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Thu
15
Dec
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Scentre Group CCTV Camera Shootout: Full Report

Entry camera test array at Westfield, Bondi Junction
Entry camera test array at Westfield, Bondi Junction

Last month Scentre Group’s National CCTV Camera Shootout was held at Westfield in Bondi Junction. This is the largest CCTV camera shootout of its type in Australia, with the diverse mall environment giving attendees plenty to think about across 4 camera groups. 

WE often rattle on about objective camera testing in SEN and we do this because there is absolutely nothing that highlights strengths and weaknesses of performance more clearly than lining up a group of cameras in generally identical circumstances and seeing which image looks best. The challenge is getting all the latest cameras in one place – even more difficult, providing a series of real world applications that allow adequate conditions for comparison. 

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Fri
11
Nov
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VMS Functionalities: Thoughts For Integrators & End Users

VMS functionality at the core of CCTV system capability
VMS functionality at the core of CCTV system capability

Nothing is so central to a surveillance solution as the video management system that drives it. Whether you’re an end user, or an installer, there’s plenty to think about when it comes to VMS and more and more products tout their ability to meet ever more complicated operational requirements. 

WHEN you start thinking about VMS is hard to know where to start. Keeping things simple is beneficial – end users should think operationally and integrators should think operationally, while taking into account those aspects of the system that will best allow them to support an end user’s operational requirements. 

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Fri
11
Nov
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IR Cut Filter or Night Mode in Software – Which is Best?

Basic IR Cut Filter Mechanism
Basic IR Cut Filter Mechanism

Q: What is the infrared cut filter, what role does it play in a CCTV camera and do I need a day/night camera? I’ve heard of cameras that don’t need a cut filter but handle this task in software. Which is better? 

A: Unlike the human eye, camera sensors can see infrared during the day – this impacts on the appearance of colour – green plants turn pink, for instance. In order to match the appearance of human vision, the cut filter only allows the visible light spectrum to pass, reflecting infrared using coatings that reflect or absorb IR wavelengths. 

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Mon
07
Nov
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Bosch IP 5000 Bullet Camera Review

Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera
Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera

I WASN’T sure what to think of the Bosch IP 5000 when I unpacked it – the sunshade and the overall camera are quite light but when it’s up and running you find that this a surprisingly good camera in the best tradition of motorised, remote autofocus bullet cameras. 

BOSCH’S IP 5000 day/night bullet camera is an IP66-rated 5MP bullet camera with a motorised, varifocal, IR-corrected, board-mounted 2.7-12mm F1.4 lens offering 32-100 degrees of viewing angle and 18-53 degrees of vertical angle. The motorized zoom lens has automatic focus adjustment with 1:1-pixel mapping to ensure the camera is always accurately focused. It works extremely well in the field. 

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Wed
12
Oct
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Bosch IP Video Solution Secures New ACPE Premises

Dave Sutherland at the Australian College of Physical Education
Dave Sutherland at the Australian College of Physical Education

Force Security has installed a Bosch video surveillance solution to protect the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE). The system incorporates a range of Bosch’s surveillance cameras supported by Bosch BVMS video management system. 

THE Australian College of Physical Education ACPE) is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of sport, dance, and physical education. One of Australia’s oldest higher education institutions, ACPE was founded in 1917 as a physical education training institute for young women, and was purchased by global education provider, Study Group, in 2009.

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Fri
30
Sep
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NYPD To Install CCTV Cameras In All Police Vans

CCTV for all NYPD vans
CCTV for all NYPD vans

NYPD is spending $US250,000 to install CCTV cameras in every police van by the end of 2016. All future vans will come equipped with cameras.

“This is not a direct result of the Freddie Gray situation but we wanted to take a look at prisoner safety and at officer safety,” says NYPD deputy commissioner Stephen Davis. 

“A lot of times you have a lot of prisoners in the back of the van and no officer. We have to worry about keeping an eye on them - there’s also the possibility of an escape.”

To avoid injuries, police are told to help arrested suspects into and out of the vehicles because they are high off the ground, and suspects are rear-cuffed and sometimes wearing leg restraints.

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Fri
16
Sep
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D-Link Vigilance DCS-4802E Camera Review

D-Link DCS-4802E IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera
D-Link DCS-4802E IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera

D-Link Vigilance DCS-4802E is a compact IP66-rated 1080p dome camera with a highly adjustable axis supported by an integrated 20m IR array. It features a wide angle of view, low distortion and reasonable performance for street, external residential and small commercial applications. 

D-Link’s DCS-4802E is an IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera that’s part of the company’s Vigilance PoE series of surveillance cameras. It’s compact – the camera is just 113mm in diameter, 85mm high and weighs in at 370 grams. Input is 12V DC and 1.5A, with a power consumption of 5.2 watts. Features include integrated IR array offering a viewing range of up to 20m, motion detection, built-in 802.3af compliant PoE module and ONVIF compliance.

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Fri
26
Aug
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Platinum AV Integrates Mobotix, Vibaro, QCamPro at Lily's

Lilys Restaurant and Function Centre, Seven Hills
Lilys Restaurant and Function Centre, Seven Hills

Platinum AV has installed a Mobotix IP surveillance system at Lily’s in Sydney’s Seven Hills. The system includes automation, intercoms, external and internal cameras with edge storage, a dedicated network and remote and local management using mobile devices running the Australian-developed QCamPro app. 

LILY’S restaurant, bar and function centre at Seven Hills in Sydney’s west incorporates 5 modern function rooms, 2 dedicated ceremony areas and an Italian restaurant. Arriving early, I spend 10 minutes wandering through the internal spaces, which revolve around a bar, pizza kitchen and large restaurant. It’s bigger than I expected. When you’re looking at video surveillance applications, the first place you look is the ceilings and I can see this is a brownfield site. New Mobotix cameras are dotted here and there across a ceiling populated by an installation of older, bulkier compact domes.  

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Fri
19
Aug
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Special Report: Mobile CCTV Command Centre

Mobile CCTV Control Centre
Mobile CCTV Control Centre

Intelligent Security Integration’s Mobile CCTV Command Centre got plenty of attention at Security 2016. The unit combines multiple integrated fixed and PTZ HD cameras, 360-degree 4K cameras, thermal cameras and 8 deployable cameras with video and manpower management. It’s the attention to detail that transfixed the crowd. The MCCC is thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed. 

MOBILE command centres are not a new concept by any means and we’ve seen a number of mobile trailers at security shows over the years that are designed to push intelligence gathering outside of built spaces. But none of these units can compare with the Intelligent Security Integration’s van-based Mobile CCTV Command Centre, which combines the latest video surveillance and communications technology to create remote area security for events and other applications. 

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Tue
02
Aug
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Dealing with Lens Compression in Powerful PTZs

Uniview 44x PTZ
Uniview 44x PTZ

Q: I was interested to read in Help Desk last month the points made about the challenges of context when wide angle camera views are being used. Does the same type of issue apply with longer views and is there a way to deliver context in such cases – especially when operators familiar with wider ‘parked’ camera views start going from wide to long with 36x optical PTZs?

A: Yes, you’re quite correct – compression is a great strength of longer lenses in some applications but it can confuse if operators are unfamiliar with its effects. Once you get past the hyperfocal distance of a 36x zoom you’ll get pedestrians at 40m, diners outside a café at 65m and situational awareness in the compact-seeming but profoundly deep field of view behind both – out to 100m and more.

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