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December 18, 2008

This week, StarDot and ExacqVision announced a partnership that provides interoperability between StarDot's NetCam SC cameras and ExacqVision's video management system (VMS). Specifically, the system supports the Video Image Engine processor located in the NetCam SC cameras.

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December 15, 2008

D-Link was recently granted an iF (International Forum) Product Design award for its DCS-3415 IP camera. The camera was one of 2808 products submitted by contestants from 39 different countries. The iF Product Design Awards judge product entries based on design quality, degree of innovativeness, functionality. visualization of use, brand value, and other criteria.

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December 11, 2008

This month Axis Communications announced the release of a new PTZ network dome camera designed for harsh environments. The Axis 215 PTZ-E features a rugged dome enclosure that makes it perfectly suited for the most demanding indoor and outdoor surveillance locations. The camera is IP66-rated and comes with a pre-mounted wall bracket and cables for quick, hassle-free installation. Also included is an adapter for mounting the camera on a ceiling.

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December 9, 2008

Lucky Eagle Casino, located in southwest Washington State, has installed a new video surveillance system featuring megapixel network cameras from Arecont Vision. The casino made the conversion from analog to IP surveillance in an effort to provide surveillance operators with clearer video images for heightened security and identification purposes.

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December 4, 2008

Axis continues to introduce new cameras to its product line. The latest release is the Axis Q1755 network camera, which delivers true HDTV performance meeting the SMPTE standard for resolution, frame rate, and color representation. When connected to a HDTV monitor, the Axis Q1755 is the ideal surveillance solutions for areas such as airports, casinos, banks, and boarder station where outstanding image detail is required.

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December 3, 2008

Axis Communications has released a new line of small, intelligent network cameras. The Axis M10 Network Camera series features compact cameras ideal for monitoring small businesses, restaurants, homes, hotels, boutiques, and more. The cameras are affordable, easy to use, and provide all the benefits of network video.

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December 2, 2008

IMS Research has published a new report that ranks Milestone Systems as the global leader in IP video surveillance software. The report rates Milestone as having the highest world market share for software-only vendors of open platform network video management solutions. The IMS Research report, entitled "The World Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment" was published last month.

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December 1, 2008

Axis Communications recently unveiled three new video encoder products that support H.264 compression. H.264 is the latest, cutting-edge compression format that can significantly reduce bandwidth and storage requirements compared with Motion JPEG and MPEG-4. The new encoder products include the Axis Q7401 Video Encoder, the Axis Q7406 Video Encoder Blade, and the Axis Q7900 Rack.

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November 24, 2008

IP video solutions from IndigoVision are being used to provide casino surveillance for two Nevada gaming facilities - the new M Resort in Las Vegas, and the Colorado Belle in Laughlin. Over 900 network video cameras will be implemented across both sites. The cameras will be controlled and managed by nine workstations using IndigoVision Control Center video management software.

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November 20, 2008

NUUO Inc. announced this week that its video management system can be adopted for the use of network cameras using H.264 video compression. H.264 is the latest cutting-edge compression technology being adopted by top IP camera manufacturers such as Axis, Arecont Vision, and Sony. H.264 products can be supported by NUUO IP+ Series video management software, as well as the NVRmini Standalone system.

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November 19, 2008

Bosch Security Systems is set to release a new line of IP cameras built to handle the most demanding video surveillance applications. The company's Extreme Series IP Cameras combine advanced optics, IP connectivity, infrared illumination, and on-board video analytics, all within a ruggedized housing. The cameras are designed for uncompromised video surveillance in difficult lighting and environmental conditions.

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November 18, 2008

Axis Communications recently announced that the latest figures from IMS Research estimate the company holds a 33.5 percent global market share for network cameras. The figure was revealed in the 2008 edition of the annual IMS Research report on "The World Market for CCTV & Video Surveillance." The report is based on data compiled for 2007 and contains info on all vendors dealing with analog and digital surveillance equipment.

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November 17, 2008

Milestone Systems has announced the latest edition of its XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+ IP video software platforms. Milestone XProtect Professional 6.5 is designed for small to mid-sized surveillance installations, and can manage up to 64 IP cameras. Milestone XProtect Basis+ 6.5 is a single server surveillance system that can support up to 25 network cameras. Each new edition offers some exciting features that improve upon past releases.

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November 14, 2008

Upstart European microbrewery Zerodegrees has chosen Axis network cameras to provide video surveillance for its new restaurant in Bristol and future brewery sites. A total of sixteen Axis IP cameras monitor the company's Bristol location, helping to ensure that video footage is usable for police identification purposes, and for keeping a close watch on the day-to-day operation of the business.

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November 12, 2008

Barcelona's TMB transportation system has installed a system of Sony network cameras to monitor its Horta bus station. The new IP-based surveillance system replaces an old analog CCTV system, and offers a number of benefits including remote video monitoring, scalability, more flexible installation, and higher image quality.

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November 11, 2008

It's true. Dusk Till Dawn is the actual name of one of the largest poker rooms in Europe. And now, as part of a complete surveillance system overhaul, the casino facility is being monitored by 26 Axis network cameras. The newly installed IP cameras include the Axis 216FD fixed dome, Axis 212PTZ, Axis 232D day/night dome camera, and the Axis 223M day/night megapixel camera. The IP-based surveillance solution works to ensure a safe casino environment, while helping to prevent theft, cheating, and other unwanted disturbances.

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November 10, 2008

Axis has announced the latest edition of it Camera Station video management software. Axis Camera Station 3.10 offers a number of new features, including support for site maps and H.264 compression. The site maps allow users to quickly access cameras while rendering a full overview of the area monitored by the surveillance system.

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November 6, 2008

For those who have a hard time remembering names, please take note: Panasonic has changed the name of its security division. The new title is Panasonic System Solutions Company, which replaces the old moniker Panasonic Security Systems. The name change reflects the company's increased focus on delivering a broad range of customer-driven end-to-end technology solutions.

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November 4, 2008

Cisco has added to its series of business surveillance products with the release of the Linksys WVC210. The WVC210 (or Wireless-G PTZ Internet Camera with Audio) is geared towards small business users and comes bundled with sophisticated video monitoring software. The camera mounts on a desktop or wall-mount and enables small business owners to remotely monitor video and audio, and also receive real-time email alerts triggered by motion detection.

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November 3, 2008

Vivotek has released a new, easy-to-use network camera designed for home and small-business surveillance. The Vivotek IP7133 is an affordable, ultra-compact IP camera that offers a number of advanced features including support for 3GPP mobile surveillance, real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression, digital I/O for an external sensor and alarm, and a privacy button to pause monitoring.

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October 29, 2008

Heritage High School in Saginaw, Mich. is gearing up to install a new, cutting-edge surveillance system for the start of 2009. The IP-based solution will consist of ACTi network cameras controlled and managed by IP video software from Exacq Technologies. Live camera feeds can be monitored remotely and all video footage will be stored for 30 days in case an incident requires review.

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October 28, 2008

Southern California's Poway Unified School District is in the midst of a large-scale construction project that requires continuous video surveillance to protect the site and construction materials from vandalism and theft. The chosen solution features intelligent IP video appliances from ioimage along with Pelco Spectra IV network cameras.

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October 27, 2008

JVC has expanded it V.Networks IP camera lineup with the release of the JVC VN-V685U PTZ camera. JVC is claiming that the VN-V685U is the first PTZ network camera with Power over Ethernet and continuous 360-degree rotation. The camera's 360-degree panning capabilities are provided by an ultra smooth direct drive motor. The VN-V685U also features 27x optical zoom for detailed surveillance of faraway individuals and objects.

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October 24, 2008

The Hertz Corporation has implemented a new video surveillance system that uses ioimage video analytics to protect its operation center in Israel, control access to restricted zones, and deter theft of vehicles and auto parts. The IP-based video surveillance system includes ioimage network cameras, multi-channel intelligent video encoders, and Command Center software which provides centralized video management and system-wide camera control.

