ADPRO FastTrace 2 Hybrid NVR
by Security Electronics and Networks | @Articles Product Reviews | October 31, 2012, 7:00am AEDT
ADPRO’s FastTrace 2 Hybrid recorder and transmitter is an H.264 multi-site video solution supporting up to 16 cameras, either analogue or megapixel IP. Designed for multi-site applications, FastTrace 2 has many of the features of a very powerful NVR and a strong accent on event-based video and audio transmission. The way this works is that on alarm the unit sends video from a remote site to Adpro VideoCentral remote video and alarm management software and Adpro M3000 command and control software.
FastTrace 2 offers up to 8TB onboard storage, dual codec or dual stream for independent recording and viewing of analogue or IP cameras, an audio input per video input, an intuitive web interface and fast searches using post record metadata motion detection presented as a timeline in increments of seconds.
I got a demo of the unit from Jeff Rushton on the Alarmcorp stand at Security 2012 and was impressed with the breadth of the capabilities this Xtralis product has built into it. This unit is designed as a true solution and it has an industrial quality that suggests plenty of thought went into the design of its functionality.
According to ADPRO, if the system is combined with ADPRO VideoCentral Platinum management software, its combination of video alarm verification, remote site monitoring and control, and evidential quality recording (H.264), it provides the most flexible multi-site video security system available.
Event-based video transmission pushes video on alarm from the remote site to the ADPRO VideoCentral Platinum remote video and alarm management software and ADPRO M3000 command and control software. There’s a CMS control override function to get complete control of the system in the event of an incident and there are 10 custom settings for live viewing.
Additional features of FastTrace 2 include optimised image quality, bandwidth and HDD management and that H.264 compression which allows up to 25ips per camera. Importantly, the unit is scalable up to 4, 8, 12 or 16 analogue and 4 or 8 analogue and 8 IP or 16 H.264 IP cameras including Axis, Sony, Samsung, Sanyo, Arecont, ACTi and Brickcom.
“A key feature is the intuitive web interface which gives authorised users remote access to live and recorded video over the network, either multicast or unicast”
A key feature is the intuitive web interface which gives authorised users remote access to live and recorded video over the network, either multicast or unicast. FastTrace 2 also allows fast searches through large amounts of recorded video thanks to its post-record metadata motion search capability. Results are presented on a timeline in seconds without large video data transfers across the network.
FastTrace 2 can also integrate optional on-board video analytics capabilities (up to 4 channels) for indoor loitering detection and outdoor perimeter detection (sterile zone detection). This is handled via a High Level Interface to ADPRO’s Presidium intelligent video analytics platform and the optional on-board video analytics can detect loiterers even when they remain static for a long time.
Video alarm verification is another key feature of the product and it incorporates live and recorded video transmission, 2-way audio, remote camera control and flexible integration capabilities to provide full remote site surveillance and control, eliminating the need for on-site guards.
The beauty of video alarm verification as opposed to patrol response or even video tours of a facility is that it allows rapid assessment of video alarm images enables the cause of alarms to be faster, allowing for response only when necessary, improving real security and minimising responses to false alarms.
Resolutions for analogue cameras include CIF, QCIF, 2CIF and 4CIF, while
IP cameras can be supported up to HD and megapixel resolutions. The 2-way audio capability include one bi-directional half-duplex audio channel available per video channel with optional audio switcher. There’s also camera supervision for contrast, no video signal and camera tamper (moved or defocused).
The unit has local on-board input/outputs and extended input/outputs with up to 128 total input/outputs via optional Ethernet PoE modules. This seriously extends the capabilities of FastTrace 2 to act as a security or plant monitoring solution in local and remote applications. There’s also an SDK interface available to support direct integration to 3rd party receiving software, which is ideal for big sites with legacy gear.
Alarm transmission capability is handled by a primary IP link with optional 3G, back up optional 3G and support for Dynamic IP addresses
(DNS). There’s also a communication channel supervision via automatic site pulse watchdog signal, time synchronisation via NTP time servers and integrated PTZ telemetry support with PTZ presets on alarm (RS485, via coax).