When it gets wet: Plug & play cameras in the new bullet housing for outdoor use
When it gets wet: Plug & play cameras in the new bullet housing for outdoor use

If you wish, you can go swimming together with the plug & play cameras in the new bullet housing. Or monitor the streets of New Delhi during the Indian monsoon. Because the very sturdy housing is protected compliant with IP68 and it can therefore also be taken along when swimming under water. But when you are not planning to go diving at the moment, then the VKC-1378, VKC-1379 and VKC-1382 by eneo are the right choice for reliable outdoor use at temperatures from -20°C to +50°C. Because everything has been prepared to make installation quick and smooth: camera modules with retractable infrared cut filter for day and night use, integrated varifocal lenses, wall bracket with concealed cabling for wall mounting, sunshield. This means for you: at the installation site unpack, bolt on, hook up the cables. Focus and zoom can then be set externally without having to unscrew the housing.For the start: four different modelsWhat are the differences among the four currently available models? The differences between the VKC-1378/IR-650 and the VKC-1378/IR-316 are limited to the focal length: whilst the focal length of the VKC-1378/IR-650 lies at 6mm to 50mm, the VKC-1378/IR-316 has a focal length of 3.5mm to 16mm. Both cameras have a horizontal resolution of 560 TV lines, light sensitivity of 0.25 lux at F1.2, and their 70 LEDs (850nm) can illuminate as far as 80 metres. The VKC-1382/IR3516 has a horizontal resolution of 600 TV lines, light sensitivity of 0.14 lux at F1.2, and their 70 LEDs (850nm) can illuminate as far as 80 metres. Things are different for the VKC-1379/IR-316: the VKC-1379B/IR-316 (unlike the other models) is a Pixim camera that ensures a wide dynamic range (WDR) of 120dB with its patented DPS technology. Its horizontal resolution lies at 570 TV lines, light sensitivity at 1.4 lux, and its 70 LEDs (850nm) have an illumination range up to 80 metres. On all models the illumination is switched on and off automatically in response to the ambient lighting. The suitable model for you is not here? We will continuously expand our product range of cameras in the bullet housing, corresponding IP versions are also currently in the works.

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Plug and play in perfection: The VKC-13100/IR2810 bullet camera in a compact IP68 rated housing
Plug and play in perfection: The VKC-13100/IR2810 bullet camera in a compact IP68 rated housing

The eneo VKC-13100/IR2810 is the ideal choice for your night tasks. It always delivers clear and high-contrast pictures - even when you can't see your hand in front of your face and details are hidden in darkness. This is due, on the one hand, to the IR cut filter that retracts automatically in response to ambient lighting. On the other hand, forty 850nm LEDs are installed in the camera. These LEDs generate a maximum illumination range of 50 metres controlled by Dynamic Light Intensity Control (DIC), so you don't need to even think about extra illumination when you install the camera. The camera switches back into day mode when the sun rises in the morning and details again become visible. In day mode the VKC-13100 presents its imagery in exactly the same way usual for the human eye, in colour. By the way: the camera also operates perfectly in backlight, thanks to E-Wide Dynamic Range. Exclusive Model Water and dust cannot harm the sturdy VKC-13100/IR2810. With its protection rating of IP68 it is well prepared for all tasks out in the open. Whether in day-long heavy rain, or the hottest summer days up to 50°C - the new bullet camera always operates at full effectiveness. The compact and elegantly proportioned housing of merely 90x108x190mm deserves special attention as it is amazingly simple to install: the VKC-13100 is fixed in position by only one screw. The flexible mounting arm can be fitted to the wall or ceiling and simultaneously provides concealed cable management. The zoom and focus are adjustable from the outside without having to open the housing. This means you can start off as soon as you have opened the package when you receive your VKC-13100. All you have to do is to screw on the camera and hook up the cables. Plug and play in perfection.