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October 22, 2008

A large shipyard in the Canary Islands recently turned to Sony network cameras for an intelligent video surveillance solution. The shipyard, which repairs, maintains, and converts various types of boats, has installed a total of 20 Sony IP cameras both inside and outside the premises. The Sony surveillance cameras work to improve safety and provide access control for the shipyard and the boats within it.

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October 21, 2008

Liverpool's Knowsley Community College has completed installation of a large-scale video surveillance system featuring 324 Axis network cameras. A study based on the installation has concluded that the IP-based solution saved the school a considerable amount of money when compared to the costs of an analog CCTV system. The bulk of the savings result from the difference in maintenance costs. While the analog system would have required yearly system maintenance from a contractor, the IP video system can be maintained by an in-house IT team.

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October 17, 2008

Bosch Security Systems has introduced the latest edition of it Video Management System (VMS) that enables users to view live and recorded images from IP cameras as well as analog CCTV cameras. Users can access surveillance footage remotely from any IP network location. The Bosch Video Management System offers reliable performance with built-in redundancy and failover systems, and allows for tailor-made security access rights which prevent unauthorized users from accessing video images.

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October 15, 2008

This week, TRENDnet announced the launch of two new enterprise-class IP camera software suites: TRENDnet VortexIP Lite, and TRENDnet VortexIP Pro. Both video management solutions are advanced, server-based software suites that support small, medium, and large surveillance applications.

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October 14, 2008

Overland Storage announced last week that it will be teaming up with Mobotix to deliver high-resolution video surveillance and archiving solutions geared towards the under 100-camera system market. The systems will include products from the Overland Snap Server network attached storage family (NAS), along with Mobotix megapixel IP cameras. Overland's Snap Server line is designed to give users outstanding storage capacity in a scalable solution that supports future growth.

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October 13, 2008

Steveston Harbor in Richmond, British Columbia recently deployed a wireless mesh network to monitor the ebb and flow of trucks, shipping containers, and fishing equipment. 22 wireless security cameras have been installed along the harbor in an effort to deter crime, meet heightened port security regulations, and also to prepare for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The harbor surveillance system uses a combination of Sony networks cameras and IQinVision megapixel IP cameras.

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October 9, 2008

ABI Research has released a new report that showcases some of the other areas where video surveillance can help both the retail and transportation sectors beyond just security. While security cameras are now commonplace in transportation areas such as airports, train stations, subways and buses, some of the overlooked benefits of these cameras include their ability to document accidents, gauge commuter travel patterns, and even disprove false injury claims.

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October 7, 2008

Arecont Vision is known for its high-quality megapixel camera offerings. Now, they're releasing a new series of innovative panoramic megapixel IP cameras that use cutting-edge H.264 compression. H.264 technology allows users to increase bandwidth and storage efficiency when dealing with high-resolution video footage.

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October 3, 2008

South Africa's Marulani game farm is a haven for wild life enthusiasts. But because of the area's rugged terrain, properly monitoring the farm can be a difficult task. Recently Marulani solved that problem by installing a wireless surveillance solution using 30 network cameras from Vivotek. The system features the Vivotek IP7132, IP7137, IP7152, and PZ6124 network cameras.

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October 1, 2008

The Art Institute of Chicago is now using Axis IP cameras to monitor close to 1 million square feet of museum space. The Axis network cameras have been installed to ensure the safety of visitors and museum workers, and also to protect the Institute's massive collection of irreplaceable artwork. Megapixel cameras with low-light capabilities have been situated strategically throughout the facility. The museum surveillance system uses a mix of Axis cameras, including the Axis 225FD, Axis 223M, Axis 233D, and Axis 209MFD-R.

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September 30, 2008

Surveillance video from a church in Federal Way, Wash. revealed a woman abandoning her baby early Sunday morning. The newborn girl is ok after spending six hours wrapped in a beach towel, unattended. Soon after the footage from the church security camera went public, the mother turned herself in to police.

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September 29, 2008

Amtrak has announced that it will deploy the Cisco Video Surveillance System to monitor its maintenance yards in Los Angeles and Oakland. The Cisco Video Surveillance System is part of Cisco's Physical Security Solution, and operates over an IP network infrastructure to allow remote video monitoring and real-time investigation, incident response, and resolution.

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September 26, 2008

We've talked about the new Smartvue S8 IP camera system before, and now we have a good idea when it will hit the market - January, 2009. That's the expected ship date for this intriguing solution for home and small business surveillance. Smartvue S8 is an integrated plug-and-play surveillance system that uses compact, wireless IP cameras along with a 1TB video recorder. Wireless connectivity allows for flexible installation, and users can monitor the cameras remotely on their PCs or cell phones.

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September 25, 2008

Lumenera has released a new megapixel network camera designed to perform in difficult low-light situations. The Lumenera Le165 uses a high dynamic range to provide clear images in virtually any lighting condition. Ideal for high-end security applications, the camera captures full 1376x1032 resolution at 15 frames per second, and offers a number of sophisticated features, including programmable day/night settings, user-defined motion detection across multiple zones, and on-board memory.

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September 24, 2008

The latest member of JVC's V.Networks lineup, the JVC VN-X35U IP camera, is designed to handle the video surveillance needs of schools, retailers, government and law enforcement agencies, and other industries requiring high-resolution video footage. The VN-X35U is a 1.3 megapixel camera that delivers precise image detail both day and night. It also offers real-time image scaling from VGA to QUAD VGA resolution. This allows users to conserve bandwidth while still benefiting from megapixel resolution when necessary.

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September 23, 2008

At ASIS 2008 in Atlanta, VideoIQ revealed its new iCVR Storage Encoder. The VideoIQ iCVR allows users to integrate their existing analog CCTV cameras into an IP-based surveillance system that offers power, flexibility, and intelligent functionality. The encoder is ideal for those who want the benefits of IP-based surveillance, while still being able to make use of their analog security cameras.

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September 19, 2008

Canon is showing off its new VB-60 network camera at ASIS International 2008. The PTZ IP camera boasts some impressive technology. It features a 40x optical zoom, pan/tilt/zoom functionality, and a 56-degree wide-angle lens. This enables the Canon VB-60 to monitor larger areas that might ordinarily require multiple security cameras.

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September 18, 2008

OnSSI is introducing a new IP video surveillance management solution at ASIS 2008. It's called Ocularis. Designed for large-scale surveillance applications, Ocularis IP video software offers a unique user interface that provides easy and innovative camera control and video management, plus limitless scalability.

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September 17, 2008

Axis network cameras will soon provide video surveillance for Austria's largest grocery chain, SPAR. The cameras will be used in 750 existing SPAR stores, with between 10 and 15 Axis IP cameras installed in each retail location. Each store surveillance system will feature a combination of Axis 207 and Axis 207MW camera models.

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September 16, 2008

GE Security has unveiled the latest version of its CyberDome II camera line. The GE CyberDome II PTZ is designed to be a cost-effective solution for continuous video surveillance in locations such as schools, airports, stadiums, and retail outlets. Enhancements to the GE CyberDome IP camera include more options for different types of lighting conditions, improved indoor and outdoor housings, and expanded third-party compatibility.

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September 15, 2008

Schlage and Panasonic have formed a partnership that will expand the capabilities of the new Schlage LiNK door locks to include remote video monitoring. By offering integration with Panasonic IP cameras, Schlage's wireless-controlled door locks will provide homeowners with 24/7 remote control and monitoring capabilities via computer or web-enabled cell phone. Users will be able to control the locks and view real-time video using the Schlage LiNK online portal.

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September 12, 2008

IQinVision has released a new collection of high-performance network cameras. The IQeye 4 Series features sleek, compact IP cameras that range from full-VGA resolution on up to high-definition 2-megapixel models. The cameras are the latest additions to the company's IQeye Basic Line which is targeted at cost-sensitive applications like residential and retail surveillance.

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September 11, 2008

LuxRiot has announced that its video recorder software now supports StarDot megapixel IP cameras. StarDot NetCam SC megapixel cameras offer resolution 15 times that of a typical analog CCTV camera. This makes them ideal for surveillance applications that require clear details such as license plate and facial recognition. LuxRiot DVR software provides a platform to remotely monitor and record surveillance footage from these cameras as well as IP cameras from other major manufacturers.

