Vanika Pahwa

Vanika Pahwa

Vanika Pahwa is a Digital Marketing Associate at eInfochips. Prior to joining eInfochips, Vanika completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication from V.V.P College, Rajkot. In her spare time, Vanika is interested in sketching and studies new trends in inbound marketing.

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Solving the Challenges in Smart Energy Meter Deployment

Smart Energy Meter

 

As the world moves towards a connected future, smart energy management and consumption is becoming a top priority for energy providers and consumers respectively. With IoT and ideas like smart factory playing a major role in business operations, utility  companies are planning to roll out millions of smart meters to help industrial and residential users efficiently manage their electricity consumption while simultaneously helping lower  their Energy costs.  

 

Several IoT manufacturers, in turn, are developing interoperable smart energy products that monitor, control, report and automate the delivery and usage of energy. These innovative solutions connect to a smart grid to help provide the desired information and automation support. There is a further need for energy providers to have a proper control over matching their demand-supply needs, and bring in runtime customizations for value enhancement.

 

Value additions of Smart Meters
  1. Automated and streamlined meter readings resulting in significant time and efforts savings
  2. Accurate,  timely and variable usage based billing
  3. Better handling of events e.g. Outage, tampering , theft, errors etc
  4. Reduced back office rebilling
  5. Improved transformer load management
  6. Greater employee safety and incident management

Concerns related to smart energy meters

Although smart meters help improve grid reliability and promote energy efficiency, there are still concerns regarding the accuracy, security and integrity of these meters as well as managing RF emissions. Ensuring appropriate level of accuracy, safety, and security and adherence to national standards and state and local requirements is essential for proper and secure operation.

 

1.  Planning and maintenance

The success of smart meter projects depends on the accuracy of operations during project planning, deployment and maintenance of systems. The need of the hour is to properly develop the business and technical requirements of an end system, with a robust technology selection team that may select an appropriate technology.

 

This would call for sufficient planning for operations and maintenance while developing a maintenance model to ensure reduced outage while enabling support of new systems

 

2.  Security and integrity of systems

Security and integrity of industrial meters  are major focus areas for utility companies and vendors. One of the major areas of focus is incorporating appropriate security measures for data validation, privacy and encryption, access control, and error checking. There is a need to ensure safe and appropriate installation plans and processes.

 

3.  Reduced time for deployment and maintenance

Another focus area is a reduced thrust on manual field deployments. With connected smart meters, the firmware upgrades over the air has been a reality. This, along with other features, can make diagnostics, repairs, and maintenance virtually a remote activity with minimal time and manual efforts required.

 

With the technologically advanced smart meters, energy providers have managed to reduce manual meter readings, and other in-person data capture to near zero thus, enabling a more integrated, accurate and faster solution which can send over the data to the cloud for further analysis. This, in turn, helps pass on the benefits of dynamic price controls based on usage, understanding usage as per geographical and demographic  factors and accordingly, aid in business decision-making.

 

4.  Adherence to regulatory standards

For smart meters, compliance with industry protocols and guidelines to ensure optimal standards of safety is needed to ensure zero difficulty in field deployments. It also has to be ensured that appropriate transition and post deployment testing plans are in place, to meet local regulatory requirements and your business needs.

 

For further reading

Check out this eInfochips case study where we designed a cloud-enabled smart metering solution for one of our clients. 

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vanika
Vanika Pahwa
Digital Marketing Associate

Vanika Pahwa is a Digital Marketing Associate at eInfochips. Prior to joining eInfochips, Vanika completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication from V.V.P College, Rajkot. In her spare time, Vanika is interested in sketching, travelling and exploring new places.

Moving Video Surveillance to the Cloud

According to a recent study by Transparency Market Research, the global market for Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is expected to reach US$48 Billion by 2020. Video surveillance systems range from closed-circuit transmission videos (CCTV) to digital video recorders (DVR) and now, centrally managed IP cameras which can relay videos anywhere on the web.

 

Cloud-based services, in particular, are seeing a surge in adoption by users in the video surveillance industry. Indeed, there are significant benefits in moving locally recorded video data to the cloud, which can help push access to remote monitoring teams ensuring enhanced coverage, faster response time and prevention of evidence tampering.

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has specified that a cloud-based video framework should have five “essential characteristics” as mentioned below:

  • Self-service on demand
  • Broad network access
  • Resource pooling
  • Elastic delivery
  • Measured service

 cloud based vsaas

In a traditional video management system (VMS), video recording and processing, which are essential steps in any video surveillance workflow, are performed on a remote computer installed onsite., This is further archived in local machines for afterward use. All this data can be later accessed on the Cloud online.

 

Contrast this with Cloud-based VSaaS solutions, where the video processing and management is performed on Cloud rather than onsite computers. The data captured by cameras are directly relayed to a Cloud-based server (see attached diagram) where the secondary processing and archival is achieved. Bandwidth costs are a major concern though, in transferring high resolution videos to the cloud. Advanced VSaaS solutions offer various mechanisms to optimize incoming video for all connection speeds, such as, 1.) video data compression and 2.) setting up event-based rules on the VSaaS solution which can control the amount of data that is transferred over the network.

