Choosing your VMS platform wisely

Management platforms have found a home in many residential estates and are used for a variety of security functions. Unfortunately, due to costs, old technology or bad product decisions, some estates have multiple management platforms for different security functions, and some older technologies are not able to integrate into current, open-standards platforms. In a world where there are almost innumerable vendors offering different management platforms, with integration and expansion promises differing in all of them, as well as different costs, what should estates do to ensure they invest in a management platform that not only meets their needs today, but can do so well into the future, potentially also integrating non-security functions into the interface to assist with operational management as well as security?

CathexisVision Securing Savannah Hills Estate

Savannah Hills Estate is located in Midrand, close to Blue Valley Golf Estate. Since February 2018, the estate manager, Dawie van Rensburg has been planning a security upgrade, involving perimeter cameras. The project finally went out to tender, which was awarded to Rhyco Risk Projects. The project started in March 2019 and was completed in May 2019. The estate has two river crossings which can cause nuisance alarms due to insects. Rhyco made use of the Cathexis Vision’s VMS platform, ensuring proper analytics and making use of the Cathexis dynamic background function, ensuring that nuisance alarms are kept to the minimum.

CathexisVision Video Management Software

The CathexisVision IP video management software (VMS), with its extensive range of features, provides efficient and effective surveillance solutions to help clients get the most out of their surveillance investment and reap rewards for their companies. Based on an open platform, CathexisVision enables the seamless integration of IP cameras, recording servers and viewing infrastructure. The software is also capable of integration with third-party devices such as access control, alarm and fire panels, weighbridges, fence monitoring systems, and logistics scanning systems.

A Platform To The Future

In the past there were two types of management platforms for video and other physical security systems, those made by the hardware vendors that offered limited capabilities and scalability, and which focused on the vendor’s products; and those that allowed multiple brands from multiple vendors to be integrated into a single solution. While the smaller, limited solutions are still available and widely used in small installations, with a little poetic license we can say that the top-tier platforms today are also loosely divided into two camps.

The one camp we can call an open platform that allows partners and developers to integrate just about any third-party system or solution into the basic platform, expanding its use far and wide. The other we shall call a unified platform that is controlled by one company that ensures all the systems and tools are integrated into the platform and perform optimally. Often these platforms still allow third parties to develop add-ons, but limit access to ‘the crown jewels’.

Protecting people’s money, and their data

The temptations inherent to the banking sector, and financial institutions more generally, pit them in an eternal and increasingly high-tech battle to secure themselves against threats from within and without. They also have a responsibility to protect their customers and their data from unauthorised access, and since bank branches are essentially businesses they are seeking ways to improve the customer experience in similar ways to the retail sector.

Addressing all these concerns requires a highly integrated approach that uses the cutting-edge of security technologies across the board. We asked IDEMIA, Cathexis Africa and CA Southern Africa how their companies’ particular areas of expertise are being leveraged in the financial sector.

Delivering greater control room value

While surveillance has become a key component in security and operations management, a truly integrated security system requires that all aspects of the security system work seamlessly together, while being managed by the heart of the system, which is the control room. Working in a 24/7 security control room environment demands a lot of physical and mental commitment from operators. Thankfully several security product providers are designing and manufacturing products that reduce the risk of human error while enhancing the control room operators’ working environment. Real-time information followed by prompt decision-making and immediate action can make all the difference, which is why sophisticated video management software is central to the control room environment and its operators. The true power of a surveillance system, and what it can offer in terms of security, operations and infrastructure management becomes even more apparent when combined with sophisticated video management software,” says Gus Brecher, managing director of Cathexis Africa and business development director of Cathexis Technologies.

Cathexis wraps up successful national roadshow

Cathexis Technologies successfully concluded its national CathexisVision Roadshow. With events held in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the objective was to take the Cathexis story to all current and prospective partners, customers, key decision-makers, installers, integrators, consultants and end-users across the country. This would provide delegates with the opportunity to test-drive the latest technology, while gaining insight into the future of security trends.

