barox Smart products embrace Operational Technologies to add value

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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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