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Theia lenses approved for Dahua 4K box camera

Theia s lenses are designed to meet needs of a new range of 4K analytics-rich cameras and ensure true 4K resolution systems. Video surveillance specialist Dahua has qualified the Theia 4K lens family for use with its IPC-HF81230E Ultra HD Box Camera. The combination provides video surveillance professionals with one of the most advanced imaging technologies available.

Theia s 4K lenses offer resolution performance that matches the image quality 4K sensor cameras promise, but aren t always able to provide due to inferior lens selection. Theia s lenses resolve the 1.55 micron-sized pixel of the 1/2.3 4K sensors, while covering the larger 1/1.7 4K imagers. Verticals/sectors which they are suitable for include shopping centres, stadiums and open public spaces. They can be used for any application where a high level of detail and precision is needed for analytics-rich applications. This includes facial recognition and behavioural studies, especially in environments where there is lots of activity or total area coverage is needed. Dahua IPC-HF81230E 12MP Box Network Camera Features The varifocal lens family covers a horizontal field of view from 112 to 9 degrees, with the SL410 4-10mm lens and SL1250 12-50mm lens. Theia lenses maintain 4K resolution in day and night with 5 microns focus shift in near infrared light. They are 52mm and more compact than the comparable 1/1.7 4K lenses, allowing use in smaller enclosures and some domes. At F/1.4 the SL410 has the fastest F number and the best light gathering ability of any 4k 1/1.7 format varifocal lens available in the surveillance market.

The CS mount lenses are available in manual, DC-auto or P-iris versions; fully motorized, board and C mount versions are also available. Dahua says: When paired with Theia s 4K lenses, Dahua s IPC-HF81230E Ultra HD Box Camera is able to deliver very high image quality to the market enabling analytics and other high detail applications, says Daniel Chau, overseas marketing director. About Theia Theia Technologies provides high quality 4K and megapixel lenses for security and machine vision applications. Theia lenses are designed and marketed from the US, and manufactured to ISO 9001 standards. The company also provides optical engineering and custom design services. About Dahua Technology Zhejiang Dahua Technology is a leading provider in the global video surveillance industry. Dahua is committed to providing the highest quality solutions and products with the latest technologies to enable end users to perform their business successfully. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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At least 50 reported dead and 400 injured in Las Vegas shooting

More than 50 people have been killed in a mass shooting after a gunman opened fire on a music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip. As well as those killed more than 400 people have been injured in what has been described as the biggest mass shooting in American history. The suspect, named as Stephen Paddock, was found dead by armed police after shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

The death toll surpasses the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016, when 49 people died. Paddock, a 64-year old local man, was found dead after police officers stormed his room in the Mandalay Bay hotel, where more than 10 rifles were recovered. The hotel sits across the Las Vegas Boulevard from the festival site. In a Guardian news article on 2 October 2017 Clark county sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters: Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static. Paddock s companion, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, was named by police as a person of interest. The attack took place during the final performances of the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Sunday night. Two off-duty officers were among the dead. The overall toll is expected to rise. Witnesses who fled the scene described seeing muzzle flashes from the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay and hearing what they described as sustained automatic gunfire.

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The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and empower AI

ImmerVision is a one-of-a-kind company intent on persuading the security industry that its patented panomorph lens is far superior to the widely used fisheye lens. Founded in France in 2000, the company has a large and expanding ecosystem of tech partners, with many surveillance camera developers using its 360-degree panomorph technology. Louis Brun, director of marketing and communications at ImmerVision at the time of the interview (he has since moved on from the company), spoke to IFSEC Global about the applications of 360-degree panomorph lenses including for drones, body-worn video and artificial intelligence and ImmerVision s mission to expound its benefits in the security market and beyond.

IFSEC Global: How did IFSEC 2017 go for ImmerVision? Louis Brun: This year at the show we focused on the latest commercially available 4K panomorph lenses and the launch of new 4K panomorph cameras. The 4K lenses are from Evitar and CBC Computar which are supplying to several camera manufacturers. Because of the availability of these high definition 4k lenses, several manufacturers decided to come out with new products during the show. For example, VIVOTEK came out with a new 4K panomorph camera. If you don t have electroninc image stabilisation, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? We also showed Dahua with their latest 4k panomorph camera, also Hanwha, FLIR, Sony, Brickcom, Vista and many others. The image quality from all of these cameras offers edge-to-edge clarity, consistency and no drop in resolution.

