Find out more about Genetec’s Security Center

November 1, 2010

Genetec’s powerful Security Center is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Security Center can provide below.

Flexible and Scalable

The Security Center’s open and distributed architecture makes it all possible. Choose your own hardware. Optimize the use of your existing infrastructure. Grow your system one camera or door at time to hundreds and thousands of cameras or doors. Or, take your unified security platform to new heights by merging your LPR, video surveillance, and access control systems from around the world into a single large virtual system.

Simple and Easy-to-Use

Experience a unique unified security solution unlike any other. Real-time monitoring, alarm management, and event reporting from all your security systems have never been easier. Benefit from advanced entity search functions, hierarchical views, a multitude of display tile patterns and context-sensitive widgets for door, camera, alarm, and PTZ camera controls.

Reliable and Secure

Get more than features. With the Security Center you get peace of mind. Encrypted client-server communication and integration with Microsoft’s Active Directory protect against unauthorized access to your system.You can also assign rights and privileges to different sites for secure multi-tenant and multi-site functionality. And advanced failover functionality ensures you systems is always up and running.

Highly Cost-Efficient

More than a solution with cutting-edge features, the Security Center is designed to save you money. Leverage your existing hardware and infrastructure investments. Get system upgrades without the compatibility issues typically found with multi-vendor solutions. Reduce your training costs through consistent approaches and workflows across multiple security applications. Deploy fewer client workstations as multiple security applications can now be monitored from a single interface.

Security Center is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Security Center click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.

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Find out more about Omnicast Enterprise CCTV management platform

October 22, 2010

Genetec’s powerful Omnicast Enterprise CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Omnicast Enterprise can provide below.

Scalability

Omnicast Enterprise is designed to reach the heights of system scalability. This advanced IP video surveillance system supports up to 50,000 video cameras, and an unrestricted number of client workstations and other system components. With Genetec’s Federation feature, you can scale your system across all your facilities, whether in a campus environment or across multiple geographical locations.

Flexibility

Omnicast open and distributed architecture gives you ultimate system flexibility. You can set up your video system over the network the way that suits your organization best. You can leverage existing hardware and infrastructure investments and cut costs. You can even choose from a myriad of third-party solutions to enhance your video surveillance system.

High Availability and Security

High-end redundant and failover archiving features in Omnicast ensure that your system is online and recording at all times. You can count on having live and recorded video available to your team when you need it most. Password-protected logins, encrypted communications, and other security features ensure there is no threat of system or video tampering.

Ease of Use and Installation

Because Omnicast Enterprise was made specifically for large-scale applications, installation is simplified. IP unit discovery tools and setup wizards ensure deployment is quick and upgrade downtime is minimal. Simplicity also extends to the user interface. Being part of Genetec’s Security Center unified security platform, Omnicast offers avant-garde operator tools for quick decision making and a smooth learning curve.

Remote Site Expansion

For your smaller remote systems with 16 cameras or less, the SV-16, Genetec’s compact network security appliance, can easily integrate with your Omnicast Enterprise system. The SV-16 provides you with a cost-effective and energy-efficient option for local recording in remote locations. The SV-16 network security appliance can also be used to manage distant cameras over a wireless network.

Omnicast Enterprise is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Omnicast Enterprise click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Omnicast Pro advanced CCTV management software – Find out more…

October 21, 2010

Genetec’s powerful Omnicast Pro CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits Omnicast Pro can provide below.

Maximum Flexibility

Omnicast is an open-architecture video surveillance system. You can choose your preferred hardware or even re-use what you currently have. And, with Omnicast’s distributed architecture and archiving, you can configure your video surveillance system to adapt it to your current network environment.

Customizable

Omnicast Pro comes with the added option of a mature software development kit (SDK). This gives you the ability to customize your video surveillance system to your business processes. You can also use the SDK to fully integrate other key systems within your organization.

User-Friendly

Omnicast is part of Genetec’s unified security platform, the Security Center. For this reason, Omnicast Pro provides operators with a one-of-a-kind interface. Single-click widgets, intuitive tasks, and quick commands make it easy for operators to make fast and informed decisions. The user-friendliness of the video surveillance system also means lower training and operating costs.

Future-Proof

When you choose an Omnicast Pro video surveillance system, it is a long-term decision. As the latest versions are released, you can easily upgrade to benefit from new features. And, if you outgrow your system or decide to expand to other facilities, getting the Omnicast Enterprise package is a seamless process.

Omnicast Pro is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about Omnicast Pro click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


Running CCTV over IP delivers key advantages

October 8, 2009

When migrating CCTV from an analogue system it is essential that users avoid marketing messages from major players to “Go hybrid”. The main thrust of the Going hybrid messaging seems to be driven from the storage platform manufacturers.  There are now a large number of NVR’s or DVR’s that position themselves as “Hybrid”.  And by “Hybrid” they mean that they can record analogue BNC feeds and IP feeds at the same time.  But here is the rub – they don’t give the detail on which IP cameras they support as a recording platform, because the customer’s main focus is on quality of systems for current use i.e. frame rate or resolution, and what recording profile can be supported for the available storage. Unfortunately this can lead to a world of difference on how future-proofed each customer’s security system will be.

The other issues I see in the Going hybrid message are:
1.    You are still limited to a certain number of frames per second per box – therefore not allowing you to be flexible in storage profiles or indeed having to waste ports to meet an fps target.

2.    There seems to be a maximum frame rate of 12.5fps per channel when the industry is looking at better quality images for legal evidential purposes – Will 12.5 fps give you that perfect freeze frame face shot?  In many cases, as well, if you were to load up a DVR / NVR with the full complement of channels then you wouldn’t even get 12.5fps.

3.    While some recorders can have additional storage added, these are still limited in total available size, so creating an untidy solution with little or no resilience or failover, as you have to connect the cameras to that NVR / DVR which may become a single point of failure.

Other market messaging behind Going hybrid is that it allows end users to protect their existing infrastructure by not having to rip out existing analogue cameras, cables or control room equipment.  While this has historically been used as a scare tactic to force up the “perceived” cost of an IP solution, Controlware agree that this is a key factor in choosing a cost-effective security solution. If an end user has an investment in analogue cameras, transmission or back office they wish to retain, there is another way to migrate these installations to IP and still allow them to add IP cameras in the future.

System integrators and end-users who wish to see the benefits of an IP-based solution should look to someone who really knows the technology and can give an impartial view. It is common sense that manufacturers will only support their own hardware and will promise the earth for it, whereas a distributor will have evaluated a number of solutions from different vendors and be able to say that product A is the best for solution B because of XYZ whereas product Y is the best for solution C because of etc etc.

Taken from Controlware Country Manager Mark Harraway’s “Why go hybrid?” article as published in the September edition of Professional Security Magazine. To read the complete article click here.