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December 31, 2009

A Visalia, California family's world was turned upside-down over the weekend when a group of young hooligans ran off with their beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lawn ornament. Thankfully the family had recently installed a video surveillance system for their home, and the cameras were able to capture footage of the thieves in action.

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December 29, 2009

Toshiba has upgraded its network video recording server software to allow more flexibility in live viewing, recording, and playback. The software now enables users to simultaneously manage up to 32 local or remote IP network cameras per server.

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December 23, 2009

Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (EAE) is leaping into the digital surveillance age with a new IP-based system featuring network cameras and video management tools from Pelco. Already the most advanced airport in the region, EAE will now be monitored by a cutting-edge surveillance system featuring over 300 cameras, including 260 Pelco Spectra IV IP cameras, with the Endura system handling monitoring and digital video recording.

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December 21, 2009

Tall Weijl, a global clothing retailer based in Switzerland, is installing 800 Axis network cameras in its stores throughout France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. What's interesting about this surveillance solution is that it has less to do with security, and more with studying customer behavior. Each store will be equipped with two Axis IP cameras integrated into a sophisticated system that counts the number of visitors passing through.

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December 18, 2009

Today Bosch announced a new network camera solution designed to operate without the need for a PC or digital video recorder. The Bosh NBC-225-P is an all-in-one network camera features a Secure Digital (SD) flash memory card that can record and store days of high-quality surveillance video footage. With onboard recording capabilities built into the camera, users can save costs on storage, while easing the load on network bandwidth. The camera can also be connected to the network using a single cable for power, camera control, and delivery of video and audio.

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December 17, 2009

This week Toshiba released the new IK-WB30A network camera designed for detail-sensitive video surveillance. The camera features an advanced two-megapixel CMOS sensor that makes it ideal for applications requiring high-resolution video for identification and analysis.

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December 15, 2009

In the winter months it can be a drag when you arrive at work before the sun rises only to watch it set before you return home. Imagine how IP cameras feel, having to deal with the lack of proper daylight in the dreary season. This problem is exacerbated in Finland, where there are only a few hours of daylight in the winter. It makes sense then that the Finnish town of Kurikka chose Lumenera Le175 day/night network cameras for a recent surveillance project monitoring local schools, youth centers, and other key locations.

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December 10, 2009

Axis Communications has announced that the Axis 207 network camera is now a discontinued product. The company suggests the Axis M1011 IP camera as a suitable replacement. The M1011 is a compact, affordable network camera ideal for securing homes, small businesses, restaurants, hotels, and other indoor locations. Axis will continue to support the Axis 207 until November 30th, 2012. It's also important to note that the Axis 207W and 207WM wireless network cameras have NOT been discontinued.

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December 8, 2009

Axis Communications is heading back to school, at least in Portugal, where the country's comprehensive safe school project has resulted in the installation of 12,000 new Axis IP cameras. The massive IP surveillance installation began in August and will continue into the coming year. The goal of the project is to increase security in public schools in a cost-effective manner.

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December 3, 2009

Park Central is a 550,440-square-foot complex located in the heart of Denver's downtown business district. The building contains everything from a bank and ATM machines, to a fitness room, restaurant, and a media center. In order to provide effective security for the complex, a video surveillance system incorporating both IP cameras and analog CCTV cameras was recently installed. The surveillance solution features ACTi megapixel IP cameras along with analog cameras all running to a NUUO Hybrid NDVR server.

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December 1, 2009

ACTi has released updated firmware for its ACD multi-channel video servers and H.264 products. The firmware (version A1D-310-V4.06.09-AC) supports all ACTi IP cameras and video servers in the H.264 platform.

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November 25, 2009

The Metro Area Transit (MAT) system in Omaha, Nebraska is not only getting a new fleet of buses this year, but also a full set of surveillance cameras for each vehicle. Five strategically placed security cameras will be installed in each bus to provide comprehensive monitoring.

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November 23, 2009

This month marks the ten-year anniversary of AL Bank's transition from analog to IP-based video surveillance. Ten years ago the Denmark bank, which has 66 branches and about 1000 employees, switched to a network surveillance solution using open-platform IP video management software from Milestone Systems. Today, the bank continues to use Milestone software to manage a mix of 650 security cameras providing increased safety for customers, employees, and of course assets throughout its many locations.

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November 20, 2009

Bosch has released a new IP camera built to capture clear and detailed video images in difficult nighttime conditions. The Bosch ZX55 features a 9 to 90mm varifocal infrared-corrected lens for flexible video surveillance installations. Using Bosch's proprietary Black Diamond infrared technology, the camera delivers low-noise nighttime imaging up to 300 meters. This allows the ZX55 to provide outstanding long-range detail even after darkness falls.

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November 18, 2009

Excelsior Academy, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, is using Axis 216 FD fixed dome network cameras to increase security in each of its five schools and colleges. The academy was facing a serious problem with vandalism, and hopes that the new IP cameras will help to deter such activity, while also creating a safer environment overall.

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November 17, 2009

It wasn't difficult for OnSSI to put on a software demonstration at the recent 2009 ASIS International conference in Anaheim. That's because the Anaheim Convention Center, which hosted the event, is already using the OnSSI Ocularis DS IP video management platform to manage its large-scale video surveillance network.

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November 16, 2009

QNAP has unveiled a new mobile surveillance application for its VioStor NVR network surveillance systems. It's called VSMobile, and when installed on a Windows PDA phone, it provides users with the ability to monitor network cameras while on the move.

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November 13, 2009

Anyone whose ever attended a college football knows that emotions can run high, both on the field and in the stands. While the players are trained to rough each other up, the fans are expected to express their feeling via clapping and well-timed comedic heckles. Any acts of violence in the bleachers are of course uncalled for. Unfortunately, these things happen. The combination of alcohol and manic fanaticism does lead to the occasional fight and confrontation. So what can stadium security crews do to prevent such outbursts? Some are turning to high-tech video surveillance systems.

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November 12, 2009

We've added two new megapixel IP cameras from Vivotek to the VideoSurveillance.com online store. The Vivotek IP7361 and FD7160 both come equipped with a 2 megapixel CMOS sensor for extremely clear and detailed images. The Vivotek IP7361 is a network bullet camera designed for outdoor use, while the Vivotek FD7160 is a compact fixed dome camera that's especially ideal for tough applications such as video surveillance in transportation vehicles.

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November 10, 2009

Milestone has released the XProtect Device Pack 4.5, which offers support for new devices, and updated support for existing devices on XProtect video management systems. The Device Pack 4.5 is valid for XProtect Basis, Basis +, Professional, Enterprise, Matrix, and XProtect Corporate software platforms.

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November 9, 2009

Oregon's Canby School District has deployed a new IP-based surveillance network supporting 48 IP cameras from JVC. The system features a combination of fixed mini-dome cameras and box cameras monitoring nine facility sites, including six elementary schools, a middle school, high school, and the district business office. All of the cameras are triggered by motion detection, and record to JVC network video recorders.

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November 4, 2009

If you watch television on Thursday nights, odds are you caught this remarkable scene from last week's episode of The Office:

Once you're done guffawing and knee-slapping, let's take a closer look at this surveillance setup. What we have here is a standard PTZ camera on patrol (or tour) mode, monitoring a koi pond in the lobby of a large office building. The koi pond might be unique, but the use of video surveillance isn't.