All panomorph cameras are instantly compatible with over 50 VMS software partners. In our demos, we showed live video from the 4K cameras and everyone who saw it was really impressed. The cool thing is that you can see people even their faces as they move around the floor at IFSEC. IG: So IFSEC seems like a great place meet everyone all at once? LB: Absolutely. IFSEC is a key venue for us to meet all our partners and new partners. It is a great place to promote our partners and the fact there s a better alternative to fisheye lenses. I m not putting down anyone who has the fisheye solution; it might work for them. But a lot of people are not satisfied with fisheye.

Every day we have a lot of visitors who are wondering how they can integrate 360. When we show integrators and distributors that there s another option to fisheye, they say: Oh my God, we can get this quality ? IFSEC is the perfect opportunity to educate people and talk about how this technology can help them. IG: Are any other companies doing what ImmerVision does? LB: There are no other technology companies focused on 360 like us. Our technology is being leveraged by several companies in other industries for example ACER with their launch of the Holo360 camera or Motorola and their Mod 360 camera. There are also 6K panomorph broadcast cameras which filmed the Superbowl. I can say that we are world s specialist in 360-degree technology. IG: What about the body-worn video market?

LB: There were quite a few at IFSEC. I have noticed two things about the solutions on the market. Most of them weren t using a quality super wide angle lens. They have some quality on there, but they were lacking one thing which in my humble opinion is important: electronic image stabilisation. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. If you don t have that, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? They re not the Queen s Guards! Electronic image stabilisation is part of our image processing algorithm.

We showcased how that and our latest panomorph lens are implemented in a body-worn camera solution. The lens used in the body-worn reference design can give you up to 21MP in resolution. It s the size of a one pence coin. That 21MP lens is designed to work with several types of sensors from OmniVision, Sony and Samsung. This gives great flexibility and potential to manufacturers. IG: I m guessing the panomorph lens would be invaluable in the drone market? LB: The drone market is interesting and certain companies are now looking at panomorph lens technology, because again, the quality, the size, so many software solutions are compatible and our ecosystem has probably doubled in two years. This would include chip, sensor, module and product manufacturers. IG: If the panormorph lens is superior performance-wise to fisheye, is it not more expensive too?

LB: The technology has been designed to be competitive and to outperform fisheye. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. Moreover, those cameras are instantly compatible with any software system in the world. Overall, many of our partners are recognising the value that using our technology brings to them and to the market. We are bringing tools to enable manufacturers to create really cool products which are easily integrated across security, consumer, aerospace, AI, automotive, drones and more. IG: What are the possibilities of this technology in the near future and beyond? LB: There was a big announcement at IFA Berlin about a product using our technology solutions: the first 360 360 camera with LTE, the Holo360. This camera will capture full 360 images that can be shares live online. We re also being pulled into artificial intelligence, robots, drones The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and enable an evolution in AI.

ImmerVision is the 360 specialist and we are constantly moving forward. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Vivotek showcases new FE9391-EV fisheye camera with ImmerVision panomorph lens

IFseC 2017 Taiwanese surveillance brand Vivotek exhibited a wide range of cutting edge cameras at IFSEC 2017, including a new 12-megapixel fisheye camera. The FE9391-EV features panomorph lens technology, able to deliver peripheral visibility for optimal 360 image quality. The camera is equipped with smart IR II which can deliver surround view images at night.

Built-in technology includes crowd-detection, loitering time analysis, and trigger alarms for overcrowding. The camera also features advances in human detection to accurately detect humans and objects, continuously tracking the movements of any objects of interest. During the show Vivotek introduced the MA8391-ETV, the newest 360 multiple sensors camera with four adjustable remote focus sensors. The camera can deliver high quality images day and night. The company s new three-megapixel 180 panoramic network camera, the CC8371-HV features IR illuminators that are effective up to 15 metres. The latest four three-megapixel CMOS sensor vandal dome was also on display. The camera uses a video alignment feature that allows for the adjustment of the positioning and image quality of each sensor. The multi-sensor camera can withstand rain and dust and is protected against vandalism or tampering with robust housing. Vivotek also launched its Solution Integration Alliance (SIA) programme that builds alliances with global partners that offer expertise across various fields, include Genetec, SeeTec and Wavestore.

