Qognify has launched version 6.1 of its Ocularis video management software (VMS), which harnesses the power of market-renowned video content analytics for earlier incident detection, improved real-time response and faster investigations. It also adds new capabilities to protect recorded footage against unauthorized screen recording and sharing. Ocularis 6.1 VMS One of the highlights in Ocularis 6.1 is the deep integration of Briefcam video analytics. This makes Ocularis one of only a few VMSs to deliver the highest level of integration (level 4) with BriefCam’s market-leading analytics platform. It is another example of the strong integration capabilities that have made Qognify products the perfect choice for integrated physical security ecosystems with enterprise-class requirements, over the past few years. Based on a flexible plugin-based architecture, the Qognify Analytics Interface (QAI) enables customers to easily connect third-party video analytics tools to their Ocularis system, thus supporting both camera and server-based applications. Integration with Briefcam video analytics The operator can now manage the entire investigation workflow from a single user interface The integration with Briefcam goes even further, as the access to Briefcam functions is directly woven into the Ocularis VMS client. The operator can now manage the entire investigation workflow from a single user interface, thereby allowing for a much quicker assessment of the situation, as well as for a faster response. Jeff Swaim, Director of Channel Sales in the US, Qognify said, “Video content analytics are having a big impact on the control room, and we are now seeing an explosion in innovation, using the latest artificial intelligence techniques, as well as a growing number of use case and vertical-specific applications.” Fast incident response and superior situational awareness Jeff adds, “In order to exploit the full potential of such tools, they need to be seamlessly integrated with the VMS. This does not only shorten the time it actually takes to detect an incident, it also allows the operator to respond quicker, based on better situational understanding.” Another addition to Ocularis that improves the effectiveness of the response is the ability to pre-define priority levels for users controlling PTZ cameras. This ensures that when an incident is detected or triggered by video analytics or sensors, or reported by security staff, the responsible operator always has immediate access and control of the relevant camera. post-incident investigation and reporting Ocularis 6.1 version also bolsters post-incident investigation and reporting, with the ability to rapidly recall and replay past events on demand, and export them for further detailed analysis and reporting. Free text and a watermark image (such as a company logo) can now also be applied to AVI video exports, e.g. if the recordings are used by third parties, such as the media and law enforcement agencies. The new Video Protection Mode responds to the data protection, privacy and security concerns of organizations, as Ari Robinson, Head of Ocularis Product Management at Qognify, explained “Organizations need to have a robust protection in place, to prevent sensitive material from falling into the wrong hands, or from being shared across social media. Not only can this cause serious reputational and financial harm to the organization, it also has the potential to compromise the use of an exported video stream, as evidence in a criminal prosecution.” A randomly floating on-screen overlay displays the operator‘s username, when viewing recorded video footage A randomly floating on-screen overlay displays the operator‘s username, when viewing recorded video footage. With this deterrent enabled, the risk of unauthorized camera footage being captured on a smartphone or other device, and being shared externally, is significantly reduced (also for exported video). Enhanced Ocularis capability In summary, with version 6.1, Qognify improves the capability of Ocularis, to support the entire lifecycle of an incident, from earlier detection with the integration of powerful video analytics, to more effective investigations with new functions for operating cameras, to advanced collaboration through numerous practical export functionalities. Jeff Swaim concludes, “We are developing solutions across the Qognify portfolio that focus on openness and connectivity, to maximize the outcomes for our customers, as recently seen in the advanced video content analytics with BriefCam. Ocularis 6.1 positions itself to be the open video surveillance system of choice that helps control room operators better than ever to accomplish the majority of their daily tasks.“ Ocularis 6.1 is available now from Qognify.
Qognify, the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management, set a new standard for video management systems (VMS) with the launch of Ocularis 6.0. Available now, the release includes map-driven operation and a bi-directional interface enabling security operators to monitor and respond to incidents faster by removing the need to switch between several systems. Ocularis 6.0 also benefits from Qognify’s cross-product research and development, incorporating more robust automatic updates, improved video sharing, camera, and security upgrades. Access control systems Map-driven operation is becoming the new standard for VMS systems and Ocularis 6.0 rises to this standard by providing operators with the capability to retrieve and visualize status information from other security systems, such as access control and intrusion detection. Additionally, a new bi-directional interface enables access points to be controlled directly from Ocularis, with plugins available for third-party access control systems. These advancements eliminate the need to switch from the VMS to the access control system, speeding up the response while maintaining focus on the developing scene, whether that is ensuring a safe exit path in the event of a fire, halting the progress of an intruder, or assisting with crowd control. Customer-Focused approach Ocularis 6.0 will provide our partners with capabilities that align our end-users’ outcomes" Jeffrey Swaim, Director of Channel Sales and National Accounts at Qognify, comments: “Ocularis 6.0 will provide our partners with capabilities that align our end-users’ outcomes with state-of-the-art technology. This customer-focused approach will be instrumental for Qognify and our partners in expanding our footprint in key vertical markets, where Ocularis is strong, such as K-12, State and Local Government and Healthcare.” A challenge for many surveillance operations is dealing with the high number of requests for camera footage by law enforcement agencies for use in investigations. With Ocularis 6.0, operators can quickly create an ‘evidence story’ extracted from the recordings of multiple cameras (if required). Using the new one-file video export function, the footage is readily available for sharing in a single compressed and secure file. Improving system performance To ensure sensitive and confidential information isn’t disclosed when handling CCTV requests from the public, Ocularis includes a masking feature, to easily block content within the footage, so it isn’t visible in the exported file. Ari Robinson, Head of Ocularis Product Management, adds: “We are supporting our customers in achieving the highest standards of privacy where it is required and use the strictest data protection regulation in the world as a benchmark.” Qognify is committed to improving system performance and security. To this end, Ocularis 6.0 has received an upgrade to its Auto Updater functionality, making it more powerful and clearly showing the update status of the entire system. Video management portfolio The technology, developed by Qognify and used across its video management portfolio, ensures that customers with a valid Support & Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can keep their VMS up-to-date and benefit from newest camera technology. The security level of the platform has also been hardened with multi-factor authentication capabilities The security level of the platform has also been hardened with multi-factor authentication capabilities, using Cisco Duo for logging into the Qognify Web Client, enhanced password encryption, the ability to change camera passwords and an automatic log-off feature (based on a duration of inactivity), which supports HIPAA compliance and minimizes the risk of unauthorized access. Re-Positioning cameras There is also good news for organizations using Immervision 360° cameras: Ocularis 6.0 now remembers dewarped locations and automatically loads preferences, making manually re-positioning cameras at every login a thing of the past. Qognify is also providing consistency across its entire VMS portfolio, with Ocularis 6.0 now being ONVIF G compliant. Robinson concludes: “The new additions and improvements introduced in Ocularis 6.0 are a further demonstration of Qognify’s research and development strength. We’re able to draw on innovations developed across our entire video management portfolio to bring new innovations to market, setting a new standard in VMS.” Ocularis 6.0 is now available from Qognify. Current customers with a valid SMA can already download and install the update.