MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution with Intelligent Traffic features and high power IR LED Illuminator
MESSOA NCH517 2MP Network LPR Solution with Intelligent Traffic features and high power IR LED Illuminator

The NCH517 2-megapixel IP LPR solution from  MESSOA is designed for detail-demanding traffic surveillance, ranging from access control to high-speed monitoring up to 180km/h. Featuring 1080p resolution and the standalone high-power illuminator, it is perfect for monitoring multi-lane traffic under all lighting conditions. Multi-lane traffic monitoring made possible by megapixel IP solution The NCH517 allows monitoring multiple traffic lanes simultaneously, thanks to the Full HD x2.5 coverage range compared to D1 resolution, providing a wider view and superior image quality as every detail comes through in razor-sharp megapixel clarity. Extended view range also indicates fewer cameras needed to cover the same number of monitored lanes and less project cost as a result. Leveraging the versatility of IP technology, the NCH517 provides simple, flexible setup and control that can be done from remote locations via the existing IP network. A variety of video detections and event management capabilities serve as a complementary tool to enhance the monitoring experience. Superb low light performance boosts night vision IP LPR Cameras have been around the market but failed to deliver the performance as expected due to their deficiency in low light environments. Coming from a perspective of a low light specialist, MESSOA stresses the importance of lighting and offers a solution package that solves such issue. Unlike conventional models which lack an adequate lighting apparatus, the NCH517 comes with the SLI080 IR Illuminator to provide sufficient IR lighting needed to attain qualified plate images for all types of license plates. Backed by 850nm, high power IR LED array, the illuminator extends the recognition range up to 100 meters (328ft), making the characters more visible to the camera at night for extra long distance and/or high-speed monitoring. To match the camera’s field of view for multiple lane applications, the proprietary LumiiFlex™ adjustable diffuser design of the illuminator provides the flexibility to tune the angle of illumination on site to suit specific security needs. This technology ensures even output illumination across the entire scene without overexposure or flare. Intelligent Traffic Mode ensures optimized plate recognition results Various installation and environmental factors must be taken into consideration when setting an LPR camera to maximise license plate recognition accuracy, but a proper configuration takes a great deal of effort, and the outcome is not always guaranteed. MESSOA NCH517 is built in with 4 preset modes with optimized parameter settings in accordance with different car speeds and camera angles to help inexperienced users easily achieve the best capture results every time in these preprogrammed scenarios, e.g. city surveillance, highway, entry point/toll station, and parking lot. Customisable Profile Configuration is another Intelligent Traffic feature that provides users with freedom to configure and apply optimised parameter settings for different time frames up to 4 customisable profiles to meet the variation in environmental factors during a day.

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MESSOA Mini Series 1MP full-featured network camera
MESSOA Mini Series 1MP full-featured network camera

MESSOA Mini Series consists of three 1-megapxiel network cameras, which are the box-type NCB750, dome-type NDR720, and the bullet-type NCR770. Their exceptionally compact yet versatile form factors make them ideal for projects demanding discreet and low profile installations, such as residences, boutiques and retail shops. Compact design ideal for discreet surveillance No bigger than the size of an adult’s hand, the sleek, compact-designed enclosure of the Mini Series allows the cameras to be easily deployed and fit in any environment for unobtrusive monitoring, which is perfectly suited where discreet, covert surveillance is required. Easy plug-and-play NVR solution ready The cameras are designed for complete functionality and plug-and-play integration with MESSOA Lite Series NVR, making installation hassle-free and easily done within a matter of minutes. No need of any complicated network setup, it is perfect for users who are new to IP technology but are looking for an entry-level IP video surveillance solution to replace the previous analogue system. Superior video quality at full frame rate Though small in size, the Mini Series delivers megapixel video quality up to 30fps. The cameras capture every critical moment with smooth video display. Increased frame frequency significantly reduces blurry images and particularly suits motion-sensitive applications. Packed with market-leading features Each camera is further equipped with its own unique features for their respective target deployment and applications. The NDR720 Dome Camera is built in with patented matrix IR LED to ensure wide-angle, even illumination in low light conditions; the NCR770 Bullet Camera comes with IP67-rated water-resistant enclosure for durable outdoor uses; and the NCB750 Box Camera offers microSD card slot for local storage, two-audio communication, and focus assistance for users who look for more sophisticated functionality.

