Secure Guard Central Management System

Speco Technologies, Inc.
Secure Guard Central
Management System
Usage Information
Secure Guard Central Management System
Contents
1
Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 7
2
Installation....................................................................................................................................... 7
3
2.1
System Requirements .............................................................................................................. 7
2.2
System Installation ................................................................................................................... 7
2.3
Command Line Options ............................................................................................................ 7
Configuration................................................................................................................................... 8
3.1
3.1.1
Concepts .......................................................................................................................... 9
3.1.2
Operations ..................................................................................................................... 10
3.1.3
Creating a New System Folder ........................................................................................ 11
3.2
4
5
User Configuration ................................................................................................................... 9
System Configuration ............................................................................................................. 11
3.2.1
Site and Group Configuration ......................................................................................... 12
3.2.2
Path Settings .................................................................................................................. 17
3.2.3
Image Annotations ......................................................................................................... 19
3.2.4
Sequence Settings .......................................................................................................... 21
3.2.5
Styles.............................................................................................................................. 23
3.2.6
User Settings .................................................................................................................. 27
Administrator Operations .............................................................................................................. 31
4.1
Save Settings .......................................................................................................................... 31
4.2
Load Settings.......................................................................................................................... 32
4.3
Activity Log ............................................................................................................................ 33
4.4
Debug Log .............................................................................................................................. 36
Operations..................................................................................................................................... 38
5.1
General Layout ....................................................................................................................... 38
5.2
Main Menu ............................................................................................................................ 39
5.2.1
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5.2.2
Control ........................................................................................................................... 41
5.2.3
Utilities........................................................................................................................... 42
5.2.4
Settings .......................................................................................................................... 42
5.2.5
Screen Mode .................................................................................................................. 43
5.2.6
View ............................................................................................................................... 44
5.2.7
Help ............................................................................................................................... 45
5.3
Main Toolbar.......................................................................................................................... 45
5.4
Control Panel ......................................................................................................................... 46
5.4.1
Group Configuration Tree ............................................................................................... 48
5.4.2
Screen Mode Layout ....................................................................................................... 52
5.5
Status Bar............................................................................................................................... 53
5.5.1
System Capacity Widgets ................................................................................................ 54
5.5.2
Camera Site Status ......................................................................................................... 54
5.5.3
Playback Speed Controls................................................................................................. 54
5.5.4
Selected Camera Status .................................................................................................. 55
5.6
System Tray Icon .................................................................................................................... 55
5.7
Viewing Images ...................................................................................................................... 55
5.7.1
Screen Mode .................................................................................................................. 56
5.7.2
Active Viewing Area........................................................................................................ 57
5.7.3
Dragging Images into viewers ......................................................................................... 58
5.7.4
Moving images ............................................................................................................... 58
5.7.5
Removing images ........................................................................................................... 58
5.7.6
Ordering images ............................................................................................................. 59
5.7.7
Quick Zoom Image.......................................................................................................... 59
5.7.8
Image Annotations ......................................................................................................... 59
5.7.9
Camera Information ....................................................................................................... 60
5.7.10
Host-Zoom control ......................................................................................................... 60
5.7.11
Adjust Image Qualities.................................................................................................... 61
5.7.12
Pan-Tilt-Zoom Control .................................................................................................... 63
5.7.13
Image Sequencing .......................................................................................................... 66
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5.8
Playing Images Recorded on DVR ........................................................................................... 67
5.9
Recording Images on Host ...................................................................................................... 70
5.10
Playing Images recorded on Host ........................................................................................... 70
5.10.1
Finding the images to playback ....................................................................................... 70
5.10.2
Local Playback viewer ..................................................................................................... 71
5.11
Making an image snapshot ..................................................................................................... 72
5.12
Help About ............................................................................................................................. 73
Appendix A: Release 1.0 to Release 1.1 Upgrade............................................................................ 75
6.1
New Permissions - Administrator ........................................................................................... 76
6.2
Non-administrator – New Permissions ................................................................................... 77
6.3
PTZ Support for HD, RS, and WRS ........................................................................................... 78
Table 1 - Command Line Options ............................................................................................................. 7
Table 2 - Command Line Option Effects ................................................................................................... 8
Table 3- Examples of Styles and Style Sheets ......................................................................................... 25
Table 4 - Main Menu Control Contents .................................................................................................. 41
Table 5 - Group Configuration Tree, Camera Icons ................................................................................. 49
Table 6- Status Bar Icons........................................................................................................................ 53
Table 7 - Status Bar Camera Status Fields............................................................................................... 55
Table 8 - Image Annotation Color Chart ................................................................................................. 59
Figure 1 - Installed CMS shortcuts ............................................................................................................ 8
Figure 2 - Login Dialog ........................................................................................................................... 10
Figure 3 - No system folder files found dialog ........................................................................................ 10
Figure 4 - Welcome Dialog ..................................................................................................................... 11
Figure 5 - Settings dialog to save unsaved changes. ............................................................................... 12
Figure 6 - CMS Settings, Group Management Tab .................................................................................. 13
Figure 7 - Site Settings dialog ................................................................................................................. 14
Figure 8 - Site Locate Dialog ................................................................................................................... 15
Figure 9 - CMS Settings, File Paths Tab ................................................................................................... 18
Figure 10 - Image Annotations Settings.................................................................................................. 19
Figure 11 - Image with no annotations................................................................................................... 20
Figure 12 - Image with just the site name .............................................................................................. 20
Figure 13 - Image with site and camera name annotations .................................................................... 21
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Figure 14 - Image with name and time annotations ............................................................................... 21
Figure 15 - Sequence Settings ................................................................................................................ 23
Figure 16 - CMS Settings, Available Styles .............................................................................................. 24
Figure 17 - CMS Settings, Style Sheets Available .................................................................................... 25
Figure 18 - User Settings ........................................................................................................................ 27
Figure 19 - Update User Dialog .............................................................................................................. 28
