CCTV software based on open standards provides advantages

December 8, 2010

Open Standards are the Future of IP Networking where everything seems possible

Integration is the key for CCTV

If your mobile phone can connect with Facebook and give you someone’s contact info or you can have a video conference with people on the other side of the planet for free, it does not seem as though managing and monitoring surveillance cameras just a block away should be much of a problem. However, the world of video networking is not as simple as it might seem. This booming industry contains many devices and technologies from an array of manufacturers and vendors, all vying for the best solutions to meet the problem of how to keep people and places secure.

With such an abundance of options, it would be a pity to limit a surveillance system to a single brand or technology. System designers and owners need to be able to easily connect their systems with other networks and to incorporate new and innovative solutions into the technology of their legacy systems. It is therefore imperative to create standards to ensure that the apparatuses in surveillance systems can communicate with each other as well as interface with other networks.

Blending sundry backgrounds

Standardizing video surveillance technology is no easy feat. The advent of IP networking ultimately merged the broadcast, telecom, and CCTV industries together, each of which had their own way of working with and producing new products and ideas. Even within a single industry, technology diverged greatly.

The broadcast industry started out, for example, with watertight standards (PAL and NTSC) that could literally be used anywhere in the world; they were always the same. Digital streaming changed all of that simply because video compression standards work quite differently. There are many standards and a wide spectrum of implementations is available for each standard; that is, MPEG-2 in one system is not necessarily compatible with the devices in another network. The standard allows for a broad range of profiles and applications that advantageously let users and developers customise their systems and solutions. However, the disadvantage of this is that networks cannot interface with one another.

Standardisation involves generating unified platforms. The systems deployed upon these open standards need to be capable of interfacing with the outside world while still allowing for internal customisation. This latter aspect can, at times, prove itself to be an exceedingly challenging part of video networking. As a result, although great strides have been made to simplify system integration, creating universal standards is and will remain a dynamic process; the varied and rich backgrounds from which the technology develops exclude straightforward answers and force standardisation to exist only as an ongoing struggle to conform to specific needs while building networks that can openly interface with each other.

Integrating different technologies in disparate systems

Optelecom-NKF (manufacturer of Siqura®) believes that video surveillance owners and designers benefit from the ability to select their own hardware, try out new technologies in existing systems, and draw from the diverse disciplines amalgamated in IP networking. Therefore, Optelecom-NKF has for many years now offered its customers an open streaming architecture (OSA) API based on acknowledged standards. This ultimately allows video streams to be viewed anywhere in the world over RTSP, even via handheld devices, such as PDAs, or through applications, such as QuickTime and VLC. Optelecom-NKF has also integrated its products into major video management systems (VMS), such as, XProtect (Milestone), Omnicast (Genetec), Security Center (Genetec), and many others.

In addition, Optelecom-NKF is a contributing member and strong supporter of the ONVIF and PSIA initiatives, the leading efforts in standardization. These movements have already made excellent achievements in helping companies work together to create open platforms for IP video networking.

Meeting the CCTV needs of the future

Optelecom-NKF recently developed an ONVIF-compliant, high-definition (HD) H.264 IP camera series. The traditional box-style BC6x cameras and the vandal-proof fixed dome FD6x cameras provide HD resolution images in H.264, MPEG-4, and MJPEG. With the option to configure multiple combinations of resolution and frame rate, it is possible to satisfy a variety of different live-viewing and recording scenarios, making these cameras ideal for large professional installations where high resolutions and quality images are needed.

The Siqura 6x cameras offer true day/night and backlight compensation as standard features, as well as wide dynamic range (WDR) functionality in some models, to ensure quality images in difficult lighting conditions. Since surveillance solutions need to be flexible when it comes to installation, these new cameras can be powered from AC, DC, or Power over Ethernet (PoE) power sources. Through an intuitive and straightforward Web interface, users can configure features such as motion detection and privacy masks to ensure the security of the surveillance system.

