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Tapping into the power of Exacq’s enterprise level video security features just got a whole lot easier with the launch of the new EM-Series hardware platform dedicated to running Enterprise Manager software, which is now an integrated part of the exacqVision Enterprise edition VMS.

Through an intuitive dashboard, the Enterprise Manager provides ready access to enhanced health monitoring, user management, administration of software updates, high-availability capabilities and much more. The powerful combination of EM-Series servers running Enterprise Manager simplifies management of exacqVision VMS software and provides customers with the features that are indispensable in distributed enterprise environments.

exacqVision Enterprise Management:

Enterprise Manager: An Integrated Part of exacqVision Enterprise

  • Advanced user management significantly reduces administration time and error
  • System health monitoring ensures proactive response to potential issues
  • Dynamic client connection management streamlines user experience
  • Camera inspection workflow ensures safety and compliance
  • Scheduled version updates and configuration backups help avoid prolonged downtime


exacqVision EM-Series Servers: Robust, Performant Platform for Large-Scale Deployments

  • Specifically designed to run Enterprise Manager software
  • Monitor and manage up to 2,000 exacqVision recorders
  • RAID 6, redundant power supply, and enterprise-class hard disk drives
  • Enterprise friendly operating systems
  • Safeguard against cyber attacks across devices


Enterprise Manager:
An Integrated Part of exacqVision Enterprise

Advanced User Management Significantly Reduces Administration Time and Error

Manage by logical groups

Large enterprises often have complex organizational memberships – employees who work in various departments, contractors who shift between jobs, etc.  Enterprise Manager streamlines the administrative process by letting you define logical groups and associate users and NVRs to those groups.

Build hierarchies to easily cascade user roles

Administrators can now define how organizational groups are related to one another in hierarchies. This allows them to quickly assign NVRs and users to a group and its sub-groups, while also providing the ability to configure exceptions to group memberships that will cascade throughout the hierarchy to ensure consistency across the enterprise.

Expedite deployments by defining camera and device permissions from one screen

From a single screen, an administrator can leverage dynamic filtering of camera names to define users’ roles to specific cameras that span multiple NVRs. For enterprises with dozens or hundreds of NVRs, this saves a significant amount of time over navigating to each individual NVR to define the specific camera restrictions.


System Health Monitoring Ensures Proactive Response to Potential Issues

Intuitive dashboards and detailed reports improve response to ensure continual uptime

Enterprise Manager dashboards shows healthy, warning and error status for all cameras and NVRs at-a-glance, to ensure the fastest response to service issues and avoid down time. Detailed reports that show graphs of event trends, SSA status, network identification, and overall system health help security teams more quickly identify NVRs or cameras in need of service.

Customizable, push-driven notifications free up time and help avoid missed events

Quickly and easily set up natural language notification rules for any of 30+ events on specific cameras or NVRs for individual people or groups. From one screen, Enterprise Manager lets you easily create these event links and email profiles, and provides “lasts at least…” rules to ensure noisy systems do not generate too many events.

Dynamic Client Connection Management Streamlines the User Experience

Automatically synchronize permissions with camera access for faster connectivity

Enterprise Manager eliminates the manual process of granting camera access to a user who has been given permissions on a new NVR. By dynamically leveraging the user’s global credentials, Enterprise Manager provides faster connectivity to NVRs.

Support for Active Directory and LDAP for single sign-on

To increase security and compliance, more businesses are using single sign-on throughout their enterprise. Enterprise Manager helps perpetuate this by dynamically authenticating domain credentials via single sign-on for the client, eliminating the need for users to type in usernames and passwords.

Camera Inspection Workflow Ensures Safety and Compliance

Ensure camera scene quality with workflow-driven reviews

Enterprise Manager can capture reference images for every camera and provide review workflows to compare the current scene to the reference scene.  Scenes that don’t meet the quality of the reference image can be marked for technician follow-up.  Easily filter reviews by last review date, camera name and other criteria to help segment image reviews of large environments.

Avoid Prolonged Downtime with Configuration Backups and Version Updates

Manual and scheduled backups

The Enterprise Manager supports manual and scheduled backup of NVR configurations to enable faster recovery of security operations and improve safety.  Once backed up, configuration files can be restored if unwanted configuration changes are made.  With multiple backups, recovery from un-intended configuration changes is also possible.

