Monthly Archive July 18, 2023


Thai security market: Insights and growth opportunities from Dahua Technology’s Managing Director

With a presence in the Thai market for nearly 15 years, Dahua Technology has established itself as a prominent player in the local market. As one of the leading suppliers in Thailand, Dahua, along with Hikvision, controls a significant portion of the video surveillance market.

Traditionally working with the commercial channel (distributors and resellers), in the last 18 months, Dahua Thailand also added a dedicated project team for B2B or B2G projects that works directly with SIs and assist in integration and software capabilities.

As part of our coverage of the Thai security market, we had a chance to interview Mr. Aaron Ding, MD of Dahua Technology (Thailand). In this interview, Mr. Ding shares his analysis of the current market trends and future potential and discusses the challenges and growth drivers that shape the Thai security market.

asmag: Overall, how did the Thai security market perform in 2022? What were some of the major growth drivers that you have seen?

Ding: In 2022, the security industry faced tremendous challenges. There was post-pandemic economic slowdown and rising interest rate, individuals and companies were spending less on new investment and renovation of ELV equipment. Despite the adversities, there were still opportunities in AI-enabled solutions like intelligent recognition.

asmag: How do you think the Thai security market will perform in 2023? Will it experience higher growth compared to 2022? Will growth be generated more by public sector or private sector?

Ding: Overall we predict a fast recovery and are optimistic about the Thai security market performance in 2023. Tourism is recovering, and this brought up a need for modernizing hotels, retail and all the other facilities that cater to tourists and need security solutions. Apart from hospitality, FDI in the manufacturing industries in Thailand will be resulting in a 25 percent growth compare with last year, according to public information. If we look specifically at Chinese FDI, electric car manufacturer BYD also setup a manufacturing facility in Rayong. The Chinese investment in factories in Thailand is growing and there is demand for security solutions. They need safety, security and production efficiency.

asmag: Do you feel there is any special demand in the market for a specific solution (e.g. access control, video surveillance, parking, time and attendance, biometrics, etc.)?

Ding: Parking management and traffic management are two demanding sectors. We have a comprehensive solution for traffic management that can intelligently sync with traffic lights and help with traffic violation enforcement. Another sector where there is big potential is intelligent parking systems. Parking in Thailand is complicated, most of the parking spots are private and have different rates and regulations. Dahua is looking to provide a more systematic parking experience, build an ecosystem that can help parking lot management become more efficient. Besides, EV car charging will be a special demand in the market for a specific solution. Installing cameras not only can provide record to help address any potential security issues but also help car owners easily find and book an available EV charging station.

asmag: What security technologies (AI, cloud, etc.) are trendy in Thailand? What user challenges/needs do they solve?

Ding: I think that AI will be a really important trend not just in Thailand but in any countries. DAHUA has accumulated over 5 years of technical expertise and a large number of global application cases in the field of AI technology. We have provided services to various industries in Thailand. For example, AI-based recognition can help make factories safer by making sure employees wear safety helmets to avoid accidents.

asmag: What would you describe as the biggest challenge for market growth?

Ding: I think the biggest challenges for the development of the security market are twofold. Firstly, the increasing demands of national regulations and compliance requirements, such as The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) in Thailand. Secondly, although the world’s technology industry is rapidly developing, there is still a shortage of talent in certain areas, such as AI technology and data analysis, this can affect companies’ ability to drive technological innovation and development.


Hikvision adds two new 5 MP ColorVu TurboHD cameras to its lineup

Hikvision, a manufacturer and supplier of security products and solutions that deliver the ideal combination of high performance and extreme value, introduces two new 5 MP ColorVu TurboHD camera models into its series of HD over analog products. The new 5 MP Non-Distorted ColorVu Audio Fixed Mini Bullet (DS-2CE10KF0T-FS) and the 5 MP Non-Distorted ColorVu Audio Fixed Turret (DS-2CE70KF0T-MFS0) cameras deliver high-definition imagery and 24/7 full-color visuals for the ultimate viewing experience.

