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American Dynamics Introduces victor 4.9

The latest version of American Dynamics victor video management system software and VideoEdge intelligent network video recorders further advances access control and video surveillance mobility, dramatically reduces NVR license management and simplifies setup.

Watch this video to see the new features.

Version 4.9 includes the following new features:

  • Centralized Licensing
  • victorWeb
  • Advanced Searching
    • Smart Search
    • Motion Search
    • Thumbnail Search
    • Text Search
  • Digital PTZ
  • Maps
  • Salvos
  • Tours
  • Retail Reports
  • System Diagnostics Monitoring
    • Health Reports
  • Unified CCURE 9000
    • Swipe and Show
    • Personal Activity Monitoring
    • BIRS Reporting
  • Smart Searching Auto Provisioning

Watch this video to see the new features in this release.

VideoEdge NVR Centralized Licensing
Administrators can now manage all VideoEdge NVR licenses centrally from the victor Application Server through the new license manager. Licenses can be combined into a single file for an easy upload. There is a new option to centralize all camera licenses and analytics throughout the entire system and synchronize SSA end dates, greatly reducing the time spent on licensing. To update licenses across the enterprise, go to ‘System’ and then select ‘Licensing.’  From there, users can view license status, chose license type and configure the Enterprise license. Watch the training video to learn more about setting up the licensing.

VideoEdge victor Centralized Licensing

Advanced Searching
victor Web offers several of the powerful search tools available in victor including motion, thumbnail and text stream search. These high performance video analytic searches drastically reduce investigation time and quickly identify suspicious activity, people, objects and events.

Motion Search allows users to search for a movement in a specific camera field of view to find areas of interest quicker. To conduct a motion search, users can select search and retrieve, Execute Search Wizard and then choose ‘Motion Detection’ from the Type of Search dropdown menu and then specify the start and end date. The video metadata detects pixel changes generated by VideoEdge. For a quick view of areas of interest, users can see the areas of motion indicated in yellow.

Thumbnail Search presents search results in 16 thumbnail images for a quick view of frames to identify  Users can perform a thumbnail search in the same way they can a motion search by going to the Execute Search Wizard and then selecting Thumbnail Search. By selecting the + in the lower right hand corner of an image, the users can see a new set of images to further drill down the time frame.

Text Stream Search associates video with point-of-sale text data. Users can search recorded video to see a live overlay of the associated text stream data with that video. For example, cash register data can be associated with video to promptly find the transaction where the fraudulent action occurred. Watch the victorWeb text stream search video.

Maps
victorClient maps can now be imported into victorWeb to provide faster navigation to cameras by their physical location and more easily see the layout of a location. When a user is signed in as a victor Application Server Users, he or she will have access to the maps.

victorWeb Maps
victorWeb Maps

Under the monitor menu, select maps to view a list of all the maps on the victor application server. Simply zoom in and out of the map with a mouse, show and hide any layers, text, health indicators,  or dock menu within the map. Users can also reset the map to return to the scaled out map. Select ‘Show all icons’ to highlight all cameras with a colored circle for easier navigation . Select ‘Show all shapes’ to see the fields of view. Click on the camera itself to view live video from that specific camera on the left hand side. Watch this video to set up victorWeb Maps.

Salvos
Salvos displays multiple, simultaneous video streams to give users a more effective way to monitor multiple areas of interest.

4.9 Salvos

To create a salvos in victorWeb, select the setup icon and go to Salvos. Select the + icon and give the salvo a name, description and layout. After configuring the basic information, add the recorder and cameras to the salvo. Learn how to configure and use Salvos in victorWeb.

Tours
victorWeb supports tours so users can pre-define a sequence of cameras to automatically cycle through.

To create a tour, select the setup button and ‘Camera Tours’ from the drop down menu. Choose the + icon to create a new tour. Give the tour a name, description, and default dwell time. The minimum value for the dwell time is 5 seconds. Then select the plus button to select the recorder and cameras to add to the tour. Add a preset or pattern if it is pre-configured on the camera. The trash can icon on the right side enables users to delete the camera from the tour. Select a camera line and then the up or down arrow keys to rearrange the camera order. After the configuration is complete, click the save button. Watch this video to view more about updated tours functionality.

