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Contributing to a Safe and Secure Society

Network Cameras Supporting the Security of People, Cities and Living

The British Library, with its collection of approximately 150 million works, welcomes more than 1.6 million visitors annually. Canon network cameras are serving to protect the treasures within its walls.The British Library, with its collection of approximately 150 million works, welcomes more than 1.6 million visitors annually.
Canon network cameras are serving to protect the treasures within its walls.

Issues and Approach

In response to the rising number of terrorist attacks and increased incidents of crime around the world, as well as the unprecedented damage and suffering wrought by natural disasters, people are increasingly voicing their desire for a safer and more secure society. Through advancements in digital technology and the evolution of networks, network cameras that can transmit and record in real time remotely are helping to solve these issues. In recent years, demand has continued to grow for network cameras that constantly monitor a city's safety and infrastructure. The market for network cameras is growing at approximately 20% per annum, and by 2018 this market is expected to be worth 2 trillion yen.
Canon network cameras incorporate optics, imaging sensors, imaging engines, video analysis software, and various other technologies developed over the course of its long history as a camera manufacturer. Canon also offers Network Visual Solutions, covering numerous fields, from crime prevention and surveillance to video big data using network controls and cloud-based services developed from Canon's business machines.
Furthermore, Canon acquired Axis (Sweden), a global leader in network cameras, and Milestone Systems (Denmark), a major provider of video management software, as part of its commitment to deliver solutions that address the various needs of customers. We are also working to further develop technologies to enable surveillance that both provides security and protects people's privacy. One example is a function to display individuals outside of the preset area as indistinguishable silhouettes.

Privacy-conscious surveillance system currently under development
Privacy-conscious surveillance system currently under development

Case Study

Helping Improve Security inside the British Library with an Advanced Surveillance System

The British Library houses a vast collection of books, newspapers, magazines and other literary works. To protect this collection, prevent crime and maintain security, the library has installed 250 surveillance cameras since 1997 and has continued to strengthen its security system. At issue, however, was the fact that after years of use, many of the cameras had reached the end of their service life, and that those original cameras only offered a limited field of view and limited visibility in the low-light conditions of the exhibit spaces. Moreover, remodeling work to install additional cameras on interior walls was very difficult given the historical value of the library itself.
Canon's full HD (high definition) network camera system turned out to be the solution to improving security while also maintaining the integrity of the library's historical structure. The network camera offers a wide field of view and high resolution, which means it can capture clear images even when installed on high ceilings. It can also record clear video in low-lit areas, such as the corners of exhibit rooms. Additionally, the camera serves to prevent crime thanks to a motion-sensor function that triggers the camera to record when motion is detected in a preset area.
Canon's network cameras are helping to protect important literary works that should be passed down to future generations.

Building monitoring room
Building monitoring room

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