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Genetec develops scooter-mounted ALPR solution for street parking enforcement

MONTREAL June 15, 2017 Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions will unveil Genetec AutoVu™ Motoscan, a new scooter-mounted on-street parking enforcement solution at this year’s Parkopolis (on the Copperpark booth # E11 9 pavilion 5.1 and the Indigo Park booth # C13 pavilion 5.1).

Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency in the traditionally narrow streets of European cities, Motoscan is a lightweight, low-power, yet fully-featured license plate recognition unit that is designed to be easily mounted on a smaller vehicle such as a scooter or small motorbike. Equipped with specialized ANPR cameras mounted on the scooter, the AutoVu Motoscan system automatically scans license plates and sends back the information to the parking authorities’ back-end system which will identify parking violations and issue tickets, as required.

“Managing parking in a city is not an easy task, but it’s particularly challenging for many European cities with narrow, busy streets. We have designed Motoscan to bring all the features of our state of the art AutoVu ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) system, in a small, compact unit that can be easily mounted on a scooter or small motorbike, without compromising the balance and stability of the vehicle,” said Chris Yigit, Product Line Manager, Genetec Inc.

The Motoscan unit is compact, measuring just 50Wx39Dx30H cm (19.7x15.2x12 in). It combines all critical components onto a single device to keep the weight low.

“At less than 15 kg, the Motoscan consumes less power than a 40-watt light bulb, allowing it to be powered on appropriate scooters without additional batteries, and function for as long as there is a fuel in the tank,” added Yigit.

The main unit is designed to meet the demanding automotive environment, making it able to withstand a broad range of harsh vibrations, weather and road conditions, including cobblestones, bumpy streets and smooth pavement.

In spite of its small form factor, Motoscan packs plenty of state-of the-art mobile ANPR features: this single, powerful ANPR solution automatically captures and reads thousands of license plates per shift. Thanks to the AutoVu SharpX ANPR high-resolution cameras included with the unit, Motoscan will offer consistent performance day and night and in all weather conditions. It can accurately decipher plate numbers on vehicles parked in parallel, at 45° or 90°, and can even read dirty or obstructed plates. The unit is also equipped with ruggedized built-in wireless technology to ensure real time communication with third-party parking management companies.

In order to avoid distracting the driver, Motoscan features an active manual controller instead of a screen. Located on the steering bar, the controller features toggle switches and LED lights to inform the driver of the functioning state of system. The data collected by the ANPR camera is automatically sent to a central location, and there is no need for the driver to interact with the controls, making it simpler and safer to operate.

Backed by 20 years of technological innovation, Genetec AutoVu provides an accurate, reliable and easy-to-use ANPR solution for municipal parking enforcement. Already successfully piloted in a major city in Belgium, AutoVu Motoscan is expected to be available in Q3 2017 from certified Genetec AutoVu resellers in Europe. For more information, visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/autovu/motoscan

About Genetec

Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit: http://www.genetec.com

Highways England to implement closed-circuit TV system based on ONVIF open standards

SAN RAMON, CA June 14, 2017 ONVIF®, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced today that Highways England has adopted an ONVIF – centric open standards approach to video technology for the continued expansion and management of its national highway CCTV and traffic system. The use of an open, standards-based CCTV system allows the national transport organisation to support existing CCTV cameras while providing a pathway for adding new, ONVIF Profile S conformant cameras from a variety of different vendors to the system.   

Highways England sought a standards-based approach for its CCTV and traffic system, which oversees motorways and major roads in England, in order to maximise the value of its bespoke CCTV cameras and to help keep tax payer-funded expenditures as low as possible. In addition to enabling continued control of existing CCTV assets and an incremental migration from legacy analog to IP, a standards-based approach offers Highways England the ability to use new innovative CCTV technology as it appears in the general market. As part of the ONVIF-centric, open standards approach, Highways England will specify that any new cameras added to the CCTV system must be conformant to ONVIF Profile S, whilst recording shall conform to ONVIF Profile G.

“Government entities and municipal councils are increasingly choosing to base their physical security infrastructure on open standards, like those established by ONVIF, in order to maintain a CCTV system that is vendor-neutral, flexible and future-proof,” said Jason Moss, Technical Director of Intelligent Transport for Mouchel, the consulting group assisting Highways England with its CCTV system. “This approach allows Highways England with help from its system integrator Costain to migrate to an open standards-based system incrementally as bespoke cameras reach their end of life and are replaced with ONVIF Profile S-conformant models from different vendors with use-appropriate feature sets.”

