March Networks shows new video surveillance solutions at ASIS

Dallas, Texas, Oct. 12, 2010 -- On the show floor at ASIS 2010, video surveillance solutions firm March Networks (booth #532) unveiled a number of new products, ranging from a new video management system, a hybrid video recorder, a number of new IP cameras and a solution designed to help secure banks.

Leading the product introduction is the new Command VMS. It's being introduced in two different versions, the basic Command VMS and the Command Enterprise VMS.

According to Net Payne, March Networks' chief marketing officer, Command VMS can be offered as an appliance, or as software only, or software combined with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment. One of the chief attributes of Command is that the VMS gives March's existing NVR customers a continuity path; it works with the company's installed base of the 4000 series recorders. With the Command Enterprise, customers gain added scalability, and Payne notes that users with multiple site applications can combine all those systems into a single interface. Ease of use being more important than ever, Command features a web-based GUI designed to simplify set up of the system. The system also supports archiving of video off of the company's cameras that have on-board SD card storage, a feature they're calling Shadow Archiving.

On the camera side, March Networks is building out a very contemporary product offering that includes new domes and PTZs.

The CamPX MicroDome, says Payne, is a small-form-factor day/night dome offering wide dynamic range (WDR) and the ability to capture video in color in near-dark environments. The advantage, said Payne, is that users will still get color images in lighting conditions where many cameras would have already switched to the black and white night mode. The camera will still turn to B&W mode, but only for exceptionally dark environments.

Also introduced was the MegaPX WDR MiniDome. It offers 1080p (HD) video and WDR, and it's exceptionally well positioned for environments like a bank, where security managers need to capture great images inside the branch but not be affected by big walls of glass windows where outside light would normally skew the camera's vision.

Also introduced were the MegaPX NanoDome, which is a very small 1080p HD camera put into a very inconspicuous housing, and the MDome HD PTZ with 10x optical zoom, all built into an indoor/outdoor housing that allows the camera to work in extremely difficult temperature environments. The NanoDome camera has a number of vertical market applications, especially banking (for low-profile cameras in the branches) and transit (for use inside transit vehicles), Payne said. All of the aforementioned cameras, as well as the new generation Command VMS, are ONVIF compliant.

On the recorder side, March Networks has introduced the 7532 hybrid NVR, that Payne said is designed around the needs of larger commercial and enterprise customers. It supports 32 high definition IP cameras and up to 16 analog cameras, and is offered with up to 8TB of internal storage.

Finally, March Networks unveiled its Searchlight Skimming Detection (SD) solution, which is a solution designed to detect ATM skimming, which is a criminal effort to capture banking customers debit and credit card information at the ATMs by sticking on covert cameras (to watch PINs be entered) and surreptitious card devices that capture card information as a user presents their card to the ATM. This skimming detection product is a natural for March Networks, said Payne, because the company has been traditionally very well adopted in the financial/banking industry. This anti-skimming solution is already receiving attention within the industry. ADT Worldwide President Naren Gursahaney said ADT (one of March Networks' largest channel partners) is already looking closely at the solution and had seen it appear in the European market. He said that the solution is likely well-timed, and noted that skimming is a serious security concern for banks around the world. Skimming directly from a bank's ATMs, he said, can undercut the all important trust that banks strive to build with customers, and that makes anti-skimming efforts and new technologies (like this one from March Networks) increasingly important.