The development of these ONVIF-compliant HD cameras is just another step towards ensuring that Siqura surveillance solutions offer the best system for even the most demanding surveillance situations.

The future of video streaming for CCTV

Video surveillance systems have changed a lot since the arrival of IP technology. Technological advancements make it seem as though anything is possible. Devices in your car can tell you where to go; you can watch what’s happening anywhere in the world almost instantaneously through someone’s cell phone. It seems that networking video surveillance systems should be really simple.

Yet, the video networking industry stems from a disparate collection of companies and technologies, challenging manufacturers today to change the way they think about networks. While analogue CCTV installations were inherently closed (as the name closed circuit television or CCTV indicates), system owners and administrators today need to be able to connect their systems with outside networks, as well as have various devices within a single system that can easily interface with one another. Inventing new solutions, such as the upcoming Siqura ONVIF-compliant HD IP cameras, based on open standards for specific applications is an inevitable aspect of the future of this vibrant industry.

As a supplier of Optelecom-NKF products along with JVC, Sanyo, Genetec, Bosch, contact Controlware to find out how integrated products and systems can benefit you

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Find out more about Synergis Enterprise IP Access Control system

October 29, 2010

Genetec’s powerful  Synergis Enterprise Access Control system is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits  Synergis Enterprise can provide below.

Flexible

Synergis was designed with an open and distributed architecture. Build your system with IP readers or use what you already have and phase out older technology when you can. Integrate your access control system with other third-party systems like intrusion or building management. And distribute Synergis’ server components on many different network machines to optimize bandwidth.

Highly Scalable

Synergis Enterprise supports an unrestricted number of doors, controllers and client workstations. You can grow your system one door at a time. Or opt to scale your system across multiple buildings using a unique feature called Federation. Synergis Enterprise will meet all your growth objective head on.

Reliable and Secure

Reliability is an understatement. In case of server failure, Synergis’ offline mode ensures door controllers will continue to control access and record events. And benefit from security features like encryption and user-access privileges to enhance overall system security. You get an added layer of security in multi-tenant applications with a Partitioning feature.

Intuitive and Easy-to-Use

Synergis is the access control system of the Security Center unified security platform. This means you get the most ultra-modern and user-friendly interface on the market. Single-click widgets dynamically appear for you to unlock or lock doors or acknowledge alarms. Drag-and-drop features make it easy to review events, as well as cardholder pictures against live or recorded video. Look forward to reduced training costs and notice efficiency gains.

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


Find out more about SV-16 Genetec’s all-in-one CCTV management system

October 25, 2010

Genetec’s powerful SV-16 powered by Omnicast CCTV software is now available from Controlware UK. Find out the main benefits SV-16 can provide below.

Speed Up Your Installation

The SV-16 operates as a stand-alone recording system, allowing you to benefit from Genetec’s video surveillance system, Omnicast, even with 16 cameras or less. Since the SV-16 comes pre-loaded with Omnicast, you can have your system up and running in no time.

The SV-16 can also be easily integrated into any existing Omnicast installation for local recording in remote locations or for the management of distant cameras over wireless network.

Choose The Cameras You Want

With Omnicast’s open architecture, you get the ability to select best-of-breed hardware from a long list of manufacturers. You can even preserve existing hardware, whether IP or analog cameras. And as new hardware is released, you can take advantage of hardware integration packs to benefit from the latest technology.

Install An Energy-Efficient NVR

Weighing only 13 ounces, the SV-16 is one of the smallest network security appliances on the market. The SV-16’s compact and fanless design gives you the recording power you need with low 6W power consumption. The aluminum casing of the SV-16 ensures durability, no matter the environment.

Opt for A Future-Proof Solution

Since camera licenses are obtained on a per-camera basis, adding a new camera on the SV-16 is as simple as acquiring another license. You can also benefit from new releases of Omnicast with simple software upgrades. And when the system grows beyond 16 cameras, you can trade in your licenses to easily move your system to traditional server-based storage.

