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exacqVision 7.6 Release Improves Client Performance

exacqVision 7.6, the latest release of exacqVision video management system (VMS) software, is now available from Exacq.

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exacqVision 7.6 highlights:

Improved Client Video Performance

The exacqVision client will leverage hardware H.264 decoding if present to improve the Windows, Linux and Mac client performance. Hardware acceleration increases H.264 decoding performance. To enable client hardware acceleration, go to client options and click the Calibrate button. After running the calibration, you will receive a recommended level of GPU decoding, which you can adjust with the slider bar.

The amount of performance boost hardware decoding provides will vary by the GPU resources available on the machine. For a Broadwell i7 CPU, CPU usage decreased by up to 50% for 16 camera layouts and rendered frames per second increased by 30% for 48 camera layouts.

Area Zoom

In live view, users can utilize area zoom for pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. This allows a user to draw a box around a specific region to instantly optically zoom in to see greater detail on objects or people in the distance. Simply hold control and left click to draw the box around the area to zoom in on. This new feature is available for Axis and Illustra PTZ cameras used within exacqVision.

exacqVision area_zoom

Second Reviewer

For European customers, exacqVision has added the ability to configure enhanced privacy restrictions requiring a second reviewer to view the live video or review recorded video. Add the option to require two people to enter passwords for live, search and export actions. By default this feature is disabled. To enable this feature, contact Technical Support for a special configuration key to import on the Systems page, security tab.


Within the maps page, configure a new map, add an icon and map image. Right click the camera on the map and select the new option Show Field of View. Drag the field of view to cover the appropriate area. The new functionality also allows the field of view color to be updated to a preset list of more than 10 color options. Simply right click and select Field of View Color to change the color so it appears better on the screen. Drag and drop maps and child maps anywhere on the list.

exacqVision Mapping_Field of View Icons

Windows 10 Support

The exacqVision client and server now support Windows 10.

Faster Discovery & Camera Reconnection

The exacqVision client can now automatically discover exacqVision servers on the network. Instead of having to manually type in the IP address range and brute force scan through each address, the client will automatically scan when the client is opened. Clicking the Find button on the find systems tab will initiate a rescan to find new servers.

When a network outage occurs, exacqVision will reconnect to the camera. The IP reconnection interval has been updated to reconnect every 15 seconds for up to 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, it will attempt to reconnect every 60 seconds for up to 1 hour. After 1 hour, it will go back to searching every 5 minutes. This reconnection is available for Illustra, Axis and Arecont Vision cameras.

Exacq Mobile Search

Exacq mobile_searchExacq Mobile has enhanced search functionality. Users can quickly select a pre-defined search range from 1 minute to 30 minutes or enter a custom time search to set your own time perimeters by clicking the search icon in the upper right hand corner. In the custom time search, users can easily select the hour and minutes from the clock icon. Select up to 4 cameras to view search results.
The new toolbar layout offers easier navigation for layouts, VideoPush, Cycling through cameras and searching. VideoPush allows you to push live video to any other client. The new Cycle Through Cameras icon takes you to the next two cameras on the list. To cycle through cameras, you can also do a two-finger swipe to the left or right to navigate to cameras.

Enterprise System Manager (ESM) Remote Updates

Administrators can now perform software updates. The improved available versions page provides ESM users with quick identification of the current versions of exacqVision clients, web services and ESM itself installed across the entire environment. The Available Versions page has been updated to the Running Versions page. It shows new headers for versions, product, platform name, count and actions. Receive notifications at the top when newer versions are available.
Users can update all exacqVision clients and web services connected to ESM directly from one interface. To schedule an update, click on the calendar icon at the top next to Web Services. Simply adjust servers to update in the servers to schedule drop down menu and then select the servers you would like updated. In the additional data, you can add notes. For ESM to update itself, there is a new light bulb icon in the footer. Clicking the light bulb will allow you to schedule a system update for ESM. Users will see a message informing them the system will be going down for an update.

New IP Camera Integrations

We have added support for more than 50 new IP camera models in exacqVision 7.6 release and updated over 250 test records. exacqVision now supports nearly 3,000 IP cameras.


