ILLUSTRA FLEX NEXT GEN 3MP CAMERAS OFFER HIGH-QUALITY VIDEO AND ENHANCED BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT

Illustra Flex next generation 3MP cameras advance the current portfolio with superior image clarity, edge-based failover redundancy, and Illustra® IntelliZip video compression capabilities for unprecedented bandwidth management.  The new cameras take the Flex line to a higher level of video quality while maintaining the lower price point customers have come to appreciate.

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Highlights:

  • IntelliZip provides optimized bandwidth management
  • Edge-based, seamless failover redundancy with TrickleStor
  • P-Iris for image clarity in changing light conditions
  • Part of Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program
  • True WDR 120dB for superior image clarity in challenging light conditions
  • True Day/Night functionality for quality video recording in low light conditions
  • Motorized lens for ease of focus and zoom operator control
  • Excellent options for indoor or outdoor surveillance
  • Easy to install and set up
  • A Product Portfolio with cameras for any application

Illustra Flex Features:

IntelliZip provides superior bandwidth management

All of the Flex 3MP cameras feature IntelliZip compression technology which provides powerful bandwidth management beyond H.264 and H.265 to reduce network bandwidth and video storage requirements. This embedded technology continuously monitors and optimizes system streaming parameters to match the level of activity within the camera’s field of view. When the camera detects motion, IntelliZip automatically adjusts the video quality to ensure every detail within the region of interest is captured clearly. When the scene becomes static, IntelliZip continues to optimize bitrate.

TrickleStor technology provides edge-based failover redundancy

The new TrickleStor feature allows video recording to continue when an outage occurs. If communication between the NVR and cameras is interrupted, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording to its internal micro SDXC card, storing up to 128GB of video. Once the connection is restored, the recorded video is then seamlessly transferred back to the NVR’s hard drive.

Included in Cyber Protection Program

The next generation 3MP cameras adhere to the rigorous standards set forth by Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program (CPP). The CPP mandates an extensive and systematic approach to developing, configuring, and supporting physical security products and systems that help manage the risks associated with cyber-attacks and meet IT security demands. The new Flex 3MP cameras meet these requirements and employ multiple user access levels, IP address filtering, user access logs, and IEEE 802.1x for additional security.

True WDR 120dB for superior image clarity in challenging light conditions

Illustra Flex 3MP cameras deliver superior HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second using H.264, H.265, MJPEG, or IntelliZip compression technologies and feature a P-Iris lens for optimal image clarity. The box, bullet and outdoor mini-dome include an integrated IR illuminator that provides high-quality video up to 25 meters in even the worst lighting conditions.

True Day/Night functionality for quality video recording in low light conditions

Using the very latest True Day/Night technology, the cameras maintain image detail in scenes of varying light conditions (e.g., doorways and windows) with, and automatically switch between color, and black and white mode depending on the ambient illumination level allowing the camera to maintain crystal clear images day or night.

Motorized lens for ease of focus and zoom operator control

The cameras feature a motorized lens which makes it very easy to focus and zoom, eliminating timely and error-prone manual adjustments.

Excellent options for indoor or outdoor surveillance

All of the new Flex cameras feature motion detection that instantly alerts operators of any intruder activity, and blur detection to ensure the cameras are in focus at all times. Additionally, the new mini-domes are IK10 rated ensuring they can withstand external impacts that might occur if an intruder was attempting to take the camera out of operation. The outdoor mini-domes and bullet cameras are IP67-rated which ensures protection against dust and water, making them ideal for outdoor applications.

Easy to install and set up

The Illustra Flex 3MP cameras use a built-in web server for easy configuration. When used with the Illustra Connect software tool, discovery, snapshot, configuration, IP address assignments, diagnostics, and firmware upgrades take no time at all. The camera use Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.af) which eliminates the need for cables and reduces installation time and cost. Other time-saving features include:

  • Motorized focus and zoom
  • Easy-to-remove recessed mount
  • 375°pan and 3 axis gimbal (mini-domes)

A Product Portfolio with cameras for any application

Because of its compact design and affordable price, the Flex 3MP Box Camera is best suited for small to medium size offices, retail boutiques, schools, and bank branches looking for a cost-effective camera.