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September 10, 2008

Arizona's Page Municipal Airport recently upgraded its video surveillance system to better protect the 60,000 tourists expected to pass through its gates this year. The new airport surveillance system features IP cameras operating over a wireless mesh network. The network also supports access control and a connection to a remote command center accessible to local-area police.

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September 9, 2008

This week ioimage announced a partnership with Exacq Technologies that will allow the two companies to seamlessly integrate their IP video solutions. While ioimage specializes in intelligent network cameras and video analytics appliances, Exacq is a leading developer of open-architecture NVR software and hardware solutions.

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September 8, 2008

Canon has added a new PTZ network camera to its surveillance arsenal. The Canon VB-C60 offers pan/tilt/zoom functionality for wide-area surveillance, and features built-in 40x optical zoom for detailed viewing of distant objects. The camera is a compact and versatile solution for video surveillance in schools, hospitals, and other facilities, as well as board room web conferencing.

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September 5, 2008

Tyco International's American Dynamics brand has unveiled a new IP SpeedDome camera that boasts a number of powerful features, including electronic image stabilization, digital slow shutter, a wide dynamic range, and true day/night functionality. The new American Dynamics IP SpeedDome Ultra 8 is basically the IP version of Tyco's popular analog SpeedDome camera, offering all the same features along with the benefits that come with IP-based surveillance.

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September 4, 2008

Vivotek has released a new fixed-dome network camera designed to provide 24-hour indoor surveillance. The Vivotek FD7132 IP camera offers day/night functionality with a removable IR-cut filter and infrared illuminators for dark conditions. It also boasts a unique 3-axis mechanism that allows for flexible installation on ceilings and walls in locations such as banks, commercial complexes, and office buildings.

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September 3, 2008

Milestone Systems has released version 2.0 of its XProtect Analytics video management software. XProtect Analytics is a sophisticated software platform that can support video analytics tools from different manufacturers under a single interface. This provides users with a future-proof solution that can handle new technology and makes it easy to search through video surveillance footage from multiple sources.

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September 2, 2008

Vivotek announced this week the launch of its new US subsidiary, Vivotek USA. With a considerable chunk of its IP camera business already taking place in the United States, Vivotek decided the time had come to set up shop on US soil. Vivotek USA now calls California home. The company will handle marketing, tech support, and sales in the US, while also looking to improve customer service and customer relationships.

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August 28, 2008

Netto, a Swedish supermarket chain, has turned to network cameras and IP video management software from Milestone Systems to help curtail robberies, theft, and shrinkage in its retail stores. The supermarkets were using analog CCTV systems, where surveillance footage was stored on video tapes. With the new IP-based surveillance equipment in place, Netto is hoping to take advantage of the technology's many benefits and cut down on those pesky issues which all retailers must face.

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August 27, 2008

A new surveillance system has been installed to watch over visitors at the Automotive Heritage Museum in Indiana's Kokomo Event Center. The system includes 16 security cameras that provide staff with the ability monitor visitors in the museum's display areas which contain hundreds of cars as well as memorabilia.

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August 26, 2008

Milestone Systems announced earlier this week that its XProtect IP video management platform now supports StarDot's line of NetCam SC megapixel IP cameras. Milestone's integration with StarDot high definition cameras gives users the ability to capture and analyze surveillance footage that's significantly more detailed than the footage provided by standard surveillance cameras. The combination creates a surveillance solution that's especially useful for capturing clear video images of faces, license plates, monetary transactions, and other situations where small details are crucial.

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August 25, 2008

One of the key benefits of IP-based surveillance is the ability to transmit footage over the internet so it can be viewed remotely. In Chicago, where a large surveillance network already exists, a plan is in the works that would allow businesses and home owners to make their private security cameras available to the Chicago 911 center in cases of emergency. The owners would have to give permission, of course.

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August 22, 2008

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is responsible for protecting the water resources of the South Florida region. In order to achieve its goals, the SFWMD now turns to Mobotix network cameras for video surveillance meant to deter threats to the district's pump stations, catchment basins, flood control structures, and other facilities.

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August 21, 2008

EST Buses, based near Bridgend, South Wales, has installed Axis network cameras to provide comprehensive video surveillance for its bus service. Each bus will be equipped with three Axis 209FD-R IP cameras. One camera looks out through the windshield to capture the driver's view, another monitors the front door and driver's area, while the third camera provides a view of the length of the bus' interior.

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August 20, 2008

Mobotix is once again pushing the envelope, this time with the release of the Q22 network camera. The Mobotix Q22 is a unique IP network camera that provides a full 360-degree field of view. Unlike ordinary PTZ cameras, the Q22 does this with no moving parts. Instead, it uses an innovative hemispheric lens that enables users to monitor wide areas with a single camera that can see everything at once.

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August 19, 2008

Manchester's Wythenshawe Shopping Center has made the move from analog CCTV to IP-based surveillance by way of IndigoVision network cameras. The upgraded mall surveillance system offers numerous benefits including remote video monitoring, digital storage, fast searching capabilities, and easy scalability if new cameras need to be added or repositioned.

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August 18, 2008

The Los Angeles Police Department recently upgraded an existing video surveillance network that aims to deter crime in MacArthur Park. The improved park surveillance system features fixed security cameras, PTZ domes, and video management solutions from GE Security.

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August 15, 2008

The city of Milwaukee will be purchasing a network of portable surveillance cameras to monitor crowds at large public events in the city and its surrounding counties. The cameras will be deployed, as requested by police agencies, for everything from concerts and county fairs, to festivals and livestock shows.

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August 14, 2008

Washington State's Lucky Eagle Casino recently completed installation of a new IP-based surveillance system featuring megapixel network cameras from Arecont Vision. The casino made the move to IP megapixel cameras in order to capture higher-quality video footage with greater detail for identifying critical information.

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August 12, 2008

D-Link has released three new network cameras designed for professional video surveillance applications. The cameras include the D-Link DCS-3110 Day & Night Megapixel Camera, the D-Link DCS-3410 Day & Night Camera with CCD Sensor, and the DCS-3415 Day & Night Camera with 18x Optical Zoom.

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August 11, 2008

Every June, about 300,000 baseball fans flock to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series. Each game draws 23,000 spectators to Omaha's Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, where visual security is provided by Arecont Vision IP cameras. With so many people shuffling through the stadium, security is always a concern. The Arecont Vision surveillance cameras help to provide comprehensive views of the facility, and can detect and provide visual evidence of any disturbances.

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August 7, 2008

Axis IP cameras will soon be installed in 350 Ardene retail stores across Canada. Ardene is a popular fashion accessory retailer specializing in jewelry, clothing, footwear, and more. By implementing a new video surveillance solution, the company hopes to reduce shrinkage throughout its stores. Shoplifting is a major concern, especially in the jewelry department, because the items are small and easy to conceal. Another key concern is securing the areas where transactions take place. The Axis cameras will work to deter shoplifting, provide visual evidence of theft, and will also be used for merchandising and marketing purposes.

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August 5, 2008

SkyTrain stations serving riders throughout British Columbia are now being monitored by a digital IP-based surveillance system. The new system gives police officers the ability to view footage remotely, and quickly retrieve images that might be useful for tracking down suspects, while offering valuable visual evidence of any noteworthy activity.

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August 4, 2008

The University of East Anglia, in Norwich, recently installed an IP-based surveillance system that employs Axis IP cameras and video servers, operating with Milestone Enterprise video management software. The system uses a mix of IP cameras, including the Axis 232D, and Axis 233D Network Dome cameras, to monitor the university's 320-acre campus. The cameras will help to ensure a safer environment for the 15,000 students and 3,000 staff who currently spend their time on the University grounds.

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July 29, 2008

Today, Axis Communications announced that its 233D network dome camera will include an innovative auto-tracking feature. With auto-tracking, the camera can detect a moving person or vehicle, and then follow it as it passes through the camera's field of view. This feature is especially useful for unmanned surveillance applications where it's important to capture any presence of people of vehicle moving through a particular area. Think of school or office buildings after hours, hotel corridors, or parking garages, for instance. These are places where it's typical to have an unmanned surveillance setup with automated recording.