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November 2, 2009

Arecont Vision recently unveiled a new lineup of IP network cameras featuring Megaflash technology in 1.3, 2, 3 or 5 megapixel formats. These compact IP cameras are designed to capture detailed images with megapixel resolution, and come equipped with a high-speed shutter that's synchronized with an external strobe light for extremely effective license plate recognition. They're ideal for intelligent transportation system applications, and can capture clear images of vehicles moving up to 100 miles per hour.

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October 30, 2009

A new partnership between ACTi and iOmniscient aims to provide system integrators with comprehensive solutions for intelligent IP surveillance. The end-to-end solutions will incorporate video analytics from iOmniscient with ACTi's lineup of high-performance IP cameras.

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October 28, 2009

JVC is partnering up with Optex to market an IP Perimeter Protection Solution featuring JVC's V.Networks PTZ IP cameras in combination with the new REDWALL REDSCAN RLS-3060 synthesized intelligent PIR detection system. The pairing is designed to provide a powerful solution for intruder detection and prevention.

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October 26, 2009

D-Link has announced a new family of network video recorders designed to offer improved performance and ease-of-use when managing IP surveillance cameras. Both NVRs come bundled with sophisticated tools for video management and camera recording, while offering remote access via the internet. The lower-cost D-Link DNS-722-4 2-Bay NVR Basic supports D-Link network cameras exclusively, while the D-Link DNS-726-4 2-Bay NVR Pro is compatible with D-Link IP cameras as well as third party surveillance cameras.

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October 21, 2009

Axis Communications will be supplying IP network cameras for a new video surveillance system monitoring Sydney's Waratah train fleet. This is a huge installation, expected to feature about 7,000 Axis network cameras. The first phase of the project will begin in Fall 2009. Axis 209MFD-R network cameras will be installed in each train. The 209MFD-R is specifically designed for use in mass transit vehicles. It has a flat discreet design, and is built to resist vibrations, dust, temperature fluctuations, and tampering.

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October 20, 2009

The British International School in Cairo (BISC) has chosen ACTi IP cameras for its new school surveillance installation. The video security systems features 44 ACTi ACM-5711 box cameras and 4 outdoor ACTi CAM-6630 speed dome cameras all managed by ACTi NVR Enterprise IP video software. The cameras were installed at key locations througout the school to increase the overall level of security for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

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October 15, 2009

Milestone Systems and ioimage have announced a technology partnership in which ioimage intelligent network cameras and video servers will now be supported by Milestone's XProtect video management platform. The pairing gives users unique IP surveillance capabilities for applications of all sizes.

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October 13, 2009

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has installed an IP video solution from OnSSI to manage a large-scale surveillance network monitoring multiple sites. The IP surveillance system provides video security for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center, and the Boston Common Garage. It uses a suite of OnSSI IP video products built around the NetDVMS enterprise-level video management system.

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October 9, 2009

We often hear of construction sites using surveillance cameras to increase security in a work zone, prevent theft, keep intruders out, that sort of thing. In the case of a new development project at the University of Bedfordshire, the cameras are also providing students and staff the ability to follow the progress as a new student center and residence hall take shape. The University now has two Mobotix network cameras monitoring the project. Time-lapse footage will be taken automatically over the course of 18 months, then put together in a film showing the demolition and construction involved in the redevelopment project. In the meantime, students and staff can check in on the site in real time.

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October 8, 2009

At last month's ASIS tradeshow in Anaheim, it was announced that Security Products Magazine had named the QNAP VioStor VS-8040 network video recorder as its "New Product of the Year." The award recognizes outstanding product development achievements by security manufacturers whose products have the ability to improve workplace security.

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October 7, 2009

Bosh has released new versions of its Video Recording Manager (VRM) and VIDOS Professional Software Suite. Both software solutions now support video streams using cutting-edge H.264 technology. H.264 compression significantly reduces video files sizes, allowing users to stream and record higher quality video images while using less bandwidth and storage space than with previous compression technologies.

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October 5, 2009

Portugal's massive Palacio Do Gelo shopping complex is now being monitored by an IP-based surveillance system featuring 200 Sony network cameras. All in all, the shopping facility includes hundreds of shops and restaurants, a theater, and a supermarket. That's a lot of ground to cover. The Sony network cameras are part of an integrated solution that combines video surveillance, digital signage, and a public address system, all operating along the same IP infrastructure.

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October 1, 2009

Last week at the ASIS trade show, it was announced that the VideoIQ iCVR line of intelligent IP cameras is now supported by Milestone XProtect video management software. This integration provides users with a seamless solution for proactive surveillance using advanced video analytics. The VideoIQ's iCVR camera is an innovative network camera that features a built-in DVR and integrated video management. The camera and iCVR encoders will now work with Milestone XProtect Enterpise software and version 2.0 of XProtect Corporate.

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September 30, 2009

ASIS International announced that OnSSI's Ocularis video management software has been chosen as one of 10 winners in the 2009 ASIS Accolades competition. The software was recognized for its innovation in managing physical security information. More than 130 entries were evaluated by a panel of end users and security experts before the top 10 winners were selected.

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September 28, 2009

Last week at the ASIS 2009 trade show in Anaheim, Arecont Vision rolled out its latest day/night megapixel camera, the AV3135. This dual-sensor IP camera is designed to capture high-resolution video images while providing outstanding low-light sensitivity. In order to capture the highest quality footage both day and night, the Arecont Vision AV3135 features two 1/2" CMOS sensors, a 3 megapixel color sensor, and a separate 1.3 megapixel black and white senor for darker conditions. The black and white sensor has larger individual pixels to provide higher sensitivity in low light. It's also infrared sensitive, which makes the AV3135 suitable for use in completely dark situations.

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September 25, 2009

Sony is adding a pair of high definition network cameras to its catalog of surveillance products. The Sony SNC-CH140 is a fixed camera, while the Sony SNC-DH140 is a mini dome camera designed for applications requiring discreet surveillance. Both models incorporate the company's new high-speed Exmor CMOS image sensor which enhances image quality and offers wide dynamic capabilities for optimal performance in difficult lighting conditions.

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September 24, 2009

Cisco has announced a partnership with security systems specialist Pelco that will result in the development of a new high-definition IP camera line. The co-branded cameras will combine Pelco's imaging expertise with Cisco's leadership in IP networking. They'll be built on Pelco's Sarix technology platform and sold through Cisco Authorized Technology Providers.

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September 23, 2009

Milestone Systems is on hand at ASIS International, showing off a sampling of video-enabled integrations from the company's many solution partners. Milestone is an industry leader in developing open-platform IP video software solutions that aim to drive the convergence of video surveillance and IP-based management systems. At ASIS, the company has set up a Milestone Solution Center which gives attendees a chance to experience multiple application integrations all in one location.

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September 22, 2009

Arecont Vision is releasing a new high-resolution network camera that uses "MegaVideo" technology. What does that mean? Basically that the new Arecont Vision AV10005 IP camera can stream in multi-megapixel resolution (in this case 3,648 x 2,752 pixels) at up to 5 frames per second using H.264 or MJPEG compression. This is a 10 megapixel network camera that allows users to capture extremely detailed video images at reduced file sizes in order to make the most of available storage space and bandwidth.

