PEARL RIVER, N.Y., November 15, 2021 – Qognify today announced the appointment of Nigel Austin to the role of UK and Ireland Channel Sales Manager. Based in the UK, Nigel has the remit to support Qognify’s customers and partners and drive sales and growth for its award-winning video management solutions in the region.

Nigel Austin brings more than 30 years of experience in the electronic security sector to Qognify. During his career he has managed operational and sales teams in both the public and private sectors. He joins Qognify from Chubb Fire & Security UK where he was Business Development Manager – National Accounts. Prior to that he held senior sales, management and business development positions at Honeywell, Norbain, Dahua Technology and Samsung (now Hanwha) Techwin.

Qognify’s Vice President Sales International, Andreas Beerbaum, states: “Qognify already has a strong and successful presence in the UK and Ireland, working on major retail, airport and transportation projects – and with the appointment of Nigel we want to further increase our footprint in this market. He has the necessary experience and know-how to work with our channel partners to support end customers in achieving their physical security goals.”

Nigel Austin comments on his appointment: “I have been working in the security sector for a long time and in my experience, Qognify presents existing and potential new partners with a truly compelling proposition to meet the needs of any organisation that places a premium on physical security.”

Qognify has a range of further career opportunities currently available in the UK including Professional Services and Support Engineer, Pre-Sales/Solutions Engineer and QA Engineer roles. For more information about the latest career opportunities at Qognify visit: https://www.qognify.com/careers

PEARL RIVER, N.Y., September 22, 2021 – Qognify today announced the appointment of two Regional Channel Managers to its Ocularis team. Amanda Euler and Olga Scorobogataya will support Qognify’s extensive network of channel partners and their customers across the Northwest and Southwest regions of the US, helping them to maximise their use of the powerful Ocularis video management software (VMS).

Amanda Euler joins Qognify as Regional Channel Manager Northwest from ADT Commercial, and is accompanied on the team by Olga Scorobogataya, who brings a wealth of experience in the security sector to the Southwest, gained during tenures at ICU Technologies Inc and Motorola Solutions.

Amanda and Olga join Qognify’s growing channel team at an exciting time in the development of Ocularis. Last month, the company launched version 6.1 of the VMS, that includes the highest level of integration with BriefCam’s advanced video content analytics, for earlier incident detection, improved real-time response and faster investigations. It also added new capabilities to protect recorded footage against unauthorized screen recording and sharing.

Jeff Swaim, Director of Channel Sales in the US, states: “Our partners are committed to being there for customers and our channel team is there to support them in their deployment and use the openness of Ocularis, to deliver integrated physical security ecosystems with enterprise-class requirements, the desired outcomes for their short-, medium- and long-term physical security goals.”

In addition to the ongoing expansion of Qognify’s North America team, the company is currently recruiting for new positions in Germany, UK and Israel, in areas of project management, product development and professional services.

For more information about the latest career opportunities at Qognify visit: https://www.qognify.com/careers.

Pearl River, New York, October 26, 2021– Qognify today announced the launch of the latest version of its renowned Cayuga video management system (VMS). Cayuga R17 provides control rooms with powerful new person tracking, masking and camera forwarding capabilities, to improve real-time incident handling and post incident investigation.

The ability to act quickly during a live security/safety incident is vital to a successful outcome. Security operators need tools at their fingertips that are instinctive and intuitive, to ensure they respond appropriately, regardless of their knowledge and experience. Tracking persons of interest across a camera network, in real-time, requires a deep understanding of where cameras are located and the ability to rapidly switch between them. This is where Click2Track comes in – a new advanced investigation capability added to Cayuga R17. It enables operators to easily follow persons of interest, either in a real-time monitoring situation, or as part of a post incident investigation, across every camera connected to the VMS. The operator simply activates Click2Track and clicks on the appropriate highlighted area (depending on the direction of travel) displayed on the screen. They are then automatically presented with the next camera feed, the moment the subject is in its field of view, ensuring the subject is always kept under close observation.

Carsten Eckstein, Head of Product Management for Cayuga at Qognify states: “Click2Track enables any operator to focus their full attention on managing a situation, to obtain the best possible outcome, rather than having to know where and how to locate the next best available camera and juggling between feeds and screens.”

