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The demand for surveillance systems is growing, and the adoption of IP as a transport mechanism for video is ever increasing. The Sony IMZ-NS116 Intelligent Monitoring Software (16 Camera License) can be installed on your Microsoft Windows server to monitor and control 16 network cameras.
This monitoring software is easy to use and free from complicated operation; users find it simple to set up connected cameras and set frame rates for recording. They can also easily monitor, search, and playback events with intuitive manipulation. A scalable security system can be set up in a client / server configuration using more than 1 server installed with the IMZ-NS116 software and/or using the NSR-1000 Series Video Network Surveillance Server from Sony, which is compatible with this application. This system can be controlled by a common user management interface, which allows the administrator to freely set up the access level of each user.
With this application, you can start an HD-ready video network surveillance system in the scale and a configuration that is ideal for current conditions, and expand this system in the future.
IMZ-NS116 software can be used not only with Sony's network cameras but also with other major brand network cameras
Quick Setup & Easy Operation
With the set-up wizard, you can set up the cameras in a simple and straightforward manner. With Sony’s IP cameras, the IMZ-NS116 solution instantly recognizes the IP addresses of connected cameras and registers them automatically. You do not need to check the IP addresses or go into multiple menus.
The settings for recording are also easy. If you select “Automatic Schedule Record,” you only need to input the recording duration i.e., the number of days that data is left in the storage area. The IMZ-NS116 software checks the HDD storage area and sets the best frame rate for recording. You do not need to check the storage area in your PC or calculate the frame rate yourself.
Monitoring & Quick Search (Intuitive Main GUI)
With NSR-1200/1100/1050H’s user-friendly Main GUI (Graphical User Interface), you can use various monitoring functions with intuitive operation, such as drag-and-drop. You can also run a quick search and playback recorded images while monitoring.
With the Drag-and-Drop Operation (Camera Switching), all cameras connected to NSR-1200/1100/1050H are shown in a tree configuration in the Camera Pane. By dragging a camera icon and dropping it onto a Monitor Frame, you can easily view live images from a camera.
Monitoring functions are easy to use. On the NSR-1200/1100/1050H’s GUI, each Monitor Frame shows the status of the video (live or recorded) and the name of the camera above each video image. Up to 8 x 8 monitor frames can be used. By double-clicking a specific Monitor Frame, the display is switched to Single Monitor Frame mode.
NSR-1200/1100/1050H supports hot spot monitoring and dual monitors. A specific window in a multi-camera view, i.e., a larger window within the multi-camera window, can be assigned as the Hot Spot area, or a second monitor may be used for this purpose. The Hot Spot area is used to display an image of interest to get a more detailed view; this image can be manually selected or triggered by an alarm.
PTZ network cameras from Sony and other supported brands can be controlled by the Camera Control pane of NSR-1200/1100/1050H. In the PTZ Direct Control mode, when a point in the image is clicked, the camera automatically pans and tilts to make that point the center of the image. You can also zoom into the image simply by dragging out the specified area of the image with a mouse.
Monitor the sound from a microphone connected to the camera.
Perform quick search and playback videos while monitoring. If you click PLAYBACK on the Monitor Control pane of NSR-1200/1100/1050H, you can playback the images recorded a certain number of seconds before. You can also quickly search for the recorded image by a date / time search in the Monitor Control pane.
When an alarm recording is executed on NSR-1200/1100/1050H, the date, time, and camera name are noted in the Alarm List. Simply by double-clicking a line in the alarm list, you can playback the recorded image.
With the Playback Control pane, on NSR-1200/1100/1050H, you can control the playback functions such as slow and reverse / forward. You can also export the still or moving images of your specified date and time to external media, such as CD-R, DVD-R, and USB Flash Memory.
Layout Editor on NSR-1200/1100/1050H is a powerful feature that creates customized site layouts and allows the user to insert backgrounds (e.g., a floor plan or campus layout), camera icons, and company logos.
Sophisticated Search Functions
The search result on NSR-1200/1100/1050H is displayed either by timeline or list. In a timeline chart, search results are displayed in different colors depending on the type of recording. You can easily playback videos by just clicking on a specific part of the timeline or on the list.
With the Switching Tab of NSR-1200/1100/1050H, you can select either Normal Search or Object Search.
You can search for specific images on NSR-1200/1100/1050H by setting search conditions such as the camera name, date, time, and the type of recording (manual / schedule / alarm / event).
You can search for specific images on NSR-1200/1100/1050H in the recorded video using intelligent functions. There are two types of search: Post VMD (Video Motion Detection) and VMF (Video Motion Filter). With Post VMD, you can search for images in the recorded video with search conditions that are set after the recording, such as specific object movements. With VMF, you can search for images in the recorded video using DEPA (Distributed Enhanced Processing Architecture) system features. With a VMF search, you can record metadata with DEPA-enabled cameras during the video recording. For example, you can count the number of people who passed a line that is set on the screen.
Versatile Recording Functions
Manual Recording is started manually anytime the operator wants.
Schedule Recording is started based on a set schedule.
Alarm-triggered recording, which are of 2 types, is also supported by NSR-1200/1100/1050H: Alarm and Event (i.e., Activity) Recording. While it is important to initiate recordings based on video motion detection or alarm signal input, it is also helpful if the user can define what is considered an alarm. For example, a camera may be looking at an area where there are people moving about during office hours, but the recording of such motion should not be considered a true alarm; it is rather a normal event or activity. However, such motion out of office hours should be considered a true alarm and an action or alert needs to be initiated. The former is performed by Event Recording and the latter by Alarm Recording. The date / time of Alarm Recording is listed in an Alarm List in the main GUI (but this does not occur with Event Recording). Having this capability accomplishes 2 things: it saves on storage (with motion / alarm recording only), and reduces seek times when searching Alarms and Events.
While using Schedule Recording, the time when the alarm is detected can be marked in the timeline. This function enables images to be searched quickly.
Scalability and Flexibility
Though the IMZ-NS116 software is used to monitor and control 16 network cameras, as your surveillance requirements grow, you can simply add new servers with it installed and/or the NSR-1000 Series, Sony’s video network surveillance server, which is perfectly compatible with the IMZ-NS116 monitoring software. You can easily set up a scalable security system in the client / server configuration (Please refer to the System Examples section).
All access to the software is managed by user authorization, which is set by the system administrator. The administrator can simply provide each user with a permission level selected from the 5 ready-made levels of operational permission, or set the accessibility in a more customized way. The accessible cameras for each user can be set for each camera or for each IMZ-NS100 Series. When the system is configured with more than one IMZ-NS101 and/or with 1 or more NSR-1000 Series of network servers, all user information is shared throughout the whole system.
Other Key Features
Connected with Sony’s major network cameras, the IMZ-NS116 monitoring solution can accept both JPEG and MPEG4 from cameras at the same time. For example, with limited storage capacity, you can monitor live video in the MPEG4 format at frame rates as high as 30 fps and record video in the JPEG format at frame rates as low as 1 fps.
Light Funnel is a technology in Sony’s megapixel network cameras that provides high sensitivity. By combining the information of 4 pixels and handling them as a single pixel, this type of camera provides high sensitivity. With the IMZ-NS116 software, there is a menu to control the Light Funnel settings of applicable cameras, which simplifies control (Please note that when Light Funnel technology is applied to a 1280 x 960 image, its size becomes 640 x 480).