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MESSOA presents integrated 2MP IP and IP LPR Traffic Camera
MESSOA presents integrated 2MP IP and IP LPR Traffic Camera

H.264 full HD network cameras reveal everythingMessoa Technologies Inc. has an uncompromising vision to deliver high quality, easy-to-use, smart and interoperable security solutions. With over 11 years of delivering innovative surveillance systems, Messoa brings its considerable experience to bear with full HD surveillance cameras.New models being showed off to the crowd included the NDR891, a 2MP, ICR Day/Night Network camera, and the NCR870, a ready to go infrared camera able to see in 0 lux. The visitor crowd watched on HDTVs as the cameras streamed Full HD 1080p images of the convention. Individual people were easily identifiable even in the packed convention center.The MESSOA MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilises Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximises protection of the camera in extremely cold weather."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."Traffic cameras cut through dense fogThere were several inquiries about the latest traffic cameras MESSOA had to offer, including the NCR515PRO, an LPR camera. Visitors were treated to video of the NCR515PRO as it cut through fog to reveal license plates.The SCR505 traffic camera also wowed the crowds. The SCR505 is close-range, high contrast traffic camera that is easy to install. Its built-in 9-22mm lens captures a wide 3-8 m(10-27 ft) field. It was a good solution for many customers looking for a quality traffic camera.MESSOA is committed to employing state of the art technology to offer the best products at exceptional value, accompanied by excellent customer service. We would like to thank everyone who visited us at IFSEC 2011. See the album with captions

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MESSOA NCR870S IR outdoor camera geared up for flexible installation and harsh weather
MESSOA NCR870S IR outdoor camera geared up for flexible installation and harsh weather

The Messoa NCR870S is a ready-to-go 2MP IR bullet network camera designed for round-the-clock video surveillance needs. An upgrade version of the well-received model NCR870, the NCR870S inherited the superior imaging quality from its predecessor backed by years of successful installations around the world. Building on top of this proven performance, the new version is improved in terms of flexibility of installation and protection against water and harsh weather, making it an excellent choice for a versatile yet reliable solution. Cable management bracket adds versatility The new addition of a 3-axis cable management bracket provides a robust mounting platform either on the ceiling or up against the wall for the NCR870S, while facilitating tidy installation and camera angle adjustments on a 3-axis plane. Also serving to conceal the power and video cables, the cable management bracket significantly reinforces the sturdiness of the NCR870S. The bracket provides a well-rounded protection from any water, dust or shock damages to the entire camera. Together with the aluminium housing, the NCR870S is fully compliant with IP67 standards, ensuring reliable operation for both indoor and outdoor applications. Built for harsh weather condition In addition to the IP67-rated waterproof protection, an optional built-in heater version, the NCR870SH, is also available for allowing the camera to endure some of the most extreme environments. Being able to withstand adverse coldness for as low as -40° C (-40° F), the built-in heater ensures the camera is maintained at an optimal operating temperature range at all times. Superior image quality all day long See clear and detailed, high definition images in all conditions with the NCR870S. Unlike traditional megapixel cameras, Full HD offers higher resolutions and better frame rates at an international industry standard. Objects of interest always come through in perfect clarity. Even in the absence of lighting, the high power IR illuminator unit arranged around the lens provides even illumination needed for seeing in total darkness for as far as 25 meters (82ft). True Day & Night operation with mechanical ICR Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the NCR870S is ideal for capturing images under highly variable lighting conditions, delivering perfect colour images at day time and noise-free monochrome images at low light to absolutely no light environment.

