VMS update from ASIS 2009

ASIS 2009 has marked some real advancement in IP- based video surveillance management systems. This is the first tradeshow to showcase Samsung GVI’s AutoIP , which is a small-to-mid-market VMS solution. According to Tom Galvin, AutoIP is really designed for dealer and integrators who want to deploy a simpler VMS system and the hallmark of this, Galvin said, is that the system doesn’t require as much high-level networking knowledge and setup as larger systems would.

One of the differences you can see in this product is that it supports DHCP which is dynamic IP addressing and the real advantage of that says Galvin is that it makes set-up for the company's in- house IT department much easier in that they don’t have to assign static IP addresses for cameras.

The company also is supporting ONVIF standards to be able to work with a variety of other cameras. ONVIF has obviously showcased a plug-fist this afternoon at the ASIS show and we’ve seen a number of vendors on the floor who say they’re going to support the standard.

At OnSSI, which has the Ocularis VMS solution, the company is showcasing new advancements such as administrative solutions that allow for easier set-up of video walls and configurations of matrix types of video views. They’re also showing three different levels of Ocularis, including a new version of Ocularis designed for the SMB market.

OnSSI also has a direct integration with BriefCam in which the BriefCam solution runs directly inside of the Ocularis platform. The integration with Briefcam allows after-the-fact event investigations. According to Yaron Caspi, vice president for R&D for Briefcam, the technology synopsizes a time period of video surveillance such as a full day down into a clip showcasing all of the events.

OnSSI isn’t the only VMS provider partnering with Briefcam, the company also has also integrated with Milestone’s XProtect VMS platforms. As to be expected, there’s more going on than the BriefCam integration in the Milestone booths. For ASIS 2009, Milestone Systems released its new XProtect Corporate 3.0 software, which provides users with new features like “smart walls” and new mapping interfaces. I had a chance to see the mapping feature today at the company’s booth and it works by allowing users to go from situational awareness maps to control of individual cameras.

The smart wall feature of the Milestone XProtect Corporate solution gives the end-user dynamic control. The highlight is being able to drag and drop views onto the smart wall in real-time. You can also use preset camera layout definitions to speed up your wall building. Another thing Milestone is showcasing is the system’s ability to support a number of smart walls running at the same time.

Continuing with news out of the VMS market, DVTel today released the Solus video management system. This is the company’ IP-based video software for the entry-level marketplace (32 or less cameras). Solus is designed to integrate with hundreds of third-party cameras and encoders and allows for multiple video compression algorithms including H.264, as well as MPEG 4 and MJPEG. It really represents an entirely new product from the company, which has traditionally been focused on enterprise class VMS solutions.

There’s more going on from other VMS companies here at the show, but those are the four I had time to visit with today. Any integrator or security director investigating such a solution, however, should at least check out a half dozen of the companies offering VMS solutions before making a decision. There is a lot of diversity in the vendors, and at this point, it’s really about defining your needs in a VMS rather than buying the flashiest system. The fact is that most users rarely take advantage of even a third of the features showing up in today’s VMS systems.