American Dynamics: LAN, Camera, ActionBy Baselinemag | Posted 2003-09-10 Email Print
American Dynamics the maker of closed-circuit televisions has fallen behind competitors who embrace Internet protocols to transmit digital images.
Managers like Scott Morrill increasingly want to watch what happens on the factory floor, and use digital technologies while they're at it. Morrill, security technician at trophy manufacturer O.C. Tanner, installed a face-recognition system to control access to a Salt Lake City storage room containing Olympic medals for the 2002 Winter Games. Morrill's goal was to integrate face recognition with video captured by his existing American Dynamics CCTV system so that, from their PCs, guards could monitor the identities of people entering the storage room and remotely observe them via video.
American Dynamicsowned by Tyco since 2001had an answer: Its Intellex digital video recorder (DVR). DVRs translate analog video signals into digital and compress them so they can flow efficiently on a local area network or wide area network. DVRs run software that allows integration of access-control systems like face recognition. "The set-up gave us what we were looking for," says Morrill. "Video and access control on one network. Plus it makes handling video easier because storage is on a CD or hard drive. You don't have to mess with handling VHS tapes."
The systems have been expanded to cover Tanner's manufacturing operations in Utah and Toronto. The bottom line: Improved security with no increase in staff.
Retailer Mrs. Fields Original Cookies is testing the Intellex DVR in 20 of its stores. Dave Brickell, loss-prevention director, and other managers now can see from afar what's going on in stores. That's not only cut down on theft and bogus claims against Mrs. Fields, but, says Brickell, sales have improved by 5% to 6% on average, where remote viewing has been tested.
Seal Beach, Calif., police cars are equipped with digital cameras that use Internet protocols for transmitting files. The cameras can be controlled over the network so, in the event of an armed robbery, police can see what's going on before they get out of the vehicle. Because American Dynamics doesn't have such IP-addressable digital cameras, police are using Sony cameras and Cisco mobile routers. For its part, American Dynamics says it's evaluating the technology.
6795 Flanders Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 642-2400 www.americandynamics.net
Ticker: TYC (Parent Company)
American Dynamics Employees: 200
Senior Vice President
Responsible for American Dynamics' video-security business and Software House, maker of hardware and software for integrating digital video, alarm, fire and other security systems. Previously held management positions at at Ingram Micro and IBM.
Oversees day-to-day company operations.Products
Analog video cameras, and analog and digital video recording and management systems. Digital products include Intellex, a digital video recording device that converts analog video into digital format and compresses it so it can be transmitted over digital networks.
O.C. Tanner Co.
Security Officer Technician
Project: Uses 60 American Dynam-ics cameras and Intellex digital storage and management systems to protect manufacturing facilities.
Mrs. Fields Original Cookies
Project: Cookie retailer put analog cameras and recorders in most of its 1,300 stores to reduce theft, improve operations.
Four Seasons Town Centre
(336) 299-9230 Ext.125
Project: Shopping mall in Greensboro, N.C., installed closed-circuit cameras throughout the facility and in parking areas in 1998. Mall later replaced analog recorders with digital video recorders in order to ease task of reviewing tapes.
Kerasotes Showplace Theatres
Project: Installed multiple cameras plus Intellex digital video recorder in each of its 77 movie theaters to monitor parking lots, ticket windows, other areas.
City of Edmonton, Alberta
Project: Has installed 450 closed-circuit cameras to track and record activities in rapid-transit stations, parking lots and other sites.
Director of Security
Project: Downtown Dallas office tower utilizes 80 analog cameras for safety.
Executives listed here are all users of American Dynamics' products. Their willingness to talk has been confirmed by Baseline.
Background: American Dynamics
Est. 2002 revenue $260M
Digital video recorder, Intellex, accounts for 43% of revenue and 60% of profit.
Washington-Dulles International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
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