Highways England and two other major stakeholders are also joining forces with ONVIF to establish standard interfaces that can be used to allow users of their legacy and future CCTV systems to safely and securely access each other’s images. This will provide a truly open standards-based approach and provide flexibility in vendor selection to Highways England operations for the future.

“This collaboration with Highways England is a valuable one because we are given the opportunity to work closely with an end user who is solving a very real problem shared by many organisations – the need to modernize their CCTV infrastructure without replacing their entire system," said Per Björkdahl, Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “An added benefit of the collaboration is that Costain has become an ONVIF member and will bring a valuable perspective to the work of ONVIF in the future.”

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and more than 7,000 Profile conformant products. With Profile S for streaming video; Profile G for recording and storage; Profile C for physical access control; Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the Release Candidate Profile A for access control configuration, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF conformant products can provide.

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

DroneGun by DroneShield earns compliance certification from French military; company also launches thermal camera

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its DroneGun product has been certified as compliant under the French military’s Dangers des Rayonnements Electromagnétiques sur les Personnels (“DREP”) test, which measures electromagnetic emission levels on human users. The test is part of the French defence procurement processes. It is also accepted by other European countries. A video on DroneGun, shot on location of a military demonstration can be viewed at www.droneshield.com/videos. DroneShield has been actively trialling DroneGun with a number of militaries globally over the recent months, as drone deployments in armed conflicts continue to rise rapidly. The Company is presently in a number of government sector procurement processes internationally. Status updates on these processes will be provided as they become available.

The Company is also pleased to announce the launch of DroneHeat, a thermal camera product, and DroneOpt, an optical camera product, to supplement the Company’s existing acoustics detection products WideAlert and FarAlert, and the Company’s existing radio frequency drone countermeasure product DroneGun.

The addition of these methods of detecting and identifying drones allows for an improved overall detection accuracy in combination with the Company’s acoustic products, and for a definitive confirmation by the user of the the type of the drone detected, across a range of weather conditions and times of day.

These high-specification products provide a cost-effective yet high quality solution that can be deployed at a significant range (up to 600m) across a number of customer verticals, including military, law enforcement and civil infrastructure. The products are not ITAR (The United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations) restricted.

Peter James, DroneShield’s chairman has commented: “As DroneShield has previously indicated, in response to users’ requirements, it is moving towards becoming an integrated multi-method counterdrone contractor. The addition of a thermal detection product and an optical detection product to DroneShield’s suite of existing drone detection and countermeasure products is an important step in that direction. DroneShield continues to work on the development and integration of multiple additional detection and countermeasure technologies, in order to enable the Company to be a prime counterdrone integrator to militaries, civil infrastructure and other customers, and to respond to customers requirements."

Hanwha announces Wisenet X security cameras now compatible with Genetec Security Center platform

TEANECK, NJ June 14, 2017 Hanwha Techwin America announced today that its flagship camera line, Wisenet X, is now certified with Genetec™ Security Center 5.6 SR1 utilizing H.265 and WiseStream technology. H.265, also known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), is a codec that was used only in the broadcast industry, but the demand for higher megapixel cameras and resolution was the driving force that introduced this technology into security surveillance. With the certification of Hanwha’s megapixel cameras supported by the Genetec Security Center Platform, integrators can provide even higher levels of performance, efficiency, and added value.

Hanwha’s compression technology, WiseStream, enhances video streams by lowering bandwidth on high resolution cameras while maintaining image quality. Configuration of this technology is accessible via the Security Center Config Tool. WiseStream uses predictive bitrate control technology that efficiently knows when to decrease bitrates based on motion in the field of view. This compression technology can be combined with H.265 and even H.264 to provide more days of recording retention while decreasing network traffic, resulting in up to 75% of bandwidth savings.

“H.265 is an industry-leading codec that was developed for lower bandwidth video streaming while maintaining image quality,” said Ray Cooke, Vice-President of Business Development, Hanwha Techwin America. “This Genetec integration was driven by our customers’ increasing demand for high-resolution imaging formats including 4K Ultra HD. This technology far surpasses H.264 compression for generating the highest-quality images while reducing network and storage requirements. This collaboration between Hanwha and Genetec has a very good net effect for end users, including I/T teams: lower infrastructure costs and more affordable high-resolution surveillance systems, with the strong, proactive integration bringing this advantage to customers as part of our timely release of new cameras.”