ImmerVision panomorph technology ImmerVision, which also exhibited at IFSEC 2017, has patented its pioneering panomorph platform, which combines super wide-angle panomorph lenses and image processing algorithms to create immersive, seamless, panoramic imagery and 360 visualisation for a wide range of applications. ImmerVision says 360 panomorph lens outperform traditional wide angle/fisheye lenses, offering: More pixels Distance objects more visible Greater area coverage No distortion Dewarping functionality allows you to navigate within live or recorded 360 images Pan, tilt and zoom into any specific area within any view settings Live/playback Multiple customisable views with a single camera About ImmerVision ImmerVision licenses its patented panomorph optical and software technology to global lens producers, product manufacturers and software developers. The Montreal-headquartered company says its lens are the only ones that can be adapted to any camera, sensor and consumer, commercial or government market.

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Eagle Eye Networks acquires Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV

Cloud-based video surveillance Eagle Eye Networks has acquired Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV (PCMSEU), whose flagship products are Panasonic Cameramanager and Panasonic Nubo. The two companies operate in the same market cloud-based video surveillance with Eagle Eye Networks the dominant force in North America and PCMSEU the clear European leader. PCMSEU operates more cloud-recorded cameras than any other company in Europe by some distance.

The acquisition of CMSEU gives Eagle Eye Networks a bridgehead into the European market and creates a truly global player in a still nascent cloud surveillance market that is growing at a much faster rate than the conventional DVR/NVR segment. Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV will be renamed Eagle Eye Networks BV. Serving as the European headquarters for Eagle Eye, the European giant will now sell and support the expanded Eagle Eye product line. Our dealers in Europe have responded with overwhelming support for this acquisition. It will greatly enhance our sales and support efforts in the European market, said Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. The strong and experienced team in cloud video surveillance at our new Eagle Eye EMEA headquarters will make it possible for us to provide a tremendous level of support to all of our dealers in the region. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now.

The Eagle Eye NuboCam All PCMSEU employees will be retained following the deal. Cameramanager co-founders Rishi Lodhia and Tijmen Vos will remain with the company as managing director and technical director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA respectively. Said Rishi Lodhia: This is a unique opportunity to bring two pioneers in cloud video surveillance together and deliver a broad portfolio of innovative cloud surveillance solutions. Eagle Eye and Cameramanager dealers worldwide will now have a wider selection of cloud video products to meet their customers needs. Panasonic Cameramanager, on which small and medium businesses can watch and manage live and recorded surveillance footage from their smartphone, will be renamed Eagle Eye CameraManager. Eagle Eye plans to expand global sales of CameraManager to meet demand for direct camera to cloud connectivity. CameraManager cloud surveillance products boast optional storage methods, motion detection, push notifications and cloud based video analytics. Lacking the onsite bridge device of the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS, the CameraManager solution can be more cost-effective for smaller camera counts per location. Eagle Eye Cameramanager Eagle Eye Networks BV will continue to sell Eagle Eye Cloud Security VMS in Europe to customers that prioritise camera interoperability and have high camera counts.

Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS supports more than 1,000 different digital cameras, over 10,000 different analogue cameras, up to 10 years of video retention and very large camera counts. Panasonic Nubo, which becomes Eagle Eye NuboCam, is an LTE camera and was the world s first mobile video monitoring surveillance camera when it launched in 2015. Datacenters Eagle Eye Networks operates datacenters in California, Texas, Canada, Japan (two), the UK and thanks to the acquisition two in the Netherlands. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Axis Communications launches discreet indoor FA series and expands P13 series

product launch Axis Communications has introduced new and improved camera products in response to demand from some customers for discreet multi-view surveillance and detailed surveillance of large areas. The AXIS FA series is designed with modular cameras for highly discreet video surveillance that is also cost-effective, because one camera system provides coverage of several areas. The company has also expanded its P13 series with three new additions that offer 4K resolution in full frame rate.

