network bandwidth with VisionHubBosch Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction: A feature that optimises storage capacity and reduces network strain by using bandwidth only when needed. By intelligently distinguishing between noise and relevant information, Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction reduces the camera’s bitrate by up to 50%, substantially contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.

*Network optimisation: Overcoming network overload during working hours by automated, scheduled transfer from the camera’s on-board storage to central control.

*Zero loss of data: Automatic filling of missing recording data on the SVR by restoring missing video from the camera’s on-board storage.

*Video Analytics at the Edge: Qognify’s VisionHub integrates with Bosch’s Essential Video Analytics or Intelligent Video Analytics which runs on the camera. This enables the delivery of video analytics alarms based on pre-definable alarm rules from the camera to VisionHub and Situator. In addition, the integration supports the Qognify video analytics suite running centrally on the recorder, combining Bosch built-in (edge) video analytics with Qognify’s server-based video analytics. This offers customers maximum flexibility when designing a video analytics solution.

“When mission-critical solutions are involved, it’s essential that stringent quality checks are observed,” said Rudolf Spielberger, head of the Integration Partner Programme at Bosch Security Systems. “Qognify’s solutions were tested to excel in multiple integrations. Our strategic co-operation with Qognify is substantially enhancing levels of security and delivering clear and quantifiable business advantages for our customers.”

Certified integration is already in use at customers’ sites. “We’re committed to advancing integration with leading technology partners and, to this end, we’re proud of our integration with Bosch to yield a complete, tested and field-proven solution,” said Eran Noam, vice-president of global strategic partnerships at Qognify. “It’s important that organisations have confidence in integrations such that they can leverage the broad range of excellent integrated products available in today’s security marketplace.”

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Genetec unveils collaborative case management system to improve investigation workflows

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture IP security solutions, has developed Genetec Clearance, a case management system specifically designed to speed up investigations by allowing different organisations to collect, manage and share video evidence and other relevant case information.

Genetec Clearance is expected to be available in Q4 2016 via subscription, through certified Genetec channel partners and resellers.

Genetec Clearance allows police officers, investigators and security managers to gather digital evidence from a variety of sources (such as Genetec’s Security Center and other video management systems, body-worn devices, in-car systems and mobile phone footage from bystanders and witnesses) and easily store, manage, review and share it from within a single application.

Genetec Clearance enables collaboration across independent agencies and private sector organisations. All pertinent files related to cases (video files as well as audio, images and documents, etc) are centralised and can be securely shared between investigators or requested by third parties without needing to physically ship or deliver the recordings.

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As the application is not licensed per seat, access can be shared with as many users as needed without incurring any additional fees. With built-in video redaction (patent pending), the privacy of bystanders can be protected by allowing identifiable information to be masked before sending video to other stakeholders. All user actions initiated within the system, whether internal or external, are automatically tracked to ensure the chain of custody of the evidence is maintained at all times.

“The increased evidence that’s now available from video surveillance systems, body-worn cameras and witnesses can help solve crimes,” explained Erick Ceresato, product manager at Genetec. “However, the sheer amount of data to be managed can also become cumbersome to process and review, in turn increasing the time spent on case preparation rather than the investigation itself. That’s why we’ve developed a case management system to help automate certain tasks that are frequently performed on a manual basis and to facilitate collaboration between law enforcement, corporate security departments, legal entities and the public.”

Today’s organisations are looking at ways to streamline their evidence sharing process while maintaining stringent audit capabilities. The growing volume of video recordings has become increasingly complex to manage and it’s important for users to collaborate while also maintaining a clear chain of custody. As Genetec Clearance supports many common video codecs, video evidence can easily be reviewed, while also eliminating the time-consuming manual process of video codec conversion.

Designed as an open platform, Genetec Clearance APIs can be used to integrate with third party systems and automate the upload of video recordings and associated metadata to be reviewed within the system. Integration with Record Management Systems enables law enforcement departments to automate the creation of new cases with their existing record system, thereby reducing the need for duplicate data entry.

Genetec Clearance is available on a subscription basis and includes access to all the latest software updates and features. Updates are automated within the system as they become available, requiring no additional intervention from the client’s own staff.

