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VCA’s analytics energise security and operations for oil and gas sector

Video analytics is increasingly being used as a powerful tool to help remotely monitor and protect vulnerable facilities such as gas and oil pipelines. According to Michael von Hauff, CEO of Osprey Informatics, it can also assist operations managers to improve productivity for the host organisation.

Since it was established in 2012, Osprey Informatics has been on a mission to revolutionise the use of video to automate and remotely manage industrial operations. Unlike traditional video surveillance models, the company believes that visual information should not be the exclusive domain of corporate security, but rather seen as an asset that can be used throughout an organisation, with a measurable return on investment.

Indeed, it’s this philosophy that has resulted in Osprey Informatics acquiring a long list of prestigious clients, among them Husky Energy and the Pembina Pipeline Corporation.

“A recent report published by MarketsandMarkets Research estimates the oil and gas security and service market will grow from a value of USD26.34 billion in 2015 to USD33.90 billion by 2020,” said von Hauff. “Perhaps this isn’t surprising given the ever-increasing sophisticated activities of organised criminal gangs, as well as the risk of terrorist attacks which can result in major disruption to supplies and potential loss of life, as well as damage to the environment.”

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Continuing this theme, von Hauff stated: “With this in mind, our clients are looking to invest in the latest video surveillance technology to ensure they can respond effectively to any threats. We have helped our clients achieve this objective by relying on VCA’s analytics solutions to play a key role.”

Event detection

VCA analytics, developed in the UK by a team of computer vision scientists, can detect movement within very small areas of a video image and provide operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, despatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services.

The ability to do this is significant as it’s widely acknowledged that operators can miss important events after monitoring video for more than 30 minutes or so. The possibility of this happening is increased when individual operators are tasked to view multiple screens.

Not to be confused with Video Motion Detection (VMD), which works on the basis of detecting changes in the light scales of pixels within a video image, VCA analytics is able to provide a far more reliable and accurate solution. It does so by analysing on a frame-by-frame basis the metadata related to the motion and properties of objects within a video stream. The result is a high detection rate and a dramatic reduction in the kind of false alarms that can be generated by VMD software.

Productivity, safety and security

“As part of an integrated video surveillance solution, VCA analytics can provide immediate access to images relevant to urgent operational events, allowing operators to respond quickly to production and environmental incidents as well as security threats,” added von Hauff.

“Companies operating in the oil and gas sector understand the need to protect the environment. They also take the responsibility of creating safe working conditions for employees very seriously and recognise the importance of compliance with Health and Safety policies. VCA analytics can clearly help in these areas. The same technology can be deployed to identify opportunities for improving operational efficiencies. It does this by providing accurate data on a wide range of activities, such as the movement of vehicles and personnel at facilities and remote sites.”

von Hauff cites Pembina Pipeline Corporation, which has grown into one of Canada’s largest integrated energy infrastructure companies over the last six decades, as an excellent example of one of its clients that has embraced video analytics as a way of protecting its investment in the infrastructure used to transport oil and natural gas across North America.

Using its own brand of HD IP cameras and domes with VCA analytics on board, Osprey Informatics has supplied a state-of-the-art monitoring solution that provides the Pembina Pipeline Corporation with a high level of situational awareness through the use of innovative, user-friendly technology to protect its people, assets and the environment.

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Samsung Techwin launches WiseNet Lite security camera series for end users

In a crowded professional security camera marketplace where there’s no shortage of manufacturers competing for the attention of end users and installers, Samsung Techwin has demonstrated its determination to retain its market leading position with the launch of the High Definition (HD) WiseNet Lite series of cameras.

The three bullet cameras and seven domes in the new WiseNet Lite series have been introduced to provide Samsung Techwin’s customers with keenly priced alternatives to the highly acclaimed, feature rich, Open Platform WiseNetIII models.

“We fully understand that in a competitive world, the best way we can continue to support installers, systems integrators, end users and our business partners throughout Europe is to provide a wide range of options which can collectively meet the budget limitations and functionality requirements for any video surveillance project,” said Tim Biddulph, product manager for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“WiseNet Lite allows us to offer a high performance video surveillance solution for shops and offices which just require HD cameras to capture evidence grade images, while it also provides an affordable solution for much larger projects where hundreds of cameras may be required.”