  • ADCi625 PTZ area zoom support
  • IPS02D2

AXISAxis Communications

  • P1364
  • M1125-E
  • P5624-E
  • P1435-LE
  • XF40-Q1765
  • M1124-E
  • Q1941-E
  • PTZ area zoom support

Arecont VisionArecont Vision

  • SurroundVideo G5 Series

Samsung LogoSamsung

  • SNO-L6083R


  • WJ-GXE500
  • WV-SFV481
  • WV-SFV781L


  • I24
  • Dewarping support for B511, E929 and I73


  • IQM62N
  • IQD65N
  • IQM65N
  • IQM63W


  • Dewarping support for fisheye cameras


  • DS-2CD4535FWD-I(Z)(H)

New Integrations

Download and Installation

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 are available through “Check for Updates” in 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.

exacqVision 7.6 is available for download here.
Try exacqVision software for free here: http://exacq.com/try

exacqVision Version 4.11 Released

exacqVision Version 4.11Version 4.11 of the exacqVision Video Management Software is now available. This latest version updates exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, and Edge, and is compatible with all exacqVisionservers (hybrid, IP and COTS servers). It incorporates new features, enhancements and improvements, continuing the delivery of regular software updates.

Version 4.11 is available for download here:

Key features include the following:

  • Enhanced Visual Appearance
  •    16:9 viewing panes
  •    Updated icons
  •    Faster Client Display
  • Enhanced Search & Archiving
  •    exacqReplay for Views
  •    Search current viewing layout
  •    New Quick Export feature
  • Time as Trigger Event Linking Feature
  •    Switch Video Wall Displays on Time
  •    Move PTZ Presets on Time
  •    Record, Output, Export and Archive, and more, based on time
  • New UDP IP Camera Native Plugin
  • exacqVision Edge support for IQinVision Cameras
  • CitySync LPR/ANPR integration
  • IP Camera Integration updates from ACTi, Axis, Hikvision, Samsung, Vivotek
  • New ONVIF IP Camera Integration with DVTel, Truen
  • Enhancements to exacqVision Surveillance Keyboard software

Here are some of the features in detail:

Enhanced Visual Appearance – 16:9 Viewing Panes

Version 4.11 adds full support throughout for true 16:9 viewing panes in live view, search and playback, thumbnail search, exporting and playback through the Media Player, and through exacqReplay.

There can be any mixture of 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio cameras. The live view pane size defaults to the most prevalent number of either 4:3 or 16:9 cameras.

exacqVision 16:9 view 1
Live View, 2×2, with 16:9 IP cameras

thumbnail view - 66:9 panels
Thumbnail Search with 16:9 cameras

exacqReplay 16:9 view
exacqReplay with 16:9 cameras

exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, Edge

Enhanced Visual Appearance – Updated Icons
Version 4.11 introduces refreshed icons throughout the program, designed to be more functionally intuitive as well as aesthetically pleasing.

exacqVision 4.11 new GUI elements and icons

exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, Edge

Enhanced Visual Appearance – Faster Client Display
Version 4.11 continues the client optimization by adding support for multithreading for faster client display.

exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, Edge

Enhanced Search & Archiving – exacqReplay for Views
exacqReplay, the instant replay feature from the live view, can now replay an entire view.

exacqReplay - 16:9 multi camera view

exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, Edge

Enhanced Search & Archiving – Search Current View
The right-click instant search now can search the current multi-camera view.

exacqVision Search on View

exacqVision Start, Pro, Enterprise, Edge

Enhanced Search & Archiving – New Quick Export Feature
A new Quick Export button has been added. Simply select cameras, start time, stop time and hit the Quick Export button. The single or multi-camera export will take place in the background, using another core of the client PC processor. The user can then immediately do additional searches, go back to live, or other functions, while the Quick Export is working in the background. Multiple Quick Exports can happen simultaneously, greatly aiding in the ability to easily and quickly export and archive important video incidents.

exacqVision Quick Export

exacqVision Quick Export progress bar

exacqVision Pro, Enterprise, Edge

New Time as Trigger Event Linking Feature
Time has been added as an Event Linking trigger.