“Genetec Security Center 5.6 continues to provide security administrators with greater options and flexibility to protect their assets, people and facilities. The certification of Hanwha’s Wisenet X cameras adds further variety and performance options when managing throughput with today’s 4K Ultra HD cameras,” said Laurent Villeneuve, Video Product Marketing Manager, Genetec Inc. “We are always collaborating with our trusted technology and hardware partners to advance the quality and reliability of our world-class unified IP security solutions,” added Villeneuve.

The Wisenet X series offers a variety of other industry-leading technology, including the 150dB WDR performance, which provides clear images in extremely bright and difficult light conditions. A convenient USB port is also available for easy set-up and installation. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased on-board storage and image stabilization using a gyro sensor.

For more information, visit www.HanwhaSecurity.com.

About Hanwha Techwin America

About Hanwha Techwin America Hanwha Techwin America is the U.S. subsidiary of Hanwha Techwin, a South Korean based company. Hanwha Techwin is a leading global supplier of solutions for IP and analog video surveillance. Building on the company’s history of innovation, Hanwha Techwin America is dedicated to providing solutions with the highest levels of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency for professional security applications, such as continuing development in advanced edge devices and video analytics. For more information, visit www.HanwhaSecurity.com.

About Genetec

Genetec™ develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec™ is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec™ was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec™, visit: www.genetec.com.

Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
     

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 
     

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
     

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 
     

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
     

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

NSR's warm thoughts of polar revenue opportunity... Forecast of $1.7 Billion 

NSR's warm thoughts of polar revenue opportunity... Forecast of $1.7 Billion 

NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition new June report, reveals more than $1.7 billion in revenue growth generated by the Arctic and Antarctic regions across a range of applications and frequency bands, driven by new bandwidth and capacity opportunities. Maritime demand will drive the growth of this nascent market, resulting in a 12-fold increase of commercial mobility capacity revenues alone between 2015 and 2025, albeit from a low base.

Alan Crisp, NSR Senior Analyst and report lead author commented that while the Polar regions are a niche market in and of themselves, the latent demand, lack of competition, and great need for connectivity combined presents favorable opportunities to those who are willing to accept the higher risks and technical challenges of operating in the region. Despite the challenges, such as small populations and lack of telecomm infrastructure, there are certainly opportunities for growth.

Operators with HTS capacity will be the largest winners, bringing new revenue opportunities to these unconnected and under-connected markets, with the region seeing $116M in HTS revenues by 2025.  Latent demand for this greater bandwidth will drive revenue growth when GEO-HTS and LEO-HTS solutions become available to Arctic residents and enterprises alike.

In addition to the opportunities in the GEO orbital arc, LEO-HTS will see a potential market develop due to lower cost of capacity, as well as coverage that is better-suited for higher latitudes.  This is especially the case where the lower cost per bit will result in a more compelling proposition for government-backed USO programs, which could lead to greater levels of spending for regional and remote communities.

These revenue opportunities will not come without challenges. Regulatory, technological, and distribution challenges to the business case remain. In the Polar Regions in particular, LEO-HTS will also find a lack of significant population as a major barrier to establishing a significant market presence, even with substantial capacity being offered. By contrast, challenges relating to look angles, ‘snow fade’, and limited supply availability will result in a steady FSS market in the Arctic, dominated by DTH and Video Distribution demand.t

 

This industry benchmark report provides readers with a comprehensive picture of the Polar satcom to date with more segmentations the edition includes a new split of supply and demand into Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as data segmented by application, vertical and frequency band.  

This report answers key questions concerning Polar markets:

  • How will usage demand shift over time across 12 applications?

  • Where is the greatest level of latent demand in connectivity, and what will result when additional supply becomes available?

  • What is the best way to serve demand coming from the Antarctic?

  • How would potential satellite constellations affect the current and future supply dynamic in the Arctic?

  • How underserved are the broadband markets in far north regions?

  • What are the revenue prospects for each vertical and application?

 

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New NSR report projects $1.7 Billion polar revenue opportunity

NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition report, published tomorrow, shows more than $1.7 billion in revenue growth generated by the Arctic and Antarctic regions across a range of applications and frequency bands, driven by new bandwidth and capacity opportunities. Maritime demand will drive the growth of this nascent market, resulting in a 12-fold increase of commercial mobility capacity revenues alone between 2015 and 2025, albeit from a low base.

