The recently launched NiceVision Net 2.5 is the latest major installment since NICE turned the corner with Net 2.0 mid-2010. NICE’s video management software has a strong reputation for functionality, scalability and reliability – which is why NICE is so prevalent in Enterprise deployments world-wide. Net 2.0 introduced smaller scale offerings, with ‘openess-oriented’ options to buy just the software and run it on your own servers and storage devices or deploy off-the-shelf turnkey solutions based on Dell. No more proprietary boxes.
Net 2.5 takes this further with ONVIF compliance; smart phone support including iPhone, Blackberry, Android and others; plus web support for complete openness. For ‘cool’ usability try NICE’s 3D visual navigation which gives it the Apple ‘cover flow’ feel as you scroll, or fly through hundreds of cameras searching for the right one. It’s amazing how a single feature could draw so much attention at ISC West this year.
There are two other exciting developments in Net 2.5. On the performance side (as I hinted a few months ago) NICE has discovered where the bottlenecks are in recording video. Each recorder can now handle 512 Mbps – way beyond the current best. What this means is that fewer servers can handle more cameras, especially HD and Megapixel cameras, and fewer servers means less cost and less maintenance, and ultimately lower total cost of ownership.
The final one is my personal favorite. Net 2.5 finally lets unmanned PTZs earn their keep by driving them to zoom in and automatically track targets in fine detail. And before you think ‘That’s been done before’, remember that NICE’s philosophy is to allow end users to choose the right camera for the right location. This intelligence resides on the server, which means it’s independent of the camera manufacturer and model. Now that hasn’t been done before! The trigger that tells the PTZ to start tracking is a fixed camera which uses NICE server-side analytics called Perimeter Intrusion Detection. The analytics software has been re-engineered from the ground up to meet a deployment accuracy target of less than one false alarm per camera per day. (You can watch a short video on it here: http://nice.articulate-online.com/7282176589.)