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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 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.
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.