Razberi video system rises from the ashes of GVI

Nov. 22, 2011 -- Earlier this year, when former Samsung products distributor GVI Security closed its doors, it also appeared to mean the end of an independent product line that GVI offered call razberi. The product was designed to be a plug-and-play IP video recording and management system, with all the right features for small deployments. Now, just a few months later, Tom Galvin, who was one of the chief architects of the products, has relaunched the product with its own company Razberi Technologies (www.razberi.net).

Based in Carrolton, Texas, the company has taken the early razberi product and improved on it and is back taking it to the market. Galvin and a team, which includes some former GVI team members who were most involved with the razberi solution, have created a new version of the product that is entering production now and will be available to the market at the end of this month.

"We are taking everything that was good and reduced price, made it better and made it simpler," Galvin said, noting that the price-per-video-channel will be lower than the former razberi product.

The razberi MP series combines a network video recorder, a PoE switch(with capaility for high-power PoE to support PTZ security cameras), and a network video management system (VMS). Because it includes the VMS, no additional licensing fees are required (most VMS firms typically sell on a per camera cost). In the latest version, the "MP" supports the growing array of megapixel cameras. It also is designed to build upon the original razberi, but improves the installation process toward the full plug-and-play goal by offering automatic installation and auto discovery of cameras. It also adds fiber ports, something that wasn't available in the original razberi.

The first models out of production will be 4- and 16-channel units, and the company plans to introduce an 8-channel unit as well. While initial units will feature the native razberi VMS, Galvin said the company soon plans to introduce a white-label unit that will support a number of open platform video management systems, so that the integrator or end-user can add razberi to an existing VMS installation.

"For a lot of standalone applications, perhaps serving as a DVR replacement, the razberi will work just fine," Galvin explained. "If you want more -- scalability, analytics, access control integration -- that's where a third-party VMS would be appealing."
Also coming from Razberi Technologies is a hybrid DVR/NVR that allows for both analog and network video inputs. Galvin said this unit will be "more DVR like" and is really designed for dealer-type distribution to the market.

In addition to offering the razberi video solution, Razberi Technologies will also be providing technical support for the former GVI AutoIP cameras. Although those cameras ceased production with the close of GVI, Galvin said the move to offer support was a move out of good will. "Many of the same integrators who were choosing the AutoIP cameras are the same integrators who were and will be adopters of razberi."

As it stands right now, Galvin and his team are working to solidify VMS partnerships for the white label razberi units, and they're also lining up distribution channels. He said that the company intends to sell purely through distributors.

While he admits that the overall economy is suffering, he says it still is a perfect time to launch Razberi Technologies, which will make its products in the United States.

"A couple things give us optimism. First is that despite the current soft economy, IP video continues to grow. Even in current conditions, it's growing. The second thing is that we got a very good resposne to the original razberi product. It simplified the process and the reception was really very good, and now we're taking that concept and extending it to a hybrd version and to other VMS's."

Financially, the company is tied to a major U.S.-based OEM product manufacturer, Dynacolor, which Galvin said has been established in business for nearly 20 years. Dynacolor has an investment interest in the company and the product, and Galvin characterized the firm as a "very strong investor."