Honeywell launches enhanced digital video manager

MINNEAPOLIS, March 18, 2008 – Honeywell today released an updated version of its digital closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system, Honeywell Digital Video Manager (DVM). The latest release, DVM R300, features an enhanced multi-scene interface that makes it easier for users to configure camera views and customize the system. DVM R300 also includes advanced video analytics, camera tamper detection, and support for streamer I/O and bi-directional audio, among other new features. Combined, these enhancements help improve security by facilitating a faster and more informed response to potential threats.

DVM allows users to view, record, play back and store security video clips across an existing or dedicated network. With the improved interface, operators can tailor the cameras they see on screen with drag-and-drop configuration. The interface supports both standard and widescreen formats as well, letting users create the views they need to suit operational requirements.

DVM R300 also increases the accuracy of event detection through the integration of Honeywell's suite of intelligent video analytics: Active Alert®, Smart Impressions® and People Counter. The Active Alert analytics in particular help identify, track and analyze on-camera action to automatically distinguish between routine and suspicious activity that operators might otherwise miss. They allow DVM to generate real-time alarms based on specific activity and behaviors. For example, the analytics tools can automatically alert operators and start recording video if a vehicle parks in a restricted zone or someone removes an object under surveillance.

The tools can track as many as 20 targets in each camera view and report on more than 35 actionable events. They also can filter out environmental triggers like snow or waving trees to minimize false alarms.

To augment the video analytics, DVM R300 also features tamper detection functionality that identifies camera vandalism or sabotage, or obstructions to the field of view. This includes instances in which a camera is intentionally covered, repositioned or "blinded".

"Organizations need more than just a passive surveillance system to keep facilities secure," said Luca Mazzei, director of Americas marketing for Honeywell Building Solutions. "DVM R300 helps filter large amounts of real-time video from multiple cameras to alert and focus operators on the activity that needs close attention."

In addition, DVM now promotes complex security integration by monitoring and controlling remote devices, such as detectors and lock controls, through streamer I/O support. Used in conjunction with bi-directional audio, this feature provides a cost-effective intercom along with video at locations like gates and loading docks where security personnel need to remotely interact with visitors.

The latest release also expands the Honeywell open integration framework by supporting a range of new devices from Honeywell Video Systems, as well as the latest solutions from other video equipment vendors.

DVM is a component of Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), an enterprise management system that boosts efficiency and reduces operating costs by integrating core building technology — security, life safety, HVAC, lighting and energy systems — and allowing operators to view and control these functions from a single workstation.

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