SV-16 is now available from Controlware UK. To find out more about SV-16 click here or call Controlware UK on 0844 225 9 225 for expert advice and great product deals.


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.


Find out more about Omnicast Standard CCTV management software

October 20, 2010

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

Open Architecture

Having an open-architecture video surveillance system gives you so many more options. Select your own hardware. Leverage analog equipment to reduce costs. Or, integrate your Omnicast system with other third-party security systems. This is system flexibility at its best.

Easy to Use

As part of Genetec’s unified security platform, the Security Center, Omnicast is very user-friendly. Bookmark video with a single click to quickly retrieve it later on. Use intuitive widgets to control PTZ cameras, and efficiently handle alarms. The user interface mimics those of well-known operating systems. This means a reduced operator learning curve and less training costs.

Future-Proof

Getting Omnicast today means you will keep leveraging the system for years to come. Your Omnicast system is easily upgradeable from version to version. You can evolve with newer technology and still keep the same hardware. When you need to, adding more features or cameras to your system is always possible.

Powerful

Getting an Omnicast Standard video surveillance package means you get all the high-end features that you need. Remote access, motion detection, archiving, video encryption are just a few Omnicast features available to you. There is no compromise, just a tailored and powerful video surveillance system.

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


Controlware to distribute Codestuff’s Quorum Touch CCTV software

September 6, 2010

Innovative all-in-one touchscreen CCTV management system available to key channel partners

Codestuff, a leading provider of innovative video management systems, has announced a distribution agreement with Controlware to offer the world’s first purpose-built touchscreen based CCTV monitoring, recording and management system to European channel partners. Launched in April 2009, Quorum Touch is an innovative system for up to 16 cameras combining all the elements of a traditional CCTV system into a single, self-contained desktop device.

“Quorum Touch is a compact desktop CCTV system that allows our channel partners to approach customers that would traditionally shy away from a full blown CCTV solution or are concerned about cost or complexity,” explains Rolf Didion, Security Systems Director for Controlware, “We are pleased to add it to our comprehensive portfolio of security products and will be working closely with Codestuff to showcase the possibilities for using Touch to bring in new business.”

Controlware will provide first level technical support, logistics fulfilment and sales support for the Quorum Touch as well as offering the complete Quorum range including modules for streaming IP video across the internet, video analytics and Networked Video Recorders.

With more than thirty years experience in IT networking and over a decade with IP CCTV products and systems Controlware positions the Quorum Touch as an easy to use solution for specific markets that use under 16 cameras such as small retail businesses. In this way the Quorum Touch provides a solution for mass market low channel requirements that are quite different to those met by Controlware’s existing Cware Video Management Software (VMS) platform which is powerful, feature rich and has been designed for higher camera counts, multiple sites and more challenging system requirements.

“We have had a lot of interest for camera systems under 16 channels and the Quorum Touch provides an all-in-one system that’s easy to use to meet these requirements, especially as a cost-effective alternative to DVR systems,” explains Rolf Didion.

The Quorum Touch is highly flexible and as an open management system is able to integrate with CCTV cameras and encoders from different manufacturers such as Axis, Bosch and Pelco whose products Controlware provide. On a technical level support for H.264, MPEG4, MxPEG and Motion JPEG video formats ensures the Quorum Touch integrates with the Controlware product range while providing compatibility with the emerging ONViF standard and Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi connections.

Under normal conditions, the Touch will store around 7 days of footage from 4 IP cameras running up to megapixel quality. The Touch uses the same core platform as the rest of the Quorum range which allows control of auxiliary devices such as door openers, alarm systems, lights, speaker phones, public address systems and barriers to be integrated directly into the Touch interface. The unit has a wide range of applications but is particular suited to retail premises, gatehouses, reception areas and high value private premises.

More information from video@controlware.co.uk.