exacqVision Time as Trigger

Functions include:

  • Video Wall– Switch Video Wall views at preset times, such as switching from interior cameras to parking lot cameras in a school at 3:00
  • Record Video and/or Audio– Record from key cameras during specific times
  • Output Trigger– Turn on lights, lock or unlock doors
  • Notify– Alert or remind key security and operations personal of important tasks
  • exacqRecall– archive cameras to DVD, external storage, cloud, etc.
  • PTZ Preset – Move cameras to specific views at targeted times

exacqVision Pro, Enterprise, Edge

exacqVision EdgeexacqVision Edge now on IQinVision Cameras
exacqVision Edge, the version of exacqVision VMS that runs on the camera without requiring an external server, now is available for IQinVision Cameras.  Supported camera models are  the IQeye 7 Series and the IQeye Sentinel Series.

exacqVision Edge

CitySyncCitySync LPR/ANPR Integration
Integration with the CitySync JetBase ANPR software has been added via the Serial-over-IP function in exacqVision. More information is available from the exacqVision-CitySync Integration Guide.


exacqVision Pro, Enterprise

UDPUDP IP Camera Integration
Support has been added for the IPE line of UDP IP Cameras, with the IPN line to follow in the September 2012 release.

The IPE Series is a full line of H.264 network cameras, standard resolution and megapixel, indoor and outdoor, box, domes and PTZ. The full listing of model numbers is available on the UDP IPE Series webpage.

Support is also included for the built-in video analytics of the IPE line via the Serial-over-IP feature of exacqVision. Analytic routines in the cameras include intrusion detection, vehicle monitoring, abandoned-object detection, people counting, loitering detection, camera tampering, and failure detection.

Supported IP Camera Updates

Support has been added for the ACTi TCM-1111 bullet camera, TCM-3111 fixed dome camera, TCM-4511 cube camera, and TCM-5111 box camera.

Support has been added for the Axis Q1602 and Q1604 network cameras. These two models also can run exacqVision Edge on the camera.

Support has been added for DVTel Quasar Series network cameras via the exacqVision ONVIF plugin.

Support has been added for the Panasonic SW172, SW175, SW314, and SW316 network cameras.

Support has been added for the Truen network cameras via the exacqVision ONVIF plugin.

Support has been added for the Vivotek VS8102 encoder, and the FD8361, IP7361, IP8332, MD7560, IP7151, IP7139, FD8362, and PZ8111 network cameras.

ExacqVision Surveillance Keyboard Enhancements
Additional functionality has been added for the exacqVision Surveillance Keyboard, including expanded default mapping of buttons, new configuration page, third axis for variable search speed,, switch navigation tree, switch layouts, and more.

exacqVision Surveillance Keyboard

Recent Releases
With this release we continue to make rapid progress with exacqVision, and incremental releases hit quarterly with new features and functionality. The full release history of exacqVision VMS is 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 are available through ‘Check for Updates‘ in 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.

Download exacqVision Software here: http://exacq.com/downloads

Try exacqVision software for free here: http://exacq.com/try

Exacq at ISC West 2012

Exacq at ISC West 2012ISC West 2012 just wrapped up in Las Vegas. It was a busy and successful show for us. Our new, larger booth enjoyed extremely heavy traffic throughout the three-day show; our products were on display in a number of third-party integration partner booths, and we previewed new products, including:

exacqVision Edge Our new exacqVision Edge product, a complete Enterprise VMS server running on an IP camera, was featured. Initially supporting Axis IP cameras with ARTPEC 3 & 4 processors, exacqVision Edge loads directly onto the IP camera. Edge provides complete exacqVision Enterprise functionality without the need for an external server. Edge cameras appear in the camera tree just like cameras from any other server, and can be mixed and matched with existing exacqVision servers. Ideal for add-on cameras to existing systems where additional servers are too costly or not practical, for wireless outdoor cameras where consistent network connectivity is an issue, for short-term or covert deployment where there is no network connectivity, and for installations requiring distributed storage for high reliability. Ease of deployment for integrators: install and configure exacqVision Edge at the shop, then simply ship the cameras to the site for mounting and POE connection to network.

