From Avigilon -- Avigilon Control Center High Definition (HD) surveillance software now offers support for industry leading cameras developed by Panasonic, Axis, and Sony. Avigilon has joined the Panasonic Solution Developer Network, the Axis Application Development Partner Network, and the Sony IPELA Security Solutions Affiliate Program as part of the company’s commitment to delivering an open and integrated HD and megapixel video surveillance solution.

“In an effort to help our customers implement comprehensive security solutions, we are committed to ensuring that our HD and megapixel video surveillance solution integrates with the industry’s leading IP cameras,” said Dave Tynan, vice-president of global sales at Avigilon.

Avigilon Control Center 4.0 will record and manage video from a wide range of third party IP cameras and analog encoders for the purpose of building hybrid systems and preserving existing assets. Management of surveillance video from third party cameras and analog encoders will be in their native compression format, including H.264, MPEG4, or MJPEG.

From STOPware – Their ready-made kiosk application solution is at ISC West this week. On display is their PassagePoint Global v10 Visitor Management Solution integrated with an innovative Meridian Kiosk design. The secure kiosks provide a visitor self-registration solution that is optimized for busy lobbies with high traffic or unsupervised/unstaffed lobbies, using STOPware's PassagePoint technology.

The PassagePoint Kiosks guide visitors through the sign-in process, finding their host, scanning their driver license, business card, visitor e-pass or entering their name and company. A photo is taken with the built in camera and the system generates a professional visitor badge, all within seconds. PassagePoint’s streamlined registration process can ensure that the visitor is not on a list of barred persons and notify management that the visitor has arrived. The Self Registration solution is an efficient way to manage unmanned lobbies, quickly process approved visitors and reduce workflow at the front desk.

From IDenticard -- The new PremiSys Access Control System provides advanced features and versatility for facilities of any size, from a small office building to a complex network of facilities. PremiSys also incorporates IDenticard's expressionsID® card design and badge making system along with IP addressable hardware and customizable user roles.

PremiSys features include dynamic mapping capability that enables monitoring of alarms, relays, and doors through a floor plan/graphic map interface. An anti-passback feature prevents the reuse of a card to access the same area within a specified period of time, or until the card is used to exit the area. Anti-passback also incorporates occupancy limits to control the number of cardholders who enter an area. ADA compliance extends door time for cardholders with disabilities.

From GE Security -- The Facility Commander Wnx v7.5, the next generation of the company’s integrated security management software platform, provides real-time monitoring, command and control, automation, database administration and report management under a unified system.

A complete end-to-end solution, Facility Commander Wnx v7.5 is an ideal solution for businesses seeking to self-monitor and self-manage security operations over their existing IT network infrastructure. Integrating access control, photo identification credentialing, video surveillance and alarm monitoring under one platform ensures customers have immediate access to information; thereby reducing the response time to potential security threats.

Operated under the familiar Windows operating system, Facility Commander Wnx v7.5 is fully scalable from a single server 2-doors system all the way to a true, global multi-server solution with client redundancy device failover and over 4,000 readers per server. These capabilities and design allow Facility Commander Wnx 7.5 to serve the security needs of even the largest global entities. New features of the Facility Commander Wnx v7.5 include Windows Vista compatibility, mode event trigger, reporting enhancements, jet way door delay and automatic discontinuance on non-used credentials.

From Dortronics -- Its new 4900 Series Intelligent Interlock System, introduced at ISC West, is a programmable logic controller (PLC)-based system programmed with standard interlock configurations or can be customized for almost any operational requirements. Should changes be required after installation, an updated program file can be emailed for download on-site.  

Mantrap configurations are common for applications such as casino cash handling, data centers and clean rooms. Mantraps involve two sets of doors that surround a small space at the entrance of a facility. Typically, the first set of doors must be locked behind someone entering the facility before the second set of doors is opened, thus offering added security and the ability to lock all doors in case of an alarm to trap a suspect inside the space.