CathexisVision gets another global stamp of approval

CathexisVision, the Video Surveillance Management Software Suite from Cathexis Technologies has received another complimentary verdict from Benchmark as a “ Recommended” and “Best Buy” product for March 2019. Benchmark is a globally recognised business-to-business publication for installers and integrators, dedicated to technological innovation and the design and implementation of smarter solutions. It delivers independent and…

Ski Dubai opts for Cathexis

When the operations management team for Ski Dubai were looking for an alternative video management software (VMS) system provider, CathexisVision was able to meet the challenge for this retail client. “At the core of CathexisVision’s successful integration into new markets is the flexibility of this software suite to facilitate tailored solutions that satisfy the needs…

Growing Need for Surveillance Systems

The systems at every step in the chain need to be secured. This is a major advantage, especially in today’s insecure digital scenario, says Matthew Brecher, General Manager, Cathexis Question 1. What role do you foresee surveillance systems playing in the overall security scheme of the organizations, going forward in the future? Answer: I think,…

Integrated Campus Security

While school and university campuses should provide a safe and collaborative environment for learning and excellence, they have regrettably also become targets for violent crime. On a global scale these institutions face the threat of abductions, shootings, vandalism and even bomb threats. Closer to home, the impact of mass protest action in recent years has threatened the safety and security of thousands of students and educators across the country.

Register Now for Cathexis Roadshows 2019

Cathexis invites you to join us as we bring new insight into future security trends through a series of national Roadshows, together with some of our leading technology partners.

Get ready for an interactive, engaging and real-world experience backed by the latest technology as we demonstrate the power of integrated solutions for a wide range of applications and market sectors. We will be covering a range of innovations, including Cyber Security, AI and other hot market trends.

Making the right security decisions

Residential estates are wonderful places to live, offering luxury, space, relaxation (often including sports facilities) and security. And it’s in the security aspect that problems often arise. It’s a cliché, but when estates are designing their houses and facilities for residents, only the best will do; when it comes to security, the best is often…

Cathexis provides Video Surveillance security for Pope’s visit to Ireland

Cathexis Technologies is exceptionally proud to have played an important security role in Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland this past weekend. Cathexis worked alongside its Dublin-based reseller, Mongey Communications, and the Irish Garda, to facilitate the critical role of surveillance management. With an official itinerary that was jam-packed with meetings, visits and official engagements, all within a two-day schedule, His Holiness, had a whirlwind visit through Dublin, which included the World Meeting of Families and Festival of Families at Croke Park on Saturday 25 August. Cathexis, a globally recognised Video Management Software Developer, worked in partnership with Mongey Communications, a renowned supplier of security equipment such as CCTV IP Cameras, to provide a fully-integrated 24/7 surveillance management solution that would effectively manage the entire visit.

Video management software suite

The CathexisVision IP Video Management Software suite provides an extensive range of sophisticated solutions to satisfy all security and infrastructure management requirements across a wide variety of market sectors. These sectors include retail, banking, mining, education campuses, residential and commercial estates, manufacturing, healthcare, transport, logistics and city surveillance among many others. The open architecture enables the seamless integration of IP cameras, recording servers, viewing infrastructure, and a wide range of third-party systems suited to various applications. This provides clients with optimum security solutions and maximum return on investment.

Cathexis Technologies demonstrates the power of VMS at Izinga Estate

Cathexis Technologies has successfully completed the installation of a fully integrated video management software (VMS) system to support the surveillance and third-party security systems for Izinga Estate, one of the most sought-after residential estates in KwaZulu-Natal. Izinga is a high-end residential estate comprised of four separate gated communities, located just north of uMhlanga Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal. Designed for discerning buyers that are looking for luxurious coastal living combined with the tranquillity of coastal life, Izinga has become one of the most sought-after residential investments in the region. The estate is characterised by wide open spaces, walkways and indigenous landscaping, and is conveniently located close to a bustling hub. As one would expect, the estate is managed by an active management association and a fully integrated security management system.

Cathexis makes its debut at Security Essen in September

Cathexis is proud to be exhibiting at security essen from 25-28 September 2018 at the Messe Essen Exhibition Centre, in the City of Essen, Germany. Cathexis is a globally recognised Video Management Software (VMS) Developer, with over two decades of expertise in providing world-class Video Surveillance Software solutions to the international market.
Cathexis will be showcasing CathexisVision 2018 which offers feature-rich functionality and ease of installation and use for a range of vertical markets such as Retail, Manufacturing, Banking, Healthcare, Mining, Education, Transport, Business Parks, City Surveillance, Government, Remote Monitoring, as well as Residential and Commercial Property sectors.