ISC West 2012

exacqVision 4.9 – Our latest release, Version 4.9, includes extensive new Search and Playback features, including Thumbnail Search. Finding the desired video is faster and easier than ever, and thumbnail search is ideal for low-bandwidth remote connections. Other new features include significant client video display speed improvements, new enhancements to exacqVision Video Wall including switched Views on alarm, enhanced Maps with integrated Soft Triggers, server management enhancements with new S.M.A.R.T. monitoring capability, new Hikvision native IP camera support, new fisheye IP camera support from Vivotek and ACTi, new encoder support from Axis, and more.

exacqVision Surveillance Keybaordexacq Mobile 2.4 – The latest exacq Mobile release features significantly faster initialization and start times, true full-screen mode, easier add-camera functionality, and new support for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, in addition to Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.

exacqVision Surveillance Keyboard – The new Surveillance Keyboard was shown, an ideal add-on to exacqVision systems. PTZ Joystick, 10 button numeric entry, 16 user defined buttons, left/right arrow wheel, and firmware custom-designed for exacqVision VMS.

Elsewhere on the show floor, exacqVision integration with IP cameras was featured in the Samsung booth, in the Bosch booth, in the IQinVision booth (running Edge), in the CNB booth, and in the StarDot booth. On the Access Control side, exacqVision integration with PremiSys Access Control system was featured in the IDenticard booth, and integration with S2 NetBox and S2 Pronto Access Control systems was featured in the S2 Security booth. Distribution partners Anixter and ADI were also highlighting exacqVision.

We certainly appreciate all of our integrators, distributors and end users who came by the booth. We’ll be back next year for ISC West 2013. Some pictures from the show are below. You can also view more pictures here.

ISC West 2012

ISC West 2012

ISC West 2012

exacqVision Case Study: Denison State Bank

Denison State BankThere’s another addition to our Case Studies page. Denison State Bank, one of the top 50 largest banks in Kansas, recently installed exacqVision Hybrid video management systems and software at their branches in the state to help protect customers, employees and assets, replacing aging time-lapse VCRs.

In addition to connecting to an existing installed base of analog cameras, new IQeye 3 MPixel cameras were strategically placed in the lobby and behind the tellers to provide high resolution video images on anyone entering the bank. Each branch manager has the exacqVision client giving them access to the cameras in their branch, and the security directors at the main location have access to all cameras at all of the branches for viewing live and recorded video and remote administration. 

Oppliger Banking SystemsExacq Technologies partner, Oppliger Banking Systems, a Lenexa, KS based security products & service provider for financial institutions in Kansas and Missouri, installed exacqVision EL Hybrid Servers and cameras in the bank’s five branches.

You can read the Denison State Bank case study here.
More case studies are available on our Case Studies Page.

Denison State Bank - Teller Line

Denison State Bank - Surveillance

Exacq at PSA-TEC 2010

Exacq at PSA-TEC 2010We have just returned from PSA-TEC 2010, the annual education, training and technology event that PSA Security Network holds for its members. We have found PSA-TEC to be of considerable value to us, as it affords us the opportunity to spend some in-depth time with the PSA member resellers.

One of the most important parts of the conference is the training sessions. We held one of our day-long exacqVision technical reseller training sessions on Tuesday, where we had a pre-registered full house as well as some dealers who added the course on-site.

Exacq receives Superstar Vendor Achievement Award at PSA-TEC 2010Wednesday morning was the Vendor Awards Banquet, the result of PSA member surveys ranking vendors on overall products, support, pricing, and service to the membership. We were very honored to receive the "Superstar Vendor Achievement Award" this year, the highest award PSA offers. Our sincere appreciation goes out to the entire PSA member base for this award.

After the awards breakfast was the trade show. This was the first year at the Rosemont Convention Center, and the upgraded facilities were a great change of pace. We had a packed booth the entire show, and the increased space and wider aisles were most welcome. We showed our latest exacqVision Version 4.1 features, as well as a sneak peek of the upcoming Version 4.2 features, including Sanyo IP camera support and ONVIF support, using Bosch and other ONVIF-compatible cameras. We also were using IP cameras from Axis, Vivotek, IQeye, Panasonic, ACTi, Sony, and Arecont Vision, who was also right across the aisle from us.