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July 28, 2008

Ghent and Antwerp, long known as centers of fine arts and diamond trading, have new fineries to brag about. But, unlike a tennis bracelet or a painting by a Dutch master, the new IP video security systems and new courthouses in the two cities will provide priceless, customizable security.

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July 25, 2008

The new IP camera models from D-Link continue to pop put of the oven. The latest release is the D-Link DCS-6110, a fixed dome network camera suitable for indoor and outdoor surveillance. The camera features a built-in Samba server for NAS that enables it to save recorded video footage directly to storage without connecting to a PC.

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July 23, 2008

A newly installed surveillance system will soon allow administrators and security officers to easily access video footage from cameras monitoring a pair of Illinois high schools. Romeoville and Bolingbrook high schools are now equipped with network-based surveillance systems featuring IP cameras that transmit digital video which can be viewed remotely from any network PC. This provides administrators and authorized personnel with the ability to monitor live and recorded footage even when outside the facilities.

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July 21, 2008

D-Link has unveiled a new PTZ network camera designed for whole-room video surveillance in homes, offices, and small businesses. The D-Link SecuriCam Pan/Tilt/Zoom Network Camera (D-Link DCS-5610) can be mounted on the ceiling or wall, and allows users to remotely control pan, tilt, and zoom functions in order to achieve wide-area surveillance from a single camera.

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July 16, 2008

This week, Exacq Technologies released the latest version of its exacqVision video surveillance software program. ExacqVision 3.0 supports a broad range of high definition, megapixel IP cameras from manufacturers such as Axis, ACTi, Arecont Vision, Sony, Vivotek, and Panasonic. This latest installment of the software is also compatible with multiple operating systems, allowing Windows, Linux, and Mac users to take advantage of its full capabilities.

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July 15, 2008

In an effort to deter crime campus-wide, Grambling State University has installed an IP-based surveillance solution that utilizes 220 Axis network cameras. The system operates over a fiber optic backbone using IP video technology to deliver comprehensive surveillance footage that can be viewed remotely, and stored at a centralized recording center on campus. The new system is a major upgrade over the University's previous one, which consisted of pockets of analog cameras scattered around campus.

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July 11, 2008

IndigoVision has just added a new collection of high-definition IP cameras to its product line. The IndigoVision HD 10000 series IP cameras use H.264 compression, a new technology that makes it possible for the cameras to stream high-definition video at fast frame rates, while allowing for greater amounts of storage. H.264 video compression is an improvement over previous compression technologies, and more and more manufacturers are beginning to release H.264 camera offerings.

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July 10, 2008

Teddy the Pomeranian has been missing for over two months and his owner has been looking for him ever since. She came so close to be reuniting with Teddy - until he was dognapped. A surveillance camera stationed in the examining room of a veterinarian's office captured the whole affair.

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July 8, 2008

The Rhode Island Convention Center is no stranger to large crowds. The facility houses numerous events and conferences throughout the year. Like any venue where a healthy amount of people gather, security is a key concern. Recently, the complex embarked on a project to upgrade its analog surveillance system to one which uses IP cameras and video management software from Milestone.

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July 7, 2008

Water bureau officials in Portland, OR renewed their belief in protecting their reservoirs last week when a twenty-something couple was discovered skinny-dipping in an inactive reservoir on Mt. Tabor in late June. Security video shows the couple climbing over the fence of Mt. Tabor's reservoir 6 and taking a late-night dip.

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July 3, 2008

There's been a lot of speculation about network cameras lately - that use will double by 2011, that analog video will never die, and so on. Research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a new report - "North American IT and Telecom Opportunities in the Network Video Surveillance Markets" which puts forth a much more drastic claim - that by 2013, half the surveillance cameras in North America will be IP cameras.

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July 2, 2008

Here's a video surveillance success story from the streets of Newark, N.J. This is a city where the threat of violence looms large in some areas, but police are hopeful that a new surveillance system and operations center will help to change that. In the operations center, police are now able to monitor 109 security cameras that have been installed throughout an eight-mile area considered to be the city's most violent. Best of all, the system is already yielding results.

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June 27, 2008

If Winona Ryder thought it was tough before, she's going to have an even harder time shoplifting on Rodeo Drive now that the city of Beverly Hills is installing a comprehensive IP-based video surveillance system. The ongoing project involves replacing the city's analog CCTV cameras with IQinVision IP cameras.

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June 26, 2008

Like many other American cities, Pittsburgh has been the recipient of grants for security cameras from the US Department of Homeland Security. Cameras have been installed in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, and officials say that the cameras are "paying for themselves" as they help preserve city resources and have drastically lowered crime.

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June 25, 2008

Sony network cameras are playing a key role in securing Barcelona's massive Line 9 railway. Line 9 presents some difficult security challenges, considering 90 million passengers ride the rail line each year. In order to provide comprehensive surveillance of this sprawling railway, a whopping 2,937 Sony SNC-CS50P network cameras have been installed across 48km of track.

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June 24, 2008

When megapixel IP cameras were first introduced, there were some concerns about the performance of the cameras in low-light and nighttime conditions. Naturally the technology improved over time, and now a slew of manufacturers are offering megapixel cameras that deliver superior performance even in the most difficult lighting situations. Lumenera, for instance, recently made available true day/night versions of the network cameras in its Le165 product line.

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June 24, 2008

Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security, Orlando residents will soon see a new landmark in public areas. Smart surveillance cameras for project IRIS (Innovative Response to Improve Safety) will be installed in public areas around Orlando, with the intent of improving the response of law enforcement to urgent situations.

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June 23, 2008

Milestone Systems has released the latest incarnation of its XProtect Corporate video management software solution. Milestone XProtect Corporate 2.0 is designed for large-scale video surveillance applications. The software supports an unlimited number of security cameras, servers and users, and offers central control and intuitive access clients that simplify the process of managing big installations.

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June 20, 2008

Network camera leader Axis Communications is strengthening its presence in the Russian market by setting up a local office in Moscow. The company sees a good deal of potential in providing video surveillance for new construction, retail, and transportation, as evidenced by the recent installation of Axis network cameras throughout the Moscow Metro system.

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June 19, 2008

Usually when you hear the name "Mitsubishi," you think of the first-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car your father bought during his midlife crisis in the late 80's. But now, the electric side of the company has launched itself headfirst into the burgeoning IP camera market. Mitsubishi Electric's first IP camera offerings were revealed at the IFSEC conference in May. Each is a professional network camera offering high-quality digital video at full frame rates up to 25 frames per second with MPEG-4 compression.

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June 17, 2008

MOBOTIX is pushing the envelope once again. This time, the megapixel camera specialists have introduced a new series of IP cameras that carry a significant amount of built-in storage. The Mobotix RB version IP cameras have eight gigabytes of built-in solid state storage, making them ideal for mobile surveillance and rapid deployment situations when external storage isn't a viable option. Think of temporary surveillance in a high crime area, for instance.

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June 12, 2008

Looking to provide budget-friendly solutions for home and office surveillance, D-Link has released two new IP cameras. The D-Link Wireless G Network Camera (DCS-920) connects wirelessly to a home or small business network, provides remote video monitoring, and can be mounted in difficult areas not conducive to wired cameras. The more affordable D-Link DCS-910 connects to the network using a standard Ethernet cable.

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June 11, 2008

Just as Axis Communications has claimed a comfy spot at the forefront of the IP camera industry, Lily O'Brien's has a stranglehold on the market for specialty chocolates based on desserts. What else do these two seemingly unrelated companies have in common? Nothing, except for the fact that Lily O'Brien's recently enlisted the help of Axis to provide video surveillance for its chocolate factory in the Irish town of Newbridge.

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June 10, 2008

Waterland Hospital, a large healthcare facility in the Netherlands, has deployed a comprehensive video surveillance system incorporating IQeye megapixel IP cameras from IQinVision. The IQeye IP cameras work in conjunction with access control, parking management, and intercoms as part of an integrated security solution.

