exacqVision 4.0 Released – Active Directory & Mapping

exacqVision Version 4.0 ReleaseVersion 4.0 of exacqVision Video Management Software has just been released. This latest release, compatible with all exacqVision Hybrid and IP video surveillance systems, incorporates new features and enhancements, and continues our quest for rapid, incremental updates.

Version 4.0 is available for download here. Key features in the 4.0 Release:

  • New Mapping feature
  • Enterprise Server Option
  • Active Directory / LDAP support
  • Enhanced Webserver 2.0 Browser-based thin client
  • S2 NetBox support

Here are some of the features in detail:

New – Mapping
Mapping functionality has been fully integrated into the exacqVision user interface. Maps seamlessly co-exist with cameras, and any view or layout can have any combination of cameras and maps. Maps can be imported from a variety of image file sources, and cameras can be easily placed on maps creating custom map views. Maps can be shared among users both on a stand-alone system and across an enterprise deployment  Any number of maps can be created and displayed simultaneously.

An additional mapping feature with the exacqVision Enterprise Server Option, also new for 4.0, allows for maps to be nested in a hierarchical format. You could have a high-level map of the country, with nested maps of campus sites located around the country, each of which in turn could have nested maps of buildings, floors, wings, etc. Video and alarm events from lower-level nested maps can “bubble up” to the top level map, giving the user a global view of all alarms and activities across the enterprise deployment.

Here is a brief video that describes the new Mapping feature:

New – Enterprise Server Option
A new option is available with exacqVision 4.0, the Enterprise Server Option. This optional add-on, enabled at the server level, adds unique user administration and server administration functionality useful in an enterprise deployment of many exacqVision servers.

Enterprise user administration functionality included in the Enterprise Server Option include Active Directory integration for organizations with existing Active Directory/LDAP servers; Enterprise User Administration, for easy user administration across the deployment when Active Directory is not desployed, and Multi-Level Mapping, enabling nested, hierarchical maps-within-maps across the deployment.

Any exacqVision server can have the Enterprise Server Option enabled, at time of order or at any point. Enterprise-enabled servers and standard servers can co-exist, and Enterprise Server functionality will be available on the servers that have the Enterprise option.

Here’s a brief video overview of the new Enterprise Server Option:


Active Directory / LDAP Support

As part of the new exacqVision Enterprise Server Option, support has been added for Active Directory/LDAP integration. System administrators can now configure exacqVision permissions and privileges for accounts that exist on an Active Directory server. For organizations that have implement Active Directory for user accounts, this enables easy deployment of exacqVision in an enterprise setting, as the user accounts are already created.

Connecting to existing Active Directory servers is straightforward. The exacqVision System Setup page now has an additional “Enterprise” tab for adding the Active Directory server information:

exacqVision LDAP setup screen

Quick Start Guides for configuring exacqVision and Active Directory for Windows, Linux and Mac will be available on our Manuals & Specs page soon.

Enterprise User Setup
For enterprise deployments that do not employ Active Directory, the new Enterprise User Setup has been added to the exacqVision Enterprise Server Option. The Enterprise User Setup allows for user administration across the exacqVision enterprise. A single entry to create or edit a user profile is made, and then automatically pushed out to all selected servers across the deployment.

exacqVision Webserver 2.0

The latest version of the exacqVision Webserver, which is included at no charge with exacqVision software, incorporates a number of enhancements, including multi-server viewing, multi-camera search and playback, PTZ control, and an updated user interface.

exacqVision Webserver allows the use of fully-featured browser-based thin clients. The browser-based client works on any web browser, no ActiveX needed. The browser-based client also functions fully on any javascript-enabled browser, which includes those on the iPhone and Android mobile phone platforms. Additionally, a Simple mode is available for WAP browsers on basic non-smart phones.

The exacqVision Webserver provides an easy way to view video where deploying a full exacqVision client isn’t practical. Law enforcement can access video streams from school surveillance systems from the laptop in their car; organizations could provide limited camera access to the outside world for clients and customers.

Additionally, because the Webserver transcodes the video in real time, it is extremely useful in restricted-bandwidth connections. The Webserver can scale back the resolution on any camera in real-time, in effect enabling multi-streaming from any camera.

Here’s a brief video overview of the exacqVision Webserver 2.0:

S2 NetBox Integration

S2 SecurityexacqVision is now supported in the Video Management System for S2 Netbox access control systems. S2 NetBox Version 4.0 Build 376, released in January of 2010 is required, as is the new exacqVision Webserver 2.0. Additionally, the exacqVision OVID driver is needed, available from either the S2 or Exacq websites.

Events handled by S2 NetBox can initiate video recording, change camera telemetry, or pop up video on one of the display monitors. Likewise, exacqVision-initiated events such as motion or video loss can be annunciated on the security system.

We’ll do a more detailed blog post on the S2 integration separately.

S2 Security widgets

Recent Releases

With this release we continue to make rapid progress with exacqVision, and incremental releases have hit about every 2 months. A large number of new features have been added in a short period of time. You can see the full release history of exacqVision here:
exacqVision Release History

Download and Installation
As always, the latest versions of exacqVision client and server software can easily and quickly be copied over existing versions while retaining all user settings. The latest versions can always be downloaded from the exacqVision Downloads page, or you can click on ‘Check for Updates‘ within the ‘About‘ box in the exacqVision software.

exacqVision Server software is available in both Windows and Linux versions, and the exacqVision client software is available in Windows, Linux and Macintosh native versions. Any version of exacqVision client can connect to any version of exacqVision server.

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