Samsung Techwin's SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

The 1.3 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel Full-HD WiseNet Lite models share many of the features built into the WiseNetIII range, including Intelligent Video Analytics, motion detection, privacy masking zones, audio support, PoE and a SD/SDHC memory slot.

They also feature LDC (Lens Distortion Correction) which compensates for the image distortion that can occur with wide angle lenses.

Samsung Techwin has equipped the WiseNet Lite cameras and domes with a Hallway view function for the monitoring of narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. It enables the camera to capture images with a 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio that works effectively in tall and narrow spaces with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements.

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

The new models in the WiseNet Lite range are as follows:

• SND- L6013: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network dome camera
• SND-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera
• SND- L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera
• SNO-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens
• SND-L5013: 1.3 Megapixel HD network dome camera
• SND-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens

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Axis’ Camera Companion upgrades security regime at convenience retailer Nisa

Axis Communications’ Camera Companion system has been voted the ‘most innovative’ solution available by an independent panel at an innovations showcase run by the Association of Convenience Stores, and was also chosen for installation at a branch of Nisa, the national convenience retailer.

Axis Communications and partner Defence Security were selected for the installation following an initial proof of concept trial. Axis led the trial at the Nisa Local in Hockley where store owner Rav Garcha challenged the specialist security surveillance company to expand the functionality of his current analogue set-up – including remote central monitoring, mobile accessibility and the option to integrate cross-functional retail analytics.

Commenting on the project, Daren Lang – regional business development manager for northern Europe at Axis Communications – said: “What they needed was a small, cost-effective solution that was not only easy-to-use and set up but also innovative. The installation needs to grow and adapt with the business plans of the store.”

Axis’ Camera Companion is an easy-to-use video surveillance solution optimised for small systems up to 16 cameras. It consists of software running on standard Axis cameras, storage on SD cards or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, software clients for PC and smart phones and standard network equipment. It offers future-proof IP advantages such as digital HDTV image quality and optimised bandwidth usage with Axis Mobile Streaming.

Axis' Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Axis’ Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Dave Brown, business development manager at Defence Security, added: “The store’s existing system often experienced faults and failures and needed a wholesale upgrade. In comparison, the flexibility and image quality offered by the Axis cameras is streets ahead. Even its smallest camera achieves two-and-a-half times the picture quality of most analogue systems.”

Compact dome and fixed lens cameras

As part of the store’s upgrade, Defence Security replaced 16 conventional cameras with a range of Axis compact dome and fixed lens cameras. Variously featuring video motion detection, active tampering alarm, two-way audio and integrated passive infrared sensors, the cameras capture the entire store in full HDTV image quality.

An in-built microphone and speaker system also allows members of staff to communicate directly with customers at the critical point of sale area in the store. The Axis cameras’ superior image quality and reliability also mean that footage is of evidential quality and certified for use in court.

Using Axis’ Corridor Format, the cameras record footage in vertical aspect ratio which is better suited than traditional landscape format for monitoring the narrow aisles in the Nisa Local store. The system is also fully open to future high-spec integrations that use surveillance data to analyse staff levels, peak trading hours, customer footfall and buyer behaviour.

Data can also be collated to inform staffing policy, store layouts and the relative success of special promotions or offers.

Rav Garcha told Risk UK: “The great picture quality and advanced audio detection features are incredibly important. In the past, we’ve experienced armed robberies and several incidences of abusive behaviour and threats being made towards staff. Axis’ cameras can be relied upon not only to see these incidents in perfect detail but also hear and record what’s being said.”

Increased surveillance coverage

Despite reducing the store’s overall camera count, the new Axis Camera Companion system has significantly increased surveillance coverage in the store, as measured against the retailer’s historic analogue system.

Indeed, the success of the Hockley store project has resulted in the installation of a network video encoder at Nisa’s Broadway outlet.

Garcha concluded: “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the entire Axis Camera Companion package, from ease of installation right through to the end product. We now have a bespoke surveillance system set-up and an analytics capability that will make a real difference to the business’ profitability.”

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