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They say that every choice has a cost. It's a basic principle that, economically speaking, nothing is free. If it doesn't cost actual money, it may be expensive in terms of time, attention and/or effort. These are interesting observations to keep in mind as one peruses the various "free" video management system (VMS) offerings available on the market. Some are provided by camera companies to unify their products into a "system", even if it's a small one. Other free VMS offerings are entry-level versions offered by software companies with the intent of the customer upgrading later to a paid version. For more insights, we asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the value of “free” video management systems (VMSs) and how can a customer decide whether “free” is the right price for them?
We are living in the age of Big Data, and businesses are inundated with large volumes of data every day. Success depends on capturing, analysing and ultimately transforming that data into information and intelligence that can be used to improve the business. So, it is with today's physical access control and video systems, too, which also generate unprecedented levels of data. But how can we make the data useful to end users and how can they realise its full value? We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: Relating to physical security systems, what is the value of data and how can that value be measured?
Hospitality businesses work to provide a safe and pleasant customer experience for their guests. Hotels offer a “home away from home” for millions of guests every day around the world. These are businesses of many sizes and types, providing services ranging from luxury accommodations to simple lodging for business travelers to family vacation experiences. Hospitality businesses also include restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other venues. Security needs are varied and require technologies that span a wide spectrum. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of the hospitality market?
How much does a security system cost? We all know that total costs associated with systems are substantially higher than the “price tag.” There are many elements, tangible and intangible, that contribute to the costs of owning and operating a system. Taking a broad view and finding ways to measure these additional costs enables integrators and users to get the most value from a system at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). However, measuring TCO can be easier said than done. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable to share the benefit of their collective expertise on the subject. Specifically, we asked: How should integrators and/or end users measure total cost of ownership (TCO) when quantifying the value of security systems?
It seems there are more “bad things” happening than ever before. We hear news every day of workplace shootings and terrorist attacks, of smash-and-grab thefts and child abductions. Beyond the possible human tragedy involved, such events pose a persistent question to anyone involved in the realm of security: Could we have prevented it? The first step toward prevention is to predict or foresee an event before it happens. Too often, technology enters the picture after the fact, most commonly the use of forensic video. Isn’t there more our industry can do before such events occur? We put the question to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: How can security systems be used to predict bad things before they happen?
We have been hearing about smart buildings for more than a decade, but the increasing profile of the Internet of Things (IoT) expands the possibilities for intelligent building systems and makes them even more attainable. Security is often among the “smart” functions of a building, and the capabilities of many physical security systems can contribute in new ways to building intelligence. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the impact of “smart buildings” on the physical security marketplace?
Articles by Ken LaMarca
For those of you old enough to remember, video matrix switchers were once the heyday of surveillance camera control. These cumbersome antiques were at the heart of every major video surveillance system (CCTV at the time) in premier gaming properties, government installations and corporate industrial complexes. They required more physical labour to construct and configure than perhaps the pyramids – maybe not – but you get the picture. And then digital video made its way in to the market and everything changed, transforming the physical demands for camera control and management from a hardware-centric to a software driven process. We’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely There’s no doubt that this migration also presented significant challenges as many security professionals often struggled with all things IT and software programming being one of the industry’s soft spots. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way in a few short years, and the borders that once defined IT and security continue to diminish, if not disappear completely. However, the complexities of today’s VMS functionality can be intimidating for anyone tasked with installing one of these systems given all of the user-defined options available from the simplest camera sequencing and bandwidth allocations to mobile management and enterprise level integration. This is where truly advanced VMS solutions need to shine on both the operations and the design/build sides of the equation. Smart VMS design There are more solutions products labelled “VMS solutions” out there than ever before. The issue is the fact that many of these “solutions” really don’t fall into the category of a true VMS by today’s standards but offer basic camera and NVR control. No doubt that there is a place for such software programs in the market. However, VMS solutions from the likes of OnSSI and other industry-leading companies offer distinct and superior management and control capabilities for demanding security and business intelligence applications. Perhaps of equal importance, these top-tier VMS solutions incorporate provisions for installers, so they have a clear and easier implementation path. OnSSI offers VMS solutions with smart camera drivers Here are seven attributes that can assist with the design and implementation of an advanced VMS solution: 1) Open architecture platform We need the ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth The ability to easily integrate with other systems and scale for future developments and physical system growth is largely dependent on a systems platform architecture. Here’s where VMS solutions with open architecture provide a distinct advantage. Open-architecture solutions expand functionality by facilitating greater integration between multiple systems and components. This not only makes VMS solutions with open architecture easier to implement, it makes them extremely cost-efficient by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions. Open architecture systems also provide adherence to industry standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, as well as compression formats such as H.265 and MJPEG, and help ensure system integration and support of an extensive range of manufacturers’ cameras and off-the-shelf hardware. Be wary of VMS solutions with limited camera manufacturer support. 2) Simple licensing processes and pricing Camera licenses and pricing is always a touchy subject, as any misunderstanding of a specific VMS solutions’ licensing terms can prove to be costly after the fact. And it often seems that some VMS suppliers have gone to great lengths to complicate the process as to obscure actual Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Perhaps the most direct, simple and straightforward camera licensing and pricing method is to have one license per IP address used by each camera/encoder on multi-channel devices. These should be perpetual licenses with no required annual fees or subscriptions. Additionally, the licensing agreement should be all inclusive without added fees for multiple clients, failover servers, active directory support, I/O devices, redundant management servers, technical support or security patches and updates. 3) Mixing and matching camera license types The ability to mix and match different camera license types within the same system helps facilitate a seamless and simple migration of new and pre-existing systems with minimal downtime or interruption in operation. The ability to mix and match camera licenses not only saves valuable design and installation time, it can provide considerable savings when integrating large, multi-tenant systems. Mix and match capabilities also allow system designers to apply specific feature sets to specific groups of cameras to best leverage functionality and budgets, as well as providing the flexibility to implement an on-site, virtual, or cloud-based VMS solution, without any additional cost. 4) Auto camera detection and configuration Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements Another VMS set-up feature that eases the install process is the ability to forego device registrations or MAC address requirements. This functionality allows installers to instantly locate cameras on the network and configure them centrally so they can easily replace older cameras while seamlessly retaining video recorded from them. The auto detection capability should also include the ability to detect and import CSV files, which can then be stored and used to configure camera templates for future camera installation profiles. 5) Smart camera driver technology VMS solutions with smart camera drivers offer valuable assistance during system implementation, and any time new cameras are added to the network or replace older models. Manufacturer-specific smart camera drivers expand the range of model-specific static drivers. Instead of storing the device’s information (codecs, resolutions, frame rates, etc.) statically, a VMS with smart camera drivers queries devices for their capabilities using the manufacturers’ proprietary protocol. All that is required for configuration is that the camera is available on the network. Smart camera drivers eliminate the need to wait for model-specific drivers or installation of driver packs, allowing for newly released cameras to be used immediately. Network security is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers 6) Importance of network security Network Security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today Network security is perhaps the greatest challenge faced by industry professionals today. This is an area where leading VMS suppliers like OnSSI have ramped up development efforts to stay ahead of hackers. New security developments to look for include TLS 1.2 encryption protocols for camera-to-server communications (SSL 3.0 supported for older cameras), as well as server-to-server communications. Additional safeguards to consider include: randomised video databases with no camera identification information to secure recorded data; support for Active Directory authentication; AES encryption between servers and clients; and AES encrypted exporting. 7) Automatic updates Regardless of the supplier you select for your VMS solution, they should be consistently providing new updates and security patches on a frequent if not regular basis. Keeping up with these updates can be a burden and are often overlooked leading to system failures and breeches. Advanced VMS solutions now feature automatic update service checks on a system-wide basis, eliminating the need to manually update individual servers and devices. This ensures that your VMS system always has the latest drivers, fixes and updates which assures overall security while reducing TCO. So next time you’re getting a demo of the latest and greatest VMS solution, remember to ask what it offers in terms of design and implementation tools. Half the battle with new technologies is getting them installed and working properly. Without the right tools to accomplish these critical first steps, all the functionality in the world will do you little good.