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Intelligent cameras: the new eneo VKC(D)-1375 with extensive analysis functions
Intelligent cameras: the new eneo VKC(D)-1375 with extensive analysis functions

Cameras are becoming more and more intelligent. In addition to a progressive increase in resolution, numerous analysis functions are becoming available to make surveillance far more reliable and also ensure the security personnel's work is much easier. The VKC-1375 Box Camera and VKCD-1375 Fixed Dome from eneo are current examples of this. Reliable sabotage detection combined with a camera cover, defocusing, spray-painting detection and change of viewing direction are highlights. Motion detection has been implemented with different functionalities and configuration options: classic motion detection is applied to the entire scene with automatic upsizing and tracking of the detected movement by PTZ. Now though, the Mine Area function is used to preselect relevant areas, such as a wire, barrier or an area where unauthorised entry is prohibited. But the eneo technology goes even further: their range of functions include face image recognition and alerting when an object is moved out of a predefined area, plus cross object counting and entrance counting. With Cross Object Counting, two vertical lines defined in the picture are used for counting objects that move past, such as vehicles driving past a building. With Entrance Counting, the camera counts the number of people who enter or leave an entrance area, such as in a supermarket. The number counted is displayed directly in the camera image for both functions. Furthermore, an alarm output contract is available for triggering further activities for all the above video analysis functions.  Watch video demos showcasing the functions of video analytics in the camera  Video clips on  http://www.eneo-security.com/.You want to experience all analysis options in operation? Then visit this link where you will see video clips that not only explain each functions, they also show the settings you need to make in the setup menu. EHLC functionality and 3D DNR noise suppression All of these analysis functions are clearly only useful when the image quality is outstanding: the VKC-1375 and VKCD-1375 have a horizontal resolution of 650 TV lines and - in addition to advanced WDR, pixel compensation and real day/night functionality - they feature the new EHLC functionality (Excessive High Light Compensation). This function shades very bright areas in the video image, such as car headlights directed at the camera. Also, very dark image areas are brightened, so that the number plate is clearly recognisable despite the darkening effect in this example. Effective noise reduction is achieved through either the 2D function or the very effective 3D-DNR. The very high resolution is due to the use of a new Sony Chip Set with a very high number of active pixels.

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eneo VKC-1368-WL/W3 - Now with White Light
eneo VKC-1368-WL/W3 - Now with White Light

eneo is upgrading its W3 Series, the ideal solution for outdoor installations, with the high-resolution Plug & Play camera called the VKC-1368. It adds a white-light version to the brand's range of weatherproof cameras. 17 integrated white light LEDs deliver an illumination range of approximately 10 metres. But the VKC-1368 still operates with a high light sensitivity of 0.2 Lux at F1.2 when the white light is switched off. Its top class image quality in all lighting conditions is due partly to its 1/3" Supper HADII Colour CCD image sensor made by Sony along with the integral varifocal lens. It furthermore offers enhanced sharpness compensation and back light compensation. One outstanding feature is the Dynamic Light Intensity Control (DIC), which automatically adapts the intensity of the white light to the lighting conditions. But mention must also be made of the enhanced sharpness compensation and back light compensation (BLC) as well as the flexible dual supply voltage of 12VDC or 24VAC. The W3 weatherproof housing series classified compliant with protection rating IP67 designed especially for these Plug & Play cameras is made from aluminium featuring a clear polycarbonate window. With its compact size of 62x97x188 millimetres, it comes at a weight of only 900 grams, and its swivel-head mounting bracket gives flexibility to installation on walls or ceilings. The "Easy Installation Cable" pre-cabled video/power supply with outside routing (1.5m long, video: BNC jack; 12/24V input; 2-pin screw-plug connector) makes both installation and maintenance easy as the cable can simply be plugged from underneath. Furthermore the hidden cable management gives protection against manipulation and sabotage. Impressive value for money rounds off these specifications. Features VKC-1368 Weatherproof Camera with Swivel Head Bracket 1/3" Colour CCD Camera with Varifocal Lens Sensitivity of 0.2Lux at F1.2 Enhanced Sharpness Compensation Back Light Compensation (BLC) Automatic Shutter Control (ESC) Illumination by 17 integrated White Light LEDs Dynamic (Light) Intensity Control (DIC) Hidden Cable Routing Protection Rating: IP67 Supply Voltage: 12VDC/24VAC

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Any technology. One look.
Any technology. One look.

