DVR management system highlights

April 2003 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Cura IDVRs are supplied with an embedded management system. As any security manager is well aware, the management of the security of a site whether the site is large or small, remains a tedious exercise. It is within this context that the Cura management system was developed.

During the design, emphasis was placed on a pro-active, pre-emptive recording and reporting mechanism, allowing the end-user not only a system that logs and notifies managers of all security and risk-management events, but also supplies a printable report of events, making the retrieval of the supporting video of each event easy and convenient.

The different roles that the Cura management system fulfils include:

On-site event notification: The Cura management system incorporates both, with each event transferred to the relevant operator that has requested notification of the specific event (important for large control room implementations).

Visual notification: The on-site visual event notification is implemented by enlarging the specific camera that reports an event over the displays of other cameras while the operator is viewing live video. This implementation ensures immediate visual feedback of events.

Audible notification: The audible notification is performed through speech. Each event's notification is definable by the user ensuring that the correct message reaches the specific operator. Each message also identifies the I/O device or camera that raised the event, which ensures that all relevant data of the event is immediately made available to the operator.

Off-site event notification

The off-site event reporting mechanism includes communication to three different telephone/cellphone numbers, with reporting through an SMS message, phone or fax. An e-mail facility also exists if the site is connected continuously to the Internet. The SMS service was added to ensure that the events would still be reported even if the Telkom telephone lines have been compromised.

Event reporting

Event reporting stems from the event logs kept by the system during normal operation. Each event logged within the system is printed on demand or on a specific time during the day, which is configurable by the user. An event report can be configured to include all of the events previously mentioned or will only report on specific events selected by the user.

An add-on module is also supplied that requires on-site surveillance personnel to report the appropriate action taken for each event, ensuring a complete trail of the re-active measures taken after an event was raised by the system. The re-active actions entered into the system's database are also collated into the event report, ensuring a complete picture of the events leading up to - and following a system event.

For more information contact Gavin Hardy, Technivision, 0861 10 30 30.

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