Published on 4 April, 2013
|The iOmniscient Health Check system can determine if cameras are operating correctly
We sometimes find it amusing when companies announce major new capabilities with a lot of flair when we have had those features in our products for years. We are so focused on our most advanced new capabilities that we take many existing ones for granted. One such feature is the Dynamic Map Interface.
The iOmniscient Health Check system has had, for many years, the ability to show a map of an environment on the screen. The location of Cameras and other devices can be shown as icons on the map (or on a photograph of the scene).
The Health Check system can determine if the cameras are operating correctly. Knowing if they are disconnected is trivial and easy to do. The system is smart enough to raise warnings if they are moved, lose their focus, are sabotaged or even if they are working perfectly but cannot see clearly due to rain or fog. Depending on the type of problem the icons will flash in different colours.
The map interface is interactive. When a camera icon is clicked the view from the camera opens up in a separate window.
The iOmniscient Health Check system is classed as having a relatively low iQ compared with the much more sophisticated offerings of the company. However it can still be very useful for managing a large network. In our experience in any large network 20% of the cameras would not be operational at any one time. The Health Check system can tell you which ones are not operational. This enables management to plan the maintenance work on them more effectively. And one does not end up in the situation faced by several museums recently where they discovered the cameras were not working properly only after a major theft.