Featuring a tough exterior, the Flex 3MP Bullet Camera is ideal for exterior applications of small to medium size offices, retail boutiques, schools, and small bank branches looking for a rugged camera that can withstand harsh environments

The Flex 3MP Mini-Domes feature a recessed mounting option, allowing them to be covertly installed in a variety of both interior and exterior locations such as the cash register terminal at a retail store or above a drive-thru ATM.

Learn more about the Illustra IP camera portfolio

ILLUSTRA ADDS POWER AND VALUE TO ITS PORTFOLIO WITH FLEX 2MP PTZ AND PRO 12MP FISHEYE

Whether you have a small, stand-alone office (Illustra Essentials), a mid-sized, budget-driven business (Illustra Flex), or a large, expansive environment (Illustra Pro), Illustra IP cameras always offers high-quality performance while being easy to install, configure & service.

We have added two new powerful cameras to the Illustra IP camera portfolio to further bolster the brand as a serious player in the IP camera market.

Illustra Pro 12MP Fisheye Highlights:

  • 360° or 180° panoramic views
  • ePTZ for smooth transition between pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Excellent Performance in Outdoor and Low Light Environments
  • Superior Bandwidth Management
  • Easy to Install and Set Up

Illustra Flex 2MP PTZ Highlights:

  • 20x Optical Zoom/10x Digital Zoom
  • Triple Stream Support
  • Excellent Indoor and Outdoor Performance

Illustra Pro 12MP Fisheye Highlights:

360° or 180° panoramic views

The Illustra Pro 12MP Fisheye provides high quality 360° or 180° panoramic views. The vandal resistant camera is ideal for indoor and outdoor installations and provides dewarped view areas where users can digitally pan, tilt and zoom in on areas of interest. Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG video compression provide excellent image clarity while efficiently managing bandwidth.

ePTZ capabilities for smooth transition between pan, tilt, and zoom

The camera’s ePTZ movements are smooth, creating even transitions between pan, tilt, and zoom movements, while onboard dewarping technology provides distortion-corrected video streaming of 180°, 360°, and 16:9 or 4:3 views.

Excellent Performance in Outdoor and Low Light Environments

The camera’s integrated IR illuminator provides high-quality video up to 15 meters in even the worst lighting conditions.  Its IK10 rating protects the camera against external impacts that might occur if an intruder was attempting to take the camera out of operation. Coupled with its IP66 rating which ensures protection against dust and water, the Illustra Pro 12MP Fisheye camera is ideal for outdoor applications such as parking lots, airport tarmacs, university campuses, and more.

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Superior Bandwidth Management

Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG video compression provide excellent image clarity while efficiently managing bandwidth to reduce storage costs. In addition, the camera’s built-in microSDXC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card.

Easy to Install and Set Up

The Illustra Pro 12MP Fisheye camera uses a built-in web server for easy configuration. When used with the Illustra Connect software tool, discovery, snapshot, configuration, IP address assignments, diagnostics, and firmware upgrades take no time at all. The Fisheye camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling and uses Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.af) which eliminates the need for cables and reduces installation time and cost.

Illustra Flex 2MP Flex Highlights:

20x Optical Zoom/10x Digital Zoom

The Illustra Flex 2MP 20X PTZ uses H.264 encoding technology allowing for full 1080p capture @30ips.  The PTZ has 20x optical zoom with continuous auto-focus plus 10X digital zoom allowing for effective video surveillance over long distance.

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Triple Stream Support

The camera can deliver multiple video streams making it adaptable for most system applications and offers encoding options allowing for streamlined bandwidth use and lower overall ongoing cost of ownership.