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September 22, 2009

Our coverage from ASIS International continues with the latest news out of the TimeSight Systems camp. Today, TimeSight Systems announced a next-generation appliance platform for its intelligent surveillance NVRs. The platform has a fifty percent increase in throughput compared to the previous generation, and it allows for a single appliance to support hundreds of VGA-resolution surveillance cameras. TimeSight Systems' NVRs offer video lifecycle management (VLM) capability, and are geared towards surveillance applications requiring high-resolution video and longer retention times. VLM is the practice of reducing the file sizes of archived video over time as the older video footage becomes less relevant.

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September 22, 2009

The stream of new product announcements at ASIS 2009 continues to flow steadily. Today ioimage revealed the all-in-one ioicam sc1dn, an entry-level IP security camera that boasts high-performance video analytics. This is ioimage's stab at making intelligent surveillance more affordable to the end user.

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September 21, 2009

Today at ASIS International 2009, Axis introduced its latest PTZ network camera. The Axis P5534 offers fast and accurate pan/tilt/zoom functionality with 18x zoom for indoor surveillance applications. One of the camera's key assets is its ability to deliver HDTV-quality video, a high level of image quality that Axis first introduced to its line of fixed network cameras and is now adding to its PTZ offerings. The Axis P5534 also features an IP51-rated housing that guards against dust and dripping water. This makes the P5334 perfectly suited for use in locations such as airports, warehouses, train stations, shops and schools.

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September 17, 2009

Residents in Medina, Washington are feeling safe and secure with the help of a new city surveillance system that features security cameras placed at busy intersections. The cameras use automatic license plate recognition as a way to weed out felons. The ultimate goal is to discourage criminal activity.

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September 14, 2009

Panasonic has added four new IP cameras to its selection of low-cost video surveillance solutions for homes and small businesses. The Panasonic BB-HCM735, BB-HCM701, BB-HCM705, and Panasonic BB-HCM715 use advanced video processing to deliver crisp natural video images, and offer efficient streaming with leading-edge H.264 video compression. Each camera supports remote viewing via PC or cell phone so homeowners and small business owners can keep tabs on their property while away or on the move.

Other key highlights of the new fleet of Panasonic network cameras include a compact and discreet design, improved image quality and zooming capabilities, and a high-sensitivity mode that enhances images in low-light settings. Each camera also comes bundled with 16-channel video management software.

The Panasonic BB-HCM735 is a splash-resistant IP camera designed for outdoor use. The BB-HCM701 and BB-HCM705 are indoor models featuring a compact dome and tough polycarbonate body, while the Panasonic BB-HCM715 offers 10 preset camera positions and two-way audio.

VideoSurveillance.com features a broad selection of IP cameras for small business environments, from vandal-proof domes to sophisticated bullet cameras. Shop our pre-configured business security systems here.

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September 11, 2009

Bosch has introduced the NBC-255-P as the first offering in its new 200 Series of all-in-one IP cameras. The Bosch NBC-255-P is a compact IP camera that operates as a complete network surveillance solution, with no additional equipment required. It's designed to make surveillance of small businesses and property easy and affordable. As a stand-alone system, the camera can capture and record several days' worth of footage to an onboard Secure Digital (SD) flash memory card. The camera can also transmit video footage over the network for remote viewing and recording.

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September 9, 2009

With an expected increase in rail cargo container volume flowing through marine terminals, the Virginia Port Authority recently pushed for a video surveillance upgrade. Virginia International Terminals, which operates the terminals owned by the Authority, chose an IP surveillance solution featuring Axis network cameras to help monitor the cargo containers as they move to and from the rail yard. The new system not only enhances security, it also streamlines port operations.

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September 8, 2009

The University of Texas recently installed IP cameras from D-Link to provide video security for the school's new Health Science Center. The surveillance cameras allow operators to see who's entering and leaving the high-security facility, and work to provide effective access control. The system is also used for monitoring and recording activities within the data center, for reviewing any reported incidents, and for monitoring what tasks are being performed throughout the day.

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September 1, 2009

QNAP Security has announced the latest version of embedded firmware for its VioStar line of NVRs. The new 3.1.0 firmware will be offered for free to existing VioStar users. It offers a number of important new features designed to enhance the reliability and usability of QNAP VioStar network video recorders. Highlights include intelligent video analytics, generic IP camera integration, and digital watermarking.

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August 31, 2009

ACTi has just released a couple new mini-dome network camera models built for unobtrusive surveillance in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. The ACTi ACM-3601 and ACTi ACM-3701 are compact fixed dome cameras, each featuring a vibration-proof, vandal-resistant design that makes them ideal for use in transportation vehicles, industrial locations, hotels, and other exposed areas where video security is critical. Both cameras are also weatherproof, with an IP66-rated housing to protect against dust and moisture.

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August 28, 2009

We're pleased to announce a new batch of Axis network cameras now available at the VideoSurveillance.com online store. The new Axis IP cameras boast many of the latest technological advancements in the surveillance world, including H.264 video compression, HDTV resolution, fast pan/tilt/zoom functionality, and much more. Camera models include the Axis Q6032-E, Axis P3343, and the Axis P3344.

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August 26, 2009

QNAP Security has added some new product offerings to its lineup of high-performance network video recorders. The QNAP VS-4016U-RP, VS-8024U-RP, and VS-8032U-RP rack-mounted NVR are designed for high-resolution video recording, mass storage capacity, and real-time monitoring. Each NVR supports M-JPEG, MPEG-4, MxPEG, and H.264 video compression, and offers compatibility with over 300 IP network camera models from a lengthy list of top brands.

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August 24, 2009

Milestone Systems has revealed the latest edition of its XProtect Enterprise IP video management software platform. XProtect Enterprise 7.0 offers a new administration interface and a host of tools that allow for faster deployments, intuitive surveillance operations, and easier maintenance. The software is designed to handle an unlimited number of cameras, servers, users, and sites.

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August 20, 2009

The River Vale Police Department in New Jersey recently installed a digital surveillance solution from JVC Professional Products. The new IP surveillance system replaces an outdated analog system with a mix of indoor and outdoor cameras watching over any areas at the police station where officers and visitors are including entrances, the dispatch center, the jail, and the parking lot.

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August 18, 2009

Axis network cameras are being used to provide video surveillance for six casinos owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the third largest tribe in the United States. Choctaw casinos replaced their system of analog cameras and monitors and installed over 1,000 Axis PTZ and fixed network cameras to provide high quality IP video surveillance.

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August 13, 2009

This week D-Link introduced two feature-rich IP network cameras designed for professional video surveillance applications. The D-Link DCS-3110 and DCS-6110 are versatile IP cameras well-suited for remote and local monitoring of everything from businesses and industrial sites to office buildings and schools.

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August 11, 2009

Vivotek is rolling out a new high-performance network camera offering day/night functionality and H.264 video compression. The Vivotek IP8161 is designed for surveillance applications requiring continuous video monitoring around the clock. The camera features an automatic day/night function and an IR cut filter to capture clear video even in dark conditions.

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August 10, 2009

The Gran Casino in Chile has upgraded its IP video surveillance system with the addition of the NUUO central management system. The visual security system is used in high-priority areas of the casino including the gaming space, cash registers, parking lots, and hotel areas.

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August 5, 2009

Stafford General Hospital, located in Birmingham England, has updated its video surveillance system from an analog CCTV setup to an IP-based solution. The new system features a combination of Axis IP network cameras and video servers, along with networking equipment from Cisco. For this large-scale surveillance system, the switch to IP greatly reduces installation costs while also providing a number of key benefits.