“While the Polar regions are a niche market in and of themselves, the latent demand, lack of competition, and great need for connectivity combined presents favorable opportunities to those who are willing to accept the higher risks and technical challenges of operating in the region,” notes Alan Crisp, NSR Senior Analyst and report lead author. “Despite the challenges, such as small populations and lack of telecomm infrastructure, there are certainly opportunities for growth.”

Operators with HTS capacity will be the largest winners, bringing new revenue opportunities to these unconnected and under-connected markets, with the region seeing $116M in HTS revenues by 2025.  Latent demand for this greater bandwidth will drive revenue growth when GEO-HTS and LEO-HTS solutions become available to Arctic residents and enterprises alike.

In addition to the opportunities in the GEO orbital arc, LEO-HTS will see a potential market develop due to lower cost of capacity, as well as coverage that is better-suited for higher latitudes.  This is especially the case where the lower cost per bit will result in a more compelling proposition for government-backed USO programs, which could lead to greater levels of spending for regional and remote communities.

These revenue opportunities will not come without challenges. Regulatory, technological, and distribution challenges to the business case remain. In the Polar Regions in particular, LEO-HTS will also find a lack of significant population as a major barrier to establishing a significant market presence, even with substantial capacity being offered. By contrast, challenges relating to look angles, ‘snow fade’, and limited supply availability will result in a steady FSS market in the Arctic, dominated by DTH and Video Distribution demand.

About the Report
This industry benchmark report provides readers with the most comprehensive picture of the Polar itcom to date. With more segmentations than ever before, NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition includes a new split of supply and demand into Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as data segmented by application, vertical and frequency band.  For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.

About NSR
NSR is the leading global market research and consulting firm focused on the satellite and space sectors. NSR’s global team, unparalleled coverage and anticipation of trends with a higher degree of confidence and precision than the competition is the cornerstone of all NSR offerings.  First to market coverage and a transparent, dependable approach sets NSR apart as the key provider of critical insight to the satellite and space industries.  Contact us at [email protected] to discuss how we can assist your business.

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Toshiba Showcases IP Video Surveillance innovation at Electronic Security Expo 

Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group, a business unit of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., announced today it will showcase a broad variety of IP video surveillance solutions in Booth 853 during the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Nashville, TN, June 13-16, 2017. With a new level of synergy running throughout its product portfolio, Toshiba will address the many dynamics and technology disruptions facing electronic security and life safety dealers, integrators and monitoring companies.

Some examples of Toshiba IP innovation featured on the show floor include:

  • Percept Network Video Recorders allow users to record locally while leveraging an innovative cloud service, Surveillix Web Services (SWS), to provide cutting edge user management, system management and the exporting and sharing of video clips. Using proven technologies, SWS makes it easier than ever to navigate complex networks and access your entire surveillance system via an easy and intuitive interface on your PC or mobile device.

  • J-WB51A bullet IP cameras feature five-megapixel resolution, remote zoom and remote focus that make covering large areas easy while H.265 Smart Codec reduces network bandwidth. Adaptive IR LEDs, defog and image stabilization make the J-WB51A flexible for almost any outdoor application. 

  • IKS-WB9518 IP box cameras have Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160) delivering four times the imaging power of standard HD (1920 x 1080). Ultra HD is ideal for large area coverage or fast moving, high traffic locations, where it can precisely identify objects even when zooming in at great distances. A C/CS lens mount permits for a wide variety of lens options, while Digital WDR and True D/N give the camera added versatility.

As a technology leader, Toshiba continues to bring to market video surveillance solutions that set trends and meet customer demands for today and tomorrow. 

For more information, visit www.toshibasecurity.com.

ABOUT TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit toshiba.com/us

About Toshiba Corporation

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

 

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Hikvision Named Winner of ESX Innovation Award for Video Surveillance

Hikvision, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today announced its DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System has been named the 2017 ESX Innovation Award winner in the video surveillance category.

"The ESX Innovation Awards recognize innovative technology and excellence in the industry—and identify next-gen products and services that offer significant opportunity for growth and relevance in servicing the marketplace," said ESX chairman George De Marco.

Hikvision and the other ESX Innovation Award winners were chosen by a panel of security industry professionals who judged the products based on features and functions; innovation; end-user experience; ability to solve a problem; revenue growth potential; impact on company value and efficiencies; and compliance with regulations.

Hikvision’s award-winning camera will be featured in the ESX 2017 Innovation Awards Showcase. The ESX security show will take place June 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

As an Innovation Award winner, the Hikvision camera will also compete in the ESX TechVision Challenge, a live Shark Tank-style competition, judged by industry experts, which will be held on June 13 at the ESX 2017. David Stanfield, Hikvision product manager, Solutions Products, will represent Hikvision at the event. The winner of this challenge will be crowned Best of Show on June 14. 

