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New American Dynamics RAID Storage System Reduces Downtime

American Dynamics has released a new version of the RAID Storage System for VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR). This includes enhancements to the NVR archived storage and improved battery back-up capabilities to reduce downtime and ensure your data is properly backed up.

Key Features:
  • Store critical video and audio longer
  • Minimize video loss and hard drive failure with RAID 5
  • High reliability with redundant power supplies and hot swappable drives
  • Expandable to 630TB of video storage with expansion unit
  • Cost-efficient, reliable storage solution optimized for video surveillance
  • Reduces power/cooling costs and total cost of ownership
  • Supports iSCSI and Fiber FC interfaces
  • Ideal for mid-large-sized installations or cloud data centers

Using an American Dynamics RAID storage system gives users one unified solution to administer and monitor video storage and recorders. This single user interface reduces the complexity and cost of integrating disparate solutions.

Learn more about our RAID storage system.

ISC West 2016 Review

ISC West, held on April 6 – 8, 2016, drew large crowds to the Tyco Security Products / American Dynamics booth. We hope you had the opportunity to stop by and speak to our representatives on the latest American Dynamics features. In case you missed us, here’s a brief recap of all the new programs and functionalities demonstrated in the booth.

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victor & VideoEdge version 4.8.1

ISC West attendees received an advanced preview of the latest features being released in victor and VideoEdge version 4.8.1.

  • Presentation Builder – Streamlines case management by consolidating all event documentation into one package for simplified evidence exporting and digitally authenticating video clips.
  • Scheduled Clip Downloads – Improve bandwidth management by scheduling video clip retrieval during off-peak network times
  • Point-of Sale Enhancement – Instant visual verification with receipt data displaying alongside corresponding video
  • Map Importing – Save setup time by unifying with Software House C•CURE 9000  map importing

Watch the short demonstration below as Chris Hanna shows the new victor 4.8.1 point-of-sale (POS) enhancement.

New Cyber Protection Program

Tyco Security Products introduced its new cyber protection program for victor, VideoEdge, Software House C•CURE 9000 and Illustra at ISC West. This new program presents a holistic approach to cyber security awareness for physical security through a six-part program:

  • Secure Product Development Practices
  • Inclusive Protection
  • Configuration Guidelines
  • Rigorous Testing
  • Rapid Response
  • Educate and Advocate

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Physical and cyber attackers have more sophisticated tools and understanding of network-based systems than ever before, shining a spotlight in particular on the vulnerabilities of security implementations for government and large, multinational customers.

Will Brown, Senior Engineering Manager, Regulatory and Product Security, presented Tyco Security Products cyber security insights during his panel session, The Convergence of Physical and Cyber Security: Recognizing the Readiness of IP-Based Systems, at ISC West. In case you missed the session, here are a few takeaways:

Cyber Security Presentation

  • Ask your manufacturer about their cyber security program and their tactics for protecting against cyber security attacks
  • Configure access control and video system to be compliant with relevant industry standards such as FISMA
  • Ensure your online footprint does not lead to a potential attack

Download our cyber protection program guide to learn more.

If you missed us at ISC West, feel free to reach out to your local sales representative to find out more.

American Dynamics Training Product Voucher Available

American Dynamics offers hands-on learning experience on the installation, deployment and configuration of VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR).  The victor and VideoEdge Installer training classes are held throughout North America. This three-day training class covers the basic configuration of victor Application server and victor unified client.

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Course topics include:

  • VideoEdge software
  • NVR archiving
  • NVR failover
  • Point-of-sale integration on victor
  • Video analytics
  • Third-party integrations
  • victor backup

View the available training classes.

New Product Vouchers Available

Attend an American Dynamics VideoEdge Installer training class from April until June 30, 2016 and receive a voucher to be used when purchasing American Dynamics IP video security solution products. All attendees who pay in excess of $1,000 for the training will be eligible for a voucher. Each voucher will be for $1,000 off VideoEdge, victor and Illustra products. Vouchers will be handed out at the completion of the training class.