Figure 20 - Delete User Verification ....................................................................................................... 28
Figure 21 - Add User Dialog ................................................................................................................... 29
Figure 22 - Roles Management .............................................................................................................. 30
Figure 23 - Add Role Dialog .................................................................................................................... 30
Figure 24 - Update Role Dialog .............................................................................................................. 31
Figure 25 - Delete Role Verification........................................................................................................ 31
Figure 26 - Save Settings File Selection Dialog ........................................................................................ 32
Figure 27 - Load Settings File Selection Dialog........................................................................................ 33
Figure 28 - CMS Activity Log .................................................................................................................. 34
Figure 29 - CMS Activity Log - Date browser........................................................................................... 35
Figure 30 - CMS Activity Log, year selection ........................................................................................... 36
Figure 31 - CMS Debug Log .................................................................................................................... 37
Figure 32 - General Layout ..................................................................................................................... 38
Figure 33 - Main Menu and Toolbar ....................................................................................................... 39
Figure 34 - Main Menu, File sub-menu................................................................................................... 39
Figure 35 - Open Group Selection Dialog ............................................................................................... 40
Figure 36 - Open Group Verification Dialog ............................................................................................ 41
Figure 37 - Main menu - Utilities sub-menu ........................................................................................... 42
Figure 38 - Main Menu, Settings sub-menu............................................................................................ 42
Figure 39 - Main Menu, Screen Mode, Simple sub-menu ....................................................................... 43
Figure 40 - Main Menu, Screen Mode, Advanced sub-menu .................................................................. 44
Figure 41 - Main Menu, View sub-menu ................................................................................................ 44
Figure 42 - Main Menu, Help sub-menu ................................................................................................. 45
Figure 43 - Toolbar ................................................................................................................................ 45
Figure 44 - Control Panel docked on left ................................................................................................ 47
Figure 45 - Control Panel docked on right .............................................................................................. 48
Figure 46 - Control Panel, Group Configuration Tree .............................................................................. 48
Figure 47 - Group Configuration Tree, Site Tooltip ................................................................................. 49
Figure 48 - Group Configuration Tree, Site Context Menu ...................................................................... 50
Figure 49 - Group Configuration Tree, Disconnected Site ....................................................................... 50
Figure 50 - Remote Configuraton for T-Series DVR ................................................................................. 51
Figure 51 - Group Configuration Tree, camera context menu ................................................................. 51
Figure 52 - Camera Information Dialog .................................................................................................. 52
Figure 53 - Screen Mode, Simple Tab ..................................................................................................... 53
Figure 54 - Screen Mode, Advanced Tab ................................................................................................ 53
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Figure 55 - Capacity Widget Dialog ........................................................................................................ 54
Figure 56 - System Tray Icon Menu ........................................................................................................ 55
Figure 57 - Screen layout, 2x2 ................................................................................................................ 56
Figure 58 - Screen Layout, advanced, 17 viewing areas .......................................................................... 57
Figure 59 - Viewing area context menu .................................................................................................. 59
Figure 60 - Host Zoom Controls ............................................................................................................. 60
Figure 61 - Adjust Image Dialog ............................................................................................................. 62
Figure 62 - Dome Control, RS model ...................................................................................................... 63
Figure 63 - Dome Control, TH model ...................................................................................................... 65
Figure 64 - Initial Sequence Tab ............................................................................................................. 66
Figure 65 - Sequence Tab ....................................................................................................................... 67
Figure 66 - Playback, Remote Tab .......................................................................................................... 69
Figure 67 - Viewing area with host Record annotation ........................................................................... 70
Figure 68 - Playback, Local Tab .............................................................................................................. 71
Figure 69 - Local Playback Viewer .......................................................................................................... 72
Figure 70 - Snapshot Status Bar Message ............................................................................................... 72
Figure 71 - Sample Snapshot.................................................................................................................. 73
Figure 72 - About Secure Guard CMS Information Box ........................................................................... 74
Figure 73 - About Qt Information Page .................................................................................................. 75
Figure 74 - Roles - New Permissions – Administrator ............................................................................. 76
Figure 75 - Roles Management - New Permissions ................................................................................. 77
Figure 76 – Roles - New Permissions – non-administrator ..................................................................... 78
Figure 77 - PTZ Control for HD, RS, and WRS .......................................................................................... 79
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1 Overview
The Speco Technologies Secure Guard ™Central Management System (Secure Guard CMS) is a PC
Windows application that provides access to multiple DVRs and IP cameras in order to assist surveillance
personnel. This document provides information intended to be useful to users of Secure Guard CMS.
This document addresses topics in the following areas:
1. Installation – How to install the product on one or more systems.
2. Configuration – Describes what needs to be done before active surveillance work can be
performed. This work is typically done by an administrator or installer.
3. Normal Operation – Describes the functions available during normal operation of the product.
The Secure Guard CMS product uses a modular design where the connections to different types of DVRs
are made through different connection plug-ins. Each plug-in provides connections to a different type or
family of DVR or IP camera. The operations available on each DVR or camera may vary, depending on
what level of support the connection plug-in is able to provide.
2 Installation
2.1 System Requirements
The Secure Guard CMS product is intended for systems with the following types of operating systems:
1. Windows XP Professional Version 2002, Service Pack 3. The system should have at least 1G of
memory.
2. Windows 7 Professional N. The system should have at least 1G of memory. (32-bit or 64-bit)
The monitor screen resolution should be at least 1280x800.
2.2 System Installation
The product is delivered in a self-extracting executable. Simply run the executable to install the
program. In most cases, use the defaults in terms of where to install the product and which components
to install.
2.3 Command Line Options
There are two command line options that can be specified when starting Secure Guard CMS. These
options make it possible to create convenient shortcuts. The two options are described in Table 1.
Table 1 - Command Line Options
Option
Description
/inst=n
Specifies the instance number that should appear in the initial login box.
/user=name Specifies the user name that should appear in the initial login box.
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The options can be in upper or lower case.
Normally, the user name and instance number in the initial login are the same as the name and number
specified when Secure Guard CMS was last run. These options let you override one or both of these
values.
The effect of using these command line options is listed below in Table 2.
Table 2 - Command Line Option Effects
Command Line
No options
/inst=2
/user=William
/inst=3 /user=Charlie
Description
User name and instance of last invocation
User name from last invocation and instance 2
User name William and instance from last invocation
User name Charlie and instance 3
Specifying just the instance number is probably the most useful. When Secure Guard CMS is installed,
there are 4 shortcuts created that specify different instance numbers. See Figure 1.
Figure 1 - Installed CMS shortcuts
3 Configuration
The Secure Guard CMS product provides controlled access by the use of user names and passwords.
There is one special user who will be referred to as the Administrator or Installer. The administrator is
typically the one who performs the initial configuration on the installed product. This includes:
1. User Configuration. Adding new users to the system so that users can login and monitor the
surveillance equipment.
2. System Configuration. Adding new DVR and IP camera sites to the product for use by the users.
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3.1 User Configuration
3.1.1
Concepts
3.1.1.1 Users
The concept of a user in Secure Guard CMS consists of a name, password, and a role. A role is a set of
permissions for different operations and these determine what the user can and cannot do. When
Secure Guard CMS is started, the user is asked for their user login name and password. If these match
what the administrator has configured, then the product initializes and the user can perform various
operations.
There is a special user named admin who is the administrator. This user is always present in the list of
users and this user must have a non-blank password. All other users are added by the administrator and
may or may not have non-blank passwords. The Administrator usually has permission to do everything.
In addition, the administrator can delegate an operation to other users so that they can perform the
operation.
3.1.1.2 System Folder
The System Folder is the location in the file system where all the settings and configuration information
is stored. This location can be on a local hard drive (e.g. in …\My Documents) or it could be on a shared
drive. The advantage of using a shared drive is that users can login from physically different systems but
they would still have access to the same configuration information.
