Video surveillance roundup from ASIS 2011

Vendors talk HDcctv, HD, megapixel, switches, storage and more


Each year at ASIS, the security industry shows off the latest and greatest in surveillance technology and this year was no exception. From innovations in megapixel resolution to storage solutions, there is something to be found for surveillance applications of all sizes. Here are a few highlights from this year’s show:

Panasonic

Panasonic introduced the new i-PRO WV-ASM200 Video Management System (VMS) Monday at ASIS. Designed for large scale deployments, the VMS can unify hundreds of network and analog cameras, network and analog recorders, and encoders into a centralized control platform. On display was the software’s intuitive operation, camera, alarm and recorder icons, and graphic map.

As it has done in the past, the company used a vertical market-based approach to its booth, focusing on key areas like school, healthcare, retail security and more. “As we continue to develop new video surveillance products with open architecture, we are working more closely than ever with companies that specialize in applications for specific markets,” Panasonic president Bill Taylor said.

Additionally, the company focused on its eco-friendly green solutions. Panasonic has achieved ISO 14001 certification for environmental management of its manufacturing sites and is certified RoHS-compliant, representing a significant reduction in the use of lead and other hazardous materials in manufacturing. Cameras and other system components are designed to consume less power, reduce materials usage, and enable simplified system design. “In addition to protecting customers’ assets, property and people, (the cameras) are engineered and manufactured to help protect our global environment,” Taylor said.

Finally, the company unveiled an assortment of new cameras. Analog cameras included all-in-one PTZ domes featuring 36x zoom and Super Dynamic 6 technology, as well as a line of boxed and fixed dome analog cameras. On the IP side, Panasonic has a new line of compact POE network cameras with recording on SD Memory Cards that are ideal for discreet operations such as on buses, trains, subways, elevators and at ATMs.

IQinVision

Is IQinVision the Jeff Probst of the security industry? Perhaps the Mike Rowe? The company is certainly showing up in nearly as many reality TV shows. In fact, three different reality TV shows have IQeye cameras at work – the guys at the Vegas Pawn shop on the show “Pawn Stars” use the megapixel cameras for security surveillance; The Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, S.D. (as shown on TruTV) uses the cameras for asset protection and improve crowd control; and now, the Carlile Transportation company featured on History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” uses the cameras to monitor two of its trucking terminal complexes.

In addition to its TV star status, the company showcased its H.264 line of Sentinel cameras, which are available in up to 5 megapixels.

Samsung

Samsung proved its versatility at the show by touting a little bit of everything for the discerning video surveillance user. The company showcased a new HDcctv solution; a high definition IP camera line, new entry-level analog cameras and a pair of new NVRs.

“Samsung now has analog, hybrid, HD and HDcctv solutions,” company spokesperson Janet Fenner said during a technology overview offered on the ASIS tradeshow floor.

HDcctv enables megapixel video to be transmitted using an organization’s existing coax cable infrastructure to special HDcctv recorders. As Fenner said, it is the “next step up” from an analog-only system. “The benefit is that you don’t have the latency that you get in IP cameras,” Samsung director of product management Henry Kim added.

As an example, casinos have had trouble with IP video, Fenner explained. “Casinos want high-quality video because they have to see the cards and the money. Because the trend in the industry is HD, they also want to move in that direction.”

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