AxxonSoft introduces updated version of VMS

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AxxonSoft has introduced version 2.0 of its Axxon One video management software (VMS).

The company says that the new release features integrations with various physical security systems, making Axxon One a unified VMS.

Other enhancements include new artificial intelligence (AI) video analytics and search functions, hardened cybersecurity, usability and performance improvements and expanded cloud capabilities. 

According to AxxonSoft, unification provides an effective approach to security that ensures a comprehensive and accurate assessment of the situation based on data from multiple sources.

It also enables the application of complex response scenarios tailored to specific situations. 


Integration with physical security systems

The company highlights that Axxon One 2.0 integrates ten physical security systems from various vendors and the universal OPC Data Access Wrapper interface.

The list of integrations includes access control systems, fire and security alarms and perimeter intrusion detection systems. 

The Axxon One VMS can read settings from connected devices and automatically add devices to its configuration.

It links camera video to events that occur in the integrated systems and allows the configuration of interaction between different systems through automatic scenarios.

An operator can then monitor and control security devices using the interactive map and dedicated control panel.

Axxonsoft says that this helps quickly locate alarm events, retrieve associated video to assess the situation and respond effectively.

IP device integration

New generic drivers have been developed for ONVIF and a variety of leading camera vendors’ devices, the company says.

Generic drivers support almost all IP cameras from a given manufacturer.

When a camera is connected through the generic driver, the device configuration is read and sent to the VMS and the device can be configured in Axxon One. 

Point of sale (POS) integration

The VMS receives data from cash registers and links it to video feeds, the company says.

The receipt text and cash register events are overlaid on the video as titles and stored in a database.

Text can be used to search POS integration videos from recorded footage.

This provides a complete picture of what’s happening at the checkout and helps reveal violations that are nearly impossible to detect with traditional video surveillance. 

Additionally, Axxon One offers flexibly customizable reports available through AxxonSoft’s cloud service.

These reports can combine POS integration and video analytics data from multiple stores and include the corresponding video footage. 

AI video analytics and intelligent search

Dynamic privacy masking

An intelligent, resource-optimized algorithm masks moving objects in the camera’s FOV using minimal computing power, AxxonSoft claims.

Artificial intelligence (AI) detection can be applied to mask only specific objects, such as people, both moving and static.

This tool is essential for compliance with data protection/privacy regulations. 

Vehicle make and model recognition

Along with license plate recognition, AI analytics determines the make, model, class, speed and color of vehicles in a traffic stream in real time and stores these characteristics in a database.

Video recordings can be searched by all these vehicle characteristics across multiple cameras.

This is especially useful when the license plate number of a vehicle of interest is unknown. 

Similarity search

AI analytics extracts human appearance features and stores them in a database.

Select a person in the frame or upload a photo to quickly find similar people in video footage from multiple cameras.

This helps hugely reduce the time spent on video investigations, maximizing the efficiency of security staff. 

Instant event search

Instant event search in the web client is a powerful and convenient tool that doesn’t require complex settings.

Specify an area within the frame to quickly find all events with motion in that area, instantly switching from viewing video to searching. 

Hardened cybersecurity

Axxon One 2.0 ensures end-to-end secure connections using the HTTPS protocol; transmitted data is safeguarded with TLS-encryption, AxxonSoft says.

Secure camera connection to on-premises and cloud-based Axxon One VMS servers is supported as well.

The desktop client connects to the server through a single port, which is essential to comply with corporate security policies.

Forced change of default password is requested at first login, with stricter password strength requirements.

Improved performance

The company reveals that the Axxon One VMS can now receive and process three or more video streams from an IP camera.

Separate streams can be used for recording, viewing and video analytics, optimizing resource consumption.

In addition, GreenStream works more accurately by selecting the optimal stream to display.

Multiple improvements have also been made to the performance of AI video analytics, including more efficient use of CPU and accelerators. 

Enhanced VMS usability

Advanced user rights management

Redesigned user rights management makes it easier to administrate large video surveillance systems.

Default camera access rights can be configured for different user roles, AxxonSoft says.

These rights are automatically applied when a camera is added to the system, eliminating the need to set access rights for each camera individually.

Groups of cameras can also be created with set access rights for all cameras in a group.

When you add or remove a camera from a group, the camera’s access rights are automatically changed. 

In addition, a user of the VMS can now have multiple roles at the same time.

This provides a convenient way to control user access to specific segments of the video surveillance system and is useful when operators work in shifts and need to monitor different segments during different shifts. 

Multi-level interactive map

This is a convenient desktop client tool for monitoring multi-story buildings, AxxonSoft reveals.

All cameras are overlaid on the map and color-coded according to their status.

The location of a selected camera can be pinpointed and there is the ability to quickly switch between different floor views. 

OpenStreetMap and Google Maps Support

The interactive map supports bitmap and vector geo-maps in both desktop and web clients.

Geo-maps are especially useful for large and distributed systems and are updated by their providers. 

Alarm board

The new alarm board in the desktop client of the VMS displays active alarms in order of priority.

Alarms can be accessed or commented on directly from the board or open the detailed view to watch an event video.

Alarm escalation is also applicable and used for event handling by a group of operators. 

New web and cloud capabilities

Desktop client multi-site connectivity

The Axxon One 2.0 desktop client can connect to servers in multiple locations via the private cloud based on the Axxon VSaaS Datacenter software platform.

Connection speed has been improved and is now fast regardless of system size.

New web client features

The VMS web client now allows viewing of live or recorded video from multiple cameras simultaneously in configured layouts.

H.265 video decoding on the GPU in the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers reduces the CPU load on the client computer. 

The new alarm panel provides a convenient way to manage alarm events by displaying all active alarms at a site.

Clicking on an alarm thumbnail opens the detailed alarm view and alarm status is color-coded on the video archive timeline. 

Camera-to-cloud connection

Axxon VSaaS Datacenter now offers two new ways to connect cameras to cloud-based Axxon One servers.

Cameras can be connected via AxxonSoft bridge devices or directly via the AxxonSoft plugin installed on supported cameras.

In both cases, the secure HTTPS protocol is used and all transmitted data is TLS-encrypted.

Various connectivity options enable building hybrid cloud video surveillance solutions, combining on-premises and cloud-based servers of the VMS and easily connecting remote locations without on-site servers. 

Object storage

Now, the Axxon One VMS supports seamless compatibility with leading cloud object storage services, including Microsoft Azure Storage and Seagate Lyve Cloud.

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