technologies

Sony Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Magnetic Tape Cartridges

As LTO storage technology is beginning to take root in the video surveillance retention market, a lawsuit such as this described below, could ultimately reduce the number of sources to obtain this storage technology and would more than likely increase costs thus stunting the acceptance of this technology in the physical security market. With companies like Quantum and SpectraLogic and others showcasing the low-cost option of long-term video retention when using LTO storage technologies, such a supply-chain lawsuit will not help grow this market.

Sony, Bosch Security Partner For Video Security Solutions

The partnership will integrate Sony’s unique imaging technologies, such as high resolution solutions like 4K and terrific light sensitivity, with Bosch’s state-of-the-art video analytics and bitrate management. Bosch’s technology will help interpret data as well as achieve highly efficient bitrates with minimum storage requirements. Their combined technological capabilities in video surveillance will enable the companies to create solutions that deliver optimum image quality in all lighting conditions, in addition to superior video analytics and bitrate performance. Thus, this will set new standards in high-resolution and low light video imaging.

GuardRFID Releases Low Cost Proximity Tag Exciter

Guard RFID Solutions Inc. announced today that it had released a new device that enables detection of tagged people or assets within a confined area or at close range. This device is suitable for applications that require room-level or bed-level location capability in hospitals, for example. The Proximity Tag Exciter (PTE) creates a tag capture zone whose radius can be adjusted precisely to fit the application’s tag detection range requirements.

The Terrifying “Smart” City of the Future

Smart cities are loosely defined as urban centers that rely on digital technology to enhance efficiency and reduce resource consumption. This happens by means of ubiquitous wireless broadband, citywide networks of computerized sensors that measure human activities (from traffic to electricity use), and mass data collection that analyzes these patterns.

Easy IP Migration Using Existing Networking Cables

Choice, cost savings, speed of deployment, and convenience. That is what the reuse of existing cables can offer end-users when they are looking to migrate their existing analogue based surveillance, access control or intercom system, to IP transmission. For decades, tens of millions of analogue-based CCTV cameras have been connected to recording & control equipment via coax cable. Also, about 80% of analogue cameras installed via coax have cable runs greater than the defacto Ethernet standard of 100m; typically being in the range of 150-200m.

Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Police leaders who have deployed body-worn cameras say there are many benefits associated with the devices. They note that body-worn cameras are useful for documenting evidence; officer training; preventing and resolving complaints brought by members of the public; and strengthening police transparency, performance, and accountability. In addition, given that police now operate in a world in which anyone with a cell phone camera can record video footage of a police encounter, body-worn cameras help police departments ensure events are also captured from an officer’s perspective.

Sharp Develops Night-Vision Camera That Captures Color Video in Total Darkness

Sharp Corporation has developed the industry’s first infrared color night-vision camera capable of capturing color video in pitch-dark (zero lux) environments. The new infrared color night-vision camera will be marketed to corporate customers such as security camera system manufacturers. It uses near-infrared light for illumination to enable color images to be captured in total darkness (zero lux) – a first for the industry.

As Florida Bans Use of Biometric IDs in Schools, Other States Scale Back on Big Brother

The sun sets on biometric tracking technology in schools, for now in Florida. Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation’s schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students’ ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student’s fingerprint, the iris of an eye, or a vein in a palm.

State Lawmakers Continue to Place Restrictions on Biometrics in Schools

Several U.S. states have implemented bans or restrictions on the use of biometric technologies in schools as concerns over student privacy have increased in response to recent breaches of government and commercial databases, according to a report by The PEW Charitable Trusts. Earlier this year, Florida became the first state in the nation to ban the use of biometric identification in its schools.

EIZO Broadens IP Camera Compatibility of DuraVision FDF2304W-IP Security and Surveillance Monitor With ONVIF Support

EIZO Corporation announced that the DuraVision FDF2304W-IP 23-inch IP monitor for security and surveillance will be updated to support the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), a global standard for the interface of IP-based security products.

The DuraVision FDF2304W-IP features connection to multiple IP cameras via LAN cable for efficient video monitoring without the need for a PC. The monitor was launched in February of 2014 supporting compatibility with Panasonic brand cameras. With the update, ONVIF support broadens compatibility to extend to other major global camera makers including Axis, Bosch, Sony, and JVC. Expanding the range of cameras usable with the monitor increases flexibility of installation and ensures interoperability with more products for secure investment.