03.04.2024 • TopstoriesVideo Management SystemsVMS

Synergetic Security: The Power of Integration

The seamless integration of video management software and third-party systems increases security and efficiency for users. Future-proof, scalable interface designs ensure easy integration and solution customization.

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The convergence of software solutions brings benefits in all areas of an organization, including physical security. Video surveillance makes a valuable contribution to the protection of people and assets, especially when the video management software (VMS) is integrated with other security systems. Third party software manufacturers can interact seamlessly with a VMS via interfaces and develop individual solutions.

The Importance of Interfaces

Interfaces serve as a bridge between different systems and enable smooth communication and data exchange. The integration of VMS with other systems and devices such as cameras, access control, intrusion detection technology and analysis tools offers many advantages.

Operators receive immediate and standardized situational awareness in the event of an incident to react in a targeted manner. Automated system responses reduce operator workload and increase efficiency. The standardized documentation of all system processes simplifies forensic analyses and strengthens compliance and data protection.

Interfaces are the basis for complete solutions that are tailored to the individual requirements and preferences of the user. They increase investment security, as existing infrastructure can be enhanced with new technologies without having to rebuild the security architecture.

Interfaces promote innovation by enabling the development of new applications based on the VMS. Integration with analytics tools in particular, but also with ERP or warehouse management systems, opens up the potential to provide users with valuable additional benefits in their value chains.

Interface Design

Interfaces are nothing new. In the past, systems were connected via relays or serial interfaces. In today’s software world, software development kits (SDK), special integration modules or web APIs (application programming interfaces) are used.

SDKs contain a collection of tools, libraries and documentation for the development of an interface. They allow deep integration and full control over functionality and performance. However, updates and upgrades of the interconnected systems may require adjustments in the developed interface.

This is why many VMS providers offer integration modules that form a stable intermediate layer between their own and third-party software, such as G-Connect from Geutebrück.  Video management and third-party software can evolve while compatibility is maintained.

Web APIs, standardized methods for data exchange via IP networks based on web browser technologies, are relatively new. They enable cross-platform integration and the development of applications that can access a VMS remotely.

One example is the WebAPI of Geutebrück’s G-Core VMS. Standardized modules make integration quick and easy. Their continuous maintenance, whether functional or cyber security-related, takes place automatically. Technology partners can focus their resources on the development of innovative functions instead of product maintenance.

Conclusion

The options described enable technology partners to jointly offer innovative solutions and meet the changing requirements of users. Integrations combine a high level of specialization in various areas to create software solutions that maximize customer benefit. Synergies through customized interfaces with video management software drive customer value and are the basis for growth and success of our industry.

 

Examples of the successful application of WebAPI technology:

1. Networking Robots, Perimeter Protection, Drones and Video

If an Argus security robot or the perimeter detection system from Security Robotics detects an unauthorized person, the VMS in the control center displays the alarm message, site plan overview and all relevant video cameras in a unified interface. If required, security staff can also activate drones at the click of a mouse for a better on-site overview. The images from all cameras, whether permanently installed, robot eyes or drone cameras, are stored in the G-Core VMS for forensic analysis after an incident.

The solution is based on the Geutebrück WebAPI and the ACUDA integration platform. Robots, cameras, sensors and IoT devices from Security Robotics are seamlessly networked with each other, and other third-party systems can be easily integrated. There are also potential applications in existing security systems. The simple integration of autonomous robotics and the ACUDA platform with Geutebrück video management solutions ensures high-performance real-time surveillance with increased efficiency and minimized personnel deployment.

Further information on networking robot, perimeter protection, drones and video is available on the Geutebrück website.

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2. “Eyes Inside” For First Responders (in use in schools in the USA)

In the event of an alarm, emergency services from police, fire department and other first responders receive a web link allowing them to access live and recorded video images in any web browser. These “eyes inside”, also available on mobile devices, make a valuable contribution to the coordination of all involved. Once the alarm is reset in the VMS, the web link loses its validity. Access rights are "normalized" again, meaning that they are once again solely attributed to the video surveillance operator, the school.

The solution was implemented by a technology partner in the USA based on the G-Core WebAPI. The partner also operates the web platform used by the emergency services to authorize access to the images.

Further information about external alarm access to video systems is available on the Geutebrück website.

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