Additionally, we also featured our iPhone & iPad surveillance app, which allows full connection to all exacqVision servers, live viewing with multiple camera layouts, and search and playback of recorded video.

Sam Pfeifle of Security Systems News gave his take on the show in this blog post. Wednesday night was the popular PSA-TEC Jam Session, and Sam was live-streaming the band over his iPhone via ustream.com. He posted archival video of that event here.

Our thanks once again to the entire PSA organization for the great job they did with this years’ well-run event. Below are some pictures and a video from the show floor. Click on each for a larger image.

PSA-TEC 2010 7

PSA-TEC 2010 4

PSA-TEC 2010 6

exacqVision 4.1 Released

exacqVision 4.1Version 4.1 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 4.1 is available for download here. Key features in the 4.1 Release:

  • Serial Data over IP
  • Viasys Video Analytics Support
  • Serial Data export to ePlayer
  • Expanded PTZ functionality
  • Expanded Maps functionality
  • Support for new IP camera models from Arecont, Ganz, IQeye, and StarDot

Here are some of the features in detail:

Serial Data over IP
Serial data can now be read over IP ports in addition to standard serial ports. A new window has been added to the Serial Port Setup page to configure the IP serial ports:

exacqVision 4.1 Seriel Port Setup screen

A close-up view of the IP Serial Setup window is here:

exacqVision IP Serial setup closeup

Up to 64 IP serial ports can be added per server, in addition to the standard RS-232 and RS-485 serial ports. IP serial port profiles are set up the same way as standard serial port profiles. Enabling serial over IP expands the ability of exacqVision servers to integrate with POS and ATM systems, access control systems, alarm systems, and video analytic systems, such as Viasys.

ViasysViasys Video Analytics Support
Viasys is a vendor of video analytics software that resides on the edge and runs on Axis IP cameras, on IQeye Pro-line IP cameras. As analytic events occur, ASCII data is sent over the IP port. Through the use of serial over IP, an exacqVision server can read the serial data from this network port, and trigger recording and other actions based on the associated analytic events.

Viasys routines include intruder detection, perimeter protection, and alarming, and include ability for Adaptive Outdoor Analytics, 3D Video-Awareness, Electronic Fence/Trip Wire, Directional Detection and Sabotage Detection.

In addition to edge analytics, Viasys software also runs on any exacqVision server, enabling full video analytics capability for all IP cameras supported in exacqVision, including Arecont Vision, ACTi, Panasonic, Vivotek, StarDot, and more.

You can download a fully-functioning 30-day trial of Viasys software here. Demo videos of Viasys in action are here.

Serial Data Export to ePlayer
Serial data, whether from serial ports or IP ports, can now be fully exported along with associated video cameras. This export enables the serial data to scroll in real-time with what is happening on the cameras. As the video scrub bar is used to rapidly forward or reverse through video, the serial data scrolls rapidly as well; likewise as you rapidly scroll through serial data, the video stays in sync.

Here’s a sample screenshot of exported video and serial data in the ePlayer:

exacqVision ePlayer serial data export screenshot

An exported clip of video and serial data in the ePlayer is available for download here
34.5 MB, requires reseller password

Expanded PTZ Functionality
With Version 4.1, additional commands have been added for mechanical PTZ cameras using the AD-422 and Pelco-D protocol, as well as for all analog and IP mechanical PTZ cameras.

Access PTZ Dome Menu – For Pelco and AD, you can now access the camera’s internal menu from within the exacqVision client (click images for a larger view):

exacqVision 4.1 Feature - PTZ Menu control 1

exacqVision 4.1 Feature - PTZ Menu control 2

More Joystick Commands – In addition, additional PTZ commands are now available from PTZ consoles and joysticks, including Menu On/Off, Run Patterns, and Flip.