This autumn it’s all about the Candid, because eneo is now really pulling out all the stops with its consistent development of the successful product series. What’s new? The practical bullet cameras are now available for all three technologies: analogue, IP, HDcctv. And across all technologies and in all sizes. Whilst the Candid was previously only available in medium and large, the model series is now finally dimensionally complete with the new Candid Small. And with the introduction of the first thermal cameras, Candid is also positioned more broadly with regard to technology than ever before. A success story The Candid fulfils ultimate requirements placed on security and shape, which is proven by the growing numbers of satisfied customers impressed by the balanced, functional design of the bullet cameras. To say nothing of its technical features. Installers are also convinced as their work has been made immensely easier by the practical plug & play installation of the easy-to-handle bullet camera. No wonder, since it’s exactly the specific practical requirements what our product experts focus on so they can continue providing improvements in the future, through innovative camera technology and intelligent accessories such as the practical camera junction box AK-4. Small but with a performance to be seen: Candid Small With the new Candid Small, eneo has now rounded off the successful bullet camera series that was only available in the M and L sizes until now. Its dimensions have been reduced to a minimum allowing the smallest Candid housing to combine the advantages of the larger Medium and Large models – protection rating IP68, extended temperature range from -40°C to 50°C, integrated IR illumination, plug & play installation – with an extremely compact construction which also makes the housing a good recommendation for discrete indoor surveillance tasks. Just like the Medium and Large models, a 2 megapixel IP camera module (Full HD, 1080p) is also available for the Candid Small. Bigger selection than ever before, including thermal imaging technology Six current new arrivals, three IP and three HDcctv cameras, enrich the model series in the day/night camera product section. They are available in the three sizes small, medium and large. The S and M sizes have a motorised zoom lens with an autofocus function and a focal length of 3-9 mm; the two large models are 2-megapixel cameras with a 20x zoom lens (autofocus). In addition to these brand new cameras which are worth considering for many different types of applications due to their variable focal length, the Candid thermal cameras open up fully new fields of application. The first models are available in a Candid Medium bullet housing, as practical as it is elegant with IP67 protection and designed for fast plug & play installation. These are uncooled thermal imaging systems which operate maintenance-free over many years. That’s why they are the best economical solution wherever objects are to be detected at a maximum distance of 4 km. The new eneo cameras are available with a choice of 5 mm, 9 mm, 13 mm, 19 mm, 25 mm and 35 mm focal lengths with ranges from 330 to 4050 metres. Their thermal sensitivity lies at 50 millikelvin at an ambient temperature of 25°C. There is no technology system question with eneo thermal cameras as they have analogue as well as IP connectivity. By the way, connectivity: each module also has an external USB port. Speaking about our innovations: a Full HD version of the sturdy and versatile Callisto fixed dome is now also available.

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The benefits and challenges of in-camera audio analytics for surveillance solutions
The benefits and challenges of in-camera audio analytics for surveillance solutions

Audio is often overlooked in the security and video surveillance industry. There are some intercom installations where audio plays a key role, but it’s not typically thought about when it comes to security and event management. Audio takes a back seat in many security systems because audio captured from a surveillance camera can have a different impact on the privacy of those being monitored. Audio surveillance is therefore subject to strict laws that vary from state to state. Many states require a clearly posted sign indicating audio recording is taking place in an area before a person enters. Analytic information derived from audio can be a useful tool and when implemented correctly, removes any concerns over privacy or legal compliance. Audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Focused responses to events Audio analytics processed in the camera, has been a niche and specialised area for many installers and end users. This could be due to state laws governing audio recording, however, audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Processing audio analytics in-camera provides excellent privacy since audio data is analysed internally with a set of algorithms that only compare and assess the audio content. Processing audio analytics on the edge also reduces latency compared with any system that needs to send the raw audio to an on-premises or cloud server for analysis. Audio analytics can quickly pinpoint zones that security staff should focus on, which can dramatically shorten response times to incidents. Audio-derived data also provides a secondary layer of verification that an event is taking place which can help prioritise responses from police and emergency personnel. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialised features, and for audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison Microphones and algorithms Many IP-based cameras have small microphones embedded in the housing while some have a jack for connecting external microphones to the camera. Microphones on indoor cameras work well since the housing allows for a small hole to permit sound waves to reach the microphone. Outdoor cameras that are IP66 certified against water and dust ingress will typically have less sensitivity since the microphone is not exposed. In cases like these, an outdoor microphone, strategically placed, can significantly improve outdoor analytic accuracy. There are several companies that make excellent directional microphones for outdoor use, some of which can also combat wind noise. Any high-quality external microphone should easily outperform a camera’s internal microphone in terms of analytic accuracy, so it is worth considering in areas where audio information gathering is deemed most important. In-built audio-video analytics Surveillance cameras with a dedicated SoC (System on Chip) have become available in recent years with in-built video and audio analytics that can detect and classify audio events and send alerts to staff and emergency for sounds such as gunshots, screams, glass breaks and explosions. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialised features. For audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison. The camera extracts the characteristics of the audio source collected using the camera's internal or externally connected microphone and calculates its likelihood based on the pre-defined database. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS Configuring a camera for audio analytics Audio detectionThe first job of a well-configured camera or camera/mic pair is to detect sounds of interest while rejecting ancillary sounds and noise below a preset threshold. Each camera must be custom configured for its particular environment to detect audio levels which exceed a user-defined level. Since audio levels are typically greater in abnormal situations, any audio levels exceeding the baseline set levels are detected as being a potential security event. Operators can be notified of any abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures. Finding a baseline of background noise and setting an appropriate threshold level is the first step. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup Noise reductionA simple threshold level may not be adequate enough to reduce false alarms depending on the environment where a camera or microphone is installed. Noise reduction is a feature on cameras that can reduce background noise greater than 55dB-65dB for increased detection accuracy. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup. With noise reduction enabled, the system analyses the attenuated audio source. As such, the audio source classification performance may be hindered or generate errors, so it is important to use noise reduction technology sparingly. Audio source classificationIt’s important to supply the analytic algorithm with a good audio level and a high signal-to-noise ratio to reduce the chance of generating false alarms under normal circumstances. Installers should experiment with ideal placement for both video as well as audio. While a ceiling corner might seem an ideal location for a camera, it might also cause background audio noise to be artificially amplified. Many cameras provide a graph which visualises audio source levels to allow for the intuitive checking of noise cancellation and detection levels. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly Messages and eventsIt’s important to choose a VMS that has correctly integrated the camera’s API (application programming interface) in order to receive comprehensive audio analytic events that include the classification ID (explosion, glass break, gunshot, scream). A standard VMS that only supports generic alarms, may not be able to resolve all of the information. More advanced VMS solutions can identify different messages from the camera. Well configured audio analytics can deliver critical information about a security event, accelerating response times and providing timely details beyond video-only surveillance. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly. Hanwha Techwin's audio source classification technology, available in its X Series cameras, features three customisable settings for category, noise cancellation and detection level for optimum performance in a variety of installation environments.

