The WV-SC384, a feature rich PTZ i-Pro SmartHD dome camera from Panasonic
The WV-SC384, a feature rich PTZ i-Pro SmartHD dome camera from Panasonic

Panasonic announces the introduction of the WV-SC384 to the i-Pro SmartHD line-up. The feature rich network dome camera includes advanced control functions and intelligent GUI that allows complete unhindered surveillance. The new dome camera provides multiple H.264 (High profile) and JPEG video streams for simultaneous real-time monitoring and high-resolution recording. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) control features include a 360-degree map shot that provides the full 360-degree field of view, separated into eight thumbnail images taken at 45-degree intervals - clicking on any thumbnail easily directs the PTZ camera. "Putting customers first compels Panasonic not only to develop new and advanced technologies, but also to design for market needs," said Stephen Gerrard, Country Marketing Manager, Panasonic System Networks Europe "Bringing together high definition and PTZ functionality lets the user capture the essential details, which is at the core of video surveillance and security." The new i-Pro SmartHD WV-SC384 dome camera uses Panasonic UniPhier® LSI chip (H.264 high-profile format) to combine HD video and real-time video streaming at a lower data size. A new 1.3-megapixel MOS image sensor enables high sensitivity and lower power consumption. To increase user system options, the camera is Open Network Video Interface (ONVIF) compliant, while system migration is more easily facilitated with the H.264 or MPEG-4 selectable format. Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS) technologies combine to deliver 128x wider dynamic range than conventional cameras. Face Super Dynamic ensures clear images of faces, and a face-detection function detects the position of human faces and sends the information by XML or video. The dome model's industrial grade PTZ mechanism features up to 64 preset positions. Auto-tracking enables automatic pan and tilt to follow a moving subject and keep it in the centre of the image. An auto-flip function enables panning from 0 to 360 degrees. A new "Drag and Zoom" operation and 16-speed user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) provide enhanced PTZ control. There are 256 speeds available when using the camera with Panasonic's WV-CU950 Universal System Controller (with video management software WV-ASM100). Video Motion Detector (VMD) has four programmable detection areas, 15 steps of sensitivity and 10 steps of detection size. Privacy zone can mask up to eight private areas. Full duplex bi-directional audio allows interactive communication between the camera and monitoring site. An 18x optical zoom combines with a 12x digital zoom to enable 216x zoom (in VGA resolution, 36x extra optical zoom combines with 12x digital zoom for 432x zoom.) Day/night function provides low-light sensitivity of 0.5 lux in colour and 0.06 lux (B/W) at f1.6 (wide). Adaptive Digital Noise Reduction (2D-DNR and 3D-DNR integration) ensures reduced noise and motion blur in various conditions. Progressive scan delivers clear images without motion blur or tearing, and H.264 full-frame-rate video can be recorded using an SD/SDH Memory Card. Panasonic's addition to the i-Pro SmartHD line-up, the WV-SC384 dome camera, covers your back with 360-degree field of view ensuring organisations an unhindered security solution.

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Panasonic WV-SW400 and WV-SF400 i-Pro SmartHD MEGA Super Dynamic vandal resistant 360 degrees domes bring unsurpassed reliability and image quality to the Panasonic surveillance range
Panasonic WV-SW400 and WV-SF400 i-Pro SmartHD MEGA Super Dynamic vandal resistant 360 degrees domes bring unsurpassed reliability and image quality to the Panasonic surveillance range