System Diagnostics Monitoring
victorWeb diagnostics monitor the health status of multiple devices simultaneously. This new dashboard tracks real-time recording, streaming and information processing statistics from every connected device from any supported browser to avoid system outages and instantaneous alert of a potential issue.

4.9 victorWeb Diagnostics

Within the diagnostics monitoring system are three dashboards: alert, device health and system. The alert dashboard displays identifies health for recorder, camera, storage, alert and unit statuses. Similar to the alert dashboard, the device dashboard functions in the same way but is organized by device type instead of status. The system dashboard shows specific system information such as:

  • CPU usage
  • Disk usage
  • Network usage
  • Connected cameras per recorder
  • Current firmware version

Select Diagnostics from the Monitor menu drop down. Until a users has enabled the health event monitoring, he/she will receive a message to select the bell icon to select devices and enable health monitoring. The bell icon is in the upper right hand corner. All the devices added to victorWeb will be in the drop down menu. Simply select the ones to select the alerts or choose the ‘enable all’ button to show them all.

Select the alert to see all the information on the system including hardware information, storage and connected devices. To go back, select the back arrow in the upper left hand corner. The alert dashboard can be snoozed in specific intervals. Users can select to show live, all or snoozed events or cancel all snooze alarms.

To generate a report, select the report icon in the right hand menu. Select all the details to be included in the report including the following:

  • Device name
  • IP address
  • Alert date/time
  • Camera name
  • Alert status
  • Firmware version
  • User name
  • Failover status
  • Port
  • Time zone
  • Device Type
  • Description

Reports can be downloaded to PDF or CSV or emailed. Watch this video to learn more.

victor Web Unified Swipe and Show
Introduced in victor in 4.8, swipe and show is now available in victor Web.  Swipe and show displays the most recently swiped CCURE 9000 access control cards. Users can view details about personnel and perform a momentary admittance.

victorWeb Swipe and Show

Under the Monitor menu, select Swipe and Show. Users may receive a message “Swipe and show is not enabled. Select doors or elevators on the left to start swipe and show.” To select the objects, choose the doors or elevators icon on the left hand side. To select all the doors on the system, choose the ‘select all’ option at the top.

To view the information for a specific person, click on that swipe. On the right hand side the following swipe data will appear:

  • Card access data
  • Personnel name
  • Door name
  • Time
  • Personnel type
  • Last 10 card swipes

When a person has been selected, the live stream is automatically paused. Under the menu in the upper right hand corner, users can limit the swipe shows to admits only or rejects only. Users can also show or hide text, change the orientation to horizontal or vertical and the number of cards. Watch this video to learn more.

victor Web Unified Personnel Management
Software House CCURE 9000 users with the victor application server can better manage personnel from one, intuitive interface. With the new personnel management features, users can:

  • Add, edit or delete personnel
  • View and edit personnel credentials
  • View and edit personnel clearances

Go to the Setup icon and select Personnel, users can view all of the personnel in the system. Select an individual and view their information on the right hand side on multiple tabs including: person, credentials, clearances, documents, portrait, preview badge, previous doors and find. View this video for more information on creating personnel records.

VideoEdge Second Stream Auto Configuration
The new second stream auto configuration reduces bandwidth usage with victor for streams displayed in constrained environments. This also enables motion detection to be configured automatically out of the box. Automatic motion detection supports SmartSearch and SmartStreaming capabilities so users will always have these features available to them without any additional setup upon installation.

VideoEdge Operating System Upgrade
The new SLE12 SP1 enables enhancements needed for cyber security, driver enhancement and additional features. The new operating system supports Broadwell Processors and TPM2 security module.

To upgrade, you must use the VideoEdge upgrade tool from americandynamics.net. This upgrade is available for version 4.4 and later. Login to the VideoEdge system. In the upper right hand corner, you can see the version number you are currently operating on.