The cameras can cover large areas and reproduce images in high quality detail. Axis will demonstrate the new cameras at ISC West 2017 in Las Vegas in April. The AXIS FA series and the additions to the P13 series will be available through distributors from May. Verticals/sectors City and public transportation surveillance Retail security Building surveillance and access control Home security AXIS FA series features AXIS FA series enables discreet, multi-view indoor surveillance of four closely situated areas using a single camera system. The main unit can stream at full frame rate HDTV 1080p videos from four connected sensor units at the same time, using one IP address. The AXIS FA series is modular, made up of the following separately sold units: AXIS FA54 main unit AXIS FA1105 sensor unit with a standard lens AXIS FA1125 sensor unit with a pinhole lens AXIS FA4115 dome sensor unit with a varifocal lens. AXIS FA captures video with forensic wide dynamic range (WDR) even in low light and in motion. The AXIS FA54 also has the capacity to support advanced video analytics, and has an HDMI output for connection to a surveillance or public view monitor, ideal for retail applications. The sensor units can be hidden in surfaces, structures or devices.

Installed at eye level the can provide video monitoring at building entrances without drawing attention. The sensor units come with an 8-m (26 ft.) cable for connection to an AXIS FA54. Axis Communications says By separating the sensor unit from the camera body, the sensor units can fit into tight spaces and blend in with the environment for unobtrusive surveillance. The pinhole sensor unit is especially useful at entrances for capturing people s faces at eye level, says Erik M rtensson, global product manager for modular cameras at Axis Communications. AXIS P13 series features The indoor AXIS P1367 and outdoor AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E network cameras are additions to the highly-respected AXIS P13 fixed-box series. With improved light sensitivity, better image quality and higher frame rate, these cameras can provide up to 4K resolution images in large open areas with challenging light conditions, such as arrival halls at train stations, crowded city areas or car parks. The system comprises: AXIS P1367/-E support CS and i-CS lenses 4K AXIS P1368-E is delivered with i-CS lens as standard AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E have specifically been designed for outdoor use, deploying a mechanical platform that allows for easier access to connectors and cabling and free up space for optional lenses Built-in camera rails increase the flexibility of the camera, allowing larger zoom lenses to be installed, delivering greater detail as required Axis Communications says The lightweight AXIS P1367-E and AXIS P1368-E are examples of real outdoor cameras. It s not just a camera put inside a housing, but for the first time we have developed an outdoor-ready CS-mount camera from scratch. This has enabled a highly flexible camera system that can use zoom lenses or even Axis Corridor Format when customers want to view a vertical image and not waste precious screen real estate and bandwidth, explains Andres Vigren, global product manager for fixed box cameras at Axis Communications.

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Mobotix profile: the decentralised security camera and software specialist

Mobotix Profile: The  Decentralised  Security Camera And Software Specialist

If you work in the video surveillance and security sector, chances are you ll be familiar with the name Mobotix. Now in its second decade, the German IP camera and software specialists has made a name for itself developing the first decentralised IP camera and supplying the Mount Everest webcam. Contrary to popular perception as a hardware provider, the company sees itself as a software specialist with in-house hardware development of digital, high-resolution and network-based video security.

It produces complete systems using a single source. The company claims to be ranked fifth worldwide for video security (second within Europe, Middle-East and Africa) and to be world leader for megapixel surveillance cameras. The world s first decentralised IP camera The publicly traded firm with headquarters in Langmeil, Germany, is known for its network camera technology. The company was founded in 1999 and in the same year released the industry s first decentralised IP camera. Its Linux system contained video, alarm, and recording management functions in one unit, thus doing away with the need for licensed video management software to handle the recording event. Since then, the decentralised concept has been further developed to make high-resolution video systems more cost-efficient as the cameras themselves execute video analysis and event detection internally, and manage their video ring buffer on a NAS or server by themselves. This is said to reduce the workload of the VMS workstation and network considerably. Network ‘uctuation or longer interruptions are compensated by an onboard video buffer SD card. As a result, Mobotix video systems are claimed to be reliable while needing fewer servers and workstations, and less network infrastructure than other brands.

