Public Space CCTV ? Blazing a Vision in The City of York

The City of York has become the first council in the UK to integrate its public space and transport CCTV through the large-scale deployment of ONVIF technology and all the benefits this brings.

As part of two major developments Meyertech Fusion-Core-Solar video management software and Fusion-Incident CCTV information management software has been employed to integrate the many legacy systems and Hikvision IP Camera into the York Travel and Control Centre (YTCC), a dedicated Public Space and Transport CCTV facility located in a new 300,000 control room in West Offices. This is probably the largest ONVIF based public space system in the UK and will amount to the biggest change in the way CCTV is operated in York since the service was first introduced.

By embracing the ONVIF standard this historical city, which was once briefly the capital of England, is now blazing a vision for the future of Public Space CCTV in the UK.

In parallel with the new unified control room the City of York Council York has begun to exploit its new private fibre optic network by installing the latest CCTV IP Camera more cost effectively and efficiently than ever before and, at the same time taking advantage of the flexibility that the CYC network provides to route the video streams.

With over 400 member manufacturers?worldwide producing over 2000 conformant products, ONVIF provides increased flexibility and greater freedom of?choice through interoperable products as the leading global?standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products. When choosing Video Management Software (VMS) to integrate and control their new system the City of York Council wanted to be safe in the knowledge that their investment is protected in the future, which, is why CYC chose Meyertech, the first British company to gain ONVIF Profile-S conformance.

Speaking about the project, David Wood, Sales Executive at Meyertech declared: We are extremely excited by Yorks vision to employ an ONVIF solution and especially pleased they have chosen to implement it using Fusion Video Management Software (VMS) and ZoneVu appliances.

With the continued growth of IP video surveillance in the last few years most councils have a strategy to migrate their Public Space systems from analogue to IP-digital connectivity. The interoperability that Fusion VMS provides was crucial in leveraging Yorks existing analogue CCTV investments.

As more security equipment becomes IP Camera convergent opportunities arise for systems to interoperate making long-term investment in security an actuality and allowing the City of Yorks future aspirations to integrate Park & Ride sites, schools and many other council buildings and services a reality.

The new control room which employs eight staff providing 24/7 coverage is now one of the most technologically advanced control centres in the country monitoring over 150 Wireless IP CCTV Camera across the city, and this is set to increase in the near future with cabinet member for planning and transport, councillor Dave Merrett stating: We now have the potential to expand the range of other CCTV services we provide.

The system has made an immediate impact with crime rates. In a single?month last year alone it was used in 42 prosecutions. A point not lost on?Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, who stated: If there is footage of crime, more often than not those being prosecuted will plead guilty, so it saves?money all the way along the line. York is a safe city and we are keen to keep it?that way. IP CCTV Camera provides an essential service and a great way to do that.

Protecting a Rolex store from threat of theft: An Avigilon case study

Protect a high-end watch and jewelry store from internal and external retail theft, while implementing a sophisticated ip cctv system that is user-friendly and wont disrupt the stores network.

The solution

The security personnel at the Rolex flagship boutique in Tel Aviv, Israel use the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to oversee six Avigilon 1MP and 2MP HD Security Cameras and two analogue cameras installed throughout the store. The Rolex boutique also uses an Avigilon 5MP camera to overlook the stores lab, where inventory that is not on display is stocked. Management uses ACC Mobile, Avigilons mobile application, to observe store activity during off-hours when they are away from the store and Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store up to 45 days of continuous surveillance footage. Euro-Asia, the owners of the Rolex boutique in Israel, also use the Avigilon solution in their main office and four other affluent retail outlets across Israel.

The benefits

The Rolex brand is world-renowned for their high-quality, designer products. In a store where the average item retails for thousands of dollars, ensuring the highest level of security is a top priority. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system allows the Rolex boutique to efficiently and effectively monitor inventory and defend against customer and employee theft. On the operations end, the switch from an analogue to an IP-based security system has been a smooth transition for the stores security personnel. With highresolution footage, an easy-to-use video management system and time-saving search functions, managers at the Rolex boutique and Euro-Asia have been able to resolve incidents with indisputable evidence in a fraction of the time it took them with previous systems. The store has also been able to leverage high-definition video surveillance to improve operational efficiencies and properly evaluate customer service standards. Security personnel at the Rolex boutique manage live and recorded footage from a workstation inside the shop and a separate workstation inside Euro-Asias main offices.

