XtraVision, a global distributor of SAMM FOTAS DAS fibre intrusion detection technology, and ARTECO Video Even Management Software, in the South African, African, and South American regions, has recently facilitated the integration between the two manufacturers.
ARTECO founded in 1987 as an industrial electronics manufacturer that grew to a developer of motion control technology. Over the years, it leveraged its knowledge in machine vision applications in the field of video analytics for the video security industry. This combination of industrial expertise and investment in video management has contributed to the creation of a video security product line with an exponential growth strategy.
The company’s mission is to make the interoperability between systems, devices, and different types of applications more intuitive and easy. From video security, access control, intrusion, and fire detection, to building automation, traffic control, parking management and beyond, this focus has opened new and interesting opportunities in logistics, healthcare, critical infrastructure, transportation, and large retail environments.
FOTAS is a fibre optic-based distributed acoustic sensor developed by SAMM Technology. FOTAS is a sensor solution developed for the detection of acoustic anomalies in all areas where fibre optic cable infrastructure is located. With this product, it is possible to detect unwanted movements and threats in many different areas such as pipelines, campuses and facilities, factories, and borders.
The integration between ARTECO and SAMM FOTAS was simplified by the ARTECO Open Connector. The Arteco Open Connector goes beyond the concept of an open platform, giving partners the ability to integrate systems in total freedom and allowing them to customise every aspect of the interface, adapting it to every kind of installation and placing the needs of the end customer in focus.
There was a need in many of the projects in the different regions for the integration via Arteco Open Connector of the two products. This process was quick since the two international companies are large, professional and well-established companies, both with in-house R&D; departments.
The benefits of the integrations are as follows:
• Integration takes place via Internet Protocol communication network.
• All alarms generated can be displayed on either product in a graphical user interface.
• All camera on site can be used to support visual verification of alarms on DAS fibre detection routes with a resolution of around 5 metres of human activity.
• Cameras can be called to a GPS location or pre-shot.
• Arteco can now point any event generated via Open Connector with live and recorded video and can trigger an output per zone on its anywhere IO device.
• All events can now be recorded on both systems.
• The SAMM FOTAS display and maps can be pulled through to the Arteco system as a video stream.
This integration allows both systems to run independently, however, the information is shared and displayed on either platform. “We feel that this is a great integration which satisfies requests by both system integrators and end users alike,” says Nick Grange, director of XtraVision. “We feel confident that integration opens a large amount of perimeter protection projects in the industry.”
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