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August 3, 2009

LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, N.Y., is using intelligent network cameras from Sony to drastically improve its video security system. The Sony IP cameras are mounted throughout the campus and will aid in remote video monitoring of building corridors, streets, and parking lots. As part of the surveillance upgrade, most of the school's 200 existing analog security cameras have been replaced with a mix of Sony IP network cameras, including the Sony SNC-DF85N and the Sony SNC-DF80N intelligent mini-dome cameras.

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July 22, 2009

While used primarily on land, Mobotix cameras are now taking to the seas. In a new partnership, Mobotix will be providing cameras for a man sailing around the world twice. His project is called sail2Horizons. The network cameras will record images and video on board the sailboat at specific times. They will also capture footage as needed with event triggers.

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July 21, 2009

All bases are covered for the French Cheese Museum when they implemented their video security system using ACTi megapixel surveillance. Security officials started to feel the need for a security system as the crime rate started to rise. They needed video surveillance that would be powerful and robust enough to withstand use in this frequently visited museum.

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July 20, 2009

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are turning to video surveillance systems in police cars for increased security. The market for mobile video surveillance equipment for patrol cars is forecasted to grow at an average of 6.5 percent per year according to new reports. Already, over 40 percent of the 450,000 police cars in the U.S. already have digital video surveillance.

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July 17, 2009

Exacq Technologies has released a new hybrid video recording server that supports both analog and IP cameras. The exacqVision EL is a low-cost stand-alone surveillance system that allows users to utilize their existing analog surveillance infrastructure while incorporating new IP network cameras. In this way, it's a true hybrid surveillance solution.

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July 14, 2009

With high-profile clients like celebrities, politicians and even royalty, security is a top priority for the Hyde Park Dorchester Hotel in London. Security staff has outfitted the hotel with a future-proof system with Milestone XProtect Enterprise IP video management software at its heart. ACTi video encoders digitize data from already existing analog cameras and Axis network cameras have been installed in the spa of the hotel, the only area operating with purely IP network technology.

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July 13, 2009

Samsung has launched a new network dome camera designed for use in demanding outdoor surveillance locations. The Samsung SND-460V features a die-cast aluminum body and a polycarbonate dome built to withstand any acts of tampering and vandalism. The camera's housing is also weatherproof, with an IP66 rating for use in difficult outdoor environments.

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July 10, 2009

Even wild animals need video surveillance security. South Africa’s Kruger National Park has just installed a new video system using Milestone Systems IP video management software and Axis network cameras. About 2 million tourists a day visit the 7,000 square mile park, and the animals within the borders are at risk from poachers and vehicles driving in the area.

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July 9, 2009

Taxi cabs and buses, with their ever revolving door of customers, are often places where extra security is needed. The Vivotek FD7130 network camera provides added safety measures for rugged vehicular applications. The flat and compact dome FD7130 network camera is a complete mobile surveillance solution helping to deter violence, prevent robberies, and protect passengers and drivers.

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July 8, 2009

The city of Bryan, Texas is the latest in a long list of cities turning to video surveillance as a way to increase security in public places. In Bryan, work is complete on the first phase of large-scale video surveillance installation designed to keep tabs on the city's recently revitalized downtown. The newly installed security cameras aim to create a safer overall environment for citizens, and to protect public property and facilities.

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July 7, 2009

Vivotek has just announced the release of their new website featuring their line of megapixel network cameras. Along with specific product information, Vivotek's megapixel website also offers resources and tools to help understand the benefits of megapixel surveillance and its potential applications.

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July 6, 2009

New York City's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex is using high resolution IP network cameras from Mobotix to help monitor the valuable music memorabilia exhibited at the museum. The Hall of Fame was opened in November 2008 as an add-on to the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and features 25,000 square feet of rock and roll artifacts.

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July 2, 2009

Vivotek has announced a new, high-performance speed dome network camera that's loaded with features. The Vivotek SD7313 is designed for wide-area surveillance in outdoor locations. It comes equipped with 35x optical zoom, wide dynamic range, day/night functionality, fast and accurate PTZ control, and a weather-proof IP66-rated housing.

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July 1, 2009

The Wintek corporation, a Taiwan-based LCD manufacturer, is using Vivotek network cameras for a challenging, large-scale surveillance installation in its spacious production plant. The goal of the system is to solve security problems while improving management efficiency. The IP surveillance system features 48 Vivotek IP7138 megapixel network cameras, 16 Vivotek FD7131 IP cameras with PIR sensors, and 13 Vivotek IP7151 IP cameras in outdoor enclosures.

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June 30, 2009

Mississippi's Pass Christian School District is using Axis network cameras to enhance the safety of students and faculty in the public school district. Security is a top priority at Pass Christian. In 2005, 85 percent of the district was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Four years later many of the students are still living in temporary housing or in damaged or temporary structures. The school district includes two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school, serving a total of about 1,500 students.

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June 26, 2009

A complete IP video solution from IndigoVision was deployed at the recent Copa Telmex 2009 Tennis Tournament in Buenos Aires, providing a high level of video security for spectators, workers, and the athletes themselves. The tournament takes place at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club which has a 5,500-person capacity. The IndigoVision IP surveillance system provided a great deal of flexibility, along with clear video footage for analyzing suspicious incidents.

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June 25, 2009

Video surveillance is more important than ever, especially in light of the results of the National Retail Security Survey released this week. According to the survey which showed preliminary results from 2008, the rate of retail theft has increased for the first time in six years. The lowest rate was reported in 2007 at 1.44 percent of retail sales, 2008 saw the number increase to 1.52 percent, a $36.5 billion loss.

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June 24, 2009

The Montgomery County Public School system in Maryland features over 200 schools, 138,000 students, and 21,000 employees. That's one large school system. Recently they decided to increase the video security in their schools by installing an IP-based surveillance solution featuring IQeye network cameras. Previously, each school was equipped with an analog system featuring 16-32 cameras running to a VCR. The new system is a serious upgrade. It allows remote monitoring and recording, and works as part of an integrated security solution featuring video surveillance, access control, visitor management, and alarm monitoring all on a common platform.

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June 19, 2009

Fresh off the heels of its first breakthrough hemispheric IP camera, the Q22M, Mobotix has upped the ante once again with a new and improved Q24M model. Like its predecessor, the Mobotix Q24M includes a unique integrated distortion feature which allows for clear and accurate panoramic images. This eliminates the bending and distortion of images you often find with panoramic or wide-angle cameras. The camera captures high-resolution video images with a 180-degree field of view, perfect for detailed wide-area surveillance.

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June 17, 2009

Oscar Cerami, an Italian retailer specializing in ceramics and pottery, has unique needs in terms of video surveillance. The main concern for this chain of stores is having enough image detail to closely monitor very small objects. To meet this requirement, Oscar Cerami chose an IP surveillance solution that incorporates ACTi megapixel network cameras.

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June 16, 2009

QNAP Security is rolling out two new NVR network surveillance systems. The QNAP VioStor-8040-RP is a high-performance network video recorder featuring an 8-bay chassis, while the QNAP VioStor-8040 NVR comes in the form of an 8-bay tower. Each NVR supports over 24 IP camera brands and 300 different IP camera models from leading manufacturers such as Axis, ACTi, Arecont Vision, Canon, IQeye, and Vivotek. They provide 40-channel recording and 16TB storage capacity with 8 hot-swappable hard drive bays.

