Azena expands smart camera platform

Issue 6 2022 Surveillance

Azena has announced upgrades to its open platform for smart cameras that offer new integration capabilities into existing video surveillance systems and tools, for more efficient device management for systems integrators. With this deeper functionality, integrators using the Azena platform and the AI-enabled video analytics from the Azena Application Store have wider control over large groups of devices, apps and configurations running on their customers' smart cameras with the Azena Operating System.

The new integration capabilities make it simpler for the integrator to configure and deploy smart cameras using specialised analytics – which produce unique events – into a customer’s existing video surveillance system. Metadata from these analytics, such as weapons detection, tank level monitoring or flood detection, are automatically converted into events for some of the most popular video management software platforms from Milestone, Genetec and Network Optics. This supports integrators in creating vertical and customer-specific, end-to-end solutions that leverage video analytics data across systems and departments.

“Systems integrators are tasked with providing highly customised solutions to their client base, and with our platform, apps from our store and integration tools, they can build these specialised solutions – everything from oil flare monitoring in the energy sector to patient fall detection in healthcare facilities,” said Madhav Varma, vice president, product for Azena. “These improvements to our platform will streamline the deployment and management of these solutions for integrators, saving time, labour costs and costly truck rolls.”

With more than 100 unique apps available in the growing Azena Application Store, integrators can select one or more of those apps or develop and upload their own apps that can be visible and sold only to their customers. This enables highly specialised integrators to further protect their unique approaches to certain vertical markets or other specific customer needs, while still leveraging the Azena platform as part of their tailored solution.

The enhancements to the platform now offer a variety of options for deployment and maintenance, from fully remote connections to new support for installations that run on a completely closed network, such as critical infrastructure installations or remote sites with little to no Internet connectivity. With new project management features, integrators can assign app licences to specific customers or projects. Camera installations can be more easily segmented by customer, project and location, and access rights for specific users can be assigned and managed based on projects. This provides integrators with better oversight and control over their projects, and digital twin data from their installations can also be used in other systems such as project management or building management software.

Enhanced device management on the Azena platform enables integrators to more easily perform batch updates to many devices with the same settings, as well as backup and restore or replicate those settings to multiple devices. Integrators can now also negotiate directly with app developers on the platform for volume pricing or other discounts and additional app support. App licensing for customer demos or pilot projects can also easily be extended within the Azena platform.

Learn more about Azena and its application store at www.azena.com




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