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More in store for Samsung ‘Eco Partners’

Camera manufacturer enhances ‘STEP’ program, launched at ISC West
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07/25/2014

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Samsung’s strategic partners can more easily submit project registration, access training, and up-to-date pricing and other product information as part of enhancements the camera manufacturer is making to its Samsung Techwin Eco Partners (STEP) program.

Milestone research: Video, metadata, operational intelligence

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Interesting piece of news in my inbox this morning having to do with research that VMS provider Milestone Systems (recently acquired by Canon)  is working on.

The VMS provider is working with Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University, Securitas and Nabto, on a research project that looks at using video for operational intelligence.

The news release said that Milestone is putting some of the research into practice already. From the release: “Research that is ongoing in a 3-year project to develop technological innovations is already paying off: the latest release of Milestone XProtect 2014 launched a new metadata framework that vastly improves the speed of searching and analysis with the video software. … Milestone's software manages video for security uses, but can also support and optimize activities in production, logistics, marketing, sales, healthcare, intelligent buildings, environmental control, and other analytical applications. Thanks to the XProtect open platform architecture, other companies are integrating software applications with Milestone's video management software to adapt it for particular operational needs in different business sectors.”

The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation provided funding (DKK 15 million) for the project. The goal is “to interpret the recorded video material so the content can be described automatically.”

In a prepared statement, Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, Milestone VP of R&D said:
"We are still in phase one and expect to present to the market several new solutions for searching in metadata—the framework has already been released in XProtect 2014. During the next phases, we will do research among other things on how the software can learn to distinguish between normal and abnormal activity in video images. This means video surveillance can proactively give an alert before an incident occurs, and further enable use as a business tool in many more operational scenarios. … For example, if there is an accident or an assault at a bus station, the police or security personnel can search for the exact area where the incident happened by linking GPS coordinates with the video recordings from the buses, and within a few seconds they will have the relevant recording of the offender or other people involved.”
 
The release says that the metadata technology “can also be used with mobile phones as moving security cameras where GPS coordinates and compass information can be stored with the video. Operators thereby will know precisely where the video was recorded. Used in this way, mobile phones can increase security and safety, and threatening behavior can easily be proven. The technology can also be used as evidence of pollution emissions, for resolving insurance claims, or many other applications yet to be explored.”

De Fina joins SightLogix

Former head of Panasonic, Samsung, joins smart thermal camera manufacturer
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07/15/2014

PRINCETON, N.J.—Calling it the “next great company,” Frank De Fina announced today that he’s joining smart thermal camera manufacturer SightLogix as EVP of sales and marketing.

North American video surveillance market poised for rapid expansion

Author expects 'massive proliferation' of IP cameras during forecast period
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07/15/2014

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—With the technology becoming ever more sophisticated, video surveillance systems are on the verge of becoming an indispensible component of security systems worldwide. In the coming years, the growth of the North American market is expected to reflect that reality.

Costar Technologies buys CohuHD for $10m cash

Combined company has closed three deals already
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07/09/2014

COPPELL, Texas—In the month since it closed a $10 million cash deal to buy CohuHD, Costar Technologies and CohuHD have closed three deals together.

Monitronics, eDist Security team up

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07/01/2014

MAHWAH, N.J.—eDist Security, a wholesale distributor of surveillance and intrusion hardware based here, recently announced a new partnership with Monitronics, according to a news release.

Costar Technologies to buy CohuHD

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06/09/2014

COPPELL, Texas—Costar Technologies on June 4 announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CohuHD, the camera
products and video solutions division of Cohu.

VSaaS market worth about $2.39 billion by 2017

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06/03/2014

DALLAS—The global video surveillance as a service market is expected to reach $2.39 billion by 2017, expanding at a CAGR of 31.5 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets, a market research and consulting firm based here.

Brockton wants more surveillance

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05/29/2014

BROCKTON, Mass.—Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter is working on three video surveillance initiatives that he says will act to deter lawlessness and aid police in solving crimes, according to a report in the Brockton Enterprise.

Video may be required for Chicago gun shops

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05/29/2014

CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has outlined a plan to impose strict regulations on gun shops that open within city limits, including a requirement to record every sale on video, according to a CBS report.

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