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July is well upon us, which means it’s time for a new product version release. Stay up to date on what’s new in Vaion’s vcore video management system, from the ability to stream Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and Real Time Streaming Protocol over SSL (RTSPS) to external systems, to refining person searches, by choosing between male and female. Let’s get to it. View RTSP and RTSPS streams We know how important it is for customers to ensure continuity of their existing systems and devices when they adopt new, smarter security solutions. Strengthening our position as an open video surveillance system, we make it possible for users to pull either live streams or historical video from vcore using either RTSP or RTSPS (Real Time Streaming Protocol over TLS/SSL). Security managers and admins can now stream video to external viewers, or integrate vcore with PSIM solutions Security managers and administrators can now stream video to external viewers, or integrate vcore with existing monitoring and PSIM solutions. In addition, security is built-in, with control over who can stream, and what they can stream. Learn more about how to configure the vcore deployment to allow RTSP streams from the documentation portal. Refine searching by person We’re committed to making searching more accurate, rapid, and efficient, so we’ve added gender as a criterion for person searching. Watch how fast it is to get relevant footage by choosing female or male in your person search parameters. Other features in the latest release include: The ability to add multiple servers in a server group The ability to configure dewarp settings for 3rd-party panoramic cameras The ability to download your vcam device log files from within vcore Going to full-screen from by double-clicking
We’re excited to bring you the Vaion vcore 2.1 release. For the past month, we’ve been focused on smaller features and general improvement to make it easier for you to secure and manage your organisation’s day to day operations with vcore, our intelligent video management system. Discover what this new release has to offer from audio snippets and improved panoramic views to setting loitering time in rules. Additionally, we’re thrilled to show you our access control integration. Record audio snippets for vcam alarms Vaion vcam integrates directional audio analytics. We’re championing privacy, and, by default, our cameras and VMS don’t record the audio. However, in those scenarios, when you need to have a recording from each audio detection, you can enable them from Store audio recordings in vcam. These files are also available in the vcore to which your vcam device is connected The snippets include a few seconds of each audio detection. These snippets will be automatically included in any diagnostics information you choose to send to the Vaion vcare support from the vcam. These files are also available in the vcore to which your vcam device is connected. They can be downloaded to be listened to locally from the Alarms tool. Improvement to panoramic views You can set your preferred panoramic view using vcore’s built-in Dewarp feature. Depending on how your panoramic (wide-angle) cameras are installed, you can see footage as a globe view, a single 16:9 view, or as two separate pictures (dewarped Panoramic view). If your cameras are wall-mounted, you can zoom in to the view of your panoramic cameras using the mouse wheel. Set loitering time in rules Adding access control to vcore is seamless and takes less than a couple of minutes We’ve introduced the ability to configure the time an object has to present before the loitering rule triggers to give you more flexibility depending on your security scenarios. During sensitive situations, where the lingering presence of people or vehicles is rare and/or unwanted, you can set a required loitering time. You can include more characteristics for the loitering rules to trigger notifications, such as the colour of the object, or even upload an image for vcore to use. Complete access control visibility We’re pleased to share more details around our access control integrations. Organisations need security, agility, and intelligence to streamline their operations and have a full picture of access control events. Adding access control to vcore is seamless and takes less than a couple of minutes.
Vaion and Malcolm Walters announced the addition of video bookmarking to allow security teams to go back and analyse videos related to an incident. These could be videos that need more attention to determine what has happened or videos that will later be used as evidence. First, the user finds the video clips of interest and then creates a bookmark. These bookmarks can then be found again easily and also be retained for longer than usual. In addition, they can be shared with other vcore users, which allows one user to share information with their colleagues easily. Once operators complete investigations, the video can either be exported to an archive or the bookmark removed. Bookmarked video can be turned into a link A bookmarked video can also be turned into a link to be shared with users without access to vcore. For example, the specific video can be shared with people within internal departments, such as the HR department, or with external agencies, such as the police. Administrators can configure an access password and how long the clip is accessible for. Once created, the shared link can be viewed from anywhere in the world via Vaion vcloud. Earlier, Vaion made people and vehicle counting available in vcore. Now, Vaion are expanding the feature with rules that enable operators to set and receive notifications based on different scenarios. With vehicle counting, parking lot operators can have a clear picture of the number of vehicles entering and exiting, and if people park their cars in the right areas. Vaion explored a counting rule set for a store owner who wants to find out when visitors are using the employees’ parking spaces. Setting rules for vehicles and people Whenever the maximum number of vehicles established in the rules increases, the operator will get an instant notification. To increase visibility and the ability to respond fast, vcore sends the same notification in Slack in an appropriate channel. Setting counting rules works in a variety of other scenarios as well. For example, retailers can set rules at the entrance of particular sections of their stores or in the cash register areas to learn when they need to optimise staffing and day-to-day operations. vcore also accurately detects and counts vehicles and notifies traffic managers when congestions occur in vital areas or when incidents between multiple cars occur.
Following the general availability of Vaion vcore at the start of November, the company and Malcolm Walters launched a series of product announcements as Vaion continues to enhance the solutions portfolio with more smart features to make security operations proactive, intuitive, and significantly more accurate than before. The highlight of the vcore software release 1.1 consists of the ability to track vehicles in the field of view of one’s cameras using Map view with Smart Presence™. Identify and highlights people and vehicles To increase situational awareness and get insights in real-time, operators can upload maps and floorplans of the facilities and place cameras in their precise locations in Map view. The tool, powered by the innovative Smart Presence™ capability, not only highlights people but now identifies and highlights vehicles as dots on maps, in the cameras’ field of view. With just the click of the Path button, they also show up in motion. When monitoring parking lots in commercial or residential properties, in hospitals, or schools, getting a comprehensive view of everything happening is essential. Using Map view, one’s security personnel can now seamlessly track vehicles of interest in real-time and enforce parking restrictions. In large warehouses, operators can easily survey loading docks, inspect which vehicles are going in and out and with which goods or get alerts in case of accidents. By merely clicking the vehicle dot, one’s staff will see a thumbnail, live-footage view captured by the selected camera.