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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?
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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 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.
The Internet of Things (IoT) raises many new issues for security professionals. Attendees who register for ‘The Pros and Cons of the Internet of Things’ seminar at ISC West 2017 will come away with insights on new developments in networked solutions for the security industry and how they are impacting today’s systems. The assembled panel of thought leaders, representing nearly every category within the industry, will discuss the ins and outs of networking technologies and cybersecurity, as well as the role of the IoT for professional security applications. Armed with the best practices these experts will provide, security professionals will be well-equipped to provide their customers with even greater value from their security solutions. The seminar will be moderated by Ron Hawkins, Manager of Special Projects and Partnerships, Security Industry Association Efficient data security “New surveillance and security technologies are capturing volumes of information with greater detail and efficiency than ever before,” said Tom Cook, Senior Vice President of Sales, Hanwha Techwin America. “Video surveillance technology is a prime example, with new image capture devices delivering unprecedented levels of performance and intelligence that makes them invaluable for business applications that transcend traditional security.” The seminar will be moderated by Ron Hawkins, Manager of Special Projects and Partnerships, Security Industry Association (SIA). Panelists include Ronnie Pennington, National Sales Engineer, Altronix Corporation; Rick Caruthers, Executive Vice President, Galaxy Control Systems; Tom Cook, Senior Vice President, Sales, Hanwha Techwin America; Chris Camejo, Director of Product Management – Threat Intelligence, NTT Security; Ken LaMarca, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, OnSSI; Don Campbell, Vice President, Products, Quantum Secure; and Bud Broomhead, Chief Executive Officer, Viakoo.
Ocularis 5 Web allows simultaneously viewing of multiple live and recorded camera streams on an improved and intuitive user interface OnSSI announces the latest enhancements to its Ocularis Video Management System (VMS) that further improves overall security with new features and enhancements. Ocularis version 5.3 adds new scalable Web and Mobile apps, as well as Ocularis Client bandwidth optimisation, wide angle image dewarping, additional Smart Camera Drivers, and Windows Server 2016 support all while keeping its responsive and intuitive user interface. “Ocularis continues to push the envelope for VMS functionality and performance,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “This latest release of Ocularis addresses the industry’s continuously growing demand for more versatility and functionality to implement more sophisticated security solutions.” Ocularis 5.3 features To help keep users informed at all times, the new Ocularis 5 Web allows simultaneously viewing of multiple live and recorded camera streams on an improved and intuitive user interface. Automatic bandwidth optimisation allows system administrators to control the streams from remote locations to ensure there is sufficient bandwidth available even if pulling video from a remote location over broadband. All Ocularis alerts and events stream to the Ocularis 5 Web interface where they can be viewed and sorted by priority with enhanced control of PTZ cameras. "This latest release of Ocularis addresses the industry’s continuously growing demand for more versatility and functionality to implement more sophisticated security solutions" The new Ocularis 5 Mobile provides comprehensive event and alert processing right from the mobile app along with the ability to stream live video from an Android smartphone to Ocularis. Also available on the Android platform is the ability to pinpoint locations on an online map on Ocularis 5 Mobile. This allows users to see mobile operator locations in maps on Ocularis Client and view their streaming cameras. This provides security personnel in the field with the ability to upload live video directly from their smartphone as events are unfolding. Uploaded video can then be recorded and redistributed to authorities. Camera selection is also more intuitive, and views can be seen in various formats with regular and alert recordings identified by colour. GPS location features for mapping and notification sounds are also included. Ocularis 5 Mobile is available for free on the Google Play and Apple App stores, and is optimised for 3G and 4G networks. New Smart Camera Drivers Additional Ocularis enhancements include expanded dewarping support for wide angle images, new Smart Camera Drivers for Bosch and FLIR P and FT series cameras and an updated Smart Camera Driver for Axis and Hikvision to easily add new cameras and support for Windows Server 2016. Ocularis 5.3 also includes 64-bit versions of every Ocularis system component: Client, Administrator, Event Proxy, Base, Recorder and Media Server. Ocularis 5.3 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 demanding command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI’s latest enhancements to Ocularis provides even greater stability and