Proportional PTZ via Mouse – New enhancements have been added for propotional PTZ control of mechanical cameras via a mouse. Graphical feedback appears showing the direction of the mouse. As the mouse moves farther from the center crosshair, the pan-tilt speed increases. This feature has always been available with PTZ joysticks, and is now available with the mouse:

exacqVision proportional PTZ via mouse

Record Dome Patterns – Dome Patterns can now be recorded from within the exacqVision client. A new Dome Pattern section appears on a right-click of a PTZ camera setup:

exacqVision dome pattern record

Dome patterns, both those that have been recorded within exacqVision or recorded externally, can be accessed from the right-click PTZ menu:

excaqVision dome presets menu

Video Demo – Here’s a brief video demo of the new enhanced PTZ features in exacqVision 4.1:

Import/Export Maps
Enhanced ability to import and export graphics used for Maps. Export/Import buttons along with a status bar are now included in the System Setup page:

exacqVision system setup screen with import/export graphics

exacqVision import/export graphics buttons

exacqVision 4.1 additions for Arecont, Ganz, IQeye and StarDotIP Camera Support Updates
Support for a number of new IP camera models has been added, including:

Arecont Vision – Support added for the new Arecont AV3135 D/N camera, as well as the new dual-mode AV10005 10-Mpixel/1080P IP camera

Ganz – Support added for the new CBC Ganz IP Dome Cameras ZN-D9312NHA and ZN-DN9312NHA

IQeye – Support added for the new IQeye HD1080P Series H.264 IP cameras. Usability improvements have also been added for the entire IQeye line, enabling port configuration and auto login.

StarDot – Support added for the new line of H.264 NetCam multi-megapixel cameras, models SDH500BN, SDH500B, SDH300B, SDH130BN, SDH130B.

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.

SDM Magazine – ASIS Demo: Ease of IP Interoperability

SDM Magazine, IQeye, Pivot3, Exacq, FiretideHeather Klotz, Associate Editor at SDM Magazine, has a good overview of the IP interoperability demo at ASIS 2009 last month with Exacq, Firetide, IQeye and Pivot3:

Exacq Technologies, Firetide, IQinVision and Pivot3, all open-system vendors, participated in a joint live demonstration of IP technology interoperability at ASIS 2009. Wireless connectivity, megapixel cameras, Smartphone viewing, and smart storage were all on display in an interoperability demo that had one message: It’s easy.

“As open systems vendors, we had several goals for the demonstration. In addition to promoting how open the industry has become and the benefits of being open, another important goal we all had was to demonstrate that this is not intimidating,” explained Roger Shuman, marketing manager for Exacq, Indianapolis. “We didn’t cross-train our technicians or prep them months in advance to set up this system here at ASIS. We did this in addition to setting up all our booths at the same time, and it was fine. We just all showed up at the show floor and set it up, and it was easy – even with the limitations that a show floor can bring.”

What did the companies set up? The live demonstration featured wireless distribution, storage and playback of HD/megapixel video over wireless networks across separate booths on the ASIS show floor. High-resolution video from IQeye megapixel cameras was streamed from vendor booths over Firetide wireless network links. The video was subsequently captured and displayed remotely using the exacqVision video management system running on Pivot3 iSCSI SAN storage with embedded virtual servers. Centrally captured video was then viewable and searchable from remote computers in each of the partner booths and on smart phones.

The open architecture demonstrated by the companies allows customers the ability to select the highest quality components from a wide variety of manufacturers instead of being limited to offerings from one vendor. How is the interoperability between these four specific companies possible? “We are all non-proprietary companies and we are all IP-based, which means the products are essentially plug-and-play,” Bodell explained.

By demonstrating the ease of set-up on the ASIS show floor, the companies hoped to reduce the “perceived risk” or difficulty in setting up systems like this.

“Traditionally, I think integrators tended to be wary of IP things because it looked like it would be complicated,” said Lee Caswell, chief marketing officer, Pivot 3, Palo Alto, Calif. “We are finding by reducing the perceived risk of making this work in the field, people have more of a chance to get excited about it and embrace what it could mean for their company.”

The full article can be read at the SDM Magazine site here. Our thanks again to everyone at Pivot3, Firetide and IQinVision for making this a successful demo.

