Seeing is believing - Put an end to blurred vision with the new Honeywell IP network cameras
Seeing is believing - Put an end to blurred vision with the new Honeywell IP network cameras

Designed to deliver interoperability between any IP-based physical security product, the 1080p models will allow installers and end users to design and build network video systems with devices from any manufacturer. For added peace of mind, the indoor and outdoor pendant cameras also capture video on a micro Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) memory card providing back up to mitigate against any failure with the network.  Equipped with a 360 degree rotation function and a zoom lens, the cameras are capable of delivering exceptional image quality and as such are ideally suited to environments that require detailed surveillance, including cities, roads, airports, government facilities, schools, campuses and industrial sites. They can capture pictures of up to two million pixels with 20 x optical zoom functionality, providing the sharp detail required for accurate identification.  The HDZ PTZ dome camera range is also versatile, specifically built to deliver high quality performance in challenging environments. All models are equipped with wide dynamic range to cope with high contrast and changing light conditions. It is also capable of operating reliably in extreme climates and weather conditions. The outdoor model has a temperature range of -45°C to 55°C, and is protected from dust and rain in an IP66 rated housing with tamper-resistant fixings and a vandal proof polycarbonate bubble.  Easy and secure installation is also central to the products’ design and several mounting options are available, allowing an installer to adapt to the end user’s specific site requirements. For added flexibility of installation the cameras also have a bracket accessory available included for in-ceiling mounting.  “In designing the HDZ range, we focused on providing flexibility of installation and operation, including interoperability with IP-based products from other manufacturers, without compromising on superb image quality,” comments Mark Openshaw, Product Manager EMEA at Honeywell Security Group. “The result is a range that is easy to install, and capable of protecting ple and assets in a range of different environments.”  The HDZ’s user interface is available in eleven languages. For more information about the product or other Honeywell solutions, please visit www.honeywellipsolutions.ocom

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New ACUIX™ high speed PTZ domes from Honeywell. &nbsp18X, 26X, 35X WDR & TDN cameras with up to 530 TVL
New ACUIX™ high speed PTZ domes from Honeywell. &nbsp18X, 26X, 35X WDR & TDN cameras with up to 530 TVL

The new ACUIX™ series of high performance pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) speed dome cameras feature multiple housing configurations and four integrated high-resolution, auto-focus camera/optic systems.ACUIX works seamlessly with all current and future Honeywell video and surveillance products.  The series incorporates Honeywell's proprietary Intellibus™ protocol for high-speed performance and effortless upgrades.  Intellibus allows camera settings such as labels, presets, tours and privacy zones to be uploaded to a new camera/optics package if required, affording the ultimate protection of the dome's settings.  Because Intellibus allows users to remotely upload firmware to a single dome or an unlimited number of user-selected domes, ACUIX offers major time savings for dealers and end users.The series includes a True Day/Night model with a 35X zoom featuring Wide Dynamic Range and Electronic Image Stabilisation for superior images that overcome unstable mounting and difficult lighting conditions.Benefits:Save all camera configurations and settings to the head end systemRemotely update camera firmware without interrupting camera serviceEasy installation with standard mounting systems and compatibility with existing ceiling mounting methodsUTP ready with active outputFeatures:35X, 530 TVL, 128X Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), True Day/Night Motion Detection and Electronic Stabilisation (HDXG Series)18X & 26X, 530 TVL, 128X Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), True Day/Night (HDXJ & HDXF Series)18X Colour, 460 TVL, (HDXA Series)ACUIX IP offers MPEG-4 compression and 25 fps at 4CIF, 2CIF, and CIF resolutionsIndoor in-ceiling and pendant housingsIP66 outdoor pendant and rugged housingsRemote firmware updatesSecure back-up of all camera settingsActive UTP video output standard in all domes4 dry contact inputsUp to 150 user-defined presets16 preset tours of 64 presets each32 Dynamic Privacy ZonesPassword protection prevents unauthorised users from altering system settingsBuilt-in surge and lightning protectionMenus are provided for English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, and Spanish

