Exacq at FSPA Convention in San Antonio

We will be introducing our newest vertical-market version of exacqVision, called exacqVision Financial, at the Financial & Security Products Association convention starting tomorrow in San Antonio.

We’re sponsoring a Breakfast Seminar on Friday morning at 8:00 am and breakfast is on us. We will be exhibiting in booth T-85 in the Manufacturer’s Showcase on Saturday.

If you’re coming to the convention, please stop by and see us. See you in San Antonio!

New exacqVision Spec Sheet

exacqVision spec sheet - June 5, 2006We’ve just updated the exacqVision spec sheet. Dated June 5, 2006, this new spec sheet reflects the latest features and user interface refinements that have been added in over the last month.

New features include the exacqRecall button, which enables a simple one-touch interface to automatically burn video and audio from selected cameras, as well as a player to view the multiple videos simultaneously and to do further search, to a CD/DVD. In the chaos of an incident, providing video surveillance footage to law enforcement by simply pressing a button is a powerful feature.

You can download the latest exacqVision spec sheet on the Exacq downloads page.

Use of Digital Video in Retail Loss Prevention

Exacq at NRF Loss Prevention Conference 2006Exacq is at this week’s NRF Loss Prevention Conference in Minneapolis, where the focus is on technology – specifically interoperability of technology – in reducing shrinkage.

Case Studies
A case-study presentation by Hallmark showed almost 6% shrinkage as a percentage of sales in the early 90s before audit measures, combined with new technology, began to be implemented. In the last couple of years Hallmark has upgraded their CCTV systems and added tie-ins with POS and audit software, among other measures. The result of this focus on loss prevention combined with investment in new interoperable technology has seen shrinkage decline to slightly over 1% of sales.

A case-study of Belk Stores emphasized the importance of network-based digital CCTV and interoperability with exception reporting, POS and alarm systems and the ability to sync the video with all other reporting processes.

ExacqVision network DVR offers unique advantages for retail Loss Prevention. The ability to have both analog cameras and IP cameras maximizes flexibility for all rooms and all locations. Client Server architecture provides a stable, secure platform and enables all stores to be monitored remotely. The ability to fully tie into existing POS systems, display POS data, search on POS data, and tie into exception reporting software makes exacqVision a powerful loss prevention verification tool.

Trends in Loss Prevention
The results of a survey of National Retail Federation members were presented, and showed digital video in use by 82% of respondents in 2005, up from 75% in 2004. With newer technologies such as exacqVision coming on line, a significant percentage of respondents are planning new investment in video surveillance for 2006:
(* % planning more utilization in the coming year)

  • Digital Video Recording Systems (39.7%)
  • Video Monitoring over Internet (39.7%)
  • POS Data Mining Software (19.9%)
  • POS exception-based CCTV (15.1%)

The exacqVision platform provides for scalable digital video recording from various types of video sources, allows for monitoring and managing of multiple locations over the internet, connects in with POS systems and data mining software, and provides lower cost/camera due to higher camera density, better compression, and the addition of IP cameras.

exacqVision Financial – The NDVR for Financial Institutions

exacqVision FinancialAt the upcoming FSPA Conference in San Antonio, we will be releasing a new version of our exacqVision NDVR product called exacqVision Financial. Designed specifically for the video security and reporting needs of financial institutions, exacqVision Financial incorporates a number of features for this specific application:

exacqVision Financial ATM Search ATM Search – search on any ATM string, such as transaction number or account number and view the associated video from selected cameras. ExacqVision connects to both serial and IP-based ATM machines.
exacqVision privacy box feature Privacy Box – select sensitive areas of the screen, such as combination entry areas, to be blocked from viewing and recording.
exacqRecall button exacqRecall Button – In case of an incident, simply press the green button on the front of the unit for automatic burning of selected cameras and player to DVD to provide to law enforcement.
exacqVision search page save ribbon Search Ribbon – The same exacqRecall function is available on the client, in those situations where the server is located elsewhere or in a secured area. Simply select the Save to DVD icon on the search page
exacqVision Financial
Easy-to-Use, Contemporary User Interface.

exacqVision Financial

ExacqVision and AXIS IP Cameras

Exacq and AxisAmong many of the key design goals we set for exacqVision there were three that were directly related to cameras:

  • Camera-source Independence:
    exacqVision must seamlessly merge analog cameras and IP cameras.
  • Compression Independence:
    exacqVision must seamlessly merge different compression formats, such as MPEG-4 and M-JPEG.
  • Resolution Independence:
    exacqVision must seamlessly merge video sources of all different resolutions, from standard CIF to D1 to D4 and megapixel cameras.