Another feature added to R17 enables operators to easier work together. With the new camera sharing feature, a camera feed can be instantly shared with another operators, in just three clicks. “It can often be the case that live footage needs to be shared with another operator, or stakeholder, to take a decision on a course of action. In such time-critical circumstances, there is no need to involve an administrator to amend user rights, but temporary sharing can happen instantly whenever it is vital that the transition is made on the fly,” adds Eckstein.

The need to mask footage prior to exporting, i. e. because of GDPR requirements, is another time-consuming process that is improved significantly with Cayuga R17. Click2Mask automatically detects people in the camera view and creates a mask together with a movement trajectory that preserves a person’s anonymity in accordance with data-protection and privacy laws. Click2Mask enables multiple areas to be masked at the same time, and it can also be applied to obscure parts of the video, that could potentially leak commercially sensitive information, or compromise security. Eckstein adds: “Using Click2Mask can be as much as 10 times faster than the slow manual masking process, that will be familiar to many operators working in control rooms right now.”

Other new features in Cayuga R17 include one-click alarm categorization, enhanced support of multi-sensor devices and integration with the new Bosch INTEOX camera platform. R17 also makes it easier to upgrade camera firmware through use of Qognify’s web-based management and monitoring platform, Umbrella. It also contains language support for Japanese and Romanian now, increasing the number of available languages for the user interface to 17.

Cayuga R17 is available now from Qognify.

Qognify Improves Incident Detection, Response, Investigation and Video Protection with Ocularis 6.1

Qognify today launched version 6.1 of its Ocularis video management software (VMS), that harnesses the power of market-leading video content analytics for earlier incident detection, improved real-time response and faster investigations. It also adds new capabilities to protect recorded footage against unauthorized screen recording and sharing.

One of the highlights in Ocularis 6.1 is the deep integration of Briefcam video analytics. This makes Ocularis one of only a few VMSs to deliver the highest level of integration (level 4) with BriefCam’s market-leading analytics platform. It is another example of the strong integration capabilities that have made Qognify products the perfect choice for integrated physical security ecosystems with enterprise-class requirements over the past few years. Based on a flexible plugin-based architecture, the Qognify Analytics Interface (QAI) enables customers to easily connect third party video analytics tools to their Ocularis system, thus supporting both camera and server-based applications. The integration with Briefcam goes even further: As the access to Briefcam functions is directly woven into the Ocularis VMS client, the operator can now manage the entire investigation workflow from a single user interface, thus allowing for a much quicker assessment of the situation as well as for a faster response.

Jeff Swaim, Director of Channel Sales in the US, states: “Video content analytics are having a big impact on the control room, and we are now seeing an explosion in innovation, using the latest artificial intelligence techniques, as well as a growing number of use case and vertical-specific applications.” Swaim adds: “In order to exploit the full potential of such tools they need to be seamlessly integrated with the VMS. This does not only shorten the time it actually takes to detect an incident, it also allows the operator to respond quicker, based on better situational understanding.”

Another addition to Ocularis that improves the effectiveness of the response is the ability to pre-define priority levels for users controlling PTZ cameras. This ensures that when an incident is detected (triggered by video analytics or sensors or reported by security staff), the responsible operator always has immediate access and control of the relevant camera.

Ocularis 6.1 also bolsters post-incident investigation and reporting with the ability to rapidly recall and replay past events on demand, and export them for further detailed analysis and reporting. Free text and a watermark image (such as a company logo) can now also be applied to AVI video exports, e.g. if the recordings are used by third parties such as the media and law enforcement agencies.

The new Video Protection Mode responds to the data protection, privacy and security concerns of organizations as Ari Robinson, Head of Ocularis Product Management at Qognify, explains: “Organizations need to have a robust protection in place to prevent sensitive material from falling into the wrong hands, or from being shared across social media. Not only can this cause serious reputational and financial harm to the organization, it also has the potential to compromise the use of an exported video stream as evidence in a criminal prosecution.” A randomly floating on-screen overlay displays the operator‘s username when viewing recorded video footage. With this deterrent enabled, the risk of unauthorized camera footage being captured on a smartphone or other device and then being shared externally is significantly reduced – also for exported video.

In summary, with version 6.1 Qognify improves the capability of Ocularis to support the entire lifecycle of an incident – from earlier detection with the integration of powerful video analytics, to more effective investigations with new functions for operating cameras, to advanced collaboration through numerous practical export functionalities.