John Xiao, Vice President of Marketing, Hikvision USA said, “The introduction of our 5 MP ColorVu TurboHD cameras means end users get crystal clear video and images over analog cabling, enhancing quality while eliminating the need to rip and replace existing cabling infrastructure.” He added that “Hikvision’s TurboHD lineup paired with innovative ColorVu technology is a game changer for customers who need outstanding quality and peace of mind.”

The new 5 MP ColorVu TurboHD Cameras promise no distortion during video preview or playback when applied to standard widescreen monitors. Integrated ColorVu technology further ensures consistently clear imaging day or night, capturing every detail in full color with absolute precision.

In addition to delivering high-quality imaging, the 5 MP ColorVu Bullet and Turret TurboHD Cameras are both equipped with a built-in microphone. This feature eliminates the need for an additional microphone and guarantees high-quality, real-time audio recording.

“By integrating a microphone directly into the cameras, we offer our customers an all-in-one solution for both video and audio recording,” said Xiao. “This ultimately simplifies installation and reduces costs while ensuring users experience high-quality, real-time audio alongside exceptional visuals.”

Since their launch, Hikvision’ s TurboHD Series of analog products have been applauded around the world for their amazing capabilities. Designed to work over existing coaxial cables to deliver HD video and images, TurboHD Cameras eliminate the need to rip and replace cables to upgrade to IP cameras. This allows security professionals to enhance their situational awareness without the hassle and expense of replacing existing infrastructure.

Source: Hikvision Date: 2023/07/13 Related tags: Hikvision, surveillance cameras


Hanwha Vision’s latest innovation the SolidEDGE camera set to revolutionize video surveillance

Hanwha Vision, a leading provider of innovative security and video surveillance solutions, has launched the latest addition to its lineup, the SolidEDGE camera. This camera, which comes in two models, the PNV-A6081R-E1T and PNV-A6081R-E2T, is the first real Solid State (SSD) drive-based camera with an embedded server on the market. This unique and powerful combination of a server-less cloud-managed solution via Wisenet WAVE Sync and a camera with built-in SSD storage provides unparalleled performance and reliability for businesses of all sizes and industries.

One of the most significant benefits of the SolidEDGE camera is running the Wisenet WAVE VMS on the EDGE; in other words, a true server-less solution. In the world of video surveillance, there has been a growing need for a more efficient and cost-effective solution to ensure safety and security. Traditional video surveillance systems require a separate server to manage the cameras, events, record, and playback, which can be costly and time-consuming to set up and maintain. With the SolidEDGE camera, there is no need for a separate server, which could be a more cost-effective and practical security solution for businesses and organizations. This innovative system provides high-quality, reliable video surveillance without needing a complicated setup or scheduling OS and security updates.

The SolidEDGE camera runs on the embedded Linux operating system with a powerful hardware system on the edge, featuring a quad-core CPU, a dedicated encoder, and 4GB of RAM. But the real star of the show is the built-in Rugged Industrial-Grade SSD, which not only hosts the recording server but also stores the recorded video. This feature provides several advantages over traditional surveillance systems.
The SSD hosts the recording of video, database, and WAVE installation files, ensuring that any incident is captured without any delay.
It makes the system more reliable since there is no need to rely on external servers or cloud storage.
The recorded video is more secure, as it is stored locally and is not susceptible to hacking or unauthorized access.

The SolidEDGE camera allows scalability and flexibility. As each EDGE camera can connect and record up to 5 additional cameras, organizations can easily expand their surveillance systems as their needs grow. In addition, it comes equipped with cloud video management using WAVE Sync, which enables users to remotely access and manage the surveillance system, keep the camera up-to-date, and seamlessly manage its video footage and data on-premise and from the cloud. This allows users to customize their surveillance system according to their specific needs easily.

