Arecont Vision Offers Complete Surveillance Solution With New Contera Line

The Contera line consists of a new megapixel series, video management system, Cloud-managed video recorders and web services.

LAS VEGAS — Arecont Vision introduced its new total video surveillance solution, the Contera line, at ISC West 2018.

The Contera solution consists of the following four components:

  • ConteraIP megapixel cameras
  • ConteraVMS video management system
  • ConteraCMR Cloud managed video recorders
  • ConteraWS web services

Arecont says Contera products will integrate with its Mega camera series as well as with third party hardware and software solutions through increased ONVIF support and ongoing investment in the MegaLab.

“Arecont Vision has focused on the needs of our customers by providing the most innovative and proven megapixel cameras in the industry, a tradition that we have continued to deliver on since our inception,” says Arecont Vision Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Raul Calderon. “… We are building further upon that legacy with an entirely new megapixel camera lineup added to our portfolio, along with advanced VMS, Cloud management and video recorder platforms. Our customers will be able to choose to deploy a traditional stand-alone VMS system or a Cloud-based solution entirely from Arecont Vision or integrated with other vendor products.”

Contera Cameras

Contera cameras are available in five series of two cameras each, with features and new capabilities to complement the Mega camera family. Single sensor Contera cameras are available as indoor or outdoor domes, bullets and micro bullets, with choice of 2MP or 5MP. Contera 180o panoramic multi-sensor dome cameras offer 30FPS and integrated IR, with a choice of 8MP or 20MP models.

All Contera cameras feature H.264 and H.265 codecs, SNAPstream+ bandwidth reduction technology, NightView color low light technology and Enhanced WDR up to 120db. All models also include multi-streaming at full frames per second, defog technology, digital image stabilization, industry-standard security and network protocol support, and are ONVIF G- and S- compliant. Most models include both Smart IR that adapts to object distance and angle and an SD card slot for onboard storage. Outdoor models are compliant with IP66 environmental and IK-10 shock resistance standards.


The ConteraVMS is an advanced video management system available in standard, premium, or professional options, supporting a maximum of 16, 64, or 128 cameras respectively. The VMS supports single and multi-sensor Arecont Vision Mega and Contera cameras, as well as ONVIF compliant third party products that have been integration-tested and validated in the MegaLab.


ConteraCMR is a full line of Cloud managed recorders, with four customizable platform choices. The base NVR Appliance supports a maximum of eight or 16 POE ports and up to 20TB of onboard video-optimized storage. The Compact Desktop NVR server offers up to 32 channels and up to 24TB with optional RAID 5.

The Compact NVR Server, in a 2U rackmount form factor that can be configured for up to 24TB with optional RAID 5 for a maximum of 64 channels. The top of the ConteraCMR line is the High Performance NVR Server, with up to 80TB and RAID 5 options and support for a maximum of 128 channels.

The online Arecont Vision SysCon System Configurator simplifies selecting the best ConteraCMR platform for specific project requirements, according to the company. All ConteraCMR platforms include a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.


ConteraWS enables recording to occur locally on a ConteraCMR platform (or third party compliant server running ConteraVMS software). Arecont says local recording eliminates the pitfalls of resolution and framerate restrictions that can limit other solutions. User profiles and Cloud information is all stored in the Cloud for convenient, remote access and management. Local administration is not required.

The ConteraCMR recorders can be accessed remotely over the local area network just as in a traditional video surveillance solution. The system can be securely reached from anywhere via choice of a full-featured thick client, mobile apps, Apple TV app and a multi-browser web client, according to the company.

Video also can be stored in the Cloud for important clips, then shared as needed. Access to all ConteraCMR platforms  can be achieved via a single sign-on capability. Instant notification of alarm, motion, or system health events are sent to any authorized recipient via smartphone or computer.

Software updates can be applied remotely. There is no need for port forwarding or use of a Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS).
ConteraWS also brings cybersecurity features such as multi-factor authentication, NIST-compliant data encryption, transport layer security and requiring no open inbound ports.

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