Excellent Indoor and Outdoor Performance

Supporting alarm I/O, audio I/O, motion detection and a complete set of video stream controls including WDR, auto-defog, backlight control and noise reduction, the Flex 2MP PTZ offers full spectrum functionality to meet most all requirements. Outdoor PTZ models support -40° C/F using 60W PoE+ power making the installation of outdoor cameras easier.

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Learn more about the Illustra IP camera portfolio

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

Illustra Pro 30x is “Recommended” in Benchmark Testing

After completing its independent testing and field-based analysis, Benchmark Magazine has “Recommended” the Illustra Pro 30x PTZ.

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Against a field of similar PTZ cameras, the autonomous testers noted Illustra’s intelligent guard tour function, integral motion tracking, and enhanced low light performance during their real-world field trials.

While Benchmark points out that “some installers and integrators still think that latency makes it difficult to track targets with the devices”, the Illustra Pro PTZ 30x dome has exceptional speed coupled with ultra-low latency. The camera tracks a scene with the precision you would expect from an analog PTZ camera.

During their testing, Benchmark had some difficulty changing the default password during initial login.  While we’ve been unable to replicate the issue in our labs and there have been no reports of this issue in the field, it further strengthens our belief that password changes should be forced by all manufacturers, something we practice and promote in our rigorous six-step Cyber Protection Program.

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Overall, Benchmark noted that the camera ‘delivers a good quality image with high levels of detail, good colour fidelity and greyscale replication and motion is smooth and clean’.

Lastly, Benchmark points out an upcoming version of our cameras with an embedded exacqVision VMS, which we are pleased to report has already been released.

To read more about the camera Benchmark reviewed, watch our video or visit our website.

NEW ILLUSTRA ESSENTIALS VARIFOCAL CAMERAS OFFER UNIQUE CORRIDOR MODE AND LOW LIGHT CLARITY

New Illustra Essentials varifocal IP bullet and mini-dome cameras include a unique “Corridor Mode” feature that allows cameras to maximize video surveillance in narrow vertical situations. Ideal for hallways, retail aisles, and tunnels this mode creates a unique high quality, vertical video. Using corridor mode results in less bandwidth and storage requirements because you are only focusing on relevant items in the scene.

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The IP Varifocal Bullet camera is available in 1 and 2 megapixel options, can be installed indoors or outdoors, and has IR Illumination.
IP Varifocal Mini-Dome

The IP Varifocal Mini-Dome camera is also available in 1 and 2 megapixel options and can capture video in a variety of lighting conditions with features such as True Day/Night and Wide Dynamic Range.

Other benefits:

  • 7-12mm varifocal lens
  • 264 and MJPEG dual-stream encoding
  • Maximum 30 ips
  • Multiple network monitoring
  • IP67
  • IK10 (Mini-Dome only)
  • PoE
  • IR Illumination
  • True Day/Night
  • Wide Dynamic Range

Learn more about the new cameras and the full suite of Illustra Essentials IP cameras.

Distributed Denial of Service

If you were not already familiar with the term Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), then over the past several weeks you probably have become aware of it through various news articles.

A few key points in the media about the DDoS attacks:

  • Some of the largest DDoS attacks ever launched[1] in late September
  • Release of the Mirai source code used to create the DDoS attacks in early October[2]
  • Growth of devices infected by Mirai malware is growing from 213,000 to 493,000, by mid-October[3]
  • Twitter, Netflix and PayPal and many popular site being unreachable for part of Friday as a result of a new DDoS attack[4]

Were Tyco Products Affected?
These attacks are of special interest for companies such as Johnson Controls because they were launched from botnets composed of “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders[5]There is no indication that any Tyco Security Products devices were involved in these attacks.