more robust security Building on the proven reputation and reliability of its Ocularis Video Management Software (VMS), OnSSI’s latest enhancements to Ocularis provides even greater stability, more robust security, new integrations and innovative features. “Ocularis is already an advanced VMS solution in the professional security industry, and with new enhancements in stability, security and versatility, this latest version of Ocularis will continue to build on its reputation,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “In addition to software innovations, we continue to add to our core Ocularis platform with new technology partnerships and new products from our existing partners, enabling us to offer additional features and capabilities beyond typical VMS applications.” Ocularis 5 features Recognising the critical need to keep VMS software up to date, Ocularis 5 includes an auto-updating feature like those available on most smartphones and tablets to ensure users are running the most current – and most secure – version. This provides users with peace of mind while saving dealers and integrators time that otherwise might be spent going on-site to perform a software update. Recognising the critical need to keep VMS software up to date, Ocularis 5 includes an auto-updating feature like thoseavailable on most smartphonesand tablets Smart Camera Driver technology provides out-of-the-box support for newly introduced cameras from many top camera manufacturers without requiring users to wait for manufacturers to write and release specific drivers, allowing customers to immediately take advantage of the newest, most advanced camera features. Additionally, Smart Camera Drivers support generic RTSP and MPEG drivers, as well as ONVIF and ONVIF Profile S.Ocularis operators can utilize either 32-bit or 64-bit applications for Ocularis Client, Administrator, Event Proxy and Base. This allows operators to take full advantage of their systems’ resources when streaming video for better performance. Administrators can also view multiple streams from a camera. A default stream can be configured to accommodate operators with limited bandwidth or resources. The default stream can be set to low resolution to display from a camera when it first appears in a View, Map or Video Wall. This allows users to view the video faster and have the choice to view the high-resolution streams when necessary. When users create maps, they can now share those maps with other user groups. This Shared Maps option enables more efficient communication and significant time savings. Also new in Ocularis 5 is support for Pelco Optera multi-sensor cameras. Ocularis users can view multiple immersive PTZ views with simultaneous Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) and low-light performance seamlessly through the VMS and obtain panoramic and multiple immersive views. For customers on the move, an Ocularis Mobile app for iOS and Android phones and tablets will be available in the Fall of 2016 Ocularis Mobile app For customers on the move, an Ocularis Mobile app for iOS and Android phones and tablets will be available in the Fall of 2016 and will allow users to stream live video and transfer it directly to Ocularis using their smartphones and tablets. Other supported features of both Ocularis Mobile and Web – which supports all major browsers – include system alerts when a meaningful event occurs, the ability to manipulate PTZ cameras, and the capability to view live and recorded video on even 3G and 4G networks. This next generation of Ocularis Web includes underlying technology for easier installation, providing operators with the ability to view any layout of up to 16 panes, utilising digital zoom, and supporting device state detection and Windows 10. 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 organizations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.Throughout the ASIS show, OnSSI will host a series of presentations at their booth (#2151) to provide attendees with greater understanding about security, how Ocularis can save them money, and decrease cyber risk while increasing security and peace of mind. Save
Ocularis 5.2 is available in Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate models OnSSI continues to build upon its Ocularis Video Management Software (VMS) platform with the release of Ocularis 5.2. This latest version of OnSSI’s industry leading VMS platform delivers improvements and tools for existing and new customers alike. New features and capabilities include increased support for today’s trending panoramic and 4K surveillance cameras, powerful migration tools for legacy users, administration enhancements, and robust system security features. Rich in performance “Ocularis 5.2 delivers the perfect combination of high-performance, extreme versatility and efficiency that customers want to best secure their facilities with real ROI and reduced total cost of ownership,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “As we continue to add new and more powerful feature sets to the Ocularis VMS platform, we bring our loyal customers forward with us by providing migration tools and programs that let them transition from our legacy platform easily and efficiently, while taking advantage of the latest developments OnSSI offers.” Ocularis 5.2 is currently available as an upgrade to all customers with a valid StayCURRENT software upgrade plan. It is also