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June 9, 2008

MOBOTIX is always on the cutting edge when it comes to high-resolution IP cameras. The company's latest venture is a series of network cameras engineered specifically for verifying license plates, not just during the day, but also at night. The MOBOTIX M12 LPF IP cameras feature a long pass filter that, when used with an Infra-Red illuminator, allows for the ability to capture and verify license plate numbers on moving vehicles at night.

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June 3, 2008

The switch from analog to digital video surveillance has caused quite a stir in the industry. We've already discussed the rise of IP cameras and their expected growth in the coming years. Another area that's expected to grow exponentially is the video surveillance software market. A recent study by ABI Research predicts video surveillance software revenue to grow fourfold by 2013.

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May 23, 2008

Post office security cameras captured images of a brutal murder that took place in Philadelphia this week. Patricia McDermott, 48, was on her way to work Tuesday morning when she was shot and killed by an unknown attacker. The entire tragic scene was captured on video, and now police are hoping the surveillance footage will lead to the man's arrest.

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May 19, 2008

Seems everyone is rushing to jump on the H.264 bandwagon these days, and with good reason. H.264 is the IP camera industry's latest revolution, a new video compression format that optimizes bandwidth and saves storage with much greater effectiveness than previous technologies, including Motion JPEG and MPEG-4. The latest manufacturer to offer up cameras with H.264 compression is Arecont Vision. The company showed off its new H.264 camera series at the IFSEC conference in Birmingham, UK on May 12.

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May 16, 2008

The Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles, Ill. is no ordinary mall. This thing spreads out over a million square feet. Imagine how many Orange Julius stands you could fit in there? Now imagine the challenge of rigging the facility for video surveillance. After much research and debate, it was determined that the best way to provide video security for this massive complex was to use IP cameras operating across a wireless mesh network, the same type of network that's being employed for municipal surveillance in a number of U.S. cities.

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May 14, 2008

IQinVision has announced the release of its latest network camera system, the IQeye Alliance Series. IQeye Alliance is vandal-resistant mini-dome camera system that offers high-quality video resolutions from VGA on up to 2-megapixel. The Alliance series also provides exciting new technologies such as independent simultaneous video streams and H.264 compression, the new highpoint in digital video compression.

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May 12, 2008

Axis announced the release of three new cameras today - the P1311, M3011 and M3014 - all representing new advances in technology and announcing the direction of IP cameras in the future.

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May 12, 2008

IP camera manufacturers Axis, Sony, and Bosch have announced that they will work together in an effort to develop a standardized interface for network video products. Currently, no such standard exists for determining how products such as IP cameras, video encoders, and recording software should communicate with each other. The companies hope to deliver a new standard of specifications for video streaming, locating IP devices, and intelligence metadata, amongst others, with the end result being greater interoperability for network video products.

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May 8, 2008

A new line of Sony network cameras with H.264 compression was recently released and will be supported by Milestone software. H.264 raises the bar for video compression, allowing for increased storage and optimized bandwidth without sacrificing high-resolution video and frame rates. Milestone has announced that its XProtect video management software will support the new Sony camera offerings and the H.264 compression standard.

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May 8, 2008

Mentioning a "burnout" can mean many things - your friend from high school who spends his days playing video games in his parents' basement, or what your blender did when you got a little too excited about making gazpacho. In Christchurch, New Zealand, however, officials are happier about stopping a different kind of burnout with roadside surveillance cameras.

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May 7, 2008

A recent study by MultiMedia Intelligence predicts huge growth for the do-it-yourself (DIY) home surveillance market in the coming years. The study anticipates the consumer DIY surveillance camera market to reach over $1 billion dollars by 2012.

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May 6, 2008

Gas station security cameras usually watch over the parking lot and attached store, monitoring for loitering kids or the occasional gas thief. A camera perched atop the service station at a Sam's Club in Pinellas Park, FL recently got much more than that in the middle of the night.

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May 5, 2008

Extreme CCTV, known for developing surveillance solutions for the most challenging environments, has released a new, vandal-resistant IP camera with infrared imaging. The Extreme CCTV EX36 is a rugged network camera designed for high-risk areas. It seamlessly integrates with existing IP network infrastructure, offering flexible, cost-efficient installation, and remote video monitoring. The camera uses IP Infrared Imaging (i3) to capture superior video images both day and night, even in dark conditions.

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May 2, 2008

Flashing lights, pounding music, beautiful people dancing...and security camera theft? Not many people associate theft with a night out dancing, but a German man in the town of Hof (in Bavaria) thought that he'd spice things up with a little thievery.

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May 1, 2008

Railway stations across Japan are expanding their video surveillance systems as anti-terrorist measures are imposed leading up to this summer's G-8 summit in Hokkaido. Tokyo Metro, which has already expanded its surveillance efforts to include 2,800 security cameras in 161 train stations, plans on increasing that number to 5,700 cameras by 2011.

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April 30, 2008

Last week's Boston Marathon was not only a showcase for world-class runners, it also offered up a great opportunity for wireless IP surveillance to work its magic. This year's marathon attracted over 20,000 runners and upwards of one million spectators. In order to help provide event and crowd control, and to protect the city from potential threats during this large event, a temporary, wireless video surveillance system was deployed and linked to state and local public safety agencies. The surveillance solution included Axis PTZ network cameras operating across an Integrated Wireless Surveillance System powered by Strix Systems Edge wireless mesh technology.

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April 28, 2008

A recent study conducted by IMS Research indicates the retailers in Europe are really starting to warm up to the idea of IP-based surveillance as a superior alternative to analog CCTV systems. The growth in popularity of IP cameras for the retail market has to do with a number of factors, including lower installation costs, and exciting features such as video analytics that can serve additional functions beyond video security.

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April 25, 2008

Usually we think of hidden cameras as being squirreld away in buttonholes and cleverly placed in newspapers and briefcases during high-stakes criminal investigations or by spies trying to crack open state secrets. Not so in Philadelphia. THe city has recently announced the introduction of mobile covert surveillance cameras to help control the city's rampant problems with illegal dumping.

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April 24, 2008

A pair of reports focusing on the IP camera market have been released by Santa Clara Consulting and Multimedia Intelligence. Both studies reveal considerable growth in IP camera sales for the past year. The Santa Clara study shows 2007 IP camera sales in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, up 82 percent in 2007. The Multimedia report indicates that in 2007, IP camera sales went up 48 percent worldwide.

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April 23, 2008

JVC took home some hardware recently for its VN-V686WPU IP camera. The rugged outdoor camera won a New Product Showcase award in the IP products category at a ceremony hosted in Las Vegas by the Security Industry Association (SIA). The awards program honors excellence in security product design.

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April 22, 2008

There's no signs of typical high school tomfoolery at Long Beach High School - not since a comprehensive system of Axis IP cameras was installed last year. The bathroom bullying is over, and there's no more sneaking out behind the dumpster between classes either - thanks to the system of 216FD, 215PTZ and 225FD surveillance cameras, students at the Long Beach City high school know that they can't get away with much anymore.

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April 21, 2008

Milestone and Vidient Systems have announced a partnership aimed to improve the effectiveness of video analytics in IP video surveillance. While Milestone is a leader in IP video management software, Vidient specializes in video analytics software for a range of security and safety applications. The two companies plan to integrate Vidient's SmartCatch 3.0 analytics software into the Milestone XProtect open platform solution for IP video management.

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April 18, 2008

The hardest working man in show business is back. No, James Brown has not done the impossible and risen fron the dead - but a statue of him has been erected in Augusta, GA. Unlike most other celebrity tributes - statues, plaques, memorial parks and benches - the new James Brown statue will be equipped with something that sets it apart from the rest. A security camera inside the statue will take pictures of visitors to the statue and store them on the arts council web site. Visitors to the park will be able to commemorate their homage to the King of Soul forever.

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April 17, 2008

The Three Counties Fairground, located in Worcester, England, recently installed an IP-based video surveillance system to prevent vandalism and cut down on criminal activity. The Showground, which hosts horticulture shows throughout the year, will also use the surveillance system to protect plants, machinery, and livestock. The components of the IP surveillance solution include Axis 2130 and Axis 213 network cameras, along with Milestone XProtect video management software.