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June 12, 2009

Sony network cameras are helping to increase video security for multiple forms of public transit in Barcelona. Transports Metropolitan de Barcelona, a public company that manages the bus network, metro line, and other transportation options throughout the city, recently upgraded the video surveillance installation at its Horta bus depot from analog to an IP-based system. The new video security solution incorporates Sony SNC-RZ30P network cameras and Sony RealShot Manager IP video software.

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June 10, 2009

Chicago's Navy Pier is the welcome recipient of a new, highly-advanced network video monitoring system that features IP video equipment from Axis and IBM. The IBM-helmed project greatly increases video security at the pier and allows for easy integration with existing security systems and safety resources. The Navy Pier complex, considered the most popular leisure and tourist destination in the Midwest, hosts over 8 million guests every year. With the IBM video monitoring solution, visitors to the Pier can feel safe knowing the waterway is well-protected.

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June 9, 2009

Popular Swedish retailer Lidl is in the process of upgrading the video security systems in its stores from analog to IP-based surveillance. The new video security systems feature network cameras from Axis Communications. Each store will have 18-20 IP cameras monitoring entrances and exits, cash areas, shop surfaces, and restricted areas where customers don't have access. Lidl chose the Axis 209FD Network Camera and the Axis 221 Day & Night Network Camera for the video surveillance upgrade. Each network camera supports Power over Ethernet and connects seamlessly into Lidl's existing IT infrastructure.

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June 8, 2009

Cisco has added a new IP camera to its growing lineup of network video products. As its name suggests, the Cisco Small Business PVC300 Pan Tilt Optical Zoom Internet Camera is geared towards small business owners in need of a flexible video security solution. This feature-rich network camera offers full pan/tilt/zoom control. Users can access the camera and even control its PTZ functions remotely via the internet.

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June 4, 2009

Co.op Mart is a popular supermarket chain based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The supermarket was looking for a video surveillance upgrade that would enhance security levels against shoplifting and robberies, while also allowing for centralized management and remote monitoring. By installing a network-based solution that uses Vivotek IP cameras, Co.op Mart was able meet these surveillance requirements, utilizing the network cameras for a variety of applications from security to researching customer behavior trends.

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June 2, 2009

Last year, members of Denmark's Hojstrup Housing Association decided the time had come to crack down on theft and vandalism. Sadly, such acts were a common problem throughout the housing area, often resulting in hefty repair costs. In an effort to cut down on these problems, and to create a safer environment overall, the association voted to move forward with an IP-based video surveillance project that would incorporate network cameras and Milestone XProtect Enterprise video management software. Today, 120 IP cameras monitor the properties, while authorized users can access both live and recorded footage from remote locations.

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June 1, 2009

International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new market research study entitled "Monitoring the Network Surveillance Market Chain." The study claims that the revenue stream from IP network cameras will increase from $9.3 million in 2007 to $26.5 million in 2013. That's almost a 300 percent growth rate.

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May 29, 2009

QNAP Security just announced a pair of new high-performance network video recorders offering real-time monitoring, large storage capacity, and diverse recording features. Both the QNAP VioStor-2012 and the QNAP VioSotr-2008 are 2-bay, Intel Atom-based, hot-swappable network surveillance systems. These standalone NVRs offer support for cutting-edge surveillance technologies such as megapixel recording and H.264 video compression. And the work with most popular network camera brands, including Axis, ACTi, Arecont Vision, IQeye, Mobotix, Sony, Vivotek, and many more.

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May 28, 2009

John Bauer, an upper secondary school with 28 campuses throughout Sweden, has chosen ACTi network cameras for its school surveillance needs. Each campus surveillance system will utilize ACTi CAM-7411 megapixel IP cameras managed by Ethiris IP video software. The ACTi CAM-7411 network cameras offer megapixel resolution for detailed wide-area surveillance. They're also vandal-resistant with a rugged dome casing.

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May 26, 2009

Seems like we're introducing a new Axis IP camera every week, and it looks like the company's hard work is paying off. Earlier this month, Axis reeled in the 2009 Grand Award of Design for its ever-growing portfolio of network video products. The prize is awarded each year to Swedish companies that demonstrate a high level of commercial success with integrated and consistent design work. Dishing out the award is the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, in conjunction with the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation and the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.

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May 21, 2009

Here's a delicious example of IP surveillance direct from Naples, Italy. A family-owned pizza place called La Focaccia has installed a new IP-based surveillance system featuring ACTi network cameras. The cameras help to monitor the large crowds that gather in the shop each day to savor La Focaccia's tasty pizza pie. With a school located close by, the restaurant serves upwards of 1000 people each day. With the ACTi IP surveillance solution, the shop owner can now capture clear video of every customer who enters in case there's an incident. The cameras prove especially useful in deterring illegal acts such as theft and robberies, and also help to protect the restaurant after business hours.

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May 20, 2009

VideoIQ received some critical acclaim recently for its Video iCVR intelligent IP camera. The camera was selected for the AlwaysOn East 100 List, an award handed out each year to emerging technology companies pushing innovation in high-growth markets. AlwaysOn recognized the VideoIQ iCVR network camera for taking intelligent IP video surveillance in a new direction. The camera features a built-in DVR which allows for proactive security protection with dynamic, real-time video analytics.

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May 18, 2009

Port Louis, the capitol and primary port of Mauritius, has installed a new video surveillance system using IP video equipment from IndigoVision. The harbor-wide surveillance system is extremely flexible and fully scalable. With this new IP-based solution, operators from multiple agencies can monitor their own operations within the port. A central control room and several sub-control rooms have been set up to allow the Mauritius Police Force, the National Coast Guard, Customs and the Maritius Port Authority to access live and recorded video footage from each of the IP network cameras installed in and around the port facilities.

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May 15, 2009

The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kuching, Malaysia recently installed 139 Arecont Vision megapixel network cameras to provide crystal clear video images for live monitoring and incident analysis. Because the cameras offer exceptionally high resolution, operators can zoom in on the details of both live and archived video images for identification purposes.

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May 14, 2009

Axis just announced yet another batch of new cameras. The Axis P13 Network Camera Series consists of fixed day and night IP cameras offering outstanding image quality with HDTV resolution and H.264 video compression. The cameras feature precise iris control for proper exposure in both indoor and outdoor locations. Axis P13 network cameras are well-suited for monitoring locations such as educational facilities, government buildings, airports, train stations, and subways.

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May 11, 2009

Axis Communications continues to add to its line of IP network cameras featuring H.264 compression technology. The Axis Q6032-E is the latest release. This high-performance PTZ dome camera is outdoor-ready, and ideal for demanding surveillance locations such as airport, seaports, and city and perimeter surveillance. Like most new Axis cameras, the Q6032-E utilizes H.264 video compression, a fairly recent compression technology that significantly reduces video file size without compromising image quality. This helps to optimize network bandwidth and storage space, and is especially beneficial when dealing with high-resolution video.

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May 7, 2009

The city of Newport News, VA. (yes that's the name of the town, not the local paper), is moving forward with plans to implement a city-wide video surveillance system utilizing IP network cameras from Sony. The decision was made after an IP camera pilot program at a local-area high school proved successful. The new surveillance system will feature over 850 Sony IP cameras monitoring all public facilities throughout the city.

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May 6, 2009

Milestone Systems just announced the release of the XProtect Software Development Kit (SDK) version 3.3, further positioning itself as a leader in open-platform IP video management. The Software Development Kit is used by authorized and certified Milestone partners to create integrated solutions that incorporate IP video into a wide range of network-based security and business systems. The SDK is also used internally by Milestone to develop integrated surveillance solutions for retail loss prevention, centralized surveillance, and matrix solutions.