 

Further, using predefined access credentials, security administrators can tap into live camera footage directly from the Cloud, without concerning themselves with the state of onsite equipment.

 

cloud video surveillance

 

Impact of Cloud in Video Surveillance

As in the case of IP cameras, the data is transferred to a centralized video management system (VMS), which is further utilized to view, playback and record the videos. In existing setups such as these, a lot of data and physical devices have to be managed together to support a high-resolution video surveillance system. There is also the need to involve various cloud computing providers for the possibility to arrange, deploy and maintain a high resource application system.

Some of the major challenges that can be resolved by moving video surveillance to the cloud are:

  • Cloud-based video solutions have a natural advantage in reducing losses due to theft and damage of equipment.
  • The enhanced coverage provided by cloud-based video solutions help in monitoring and tracking commercial conversion rates and preventing incidents in the first place.
  • The commercial cost of deployment can be greatly reduced by minimizing hardware dependence due to richer insights generated by high quality live feed and enhanced visibility of video footage.
  • High-definition videos demand more bandwidth than the consumer-oriented cloud services.

 

So far, we have listed the advantages of migrating video surveillance to the cloud. However, in order to achieve faster data transfer in real-time, we would require much faster bit rates and end-to-end cloud security solutions. This includes centralized system management, efficient distribution of software updates, and redundancy.

 

eInfochips offers a complete VMS as a SaaS offering, including a fully federated architecture, billing management & tenant management - based on a private, public or hybrid cloud architecture. This makes it extremely cost-effective and efficient for our customers to deploy state of the art end-to-end VMS systems.

 

To know on Video Surveillance on Cloud, contact us

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vanika
Vanika Pahwa
Digital Marketing Associate

Vanika Pahwa is a Digital Marketing Associate at eInfochips. Prior to joining eInfochips, Vanika completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication from V.V.P College, Rajkot. In her spare time, Vanika is interested in sketching, travelling and exploring new places.

Addressing challenges for 4K Surveillance in Transport Industry

Security in transportation is a major issue in different cities worldwide which majorly contributes to an increase in demand of surveillance systems. In addition, urban transit authorities are under pressure to prevent fatalities due to road and rail accidents, while dealing with the rapidly growing problem of traffic congestion and overcrowding in public spaces. While governments and business establishments, airports, retail stores and city streets are increasingly adopting highly capable 4K cameras, the same benefits of safety and convenience have to be extended to public transportation systems. In addition, businesses also need to track and monitor their on-road vehicles to ensure that each delivery is secure, and on time.

 4k in Transportation

 

The Challenges

Meeting the present day surveillance requirements of the transportation industry can be an extremely challenging affair. Here we list a few major concerns that fleet operators have.

  • Visibility and tracking: “Never lose sight of your vehicle” is a universal guiding principle of fleet management systems worldwide. This is needed to ensure public safety, maintenance cost optimization and on-schedule arrival of vehicles.
  • Security: Transportation companies are in need of innovative solutions to prevent theft, break-ins and rash driving. Camera technologies can help supplement the eyes and ears of law enforcement to prevent untoward incidents.  
  • Urban logistics: Major cities are frequently dealing with the challenges of traffic congestion and non-availability of parking spaces. To address these problems, municipalities are adopting the use of camera surveillance technologies for efficient routing of traffic, making the lives of citizens easier.

 

The Solution

4K surveillance solutions address the unique needs of a diverse range of transportation environments. Capturing live footage in extreme light and weather conditions is important, which can be used to ensure that the best picture quality is always achieved.

  • 4K systems enable innovative and practical use of camera-based technologies at a high resolution of 3840 x 2160, offering an exceptionally high standard of video monitoring.
  • As fast moving transportation systems often deal with unpredictable dangers, 4K cameras offer excellent monitoring capabilities to prevent accidents.
  • 4k supports extreme zoom levels to enable maximum coverage options. 4K also greatly eases capturing imagery in low light and night conditions. Using a single camera, operators can automatically follow multiple objects in their field of view, while tracking each one of them independently.

 

Key Takeaways

  • A technology like 4K can bring a higher degree of safety through increased precision and clarity of captured videos.
  • The transportation industry can utilize 4k technology to improve its ability for round-the-clock tracking of moving objects.
  • 4K technology is a sure bet to offer 24*7 surveillance capability.
  • 4K surveillance can enable more efficient traffic management across networks.
  • Cities can achieve proactive traffic monitoring, identify traffic violations and respond quickly to emergency situations.
  • 4K systems can help fleet management companies provide safer working conditions for their operations, maintenance, and delivery staff.

 

The Future Beckons

eInfochips has designed various solutions for camera design services including edge devices like 4k transit surveillance cameras, car NVRs etc. that have been deployed in mass transit, collision avoidance and school transport.

 

In one of our innovative use cases for camera-based surveillance in transportation systems, eInfochips has designed a camera configuration module in firmware design for a US-based client, consisting of H.264 encoding with different bit rates of 8 MBPS and 5 MBPS in front and rear respectively, and a mechanism to enable/disable wide dynamic range (WDR) on the camera and more.

