Over the last several years, the security industry has seen an explosion in the development of megapixel and high-definition camera technologies and this year is no exception. In speaking with vendors on the show floor, its apparent that manufacturers have made image quality one of their top development priorities.
Despite the impact that the recession had on IP technology migration, vendors say that they are also starting to see an increase in demand for IP video solutions. However, they are still sensitive to the large base of existing analog infrastructures and are developing products that help bridge that gap to IP.
Verint Systems has jumped into the PSIM market, with the announced acquisition of Rontal Engineering Applications Ltd., a privately-held provider of situational awareness solutions. The acquisition has led to the launch of Nextiva PSIM - a platform that captures information from a variety of security, safety and corporate systems and disseminating that information for end-users to efficiently analyze data to manage situational response. The system's two-dimensional and three-dimensional user mapping interfaces, are among its features, and the system is able to simulate real-world situations for training and testing purposes.
"Bringing in PSIM is a natural synergy for Verint," said vice president of marketing Dejbit Das.
Additionally, the company announced that the Nextiva video management software has been integrated with automatic license plate reader (ALPR) technology provided by INEX Technologies. This solution expands the capabilities of the Nextiva Video Management software by adding the ability to capture license plate images and data.
Samsung is a company with a traditionally strong analog base, however, the company is embracing the move to IP - dedicating its R&D efforts chiefly for network video products. Already out the door from the R&D team is a new 3-megapixel network dome camera. "Even the camera blocks and glass were developed from the ground up and are produced by Samsung," said Samsung VP of marketing and product management Victor Biberston.
Also new to the Samsung megapixel line are a 1.3 megapixel HD 20x zoom network camera and a 1.3 megapixel HD weatherproof network infrared (IR) camera for viewing in darkness. Additionally, the company is demonstrating a line of new pan-tilt-zoom dome cameras, including standard-size and mini-dome models. The units employ the supplier's latest advanced digital signal processors (DSPs) for superior performance in diverse lighting conditions.
Mobile security applications have been quite popular among the ISC vendors. Avigilon joined the party, releasing its Control Center Mobile (ACC Mobile) application that enables security professionals to connect to the the supplier's Control Center Network Video Management Software (NVMS) platform over any IP wireless network with Apple devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The application will be commercially available in June 2011.
The mobile app comes on the heels of the company's introduction of Avigilon Control Center 4.8 Network Video Management Software (NVMS) featuring High Definition Stream Management (HDSM). Available in both enterprise and standard editions, the solution will also be commercially available in June 2011.
OnSSI continues to evolve its Ocularis IP video and security platform, with version 2.0 out for the show. The latest release is offered in four different feature sets (PS, IS, CS and ES), all scalable to virtually any number of cameras at multiple sites. This enables end-users to meet specific system needs and requirements, while offering alerting and video analysis features.
Ocularis PS is ideal for organizations which operate in a single or multiple locations with a relatively small number of cameras; Ocularis IS is designed for multi-user active monitoring and supports integration with access control, video analytic and other third-party systems; Ocularis CS meets the needs of large distributed organizations with extended command and control needs; and Ocularis ES is intended for very large and complex multi-site installations.