  • Protect expensive merchandise from theft
  • Create a safe shopping environment for customers
  • Meet insurance requirements
  • Reduce investigation time
  • Improve business operations and customer service

Upscale watch and jewelry store guards luxury assets and ensures customer safety with Avigilon high-definition surveillance system

Located on Shaul HaMelech Boulevard, one of the largest cultural hubs in Tel Aviv, the Rolex flagship boutique caters to some of the citys most fashionable and affluent clientele. Founded in 1905 in London, England by German watchmaker Hans Wilsdorf and his brotherin- law, Alfred Davis, Rolex has since blossomed into the worlds largest luxury watch brand. Euro-Asia, a European-based official dealer for several high-end watch brands including Rolex, Tudor, Certina, Bering, Michel Herbelin and RedLion Jewelry, owns and runs the Rolex flagship boutique in Tel Aviv. In the past, Euro-Asia relied on analogue-based video surveillance systems in their retail outlets, however, when they opened the Rolex boutique in 2012, the owners knew they needed to upgrade their system in order to get the highlevel protection an upscale watch and jewelry store required. Our old Hikvision IP Camera were very difficult to use and we could hardly identify anything with them, said Noam Burstein, CEO of Euro-Asia. We felt that our previous investment did not yield satisfying results. Under the recommendation of Polar Electronic Systems, an Israeli-based security and surveillance products distributor, Mr. Burstein upgraded to Avigilon for its ease-of-use, efficient storage, and immediate and accurate search capabilities.

With the success of the Rolex flagship boutique installation, Euro-Asia has implemented the Avigilon solution in four other shops in different cities in Israel and its headquarters in Tel Aviv. In addition, with Avigilon, the company was able to meet other business-related requirements. When we moved to our new office, the insurance demanded a better system, Mr. Burstein said. We decided that we wanted a system that would also be useful for our day-to-day business and not just for security.

Protecting customers, employees and expensive merchandise

Like most luxury stores that carry premium merchandise, protecting inventory and the safety of customers and employees is a top priority. In early 2014, a masked robber armed with a gun entered the front doors of the Rolex boutique and instructed employees to open locked jewelry displays containing expensive watches and transfer the jewelry into designated bags. However, the Avigilon 2 MP H.264 Dome Hikvision Camera installed in the boutique were able to clearly capture the robbery in real time. Midway through the robbery, one of the stores employees pressed a panic button, alerting officials at the Euro-Asia head office. As soon as the officials received the notification, they were able to pull up the feed using the ACC web client and immediately alert the police. The Avigilon system helped us quickly assess the situation and notify the authorities, Mr. Burstein said. Within minutes, police arrived and arrested the robber and his accomplice. The quick response of the Euro-Asia officials and police ultimately helped keep the Rolex employees and store merchandise safe. On the business side, the Avigilon solution has already proven its value. If the robbery was successful, the costs related would be very heavy, explained Mr. Burstein. In addition to the merchandise lost, we would have experienced an increase in insurance premiums and restocking fees. I feel much better not even thinking about it.

Strong image quality and network management

While evaluating different security system providers, one of the first features that stood out to Mr. Burstein was the unparalleled image detail provided by the Avigilon solution. The image quality we get from Avigilon is much higher than we had before, said Mr. Burstein. The high-definition capabilities of the Avigilon system have helped to create a safe environment for customers and employees and have been used as a proactive tool in accounting for expensive merchandise. We wanted to have a system that provided high-resolution images so that we would be able to locate items misplaced by both customers and employees, said Mr. Burstein. In addition, the Avigilon system has had minimal impact on the stores network since deployed. We have had no downtime of the system in the last year, so we are content with the quality of system installation by Polar Electronic Systems, maintained Mr. Burstein.

Convenient and user-friendly

To secure all of its assets, Euro-Asia deployed the Avigilon system in its head office and its multiple stores across the country. With system operators in each location, choosing a system that was user-friendly and convenient was crucial. We do not have a full-time guard here, so our managers and non-technical staff need to be able to operate the system, said Mr. Burstein. For all the systems we tested, we found Avigilon to be the easiest and most convenient system to use. The ACC software has enabled users to efficiently monitor live and recorded footage, significantly reducing search times. Our managers now spend more time on their work than on the security system, Mr. Burstein said. After the robbery was stopped and the perpetrators were arrested, we managed to give the police the evidence they needed very quickly and were back to work in no time.

