In recent years the pace of innovation in video surveillance technology has increased rapidly, thanks to improved compression methods, more intelligent video analysis techniques, higher performance processors,180/360-degree panoramic network cameras and what has been termed the “crowd sourcing” of video data—footage collected from different citizens with camera-equipped smartphones, such has those who stepped forward to share their live video with law enforcement following the Boston Marathon bombing. Why have video surveillance providers invested ever-increasing sums on these technical developments? Look no further than financial incentives: video surveillance has become the fastest growing sector within the security industry over the last decade. For 2014, the market research firm IHS forecasts that the global market for video surveillance will grow by more than 12 percent.
But no matter how good the IP cameras, NVRs and analysis PCs are, there are two other core values--often overlooked-- that create the vendor/user trust that forms the foundation for long term success in the DSS business. These factors are system sustainability and continuity, or, put another way, the supplier’s being aware of the need for providing maximum protection for its users' prior investments.
As an example consider Geutebrueck, an independent, family enterprise based in Windhagen, Germany that has provided video security solutions for more than 40 years. Over this period video surveillance has undergone signiﬁcant changes, first shifting from the earliest analog systems to digital surveillance, which gives the user an entirely different flexibility and scalability compared to what was possible before, and now to the present and burgeoning IP cloud-based video surveillance solutions, where a user can gain access to real time images, even if cameras are located on different continents.
As a leading manufacturer of multi-camera video surveillance solutions technological advances such as fast graphics performance and the possibility of integrating a large number of real-time video streams remain key requirements for all components used in Geutebrueck systems. And yet the company’s innovative ideas, from the perspective of the customer, can be characterized as evolutionary in nature with an emphasis on guaranteeing not only the reliability, continuity, and high quality of video surveillance, but also that inter-generational compatibility is maintained.
As such the company’s product generations, as well as its in-house developed software, all are completely compatible with one another. For example, three generations of Geutebrueck’s digital video systems--MultiScope, GeViScope and re_porter-- are controlled via the same viewer interface, GSCView, for operation, administration and investigation independent from the camera source and whether it is analog, hybrid or pure IP.
This priority on sustainability and continuity, the company says, ensures maximum protection of its users' investment, not just with regard to cost optimization but also assuring that systems are scalable, flexible, expandable, upgradable and compatible with future technologies. Even the firm’s maintenance strategy guarantees the availability of replacement parts or functionally compatible replacements as much as 5 years after a product has been discontinued.
Against this backdrop Geutebrueck engineers recently approached the task of determining boards and components for their next generation product families. Up to now, in their “GeViScope” and “re-porter” product families, Geutebrueck has been using Fujitsu D3062-B Micro-ATX mainboards, based on the Intel® Q67 Express Chipset. When the board was first presented to Geutebrueck by Fujitsu, its Intel® HD Graphics and PCI Express Gen. 2 capabilities, along with the board’s overall performance, convinced Geutebrueck designers that it could meet the challenge. This led to a far-reaching integration of the Intel-based board in the company’s products.
For instance consider the Geutebrueck GSCSpeedView-AP high speed evaluation and playback station for GeViScope, re_porter and MultiScope III. The unit employs a Fujitsu D3062-B mainboard featuring an Intel® Core™ i7-2600 processor running at 3.4 GHz or better, 2 x 2GB DDR3 RAM, Dual DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D) output, a 40 GB SSD system hard disk, 1 Gb Ethernet interface, a RS-232 serial interface, 8 x USB 2.0 (2 in front), a DVD/RW drive and the Microsoft Windows 7 embedded operating system.
Fig. 1 Geutebrueck’s GSCSpeedView-AP
The: 19" rack-mountable unit comes preinstalled with GSCView software, which forms the central monitoring interface over which the entire system, with all its connected components, can be controlled. With the installed quad PCI-Express graphic card it is possible to simultaneously view live streams, alarms or recorded pictures of various Geutebrueck digital recording systems. The built-in graphic card allows it to connect up to 4 DVI-D or VGA monitors which can display pictures using freely defined templates and the dynamic livestream function (DLS) for optimized utilization of the available bandwidth.