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May 4, 2009

Tampa Bay Downs, the self-proclaimed "only thoroughbred racetrack on Florida's west coast," recently had to upgrade it video surveillance system in order to meet new Florida regulations for electronic surveillance in gaming facilities. The key to the upgrade was transitioning from an analog solution to an IP-based digital system to monitor the facility's 30-table Silks Poker Room. Previously, the analog CCTV cameras in the poker room transmitted footage to digital video recorders (DVRs), but the system only provided moderate resolution and offered very little in the way of scalability or upgrade potential. Now the cameras are connected to Axis video encoders which convert the video footage to digital, enabling easy integration with an IP network solution.

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April 30, 2009

The arrival of H.264 video compression is helping lay to rest any remaining concerns of those who still cling to the idea that analog CCTV systems compare favorably to their new IP-based counterparts. A typical worry amongst analog purists is the cost of network video storage and bandwidth. With H.264, those thoughts are quickly squelched. H.264 significantly reduces storage and bandwidth costs compared to previous compression technologies, making it even easier to capture and save the highest quality video footage without bogging down your network. That's the big key for H.264 compression: it provides high-quality video at a much lower bit rate so you can get the absolute most out of those high-resolution network cameras.

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April 29, 2009

Smart IP cameras from IQinVision will be used along with Milestone IP video management software to monitor all branches of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California. IQinVision recently announced the bank surveillance project which will be a significant upgrade over the F&M Bank's old video security setup. The new system will primarily utilize IQeye511 network cameras to monitor lobbies, teller windows, and ATMs.

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April 28, 2009

The Deer Park Independent School District, located 20 miles south of Houston, is in the midst of installing over 700 network cameras to monitor 16 of its elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. The district chose to use a combination of fixed, fixed dome, and PTZ network cameras from Axis Communications. Most of the cameras are installed in school hallway interiors, some exterior locations, and also in several support buildings. The main goals of the IP surveillance system are to increase the level of safety for students and staff, and to provide better access control for school facilities.

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April 27, 2009

Dragao Stadium, home to Portugal's FC Porto football club (some of you might call it soccer), has decided to implement a new IP-based surveillance system to enhance stadium security for staff and visitors. The stadium has a capacity of 51,000 seats and has been known to host some pretty large-scale events, including the 2004 European Football Championships. The system features a large network of Sony IP cameras which provide 24-hour surveillance inside and outside the stadium.

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April 23, 2009

The Carcassonne airport, located in Cathar country in the south of France, has installed a new video surveillance system featuring Axis network cameras to help ensure passenger safety. The airport serves 8 regular low-cost airlines and is also open to international traffic. The influx of passengers coming through the airport is growing each year. That along with new safety regulations imposed by the French Civil Aviation authorities made the decision to upgrade to an IP-based video surveillance system an easy one to make.

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April 21, 2009

Honeywell is expanding its portfolio of IP video products with new offerings that include high-performance megapixel network cameras, DVRs, and an intelligent video management system. The expanded product line gives users the ability to integrate cutting-edge technology such as video analytics, megapixel resolution, and intelligent surveillance into their existing analog systems or into completely IP-based video surveillance solutions.

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April 20, 2009

The city of Pendleton, an Oregon town well known for its rodeo and cowboys, is set to install a new system of security cameras that will allow Police to monitor for dangerous activity. The system will include 10 wireless surveillance cameras that can be placed on any of the city's 40-foot utility poles. This flexibility allows police to move the cameras to different locations as needed.

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April 17, 2009

Dare County School District in North Carolina's Outer Banks has upgraded its existing video surveillance solution to now include network cameras and other IP video equipment from Axis Communications. The move was spurred by a series of break-ins at one of the secondary schools, and repeated thefts and acts of vandalism at several others. The district already had analog CCTV cameras in place but wanted to move to a digital IP-based system to take advantage of benefits such as remote video monitoring and digital storage.

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April 15, 2009

The JVC V.Networks line of IP camera products has been reeling in the awards this year. The latest product to receive accolades is the JVC VN-V686WPBU which recently brought home a 2009 Frost & Sullivan Video Surveillance Product Innovation of the Year Award. Recognized for its inventive features, the JVC VN-V686WPBU is one of the first PTZ network cameras to offer Power over Ethernet (PoE). Other notable features include 36x optical zoom, an IP66-rated outdoor housing that guards against weather and dust, a silent direct drive motor, and dual MPEG-4/Motion JPEG streaming.

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April 14, 2009

Axis is set to release a new, ultra-discreet IP camera designed specifically for recessed mounting in drop ceilings. The Axis M3014 is a fixed dome network camera measuring just 3.6 inches in diameter. And it only sticks out 1.1 inches from the ceiling. This makes the M3014 ideal for unobtrusive surveillance in a wide range of indoor locations such as lobbies, hallways, entryways, conference rooms, and more. Axis is even offering an assortment of cover rings in different color options to allow the camera to blend into a building's interior design scheme.

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April 13, 2009

It's always nice when we see real-life success stories of home surveillance cameras proving their worth. Last week the internet was abuzz with the story of Jeanne Thomas, a Fort Lauderdale woman who was sitting at her desk at work when she got to witness her home being robbed live online. What a shock that must have been! Thankfully, Thomas was able to use her newly-installed remote video monitoring system to help police nab the thieves right there on the spot.

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April 10, 2009

One of the new products Axis revealed at the ISC West conference was the Q7404 video encoder. Designed to help users transition from analog CCTV to IP video surveillance, the Axis Q7404 is a four-channel video encoder that offers H.264 video compression. With H.264 you can stream high-quality video while significantly reducing bandwidth and storage usage. The savings are sizeable when compared to other compression technologies.

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April 8, 2009

Bosch Security Systems has added a new PTZ camera to its product line. The Bosch AutoDome Easy IP is a compact and affordable indoor pan/tilt/zoom camera that aims to bridge the gap between fixed minidomes and traditional PTZ cameras. The camera's compact size makes it ideal for discrete surveillance applications. It's about half the size of a traditional PTZ camera, and it's also smaller than most minidomes. When you factor in the camera's pan/tilt/zoom functionality, that's a pretty impressive little package. Because of its PTZ capabilities, a single Bosch AutoDome Easy IP camera can monitor wide areas that would normally require multiple fixed minidomes.

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April 6, 2009

IP video technology has enabled schools of all shapes and sizes to increase their overall level of security with scalable, cost-effective surveillance installations. Recently, the Louisiana School for the Deaf was in need of a new video security solution, and opted to choose a system incorporating ACTi network cameras and milestone video management software. The IP-based surveillance system provides comprehensive video surveillance for the sprawling 122-acre campus that features 18 buildings.

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April 3, 2009

Panasonic revealed two new i-Pro megapixel cameras this week at ISC West. The Panasonic i-Pro WV-NW5025 and the i-Pro WV-NP502 both offer Super Dynamic imaging technology which enables them to capture properly exposed high-resolution images in difficult lighting conditions such as high-contrast scenes, in direct sunlight, or in dim nighttime situations.

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April 3, 2009

The folks from Vivotek are on hand at ISC West 2009 showcasing a slew of new IP camera products. One of the new product offerings is the Vivotek IP7161, a fixed network camera that boasts 2-megapixel resolution and day/night functionality. The IP7161 is ideal for wide-area surveillance in locations such as airports and building entrances. And because of its high resolution, the camera is well-suited for applications requiring detailed surveillance for identification, for instance identifying faces in banks, or license plate numbers in parking lots.

