Tech Watch 

The demand for digital video storage has exploded with proliferation of the amount of digital data captured by video surveillance applications. Many users...

From The Field 

Education Prince George's County Schools Award Video Surveillance System Contract The Prince George's County, Md., public school district has awarded...

U.S. To See High Growth In IP Surveillance 

Analysis from Frost & Sullivan on the North American IP Video Surveillance Storage Market reveals that the market earned revenues of $1.26 billion in 2006 and estimates increases to$2.95 billion by 2013.
The advantages of digital technology in analyzing and providing real-time feedback will likely fuel the IP video surveillance storage systems market. In addition to growing security concerns, the possibility of integration with the IT infrastructure provides the necessary business case for security managers to shift from analog to IP surveillance....

Surveillance Veil Coming To New York 

By the end of 2007, police officials say more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan. It's the beginning of a surveillance system inspired by London that would be the first in the United States.
The plan is called the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, and it will resemble London's so-called Ring of Steel, an extensive web of cameras and roadblocks designed to detect, track and deter terrorists. British officials said images captured by the cameras helped track suspects after the London subway bombings in 2005 and the car bomb plots in June....

Video Surveillance For Stores Gains Support 

A plan by El Cerrito's police chief to require just about every business in the California city to install a digital video surveillance system to deter crime is getting a warm response from business and political leaders, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Before he asks the City Council to turn his proposal into law later this summer, Police Chief Scott Kirkland plans to hold three community forums to get feedback.
Kirkland began toying with the idea of camera surveillance in 2005, but after an owner of the Red Onion restaurant on San Pablo Avenue was murdered during a robbery April 24, he decided to make it happen....

A View of Liberty 

She stands on a 13-point star in the middle of New York harbor. A beacon of freedom, the Statue of Liberty is the quintessential symbol of America. On...

Searchable Video 

By Michael Fickes

People remember faces and events using various mental techniques. Recognition, one human memory technique, uses a cue of some kind to call up a memory....

Always On 

By Stephanie Silk

In a world where camera phones instantly take photos and text messaging acts as a silent walkie-talkie, privacy seems out of reach. The latest feature...

Public Safety Networks: Keys To Success 

Firetide Inc., Los Gatos, Calif., a developer of wireless mesh networks, has deployed many wireless public safety networks in 2006 and 2007. They list...

Prescribed Security 

By Ashley Roe

Twenty-three years ago security provisions at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Ill., seemed anything but high-tech. Doors were secured by old-fashioned...

Keeping an Eye on the Grand Canyon 

It seems just about everything about the Grand Canyon is larger than life. Carved out of the Earth's surface some five to six million years ago and plunging...

Reliable Backup 

By Ashley Roe

Founded in 1829 by four members of the Sisters of Charity service organization, St. Joseph's Orphanage (sjokids.org) is a mental health, education and...

Migration To IP 

Updating analog surveillance systems to IP-based video is a major challenge facing security professionals in the education market, especially in older...

Webinar Hosts Panel of Video Analytics Experts 

"It's not just for military or government anymore, it's a usable business tool."
The topic was video analytics, and with that comment, moderator Larry Anderson, editor of Access Control & Security Systems magazine, launched a webinar to provide helpful information to users of the technology.
Access Control & Security Systems magazine teamed up with Verint Systems, a supplier of networked video solutions, to present a webinar to video analytics enthusiasts and end-users on May 15. With a panel of four speakers, the webinar addressed topics ranging from analytics' market view, to trends, adoption and education, to an integrator's view and solutions for today. The session is still available on demand at securitysolutions.com
The panel included Larry Anderson, editor of Access Control & Security Systems; Mariann McDonagh, vice president of global marketing for Verint Systems; Mark Moscinski, vice president of SD-I and Chris Taylor; national accounts director for Verint Systems....

Video Analytics--Moving from High-Tech to Every Day Applications 

Surveillance That Makes the Grade 

By Ashley Roe

Interoperability is a term used often by security and education personnel across Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) in Maryland. With 32 elementary,...

A New Level of Calm 

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), the third-largest public housing authority in Illinois, provides safe, sanitary and affordable housing assistance...

Innovation Corner: Big Brother's Third Eye 

Leveraging medical and biometric research, a wristband device from Third Eye Inc, Elkhart, Ind., uses a person's vital signs to activate video surveillance...

Networking/IP To Drive Video Surveillance Market Growth 

The video surveillance industry is expanding rapidly due to rising security needs combined with a spate of technological innovations -- including the migration to digital, fully networked systems, according to market-research firm iSuppli Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
"With the emergence of networked Internet Protocol (IP) video surveillance cameras and IP video servers, along with the rising use of Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), video surveillance is moving beyond traditional security and into new applications such as transportation, retail, government and home networking," says Mark Kirstein, vice president of multimedia content and services at iSuppli. "This expansion is being helped considerably by the idea of networked video surveillance, which allows for greater flexibility, field upgradeability, increased automation and more intelligence to be incorporated into the overall system. ...

MPEG-4 Digital Video Recorder – Sanyo Security Systems 

The DSR-2004 MPEG-4 DVR from Sanyo Security Systems offers MPEG-4 recording for low bit rate, high picture quality and suitable storage capacity. The DVR has a storage capacity of 160, 300, 400 or 500 gigabytes and a recording speed of up to 120 ips. Camera recording rates are individually adjustable from 1 to 30 ips with resolution up to 720x480. Search functions allow the user to search by event, time and date or by timeline, and a built-in motion detector allows alarm recording. The system supports composite and VGA monitor outputs with easy backup of BMP, JPEG and AVI files using a USB memory stick....

Rack Enclosure Support System – Middle Atlantic Products 

The Raised Floor Enclosure Support System from Middle Atlantic Products Inc combines a series of modular riser bases, raised floor feet, raised floor support angles and solutions for seismic installations that are user-selectable to simplify installation. The support system allows users to build a raised floor quickly and arrange the necessary cable in an organized manner, underneath or around existing and new racks. Floor tiles can then be removed to access the cabling below. The system also features cable pass-through laser knockouts for joining multiple riser bases. The system helps manage rack temperature by allowing cool air to flow through the bottom of the enclosure system....

Digital Video Recorder - Pelco 

The DVR5100 Series Digital Video Recorder from Pelco captures video at up to 704x480 pixels at 30 images-per-second (ips) (NTSC) or 704 x 576 pixels at 25 ips (PAL), allowing the user to view details clearly. The system displays video in a screenshot of one, four, nine or 16 images on PAL composite, NTSC/PAL S-video or VGA monitors. Live and playback video can be combined on the same screen. The DVR uses Internet protocol-based networking for remote accessibility through an encrypted VPN session. The supplier’s EnduraStor storage optimization technology and USB keyboard can be added to the system for additional video storage and control features....

9 Things to Know About Video Analytics 

STANDARDS-BASED: Video Analytics is not standalone technology. Compatibility with network and video equipment is essential for optimum performance. Open...

High-Tech Skills Needed On Video Forensics 

With security cameras proliferating, video evidence is becoming increasingly important in criminal investigations, and data analysis is becoming more...

Thermal Imager – FLIR Systems 

The SR-19 Thermal Imager from FLIR Systems is a passive thermal system that detects intruders without using infrared illuminators. The unit, which features an uncooled infrared sensor, provides long-wave thermal imaging that allows it to “see” in darkness. Short-range detecting makes pictures viewable through smoke, dust and light fog. With a 36-degree field-of-view, the camera detects objects and people at both short and medium ranges. Other features include automatic image-processing functions, low power consumption and all-weather corrosion-resistant housing. Additional network options allow for integration with supplier-specific management systems....

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