Video surveillance systems have proven to not only be a deterrent to crime, but are also now being used to collect data points to actually help detect abnormal behaviours which can alert authorities of potentially evolving situations. In either case, recorded video is critical for investigations to provide all but irrefutable evidence to prove or disprove that an incident took place and the identity of the individuals involved. Sounds like a pragmatic approach that’s quite simple in theory. Not so when large numbers of cameras are deployed across multiple sites, and perhaps multiple users within the framework of a centrally managed system. Examples include a mass transit system, large university campus, mega shopping centres, airports, gaming resorts… and more.Video Management Systems have evolved from simply facilitating camera and recording management to a more sophisticated role Aside from the challenges presented with multiple camera feeds, recorders and control locations, and assuming that all system components are operating as they should; investigators need the right tools to find the footage they need. Today’s advanced Video Management Systems (VMS) have evolved from simply facilitating camera and recording management to a more sophisticated role within a larger video surveillance and security system ecosystem. Coordinated response efforts From monitoring and tracking a live situation within a facility or across a municipality, to coordinating response efforts, through forensic investigations, new VMS capabilities provide a holistic solution that improves overall protection and contributes to business intelligence Among these capabilities, VMS forensic tools are meeting the needs of important investigation activity – both during and after an incident. For instance, while monitoring live video feeds, users can perform a basic investigation on individual cameras including playback, and digital and optical pan-tilt-zoom (for PTZ cameras), without the need to switch to a dedicated investigation mode. New VMS capabilities provide a holistic solution during the investigation process Advanced VMS solutions, such as OnSSI’s Ocularis, provide investigators with a multitude of options for accessing and enhancing video data to document incidents. Some of the most notable toolsets available include: Switching between live and browse modes As opposed to the Live Monitoring view, which displays multiple cameras asynchronously (i.e. different panes can show playback, paused and/or live cameras simultaneously), the Browse mode displays all cameras synchronously. This provides insight into events taking place at different locations at the time an incident occurred, allowing investigators to easily track an incident as it moves from camera to camera. Scalable kinetic timeline Any video recordings triggered due to motion detection can be automatically queued to speed up the investigation process This provides a clear overview of recorded motion events over extended periods of time with the ability to scale the timeline to show shorter or longer time intervals. Colour-coded segments in the timeline indicate whether video has been recorded at a certain time to the minute, and whether motion was detected during those periods. Any video recordings triggered due to motion detection can be automatically queued to speed up the investigation process. Once investigators isolate recorded video of interest using any of these preferences, one or multiple cameras can then be easily viewed. Synchronous playback Synchronous playback displays all recorded video from all displayed cameras on the timeline into a Browse mode regardless of which video source is selected. This provides investigators with a comprehensive overview and fast access to all recorded video during the time intervals that an event occurred. One-click snapshot and motion detection One-click snapshot allows investigators take JPEG image snapshots of any recorded video during the review process. These snapshots have multiple applications including identifying individuals of interest. Motion detection eliminates the need to manually review volumes of recorded data Motion Detection expedites the event detection process by eliminating the need to manually review volumes of recorded video data. Motion can be detected within a defined zone, and the detection process can be configured to the exact parameters of the targeted behaviour or movement. The desired time intervals to search for motion detection can be preset by operators to expedite searches. The percentage of changed pixels can also be set when searching by motion detection to match the nature of the targeted movement. For example, high value setting would be used to detect a vehicle entering a detection region down to the size of a single parking space, eliminating false detections of persons walking in the parking lot. Additionally, parameters can be set for pixel colour and brightness to compensate for the amount of noise caused by ambient lighting, shadows, reflections and more.Motion Detection expedites the event detection process by eliminating the need to manually review volumes of recorded video data Slicing capabilities Time Slicing enables users to easily and quickly access video of an incident by automatically generating equal-interval thumbnails of a specific camera view. Once the incident is evident in one of the thumbnails, investigators can create sets of thumbnails of increasingly smaller time intervals to determine the exact moment an incident began and/or ended. Motion Slicing is similar to a Time Slicer, but enables instant detection of motion events, adjusted for the duration of the event and level of motion. Alert generators Alerts generated by the recording component in response to events such as motion detection or generic events received from external systems (e.g. access control, emergency phones, etc.) may also be used in Time Slicing. Event Sequencing provides messages generated by the recording components indicating a sequence of events. Each sequence may include one or more instances of motion, or alerts received from external sources, making this method more suitable for accessing complex incidents. Combined with the inherent video management and control capabilities provided by best in breed VMS solutions, these powerful new embedded investigation tools allow users with large surveillance systems to fully leverage the power of their investment to easily and comprehensively investigate events.
The record-breaking attendance at the 2017 industry trade shows was a clear indication of a growing need for and interest in security. While cybersecurity was a main theme, with encryption and automatic-updating technology taking centre stage, customised solutions and visible examples of increased manufacturer’s support were also highlighted. These latter two are interwoven through activities such as manufacturer’s training seminars that highlight the advanced features of VMS solutions, and making easier for a reseller to support the end user with customised solutions, and communicate the true value and benefits of VMS. Protecting our networks One of the biggest concerns of 2017 was the threat of network and data breaches. OnSSI addressed this challenge with automatic updates of firmware, software, and applications and by incorporating end-to-end data encryption into our VMS solution. All data transfer between Ocularis Clients and servers and between cameras and servers is fully encrypted. In the overall industry, open-platform VMS solutions continued to be applied to more enterprise-wide business intelligence applications. By incorporating end-to-end data encryption into OnSSI's VMS solution, network and data breaches became less of a threat VMS functions and features that save time and money, improve performance, and provide increased levels of cybersecurity will set the trend for 2018. Included on the list are load balancing, automatic updates, randomised recorded databases, and end-to-end security. Another important industry trend is changing RMR (Recurring Monthly Revenue) models as they pertain to cloud storage. VMS manufacturers will continue adapting to this evolving environment by providing cloud solutions. Moving forward from here OnSSI has undergone major changes in the past year and is prepared for global market expansion moving forward. We have continued to evolve Ocularis with enhancements that include support for H.265 compression for exceptional image quality, with a reduction of video bandwidth and storage requirements. Additional features include: Ocularis Client update prompts with automatic deployment options; two-way audio support for multiple camera manufacturers; M2O™ (Mobile-to-Ocularis) live streaming for iOS (in addition to Android); new Ocularis 5 Web functions including complete event management, triggers and toast notifications; and AVI exporting from Ocularis 5 Web and Mobile. Additional enhancements include: Expanded dewarping support; new Smart Camera Drivers; and support for Windows Server 2016.