3.1.1.3 Multiple CMS Instances
On a single system, a user can run multiple copies of Secure Guard CMS. Typically, this is used to
connect to a different set of DVRs and have one set displayed on one monitor and the other set
displayed on a separate monitor. As part of the initial login step, the user will specify which instance or
copy of Secure Guard CMS is starting up. This determines which startup settings are used and makes it
easy for the user to remember the settings for each instance.
Since the intent of this feature is to make it easy to use multiple monitors attached to a system, the
practical limit is up to 8 instances.
The Secure Guard CMS product determines whether or not a specified instance is already running on the
host PC. If it is, then the instance starting up refuses to initialize. The user needs to specify a different
instance or exit.
3.1.1.4 Roles
The concept of a role is a set of information that has a name and a list of permissions for different types
of operations. Each user login name is associated with a specific role in order to determine which
operations a user is allowed to perform.
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3.1.2
Operations
3.1.2.1 Initial Login
When Secure Guard CMS is starting, a dialog is presented in order to gather the login name, password,
instance, and system folder. See Figure 2.
Figure 2 - Login Dialog
The system folder is the file system location where configuration files for Secure Guard CMS are stored.
On the first login, this folder should be empty since no configuration files have been created yet. When a
new system folder is used, you are presented with the dialog in Figure 3:
Figure 3 - No system folder files found dialog
You have three choices.
1. If you have saved settings from a previously created Secure Guard CMS, you can press the Load
button to load the saved settings into this instance of Secure Guard CMS.
2. Create a new set of configuration files by pressing the Create New button.
3. Press Cancel to return to the Login dialog and select a different System Folder.
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3.1.3 Creating a New System Folder
When creating a new system folder or anytime when starting Secure Guard CMS with no groups
defined, a dialog is shown that describes the steps needed to start viewing images from DVRs and
cameras. The dialog is shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 - Welcome Dialog
When the OK button is pressed, the System settings dialog is opened so the site and group lists can be
created. When the settings dialog is closed, a dialog is presented to allow the selection of the group to
connect to and then the sites in the group are connected to and images from the sites should appear in
the viewer screens.
3.2 System Configuration
The system configuration consists of information that usually only needs to be specified once by the
Administrator. This includes
1.
2.
3.
4.
The list of DVR and IP camera sites available for connections
The file name paths identifying where to store recorded files, snapshots, etc.
A list of defined image sequences for each site group.
User logins and roles
On each tab of the settings dialog, there is an Apply button. The Apply button is enabled when you have
made changes that need to be saved. When the Apply button is pressed, the changes are saved and the
button is disabled until you make additional changes. If you try to move to a different tab without
pressing the Apply button, a dialog appears asking if you want to save the changed settings. An example
of this dialog is shown in Figure 5.
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Figure 5 - Settings dialog to save unsaved changes.
3.2.1 Site and Group Configuration
Each Secure Guard CMS instance is configured to connect to a set of DVRs and/or IP cameras. The term
site is used to refer to a DVR or an IP camera. The term group is used to refer to a set of sites. Each
Secure Guard CMS instance is configured to connect to a single group which is defined as a set of sites.
The list of sites and groups is maintained as part of the Group Management Settings. These lists are
typically created by the administrator and each Secure Guard CMS instance is configured to connect to
all the sites in one particular group.
The Group Settings are setup and modified by using the Settings->Group Management dialog. This can
also be reached by pressing the Settings button on the main toolbar and then selecting the Group
Management tab in the dialog box that appears. The dialog is shown in Figure 6.
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Figure 6 - CMS Settings, Group Management Tab
The normal order of operations is the following:
1. Define one or more sites using the Site Settings and Sites sections.
2. Define one or more groups using the Sites and Groups sections.
3.2.1.1 Site Maintenance
The following site operations are available:
1. Adding a new site. To add a new site, do the following:
a. Click on the New button on the Saved Sites panel on the left side of the screen. This
opens the Site Settings dialog as shown in Figure 7.
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Figure 7 - Site Settings dialog
b. In the Site Settings, enter a new name for the site. All the site names in the Sites list
must be unique.
c. Select the appropriate Model for the site. If you do not see the correct model in the
Model list shown, scroll up or down to see additional choices.
d. Enter the remaining site arguments as indicated in the Site Settings. Note that the
settings may be slightly different for each Model.
2. Locating ONSIP cameras. An easy way to locate and make sites for ONSIP cameras on your local
network is to use the ONSIP Locate… button. This tool helps to automate the creation of site
objects for local ONSIP cameras. Pressing the button brings up a dialog as shown below in Figure
8.
This dialog scans the local network for ONSIP cameras and displays information about the local
cameras in the table on the left. This information includes the name and model of the camera,
the IP address and RTSP port number. The IP address type (statically assigned or DHCP) and the
MAC address are also shown.
You can force a new scan of the network by pressing the Refresh button.
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The table on the right shows the currently existing sites along with their IP addresses. Initially,
the table just shows the currently existing sites and they are all disabled. If you want to create a
new site for a camera listed on the left, double click the entry on the left. This opens a Site
Settings dialog with many of the entries filled in. You can change the site name and will need to
put in the user name and password entries. Once the site is fully defined, click OK to add the
new site.
The new sites are added to the list on the right. The newly added sites are not disabled like the
currently existing sites. You can select and edit a newly added site.
Figure 8 - Site Locate Dialog
When you have added all the sites you wish to add, press the OK button to return to the group
settings dialog. The added sites can now be added to groups and used like any other site.
3. Changing an existing site. In the Sites list, select the site you wish to change and press the Edit
button. You can also double-click on the site in the site list. This opens the Site Settings dialog
where you can make changes to the site connection information.
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4. Deleting an existing site. In the Sites list, select the site you wish to change. Press the rightmouse button to see the context menu for this site. One of the items is “Delete Site”. By
selecting this item, a pop-up is displayed asking if you are sure about deleting the site. If the site
is currently connected, the dialog should mention this and ask if you are sure you want to
disconnect and delete. Note that it is not necessary for a site to be used in any group. Deleting a
site could be a rare action.
5. Duplicating an existing site. You may want to have multiple site entries for the same physical
site. There may be slight differences such as a different Username and password. To duplicate a
site, select the site you wish to duplicate in the Sites list. Press the right-mouse button and
select the Duplicate menu item. This creates a new site item with all the same parameters and
generated tag. Now you can edit the site to change the name of the site and modify any
parameters you want to be different.
6. Renaming an existing site. In the Sites list, select the site you wish to rename, press the rightmouse button and select the Rename item. Then type in a new tag in the Site Settings. Another
method is to use the Edit button and change the name in the Site Settings dialog.