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April 16, 2008

p>In Windsor, Canada, all 216 of the licensed cabs there will contain an on-board surveilance camera by the end of August 2008. Driving a taxi is one of the most dangerous jobs available-- dangerous enough, even, to justify insurance hikes and make it onto top ten lists of "most dangerous jobs." Canadian officials hope the cameras will deter crime and prevent violent attacks, and while the cameras have been the source of some controversy, a survey conducted by the local Windsor cabbie union found that
70 percent of cabbies favor the cameras over dividers and emergency push buttons.

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April 15, 2008

New Hampshire's Merrimack School District received voter approval this week to install security cameras in all of its schools in time for the 2008-2009 school year. The surveillance cameras will help to cut down on vandalism, theft, and property damage, as well as bullying, drug dealing, violence, and other unwanted threats on school grounds.

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April 11, 2008

Charlestown, Rhode Island's new police station was built with features designed to handle future surveillance upgrades not only for video security in and around the station, but also for monitoring the entire community. The station's IP surveillance system uses a mix of Videology and Axis network cameras, analog IR cameras run through video encoders, and Milestone XProtect video management software.

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April 10, 2008

Washington, D.C. police will be charged with monitoring more than 5,000 surveillance cameras around the city in a new effort to reduce crime and increase safety in the nation's capital. The consolidation of these thousands of cameras (in schools, public housing, and watching over major roads) will form the nation's largest surveillance network - larger than Chicago's 2,000 camera public surveillance network.

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April 9, 2008

Pelco has added to its IP product line with the new Spectra IV IP camera/dome positioning series. The IP-based system features high-powered PTZ domes that capture outstanding video images while offering fast and reliable pan/tilt/zoom functionality.

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April 8, 2008

Last week at the ISC West conference in Las Vegas, Cisco announced some exciting additions to its physical security product portfolio. Most notable are a new line of Cisco IP cameras, and Cisco's first IP-based access control system. These offerings fall in line with Cisco's strategy of developing scalable solutions that can operate across the same IP network.

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April 7, 2008

In an attempt to step up security at convenience and quick-stop stores in the area, Toledo lawmakers have created a law that requires all convenience stores to have business licenses and a functioning security camera system (and to share that recorded footage with the police). It's hoped that the convenience store IP cameras will help eliminate the drug, loitering and robbery problems that many quick stop and carryout stores are prone to.

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April 4, 2008

JVC rolled out two new IP cameras this week at ISC West in Las Vegas. The JVC VN-V26U is a flexible day/night camera with two-way audio and simultaneous MJPEG and MPEG-4 compression, while the VN-V686U is a powerful and versatile PTZ dome designed for indoor surveillance applications.

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April 3, 2008

At the ISC West conference, held this week in Las Vegas, Lumenera Corporation introduced two new intelligent megapixel cameras. The Lumenera Li165 and Li175 are built with features meant to catch and prevent criminal activity as it happens, rather than simply providing footage for investigative purposes.

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April 3, 2008

Sony is amping up its IP surveillance product line with the addition of several new megapixel network cameras. The new models were introduced this week at the ISC West 2008 conference in Las Vegas. This is Sony's first foray into the megapixel camera market. Sony's megapixel offerings include the SNC-DM110 Megapixel Normal mini-dome, the SNC-CM120 Megapixel CS mount Day/Night, and the SNC-DM160 Megapixel Rugged Day/Night mini-dome.

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April 2, 2008

Axis communications is showcasing a number of new IP products this week at ISC West, including Axis Camera Station 3.0 video management software, the Axis P3301 network camera, and video encoder solutions supporting H.264 compression.

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April 2, 2008

In Austin, Texas, private contractors are jockeying for the exclusive right to set up an expanded video camera network of their products on the United States-Mexico border. Even with two million dollars in federal grants to establish the border video surveillance program, the original goal of getting the program up and running by January 2008 proved overly ambitious, but the expansion of Texas' experimental pilot surveillance program should fall into place relatively quickly once a bidder wins the contract.

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April 1, 2008

The Summer Olympics will be here again, in just four months. The 2008 Summer Olympics - three weeks of sweat, torn muscles, and teary-eyed athletes singing along to foreign national anthems - will be happening on Chinese soil for the first time ever this year, and security is a key concern for both organizers and athletes alike.

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March 31, 2008

Vivotek is introducing a new set of PTZ network cameras featuring progressive scan CCD for capturing smooth images of moving objects. The Vivotek PZ7151 operates using Power over Ethernet, while the Vivotek PZ7152 is the WLAN model. The cameras are designed for indoor surveillance in locations such as retail stores, banks, and office buildings.

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March 28, 2008

The Wood County Courthouse in Parkersburg, West Virginia will soon experience a security upgrade with the installation of a comprehensive video surveillance system. The new security cameras will supplement a keycard access control system which was installed in the 109-year-old courthouse several years ago. While the keycards are able to track who enters the building, the surveillance cameras will provide video images of everyone who enters and leaves the facility.

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March 27, 2008

The La Praille shopping mall in Geneva has installed a comprehensive surveillance system that features over 100 IP cameras from Axis Communications. The new security camera system will help to prevent unwanted activity such as vandalism, property damage, theft, and pick-pocketing.

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March 25, 2008

Basler Vision Technologies, a longtime leading provider of industrial digital cameras, has announced that it is entering the IP camera market with a line of IP cameras. Like their digital cameras for industrial, traffic and medical applications, Basler Vision IP cameras are compact, high quality and quite robust.

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March 24, 2008

San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System is poised to roll out an expanded system of onboard security cameras for its buses and trolleys. The aim is to equip all buses and trolleys with surveillance cameras and digital video recorders within the next two years. A federal grant will pay for the cameras as well as the installation.

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March 21, 2008

Little Rock Arkansas is putting its new downtown video network to the test this weekend when the NCAA men's basketball tournament rolls into town. The system, which has been set up to monitor downtown businesses, will help to secure the area when an estimated 30,000 visitors flock Alltel Arena this weekend for a taste of March Madness.

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March 18, 2008

It's a good thing that 27 year old Christopher Hague, of Staten Island NY, asked to see the surveillance video from the bar where he was arrested. Hague was taken into custody in 2007 when the NYPD tied him to a leather jacket containing narcotics.

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March 17, 2008

Axis Communications has added a new tele variant of the 225FD to its fixed dome network camera portfolio. The Axis 225FD is now available with either a standard lens or a telephoto lens. The standard option provides a viewing angle of 36-75 degrees, while the Axis 225FD 22mm, with its vari-focal telephoto lens, offers a viewing angle of 10-20 degrees. The tele variant is especially useful for surveillance applications involving recognition of individuals and objects from high-mounted cameras in spacious locations.

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March 14, 2008

An attempted abduction at Westview Elementary School in Champaign, IL had school administrators scrambling to find ways to boost their security. The answer? A school security camera.

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March 13, 2008

Designed to assist vehicle access control, traffic surveilance and law enforcement, Milestone's XProtect Analytics LPR 1.5 is a video analytics video management platform that uses special analytics to recognize and record license plate and other registration data from a wide variety of vehicles.

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March 12, 2008

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval to a citywide measure that would allow defendants in criminal cases to use recordings from the city's surveillance cameras to prove their innocence. The measure passed by a vote of 7 to 2, and it will require the city to hold on to the footage from 74 cameras for at least 30 days. However, city officials say that this is not possible with the city's existing equipment.

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March 10, 2008

Don't get the lead jumpsuits out of storage - the x-ray camera isn't yet a reality. The surveillance company ThruVision, has just introduced a revolutionary new surveillance camera that uses electromagnetic rays that explosives, drugs, and other illicit substances emit - from under clothing.

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March 7, 2008

Investigators are studying surveillance footage in an effort to identify those responsible for this week's bombing of a U.S. Armed Forces Career Center in Times Square. Minor damage was caused to the New York military recruiting station when a small bomb went off early Thursday morning. No one was hurt in the blast, but it did result in a broken window, and a shattered and mangled glass door. Subway service to Times Square was also halted briefly as a precautionary measure.

