Top 10 Evaluation Criteria for Choosing a Video Management Software

IP video management system provides intelligent software for the day-to-day operation of video surveillance hardware on an IP network and offers the opportunity to integrate other components of your corporate security program. To help you in your evaluation process, we’ve listed the Top Ten evaluation criteria that you should review before making any of your purchase decisions. Before starting your evaluation, ask your vendors for a list of reference accounts.  Select references with similar applications and network conditions that you’ll be running under. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, here are some key areas you should be reviewing as you evaluate the system and talk to reference accounts.

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What the Boston Bombing taught us about the future of video surveillance

Thousands of video sources will require sophisticated video management software to weed through the data.

If we have learned anything from national tragedies over the last several years, we learned that Americans will pitch in anything they can to help, with whatever is needed.  With last week’s Boston Marathon bombing, the authorities needed help from citizens, once again.  They needed videos—from anyone—to track down the suspects and their movements before the bombing.  What started as the average spectator filming for posterity turned in to thousands of videos to cull through to track down the nation’s “most wanted”. Law enforcement officials incurred terabytes of photos and videos related to the Boston Marathon bombing. The sleuthing that eventually identified the two suspects, likely depended on some newer technology that helps human analysts with the time-consuming job of looking through all that camera footage. Without computer help, it would take a person years to watch all the footage end to end.

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Delivering PTP SLA using a PTMP Wireless Architecture for IP Video

On May 1st the first shipment of the new Radwin 5000 PTMP product will start shipping from their New Jersey warehouse.  At first glance the Radwin 5000 is similar your typical wifi base station but on closer inspection the Radwin 5000 is the first of its kind.

Standard wifi base stations have a limited capacity delivered in a first come first served basis.  Subscribers connecting take as much or as little of that capacity as they want.  Throughput is not guaranteed per subscriber unit which means that if your neighbor decides to start downloading torrents from the internet and takes up 90% of the capacity of the base station you and the rest of the subscribers will have to contend for the remaining 10%.  This might be OK in broadband service networks where you have usage cycles and over subscription but in a constant streaming applications such as IP video surveillance where dedicated bandwidth is needed at all times it doesn’t.

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Cybernetics: iSCSI SAN with high end features for a price that makes sense

Cybernetics is a maker of high performance iSCSI SAN solutions based out of VA. The company has created a high performance, full featured, low cost iSCSI SAN solution for SMB, enterprise and video surveillance markets. Their unique system architecture writes all data to a large cache buffer made of up at least 8GB RAM (12GB on iSAN) before it is written to the disks. According to the manufacturer specs this architecture allows the Cybernetics SAN to achieve up to 150,000 IOPs using low cost SATA drives. That is more than some SANs costing twice as much.

High End Features:

  • Dynamic LUN Provisioning – Add capacity to any server or application on the fly.
  • Dynamic Snapshot Provisioning – Migrate online disk backup to second tier storage.
  • Reliable – RAID 6, and all units include a free cold spare disk.
  • Snapshots Backup – Mountable points for recovery or rollback.
  • Disk Backup – Copy disk volumes to portable USB and eSATA hard disk.
  • Tape Backup – Fast image backup to tape without backup server or software.
  • WAN Replication – Automated, deduplicated and encrypted remote disaster recovery backup
  • High Availability – Hardware level mirroring and automatic failover with no single point of failure.

Licensing:
There are no extra licensing fees associated with the Cybernetics iSCSI SANs like in other high end SANs from NetAPP, EMC, etc. When you purchase a Cybernetics SAN you get all the high end features listed above plus some. You also get a 2 year return to depot warranty and first class US based support.

Video Security Applications:
IP video security applications require a lot of storage to keep live and recorded video surveillance images on file for weeks, months and even years. The cost of acquiring and managing this vast amount of storage can be quite daunting sometimes but with Cybernetics it starts to make sense. The Cybernetics SAN will act as a great archive location for all your ip video security footage and with dynamic LUN creation you can share the SAN with other servers giving you more flexibility and a faster ROI.

Models:
Cybernetics 16TB 8 Bay SATA iSCSI SAN for video security applicationsmiSAN comes in 3 form factors, 8 bay, 12 bay and 16 bay iSCSI SANs. Each one can be filled with either 1TB or 2TB hard drives with the exception of the 8 bay SAN which can also be configured with 500GB SATA HDD.