Integration of surveillance and video management solutions for safer cities
Integration of surveillance and video management solutions for safer cities

A deep native integration of Bosch cameras with software from ISS proactively catalyses the best in security and surveillance, while providing advanced intelligent video tools. ISS SecurOS provides intelligent enterprise video management solutions with emphasis on providing scalability and flexibility to meet the customer’s needs. Deeply integrating built-in video analytics from Bosch cameras improves operator efficiency and situational awareness to manage complex environments. ISS SecurOS maximises camera performance for license plate recognition, face recognition, and container/train carriages recognition. The cameras meet the performance needs for advanced analytics, ensuring the success of projects and saving time, resources, and cost. The partnership has delivered multi-thousand-camera safe city deployments, industrial analytics solutions, and systems for large-scale transport providers. The usage of roads and parking lots can be managed more effectively by knowing the whereabouts of each vehicle License plate capture The usage of roads and parking lots can be managed more effectively by knowing the whereabouts of each and every vehicle. Operations managers are accountable for efficient logistical flows and effective use of roads and parking lots. Knowing the ins and outs of the transport infrastructure and what’s going on at all times provides the knowledge required to ensure operations are running safely, efficiently and in compliance with the rules and laws. An important part of this comes from monitoring which vehicles are entering an area and ensuring they are allowed to be there. Capturing license plates of every vehicle moving in an area provides knowledge of traffic flows and usage patterns. Such a solution should also allow a customer to easily configure and manage monitoring preferences and permit easy data exchanges with other operational management systems and services to manage an infrastructure and logistics as a whole. Reliable license plate data Robust mechanical design of cameras ensures reliable 24/7 operation for many years even in harsh environments As transportation infrastructures are often operating around the clock, reliable vehicle identification data is required 24/7. This means that the cameras capturing this data should work in all lighting and weather conditions, for both slow- and fast-moving vehicles. Cameras must be built to produce usable images 24/7 in all weather conditions. For quality license plate recognition in both day and night, the cameras make use of supplementary infrared light. A special License Plate Recognition (LPR) mode, developed in collaboration with LPR software, delivers readable license plates even with glaring headlights and with fast moving vehicles. Robust mechanical design of cameras ensures reliable 24/7 operation for many years even in harsh environments. License Plate Capture solution The SecurOSTM AUTO system of ISS, when used with Bosch cameras, provides easy to deploy solutions for all of these requirements. It recognises license plates from many countries, manages and matches white, hot and blacklists and notifies the operator either in the GUI or through a messaging interface to other management systems. Additionally, the system can be used and managed as a standalone or embedded in other management systems on the premises.

HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.