Cernium Corporation announced that Amcest, one of the nation’s leading alarm monitoring companies, will provide Cernium’s CheckVideo intelligent video verification solution to its dealer network.  CheckVideo will augment Amcest’s monitoring services to include intelligent video filtering and video alarm verification. 

CheckVideo transforms the way that central stations monitor and verify alarms by performing real-time analysis of monitored video and presenting critical visual information to security monitoring personnel.  Seamlessly integrated with central station automation software, CheckVideo is a hosted solution that cost-effectively incorporates advanced video analytics and web-based video management functionality while taking only minutes to configure, deploy and maintain.

“Cernium is excited to join forces with such a respected industry leader as Amcest,” said Craig Chambers, president and CEO of Cernium.  “We look forward to working with them to demonstrate the power of CheckVideo to change the economics of video monitoring.” 

“CheckVideo provides the alarm industry with the first intelligent video-based RMR program that is both affordable and easy to install,” said Fred Rosenfeld, president of Amcest.  “We evaluated various video verification products over the past year and found CheckVideo to be the most reliable and cost-effective solution for both dealers and the Central Station.”

With CheckVideo, central station operators are alerted to specific events, such as the presence of people or vehicles at specific times and locations, helping them to differentiate between false alarms and events of interest.  The solution also integrates with alarm panels to permit sensor-based alarm verification.  As a result, CheckVideo not only reduces false alarms but makes operators more efficient by allowing them to respond more effectively to situations that require their attention the most.


Secondary Fire Monitoring and Notification Interface

Honeywell released its Pro-Watch Notifier secondary fire interface. Offered as an application module for Pro-Watch 3.7 Professional and Corporate Edition, Pro-Watch Notifier enables users to monitor Notifier fire events and point status information from a central command and control location.

The Notifier application module leverages the BACnet IP gateway (BACnet-GW-3) to provide secondary fire reporting over standard IT and building automation networks. Because it applies open standards, the interface results in tighter integration across systems such as intrusion, building automation and secondary fire.

The Pro-Watch Notifier application module is ideal for users who monitor multiple systems in geographically diverse locations from a central site. Typical adopters of secondary fire notification include corporate headquarters and office campuses in the biopharma, manufacturing, high tech and banking/finance markets, and telecom providers such as TV stations or cable providers. The Pro-Watch Notifier interface is also ideal for K-12 schools, universities and warehouses. The Notifier module is offered with 500 fire points and can be expanded to 2,000 fire points per panel in increments of 250.

Building on Pro-Watch and Pro-Watch Video Manager, users can centralize security operations and standardize response procedures. The Pro-Watch Notifier interface increases operator productivity by enabling operators to monitor more than one system at a time and reduces the cost of errors that naturally occur from manual response processes. It also facilitates a unified electronic audit trail of guard responses and actions.

“Today a guard operator has a dedicated console for each system being monitored. Operators are trained on each console and on the response procedures for each alarm. If more than one system is involved in the response, additional procedures and training must be provided to manually implement the response procedure across systems,” said Carlos Lopez-Reyna, Pro-Watch product manager, Honeywell. “The Pro-Watch Notifier product makes operators more productive by automating fire monitoring responses. It streamlines the creation of response procedures across multiple systems and decreases operator training time by reducing manual steps and the number of systems each operator needs to be trained on.”