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Cisco Announces Physical Security Solution for the Integrated Services Router

Cisco Empowered Branch enables customers to easily add physical security to other network services in an integrated branch office and enterprise site solution
Jun 10, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. - June 10, 2008 - Cisco today announced a video surveillance solution enabled on the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR) platform. By incorporating video surveillance network modules into the Cisco ISR, the solution converges physical security over an IP network. The solution also works with non-IP video surveillance equipment to enable a migration to IP-enabled video surveillance. This will allow the large installed base of over 4 million Cisco ISR and new customers to deploy video surveillance as part of their existing infrastructure, while helping to reduce the total cost of ownership, improve operational flexibility, combine physical and network security, and enhance performance and reliability.

Customers deploying the Cisco ISR video surveillance solution can now achieve improved control and distribution of video surveillance services, and greater central and remote monitoring flexibility. The Cisco Video Surveillance solution is one of a number of services that run on the Cisco ISR, helping enable tighter linkage between video surveillance and other branch applications such as unified communications, network security, virtual private networks, and mobility. This is especially important in branch office deployments such as retail, banking and government where technical expertise is not readily available.

The Cisco Video Surveillance solution is a key milestone in Cisco's recently announced business video strategy which combines systems and services using the network as the platform to enable end-to-end, any-to-any video solutions that create powerful Visual Networking experiences.
It extends the Empowered Branch integrated services offering and lowers barriers to efficient deployment of video surveillance in branch and remote offices.

The new modules for the Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers, which feature the Cisco Video Surveillance Media Manager line of products, include:

  • Cisco Video Management and Storage System (VMSS) Network Module, which helps enable local archival and management of video images. Through the combination of Cisco Video Surveillance Operations Manager software and Cisco Video Surveillance Media Server software scaled for the branch or remote office environment, the Cisco VMSS allows customers to manage and monitor multiple video sources through a single converged interface. The VMSS provides support for the Cisco VS IP Camera, as well as most major third-party IP cameras and encoders.
  • Cisco IP Video Surveillance 16-Port Analog Video Gateway Network Module, which provides high-density analog video encoding, up to 30 frames per second (fps) per port at up to 4CIF video resolution, support for Motion JPEG (MJPEG) and MPEG4, remote Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera control, integrated contact closure ports, and embedded motion detection.

Cisco Video Surveillance is also now available on the Cisco 3200 Series Rugged Integrated Services Router, also featuring the Cisco Video Surveillance Media Manager line of products:

  • The Cisco IP Video Surveillance 4-Port and 2-Port Intelligent Video Gateway (IVG) PC-104 cards for the Cisco 3200 Series Rugged Integrated Services Routers provide video surveillance capabilities for mobile workers, such as first responders and transportation operators, as well as outdoor fixed environments, such as kiosks and traffic lights. When used in combination with products from the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager product family, the Cisco IVGs allow customers to deploy new video surveillance applications in environmentally challenging outdoor and mobile environments.

ADT, a leading security systems integrator, will team with Cisco to offer the new solution. "This will allow us to offer our customers the latest in physical security systems and services, taking advantage of existing systems," said Nick Samanich, ADT director Commercial Strategic Products Planning. "This solution enhances ADT's ability to provide our end-users with effective video surveillance on their existing networks, giving them greater control and flexibility and an increased level of security."

The Cisco Video Surveillance solution provides integrated management from a central site and/or distributed management from many sites to collect, monitor and view both live and recorded video, with a single all-in-one Cisco ISR platform. Customers can use both traditional analog video cameras and wired or wireless IP video surveillance cameras. Cisco Video Surveillance on the Cisco ISR also provides customers with a single-box embedded storage option as well as third-party video storage and archival capabilities.

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