DNP Commences Provision of Virtual Private Network to Create a Secure Communications Environment for Use with Network Cameras

Preventing image data leakage and virus infection via authentication and encryption functions

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the October 20 commencement of the provision of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution that creates a highly secure communications environment for the safe and secure communication of video images from network cameras. By using authentication and encryption functions, which remove the need to go through the relay server, it has been possible to offer the DNP-developed VPN as an aware-application corresponding to the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP) developed by Lund, Sweden-based, Axis Communications AB (Axis), a leading maker of network cameras.


In recent years we have seen increased cases of monitoring cameras installed at supermarkets and car parks managed via an internet-connected format. In line with this development, there has been a sharp increase in cases of image data leaks due to password or system defects, and Distributed Denial of Service Attacks, a monitor camera channeled attack, whereby mass traffic from multiple sources attempts to crash service availability. Such challenges have now become social problems. In order to heighten the security of network cameras, the standard approach has been to connect cameras to VPN devices and create secure communications. In these instances, however, it has been necessary to purchase expensive VPN equipment and set numerous time-consuming connections, and challenges have arisen given the need to switch network configurations and settings with the addition of each new outlet.

In order to overcome such challenges, DNP has integrated DNP Multi-Peer VPN, a low cost VPN enabler into the network camera developed by Axis, and has developed a system capable of simple and secure network connection and authentication.

[DNP Multi-Peer VPN Network Camera Applications]

In this latest development it has been possible to achieve a secure communications environment by integrating DNP Multi-Peer VPN as an add-on application with the Axis-produced, ACAP-based, network cameras.

The DNP Multi-Peer VPN is comprised of a software development kit for the encryption of communications data, and a cloud environment, or, alternatively, as a VPN management server internally installed in the in-house network environment. The server enables automatic authentication of multiple network cameras along with peer-to-peer communications removing the need for dedicated VPN equipment, and it is possible to directly forward image data from cameras in a safe fashion to image storage servers, display monitors, smart phones and computers. Forwarded image data is normally stored once on a cloud server, but with the new solution this is no longer necessary. It is also possible to perform two-way VPN connection from a single camera to monitors in multiple locations at the same time.

The new solution will facilitate the safe sending to management servers of high resolution images from Axis network cameras installed as part of management operations at supermarkets, commercial buildings and carparks. It is also possible to directly confirm the operational status of the network cameras from smart phones and tablet terminals.

[Reference Pre-Tax Pricing]

Annual usage charges

Network camera 10-unit basis: Annual charge of 5,000 yen per unit

Network camera 10,000-unit basis: Annual charge of 600 yen per unit

Cost of network camera proper shall be quoted on a separate basis

[Looking Ahead]

DNP will offer DNP Multi-Peer VPN to numerous companies and industries using network cameras, at the same time as engaging in marketing activities targeting ICT-related operations that develop software, equipment and services, aiming for sales of 700 million yen in FY 2018.

* DNP has positioned Knowledge and Communication, Food and Healthcare, Lifestyle and Mobility, and the Environment and Energy as business growth areas, and is promoting the development of new products, services and systems that people will take for granted in the future. In particular, with the expected penetration of the IoT into the society, DNP is presently engaged in the application of security technology, represented by IC cards, and information processing technology driven by IT achievements in a variety of industries, to develop a new IoT value "IoST: Internet of Secure Things".
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