Prague, February 24-26, 2009

PRAGOALARM - new trends in the security market. PRAGOALARM and PRAGOSEC fair took place in Prague between February 24 - 26, 2009.
At the leading world (IFSEC - Birmingham) and regional (Security Essen, ISC West Las Vegas, SecuTech - Taipei) specialized fairs, the manufacturers often show new solutions, testing the market. Many of the solutions are still in the design phase, and a considerable part of them will never be accepted by the market.
This is different to national fairs. Most who participate in the events are distributors, the only solutions presented are trade offers, majority of the devices have proved their market value and the companies sell them on a regular basis.
Pragoalarm/Pragosec is focused mainly on Czech and Slovak market, so it is an interesting overview of the prevailing trends in the security sector of these countries.

The main tendencies that could be observed:
  • strong reduction of simple alarm systems installed in buildings - majority of the functions of control centers/panels become a part of the basic hardware and software solutions implemented in DVRs/NVRs - only several companies offered intrusion alarm systems and equipment,
  • growing role of biometric access control systems,
  • wide offer of CCTV devices for end users (compact cameras with IR illuminators, simple DVRs), which is connected with increasing interest of small property and business owners (e.g. one-family homes, small stores),
  • professional CCTV systems are dominated by megapixel solutions; PTZ cameras, so popular in recent years in city surveillance, become "less visible",
  • the largest stands were occupied by Siemens - due to special interest in Czech market (company's exposition), and by Samsung - due to unquestioned leadership in electronics (exposition organized by the distributor),
  • visible activity of Asian manufactures looking for new markets - domestic trade fairs provide opportunity for direct contacts with local distributors.

A strong point of the event was participation of the Czech and Slovak DIPOL associates, presenting an offer of megapixel cameras for city monitoring. The recordings from the video surveillance system in Tvrdosin, Slovakia, made with use of 2 Mpx cameras and the live broadcast from the viewing camera pointed at Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, Poland, gained a wide interest because of high video quality.
During the conference, Mr. Patrik Serek from DIPOL Slovakia gave a lecture entitled "Megapixel revolution in city video surveillance".
The dominant theme at the stand of Czech and Slovak DIPOL associates was:
A megapixel revolution
Monitoring of a stadium
- an image from analog camera
The same area captured
by a 3.0 Mpix camera
Clicking on the pictures you can notice the difference in resolution between the two cameras.
Megapixel cameras
IP Camera ULTICAM DS-852MF-E (2.0 Mpix)
K1441 - 2.0 Mpix IP camera ULTICAM - modern, advanced megapixel camera for very competitive price
Compact IP Camera: Pixord P405M (1.3 Mpix)
1.3 Mpix IP Dome Camera: ACTi ACM-3401
Megapixel IP Camera: IQinVision IQ755 <br />(5.0 Mpix, Day/Night, PoE)
Outdoor Megapixel IP Camera: ACTi ACM-1231
1.3 Mpix IP Camera: ACTi ACM-5601
K1135 - 1.3 Mpix
K1314 - 1.3 Mpix
K1433 - 5 Mpix
K1511- 1.3 Mpix
K1513 - 1.3 Mpix
Megapixel recording
ULTISYSTEM is a unique in the world surveillance suite that effectively combines local CCTV systems with city surveillance.
The software allows to record video streams from megapixel cameras of all well-known manufacturers.
It is an unparalleled management platform for the latest video surveillance solutions.
ULTISYSTEM - city surveillance suite
ULTISYSTEM - main features
  • support for megapixel cameras
  • cooperation with ULTIMAX DVRs that got Gold Medal of Intertelecom 2008
  • access (from the monitoring center) to analog cameras in local monitoring systems (connected to DVRs)
  • the recordings stored on DVRs are copied to the server (additional data protection)
  • access (from the monitoring center) to PTZ functions of local cameras
  • integrated management of megapixel, IP, and analog cameras
  • flexible configuration allowing to built custom-tailored CCTV systems
Software Package: ULTISYSTEM (12 channels)
Software Package: ULTISYSTEM (16 channels)
Software Package: ULTISYSTEM (32 channels)
4 channels
12 channels
16 channels
32 channels
Tvrdosin in Slovakia - the sign of a new trend in video surveillance
In the evening, a woman returns home along a sidewalk in the housing area. She is followed by two young men with hoods pulled over their heads. They look around, run up to the woman and snatch the purse, then join three other people, also identified as offenders... The perpetrators were caught several days after running a new video surveillance system in Tvrdosin.
Tvrdosin is a town with over 10,000 inhabitants, located 12 km from the Polish border (on the Chyzne - Ruzomberk route). The region is full of tourist attractions - Meander Park Thermal in Oravice (thermal watering place), Orava reservoir (large artificial lake), and ski areas. The city authorities decided to build video surveillance system to prevent acts of vandalism and other offenses. The system should be cost-effective, also in long-term perspective (low operational costs of monitoring center).

