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New York — June 24, 2021: Qognify, a trusted advisor and technology solution provider for enterprise operations and safety, today announced it has joined NVIDIA Metropolis, a program designed to nurture and bring to market a new generation of applications and solutions that make the world’s most important spaces and operations safer and more efficient with advancements in AI vision.
Qognify offers various video management IoT solutions that help customers safeguard people and assets. The rise of IP camera deployments and the increasing number of video streams per installation, has made it more essential than ever to add an automated perception layer to the image stream through video analytics, to better understand how an enterprise’s space is being used. This is where NVIDIA with their Metropolis platform comes into play, because the system helps Qognify reliably detect and classify important objects in the video stream.
NVIDIA Metropolis makes it easier and more cost effective for enterprises, governments, and integration partners to leverage world-class AI-enabled solutions to improve critical operational efficiency and safety problems. The NVIDIA Metropolis ecosystem contains a large and growing breadth of partners who are investing in the most advanced AI techniques, most efficient deployment platforms, and use an enterprise-class approach to their solutions. Partners have the opportunity to gain early access to NVIDIA platform updates to further enhance and accelerate their AI application development efforts. Further, the program offers the opportunity for partners to collaborate with industry-leading experts and other AI-driven organizations.
Chen Porat, Vice President of R&D at Qognify, is excited: “The NVIDIA solution does all the heavy lifting for video analytics in combination with our Qognify Video Analytics platform we are planning to roll out to all of our VMS products in the future. It moves resource-intensive calculations to the GPU and thus gives back bandwidth to the CPU to manage other tasks needed by our physical security solutions.”
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.
All of Qognify’s products – Situator, VisionHub, Cayuga, Ocularis and NiceVision – now interface with the LenelS2 OnGuard® access control security system
Qognify today announced that it has received LenelS2 factory certification and joined the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). All of Qognify’s products (Situator, VisionHub, Cayuga, Ocularis and NiceVision) now interface with the OnGuard® access control system enabling customers to evaluate situations based on a synopsis of event and video data, allowing a faster and more targeted response to critical incidents. The newly certified interface allows Qognify software to receive and display events from the OnGuard platform, for instance “access granted” or “door opened”. In return, live and archive videos from cameras operated with one of Qognify’s Video Management Systems (VMS) or its Enterprise Incident Management System Situator can be displayed in the OnGuard system.
“Qognify has completed required factory testing at LenelS2 to validate the functionality of its interfaces to the OnGuard system. These interfaces provide great options for end users who prefer expanded integrated security solutions,” said John Marchioli, OAAP Product Management, LenelS2. “We look forward to Qognify’s continued involvement in the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program.”
“Being able to offer an interface to the OnGuard system is an important step for us, especially because the interface is available across Qognify’s entire product range. It reflects our strategy to offer our customers an overall security solution based on their individual needs and is another example of our cross-product initiatives,” said Chen Porat, Vice President of Research & Development at Qognify.
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.
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.”
Ocularis 6.0 is now available from Qognify. Current customers with a valid SMA can already download and install the update.
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.
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.
Pearl River, New York, August 12, 2020 – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced the appointment of Jeff Swaim, as Director of Channel Sales & National Accounts, Americas. He joins Qognify with a focus to drive the sales performance for its Ocularis video management system (VMS), as well as defining and delivering growth strategy for the company’s National Accounts Program.
Jeff brings more than 18 years of experience to Qognify, holding sales and leadership positions in the security and video surveillance industries, including leadership roles at US Army, Matrix Networks, and Hikvision USA He joins Qognify from Avigilon where he held the role of Director, Strategic Accounts North America.
At Qognify, Jeff will be reporting directly to Jeremy Howard, Vice President Physical Security Sales, Americas, who comments on the appointment: “Working with Jeff previously, I was impressed by his deep industry relationships, his sales experience and his leadership style, and the impact these qualities had on sales performance. He is a real asset to the business and will be instrumental in Qognify meeting and exceeding its aggressive growth plans.”
Jeff states: “I have long been impressed by the innovation coming from Qognify and how in tune it is with the changing demands of physical security, particularly in areas of real-time monitoring and tactical operations.” He adds: “I relish the opportunity to grow the already impressive list of enterprises and large-scale corporate accounts that have put their trust in the Ocularis. It is a VMS that enables organizations to utilize best-of-breed technologies and unify disparate video surveillance architecture in a single intuitive system, which can adapt and expand as the environment dictates.”
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Bruchsal, Germany, June 11, 2020 – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced the launch of Cayuga R15. The new release of Qognify’s video management system (VMS) for multi-site corporate and enterprise projects focuses on enhanced usability and connectivity, improved maintainability and intelligent analytics.
