Security Bulletin Direct: August 2015

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Redvision’s SDK allows quick and simple integration with third party control systems.

Redvision provides a software development kit (SDK) to allow NVR and VMS manufacturers to integrate and control its new Full HD RVX-IP30™ PTZ and dome camera range. 

The SDK is presented in exactly the format control system developers require for comprehensive integration of all PTZ functionality.

Bill Mead, MD of Videcom Security Ltd, recently integrated the company’s VNR control system with Redvison’s RVX-IP30, explains. “Redvision is a product partner of Videcom Security. The company provided us with a Firmware and SDK package based on the ONVIF integration protocol. This allowed us to integrate our VNR control system with the RVX-IP30 rugged domes, for use in local authority applications, where we are widely used and specified.

“The integration of video cameras and control systems is key to the successful implementation of IP CCTV systems. To this end, Redvision provided their SDK in such a way that our developers could complete the integration within 24 hours. This turn-around is unheard of with most other camera manufacturers and testament to the clear and simple way the SDK is presented. Not only that, the integration is far more comprehensive than most. It includes variable speed PTZ operation, essential for applications with direct operator control, with almost no joy-stick latency. Wipers and IR lamps can be switched on and off and all pre-sets, night and day mode operation and tours are enabled through our VNR.”

Both the 1080p and 720p models of the RVX-IP30 HD camera share the same SDK integration. The 1080p model, with IR and white light illumination switched on, is effective up to 120 and 100 metres respectively, with operators recognising people at up to 40 metres. By comparison, the 720p model is effective up to a staggering 200 metres, with operators identifying people at 70 metres.

Video compression format options include H.264, MPEG4 or JPEG and both models have a 30x optical and 12x digital zoom.

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Grundig protects the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates.

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates is responsible for collecting, preserving, researching and documenting the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region.

It houses a collection of valuable, historical material of public and scientific relevance. Many of the items stored are irreplaceable, including maps, photographs, documents and books, which are preserved in highly controlled environments.

The state-of-the-art building includes a public, museum-style exhibition; a 600 seat auditorium; a 3-D Reality Hall; and vast archive storage areas. Its importance is hugely significant and its effective protection is mission-critical.

Telectron, a well-respected and well-established integrator in the UAE, was chosen to design and install a new, networked security and CCTV system. The system provides alarm notifications, 24/7 visual surveillance and archives all video data. Telectron used 140 Grundig IP cameras; 95x GCI-K1523D, 2 megapixel (2MP) indoor dome cameras positioned within the building; 20x GCI-K1585V, 2MP, vandal-resistant, external dome cameras around the building exterior and site perimeter; 5x GCI-K1812W in the elevator and an additional 20x 3MP, GCI-F0505B box cameras for high resolution images and recording. The cameras were positioned around the entire site, including the museum areas, entrances, public areas and server room. A Milestone Corporate Level VMS system manages and controls the system, which can be viewed from a number of remote locations and monitored centrally.

The new security system is a success. Mr Fadi El Khoury, Head of Technical Support at the National Archives commented, “In a prestigious application like this one, it is essential that no cameras fail, as this would compromise site security and put priceless, irreplaceable artefacts at risk. The National Archive is now exceptionally well-protected and any incident or potential risk can be addressed appropriately and immediately.”

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ComNet introduces the next generation of transmission products

10/100/1000 Mbps intelligent, redundant ring, Gigabit switch with optional PoE+ up to 60W

The new CNGE2+2SMS switch allows installers to build an IP Surveillance network without IT expertise or specialist programming knowledge. The switch aids setup and eliminates programming, so no laptop is required. It is significantly more cost-effective than managed switch solutions and around 50 to 75% faster to install. Weighing only 200 grams and measuring 10.4 × 9.4 × 3.7 cm, the CNGE2+2SMS is probably the smallest switch available on the market, making it ideal for use in confined spaces.

See datasheet here.

Extending Ethernet distances over Coax or RJ-45 cable

CopperLine® from ComNet allows installers to re-use existing coaxial or UTP cable and convert it to Ethernet. CopperLine® now comes with two new PoE options - 15W PoE and PoE+ (30W). These have extended transmission distances of 914m for UTP and 1,524m for Coax.

