Vicon Industries, a designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, announces the launch of Valerus 18.2, the latest version of its open VMS solution.
New to this release are features that include: automated NVR failover, enhanced configuration options that include an enhanced rules engine that can respond to external events, tighter controls for system access authorizations and network-wide log collection and reporting, according to the company.
Vicon says the new NVR failover option allows administrators to create “failover clusters” within the network, in which one or more NVRs are identified as dedicated failover units to support primary NVRs.
Failover NVRs automatically take over for primary NVRs within their cluster, maintaining all camera and system settings until the original NVR is restored to operation. Playback of recorded video remains seamless, eliminating the need for operators to know exactly when failover occurred. Valerus automatically retrieves video from the NVR on which it resides, according to the company.
It also offers support for soon-to-be-released Valerus SmartAnalytics, an integrated video analytics solution that is said to offer real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications.
The Valerus SmartAnalytics engine applies detection rules based on AI algorithms to provide live action alerts, post-event search and business intelligence trend analysis. Valerus SmartAnalytics is said to be able to analyze video from multiple sources in parallel and allows for complex detection scenarios that link detection rules from different cameras. Unlimited combinations of analytics detection rules can be applied to each camera.
Both NVR failover and Valerus SmartAnalytics support are offered through a new “enterprise” level Valerus licensing tier. The Valerus SmartAnalytics modules will be available to customers running Valerus enterprise, version 18.2, beginning in early fall, 2018.
Valerus 18.2 is also said to offer a simplified but more powerful system configuration user interface, with the ability for administrators to use the Valerus rules engine to create multi-step automated actions in response to events generated by external systems.
Additionally, Valerus 18.2 offers enhanced security through an updated authorization system. Administrators must now actively provide each user with access to Valerus resources by assigning him or her to one or more “roles”— admin, operator, supervisor and/or investigator. Assigned roles determine which resources are available to each user upon logging in.
“Vicon’s Valerus VMS platform has proven to be hugely popular in enterprise applications, from citywide and statewide surveillance systems, to healthcare and education campuses, to the largest Cathedral in the world. We anticipate that the features we are introducing with Valerus 18.2 will do much to further that trend,” says Bret McGowan, senior vice president of sales and marketing.