SATA miSAN Models: SATA 7.2k HDD, 8GB Cache

SAS miSAN Models : SAS 15k HDD, 8GB Cache

Milestone for Free! XProtect Go Released Today!

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Copenhagen – August 26th, 2010. Milestone Systems, the global leader for open platform IP Video Management Software (VMS), announces the launch of XProtect™ Go free video surveillance software. With a wide set of features for one user to manage and view up to 8 cameras, XProtect Go is easy to learn and use – the perfect start-up product for small business and residential customers who want to secure their property with the advantages of top quality IP video surveillance. XProtect Go is available for free as a download from the Milestone Systems website.

IP network video surveillance continues to gain ground as the technology of choice over analog security products, and to help accelerate this trend Milestone Systems has launched XProtect Go as a free version of the company’s world-leading XProtect IP video management software. XProtect Go has a wide set of fully functional features to let people discover the benefits of the Milestone open platform: it is flexible, scalable and future-proof. Designed for high-tech residences and small businesses, XProtect Go provides the opportunity for new customers to explore the leading IP video management software platform at no cost, with seamless upgrade possibilities to Milestone’s premium products.

“As a free version of our software, XProtect Go lets new customers check out our world-leading IP video management platform with no initial investment and an easy upgrade path to fuller versions of our products, including integrations with other security products,” states Christian Bohn, Head of Product Management at Milestone Systems. “This initiative will reach a wider audience for IP video, strengthen Milestone brand awareness and drive new business for our international eco-system of authorized partners.”

Delivered with a Management Application in several languages, XProtect Go is easy to learn and easy to use, starting with an initial default view that can be customized. One user can manage up to eight network cameras, 4 USB/web cameras or analog cameras connected via encoders. Live or recorded video can be viewed with archiving up to five days, and evidence exporting in AVI format with a watermark or for long-term storage on DVD. The XProtect Smart Client interface has 22 language options and such high-end features as Smart Search and Sequence Explorer. Website support will include Tips & Tricks, FAQ and an interactive user forum. XProtect Go can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website, with user registration required after 30 days, and re-registration on a yearly basis.

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WLANmall Partners with Firetide: High Capacity Mesh for Video Applications

WLANmall has partnered with Firetide the leader in linear mesh wireless technology to round out our portfolio and allow our customers greater flexibility when building their IP security networks.  Here is how it works.  Both radios in the mesh node are dedicated to backhaul communication.  This in essence creates full duplex communication in the mesh which almost eliminates the loss per hop allowing the wireless mesh to span very large areas with out throughout injection points throughout the network.  This lowers costs and simplifies installation.

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MIMO Wireless Mesh Nodes (up to 600 Mbps):

Standard Wirless Mesh Nodes (up to 54 Mbps):

Wireless Mesh Nodes with 900 MHz Radios:

If using the Firetide 7100 or 7200 MIMO wireless mesh node you will also need HotView Pro software for mesh management.

First round pick goes to BridgeWave’s AR80 – The preferred choice to backhaul video surveillance traffic

BridgeWave’s AR80 gigabit wireless solution was selected to provide the network backbone to support video surveillance traffic from the IP-based cameras back to the central command station during Super Bowl XLIV (Feb. 7, 2010) and the 2010 Pro Bowl (on Jan. 31, 2010). BridgeWave teamed up with local and government law enforcement agencies to ensure the highest level of public safety for thousands of sports fans, by providing a backhaul solution which supported the latest high-tech video imaging systems deployed at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL.

BridgeWave’s high-capacity solutions are ideally suited for government and military networks, providing highly-secure connectivity with high availability as backup for existing fiber paths or when fiber cannot be deployed. BridgeWave’s low-latency wireless links are a natural choice for backhauling sensitive, high-bandwidth video traffic from various camera locations to monitoring stations in addition to being used for a wide range of municipal and public safety applications.

BridgeWave has extensive experience providing well-suited solutions to support video surveillance applications across the US. For more information, read the following success stories: City of Highland Village (TX)City of Southlake (TX)Dallas Police Dept.

Axis announces new IP video devices at ISC West

At the recent ISC West trade show in Las Vegas, USA, Axis announced many new, exciting products.

AXIS Q6034 PTZ Dome Network Camera,
a high-performance HDTV 720p PTZ dome with outstanding mechanical precision and speed and 18x zoom for indoor applications.