The company says this reduces the overall system cost as well as power consumption. Encrypted recording by the camera itself is claimed to guarantee data security and privacy. Of similar ilk is the company s M12-type model that serves as the world s highest webcam on Mount Everest. Powered by solar cells and operating from 6am to 6pm local time, it s capable of operating at temperatures as low as ’30 C and broadcasts live high definition video worldwide via the Internet. Located at an altitude of 8,000 meters, it works in conjunction with the Everest weather station to provide scientists with details of climate change. Event-driven ring buffers and onboard encryption Thus optimised for remote applications and cloud-based technology, the company s systems seem to be capable of reducing video bandwidth by scaling size and frame rate. Image detail is preserved via onboard Virtual PTZ functionality which stores high-resolution video in-camera and delivers low-bandwidth live images and playback on demand. In addition, Mobotix cameras are said to be able to manage an event-driven video ring buffer via a network or the Internet. Live and recorded video can be secured via in-camera video encryption.

Since 2010, Mobotix has extended its product range to include intelligent home automation. From the first autonomous IP cameras released at the beginning of the millennium, systems have been equipped with CMOS sensors without any moving parts, said to improve backlight recording and long term reliability. Two-way audio with VoIP messaging and phone connectivity using the SIP standard is included alongside weatherproofing and IP66 protection. In 2015, a new range of competitive 6-megapixel indoor cameras for ‘exible ceiling and wall-mount installations was launched. A fish eye lens on the hemispherical device is said to be capable of covering an entire room without any blind spots while the company s Moonlight Sensor Technology is claimed to be light sensitive enough to produce high-quality videos without motion blur even in low-light conditions. embedded content Optics, motion analysis and object statistics Other industry staples the company specialises in are interchangeable lenses, motion analysis and object statistics. A change of optics can be performed by customers themselves for most models. Camera positions can be changed and the optics adjusted according to the new mounting location. As the choice of lens dramatically varies the scope of a camera, using a super-wide angle lens, for example, enables an entire room to be monitored from a corner.

In turn, telephoto systems can capture details at longer ranges such as a number plate or the facial characteristics of a person. High quality HD lenses are said to fit different Mobotix camera series, and are backwards compatible with older models, even though the area captured by the lens may slightly differ with the image sensor installed in the camera. Mobotix also offers motion analysis for its systems. Its MxActivity sensor is said to only record video or trigger alarms if an operationally important event occurs. Interference caused by moving trees, shadows, passing clouds or snowfall is ignored; automatic configuration means only the objects direction of movement needs to be selected. As for object statistics, the firm s cameras seem to be capable of a range of operations. By defining counting corridors in a shopping mall s camera feed, for example, shopper numbers can be determined over the course of a week. The camera records how often each counting corridor is crossed within a specified period. The reliability of the count depends on the similarity of the sizes and shapes of the persons or objects in the image, their relative distance, how effectively they can be visually distinguished from their background, and how close the counting corridor is to the centre of the image.

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How to get enough detail in your CCTV images video

In the video below, CCTV consultant Simon Lambert explains how you can set up your video surveillance system to get enough detail in your CCTV images to identify people, read numberplates, whatever it is you need to do. Watch the video below and read the transcript beneath that. embedded content In terms of picture clarity and getting the best, lighting is one of the fundamentals.

There are several others and no one is more important than the others, because really you need all of them. They all add together and benefit each other. One of them, of course, is having enough detail in the picture to start with, because you can t manufacture the detail later. On CSI, on the TV, they can zoom in to things and read newspapers at 300 yards. That s not reality; that s Hollywood fantasy. You can t do that; I ve met quite a few customers who think that you can and when their system doesn t do that, they think they ve bought the wrong thing. Well that s because they believe what they see on TV. It s not true. You have to design your system correctly in the first place.

We talk about pixels on target and all sorts of things, and if you re technical that s fine; if you re not technical, it s gobbledegook. But basically, if you ve got a picture that s spread as a really, really wide angle which is very often how cameras are set up it seems, because installers just set them to wide angle and walk away then you end up with all your details spread over a wide area, so any detail in it tends to be small. And if it s small, there s no detail in it. So zoom in on the bit of area that you re interested in, and the things at the side don t matter. And each camera will have its own purpose. So maximise the detail on each camera s area of focus, and don t just set it to wide angle as you re throwing away the detail that you need to identify people, to read numberplates whatever it is you need to do. We found in the workshop that even with the same manufacturer, you can take two or three different lenses, and when you look at the test chart to see how clearly those lenses perform, there are differences from one model to another. And if that s from a good quality manufacturer, can you imagine how much picture detail will be lost from a cheap lens for a name that you don t particularly trust? This is really going to make a major difference.