Redeeming Vouchers

To redeem a voucher, attendees must include the voucher number on their purchase order at the time of submission. The Tyco Security Products orders department will verify the validity of the voucher. The voucher must be redeemed by September 30, 2016. Vouchers that are not used by September 30 will be forfeited.

If you have questions regarding American Dynamics training, contact our training department at +1.561.912.6552 or annewilson@tycoint.com.

New VideoEdge Rackmount NVR Offers Greater Capacity and Reliability

The new American Dynamics line of VideoEdge rackmount Network Video Recorders (NVR) will replace the existing VideoEdge NVR R720. These NVRs provide greater storage capacity and reliability with enhanced features.

VideoEdge NVR Storage

  • Increased storage capacity – Store up to 96TB of video
  • Uninterrupted operation – Video preservation in the event of one drive failure with RAID5 storage
  • Protects against single power failure with redundant power supplies
  • Pre-loaded with VideoEdge v4.7 for easy video management

Learn more about the new American Dynamics VideoEdge Rackmount NVRs. If you have any questions, contact your local sales representative.

Airport security soars on strength of integrated platform

Ever expanding and seemingly always in flux, airports present great opportunities but also major challenges for security integrators and security technology providers.

Airport Security Today

Today’s modern airports are security-centric enterprises that have multi-faceted surveillance and access control systems. Although airport security was heightened after the terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11, anytime these facilities undergo some degree of modernization or add to their footprint, they are presented with the prospect of taking security to the next level.

However, any changes to an airport security system must take into account the substantial technological investment that has already been made as well as the importance of keeping the systems manageable on 24/7 basis.

About Izmir Airport

At Turkey’s Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, this blending of old and new occurred as the airport constructed a new domestic terminal with a security system that needed to mesh with the one in the existing terminal installed more than 10 years earlier.

While the airport’s operator TAV-Ege was eager to introduce IP-based products into the new terminal, it also wanted to leverage its existing and still highly functional components from the old terminal such as analog cameras.

Izmir Airport

Solution

To meet the airport’s needs, together with the help of integrator Sensormatic Guvenlik Hizmetleri, Tyco Security Products presented airport officials with an integrated solution that could accommodate the 700 analog cameras from the old terminal, while also handling the 600 new IP cameras from the newly constructed building.

The installation of modern VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR) from American Dynamics and backbone systems like the victor unified security solution and Software House’s C-CURE 9000 security and event management platform ensured that the airport would manage both old and new cameras and access systems seamlessly from a single platform.

Izmir Security Center

The new unified platform also brought a fuller feature set to the airport, offering video analytics within the NVRs so security staff could:

  • Recognize and address threats more easily
  • Save time with real-time alerts of objects abandoned
  • Intelligent, powerful analytics automate security operations
  • Greatly reduce time searching for incident evidence
  • Presents better control of restricted areas through the C-CURE access control system
  •  Brings together CCTV and access so system operators can now view video along with any alarms that occurs

Even as the capabilities of the system have increased, however, the ability to manage it remains intuitive and straightforward, which is critical in a potentially high-risk environment like a major airport.

Izmir Security camera

As Turkey’s fourth busiest airport, Tyco Security Products complete solution has poised Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport for growth and scalability to allow for future system upgrades and even camera additions if warranted.

And as more airports undergo this type of expansion, the demand for integrated solutions that bring old and new systems together should only increase.

Read the entire case study.

Learn more about how Tyco Security Products
can help you easily migrate from analog to IP.

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.

Read the full case study.

Learn more about migrating from analog to IP.

American Dynamics Introduces victor and VideoEdge 4.8

The latest version of American Dynamics victor and VideoEdge reduces case investigation time. Version 4.8 includes the following new features:

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Incident Management Clip Builder

Clip builder allows users to quickly edit video clips and more efficiently manage incident reporting. Users can organize video clips for investigations fasters. With clip builder, users have a single, complete, convenient location to store and view all relevant clips for each investigation.