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MESSOA adds the NCR878 IR bullet camera to the 5-megapixel line-up
MESSOA adds the NCR878 IR bullet camera to the 5-megapixel line-up

The NCR878 IR Bullet Network Camera features superior 5-megapixel image sensor optimized for low light performance, delivering the unparalleled image sharpness and view coverage 24 hours a day. With the built-in IR LED illuminator up to 20 meters of view range, the NCR878 is perfect for any outdoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. Superior Video Quality See wider view coverage and extreme details in HDTV quality under all lighting conditions day and night. The 5-megapixel network camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ Technology to optimize its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented clarity. Intelligent Face Detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB878 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon capturing any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect color images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. DC Iris Control The NCR878 supports DC Iris control, which enables the camera to accurately adjust the iris and to respond to any sudden light changes more promptly in the monitored scene, delivering excellent image quality with optimal sharpness all the time. Weatherproof, outdoor ready The NCR878 is perfectly suited to any outdoor environment with its IP67-rated waterproof housing and protective rain guard. The cable management design prevents the cables from exposing to the outside, thus eliminating damages from rain and external forces to ensure the device’s durable and reliability. The NCR878 is backed by the proprietary Lumii™ low light optimization technology that further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The camera also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include local storage, video out, and two-way audio.

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MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel camera designed for detail-demanding applications
MESSOA NCB858 5-megapixel camera designed for detail-demanding applications

The NCB858 fixed network camera features superior 5MP resolution sensor, delivering the ultimate image sharpness and view coverage like no others. The NCB858 is perfect for any indoor applications where the requirement for image quality and details is indispensable. The proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology further enhances the camera sensitivity to ensure clear and noise-free images in tough lighting conditions. The NCB858 also features the advanced face detection to keep informed of any unwanted intruder. Other supported features include microSD / SDHC card slot, video out, and two-way audio. Superior video quality See clear and detailed, HD quality images in all lighting conditions. The 5-megapixel camera is backed by proprietary Lumii™ imaging technology to further enhance its low light performance as every detail comes through in unprecedented sharpness and clarity when lack of light. Intelligent face detection In addition to a variety of intelligent detection functions, the NCB858 also features face detection that would trigger alerts to users and take configurable actions upon detecting any unwanted intruder. Mechanical IR Cut Filter Featuring IR Cut Filter Removable (ICR) function, the camera uses a mechanical way to detect changes in lighting conditions, and then switches between color and B/W modes. It provides perfect colour images at day time and crisp monochrome images at night or very dark environment. Cost-saving H.264 support The NCB858 supports the H.264, a cost-saving compression format which consumes very little storage and bandwidth resources while maintaining premium image quality. Multiple streams can also be provided for different quality needs and bandwidth limitations.

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MESSOA releases NCR875PRO 2MP network bullet camera with IR function
MESSOA releases NCR875PRO 2MP network bullet camera with IR function

MESSOA Technologies Inc., the expert in video surveillance solutions, introduces the NCR875PRO, the outdoor-ready 2MP network bullet camera. Engineered to provide Full HD 1080p smooth video streams at 30/25 full frame rates, the NCR875PRO is a perfect solution for outdoor applications where details come first. It strengthens any security system by ensuring critical moments are captured, while no missing and dropped frames to prevent users from losing important evidence.With Full HD 1080p / 2 megapixel resolutions, the MESSOA NCR875PRO captures smooth high-definition video of the monitored locations at 16:9 ratios, allowing much wider coverage at finer details. The combination of the IR illuminator (25m illuminating distance), the mechanical IR-cut filter, and the proprietary Lumii imaging technology forms a powerful trio for adapting extreme lighting changes throughout the day. Images can still be clearly captured in superior quality even in total darkness.The ONVIF-compliant NCR875PRO supports triple streaming, which enables users with more flexibility in resolutions, frame rates and video quality to suit different bandwidth, platforms and back-end storage requirement. The camera also is armoured with the IP-67 rated housing and the cable-concealed bracket to protect itself from unfavourable weather conditions and tampering. Other advanced features, including the intelligent video management, PoE, two-way audio and the micro SD/SDHC card slot, well facilitate easier installation and deployment.The NCR875PRO provides a comprehensive outdoor surveillance solution for detail-demanding applications, such as gas stations, parking lots, and train stations that constantly require precise monitoring and detail identifications. The NCR875PRO is now available for shipment. Feel free to contact MESSOA representatives for more information.