Easily schedule version updates

Admins can also use Enterprise Manager to easily schedule software updates across the environment – either caching the update for NVRs to pull from, or having the NVRs pull directly from exacq.com.  Enterprise Manager can also push notifications to clients to prompt users to update their client version to ensure they have the very latest enhancements and fixes to ensure optimal operation.


exacqVision EM-Series Servers
Robust, Performant Platform for Large-Scale Deployments


Built for Performance, Redundancy and Easy Maintenance

Specifically designed to run Enterprise Manager software

exacqVision EM-Series servers were specifically designed and qualified to run the Enterprise Manager software, which is pre-loaded and configured to ensure a smooth and hassle-free user experience.

Monitor and manage up to 2,000 exacqVision recorders

The exacqVision EM-Series servers offer large-scale deployments a robust, performant platform to monitor and manage up to 2,000 exacqVision Enterprise recorders.

RAID 6, redundant power supply, and enterprise-class hard disk drives provide continuity

Losing data on a video security system can be frustrating and costly. The EM-Series is an enterprise-class server complete with RAID 6, redundant power supply, and front-loading hard disk drives that make it easy to service.


Enterprise friendly operating systems

EM-Series servers ship with Windows Server 2016 or Ubuntu Linux 18.04 to satisfy the technology, security and compliance requirements of an enterprise IT department.


Safeguard against cyber attacks across devices

exacqVision EM-Series have been designed to be resilient against cyber-threats. This solution includes role based access control that allows administrators to restrict access to functions by user role. Safeguard controls include an enhanced security mode which forces the use of complex, non-default passwords and encrypted communications. EM Series adheres to the rigorous standards of the Tyco Cyber Protection Product Security Program. The holistic approach to cyber protection is aimed at providing peace of mind to our customers. Our security mindset begins at initial design concept and is supported through deployment, including a rapid incident response to meet the comprehensive and evolving cybersecurity environments.


exacqVision v19.03 is the latest version of the popular VMS software known for its intuitive feature set and simple configuration and maintenance. The features introduced in this latest version provide users with greater flexibility and freedom for business-optimizing results.

exacqVision v19.03 Feature Highlights:

Respond More Quickly to Security Events

    • Enhanced map linking and navigation provides much-needed control and oversight
    • Advanced camera on-screen display configuration can save valuable time


Protect Video and Ensure Undisrupted Operations

    • Continuous recording with Hanwha cameras maintains system uptime
    • Improved failover experience for faster recovery


Feature Details:

Respond More Quickly to Security Events

Enhanced map linking and navigation provides much-needed control and oversight

Enterprise users can now more quickly navigate multiple maps of their facility – easily linking parent maps, child maps to parent maps, and vice versa. This provides much-needed control and oversight to security operators who need to respond quickly to security events, no matter where they occur.


Advanced camera on-screen display configuration can save valuable time

exacqVision users can now customize their cameras’ on-screen display (OSD) to show useful information such as city, state, asset tag or a custom description of the camera. This can save costly time spent searching for cameras that need maintenance, as well as help identify precisely which camera may have recorded critical video. Messages can be displayed on multiple lines in various font colors and text styles to help indicate levels of urgency or categories of information.


Protect Video and Ensure Undisrupted Operations

Continuous recording with Hanwha cameras

exacqVision now supports direct SD video recording capabilities with Hanwha cameras. When connectivity between supported cameras and an exacqVision NVR fails, video records directly onto the camera’s SD card. Once connectivity is re-established, recorded video transfers back to the exacqVision NVR and is automatically stored at the correct date and time. This continuous ‘uptime’ offers peace of mind to customers who use Hanwha cameras to maintain a safe work environment

Improved failover experience for faster recovery

In the event of a server failover, the exacqVision Client saves the user’s Live settings and dynamically switches live video from the failed primary server to the spare server. This includes video and audio, serial data, Maps, Groups, Views, and Event Monitoring profiles. Enterprise customers can set up automatic failover with an Enterprise Manager license and a properly licensed spare server, or they can set up manual failover with just an Enterprise license.

This release also adds faster detection of NVR failure with Enterprise Manager, signficantly cutting the detection time from 30-240 seconds to 5-20 seconds.

exacqVision 6.6 Releases Focuses on Failover

The latest version of the exacqVision Video Management System (VMS), Version 6.6, is now available. The focus of this release centers around server failure detection and automatic recovery. With added support for over 100 new cameras in this release, the exacqVision VMS now supports nearly 2,200 IP camera models.

exacqVision 6.0 logoexacqVision 6.6 is available for download

SpeedSearchOther new items in this release:


Watch the exacqVision 6.6 Overview Video

ESM Failover highlights the exacqVision 6.6 release.


ESM Failover for exacqVision

The new Enterprise System Manager (ESM) Failover feature ensures the high availability of mission critical security video and data. ESM Failover helps avoid downtime by:

  • Continually monitoring exacqVision recorders for possible failures
  • Automatically moving functionality to “spare” servers in the rare event of a failure
  • Manual ESM Failover mode for maintenance of exacqVision recorders


Restore recording functionality within minutes!

