PEARL RIVER, N.Y.—Qognify, a provider of video and enterprise incident management solutions, has launched the second release of its video management software (VMS), Qognify VMS.
The latest software version — Qognify VMS 7.2 — comes with extended support for body worn video, additional functionalities to support investigations and a new web client architecture.
“After the initial launch of Qognify VMS in April of this year, we’ve experienced a massive interest from customers currently using other VMS products from Qognify to upgrade to our new flagship solution, as it addresses the specific needs and use cases of many verticals in a very unique way,” says Jeremy Howard, VP of sales, physical security — Americas at Qognify. “We are happy to offer our customers this degree of flexibility and want to make the transitions within our solutions portfolio as easy as possible. With the new release, we have therefore added some true enterprise functionalities to Qognify VMS that customers have valued very much in other VMS solutions from us. In addition, we provide powerful practical tools to support a smooth conversion.”
Qognify VMS 7.2 addresses the increasing use of body worn video (BWV) across many sectors, ranging from police and security applications to customer service and quality control.
As BWV has become an important component in the security ecosystems of many Qognify VMS customers, the need to integrate BWV footage into a fully featured VMS environment for investigation purposes has become increasingly apparent, according to the company.
In this context, it is crucial that the BWV integration framework is able to maintain the chain of custody of captured footage for law enforcement applications. Therefore, Qognify has worked closely with manufacturers of BWV systems to ensure that chain of custody protocols are adhered to — especially when devices are used in multiple shifts by different users.
With Qognify VMS 7.2, these extended capabilities are now available for organizations using BWV from Axis, with integrations of other manufacturers to follow in future releases.
In addition to supporting further video sources, Qognify VMS 7.2 offers new enterprise-class capabilities to simplify investigations and enhance privacy. Cameras, maps and layouts can now be provided with logical labels and grouped accordingly.
For example the company points out, when operators need to see video feeds from all the cameras in a particular stairwell, they simply select the respective entity label, and all corresponding cameras are automatically presented — regardless of where these may sit in the physical structure of the installation.
As a result, the operators can get a comprehensive understanding of the situation more quickly and realize efficiency gains. As the investigation process is often related to privacy considerations, Qognify VMS 7.2 now makes it also possible to restrict access to particular cameras to dedicated workstations.
Furthermore, a new static scramble function enables the blurring of a designated area within the camera view using an adjustable privacy mask, opening up video masking for a whole new range of applications.
Qognify VMS 7.2 also continues the company’s goal to develop enterprise-class Cloud capabilities. As part of the release, Qognify now provides Cloud storage offerings designed for the specific requirements of video management. The use of traditional Cloud storage solutions often comes with unpredictable costs, as typically the Cloud storage provider charges for the retrieval of video footage from their servers.
Many IT departments cannot reflect this in their budget structure, which often prevents them from using this technology. In contrast, Qognify only charges the volume of Cloud storage used on a per-terabyte basis, no matter how often the customer needs to retrieve video – resulting in a consistent “pay as you go” cost easy to budget for.
The new software version also provides a look at Qognify’s new web client architecture, which is characterized by high-performance video display capabilities.
“Many VMS web clients either require the installation of additional software components, which makes them inflexible and creates cybersecurity risks, or compromise on display performance and latency. In order to overcome this, we’ve developed a new, revolutionary streaming and playback technology that enables the display of video streams with very low latency in a standard browser environment without any additional software components,” comments Yaniv Toplian, VP R&D at Qognify.
“This is even more important as the web client is an essential part of Qognify’s comprehensive Cloud strategy, which aims to offer organizations a maximum amount of flexibility for their deployments.”
According to the company, the new Qognify Web Client creates a framework that will allow organizations to improve their investigation and response processes via adaptive workflows and enhanced communication and coordination capabilities. Limited functionality will be available for Qognify VMS 7.2, with enhancements being developed in each release moving forward.
Qognify adds that customers who want to upgrade from Ocularis to Qognify VMS, an upgrade tool is available, which automates large parts of the transition process and enables an efficient conversion of even large systems with several hundred cameras in less than one day.
While the recordings remain untouched as both systems share the same recording platform, the upgrade tool transfers users, groups, permissions, and views from Ocularis to Qognify VMS.
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