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MESSOA releases fixed network camera with full HD 1080p for indoor surveillance
MESSOA releases fixed network camera with full HD 1080p for indoor surveillance

MESSOA Technologies, the expert in video surveillance solutions, introduced the NCB855PRO, a 2MP fixed indoor box network camera. The NCB855PRO is specifically engineered to provide Full HD 1080p smooth video streams at 30/25 full frame rate, making it an ideal choice for retail shops and other high-security premises that demand high-resolution, reliable images in the greatest details. It strengthens your security system by ensuring critical moments are captured, while no missing and dropped frames to prevent you from losing important evidence.With Full HD 1080p / 2 megapixel resolutions, the MESSOA NCB855PRO is designed to capture smooth high-definition video of the monitored locations at 16:9 ratios. It offers users a comprehensive view especially when tracing moving objects or activities in a scene. Combined with the sensitivity-enhancing Lumii III Technology and the mechanical IR cut filter (ICR) function, the camera is capable of delivering sharper images even in very low light indoor environments, such that no detail would be left undetected.Yet the superior image quality does not mean huge image size. The bandwidth consumption is relatively lower and thereby saves back-end storage requirement.  Also, thanks to the versatile intelligent detection capabilities and event management, recording only when needed makes your surveillance smarter and more efficient.The camera also comes with other features, including the back focus adjustment, Power over Ethernet, two-way audio and the micro SD/SDHC card slot, that well facilitate easier installation and deployment. The NCB855PRO is suited for indoor video surveillance where details matter the most. Customers from retail shops, banks, casinos and airports that require precise monitoring and detail identifications could certainly find the NCB855PRO beneficial for meeting their specific needs. The NCB855PRO is now available. Feel free to contact MESSOA local representatives for more information.

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MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras
MESSOA introduces all new Maven Series IP Cameras

MESSOA has introduced the latest Maven Series IP Cameras to its product portfolio. From 1MP flat mini dome to 5MP rugged outdoor IR camera, the Maven Series features a wide selection of resolutions, lens, functions, and housings ready for all kinds of surveillance applications. Users can choose from a complete range of box type, bullet type, dome type, flat dome and even PTZ cameras that best suit their installation needs. Image quality boosted by Lumii 2.0 Engineered to enhance user experience, the Maven Series IP cameras are equipped with more powerful image processing capabilities powered by the Lumii 2.0. The new-generation imaging technology built on an innovative platform transcends its predecessor and sets to deliver truer colour, smoother motion and amazing image quality at challenging light conditions. Installer-friendly features make installation easy The Maven Series also upgrades its usability by including various installer-friendly functions for specific models, such as remote zoom and auto focus, hassle-free in-ceiling mount design, and easily accessible controls. These enhanced features serve to further facilitate installation and maintenance, making video surveillance much easier and flexible to everyone. Reliable operation in every way  Improvement is achieved in terms of reliability as the Maven Series outdoor models are built stronger and more resilient than ever to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Maven Series also support more network protocols and security mechanisms, such as HTTPS encryption, 802.1x, and IP Address Filtering to secure communication over network, thereby improving overall system reliability. Key benefits Advanced imaging capabilities ideal for 24/7 surveillance powered by Lumii 2.0 Full range of resolutions, lens and housing suitable for all applications 3D Noise Filtering minimizes digital artifacts without causing motion blur Hyper Dynamic Range allows greater scene details in high contrast settings Easy, flexible deployment with installer-friendly designs Rugged enclosures ensure reliable operation at all conditions Multiple browser compatibility, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Enhanced network security

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MESSOA launches the NDR891 - a HDTV 1080p 2MP IP dome cameras that’s tough in harsh environments
MESSOA launches the NDR891 - a HDTV 1080p 2MP IP dome cameras that’s tough in harsh environments