7. Sort the site list by site name. In the Sites list, click on the Site Tag column heading. Pressing the
Site Tag column heading again toggles the sort order from ascending to descending. An up or
down arrow in the column heading indicates the direction of the sort.
3.2.1.2 Group Maintenance
The following group operations are available:
1. Creating a new group. A first group with the name Group is initially present in the Groups list on
the right-most panel of the dialog. To create a new group, press the New button in the Groups
panel on the right side of the Settings dialog. The group names must be unique.
2. Adding a site to a group. To add a site to a group, select the site you wish to add from the Sites
list. You can use the >>> button or press the left-mouse button and drag the site into the desired
group.
3. Changing the site name within a group. When you add a site to a group, the site name within
the group is given the site name from the site list, unless a site in the group with that name
already exists. If there is a name collision, then the name for the second site is of the form:
name(1) where the number in parenthesis is chosen so that the name is unique. If you want to
change the name of a site within a group, do the following:
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a. In the Groups list, select the Site within the Group that you wish to rename. Now,
double-click on the desired site and then type in a new site name. Note that the site
names within a group must be unique.
b. In the Groups list, select the Site you wish to rename, press the right-mouse button and
select the Rename Site menu item.
4. Deleting a group. Select the group you wish to delete and press the right-mouse button to get
the context menu for the group. Select the Delete group item to delete the group. You will
receive a pop-up message asking if you are sure you want to delete the group. If the group is
connected, the pop-up will explain this and ask if you want to disconnect and delete the group.
Note that deleting the group does not delete the sites within the group. The sites are still in the
Sites list.
5. Removing a site from a group. Select the site you wish to remove from the group. Press the
right-mouse button and select Remove from the context menu. You will receive a pop-up asking
if you are sure you want to remove the site from the group. If the site is currently connected,
the pop-up will explain this and ask if you wish to disconnect and remove the site. Note that
removing a site from a group does not delete the site from the Sites list.
6. Sort the group list by group name. Select the Groups header in the Groups list to sort the list by
Group name. Press the Groups header again to toggle between an ascending and descending
sort. An arrow on the header indicates which column is the sort key and the direction of the
sort.
7. Sort the sites within a group by site. Select the Site column header in the Groups list to sort the
list by Site within each group. Press the Site column again to toggle between an ascending and
descending sort. An arrow on the header indicates which column is the sort key and the
direction of the sort.
3.2.2 Path Settings
The File Path Settings dialog can be used to specify where different types of information are stored.
These paths are specified on a per-user basis.
The dialog can be reached by pressing the Settings button and then selecting the File Paths tab. It can
also be reached by selecting Settings->File Paths in the main menu. See Figure 9.
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Figure 9 - CMS Settings, File Paths Tab
The following information can be provided:
1. The Snapshot path. This path identifies where snapshot files are stored. The Browse button can
be used to graphically select the folder to use for this storage.
2. The Archive path. This path identifies where to store information marked for archival.
3. The Record path. This path identifies where images recorded on the host should be stored.
4. The snapshot type. When a snapshot is stored, it is written in the specified format. The types
available are:
a. BMP – uncompressed proprietary format invented by Microsoft
b. JPG – compressed image format developed by Joint Photographic Experts Group
optimized for photographs.
c. TIFF – uncompressed image format which preserves all the original information. Useful
if more processing will be done since it preserves all the original information.
5. The recording format. When a host-based recording is made, the video is written in the specified
format. The formats available are:
a. Microsoft AVI
b. Quicktime MOV
c. Matroska
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3.2.3 Image Annotations
When images from cameras and DVRs are viewed, the images can be annotated with information that
identifies the DVR time, site name and camera name. The Image Annotations Settings can be used to
select which annotations should appear. The selection applies to all images viewed.
Select the menu item Settings->Image Annotations to bring up the dialog shown in Figure 10. Check the
appropriate checkboxes, click on Apply, and close the dialog.
The DVR time appears in the upper left corner of the images. The Site name appears in the lower left
corner of the images. The camera name appears in the lower left corner following the site name (if
present).
Figure 10 - Image Annotations Settings
An image with no annotations looks like Figure 11:
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Figure 11 - Image with no annotations
An image with just the site name (lower left corner) looks like Figure 12:
Figure 12 - Image with just the site name
An image with the site and camera names (lower left) looks like Figure 13:
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Figure 13 - Image with site and camera name annotations
An image with both names (lower left) and the time (upper left) looks like Figure 14:
Figure 14 - Image with name and time annotations
3.2.4 Sequence Settings
The Settings->Sequence dialog is used to specify a sequence. A sequence is a way of cycling through a
list of images. The dialog is shown in Figure 15.
When a sequence is shown, a grid is filled with images from the specified list. This set of images is shown
for a specified period of time (the dwell time). When the dwell time expires, the grid is filled with the
next grid of images from the specified list. This continues until the list is exhausted at which time,
images from the front of the list are used.
The sequence settings specify the size of the grid to use, the dwell time, and the list of images to show.
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In the Configuration section at the top of the dialog, you can specify the Dwell Time in number of
seconds (1 to 99), and the Screen Mode. The Screen Modes available are n x n where n varies from 1 to
8.
The left side of the dialog shows the Site list for the currently connected Group. Cameras or Sites can be
selected on the left side and then added to the Sequence list on the right side of the dialog.
To add a Site, select a site on the left side of the dialog and press the Add button in the middle column.
This adds all the cameras in the site list to the bottom of the Sequence list.
To add a Camera, select a specific camera on the left side of the dialog and press the Add button in the
middle column. This adds the selected camera to the bottom of the Sequence list.
A camera in the Sequence list can be removed by selecting a camera in the Sequence list on the right
hand side and then pressing the Remove button in the middle column.
All items in the sequence list can be removed by using the Remove All button.
The order of the cameras in the Sequence list can be changed by selecting a camera in the Sequence list
on the right hand side and then pressing the Up or Down buttons in the middle column. The selected
camera is moved in the direction specified.
Note that a single camera can be in the Sequence List multiple times.
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Figure 15 - Sequence Settings
3.2.5 Styles
The Styles Settings can be used to select different button styles and color themes. The dialog can be
opened by selecting Settings->Styles from the main menu bar or pressing the Settings button and then
selecting the Styles tab. The styles available are shown in Figure 16.
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Figure 16 - CMS Settings, Available Styles
The style sheets available are shown in Figure 17.
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Figure 17 - CMS Settings, Style Sheets Available
A simple dialog in the different styles and style sheets is shown in Table 3.
Table 3- Examples of Styles and Style Sheets
Windows
coffee
dark
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default
WindowsXP
dark
WindowsVista
dark
Motif
dark
CDE
dark
Plastique
dark
CleanLooks
dark
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3.2.6 User Settings
The list of Users and Roles can be managed by using the User settings. This dialog can be opened by
selecting Settings->Users or by clicking on the Settings button and then selecting the Users tab.