VideoEdge SLE12 OS Update

Click the “Add Recorder” button and enter the VideoEdge IP address. Then input the VideoEdge account username, password and base port. Then click Check Credentials. The upgrade procedure is comprised of three steps: upload, install and finalize. You will see an “operating in temporary upgrade mode” message until installation is finalized.

View a video on configuring this upgrade.

VideoEdge Support for Illustra Analytics
VideoEdge introduces support for analytics on Illustra Pro IP mini-dome cameras. VideoEdge can incorporate video intelligence analytics such as object detection, linger, dwell, crowd and queue alarms, abandoned object and enter/exit.

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Virtual PTZ
Operators can select a view from a fixed camera and utilize virtual PTZ to zoom in on a particular area of interest to see greater detail.

American Dynamics Micro NVR Doubled Storage Capacity

American Dynamics introduces the enhanced VideoEdge Micro network video recorder (NVR). This micro recorder includes an embedded PoE switch to automatically power cameras.

Watch this video to see the new VideoEdge micro NVR in action.

  • Easy, out-of-the-box installation – No external switch required with 4 or 8 channels
  • Automatic device discovery
  • Increased storage capacity – Store up to 2TB of video
  • Pre-installed victor Web LT software with embedded video analytics
  • Access to live and recorded video at any time with VideoEdge Go mobile app

Learn more abouto the VideoEdge micro NVR.

Control victor VMS Remotely with the New victor Go Mobile App

The victor Go mobile app is now available for download for Apple and Android phones and tablets. This new app offers simple, intuitive operation to access live and recorded video from victor servers remotely any time of day.

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With the victor Go app, users can:

  • Administer sites remotely from virtually anywhere, anytime
  • View live video from VideoEdge NVRs in multiple surveillance pane layouts
  • Instantly control PTZ cameras with intuitive gestures
  • Quickly search recorded video for faster investigations
  • Easily create fixed views
  • Monitor event lists, including dual-phase acknowledgement

Save Valuable Time
Whether you need to respond to a critical event at a moment’s notice or simply monitor your security operation remotely, victor Go can save you time. Simply log in to the victor Application Server via a highly secure connection from WiFi, 3G, or 4G.

Powerful Command and Control Options
View up to six cameras, scroll through pages of camera views, instantly control PTZ camera positions, and digitally zoom in on any camera for a closer look. Search for recorded video, play back video, call up live cameras and a list of events – you can do it all. For added convenience, you can save camera views for quick reference.

Incredibly Fast Searches
Use the Smart Search feature to search hours and hours of video recorded from VideoEdge NVRs in just seconds.

Optimal Video Quality with Minimal Lag
This purpose-built, 64-bit video surveillance app is designed to give you just the right video quality for a mobile device with the absolute minimum latency.

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American Dynamics Introduces victor 4.8.1

The latest version of American Dynamics victor video management system (VMS) software and VideoEdge intelligent network video recorders (NVR) simplifies administration and speeds up security investigations. Version 4.8.1 includes the following new features:

Watch this video to see the new features in this release.


Presentation Builder & Timeline Bookmarks 

victor introduces the ability to create timeline bookmarks and package all incident-related materials into an incident report for a single, concise loss case. To reduce post-event investigation time, operators can drag and drop notes, maps, images and other documents into a case to stitch together succinct video evidence of an event for use by law enforcement, human resources or risk management personnel. Navigate through the video by moving the red bar to the left or right. By right clicking the incident, users can export the incident report to a folder that contains all the components of the case. When playing back the incident, the entire case will be displayed with all related case material.

To save post-event investigation time, the new timeline bookmark feature allows operators to mark video for quick replay when something of interest has been observed. Marked event video can quickly be imported into case investigations.

