Intellex provides effective video management for diverse applications

June '99 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Intellex, Sensormatic's award winning video management tool is proving effective in a wide range of applications world-wide. According to Sensormatic Distribution's Brian Hill, the company's flagship digital recording tool "is finding its way into some interesting applications, showing the need for intelligent video management for both security and operational applications."

Hill outlines two applications which he suggest "represent a small sampling on Intellex in action."

Case #1: Intellex manages critical cameras

Says Hill, "An example of using Intellex as a specialised tool in a large CCTV system such as at the headquarters of a large multi-billion dollar conglomerate, where Intellex serves as a tool to manage a large video system's critical cameras. Instant replay of events, internal motion detection alarms, and the Smart Search retrieval enable security personnel to maximise the efficiency of their security system.

As security issues change, or for special circumstances, the configuration of cameras running through the Intellex unit can be modified to best fit the current situation," he says. "Covert cameras used to address specific security concerns are recorded through the Intellex allowing the recorded video to easily be searched using the motion detection, perimeter detection or light change search filters. The Intellex system takes the 'guess work' out of video management offering intelligent options," says Hill.

Case #2: Hospital applications - Intellex makes it simple

"This example illustrates how 'live filter alarms' make complicated applications simple. For instance, key Intellex features are a welcome fit to the complicated security issues that most hospitals face. To address the effective recording of stairwells after hours, a combination of internal motion detection and custom scheduling is used. The security manager selects the stairwell cameras and establishes a custom recording schedule for each camera. A live filter detecting motion in the stairwell is set-up for each camera," suggests Hill.

"In this installation the security manager has decided to use event recording triggered by the live filter and has programmed a 15 second pre-alarm. Also, the internal motion detection will trigger the alarm output activating a sounder to alert the security personnel."

"The end result is as follows: An unauthorised person enters the stairwell in the hopes of gaining access to an upper level floor. As the person begins climbing the steps, the internal motion detection is triggered. The alarm sound alerts the security person, the camera begins to record 30 images per second and an alarm message indicates on the screen. Security personnel respond and the person is removed from the unauthorised area.

Two hours later a security manager instantly replays the event by double clicking the mouse on the alarm file, and thanks to the system buffer, not only reviews the alarm event, but also the 15 seconds that led up to the event. The security manager freezes the desired image of the unauthorised person, prints it to a colour ink jet printer, and posts it on the security board for all employees to be aware of. This sequence of events is possible with the simple addition of an Intellex unit without any additional wiring to the existing stairwell cameras."

For details contact Brian Hill, General Manager of Sensormatic Distribution on tel: (011) 466-0444, fax: (011) 466-0443 or e-mail:

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