If you look at one and look at the other, you ll be sold on the fact that lens quality really, really matters. If you haven t seen one next to the other, it s difficult to imagine, but seeing is really believing. Find out more about Simon Lambert s CCTV consultancy services on at the Lambert & Associates website.

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Motorsport case study: Watch the results of Sony s revamp of Paul Ricard s monitoring and AV solution

Motorsport Case Study: Watch The Results Of Sony  S Revamp Of Paul Ricard  S Monitoring And AV Solution

Forty Sony SNC-WR632 dome cameras and five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedized cameras formed part of a recent AV overhaul of legendary motorsport circuit Paul Ricard. Watch the video and read the case study below to find out more about this project, including challenges faced and outcomes. embedded content An iconic venue in French motorsport since 1970, the Circuit Paul Ricard is located at Le Castellet, near Marseille.

The circuit s owners recently decided that its ageing AV systems needed an upgrade, including its video monitoring systems. Bulky, inefficient CRT screens, which were more than a decade old, were increasingly unreliable, while the owners recognised the potential rewards of upgrading their video surveillance set-up from analogue to IP cameras. Hurdles With cars hurtling around the track in scorching on-track temperatures that can rise as high as 50 outdoor motorsport presents a challenging environment for AV solutions. Rain, snow and wind also pose problems too. More difficult still, Racing at night means cameras must capture detailed pictures in near-darkness with added glare from cars headlights. The track, which is 5.8km long, can be configured to more than 160 variations, all of which must be monitored comprehensively. Indoors, analogue video monitoring screens are power-hungry and generate a lot of heat, especially when used 24 hours a day, as is the case on occasion. Sony solution Circuit Paul Ricard appointed Sony, networked communications specialist SOGETREL, software vendor SeeTec to update its entire video monitoring infrastructure. The control room now features a large video wall, consisting of nine Sony 60 BRAVIA Full HD Professional Displays.

The wall is supplemented by further Sony monitors in portrait mode displaying images from cameras around the circuit, plus a dedicated screen displaying race timing information. In addition, a VPL-FHZ55 3LCD laser light source projector displays crisp images of the race leader, while a second VPL-FHZ55 assists safety and efficient race management by providing an overall situational view of the circuit captured by on-track cameras. Race fans can enjoy the day s events in comfort, watching real-time race footage plus videos and other information on over 100 interconnected BRAVIA Professional Displays around the venue. Now we re getting pictures from night-time races with a quality that s close to daylight conditions. We can really follow the cars and react quickly if something happens. Video from the cameras can be displayed on the video wall of Sony screens and video projectors, and we can also share this externally with our customers. What we really appreciated above the quality and compatibility of Sony s products is the responsiveness of the team, who ve always been on hand to answer our questions. Thierry Dostes, IT Systems Manager, Circuit Paul Ricard Twelve VIP boxes are equipped with 48 BRAVIA displays. They re supplemented by a further 75 32 Full HD displays in the main stands and eighteen 40 Full HD displays in the Press room.

Sony solutions also feature in the main reception area, with three 65 BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays offering stunning 4K image quality of the Circuit Paul Ricard, together with touch-enabled BRAVIA professional display solutions to guide visitors around the installations. Kids and adults can even play automotive games on Sony PlayStation 4 to enhance the true fan experience. The nearby Grand Prix Burger restaurant is also kitted out with eight Sony displays in 48 and 65 sizes that show menu prices and sporting action. Sony SNC-EM632R Five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedised 1080p/30fps cameras keep a watchful eye around the venue. Out on the circuit itself, 40 SNC-WR632 Full HD PTZ network cameras capture every split-second move of the speeding race vehicles at a crisp, detail-packed 60fps (frames per second). HD streams are transmitted over IP to feed the live BRAVIA video wall in the Control Room. A separate analogue video output is distributed simultaneously to BRAVIA displays around the venue, which allow a double safety of recording. Outcomes In the Control Room, streams from the track-side PTZ cameras provide a crisp, detail-packed High Definition view with virtually no latency. It s easy to identify each car clearly, even in dark weather conditions or when races sometimes happen at night.

