The latest version of victor Unified Video Management Systems and VideoEdge Network Video Recorders presents a contemporary User Interface (UI) that enhances operator productivity and new analytic features that improve a customer’s visibility of their entire environment.
victor and VideoEdge 5.0 adds a rich feature set that includes license plate recognition, perimeter detection, camera-based failover redundancy and several other advanced surveillance features, delivering greater command and control capabilities when time is of the essence.
New user interface offers task-based workflows for increased efficiency and better overall operator experience
victor’s transformed interface has been redesigned to offer a task-based workflow approach. The new UI moves from an antiquated ribbon bar to a contemporary navigation pane (complete with tool tips) to significantly reduce the number of clicks needed for day-to-day surveillance activities. This focus on efficiency is well-illustrated by the new “home” view that automatically remembers frequently used operator actions and presents those in a “Recent Items” tab upon login.
The new UI is available in dark and light theme options; the dark option is well-suited for dimly lit command center environments and has been proven to reduce eye strain while improving video quality.
Far beyond a simple re-skin, the new interface simplifies forensic investigating and live viewing and provides the foundation for UI consistency across all victor and VideoEdge applications. And, while the change in UI is dramatic in appearance and increased operator efficiency, the changes are so intuitive that the learning curve is surprisingly short.
Speaking of improved user experience…
We have enhanced victor’s Dynamic Views by adding right-click options to bring up device lists and detailed information about those devices (name, IP address, health status).
In addition, we have simplified an operator’s ability to view alarms and events with ‘filter and sort’ options in the Event Viewer.
License Plate Recognition (LPR) from victor and VideoEdge helps security operators identify, track and analyze vehicles for improved outdoor surveillance and better awareness of surroundings. This analytic can identify license plates in both stop & go and slow-moving traffic (≤ 20mph), and will trigger real-time alarms and automatically begin recording when blacklisted vehicles enter a restricted area.
Operators utilize “fuzzy match” with Smart Search, victor/VideoEdge’s forensic search engine, to identify commonly confused characters, such as 8 and B, to generate a list of possible matches. Smart Search can also place asterisks (*) and question marks (?) to correlate recorded video and searches when only a portion of a license plate number is known.
Object Perimeter Detection analytic rule triggers an alarm when a zone is approached or breached
The new perimeter detection analytic rule, now included in the VideoEdge Video Intelligence and Analytics package, can trigger an alarm if a configured zone is approached or breached, and can be used for real-time alarms or forensic analysis.
VideoEdge’s new TrickleStor feature adds cost-effective redundancy by allowing the video that is recorded on Illustra IP cameras’ SD cards to trickle back to the VideoEdge NVR in the event of communication failure or network outage. If communication between the NVR and cameras is interrupted, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording to its internal micro SD card, storing up to 128GB of video depending on the camera. Once the connection is restored, the recorded video is then seamlessly transferred back to the NVR’s hard drive.
New integration with Shooter Detection System
The new integration with Shooter Detection System’s gunshot detection solution ties immediate gunshot detection alerts with victor and VideoEdge to pull cameras to the shooting incident.
This enables operators to rapidly identify shot location on a floor plan, and provide emergency response instructions for instant situational awareness to a shooting event into one interface.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Find in Journal
Find on map
Search and Retrieve
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.
ISC West, held on April 6 – 8, 2016, drew large crowds to the Tyco Security Products / American Dynamics booth. We hope you had the opportunity to stop by and speak to our representatives on the latest American Dynamics features. In case you missed us, here’s a brief recap of all the new programs and functionalities demonstrated in the booth.
victor & VideoEdge version 4.8.1
ISC West attendees received an advanced preview of the latest features being released in victor and VideoEdge version 4.8.1.
Presentation Builder – Streamlines case management by consolidating all event documentation into one package for simplified evidence exporting and digitally authenticating video clips.
Scheduled Clip Downloads – Improve bandwidth management by scheduling video clip retrieval during off-peak network times
Point-of Sale Enhancement – Instant visual verification with receipt data displaying alongside corresponding video
Map Importing – Save setup time by unifying with Software House C•CURE 9000 map importing
Watch the short demonstration below as Chris Hanna shows the new victor 4.8.1 point-of-sale (POS) enhancement.
New Cyber Protection Program
Tyco Security Products introduced its new cyber protection program for victor, VideoEdge, Software House C•CURE 9000 and Illustra at ISC West. This new program presents a holistic approach to cyber security awareness for physical security through a six-part program:
Secure Product Development Practices
Educate and Advocate
Physical and cyber attackers have more sophisticated tools and understanding of network-based systems than ever before, shining a spotlight in particular on the vulnerabilities of security implementations for government and large, multinational customers.
Will Brown, Senior Engineering Manager, Regulatory and Product Security, presented Tyco Security Products cyber security insights during his panel session, The Convergence of Physical and Cyber Security: Recognizing the Readiness of IP-Based Systems, at ISC West. In case you missed the session, here are a few takeaways:
Ask your manufacturer about their cyber security program and their tactics for protecting against cyber security attacks
Configure access control and video system to be compliant with relevant industry standards such as FISMA
Ensure your online footprint does not lead to a potential attack
Ever expanding and seemingly always in flux, airports present great opportunities but also major challenges for security integrators and security technology providers.
Airport Security Today
Today’s modern airports are security-centric enterprises that have multi-faceted surveillance and access control systems. Although airport security was heightened after the terrorist attacks in the United States on 9/11, anytime these facilities undergo some degree of modernization or add to their footprint, they are presented with the prospect of taking security to the next level.
However, any changes to an airport security system must take into account the substantial technological investment that has already been made as well as the importance of keeping the systems manageable on 24/7 basis.
About Izmir Airport
At Turkey’s Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, this blending of old and new occurred as the airport constructed a new domestic terminal with a security system that needed to mesh with the one in the existing terminal installed more than 10 years earlier.
While the airport’s operator TAV-Ege was eager to introduce IP-based products into the new terminal, it also wanted to leverage its existing and still highly functional components from the old terminal such as analog cameras.
To meet the airport’s needs, together with the help of integrator Sensormatic Guvenlik Hizmetleri, Tyco Security Products presented airport officials with an integrated solution that could accommodate the 700 analog cameras from the old terminal, while also handling the 600 new IP cameras from the newly constructed building.
Greatly reduce time searching for incident evidence
Presents better control of restricted areas through the C-CURE access control system
Brings together CCTV and access so system operators can now view video along with any alarms that occurs
Even as the capabilities of the system have increased, however, the ability to manage it remains intuitive and straightforward, which is critical in a potentially high-risk environment like a major airport.
As Turkey’s fourth busiest airport, Tyco Security Products complete solution has poised Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport for growth and scalability to allow for future system upgrades and even camera additions if warranted.
And as more airports undergo this type of expansion, the demand for integrated solutions that bring old and new systems together should only increase.
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.
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.
The 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.