Security Digest

Benefits of multi-streaming

January 8, 2019

Multi-streaming (sometimes called “dual streaming”) refers to a camera streaming multiple independent video streams to the video management software (VMS) or network video recorder (NVR). Each stream has different settings, which may include any combination of frame rate, image quality and codecs.

Using multiple streams enables organizations to choose optimal video quality settings based on different use cases. For example, introducing a lower quality video stream can increase scalability and efficiency by reducing CPU and storage requirements.

This article explains the basic concepts behind multi-streaming, when you should use it, and how it can maximize your investment in video processing, network, and storage hardware.


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Senstar’s perspective on security trends

December 18, 2018

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The global security landscape is changing and security companies are working hard to keep up with new technologies and expectations. In this post, Senstar takes a look at current trends in the security industry. Observations are based on Senstar’s experiences and do not necessarily reflect the experiences of others. 

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is affecting the security industry from both business and technology perspectives. 

On the business side, AI will be the main instigator of change over the coming years, with security the industry landscape increasingly being dominated by early adopters. As companies develop their strategies for inclusion of AI in their R&D programs, competition for already scarce visionary technical leaders will become strong. Smaller companies will have to step up spending, likely through association with independent subject matter experts, or risk being rapidly left behind. Medium-sized companies will likely acquire such expertise through mergers/acquisitions or partnership processes.  

On the technology side, AI presents many challenges to the product designer, particularly for outdoor applications where environmental factors play such a large role in product performance. As progress is made with AI, the industry can expect significant improvements in the performance of existing applications, along with the introduction of advanced new features. Whether the challenge is video detection of a disguised face in a crowd, or extracting a telltale signature of a security breach on a fence with high ambient environmental noise, AI promises higher performance and exciting new applications.  

Sophistication and integration 

Companies are looking to offer more sophisticated and complete solutions by combining multiple layers of security that work together to provide increased capabilities and options. One example is the general move towards the convergence of video management, access control, perimeter intrusion detection and security management systems.   

Along the same lines, there is also an increased focus towards integrating critical subsystems into total security packages to simplify management and reduce costs. For example, the Senstar LM100 exemplifies this trend by providing a hardware solution that fully integrates perimeter intrusion detection with perimeter lighting (deterrent).  The intelligent LED-based lighting solution addresses several issues, including light pollution, energy efficiency and cost reductions of hardware and installation. 

Other trends 

Throughout 2019, one can also expect to see: 

Closing thoughts 

The promise of new capabilities and applications stemming from technology innovations is nothing new. Security professionals need to understand industry trends in order to deliver solutions that meet customer needs and expectations. Senstar is excited to offer innovative solutions and is looking forward to a safe, secure 2019. 


Using Thin Client with third-party VMS

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Did you know that the Senstar Thin Client can stream live video from ONVIF and RTSP compliant sources, including third-party video management software (VMS) like Milestone® XProtect® and Lenel® Prism®?

One common use of Thin Client is to extend a site’s existing security surveillance system by adding additional viewer screens. For example, to deter potential criminal activity, an organization may want to display live video on a screen in a public area to show visitors they are under surveillance. The Thin Client, with its small form factor and maintenance-free operation, can be installed directly on the back the monitor, safe and secure with no visible cables.

Another use is to leverage the surveillance system for non-security applications. For example, it may be useful to see a live stream of activity going on in another part of the building, such as customers waiting for service or to ensure visitors are promptly greeted at reception. One customer even used Thin Client to decorate their below-ground public archives with “virtual windows” to the outside!

Watch our instructional videos and see how easy it is to use Thin Client.


Limiting light pollution from physical security applications

December 4, 2018

As any security professional knows, outdoor lighting is an easy and effective first step to deterring theft and vandalism. However, most traditional outdoor lighting options generate light pollution, which is a significant and legitimate environmental concern, especially in residential areas.

The Senstar LM100™ hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system is helping to address this issue. Its engineered lighting minimizes light pollution by targeting the light in a downwards trajectory that illuminates only the fence line. It can also be programmed to shine at different intensities, for example, it can run at 30% intensity and switch to 100% (and strobe, if desired) when a perimeter intrusion is detected. As well, its power-efficient LED technology uses 95% less power than traditional security lighting systems.

As a testament to its environmental friendliness, the Senstar LM100 recently received the Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) from the International Dark Skies Association (IDA). IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Its mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. To help accomplish this, IDA developed the FSA program to provide objective, third-party certification for lighting that minimizes glare, reduces light trespass and doesn’t pollute the night sky.

Senstar is pleased to be recognized by the IDA for its efforts to protect the night skies for present and future generations.


Senstar resources for helping to protect electrical utility sites

November 27, 2018

Energy sites are constantly at risk of vandalism and theft. There is also the added concern of liability associated with trespassing, as well as increasing government regulations.

Senstar’s solutions for physical security – perimeter intrusion detection and video management – can help site operators protect their sites from potential threats and vulnerabilities, and comply with NERC CIP-014 regulations. To understand how, Senstar has developed the following resources:

Senstar is currently protecting hundreds of electrical sites worldwide. Read a case study about how our FlexZone® ranging fence-mounted intrusion detection system is securing sites for a major US electrical utility company. Click here.


Take the Senstar VMS Challenge

November 20, 2018

Senstar Symphony delivers an all-in-one solution for video management, video analytics including face and license plate recognition, perimeter intrusion detection, and alarm management.

The system is easy to install, simple to use, highly scalable and supports cameras from all major manufacturers.

See for yourself.  


Adding Viewing Stations to the Symphony VMS 

November 13, 2018

Did you know that the Symphony VMS doesn't require individual licenses for each viewing station or display client? You can add as many clients as you like to address your organization's needs. 

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An easy way to add clients is to use Senstar Thin Client. An alternative to PCs, the Thin Client is a compact, maintenance-free, and easy-to-use video display appliance. It doesn't run Windows, it doesn't need software or anti-virus updates, and users don't require full operator client training. 

 When deployed alongside the Symphony VMS, the Thin Client can: 

  • View live and recorded video 
  • Display up to 16 video streams on-screen at one time 
  • Use customizable layouts and carousels 
  • Export recorded video to USB or network devices 
  • Drive a video wall display 

Watch our instructional videos and see how easy it is to use the Thin Client with Symphony.

Connecting the Thin Client to the Symphony VMS

Controlling the Thin Client from the Symphony VMS
(Video Wall)


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