CathexisVision declared a winner for the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018

CathexisVision, the Video Surveillance Management Software Suite from Cathexis Technologies has taken top honours for the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018 and been announced the overall winner in the Video Surveillance Software category.   Benchmark is a globally recognised business-to-business publication for installers and integrators, which is dedicated to technological innovation and the design and implementation…

Cathexis Technologies has been nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Benchmark Innovation Awards.

Cathexis Technologies has been nominated as a finalist for the 2018 Benchmark Innovation Awards.
A Benchmark innovation award is a prestigious accolade. Ignoring marketing hyperbole, the internationally recognised Benchmark Magazine, rigorously tests hardware and software under a range of conditions. Benchmark’s operation is geared around testing security tech to the nth degree, to see if performance lives up to the manufacturer’s technical specs.

Making cents out of the security mix

While the increasing adoption of security technology has seen a marked reduction in the volume of manpower required for banking and financial institution security, it would seem that the optimum choice would be a combination of the best of both domains. Hi-Tech Security Solutions chats to industry specialists about the security mix, cybercrime and the…

ASIS Dubai breakfast meeting

This month’s Dubai chapter meeting is sponsored and hosted by Cathexis. Cathexis will host our chapter meeting at the Rove Hotel in Downtown Dubai. The topic for the meeting will be: Building Value into Modern Video Surveillance. About the Speaker.

Brecher, an Electronics Engineer has over two decades of experience in the electronics industry, of which he has spent about 15 years in the IP surveillance technology space. Gus is a regular speaker at events where he is invited to share his knowledge on the latest technologies and innovations being deployed within the video surveillance sector.

The question of value

Anyone can throw a few cameras on a few poles or screw them into a wall and say they have installed a surveillance system, but will that system actually deliver value? Will the needs of the end user be met in terms of secur-ity or will they simply be able to say they have a surveillance system and perhaps get a little discount from their insurance company?

Cathexis EU welcomes Colin Harding

Cathexis EU Welcomes Colin Harding. Following on from a very successful 2017 Cathexis EU has appointed a new Business Development Manager, Colin Harding. Colin has a substantial background in CCTV and allied technologies having worked both in the UK and abroad for a number of years. With an excellent technical background Colin will bolster the sales ranks of Cathexis EU ensuring they continue to offer the very best solutions and support for their growing client base.

What lies ahead in 2018?

The start of a new year always brings predictions of what we can expect to see happening in the coming year, and this year is no different. To find out what the physical security industry is expecting in 2018, Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked a few of the leading players what they expect and how they see the year panning out in South and southern Africa.

VMS for effective campus security

IP video surveillance systems are one of the most popular and effective security systems on the market today, gaining traction in various markets across the globe and particularly in educational institutions such as schools, campuses and universities. VMS solutions need to be proactive and results-oriented, providing a safe and secure environment, but also an infrastructure management tool. IP surveillance can assist in managing protest action, managing discipline challenges and even vehicle traffic flow when it comes to parking areas and the flow of students between classes.

Access at speed

Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) or Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) can support the access control function by allowing preregistered vehicles automatic entrance to a facility. Not only does it allow for simpler and faster access, but the location of a vehicle can be tracked wherever there are suitable cameras onsite, and one can do additional identity checks of the person in the vehicle to ensure that the individual is supposed to be in that vehicle.

Integrated mining surveillance

When it comes to safeguarding the mining industry, there’s no easy way out. There are a host of unique problems that drive security and surveillance requirements on mining sites. One issue with mining is that these sites are often very remote and far removed from major metropolitan areas, meaning significantly less infrastructure to work with, which can make our task more challenging.

Measurable policies and multi-layered approach hit the mother lode

Extremely large sites, multiple facilities, high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and very valuable assets are common characteristics of mining operations. Securing these behemoths is often a logistical nightmare as threats from common thieves to illegal miners are added to the inherent safety and security risks synonymous with mine complexes. Hi-Tech Security Solutions discusses solutions with industry specialists.

Enhancing Estate Control Rooms

World-class security systems that offer peace-of-mind may be one of the biggest contributing factors for an increasing number of local and international buyers in some of South Africa’s luxury lifestyle estates. For those that can afford it, the allure of comfortable and convenient living, combined with the assurance that comes with a well-established, carefully managed and holistic security system is rapidly driving investment.

