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Video Management System Software

What is the Video Management System?

The Video Management System is a new Video as a Service software application that is used in the byRemote Hosted Video as a Service. It was developed to support the ONVIF standard. The Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard was developed to facilitate the development and use of a global open standard for IP-based security products. In this case, these products are network IP cameras, digital video recorders (DVR) and network video recorders (NVR).

We have been receiving requests to support a variety of network IP based cameras that support the H.264 video stream. This is because the H.264 video stream uses less of the bandwidth that is needed for the viewing and the recording of the video from the network cameras. And, the H.264 video stream provides the high definition (HD) resolution.

The Video Management System software will support the network camera, DVR and NVR models that have the support for the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP). Most of the newer network devices have this.

Here are slides for some Video Management Features. This is what a customer user will see and do.

 

This is a slider. The slides will move automatically. To pause it, just move your mouse over the slide area. Arrows will show, < and >. To go from slide to slide,  just click on the < or > arrows.

A Dashboard Provides Quick Access

 

  • No Mention of byRemote.
  • User Permission Based. A User will only See the Features that they are Permitted to See.
  • Streams for the Live Video, Archived (recorded) Video and Favourites for Custom Groups of Video.
  • Vault for Online Storage of Video Clips or Other Files.
  • Notifications. The Administrator May Send Notifications to a User.
  • Dashboard Status gives a Quick Status of the Customer.

Logo Branding

 

  • The Video Management System standard user interface is generic. There is no mention of byRemote.

  • Add your logo to show on your account Dashboard.

  • For byRemote partners, add your client’s logo to show on their customer account Dashboard.

Live Streaming Video

 

  • Playback Controls for Easy Reviewing
  • Hours Grid for Easy Video Location
  • Motion Detection Indicators for Video Instance Viewing
  • Controls for Pan/Tilt/Zoom within the video image
  • Archives to Quickly Review  the Recorded Video for Previous Days
  • Even View the Video in Full Screen

Archives

From the Archives, just select the day for which you wish to view the video.

  • The video for that day will then appear. The controls and playback are the same as with the live streaming video.

Favourites

 

Favourites are custom groups of surveillance video. Just select the cameras that you wish. Then give your Favourite a name. Your Favourite will then be saved.

  • You may create as many Favourites as you wish.

Download Video Clips

 

Need to have a video clip? Just select the day for the recorded video.

  • The hours for that day will the show. Select an hour. For more hours, just select to show more entries or more pages.

  • Then, just click on the icon to view or down-load the hour as a MP4 video clip. How easy is that?

Live Video Demonstration

Please take a look…

Just click on the Live Demonstration button

The Username is: vmsdemo.com

The Password is: vmsdemo

Live Video Demonstration

More Information?

 

The byRemote Learning Center

 

The byRemote Learning Center has Courses with Lessons

 

Here is the Customer User Guide course. This has lessons that show the features that the customer user may use in the Video Management System software

 

Just click on the lesson description to view it

Live Video Demonstration

 

Feel Free to Login and Check Out the Features

 

The Username is: demo@vms.com

The Password is: vmsdemo

 

Just click on the button

 

Live Video Demonstration

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions?

 

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Check back often. More will be added

 

How do we get the pricing for the Hosted Video as a Service?

For the Hosted Video as a Service license pricing with using the Video Management System software

  • Just click on the Free Quote in the Quick Links on the right side of the page. Or the tab in the Menu at the top of the page. Fill in the form and submit it. We will then respond with a firm quote.

Why choose the Hosted Video as a Service?

 

Some reasons for subscribing to the Hosted Video as a Service

  • You have many clients. With the Client Management feature, Video Management System will allow you to view all of your clients. With their account information and users.
  • You have many clients that have multiple locations. The Locations feature of the Video Management System is designed for this. An example; a client might have locations in a region of states. With the Locations feature, an hierarchy would be setup. The Level would be the midwest region. The midwest region level would have the states of; MN, ND, SD, and WI as Locations. The cameras and users would then be “mapped” to each of the states. As wished.
  • Your clients have different video recording needs. With the Hosted Video as a Service, the recording time period can be up-graded or down-graded at any time.
  • You are a business that has multiple locations. You wish to view the video from all of the locations with one login. Or, you have a group of locations, and wish to have certain persons to be able to view the video from these groups of locations. With the Locations functions, as with the cameras, the users can be mapped to all locations, one location, or a group of locations.
  • You wish to have the video recorded off-site to a centralized location. This may be done with the surveillance video from the network cameras, DVR or NVR.
  • You wish to have multiple users. With the Video Management System software, you may create unlimited users. Each user may be assigned to view all, or selected, cameras and features.
  • No contracts. From byRemote to you, the Hosted Video as a Service is month-by-month. No contracts are required.
  • Software Updates and Upgrades. The Hosted Video as a Service monthly service fee includes all Video Management System software updates and main feature upgrades.
  • On-going Support. Online, phone in and e-mail support for the Video Management Software is included in the Hosted Video as a Service monthly license fee.
  • Off-line Camera Notifications. Off-line camera notifications are included in the Hosted Video as a Service monthly license fee.