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March 6, 2008

Smartvue has announced its latest wireless IP camera system, the Smartvue S8, will be showcased at ISC West and released this summer. Hailed as "the next big thing in surveillance," the Smartvue S8 network camera is actually incredibly compact. In fact, it's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. That, along with the camera's wireless connectivity, makes Smartvue S8 a very flexible surveillance solution capable of being installed virtually anywhere.

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March 5, 2008

Supermarkets and other retail outlets face daily threats of shoplifting, not only from "customers," but also employees. In addition, there is the potential for internal fraud, credit card fraud, robberies, and violent confrontations. Christian Supermarket, located in Argentina, provides us with an example of how a store can better protect itself with an IP-based surveillance system. The store recently installed 10 Vivotek network cameras to monitor entrances, loading areas, public areas, the parking lot, and point-of-sale transactions.

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March 4, 2008

Norwegian State Railways is poised for a large-scale surveillance project that involves installing Axis IP cameras in its passenger trains. Axis 209FD-R network cameras will be deployed in railcars, while Axis 221 cameras will provide views in front and behind each train. The system will help to enhance security for passengers and employees as they travel by rail.

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February 29, 2008

New Jersey's Livingston Mall recently installed a sophisticated video surveillance system that includes IQeye megapixel IP cameras from IQinVision. The cameras are strategically placed inside the mall, at outside entrances, and in the parking lot. The system operates on a wireless mesh network, which adds flexibility, and enables not only mall security personnel, but also the Livingston Police Department to access the cameras remotely. Eventually, the live video feeds will also be made available to LPD police cruisers responding to incidents and patrolling the area.

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February 28, 2008

Richmond, Calif. will soon install a wireless surveillance network to protect its ports and to reduce crime and vandalism throughout the city. The incoming system will consist of 116 digital security cameras with the ability to wirelessly transmit surveillance images to Richmond police headquarters, a police dispatch center, and to Port security. The aim of the system is to deter crime, limit vandalism and illegal dumping, and provide visual evidence for prosecuting criminals.

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February 27, 2008

Regional homebuilder Llanmoor Homes has chosen network cameras from Axis Communications to protect six of its construction sites. The cameras were first tested on a single site. Three Axis 211A network cameras and an Axis 211M were used for the initial installation. The new surveillance solution allows Llanmoor staff to remotely view images of their construction sites to monitor for security purposes, site progress, safety issues, deliveries, and more.

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February 26, 2008

A 47-year old man now faces criminal charges for driving his silver SUV into, and through, a shopping mall in Augusta, GA. The incident occurred when Stephen Lowe, apparently upset after a feud with his wife, decided the best way to cool his jets would be to essentially recreate a famous chase scene from The Blues Brothers. Mall security cameras were on hand to capture his voyage. Those images are now being used to book Lowe on criminal charges for his inexcusable, and inexplicable, behavior.

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February 25, 2008

Axis Communications has announced a new, vandal-resistant network camera with instant, one-click pan/tilt/zoom functionality. The Axis 212 PTZ-V combines a vandal-proof casing with a unique set of advanced features. It's meant to serve as an affordable solution for indoor locations requiring uninterrupted wide-area surveillance and detailed video monitoring â€" areas such as schools, retail stores, banks, and lobbies.

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February 22, 2008

Surveillance from a TriMet bus in Portland, Oregon is the last time that anyone saw Heidi Anderson - and her family hopes that this glimpse of the 37 year old woman can help find her and bring her home. Anderson has been missing for nearly two weeks.

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February 20, 2008

After a wave of break-ins and vandalism, Fresno County library officials have decided to provide several branch libraries with security camera systems. The initial plan is to install cameras in five sites, with an eventual goal to equip all 34 branches with video security. Some of the problems the libraries have endured include stolen CDs, DVD, books, and even computers. There have also been instances of graffiti on exterior walls, and on library shelves, and stolen cars from library parking lots.

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February 19, 2008

OnSSI recently released ProSight-SMB 6.0, an IP video surveillance platform geared towards small and medium sized businesses. The new software solution is available in 4, 6, 9, 16, and 25 camera license packages. It provides tools for remote video monitoring and post-event investigation, for instance digital pan, tilt, and zoom into recorded video images. Video footage is accessible over the Web or a Local Area Network (LAN) via NetGuard video client.

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February 15, 2008

Early IP cameras had it rough - they were expensive, cumbersome, and usually shunned by network administrators for their possible security issues. This paradox - that a security camera could pose serious network security issues itself - was at the center of the IP camera debate for many years.

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February 14, 2008

Grossmont High School in San Diego has been reeling since late 2001 - when two shootings happened at the school in just two weeks. Grossmont's environment has been improving since August, however, since Sony equipped the campus with a new IP camera surveillance system called e-Surveillance.

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February 13, 2008

A group of assisted living and welfare facilities in Matsusaka City, Japan, has turned to Axis network cameras in an effort to help ensure the safety of its residents. The Taiyounosato Social Welfare Service Corporation first implemented a network surveillance solution from Axis Communications for its new Wakaba Sawayaka Garden Care House. An IP network was installed during construction, and Axis PoE network cameras were chosen for the new surveillance setup. Because the cameras support Power over Ethernet, there was no need to install additional electrical wiring. 13 network cameras were installed throughout the building, including the Axis 212PTZ, the Axis 210A, and the Axis 211.

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February 13, 2008

We're pleased to unveil a new, easier to use version of the VideoSurveillance.com forums! We've upgraded to a new version of forum software that should make it easier to read and discuss about video surveillance issues that matter. Some improvements:


  • Registration. It was a little difficult to register before - we've added a step that will allow you to start posting immediately after you submit your information.

  • Organization. Our new forums are better organized and have dynamic features that allow for better and easier sharing of links and images, and longer threads of conversation.

  • More information. We're constantly updating our site with new and relevant information about applications, manufacturers, cameras, and more - and now our forums reflect these changes.

We tried to move all the existing posts and users over from the older software to our new forums. We're sorry if we missed your information - click here to register again and start posting right away!

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February 11, 2008

Panasonic has developed a new integrated solution that combines video surveillance and Point of Sale (POS) systems onto a single platform. The result is Virtual Site Manager (VSM), a software-drive solution for organizations running retail sales operations. The software couples recorded video with POS workstation data for a complete record of financial transactions and interactions between customers and cashiers.

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February 8, 2008

Demonstrating a new commitment to IP-based video surveillance, GE Security has acquired intellectual property and video systems technology from CoVi Technologies. The former CoVi team, best known for developing cutting-edge high-definition surveillance systems, will remain based in Austin, Texas, with its technical support, product management and engineering employees joining GE Security. Anticipating rapid growth in the areas of high-definition and megapixel surveillance cameras, GE now has the technology and an experienced engineering team to further explore that market.

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February 7, 2008

A recent report by IMS research anticipates that the market for megapixel security cameras will grow substantially in the coming years, at a compound annual rate of over 100 percent. That would equal approximately 250,000 megapixel cameras shipped in 2008, and over 2 million total megapixel network cameras sold by 2011. Improved technology is the main reason for this rise in popularity. The advantages of megapixel cameras are great, but it has taken time for the technology to overcome a few stumbling blocks. Now, it appears the megapixel market is poised to really take off.

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February 4, 2008

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is working on a project that will enable emergency responders to access video streams from highway traffic cameras in real time. The DOT would transmit the video feeds to a central, web-based source, making the live footage viewable over the Internet. Once in place, the new system will provide responders with the ability to see what's going on along I-95 so they can move faster and dispatch the proper personnel and equipment in cases of emergency.

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February 1, 2008

There are a number of factors which help make the case for video surveillance on buses and other forms of public transportation. Security cameras can protect passengers and drivers from acts of violence. They can prove useful in identifying criminal suspects, and they can serve as deterrents to inappropriate behavior. In San Francisco, recently released surveillance footage highlights another benefit of video security on buses - monitoring driver behavior. The videos, which shed light on driver misconduct within the city's Muni bus system, include instances of accidents, injuries, threats, and insults.