 

The video storage unit is further mounted on SD cards using a container format to allow video, audio and sensor data to be fused together on a single timestamp (GPS, accelerometer and panic button details), dividing containers into multiple chunks/files, event trigger support for accelerometers and panic buttons, logging of all sensor data and more

 

You can find out more details about this interesting use case in this whitepaper on intelligent transportation systems.

 

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vanika
Vanika Pahwa
Digital Marketing Associate

Vanika Pahwa is a Digital Marketing Associate at eInfochips. Prior to joining eInfochips, Vanika completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication from V.V.P College, Rajkot. In her spare time, Vanika is interested in sketching, travelling and exploring new places.

The Role of 4k Camera in Smart Transit

As the world population continues to increase at an alarming rate, so does the need for access to reliable and cost-effective public and private transport. According to Annual Global road crash statistics by ASIRTC, each year nearly 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents worldwide averaging 3287 deaths per day. Currently, for urban transit authorities, the biggest priorities are preventing fatalities/on road accidents and reducing the problem due to traffic congestion.

 

In order to ensure human safety and well-organized navigation of vehicles in city streets, a large number of data-driven systems are being integrated within transit boxes to reduce accidents and crashes – these include time-stamped GPS navigation, vehicle tracking data (RFID) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). To support these state-of-the-art technologies in smart transit, camera and video capturing solutions play a vital role.

 

The complexities of these technologies require inputs such as sensor integration and device monitoring from remote locations. The basic premise is to achieve visual management at a very high resolution level.

 smart transit

 

Improving safety and navigation with 4K cameras:

 

Transportation systems around the world, both public and private, are experiencing challenges like never before which call for the introduction of smarter surveillance technologies. This is where 4k (Ultra-HD) can play a vital role because they enable innovative and practical use of camera-based technologies at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, four times the resolution capability of normal HD technology, which means an exceptionally high standard of video monitoring.

 

For instance, 4K camera allows for better recognition even at multiple zoom levels as license plate recognition is much easier at 4K levels. This allows for fewer camera points because of wider coverage options in 4K and greater capabilities to generate video forensics and analytics because of added clarity.

The 4K camera’s superior resolution makes it easier to identify individuals correctly.

 

The challenges 4k can overcome include low light conditions, managing parking in congested streets, and preventing road accidents. The following points illustrate why we need superior camera based smart transit technology like 4K:

  • Fast moving transport systems can manifest numerous unpredictable dangers which require excellent observation to prevent accidents.
  • Having clear imagery is absolutely vital in low light/night driving conditions
  • There is often a need by fleet management companies to have a custom-fitted transportation arrangement which requires better traffic monitoring, quick response to emergency situations and route planning.

 

Applications of 4k in smart transit

 

4K technology offers unprecedented clarity, sharper resolution and better detailing thanks to four times more pixilation. As a result, 4K can have versatile applications in urban transportation, of which a few are mentioned below:

  • Preventing accident and incident management - Video monitoring is clearer and smoother in 4K as it increases resolution at full frame rates allowing enforcement agencies to evaluate vehicle flows and investigate sudden incidents with greater precision. This helps in assisting incidents effectively with proactive traffic management. 4K imaging permits speeding, traffic violations and other illegal activities which need to be detected at much greater distances, diminishing the number of cameras needed to watch carriageways and street intersections.
  • Overcoming the challenges of reverse driving - Reverse driving can turn out to be a nightmare for even the most experienced of drivers in troublesome circumstances. As the driver puts the vehicle into converse, a 4K camera-based GPS navigator after importing information from public APIs, can consequently switch into rear view mode permitting the driver to see what is behind the car- including children, pets and vehicles.
  • Smart parking - Smart parking is a useful application of 4k based camera technologies. They can provide a range of functions such as identifying garage locations for the driver based on the hours of operation, guiding the vehicle through entrance and exit and choosing a parking spot based on proximity to the final destination.

 

Future Aspects:

Vehicle transit companies and their end-clients who wish to embrace the latest technological norms in transport security, will do well with the adoption of 4K camera technologies. This is because 4K can capably address the cost-related concerns in the implementation of camera-based smart transit systems. One would require fewer 4K cameras compared to lower resolution cameras in order to cover the same amount of area, while gaining additional cost advantage in terms of reduced licensing fees of VMS vendors.

 

eInfochips has designed various solutions for Camera design services including edge devices like 4k transit surveillance cameras, car  NVRs etc. that have been deployed in mass transit, collision avoidance and school transport. To explore more read our whitepaper, visit our solutions webpage on Security & Surveillance and Camera Benchmarking Report.

 

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vanika
Vanika Pahwa
Digital Marketing Associate

Vanika Pahwa is a Digital Marketing Associate at eInfochips. Prior to joining eInfochips, Vanika completed her B.E. in Electronics and Communication from V.V.P College, Rajkot. In her spare time, Vanika is interested in sketching, travelling and exploring new places.

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