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April 3, 2009

Sony is showing off its new line of pan-tilt-zoom network cameras this week at the IFC West conference in Las Vegas. Sony SNC-RH series cameras are able to pan a full 360-degrees while capturing and streaming high-definition (HD) video at up to 30 frames per second using H.264 compression. H.264 is a new compression standard that enables the transmission and storage of high-quality video using far less bandwidth and storage space than previous compression technologies.

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April 2, 2009

At the ISC West Conference in Las Vegas this week, Avigilon is demonstrating the latest version of its Avigilon Control Center High Definition (HD) surveillance software. Avigilon Control Center 4.0 comes with new features that improve performance and manageability. The software also offers support for third party network cameras, making it a true open enterprise class IP video management solution.

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April 1, 2009

Axis Communications announced a new series of IP network cameras today at ISC West. The Axis P33 Network Camera Series features modular fixed domes that offer unique remote focus and zoom capabilities. The cameras are designed for easy installation in both indoor and harsh outdoor environments. Suitable for a wide range of demanding video applications, the cameras deliver high performance video with HDTV image quality and multiple H.264 streams.

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March 31, 2009

Canon's new VB-C500D network camera is on display this week at the ISC West 2009 conference in Las Vegas. The Canon VB-C500D provides outstanding image quality and advanced features with Genuine Canon Optics and a powerful DIGIC NET Processor. This versatile IP mini dome camera is ideal for monitoring retail and convenience stores, lobbies, receptions areas, hotels, and other locations where an unobtrusive, fixed security camera is required.

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March 30, 2009

ISC West 2009 is taking place in Las Vegas this week, which means we're about to catch a sneak peek at the latest IP camera offerings from many of the industry's leading manufacturers. Pelco recently announced they'll be on hand with a slew of new network video products, including the Sarix ID Series Mega-Performance cameras, the Endura 2.0 end-to-end surveillance solution, and the Spectra IV 2.0 integrated dome camera system.

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March 26, 2009

Axis announced this week that Michigan's Chippewa Valley School District has installed over 600 Axis network cameras and video encoders to improve school security. The school district, which serves over 15,000 students, chose a network video solution because of the superior image quality, centralized management and storage, and easy integration with the web and the district's active directory.

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March 24, 2009

JVC is planning to exhibit its latest line of PoE network cameras at the IFSEC 2009 global security event in May. The cream of the crop is the new JVC VN-V685U, which is considered the first fully-functional PTZ dome camera that supports Power over Ethernet. The VN-V685U offers precise and silent pan/tilt control using JVC's durable direct drive motor. Other attributes include 27x optical zoom, true day/night functionality, and simultaneous full-frame MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG streams. The camera is available in versions for both indoor and outdoor use.

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March 23, 2009

Jackson High School in Cleveland, Ohio has installed a new IP surveillance system that uses high-resolution Mobotix IP cameras, MXControlCenter video management software, and two-way VoIP communication. This cutting-edge solution provides vastly improved image quality when compared to the school's previous analog CCTV system. The new scalable IP video system also offers considerable savings in installation and maintenance.

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March 16, 2009

Michigan's Waterfront Township is well-hydrated, with 11 water treatment plants, 18 wells, 8.25 million gallons of storage, and 355 miles of water main. Protecting this massive water supply requires a high-end video surveillance solution, so the township turned to IQinVision network cameras. The new surveillance solution uses 40 IP cameras installed at water treatment plants, storage and sewage plants. Each network camera streams VGA-quality video in real-time back to the main office for remote viewing and digital recording.

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March 12, 2009

JVC took Manufacturer of the Year honors at the Milestone Integration Platform Symposium (MIPS 2009) recently held in Las Vegas. JVC received the award for its line of embedded network video recorders, including the JVC VR-N1600U and VR-N900U, and its complete selection of IP network cameras. MIPS is an annual forum that allows advocates of open architecture IP video surveillance to evaluate the state of the IP video industry, and test out new plug-and-play applications.

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March 11, 2009

IQinVision announced today its next generation IQrecorder software and IQeye Event Recording System (ERS). IQrecorder is innovative, on-camera software ideal for small-scale applications where simplicity, ease-of-installation, and affordability are key concerns. The onboard software works with IQeye IP network cameras, offering DVD-like controls, and boasting an intuitive user interface. Improved software features include a redesigned engine, and enhanced performance that makes IQrecorder the industry's only on-camera megapixel NVR solution.

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March 10, 2009

IP cameras from D-Link have been chosen to monitor the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a new vista destination on the majestic canyon's western edge. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a massive, horseshoe-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Since it opened in 2007, over 250,000 people visit the skywalk each year. Because of the large crowds, video surveillance plays an important role in ensuring the safety and security of visitors, workers, and the facility itself. As part of a new IP-based surveillance system, D-Link network cameras were installed due to their outstanding image quality and their support for remote video monitoring.

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March 9, 2009

The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is a 19-story luxury hotel that, with its sweeping crescent-shaped design, sits as a landmark along the world-famous Avenue of the Stars. The hotel and the surrounding tourist hot-spots reel in mobs of visitors throughout the year, making top-quality video surveillance an important aspect of maintaining security. Recently the Hyatt was equipped with a new video surveillance system that integrates ACTi IP network cameras with LuxRiot software. The network-based system is cost-effective, scalable, and offers outstanding image quality.

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March 5, 2009

Trendnet is set to release a new wireless network camera that supports the speedy Wireless-N standard. The Trendnet TV-IP512WN is a network camera with a built-in Wireless-N internet camera server. This allows users to access and control the camera remotely over the internet without any additional equipment.

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March 3, 2009

IQinvision network cameras are proving to be quite popular in the Netherlands, specifically in Rotterdam, where the company reports at least 20 downtown shops are now using IQeye megapixel cameras. Area shopkeepers and local police are working together on a video security system that allows the police department to remotely monitor the IQeye cameras and access surveillance footage in instances of theft or emergencies. The surveillance system was launched in response to an increase in robberies throughout the commercial district. Response to the program has been so positive that the police department even won a Dutch innovation award for the deployment of the IQeye camera network.

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March 2, 2009

Copperhill Mountain Lodge, a Swedish luxury hotel, is now equipped with a cutting-edge IP surveillance system utilizing megapixel network cameras from ACTi. The ACTi IP cameras provide video security for the lodge-style hotel which features 112 suites and 420 beds. To properly monitor the high-class facility, megapixel network cameras were chosen because of the clear image quality they deliver, and their ability to cover larger areas than traditional surveillance cameras.

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February 26, 2009

Vivotek has unveiled a new IP camera that aims to make day/night outdoor surveillance affordable. The Vivotek IP7330 features a weather-proof IP66-rated housing that shields the camera from rain and dust. A cost-effective camera for outdoor surveillance applications, the IP7330 is an all-in-one solution that doesn't require any additional accessories. Like most Vivotek IP cameras, the IP7330 even comes bundled with free 16-channel video management software.

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February 23, 2009

ACTi network cameras are being used as part of a new hospital surveillance project in Japan's Chubu District. The IP-based surveillance system increases hospital security with a combination of 50 ACTi ACM-3411 megapixel dome cameras, and four ACTi ACM-5611 megapixel IP box cameras. The cameras are monitored using ACTi NVR Enterprise video management software. Compared to a traditional CCTV system, the IP-based solution was far more cost-effective for the hospital. Because the ACTi cameras operate using Power over Ethernet, installation and maintenance costs are lessened. Additionally, megapixel cameras offer a much broader field of view, so fewer cameras are required for monitoring large areas of the hospital.