The dialog shows the location of the System Data Folder and the list of defined Users. For each user, the
table shows the Login ID, the Role, the Name, and the Email address. The Login ID is the ID used in the
initial login dialog. The Role is the name of the role selected for this user. The Name is descriptive text
and Email is an email address for the user.
Figure 18 - User Settings
3.2.6.1 Changing an Existing User
To change an existing user, double-click on the line for the user you wish to change. This opens an
Update User dialog as shown in Figure 19. This dialog can be used to change the password, role, name,
or email for the user. The Login ID cannot be changed.
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Figure 19 - Update User Dialog
3.2.6.2 Deleting an existing user
To delete an existing user, double-click on the user line to open the Update User dialog and then press
the Delete button in the middle of the bottom buttons. This will display a dialog as shown in Figure 20
to verify that you wish to delete the user.
Figure 20 - Delete User Verification
3.2.6.3 Adding a new user
To add a user, select the Add User button. This will open an Add User dialog as shown in Figure 21.
When adding a new user, enter a Login ID, a password, Name, Email, and select a Role. When all the
fields have been entered, click OK.
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Figure 21 - Add User Dialog
3.2.6.4 Roles Management
To manage the list of available roles, click the Roles button on the Users Settings tab. This opens the
Roles Management dialog as shown in Figure 22. This dialog shows a table where the first column is the
list of permissions that are available for each role. The other columns correspond to each defined role
and show the permissions settings for the roles.
Note that the columns can be rearranged by clicking on the column header and dragging it to the
desired position.
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Figure 22 - Roles Management
3.2.6.4.1 Adding a new Role
Adding a new role involves adding a new column to the Roles Management table. To add a new role,
click on the Add Role button in the lower right-hand corner. This opens the Add Role dialog as shown in
Figure 23. You just need to specify the Name for the role. As a shortcut, you can also specify an existing
role which should be used to initialize the new role. This lets you copy an existing role and then change a
couple of permissions instead of requiring you to specify all the permissions.
Figure 23 - Add Role Dialog
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3.2.6.4.2 Updating or deleting an existing Role
To update or delete an existing Role, double-click on the Role Name at the top of a column in the Roles
Management table. This opens an Update Role dialog as shown in Figure 24. With this dialog, you can
either rename or delete the role.
To rename the role, select the Rename option, enter the new Role name, and click on OK.
If the Role is not assigned to any users, the role can be deleted. The dialog shows the list of users
assigned to this role. (see the drop-down list next to “Login IDs Assigned this Role:”) If the list is empty,
the Delete button will be enabled. To delete the role, select the Delete button and press OK. You will see
a delete verification dialog as shown in Figure 25.
Figure 24 - Update Role Dialog
Figure 25 - Delete Role Verification
4 Administrator Operations
4.1 Save Settings
You can use the Save Settings function to setup one system, and then load the settings on a new system.
This provides an easy way to copy all the settings without re-entering them. If the System Folder is
stored on a shared drive, this operation may not be needed.
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To save the settings, you can either select File->Save CMS Settings… or press the Settings toolbar button
and press the Save CMS Settings… button. Either of these methods opens a dialog as shown in Figure 26.
This dialog lets you pick the location and name of a zip file that will contain all the settings for the
current Secure Guard CMS.
Figure 26 - Save Settings File Selection Dialog
4.2 Load Settings
To quickly set up a second version of Secure Guard CMS, you can use the saved settings when first using
a new System Folder area. As described in 3.1.2.1 you can press the Load button to load previously
saved settings.
When the Load button is pressed, the dialog shown in Figure 27 to shown select the zip file saved when
loading the Secure Guard CMS settings.
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Figure 27 - Load Settings File Selection Dialog
4.3 Activity Log
An activity log is kept in order to record high-level actions that affect the Secure Guard CMS
configuration or the settings on a particular camera or DVR. The log can be viewed in order to review
recent activity. All activity from all users using the same System Folder is logged in the same activity log.
The activity log can be viewed by using View-> Activity Log from the main menu. This brings up a modal
dialog box as shown in Figure 28.
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Figure 28 - CMS Activity Log
The columns shown include the following information:
1. Time: This is the clock time to the nearest millisecond.
2. User: This is the name of the logged in user and the name of the instance being used at the time.
3. Activity: This is a brief description of the activity being logged.
Initially, the log shows the most recent activity. It is possible to browse to other days and see activity
from previous sessions. The following navigation operations are available:
1. Press the Save button to save the activity for this day to a file of your choosing.
2. Press the << button to show the activity on the day previous to the day being shown.
3. Press the >> button to show the activity on the day after the day being shown.
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4. Press the … button to show a dialog that can be used to browse to a particular day of activity.
The browse dialog looks like Figure 29.
Figure 29 - CMS Activity Log - Date browser
The available controls are:
1. <- to move to the previous month.
2. -> to move to the next month.
3. The dates highlighted in yellow are dates on which activity has been logged.
4. The shaded day indicates the currently selected day.
5. Pressing the arrow by the name of the month causes a drop-down list with all the month
names to be shown to allow selection of the desired month.
6. Pressing the year causes the year to become a spin-box control such that the year can be
increased or decreased. See Figure 30.
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Figure 30 - CMS Activity Log, year selection
7. Press the Cancel button in order to keep the originally chosen date.
8. Press the OK button to switch to the newly chosen date.
4.4 Debug Log
The Debug Log records low-level information regarding communications with DVRs and cameras. This
information may be useful in different support scenarios.
The log can be viewed by selecting View->Show Debug Log from the main menu. When the log is being
shown, the menu item will be Hide Debug Log instead of Show Debug Log. See Figure 31.
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Figure 31 - CMS Debug Log
This window is not modal, so you can open the dialog and leave it up while you do other activities.
Unlike the activity log, this information is not kept across sessions. The information in the view contains
the following columns:
1. Date and time. The time is shown in milliseconds.
2. Information. Each line will identify the action being logged. The lines are usually about low-level
communications with a DVR or camera. They can also be status lines in general.
The buttons and actions available in the dialog box include:
1. Save. The contents of the debug log window can be saved to a text file.
2. Copy. The contents of the debug log window can be copied to the clipboard.
3. Max lines. The maximum number of lines to show in the debug log can be changed from the
default of 1000.
4. Clear. Pressing the clear button clears the debug log.
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5. Close. Pressing the x icon or selecting View->Hide Debug Log causes the debug log view to close
and not be visible anymore. Log messages continue to be logged and can be viewed at a later
time.
5 Operations
5.1 General Layout
The main Secure Guard CMS window is shown in Figure 32. This view was taken with the Dome Control
showing (which is not the default).
