Vicon’s IQeye Alliance-mx Camera Dome: extended range of options
Vicon’s IQeye Alliance-mx Camera Dome: extended range of options

One of Vicon’s most popular cameras for indoor and outdoor use, the new Alliance-mx Camera Dome not only includes the increased processing power needed to run analytics or VMS applications at the edge, it also features WDR, built-in IR illumination, on-camera storage, and true day/night capability. A choice of manual or motorised varifocal lenses are available. Available in H.264 vandal dome models with support for HD720p, HD1080p, 3MP and 5MP resolutions, the Alliance-mx provides a highly energy-efficient and economical system perfect for any application. ONVIF and PSIA compliant APIs provide the necessary flexibility to ensure compatibility with many of the most popular VMS platforms. A high-quality, ultra-strong polycarbonate bubble and aluminum body combine to make the Alliance-mx dome vandal resistant while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing look in any scenario. The IP66 rating allows for installation just about anywhere. Product at a glance Resolutions up to 5 MP H.264 Main Profile + MJPEG Compression 1, 2, 3 MP WDR (100dB) Motorised remote focus, autoiris lens option Built-in IR illuminator (up to 50 ft/15 m) On-camera storage (Micro SDHC) Two-way audio True day/night movable IR filter Power-over-Ethernet I/O relay (WDR and 5MP models only) Real-time clock (WDR and 5MP models only) Analogue out (WDR and 5MP models only) IP66/NEMA 4 outdoor enclosure IK10 compliant indoor/outdoor vandal-resistant dome ONVIF and PSIA compliant IQaccess supported  

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IQeye Alliance-mx
IQeye Alliance-mx

The IQeye Alliance-mx provides the quality and functionality of MAIN Profile H.264 in a form factor that accommodates both indoor and outdoor applications. With this addition, the Alliance Series is now a complete offering to support markets like Health Care, Education, Government and Retail. High performance Main Profile H.264 offers the most efficient video compression available, resulting in a smooth, high-quality image, low network bandwidth utilization, and reduced storage costs. The Alliance-mx comes in both standard and high definition resolutions with simultaneous H.264 and MJPEG streaming to make future VMS upgrades a snap. Exceptional value The Alliance-mx series of cameras are perfect for any environment whether indoor, outdoor, or both. It requires less than 3.8W PoE, making the Alliance-mx highly energy-efficient and economical. A 3-13mm varifocal lens enables field-of-view adaptability for a wide range of settings and applications. PSIA and ONVIF compliant API's afford the necessary flexibility to ensure compatibility with any of the most popular VMS platforms. Proven quality A high-quality, ultra-strong polycarbonate bubble and powder-coated aluminum body combine to make the Alliance-mx domes vandal resistant while being aesthetically pleasing in any scenario. The IP66 rating means you can install the camera just about anywhere. The platform is based on industry-hardened firmware with a common look and feel that existing users know well and new users will be able to learn quickly. Alliance-mx features: Indoor/Outdoor Surface Mount Dome (IP66) H.264 SD480p (720 x480) @ 30fps H.264 HD720p (1280 x720) @ 30fps H.264 HD1080p (1920 x 1080) @ 15fps Simultaneous H.264 & MJPEG Streams <0.05 Lux Day/Night Operation Wide-Range Varifocal Megapixel Lens (3-13mm) On-Camera Multi Motion Detection Windows Vandal Resistant Wide Dynamic Range PSIA & ONVIF Compliant Low-Power < 3.8 Watts POE Two-Way Audio Bubble Size 3.8" / 98mm -20° to +50° C Lightgrabber™ II Low Light Feature  

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IQeye Mini Dome
IQeye Mini Dome