Over the course of 2016, we witnessed a continuation of the prevalent trend towards more integrated and intelligent networked systems using Video Management Systems (VMS) as the central control platform. One of the drivers behind this is open platform solutions that support more advanced physical devices such as IP cameras with on-board analytics, which continues to shift emphasis from the physical aspects of video and access control systems to the collection and correlation of data for more advanced analysis and prevention. As a result, we are now seeing more and more interest in applying conventional surveillance and security systems to provide true business intelligence for operations beyond security. Data security threatsAs the industry continues to migrate to more data-based applications, the ongoing threat of network and data breaches has prompted organisations to take a much closer look at their physical and logical security networks. With VMS solutions increasingly functioning as the primary platform for centralised, integrated security systems, their ability to collect data from various security and non-security systems makes them a real target for hackers. Therefore, OnSSI continues to address this challenge by incorporating full data encryption in our VMS solution so that all data transfer between Ocularis’ clients and servers and between cameras and servers provide end-to-end encryption of all data. The ongoing threat of network and data breaches has prompted organisations to take a much closer look at their physical and logical security networks Emerging technologies and analytics End users and integrators alike continue to look for ways to further improve overall situational awareness to better protect people, property and assets, as well as new cost-efficient ways to further integrate formerly disparate system devices and emerging intelligent technologies and analytics. There are many factors that affect this transformation, including VMS licensing and recording costs, open platform integration capabilities, network security, the frequency and ease of automatically being able to update software, and platform compatibility with HD and UHD cameras and devices. Over the course of 2017, we will continue to see the level of professional surveillance and security technologies continue to rapidly advance and evolve from a physical security to data-intensive driven market to accommodate the industry’s growing needs. Integrated security systems VMS has evolved from being considered a video software solution to a platform and management tool for integrated systems. New advancements in scalability, workflow, performance, overall situational awareness and data analytics are now being complemented by the ability of advanced VMS solutions such as OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 to transcend traditional physical security applications for more enterprise wide business intelligence applications. This represents a significant shift in dynamics and mindset for security professionals and the industry at large. See the full coverage of 2016/2017 Review and Forecast articles here
Merging objectives into a business relationship requires ongoing communication along with a shared vision and values A myriad of books has been written on business relationships. From establishing and maintaining business relationships to compensation issues and contract terminations, there’s a how-to book out there on most every aspect of business. While I have never published a business “how-to” book, I do have the benefit of experience in successfully navigating the dynamics of business relationships, and would like to share a few thoughts with you as they pertain to partnering with a VMS provider. Successfully designing and building an integrated surveillance and security solution on a centralised control platform requires resellers to partner with a recognised and reliable VMS manufacturer. By the same token, VMS manufacturers are looking for reseller partners that will deliver maximised sales, good representation and reliable customer support. Merging these objectives into a business relationship requires ongoing communication along with a shared vision and values. Achieving this objective, however, requires some due diligence on the part of both the VMS supplier and the reseller. The following are a few topics that need to be explored and understood. Product evaluation and expectations The process of selecting and then evaluating a VMS solution has become increasingly difficult as suppliers continue to add features that may initially appear to perform similar functions, but are drastically different on how they accomplish specific tasks. So, where does one begin the process? Start with the four basics: 1. Determine which VMS has the best core technology driving their platform. The process of selecting and then evaluating a VMS solution has become increasingly difficult as suppliers continue to add features First and foremost, find out if the platform features open architecture. VMS solutions are increasingly being deployed as the primary platform for integrated security systems, connecting and collecting data from video, access control, time and attendance and other security and non-security systems. Open architecture is the foundation for integrated systems allowing event fusion, combining video data from other alarm generating systems to generate meaningful alerts that heighten security and deliver added value, including the ability to dramatically minimise false alarms, improve the value and effectiveness of an operator and improve compliance and other operational functions. Open architecture also allows integrators to expand installed systems as their customers’ needs change moving forward. And beyond conventional security applications, heightened VMS integration provides added value such as the ability to improve the efficiency of marketing, merchandising, policy adherence and overall business operations. Knowing that the VMS was developed from the ground up using organic technologies from the developer is important. It will help to ensure that your VMS solution will be scalable for forward growth, and backwardly compatible to accommodate your existing investment in products and software. It’s important to also determine if the VMS easily accommodates various recording systems on the same platform as you may be combining centralised, distributed and/or some combination of edge recording devices in your system layout. And last but not least, how easily can it be upgraded to ensure that users are running the latest versions? VMS solutions are increasingly being deployed as the primary platform for integrated security systems 2. How secure is the VMS platform? Cybersecurity threats are the new challenge for the physical security industry, and if your VMS is vulnerable, it not only increases liabilities for physical breaches, it may be the gateway hackers use to penetrate larger data networks. VMS solutions offering full encryption between clients and servers and support of HTTPS between cameras and servers ensure end-to-end encryption of all data. Additionally, the VMS should randomise the recorded video database so that recorded information cannot be manipulated by anyone, including IT personnel. 3. How easy is the VMS to install? VMS solutions that can immediately recognise your existing and new IP cameras with all their features provide a tremendous advantage. It eliminates the need to wait for individual drivers to be written for new cameras you may be adding now and in the future. This saves time – which means you’ll also reduce total cost of ownership over the long run. The ability to automatically receive and deploy updates also provides a huge advantage by ensuring that the VMS is up to date and secure. When using cost-efficiencyas a primary purchasinginfluencer, the cheapestsolution is by far not alwaysthe best 4. Does the VMS provide an overall cost-effective solution? When using cost-efficiency as a primary purchasing influencer, the cheapest solution is by far not always the best. Start your cost-analysis by looking at the actual cost-per-camera and what licensing options are available to accommodate the number of cameras you need to deploy today and plan to add tomorrow. Also, investigate how many cameras can be accommodated per server, as this may be a huge hidden expense that will only continue to increase as you add cameras. The ability to accommodate less expensive SATA drives, off-site NAS recording, and local/edge recording devices will also affect overall system costs, as well as the ability to seamlessly integrate any or all of your recorders on the same platform. The ability to automatically update your VMS can also reduce maintenance and service costs. With regard to licensing, VMS software must be registered and licensed. One important factor for consideration is whether a solution allows you, without additional fees, to mix and match licenses to maximise the system’s effectiveness and to add I/O devices without cost. Additionally, as organisation’s needs change, licenses need to be added quickly, easily and cost effectively. A good VMS partner will not charge you to add clients. Whether thick, thin or mobile, you should be able to add as many as needed at no charge. It is important to note that some VMS providers have very complicated Software Upgrade Plans (SUP) that tie post sale support, bug fixes and patches to it. Consider a VMS provider that offers a simple and low restriction SUP plan which will help your sell-through to more easily grow with existing customers and cultivate new ones. These are future expectations that bear serious consideration when determining if a specific VMS solution fits the reseller’s business plan and plans for future growth. VMS solutions that can immediately recognise your existing and new IP cameras provide a tremendous advantage Sales channel structure It is preferable for a VMS provider to have fewer, more qualified integrator partners than many mediocre resellers. This allows the VMS provider to assure that there is value added to the sale of their product, and the appropriate resources to support customers’ pre- and post-sale requirements. This is beneficial to both the partnering integrator and VMS provider. VMS providers must carefully evaluate integration partners before they are authorised to sell a solution. This process should be thorough to ensure that authorised integrators meet the VMS provider’s criteria for technical capabilities, understand the product offering, add value to their brand, and understand the ongoing benefits of maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with the VMS provider. Sales and marketing support A good VMS partner offers loyalty programmes at various levels and support capabilities. This ensures active integrators are given incentives to achieve greater profits by enhancing their ability to service customers. Ideally, a VMS partner should also offer a project registration program and product discount structure based on the value provided by the integrator. Easy implementation and on-going technical support Simply stated, the less time required to install a VMS, the greater the profits. VMS that does not require time-consuming and labour-intensive manual configuration reduces installation expenses and makes a system more cost-effective. Also beneficial are VMS solutions that don’t require MAC addressing, do not require cameras to be mapped to hard drives, and that include a fast and easy way to use camera locating tools. Shortening installation time is a big cost saver! Integrators should look for apartner offering automaticsoftware patch updates toensure that end -users havethe most up-to-date system Support is integral to a successful implementation and to help ensure this objective. Integrators should look for a VMS partner offering automatic software patch updates to ensure that end-users have the most up-to-date system with fewer potential problems. With automatic updates, integrators do not have to manually upgrade individual recording servers. Depending on how decentralised the VMS system is, the cost savings can be dramatic. As well, addressing software updates that arise during VMS implementation can be expensive and time-consuming. Free technical support via phone, web and apps should not be contingent upon a purchase of a service agreement or tied to a SUP plan. As with the installation, the less time spent maintaining a solution, the more profitable it becomes over the long-run. Often there is a minimum charge associated with on-site maintenance, so if a technician has to be physically be on the premises to address a problem, even the simplest fix can be expensive. Thankfully, advanced VMS solutions offer the ability for technicians to remotely access systems to diagnose or even fix an issue without the need to visit your site. Should the problem be significant enough to require a site visit, a technician can be dispatched to a location knowing exactly what is wrong and how to fix it before they arrive. These recommendations, when followed, can be helpful to ensure long- term success with results that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. After a few decades in this industry, I practically wrote the book on this subject already. Save