AXIS P5532 PTZ Dome Network Camera, a cost-effective PTZ camera with D1 resolution and 29x optical zoom for indoor applications.

AXIS P1347 Network Camera, a fixed indoor ready camera that provides 5 megapixel resolution, and superb image quality with P-Iris for applications that require high image detail in a limited area or coverage of a large area.

AXIS P1347-E Network Camera, a fixed outdoor-ready camera that provides 5 megapixel resolution, and superb image quality with P-Iris for applications that require high image detail in a limited area or coverage of a large area.

AXIS M11 Network Camera Series, comprising 4 compact and affordable fixed cameras, ranging from an SVGA model to an HDTV, varifocal, DC-iris version.

AXIS T8310 Video Surveillance Control Board, a modular system consisting of a joystick for control of PTZ cameras and a keypad and a jog dial for management of live and recorded video in professional video surveillance installation.

AXIS Camera Station 3.30, a new version of Axis comprehensive video management software with new features to further improve surveillance efficiency.

AXIS T8310 is available now; AXIS Q6034 will be available in May; the other products are planned for availability in April.

Motorola AP 7181: 802.11n Outdoor Wireless Mesh

In Q4 of 2009 Motorola announced the release of the AP-7181 dual radio, dual band, 802.11n wireless mesh access point. This AP is built specifically with video surveillance in mind as it bumps up the effective throughput dramatically. Using a datarate of 300Mbps and true 3×3 mimo you can expect the AP-7181 to achieve 100 to 125 Mbps of throughput (guessimate) between nodes. This is 5x more than their previous generation mesh AP the MotoMesh Duo. Along with speed Motorola added some other very cool features that also extend the range of the mesh AP dramatically.

Motorola’s exclusive intelligent ADEPT (ADvanced Element Panel Technology) antenna system was developed specifically for the AP 7181. The ADEPT system allows the AP 7181 to achieve maximum data rates by enabling dual data stream communication via integrated dual polarization antennas. Leveraging multiple transmit and receive RF chains, dual polarized antennas and software configurable down tilt, the AP 7181 achieves excellent coverage without the self-shadowing caused by multiple dipole antennas. This is great news for operators of mesh networks because better range mean fewer APs and more importantly fewer hops between them. Less hops means the less you must rely on backhaul networks to inject throughput back into the mesh.

Management of the entire Motorola Wireless Broadband portfolio including the AP-7181 happens via the one point wireless management suite. Some features of the one point wireless suite are:

  • Device discovery
  • Inventory management
  • Alarm/event management
  • Google Maps network view
  • Over-the-air upgrades
  • Fault, Configuration, Administration, Performance and Security (FCAPS)

The AP-7181 is available for order today for pre order and units should be shipping in March.

Canopy PMP 430: Motorola Increases Cluster Capacity to 180 Mbps

The Motorola PMP 430 builds on the success of the original PMP 400 Canopy OFDM platform released last year. The PMP 430 uses the same OFDM radio as the 400 but allows for a total per access point aggregate throughput of 45Mbps instead of 21 Mbps. This jump in throughput is achieved by doubling the channel bandwidth from 10Mhz (PMP 400) to 20 Mhz. However for those who are not keen on using up all that airspace the PMP 430 is rather agile and allows the operator to drop back to a 10MHz channel where needed. Like it’s predecessors, the PMP 430 is deployed in clusters of four access points using 90 degree sector antennas and GPS Synchronization to mitigate self interference, allow for a organic growth of the broadband network and increase cluster capacity to 180 Mbps.

The PMP 430 also comes with a variety of subscriber module choices allowing operators to “pay as they grow”. This allows them to scale the platform to meet the specific needs of their project requirements and budgetary restrictions. The SMs come in the following throughput 10, 20, 40 Mbps. The 10 and 20 Mbps SMs can be upgraded to 40 Mbps in one or two steps by simply purchasing a new license pack (no need to replace hardware!).

The PMP 430 is ideal for high throughput video surveillance applications.

Canopy PMP 430 Access Point:

PMP 430 Subscriber Modules

Canopy PMP 430 Subscriber Bulk Packs

Canopy PMP 430 SM Upgrades

PMP 400/430 Accessories

Note: Keep in mind of course that when using the 10MHz channel the PMP 430 access point has a maximum aggregate throughput of 21 Mbps not 45.