Swaim concludes: “We are developing solutions across the Qognify portfolio that focus on openness and connectivity to maximize the outcomes for our customers, as recently seen in the advanced video content analytics with BriefCam.“ He concludes: “Ocularis 6.1 positions itself to be the open video surveillance system of choice that helps control room operators better than ever to accomplish the majority of their daily tasks.“

Ocularis 6.1 is available now from Qognify.

The new release VisionHub 6.0 – a VMS+ – improves situational awareness and incident management by combining advanced video surveillance technology with built-in workflow components and other core physical security systems

Qognify today announced the launch of VisionHub 6.0, a VMS+ that enables organizations in critical and highly regulated environments to effectively and efficiently respond to security threats, and mitigate the impact of incidents. VisionHub is built around the core of a high-performance video management system (VMS). It centralizes, integrates and organizes core physical security systems and senors into a single video-centric interface, providing control room operators with heightened situational awareness and powerful incident response management capabilities.

Many operators find themselves overwhelmed  and pressurized by the sheer volume of information they are expected to utilize in the control room. A single incident can require an operator to toggle between real-time data streams from the VMS, access control, video analytics, third party platforms, radio systems and mapping data. With each data source stored in disparate silos it is the job of the operator to put the pieces of the puzzle together, in order to understand the unfolding situation and take the required action – all of this at a time when every second counts and decisions need to be made fast and acted upon quickly.

Steve Shine, CEO of Qognify states: “In recent years, investment in physical security technology has centred around providing control rooms with more and more sources of data, including greater numbers of cameras, systems and sensors. What has been missing is the integration that enables operators to ingest, interpret and act upon these sources of information, to improve how security incidents are dealt with.” Shine adds: “This is exactly where VisionHub comes in. It breaks down the data silos, providing the control room with a centralized management of its core physical security systems based on a powerful VMS+ platform.”

With core security systems tightly integrated through VisionHub, operators have immediate access to the information they need to make the right decisions, and take the right course of action at the right time, all from a single user interface. This is achieved through a combination of pre-defined workflows that guide operators to manage every incident in-line with best practise and regulatory requirements, and a powerful bi-directional integration that enables operators to take action e.g. open or close an access point directly through VisionHub.

Chen Porat, Vice President of Research & Development at Qognify, explains: “For most organizations video surveillance is at the heart of their physical security ecosystem, so the logical next step in the evolution of the VMS is to be a video-centric management platform, that peels away the layers of complexity for both operator and administrator. VisionHub is a next generation VMS+ that enables control rooms to realize the true potential of their technology investments and the skills of their operators, to deliver optimal performance for the organization, when it matters most.”

VisionHub 6.0 is available now from Qognify and its global channel partner network.

Qognify Situator has been shortlisted for a prestigious GIT SECURITY AWARD 2022, by a jury of representatives from industry associations, integrators and users. GIT SECURITY is a highly regarded publication for the safety and security sector. It is read by end-users, distributors, installers, system integrators and planners, consultants and manufacturers throughout EMEA.

This is the latest accolade for Qognify’s Enterprise Incident Management system. To date, Situator has received plaudits around the world, including the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards ‘Best Physical Security Information Management System’ and Security Technology Executive Magazine’s ‘Grand Platinum Award of Excellence’, for its use in the Denver Regional Transportation Security Program.

Today, Situator is being used by large enterprise-type organizations such as rail, mass transit, air and seaports, critical infrastructure, banks and smart cities, to improve situational awareness and response, maintain strong regulatory compliance, achieve operational efficiency gains, reduce incident impact costs and saves lives.

Situator is a finalist in the GIT SECURITY AWARDS 2022 ‘Safety and Security Management, Services, Solutions’ category. Voting for the winner opens on June 1st and closes on August 23rd 2021.

Cast your wrote for Situator at: www.security-award.com

Pearl River, New York, May 19, 2021 – Qognify expands its North America team with four appointments to its North America enterprise team. The creation of new Solution Engineer, Account Management, and Business Development roles, is in response to the growing demand that Qognify has experienced in the past 12 months, for integrated physical security solutions that improve performance whilst reducing complexity.

As a Senior Key Accounts Manager, Christy Bauswell brings more than 20 years experience in the video surveillance industry to the role, in which she is focused on supporting Qognify customers in the Central and Southeast region. Joining Christy is Jonathan Kelley, an experienced Solutions Engineer serving the West, and John Ryle as Enterprise Markets Business Development Manager. George Cikalo, joins Qognify’s Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) team as a Strategic Account Manager, serving the Northeast US and Eastern Canada.