Figure 32 - General Layout
The different parts of the main window are as follows:
1. Main menu – see Main Menu
2. Toolbar –see Main Toolbar
3. Viewer Panel – see Viewing Images
a. Active viewer – see Active Camera
4. Dome Control – see Pan-Tilt-Zoom Control
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5. Control Panel – see Control Panel
a. Group Configuration Tree – see Group Configuration Tree
b. Screen Layout – see Screen Layout
c. Zoom Thumbnail – see Zoom Thumbnail
6. Status Bar – see Status Bar
a. System Capacity Widgets – see System Capacity Panel
b. Active Camera name and status – see Status Bar
5.2 Main Menu
The main menu is located at the top of the menu as shown in Figure 33.
Figure 33 - Main Menu and Toolbar
The items in the top-level menu are:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
File
Control
Utilities
Settings
Screen Mode
View
Help
5.2.1 File
The sub-menu for the File menu choice is shown in Figure 34:
Figure 34 - Main Menu, File sub-menu
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The “Open Group …” item lets the user select a group. Once selected, the sites in the current group will
be disconnected and then the sites in the newly selected group will be connected. Before the
disconnects are done, the user is asked if they are sure they want to switch groups.
The group selection dialog is shown in Figure 35.
Figure 35 - Open Group Selection Dialog
The user simply selects the desired group and presses Ok to continue. If they decide they do not wish to
change groups then they can hit Cancel. Information about the selected groups is displayed on the right.
The information cannot be changed here, it can just be viewed.
After selecting a group and pressing Ok, an “are you sure” dialog is presented. See Figure 36.
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Figure 36 - Open Group Verification Dialog
5.2.2 Control
The Control sub-menu contains actions that determine the mode of a site with regards to live images,
playback of site-recorded images, playback of host-recorded images, or recording images on the host
system. The exact contents of the menu depends on the mode of the currently selected camera/site.
The options available are shown in the following table:
Table 4 - Main Menu Control Contents
Mode
Live
Menu
Live and recording
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Playback
5.2.3 Utilities
The Utilities menu actions provide access to various utilities and include:
1. Snapshot – captures the current image for a camera and stores it in a file.
2. Lock – locks the CMS program so users cannot make inadvertent changes.
Figure 37 - Main menu - Utilities sub-menu
5.2.4 Settings
The Settings menu gives easy access to the Settings dialog. The particular sub-menu items cause the
Settings dialog to be opened and started on the indicated tab. (e.g. Group Management or File Paths)
See Figure 38.
Figure 38 - Main Menu, Settings sub-menu
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5.2.5 Screen Mode
The Screen Mode menu item offers two sub-menus. In addition, the Screen Mode menu offers the
Sequence action which will enable/disable the Sequence mode. If a sequence has not been defined,
then an error pop-up is displayed indicating that no sequence images are available.
The Simple sub-menu lets the user choose between 8 simple grid patterns ranging from 1 by 1 up to 8 by
8. The chosen layout determines how many viewer widgets are open and how they are arranged. See
Figure 39.
Figure 39 - Main Menu, Screen Mode, Simple sub-menu
The Advanced sub-menu offers the user several advanced layouts which are not regular grids. The submenu contains an icon indicating the layout and then a word description of the layout. See Figure 40.
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Figure 40 - Main Menu, Screen Mode, Advanced sub-menu
5.2.6 View
The View menu offers several actions which control whether different portions of the application are
visible or not. See Figure 41.
Figure 41 - Main Menu, View sub-menu
With these actions, the user can do the following:
1. Hide or show the Toolbar. By default, this is near the top of the main window. If can be
detached from the main window if desired.
2. Hide or show the Control Panel. This is shown on the left hand side by default. It can be floated
or moved to the right side.
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3. Hide or show the Status bar. This is shown at the bottom of the main window.
4. Hide or show the Dome Control. This is shown on the right hand side by default. If can be floated
or moved to the left side.
5. Hide or show the Debug Log. This is not a modal dialog. After using this action to show the
Debug Log, the text of the action changes to Hide Debug Log.
6. Open the Activity Log. The Activity Log is modal and will need to be closed before other activities
can be performed.
7. Full Screen is a toggle to and from full-screen mode. The menu item is checked when in fullscreen mode.
5.2.7 Help
The Help menu gives access to showing “About” information about Secure Guard CMS and about Qt
which is the graphics package used to implement Secure Guard CMS. See Figure 42. See Help About for
examples of the information shown.
Figure 42 - Main Menu, Help sub-menu
5.3 Main Toolbar
The main toolbar is normally below the Main Menu. The toolbar can be moved so it is
1. On the top of the screen
2. Floating so it is not attached to any of the sides of the screen.
Figure 43 - Toolbar
Starting from the left, the purpose of each button is described below:
1. Company logo: this is not a button
2. Settings: This button can be used to bring up the Settings dialog.
3. PC Playback: Use this button to select parameters and then start a PC-based playback.
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4. Lock: This button asks the user for their password and then locks the Secure Guard CMS
product. While locked, the only action allowed is to press the un-lock option. This asks the user
for their password and then unlocks the product. While locked, images continue to update.
The buttons on the right-side of the toolbar depend on the mode of the currently selected camera.
These buttons include:
1.
Live: Use this button to start displaying live images from the currently selected site. This
button is shown when the current camera is in playback mode.
2.
Playback: Use this button to select parameters and then start remote or DVR playback. This
button only appears if the current site is in live mode.
3.
Record: Use this button to start/stop the recording of the currently selected site. When the
site is in record mode, the red dot will flash. This button only appears if the current site is in live
mode.
4.
Snapshot: This button will capture the currently playing image on the currently selected
camera and record it on the host system. The location of the saved snapshot is specified in the
Settings->File Paths.
5.4 Control Panel
The Control Panel is the collection of controls normally located on the left side of the screen. The panel
can be moved to the right side or even made to float without being attached to the rest of the window.
The different parts of the control panel include:
1. Group Configuration Tree which shows the sites in the group which is currently connected.
2. Screen Mode layout selection buttons. This controls the size and arrangement of viewing ports
in the main viewer section.
3. Zoom thumbnail. This area shows the overview of an image when the local zoom functions are
being used. See Host-Zoom control for more information.
Screen snapshots showing the 2 docking positions are shown in Figure 44 and Figure 45.
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Figure 44 - Control Panel docked on left
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Figure 45 - Control Panel docked on right
5.4.1 Group Configuration Tree
The Group Configuration Tree is in the top part of the Control Panel. An example is shown in Figure 46.
Figure 46 - Control Panel, Group Configuration Tree
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The tree shows the sites and cameras that are in the group that is currently connected. The name of the
group is shown on the top bar. Then each site is shown as the top elements of the tree. If the Site is
connected, it has a green icon. If the site is disconnected, it has a red icon. The name of the site is shown
as the text for the site items. The expansion of a site shows the cameras connected to the site. The
names of the cameras are specified by the DVR or IP camera.
If you let the mouse hover over a site name, a tooltip is displayed that shows the IP address of the site,
the port used for the connection, and the name of the connection plug-in used. See Figure 47 for an
example of the tooltip.