 

ONVIF. You mention ONVIF. What is it?
ONVIF
  • ONVIF stands for; Open Network Video Interface Forum. This is a standard that was developed to facilitate the development and use of a global open standard for IP-based security products. In this case, these products are network IP cameras, video encoders, Digital Video Recorders (DVR) or Network Video Recorders (NVR).
Why was the ONVIF standard necessary?
  • The ONVIF standard permits the network IP camera, video encoder, DVR or NVR to support the H.264 video stream. This video stream uses less of the bandwidth that is needed for the viewing and the recording of the video from a network camera, video encoder, DVR or NVR. H.264 also supports the high definition (HD) resolution.

RTSP. You mention that RTSP support is required. What is RTSP?

RTSP stands for the Real Time Streaming Protocol

The RTSP is used to control streaming media servers. Network IP cameras are streaming media server. The RTSP is used for establishing and controlling media sessions between end points. The end points being the remote camera and the Video Management System software located on a server. The requirement for the connection is that, with the network camera, there must be a remote Internet connection to the RTSP protocol of the camera that supports the H.264 video stream. Most newer network IP camera models will have this. In the TCP/IP setup area of the network camera, there will be the RTSP area with the option to enable the RTSP server to the RTSP Port; 554. As long as it shows that the RTSP supports the H.264 video stream, the Video Management System software will support the camera model.

DVR and NVR systems. The Video Management System software can be used to record the video surveillance off-site for a DVR or NVR based video Surveillance installation. The network cameras that are connected to the DVR or NVR will have a primary video stream and sub-stream. The sub-stream is then used for the video that is recorded when the Video Management System software is used to provide off-site video recording for the DVR or NVR video surveillance system.

Examples

Specifications. The network IP camera model will have web site page that will show the Supported protocols. The RTSP protocol must be present.

TCP/IP setup area. The TCP/IP setup area of the camera will have an area with the option to enable the RTSP server to the RTSP Port; 554. The RTSP must support the H.264 video stream.

RTSP stream URL. The RTSP stream URL is used to verify that the RTSP port is accessible remotely over the Internet. Each camera manufacturer and, often, the camera models will have a specifically formatted RTSP stream. An example, for an Axis camera, it might appear as; URL: rtsp://root:*****@175.80.170.115/axis-media/media.amp.

Here is an explanation of the RTSP stream URL
  1. root. This is username.
  2. *****. This is the password. For security purposes, this is masked.
  3. 175.80.170.115. This is the public address. In this case, this would be a static IP address. This can also be a Dynamic DNS (DDNS).
  4.  axis-media/media.amp. This is the specific RTSP stream format for the Axis Communications camera models.
Where do we find out what the RTSP stream URL for a network device is?

This can be done by doing a Google search. There are a number of web sites that provide this information. An example is; ISpy CONNECT. 

How do we verify that the RTSP URL stream is available remotely over the Internet?

This can be done by using a program called; VLC Player. Here is a web link to VideoInsight; http://video-insight.com/kb/content/11/31/en/how-to-verify-if-a-rtsp-stream-is-working-properly.html. It has instructions for downloading and using the VLC Player to verify a RTSP URL stream.

  • As an example, with using an Axis camera, the RTSP URL stream might appear as; rtsp://root:*****@175.80.170.115/axis-media/media.amp. As mentioned above, the password is masked here. In the actual RTSP URL stream, the password would show.

 

What Network Cameras, Video Encoder, DVR's and NVR's are Supported?

The Video Management System software will support the network camera, video encoder, DVR or NVR models that have the support for the ONVIF standard. The connection from the Video Management Software  to the device is provided by the RTSP protocol. In the TCP/IP setup area of the device, there will be the RTSP port. As long as it shows that the RTSP port supports the H.264 video stream, the Video Management System software will support the surveillance video stream from the device.

  • For more information, see the FAQ; RTSP. You mention that RTSP support is required. What is RTSP?