One of the main goals while developing Cayuga R15 was to help security personnel quickly identify, locate and evaluate an event. This can present a real challenge when operating large systems with widely distributed locations and a large number of cameras. Cayuga R15 solves this problem by supporting the use of the powerful Esri ArcGIS mapping platform, enabling cameras to be positioned on a map and available globally – depending on access rights. Multiple views or areas of interest within one map source as well as the clustering of icons depending on the zoom level make it easy to keep the overview on the map at any time.
The new Qognify Mobile Client is another powerful tool added in Cayuga R15 that improves the ability to respond to an event. The Mobile Client is the result of Qognify’s cross-product initiative, to combine the benefits of technological assets within its VMS portfolio. It can connect to Cayuga and Ocularis installations using a smartphone or tablet, enabling security personnel to view live streams as well as to browse and playback recorded footage remotely in a totally revamped, intuitive design. It is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the App Store or from Google Play at no additional costs.
For organizations, such as those in the retail sector, that often need to export video in a way that does not infringe privacy rights, Cayuga R15 adds a new Export Designer. This software module enables the editing (blurring and/or masking of moving objects and static areas) of video sequences to be exported. This new functionality is complemented by an optional Export Validation Tool that can be used to easily check that exported footage supplied for the purpose of evidence has not been tampered with.
Many other changes, big and small made it into the release. For enterprise customers there is a new time management feature that enables the use of multiple distinguished holiday calendars within one organization. Active directory management has been further improved and now offers even deeper integration for setting user rights directly in Windows. And finally, for customers relying on video analytics as part of their security regiment, Cayuga R15 now uses deep learning-based AI to deliver optimized object classification. This helps to set up video analysis faster and mitigates false alarms caused by common occurrences such as insects and headlights.
Carsten Eckstein, Head of Product Management for Cayuga at Qognify is proud of what his team achieved for this latest version of the product: “The additions and enhancements in Cayuga R15 are in direct response to the feedback from our partners and customers. This is the first release, where Qognify’s new development philosophy, to look beyond one specific product, has been put to practice. I can’t wait for Cayuga customers to start using R15 but it is equally nice to know that also those users who rely on other Qognify products will profit from the work we have accomplished here in their Qognify system of choice.”
Cayuga R15 is compatible with Qognify’s innovative Umbrella web-based platform that can be used to configure, manage and monitor all connected Cayuga systems centrally. It also integrates with its Business Video Intelligence (BVI) software, which combines video footage from Cayuga with transaction data from business-related IT systems to create new levels of information to optimize business processes.
Cayuga R15 is part of Qognify’s comprehensive video management portfolio that includes VisionHub, Ocularis and NiceVision. It is available now in 15 languages and is SIRA (Security Industry Regulatory Agency) compliant, enabling it to be used in public projects in Dubai and the wider Gulf region.
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Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today anounce that the latest release of its video management system (VMS) Cayuga R14, places a major focus on cyber security.
With the rise of IP solutions for video surveillance systems in recent years, dealing with cybersecurity issues to safeguard video installations has become of utmost importance. One of the best ways to reduce network vulnerabilities associated with video surveillance systems is to make sure that the communication between the different components of the video solution is securely encrypted. A comprehensive role-based access management must also be in place in order to elevate the level of protection, while meeting the compliance requirements of mission-critical environments.
Cayuga R14 is focusing on just that: the security architecture of the VMS has been revamped to make sure that internal communication is even safer than before. State-of-the-art encryption is used for the export of videos, so that they can only be accessed by authorized people. Fundamental Active Directory (AD) optimizations make sure that the login procedure for Cayuga and the administration of AD roles are now fully aligned with industry standards. As Single Sign On is now fully supported, there is no need to explicitly sign in to the Cayuga application – once the Windows login was successful.
Aside from all the security improvements, Cayuga now offers the option to start the standard client in Viewer mode. This way the user benefits from most of the standard features in the client – even without a connection to the Cayuga server. The new offline Client is also available in a light-weight portable version to be distributed with exported video files.
Furthermore, Cayuga now supports more than 5,000 different devices from more than 80 different hardware manufacturers. New camera functions have also been introduced into its smart drivers, giving customers even more choice when selecting the right hardware for a video security application.
Cayuga R14 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.
Advance notice: 32 bit support for Cayuga will end with R15.
Cayuga so far has been available as 64- and 32 bit version. However, we already want to inform you today that Cayuga will only be available as a 64-bit version from the upcoming version R15, which is expected to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2020. Cayuga R14 is the last version for which – on request – a 32-bit version will be available.
Cayuga R14 is also the latest version to support Object Video. Customers using Object Video have already been personally informed about this change and their future migration options. Please contact us, should you have further questions about this change and what it might mean to your installation.