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TYCO SECURITY PRODUCTS’ NEW HOLIS HD TRIBRID RECORDERS AND AMERICAN DYNAMICS HD ANALOG CAMERAS OFFER AFFORDABLE WAY TO GET SUPERIOR VIDEO QUALITY

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Value-based Holis HD Tribrid Video Recorders combine with a new suite of American Dynamics HD analog cameras to provide an affordable recording solution for any small to medium size business.

By supporting 720P and 1080P cameras over coax infrastructure, Holis 4, 8, and 16-channel HD recorders take advantage of existing analog infrastructure to provide cost-effective installations while offering superior video quality never before attained over coax.

The new suite of HD cameras – including fixed and varifocal Bullet Cameras and Mini-Domes – offers an excellent alternative to IP cameras and allows users to upgrade their system over time while protecting their CCTV investment.

HD technology supports high resolution video (1080P/720P) over a coax infrastructure with transmission distances of 300m (1080p) and 500m (720p). Initially proprietary, technologies appear to be moving to provide cross-functional support.

HD technology allows customers to leverage existing analog infrastructure for a simple, cost-effective IP video solution. It is an ideal solution for customers who:

  • Currently have analog but are looking to expand or increase video resolution
  • Consider price a major factor
  • Are installing a new system and seeking analog solutions
  • Have a maximum need of 16 cameras
  • Have limited networking experience

Benefits of HD Analog Architecture:                                                                                                        

  • Reduces Installation Costs
  • No New Training Required
  • Lowers Cyber Attack Risks
  • Reduces Complexity
  • Decreases Network Latency

 

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General Features

The Holis HD Tribrid Video Recorders offer an affordable recording solution for any small to medium size business. Holis HD is flexible by supporting HD analog cameras, SD analog cameras, and the Illustra Essentials line of IP cameras. The Holis HD recorders have easy-to-use features such as search, record, digital zoom, and export.

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4, 8-Channel Recorders

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  • 4 and 8 BNC video inputs
  • One audio channel input (RCA)
  • 1 SATA HDD (up to 6TB Video Storage)
  • Power Supply – 12VDC / 2A
  • 10W power consumption (without HDD)
  • 325mm x 255mm x 55mm (W x D x H)

 

16-Channel Recorders

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  • 16 BNC Video Inputs
  • 4 audio channel inputs (RCA)
  • 2 SATA HDD (up to 12TB Total Storage)
  • Power Supply – 12VDC / 5A
  • 16 alarm inputs / 3 relay outputs
  • 15W power consumption (without HDD)
  • 375mm x 285mm x 55mm (W x D x H)

 

Remote Client for Multi-Site Deployments

Holis recorders offer optimal surveillance flexibility for customers who require a recording solution at multiple sites.

  • Live View
  • Playback
  • System Setup
  • Alarm Notification
  • Activity Log

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Web Client for Remote Applications

Holis recorders are ideal for remote locations that may be part of a larger organization.  The Holis web client  ensures continual surveillance, no matter how widespread your facilities are.

  • Live View
  • Playback
  • System Setup
  • Alarm Notification
  • Supported Browsers
    • Internet Explorer
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Chrome (requires Chrome web service)

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Full Featured Mobile App

Manage your video on the go with the full-featured Holis Go mobile app.

  • iPhone & Android available
    • Search iTunes & GooglePlay
  • Live/Playback Video
  • Save Favorite Views
  • View Multiple Locations
  • Event Notifications

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HD Camera Highlights:

General HD Camera Features

The suite of HD cameras – including Bullet Cameras, Mini-Domes, and Domes – offers an excellent alternative to IP cameras and allows users to upgrade their system over time while protecting their CCTV investment.

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Fixed HD Bullet and Mini-Dome Cameras

Our fixed HD bullet and mini-dome cameras boast a 3.6mm fixed lenses and provide up to 1080p video resolution (1920 x 1080) in an uncompressed format over the same standard coaxial cable that is used for standard CCTV cameras.