*For more information on Genetec Clearance visit www.genetec.com

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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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Tyco’s Illustra Edge cameras with exacqVision recording software deliver “complete IP solution” for end users

Tyco Security Products has now introduced Illustra Edge, a complete HD video system combining an IP camera, pre-installed exacqVision Edge video management software (VMS) and SD storage in one out-of-the-box solution.

Ideal for smaller installations of up to ten cameras or remote sites where server hardware installations are rendered impractical, the Illustra Edge solution provides an easy and effective means to deploy an HD IP video system without incurring separate server hardware installation and configuration costs as the server software and video storage capability reside on board the camera.

For system set-up, simply mount the camera, connect and start monitoring live and recorded video. Illustra Edge is supplied pre-configured with an included server licence for simple and automatic installation.

For larger applications and enterprise solutions, a simple licence upgrade to exacqVision Edge+ makes this solution expandable to unlimited servers.

With the included exacqVision Edge software, end users have the ability to view live or recorded video from multiple Illustra Edge devices or server-based recorders simultaneously. The included VMS allows users to export video search results, display alarm events on screen and access instant replay of both video and audio events via exacqReplay.

Tyco Security Products' Illustra camera in detail

Tyco Security Products’ Illustra camera in detail

Windows, Linux and Mac computers

The exacqVision client software runs on Windows, Linux and Mac computers. Additionally, end users can install the free web service software on a separate PC in order to view video on a web browser, tablet or smart phone.

The Illustra Edge recording solution offers high reliability as there is no single point of server failure. If one camera fails, the others will continue to stream and record video. The camera-to-server traffic is internal and not on the customer’s network, thus yielding low overall network traffic.

“This is a complete solution for end user customers looking to create their own video surveillance solution without the added costs of servers and complex installation,” said Julian Inman (video product marketing manager for the EMEA at Tyco Security Products).

“Whether it’s a small business or retail store, or an end user who needs to supplement their enterprise system because of a remote location or intermittent wireless coverage, the Illustra Edge solution can be deployed to fit their needs.”

Illustra Edge is available in three camera models: the Illustra Pro 5 Megapixel Fisheye, the Illustra Pro 2 Megapixel Compact Mini-Dome and the Illustra Pro 2 Megapixel Compact Mini-Bullet. The Illustra Edge Fisheye camera boasts in-camera de-warping offering real-time 180º/360º panoramic views or a quad view delivering four independent ‘Quad’ 4×3 normalised video streams. Its 5 Megapixel capacity affords this camera solution the power of two-to-four cameras for many indoor applications.

The Compact Mini-Dome and Mini-Bullet offer end users HD video with a wide field of view, IR illumination and wide dynamic range. Although discreet, these versatile cameras are equipped with multiple viewing angles including corridor mode, making them highly useful for hallways, aisles and alleyways.

*For more information about Illustra and the new Edge solutions line visit: www.illustracameras.com

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ONVIF to highlight Profile Q with Quick Install Challenge at IFSEC International 2015

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be an exhibitor at IFSEC International 2015 in London, which runs from 16-18 June at ExCeL. On stand D530, ONVIF will host a Quick Install Challenge for its newest profile, Profile Q, and will also provide an interoperability demonstration on Profile S to highlight the functionality of its interoperability specifications for the physical security industry. 

“Our Profile Q Quick Install Challenge allows visitors to test for themselves how simple it is to connect Profile Q conformant devices and clients,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of ONVIF’s Steering Committee. “With an additional demonstration of Profile S, ONVIF will highlight how interoperability between brands works in everyday applications.”

The Quick Install Challenge for Profile Q showcases the easy set-up of the new profile. Attendees will be tasked with setting up and connecting a Profile Q conformant camera and a Profile Q conformant video management system. A prize will be awarded to the participant with the fastest time.

ONVIF member companies are sponsoring ONVIF’s exhibitor’s booth at IFSEC International, as well as the interoperability demonstrations. The 2015 IFSEC International ONVIF sponsors are: Axis Communications, Bosch Security Systems, Synetics, Oncam, Meyertech, Hikvision and Panasonic.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF now consists of more than 500 member companies in six continents and more than 4,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control and Profile Q for easy installation and advanced security features, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP video integration solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

Further information about ONVIF’s conformant products, including vendors and the conformant models, is available on ONVIF’s website at: www.onvif.org.

