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exacqVision Creates Secure Experience for Upcoming Super Cup at Dinamo Arena

The Challenge
After being selected as the host of the 2015 Supercup, Dinamo Arena needed to update their CCTV security system. The new system had to meet UEFA standards and provide a seamless way to utilize existing analog cameras and infrastructure.

Super Cup

The Solution
exacqVision provided the Arena with the most cost-effective solution to add new IP cameras and the latest video surveillance system. exacqVision gives Arena personnel greater functionality and better performance to better manage events and security.



  • Compatibility with existing cameras, access control system and LED screen
  • Easier to navigate and operate
  • Cost-effective, efficient way to advance security system
  • More effective crowd management with advanced search and PTZ capabilities
  • Faster response time to critical events
  • Improves arena security operations and protect spectators


Read the entire case study here

Migrating From Analog to IP Video

Is your legacy analog video security system reaching the end of its life? Some companies have been hesitant to make the leap to IP-based video, while other companies continue to look for the most cost-effective solutions to utilize existing infrastructures and maximize their surveillance investment while also adding new IP cameras. Meanwhile, the benefits of switching analog cameras and aging DVR systems to IP-based surveillance systems and network video recorders (NVRs) continue to grow.

Leverage Existing Infrastructure and Add IP Technology
Video surveillance technology is rapidly improving. Hybrid NVRs allow users to connect existing analog cameras and encoders as well as the latest IP cameras to the same server. This approach maximizes a company’s initial security investment while providing the flexibility to upgrade over time. As a result, end users can add IP cameras to their system in order to reap the benefits of high definition resolution, panoramic video, camera-based video analytics and more.

So What Makes IP Video Better?
View a short video showing why IP video:

Why IP Video
Why IP Surveillance Video?

IP-based video provides radical improvements over analog video. IP video is transferred over a computer network cable instead of a coaxial cable, which provides options for more flexible and higher resolution video. IP video improvements include video resolution, event analytics and situational awareness.

  • Larger, flexible viewing areas – Standard definition analog cameras have a maximum resolution of 704 pixels wide by 576 pixels tall—or .4 megapixels of resolution. Most IP cameras are between 1-5 megapixels, and some are up to 20 megapixels. In many cases, one IP camera can cover the same area as four or more analog cameras. Flexible resolutions are available to optimize the viewing area of the user’s environment. IP cameras can define their own aspect ratios to meet specific needs.
  • Panoramic video – There are many IP cameras on the market today that use multiple lenses and imagers to create 180 to 360 degree fields of view. Other cameras utilize panoramic or “fisheye” lenses to achieve these parameters on a single lens. A good VMS will allow you to bring this powerful video into your server with a single stream and to even zoom in and move around within the image for greater detail.
  • Improved camera analytics – Many IP cameras make use of video analytics that are built into the software or firmware utilized by the camera. These “smart” cameras can detect when a person or object crosses a line, detect objects left behind or removed from a field of view and more. These events are sent from the camera to the server so the user can be quickly notified. This approach does not require as much processing power from the server while freeing it up for other video management system tasks
  • Manage video from anywhere – IP-based video gives users the opportunity to easily view live and recorded video from any location through a PC, web browser or mobile device.

How to Configure Your System with Analog and IP
You know the cameras your company has in place or want to add to your system and need to know what server best suits your needs. An online configuration tool can help you calculate the approximate storage and bandwidth necessary for a security system. Users can simply enter the number of analog and IP cameras, the number of streams, compression, desired video resolutions and other features to find the best NVR that fits their needs.

Migrating From Analog to IP Video – Recorded Webinar
Watch our recorded video to learn more about the advantages of IP video and how best to migrate from your analog system.

Watch it Now

Announcing the exacqVision ELP NVR

Powerful Cost Effective 40 Camera Network Video Recorder

exacqVision ELP is now available from Exacq! The ELP server line is perfect for small to mid-size installations. Enjoy rich video management features with hardware and software optimized for high reliability operation and minimal setup time.