Where most dome cameras operate on two axes, the fixed mini-dome’s 3-axis feature has a much wider field of view and features Smart Infrared for recording over 196 feet away in total darkness.

The IR bullet camera is waterproof, rated IP67, and features WDR making it an ideal solution for applications with volatile weather or lighting conditions.

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Varifocal HD Bullet and Dome Cameras

Our varifocal HD bullet and dome cameras feature a 2.7-12mm motorized lens and Smart Infrared for recording over 196 feet away in total darkness.

Both cameras are waterproof, rated IP67, and features WDR making them an ideal solution for applications with volatile weather or lighting conditions. Additionally, the dome is vandal-proof (IK10).

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Camera Mounts

The new HD Analog cameras utilize the same mounts as the Illustra Essentials IP cameras.

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Learn more about Tyco Security Products new HD Video solution at HolisNVR.com.

Penn State Upgrades Security System with Tyco Security Products Solution

The Challenge
Penn State University wanted to move to a single security and event management platform for its residence halls and other group facilities on campus.

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The Solution
Penn State selected a unified Tyco Security Products solution to protect and manage its campus.

Benefits
  • Improved image quality to quickly identify activity in a variety of lighting conditions
  • Reduced expenses retooling locks and replacing lost cards
  • Easily managed access rights and track activity of each user with powerful audit trail
  • Accelerated investigation searches with intuitive video management system interface
  • Streamlined and automated processes

Fond-du-Luth Casino Upgrades to Tyco Security Products IP Solution

The Challenge
Fond-du-Luth Casino in Minnesota recently went through a major renovation. During construction, Fond-du-Luth wanted to upgrade to a full IP video surveillance system while still remaining open to the public 24/7. The casino needed a video management system that would simplify everyday tasks and IP cameras that would provide clear image quality and greater coverage.

The Solution
Fond-du-Luth Casino selected a complete Tyco Security Products solution to cost-effectively migrate from analog to IP.

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New Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

American Dynamics introduces Dan Howard as the new Area Sales Manager for the Midwest. He will oversee sales activities for American Dynamics VideoEdge video recorders, victor video management system, storage solutions and monitors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dan resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan brings a vast knowledge of video surveillance systems and IP cameras. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager for a video security company.

Dan Howard

Dan Howard
danhoward@tycoint.com
+1.440.552.2063

If you have any American Dynamics questions, please contact Dan. We look forward to working with you.

Iowa casino ups its game with Tyco Security Products Video Surveillance Solution

As one of Iowa’s most successful casino resorts, WinnaVegas Casino and Resort knows how to help guests relax in style. With a 24-hour casino, arcade, fitness center, pool, fine dining and event center, guests have all they could want at their fingertips. It’s no wonder that WinnaVegas is one of the most popular casino resorts in the region.

WinnaVegas Casino

Challenge

In the gaming business, speed and efficiency are everything, including surveillance and security. After recent expansion of its casino, hotel and parking areas, WinnaVegas Casino Resort needed to update its surveillance system with a cost-effective way to migrate from analog to fast, high-performing IP video technology. With some video monitoring systems and IP cameras, there is latency, or delay, between the operator’s joystick command and the camera’s movement. WinnaVegas surveillance operators wanted to be able to quickly track a patron moving across the casino floor or zoom in for a closer look at a player’s hand of cards, so low latency cameras were required.

Solution

Illustra ProThe Illustra Pro PTZ and mini-dome cameras in combination with the victor/VideoEdge Video Monitoring System from Tyco Security Products give the casino resort the high-resolution video and low latency needed for its growing and complex operations. The Illustra PTZ cameras allow WinnaVegas surveillance staff to actively monitor happenings on gaming floors with exceptional situational awareness and reliable control to easily identify clear details.

The cameras’ bandwidth usages are low, using H.264 compression to reduce bandwidth to a fraction of that used by most 1080p HD PTZ cameras. Lower bandwidth provided by Illustra cameras reduces network traffic, saves on storage costs and keeps communications between devices and servers nimble and efficient.