Ups and downs tested the staying power of security system providers in 2015, which was a dynamic year for the security market. A key development in the security industry has been the acquisition of VMS leader Seetec by OnSSI, which has enabled it to serve customers globally. The security market in 2015 also witnessed a growing trend towards supporting diverse security systems from different manufacturers. Falling prices and increased competition On the bright side, while the economy has not yet fully returned to robust growth, persistent security concerns prompted many end-user companies within 2015 to update their security systems, providing plenty of opportunities for security providers that offer high-value upgrade paths at the right price. In particular, there is a continuing and growing need to support heterogeneous systems that may include multiple brands of security cameras and other devices, driven in part by the fast pace of new model introductions. This trend will continue, and could even increase, through 2016. The challenges for security providers also increased during 2015. For example, falling equipment prices and increased competition put pressure on margins. Factors such as well-publicised data breaches shifted the balance of spending on physical security versus data- and cyber-security initiatives. These too, will continue in 2016. Expansion of service offerings One key to lasting success will be to take advantage of the slow growth and uncertain periods to increase flexibility and take steps to strengthen product and service offerings. For example, OnSSI took several important steps this year to support future global growth and the continuing effects of market trends. Two actions in particular fall in this category, the first of which was the acquisition of European VMS leader SeeTec. This acquisition expanded compatible software expertise and established a global position to serve global customers. The second action was the development of Ocularis 5 as a completely internal offering without using external partners for any core functionality modules. The company now has full control of the offering and can support the continuing trends for open platforms, supporting heterogeneous security networks, without any externally-imposed tradeoffs or limits. Plans for 2016 Going forward, OnSSI sees a bright future. There are promising signs for increases in several target market verticals, such as healthcare and government entities, which are a good fit for the offering, especially with its 256-bit end-to-end encryption between client and server. With a simplified, robust offering that serves the market well, OnSSI looks forward to helping move more customers closer to prevention – the ultimate goal for security operations of the future. See the full coverage of 2015/2016 Review and Forecast articles here
OnSSI announces the launch of Ocularis 5.7, the latest release of the company’s industry leading Video Management System (VMS) solution. Key featured enhancements of Ocularis 5.7 include a new Recorded Video Backup function that allows recorded video to be saved to a secondary location on the system at no extra cost. Additionally, the new Mirrored Recordings feature, available in Ocularis 5.7 Ultimate, allows the simultaneous recording of all cameras on two recording servers, ensuring that recorded video is never lost from failure of the primary recording server. Ocularis 5.7 includes numerous enhancements to improve user access and scheduling, along with more robust cyber security protection. New data protection capabilities Additional enhancements in Oculars 5.7 provide users with greater speed of operations and convenience"“In addition to the superior VMS performance provided by Ocularis, this latest version delivers new data protection capabilities to ensure that critical video and information is always accessible,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Additional enhancements in Oculars 5.7 provide users with greater speed of operations and convenience, further elevating their user experience and surveillance capabilities.” The new Recorded Video Backup and Mirrored Recordings features are just two of the enhancements offered in Ocularis 5.7. New updates to Ocularis allow system administrators to better control when users can access the system, including the ability to schedule when users can log in, as well as restricting user access during off hours. Ocularis 5.7 also employs enhanced TLS 1.2 encryption for stronger system security against cyber-attacks. Smooth video streaming Additional new features in Ocularis Client include: a new Export Alarm Recordings Only function for faster video export; a smooth video streaming option to improve performance when connecting to remote sites with an inconsistent network connection; faster log in times on large systems; added Smart Camera Drivers for Vanderbilt, Eclipse, Uniview and Sony Generation X imaging solutions; and two-way audio support expanded to include Bosch cameras.
OnSSI and Oncam have partnered to seamlessly integrate the companies’ industry-leading VMS and panoramic camera solutions. The integration of Oncam’s Evolution 12 Series and Evolution 180 outdoor and indoor panoramic cameras with OnSSI’s recently released Ocularis 5.6 VMS provides a highly efficient means to further improve situational awareness and reduce overall costs. OnSSI-Oncam integration “This latest integration leverages the extensive camera management and control capabilities of Ocularis with the performance and wide area surveillance capabilities of Oncam’s industry-leading panoramic imaging solutions,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “OnSSI recognised the myriad advantages of panoramic technology early on and continues to support the implementation of these wide area imaging solutions for enhanced general surveillance applications.” Oncam’s Evolution 12 (12MP) and Evolution 180 (6MP) series fisheye cameras integrate with OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS to provide high resolution 360° and 180° views Oncam’s Evolution 12 (12MP) and Evolution 180 (6MP) series fisheye cameras integrate with OnSSI’s Ocularis VMS to provide high resolution 360° and 180° views respectively. Dewarping is performed on live and recorded images using a new plug-in for Ocularis, with the ability to view a variety of pre-configured camera views with electronic PTZ control. Ocularis 5.6 VMS OnSSI’s newly released Ocularis 5.6 VMS enhances overall performance and operator functionality, delivers cybersecurity enhancement through heightened system security with fortified dual authentication measures, and provides enhanced mobile and web access capabilities. These latest improvements combine to further empower users with a best-in-class VMS solution and experience powered by OnSSI Ocularis’ high performance engine. “Partnering with OnSSI makes it easy to implement Oncam’s Evolution 12 Series and Evolution 180 outdoor and indoor panoramic cameras on their powerful Ocularis VMS platform, providing users with an extremely efficient and cost-effective imaging solution,” said John Haspel, Director of Technology Programs, Oncam. “In addition to increasing overall situational awareness, users can significantly reduce their Total Cost of Operation (TCO) by deploying fewer cameras and eliminating all of the related equipment, installation and maintenance expenses related to them.”
RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers from Video Management Software (VMS) provider OnSSI on display here at GSX 2018 (booth #2263) deliver unmatched performance, integration, ease of deployment and cost-efficiency for a myriad of applications. RecOn5 NVRs are pre-loaded with Ocularis NVR software for stand-alone operation, and RecOn5 Servers are designed for easy expansion of existing Ocularis VMS installations. “The demand for integrated VMS appliances continues to grow as users look for more cost-efficient and easy ways to implement advanced surveillance management and control capabilities,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “OnSSI’s latest series of RecOn5 Series Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers provides users and integration partners with a versatile and powerful VMS solution futureproofed by Ocularis’ open platform architecture, scalability and lower total cost of ownership.” Cost-effective turnkey solution RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution that is ideal for stand-alone single server solutions Available in desktop models with 32 and 64 camera capacities and rackmount models with 32, 64 and 128 camera capacities, RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers offer HDD capacities of 8 to 40TB for desktop models, and 8 to 80TB for rackmount models with the proven performance and reliability of Seagate Skyhawk surveillance grade, removable HDDs. Rackmount models offer optional RAID 5 data integrity and RAID 1 OS redundancy to assure server uptime. RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution that is ideal for stand-alone single server solutions, and include eight Ocularis NVR pre-loaded camera licenses with additional individual licenses available for purchase. Seamless integration Features include HTTPS and AES encryption; multi-streaming for bandwidth efficiencies; automatic recorder patch update service; Smart Camera drivers, H.265/264; MJPEG & MPEG4 support; alarm and PTZ support; automatic HDD load balancing; Web and Mobile Client support; no device registration or MAC address requirements; and a one year StayCURRENT upgrade plan included at no additional charge. RecOn5 Servers provide fast and seamless integration with existing Ocularis systems. RecOn5 Servers support all features available in Ocularis Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate, allowing for easy expansion by simply purchasing the respective camera licenses needed for deployment on a certified OnSSI hardware solution.
OnSSI, a provider of advanced Video Management System (VMS) open platform solutions – is offering a free highly-informative guidebook entitled, ‘Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems,’ to help enterprises protect their systems from potential cybersecurity threats. The free downloadable guide provides specific recommendations on hardening video surveillance systems by applying proven cybersecurity initiatives. “Hardening surveillance systems is a necessary and ongoing process to mitigate against potential cybersecurity threats and liabilities,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “We are thrilled to offer this comprehensive hardening guide free of charge to help enterprises protect their system’s integrity, and maintain the highest levels of both physical and cybersecurity.” Critical security controls The OnSSI Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems includes guidance on password strength, how to avoid poor password practices The OnSSI Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems includes guidance on password strength, how to avoid poor password practices, collaboration with IT and HR departments and how to apply software and firmware security updates. It also includes standard, advanced and enterprise cybersecurity best practices for cameras, servers and workstations and networks. This free resource from OnSSI is based on the recommendations of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and its Critical Security Controls guidance. The CIS is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity whose mission it is to safeguard private and public organisations against cyber threats. As cyber risks evolve, the CIS updates its Critical Security Controls recommendations, which were updated in March of 2018 from version 6.1 to version 7. The Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems is another way OnSSI approaches cybersecurity. OnSSI’s flagship Ocularis VMS platform is designed with cybersecurity as a top priority by building in encryption and the ability for users to keep up-to-date with software patches to help ensure that their servers and networks are protected.
