The Role of CCTV In Resolving Major Incidents

By Vlado Damjanovski I was asked to write an article on the CCTV aspects of a hypothetical incident and “what will/could/should/may happen after a security-related atrocity or major incident occurs”. A worrying thought indeed. A major incident could be, for example, a bomb in a public place which could affect almost everybody in this city. There are such public places in all major cities around Australia. So, to give … [Read more...]

About Pixel Densities And What They Mean

By Vlado Damjanovski An Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance system is most often used to observe and protect people, objects and people’s activity inside and outside the objects, traffic and vehicles, money handling in banks, or games in a casino environment. All of these objects of interest may have different clarity when displayed on a workstation screen. The image clarity depends primarily on the camera used, the … [Read more...]

All-In-One Solar Powered IP Bullet Camera System

The Solar Panel Wireless Bullet Camera system by Guardforce is a “Plug and Play” Surveillance system. Once connected through the 4G Network via the built in 4G modem, you will be able to remotely view via your mobile phone with smartphone apps on both iPhone and Android Platforms. This system is IP66 and also has up to three-day battery life from the 24AH Battery. Product features include: 2 Megapixel Camera with … [Read more...]

Dahua Mobile Solution

Leading security equipment manufacturer Dahua has recently released their new, advanced mobile solution to enable drivers and users of transport services such as taxi’s and bus to address and minimise safety threats as well as poor user experiences. The Dahua Mobile Solution consists largely of a front-end camera, a recorder and a server located in a control center. In order to meet the different needs of various … [Read more...]

Enhancing the security at Southgate Shopping Centre with Hikvision

SouthGate Shopping Centre is an outdoor destination/retail park area located in central Bath. Opened in 2009 it boasts 96 shops, restaurants and large underground carparks. As an extensive space, it is essential that the CCTV equipment is up to date and effective to reassure staff and shoppers of their safety. Peter Parkinson, SouthGate’s deputy general manager says: “Hikvision fulfills our CCTV needs completely. With … [Read more...]

Presenting CCTV Evidence In Court: A Case Study

By Gary Palmer With Internet Protocol (IP) and high-definition (HD) CCTV now a part of everyday life for residential, retail and corporate business, it is more important than ever that the fundamentals of basic operation and system objectives are met. If not, the likely outcome will be a very expensive set of electronics that now provides little or no useful information to prosecute an offender. As an example, and … [Read more...]

Analysing The Total Cost Of Ownership Of Video Surveillance Systems

Imagine you are responsible for a safe city project, and you are tasked with deploying a multimillion-dollar video surveillance system. Where would you start? How would you evaluate tenders? How would you assess upfront costs in relation to the long-term operating costs? And which areas of the system should you focus on to optimise its total lifecycle cost? These are just some of the questions you need to ask to minimise … [Read more...]

Is the Video Doorbell Paving the Way for Greater Adoption of Video Verification in Home Alarm Systems?

By Anna Sliwon, analyst, residential security, IHS Markit As the popularity of video doorbells increases, owners are likely to become more comfortable with video cameras in their homes. For many homeowners, a video doorbell is their first experience with an IP camera. Installing it, setting up the app and then later using it to view something remotely all help to build consumers’ familiarity with network video cameras. … [Read more...]

Bosch DIVAR Recording Solutions Make Professional Video Surveillance Easy For Everyone.

The world of video surveillance is still shifting towards becoming full IP day-by-day. Small and medium businesses, for example, might still be in the transition from analogue to IP, planning to upgrade their video surveillance solution step-by-step. Finding a suitable recording device for this transition could be an issue. Or, in case the video surveillance system has already been switched to full IP, small and medium … [Read more...]

Hikvision Thermal Bullet Camera

Hikvision recently launched their new range of high resolution Thermal Bullet Cameras designed specifically for perimeter protection and temperature monitoring applications. These new cameras provide outstanding thermal image quality and reliable smart functions such as line crossing, intrusion detection and temperature exception alarm and so on. Designed for use in a wide variety of applications, Hikvision’s new … [Read more...]

Ergonomically Designed Workstation Can Improve Productivity

By Morris Jacobs Security businesses are no different to any other business in that the people who work in them want to be treated well. If business owners wish to get the best out of their staff, they need to listen actively to staff concerns, express gratitude for a job well done and be willing to compromise when necessary. The positive momentum and enhanced morale engendered by kind and fair treatment lead directly … [Read more...]

The Future Of Video Analytics

By Ryan Talbot and Michael Omeros Genesis of Video Analytics Since the introduction of video over an Internet Protocol (IP) network was first established in 1997, CCTV has, up until recently, been fundamentally known as a ‘dumb system’, providing just live, pre-recorded video playback and export capabilities with very little or no ‘smarts’ behind it. More recently, however, some CCTV systems have been described as … [Read more...]

Digital Storage In Surveillance

In today’s world, all visual and audio data is now in digital format. Each new day in surveillance requires new terabytes of storage space for the thousands of cameras around various cities, major towns and regional areas; including shopping centres, factories and prisons, to name a few. The need for data storage grows exponentially with every new mega-pixel sensor and with every new technology (which was high definition … [Read more...]

CR Kennedy Introduces Video Management Centre VMC-2 with touch screen

With the VMC-2 Dallmeier offers a new Video Management Centre with touch screen for the convenient and intuitive control of video systems. The Video Management Centre VMC-2 stands out due to its ergonomic and intelligent design. It is made up of a touch screen, a joystick and a jog-shuttle. The individual components are modular and flexible, i.e. they are freely positionable and thus ideally suited for both left- and … [Read more...]

The New Video Compression – HEVC / H.265

  Video compression has come a long way since the introduction of the first digital transmission, the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), back in the 1980s. Utilising (now long forgotten) H.261, a video compression standard used mostly for video conferencing, it was introduced by the CCIR (Consultative Committee on International Radio) group, which later became known as ITU (International Telecommunication … [Read more...]

Why Storage Is Now a Critical Component of CCTV Systems

  Storage is now a critical part of a robust video surveillance solution. Increasing camera resolutions, longer retention times, and increasing use of analytics all lead to larger digital storage capacity requirements. Across the industry, storage demands are increasing at existing sites undergoing upgrades and refreshes, and also in greenfield installations. Quantum, a global leader of the storage industry, now … [Read more...]