Victor and VideoEdge provided the casino with a bridge between its existing analog system and new IP system. victor/VideoEdge ties in the casino’s Illustra IP cameras and VideoEdge network video recorders and hybrid recorders with its existing analog infrastructure, allowing operators to manage live and recorded video through a single interface. Real-time alarms and events also can be leveraged with video, audio, motion and other advanced features to provide the immediate birds-eye view needed by the casino resort.

VideoEdge network video recorders were added to provide the speed and power desired by WinnaVegas Casino Resort and its operations. VideoEdge enables multiple video streams for live, record, alarm bump and meta-data collection and features Smart Search for fast searches that staff can export event findings when needed. The NVRs’ multicast video streaming technology and victor’s built-in intelligence further reduce bandwidth requirements.

The Tyco Security Products solution delivered the simplified management, seamless integration into one, unified security system and high quality images.  As WinnaVegas contemplates its next expansion, it won’t need to roll the dice with an entirely new proprietary system or transition completely to IP technology—WinnaVegas can build upon its existing victor, VideoEdge, Illustra solution and grow its security system as needed, one chip at a time.

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Learn more about migrating from analog to IP.

Tyco Security Products Provides Complete Video Surveillance Solution

The Challenge
The new Royal Caribbean Club Casino at the Port of Spain in the Republic of Trinidad & Tabago’s city capital required a surveillance solution to easily monitor slot machines, cashiers, players and money transactions. The Casino needed a cost-effective way to utilize analog and IP video into a unified security system.

Additionally, security managers needed a way to quickly pull up video footage when they detected anomalies. Beyond monitoring the casino floor, security personnel oversee the casino entrances and parking lots.

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The Solution
To meet their needs and stay within budget, Royal Caribbean Club Casino selected a complete, end-to-end Tyco Security Products video security solution. This solution created a cost-effective, seamless transition from analog to IP. Tyco Security Products’ surveillance system proved to be the most intuitive and reliable to operate. The system included:

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Benefits
Royal Caribbean Casino was satisfied with the extreme ease of installation and use as well as the new benefits they received from their integrated security system. “The video survelliance system left a very positive impression with our Security/IT management team because of its characteristics, on-time execution and cost-effective plan,” said Alexander Calito, Royal Caribbean Club Casino Director.

Benefits of the new security solution include:

  • Combines analog and IP into one, cost-effective solution
  • Reduces investigation time on gaming table activity
  • Delivers high quality, color video images for faster identification
  • Reliable operation with no downtime or maintenance required
  • Easy for all staff members to navigate and use
  • Faster response to critical events with remote video access 24/7
  • Ensures a safe environment for visitors and staff

Learn more about Tyco Security Products solution to migrating from analog to an IP security system.

VMS on the edge: an all in one video solution

Given the choice between complexity and simplicity, most of us choose the easy path. If there is a way to take difficulty out of any day-to-day activity, we’re all for it.

Today’s technology is increasingly reflecting our need for a pared down, but still high-quality approach. Think about some of the appliances residing in your own home. Instead of a separate blender, food processor, ice crusher and mixer, many kitchens now have a single machine — a super blender, if you will — that handles all of these chores.

edgecamIn the security space, cameras with edge-based video recording capabilities are filling a similar niche. Especially for small businesses that don’t have the luxury of a large security staff, space to house multiple servers or the infrastructure to support multiple recording devices, opting instead for cameras with embedded VMS software and onboard video storage can prove to be a capable and affordable alternative.

Having a type of all-in-one solution makes high-tech security more accessible to users who only need a handful of IP cameras for their installation. However, these businesses — both large and small — still require a robust array of valuable features and they want them delivered in a user-friendly manner.

Just being able to record video clips to an SD card will cover the most basic security needs in an edge-based video system, but this is just a simple folder of video clips. Like the multi-featured super blender, end users are often looking for something more.

SD cardFortunately, advancements in SD cards and camera processor technology provide enough horsepower to deliver not only onboard storage but video management system capabilities. This means that beyond just recording and organizing clips, business owners or security personnel can take advantage of features such as synchronized search and retrieval of the recorded video across all or specific cameras in their system. These video management tasks can be performed on a desktop or on mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones with live view or playback.