We achieved all of these objectives and the resultant ability to merge video sources, types and resolutions makes the exacqVision platform very powerful.

We chose to support the entire line of Axis Communication IP cameras for our product release. Axis has a wide variety of IP cameras in fixed, indoor/outdoor and PTZ/dome, in various resolutions and configurations. The 206 supports 640×480 with Motion-JPEG. The 206M is a megapixel 1280×1024 with Motion-JPEG. The 207 series adds MPEG-4 support and one model is available in a wireless configuration. Outdoor and PTZ/Dome cameras add automatic day/night configuration and multiple compression formats. Axis also offers video servers that enable analog cameras to be used over the network.

ExacqVision supports the entire line of Axis cameras, and an exacqVision system can easily mix a variety of analog and IP cameras, with a variety of resolutions, frame rates and compression formats. ExacqVision enables the security professional to truly pick the right camera at the right resolution for the job. Exacq is a member of the AXIS ADS Partner Program

New Rep firm for Indiana, Kentucky: Tech Solutions + Sales

Tech Solutions + SalesWe’ve just announced that we have named Tech Solutions + Sales of Carmel, IN as our newest Manufacturers Representative to offer the exacqVision NDVR line of products in Indiana and Kentucky.

Tech Solutions + Sales named Exacq Rep for Indiana and KentuckyDave Fellabaum, President of TSS notes: “We’re very excited to be working with Exacq Technologies, a manufacturer located right here in our own backyard. Not only do they design and manufacture the exacqVision line, they also design and manufacture the eDVR security engine that powers the system. This makes them very responsive to the latest technology in our industry—which is great for my customers and security professionals.”

Ease of Use – Powerful exacqVision GUI

Ease-of-use through an intuitive and consistent user interface was one of the key design requirements of exacqVision from the beginning.  A great deal of research and effort has been put into refining our user interface, which enables even a non-technical person to harness the power of the exacqVision system. 

exacqVision Search Result RibbonA case in point is the search result ribbon.  Three simple, intuitive icons: save picture, save video clip,  and print picture.  Download the exacqVision client software here if you want to experience the user interface of this powerful network DVR.

NACStech: Innovations in POS and Security

NACStech 2006At this week’s NACStech show in Nashville, technology innovations designed to streamline how the convenience and petroleum industry operates were the main focus. Of key interest were the latest in POS technology and the integration of POS with all aspects of the convenience store operation, including digital video security systems.

In the closing session, Dan Hopping, CEO of Next Retail Group said that new technology payment methods, including RFID availability, windshield transmitters, key fobs, cell phones and iButton, combined with new security technologies, including eye scanners, fingerprint readers, face, voice and signature recognition, will usher in greater profitability. exacqVision is ahead of this curve, with open integration with a wide variety of POS and transactional products, as well as integration with access control, video analytic and and biometric products. exacqVision systems range from IP camera-only solutions to hybrid performance systems.

ExacqVision, Linux and Retail Loss Prevention & POS

Retail Systems ExpoWe attended the Retail Systems show in Chicago yesterday. There was a big focus on Linux in Retail. Data Centers, POS, and video loss prevention products are migrating towards Linux. This is an ideal fit for exacqVision, as we designed it to be cross-platform: both Linux and Windows. ExacqVision merges completely with POS systems, and it ties into video analysis products for loss prevention, asset tracking, people counting. The addition of IP cameras and remote viewing and storage make exacqVision a good choice for retail loss prevention applications.

An end-of-day report from the show organizers entitled “Open Source Gaining Ground in Retail POS” discussed Sunday’s Linux in Retail Symposium, where panelists said more retailers are switching to Linux as an IT platform based upon its added flexibility and stability capabilities.

Linux is helping retailers innovate and upgrade their IT infrastructures, while cutting TCO and improving security. With Linux, retailers gain the power and flexibility to choose best-of-breed systems for each area of the retail infrastructure – from POS machines to headquarter servers to digital video security systems such as exacqVision. Linux helps keep POS systems from crashing as often, which keeps customers happy and lines moving.

According to IHL Consulting Group, Linux saw growth in POS last year, with a market share that was double what it was in 2004.

New exacqVision client update

exacqVision update Version 1.0.0.33 of the exacqVision client was released today. There is some functionality refinement on the Search page, including the showing of disabled video inputs, as well as cursor time in the Search Ruler Bar. Other functionality improvements include new POS Profile font selections, and some updated icons. The exacqVision client software can be downloaded here.

exacqVision v1.33 screen shot