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barox Smart products embrace Operational Technologies to add value

by Brian Sims

Saving time and important bottom line costs on engineering call-outs, barox Smart products are enhancing VMS control by ensuring surveillance cameras are kept operational without the need to send an engineer out to site.

Enhancing VMS like Milestone and Siemens with on-site action, but without sending personnel to site, barox’s new efficient systems combine Information Technologies (IT) and Operational Technologies (OT) to meet the needs, challenges and experiences of installers and end users alike.

OT is defined as ‘Hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise’, but what does this mean for the CCTV industry?

With Smart barox switches, VMS are greatly enhanced by ensuring that all cameras are up-and-running, negating the need to send an engineer to site. barox’s built-in technology such as ‘PoE Auto Checking’ acts to do exactly this.

In addition, other functions such as barox ‘PoE Power Delay’ make sure that, in the event of a power shortage, the switch will not be overloaded by peak load when all cameras ask for power at the same time. barox ‘PoE Power Delay’ management acts to delay power to the device, with re-powering to ensure that every camera on the network boots up easily and effectively.

With barox Smart technology, on camera outage, instead of the well-known issue of having a dark screen displayed, information is automatically fed from the switch, with diagnostic information such as ‘Short cut on cable’ or ‘Port shut down due to PD over current’. This invaluable network information helps to alert and define if there’s a technical issue or whether the system is under attack and someone is taking out network cameras.

In addition, physical infrastructure changes, like some broken cable or added new devices, can be automatically detected and transmitted for display to the VMS.

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