ONVIF was established to develop a global open standard for IP-based physical security products. Membership is open to manufacturers, software developers, consultants, system integrators, end users and other interest groups that wish to participate in the activities of ONVIF.

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Vista provides 3 Megapixel 24-hour coverage with new IP domes

Vista has extended its VK2 range with the addition of two 3 Megapixel models. These new additions offer “superb high quality images” and include all of the high end features associated with the rest of the range.

The VK2-3MPBIR3V9F is a true day-night megapixel IP bullet with IR LEDs and remote lens set-up. The 3 Megapixel resolution at up to 20 ips provides “highly detailed images” with large scene content. This ensures the greatest flexibility in retrospective investigation by allowing any part of the scene to be enlarged – in both live and recorded footage – with minimum loss of detail.

For its part, the VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F is a true day-night megapixel IP vandal-resistant dome complete with IR LEDs. The remote zoom and focus enables operators to set the angle of view and focus from a local or remote PC or tablet.

The new Vista VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F vandal-resistant dome camera

The new Vista VK2-3MPVRDIR3V9F vandal-resistant dome camera

As for the bullet, 3 Megapixel resolution provides highly detailed real-time images for in-depth live and recorded interrogation.

Key features of the new cameras

• Triple streaming 3 Megapixel resolution
• Remote lens set-up
• IR LEDs
• PoE equipped
• Onboard SD card slot

Bob Forehand, Vista product manager, commented: “The new 3 Megapixel range offers exceptional 24-hour coverage thanks to the IR LEDs and excellent image quality. As is the case with the rest of the Vista range, these models are compatible with our full suite of video management solutions – qulu, QNVR and VK2-Recorders – as well as other third party NVRs and Video Management Systems.”

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Vista launches qulu Video Management Software for end users

End users are promised “a new era of power, performance and freedom” with Vista’s new qulu Video Management Software (VMS). Designed to offer the most efficient performance on the market, this “revolutionary” software allows users to interact with video “like never before”.

Initially previewed at IFSEC International 2014 in June, the software received great acclaim with a number of visitors to London’s ExCeL declaring it to be the best new solution on display at the show.

Vista strongly recommends that prospective end users view the demonstration video on its dedicated Vimeo channel (www.vimeo.com/vistacctv/qulu) to understand “the power and simplicity” of the software.

Vista's qulu VMS

Vista’s qulu VMS

qulu can also be downloaded as a free 30-day trial, allowing end users to explore and discover how simple and quick to install it is, as well as how it can revolutionise the way in which live and recorded video might be interrogated.

“The feedback we’ve received around qulu has been phenomenal,” stated Zoe Yates, Vista’s product manager. “IFSEC International was a great first test and the system passed with flying colours. Since then, we’ve conducted countless demonstrations, held special event days and seen a huge number of hits for the demo video. It’s almost impossible to explain what makes qulu different from any other VMS on the market as it’s all centred around the end user experience. You really do have to see it to believe it.”

Key features and benefits

One-off payment for recording licenses
No base licenses, hidden fees or recurring annual costs. End users buy one license for every camera required

Supports third party cameras (including ‘fish eye’ systems)
Not limited by cameras that only work with a given software

Support for Windows, Linux and Apple Mac operating systems
Unlike the majority of other VMS offerings, qulu allows end users to deploy the operating system with which they’re most comfortable

Interrogate live and recorded video
Select multiple regions of interest and view all scenes simultaneously

Quick, simple search function
Search intelligently by highlighting an area on screen. qulu will display any motion events in that area

Small, easily downloadable software packages
qulu will be up-and-running “before most other VMS packages have even downloaded”. Ideal for areas of limited Internet access (as is often the case when on-site)

Reduce hardware costs
Exceptional performance that “comfortably supports twice as many cameras as other VMS”

For further information visit: http://www.vista-cctv.com/product/qulu

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