The IQeye Mini Dome offers high performance H.264 and MJPEG IP video in a compact, versatile and attractive mini-dome package. It is available in standard and interior vandal models from VGA to 2.0 megapixel resolutions, making it the highest resolution mini-dome camera in its class.The IQeye Mini Dome is designed for discreet indoor use. Each camera includes black and beige trim rings to blend into the most demanding indoor architectural installations. IQeye Mini Dome Features: H.264 HD720p or HD480p @ 30 fps MJPEG VGA @ 33 fps, HD720p @ 25 fps MJPEG 1.3 MP @ 18 fps, 2.0 MP @ 17 fps Low-light Performance (0.2 lux) Power-over-Ethernet 3-Axis Gimbal Digital Image Cropping On-Camera Motion Detection Low-power Simultaneous H.264 & MJPEG Streams* Two-Way Audio* Built-in Mic* External Mic/Speaker Connection* Bubble Size <3"/74mm in Diameter Megapixel Lens Wide Dynamic Range Cast-aluminum Tamper-proof Option Wall and Pendant Mount Options Extreme Wide and Telephoto Lens Options* H.264 Models Only Available Camera ModelsStandard Camera Models IQD30SI-F1 - H.264 HD480p/VGA IQD40SI-F1 - MJPEG HD480p/VGA IQD31SI-F1 - H.264 HD720p IQD41SI-F1 - MJPEG HD720p/1.3 MP Resolution IQD42SI-F1 - MJPEG 2.0 MP ResolutionInterior Vandal Models IQD30SV-F1 - H.264 HD480p/VGA IQD40SV-F1 - MJPEG HD480p/VGA, IQD31SV-F1 - H.264 HD720p IQD41SV-F1 - MJPEG HD720p/1.3 MP Resolution IQD42SV-F1 - MJPEG 2.0 MP Resolution For more information about the IQeye Mini Dome, click here. 

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IQeye Alliance H.264 Series – HD megapixel network camera
IQeye Alliance H.264 Series – HD megapixel network camera

The IQeye Alliance Series is a fully-integrated vandal resistant megapixel dome camera line. With easy installation and a variety of models to choose from, the IQeye Alliance is ideal for many applications.  Its features include high-resolution images from VGA to 5.0 megapixels, standard or day/night models, full PoE capability, H.264 file compression with audio options, SDHC memory card for on-camera recording, and a 3-axis gimbal. The IQeye Alliance's solid aluminum construction and impact resistant polycarbonate bubble make it tough enough for any environment and its low-profile design gives it the perfect balance between discreet and deterrent. Features:Vandal-Resistant, Low Profile Surface Mount HousingInterior or Exterior Security Video SolutionOptional H.264 with AudioFull 3-axis Gimbal with Pivoting, Hinged Lens Shroud64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameoTMAnalog Video Out for Installation / Set-upExtra Analog Video for Public View MonitorSDHC Card Slot for On-camera Storage480p/VGA Resolution @ 30 fpsHD 720p/1.3 Megapixels @ 15 fps2.0 Megapixels @ 15 fps3.1 Megapixels @ 12 fps5.0 Megapixels @ 10 fpsLIGHTGRABBERTM II Low-light FeatureIEEE 802.3af - Power-over-Ethernet, or 12-24 VDCLow 2.5 watts Power ConsumptionDigital Image CroppingInclude/Exclude Exposure Window, Privacy ZonesMirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesAccessories:IQeye Alliance Wall Mount The IQeye Alliance Wall Mount enables simple installation of an IQeye Alliance Dome Camera system on a wall surface, allowing the Alliance Dome apex to be oriented toward the ground. Works with both interior and exterior dome models.IQeye Alliance Back BoxThis environmentally sealable rugged Back Box enables the IQeye Alliance cameras to withstand temperatures down to -20° C (-4° F) to 50° C (122° F). IQinVision also offers an Extreme Temperature back box, for information regarding the IQeye Alliance Extreme Temperature Series; click here.IQeye Alliance Camera Models:IQA10SI-B3, IQA11SI-B2, IQA12SI-B2, IQA13SI-B2, IQA15SI-B4, IQA10SE-B3, IQA11SE-B2, IQA12SE-B2, IQA13SE-B2, IQA15SE-B4, IQA10NI-B5, IQA11NI-B5, IQA12NI-B5, IQA13NI-B5, IQA15NI-B6, IQA10NE-B5, IQA11NE-B5, IQA12NE-B5, IQA13NE-B5, IQA15NE-B6IQeye Alliance H.264 Camera Models:IQA20SI-B3, IQA21SI-B2, IQA22SI-B2, IQA23SI-B2, IQA25SI-B4, IQA20SE-B3, IQA21SE-B2, IQA22SE-B2, IQA23SE-B2. IQA25SE-B4, IQA20NI-B5, IQA21NI-B5, IQA22NI-B5, IQA23NI-B5, IQA25NI-B6, IQA20NE-B5, IQA21NE-B5, IQA22NE-B5, IQA23NE-B5, IQA25NE-B6Click here to learn more about the IQeye Alliance Series and other PRO LINE products.

