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Honeywell has added to its Digital Video Manager (DVM). The multi-national says that its latest release, DVM R600, will enable users to more efficiently manage their security system with voice command, and mitigate business risk via support for IT platforms. Security users can now access high-definition, full-frame-rate video on a mobile device, for example. Operators can also control DVM using voice commands to manage multiple video feeds and request near-real-time system updates.

John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions, says: “Every second is important to an organisation when an incident occurs and security staff must take immediate action if there is a threat. The latest update to DVM helps operators quickly identify and react to an issue to help mitigate the impact to safety and business continuity — no matter if they are in front of a central workstation or on the opposite side of a campus, connected with a smartphone.”

The developers add that the DVM R600 promotes IT integration and compliance with support for current Microsoft operating systems and databases, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 and SQL Server 2014. (Windows Server 2003 is not recommended because security systems running on the platform could be vulnerable to breaches since it’s no longer supported by Microsoft, as reported, and will not receive further updates.) DVM R600 allows customers to deploy and group multiple back-up servers, to help protect surveillance systems from failures. Other DVM upgrades:

data collection — Security operators can export footage from multiple camera feeds in unison to streamline incident response and workflow, and quickly collect and archive forensic data in the event of an incident.

storage requirements — Dynamic recording enables the system to capture critical video under higher frame rates, while collecting less important footage at lower frame rates, trimming storage requirements and costs up to 40 percent, the makers say.

Tom Owen, operations manager for Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, which manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia, said: “Our surveillance system has always been robust, utilising hundreds of cameras throughout both our facilities to promote visitor safety and security. However, the IT infrastructure required large storage capacity and as many as 15 standalone PC servers. We have cut our costs significantly with DVM R600 by using the system’s single-server virtual machine environment, and intelligent redundancy of storage, processing and memory. The new architecture has also helped to lower life-cycle and maintenance costs.”

DVM is a component of Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), a building management system that ties together video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection. EBI also integrates life safety, energy and other facility controls, providing users with a single point of access. Visit buildingsolutions.honeywell.com.


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