The SolidEDGE security solution comes equipped with a host of key features that set it apart from traditional security solutions. Let’s take a closer look at each of these features.
Server-less Solution
The SolidEDGE camera comes with a built-in rugged SSD drive that hosts the WAVE VMS server, which eliminates the need for a separate server. It also comes with two storage options that users can choose from: the PNV-A6081R-E1T model with 1TB SSD storage or the PNV-A6081R-E2T model with 2TB SSD storage, depending on their needs. This saves not only costs but also space and maintenance time, making it a practical and convenient solution.
Flexible System Structure
Each SolidEDGE camera with Wisenet WAVE can add and record up to 5 additional cameras, bringing the total number of cameras per EDGE system to 6, including the SolidEDGE camera’s video stream. This enables users to customize and tailor the SolidEDGE cameras to meet their specific security needs, providing a customized and flexible system structure.
Cloud Video Management with WAVE Sync
The SolidEDGE system architecture allows for the use of WAVE Sync, giving additional flexibility to the system. This feature enables remote access and management of on-premise security systems from anywhere in the world.
System Scalability
The SolidEDGE camera can be scaled further by adding additional SolidEDGE cameras, providing additional flexibility to organizations looking to scale their video surveillance systems. The maximum bandwidth per server (camera) is 33Mbps and uses H.265 on the primary stream and H.264 on the secondary stream. This feature allows the system to grow with the user’s security needs without impairing performance.
SSD Status Management
The built-in SSD drive of the SolidEDGE camera offers reliable storage for video data within a wide range of operating temperatures. The SSD status management feature provides information on the health of the SSD drive, ensuring the system is running smoothly.
Next-Level Cybersecurity
The SolidEDGE camera uses a TPM 2.0 (FIPS 140-2 level 2) certified P series AI camera that validates the boot process, securely stores key information, and preempts hacking risk through unauthorized access blocking. This ensures the security of data stored in the system, protecting against unauthorized access and cyberattacks.
Reinforced Durability
The SolidEDGE camera has been designed with reinforced durability features. The metal-shielded RJ-45 terminal and enhanced grounding frame structures protect the camera from transient voltage, including lightning and static electricity. In addition, the hard-coated dome bubble encapsulating the camera provides better resistance to scratches from external stimuli, preventing the degradation of resolution by minimizing the scratches.
Improved Weather Resistance
The SolidEDGE camera has a built-in air vent that provides water vapor control. This prevents condensation and allows long-term use while maintaining performance.

To sum up, the SolidEDGE camera has proved to be a game-changer in the world of video surveillance. With a plethora of features, including the server-less solution, built-in SSD storage, flexible system structure, cloud video management, and enhanced cybersecurity, the camera has set a new standard in the industry. The SolidEDGE camera’s exceptional durability and weather resistance ensure the camera can withstand extreme conditions and provide uninterrupted surveillance. Overall, the SolidEDGE camera is ideal for organizations that demand a reliable, flexible, cost-effective, and advanced video surveillance solution. With unique features and advanced technology, the SolidEDGE camera offers unparalleled value to organizations of all sizes and industries.

Source: Hanwha Vision Date: 2023/07/17 Related tags: Hanwha Vision, IP cameras, security cameras


AI-low light surveillance: top firms share insights

Low-light surveillance solutions are becoming more and more sophisticated, thanks to recent advancements in hardware and software. Integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning has been the icing on the cake, enabling an incredible level of data capture.

Some of the leading video surveillance companies are at the forefront of this revolution, incorporating innovative strategies to take maximum advantage of cameras and algorithms. We recently spoke to Hikvision Digital Technology, Axis Communications, and Motorola Solutions to know more about their approach regarding this.

This article explores perspectives from these three companies and offers insights on how integrators can make use of what’s available in the market for better results.
AcuSense Technology from Hikvision
Hikvision has long demonstrated a deep engagement in the domain of low-light surveillance. Their proprietary AcuSense technology introduces a suite of intelligent features, empowering customers with a security solution that is not merely reactive but notably proactive.

“By integrating with AcuSense technology, our low-light imaging cameras can help achieve more security intelligence and effectively capture targets in true color,” said Rubio Hong, Product Director at Hikvision. “The AcuSense technology can distinguish persons and vehicles from other objects in the environment, minimizing false alarms triggered by animals, falling leaves, heavy rain, and other moving objects, which enables businesses and homeowners to focus security resources on real threats. While our low-light imaging cameras equipped with the Live Guard function can deter trespassers with visual and auditory warnings while sending notifications to users remotely.”