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Honeywell adds hi-def indoor/outdoor mini-dome to IP camera portfolio
Honeywell adds hi-def indoor/outdoor mini-dome to IP camera portfolio

Honeywell has released a rugged, indoor/outdoor mini-dome IP camera that provides three times the image resolution of standard analogue cameras, yet with similar network bandwidth requirements. The HD4MDIPX is the latest addition to Honeywell's line of high-definition, IP cameras that provide high-quality images The true day/night, vandal-resistant, fixed mini-dome provides 720p resolution at full frame rate. It also helps save money with its low power-consumption rate and ability to be retrofitted on many existing digital and network video recorder installations without requiring additional storage capabilities. This dramatically decreases the cost of infrastructure and total cost of ownership. "When it comes to video surveillance, the top two things on end users' minds today are picture quality and cost," said Roberto Testani, Product Manager, Honeywell Security Group. "HD4MDIPX is another example of how Honeywell continues to deliver on the promise of IP by addressing both of those concerns. It provides extremely crisp images at minimal bandwidth, reducing the number of hardware servers needed to manage the system." Like the indoor-version HD3MDIPX, which Honeywell released earlier this year, the HD4MDIPX features an externally accessible web-based menu that lets operators view and control cameras from virtually anywhere. It also features built-in motion detection capabilities and camera tamper detection features that notify users when the camera's field-of-view is altered, obstructed or blurred. The HD4MDIPX also decreases installation and training costs through its simplified set up, which includes the same programming requirements as interior cameras. Because of this, operators can cover a wider range of applications without having to learn new products. In addition to the HD4MDIPX and HD3MDIPX cameras, Honeywell's growing line of IP video technology includes a complete selection of recording solutions and the MAXPRO® VMS video management platform. The company will soon expand its camera line to include a bullet camera and box camera options. To see how Honeywell's growing line of IP video solutions can help organisations transition from analogue-based video to digital systems, please visit http://www.honeywellipsolutions.com/.

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Honeywell adds six new H.264 IP cameras to the equIP® IP Range
Honeywell adds six new H.264 IP cameras to the equIP® IP Range

Honeywell has announced the addition of six IP cameras to its existing equIP® IP product series. The new true day/night cameras are split into two ranges - 1080p and 720p wide dynamic – with each range incorporating three different models; an indoor only mini dome, a vandal resistant mini dome and a box camera. A core benefit of the new IP cameras is progressive scan video which enables improved detail on moving objects such as faces and car number plates. Furthermore, dual streaming allows each video stream to be configured with an individual resolution whilst Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) results in significant storage savings without sacrificing image quality in low light. The cameras can also be fully integrated with Honeywell’s MAXPRO® NVR SE and XE 2.0 ranges to offer an efficient all Honeywell IP system. The high resolution of the 1080p cameras allows operators to digitally zoom for superior detail and to cover nearly three times the horizontal area compared with standard fixed analogue cameras, potentially reducing the number of cameras required to monitor a fixed space and lowering costs. The 1080p cameras’ superior image detail and ability to highlight small details, such as facial features, means they are suitable for installations that require enhanced detail when zooming in, and the highest possible resolution. The 720p cameras use wide dynamic technology to improve image visibility even in high contrast environments where objects are hard to identify due to severe backlight or shadows. This allows security personnel to identify subjects in challenging environments such as areas with strong back lighting or abrupt changes in illumination, or when looking from a well lit area into a darker one. The technology delivers video with near-perfect exposure in the harshest of lighting conditions enabling the operator to see recorded events more clearly for use as evidence or to inform decisions. “Successfully using IP technology to improve the quality, detail and resolution of video recording, particularly in challenging environments, is a constant focus for security manufacturers,” comments Mark Openshaw, Product Manager for Honeywell Security Group EMEA. “Helping installers and end users monitor wider areas and use video footage more effectively is driving the evolution of, and demand for IP solutions.” For more information regarding these and other Honeywell solutions, please visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk

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IP Dome cameras - Expert commentary

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.