Video management software, IP video for the police and even a ultra-tiny cameras were part of the buzz at the opening day of ISC West in Las Vegas. Check out these solutions.

From VideoIQ – It’s showing off major new capabilities in the latest version of its VideoIQ View video management and camera/encoder software. View is a complete video management software suite included with the VideoIQ iCVR family of intelligent video surveillance cameras and encoders that provides customers with the highest level of proactive security protection available. View taps the iCVR’s capabilities to verify and manage security alarms, stream live surveillance video and search recorded video, among many other features and functionalities.

“The latest version of VideoIQ View software provides a number of valuable new capabilities, particularly in the area of alarm notification, analytic capability, recording flexibility and video review,” said Scott Schnell, CEO of VideoIQ, Inc. “Customers appreciate the intelligence and networking advantages of the iCVR, and View does a great job of making these breakthrough capabilities easy and accessible.”

VideoIQ View features include:

Browser access to both live video and alarm clips – In addition to accessing cameras and encoders from the VideoIQ View professional client, iCVR customers can now easily access recorded alarm clips, view live video and perform select administrative functions from a web browser.

Automatic e-mail notification – When security threats are detected, the iCVR can directly e-mail alarm messages to a user-defined list. Recipients then use a web browser to instantly access both the recorded alarm video clip and the live stream from the camera – enabling end-users or service providers to evaluate the threat immediately and contact appropriate authorities from any location or supported device.

Recorded video export – Users can create self-running evidence CDs for authorities or forensic investigators, including both event notification clips and complete, high-quality video event records. All video is watermarked for tamper proofing, and analytic markers can be shown or hidden as a playback option.

Full-screen video display – Enables users to zoom to full-screen display of video from any iCVR camera or encoder, providing a closer look at live video or recorded events.

From Arecont Vision – an H.264 MegaDome series of cameras come in color or day/night versions and with 1.3, 2, 3 or 5 megapixel sensors/ The new dome cameras incorporate Arecont Vision's fully-compliant implementation of H.264 (MPEG 4, Part 10) compression that uses up to 10 times on average less bandwidth and storage compared to megapixel counterparts using MJPEG compression.

From Supercircuits -- The benefits of covert video surveillance are becoming more evident as the criminal population becomes more adept at recognizing and avoiding visible cameras. Supercircuits is ahead of the curve on this issue and has long offered the most comprehensive line of covert video surveillance solutions available. With hundreds of micro video cameras in every conceivable form factor, a huge selection of micro video recorders and wireless transmitters/receivers, and available customization for any application, Supercircuits leads the industry in covert surveillance. “We have the ability to embed a covert camera into just about any appliance, utility or body-worn object,” said George Farley, Vice President of Marketing, Supercircuits. “Our extensive line of micro-sized cameras, recorders and transmitters allows our customers to surveil any situation while remaining virtually undetectable.”

From IndigoVision -- Grand Prairie Police Department, Texas, has transformed the way it uses CCTV after installing a complete integrated IP Video solution from IndigoVision. Replacing an ageing and unreliable VCR/analog system, which was used primarily for video archive, the new system is being used as an active tool to help manage the facility. As with most law enforcement facilities Grand Prairie PD has a complex security environment, mixing all the normal Police operations, with a short-term detection facility and areas that require public access. A reliable CCTV system, delivering the very highest quality video images, is therefore an essential tool for the Police Department.

The 40 camera system was installed by Metroplex Control Systems. Much of the original analog CCTV equipment was reused, including cameras and the video matrix. This allowed the original control room configuration to remain largely unchanged. In addition CCTV workstations running IndigoVision’s ‘Control Center’ software were installed around the facility to allow users such as the Jail Commander, Police Chief and Internal Investigation to remotely monitor live and recorded video. In the event of an incident this allows the Jail Commander to oversee the emergency response without the need to be in the cell blocks.

Commenting on the project, Sgt. Blaine Smith, Grand Prairie PD Jail Commander said, “Moving to the IndigoVision system gives me the freedom to manage my facility in a whole new way. Its extensive features give us tools we never imagined were available and its forensic level video is phenomenal.”

Video from all the cameras is continuously recorded for 30 days using four 1 TB standalone Network Video Recorders (NVRs). Audio from 5 cameras is also stored alongside the video. Audio and video are fully synchronized and guaranteed not to drop frames, even at maximum frame rate – an important benefit for law enforcement as unsynchronized video and audio is not admissible as evidence in court. Evidential quality video can be exported from multiple cameras for use in court or as is the case with the Department, specific incidents which they export onto CD for archive.

“The system has already proved useful in resolving issues with the bond desk clerk and disgruntled citizens over bond related payments and services,” added Smith. “The system is also being used to effectively document disagreements between inmates.”

From Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc. (BRS Labs) – The latest version of its AISight Cognitive Video Analytics software works with all Pan, Tilt, Zoom (PTZ) cameras. Until now, video analytic products could control only the positioning of PTZ cameras, because the constant movement of the camera renders rules-based systems ineffective. This new release of AISight takes visual input from the various positions of a PTZ camera; automatically learns and stores what activities and behaviors are normal for each view; and generates real-time alerts that notify appropriate security personnel of potentially threatening abnormal behaviors, all without human involvement or training. AISight requires no pre-programming or extensive setup, so customers can have it up and running on large-scale video surveillance networks in just a few days instead of the months required by other products.

From Axis Communications – It’s displaying a high-performance, four-channel standalone video encoder with H.264 video compression. The full-featured AXIS Q7404 Video Encoder integrates four analog CCTV cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system. “The AXIS Q7404 provides outstanding performance with multiple full frame rate video streams in all resolutions from all four video channels,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications, Inc. “The AXIS Q7404 further delivers superb video quality and significant savings in bandwidth and storage with H.264 compression. The video encoder provides a cost-effective way for analog CCTV systems to obtain the benefits of network video without having to replace analog surveillance cameras. Users gain intelligent video features such as camera tampering and video motion detection, as well as built in audio capabilities."

The highly efficient H.264 video compression format drastically reduces bandwidth and storage requirements without compromising image quality. The video encoder also supports Motion JPEG for increased flexibility. At least three streams of full frame rate video can be provided from each channel. Video streams can be individually configured with different compression formats, resolutions and frame rates to maximize efficiency for different uses.