VidGuard is designed to replace analog tape-based
security systems in any application that needs
reliable, low-maintenance video security with remote
network or modem access. Computer hardware has
declined in cost where it now makes sense to move
video security systems from analog recorders and
sequencers to a digital system.
Remote management capable
Remotely view live and recorded video and manage
your security system by dial-up modem, DSL, ISDN,
LAN, WAN or wireless networking. Lets you access your
video security system from off-site, virtually
eliminating false alarms.
Scalable architecture for
enterprise level security
VidGuard lets you build large distributed video
security systems running on multiple networked PCs
and manage the whole system from one or more central
station PCs. You get one integrated view of your
whole system and quick access to live video and
recorded security events from any camera. And you can
control all connected security devices like
pan/tilt/zoom cameras, electric doors, etc. either
manually or pre-programmed using Security CAD.
VidGuard runs on industry standard Windows PCs,
LANs and the Internet. You can select from the vast
range of high quality, low cost ISA and PCI expansion
cards available for memory, network interface and
The system is built using object oriented data
management technology, optimized for the high data
rates of networked multimedia (video, sound. etc.).
Because the application is designed using UML
(Universal Modeling Language), reliability can be
designed in from the start, and we can offer
For information on UML and OMA (Object Management
Architecture) see the OMG
Current technology video security systems use
analog video cameras, recording to tapes on a
modified VCR. Video is displayed on special purpose
monitors and system intelligence is limited to
activating the recorder by tripping a light beam or a
costly infra-red space sensor.
VidGuard offers significant advantages.
1. VidGuard is automatic - you don't need a
full time operator to monitor security events.
VidGuard can run unattended with very little
maintenance, collecting an audit trail of security
events that you can browse later.
2. VidGuard offers non-linear access to
security reports. Unlike a conventional tape-based
video security system, VidGuard lets you quickly and
efficiently locate a specific security event by date
or time. With a tape based system you could have to
manually examine hundreds of hours of video tape to
accomplish the same result.
3. VidGuard integrates seamlessly with your
existing network infrastructure. You can view video
security reports from anywhere there's a network
connection. You can use dial up modem, direct cable
connection, LAN, ISDN Internet, wireless or microwave
link. Use any Windows PC to view security reports and
any Windows 95 PC as the security server.
4. VidGuard is self contained. All security
events are detected using only the video stream, so
you don't need additional motion sensors or light
beams. This makes VidGuard simpler and more reliable.
You can even use a telephoto lens to protect areas
without power or a network connection.
5. VidGuard is an all digital system -
image acquisition is by high reliability digital
video camera, and storage and retrieval uses
compressed video format.
6. VidGuard uses off the shelf components.
Every component is based on PC industry standards,
and there are hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers
for each, so VidGuard does not require any investment
in special purpose hardware. You can manage your
security system using the same tools and techniques
as the rest of your network and computers.
7. VidGuard enables you to centralize security
control. For installations that require security
operators, you can establish a centralized security
console servicing several distributed buildings or
facilities and locate your security console according
to labor costs or other considerations. Consolidation
and centralization means economies of scale, ease of
management and other cost reduction opportunities.
8. For installations that require security
operators, VidGuard lets your operators visually
assess threat scenarios from off-site before making
an escalation decision. False alarms are major
contributors to security costs. With VidGuard your
operators can see what triggered an alert within
seconds of detection. You get all the advantages of
24 hour on-site attendance at a fraction of the cost.