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Gerald Narciso, brand journalist, Avigilon

Four ways HD surveillance users can reduce bandwidth

When organisations are considering the switch from analogue systems to network-based HD solutions, there's often the perception that bandwidth levels will increase significantly, as will the costs associated with expanding network and storage capabilities. While these concerns do have merit, the truth is that HD video surveillance need not take up as much bandwidth and storage space as you might expect, so long as the right tools are in place. Avigilon has come up with a short list of suggestions to demonstrate that bandwidth problems can be alleviated.

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Balaji Srimoolanathan.

The Algerian hostage crisis - a renewed call for oil & gas infrastructure security

The Algerian gas plant hostage crisis has yet again highlighted the vulnerability of oil & gas plants around the world. Although a wide majority of attacks on oil & gas incidents have happened in the Middle east and North Africa recently, the global nature of the oil & gas industry and the impact it has on global economies demands that serious consideration is given to securing critical infrastructure. Pipelines in the United States to refineries in China and other oil & gas infrastructure around the world face varying threat levels that range from information theft to a terrorist attack. The economic impact and financial damage of such attacks are significant. Being situated in remote locations should be a cause to invest in securing these infrastructures rather than an excuse for not having adequate security. This according to Balaji Srimoolanathan at Frost & Sullivan who here comments on the issue in depth.

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Coen van den Berg.

Remote maintenance: The key to 21st century customer care

Despite the obvious benefits of using remote maintenance solutions to service alarms and the exponential improvements we have seen in the technology itself, some installers are still reluctant to embrace the change. A desire for face-to-face interaction, tradition, and caution about the ramifications on their business model are the key hurdles. Coen van den Berg of Honeywell Security Group explores the issue in greater depth.

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The importance of moving towards open standards in physical access control

The future of security management lies in open standards because the full potential of today's technologies will be realised only by creating compatibility between different brands. With the development of an ONVIF standard for access control products, there will be savings in time and costs for manufacturers, installers and end-users and integration risks and problems will be minimised, claims Michael Lützeler, Innovation Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division.

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The latest advances in megapixel surveillance

With security becoming increasingly important, video surveillance has seen rapid growth over the past decade. Although the video surveillance market is currently dominated by analog solutions, IP surveillance is quickly catching up. IP surveillance refers to the transmission of digital media over IP networks. By leveraging digital and networking technologies, it provides the advantages of both fields. Digital technologies enable IP surveillance to provide video quality superior to analog CCTV systems. Video and audio compression techniques can be applied to reduce bandwidth and storage space requirements, and because data can be recorded onto digital storage media, storage costs are significantly reduced. Additionally, data can be analyzed automatically to provide more useful behavior information.

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Martijn Kolenbrander, IQinVision

Multi-megapixel cameras and how to solve the IP Video bandwidth dilemma

Megapixel cameras are becoming increasingly important for security applications. But there are still concerns about these high resolution cameras within the security market, how to transmit the pictures and to store them efficiently? Martijn Kolenbrander, Director of Business Develop-ment, for IQinVision, explains his view on multi-mega- pixel cameras and how to solve the storage and the problem with limited bandwidth.
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