Qognify’s Umbrella lowers total cost of ownership for video surveillance end users

Qognify – the technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management solutions – has launched Umbrella. The new web-based management platform leverages significant cost savings for end users by managing large distributed video surveillance systems centrally in the cloud.

In recent years, video surveillance projects have become larger and more complex, demanding more resources and increasing operational costs. Altering the configuration of multiple sites is time-consuming, while monitoring the health status of all servers and cameras across every location is a challenge.

As a consequence, host organisations frequently overspend on technical expertise and unnecessary licenses, as well as potentially exposing themselves to regulatory risk.

Qognify solves these challenges with the launch of Umbrella – a management solution which is fully integrated with the company’s Cayuga video management software (VMS). The web-based Umbrella can be hosted in the cloud (including Microsoft Azure and AWS) as well as on premise.

Once installed, Umbrella provides a consolidated view of all servers and cameras across every connected installation, highlighting those which require attention. Furthermore, if any company-wide changes are required to be made to how the video system operates (eg due to changes in regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation), they can be configured and rolled-out remotely and immediately.

Umbrella is perfectly suited for organisations in the banking, retail, logistics and transportation sectors which operate large-scale branch networks with hundreds of sites and thousands of cameras to be managed and place a premium on their physical security strategy.

Chen Porat (vice-president of R&D at Qognify) commented: “Centralising system monitoring, administration and license management through Umbrella enables organisations to be more proactive and effective in the way they operate and maintain their surveillance camera networks, regardless of scale or complexity.”

Steve Shine, CEO of Qognify, added: “Umbrella shows our commitment to the delivery of truly enterprise-class video solutions. Launching Umbrella, we want to fundamentally change the way in which organisations deploy, use and manage technology to protect people, customers, assets and infrastructure.”

Umbrella is now available to all organisations using the company’s Cayuga 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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