OnSSI, provider of Video Management Software (VMS) solutions, is publicly debuting the latest enhancements to its powerful Ocularis 5.6 VMS platform and new RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers here at GSX 2018 (booth #2263). The latest release of Ocularis 5.6 enhances overall VMS performance and operator functionality, delivers heightened system security with fortified dual authentication measures and provides enhanced mobile and web access capabilities. The company’s RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers deliver unmatched performance, integration, ease of deployment and cost-efficiency for a myriad of applications. Business intelligence needs “OnSSI’s new portfolio of VMS solutions address end users’ evolving physical security and business intelligence needs with enhanced functionality, system security and ease of deployment,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “The unique combination of our Ocularis enterprise-level VMS solution with our RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers provides users with the highest levels of VMS performance, scalability and cost-efficiency.” Ocularis 5.6 allows operators to create, edit, save and delete views directly from Ocularis Client allowing them to create personalised system views OnSSI’s recently released Ocularis 5.6 VMS allows administrators to require dual operator authentication when logging-in, along with the ability to specify system permissions for Ocularis Client or Ocularis Web/Mobile with detailed activity logs. Ocularis 5.6 allows operators to create, edit, save and delete views directly from Ocularis Client allowing them to create personalised system views. Two-way audio support Improvements to Ocularis Client further enhance operator versatility by enabling them to view camera names from any number of views listed, allow larger views to be downscaled for improved bandwidth efficiency, and ‘Select All Feeds’ and audio from a different source when exporting. Additionally, Ocularis 5.6 Master Core Redundancy (failover) support is now automated, so if the Master Core is unavailable when a user logs in, the user will still be able to access video via a Slave Core. A Smart Camera Driver for Vivotek cameras, extended support for H.265 and extended two-way audio support are also included with Ocularis 5.6. Ocularis Mobile now includes the ability to display multiple cameras in Live Mode while also disabling the IOS idle timer to ensure continuous remote viewing. Additionally, Ocularis Media Server has been further improved with architectural enhancements that improve overall performance, scalability and reliability. Cost-effective turnkey solution RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution ideal for stand-alone single server solutions RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers, available in desktop models with 32 and 64 camera capacities and rackmount models with 32, 64 and 128 camera capacities, offer HDD choices of 8 to 40TB for desktop models, and 8 to 80TB for rackmount models with the proven reliability of Seagate Skyhawk removable HDDs. Rackmount models offer optional RAID 5 data integrity and RAID 1 OS redundancy to assure server uptime. RecOn5 NVRs provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution ideal for stand-alone single server solutions, including eight Ocularis NVR pre-loaded camera licenses with additional individual licenses available for purchase. Automatic recorder patch Features include HTTPS and AES encryption; multi-streaming for bandwidth efficiencies; automatic recorder patch update service; Smart Camera Drivers; H.265/264; MJPEG and MPEG4 support; alarm and PTZ support; automatic HDD load balancing; Web and Mobile Client support; no device registration or MAC address requirements; and a one-year StayCURRENT upgrade plan included at no additional cost. RecOn5 Servers provide fast and seamless integration with existing Ocularis systems. RecOn5 Servers support all features available in Ocularis Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate, allowing for easy expansion by simply purchasing the respective camera licenses needed for deployment on a certified OnSSI hardware solution.
OnSSI is displaying the latest VMS technology enabling the improved management and security of network video surveillance and security systems at ISC West (booth #13074). The company’s flagship Ocularis v5.5 VMS sets new benchmarks in performance and control with new automation features that encompass system integration, operational workflow, security and system health, as well as improvements in image quality, bandwidth usage and storage requirements. The technology innovations in Ocularis v5.5 deliver advanced functionality, added security and increased value" “The technology innovations in Ocularis v5.5 deliver advanced functionality, added security and increased value, which improve the overall user experience,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “These same characteristics provide our reseller partners with competitive advantages relative to system implementation, maintenance and remote management, which deliver increased profitability.” Ocularis v5.5 VMS Ocularis fortifies system security with new authentication requirements, change-password reminders and TLS 1.2 support Ocularis fortifies system security with new authentication requirements, change-password reminders and TLS 1.2 support. Security is further enhanced with automatic software update prompts that, once initiated, do not require additional input from the operator. A new camera health status feature in Ocularis Administrator allows operators to see the status of all cameras at-a-glance, across all recorders and branches. And, additional Smart Camera Drivers are now available for Dahua, Panasonic and TKH Security Solutions cameras, eliminating the need to wait for individual camera drivers or driver packs for these and other newly introduced cameras from these manufacturers. Support for H.265 compression provides exceptional image quality with less data, and a reduction of video bandwidth usage and storage requirements. Additional features of Ocularis v5.5 include new Web video bookmarking that allow for faster access to important video for more efficient investigations Additional features of Ocularis v5.5 include new Web video bookmarking that allow for faster access to important video for more efficient investigations; a new playback mode for alarm recordings that allows review of motion- or event-driven recordings in Ocularis Client; two-way audio support using push-to-talk functionality in Ocularis Client; and processing improvements that result in faster event notifications and video call-up times. Ocularis is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
At ISC West 2018, OnSSI, On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc., (booth #13074) will showcase its latest Ocularis 5.5 Video Management Software (VMS) platform with in-booth demonstrations of several solutions enabled by advanced technology partnerships. The integration between C2P and OnSSI’s Ocularis 5.5 provides vital information to assist operators assess emerging situations, better enabling them to choose the most appropriate course of action. This solution brings video and data together resulting in a highly effective utility for security applications such as facial recognition, banking, access control, asset tracking, license plate recognition, point-of-sale and more. AI-enabled facial recognition CyberExtruder’s high-performance face recognition software, Aureus 3D AI, provides face matching from live video in uncontrolled environments and is integrated with Ocularis 5.5 for a solution that provides an automated identity processing hub for organisations with both identification and verification requirements.Eagle-i Edge integrates with cameras from all major manufacturers and OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 to improve situational awareness Aureus 3D AI is easy to use, easy to set up and can be used not only with conventional video streams or video files, but with static images as well. For users just getting started with face recognition, the difference between Aureus 3D AI and every other system is that it’s a native 3D application with cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms at price points that make sense. Jemez Technology’s Eagle-i Edge software analytics platform provides real-time DETECT-TRACK-NOTIFY capability for critical infrastructure protection. The solution integrates seamlessly with cameras from all major manufacturers and OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 to significantly improve situational awareness and security team effectiveness, as well as lower operational costs. NetApp video storage solutions NetApp’s video storage solution, E2800and E5700 integrates with OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 VMS to provide consistent high-performance and scalability across a variety of industry applications, including shared storage infrastructure and dedicated storage solutions. The integration of the two products delivers access for media content needs, with the ability to handle heavy computational workloads and bandwidth-intensive streaming environments of today’s video surveillance infrastructures.Ocularis 5.5 is the latest update to OnSSI’s VMS platform that includes new integrations and automation functions “Our technology partnerships play a critical role in providing powerful surveillance solutions that help security professionals successfully mitigate security risks,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “We are excited to leverage the ConvergenceTP, CyberExtruder, Jemez Technology, and NetApp technology to further enhance the capabilities of OnSSI’s Ocularis 5.5 VMS solution.” Increased performance and cost-efficiency Ocularis 5.5 is the latest update to OnSSI’s VMS platform that includes new integrations and automation functions that increase overall performance and cost-efficiency. Ocularis 5.5 is available in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI, the company that offers the Ocularis 5 VMS, has announced the release of the Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems. The free downloadable guide provides specific recommendations on hardening video surveillance systems by applying cybersecurity measures designed to help prevent and protect systems from potential threats. “The continued advancement of video technology, along with the evolving threats against it, make hardening surveillance systems a necessary and ongoing process,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “We are thrilled to offer this comprehensive Hardening Guide to help enterprises mitigate the risks of cybersecurity attacks.” Cybersecurity in video surveillance The OnSSI Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems includes guidance on password length, how to avoid security system bad password practices, collaboration with IT and HR departments and how to apply software and firmware security updates. It also includes standard, advanced and enterprise cybersecurity best practices for cameras, servers and workstations and networks. The Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems is another way OnSSI approaches cybersecurity.The Hardening Guide is based on the recommendations of the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and its Critical Security Controls guidance Ocularis for mitigating cyber threats Ocularis was designed with cybersecurity as a top priority by building in encryption and the ability for users to keep up to date with software patches to help ensure that their servers and networks are protected. This new free resource from OnSSI is based on the recommendations of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and its Critical Security Controls guidance. The CIS is a forward-thinking, non-profit entity whose mission it is to safeguard private and public organisations against cyber threats. As cyber risks evolve, the CIS updates its Critical Security Controls recommendations, which were updated in March of 2018 from version 6.1 to version 7.