Dortronics' 4900 Series provides scalable hardware. The PLC controller will handle 33 inputs and 33 outputs and can be expanded to accommodate in excess of 128 inputs and 128 outputs. The modular design of the 4900 Series Intelligent Interlock Processor enables control of any sized door interlock project. Standard I/O modules and expansion relay modules provide cost-effective configurations for most mantrap designs. Additional standard and special-order modules can be combined to provide custom solutions.

From Scallop Imaging – The firm is publicly demonstrating its Digital Window D7 security and surveillance camera this week at the ISC West Security Conference and Exposition. The D7 camera is a seven megapixel, 180° field of view camera. It delivers very high performance and processes over 100 megapixels/sec. to create three digital video streams simultaneously: a 180° field of view situational awareness video, sized for viewing on standard displays; an instantly repositionable zoom window at full sensor resolution at 15 fps; and a complete seven megapixel 180° field of view at one fps. The camera creates its video streams by distributing the imaging task over five camera modules, and thus exhibits no fisheye distortion. Demonstrations will be conducted during the exhibition hours in booth #8145A, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, through Friday.

The D7 camera has state-of-the-art features including Power over Ethernet, and compression using bandwidth and storage-sparing H.264, as well as traditional MJPEG. In addition, the system features two-way audio support and binaural microphones, a battery-backed real-time clock, and an ambient temperature sensor. The video streams can be viewed remotely through a web browser interface. A single Digital Window camera can replace several fixed or Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras, enabling significant cost savings in both cameras and network video recorders required in a security system.

From American Fibertek – It showed off several feature enhancements to its powerful V’nes Pilot Series Video and Network Management Software here at ISC West 2009. Feature enhancements include H.264 compatibility and a Web interface to provide advanced levels of integration and operational functionality. 

Upgrades to AFI’s V’nes Pilot Series Video and Network Management Software include: full integration with H.264 video compression technology; a web interface; improved viewing features including storing views on the fly, search and view while watching and multiple playbacks; alarm interface from any external source; and a video capture driver for USB devices such as webcams.

These new enhancements are in addition to upgrades to the Pilot software which were introduced last fall, including an individual camera viewing time line for easy access and immediate camera playback; megapixel camera integration with PTZ and dual screen viewing; programmable alarm pop up screens; and expanded driver integration for Arecont and SANYO IP cameras.

From Panasonic – The ISC West booth features the company’s mega Super Dynamic imaging technology and streaming of H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG compression formats. The 3.0 megapixel cameras provide images at 30 frames per second in H.264 format (in 1.3 megapixel mode). The i-Pro WV-NW502S Vandal-Resistant Fixed Dome camera and WV-NP502 box camera incorporate Panasonic's mega Super Dynamic (mega SD) camera technology with 128x dynamic range, Adaptive Black Stretch technology to make dark areas more visible, and face detection technology to better identify subjects. 

Panasonic’s new Super Dynamic megapixel cameras can transmit multiple video streams simultaneously – including H.264, MPEG-4 and JPEG – to enable both real-time monitoring and high-quality recording. JPEG mode allows up to a 3.0 megapixel image, and image compression in JPEG mode can be changed by an alarm to provide a higher quality image.

The cameras’ advanced mega Super Dynamic image technology allows more sensitivity for lower light levels (1.0 lux color and 0.08 lux black-and-white at F1.4 in 1.3 megapixel mode) for clear images even when light is dim, which is ideal for 24-hour surveillance. The cameras also incorporate progressive scan megapixel CCDs that deliver clear images with less motion blur and no tearing even when subjects are moving. Additional performance features include a primary (RGB) color filter for superior color reproduction, Adaptive Digital Noise Reduction to adjust to changing viewing conditions, and Auto Back Focus (ABF) that adjusts the positioning of the CCD sensor to provide accurate focus in both color and black-and-white modes and reduce post-installation intervention.