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IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature Series
IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature Series

Enjoy high-quality images with the full-integrated, vandal resistant megapixel dome camera line, the IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature Series.  Its features include high-resolution images from VGA to 5.0 megapixels, full PoE capability and a 3-axis gimbal. The IQeye Alliance's solid aluminium construction and impact resistant polycarbonate bubble make it tough enough for any environment and its low-profile design gives it the perfect balance between discreet and deterrent.Features:IP 66 / NEMA 5 Environmental RatingTemperature range -30° C (-22° F) to 50° C (122° F)  Vandal-Resistant, Low Profile Surface Mount Housing Full 3-axis Gimbal with Pivoting, Hinged Lens Shroud 64 Independent Video Streams with IQcameo Analogue Video Out for Installation / Set-up Extra Analogue Video for Public View Monitor SDHC Card Slot for On-camera Storage VGA Resolution @ 30 fps 1.3 Megapixels @ 15 fps 2.0 Megapixels @ 15 fps 3.1 Megapixels @ 12 fps 5.0 Megapixels @ 10 fps LIGHTGRABBER II Low-light Feature IEEE 802.3af - Power-over-Ethernet  Low 2.5 Watts Power Consumption Digital Image Cropping  Include/Exclude Exposure Window, Privacy Zones Mirror Image Function: Horizontal, Vertical and 180 degreesIQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature series accessories:IQeye Alliance Wall MountThe IQeye Alliance Wall Mount enables simple installation of an IQeye Alliance Dome Camera system on a wall surface, allowing the Alliance Dome apex to be oriented toward the ground. Works with both interior and exterior dome models.IQeye Alliance Day/Night Extreme Temperature camera models:IQA10NX-B5, IQA11NX-B5, IQA12NX-B5, IQA13NX-B5, IQA15NX-B6Click here for further information regarding the IQeye Alliance H.264 Series.

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Live-streaming mobile surveillance takes cameras to the action
Live-streaming mobile surveillance takes cameras to the action

Video surveillance across the world is growing exponentially and its major application is in both public safety and law enforcement. Traditionally, it has been fixed surveillance where cameras provide live streams from fixed cameras situated in what is considered strategic locations. But they are limited in what they can see given by their very definition of being "fixed." The future of video surveillance includes the deployment of more mobile video surveillance with the benefits it offers. Instead of fixed cameras, this is the ability to live stream from mobile devices on the move such as body-worn cams, drones, motorbikes, cars, helicopters and in some cases, even dogs!Sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters Advantages of mobile surveillance The advantage of mobile surveillance is that the camera can go to where the action is, rather than relying on the action going to where the camera is. Also, sending drones into the air, for example for missing people or rescue missions, is much more cost-effective than deploying helicopters. The ability to live stream video from cars and helicopters in high-speed pursuits can be used to take some of the operational issues from the first responders on the ground and share that “life and death” responsibility with the operational team leaders back in the command centre. This allows the first responders in the pursuit vehicle to focus on minimising risk while staying in close proximity of the fleeing vehicle, with direction from a higher authority who can see for themselves in real time the issues that are being experienced, and direct accordingly. In addition to showing video live stream from a pursuit car or motorcycle, by using inbuilt GPS tracking, the video can be displayed on a map in real time, allowing a command chief to better utilise additional resource and where to deploy them, through the use of displaying mapping information with real time video feed. It allows police chiefs to make better informed decisions in highly-charged environments. The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively Application in emergency situations The same is true of first responders in many different emergency situations. Mobile surveillance opens up a new area of efficiencies that previously was impossible to achieve. For example, special operations can wear action body-worn cameras when doing raids, fire departments can live stream from emergency situations with both thermal and daylight cameras, and paramedics can send video streams back to hospitals allowing doctors to remotely diagnose and prepare themselves for when patients arrive at the hospital. How can special operations and emergency first responders live stream video from a mobile camera with the issues of weight, reliability and picture-quality being considered? H265 mobile video compression Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain The 4G phone network can now be used with compressed video to live stream cost effectively. The issue of course is that 4G is not always reliable. Soliton Systems has mitigated this risk of low mobile quality in certain areas, by building an H265 mobile video compression device that can use multiple SIM cards from different cellular providers simultaneously. H265 is the latest compression technique for video, that is 50% more effective than conventional H264, and coupling this with using multiple “bonded” SIM cards provides a highly reliable connection for live-streaming high-quality HD video. The 400-gram device with an internal battery can be connected to a small action cam, and can live-stream simultaneously over at least three different cellular providers, back to a command centre. Latency is typically less than a second, and new advance improvements are looking to reduce that latency further. Encrypted video transmission What about security? Law enforcement insists on secure transmissions, and it is possible to encrypt video to the highest level of security available in the public domain, i.e. AES256.What about integration into existing video infrastructure at the command centre? It is not untypical for a police force to have an existing video management system (VMS) at their command centre such as Milestone System’s Xprotect. The Soliton range of products are ONVIF-compliant, a standard used by video surveillance cameras for interoperability, allowing cameras and video devices that are ONVIF-compliant to simply “plug&play” into existing video management systems. These mobile transmitters are deployed with law enforcement and first responders across the globe. Their ability to provide secure, full HD quality and highly-reliable video streaming within a small unit, and to enable it to be integrated into the current eco-system that is already installed at the receiving end, has made them a favourite choice with many companies and government agencies.

Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market
Impact of sophisticated IT technologies on the security market

Over the course of the past few months, I have discussed a myriad of topics, from Big Data, the Internet of Things and emerging video surveillance-use cases, to analytics, storage complexities and IT technologies like virtualisation and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All of these trends have a significant effect on the security market, and in April they were highlighted in spades at ISC West. It’s great to talk about these trends but it’s far better to see how they are being leveraged in real-world applications. That’s really where we can all see the true value of new solutions and concepts. We’re lucky enough to work with some leading organisations that want others to benefit from their experience and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share two of these applications with you. Protecting educational facilities UCF has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment. Recent high-profile incidents emphasise these risks and magnify the vulnerabilities that educational facilities face. These incidents have led to more public demand for improved security solutions across campuses. The primary mission of these organisations is to deliver quality education to students, and they face the challenge of balancing between a highly secure facility and one that supports open interaction. The University of Central Florida is no different. This organisation, one of the largest universities in the country, has adopted advancements in technology, particularly video surveillance solutions, to help ensure stronger security on campus. Active shooter incidents In March 2013, UCF faced an active shooter situation in which a former student planned to pull the fire alarm in a residence hall and then attack his classmates as the building was evacuated. However, the shooter’s gun jammed, and as officers were closing in on the gunman, he took his own life. During the university’s response to the incident, accessibility to critical video data was a major issue. Educational institutions face an increasingly complex risk environment UCF had cameras in the area where the incident took place, but first responders had no way of viewing the footage without being at the physical location of the video recorder. At the time, UCF had a wide variety of standalone systems in place, including non-integrated video surveillance, access control and intrusion systems. As a result, there was no way to centralise video management, viewing and analysis. Upgrading from analogue systems Altogether, its security system consisted of older analogue platforms that were reaching end of life, 58 standalone servers, 12,000 access points and a wide variety of DVRs — all being managed in a siloed manner. UCF needed a solution that would allow officials to centralise system management, store video data more effectively and reliably, and enable the security team to deliver situational awareness to responders when needed. Security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure The university deployed an HCI solution, one that is optimised for demanding, data-intensive workloads like video surveillance. Using standard off-the-shelf server hardware, the system aggregates the storage and compute resources from multiple servers into a single unified pool that all cameras can access, which maximises performance and storage capacity utilisation. The platform also hosts the university’s video management solution, which serves as a centralised source to manage video and effectively protect its security data. Because of the growing demand for video across UCF's campuses — for both safety and business purposes — the HCI solution’s ability to eliminate the opportunity for data loss and easily scale were key components in its selection. Protecting air travel and airports In 2012, Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. The $200 million initiative was designed to modernise and expand the facility to meet increased passenger demand. While the aesthetics and amenities of the airport were under construction, security leaders sought a way to further modernise its security, surveillance, access control and IT infrastructure. The IT and security teams needed to address the challenges of their existing standalone server environment, which included siloed systems, management complexity and high administrative and equipment costs. Charleston International Airport embarked on an ambitious upgrade project dubbed the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program Considering the high value of the airport’s video, security and IT data, it required a solution that could deliver reliable data protection, system resiliency and fault tolerance. The airport is required to store video for 30 days, but it seeks to expand its retention time to 60 days. Therefore, technology that can scale simply was key in the selection process. Storage system updates It also required a storage platform that could manage the demanding and write-intensive nature of its nearly 250 IP surveillance cameras — a challenging task for traditional video recorders. The airport deployed HCI appliances to better manage captured video data and expand its archive capability for video surveillance. Users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen - and this is essential in airports HCI surveillance solutions are designed to provide industry-leading resiliency. Even if multiple hardware failures occur, including an entire appliance, video management servers will remain online and recording, and any previously recorded video will continue to be protected and accessible. Reducing expenses and costs The solution also reduced total cost of operations by consolidating servers, storage and client workstations into one enterprise-class solution that is easily managed from a single user interface, without the need for specialised IT skills. These use cases demonstrate the value emerging technologies bring to these types of modern environments. And they show that solutions like HCI are no longer simply much-talked about technology trends. Video, IT and security data is critical to organisations of all types and they need to ensure their investment in capturing this data is protected. From a security standpoint, users rely on video to validate whether something did or did not happen. If that video data isn’t protected, they lose a very valuable investigative tool. That isn’t an option in today’s complex environment. That’s is why it is paramount to understand how new technologies can help expand current capabilities and evolve security operations. This can’t be left to chance.