Figure 47 - Group Configuration Tree, Site Tooltip
There are two icons used to depict the different kinds of cameras. The icons used are shown in Table 5:
Table 5 - Group Configuration Tree, Camera Icons
This icon is used to represent cameras that do not have pan-tilt-zoom control. (PTZ)
This icon is used to represent cameras that do have pan-tilt-zoom control. For these
cameras, the dome control will become enabled.
5.4.1.1 Site Context Menu
If a site is selected in the tree, then the right-mouse button can be pressed to show a site-specific
context menu. See Figure 48.
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Figure 48 - Group Configuration Tree, Site Context Menu
The Disconnect action is shown if the selected site is connected. When selected, Secure Guard CMS
disconnects from the specified site and shows the site icon as red instead of green. See Figure 49
Figure 49 - Group Configuration Tree, Disconnected Site
The Live, Playback, and Start Record of Site are the same as the main menu and toolbar buttons. The
checkmark shows which mode the site is currently in. Note that the mode applies to all cameras in the
site. The Live mode means the cameras are showing live images of what is currently happening. The
Playback button refers to remote playback where the remote site (at the DVR or camera) is playing back
images that were recorded earlier. All cameras at the site are put into playback mode at the same time.
Recording of a site is capturing the live images from a site and storing them in files on the host. Images
from all cameras are recorded so that they can be played back as a set. You cannot enter Record mode
unless the site is in Live mode. If the site is in Playback, then you will have to first switch to Live and then
switch to Record mode.
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5.4.1.2 Remote Site Configuration
The Configuration action item in the site context menu starts a connection to the remote site so that the
site configuration can be changed. The method of the connection varies depending on the connection
plug-in being used.
For the T-Series connection plug-in, an Internet Explorer is started connecting to the IP address for the
DVR. This will be started in a separate window and will connect to the DVR using a DVR-supplied web
control interface. The user will need to enter the login and password in order to connect to the DVR.
Once connected, press the “Menu” button. See Figure 50.
Figure 50 - Remote Configuraton for T-Series DVR
This will open a configuration dialog specific to the T-Series DVR.
5.4.1.3 Camera Context Menu
Selecting a camera in the configuration tree and pressing the right-mouse button brings up a camera
context menu. An example is shown in Figure 51:
Figure 51 - Group Configuration Tree, camera context menu
The Live, Playback, and Record items apply to the parent site and are the same as actions in the site
context menu.
The Camera Info action displays a dialog box with information about the camera. An example is shown
in Figure 52.
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Figure 52 - Camera Information Dialog
The information includes:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Site Name: This is simply the name of the site as specified in the group configuration tree.
Channel Name: This is the name of the camera as specified by the remote site.
Model: This is the name of the model selected for this site.
Site specific parameters: The site specific connection parameters are shown. These include an IP
address and port or a DDNS name, depending on the type of connection.
Format: This is the format of the video information coming from the site.
Video Size: This is the size of the image in pixels.
Frame Rate: This is the approximate rate at which new frames are being received from the site.
Audio Bytes/Sec: This is the approximate bytes per second of audio information that are being
received from the camera.
5.4.2 Screen Mode Layout
The screen mode layout portion of the Control Panel offers convenient buttons to change the layout of
the viewing panel. There are two sets of layouts. The first set offers regular grids with each viewing area
the same size and the number of columns is the same as the number of rows. The panel showing the
first set of options is shown in Figure 53. The numbers refer to the number of rows and columns.
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Figure 53 - Screen Mode, Simple Tab
The second set of layout options offers a mix of smaller and larger viewing areas. The panel showing the
options is shown in Figure 54. The icons on the buttons show a small version of the mix of viewing areas
for each option.
Figure 54 - Screen Mode, Advanced Tab
5.5 Status Bar
The Status Bar is at the bottom of the main window and contains 3 different areas. The exact contents
depend on the mode of the currently selected camera. The table below shows the possibilities.
Table 6- Status Bar Icons
Mode
Recording
Status bar
Live
Playback
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5.5.1 System Capacity Widgets
On the right-hand side, there are three system capacity widgets. The first shows the CPU processing load
on the current system. The second shows the amount of memory being used. The third shows the
amount of space used on the drive used to store image recordings on the host. When the mouse is
hovered over any of the three widgets, a tool-tip is shown with the numeric value and the name of the
metric being shown. If you double click on the three icons, a dialog appears that shows the three
widgets and the current capacity information. An example is shown below in Figure 55
Figure 55 - Capacity Widget Dialog
5.5.2 Camera Site Status
The button just to the left of the capacity widget shows the status of the selected camera. The
possibilities are:
Mode
Live – showing live images
Status button
Recording – live mode, recording on PC
Playback – playing a DVR-based recording
5.5.3 Playback Speed Controls
When a camera is in playback mode, the buttons just to the left of the site status are shown if any sites
are in playback mode. These buttons control the speed and direction of the playback. The
key
decreases the playback speed. If the playback speed is 1, then decreasing it makes the playback speed
become -1 and starts to play in reverse. The
key increases the playback speed. If the speed is -1, then
increasing the speed makes the speed become 1 and changes from playing in reverse to playing forward.
The
key pauses a playback. When the site is paused, the
key becomes a
key. This key is used
to resume the playback. When the playback is resumed the speed is in the forward direction at a speed
of 1.
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5.5.4 Selected Camera Status
In the toolbar, the text to the left of the site-specific buttons indicates which camera is currently
selected. The format of the information is shown in Table 7:
Table 7 - Status Bar Camera Status Fields
SiteName
ChannelName
SiteName : ChannelName
Name of site as provided in group configuration tree
Name of the camera as provided by the site
5.6 System Tray Icon
When Secure Guard CMS is running on Windows XP or 7, it creates an icon in the System Tray. This icon
has menu items to control the size of the application window. See Figure 56. When the application is
minimized using the Minimize menu item, the application will hide and the icon in the Start Tray will also
be hidden. (Other methods of minimizing the application will not hide the Start Tray icon)
Figure 56 - System Tray Icon Menu
5.7 Viewing Images
The main purpose of Secure Guard CMS is to monitor surveillance cameras at different sites. As such,
the camera viewer panel is the main activity area. This panel has one or more viewing areas to show the
images coming in from different cameras at remote sites.
A particular image viewer can show 3 kinds of content.
1. The Secure Guard CMS logo when the viewer is not associated with a camera.
2. An image from a connected camera
3. A gray screen indicating no video from a connected camera.
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5.7.1 Screen Mode
The layout of the viewing areas is determined by the screen mode as discussed in Screen Mode Layout.
Screen snapshots showing different layouts are shown in Figure 57 and Figure 58.