Jeremy Howard, VP of Physical Security Sales for the Americas at Qognify, states: “Organizations that place a premium on physical security are increasingly looking for centralized and integrated technology solutions that can help them cope with the increased complexity of more data, more systems and more regulation. As a result we have seen demand grow for our EIM solution – Situator, as well as our new VMS+ – VisionHub – that is focused on video centric environments.

The new appointments join Qognify’s North America team to support its customers and channel partner network to address the evolving physcal security challenges with Qognify’s extensive solution porfolio of video management systems (VMS), VMS+ and EIM solutions.

Howard adds: “We have expanded our team to ensure any enterprise operating anywhere in the US has access to the experience, expertise, solutions and ongoing support they need, when they need it.

New Release: Cayuga R16

Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today anounced the launch of the Cayuga R16 video management system (VMS). The latest update focuses on improvements for the beating heart of large physical security environments – the Control Room. Cayuga R16 makes it easier for security staff to react, with new features and functionality including Advanced Maps, Patrol in Tiles and Dynamic Camera Layouts, delivering a more comprehensive overview in real-time – allowing for quicker response and thus reducing the impact of incidents.

Cayuga R16 builds on the introduction of the “Advanced Map Center” in the R15 release, launched earlier this year. This new mapping functionality has been enhanced and now allows for the automatic positioning of sensors in maps using geo-coordinates. Cameras, alarms and buttons, as well as event items can now be displayed on the ArcGIS maps provided by ESRI within Cayuga. In addition, when using the Qognify Mobile Client (also added to Cayuga earlier this year), cameras can be located on a smart device via Google Maps. These advanced mapping capabilities make it easier to quickly access a relevant entity and maintain an overview of the exact location of connected devices.

The new “Patrol in Tiles” (or Carousel Mode) functionality allows virtual patrols to be performed within single video tiles, freeing up space on the video wall, to ensure that the display and monitoring of live camera feeds can happen simultaneously. This is a significant improvement for the control room staff, who tend to be under pressure to perform with limited operator and/or video wall resources. Further video wall improvements are now possible with “Dynamic Camera Layouts”: By dragging additional cameras from the system tree into a grid view displayed on a monitor, the grid is rearranged, and further camera tiles are added – on the go and without changing the default settings of the particular view. Adjusting views has never been easier, saving time to respond to what’s actually happening.

In addition, Cayuga R16 is now compliant with ONVIF Profile S and G. It also supports extended functionalities of Dahua Thermal Cameras for body temperature scanning, as part of organizations’ COVID-19 operational response strategies. Behind the scenes the performance of Cayuga has been optimized in R16 by reducing the amount of data exchanged on management servers. There has also been a further hardening against cyber-attacks (building on the cyber security release of Cayuga R14 in October 2019) with important Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) updates.

Carsten Eckstein, Head of Product Management for Cayuga at Qognify states: “This year Qognify has made significant enhancements to Cayuga and the improvements in R16 continue our innovative roadmap to always release a new VMS version that responds to the ever-changing demands of multi-site corporate and enterprise projects. Many of the new functionalities that we incorporate into our software today are a result of our ongoing cross-product initiative that enhances the customer experience across our product lines. We will continue on this path, always with our users in the focus, enabling operators to undertake their duties with optimal efficiency and make faster, more informed and impactful decisions.

Availability

Cayuga R16 is available now from Qognify. Current customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can download and install the update manually, or if updated from an installed base via the built-in Auto Updater.

New Release: Ocularis 6.0

Today Qognify, the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management, set a new standard for video management systems (VMS) with the launch of Ocularis 6.0. Available now, the release includes map-driven operation and a bi-directional interface enabling security operators to monitor and respond to incidents faster by removing the need to switch between several systems. Ocularis 6.0 also benefits from Qognify’s cross-product research and development, incorporating more robust automatic updates, improved video sharing, camera, and security upgrades.

Map-driven operation is becoming the new standard for VMS systems and Ocularis 6.0 rises to this standard by providing operators with the capability to retrieve and visualize status information from other security systems, such as access control and intrusion detection. Additionally, a new bi-directional interface enables access points to be controlled directly from Ocularis, with plugins available for third-party access control systems. These advancements eliminate the need to switch from the VMS to the access control system, speeding up the response while maintaining focus on the developing scene, whether that is ensuring a safe exit path in the event of a fire, halting the progress of an intruder, or assisting with crowd control.