Offering up to 20,000 hours operation without replacement, the laser light source in the VPL-FHZ55 dramatically cuts maintenance overheads for busy technical support staff. What s more, the laser projector s near-instant start-up means that no time s wasted waiting for lamps to warm up at the start of a session. Winning the contract As Circuit Paul Ricard s long-term technology partner, Sony was selected to provide a complete, integrated network AV solution with the help of system integrator SOGETREL and VMS specialist SeeTec. The circuit s owners wanted to future-proof their world-class venue with a solution that incorporated the latest AV innovations including laser and 4K display technologies. Sony,which satisfied this brief with a solution that included cameras, screens and projectors, says the customer appreciated their promptness in delivering products on time and answering technical questions. Sony says its PTZ cameras powerful optical zoom gave the client the close-up detail it sought, allowing operators to distinguish between oil and water when analysing distant trails on the track. The new system has also helped to locate the cars tiny transponders, which often go missing during races. The cameras on-board image stabiliser, meanwhile, helps in windy conditions. Energy-efficient BRAVIA Professional Displays have slashed electrical power consumption.

Sony reports that positive feedback from the customer over the displays ease of installation, picture quality and range of screen sizes.

Sony SNC WR632 Products installed Control room: 2 x Sony VPL-FHZ55 3LCD laser projectors 9x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWD-60W600P 60 3x Sony BRAVIA screens (48 ) In the car stands: 75x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-32W705C/T (32 ) VIP boxes: 12 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C (48 ) Around the circuit: 40x SNC-WR632 rapid dome network cameras Within the installations: 5x SNC-EM632R Outdoor IR Ruggedized 1080p/30 fps cameras Main entrance: 3x Sony BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays FWD-65X8600P (65 ) Grand Prix Burger restaurant: 6 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C/T (48 ) 2 x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FW-65X8570C (65 ) Panoramic restaurants: 6x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-48W705C (48 ) Press room: 18x Sony BRAVIA Professional Displays FWL-40W705C/T (40 ) ISV : SeeTec INTEGRATOR : SOGETREL Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall: 5 electrical items that turned out to be fire hazards

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall: 5 Electrical Items That Turned Out To Be Fire Hazards

From exploding e-cigarettes to hoverboards causing house fires, the crisis surrounding Samsung s latest smartphone is just the latest in a long line of faulty electrical goods that put consumers at risk. embedded content The recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shows that even the biggest reputations can t guarantee that products meet basic safety standards. Samsung has had such a successful few years that at least until this PR disaster it was widely seen as edging out Apple in the mobile phone war.

But it s reputation has taken a major hit after reports emerged that its latest smartphone model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, was prone to catching fire. However, buying recognised brands is still generally the best way of protecting yourself not least because any problems, which are incredibly rare, will be quickly spotted and a recall announced. Electrical appliances that cause fires are often cheap, shoddy imports, as seen with the recent spate of e-cigarette fires. The Samsung and e-cigarette cases are two of the five examples below where electrical products caused fires or were recalled because they were identified as a fire hazard.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Lauded in previews as a game-changing model Samsung s Galaxy Note 7 hit the headlines because its batteries were prone to overheating and was subject to a mass recall in September. Even the replacements sent out by the company, which has barely put a foot wrong in the mobile market in recent years, failed to resolve the problems. One replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane due to fly from Kentucky to Maryland. A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device. All customers and crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told the BBC.

The plane was evacuated before take-off. The company released a second replacement device, but even that device has been reported to have problems. A man in Kentucky said he was scared to death when he woke to a bedroom full of smoke, local media say.