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Scheduled Clip Downloads

Operators can improve their bandwidth management by scheduling video clip retrieval for off-peak network times when more network resources are available. Scheduling clip downloads gives security operators the ability to queue sizeable clips or a substantial number of clip downloads for the end of their shift or during down times. To access this feature, users must first ensure the remote directory is configured.victor_4.8.1_scheduled_clip_downloads

When creating a clip, users can select save and then under the clip saving configuration on the right-hand side of the screen, select a specific time from the “Download” drop down menu. Choose from several pre-populated times or choose specify to enter a custom time. In the “clips” tab, users will see a tool tip showing the time and date of the download.


Map Enhancements

victor users can increase their awareness of an overall site layout by adding a geographic information systems (GIS) map. For example, these GIS maps show landmarks around campuses to improve knowledge on how to approach an area where security action is needed. Simply go to the” Builds” tab and choose “New” under “Maps.” Users can now select the checkbox for “GIS Maps” and  see a dropdown of background maps for operators use.

GIS_Map

This version of victor also includes enhancements for Unified client. allows C•CURE 9000 map importing to save setup time and further unify with the access control system. To import a map, go to the Builds tab and select Show C•CURE Maps. This will display all the maps within the C•CURE 9000 system. victor also imports map objects such as doors for automated map setup.  Each icon on the map is fully functional upon import so users can right click to lock and unlock doors and open in swipe and show.

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Point-of-Sale Enhancement

For retail applications, victor 4.8.1 enhances the point-of-sale (POS) display to show receipt data alongside the corresponding live video for instant visual verification and simplified monitoring of fraud and theft. Retail companies can more quickly identify if something suspicious is employee fraud or just cashier misuse with the new POS text streaming.

The receipt data can be shown along with or without video. POS receipt data can sync with one or multiple cameras.

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victor & VideoEdge Silent Install

The new victor silent install simplifies the installation process for victor servers. Security installers will now be prompted through a pre-installation form and checklist before installation. This will automate the installation process to ensure no configuration areas are missed minimizing configuration time.


Email Journal Reports

To save reporting time, users can now configure reports and email them directly from victor. First, users must configure their email preferences under the “setup” tab and “system values” section. Configure the mailbox address, SMTP server password, SMTP port number and SMTP FQDN. To run the report, go to “Home” tab, under “Reports and Data Visualization” update the available date range, reports category and template. Users then simply click the “Execute” button at the bottom of the display to run the reports. Users also can email the Excel report as an attachment.

View a video on configuring this new feature.


Role & Privilege Enhancements

This version of victor includes enhancements for Unified client improves the synchronization between setting operator permissions for victor roles and Software House C•CURE 9000 privileges. This consolidates an operator’s setup, saving time and unifying video security and access control.

Roles are the permissions that dictate the functions an operator can and cannot perform within victor.  You can name the new user while also selecting which clients the user should have access to by checking the box next to any of the following:

Each role starts with full system access by default. To save time, uncheck the “allow view all” check box to remove access to all systems.

Role Access 4.8.1

Users can also select the configuration buttons that a user can see.

Under the device access section at the bottom, select the “Type Exceptions” icon to give privileges to certain actions including:

  • Show
  • Edit
  • Find in Journal
  • Find on map
  • Instant Playback
  • Live audio
  • Run PTZ
  • Search and Retrieve
  • Update PTZ

Users can also select the “Object exceptions” icon to see all the servers and cameras on the system. For each device, users can update the actions for those specific devices by unchecking the boxes on the right hand side.

Facial Biometrics Best Practices

The new VideoEdge facial biometrics feature immediately detects and verifies individuals. VideoEdge facial biometrics engine has been tuned to be fast and accurate. Whether you are using it for identifying known unwanted persons in real-time or providing secondary verification with access control, time is paramount. As with any analytics feature in video surveillance software, there are best practices that should be used to achieve reliable results and improve performance.

Camera LocationRecommended Camera Location

To recognize a face, the person should be easily visible. Consistent, accurate facial recognition results require the cameras to be mounted within a close range.

