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Video Management Systems (VMS) serve as the user-interface for commanding and controlling Video Surveillance Systems. These systems are comprised of imagers, recording devices, extended storage, intelligent analytics, and user display and control interfaces (monitors, video walls, and keyboards). Today, there are two different ways to deploy VMS: hardware and software.

Software solutions were developed to be deployed on a customer’s hardware, and require significant expertise and technical resources to install and implement. To simplify this process and provide more purpose-based systems, hardware-based VMS appliances are now available and gaining in popularity. These special purpose-built appliances have high-end video rendering hardware and extended I/O capabilities for sub system integrations.

According to a report from IHS, the market size of global video management software is expected to exceed $3 billion by 2018, and the Chinese market is the fastest growing among them. Milestone Systems and Genetec, which are the two of the biggest video management software suppliers in the world, have a big part of the global market share. Industry consolidation among video software and hardware manufacturers has forced the VMS to evolve from a pure software product with per-channel licensing fee models to an appliance with its own capacity and features within its control.

Dahua DSS VMS product family

Dahua, a world leader in the professional security market, has a full-featured VMS product family named DSS. DSS is available as a pure software product for installation on customer hardware when required. Advanced DSS appliances are also available from Dahua. The DSS7016 series and DSS4004 series are state-of-the-art integrated appliances. The integrated appliances share a common software base, but the appliance hardware is designed to optimise performance with the rigorous demands of a video management server.

The VMS serves as the command and control interface of a video system. Features include: user rights management, device management, device status, storage status, live viewing, playback, and export. These functions become very complex the larger the video system becomes. System availability, user interaction, and workflow management are key factors.

DSS appliances and software provide the very best level of support while maintaining an easy-to-use interface for operators and technicians. Features include: live viewing, playback, storage management, video display management (video walls, matrix controllers, and monitors), 2-way audio control, and other advanced features. Some of the advanced feature support includes: POS integration with data sync and intelligent video analysis to aid in event identification (Tripwire, Intrusion, Object Abandonment, Object Missing, People Counting, etc.), and E-Map (Floor plans with camera locations).

Advantages of DSS

Reliable & multi-functional

The embedded Linux operating system provides reliable platform support which is protected from malicious software attack.

Cost effective and energy efficient

Appliance integration provides maximum performance and reduces the total cost of ownership by reducing hardware costs, energy costs, and maintenance costs.

Hot spare

Hot standby mode can improve the stability of system, if the active server fails or disconnects the hot standby server changes to active mode automatically and the system keeps on work normally.

Easy installation

The pre-configured appliance only requires a simple power-on boot and connection to your security equipment network.

Easy access

Easy access to DSS system via browser, client-end or mobile client, anytime and anywhere.

Open third party friendly platform

Open platform SDK supports partners to develop their own features and applications. DSS offers support for Windows, iOS, Android, ONVIF devices, third party equipment as well.

DSS family

There are various vertical market enhanced solution versions for DSS:

Product functions & applications

DSS7016D & DSS4004: Based on video surveillance system, support basic video surveillance, playback, intelligent. Apply to retail, factory, hotel, etc. Support POS and people counting.

DSS7016-T & DSS4004-T: Intelligence transportation platform, apply to street monitoring. Support intelligent analysis such as license plate recognition, red light enforcement, ANPR, radar speed enforcement and etc.

DSS7016-M & DSS4004-M: Mobile Surveillance platform, support real-time monitoring, playback, and E-map. DSS-M also enhances its user-experience on the operation of GPS positioning, electric-Fence, track of vehicle, various reports and etc.

DSS7016-H & DSS4004-H: Apply to intelligent building, like plaza, shopping mall, hotels and parking lot. The system integrated with video surveillance, access control, alarm, video intercom and intelligent parking lot together.

DSS: The pure software version can support different business applications.


VMS evolution continues as the market matures. Consolidation of VMS and hardware continues to drive cost savings, tighter systems integration, and better operator experiences. Powerful additions including Video Analytics, License Plate Recognition, Facial Detection, Access Control, and Intrusion Detection make the appliance solution a better choice. Dahua will continue to work with our customers to refine our solutions and enhance value and performance in the VMS marketplace.

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