For more information:

View the individual CopperLine® product series, including datasheets, from ComNet’s website:

Ethernet-over-Copper Extender with 30W PSE PoE+ CL(L,R)FE(X)POE(C,U)

Ethernet-over-Copper Extender with Pass-Through PoE CLFE(X)EO(C,U)

Mini Ethernet-over-Coax Extender remote units CLRFE1EOC(P,E)/M

10/100 4TX+1EX Ethernet self-managed switch with PoE+ CLFE4+1SMS[POE](C,U)

Do you need help in choosing the right Ethernet products for your network?

Contact the ComNet Design Centre now for free assistance. This service is available Monday to Friday. Call +44 (0)113 307 6409 and ask for the Design Centre, or contact us by email at

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Pelco, by Schneider Electric, launches the Spectra Enhanced Full HD, high speed dome with SureVision 2.0 WDR.

Pelco by Schneider Electric launched the new Spectra Enhanced Full HD, high speed PTZ dome at IFSEC 2015, with 20X or 30X optical zoom options. 

The Spectra Enhanced dome is a security industry market leader, for image quality and overall performance. It delivers a massive 60 images per second frame rate; includes electronic image stabilisation to eliminate vibration noise; and has SureVision 2.0 wide dynamic range (WDR), with 130dB, to ensure high quality video images are produced in the most demanding lighting conditions. An image ‘Defog’ function helps tackle challenging environmental conditions, as does Visibility Enhancement Mode.

Smooth and fast PTZ control with very low latency makes the Spectra Enhanced dome easy to operate with precise operator control. Pelco’s full suite of behavioral analytics provides built-in intelligence, including camera sabotage and directional motion detection.

Single cable HPOE and PoE+ ensure simple installation and ONVIF Profile-S and Profile-G compliance guarantee integration with a wide range of leading VMS platforms and NVR control systems. The Spectra Enhanced dome offers 32GB of local recording via SD Card. It is extremely robust and uses a dome bubble that is optimised for HD video to ensure clear and crisp images with minimal distortion. Stainless steel options are available for saline environments.

The Spectra Enhanced Full HD PTZ dome is ideal for surveillance applications where high quality video, precise operation and analytics functionality are required, in virtually any lighting condition.

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eneo launches the eneo CXTEND range of HD-TVI cameras and DVRs.

eneo CXTEND is eneo’s new range of HD-TVI (High Definition - Transport Video Interface) cameras and DVRs. HD-TVI technology enables the transmission of Full HD video over coaxial cable, at distances of up to 500m. 

Pricing is similar to that of analogue products and resolutions compare with Full HD, IP products, so eneo CXTEND should have a significant impact on the traditional analogue market.

“The eneo CXTEND range comprises 4, 8 and 16 channel DVRs and cameras in bullet, box, fixed dome and PTZ formats,” explained Jochen Elsesser, Business Development and Marketing Director at eneo. “The eneo CXTEND cameras are compatible with our existing camera mounts and brackets. Both, eneo CXTEND economy and premium cameras offer 720p and 1080p video. In addition, the premium cameras offer an advanced feature set, which includes auto-focus zoom (AFZ) modules; wide dynamic range (WDR); pointing zoom; HLC / BLC / 3DNR and Sens Up; and UTC (up the coax) which enables camera set-up and PTZ control. The DVRs record both HD-TVI and analogue video streams for ultimate flexibility and also support audio recording. All eneo CXTEND HD-TVI products inter-operate with our user-friendly, central control and image transmission iRAS software, which manages up to 1024 analogue, IP and HD-TVI cameras in a single system.”

eneo’s CXTEND camera range, the 4 channel 720p real-time DVR and the 16 channel 1080p real-time DVR will be available at the beginning of September 2015. The economy 8 and 16 channel DVRs, with 720p real-time and 1080p recording at reduced frame rates, will be available later in the year.

Jochen added, “HD-TVI combines IP image quality with the simple, plug-and-play installation of analogue technology, using the same familiar BNC connections. Unlike IP CCTV solutions, HD-TVI is unaffected by bandwidth limitations, with each camera connected directly to the DVR. This means there is no latency, making HD-TVI ideal for applications where responsive PTZ operator control is required.”

HD-TVI helps installers to offer a cost-effective, Full HD video solution, which re-uses the analogue coaxial cables already fitted on a site. HD-TVI is an open technology, so eneo’s DVRs and cameras are compatible with other manufacturers’ HD-TVI cameras and recorders. Remote access and control is enabled via a broadband connection.

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