  • The entire face should be visible inside the image and region of interest.
  • Both eyes should be open and visible.
  • Limit the number of faces in the scene. Try to avoid crowds and large groups of people.
  • Reduce subject and camera motion as much as possible.

Limit Faces

Provide Ideal Lighting

American Dynamics facial biometrics technology matches multiple points on a face. Therefore, the clearer the face image is, the more likely you are to receive an accurate match. You can resolve many of the lighting conditions necessary to achieve optimal facial biometrics by following these considerations:

  • Create even lighting on the face with little to no shadows.
  • Avoid backlighting that may result in glares on glasses. Position light sources outside the area where reflections hit the camera.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight when possible. Direct sunlight may cause strong, asymmetric lighting and shadows across the face.
  • Utilize automatic gain control in environments with varying brightness.

Upload Quality Enrollment Images

American Dynamics recommends you upload at least five enrollment images of each individual to the database. These images include varying angles such as straight on, face slightly turned left, face slightly turned right, face slightly tilted up and face slightly tilted down. Having each angle should improve the recognition performance. Also, you should use recent enrollment images and remember to re-enroll individuals periodically. Often times, age differences or changes in hair of facial style has a direct effect on the recognition performance.

Other suggestions:

  • Use a high resolution image with at least 400 pixels on the face
  • Take enrollment images with neutral facial expressions including mouth closed and little to no smile.
  • Take the image close up, recommend 3 to 5 feet away

View our best practices cheatsheet.

Learn more about American Dynamics VideoEdge Facial Biometrics.

Strategies to Avoid Security System Downtime

All of your customers want to avoid system downtime, but yet it continues to be an issue. When it comes to building security, they simply cannot afford to risk any downtime. If the video management system (VMS) software, access control system or other building security systems go down, it can mean sites are compromised and risks increase, often with serious consequences.

Join our webinar to learn more about:

  • Importance of always-on security systems
  • Strategies to increase reliability
  • Steps to maximize recorder and camera uptime

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Iowa casino ups its game with Tyco Security Products Video Surveillance Solution

As one of Iowa’s most successful casino resorts, WinnaVegas Casino and Resort knows how to help guests relax in style. With a 24-hour casino, arcade, fitness center, pool, fine dining and event center, guests have all they could want at their fingertips. It’s no wonder that WinnaVegas is one of the most popular casino resorts in the region.

WinnaVegas Casino

Challenge

In the gaming business, speed and efficiency are everything, including surveillance and security. After recent expansion of its casino, hotel and parking areas, WinnaVegas Casino Resort needed to update its surveillance system with a cost-effective way to migrate from analog to fast, high-performing IP video technology. With some video monitoring systems and IP cameras, there is latency, or delay, between the operator’s joystick command and the camera’s movement. WinnaVegas surveillance operators wanted to be able to quickly track a patron moving across the casino floor or zoom in for a closer look at a player’s hand of cards, so low latency cameras were required.

Solution

Illustra ProThe Illustra Pro PTZ and mini-dome cameras in combination with the victor/VideoEdge Video Monitoring System from Tyco Security Products give the casino resort the high-resolution video and low latency needed for its growing and complex operations. The Illustra PTZ cameras allow WinnaVegas surveillance staff to actively monitor happenings on gaming floors with exceptional situational awareness and reliable control to easily identify clear details.

The cameras’ bandwidth usages are low, using H.264 compression to reduce bandwidth to a fraction of that used by most 1080p HD PTZ cameras. Lower bandwidth provided by Illustra cameras reduces network traffic, saves on storage costs and keeps communications between devices and servers nimble and efficient.

Victor and VideoEdge provided the casino with a bridge between its existing analog system and new IP system. victor/VideoEdge ties in the casino’s Illustra IP cameras and VideoEdge network video recorders and hybrid recorders with its existing analog infrastructure, allowing operators to manage live and recorded video through a single interface. Real-time alarms and events also can be leveraged with video, audio, motion and other advanced features to provide the immediate birds-eye view needed by the casino resort.