  • Illustra cameras are designed to prevent user access to the camera’s operating system and as a result of that decision: telnet is not available on any Illustra camera model.
  • VideoEdge NVRs do not support telnet. Also, all known botnet scanners look for a different version of Linux than used on VideoEdge.
  • iSTAR controllers do not support any remote access protocol and will not be detected by the malicious scanners.
  • DCM controllers, AC200 (RTC) Ethernet Controller and Emerald Intelligent, multi-function access terminals do not support Telnet
  • exacqVision network video recorders and video management system (VMS) software has SSH disabled making it unaffected.
  • Kantech  access control system also remains unaffected.
  • Applications such as AC2000, C•CURE 9000 and victor are not affected. These applications also do not require remote access protocols.

Background: What are Distributed Denial of Service Attacks?
If you are not familiar with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, it is an Internet attack, which typically targets websites in an attempt to bring down the site so that it is inaccessible to other Internet users.  It is a common tactic for activists and groups looking to suppress information or as a form of extortion; demanding money from the victim to cease to attack.  These attacks work by flooding the target website with large amounts of data, or requests for data, that use up a website’s resources. With a small attack, the site may appear to be slow, but large attacks can bring down a website making it inaccessible.

What is a botnet?
These recent attacks have used a ‘botnet’, or a network of devices, infected with malware. The attacker is able to remotely control the device. The owner of the device will not know it has been infected because the malware does not affect the devices normal operation.

This malware is only able to be loaded onto the device if it has a remote protocol such as telnet or SSH enabled on the device. Telnet and SSH are common among physical security products and devices with the protocols enabled will be detected by the scanner.  The Mirai malware uses a table of common factory default usernames and passwords to log into devices.

Recommendations for Installers and End Users
If you have a device which is using the default password and a remote access protocol enabled, you are at risk. To prevent your device from becoming a bot, you should immediately:

  • Disable remote access if it is not required.
  • Reboot the device. This does not have to be a factory reset, just turning the power off, wait a minute and turning it back on is sufficient
  • Change the password to a complex password. If you do not change the password or have a device that doesn’t allow you to change the password, you run the risk of becoming infected.

Again , the following Tyco Security Product devices are not affected:

  • Illustra Cameras
  • VideoEdge NVRs
  • iSTAR
  • DCM
  • AC2000 RTC Controllers
  • Emerald Intelligent Access Terminals

Sign Up to Receive Security Advisories
Tyco Security Products dedicated Cyber Response Team generates notices, typically within 24 hours, advising which products, if any, might be vulnerable along with mitigation steps. If it’s a critical security vulnerability, the team will develop, test and release patches to resolve issues.  Sign up to receive security advisories and access compliance guidelines. 


Sources:

[1] Wall Street Journal Sept 30th 2016 Hackers Infect Army of Cameras DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks http://www.wsj.com/articles/hackers-infect-army-of-cameras-dvrs-for-massive-internet-attacks-1475179428

[2] Wall Street Journal October 5th 2016 Hackers Release Botnet Code, Raising Specter of More Attacks ttp://www.wsj.com/articles/hackers-release-botnet-code-raising-specter-of-more-attacks-1475677667

[3] PC World October 18,th 2016 Hackers create more IoT botnets with Mirai source code http://www.pcworld.com/article/3132571/hackers-create-more-iot-botnets-with-mirai-source-code.html

[4] Wall Street Journal October 21st 2016 Cyberattack Knocks Out Access to Websites http://www.wsj.com/articles/denial-of-service-web-attack-affects-amazon-twitter-others-1477056080

[5] Krebs on Security October 21, 2016 Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage  https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/10/hacked-cameras-dvrs-powered-todays-massive-internet-outage/#more-36754

Cyber Security Assessment

Today’s businesses are faced with unprecedented threats from sabotage, theft of intellectual property and compromised sensitive data. Have you considered how your physical security products affect your cyber security?

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Take a look at our infographic and assessment quiz to see if you are asking the right questions and taking the next step to be cyber secure.

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Learn more about Tyco’s industry-leading Cyber Protection Program.

Cyber Security Language

Security breaches are in the news today more than ever before. Security integrators and security officers must work with IT departments to ensure the physical security system is successfully deployed, maintained and upgraded on the network with minimal impact and without compromising network security.

