Francisco Feijoo - Monday, Mar 25, 2019
SharpView is a security platform designed to bring you all the flexibility required when customizing the system to your real needs.
In any decent security installation you will have a number of sensors, that will trigger different reactions from the system. An extremely common example is to have Passive Infra-Red detectors (PIR) covering different areas of your site and one or multiple Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras that move to those areas when the PIR(s) are activated.
So, how do we get this working together?
Most systems - in one way or another - allow you to configure certain rules to get this setup working, normally by associating Digital Input (DI) alarms to predefined camera positions (presets).
In Sharpview this can be done following these basic steps:
1. Configure camera presets
Using the device controller you can add or modify presets that are stored in the camera.
2. Configure a rule
Add a trigger to the rule engine to move the camera when some input is received
3. Configure actions
Add one or multiple actions to move your camera to a preset (or do whatever you need)
This is what is normally available on a traditional VMS/NVR, but SharpView is not just “normal” or “traditional”, so keep reading to see how security is going to be dealt with in the future (or today if you use SharpView!).
One of the main features of SharpView is that every device can be easily geo-referenced (located on a map). This is the key to be able to do lots of new features.
So let’s have a look at how it works:
1. Locate your devices
To locate a device on a map go to the device page and configure it’s location. You can put your cameras and also PIR, DI, radars (and everything else) on the map
2. Generate tracks from your devices
When the system receives an activation (eg. a PIR detects movement), a track is automatically generated and is displayed on our map viewer.
This can be disabled by editing the sensor and changing the Trackable setting.
3. Automatic camera control
When there is an active track, the system will record what’s happening by sending one or multiple cameras available to see that track.
The system is clever enough to:
Here is an example of a camera changing from the HOME position to look at a track generated by a PIR, once the camera is looking at it the operator takes control using Point and Shoot :
If you only want some cameras to be available for auto-tracking, you can enable or disable this feature in the camera edit page changing the setting Use camera to track targets
A common question we get is:
– Okay, this looks great but, if the system is controlling the cameras automatically, how could I prevent a camera from looking to the wrong place? How can I protect an area of higher interest? –
Don’t worry - we have you covered - let’s talk briefly about detection zones.
When you are configuring your site security, you can add areas of different types:
In future posts, we will go deeper on this topic.
Some of the benefits of using the automatic mode are:
While some may prefer to have full control of when a camera moves, SharpView offers a new way to manage security which adds a good number of key features.
Once you have setup your system, it will be able to optimize your resources (cameras) and get the best evidence of what happened when a sensor was activated.