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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Elements of a CCTV system

Elements of a CCTV system In the second in a series on essential CCTV, Simon Lambert outlines the elements that make up a surveillance system. CCTV systems can be extremely simple: a camera with lens, with cable running to a monitor. Some systems can be very complex, using all manner of bang-up-to-date technological wonders.

Nonetheless, all of them can be broken down into three basic parts: 1. Take pictures with a video camera, 2. Send the pictures to their destinations, 3.

Manage the pictures that arrive there. I m sure you ll agree that tackling this subject as three bites makes any size of CCTV system easier to digest. So let s look at each one in turn and point you to the bits that can get the job done for you.

1. Take pictures with a video camera: or image acquisition if you want to sound like a proper consultant! Start with the basic camera.

It carries a chip at the front that gives an electrical signal when hit by light or infrared. The other 99% of the camera is there to control the video pictures that emerge out of the back. We ll deal with that output signal in a short while.

Before then, add a lens to the camera or there will not be a focused image. Choose the focal length of the lens (given in millimetres) so that the field-of-view suits your scene and gives you the level of detail you need. You can look back at the previous article where we discussed this Operational Requirement in greater detail.

To create pictures one more thing is essential. Actually, trillions of things. Photons appearing as light or infrared.

There are no decent pictures without sufficient light. This is so commonly overlooked in CCTV. Don t make such a mistake.

Having completed these fundamental steps, what is going to protect the camera and lens from dirt, weather, etc? Put them in a protective housing. What will keep this box of tricks pointing at the right scene?

Simplest example is a wall bracket including a manually adjustable joint that keeps your static camera oriented correctly come rain or shine. If you need to remotely control its orientation then add a motorized pan and tilt unit between the mounting and camera. The pan/tilt (and any zoom lens on the camera) will need to decode remote control signals, so a telemetry receiver is needed too.

For many years combinations of all five items can come in the form of PTZ dome units, so, why ever use rectangular shoebox camera assemblies? Because attaching high power lamps and windscreen wipers is much easier, and you can choose almost any camera and much better lenses to produce your pictures. Totting up to a heavy load, sturdy mounts are needed, for instance, purpose-built poles or lattice towers.

Consider especially demountable (tilt-over) types that enable fitting and maintenance of such heavy CCTV equipment to be done safely at ground level. Now we ve successfully acquired our pictures, let s progress to the next part: getting the signals from A to B, sometimes going as far as C and D too.

2. Send pictures to their destination: or signal transmission .

Video output from the camera could be: composite analogue signal (1 volt peak-to-peak, CCIR, PAL) IP video (Internet Protocol) as TCP/IP or UDP multicast HD-SDI, High Definition Serial Digital Interface. Transmission options for CCTV video Simple co-axial cables might carry any of these three signal types. Make sure to check all such technicalities with manufacturers of the devices, especially limitations such as distance and number of video signals per cable.

The greater bandwidth and low loss characteristics of fibre optic cables make the carrying capacity of any of these signals much greater, albeit more costly, but large bundles of signals can make this more economically viable. The other type of copper cable, UTP (unshielded twisted pair), is commonly used for IP the world over. With balun interfaces, such Cat-5 and telephone cables can carry analogue video too.

Using public utilities cabling infrastructure in the form of broadband Internet services is often viable for IP video, with bandwidth (hence, video quality) governed by price. Alternatives to cables are wireless transmissions. These include dedicated and licensed microwave line-of-sight links, licence-free microwaves over shorter distances, some of the latter types being WiFi links.

Cellular data services such as 3G and GPRS can also carry video, albeit with limited bandwidth and service coverage.

4G roll-out might improve the possibilities. Now we ve successfully delivered our pictures, let s progress to the next part: managing the pictures.

3. Managing the pictures that arrive: Most common is that multiple video signals arrive at a CCTV control and monitoring point.

So a switcher is necessary to direct every picture to the right place. Analogue video switchers might be desktop 8-in, 1-out or a large, expensive 128-in, 32-out matrix. Often, images are digitised before or immediately after they arrive.

These can be switched in software such as that in a DVR / NVR (digital / network video recorder) sometimes dubbed a virtual matrix . Bolt-ons to this bundle of incoming signals might be ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) or VCA (video content analysis) machines. Either way, after switching, the outputs commonly go to two destinations: displays and recorders.

Analogue signals go to CRTs (cathode ray tubes) or LCD or plasma screens with inputs for analogue video. Video that has been digitised during the first, second or third of this article s bites is fed to displays via the computerised innards of the DVR, NVR, virtual matrix, etc. Analogue or digital, the pan/tilt/zoom telemetry signals come from the CCTV operator s control keyboard or, for instance, automatic preset positions triggered by alarm sensors.

Recorders are almost universally digital these says, so exporting footage to give to others uses hard copy printers, CD, DVD or portable memory devices. I hope it s now apparent how many devices can be used to create a CCTV system from soup to nuts or literally from light into the camera to light into the operator s eye. However, when broken down into these three fundamental bite-sized stages, it is much easier to digest.

Simon Lambert BSc.(Hons), MIET, MASC is an independent CCTV consultant and principal of Lambert & Associates

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