And while edge-based VMS software provides myriad benefits to smaller locations with a handful of cameras, larger organizations are also leveraging this technology. This includes the large retailer wanting a few cameras at its stores that are independent from the onsite, locally monitored surveillance network.  Or, this approach can also benefit other large enterprise installations looking for freedom from managing a central server architecture for small branch locations or remote locations in the field, where a few cameras are needed but server installation is impractical.

Small or large, end users looking to employ this technology are also benefitting from new high reliability SD cards, some of which are designed specifically for the recording of HD video. Various cameras on the market, such as our new Illustra Edge series, can also provide redundancy protection for network outages, providing a backup of the recorded video that can be retrieved and storedback to a central server.

And with each camera having its own embedded VMS capability, businesses have the added assurance that even if one camera in the system fails, the others in their installation will continue to perform the critical video surveillance system duties.

This newest generation of edge-based video adds a higher level of value for end users who want storage and recording capabilities but without the investment of time, space and maintenance associated with traditional server set ups.

It is the perfect melding of simplicity with effective, cutting-edge technology — ice crusher not included.

To hear more about edge based video management as well as tips on how to calculate bandwidth and storage requirements and how to take advantage of other vendor supplied tools for easier installations, please register for the upcoming free webinar from SDM Magazine: “Making the Right Choices in IP Video,” at 2pm EDT on June 16, 2015, sponsored by Illustra from Tyco Security Products.

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Providing Storage Security to a Diverse Customer Base

Concern for security and privacy has become part of modern life, both personally and commercially. Whether it’s storage of a hospital’s sensitive medical documents, an individual’s family heirlooms, or a small business’s legal files, everyone wants to be assured that their valuables are kept as safely and securely as possible.

Storage SecurityIn turn, storage businesses are expected to meet every customer’s needs and requirements and to provide broad and specialized levels of security for their stored goods, no matter what the type. It is not uncommon for businesses in the storage industry to face challenges in providing this level of highly individualized and effective storage security, especially with many storage facilities being located in open rural areas and only protected by a chain link fence.

Due to their location, and the contents contained within, storage facilities can be an easy target for thieves. In June, two people were arrested after witnesses saw them stealing tools and a pressure washer from a storage facility in East Gadsden, Ala. Police expect the suspects to be connected to a string of storage unit break-ins in the area.

Even though Kentucky Underground Storage, Inc. is situated in a unique and discrete location, it invested in upgrading its security solution to greatly improve its security coverage and capabilities. KUSI, located near Lexington, Ky., is a family-owned business that has been in operation since the late 1970s.

The company wished to expand their surveillance coverage, and update their cameras to provide varying types of security for their customers. KUSI needed better review capabilities in order to replay surveillance video and zoom in with clarity and detail when needed. The facility also wanted the ability to zoom in and clearly capture the image of a face and/or vehicle, in order to identify and monitor visitors, and sought to improve the security of its parking lot.

To meet their multiple needs and those of their customers, KUSI and integrator, Tyco Integrated Security, chose Illustra HD cameras from Tyco Security Products. The Illustra HD cameras provide high-definition, clear video that can be accessed easily and consistently by KUSI employees.

In addition, KUSI’s system includes remote monitoring, an essential for its security staff. Remote monitoring lets the company’s staff track surveillance from anywhere, via a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. With its new system now in place, KUSI can upgrade cameras as needed, without replacing its entire security system.

Security is not just a necessity for large corporations, hospitals and schools, it is also a necessity for a variety of smaller businesses who need to provide ongoing protection of their assets and those of their customers.

Read more about KUSI’s security upgrade.

 

What questions do you have about HD IP security cameras? Leave me your question in the comments section below.

Physical Security: An Important Tool for School Safety

Over the past decade, installers and integrators have experienced a steady increase in inquiries for security products, including video surveillance, alarm systems, access control, and integrated security management systems, in schools and campuses across the country.