15 secondsHow fast is ESM Failover?
ESM failover is designed to detect a server failure within 15-30 seconds. This setting is configurable, so a long delay could be set to avoid failover during a reboot, for example. A manual failover mode also exists for performing tasks like system maintenance. In the event of an actual system failure, the spare recorder can be up and running within a matter of minutes.


What Fails Over?

  • Z-SeriesCameras
  • Recording Schedules
  • Users
  • Event Linking
  • Saved layouts, Views, Groups and Maps
  • Serial Profiles
  • Archiving configuration
  • Notification Rules
  • Auto Export Rules

Failover does not change the network identity of the protected recorder or spare in order to prevent duplicate IP addresses. Analog cameras and analog inputs are not part of ESM Failover due to wiring requirements of analog devices. Also note that the spare server storage doesn’t need to match the protected server, but should simply provide enough storage for anticipated downtime.

ESM will automatically failback to the protected recorder when available.The video from a failover remains on the spare server until manually moved back to the protected server.

Failover Requirements

Failover requires spare recorders, typically in the same family as the primary recorder, each with enough capacity to store video for the anticipated duration of the downtime. Failover also requires exacqVision camera licenses for the cameras being recorded. ESM Failover requires the Enterprise Server Option on an exacqVision server along with ESM running on a separate server.

Failover Requirementsfailoverrequirements2


EasyConnect Enhancements

The EasyConnect feature on the exacqVision VMS allows users to find, assign, address and connect certain IP cameras to their network automatically. EasyConnect enhancements in exacqVision 6.6 keeps the camera list fresh, guides administrators to the camera configuration page, and links to camera connection diagnostics to simplify the process even more.

EasyConnectThe power of IP cameras with the simplicity of analog.

Easy Connect

New User Views Functionality

exacqVision 6.6 now allows users to create views based on user permission settings.This feature allows Administrators and Power Users to control the camera views for specific users. It also allows individuals to create personal views that cannot be used by any other exacqVision user.

User Views

Updated Event Monitoring

Event monitors automate client reactions to events (for example displaying a video of the front door when the front door is accessed). When used properly, event monitors convey situational awareness in busy environments to active users. exacqVision 6.6 provides increased flexibility and power to always display the most important video using the Event Monitor feature.

  • Use Event Monitoring to always keep YOUR most important live video in front of your users
  • Now with faster and easier set up of Event Monitoring rules
  • Apply new filters to the event list to find specific events
  • Drag any camera into Event Monitoring panel to see video
  • Higher ranked events fill in as they occur

Event Triggers

Brute Force / Dictionary Hacking DetectionHack Protection

Brute force hacking occurs when hackers try to guess network passwords with dictionary powered scripts. exacqVision 6.6 monitors login attempts and deters these attacks.

New IP Camera Support

We’ve added support for over 100 new IP camera models in the exacqVision 6.6 release and updated over 450 new test records, bringing the total number of supported IP cameras to nearly 2200!

IP Cameras

New native driver IP camera support and updates for the following cameras models are included in this release:

  • PanasonicPanasonic
    • Enhanced support for 3/5/6 Series
      • 4 multi-streams
      • 60 FPS


  • Samsung
    • SamsungSNF-8010(VM)
    • SNB-6010
    • Advanced camera features:
      • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
      • Auto-focus
      • Flip-mirror-rotate


  • BoschBosch
    • NDI-50022-V3
    • NBN-40012-V3
    • Dinion IP Starlight 8000 MP


  • VivotekVivotek
    • FE8181(V)


ONVIF Integrations

Mobile SpeedSearch

SpeedSearchSpeedSearch is now available on our mobile clients. SpeedSearch enables scrubbing through video without downloading all the video frames, making it ideal for searching over lower bandwidth devices (3G, 4G, LTE).

Enterprise System Manager version 3.0

In addition to the failover feature discussed above, ESM can now be used to manage a single user across many exacqVision servers, keeping the user’s permissions in sync and resolving user permission conflicts. With ESM version 3.0, users can be assigned to groups for easy management of multiple users. Another new feature of ESM includes the ability to automate client configurations, importing systems into the client specified for each user.

ESM Groups

Z-Series Hot SparesexacqVision Z-Series logo

The exacqVision Z-Series recorders are now available with hot spares, for automatic replacement of failed drives. This is accomplished by defining one or more drives as hot spares in the RAID array. If a drive should fail, that volume is automatically brought online to replace the failed drive. A drive installed after repair automatically becomes the new hot spare.

Hot Spare

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.

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

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