False alarm prevention is becoming increasingly important in today’s security scene. With the digital transformation of numerous industries, the number of alert events has increased exponentially. As more technology is integrated into the operations of businesses, households, and public safety groups, the volume of data produced – and hence the possibility for false alarms – has increased.

False alarms can be more than an annoyance; they can also be a considerable waste of resources. Responding to a false alarm frequently diverts law enforcement or security teams away from real dangers, compromising overall security preparation. Furthermore, these circumstances can lead to ‘alarm fatigue,’ in which many false alarms lead to complacency, increasing the danger of missing a legitimate alarm.

Furthermore, false alarms might have significant financial consequences. Repeated false alarm activations may result in fines in many jurisdictions, while in a commercial setting, they can result in lost labor and operational inefficiency. As a result, false alarm prevention is a critical performance measure for modern surveillance solutions and plays a vital part in establishing the technology’s return on investment.
Thermal and low-light performance with Axis Communications
Hiroshi Ochiai, Director of Alliances, Portfolio, and Customer Services in APAC for Axis Communications, said that one specific example here is the company’s edge-based intrusion detection analytics, AXIS Perimeter Defender with AI-based object classifications to be used with their thermal cameras.

“Using thermal cameras, you can visualize the scene even under complete darkness,” Ochiai said. “AXIS Perimeter Defender with AI-based functionality is based on deep learning algorithms, which can classify humans and vehicles without any user calibration. It provides optimal performance and greater reliability with fewer false alarms, even in challenging lighting and weather conditions. Another example is our edge-based object detection and classification analytics, AXIS Object Analytics.”

Utilizing AI-based algorithms, AXIS Object Analytics has the ability to detect, analyze, and classify various objects in a scene, including humans and vehicles. While this system is compatible with multiple cameras, it’s crucial to note that for optimal utilization of these analytics, effective low-light performance is essential. Ensuring adequate results in low light is key to reaping the full benefits of AXIS Object Analytics and ensuring accurate, reliable surveillance results.
Leveraging convolutional neural network with Motorola Solutions
Hamish Dobson, Corporate Vice President for Product – Video Security and Access Control at Motorola Solutions, pointed out that Avigilon cameras are built with AI-powered video analytics to extend the effectiveness of security teams by proactively flagging potentially critical events in need of attention without the need for constant live monitoring by security teams.

“On the H5A Thermal camera, we have evolved our AI-powered analytics engine to a higher level with dedicated Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) training for the thermal imagers, improving object detection and classification accuracy,” Dobson said. “Previously, the analytics could only classify objects when they were moving, but now objects can also be classified even if they remain stationary (e.g., a parked car or a person standing still). Another significant benefit of the H5A thermal camera is its object detection and classification speed. The camera’s analytics can instantly detect and classify an object (person or vehicle) in real-time.”

In the past, analytics systems relied heavily on tracking an object’s movement, taking several crucial seconds to identify its motion and shape before a classification could be issued. However, in the realm of perimeter security, this time lag can pose serious challenges.

For instance, a trespasser might move swiftly across a camera’s field of view, potentially remaining undetected without comprehensive camera coverage. Therefore, speed in detection and classification is of utmost importance, and the advancements in today’s technology are geared toward overcoming these latency issues for optimal security.
In short, the physical security industry is in a transformative period where technology is reshaping our approach to protection. Low-light surveillance solutions, backed by advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence, are becoming critical tools in our quest for safety and security.

Companies like Hikvision, Axis Communications, and Motorola Solutions are spearheading this revolution, offering increasingly sophisticated solutions that not only capture and analyze data but do so proactively, enhancing the effectiveness of security teams.

The strides made by such companies in AI-integrated surveillance solutions – whether it be Hikvision’s AcuSense technology, Axis Communication’s edge-based analytics, or Motorola’s use of Convolutional Neural Networks – represent a seismic shift in the surveillance industry. These developments are enabling accurate object detection and classification, even under challenging conditions, and minimizing false alarms, allowing businesses and homeowners to focus on genuine threats.

Source: Prasanth Aby Thomas, Consultant Editor Date: 2023/07/11 Related tags: low light