ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, introduced a smart-device application to help businesses simplify and automate the configuration and deployment of video surveillance networks worldwide. ALE, along with strategic technology partner BCDVideo, co-developed the BCDVideo Provisioning Assistant Application. BCDVideo, a trusted provider of innovative, purpose-built IP video storage solutions designed for security integrators, is working with ALE to deliver a more comprehensive networking and security solutions enabling integrators to deliver network configuration more effectively to businesses of all types. The new application tool provides pre-defined configurations eliminating the need for high level video surveillance networking knowledge. The BCDVideo Provisioning Assistant app takes the complexity out of setting up the network and provides security integrators with benefits like faster configuration and lower manpower requirements that add to customer satisfaction and profitability of the deployment. BCDVideo Provisioning Assistant Together with BCDVideo, ALE is changing the way businesses approach video surveillance deployment" “The BCDVideo Provisioning Assistant empowers security integrators with an innovative and powerful tool to rapidly and repeatedly deploy video optimised networks. The Provisioning Assistant provides a level of efficiency and security to video surveillance networks that previously required time consuming and complex configurations. This optimisation process is now simplified for any security integrator to deploy,” indicated Darren Giacomini, BCDVideo’s Director of Advanced Systems Architecture and co-creator of the application. Based on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch and Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista portfolios, the application automates discovery and deployment of layer two and layer three networking. This enables cameras to be assigned IP addresses automatically, removing the potential error associated with manual intervention, while also delivering the high availability and performance necessary for a surveillance network. The Provisioning Assistant app ensures technicians correctly set up network configuration the first time, minimising the cost of additional follow ups or truck rolls for adjustments. Learned Port Security (LPS) feature With the application, staff can lockdown a switch, adding to network security, via a simple slide control called the Learned Port Security (LPS) feature. This prevents individuals from adding rogue devices to the network. In addition, the application makes it easy to replace switches on the network. If a problem occurs, replacement switches can be given the same configuration and be up and running in the time it takes to connect the cables. Thanks to Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), the video network is always available, on, and recording. “Together with BCDVideo, ALE is changing the way businesses approach video surveillance deployment. With the Provisioning Assistant app we deliver a level of provisioning that allows IT administration to scale resources and ensures the network is set up correctly from the start”, said Stephan Robineau, ALE Network Business Division Executive Vice President. Automation of the network deployment Additional capabilities and benefits include: Automation of the network deployment, eliminating potential network configuration errors that results in lost profits due to repeated site truck rolls. Automated provisioning of DHCP, saving integrators time and money. No need to statically configure IP addresses on IP cameras. Reduction in network provisioning timeline. Very large networks can be provisioned in a matter of minutes rather than hours. Network switches are optimised for real time traffic and video flows. Automation of port security for IP cameras at the switch level. Removes need for time-consuming training. Application only assumes entry level network experience.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise and BCDVideo, a provider of innovative, purpose-built IP video storage solutions, announces they are working together to address the growing demand of businesses to enhance public security and safety via video surveillance and networking. Advances in video surveillance are helping cities, hospitals, hotels, sporting and entertainment venues focus on improving public safety, deterring crime and helping police solve crimes, and providing first responders with situational awareness during emergencies. These enterprises recognise accessing video surveillance systems, files, analytics and applications requires a stable network with reduced network downtime and increased network reliability. Massive data transfer ALE’s unique offering in the surveillance market delivers built-in, easy provisioning and integration of surveillance equipment for more flexibility The two companies are aligning to offer customers and integrators best in breed technology via a simplified infrastructure and an award-winning surveillance system. Leveraging Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology offered on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch family of products, the joint offer creates a highly available network that exceeds speed and management requirements to support the massive data transfer and file volume of a surveillance system. ALE’s unique offering in the surveillance market delivers built-in, easy provisioning and integration of surveillance equipment for more flexibility, while reducing the cost of implementing and maintaining the network. Video surveillance networks often suffer high latency issues from legacy switching solutions. SPB reduces the latency time to deliver data packets and enables high network availability for maximum use of all physical connections and routed services resulting in greater network stability. Resilient surveillance network ALE and BCDVideo worked closely to ensure each piece of the solution was tested for high availability leveraging SPB technology. Businesses and integrators gain a resilient surveillance network with a simplified infrastructure, which optimises the surveillance system performance and results. ALE switches provide high system resiliency with redundant hot-swappable power supplies and virtual chassis capability. With support for SPB-M, ALE switches offer a scalable network architecture, with fast convergence, resilient and easy to manage IP multicast network for video surveillance. Darren Giacomini, Director of Advanced Systems Architecture at BCDVideo commented, “Improper network configurations are the root of most technical issues with surveillance systems. As technology advances, BCDVideo recognises video content is only as good as the ability for the viewer to attain access to the files over the network.” Highly reliable system Surveillance solutions have changed immensely over the last decade and, in many ways, networking for these solutions has not changed with them" “It has become imperative for various government bodies and business owners to deploy video surveillance systems to effectively monitor and record activities within and around the premises. Aligning our systems to build a best of breed network with a switch vendor like Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, enables us to jointly deliver a highly reliable system to customers in a range of specialised environments.” Matt Overstreet, Channel Lead at ALE, North America – “Surveillance solutions have changed immensely over the last decade and, in many ways, networking for these solutions has not changed with them. Many businesses are now recognising the need to upgrade their underlying network to achieve the performance needed to utilise their surveillance solution appropriately.” “This new joint offering from ALE and BCDVideo transcends what surveillance networks were capable of in the past by taking our companies’ two most reliable solutions and providing reliability and optimisation that neither can deliver alone. Our OmniSwitch core and edge switches are optimised to move traffic over SPB and provide critical connectivity between servers and network devices.”