The latest range of i-Pro Smart HD 360 degree network dome cameras from Panasonic, the WV-SW400/WV-SF400 series, are designed with the signature Panasonic reliability and feature Mega Super Dynamic technology that delivers 128x broader dynamic range. These series are composed of the WV-SF438, WV-SF448 and WV-SW458 and 548M. All of the series has 360 degree monitoring capability with a variety of transmission modes including Wall Panorama, Double Panorama and Quad PTZ ensuring precise recording in decided areas. They also have a number of features to enhance image quality, improve the operational efficiency and reduce the burden on the network through enhanced “UniPhier” and 2 areas VIQS. The entire series provides 1080p HD images at up to 30 IPS[1] and because the camera is powered by Panasonic UniPhier®[2] technology, concurrent H.264 and JPEG streams are transmitted, enabling simultaneous real time monitoring and FULL HD recording.  Further, Prioritised Stream Control enables a priority video stream so that when multiple recorders and client PCs are simultaneously accessing the camera, frame rates are continuously maintained and quality of service is ensured for total security continuity. Additionally, face Detection and Mega Super Dynamic range technologies ensure clear and focussed facial images are captured for identification purposes. Face Detection functionality also means that when a registered suspect’s face is observed by the camera, it can automatically be sent and an alarm can be triggered through a compatible network video recorder, alerting security personnel. This effectively adds another set of eyes in a surveillance monitoring team, increasing efficiency and significantly reducing costs. The advanced SW400/SF400 series also feature VMD[3], which can be programmed to trigger email alerts and other alarm outputs when movement is detected in one of the 4 pre-selected areas.  VMD enables security personnel to automatically be notified of possible security concerns and reduce their response time. What's more, with the selectable light control modes in an indoor scene, 50Hz / 60Hz fluorescent lighting has no effect on image quality meaning setup times and costs are significantly reduced and end user satisfaction is maximised. The combination of these features with the Privacy Zone that covers up to 4 private areas such as windows or entrances / exits makes SW400/SF400 ideal where surveillance is needed in complicated site locations.  In addition to the fore-mentioned features, the WV-SF448 and WV-SW458 and 458M have Vandal Resistant capabilities and are designed to fit a variety of unique applications. The WV-SF448 features a vandal resistant mechanism for high reliability as well as a mechanical shutter. The mechanical shutter is situated above the lens and can be opened and closed as necessary. The WV-SW458 and 458M are suited for external applications as well as internal as they possess a dehumidification device as well as an Ingress Protection Rating certified at IP66, taking extreme resistance to the elements to the next level, guaranteeing total dust tightness, and the protection of the camera against even the most powerful jets of water blasted at it from any direction. This means that when located in highly inhospitable positions, even in violent storms, the WV-SW458 will provide the continuity of service needed to meet the highest expectations in the security industry. The ‘M’ version also features an M12 connector which is specifically designed to firmly secure machine-to-machine connections so that cables screw on tightly and lock in place. This enables system implementers to easily link controllers, multimedia devices and surveillance equipment. This element makes the WV-SW458M ideal for the transport vertical. With the latest addition to the Panasonic surveillance range possessing unprecedented intelligent functionality, end users have greater peace of mind and confidence that security objectives can be achieved and installers will guarantee added value for their clients. [1] IPS (Images Per Second)[2] Panasonic’s propriety System LSI platform[3] Video Motion Detection

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Panasonic Ultra 360 Degree intelligent surveillance camera with 4k Engine (WV-SFV481)
Panasonic Ultra 360 Degree intelligent surveillance camera with 4k Engine (WV-SFV481)

The Panasonic Ultra 360° camera is aimed at applications such as banking, retail and logistics. The camera captures an increased level of detail over a much wider area than is achievable with traditional security cameras, meaning greater coverage with fewer cameras. The camera serves both marketing and security purposes, through heat mapping and people counting. The intelligent analytics feature gives organisations the power to gain more out of their surveillance cameras than just security. This inbuilt analytics tools allows the user to identify where people move and stay within a room, which in a retail context for instance, can help measure the effectiveness of sales promotions, while data privacy is protected through motion scrambling. This state of the art camera (WV-SFV481) features sharp and natural colour reproduction with strong low light performance – the 1/1.7” sensor operates down to 0.05lx in black and white mode enabling real day/night switching - providing an ideal 24/7 surveillance solution. This is accompanied by a high resolution 4K engine, providing clarity at the centre and the rim of the image. It’s the first 4K 360-degree day/night camera with Auto Back Focus (ABF) saving installation time, cost and maintenance, and delivering extremely high image quality. The camera is also water proof and vandal resistant, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The WV-SFV481 will be available from December 2014.

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Panasonic presents the WV-SW152 vandal resistant IP fixed dome featuring Super Dynamic Technology
Panasonic presents the WV-SW152 vandal resistant IP fixed dome featuring Super Dynamic Technology

The Panasonic WV-SW152 IP dome provides high quality images and a wealth of features packed into a vandal resistant housing. Using a newly developed MOS sensor, the SW152 provides high quality SVGA images across multiple H.264 and JPEG streams. Using Super Dynamic technology to deliver 128x dynamic range, the simple day/night image quality of the SW152 is ideal in all conditions. Packed with features, the SW152 is the most intelligent camera to date. Face detection allows the camera to adjust product focus to capture a person in shot and also use the XML data to trigger an alarm upon detection if using a compatible recorder. VIQS (variable image quality on specified area) is the latest innovation to the Smart HD range, allowing the camera to have higher resolution only on specified areas of the image, meaning lower bandwidth. The WV-SW152 provides all the latest Smart HD innovations in an IP66 rated vandal housing, fitted with dehumidification technology, ensuring is fit for all outdoor needs. Also, ONVIF compliant the dome is a must for a wide range of applications. Key features SVGA images (800x600) at up to 30 ips Newly developed 1.3 Megapixel MOS sensor Multiple H.264 and JPEG streams combined with Panasonic 'UniPhier' technology Face Detection Technology ensures clear face images Super Dynamic technology delivers clear images and 128x wider dynamic range M12 connector for Public and industrial transport (WV-SW152M only) Compatible with EN50155 Railway applications - Electronic equipment used on rolling stock

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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.