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.

Pro-Vision offer new Samsung WiseNet Lite range from stock

Pro-Vision Distribution Limited, the distributor of branded CCTV and access control equipment, are pleased to announce that they can now offer Samsung’s new WiseNet Lite range from stock.

Simon Davies, Internal Sales Manager for Pro-Vision Distribution, said “Samsung has launched a range of high definition Hikvision IP Camera under the WiseNet Lite series to provide installers with keenly priced alternatives to their highly acclaimed, feature rich, Open Platform WiseNetIII models. The bullet Security Cameras and domes in the new range provide a high performance video surveillance solution for retail applications and offices that simply require high definition CCTV IP Camera to capture evidence grade images. As well as an affordable solution for larger projects where a greater number of cameras may be needed.“

Simon continued: “The 1.3MP and 2MP 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 benefit from a Hallway view function for monitoring narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. This allows the outdoor cctv 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 minimizing bandwidth and video storage requirements.”

Hikvision H.264+ Smart Codec Powers Surveillance System

Optimized compression offered by Hikvision DVR Smart Codec minimizes bandwidth and storage requirements while maximizing video resolution in real world applications

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, introduces a complete range of 4K surveillance products to provide a true ultra-high-definition video solution for real world security applications. The 4K Total System features Hikvision Camera H.264+ Smart Codec, which reduces bandwidth and storage requirements by 50% compared to standard H.264 codecs while maximizing video resolution with its optimized high-compression technology.

The new 4K family includes ultra-high definition network Hikvision IP Camera and network video recorders, all equipped with a variety of Smart functions. It is ideal for applications where clear, high-resolution images and smart surveillance of large areas are required. These include city surveillance, stadiums, parking lots, and crowd management scenarios.

H.264+ Smart Codec
The launch of Hikvision’s 4K Total System comes as concerns grow about the burden placed on the transmission system and storage when outdoor cctv camera and NVRs lacking dedicated 4K-compatible components are installed. This is not an issue with the 4K Total System, which incorporates H.264+ optimized compression to allow users to more efficiently manage ultra-high definition video footage. With features such as background-based predictive smart encoding, enhanced noise suppression, and optimized bitrate control, Hikvision’s H.264+ compression saves bandwidth resources and decreases storage requirements. The result is a complete system designed for immediate practical use, providing customers with genuinely useful end-to-end smart high-resolution security video.

4k Output Advantage
As a further refinement, the Hikvision 4K NVRs support the HDMI 2.0 output interface, allowing users to display 4K video for monitoring applications. As a result, Hikvision’s 4K family offers users a true end-to-end 4K ultra-high-resolution solution, providing users with 4K monitoring, recording, and playback.

Ultra-High Definition = Ultra-High Quality Analytics
The new 4K solution, which includes 4K IP dome, bullet and box dahua security camera along with a variety of 4K NVR models, delivers Ultra-High Definition (UHD) images, providing 4K resolution in real time. The high quality images also improve video analytics performance, particularly in scenes covering large areas. Limited resolution has hindered video analysis in the past, but now the additional pixels in 4K technology allow for better resolution and improved image enhancement, which in turn allow for more information to be extracted from the scene. The result is an improvement in the accuracy and quality of video analysis and better value for users.

Smart Features
As a part of the Hikvision Smart product family, the new 4K products are equipped with smart features that put intelligence, efficiency, and ease-of-use at the heart of this state-of-the-art video surveillance range. SMART technologies include face detection, intrusion detection, line crossing detection, and smart focus. Smart tracking capability enables the cameras to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the dahua camera area of coverage, while Smart video analytics includes region enter/exit, object left behind/object removed, and more.