4K analogue cameras are still an ideal solution for video surveillance systems
4K analogue cameras are still an ideal solution for video surveillance systems

One of the toughest business decisions companies need to make is when selecting a new video surveillance system, as it’s a rigorous process to compare camera offerings and technologies, and to evaluate price structures. With its proven performance over the last several years, IP surveillance systems have become the defacto standard for most professionals. Those experts typically cite the numerous benefits that IP cameras offer, including higher image resolution, ease of installation, scalability, and analytics as rationale – which are all valid. However, the biggest drawback is the high price tag when considering making the switch from an analogue to a dedicated IP surveillance system. In reality, many end users don’t need networked IP cameras in every location throughout their facility, as the additional features and benefits IP cameras typically provide may not be necessary in every location. Ultimately, the decision to stick with analogue or move to IP needs to be based on your surveillance objectives and future needs. Advantages of 4K Consider this – you’re managing an analogue surveillance system and your primary goal is to increase image resolution; 4K analogue cameras may be your ideal solution. Advanced 4K analogue surveillance cameras deliver a myriad of advantages, including: Superior resolution Lower cost and easy installation. Picture clarity even under changing or difficult lighting conditions Models with 2 and 4 megapixel resolution, such as Dahua’s HDCVI 4K cameras with scalable HD-over-coax technology, provide security professionals with greater situational awareness and are available in multiple form factors to provide exceptional quality video & audio for a wide range of surveillance applications.Since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras Greater distance, greater definition Another benefit of 4K analogue cameras is that their higher number of pixels provides increased digital zoom performance without pixilation versus traditional HD or 2K cameras. This allows security operators to see further into the distance with greater definition. The added resolution is especially important for popular applications that require higher levels of detail, such as face and licence plate recognition or object analysis, as well as emerging video analytics and artificial intelligence applications for future system enhancements. 4K analogue applications 4K analogue cameras are also ideally suited to cover large fields of view such as in sports stadiums or airports with great detail and accurate colour reproduction. Their superior digital zoom capabilities can allow 4K analogue cameras to do the work of two cameras – one for a wide view and another for close-up – without sacrificing quality or compromising security. This can also help dramatically reduce hardware and installation cost, and simplify video monitoring. Finally, since 4K analogue cameras are not connected to an IP network, they do not present the cybersecurity risks that are typically associated with IP cameras. With the ever-increasing amount of sensitive and personal information stored on networked drives at businesses of all types, the value of removing one more potential network entry point cannot be understated. Overall, with 4K analogue cameras, security professionals can take advantage of higher resolution video on an existing, cost-effective platform that’s safe from network intruders with isolated and limited installation downtime and exceptional cost-efficiencies.