VideoEdge network video recorders were added to provide the speed and power desired by WinnaVegas Casino Resort and its operations. VideoEdge enables multiple video streams for live, record, alarm bump and meta-data collection and features Smart Search for fast searches that staff can export event findings when needed. The NVRs’ multicast video streaming technology and victor’s built-in intelligence further reduce bandwidth requirements.

The Tyco Security Products solution delivered the simplified management, seamless integration into one, unified security system and high quality images.  As WinnaVegas contemplates its next expansion, it won’t need to roll the dice with an entirely new proprietary system or transition completely to IP technology—WinnaVegas can build upon its existing victor, VideoEdge, Illustra solution and grow its security system as needed, one chip at a time.

Read the full case study.

Learn more about migrating from analog to IP.

VMS on the edge: an all in one video solution

Given the choice between complexity and simplicity, most of us choose the easy path. If there is a way to take difficulty out of any day-to-day activity, we’re all for it.

Today’s technology is increasingly reflecting our need for a pared down, but still high-quality approach. Think about some of the appliances residing in your own home. Instead of a separate blender, food processor, ice crusher and mixer, many kitchens now have a single machine — a super blender, if you will — that handles all of these chores.

edgecamIn the security space, cameras with edge-based video recording capabilities are filling a similar niche. Especially for small businesses that don’t have the luxury of a large security staff, space to house multiple servers or the infrastructure to support multiple recording devices, opting instead for cameras with embedded VMS software and onboard video storage can prove to be a capable and affordable alternative.

Having a type of all-in-one solution makes high-tech security more accessible to users who only need a handful of IP cameras for their installation. However, these businesses — both large and small — still require a robust array of valuable features and they want them delivered in a user-friendly manner.

Just being able to record video clips to an SD card will cover the most basic security needs in an edge-based video system, but this is just a simple folder of video clips. Like the multi-featured super blender, end users are often looking for something more.

SD cardFortunately, advancements in SD cards and camera processor technology provide enough horsepower to deliver not only onboard storage but video management system capabilities. This means that beyond just recording and organizing clips, business owners or security personnel can take advantage of features such as synchronized search and retrieval of the recorded video across all or specific cameras in their system. These video management tasks can be performed on a desktop or on mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones with live view or playback.

And while edge-based VMS software provides myriad benefits to smaller locations with a handful of cameras, larger organizations are also leveraging this technology. This includes the large retailer wanting a few cameras at its stores that are independent from the onsite, locally monitored surveillance network.  Or, this approach can also benefit other large enterprise installations looking for freedom from managing a central server architecture for small branch locations or remote locations in the field, where a few cameras are needed but server installation is impractical.

Small or large, end users looking to employ this technology are also benefitting from new high reliability SD cards, some of which are designed specifically for the recording of HD video. Various cameras on the market, such as our new Illustra Edge series, can also provide redundancy protection for network outages, providing a backup of the recorded video that can be retrieved and storedback to a central server.

And with each camera having its own embedded VMS capability, businesses have the added assurance that even if one camera in the system fails, the others in their installation will continue to perform the critical video surveillance system duties.

This newest generation of edge-based video adds a higher level of value for end users who want storage and recording capabilities but without the investment of time, space and maintenance associated with traditional server set ups.

It is the perfect melding of simplicity with effective, cutting-edge technology — ice crusher not included.

To hear more about edge based video management as well as tips on how to calculate bandwidth and storage requirements and how to take advantage of other vendor supplied tools for easier installations, please register for the upcoming free webinar from SDM Magazine: “Making the Right Choices in IP Video,” at 2pm EDT on June 16, 2015, sponsored by Illustra from Tyco Security Products.

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A little planning goes a long way toward achieving analytics success

The odd impulse purchase aside, most people go into a buying decision with a good idea of what they want from their investment.

A couple that is expecting triplets, for instance, knows they can bypass the two-seater sports car or the pickup and look in the SUV or minivan category for a vehicle that will adequately and safely serve their family.

Similarly, a company that is putting in a new video analytics system should outline what it wants it to achieve before selecting, installing and operating it. Or at least that is what best practices would dictate.