BCDVideo announces the addition of their new Pro-Lite Server Switch Bundles featuring Zero Touch Provisioning. Designed to reduce errors and labor expenses the configuration will provision cameras in your network automatically, with minimal manual intervention. Pro-Lite Server Switch Bundles Each bundle can accommodate up to 7, 16 or 24 cameras providing security integrators with a simplified and affordable solution for small to mid-size video surveillance projects. Staying true to BCDVideo’s system building philosophy, these bundles are equipped with the latest generation Intel processors and Video Surveillance Grade Hard Drives. As customer satisfaction has always been a priority for BCDVideo, these bundles come standard with their 5-year, On-Site, Next Business Day, Keep Your Hard Drive Warranty. The Server Switch Bundles features include: Available Server Form Factors include a Mini, Small Form Factor, and 1U Rackmount Storage options range from up to 2TB, 10TB, or 30TB depending on chassis size Models include processors ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Xeon E3 Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Hard Drive Technology: SSD / Video Grade SATA “Zero Touch Provisioning significantly reduces systems integrator’s labor installation costs allowing them to be more competitive on smaller jobs, from on average 8 minutes per camera, to a near instant set up,” says Darren Giacomini, Director of Advanced Systems Architecture at BCDVideo.
BCDVideo is finding success at the intersection of IT and security, focusing on the video surveillance market. The Hewlett-Packard OEM partner has seen yearly revenue increases of 25 percent for the past three years. Rapid growth resulted in a desperate need for more space to expand. Global HQ grand opening Now a new 51,000-square-foot global headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a northwest Chicago suburb, will provide an abundance of room for the company to “stretch our legs,” says Jeff Burgess, CEO/President of BCDVideo. He cut the ribbon at a grand opening event for the corporate headquarters. “Our organic growth has been good, and this is another evolution for the company,” says Burgess. “It’s incredible what we did in such a tight space.” The new facility includes the BCDVideo Innovation Center, where each system is configured and customised to order. The centre has 90 stations with simultaneous imaging capability for up to 332 video servers. Hardware and software components are combined uniquely to each customer order number, and systems are private-labelled for a variety of manufacturers and integrators, with branding affixed by BCDVideo. BCDVideo history BCDVideo has evolved from its roots in the IT market, where expectations of service are high. Ten years ago, when security industry veteran Tom Larson came on board as Director of Sales and Engineering, the company pivoted to focus on the video surveillance market, bringing that higher level of service to security integrators making the transition to IP systems. “You have to build a better mousetrap, and ours is on the service side, because that’s what gets you repeat business,” says Burgess. “When we brought this to the video market in 2008, they weren’t used to that kind of service. It has always been our edge.” BCDVideo now has 50,000 systems running worldwide, he says. Risk insurance for integrators Among its innovative approaches, BCDVideo offered integrators “risk insurance” and took the guesswork out of configuring computer systems to accommodate a specified camera count. Instead of an integrator calculating (or “guesstimating”) the types of IT systems he would need for a certain camera count, BCDVideo does the calculations, configures the system and then guarantees that it will accommodate the system requirements. BCDVideo has maintained a close working relationship with Genetec over the last three years “That was the decisive point for us with integrators,” says Burgess. BCDVideo does business with all the national integrators, and Burgess expects growth to continue, expanding business with each integrator, driven by Perry Levine, Director of Strategic Alliances. New sales will also result from stretching into other product areas. In addition to servers and storage, BCDVideo now provides networking and professional services, led by Darren Giacomini, Director of Networking. Expanded Genetec relationship BCDVideo has maintained a close working relationship with Genetec over the last three years, in effect providing hardware components that work in lockstep with Genetec’s software systems. Previously, larger solutions sold to Genetec customers were branded BCDVideo. Moving forward, branding everything Genetec will overcome any unintentional channel conflict, says Burgess. That Genetec relationship has expanded and BCDVideo produces all of Genetec’s branded hardware products, including the SV-16 and SV-32 as well as the larger solutions. Now Genetec can provide a “unified” hardware/software solution that is “bundled” with software licences and cybersecurity technology unique to Genetec-branded products. If the Genetec relationship continues to evolve, there is 9,000 square feet of empty space in the new facility that can accommodate any growth. Burgess especially sees growth in the market for systems with under 40 cameras, which will build on BCDVideo’s success in the larger enterprise market. What comes next? Burgess is careful to warn against complacency and emphasises the need for the company to “bring it every day.” He’s clearly looking to the future: His sons have joined the business – Alex Burgess is Manager of Supply Chain Operations and Max Burgess is Global Accounts Manager. “There’s nothing like coming to work and having two of your sons working with you,” he says. “It means a lot to me.”
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