ASIS 2009 - Wireless IP Demo

exacqVision 3.6 Released

exacqVision Version 3.6 ReleaseVersion 3.6 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 3.6 is available for download here. Key features in the 3.6 Release:

  • Enhanced Smart Search
  • Multi-System User Configuration
  • Basler IP camera support 
  • IQeye 4-series IP camera support  
  • PCSC Access Control integration

Here are some of the features in detail:

exacqVision Smart SearchEnhanced Smart Search
Smart Search, sometimes referred to as ‘museum search’ functionality, has been substantially enhanced in version 3.6. Smart Search adds quick and detailed granularity to a search result, enabling the viewing, scrubbing, saving and exporting of just the video search information desired. Smart Search works on all cameras: analog or IP, standard or Megapixel.

On the search page, a new “Brain” icon has been added to the toolbar:

exacqVision Smart Search - new icon in menu bar

With any camera, when Smart Search is selected, a grid appears. Simply use the mouse to fill in the grid of the desired area of the camera view, and Smart Search will quickly find just the video that has changed within the grid area.

exacqVision Smart Search - Draw Grid

The results of the Smart Search then appear as orange in the timeline:

exacqVision Smart Search - Orange Bars

Timeline after standard search, with blue bars showing areas of motion:

Smart Search - Gray Bar

Timeline after Smart Search, with orange bars showing motion within the selected grid:

exacqVision Smart Search - Orange Bars

While the Smart Search function is selected, the user can scrub, play forward and reverse, save, and export just the Smart Searched (orange bar) video. Fast and easy, this enhanced functionality enables rapid searching and exporting of just the video information desired.

Here is the exacqVision tutorial on using Smart Search:

Multi-System User Configuration

New to Version 3.6 is the Enterprise Server option. This new option, enabled per-server, adds functionality unique to user and server management across an enterprise deployment. Multi-System User Configuration is available in Version 3.6 and is the first of several features to be added to the Enterprise Server option. Multi-System User Config enables fast and easy user account management across any number of exacqVision servers.

With the Version 3.6 release a new item, Multi-System User Config, has been included in the server tree on the Configuration page:

exacqVision Multi-System User Configuration

Creating a new account, deleting an account or changing an existing account is done quickly just once, and then applied to all selected servers with a single push of a button. This feature works in all enterprise deployments without the need for existing LDAP or Active Directory implementation.

exacqVision Multi-System User Config

New – Basler IP camera support

BaslerSupport has been added for the entire line of Basler IP cameras. Basler IP cameras range in resolution from VGA to 2 Mpixel, all with day/night models available, and are distinguished by their compact physical size. All Basler IP cameras utilize H.264 compression.

The Basler IP camera models supported in exacqVision Version 3.6 are the BIP-640c/c-dn, BIP-1000c/c-dn, BIP-1300c/c-dn, and BIP-1600c/c-dn. The press release on the exacqVision-Basler IP camera support is here.

New – IQeye 4-Series IP camera support

IQeyeAdding to our existing support of IQeye cameras, Version 3.6 adds support for the new 4-Series line of low-cost IP cameras from IQeye.

The IQeye 4-Series provides IQeye-quality video, resolutions from VGA to 2 Mpixel, compact, sturdy housings (both standard and dome), Power-Over Ethernet, and a low price point. The 4-Series models supported in exacqVision Version 3.6 include the IQeye 4-Series Standard cameras and the IQeye 4-Series Dome cameras.

PCSC Access Control Integration
PCSCexacqVision Version 3.6 adds integration support for PCSC Access Control systems. PCSC’s  access control system is distinguished by their Fault Tolerant Technology, with redundant host, controllers, and communication. When combined with exacqVision VMS software it makes for a unique, fault tolerant access control and IP video surveillance system under a single user interface. Details on the PCSC LiNC-VIEW integration are here. The press release on the exacqVision-PCSC integration is here.


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.

Open-Systems IP Interoperability demo at ASIS 2009

IQinVision, Pivot3, Exacq, Firetide demo at ASIS 2009At ASIS 2009 next week (Sept 21-23) we’re participating in a four-booth live demonstration of IP technology interoperability.

