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The global value of IP camera sales is close to 50% of total CCTV cameras sold worldwide, but they are not plug and play…

December 19th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Photo of Frank Crouwel, Managing Director of NW Systems GroupClose to the tipping point

During 2014, the global value of IP camera sales is set to reach the tipping point when compared with analogue CCTV cameras, according to the leading analyst covering the global surveillance and analytics market IHS (formerly IMS Research).  Jon Cropley, IHS’ lead analyst covering the surveillance market explains:

“The video surveillance equipment markets in EMEA and the Americas have already reached a ‘tipping point’ where revenues from network video surveillance equipment exceed those from analogue equipment. At a global level this is not forecast to occur until 2014 due to the continued growth of the market for analogue equipment in Asia.”

IHS’ global report on the video surveillance market based on 2013 sales (which should be out by June 2014) may even reveal that the global ‘value tipping point’ has already arrived – spurred on by rapid migration to IP video in China and the rest of the Far East.

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Wider deployment of IP Video in UK manufacturing

November 29th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

ip-video-manufacturingUK Manufacturing is slowly moving its process control systems from a range of proprietary transmission protocols to IP-based systems transmitting data across Ethernet infrastructures. This move opens up the potential for IP Video to be added to the mix of process and safety monitoring and control equipment on UK production lines.

Ethernet becoming ubiquitous on the factory floor

When you investigate the world of manufacturing today what hits you straight away is the range and sophistication of equipment used to monitor and control modern production lines.  Often at the heart of any industrial automation system is the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), connected with an array of automation and safety components such as Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), drives, servos, inverters, sensors, cameras, safety controllers and many more control devices.

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NEW: LILIN Z-series. What’s different?

November 28th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

lilin-zr6122Part of their popular iMEGAPRO camera range, LILIN have launched the new Z-series of network cameras. The Z-series is different in that the cameras benefit from a handy new feature: ‘auto-focus with zoom’ using a motorised lens. The auto-focus feature makes installation a doddle, allowing remote, optimised focussing by a simple click.

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Mobotix further improves low light performance with MxLEO

November 22nd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

With the latest release of the MOBOTIX camera firmware comes MxLEO, their further advancements to improve low light performance within the MOBOTIX multi-megapixel camera range. MxLEO was demonstrated to us at the Mobotix International Partner Conference that took place in Germany earlier this week.

MxLEO example image showing performance with and without MxLEO activated

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NEW: Axis Q604-E outdoor PTZ dome series. What are the improvements from the Q603-E range?

November 13th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Early this December Axis Communications are launching the new Q604-E range of outdoor PTZ dome network cameras to replace the existing Q603-E range. With 360° endless panning, 20° above horizon tilt and optical zoom abilities up to 36x, all the Axis Q60-E models provide high performance, high-end surveillance. So what’s new and what’s the difference between models?

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Axis M30-VE IP camera series expanded with new M3026-VE 3 megapixel camera

October 29th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

axis_m3024-ve-blogAxis have announced the launch of the M3026-VE network camera featuring a 105° wide viewing angle and 3 megapixel progressive scan CMOS sensor, complementing the already popular M3024-LVE and the M3025-VE that were launched only this summer as part of the new Axis M30-VE outdoor mini dome range.

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How will UK schools and colleges take advantage of their early lead in IP video adoption over the next few years?

October 23rd, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

New school buildingThe Blair-led Government unveiled the largest UK schools spending programme for 50 years back in 2004. This unprecedented £55bn investment programme which was called Building Schools for the Future (BSF) led to the construction of more than 70 new schools and the extension and rebuilding of many more. It also triggered a colossal investment in ICT equipment across UK state schools. Annual investment rose from £683m in 1996/7, the year before New Labour came to power, to over £5bn per annum at its peak. Spending on ICT equipment was supported by a specific annual grant which in 2007-8 alone was £113,000 per secondary school and £34,000 per primary school.

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Useful examples of pixel density in network cameras

October 22nd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

We are frequently being asked to give examples of what different pixel densities look like and we’d thought it would be useful to address this FAQ in a visual blog post. So here we go…

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Useful frame rate comparison tool

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

To make it easier to understand the visual differences between frame rate options, we thought we’d share this handy video frame rate comparison tool with you, and make it available as a free download.

The tool allows you to easily visualise different frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 30 fps, and how this appears as video footage, and is ideal for helping you decide which frame rate best suits your requirements.

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UK retailers gather vital business intelligence (BI) using network video

September 11th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

We are noticing increasing deployment of IP-based surveillance cameras to help UK retailers to find operational efficiencies as well as reduce shrinkage. Indeed this trend is confirmed in a key finding from an August 2012 CCTV in Retail survey of 700 UK retailers conducted by the Centre for Retail Research. The study, which was commissioned by Axis Communications, found that 58% of UK retailers plan to migrate from analogue-based CCTV to a new network video system in order to integrate network cameras with business intelligence (BI) applications. BI application integration was the most significant reason for UK retailers to move to network video, or IP Surveillance as it is sometimes called.

So what are these retail-specific BI applications? We were interested to see many of them were geared to capturing and understanding in-store customer behaviour better and flagging up areas for potential improvement.

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