OnSSI is expanding its portfolio of VMS solutions with the introduction of the new RecOn5 integrated pre-loaded NVRs and Servers here at ISC West 2018 (booth #13074). The new RecOn5 NVRs are pre-loaded with Ocularis NVR software for stand-alone operation, and the new RecOn5 pre-loaded servers are designed for easy expansion of existing Ocularis VMS installations. The RecOn5 pre-loaded NVRs and servers are available in 32, 64 and 128 camera configurations in desktop and rackmount models with HDD capacities of 8 to 40TB for desktop models and 8 to 80TB for rackmount models. RecOn5 NVRs include eight camera licenses, with additional licenses available in four-packs RecOn5 NVRs RecOn5 NVRs include eight camera licenses, with additional licenses available in four-packs. They provide an easy and cost-effective turnkey solution that is ideal for stand-alone single server solutions. RecOn5 Servers have the latest version of Ocularis pre-installed for fast and seamless integration with existing Ocularis systems. This allows surveillance systems running Ocularis Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate to be easily expanded simply by purchasing the respective camera licenses they need for deployment on a certified OnSSI hardware solution. Ocularis VMS “Our new pre-loaded NVRs and server solutions deliver higher levels of performance than any other products in their category, as well as ease of deployment, scalability, exceptional speed, efficiency and cost savings,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “RecOn5 provides end users and channel partners with added confidence, knowing that these solutions are guaranteed by OnSSI to meet specification, ensuring they will perform as expected even for the most demanding deployments.” All RecOn5 pre-loaded NVRs and servers feature the proven performance and reliability of Seagate Skyhawk surveillance grade, removable HDDs All RecOn5 pre-loaded NVRs and servers feature the proven performance and reliability of Seagate Skyhawk surveillance grade, removable HDDs. Rackmount models also offer optional RAID backup recording. Key RecOn5 pre-loaded NVR features include TLS 1.2 support, HTTPS and AES encryption, multi-streaming for bandwidth efficiencies, automatic recorder patch update service, Smart Camera Drivers, H.265/264, MJPEG & MPEG4 support, alarm and PTZ support, automatic HDD load balancing, Web and Mobile Client support, no device registration or MAC address requirements and optional StayCURRENT upgrade plans. RecOn5 pre-loaded servers support all features available in Ocularis Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate.
OnSSI, provider of IP surveillance management solutions, continues its rapid market expansion with enhancements to its industry-leading VMS solutions, additional technology partners, and expansion of the Company’s growing team of experienced professionals. Continuing its momentum at ISC West 2018, (booth #13074), OnSSI is showcasing its flagship Ocularis 5.5 VMS, new RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers and the Company’s latest integrations with leading technology partners. “Our latest portfolio of VMS solutions addresses end users’ evolving physical security and business intelligence needs, supported by integrations with a growing portfolio of industry leaders that further enhance the functionality and ease of deployment of Ocularis,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “We are committed to further increasing our industry footprint and momentum here at ISC West and throughout the course of 2018.” RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and servers provide a seamlessly integrated camera management and recording solution Enhanced security with Ocularis v5.5 Featured at ISC West, Ocularis v5.5 sets new benchmarks in VMS performance and control with new automation features that encompass system integration, operational workflow, enhanced security and system health, as well as improvements in image quality, bandwidth usage and storage requirements. OnSSI also debuted its new series of RecOn5 Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers, which provide a seamlessly integrated camera management and recording solution ideal for stand-alone plug and play applications or for expansion with existing Ocularis VMS deployments. The new RecOn5 family of products is available with 32, 64 and 128 camera capacities spanning five models in a selection of desktop and rackmount form factors. Facial recognition and video storage Integration partners on-hand in the OnSSI’s ISC West exhibit include: ConvergenceTP (C2P) for powerful data convergence; CyberExtruder facial recognition; Jemez Technology analytics platform; and NetApp video storage solutions. OnSSI also released its new Hardening Guide for Networked Video Surveillance Systems, which provides specific recommendations to help better protect video surveillance systems from cyber-attacks.
OnSSI, a provider of the comprehensive video management software (VMS) solution Ocularis 5, has declared SP DYNAMIC as a manufacturers’ representative for Canada. SP DYNAMIC, in Waterloo, ON, Canada will manage sales for the OnSSI Ocularis 5 VMS to dealers and systems integrators across Canada. SP DYNAMIC, led by President, Steve Peters, has more than 25 years of experience in customer service, sales skills, marketing and experience working with physical security solutions, for a variety of applications and markets. “We searched extensively for the best representation in Canada, and we are enthusiastic to work with this creative and promising company,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “To have this established firm committed to OnSSI and our industry-leading solutions is an exciting opportunity.” “We are thrilled to begin this strategic relationship with OnSSI,” said Steve Peters. “Our company was created to provide premium representation for manufacturers like OnSSI that have achieved excellence in the security industry, and we are eager to begin to exceed expectations in sales and customer service.” Smart camera drivers for enhanced security Ocularis 5 is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover. Key enhancements of the Ocularis version 5.5 include new Smart Camera Drivers for Dahua, Panasonic and TKH Security Solutions cameras for immediate support for all new cameras without the need to wait for individual camera drivers or driver packs; Hanwha Smart Camera Driver enhancement to include two-way audio support; and increased security with new authentication requirements, change-password reminders and TLS 1.2 support.