Exacq (booth #347), Firetide (booth #447), IQinVision (booth #353) and Pivot3 (booth #453) will be showing a real-world example of how easily standards-based solutions from open-system vendors can be integrated and supported from the field.

The live demonstration will feature wireless distribution, storage, and playback of HD/megapixel video over a wireless network across these four separate booths on the ASIS show floor.

Video from IQeye megapixel cameras in each booth will be streamed over a Firetide wireless mesh network connecting the four booths. The video will be subsequently captured and displayed remotely using the exacqVision Video Management System (VMS) running on Pivot3 iSCSI SAN storage with embedded virtual servers. Centrally captured video will then be viewable and searchable from remote computers in each of the partner booths and on smartphones.

A detailed description of the demo is in this flyer. The press release for the demo is here.

IQinVision, Pivot3, Exacq, Firetide demo at ASIS 2009 large image

exacqVision and Jewelry Store Loss Prevention

A Crime of Passion - Security Products Magazine 11/08A couple of months back we blogged about an amazing sleight-of-hand jewelry store theft in Philadelphia in March of a $47,000 engagement ring.  The theft was discovered and the perpetrator caught because of sharp, clear video surveillance footage from a recently-installed exacqVision system and IQeye megapixel IP cameras.

The November issue of Security Products magazine has devoted a rather in-depth look at the theft. Sherleen Mahoney, associate editor for the magazine, starts out:

Love often drives people to do some crazy things. One man, Larry J. Hopkins, tried to steal his way into a woman’s heart. On March 14, he entered Carroll’s Jewelers in Doylestown, Penn. After more than two hours of looking at various engagement rings (i.e., waiting for the right moment), he palmed a $47,000 three-carat diamond solitaire ring in a platinum setting, one of the most expensive rings in the store, when the salesperson’s back was turned. Within two minutes, he was gone—and the salesperson didn’t realize the theft until a few minutes later.

We previously posted the frame-by-frame, digitally zoomed-in images of the actual theft here.  Ms. Mahoney continues on:

In a lucky twist of fate, a few months prior to the incident, Access Security Corp. of Warminster, Penn., a provider of integrated security systems, had upgraded the jewelry store’s legacy CCTV system, which consisted of a 10-year-old time-lapse VCR system linked to four analog cameras. The system had been replaced with an Exacq Technologies hybrid NVR and two megapixel cameras from IQinVision.

Dan Cogan, president of Access Security, was called in to bring the surveillance system up-to-date with the latest IP cameras.  The store also wanted to continue to use their analog cameras:

“Using existing infrastructure was important to the client,” Cogan said. “The exacqVision hybrid NVR system was chosen because it allowed us to integrate the existing analog cameras with the new high-resolution megapixel cameras from IQinVision.”

After realizing the theft had occurred, retrieving the video evidence and exporting it for law enforcement was easy:

A powerful feature of exacqVision is exacqReplay, which provides instant playback of video from any camera simply by right-clicking in that camera’s window panel and selecting the desired time segment, up to the last 15 minutes. This is a useful tool to assess alarms, as well as to quickly review something that just happened. The video or individual images can be easily exported for e-mailing, printing or burning to a CD or DVD.

It was the IQeye 753 that provided the critical surveillance video that led to Hopkins’ arrest. The video clearly shows a white man in his 50s with salt-and-pepper hair, wearing a navy baseball cap with a tan trim, a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a polo shirt and wireless glasses, holding the ring and quickly covering it with his fingers. Access Security exported approximately 10 minutes of video and still images to a CD for the police and media.

The thief, Larry Hopkins, was caught in two days, and was sentenced to up to 23 months in the county jail.  And he did it all for love:

According to a local newspaper, when the prosecutor asked Hopkins why he did it, Hopkins answered, “For love. I loved her so much that I went out of my mind.”

– The complete Security Products story is here.
– The original blog post with frame-by-frame images of the theft is here.

The original, high-resolution video clip is available to all exacqVision resellers.  It makes for an amazing demo of the capabilities of the product.  If you do not already have this clip, contact us here.