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February 20, 2009

The Axis P3301 is one of the latest IP camera releases from Axis Communications. It delivers superb image quality and supports H.264 compression technology to fully optimize network bandwidth and storage capacity. With H.264, users can stream video at higher resolutions and faster frame rates without bogging down the network. Bandwidth usage is reduced significantly when compared to other popular compression technologies such as MJPEG. The P3301 offers a top resolution of 640 x 480, and supports a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second at that resolution.

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February 19, 2009

Sony has added a new IP camera to its product line. The Sony SNC-P5 is an affordable and versatile network camera offering pan/tilt functionality and 3x optical zoom. It delivers both MPEG-4 and JPEG video streams over the network at up to 30 frames per second with 320x240 resolution. The SNC-P5 is well suited for a broad range of indoor surveillance applications, especially those requiring PTZ, audio surveillance, and dual compression.

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February 18, 2009

Alaska's Anchorage Christian School has completed installation of a new IP-based surveillance system that features high-resolution megapixel network cameras from Mobotix. Previously the school was monitored by a 30-camera analog CCTV system. The upgrade to Mobotix IP cameras brings far superior image quality, better reliability, and a host of sophisticated features and functions.

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February 16, 2009

Axis Communications has introduced a new one-channel video encoder offering H.264 compression. The Axis M7001 Video Encoder provides a cost-effective solution for integrating analog CCTV cameras into an IP-based surveillance system. This is an extremely compact encoder (smaller than a modern cell phone), which makes it ideal for use within camera housings and in discreet video surveillance applications such as banks and retail stores.

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February 13, 2009

Another fabled football franchise has jumped on the IP surveillance wagon. Last week we told you about the new IP camera installation at Dolphins Stadium. Now comes word that Lambeau Field, home of the legendary Green Bay Packers, is also upgrading its video surveillance system. The new IP-based solution includes Panasonic PTZ network cameras and existing analog cameras operating as part of an integrated video security system. The cameras are managed with NUUO IP video software.

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February 12, 2009

The Sheraton Dallas Hotel, located in the center of Dallas' downtown financial district, has installed an integrated IP video surveillance system that uses network cameras and video servers from ACTi. There's a lot of area to monitor in the sprawling hotel, which features 1,842 guest rooms and 12 large convention rooms that offer over 230,000 square feet of meeting space. The new IP-based surveillance system includes 96 ACTi network cameras, while incorporating the hotels existing analog cameras.

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February 11, 2009

Swiss Railways (SBB) has decided to use IP network cameras to increase the level of security in the Zurich S-Bahn. A key requirement of the surveillance project is that the solution is completely IP-based and can easily integrate into the train system's existing IP/Ethernet networks. As a result the railway has opted to use PTZ network cameras from Axis Communications for the installations. 115 double-decker shuttle trains will be equipped with Axis 209MFD-R network cameras.

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February 10, 2009

D-Link has unveiled a new megapixel IP camera geared towards homes and small businesses. The D-Link DCS-2121 aims to make high-resolution video monitoring affordable for smaller applications. This all-in-one solution can operate over an existing network, is easy to set up, and enables remote video viewing. Users can access the camera and view streaming video from any computer connected to the internet. The DCS-2121 connects to a home or office network using a wireless connection for extremely flexible installation in almost any location.

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February 6, 2009

Along with pulling off a surprising march to the AFC East division title, the Miami Dolphins’ successful football season also included an upgrade to their stadium surveillance system. The Dolphins recently deployed an IP-based video security system to monitor Dolphin Stadium. The system features IP video products from GE Security, and is used to protect and enhance the game-day experience of the 900,000 fans who pass through the gates during the regular season, playoffs, and other large events held at the venue each year.

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February 5, 2009

The Vivotek IP7142 continues to reel in the awards. Recently it nabbed a GIT Security Award, and now the professional-grade, weather-proof network camera has made the list of Top 10 Innovative Security Products 2008 by China-based CPS Magazine. The CPS award measures innovative technologies, outstanding design, and high performance.

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February 3, 2009

Arecont Vision has expanded its line of H.264 network cameras with the release of the new MegaDome series. The MegaDome series integrates the camera, megapixel lens, and housing into a complete, all-in-one solution. Available cameras include 1.2M, 2M, 3M, and 5 megapixel models. Each features H.264 compression technology which significantly reduces bit rate to optimize network bandwidth and storage capacity. MegaDome series cameras also offer multi-streaming of up to eight concurrent streams with variable frame rates, bit rates, and image quality.

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January 30, 2009

The Anaheim Convention Center recently finished upgrading its existing video surveillance system with an IP-based solution from ACTi. Convention Centers are prime candidates for IP surveillance because of the large crowds that gather for big events such as car and boat shows, sporting events, tech conventions, and of course the gun show. Video surveillance can play a key role in securing these facilities, and ensuring the safety of convention goers.

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January 29, 2009

With the advent of video analytics, there has grown an increasing need to meld physical and IT security when it comes to video surveillance. Back in the day, a traditional video surveillance setup would typically require operators to monitor multiple video screens, each displaying the view from an individual camera. A pretty simple set up, in a simpler time. Flash forward to the present and we have incredibly sophisticated technology at our disposal - technology that can greatly increase the effectiveness of our video surveillance systems, while benefiting from IT-style analysis.

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January 28, 2009

A new 250-bed jail in Midland County, Michigan is going the digital surveillance route with IP-based video surveillance technology from Panasonic System Solutions to secure its facilities. The 103,000-square foot facility will be monitored by a cutting-edge surveillance solution that includes 87 Panasonic IP dome cameras along with high-capacity NVRs.

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January 26, 2009

KIWI minipris, a Norwegian discount store chain, is employing ACTi network cameras to provide video security for its new stores opening in Denmark. 10 ACTi ACM-4200 cameras are installed in each store, along with two ACTi ACM-5611 megapixel cameras. The surveillance setup works to increase the level of security, deter theft, and identify suspects in criminal investigations. Key areas monitored by the system include entrances, corners of the store, aisles between display lanes, and the cashier counter.

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January 23, 2009

Vivotek recently received the ITMonth 2008 Outstanding I.T. Products Award in the software/hardware system integration category. The company snagged the award for its PZ7151/PZ7152 network cameras. The Vivotek PZ7151 is a PTZ network camera featuring 2.6x zoom and pan/tilt functions that provide a wide field of view, and allow users to zero in on distant objects and details. It operates using Power over Ethernet. The PZ7152 version offers additional flexibility with wireless connectivity.

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January 22, 2009

Canberra Stadium, an international sports venue located in Australia's capitol city, recently upgraded from an analog surveillance system to a high definition IP-based system that employs Avigilon megapixel network cameras. The new Avigilon high definition system monitors patrons and improves the overall level of safety throughout the venue by providing operators with comprehensive views and detailed images of critical areas.

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January 20, 2009

JVC plans on unveiling two new megapixel cameras this month at IIPSEC 09. The new models include the JVC VN-X35U megapixel camera, and the JVC VN-X235VP4U mini-dome camera. Each high-performance camera offers megapixel resolution for clear and detailed video images, along with cutting-edge features for optimal performance.

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