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Penn State Upgrades Security System with Tyco Security Products Solution

The Challenge
Penn State University wanted to move to a single security and event management platform for its residence halls and other group facilities on campus.

Penn State

The Solution
Penn State selected a unified Tyco Security Products solution to protect and manage its campus.

Benefits
  • Improved image quality to quickly identify activity in a variety of lighting conditions
  • Reduced expenses retooling locks and replacing lost cards
  • Easily managed access rights and track activity of each user with powerful audit trail
  • Accelerated investigation searches with intuitive video management system interface
  • Streamlined and automated processes

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.

Cyber Security Assessment

Today’s businesses are faced with unprecedented threats from sabotage, theft of intellectual property and compromised sensitive data. Have you considered how your physical security products affect your cyber security?

TSP Cyber Protection Program Flowchart

Take a look at our infographic and assessment quiz to see if you are asking the right questions and taking the next step to be cyber secure.

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Learn more about Tyco’s industry-leading Cyber Protection Program.

Cyber Security Language

Security breaches are in the news today more than ever before. Security integrators and security officers must work with IT departments to ensure the physical security system is successfully deployed, maintained and upgraded on the network with minimal impact and without compromising network security.

cyber crime

To create a complete cyber secure environment, IT and security departments must effectively work together. However, physical security and IT often use the same words to mean different things – resulting in everyone being confused. Sometimes security integrators and security officers even avoid the IT department due to the misunderstanding.

For example, IP may mean intellectual property to a corporate security officer but internet protocol to IT security professionals. Or perimeter may mean the exterior building wall to the security officer and network connection to the outside to the IT professional.

To make sure all departments are speaking the same, common language, we suggest developing a list of terminology definitions that everyone can use.

Terms to be Clearly Defined:

  • IP
  • CredentialsTyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program
  • Key
  • Patch
  • Firewall
  • Vulnerability
  • Social engineering
  • Perimeter
  • Intrusion detection
  • Bandwidth
  • Directory
  • Security logs
  • Revocation
  • Signature

Having a common subset of terms will help you understand how to ask the right questions and quickly comprehend the answers. After establishing your company common language, clearly explain the information you need from IT to be able to define the network and security requirements.

Learn more about the Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection program.

Tyco Security Products’ Connected Partner Program welcomes victor and EntraPass

Tyco Security Products adds American Dynamics victor video management system software and Kantech EntraPass access control system and Hatrix managed access control system to its Connected Partner Program.

Connected Partner Program

This program gives third-party technology partners including access control, alarm/intrusion, building management, elevator, emergency communication and RFID the opportunity to integrate with our security solutions. Our robust integration development packages, including software, documentation, sample codes and engineering support time, offer partners the tools to achieve a direct integration.

Benefits of partnering with Tyco Security Products through the Connected Partner Program:

  • Provide a unified solution to your customers and increase your business potential
  • Access to Tyco Security Products fully equipped labs
  • Easily complete the self-certification process
  • Support from dedicated Connected Partner Program, technical and engineering teams
  • Access the development system from anywhere with a remote login [Kantech only]

View the current victor integrations. Interested third-party partners can submit an online interest form.

Get started today!

If you have questions regarding the Connected Partner Program, contact us at tspconnect@tycoint.com.

New American Dynamics RAID Storage System Reduces Downtime

American Dynamics has released a new version of the RAID Storage System for VideoEdge network video recorders (NVR). This includes enhancements to the NVR archived storage and improved battery back-up capabilities to reduce downtime and ensure your data is properly backed up.

Key Features:
  • Store critical video and audio longer
  • Minimize video loss and hard drive failure with RAID 5
  • High reliability with redundant power supplies and hot swappable drives
  • Expandable to 630TB of video storage with expansion unit
  • Cost-efficient, reliable storage solution optimized for video surveillance
  • Reduces power/cooling costs and total cost of ownership
  • Supports iSCSI and Fiber FC interfaces
  • Ideal for mid-large-sized installations or cloud data centers

Using an American Dynamics RAID storage system gives users one unified solution to administer and monitor video storage and recorders. This single user interface reduces the complexity and cost of integrating disparate solutions.

Learn more about our RAID storage system.

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.

New Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

American Dynamics introduces Dan Howard as the new Area Sales Manager for the Midwest. He will oversee sales activities for American Dynamics VideoEdge video recorders, victor video management system, storage solutions and monitors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dan resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan brings a vast knowledge of video surveillance systems and IP cameras. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager for a video security company.

Dan Howard

Dan Howard
danhoward@tycoint.com
+1.440.552.2063

If you have any American Dynamics questions, please contact Dan. We look forward to working with you.

Tyco Security Products Connected Partner Program

The Tyco Security Products Connected Program integrates with a range of third-party technology partners to create valuable security systems.  View all of our approved integrations on our new connected program compatibility matrix.

Connected Program

The new Connected Program compatibility matrix allows you to:

  • Select any integrated technology partner solution including access control, intrusion, video, fire alarm, RIFD and more
  • Quickly view integration details including driver version, certifications, supported server and client operating systems and more
  • Download integration details, release notes, user guides and additional resources

Our approved integrations are now displayed in a new compatibility matrix on the American Dynamics and Software House websites.

If you have any questions or comments, contact the Connected Program team at tspconnected@tycoint.com.

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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