Johnson Controls Releases Deep Intelligence NVR, Updates victor VMS

Johnson Controls says the VideoEdge deep intelligence NVR will provide the foundation for self-training analytics and eventually artificial intelligence.

MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls introduces what it calls a more powerful network video recorder (NVR) that will provide the foundation for self-training analytics and, eventually, artificial intelligence.

The deep intelligence NVR is said to offer highly accurate people counting and tracking from an overhead view by distinguishing between humans and objects in the camera’s field of view.

When combined with the full suite of analytics available through VideoEdge, as well as the command and control of the victor video management system (VMS), users are able to access insightful business data, according to the company. This includes rules like crowd formation, heat mapping, perimeter protection and license plate recognition.

The NVR features all the capabilities of the VideoEdge 2U NVR such as maximizing smart streaming resources through triple video streams, H.265 codec support, VideoEdge TrickleStor edge-based redundancy and front-accessible storage drives.

The victor client on VideoEdge hardware platforms allows users to leverage high-performance video streaming, audio, video intelligence and an expansive feature set.

victor VMS and VideoEdge NVRs Receive Updates

Johnson Controls says the latest versions of victor and VideoEdge solutions feature an array of tools to improve analytic reporting, and streamline device and user management across multi-location installations.

This latest release presents firmware and software management with enterprise bulk configuration that is said to reduce the time and complexity associated with managing updates across enterprise deployments of Illustra cameras and VideoEdge recorders.

Also included is the ability to manage camera and NVR passwords to adhere to cybersecurity policies through a new enhanced security mode, which removes default accounts and requires the creation of new accounts and roles.

Analytic functionality has been optimized with a new dashboard that displays important operational business intelligence from search results and visuals for average occupancy, conversion rates, engagement rates and more.

Analytic overlay and live people counter allow built-in tools for video analytics metadata visualization by creating people counting areas and tallying entry and exit to those areas.

VideoEdge NVRs now support H.265 streaming for efficient encoding in constrained environments, saving network bandwidth and storage costs. Further, NVR camera access permissions simplify the user interface by restricting camera access, effectively hiding cameras from operators who don’t need to see them.

“This is a major step forward for our VMS platform in its ability to better suit system owners and stakeholders that appreciate the benefits of regular updates and other proactive maintenance,” says Jammy DeSousa, senior product manager, American Dynamics, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “In the past keeping up with the latest and greatest firmware and cyber practices, such as rotating passwords on an array of devices, like cameras and NVRs, could be a hugely cumbersome process. With version 5.3 we’ve greatly reduced that workload while adding capabilities for cyber security and policy compliance.”

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