Siemens and CoVi Partner for Integration, Sales

Siemens Building Technologies will be a reseller of CoVi's Crystal HD (high-definition) video surveillance system now that the two companies have inked an agreement.

As part of Siemens roll-out as a reseller of the CoVi system, the 100 branches of Siemens in the U.S. will be trained on the technology and have information, pricing and demos on the company's high-definition camera, Distributed Media Managers and software.

There's more than simply a reseller's agreement going on here, though. The two companies have also agreed to integrate their technologies, allowing the CoVi Crystal HD system to be managed and viewable inside Siemens' SiPass Access Control Management platform.

The integration of CoVi's video surveillance, which is IP-based, with Siemens' access control system allows for such obvious benefits as recognition of entering users. For example, an alert from the access of a particular door to a high-security area could automatically bring up high resolution video, so that the security personnel could verify if the individual was actually the assigned card user and whether they are allowed in that area of the facility.

In sum, said CoVi's CEO Barry Walker, the integration of the system helps security managers "ease the burden of monitoring complex enterprise environments."