Traditional monitoring based on PTZ cameras can be effective only when is operated around the clock by a qualified staff. In the case of the small town the costs would be unacceptable. DIPOL Slovakia proposed to build a system based on fixed megapixel cameras. It is the sign of a new era in video monitoring - use of a combination of megapixel cameras with wide-angle lenses instead of PTZ devices.
The system employs eight 2.0 Mpix IP cameras ULTICAM DS-852MF-E K1441. Three of these cameras have been installed on the walls of the town hall, the rest are deployed in the housing area, called Medvedzie. This district is 680 m away from the monitoring center. The video is transmitted wirelessly with Access Point integrated with antenna - ULTIAIR. Each of the five video streams is sent at data rate of 4 Mbps, which is sufficient for high quality of the images. The monitoring center is located in the town hall. The system is managed (monitoring and recording) by ULTISYSTEM software. High-resolution images, both live and played back from the archive, can be digitally enlarged many times enabling identification of people who do not respect law.
There are plans to extend the system to 16 camera points.
Deployment of cameras in the housing area in Tvrdosin
NUUO Network Video Recorders
Megapixel revolution at Intertelecom<br />Lodz, Poland, March 17-19, 2009
Network recorder - advanced functions, easy installation. The device includes software for recording megapixel images, which introduces new quality into video surveillance, improving up to 20 times the resolution of recorded material (traditional DVR - video resolution of 0.4 Mpix, NUUO NVR - 8 Mpix).
Network Video Recorder: NUUO NV-2040
Network Video Recorder: NUUO NV-4080
Distinguishing features:
  • Capability of recording megapixel images, improving up to 20 times the resolution of recorded material (traditional DVR - video resolution of 0.4 Mpix, NUUO NVR - 8 Mpix).
  • Intelligent software solutions - image analysis allows to search recordings according to detection of motion, loss of an object, appearance of a new object, loss of focus, camera tampering, external alarms. Possibility of sending e-mail alerts on different types of the events.
  • Easy and low-cost installation (limited number connectors, buttons etc.).
  • Highest security level - embedded OS based on Linux, resistant to malicious software.
  • Capability of using, recording, and analyzing audio channels.
Wireless transmission of video data
ULTIAIR is a family of professional Access Points, designed for efficient long-term outdoor operation. Integration of the transceiver and antenna into one weather-resistant housing enables the installer to perform the job quickly, without additional operations.

ULTIAIR has been designed for creating efficient wireless IP CCTV and ISP networks.

ULTIAIR devices are characterized by short delays and high throughput. They can be managed via WinBox utility or telnet. They operate in unlicensed 5GHz band - no special permissions are needed. The devices can operate as client or base stations.
The RouterBoard with Mikrotik system has been put in outdoor housing of IP 66 class, which guarantees full protection against adverse weather conditions and corrosive environments (industry).

ULTIAIR - wireless devices dedicated for ULTISYSTEM
Megapixel lenses
Megapixel cameras with wide-angle lens are the future of city surveillance systems. To meet the demand, DIPOL introduced professional Tokina lenses.
A picture from 5 Mpix camera (K1431) equipped with wide-angle (185 deg.) Tokina lens. The total number of pixels is equivalent to that of images from 12 analog D1 cameras.
Megapixel Lens: Tokina 4.5 - 13 mm F1.8
Megapixel Lens: Tokina 1.4 mm F1.4
Megapixel lens
Megapixel lens
Cables and connectors
CAMSET cables have excellent parameters and are produced under strict technological discipline. They guarantee perfect and stable video transmission.
CCTV cables and BNC connectors
Highest-quality materials, great performance, 92% copper braid coverage ensure perfect transmission parameters, especially effective electromagnetic shielding. The cables come with a 6-year warranty that eliminates any risk for the installation company or end user. The thickness of double insulation allows to power the cameras even from 230V AC line (official certification).
CAMSET 100 can be used in the case of longer distances. Most cameras are out of order around 10.5V. Below 11V they loose colors or have problems with switching on. So, a camera of 245 mA consumption can be powered via typical CCTV cable (2x 0.5 mm2) over a distance of about 60 m. Using CAMSET 100 2x 1.0 mm2, the distance doubles to about 120 m.
Professional Compression F Connector: CAMSET PCT
Compression F connector (RG-59)
Professional compression BNC connector. BNC connectors can cause many problems during installation of CCTV systems. They may be responsible for the excessive amount of work. Already at the stage of starting up the system they often trouble the installer with unstable contacts. Outdoor operation causes corrosion and influences the quality of transmitted video. Temperature changes are the main reason of loss of tightness and water penetration. It is unacceptable, especially in important systems installed in banks, cities etc.
The introduction of E8293 BNC connector is the turning point in CCTV - the connector ensures high quality of installation work and high system reliability in the future. The features of the connector have been specially matched to the cables of CAMSET family. Professional compression BNC connector E8293 is manufactured for DIPOL by American PCT company.
Distinguishing features:
  • wide operating band - up to 2 GHz (!),
  • connecting/disconnecting operations do not influence connection quality (can be even used in measurement equipment),
  • waterproof termination of the cable,
  • resistance to corrosion - made of non-ferrous metals and highest-quality dielectric,
  • very low loss in the whole operating band (CCTV applications - baseband video <0.1 dB),
  • perfect matching to the transmission line within the whole operating band (CCTV applications - baseband video - VSWR<1.03),
  • simple and quick assembly: longitudinal compression,
  • properly compressed connection is highly resistant to break, due to dual compression rings,
  • matched to the cables of CAMSET series and RG-59 cables with inner conductors from 0.55 to 0.80 mm,
  • to be compressed with PCT-AIO-CT E80075 compressing tool, also suitable for installing compression F-connectors.