Lowering insurance costs

Having a modern, aesthetically-pleasing exterior is important for high-end stores located in a trendy neighborhood. At first our insurance company demanded that we install IP CCTV Security Camera and bars in windows in all our shops, said Mr. Burstein. However, bars in our windows were out of the question because Rolex would not approve disfigurement of the shop. The quality of Avigilons high-definition CCTV IP Camera and the addition of security smoke enabled us to compromise with the insurance company and avoid barring our windows. The result was a welcoming, comfortable shopping environment that is attractive to clientele.

Samsung Techwin move forward with mobile solutions for transport sector

The new Samsung Techwin SRM-872 mobile network video recorder has been engineered to withstand the rigorous conditions experienced on buses, trams, trains and trucks.

Developed in response to increasing demand from the transport sector for robust IP network based solutions, the ?SRM-872 network video recorder, working in conjunction with two Samsung Techwin camera models which have also been specifically designed for the transport sector, offers a highly effective mobile ONVIF compliant video surveillance monitoring and recording ?solution.

The SRM-872 NVR enables safety and security personnel to review latency free, high definition images of fast moving objects when an emergency or incident needs to be investigated. It achieves this by recording the images captured by 2 megapixel Security Cameras at 60 frames per second through a recording bandwidth of 64Mbts, which ensures image edges are kept sharp and clear, and it can do so simultaneously across all of its eight channels.

Built-in GPS allows for location data to be recorded and whilst a hot-swappable 2.5 HDD can easily be removed for the purposes of backing-up video evidence, the SRM-872 also supports 3G/WiFi modules for on the move video retrieval. ?The compact size of the SRM-872 provides the option to conveniently locate it on or below the vehicles console and a built-in PoE switch minimises installation time.

With a built-in heater for low temperature (-25C) environments the SRM-872 has been approved for use by the European Railway industry and has been certificated conformant to the EN-50121-3-2, EN-50121-4, EN-50155, EN-61373 and EN-609050-1 standards.

Mobile camera options

Both the Samsung Techwin SNF-7010VM and SNV-6012M mobile Hikvision IP Camera offer an enhanced Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) feature which negates the effects of vibration. This can greatly reduce the rolling shutter effects such as image wobbling or skew that can be seen in high quality images. ?They are also both equipped with a rugged M12 connector that is able to withstand vibration and harsh weather environments.

The SNF-7010VM 360-degree 3 megapixel (1080P) Hikvision Camera provides users with the option of selecting from a number of display options including 360-degree fisheye, ?single and double panorama, quad, rectangle or a user selectable region. Vandal resistant to IK10, the SNF-7010VM also features four polygonal motion detection zones and a digital PTZ, as well as Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles.

The SNV-6012M 2MP Full HD mobile flat network IP CCTV Security Camera can capture high quality colour images when the lighting level is as low as 0.03 lux and has an ultra fast frame rate of 60fps at 1080p. The enhanced Wide Dynamic Range built into the SNV-6012Ms WiseNetIII DSP chipset, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. ?It also offers a Defog feature which can be used to help improve the clarity of images captured in poor environmental conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Both the SNV-6012M and SNF-7010VM meets the EN50121 standard which covers electromagnetic emissions in railway environments whilst both cameras are weatherproof to IP66 and comply with the EN50155 standard.

COP Launches Connexx Transmission and Connectivity Solutions

Meeting the need for CCTV video transmission and connectivity solutions across a variety of media, COP Security has announced Connexx ? a comprehensive new range of over 100 products.

With over 20 years breadth of product knowledge and manufacturing experience in the transmission of quality video, COPs knowledge in this sector is unrivalled, with all Connexx products being made from high-grade components, and backed by extensive development and testing.

Whether covering large distances or distributing multiple signal formats, the Connexx range has a practical and competitively priced solution to meet all requirements.

Suitable for Coax and CAT-5 UTP applications, Connexx solutions include a complete range of HD-SDI ancillaries, for use with COP HD-SDI DVRs, Security Cameras & monitors ? all designed for full 1080p high-definition video signal transmission.

An ideal solution for cable runs up to 300m and needing no power, Connexx Passive CAT-5 products cater for up to 4 video, data & audio signals being sent down a single UTP cable. For distances up to 900m, the Active range of products also caters for up to 4 video, data & audio signals via a single CAT-5 cable, and includes PSUs as standard.

For those looking to fulfill power & video transmission applications, the Connexx CAT-5 Power over Ethernet (PoE) server can connect and supply 12v power for up to 16 Hikvision IP Camera, receive video and transmit RS485 data.

