Dahua Technology, a solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, announced that it has completed an integration with renowned cloud storage and video surveillance brand ASUSTOR. Over 100 Dahua camera models are now verified as being compatible with ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center, bringing a premium surveillance solution to the market. Now users will be able to create an economical and large scale surveillance system on their trusted ASUSTOR NAS devices.

CMS Lite Central Monitoring Software

ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center runs on all ASUSTOR NAS devices and provides 4 free camera channels (more than the industry standard). Users can also expand camera channels according to their needs using purchasable licenses. Surveillance Center features the centralized monitoring software CMS Lite which allows users to centrally manage up to 128 IP cameras in different locations on 32 ASUSTOR NVRs, significantly enhancing management efficiency. The latest Surveillance Center 2.7 beta version advances surveillance functionality and adds a variety of professional functions including: the exporting and importing of camera settings that allows users to save, backup and deploy camera settings to other Surveillance Center installations, support for the new fisheye restoration mode 1O3R and two-way communication on the AiSecure mobile app.

Comprehensive Surveillance Solution

“When creating a comprehensive cloud surveillance system, in addition to needing a stable and reliable NAS storage device as a backbone you also need high quality surveillance cameras, said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “We are elated to be partnering with world renowned IP camera brand Dahua Technology in completing compatibility testing and verification for this integration. Now consumers and businesses are able to select from even more popular camera models when creating an economical and comprehensive surveillance solution.

Dahua Technology has one of the most comprehensive line up of surveillance cameras in the industry. The integration with ASUSTOR Surveillance Center offer customers a complete solution to meet the requirement of every site. “Open Integration Innovation has been our guiding principle,” said Daniel Chau, Overseas Marketing Director of Dahua Technology. “We are open to work with platform partners, like ASUSTOR, to form a total solution for customers. We appreciate the value of our relationship and we expect the demand for this Cloud surveillance solution to grow rapidly.”

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