What avout DVR's and NVR's. Are They Supported?

The Video Management System software will support the DVR and NVR models that have the support for the ONVIF standard. The connection from the Video Management Software to the DVR or NVR is provided by the RTSP protocol. In the TCP/IP setup area of the DVR or NVR, there will be the RTSP server. As long as it shows that the RTSP port supports the H.264 video stream, the Video Management System software will support the DVR or NVR model.

Using the Video Management System software to record the video surveillance off-site. The network cameras that are connected to the DVR or NVR will have a primary video stream and sub-stream. The sub-stream for the video is recorded when the Video Management System software is used to provide off-site video recording for the video surveillance.

For more information, see the FAQ; RTSP. You mention that RTSP support is required. What is RTSP?

Is Support included in the byRemote Hosted Video as a Service?

Yes it is. The byRemote Hosted Video as a Service includes the following on-going support services

  • byRemote HelpDesk. With the byRemote HelpDesk, unlimited support for the Hosted Video as a Service is provided.
  • byRemote IsItUp off-line camera notifications.
    • We monitor the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the camera.
    • Should a camera go off-line, and camera IP not be reachable over the Internet, a designated email address will receive and off-line camera notification.
    • Should the camera come back on-line, and the IP address be reachable over the Internet, a return to service email will be sent.
  • Software updates. Updates are necessary software fixes. These are included in the Hosted Video as a Service monthly subscription fee.
  • Software upgrades. Upgrades are additions to the software. These are included in the monthly subscription fee.

Will we be notified if our cameras happen to go off-line?

Yes you will. This is the byRemote IsItUp off-Line camera notification service. The IsItUp Service is included with the Hosted Video as a Server monthly recurring fee.

How does the byRemote IsItUp off-line camera notification service work?

Off-line Camera email. The IsItUp Service checks the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the camera or video encoder every 30 minutes. Should the service not be able to reach the IP address, an Off-line Camera email notification will be sent to a designated email account. The email will contain; Company name, customer name, camera name, the failure time and the last successful test time.

Return to Service email. If, when the IsItUp Service receives a response upon the next time that it checks the IP address, a Return to Service email will be sent to the designated email address. The email will contain; Company name, customer name, camera name, the return to service time and the last successful test time.

What is needed to have the byRemote IsItUp off-Line camera notification service activated?

  • We will need an active and monitored email account for where the off-line and return to service emails will be sent.

Can the byRemote IsItUp off-line service be used for a DVR or NVR?

  • Yes, it can. It works the same as with a network camera.

Do you charge by the video storage data or bandwidth used?

No, we do not. The byRemote Hosted Video as a Service monthly recurring license fees are based on the Recording Plan that you choose. There are no additional charges for video storage data or bandwidth.

  • The Recording Plan can be different for each camera. Just choose the Recording Plan that will work the best for each camera.

Live video demonstration. Can we use this on our web site?

Yes you may. In fact, we encourage this.

  • Just have your web master add the URL; https://vaasportals.com/ to a page in your web site.
  • Also, you will need to add the text for the username of; demo@vms.com and the password of; vmsdemo.

What is Required for the Hosted Video as a Service?

The Hosted Video as a Service, with using the Video Management System software, requirements are;

  • A network camera, video encoder, DVR or NVR that has an RTSP port with H.264 video stream support. Most devices will have this. For more information, see the FAQ; RTSP. You mention that RTSP support is required. What is RTSP?.
  • A DVR or NVR with support for the H.264 video stream.
  • A cable/DSL router.
  • An always on high-speed Internet connection.

Is a Contract Required for the Hosted Video as a Service?

No, we do not require a contract for the Hosted Video as a Service. It is available on month-to-month basis. You may discontinue your service at any time for any reason.

  • However, should you wish to have a contract or agreement, we will be more than happy to provide you with one.

How do we get our cameras activated for the Hosted Video as a Service?
First, we will need remote access to  the video stream of your camera, DVR or NVR.
  1. We will need access to the video stream from your network camera, NVR or DVR. This done by having a connection to the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) port. By default, this is port 554. However, you may change this if you wish. For instance,  with IP cameras you may have more than one camera that the static IP address or Dynamic DNS is pointing to. You would then assign a different number for the RTSP port for each of the cameras. This will then allow the static IP or Dynamic DNS address to communicate with each of the cameras.
  2. Check the setup area of your device. There will be a TCP/IP area. The RTSP port will be listed here.
  3. Make sure that the RTSP port is enabled.
  4. In your router you will need to setup the access to the RTSP port for the camera(s), video encoder, DVR or NVR. Your router will have instructions for how to do this.
  5. Verify that their is a remote connection to the RTSP port for the camera(s), video encoder, DVR or NVR. You may have to be outside of the device location to do this.