available complimentary to all customers who purchased Ocularis 5.1 on or after April 6th, 2016. Ocularis 5.2 is a forward-looking release, supporting the use of higher resolution and higher frame rate cameras. The list of performance enhancements to Ocularis 5.2 is extensive. Ocularis 5.2 features a new 64-bit Client which improves video performance in demanding environments. This Ocularis Client version allows for a higher number of streams over multiple monitors and better supports 4K and other high megapixel cameras. It supports dewarping for Bosch and Vivotek 360° cameras, plus includes enhancements for Samsung 5MP Fisheye and ImmerVision 2.0 cameras. To ensure a smooth and simple transition to the latest Ocularis Recorder, OnSSI has accelerated the availability of user-intuitive migration tools with the release of Ocularis 5.2. These new migration tools make it easy to import camera lists from Ocularis legacy Recorders and from CSV files to the new and more powerful Ocularis 5.2 platform. Additionally, a Camera Replacement Tool now allows users to easily replace individual or large groups of cameras with drag-and-drop simplicity for an instantaneous update of the cameras in all Ocularis Views and Maps with full administrator control. “Ocularis 5.2 delivers the perfect combination of high-performance, extreme versatility and efficiency that customers want to best secure their facilities with real ROI and reduced total cost of ownership” Smart camera driver support Ocularis 5.2 includes new Smart Camera Driver support for Northern Video and Interlogix IP cameras, added to the growing list of Smart Camera Drivers for Arecont Vision, Axis, Bosch, Canon, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, and Sony. The latest Ocularis version also now supports the Sony 4K H.264 camera and still-image recording with 20MP resolution. With network and data security on the forefront of users’ minds, Ocularis 5.2 incorporates 256-bit AES encryption to provide for end-to-end network security. The recorded video database is also protected, using a unique scrambling technique, as well as through the ability to record video data directly to any NAS or offsite server. Ocularis 5.2 supports Windows 10, in addition to Windows 8.1, and the Ocularis 5.2 Base includes SQL Server Express 2014. Ocularis 5.2 is offered in three models: Professional, designed for organizations operating multiple locations with small to mid-sized camera counts; Enterprise, built for a wide range of mid to large IT-centric organizations; and Ultimate, created for large organizations with extended command and control needs and recording server failover.
OnSSI is further expanding on its goal of delivering open-platform systems that provide the highest value and performance to customers with the integration of Ocularis 5 Video Management Software (VMS) with the latest version of DNA Fusion™ access control platform from Open Options. Ocularis 5 and DNA Fusion v6.4 integration “This integration between Ocularis 5 and DNA Fusion v6.4 provides users with the ability to easily combine access control and video into a powerful, effective, intelligent solution that increases both security and situational awareness,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI. “Because Ocularis 5 and DNA Fusion are built on open-architecture platforms, this integrated solution is capable of delivering more robust intelligence across multiple platforms.” The integration between Ocularis 5 and DNA Fusion v6.4 provides live and recorded video associated with access control events from within DNA Fusion with auto call-up capability. Users can view multiple cameras from within the solution, control PTZ cameras, drag and drop saved recordings for playback, scan for cameras and more. “For nearly two decades, Open Options has provided superior access control solutions with a commitment to customer service and open-platform products,” said Steve Fisher, CEO, Open Options. “This integration with Ocularis 5 furthers our commitment to open architecture and consistently providing our customers with reliable, cutting-edge technologies.” Ocularis 5 video management software Ocularis 5 provides stronger network and video security with features including 256-bit AES encryption from Clients to Recorders, a scrambled recorded video database to protect the integrity of recorded video, and the ability to record directly to a NAS anywhere on the network. Ocularis 5 is designed as an intelligent, cost-effective platform that simplifies workloads and system management. There is no need to register camera licences and MAC addresses. It features automatic load balancing for managing recordings across system servers. Unique to Ocularis, Critical Camera Failover ensures continuous sight by switching to a failover camera in as little as two seconds. Ocularis 5 also allows for multiple different recorders to be combined under the same Base (including legacy Ocularis 4.X recorders) with centralised user and event management. DNA Fusion access control software DNA Fusion, Open Options’ flagship access control software, is an open platform solution that interfaces seamlessly with other systems, such as video, biometrics, wireless locks and intercoms to provide a complete access control solution including door control, visitor management and photo ID management. DNA Fusion can be managed via a standard Client, the web or Apple and Android smartphones.