See in a new light

Norden builds on its legacy in IT infrastructure, developing a brand for CCTV and IP surveillance solutions, Eyenor, with a growing clientele in the region

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See in a new light Joseph K. John, general manager, Norden Communication Middle East
By  David Ndichu Published  July 24, 2017

Discuss some of the trends in the physical security space

The advent of 4K video surveillance cameras has ushered in an era of ultra-high definition (UHD) security and surveillance monitoring, which translates to greater storage capacity needs. Since these cameras are traditionally recording 24 hours a day, that means VARs must also meet a storage demand of on average 45 GB of storage per day for a 1080p recording at 15 frames per second (FPS). That’s four times the storage and bandwidth of an HD camera.

Another growing trend is centralised monitoring system. One of the great benefits of the IP system is that it can be integrated with cloud. With this, the authorised person can monitor activities from anywhere in the world.

CCTV surveillance is also largely being replaced by IP video surveillance because of various benefits offered by IP networks. The shift from analogue to IP has led organisations to spend on technologies that add scalable security surveillance solutions to their organisation’s physical security. IP networks can carry not only video traffic, but also electric power for IP cameras via power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

To help comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the latest cloud-based technology could be used to record, transmit and store data securely, to enable the right people to view pertinent data as and when they need it, and to automatically delete data as soon as it is no longer required. Such systems can also be configured to record CCTV data only when needed and integrate all the required security and encryption necessary to protect data and verifiable audit logs to prove that data was handled, transmitted, viewed and deleted appropriately.

Analytics is growing in the field. Discuss

Improvements in overall reliability, effectiveness and accessibility has pushed analytics from the periphery to the market mainstream. Analytics can run on the camera (edge) or on a server running multiple video streams or multiple applications. The growing prevalence of analytics on the edge offers system flexibility and can significantly reduce the cost of the overall solution, as fewer servers are required to run the analytics. Edge based analytics can also lessen system bandwidth demands, as video can be transmitted from the camera only after being prioritised by the analytics. Due to the onboard processing power of modern IP cameras, an edge analytics based approach can also offer device-specific selection of applications. Even with the great strides in improved effectiveness, increased accessibility and cost, the primary function of analytics is still to complement the role of system operators, not to eliminate them.

Analytics assist operators in making informed decisions by identifying the unusual from the normal, as the number of cameras being deployed and monitored continues to increase. Better analytics give the operator more reliable information, which in turn improves response time and effectiveness.

What solutions, products and tools can Norden provide to cope with modern demands for security?

Our IP camera range offer various benefits include a centralised monitoring software (up to 2000 channels). This feature allows monitoring the cameras from anywhere in the world.

We also offer an alert management software (health management software). With the single dashboard, users can easily identify the health of the security devices. We also have a UHD (ultra-high definition cameras) offering a clear view of critical areas. Norden also offers a multi-sensor camera that delivers a multiple side view from single camera.

Norden tech experts will research and design the best solution for customer requirements.

Discuss some recent successes for Norden in the region?

Norden recently introduced the Eyenor CCTV product range. During this time, we have undertaken projects including at the head-quarters of the Habib bank, Muscat mall and hotels in UAE and Oman.

The region’s regulatory authorities have come up with stringent standards for fixed video coverage and video management software. Discuss

The proposed security surveillance system must be an open standard based on Internet Protocol (IP) network system. The system must contain a program capable of simultaneous recording, playback, storage, copying and remote access without any adverse effect on any of the functions. Management software should provide camera number, location, date & time of recording generated by system server, forced masking (password protected) in recorded video and alarm management. Images recording and storage system’s performance must be checked daily.

The minimum recommended camera resolution is MEGAPIXEL. Cameras used in the system must be vandal proof, tamperproof, weatherproof and capable of day and night recording. Cameras must also be suitable for operation under extreme temperature, relative humidity and non-condensing. Cameras used in the system must cover the required field of view and its details day and night. Panoramic coverage through PTZ or multi-lens megapixel cameras mandatory wherever required.

The system must have sufficient storage system for all camera recordings for a period of 120 days, in MPEG-4 or H.264 format or other better-quality compression techniques. The recording frame rate and resolution must be programmable from the user level. It should give the ability to customise quality of the video output based on the viewing needs and storing capacity.

A single CCTV operator should monitor no more than nine camera displays at any one time in a standard 32” wall screen. At any given circumstances, the number of cameras per display screen will depend primarily as the size of the screen. A separate viewing displays or area may also be required for reviewing recorded video. A single CCTV operator should monitor no more than nine camera displays at any one time in a standard 23” Desktop screen

Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure must be highly available, reliable, secured and able to support a growing number of CCTV devices in the network. Infrastructure cabling must be of the latest specifications and quality. Remote wide area network (WAN) connectivity must be secured with the latest encryption/decryption techniques to preserve the authenticity without compromising the good quality video transmission over the network. The system must also support NTP (network time protocol) to synchronize the system time of the video to a reference time for time stamping.

The VMS must support failsafe mode which means the CCTV system must be equipped with fail over servers and in case if any recording server fails then VMS must be capable for automatic switch over of configuration from failed recording server to standby/failover recording server. Once the failed recording server comes online then the configuration should switch back over automatically. This switch over must be without any loss in live monitoring and recording of cameras associated to that specific recording server. VMS shall be open platform and support ONVIF. VMS must also support multicast streaming and external connection by a defined ICD (interface control document). The VMS shall support providing a list of connected cameras to an external interface. VMS must allow connection to other systems through an IP-based WAN or LAN.

Discuss some key features in Norden’s camera portfolio?

Directional motion, which generates an alarm when a person or object moves in a user-specified direction, or where cameras can detect vehicles / personnel moving in the opposite direction of “expected” normal flow of traffic or an individual entering through an exit door.

Adaptive motion /auto tracking feature detects and tracks objects that enter a zone, with the camera automatically panning and tilting to follow the targeted subject. The object removal/missing object detection feature triggers an alarm if an object is removed from a defined zone. This is ideal for applications which require the detection of the removal of high value or critical objects.

Stopped vehicle detection feature monitors vehicles stopped near a sensitive area for longer than the user-defined time. This is ideal for mining areas and vehicles waiting at gates. Object counting feature counts the number of objects that enter a defined zone or cross a “tripwire” (virtual tripwire defined by the user). It can be used to count the number of people at an entrance/exit or inside an area where traffic is light.

Abandoned object/unattended object feature detects objects placed in a user-defined zone after a determined time. Ideal system for critical infrastructure where potential explosive devices can be placed accidentally or purposefully close to those critical areas.

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