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To create a complete cyber secure environment, IT and security departments must effectively work together. However, physical security and IT often use the same words to mean different things – resulting in everyone being confused. Sometimes security integrators and security officers even avoid the IT department due to the misunderstanding.

For example, IP may mean intellectual property to a corporate security officer but internet protocol to IT security professionals. Or perimeter may mean the exterior building wall to the security officer and network connection to the outside to the IT professional.

To make sure all departments are speaking the same, common language, we suggest developing a list of terminology definitions that everyone can use.

Terms to be Clearly Defined:

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  • Key
  • Patch
  • Firewall
  • Vulnerability
  • Social engineering
  • Perimeter
  • Intrusion detection
  • Bandwidth
  • Directory
  • Security logs
  • Revocation
  • Signature

Having a common subset of terms will help you understand how to ask the right questions and quickly comprehend the answers. After establishing your company common language, clearly explain the information you need from IT to be able to define the network and security requirements.

Learn more about the Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection program.

School Campus Enhances Perimeter Security with Complete Tyco Security Products Solution

 About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls High School educate students in West and South Yorkshire, England. The large campus includes about 4 buildings of varying sizes some dating back to the 16th century. A 19-person governing body and 500-person teaching and support staff work to better the education for 2,100 pupils yearly.

The Challenge

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, located in Yorkshire, England, wanted a completely unified security system to secure the perimeter of the campus, while minimizing investigation time and improving security operations. Additionally, they wanted cameras that produced clear images to identify people as well as a management system that was easy to use.

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The Solution

After a complete site survey and evaluation, the school selected Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire, England as their integrator.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar and Wakefield School increased its security across its five-school campus with a complete Tyco Security Products solution including:

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“They had done quite a bit of research on everything. Once they came to us, we decided that going with the Kantech embedded software was the best decision from a future-proofing point of view,” explained Steven Ward, technical director, Reflex Systems.

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Improved Camera Performance

With camera performance and image quality being the two most important factors for the school, the new Illustra Pro cameras give them the opportunity to cover all entry and exit points on campus and see critical details in areas with no sunlight. The strong integration between exacqVision VMS software and Illustra cameras simplified the deployment and optimized the performance. exacqVision automatically discovers cameras and addresses in exacqVision with EasyConnect.

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Reduced Hardware Expenses

exacqVision recorders with Kantech Onboard reduce the hardware expenses and amount of rack space needed with the access control system pre-loaded on the network video recorder. The recorder came pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Kantech EntraPass Corporate access control system software at no additional cost.  With the integration of access control and video into one system, they were able to improve response time to critical alarms and events. With exacqVision CameraLinks, school operators can quickly access the most needed commands from live view and further search video evidence associated with entry and exit points.

“The installation went absolutely seamlessly. We prewired extra IT points where cameras were going to be and when it came time to connect everything to the network, they were snapped in and up and working right away. It was a great experience.”
– David Butterfield
Estates and Contracts Manager
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Contact our sales team to learn more about how to utilize our solution for your school:

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New Illustra Video Analytics

The new video intelligence analytics are now available on Illustra 2, 3 and 5 megapixel mini-dome IP cameras. These video analytics improve searching and reduce critical response time to key suspicious events with automatic detection of alarms.

Watch this video to learn more.

How It Works
Illustra video intelligence analytics uses an algorithm to analyze surveillance video and provide advanced video analytics capabilities for object detection and tracking.

Benefits:

  • Select up to any 3 analytic rules types to trigger at once
  • Automatic detection and notification of suspicious events to simplify security operations
  • Saves expenses and network load with intelligent analytics on the edge, no dedicated server needed
  • Compatible with exacqVision NVRs and VideoEdge recorders for easy configuration
  • Minimize search time with video analytic alarms including:
    • Object detection
    • Abandoned/Removed
    • Direction
    • Linger
    • Dwell
    • Enter/Exit
    • Crowd
    • Queue

Learn more about Illustra video analytics.