The MESSOA NDR891 MegaSmart IP Dome Camera supports 2MP resolutions and 30/25 (60/50 Hz) frames per second in HDTV 1080i x720p resolution and 16:9 format. IR LEDs produce smooth even light distribution across a view range as far as 25 meters (82 feet) away.The NDR891 utilises Lumii II technology to overcome night time issues. Vandal-proof housing that is IP67 certified is designed specifically for harsh environments. An optional heater maximises protection of the camera in extremely cold weather.The MegaSmart NDR891 with infrared illumination helps reduce costs by eliminating the need for conventional high-voltage lighting. MESSOA utilises industrial-grade energy-efficient components and is uncompromising when it comes to the stability of its designs.As a part of MESSOA's Smart IP products family, the NDR891 features intelligent detection capabilities including motion, audio, blur and network disconnection detection. It also supports local storage to a micro SD/SDHC card thus everything is recorded even if the network should go down.Designed with the installer in mind, installation and maintenance are made simple thanks to intuitive design, a hinged pivoting shroud, and a custom designed Tamron focus lens and 3-axis gimbal. The MESSOA MegaSmart NDR891 is an excellent choice for indoor/outdoor installations such as schools, campuses, municipalities, government, retail, enterprise, and healthcare institutions."The NDR891 is the latest IR network camera that we offer. We're real proud of this one and think it has a lot to offer. After extensive testing, we're confident that the IR illuminators can show clear as day pictures even from great distances," comments MESSOA President Steve Yang.Leading the way in interoperability, all Messoa IP cameras conform to the ONVIF standard, ensuring they integrate easily with third-party security solutions.Yang believes that MESSOA Lumii™ II Technology provides outstanding support to any security conditions. "MESSOA has introduced 11 years of optical heritage to the Video Surveillance market. The new Lumii™ II Technology and 2MP IP cameras announced today make MESSOA's cutting edge technology and highly detailed video capture available to our broadest range of customers yet."View MegaSmart IP camera with Lumii™ II Technology video on Messoa blog.

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

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.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in physical security systems: Trends and opportunities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in physical security systems: Trends and opportunities

If you’ve been paying attention over the last twelve months, you will have noticed that deep learning techniques and artificial intelligence (AI) are making waves in the physical security market, with manufacturers eagerly adopting these buzzwords at the industry's biggest trade shows. With all the hype, security professionals are curious to know what these terms really mean, and how these technologies can boost real-world security system performance. The growing number of applications of deep learning technology and AI in physical security is a clear indication that these are more than a passing fad. This review of some of our most comprehensive articles on these topics shows that AI is an all-pervasive trend that the physical security industry will do well to embrace quickly. Here, we examine the opportunities that artificial intelligence presents for smart security applications, and look back at how some of the leading security companies are adapting to respond to rapidly-changing expectations: What is deep learning technology? Machine Learning involves collecting large amounts of data related to a problem, training a model using this data and employing this model to process new data. Recently, there have been huge advances in a branch of Machine Learning called Deep Learning. This describes a family of algorithms based on neural networks. These algorithms are able to learn efficiently from example, and subsequently apply this learning to new data. Here, Zvika Ashani explains how deep learning technology can boost video surveillance systems. Relationship between deep learning and artificial intelligence With deep learning, you can show a computer many different images and it will "learn" to distinguish the differences. This is the "training" phase. After the neural network learns about the data, it can then use "inference" to interpret new data based on what it has learned. For example, if it has seen enough cats before, the system will know when a new image is a cat. In effect, the system “learns” by looking at lots of data to achieve artificial intelligence (AI). Larry Anderson explores how new computer hardware - the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) – is making artificial intelligence accessible to the security industry. Improving surveillance efficiency and accuracy with AI Larry Anderson explains how the latest technologies from Neurala and Motorola will enable the addition of AI to existing products, changing an existing solution from a passive sensor to a device that is “active in its thinking.” The technology is already being added to existing Motorola body-worn-cameras to enable police officers to more efficiently search for objects or persons of interest. In surveillance applications, AI could eliminate the need for humans to do repetitive or boring work, such as look at hours of video footage. Intelligent security systems overcome smart city surveillance challenges AI technology is expected to answer the pressing industry questions of how to use Big Data effectively and make a return on the investment in expensive storage, while maintaining (or even lowering) human capital costs. However, until recently, these expectations have been limited by factors such as a limited ability to learn, and high ongoing costs. Zvika Ashani examines how these challenges are being met and overcome, making artificial intelligence the standard in Smart City surveillance deployments. Combining AI and robotics to enhance security operations With the abilities afforded by AI, robots can navigate any designated area autonomously to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour or alert first responders to those who may need aid. This also means that fewer law enforcement and/or security personnel will have be pulled from surrounding areas. While drones still require a human operator to chart their flight paths, the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing the capabilities of these machines to work autonomously, says Steve Reinharz. Future of artificial intelligence in the security industry Contributors to SourceSecurity.com have been eager to embrace artificial intelligence and its ability to make video analytics more accurate and effective. Manufacturers predicted that deep learning technology could provide unprecedented insight into human behaviour, allowing video systems to more accurately monitor and predict crime. They also noted how cloud-based systems hold an advantage for deep learning video analytics. All in all, manufacturers are hoping that AI will provide scalable solutions across a range of vertical markets. 

