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Centralized management system for CCTV

 
September 2, 2013

Manufacturer of analogue and IP cameras, recording devices and other video monitoring systems with offices all over the world and production based in South Korea took the decision to create software, planned for release under its own brand. The majority of competitors have already developed similar software which sets them apart and, by all accounts, have often won tenders on the basis of this. It was decided that the project would be started at the Russian office of the company, as they are located near to high-quality engineering resources. We since passed a selection process before winning a contract to work under the leadership of a small team of architects from the client’s office.

 

The centralized management system (CMS) allows for the monitoring and control of physical spaces through the management of a series of integrated IP cameras. It is a highly well-built, comprehensive and easy-to-use physical access control system. One of the key features is the software’s capacity for multitasking is that various camera views can be positioned on the screen simultaneously, with other parts of the display being used for making changes to settings, managing the various cameras, or playing back past recordings. While providing round-the-clock live camera feeds, the software also allows for the fact that paying constant attention to every camera under surveillance is practically impossible. For this reason suspicious events are monitored and flagged, meaning that they can be quickly played back and assessed by security personnel. Furthermore, direct alerts can be sent to managers if there is suspicious activity, such as a door being forced open or remaining open longer than a specified time period.

 

The system is fully automated and flexible, allowing for integration with various cameras and other hardware. This means that many extra functions can be implemented into the system, such as object tracking, two-way audio and digital output, allowing software to connect to and interact with external devices, including alarms and magnetic locks. Furthermore, there is the possibility of full integration with physical access control devices. This provides control of door access, as well as allowing administrators to review entry and exit logs to see who has accessed a site or facility. Access logs can also be searched by name or a range of other parameters.

 

Doors can be locked and unlocked manually or based on various factors such as access rights, time of day, or the status of other doors in the facility. Cameras and doors are integrated under the same system, and so can be operated in tandem – a security camera in one room can be set to switch on automatically when a door to that room is opened. Snapshots can be taken whenever a door is opened or when movement is detected, for example, during a certain time of day, or based on a combination of these factors.

 

Development of many CMS components

 

Centralized management system for CCTV

  
Client: Transnational manufacturer of video equipment
Description:

Design and development of a camera driver – a basic driver for all IP cameras. Development of an authorization and user access control system, which relies not only on basic objects but also on objects in cameras, recorders and their channels. Creation and implementation of a new design for the software package:

  • ‘Recordings diagram’ for convenient display of video recorder archives with navigation and search functionality
  • Graphic interface components: buttons, menus, dialogue boxes, calendar, etc.
  • Slide panels for user interface control
  • ‘Map module’ for binding cameras to the real layout of a building or locality
  • Interfaces for configuring basic models and creating camera profiles

 

Video catalogue and corporate website

 

Centralized management system for CCTV

  
Client: Transnational manufacturer of video equipment
Description: A corporate site of a video equipment manufacturer. The company produces equipment for video-surveillance and security systems. It is focused on advanced manufacturing technologies and clients. During the development of the website, attention was paid to the fact that the main users are not the company’s end clients, but rather fitters, installers, and trading houses, which take wholesale orders. This project includes the development of a product catalogue, which allows the user to sort the items on the list according to set criteria. A technical support module with a ticketing system and a download area for drivers and documents are included within this solution.