2. E-cigarettes Cigarettes were always an obvious fire hazard, but their electronic imitators are also a growing cause of concern. Burns surgeons, fire chiefs and trading standards officers have warned consumers to be careful after a spate of incidents where vaporisers the chamber in which the ecigarette liquid is turned into vapour have exploded. Plastic surgeons at Morriston Hospital s Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Swansea said they had treated five patients for burns after e-cigarette batteries exploded. Before this year we hadn t seen any injuries like this. Now we have had five which reflects the rising popularity of these e-cigarettes, consultant plastic surgeon Dai Nguyen told Sky News. Three of the patients had their devices in their trouser pockets when they exploded. embedded content A man in Florida, meanwhile, lost part of his tongue and several teeth when an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth four years ago. E-cigarettes were also implicated in the death of a woman at a Derbyshire care home last October.

Find out more about the problem in our report on the subject. West Yorkshire FRS has issued the following guidance to users of e-cigarettes: Only use the charger supplied with your kit Do not mix and match components from different e-cigarette manufacturers Never over-tighten a battery on to the charger plug the charger in first, then gently screw the battery in until the light on the charger flashes, and then stop Never leave e-cigarettes unattended whilst charging Clean the battery centre pin and charger contact at least once a week with tissue or alcohol wipes. Remove the battery from charger when fully charged 3. Hoverboards More than 500,000 hoverboards have been recalled after reports of numerous incidents where they caught fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received 99 reports of hoverboard battery packs that exploded or caught fire. At least 18 injuries were reported, such as burns to the neck, legs or arms, according to the CPSC. Property damages were also reported. embedded content The internet has numerous videos showing how the curiously named (they don t hover), two-wheeled motorized scooters emitting smoke and catching fire. The CPSC warned hoverboard makers and retailers earlier this year that they had to follow newly created safety requirements or face recalls.

Many airlines, railroads and college campuses have already banned hoverboards, citing safety risks. Totalling 267,000, a company called Swagway had the most recalled hoverboards, with Keenford s iMoto hoverboards, Hoverboard LLC s Powerboard and Razor USA s Hovertrax also prominent in the list of recalls.

4. Washing machines Washing machines account for more house fires than any other electrical appliance. Of all fires caused by product faults washing machines made up 14 percent, tumble dryers 12 percent and dishwashers 11 percent, according to figures from Which Magazine. Percentages of all product fault fires with total numbers of fires in brackets As we ve described previously even when a manufacturer decides that a product needs to be recalled, it s never going to work out as it should. The Electrical Safety Council found that the average level of success was 10 to 20 percent for product recalls in the UK. Alarmingly, the Which research found that Five percent of consumers who knew about a product recall decided to continue using the product anyway. Two thirds contacted the company for a repair or a refund. A quarter said they stopped using the product or threw it away.

Further investigation of consumer attitudes showed that notices which clearly stated the nature of the problem were far more likely to result in action than those which were looser in content. Clearly, the best chance of finding out about a recall is to be registered, rather than hope to notice some advert in a newspaper. But consumers are sometimes reluctant to register purchases with the manufacturer, not wishing to sign themselves up for the inevitable stream of extended warranty offers. In March we reported that faulty tumble dryers that were found to be a fire risk could be in use for another nine months after Whirlpool said some repairs might have to wait until January 2017. It had already been five months since the firm revealed that two types of driers condensed and vented dryers made by Indesit between April 2004 and September 2015 had allowed dangerous levels of lint to build up against the heating element in tests. Whirpool risked further anger by advising consumers that they could continue to use the machines so long as they cleaned the lint filter after every cycle and didn t leave their dryers unattended during operation.

5. Laptops If you ve bought an HP or Compaq laptop in the last three years, its battery could be a fire risk, Which Magazine reported in July 2016. HP has confirmed that batteries supplied over this period have the potential to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to customers . Owners of affected ProBook, Envy, Presario, Pavilion Notebook and other HP and Compaq models were encouraged to stop using their laptops immediately. You could be at risk if you bought an HP or Compaq laptop between March 2013 and August 2015, said Which, Which urged consumers to check the barcode on the battery itself (but only after turning off your laptop and disconnecting it from the mains). Then slide open the battery release on the bottom of the laptop and remove the battery.

If the barcode starts with any combinations from the right-hand side, then Which advised you to visit the HP website to confirm whether your laptop is afflicted with the overheating problem HP estimates that less than 1% of all its PCs sold in the above time period are affected. Batteries validated as faulty will be replaced free of charge by the company. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.