Video surveillance technologies evolve to meet data and cybersecurity challenges
Video surveillance technologies evolve to meet data and cybersecurity challenges

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a significant and ever-changing impact on the way we view video security. Today, cameras are expected to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. These future-facing cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, delivering a parallel performance as intelligent sensors with the ability to extract the kind of invaluable data that helps businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. However, as the list of possibilities grows, so too does the risk of unauthorised access by cybercriminals. We should all be aware that a single weak link in a communications infrastructure can give hackers access to sensitive data. That’s the bad news. Safeguarding data and utilising deep learning The good news is cybercrime can be avoided by employing a data security system that’s completely effective from end-to-end. One technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’ Once this level of safeguarding is in place you can begin to confidently explore the technologies and trends happening now, and those on the horizon. So, what will be having an influence on surveillance in 2018? Well, according to IHS Markit, one technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’, which uses algorithms to produce multiple layers of information from the same piece of data, therefore emulating the way the human brain absorbs innumerable details every second. In Europe, GDPR compliance will also be a big talking point as new principles for video surveillance data collection, use limitation, security safeguards, individual participation and accountability are introduced. And, as the popularity – and misuse – of drones continues to rise, the recent developments in drone detection technology will be particularly welcomed by those whose primary concern relates to large areas, such as airport perimeter security. The future of 'smart' video analytics An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics. The Bosch ‘i’ series, for example, offers a choice of formats – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. Essential Video Analytics is geared toward regular applications such as small and medium businesses looking to support business intelligence (e.g. inter-network data transfer), large retail stores and commercial buildings for advanced intrusion detection, enforcing health and safety regulations (no-parking zones or detecting blocked emergency exits) and analysing consumer behaviour. The camera-based, real-time processing can also be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Intelligent Video Analytics provides additional capabilities. It is designed for demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics Intelligent Video Analytics can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers, such as challenging environments created by snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail, and water reflections. For more expansive areas, like an airport perimeter fence, the system has the range and capability to provide analysis over large distances. And, if a moving camera is employed, it is also possible to capture data on objects in transit when used in conjunction with the Intelligent Tracking feature. For roadside use, Intelligent Video Analytics systems, such as the Bosch MIC IP range, are resistant to vibrations and can still operate in extreme weather conditions, continuing to detect objects in heavy rain or snow.  Evolving cameras past surveillance It’s becoming ever clearer that the IoT is transforming the security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. The capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed) With intelligent video security cameras at the core of an urban infrastructure smart data can be collected to optimise energy consumption via smart city lighting that responds to crowd detection and movement. Cameras can also be used to improve public transport by monitoring punctuality and traffic flow based on queue lengths, with the ability to control traffic lights an option should a situation require it. As the urban sprawl continues and this infrastructure grows, the need for more knowledge of its use becomes more essential, necessitating the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators to evolve into smart sensing technology, that no longer just provides video feeds, but also uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events, complete with all relevant contextual data to operators to aid their decision-making. Expanding the video security camera network Today, video analytics technology has tangible benefits for human operator surveillance, and delivers KPIs that are highly relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities. As an existing infrastructure, a video security camera network can be improved and expanded by installing additional applications rather than replaced. From a business perspective, that means greater value from a limited investment. Thereafter, the capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed), image and data interpretation, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks independently to optimise both your safety and business requirements. The fact is, cameras see more than sensors. Sounds obvious, but a conventional sensor will only trigger an alarm when movement is detected, whereas a camera can also provide the associated image and information like object direction, size, colour, speed or type, and use time stamps to provide historical information regarding a specific location or event. Based on this evidence, the video security camera of today is more than ready for the challenges of tomorrow.