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January 31, 2008

The Royal Vopak petrochemical storage terminal in West Thurrock, UK has turned to IndigoVision for a comprehensive IP surveillance solution. The terminal poses a difficult surveillance challenge. The facility features 125 storage tanks and provides storing and handling of gaseous and liquid chemical and oil products. The products are transported from the terminal by road, pipeline, and river. Video security plays a critical role in protecting the facility and making sure the environment is safe for Vopak workers.

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January 29, 2008

San Francisco's city-funded surveillance program has faced criticism recently for its inability to perform up to its potential. The problem appears to lie less with the quality of the cameras, and more with the way they are being operated. Since the 68-camera system was installed, instances of the cameras providing visual evidence in criminal cases have been rare. A recent review of the program found that choppy video may be the main culprit. If cameras aren't streaming video at a high enough frame rate, then the odds of capturing useful images are lessened. Footage examined during the review played more like a slideshow than continuous streaming video, with 1 or 2 seconds passing between frames. Contrast this with the full-scale surveillance program in Chicago, where high-quality video is delivered at 30 frames per second, and it becomes clear that San Francisco's program has room for improvement.

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January 25, 2008

It all started in December - random gun shots fired around the Gable Oaks neighborhood (in Columbia, SC) entered an apartment building and killed a 32-year old woman in her sleep. Shootings have continued - some bullets penetrating the walls of more residences, leaving residents petrified of leaving the inner sanctums of their homes - let alone going outside. City council members and the Gable Oaks tenant association believe the situation is at its boiling point, and have proposed the installation of several neighborhood security cameras to help combat the shots.

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January 24, 2008

IIPSEC 2008 - Unraveling the Mysteries of Networked Security & BMS Technology - is set to go down Jan.29-31 in Nr Coventry UK. And Mobotix will be on hand to show off its new 3.1 megapixel camera systems. The new megapixel Mobotix IP cameras are capable of viewing and recording images with a resolution of up to 3.1 megapixels (2048x1536).

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January 23, 2008

Home surveillance in the UK is on the rise. With its citizens already holding the status of most-recorded people in the world, Britons and Scots have turned to household security cameras with hopes that IP cameras placed around their house will work as well as the myriad of security cameras that record them when in public places.

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January 22, 2008

Milestone has upgraded its powerful, and popular, Xprotect Enterprise video management software. Milestone XProtect Enterprise 6.5 is designed to handle the needs of large video surveillance installations and multi-site security camera systems by offering sophisticated management tools, fast search capabilities, flexible scheduling, analysis, and integration. Improvements have been made in the areas of audio support, storage, bandwidth use, data access support, and localization.

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January 21, 2008

In an effort to further reduce crime in the city of Tayside, the Scottish city has decided to outfit its police force with a tiny video surveillance camera mounted directly onto the uniform starting next June. Tayside has been at the forefront of surveillance technology before - it was the first Scottish town to add security cameras to patrol bikes in 2006.

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January 18, 2008

Late last year, a comprehensive, 120-camera video surveillance system was installed to serve as a deterrent to criminal activity throughout the city of Montebello, Calif. One of the keys to system was putting the clamp down on what was becoming a very serious graffiti problem. Surveillance cameras from Axium Technologies, which employ innovative "Tagger Trap" technology, were installed to detect acts of graffiti. The system is already showing its worth, as six tagging incidents have been captured by the cameras so far.

Tagger Trap is a unique camera feature that can actually sense the digital signature of the ultrasonic frequencies emitted by spray-paint cans. This enables the cameras to quickly lock in on potential acts of graffiti the moment they begin. In each of the six Montebello cases, the cameras captured detailed images of the taggers. An investigation is now underway to identify the suspects. The surveillance system was also able to alert police to two incidents of illegal dumping, both of which lead to arrests.

The city of Montebello spends about $600,000 each year removing graffiti, so it's easy to understand why such an expansive surveillance effort was deemed necessary. Since the camera installation, the number of graffiti incidents has already gone down, as has the amount of illegal dumping. Along with helping in these areas, the system gives police the ability to watch for criminal activity in locations that can't continuously be patrolled by a physical police presence. Businesses can also purchase compatible cameras which can be connected to the city's surveillance network.

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January 17, 2008

The Dougherty County Courthouse in Albany, GA has stepped up its security program by adding surveillance cameras - ten, to be exact - to monitor movements around the building. Monitored around-the-clock by the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, the ten cameras (which are concealed from the public) monitor each courtroom, all doors, stairways and side halls of the courthouse.

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January 16, 2008

With the Bio-Terrorism Act demanding stricter adherence to food product traceability standards, companies such as Chase Farms in Walkerville, Mich. are turning to IP surveillance as a way to closely monitor operations. Chase Farms, one of the largest vegetable processors in the Eastern United States, has installed an IP surveillance system that utilizes megapixel network cameras from Axis Communications along with IP video management software from Milestone.

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January 15, 2008

Kelsey Canfield discovered an unsettling site at her Portland, OR house when she came home from school last Friday. Her garage door had been smashed in and her family's house had been robbed. Gone were laptops, cell phones, DVDS, jewelry, iPods, and other goodies - about $5,000 worth of items in total. After the dust had settled, the family began to ask what exactly had happened, and who could have done such a thing? In random burglaries like this, finding a suspect isn't always easy.

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January 14, 2008

The shock of a recent double homicide on the Louisiana State University campus has had the school's security forces scrambling to find new ways to keep Tiger students safe in their studies.

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January 11, 2008

We've all heard the saying, "I couldn't give that thing away if I tried," right? Well, a Salvation Army thrift store in Juneau, Alaska wants to make sure you do, in fact, hold onto that thing. Fed up with late-night dumping of unwanted donations, the store has installed a three-camera surveillance system to monitor its exterior. Before the cameras were installed, store workers were forced to spend countless hours cleaning up piles of useless junk each morning, and the shop was being charged $500 to $800 a month disposing the unsalvageable items at the city landfill.

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January 10, 2008

The Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center in Flint Township, Michigan has a nice flat screen TV in its lobby - but instead of watching TV, residents and staff are instead treated to views of their fellow residents and staffers as they enter and exit the building.

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January 9, 2008

When the 2008 Olympic Games roll in to Beijing this summer, PTZ dome cameras from Vicon Industries will be part of an integrated video surveillance system to monitor Beijing National Stadium. The brand new venue will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games along with a variety of athletic events. The stadium seats 91,000. There is a great deal of pressure on Olympic officials to provide a safe environment for the Summer Games and video surveillance will play a significant role in that effort.

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January 8, 2008

VidSys has teamed up with On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI) to develop an intelligent solution for physical security management. The new system enables customers to quickly and effectively analyze and respond to security events as they happen. It combines OnSSI's IP Video Surveillance System Management Solution with the VidShield platform.

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January 7, 2008

Following a homicide last month involving a mother and a daughter, the Town Center in Boca Raton, Fla. is pushing hard for a major video surveillance upgrade. While plans were already in the works to add more security cameras, the recent tragedy further highlights the importance of enhanced video security. Mall officials are now pursuing a full-scale video surveillance system to monitor the entire exterior of the Town Center mall.

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January 4, 2008

Many civil rights and privacy advocates have come together to oppose the widespread placement of video surveillance cameras in public and private places - saying that the constant recording of citizens and every day actions is an egregious invasion of privacy. Instead of battling the inevitable advances in technology, Mike Elgan at ComputerWorld.com presents a refreshing solution.

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January 3, 2008

In response to a slew of vehicle break-ins, a Gold's Gym in Orange County, Fla. recently installed more than a dozen security cameras to watch over its parking lot. The added visual security has already paid off as at least five thieves have now been caught thanks to the new cameras.

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January 2, 2008

The city of Pittsburgh is gearing up for a large-scale upgrade to its existing video surveillance operation. Plans are in the works to integrate hundreds of existing security cameras with new, high-tech cameras so they can all operate on one centrally-monitored system. To move the process along, the city has hired an outside firm, N.W. Getz and Associates, to develop a timetable, examine computer networks for the system, and evaluate rules for preventing abuse and misuse of the cameras.

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