Given its history with Intel-based Fujitsu boards it should not be suprising that when Fujitsu Technology Solutions announced a new family of industrial-grade mainboards with LGA1150 sockets for the 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors (Haswell microarchitecture), Geutebrueck was interested.The new product family of the Fujitsu Industrial Series includes one board each with the form factors ATX, μATX, and - for the first time - Mini-ITX, all with an Intel® Q87 Chipset; as well as a cost-optimised ATX board with an Intel® H81 Chipset.
All Fujitsu mainboards follow a family concept with the same drivers. This provides integrators with flexibility in meeting the requirements and budgets of their customers. The basic layouts of the new ATX and μATX boards are largely identical. Connectors, such as RAM, SATA, internal USB, are situated in the same places to facilitate interchange within the family. Furthermore, the design ensures a high degree of layout consistency with regard to the supplier‘s preceding D307x-S platform. This allows users to change the platform while retaining the chassis.
The Fujitsu “Extended Lifecycle” Mainboard D3222-B is a Micro ATX board featuring the Intel® Q87 Chipset supporting DDR3 1600 SDRAM memory and Intel® Rapid Start Technology 2 for increased system responsiveness and fast recovery from sleep states. The board is available with a range of 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3 / i5 / i7 processors (socket LGA1150) and supports faster connectivity and flexibility with integrated next-generation I/O technologies such as PCI Express Gen 2.0, SATA 6.0 Gbps, and USB 3.0 with Intel® Flex I/O.
Fig. 2 Fujitsu’s Mainboard D3222-B
To fulfil the requirement for stable and manageable network connections, the Fujitsu D3222-B is equipped with an Intel® Ethernet Connection I217-LM which supports the latest Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT9.0). Intel AMT is part of the Intel® vPro™ technology offering. Platforms equipped with Intel AMT can be managed remotely, regardless of whether they are powered up or whether they have a functioning OS.
Other security features like TPM v.1.2 or Secure Boot Options are also important to assure a high level of confidence. By way of review, the Intel® Trusted Platform Module (Intel® TPM) is a hardware-based security device that addresses growing concern about boot process integrity and offers improved data protection. TPM protects the system start-up process by ensuring it is tamper-free before releasing system control to the operating system. A TPM device provides secured storage to store data, such as security keys and passwords. In addition, a TPM device has encryption functionality.
A TPM device affixed to the motherboard is secured from external software attacks and physical theft. A pre-boot environment, such as the BIOS and operating system loader, uses the TPM to collect and store unique measurements from multiple factors within the boot process to create a system fingerprint. This fingerprint remains the same unless the pre-boot environment is tampered with and can be used to compare to future measurements to verify the integrity of the boot process.
Secure boot options can secure the boot process by preventing the loading of drivers or OS loaders that are not signed with an acceptable digital signature. The BIOS maintains a list of platforms keys which are used to verify that the OS loader and drivers are secure.
What’s more, and for reasons that should be obvious in DSS solutions requiring highly reliable 24/7 operation, long-life components and the robust tin plating of the printed circuit board make the Fujitsu D3222-B particularly rugged and resistant. EMC and burst resistance, tested at the Fujitsu Product Compliance Center in Augsburg, Germany are said by the supplier to meet all industrial standards.
Thanks to its excellent in-the-field experience with the performance of the Fujitsu D3062-B board and the design-in support of Fujitsu, Geutebrueck has made an early decision to integrate Intel’s innovations into their next product generation product. Fujitsu further facilitated Geutebrueck’s decision in favor of the Intel-based system by guaranteeing an extended lifecycle of their boards. Fujitsu Extended Lifecycle Mainboards are optimized for 24/7 continuous operation in an extended temperature range of 0 to 60 degrees Celsius and has an extended lifecycle with five year part availability. This is an important economic factor in the video surveillance market where long product life is crucial to recovering the high R&D and certification costs.
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