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Cisco Introduces New Video Solutions for Physical Security

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 15, 2008 - Cisco today announced
Sep 15, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 15, 2008 - Cisco today announced new standards-based video servers and IP video surveillance cameras, with application enhancements that improve interoperability, user experience, storage and overall performance of its Connected Physical Security system. The new products and solutions use the IP network as a platform to manage applications such as video surveillance, physical access control and communications and notification, to help Safety and Security professionals better integrate and manage complex video systems.

The Safety & Security industry is undergoing a major technology transition from closed, proprietary systems, to more open, interoperable solutions. Cisco is taking an active role in advancing open standards and recently announced its support for a new open IP Media Device API introduced by the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). This new specification marks the beginning of a new set of standards that will help define new uniform methods for how IP devices communicate with the network, including discovery, configuration and command and control.

Cisco is taking a significant first step in driving open standards by embedding the recently introduced open IP Media Device API within its IP Surveillance Cameras, supported by Cisco's video surveillance applications and multiservices platforms.

"Cisco's network-centric approach to Physical Security gives us the ability to help distribute live and archived video from our surveillance cameras to security professionals in real-time, helping us react and respond to incidents immediately," said Mark Bell, Director of Security for Westgate City Center, Glendale, Arizona. "By delivering solutions based on an open architecture, Cisco has helped us utilize our existing IT investments to deliver an integrated, state-of-the-art safety and security system."

New products and enhancements to Cisco's Physical Security system include:

  • New modular Physical Security Multiservices Platforms, built using IT industry standards, provide flexible cost-effective options for storage, resiliency and performance, enabling significant operational benefits in deploying and managing physical security solutions for one or many sites over an IP network.
  • New Standard Definition (SD) Indoor and Outdoor IP Fixed Dome Cameras in vandal resistant housing to further increase the customer choice for Cisco's surveillance IP camera range. These IP cameras join a range of enterprise class standard and high definition cameras currently offered by Cisco in wired, wireless, indoor, outdoor, box and fixed formats, and third party Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) formats. All Cisco IP cameras will implement the open IP Media Device API specification.
  • Improved reliability, performance and user experience using Cisco Video Surveillance applications. Within Cisco Video Surveillance Manager, Cisco is delivering flexible recording and playback features using record-on-motion and record-on-event capabilities to maximize storage across all formats, improving performance by up to 50% or greater. Within Cisco's Video Surveillance Stream Manager, Cisco is providing new Matrix Switch and Keyboard support for integration with a broader range of analog and hybrid video surveillance solutions.

Delivering on its commitment to provide open standards, Cisco is also providing support for H.264 standards within devices and software, which provides streaming video surveillance with higher quality, reduced bandwidth and lower storage costs. The new system will also provide simplified motion configuration, Cisco PTZ enabled video encoders/decoders, and legacy DVR integration.

"The underlying technologies that are the framework of today's Safety and Security operations are in a state of transition as security professionals and emergency responders look to integrate these critical tools to better communicate with each other and speed information sharing," said Bill Stuntz, VP/GM of Cisco's Physical Security Business Unit. "The development of open, interoperable solutions, based on industry standards, will help Cisco advance the industry's standardization on an IT-based, network-centric architecture."

Cisco video surveillance solutions work in unison with the advanced features and functions of the IP network infrastructure-switches, routers, and other network security devices-to help enable maximum security, policy-based access to live or recorded video. With support for many surveillance cameras, both Cisco and third party encoders, and applications, Cisco video surveillance solutions allow customers to build video surveillance systems that optimize cost, performance, and capability, across campus, branch, mobile, data center, and infrastructure environments.


The new Cisco IP Fixed Dome Cameras are scheduled for availability in December 2008. The new Physical Security Multiservices Platforms are currently orderable with several options for storage, communications, and resiliency and supporting a new major release of Video Surveillance Manager (v4.0/6.0). The IPICS communications & notification system is also currently orderable.

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