An eye on the future

IP surveillance technology takes centre stage at Intersec 2016 in Dubai

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An eye on the future Intersec, the trade show for physical security, is the largest of its kind in the region, showcasing the latest in iP surveillance technology and related solutions.
By  David Ndichu Published  February 28, 2016

Intersec, the trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, brought together many of the major vendors in IP surveillance and related industries.

One of this companies was Western Digital, whose storage drives could be found storing and archiving many terabytes of surveillance footage for a lot of organisations in the region.

Of particular focus for the company was its WD Purple range of hard drives, specially designed for surveillance systems. The company says the Purple range of surveillance storage have been tested for compatibility with a wide-range of security systems and are designed for high temperature, always-on, surveillance security systems to help ensure reliability and quality video play back.

Dinesh Menon, director, Business Marketing Distribution for Western Digital says a lot of efforts by the company today are towards explaining to customers the difference between surveillance drives and regular desktop drives.

Customers will acquire a complete solution from an installer or reseller who having bought an empty chassis, is sorely involved in making the decision on the hard drive that goes into the chassis, notes Menon. “We want customers to be able to decide what particular drive is going into the chassis so they can pick the right drive,” says Menon.

“The Purple drive is very different because it is designed for write-intensive applications and because of the rise invideo resolutions, demand for storage is massive today. A drive then has to be designed for the right applications or it will fail,” Menon adds.

Khwaja Saifuddin, senior sales director for WD for Middle East, Africa and India, says the goal is to educate the customer that their investment in surveillance systems could go to waste if they compromise on the hard drive. “The hard drive is at the heart of the surveillance system, and WDhas created a solution that is right for this application,” Saifuddin says.

Menon notes that some of the technology trends in the industry today include the transition from analogue to digital surveillance, the increase in use of HD content and the general shift towards IP surveillance. “There’s increased demand for high-resolution cameras, depending on applications, to support requirements such as facial recognition. Additionally, video content analysis applications such as  traffic management or Smart City applications are all increasingly playing a role in the data storage decision-making cycle,” Menon adds.

Canon was there as well, taking the opportunity to launch nine new network cameras into the regional market. At the event, Canon highlighted its status today as a full surveillance service provider as opposed to a mere camera manufacturer.

“Our conversations with the market are not around the camera, because people already know what we can offer from a camera perspective” says Sam Oommen Product Manager, Network Visual Solutions and Projector Imaging Products Group, Canon. “Today, we provide full solutions with full integration with other third party VMS solutions like Milestone, Genetech etc. This offers greater flexibility for end users and SIs,” Oommen says.

Two of Canon’s major product highlights were an infrared (IR)-based fixed box cameras featuring a 2.4x zoom lens and an ultra-wide 113.4º angle of view, suitable for  both day and night monitoring. The cameras contain a built-in IR LED that enables filming in zero light conditions and the Smart Shade feature which brightens dark areas in the images captured.

These cameras, Oommen says, are designed forusers who require more details in their video such as retail, transport among others. “With up to 113 degrees wide angle, Canon can help organisations reduce the number of cameras needed and consequently save on OPEX, installations costs and storage,” says Oommen.

With an eye on the regional market, Canon has also upped the temperature control with cameras that can withstand of up 55 degrees heat.

Canon, with long history in photography, is using the same knowhow the company has gained over the last 70 years for its surveillance cameras, says Oommen. “We use the same lens technology, the processing engines and other technologies used in our DSLRs. This only gives confidence to end users in quality,” he adds.

HID Global is bringing its physical access solutions to the digital age, showcasing its mobile access solutions at Intersec 2016. HID Mobile Access supports Bluetooth Smart and NFC to securely open doors with smartphones and other smart devices.

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