SECTECH Roadshow, which runs in Sydney on May 4, Melbourne May 9, Brisbane May 11, Adelaide May 18 and Perth, May 23, will take a look at a number of digital analogue camera technologies, as well as including a seminar on securing network-connected security devices.
The multi-technology test will run alongside our best-of-the-best low light camera shootout and we’ll separately analyse the performance of integrated IR bullet cameras – a fast growing segment with specific strengths and weaknesses. In Sydney, we’ll be pitting the best PTZ domes against each other and for good measure, we’re planning to threw a thermal PTZ into the mix just to get a sense of what’s what at extreme ranges.
Terry Hartmann will lead business development and client relations as VP for Asia Pacific at biometric tech house, Cognitec Systems.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Hartmann will direct an international sales and support team to meet the demands of an expanding biometrics market in the region. Governments in Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries are investing heavily into large-scale biometric projects, and many of them have trusted Cognitec’s market-leading face recognition technology for more than a decade.
“Face biometrics is now a proven technology, yet has so much potential for growth. Asia Pacific is certainly the place where innovation can be realized,” said Hartmann. “I am excited to leverage Cognitec’s products into numerous security and facilitation benefits to prospective clients, integrators and their customers.”
AXIS Communications the market leader in network video appoints Sektor as New Zealand distributor. Under the agreement Sektor will distribute the entire range of Axis network cameras, access control, IP audio and video products.
“Sektor provides us with new market opportunities in the IT realm plus the comprehensive support of their market leading Distribution capabilities,” said Wai King Wong, Axis country manager, South Pacific region. “We’ve been really impressed with Sektor’s professionalism and drive. They are a great match for Axis as a company and the innovative products we have in the pipeline.”
According to Sektor’s GM Security, Andre van Duiven, Sektor sees video technology combining with big data for some major growth in the coming years.
STEVE Charles reports the Sony team is delighted to have moved into the Bosch Security Systems head office in Sydney, yesterday, February 1.
The move comes after Bosch Security Systems and Sony Corporation signed a contract to establish a business partnership to collaborate in the development of innovative products and solutions in the field of video security applications.
The idea is to combine their technological expertise to set new standards in high-resolution and low light video imaging. As part of the agreed partnership, Sony’s video security customers in all markets except Japan will be served and supported by the sales and marketing organization of Bosch Security Systems. The partnership is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.
Looking to the future - Robert Meachem, GM, BGW Technologies
ACCORDING to Robert Meachem, BGW Technologies is undertaking a programme of expansion to meet a growing demand across its product lines.
“We are forced to now add staff due to customers marching to BGWT doors,” Meachem said. “We are currently recruiting for 5 staff and are in the process of completing our plan for an office in South Australia.
“Our customers have so many significant project wins across access control, CCTV and wireless that we are having have to adjust our ability to keep up with customer demands,” he said.
“We are just thrilled customers are liking our products and services, and this results in hiring more people. As a family-owned business we have great pride in supporting more Aussie families!” ♦
Weigand cable - tried and tested but not most secure for some applications
Q: Which is best for communications between access controllers and door readers – Weigand or RS-485?
A: This is an interesting question. There’s a lot more behind Weigand and RS-485 than you’d think. Some of your choices need to be application specific but it depends on the product you are using, too.
For a start Weigand readers are unsupervised – this means if they are breached, your customer will not know. If they are smashed or completely removed from the wall and carried away, the system will not report this. The maximum Weigand run is about 150m – this might be fine in some applications but in larger sites it can be limiting. You also need to install Weigand in a star config around a controller, making for complex wiring schedules.
HANWHA Techwin Wisenet 5 chipset, which drives the Wisenet X camera series offers 150dB WDR performance and clear images in extreme low light conditions. A convenient USB port is also available for easy setup and installation.
The new Wisenet 5 chipset “will define a new standard in the market on video cameras—this is the next revolution of video surveillance in cameras,” Tom Cook, vice president of sales for North America at Hanwha Techwin said.
“Our R&D team, which is about 650-strong, have been developing this new chip set that we are proud to say will take the video market to another level.”
The Wisenet X series is a new product line that features 27 models split up between 2MP and 5MP camera lines. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased onboard storage and image stabilization using gyro sensors.
SENSTAR, the world’s largest manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS), has appointed Q Security Systems as the exclusive distributor for its line-up of security products in Australia.
“We see Q Security Systems as an important partner to enhance our growth, with their capability to offer turnkey solutions for systems integrators as well as its national ly(delete) footprint,” said Gord Loney, vice president Asia Pacific, Senstar.
In addition to the partnership, the business has been further strengthened with the engagement by QSS of Tom Knowles who was previously the Senstar Sales and Support representative for Australasia. Tom is widely considered as one of the world’s leading experts on perimeter intrusion detection systems.
National Maritime Museum of Australia releases security RFT
THE Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour has released an RFT for the provision of regular and reactive maintenance services for the electronic security system installed at the museum, which includes CCTV, access control and intrusion detection.
The Australian National Maritime Museum is large, with significant internal and external spaces, 2 major wharves and multiple vessels, including a decommissioned RAN destroyer.
The museum building was designed by Philip Cox, Richardson Taylor & Partners and its 25m high corrugated iron roof was shaped to invoke the image of billowing sails. The museum has a floor space of 8500 square metres and covers 6 galleries.
The 2 wharves to the east of the main building have moorings to support the largest fleet of in-water historical vessels in the world, including the RMS Endeavour replica.
Dahua’s DHI-XVR5116HS DVR is the 16-channel version of what Dahua calls penta-brid technology - the ability to support HDCVI, AHD, TVI, CVBS and IP cameras on every channel. The idea is to give a flexible solution with the simplicity and low cost of analogue.
DAHUA’S penta-brid DHI-XVR5116HS DVR (henceforth know as the XVR), is a neat little unit for a 16-input with this sort of flexibility – probably the smallest 16-channel DVR I’ve seen. It’s light and very compact but feels quite well-made as the 36-month warranty attests. The whole idea of the XVR is to give installers who are using multiple video technologies in the same application a solution that will handle just about everything.