OnSSI announces the release of Ocularis 5.5, the latest update to the company’s industry leading Video Management Software (VMS) platform. Ocularis 5.5 includes new integrations and automation functions that increase overall performance and cost-efficiency. “This latest release of Ocularis provides a long list of new features and improvements that solve the emerging needs of users across a wide range of applications to deliver the latest functionality for enterprise level surveillance operations,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Ocularis 5.5 is not only more user-friendly, it helps operators save more time and money, while maintaining the highest levels of security.” New Smart Camera Drivers for Dahua and Panasonic Cameras Key enhancements of Ocularis include new Smart Camera Drivers for Dahua and Panasonic cameras that provide immediate support for all new cameras without the need to wait for individual camera drivers or driver packs. OnSSI’s Smart Camera Drivers from most major camera manufacturers allow users to take advantage of the most advanced camera features right away, without having to update their recording servers. Expanded support for H.265 compression to also include Axis Communications, Dahua, and Panasonic cameras provides exceptional image quality while dramatically reducing bandwidth usage and storage requirements.A new System Status tab allows the operator to see immediately which devices are online or offline Additional features Ocularis Base and Administrator – Recorder configuration changes are now made automatically inside Ocularis Base, resulting in an easier process with fewer steps, which also results in time savings. Admin users in Ocularis are encouraged to change the default password with visual feedback on the strength of the password to help provide additional security. In addition, a new System Status tab allows the operator to see immediately which devices are online or offline and further reduces bandwidth for multi-site installations. Reports of the status of the system can easily be generated for maintenance and reporting purposes. Ocularis Web – Enhancements include an added bookmarking feature in Ocularis Web, for faster access to important video for more efficient investigations. Ocularis Client – Improvements include a new playback mode of alarm recordings only, reducing bandwidth and increasing event notifications and video call-up times. Ocularis 5.5 available in three different models Ocularis 5.5 is available in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI is pleased to announce a new integration partnership with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software company Vaxtor Corporation. The integration enables Vaxtor’s advanced ANPR analytics to be deployed across OnSSI’s industry-leading Ocularis VMS platform. With these integrated analytics Ocularis can recognise, capture and archive data on licence plates, railway vehicles, USDOT numbers, shipping containers and more. “Partnering with Vaxtor allows Ocularis to deliver a wide range of security and operations data to meet the specific challenges of the transportation and law enforcement markets,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “New and evolving partnerships with leading technology providers will continue to deliver industry professionals with best-in-class security capabilities, as well as new sources of business intelligence they can use to further improve operations.” Partnering with Vaxtor allows Ocularis to deliver a wide range of security and operations data" Software-driven solutions Vaxtor Corporation specialises in the development of software-driven solutions such as ANPR and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for integration with security and other detection and monitoring systems. Vaxtor creates solutions that are dynamic, reliable and scalable for a number of industries across myriad corporate and urban environments. “The integration of our LPR and OCR analytics provides highly functional and reliable data capture capabilities,” said Michael Deutsch, Executive Management Consultant, Vaxtor Corporation. “End users can now capitalise on the valuable rich data contained in printed text and numbers, with the confidence that the information is both highly accurate and instantly accessible.” Powerful analytics Vaxtor LPR solutions include the accurate capture of OCR, MMR (year, make and model of vehicles), USDOT, Railway, Container, Red Light and Wrong Turn detection integrations, which are supported in over 200 countries. The powerful analytics can accurately recognise letters, numbers and symbols both vertically and horizontally. Ocularis is available in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI showcases the latest enhancements to its Ocularis Video Management Software (VMS) at this year’s ISC East show, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Visitors to the company’s booth (#613) at ISC East can view a demo of the new Ocularis 5 to fully experience and appreciate all of its benefits and features. “We’re excited to demonstrate how the latest enhancements to Ocularis provide users with a powerful, yet easy-to-use VMS platform that accommodates the latest industry trends,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “We are also happy that ConvergenceTP (C2P) will be in our booth to showcase how our integrated solutions provide predictive analysis capabilities that transcend traditional surveillance and monitoring applications.” C2P technology integration C2P, a technology leader in IP appliance connectivity to video management systems, will join OnSSI at ISC East to demonstrate how its solution and Ocularis can provide vital information to assist security operators in assessing emerging situations and better enable them to choose the best course of action. End users in banking, access control, asset tracking, licence plate recognition, point-of-sale and more have already benefitted from this integrated solution. Ocularis 5 features and models Features of Ocularis 5 highlighted at ISC East include support for H.265 compression for exceptional image quality with less data, and a reduction of video bandwidth usage and storage requirements. Additional features include installation improvements including increased SQL server flexibility; new view layouts in Ocularis Client; and expanded Ocularis 5 Web and Mobile features including M2O™ (Mobile-to-Ocularis) technology, alert handling, triggers, AVI exporting and Ocularis toast notifications. Ocularis 5 is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
At ASIS 2017, OnSSI is showcasing the new Ocularis 5.5, the latest version of the company’s Video Management Software (VMS) solution. Available November 8th, 2017 and building on the open platform and advanced management and recorder capabilities of Ocularis, the updated version features new integrations and automation functions that increase overall performance and cost-efficiency. Key enhancements to Ocularis “This newest release of Ocularis is more powerful and comprehensive than ever. It further expands our ability to provide end users and integrators with an easy-to-use VMS platform that delivers unprecedented performance and cost-efficiency,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Regardless of the system size, Ocularis can scale to meet users’ specific needs on the level of customized software solutions.” OnSSI also continues to evolve Ocularis since replacing the VMS solution’s innovative recorder in 2015. Key enhancements include new Smart Camera Drivers for Dahua and Panasonic cameras for immediate support for all new cameras without the need to wait for individual camera drivers or driver packs; dewarping support for Panasonic cameras; and H.265 support for Axis cameras with the Ocularis Smart Camera Driver. OnSSI new integrations Automatic configuration of Ocularis Base upon Recorder changes also saves time and ensures less errors, resulting in higher reliability and system protection. A new system status overview in Ocularis Administrator simplifies device verification and report generation. Additional system efficiency is achieved with the playback of alarm recordings only, reducing bandwidth and increasing event notifications and video call-up times. OnSSI has also implemented new integrations with Agent Vi analytics and Open Options access control and event monitoring. “Users and integrators alike will find Ocularis to be even easier to install, implement and use than ever before, with powerful new capabilities that improve overall security,” said Mr. LaMarca. Ocularis 5.5 is available in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI has named Steve Lenox as its Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager as part of the company’s revitalised growth initiative for continued success, and to further improve customer support and service. A seasoned professional surveillance and security expert, Lenox has spent more than two decades designing and deploying advanced physical security and video surveillance solutions for large enterprise and U.S. government customers. “Steve brings a wealth of experience and skill in physical security to the position of Mid-Atlantic U.S. Regional Manager, and we are happy to welcome him to the OnSSI team,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Steve’s expertise and depth of knowledge puts him in a unique position to increase sales and awareness of the wide range of applications that our Ocularis 5 can fill for a variety of customers.” Previous experience Lenox has been firmly entrenched in safety and security throughout his career, which began with providing physical security at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his service in the military, Lenox explored several business opportunities, including digitising blueprints, maps and documents using scanning and network technology for companies like Bethlehem Steel, Philadelphia Gas and Light and TVA. For the past 25 years, Lenox has designed and provided low-voltage security solutions for residential and commercial customers, and has remained on the leading edge of network video technologies since 1999. Since the early 1990s, he has worked for, trained and/or designed video solutions for Apple, Costco, DARPA, Dedicated Micros, Hanwha Techwin America, Honeywell, the National Weather Service, OpenEye, Toshiba, Tyco, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Postal Inspectors, the U.S. State Department, and many others. Based in Winchester, VA, Lenox’s territory includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania.
OnSSI announces the release of Ocularis version 5.4, the latest version to the company’s industry leading Video Management Software (VMS) solution. This newest release further expands Ocularis’ ability to provide end users with a comprehensive yet easy-to-use video management platform that accommodates the latest industry trends and expands on-the-go coverage. Ocularis 5.4 VMS New to Ocularis 5.4 is support for H.265 compression for exceptional image quality with less data, and a reduction of video bandwidth usage and storage requirements. Additional features include installation improvements including increased SQL server flexibility; new view layouts in Ocularis Client; and expanded Ocularis 5 Web and Mobile features including M2O (Mobile-to-Ocularis) technology, alert handling, triggers, AVI exporting and Ocularis toast notifications. “Ocularis continues to evolve with enhancements that fulfil users’ requests and address the latest technology trends impacting our industry,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “The bountiful enhancements of Ocularis 5.4 will help users achieve more customised and better results via the improved image quality, on-the-go video capture capability and operational refinements in this latest release.” New enhancements There are numerous enhancements available with Ocularis 5.4: Ocularis Recorder enhancements include: H.265 support for Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision and Interlogix high resolution cameras; multi-channel support for Hikvision encoders and IP cameras; Hikvision Smart Driver for full use of all camera features; two-way audio support for Axis cameras and devices; adjustable network timeout threshold for ONVIF Profile-S cameras to reduce false network alarm failures; and updated Ocularis program icons for quicker and easier app identification. Ocularis 5 Mobile enhancements include: M2O (Mobile-to-Ocularis) available for iOS (in addition to Android) to send video directly to Ocularis via cell phone or tablet to capture critical video as it happens from wherever you are; “one tap” capture of JPEG images on Android or iOS devices for sharing of snapshots via SMS, chat apps, Skype, email and more; new trigger capability to move a PTZ camera, release a door, initiate an alarm or turn on lights; alert/event badge counter now available for Android devices; and numerous advancements on how AVI files are processed, managed and stored. Ocularis 5 Web enhancements include: Audio and visual Ocularis toast notifications for events; events acknowledged from the Web Client even if the browser is minimised; ability to set priority level for audio and visual notifications individually; quick action triggers for individual and global cameras; and the sharing of AVI exports including audio via a direct link. Increased SQL Server flexibility with system administrator rights no longer required for easier installations Ocularis Client enhancements include: Notifications of new Ocularis Client version availability to users with admin rights; and the ability for Ocularis operators to self-update their own Clients; and three new view layouts including 2 x 3, 6 x 4 x 6, and 1 over 4. Ocularis Base and Administrator enhancements include: Increased SQL Server flexibility with system administrator rights no longer required for easier installations; simple deployment in more locations with fewer requirements; redesigned and streamlined log-in screens for Ocularis Administrator, Client and Event Proxy; a new ‘Settings’ tab in Administrator; and the ability to manage trigger rights in Ocularis Administrator to uniquely configure Operator profiles. Ocularis is available in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
The latest release of Ocularis (v5.3) features an improved user experience with vastly extended mobile capabilities OnSSI is showcasing the latest enhancements to its industry-leading Ocularis 5 Video Management Software (VMS) at ISC West, including upcoming support for H.265 for bandwidth and storage optimisation. Designed to exceed even the most demanding surveillance management and control applications, OnSSI continues to develop Ocularis for business intelligence applications that transcend traditional security operations. Ocularis for business intelligence solutions “As surveillance and security systems continue to migrate to the enterprise, they are no longer perceived as siloed applications. The integration of previously non-related business operations with VMS solutions in areas such as human resources, process management, compliance and logistics are driving new business intelligence applications,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Ocularis’ open platform provides the ideal foundation for new business intelligence solutions, and OnSSI is actively engaging technology partners around the world to develop and test new and exciting applications that further extend the role of VMS solutions on the enterprise level.” "OnSSI is actively engaging technology partners around the world to develop and test new and exciting applications" New Ocularis 5 Mobile The latest release of Ocularis (v5.3) being showcased at ISC West 2017 features an improved user experience with vastly extended mobile capabilities. The new Ocularis 5 Mobile provides comprehensive alert and event processing with the ability to stream live video via an Android smartphone to Ocularis, and the ability to track mobile operators’ physical locations using GPS mapping. The updated Ocularis also includes a scalable web app, Client bandwidth optimisation, expanded wide angle image dewarping support, additional Smart Camera Drivers, Windows Server 2016 support and a superior recording engine. “These latest enhancements to Ocularis have far-reaching benefits for conventional security operations, and for myriad business applications,” continued Mr. LaMarca. “For example, the ability to view events in the field via smartphone cameras and correlate them with GPS coordinates along with third-party integrations are ideal for applications like package tracking and fleet management. This effectively shifts the focus of the VMS from security to business operations when needed. OnSSI will continue to develop features for Ocularis that further enrich overall security and situational awareness and provide new solutions for long-standing business challenges.”