Jeffrey Swaim, Director of Channel Sales and National Accounts at Qognify, comments: “Ocularis 6.0 will provide our partners with capabilities that align our end-users’ outcomes with state-of-the-art technology.  This customer-focused approach will be instrumental for Qognify and our partners in expanding our footprint in key vertical markets, where Ocularis is strong, such as K-12, State and Local Government and Healthcare.

A challenge for many surveillance operations is dealing with the high number of requests for camera footage by law enforcement agencies for use in investigations. With Ocularis 6.0, operators can quickly create an ‘evidence story’ extracted from the recordings of multiple cameras (if required). Using the new one-file video export function, the footage is readily available for sharing in a single compressed and secure file. To ensure sensitive and confidential information isn’t disclosed when handling CCTV requests from the public, Ocularis includes a masking feature, to easily block content within the footage, so it isn’t visible in the exported file. Ari Robinson, Head of Ocularis Product Management, adds: “We are supporting our customers in achieving the highest standards of privacy where it is required and use the strictest data protection regulation in the world as a benchmark.

Qognify is committed to improving system performance and security. To this end, Ocularis 6.0 has received an upgrade to its Auto Updater functionality, making it more powerful and clearly showing the update status of the entire system. The technology, developed by Qognify and used across its video management portfolio, ensures that customers with a valid Support & Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can keep their VMS up-to-date and benefit from newest camera technology. The security level of the platform has also been hardened with multi-factor authentication capabilities, using Cisco Duo for logging into the Qognify Web Client, enhanced password encryption, the ability to change camera passwords and an automatic log-off feature (based on a duration of inactivity), which supports HIPAA compliance and minimizes the risk of unauthorized access.

There is also good news for organizations using Immervision 360° cameras: Ocularis 6.0 now remembers dewarped locations and automatically loads preferences, making manually re-positioning cameras at every login a thing of the past. Qognify is also providing consistency across its entire VMS portfolio, with Ocularis 6.0 now being ONVIF G compliant.

Robinson concludes: “The new additions and improvements introduced in Ocularis 6.0 are a further demonstration of Qognify’s research and development strength. We’re able to draw on innovations developed across our entire video management portfolio to bring new innovations to market, setting a new standard in VMS.

Availability

Ocularis 6.0 is now available from Qognify. Current customers with a valid SMA can already download and install the update.

Dear Customers and Partners of Qognify,

In these times that can only be described as extraordinary, we recognize that the increasing spread of COVID-19 is creating a lot of uncertainty and a major impact on our everyday lives. Many of us are feeling anxiety and concern for the health of ourselves, our family, friends, work colleagues and the broader community, especially for those in more vulnerable groups. At the same time, we as a company want to continue to help our customers and partners and do our part to keep the world moving.

Health and well-being should be the priority for all of us at this time. Our primary goal as a company is to protect the health and safety of our customers and partners, our employees and their families. However, as a provider of security software solutions we feel obliged to support you as our customers and partners in these times of uncertainty when security plays an even more important role for your organization. We have therefore taken a number of measures to protect people while maintaining our operations.

  • Continued operations and support. We made sure that we have the necessary resources and capabilities to provide services remotely and to continue the support for our customers and partners. At this time, our offices remain open. Most of our employees have the opportunity to continue their work from home. If regulatory directives or suspected cases of infections will result in further offices being closed, we are prepared to continue our operations remotely in a secure way. This of course includes our hotline services – we’ll be there for you!
  • Precautionary measures. All international and domestic travel is limited to absolutely necessary trips to serve our customers. As a company we of course adhere to all travel regulations and limitations issued by local and federal administration. We have also cancelled most Qognify events and event participations until mid of April. As we have advanced web conferencing infrastructure in place, we are happy to turn face-to-face meetings into web sessions so your business can continue.
  • Constant monitoring. We are closely monitoring reports from World Health Organization, the US Center for Disease Control, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control as well as federal, state and local agencies and authorities, following their recommendations to keep the risk for our customers and employees as low as possible.

Please reach out to your contacts at Qognify in case of any questions or if there’s anything we can do to help. We hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

Regards,

Steve Shine
CEO Qognify