Published on 10 September, 2012
Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry's first solution built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco's virtualised Unified Computing System (UCS) environments. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.
This announcement also includes introducing a complete new line of medianet-enabled high definition IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy, and remote management services. All of these are designed to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.
This next-generation of intelligent network-integrated video surveillance and IT applications offer unrivaled ease of use and speed of deployment. As IT departments are tasked with dealing with increasingly large amounts of data – particularly video – the ease of migration of video surveillance to IP continues to accelerate.
Analysts estimate that by 2013, more than 50 percent of all video surveillance deployments will be managed by IT on the IP network in order to support this deluge of bandwidth-heavy video data. These new technologies offer economies of scale to enable video-based innovations, all with unprecedented ease of implementation. This will give applications of video beyond security include remote patient observation solutions for healthcare, dramatically reducing shrinkage in retail and warehousing, and allowing urban video protection initiatives as well increasing the efficiency in providingenhanced citizen services.
Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and new versions of Cisco's related end-to-end Connected Physical Security Solutions, including Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration Solution 4.5.2, Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager 6.0 and Cisco Physical Access Manager 1.4.1 are now available for deployment with Cisco's industry award-winning Unified Computing Systems platforms. These integrated solutions help to extend Cisco's medianet strategy by providing robust scalability, network aware intelligence, streamlined implementation and simplified management.
Introducing Video Surveillance Manager 7.0
- Network-integrated video surveillance supports open cloud-ready web and IT applications through APIs and SDKs, and is purpose-built to virtualise security operations on Cisco UCS B-Series, C-Series and UCS Express.
- VSM 7.0 is designed for applications such as video recording and provides streaming support for video-enabled locations such as; customer contact centers, integrated oil and gas applications, inventory and warehouse management operations and many others.
- VSM 7.0 scales to support up to 10,000 IP Video Surveillance cameras per single Video Surveillance Manager instance, and up to 100,000 cameras when combined with Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager (PSOM).
Extending Cisco's medianet strategy
- New medianet phase 3 capabilities support IP Video Surveillance cameras that work together with embedded medianet services in Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and across Cisco's medianet enabled switches and routers on the network, enabling rapid automatic configuration to simplify large scale deployments.
- Cisco Media Services Proxy (MSP) enables users to prioritise traffic based on business policies for optimal quality, reduced integration costs and easy deployment and management of video endpoints. MSP uses lightweight packet inspection techniques on standards-based signaling protocols including DNS, RTSP, SIP, H.323 and H.245.
New Cisco Video Surveillance 6000 Series IP Cameras
- A new line of medianet-enabled IP Cameras support better imaging with low-light, feature on-board SD cards with flash memory, IP66 rating and come in four form factors including Box IP Camera, dome IP Camera, indoor/surface and flush and outdoor IP dome.
- All of the new Cisco cameras support High Definition and 2.1 megapixel resolutions, best-in-class industry standards and medianet services allowing for rapid auto-configuration, registration, auto-provisioning, troubleshooting and IP Video Surveillance bandwidth policy management.
- Additional features include n+1 redundancy, high availability on a camera-by-camera basis to optimise IT, network, storage, security and related network resources.
Remote Management Services
Cisco is introducing Remote Management Services to help customers ensure the 24x7 reliable uptime needed across their Unified Computing Systems platforms and network-integrated Connected Physical Security deployments for Video Surveillance, Unified Incident Management, and Access Control and Security Operations Manager applications solutions.
- Guido Jouret, general manager & CTO, Emerging Technologies Group at Cisco: "Similar to the evolution of telephony, physical security is today becoming an IP-based solution to optimise scalability and reduce complexity and costs. The Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 is a completely redesigned system built from the ground up with ‘Cisco DNA' with unprecedented levels of scalability and manageability. Thanks to Medianet, virtualisation support, and great application-level APIs, we're offering our customers unprecedented scale at the lowest levels of TCO."
- Chris Fulkerson, assistant vice president for Technology / CIO, Elon University: "Every parent's main concern is security for their college student. This Cisco Video Surveillance System has enabled us to multiply our security and police force by giving us eyes in multiple locations all at the same time. At Elon, the surveillance system has proven to be a real deterrent to crime. Our old system was very labour intensive to install and operate. With this new system it takes just 10 seconds to deploy a camera. We are excited that it gives the power and flexibility directly to police to operate the system instead of requiring so much IT intervention. We are now free to leverage our investment and integrate surveillance with the rest of our physical security systems."
- John R. Ames, CTA, Tax Assessor/Collector, Dallas County Tax Office: "Delivering excellent customer service is the key to ensuring quality collections. We believe in using technologies to improve efficiencies. Video can be used not only for improved safety of employees but also to improve daily operations with enhanced visibility across our locations."
- Ed Christmas, managing principal, Sology Solutions: "Cisco's innovative Unified Computing System platform supports the streamlined deployment of IP Video Surveillance and Connected Physical Security systems at the very large scale our customers' need, with enhanced ease of use, end-to-end management and drastically lower total cost of operations."
- Rohan Mendis, telecommunications strategy manager at Transport for Greater Manchester in the UK: "Working with Cisco, Transport for Greater Manchester has evolved its video surveillance and public safety infrastructure into a scalable and easy to manage platform to provide superior service and protection for the travelling public, our staff and visitors to our City."