  • Drag and drop clips into the clip builder
  • Use the intuitive red playhead line and toolbar to crop, cut, split
  • Add the edited video clip to an incident or quickly export for use with an incident report

Watch a video on how to configure the clip builder.

Incident Management Image Editor

The new image editor gives users the ability to better illustrate and call out the actions happening in a particular incident. As part of the incident management tools, users can right click on image clips to open the image and begin adding content to the clip. The toolbar at the top allows users to:

  • Crop the image
  • Add text of any size or color
  • Add shapes such as an ellipse or square
  • Save both the original and enhanced image

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Surveillance Window Recording

Simultaneously records all streaming video in your selected layout into a single clip file. Easily create a clip Click the red button to begin and select the red button to end. Once the recording has been ended, it can be saved, saved to an incident or exported. The clip will play back exactly as it was in the surveillance window.

Watch a video on how to configure this feature.

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Schedule Clip Downloads

The new schedule clip download tool enables operators to schedule the automatic retrieval of reoccurring video clips they need to review daily, saving on bandwidth usage and operator time spent manually queuing videos for download. Queuing regular video footage downloads such as locking a cash drawer up at the close of business, automates routine processes and increases operator productivity. Schedule clip download allows users to customize the length of the clip, saving location and clip expiration.

Custom Layouts

Users can create their own custom video layouts tailored to their own needs. By navigating to system values and video layout preferences, you can define your new layout.

  • Name your unique layout
  • Define the number of columns and rows
  • Select aspect ratio: standard, widescreen or portrait
  • Merge multiple cells together
  • Split images further horizontally or vertically
  • Add images to deactivated cells
  • Save layouts, export and easily import into other victor systems within a few clicks

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VideoEdge Storage Management

Users will also be able to specify minimum and maximum camera recording rates and receive notifications in the event log on their specified levels through the VideoEdge NVR and VideoEdge Hybrid NVR Client or through victor. The new storage management feature ensures improved health monitoring and optimal storage capacity.

Enhanced exacqVision Support

victor offers enhanced camera management capabilities, including 360 fisheye camera client-side dewarping for exacqVision NVRs in live and recorded mode. Client-side dewarping records one video stream and eliminates the possibility of redundant recording, allowing users to zoom in and navigate within the image for greater detail.

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Third-Party Integrations

victor is now supported by the following integrations:

  • 3VR video recorders
  • Bosch video recorders
  • Thyssen Krupp Elevators
  • Kone Elevators
  • Otis Elevators
  • Galaxy Intrusion panels

Expansion Provides Opportunity to Upgrade

Posted by Phil Dashey on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

The decision to move to an IP-based security platform can be triggered by a variety of things, but one of the driving factors can be a major renovation or expansion to a facility.

Having to make such a significant change in systems or surroundings gives an organization the opportunity to explore the latest technology and make investments in hardware and systems that will serve them well into the future.

man in front of cctvWhen Uniphar, a leader in Ireland’s healthcare and pharmacy sector, constructed a new 180,000 square foot distribution facility, it prompted the company to review its security strategy and replace its analog-based camera system with a new IP solution.

Going hand in hand with Uniphar’s need for a more up-to-date video system was also the desire to get more out of the surveillance platform from both a physical security and a logistics standpoint.

The same cameras and NVRs that ensure the basic security of pharmaceuticals could now be deployed to record and monitor the entire ordering process — something that was important to many of Uniphar’s customers who wanted to ensure the integrity of the order fulfillment system.

Working with its integrator, Pioneer Security, Uniphar selected a suite of Illustra cameras that included mini domes, PTZ domes, bullet cameras, IR domes and fisheyes. When completed, the new installation included more than 250 IP cameras.

Along with the cameras, Uniphar adopted the VideoEdge video management system to allow managers to monitor the order process within the warehouse from the time an order was placed and entered into the system all the way through the picking of the order.

Customers concerned about the handling of certain items, such as drugs that require temperature-controlled conditions, also can be shown how items are handled because the video management solution can easily capture and show that data — either recorded or, if customers were at the warehouse, in real time via dozens of monitors.