Where installing coax or UTP cabling is problematic, Connexx 2.4/5.8Ghz Radio Transmission ranges offer a video & audio transmission alternative. Being simple to install, this Wireless IP CCTV Camera range offers installers a cost-effective way to cover large distances but without the associated cable and labour costs.

Completing the Connexx range, peripheral system products such as VGA and RS485 Video Amplifiers and Distributions, Surge Protection modules, Modulators, and HDMI Convertors and Extenders are also available.

The continually expanding range of Connexx products is built to exacting standards, using only high-quality components, says Gareth Rhodes, COP Securitys Sales & Marketing Team Leader. Ensuring total peace of mind, every Connexx product is tested for compatibility with all our CCTV IP Camera equipment, and is covered by Advantage Plus, which includes a 3 Year warranty, 1 Year advance replacement & 30 Day money back guarantee.

Changing the Face of IP ? Samsung Techwins Open Platform

This year Samsung Techwin is bringing choice and simplicity to the marketplace with its latest generation of IP network based video surveillance solutions.

In this brief interview, Joanne Herman, Marketing Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, explains the benefits of IP and why the time is right to adopt this new technology.

Q: Joanne, why do you believe that Samsung Techwin can make such a big difference to how customers utilise Video over IP?

A: Our product development strategy has been based on the understanding that in the current challenging economic environment, businesses and organisations are understandably looking to achieve maximum long term benefit from their investment in video ip cctv system. End-users want to purchase a solution that is not just fit for todays purposes, but is also future proof in terms of its expandability and its ability to integrate with new technology in the future.

Q: There are many manufacturers of outdoor cctv camera and recorders who would say that their products are flexible, scalable and future proof too. Why do Samsung Techwin IP solutions stand out from the crowd?

A: Simply put, its the ground breaking open platform capabilities of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset that is at the heart of all our latest cameras and domes.

Q: The term Open platform is widely used in the software world. How does this apply to the chipset that is inside your cameras?

A: We believe it is an exciting game changer in that the truly open platform allows users to effortlessly upload Apps and run them on any WiseNetIII Hikvision IP Camera or dome.

Q: And why would customers want to do this?

A: Video Analytics is perhaps one of the best examples in which the functionality of a Hikvision Camera can be enhanced with the use of Apps and the processing power of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset is such that we can now give customers the complete freedom and flexibility to choose the edge based video analytics App that best matches their individual requirements.

I am certain that we will look back in a year or so and be amazed at the diversity of Apps that have been introduced. Many video-based Apps are already available. Retailers for example, may wish to use a video analytics App available from AgentVI which is designed to provide business intelligence on customer in-store behaviour and can produce heat maps which show busy areas of a store, by hour or day of the week, to enable a stores merchandising department to identify where to locate in-store promotions or perhaps relocate slow selling items. Data can also be collected to allow analysis of how long customers have to queue to pay and this can be used to help inform store managers to establish how many check-outs should be open to ensure that the customer experience is not adversely affected by long queues.

Similarly, security personnel responsible for mission critical sites may wish to use the Foxstream video analytics App, which is ideal for perimeter protection applications where there is a need to have a high performance solution to detect and track would-be vandals and thieves.

Its really easy to upload an App to one of our IP CCTV Security Camera. Following the connection of a camera to the network, installers or operators simply need to upload their preferred App via the cameras browser.

All the 1.3MP, 2MP and 3MP models within the family of WiseNetIII network Wireless IP CCTV Camera and domes are extremely easy to install and set up, as are all our plug & play network recording devices. We believe however, that it is the open platform capabilities of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset that will have the most significant impact on the demand for IP network based video surveillance solutions and create considerable sales growth opportunities for our business partners, installers and system integrators.

Q: Can users upload more than one App at a time to the WiseNetIII DSP chipset?

A: Yes. In fact a key feature of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset is that it has the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously, such as People Counting and Cloud Storage. This offers a clear advantage over competitors chipsets which only have the capacity to upload and run a single App.

Q: Do all the leading independent VMS support the Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII models?

A: Yes. Indeed this is another very important aspect of the open platform nature of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset, in that it is very easy to integrate with virtually any video management software package. We are continuing to accelerate our integration programme and are now supported by a large number of VMS including Genetec, Milestone, Axxon, Ipronet, Exacq, Genetec, and Seetec.

We look forward to showcasing how Samsung Techwin are changing the face of IP this coming June at IFSEC.