School SafetyIt’s no surprise that administrators, faculty, and parents are questioning andaddressing the level of security in their schools as shootings and campus violence continue to make headlines. In 1999, the year of the Columbine shootings, electronic security was not much of a discussion topic for schools, or even college campuses for that matter.

In the past, schools with physical security were usually equipped with a few access control points and emergency notification systems. One year after the Virginia Tech shootings in April 2007, the Campus Safety and Security Project conducted a national survey of colleges and universities, which revealed that approximately 50% of higher education respondents had perimeter access cards for their residence hall facilities. Far fewer facilities had monitored cameras or surveillance systems.

Today, an increasing number of campuses, high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools are implementing integrated video surveillance, analytics, and security management systems.A recent study from IHS, expects the market for school security system integration to rise by more than 80% from 2012 to 2017. The report called “Vertical Insights: Video Surveillance & Security in Education,” projects the market for security systems integration in educational institutions to grow from under $3 billion in 2012 to $4.9 billion by 2017.

For many schools, physical security is an ongoing process of redefining needs and staying vigilant. It was 15 years ago when the superintendent of the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) in Georgia, Dr. Frank Petruzielo, created the district’s public safety department. Back then, the district, which now comprises 47 schools and centers, had no intrusion detection, unmonitored fire alarms, and a handful of unmonitored, individual cameras purchased by individual schools.

Today, Cherokee County School District has entered the world of IP physical security with a hybrid IP surveillance solution and a unified security management system that features victor unified management system, VideoEdge hybrid recorders and American Dynamics’ Illustra IP cameras,allowing security staff and administrators access to live video and events throughout the school system. What started as a project for the district’s high schools and building perimeters, has grown to include surveillance in target areas at middle schools and other facilities.

CCSD is just one of countless campuses, schools, and districts that has found value in installing or upgrading its existing security to offer a safe environment for employees and students. Emergency notification systems, fire alarms, alarm systems, access control, video surveillance, and integrated security management systems are working together to allow schools to keep the pulse on their facilities and the people inside of them.

Read more about the Cherokee County School District and its journey to a hybrid IP surveillance solution.

 

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I Can See Clearly Now: Fisheye Cameras and Dewarping

There’s much to like about 360-degree fisheye cameras.

Their ability to capture images that could be missed by a traditional fixed camera or even a pan-tilt-zoom only model makes them critical for security applications where sweeping views are required. For example, 360-cameras excel within settings like an open concept retail store where a single camera can be observing all directions at the same time. The cameras have also proven useful beyond the retail setting in college lecture halls, casinos, office lobbies, hallway intersections and enclosed parking garages, to note a few.

Fisheyes are also touted for their wide dynamic range, as well as savings on bandwidth and storage usage while still capturing full resolution images.

The image produced isn’t a typical, flat one, but rather is round and distorted, the result of capturing an ultra-wide field of view. To make the images usable, they need to be flattened out, or dewarped. In most cases, the dewarping process takes place at the client, such as the NVR, PC, or server depending on where the client software that handles the dewarping of the images resides.

Fisheye Cameras DewarpingA few manufacturers offer cameras that can natively dewarp the images. Thus, the video can be viewed in the more traditional format, but with the benefit of getting all the detail that a 360-degree view provides. Having the camera perform the dewarping process relieves the burden and reliance for this action from the recorder and client, bypassing the step of having to dewarp the recorded view separately.

In dewarped or flattened images, security personnel can hone in on details that are important to the situation, while also having the option of looking at the larger picture. If you think about a 360-degree image as four quadrants — north, south, east and west — consider that when an event occurs, you have the option of retrieving an image that shows action in the north quadrant only, where you believe the suspect activity occurred.  There may be something that took place elsewhere that you now want to check out, and so you can playback images that capture activity in the south, east and west quadrants as well.  For this reason, fisheye cameras are a cost savings as they can take the place of four cameras when placed at the intersection of hallways.

Having quick access to a normalized view of a situation, especially when an event is occurring, makes dewarping at the camera level a convenient tool for seeing everything the video has to offer.

 

In what ways are you using Fisheye Cameras? Please leave me a comment below.