Video surveillance roundup from ASIS 2011

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

Samsung approaches HDcctv as an open platform – not as a proprietary format, but one that could be easily incorporated into other recording platforms. The company plans to introduce encoders that will allow HDcctv streams for network transmission, further breaking down the perceived barrier that separates HDcctv and network video.

Samsung also launched a new line of VGA resolution analog cameras. This baseline camera is unique in that it uses Samsung’s own DSP chip that incorporates the imaging and encoder into a single chip. By not having to install 2 chips in every camera, they can pass along those cost savings to the end-user.

Lastly, the company introduced new 4- and 16-channel NVRs.


The three most dreaded words for many medium and large enterprises are "rip and replace." ComNet has made it easier to avoid them with the introduction of CopperLine, an expanded group of Ethernet over existing copper media transmission products.

These products are designed for applications where existing copper media, such as coaxial cable or twisted pair (UTP) is currently installed and are a cost-effective alternative to installing new media. "As more and more facilities are making the transition from analog to IP video, there already exists a large installed base of copper media, be it coaxial cable or twisted pair wiring," said Andrew Acquarulo Jr., ComNet President and COO. "The demand for Ethernet over copper product has continued to increase dramatically and we developed CopperLine to satisfy that demand."

The line consists of 1, 4, 8 and 16 channel models that use coaxial cable or twisted pair. The higher port count models solve density challenges, allowing up to 16 channels be supported in a single rack-mount chassis -- making it ideal for installations with huge runs of cabling, such as a casino.


Over at the Pivot3 booth, the company is showing a version of its VSTAC product line that is specially configured for security applications. The VSTAC Watch product takes advantage of virtualization to allow the unit to run both the video management software and to store the surveillance video.

The company clearly knows virtualization. VSTAC Watch falls within a product line designed for major IT virtualization - other versions support major IT databases and a VSTAC virtualization server designed specifically for running virtual desktop interfaces for an organization. VSTAC builds upon the CloudBank video surveillance storage product portfolio, which is still part of Pivot3's offerings.

Why does virtualization matter in the security industry? Olivier Thierry, Pivot3's chief marketing officer, says it shares the same reasons that enterprises use virtualization across IT operations. The virtualized environment offers failover protection for uptime of critical systems, and by combining the software server and the storage server, it saves money. The virtualized environment, which Pivot3 uses VMware for, also means long-term compatibility with industry inventors, even as their technology changes, since the server can be virtualized for whichever operating and support environment is required.


Video intelligence was the name of the game at the Verint booth, as the company has leveraged its video management system to create analytic-based software designed to enhance the efficiency of businesses -- particularly in the retail sector.

"We are bringing the power of analytics to the retail space," Verint VP of global marketing Debjit Das said. "Without the video, there would be no data."

The system runs on a separate server dedicated to the Video Business Intelligence (VBI) server, which could be as small as a single PC. It uses video streams from the VMS system and will be later expanded to support the company's NVR appliance.

Additionally, Das said that Verint is reaching out to local and regional integrators who are looking for solutions for retail and critical infrastructure as part of its new channel partner program.

[ Editor-in-Chief Geoff Kohl contributed to this report.]