Yet, too often the opposite happens. Eager customers and their systems integrators determine the number and styles of cameras camera, ip camera, securitythey want, maybe based on the newest technology or the best deals available, without first exploring exactly what they want to achieve in terms of analytics. So the end result is a system that is inadequate for the application and one that poorly reflects on the quality of the video analytics because it couldn’t perform the necessary functions properly.

Where and how cameras are placed is critical to achieving the most effective outcome with analytics. From camera mounts to the number and type of cameras, many factors can impact the success of video analytics.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to planning. Working in conjunction with your systems integrator, or a manufacturer’s representative, take a hard look at what your expectations are for your analytics system: Are you looking to count people coming into your store, or is your goal to read license plates in a parking lot? If you want to count customers, do you also want to measure how long they look at a display? Every activity requires careful consideration regarding the type of camera used and where it is placed.

People counting is best done on a two-dimensional scale, so a camera mounted overhead works well here. If the camera were placed at eye level, and a crowd came into the store, you might not be able to see each person because some people likely would be blocked by those in front of them.

If the goal is to determine who is lingering in a particular spot, however, then a wide-angle camera is the proper choice. And if you want to do both of these things in the same space, you’ll need multiple cameras mounted appropriately.

Lighting is another key consideration when deploying analytics. If a scene goes in and out of shadows frequently, it will affect the accuracy of the information received. Trying to read license plates? Think about how headlights could play havoc with a camera if positioned incorrectly.

Before going ahead with an analytics program, it’s important to consider all of the factors that will impact video quality. From illumination to separating assets and people to dealing with obstructions and movement, all of these can make a great analytics system an ineffective one if not handled properly.

So sit down at that computer — or if you’re old school, get out that pen and paper — and list what you want your system to do. Then go through all the factors that could influence your outcome before making a final selection with the help of an integrator or supplier on cameras and mounts.

The success of your analytics system depends on it. Watch our videos below on victor and VideoEdge video intelligence and analytics.

 

Unification = Simplification

There are two things we never seem to have enough of — time and money. Thus, when the opportunity presents itself to save both, wouldn’t we jump at the chance?

The move to a unified security platform is designed to address both of those sweet spots for end users and integrators. Rather than relying on separate servers to run access control and video surveillance systems, under unification, a single server handles both operations.

You can see where the cost savings can come in. Rather than investing in dual servers, you can operate with just one. And one server also means fewer licenses, easier licensing management, improved maintenance through a single health monitoring system, reduced installation time…and the list goes on.

unification, victor, american dynamics, software houseBut investing in a security solution isn’t just about saving money. It’s also about product performance and ensuring that you get the critical information as quickly and accurately as possible.

Unification addresses that piece as well. Bringing access control and video together into one server means bypassing the middleware and extensions that typically are relied upon so one system can communicate with the other.

When time is of the essence, and when it comes to security it is, the ability to retrieve video or access data as quickly as possible is critical.

Under a unified server scenario, while video and access control are tied together, you still have the opportunity to leverage the power of integration. Information from other related peripherals such as smoke alarms, intercoms, motion detectors, building systems, etc. can still be brought into the system for monitoring.

This allows security personnel to have the best of both worlds: unified access and video AND the ability to respond to and provide better information when an event is underway through data from integrated systems.

Additionally, when conducting an investigation after an event, you’re able to reduce the number of steps you would have had to take in a two-server environment. Take for example, someone who is experiencing multiple card rejects, who tries to damage a card reader on the wall and cameras in that area capture the incident. In an unified system, the time it would have taken to match the card reader data with the video is reduced by tools available through unification. Using functions such as data visualization, security personnel can find a high number of card rejects and then go to the corresponding video more quickly than if they were still operating in a two server, two client environment.

In a word, unification comes down to simplification — fewer steps, lower costs, more results.

Learn more about how unified solutions helped Rush University Medical Center in Chicago simplify and secure its security operations in this video.