The new Ocularis 5 Mobile provides comprehensive alert and event processing from the field OnSSI will introduce the latest enhancements to its industry leading Ocularis Video Management System (VMS) at ISC West 2017. Ocularis (v5.3) further improves the user experience and addresses the industry’s growing demands for intelligence in the field with a new mobile app that provides comprehensive alert and event processing, the ability to stream live video from an Android smartphone, and the ability to track mobile operators’ physical locations using GPS mapping. Ocularis new features Additional new features include a scalable web app, Client bandwidth optimisation, expanded wide angle image dewarping support, additional Smart Camera Drivers and Windows Server 2016 support. “As the security industry continues to become more sophisticated and complex, VMS mobility, functionality and performance needs to stay two steps ahead,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “This latest release of Ocularis makes new advanced security and network functionality available to new and legacy users and further enriches Ocularis’ responsive and intuitive user interface.” Enhancements to Ocularis The new Ocularis 5 Mobile provides comprehensive alert and event processing from the field. Additionally, the powerful new mobile app provides the ability to stream live video from an Android smartphone to Ocularis, as well as pinpoint and track mobile operators’ physical locations using GPS mapping features. This gives security personnel in the field the ability to upload live video directly from their smartphone as events are unfolding. Ocularis 5 Mobile is available on the Google Play and Apple App stores and is optimised for 3G and 4G networks. Any Ocularis alerts and/or events are automatically streamed to the Ocularis 5 Web interface so they can be viewed and sorted, by priority Ocularis 5 Web allows for the viewing of multiple live and recorded camera streams, simultaneously, with enhanced PTZ camera control, on an improved and intuitive user interface. By implementation of automatic bandwidth optimisation, individual video streams can be remotely controlled by systems administrators to ensure there is sufficient bandwidth available even if pulling video from a remote location over broadband. Any Ocularis alerts and/or events are automatically streamed to the Ocularis 5 Web interface so they can be viewed and sorted, by priority. Smart Camera Drivers The latest release of Ocularis also includes new Smart Camera Drivers for Bosch and FLIR cameras, an updated Smart Camera Driver for Axis and Hikvision to easily add new cameras, and expanded dewarping support for wide angle images. Also included is a 64-bit version of every Ocularis component: Client, Administrator, Event Proxy, Base, Recorder and Media Server. OnSSI will continue to add new features and functionality in upcoming releases of Ocularis. Two features slated for introduction in coming months include support for H.265 compression which will further reduce the video recording bit rate and storage demands of today’s higher resolution cameras, and two-way audio which will enable system operators to listen to and communicate with individuals in view of the camera. Ocularis at ISC West “These new features, which we will be introducing shortly, will further enhance the performance and practical utility of Ocularis,” said Mr. LaMarca. “Visitors to OnSSI’s booth (#13074) can experience the latest functionality and benefits of Ocularis first-hand as the product is displayed to its full functionality”. Ocularis is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
Ocularis 5 is built on OnSSI’s strong technology base and represents the next generation of OnSSI’s VMS OnSSI is scheduled to showcase several advanced technology partnerships that maximise the features and functionality of their powerful Ocularis 5 Video Management Software (VMS) at ISC West this year. OnSSI integration partners Visitors to OnSSI’s booth (#13074) will have the opportunity to see first-hand the enhanced functionality and benefits enabled by solutions from several of the company’s established integration partners. “Ocularis 5 has the ability for users to precisely manage and control security events and situations,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “OnSSI has accomplished this by developing and growing technology partnerships that deliver innovative and unique functionality. As a result, Ocularis 5 is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent VMS platforms for centralising security applications in the industry.” Partnership demonstrations featured at the OnSSI’s booth will include: ConvergenceTP (C2P) The integration between C2P and OnSSI’s Ocularis provides vital information to assist operators in assessing emerging situations and helps enable them to choose an appropriate course of action. This solution brings video and data together to provide a highly effective utility for security applications in the fields of banking, access control, asset tracking, license plate recognition, point-of-sale and more. NetApp The NetApp E2800 and E5600 storage system combines with OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 VMS for scalability and guaranteed performance across a variety of industry applications, including shared storage infrastructure and dedicated storage solutions. Quantum Quantum’s multi-tiered storage platform provides more total usable capacity for less overall budget Quantum’s multi-tiered storage platform provides more total usable capacity for less overall budget, leaving security professionals with more to invest in the other tools needed to successfully accomplish their mission of keeping people and property safe. Together, Quantum and OnSSI are building enterprise video surveillance and physical security solutions that deliver streaming performance and real-time access to data, regardless of whether it’s on disk, tape, or in the cloud. Other highlighted technology partnerships will include: Promise Technology The Promise Vess Series of NVR appliances are reliable integrated server and storage solutions for IP video surveillance. Vess NVR appliances and Ocularis work together as an open platform solution that can be deployed with most leading IP cameras for installations of any size. Safety Vision, LLC Safety Vision, LLC, is a vendor of mobile video surveillance solutions. The collaboration enables integration of Safety Vision’s RoadRecorder® 8000 mobile server with OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 VMS for viewing and management of cameras on a single mobile server in transportation applications. The single platform camera management improves situational awareness and enhances documentation. Seneca Seneca’s xNVR100, powered by OnSSI, combines Seneca’s high performance, entry-level video storage appliance with OnSSI’s Ocularis 5 Professional VMS. The xNVR100 is an all-in-one surveillance system with video recording, client viewing and mobile viewing in a single appliance and is optimised for today’s video surveillance needs and IP video storage. Ocularis 5 is built on OnSSI’s strong technology base and intuitive client and represents the next generation of OnSSI’s VMS VVSST The P Series from VVSST, combined with OnSSI's user-friendly VMS, provides a low cost, plug-and-play video solution. For added convenience it is pre-loaded with up to 26 licenses and up to 8TB of video storage. Ocularis 5 is built on OnSSI’s strong technology base and intuitive client and represents the next generation of OnSSI’s VMS, delivering complete data security with end-to-end encryption between Clients and Recorders and backward compatibility to all previous OnSSI recorders. Ocularis 5 is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organisations operating single or multiple locations with small- to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organisations; and Ultimate, created for large organisations that require extended command and control and recording server failover.