The Complete 4K Total System
DS-2DF6836-AEL 4K Ultra-Low Light Smart IP Network PTZ Dome Camera
DS-2DF8836I-AEL(W) 4K Ultra-Low Light Smart IP Network IR PTZ Dome Camera
DS-2CD4085F-(A)(P) 8MP Smart IP Box Camera
DS-2CD4685F-IZ (S)(H) 8MP Smart IP IR Bullet Camera
DS-2CD4A85F-IZ (S)(H) 8MP Smart IP IR Bullet Camera
DS-2CD4185F-IZ 8MP Smart IP Indoor Dome Camera
DS-2CD4585F-IZ (H) 8MP Smart IP Outdoor Dome Camera
DS-9600NI-H8 4K NVR
DS-7604/08/16NI-I2(/4P)(/8P) 4K NVR with 12 Mega-pixel UHD support
DS-7716/32NI-I4(/16P) 4K NVR with 12 Mega-pixel UHD support
DS-9632/64NI-I8 4K NVR with 12 Mega-pixel UHD support

How MFS technology increases the efficiency of video systems

In an era of heightened terror threats or fear of organised attacks, the demand for more cctv surveillance camera is becoming increasingly insistent. But is the “more is better” approach really the right one in this case? Rather than just increasing the number of ip security camera, would efforts not be better spent on making the video systems more efficient – with the right technology, that would not even be very difficult.

Whether they be public spaces, airports or business premises: the challenge when it comes to safeguarding large areas and expanses is to be able to obtain a comprehensive overview of the entire surveillance area and at the same time the highest possible resolution of details in even the most distant regions of the image.

Resolution is not everything
Manufacturers of network IP CCTV Security Camera may vaunt larger and larger megapixel numbers: but resolution alone is not everything. In order to be able to provide reliable security over large expanses, it is imperative to be able to make out details and identify individuals not only close to the camera but also in more distant regions. And this is where a very simple physical principle takes effect: a real scene is three-dimensional, but in the outdoor cctv camera image it is only represented in two dimensions. The camera pixels are distributed evenly over the camera sensor, which means that the advertised resolution is also constant for the entire image angle – even though a much higher resolution and pixel density might really be needed for more distant regions in order to deliver the same number of pixels per metre as are available for a region closer to the camera.

In other words: If a camera delivers a high-resolution overview image, this can be used to render sequences of events visible, depending on the lighting conditions at the site and the dynamics of the camera. But this certainly does not mean that the resolution over the entire scene is sufficient to allow incidents to be investigated in an emergency. In such situations, the following condition must also be met: Depending on the requirement, and as appropriate for the image scene and details that are important to recognise, a minimum number of pixels must be present on the object or person in the image. This is referred to as pixels per metre (pix/m) on the object/person. It is not the same as the number of pixels a camera uses (as described in the statement “5 megapixel camera”, for example).

Guideline values have been established in the video industry for pixels per metre: To observe, you need 62 pixel/m, to recognise known individuals you need 125 pixel/m, and 250 pixel/m are needed in order to be able to identify unknown persons – regardless of how far from the IP Cameras the people are.

IQinVision installs HD megapixel IP cameras at University of Miami

IQinVision ,market leader in high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, today announced the University of Miami, Florida, has installed over 350 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout its main campus in order to create a safer environment for students, staff, and visitors. The University of Miami is a private research university with more than 15,000 students.

The university had maintained video surveillance for a number of years, but as Jose Ruano, Executive Director of IT Security, explained, “Our challenge was that a university is very de-centralized. We had so many legacy ip cctv system, and we were looking to bring it all together into a unified system that we could manage in a centralized manner.” Campus Police are responsible for monitoring video and investigating any incidents, but as Ruano pointed out this was made very difficult by the many disparate systems.

In order to integrate all the different video systems into a single unified system, Ruano and colleague Steve Weatherly, Senior Security Engineer, knew the university needed to upgrade to IP. “It was much more economical to upgrade our cameras and run them over the IP network than laying coax,” recalled Weatherly. Both Weatherly and Ruano conducted extensive research and identified companies they wanted to visit at the ISC West security tradeshow. “When I first saw a demo of an IQeye megapixel Infrared Security Cameras, I was blown away at the quality of compared to analogue,” said Weatherly. “Ever since then it’s been IQinVision.” In addition to selecting IQeye outdoor cctv camera, University of Miami also chose OnSSI video management software for their upgraded security system.

The university actually has over 400 cameras installed, with approximately 90% of them IQeye HD megapixel cameras. IQeye cameras are installed wherever image quality is critical for identification purposes—parking lots and areas that typically have a high density of students. The University Police also conducted an analysis to identify high crime areas. Cameras were then installed to address pressing needs at the locations identified in the study.