Here is some information for how to verify that the remote access to the RTSP port is active.

TCP/IP setup area.

The TCP/IP setup area of the camera will have an area with the option to enable the RTSP server to the RTSP Port; 554. The RTSP must support the H.264 video stream.

RTSP stream URL. The RTSP stream URL is used to verify that the RTSP port is accessible remotely over the Internet. Each camera manufacturer and, often, the camera models will have a specifically formatted RTSP stream. An example, for an Axis camera, it might appear as; URL: rtsp://root:*****@175.80.170.115/axis-media/media.amp

Here is an explanation of the RTSP stream URL

  1. root. This is username.
  2. *****. This is the password. For security purposes, this is masked.
  3. 175.80.170.115. This is the public address. In this case, this would be a static IP address. This can also be a Dynamic DNS (DDNS).
  4.  axis-media/media.amp. This is the specific RTSP stream format for the Axis Communications camera models.
Where do we find out what the RTSP stream URL for a network device is?

This can be done by doing a Google search. There are a number of web sites that provide this information. An example is; ISpy CONNECT. 

How do we verify that the RTSP URL stream is available remotely over the Internet?

This can be done by using a program called; VLC Player. Here is a web link to VideoInsight; http://video-insight.com/kb/content/11/31/en/how-to-verify-if-a-rtsp-stream-is-working-properly.html. It has instructions for downloading and using the VLC Player to verify a RTSP URL stream.

  • As an example, with using an Axis camera, the RTSP URL stream might appear as; rtsp://root:*****@175.80.170.115/axis-media/media.amp. As mentioned above, the password is masked here. In the actual RTSP URL stream, the password would show.
Next, we will setup your account and the video stream in the Video Management System software.
  1. Required information. We do need some information to create your account in the Video Surveillance Center software.
  2. Activation Form. To obtain this information, we have an on-line Activation Form. This form has the information that we need to create an account in the Video Management System software.
  3. Where is the Activation Form? This form is reached by the clicking on the Activation tab in the Menu or the Activation link in the Quick Links that is located on the right side of the page.
  4. What happens after we submit the Activation Form? Once that we have received the form, we will check the remote Internet connection. If we do have a remote Internet connection to the camera, we will then create a customer account in the Video Surveillance Center software, add an administrator level user and add the cameras. If we cannot reach the camera with an Internet connection from our end, we will send you an email.
  5. Upon completion. Once that we have completed the activation, an email will be sent to the email account that is listed in the Activation Form. This email will have the location of the account and the login information.

Can the Hosted Video as a Service be used as a Back-Up for an Existing System?

Yes, it can. In fact, this is becoming a common use for the byRemote Hosted Video as a Service.

Digital Video Recording (DVR) or Network Video Recording (NVR)
  • The location already has a DVR or NVR installed. If the DVR or NVR has a RTSP port that supports the H.264 video stream, the Video Management System software can provide the off-site video storage for the surveillance video from the network cameras.
  • The network IP cameras will have a primary and sub-stream for the video. The primary video stream will be recorded to the DVR or NVR. The sub-stream will be recorded to the the Video Management System software.

For more information, see the FAQ; “RTSP. You mention that RTSP support is required. What is RTSP?”

Fully functional back-up system
  • With the byRemote Hosted Video as a Service, using the Video Management System software, to provide a back-up of the locations video surveillance, a fully functional system will be in place. This will allow the viewer to log-on to their account to view the live streaming and recorded video.
  • For an example, just click on the Video Management System Live Video Demonstration listing in the Quick Links on the right side of the web page.

Who provides the cameras and installation?

The cameras and installation are provided by you. If we were to provide the cameras and installation, we would need to add an additional cost. We do not wish to do this.

Where is the surveillance video hosted?
Surveillance video data hosting;
  • The surveillance video is hosted at a server that is located in a certified data center. A certified data center will have the necessary experience, on-site 24×7 support and the server bandwidth to provide a 100% up-time.
Software;
  • The software that is used in the Hosted Video as a Service is the Video Managment System. For more information, click on the Video Management System link in the Quick Links or the tab in the Menu.
  • The URL location to the user interface is a secure HTTPS connection with a SSL certficate.

Video Management System Live Video Demonstration

Just click on the button.

The Username is: demo@vms.com

The Password is: vmsdemo

Live Video Demonstration