The Pelco Endura SM5200 System Manager is a network appliance that serves as the system management component of the Pelco Endura system. The SM5200 manages the discovery and registration of all Endura components and cameras on the network. When registering Pelco cameras and encoders, it acts as a secure key server. Acting as a secure public/private key exchange allows Pelco video encoders and cameras to securely sign compressed video. This can be used to authenticate video from the source as needed for law enforcement agencies or other evidentiary requirements.
The SM5200 System Manager monitors the health and functionality of all components on the network. Device diagnostics are logged in its database. In addition, the system manager logs user activities such as logon, logoff, alarm response, and initiation of video export. As a management server, the SM5200 hosts user rights and permissions. Credentials are authenticated with the SM5200’s database before allowing a user to log onto any Endura client. Endura clients work in conjunction with user configurations stored in this distributed system management to expose functions and language preferences configured for each role and user account. This improves operator efficiency and minimizes training requirements. It can also interact with an LDAP server supported by Microsoft Active Directory for user authentication, providing single sign-on capability for security operators.
The manager hosts the Endura Script Manager, allowing scripted responses to be executed on a given alarm condition, a programmed schedule, or by manual initiation. The unit also hosts an NTP server, enabling it to act as an NTP proxy between an atomic or GPS-based NTP server and the components on the Endura network. In the absence of an external NTP server, the system manager can act as the time source for Endura cameras and servers; however, the system will be subject to time drift inherent with COTS servers. It also provides a DHCP server that can issue and manage DHCP addresses and leases for Endura components and cameras on the network.
The SM5200 is designed for the demands of a mission critical surveillance system. To ensure continuous uptime, the system manager is equipped with two solid state drives (SSD) containing the operating system in a RAID 1 configuration. In addition, redundant fans and the option of RAID 5 storage for exported video content provide insurance against hardware failures that could compromise data integrity. Users can also configure a series of up to 24 SM5200s to act in a failover capacity; the members of the failover cluster can be prioritized to take over system management responsibilities should the primary unit fall offline.
Dual Gigabit Ethernet network ports allow the system manager to act as a proxy between two networks, enabling network administrators to manage the impact of surveillance video on shared network links. Network port 1 is available for Endura network traffic. Network port 2 supports IPv6 and is used for remote access only.
The unit provides a browser-based interface for remote video viewing with minimal overhead. Administrators with appropriate permissions can enable or disable remote access to the system manager through the WS5200 Advanced System Manger (not included), and limit the bandwidth available from the server to remote browsers through the system manager’s web interface. This allows administrators to effectively manage the impact on shared networks. For security purposes, all remote access is initiated using HTTPS over a configurable, secure port. Administrators can also grant or limit user access to remote live view, search, playback, and export functions. A browser-based status dashboard provides vital diagnostic information on the health of the system. Administrators with the proper credentials can remotely view the status of the hardware and configure the SM5200 through a web browser.
Integrated SNMP services can also provide network administrators with hardware and software status information. The system manager’s web interface allows users to stream live or recorded video in either motion JPEG or H.264 formats. Its online, real-time transcoder can convert up to 16 high resolution, high bit rate IP streams from megapixel cameras into MJPEG frames, enabling users to stream video from compatible browsers without installing additional software. Installing the Pelco Media Plugin allows users to stream full-quality H.264 video directly from the system manager through their browser. The system manager can serve up to 32 H.264 streams and 16 MJPEG streams simultaneously.
A single user can view up to 16 streams of live video footage across network bandwidths as low as 256 kb/s. On networks limited to 128 kb/s, users can view up to four feeds in a 2 x 2 window. Users with appropriate credentials can also search for recorded video on Pelco NSM5200 units by camera, time, date, and recording triggers (manual, continuous, motion, or alarm). Search results can be viewed in a 1 x 1 interface with standard play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind functions, as well as a scrub bar to quickly pinpoint the segment of video required for an investigation. Recorded video segments can also be exported through the web interface. Video clips exported from the Endura network are automatically stored on the SM5200’s integrated storage array for safekeeping and future download. Videos are stored in the proprietary PEF format. This is the native format of the cameras involved and ensures that videos retain their original resolution and authentication signatures, supporting their use for evidentiary purposes.