Advances in Video Analytics

As the resolutions of digital surveillance cameras have increased and new technologies such as thermal imaging have been introduced, the ability to detect details and recognize objects has improved dramatically. To assist in automating recognition tasks and reduce the chances of human error, analytics technologies are continually advancing to keep pace by not only alerting to potential threats but also reducing the occurrence of false alarms

Integration enhances mining security and operations

Still considered a critical contributor to the local economy, the South African mining sector boasts a total annual income of R550 billion and is one of the country’s biggest employers. With South Africa’s economy built on gold and diamond mining, the sector is an important foreign exchange earner, with gold accounting for more than one-third of exports. Gold mining in South Africa also accounts for over 10% of the world’s gold production.

Video management software boosting retail operations

The global retail sector is estimated to have achieved revenues of US$ 22.6 trillion in 2015 and should continue to rise to US$ 28 trillion by 2019, according to Research and Markets. Representing 31% of the world’s GDP, the retail sector employs billions of people throughout the globe. The effective management and safeguarding of this industry is therefore essential.

Big video on your doorstep

There is no shortage of video analytics solutions on the market today, from very expensive, cutting-edge technology that almost perform miracles, to the cheap and nasty that are bought so that people can say they have analytics installed. We are also witnessing a divide between analytical applications that are run on a central server (or servers) versus newer apps that run on the camera (on the edge).

All about efficiency

Cathexis used its sponsorship of iLegal 2016 to highlight the enhancements it made to its locally developed CathexisVision video management software. The company’s stand had numerous videos on display demonstrating the capabilities of the VMS, whether it was collecting number plates and the speed of cars on a highway or tracking people entering restricted areas.

Security integration not simple, but beneficial

Commercial environments are no longer looking for individual security solutions. Today they want a package that offers all the aspects of security they need. Part of the reason for this move is cost based – it’s supposedly cheaper and more convenient to get it all from one supplier. Another reason is the need for integrated solutions that talk to each other for easier management and improved security.

The Future of Commercial Security

The nature of commercial security is changing, with a growing number of companies looking for integrated security solutions to meet their unique needs. “The age of individual security solutions operating in silos may be over,” says Gus Brecher, managing director of Cathexis Africa and group marketing director of Cathexis Technologies. “Now clients are looking towards systems and solutions that will assist them in the seamless integration of multiple solutions from multiple suppliers.”

CathexisVision well suited for any residential estate security requirements

The CathexisVision video management solution has successfully been installed in various property applications around the globe, including residential estates and office parks. Exceptional integration capability, real-time monitoring, and the ability to operate reliably in any climate makes Cathexis a leading global provider of IP video management surveillance solutions.

Grows in leaps and bounds

In the past financial year, KZN-based Cathexis Africa experienced a growth of 52% in South Africa. Since the beginning of the 2015 financial year in July, the company is on track to post a similar growth pattern. Given the current economic recession, how is this possible? Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Cathexis Africa managing director Gus Brecher about the company’s blueprint for success and sustainability.

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Residential estate security

Gus Brecher of Cathexis, who was also a speaker at the seminar, says that events like this are an excellent forum for suppliers, installers and end users in the residential estate security sector. Not only was the seminar and exhibition extremely well supported by the KwaZulu-Natal market, but it indicated the synergy and symbiosis that exists between each member in the supply chain.

Cathexis launches CathexisVision 2015

Cathexis Technologies has announced the launch of CathexisVision 2015, the latest software release, from the company that has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading video management software developers.

With an extended range of brand new features and impressive capabilities, CathexisVision 2015 adds more functionality to Cathexis software and provides sophisticated solutions to satisfy all security and infrastructure management requirements.

Reaping more rewards with banking surveillance technology

While a security system is often sidelined as a grudge purchase in most sectors, there can be no debate about its critical importance in the banking sector.

Intelligent security systems are now more important than ever before as banks try to guard against both internal and external fraud in an ever worsening economic climate. That’s to say nothing of the ever present threat of a potential armed robbery. Taking all this into account, banking is one industry where effective security is a non-negotiable must.

Meet your ESDA member: Return on investment beyond security

Cathexis is a South African-based electronic and software systems development and manufacturing company, specialising in digital surveillance solutions for the international market. The company has been developing solutions for the industry for more than 18 years, and has a significant blue-chip customer base across the globe. Cathexis products can be found in many diverse vertical…

Cathexis moves forward with the past

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