Ocularis VMS Gains Briefcam Video Analytics, Improved Incident Investigation & More

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PEARL RIVER, N.Y. — Qognify announces the launch of version 6.1 of its Ocularis video management software (VMS).

The latest version is said to harness the power of market-leading 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 brings a deep integration of Briefcam video analytics, which is said to make Ocularis one of only a few VMSs to deliver the highest level of integration (level 4) with BriefCam’s market-leading analytics platform.

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, according to the company.

The integration with Briefcam also allows the operator to manage the entire investigation workflow from a single user interface, as access to Briefcam functions is directly woven into the Ocularis VMS client.

“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,” says Jeff Swaim, director of channel sales in the U.S. “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 p/t/z cameras. Qognify says this ensures that when an incident is detected (triggered by video analytics or sensors or reported by security staff), the responsible operator always has immediate access and control of the relevant camera.

Ocularis 6.1 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, explains: “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. With this deterrent enabled, the risk of unauthorized camera footage being captured on a smartphone or other device and then being shared externally is significantly reduced — also for exported video, according to the company.

“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,” says Swaim.

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