Natech expands distribution

April 2012 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Natech Universal Technology is a distributor based in Port Elizabeth. Natech may be new to readers outside of its hometown, something technical director, Dean Sichelschmidt says will soon be resolved with the launch of a Johannesburg office, and it already has offices in other African countries as well as India.

Sichelschmidt says Natech is committed to a pure distribution model via its channel partners, but is geared to assist system integrators and installers in implementing security solutions. It will also be offering training for its partners to ensure they are equipped to best serve customers with the products Natech sells.

One of the camera brands Natech supports is Sentry 360, which had its first local showing at last year’s IFSEC SA. Sentry 360 is an American company that develops its own line of surveillance cameras and video management software. While the company has a full range of cameras for almost any commercial need, Sichelschmidt highlights the FullSight 360 series, a range of 360° cameras.

Sentry 360 FullSight cameras use a single multi-megapixel sensor coupled with high-resolution optics that display 360° images with no blind spots and no moving parts. This allows users to record all the activity in an area, such as an office or warehouse without missing anything. With Sentry 360’s software, 360° views can be transformed into more traditional real-time images.

The FullSight series comply with the ONVIF open standards protocol and are delivered with resolutions from 1,4 megapixels (MP) up to 10 MP – with a 14 MP version in the works. They also support video motion detection and are available in day/night IR models. The 360 range also supports H.264 and MJPEG, while also offering onboard storage.

Video management software

Natech is also a Viasys partner. In October last year Hi-Tech Security Solutions announced the launch of the local office of Viasys, a German company. Viasys specialises in video analytics and has developed an advanced algorithm that is compatible with both VMS (server based) and cameras (edge based) technologies. Viasys software is either installed in IP cameras or on server-based VMS platforms.

Theo Biehler, MD of Viasys in South Africa says Viasys provides analytics that require minimal memory and processing power consumption. “Our software includes features such as adaptive outdoor analytics, electronic fence, trip-wire, sabotage detection, directional recognition and 3D video awareness.”

Another management solution that Natech distributes is the Video Insight Digital VMS (video management system). Video Insight offers a suite of products in its IP surveillance solution. Users can use map and floor plan-based navigation to view live and recorded video from anywhere on the Internet, network or over a smartphone. “The Video Insight IP Server allows you to view live and recorded video from IP-based cameras on the server, network client or Web client,” adds Sichelschmidt.

Cloud analytics

Much has been said recently about the power of video verification in reducing false alarms and allowing security personnel to see what is happening on a site before they send out guards or call the police. To assist in the easy implementation of video verification solutions, Viasys has introduced a cloud service that offers intelligent video services without forcing clients to buy additional hardware or pay licence fees. This service, when implemented, will offer more than video verification, allowing users to pay only for the channels they use for a full analytics solution.


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