For Uniphar, the decision to update their system during a facility expansion showed returns far beyond just more and better cameras. The company now has the ability to review and improve its overall logistics and work with customers on addressing their needs and requirements.

And because the system is forward compatible, Uniphar can be ready for its next expansion opportunity and can easily add in cameras, recorders or monitors as required.

Cybersecurity: Finding a strong partner for tough times

The numbers bear it out: Hacking is for real. Statistics show that about one in three organizations — from businesses big and small to government operations — will fall prey to some sort of information breach this year.

That is little comfort to those who are investing in network-based systems, including physical security and video surveillance. Knowing what to do if something happens and being prepared will go a long way toward making the situation as tenable as possible.

One of the key ways to approach network security is to focus on the partners you arecybersecurityblogpic 300x working with and their overall approach to cybersecurity, rather than focusing solely on the cybersecurity readiness of an individual device such as a camera or NVR.

Any product may be tested and “proven” to be secure — until the next cyber criminal or vulnerability comes along and negates everything. Once a product’s security is breached, and the network is vulnerable, the integrator and end user do not want to be left with the task of fixing the problem on their own.

However, if the purchaser is partnered with a company that has a strong, ongoing, cybersecurity program, then problems that do arise are likely to be solved more quickly and with better outcomes.

As we said, problems are inevitable, so consider how quickly and how capable a company is to make corrections to those issues. How are they monitoring for new vulnerabilities and how do they respond?How do they alert users to new vulnerabilities?

Additionally, it is important for the company supplying the product to be involved in continuing assessment of cybersecurity while also working with others, such as third-party assessors, to make sure products are in compliance.

Integrators and end users will certainly sleep easier knowing that there is a team of people whose job it is to oversee the credibility of a product from inception to completion to deployment.

Keeping Eyes on Home with Video Surveillance System

Busy professionals are always trying to keep up with activities at home. As one of the U.K.’s premier broadcasters, Gabby Logan’s job has taken her to Poland, Ukraine, South Africa and back again.

The former gymnast turned sports presenter began her broadcast career in 1992 as a radio personality, and then quickly expanded into television with Sky Sports, ITV and BBC. Gabby has covered the London Olympics for BBC and England’s football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Gabby also served a short stint in Brazil covering England’s football team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making a quick return to the UK to present from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland beginning in late July.

To balance full time careers and life at home, Gabby and her husband Kenny, an ex Scotland International Rugby star, realized that they needed to implement some type of system that would allow her to keep an eye on things at home while she took care of business on road. Whether gone for the day, or away on a trip thousands of miles from England, a home security system that incorporated video surveillance was the solution Gabby needed to stay connected to her family when Kenny was back at home in charge of the family and property.

Working with Vindex Systems in West Sussex, a specialist integrator of CCTV, access control and automatic number plate recognition solutions that works with both public and private sector clients, the Logans selected a system from Tyco Security Products’ American Dynamics range that incorporated the VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) and Illustra 600 indoor/outdoor IP Mini-Dome cameras.

Using a monitor at home, Gabby and Kenny can actively watch the video from the cameras on the grounds, or view recorded video with the VideoEdge NVR. The system even allows the Logans to save snapshots of specific video images.

Video Surveillance SystemBut the real selling point of the system was the ability, through an iPhone application, to watch live and recorded video from her home surveillance system from anywhere she may be. Now, Gabby has the ability while on the road to check on her home, her family, and any situations that may occur through the VideoEdge Go app.

VideoEdge Go is a full-featured video surveillance viewer that delivers added value to the system and enhances the day-to-day experience by facilitating remote monitoring and forensic investigating from anywhere.

The free, downloadable app works with Logan’s iPhone or other Apple iOS device. And because the video is streamed via a wifi, 3G or 4G connection in H.264 rather than MJPEG, it takes up less space on whatever device she is using.

While England was competing in the World Cup in June, Gabby was onsite with the team, but also in touch with home through her surveillance system and the VideoEdge Go app.

Download the Gabby Logan case study for more details.