Pelco Adds Advanced Mapping, Cybersecurity Compliance to VideoXpert VMS

The latest update to Pelco’s VideoXpert VMS features UX enhancements that are said to improve responsiveness and shorten investigations.

FRESNO, Calif. —Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global leader in video surveillance solutions, introduces VideoXpert (VX) 3.1, a major release update to its performance-oriented video management system (VMS) software.

Among the new features and optimizations is an enhanced user experience (UX) that is said to improve responsiveness, shorten investigations, and provide greater location insights for organizations of all sizes with multiple mapping capabilities.

System availability features now allow for hitless dynamic cluster (system) expansion with zero downtime. Additionally, VX 3.1 expands its compliance with U.S. Government Cybersecurity NIST/Risk Management Framework (RMF) process requirements, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 encryption support as well as incorporates several other cybersecurity-related capabilities, according to the company.

“VideoXpert VMS functionality continues to evolve at a rapid pace, delivering what customers care most about: intuitive features, mission-critical availability, and responsiveness as well as providing day-to-day secure and trusted system operation that can scale with them as their deployments grow,” says Todd Dunning, Pelco’s senior product line manager. “With this latest version, we unified and incorporated many new features across VideoXpert Pro and Enterprise editions that work with Pelco’s broad camera portfolio as well as third-party cameras, including those supporting ONVIF.”

Here’s what Pelco has to say about the new and updated VX 3.1 features:

User Experience/User Interface Enhancements

Customers say VideoXpert has one of the most intuitive user interfaces on the market and version 3.1 adds several new features including a mobile/thin (web) client VxPortal allowing users to see smoother video with faster frame rate delivery and the ability to see every moment of an incident. System administrators can now more easily import maps and floorplans using PNG and JPEG image files. Additionally, administrators can add doors (access control icons) to all maps; operators will see door status (open, closed, forced, or fault) and be able to lock and unlock doors from within VideoXpert’s VxMaps module allowing for quicker responses.

System Availability and Administrative/Operational Features

VideoXpert is architected for the most-demanding customers where system uptime (availability) is key for mission-critical deployments. The architecture is also highly scalable, so when it is time to expand VX, version 3.1 includes hitless dynamic cluster expansion enabling system administrators to add new core and media gateway servers to an active system without disrupting ongoing surveillance operations. For end-to-end Pelco supported deployments, version 3.1 also supports Pelco’s new high-resolution GFC Professional 4K camera including viewing, playback and export of H.265 compressed video streams.

Expanded Cybersecurity Compliance and Enhancements

Regardless of the motivation source, even those driven by U.S. government standards, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act procurement bans which trickle down to state and local entities, or more broadly to enterprises protecting stakeholders by ensuring their infrastructures meet similar high-security standards, cybersecurity is an ever-present concern. Pelco has enhanced VX’s cybersecurity capabilities to include support for FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption, and expands support for the NIST-defined RMF, making it easier for government entities, including contractors, to document how a system stores, processes, and transmits government information.

These enhancements make VX 3.1 ideal for organizations in sectors like government, commercial, transportation, education, hospitality, gaming, healthcare and petrochemical. Industries like these depend upon maximum VMS uptime, enhanced interoperability and a highly collaborative user interface.

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