Honeywell announce the addition of six new IP cameras

1080p and 720p Cameras Boost Resolution and Image Quality

Honeywell today announced the addition of six IP cameras to its existing equIP® IP product series. The new true day/night cameras are split into two ranges – 1080p and 720p wide dynamic – with each range incorporating three different models; an indoor only mini dome, a vandal resistant mini dome and a box camera.

A core benefit of the new CCTV IP Camera is progressive scan video which enables improved detail on moving objects such as faces and car number plates. Furthermore, dual streaming allows each video stream to be configured with an individual resolution whilst Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) results in significant storage savings without sacrificing image quality in low light. The IP CCTV Security Camera can also be fully integrated with Honeywell’s MAXPRO® NVR SE and XE 2.0 ranges to offer an efficient all Honeywell IP system.

The high resolution of the 1080p outdoor cctv camera allows operators to digitally zoom for superior detail and to cover nearly three times the horizontal area compared with standard fixed analogue cameras, potentially reducing the number of cameras required to monitor a fixed space and lowering costs. The 1080p cameras’ superior image detail and ability to highlight small details, such as facial features, means they are suitable for installations that require enhanced detail when zooming in, and the highest possible resolution.

The 720p cameras use wide dynamic technology to improve image visibility even in high contrast environments where objects are hard to identify due to severe backlight or shadows. This allows security personnel to identify subjects in challenging environments such as areas with strong back lighting or abrupt changes in illumination, or when looking from a well lit area into a darker one. The technology delivers video with near-perfect exposure in the harshest of lighting conditions enabling the operator to see recorded events more clearly for use as evidence or to inform decisions.

“Successfully using IP technology to improve the quality, detail and resolution of video recording, particularly in challenging environments, is a constant focus for security manufacturers,” comments Mark Openshaw, Product Manager for Honeywell Security Group EMEA. “Helping installers and end users monitor wider areas and use video footage more effectively is driving the evolution of, and demand for IP solutions.”

New Smart Thermal Camera from SightLogix

SightLogix, the technology leader for smart thermal camera systems, is displaying the third generation of the company’s innovative SightSensor thermal camera here at ASIS 2014. The new SightSensor provides the most accurate security solution for outdoor applications while solving a fundamental economic challenge for the industry. At one-third the size and with reduced power consumption from prior generations, the new SightSensor avails solar and wireless capabilities that vastly reduce infrastructure requirements often needed for outdoor cctv camera security projects.
Visit SightLogix in Booth 3722 to learn more.

“Our new SightSensor smart thermal camera is redefining the expectations for outdoor security by shifting the emphasis from surveillance to crime prevention,” said John Romanowich, SightLogix President and CEO. “This new third generation SightSensor builds on SightLogix’ heritage of outdoor detection accuracy, fulfilling a long-sought promise of using smart thermal Security Cameras as an outdoor burglar alarm.”

Outdoor security projects encompass many infrastructure expenses that typically dwarf the cost of security cameras themselves. These include plans and permits for construction and trenching, installing electrical and communication wiring to remote areas, and on-site provisioning. The result has been a significant capital investment each time an organization needs to secure a facility. The new SightSensor reduces costs in two ways: lower power consumption enables solar and wireless operation, and large coverage areas decrease the number of sensors needed when compared to any other smart CCTV IP Camera solution. The result is a significant reduction in installation costs, making SightSensors ideal for a broad range of mainstream applications.

With lens options that range from wide areas (90˚ FOV) to 600m distances, and a NEMA 4X, nitrogen-purged enclosure, SightSensor thermal cameras provide high Probability of Detect (PD) and a low Nuisance Alarm Rate (NAR) day and night, in all weather conditions.

New features of the third generation SightLogix SightSensor thermal IP CCTV Security Camera include: four times the on-board video processing of previous generations; greatly reduced power consumption, size and weight; support for ONVIF, H.264; audio messages triggered in response to alarm conditions; simplified video cabling and connections; and a flexible browser-based configuration option.