  • exacqVision ELPConnect up to 24 IP and 16 analog cameras per server
  • Pre-loaded with exacqVision Professional VMS software
  • Includes 4 IP camera licenses
  • Compatible with over 1,800 IP camera models
  • Up to 8TB of storage per server
  • 3 Year Warranty

Affordable Network Video Recording



  • Includes 4 IP Camera Licenses (expandable to 24 per server)
  • Up to 8 TB storage


Hybrid NVR

  • 8 or 16 Analog Inputs
  • Includes 4 IP Camera Licenses (expandable to 24 per server)
  • Up to 8 TB storage

ELP Includes

Comes Preinstalled with exacqVision Professional VMS

exacqVision Pro VMS

Scalable and Compatible with all exacqVision NVRs


Learn more about our new, powerful, and cost effective 40 camera network video recorder by visiting the ELP product page.

exacqVision Case Study: Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of MusicThe case study for the exacqVision installation at the Berklee College of Music has just been posted.

There is nothing typical about Berklee, which presents many challenges with regards to physical security. The student body of nearly 4,200 is served by approximately 1,000 faculty and staff members. The campus is made up of 30 different buildings spread across multiple city blocks in downtown Boston.

“Some of our buildings are over 100 years old,” notes Roy Murphy CPP, Director of Public Safety for Berklee. “They’re used to house students, classrooms, music studios, performance venues, editing facilities and more. People associated with the school are moving about the campus regularly throughout the entire day. Our situation is unique in that we also serve as a landlords to many retail tenants who occupy the lower levels of some of our buildings.”

Working with exacqVision integrator GS Security, Berklee replaced 16 legacy DVRs with exacqVision Hybrid servers as well as commercial servers, connecting to the existing 200 analog cameras, as well as adding over 100 IP cameras from Axis and Panasonic. In their security control center, a six-monitor video wall powered by the exacqVision client enables viewing of all 300+ cameras simultaneously.

The exacqVision native Macintosh client was one of the key factors in their decision:

Given the fact that Berklee is a highly creative environment, it’s not surprising to find many Apple Computer products on campus. In fact, Macintosh is the standard platform of the school and Macintosh computers are issued to students and faculty. “The fact that the exacqVision client is freely available on Macintosh computers, as well as Windows and Linux, was another huge selling point for us,” notes Nick Costa, Systems Manager with Berklee. “In addition to using the client on a Mac, many of our faculty members and even students use the free exacq Mobile app on their iPhones, iPads and even Android devices.”

The complete case study is here:

Our thanks to Joe Gillis and Nick Sink and the team at GS Security for this impressive and professional installation.

The Value of Hybrid NVR/DVRs in IP Video Systems

IPVideoMarket.InfoIPVideoMarket.Info is a great web resource for those interested in the IP video surveillance market, products, and applications.  The site tracks dozens of companies, and has original product reviews and technology commentary.  The site is run by industry veteran John Honovich, whose background includes stints with both 3VR and Sensormatic.

Over the weekend John posted a new article on Hybrid NVRs and their value to customers.  Entitled The Value of Hybrid NVR/DVRs in IP Video Systems, it is one of the better overviews we have seen, comparing pricing, features, functionality and real-world deployment of Hybrid systems vs. pure NVRs or pure DVRs.

In this review, he brings up an often-overlooked point, which is that many systems advertised as Hybrid aren’t truly Hybrid, and have serious limitations: limited ability to mix and match both analog and IP cameras; limited number and variety of IP cameras that can be connected; limited ability to mix and match standard resolution and megapixel IP cameras.  John writes:

The biggest downside of Hybrid DVR/NVRs is that many are not truly hybrid. A genuine hybrid would be equally flexible with IP and analog. Mixing and matching many combinations of analog and IP would be standard. Supporting a variety of IP and megapixel cameras would also be standard. Exacq is a good example of a true hybrid.

He continues on:

The problem is a lot of so called ‘hybrid’ systems offer only token support for mixing and matching and for different IP cameras. One common technique is to offer only a few additional IP cameras, constrained to 1 or 2 IP suppliers, in addition to the 16 analog inputs. GE’s Symdec is an example of a "fake" hybrid.

The full text of John’s article is here.  Exacq is one of the companies that John tracks on his site, and you can see the Exacq feed here.