“We want to thank the ESX panel of industry experts for recognizing Hikvision with this prestigious award,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc.  “We think the DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System is a perfect example of Hikvision’s commitment to our integrator partners who need high-end enterprise-level products that meet the most demanding requirements.” 

The DS-2TD4035 Series Network Bi-Spectrum Thermal/Optical PTZ Camera Systems feature a high performance 384x288 thermal imaging camera, with 25mm or 50mm lens option, combined with a 2MP CMOS true Day/Night camera with 30x zoom lens and 150 meter infrared illumination to improve the lowlight performance of the CMOS sensor. These systems’ advanced analytics include: line cross; intrusion detection; region entrance/exit; temperature-exception alarms and fire detection. The true power of these systems is the Smart Tracking feature that uses the thermal sensor to capture targets in any lighting condition, while the visible light camera zooms to provide additional information that the thermal sensor cannot provide, and it’s all in one easy-to-install package.

Visit Hikvision Booth #325 at the ESX show in Nashville, Tenn. to see Hikvision’s enterprise-level video surveillance solutions. 
 
About Hikvision
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
 
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What are the video surveillance needs for multi-site monitoring and management?

Bjorn Eilertsen

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A&S International magazine recently interviewed Milestone Chief Technology Officer Bjorn Eilertsen, about the requirements to consider for multi-site video monitoring and management. Let’s see what he says…

Q: What makes a good video surveillance system for multi-site environments (e.g., remote monitoring)? 

A: It is important to realize that every installation is different. This means that the video management software (VMS) should be able to adapt to different network topologies, speed and security levels. The same goes for camera connection types, management needs and storage topologies. Flexibility is the key here, as the needs for monitoring awareness might rapidly change according to the situation.

Networked systems are typically contnually expanding – sometimes adding new network nodes, other times increasing capacity or redundancy.  The VMS used in a multi-site context should be network transparent, easily adaptable and capable of handling these needs in a sensible way. We believe that only a true open platform VMS is capable of meeting these demands. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone

Q: In regard to Network Attached Storage (NAS), what are the key features necessary for multi-site environments? What are some advanced features?

A: Networked Attached Storage, Storage Area Networks or Cloud storage are all networked storage technologies. They each have their use, but require careful evaluation with regards to security, access, user permissions, redundancy, network topology and bandwidth. Since the recording server is handling all access to the video data base, the storage technology is transparent to the VMS.

Q: What are the major challenges and concerns in multi-site management and monitoring? How does your company help overcome these issues?

A: This type of solution places high demands on the management functions and clients. Often multi-site systems have a large number of cameras. The operational awareness must not be affected by the added complexity of a multi-site solution. We have designed our clients – from mobile clients to large Smart Walls – to provide perfect situational awareness no matter if they are to be used in single-site or multi-site installations.

Milestone also has our ONVIF bridge that enables XProtect installations to be a part of non-Milestone multi-site installations. This is unique to Milestone. Furthermore, multi-site solutions are by concept vulnerable to cyber attacks. This is one of the reasons we have a system Hardening Guide, which underscores our dedication to driving awareness in our community on this important aspect, and adding cyber security features to our software. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO Milestone Systems

Q: Does your company provide any technical support for systems integrators, especially for cross-country networking?

A: Yes – we have standard free support, and our partners can purchase Milestone Care extended support for their customers, to fit the type and level of support perfectly to their needs whether it’s local, regional or global support. The Milestone open platform community also enables partners to participate in global knowledge sharing.

Q: What is the best system topology for multi-site management and monitoring?

Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems

A: It depends on the specific needs. There is no single best solution. It is important that the chosen VMS is flexible, adaptable and extendable according to changing needs. The needs in multi-site environments might change over time – and often quite rapidly.

Q: What newer technologies and trends are multi-site video monitoring/management systems embracing (e.g., cloud, IoT, big data, etc.)?

A: To us there is no difference between single-site and multi-site systems regarding Cloud, Internet of Safety Things (IoST) or large data. Cloud is a platform game, Internet of Safety Things is a matter of device support, and large data is a matter of handling the huge amount of data from video sources. None of this relates directly to network topology beyond bandwidth issues. With the open platform design of Milestone software, we can adapt to new technologies and handle them, thanks to the solution power of the Milestone partner community.

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