Figure 57 - Screen layout, 2x2
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Figure 58 - Screen Layout, advanced, 17 viewing areas
5.7.2 Active Viewing Area
The Active Viewing Area is the currently selected viewing image. The currently selected viewing image is
indicated in many different ways.
1. In the Group Configuration tree of the Control Panel, the currently selected camera
corresponding to the active viewing area is highlighted.
2. In the Viewer panel, the currently selected viewing area is highlighted in yellow, red, or green.
The color depends on the mode. Yellow is used for live, red for recording, and green for DVRplayback. (see examples)
3. In the Tool Bar, the currently selected camera is named in the text box next to the site specific
buttons on the right of the tool-bar.
You can change the currently selected camera image by clicking on a camera in the Control Panel or by
clicking the mouse when it is over the desired image.
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Note that it is possible to have the same camera in multiple viewing areas. If a camera is selected in the
control panel, the first viewing area with that camera will be selected.
The Active Camera determines all of the following:
1. Which viewing area is affected by various viewing area actions
2. Which camera is affected by camera level actions
3. Which site is affected by site level actions
5.7.3 Dragging Images into viewers
To populate the image viewers, you can drag items from the Group Configuration Tree into the viewing
areas. Dragging a site and dropping it into a particular viewer, drops all the cameras for the site into
viewing areas starting at the receiver of the drag operation. The first camera in the site goes in the first
viewing area, the second camera in the next area, etc.
Dragging a camera into a particular viewer just drops a single image into a single viewing area.
The icons used during the drag are the same as the icons used in the Group Configuration Tree.
5.7.4 Moving images
The association between cameras and viewing areas can be changed by dragging cameras into different
viewers. In addition to dragging from the Group Configuration Tree, images can be moved from one
viewer to another. This actually swaps the association between two viewing areas and two cameras.
Images cannot be moved like this when the images are zoomed. Once zooming starts, the mouse
actions used for dragging drive a panning operation instead.
5.7.5 Removing images
To remove an association between a camera and a viewing area, use the Remove action on the context
menu of the viewing area. See Figure 59 for an example of the context menu. Remove All can be used to
remove the images from all the viewing areas.
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Figure 59 - Viewing area context menu
5.7.6 Ordering images
To reorder all the images, use the Reorder context menu item on any of the viewing areas. This will put
the first camera of the first site into the first viewing area etc.
5.7.7 Quick Zoom Image
To do a quick zoom of a viewing area, a mouse double-click can be used. This changes the screen layout
to 1x1 with the active viewing area being the only camera image being shown. Double-clicking again will
return to the original screen layout before the quick zoom.
5.7.8 Image Annotations
The image annotations regarding the date/time and camera and site name can be controlled by the
global settings “Image Annotations” as discussed in Image Annotations. Other annotations are used
depending on the mode and other actions taken. See Table 8.
Table 8 - Image Annotation Color Chart
Yellow text
Red text
Green text
Zoom Xn
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Yellow text is used for images in live mode
Red text is used for images in record mode
Green text is used for images in playback mode
Zoom factor indication. The text is yellow, green, or red depending on the mode.
The number after the x indicates the zoom factor. When the zoom factor is one,
zoom is not on and no text is shown. The zoom factor can vary from 1 to 7 in halfstep increments.
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5.7.9 Camera Information
The context menu for an image includes a Camera Info action that displays the same camera
information available from the camera context menu in the Control Panel. See Camera Context Menu
for an example.
5.7.10 Host-Zoom control
The host-zoom control feature provides a way to zoom in on a camera image. This is different from a
pan-tilt-zoom control which changes the settings on the remote camera. This is just an operation on the
host.
There are several areas of the screen involved with this feature. See Figure 60.
Figure 60 - Host Zoom Controls
1. The image area being zoomed is shown on the right. Note the Zoom x2 annotation in the upper
right.
2. The thumbnail image at the bottom of the Control Panel is shown on the left. The thumbnail
image shows the original image with no zooming. In addition, there is a red rectangle showing
the portion of the image that is now being shown in the image viewer on the right.
3. Below the thumbnail image is the site name and camera name. This will always correspond to
the currently active viewing area.
4. At the bottom of the Control Panel is a zoom slider. Clicking on and moving the indicator
changes the zoom factor. The hash mark on the far left corresponds to a zoom factor of 1 which
is no zooming. The red rectangle is not shown and the Zoom annotation is removed. Each hash
mark corresponds to a half step of zoom factor.
5.7.10.1 Wheel-based zoom
One way to control the zoom factor is to point the mouse at an image and then move the mouse wheel.
Moving the top of the wheel forwards increases the zoom factor a half step for each wheel increment.
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Moving the top of the wheel backwards decreases the zoom factor a half step. The zoom factor can
range from 1 to 7. When the zoom factor is 1, zooming is off.
Note that when zooming is on (i.e. zoom factor is not 1), then the viewing area cannot be dragged to
another viewing area nor can a different camera be dropped into this viewing area.
When the mouse wheel is used to increase the zoom factor, the location of the mouse is important. As
the zoom factor is increased, the point in the image that is being pointed to by the mouse will be
stationary relative to the image viewing area. (unless the edge of the viewing area comes into play) This
gives the visual effect of zooming in on the position or object being pointed to.
5.7.10.2 Image Panning
When zooming is in effect, you can pan the image in order to show a different portion of the image in
the image viewing area. One way to pan is to point to the image viewing area, press the left mouse
button, and then drag the mouse. As this is done, the point in the image that is clicked on will follow the
mouse and cause a different portion of the image to be shown. As this is done, the red rectangle in the
thumbnail will also move to show which part of the image is in the viewer.
5.7.10.3 Thumbnail image panning
An alternative way to pan is to point the mouse in the zoom thumbnail image, press the left mouse
button, and then drag the mouse. As this is done, the red rectangle will follow the mouse and cause a
different portion of the image to be shown in the viewer.
5.7.10.4 Thumbnail zoom slider control
As mentioned before, the slider control in the zoom thumbnail area of the control panel can be used to
increase or decrease the zoom factor. When the slider is used, the “focus” or “stationary” point of the
image may or may not be clearly defined. If the image viewer was made the currently active area
through a mouse click on the viewing area, then the location of the mouse at the time of the click will be
the image location that is zoomed into. On the other hand, if the active area was selected by clicking on
a camera name in the control panel, then the center of the image will be used as the focus point.
5.7.11 Adjust Image Qualities
On the right-mouse context menu of the image viewing areas is an action named “Adjust Image
Qualities…”. Choosing this action opens a dialog that allows adjustments to be made to a number of
image qualities. See Figure 61.
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Figure 61 - Adjust Image Dialog
The image qualities available to be adjusted are:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Brightness
Contrast
Saturation
Hue
Sharpness
Each quality is on a scale of -128 to +127 and by default, all images start with a value of 0 for each
quality. The dialog lets you change the value of each quality. As the new values are chosen, the viewing
area updates so you can see the effect of the changed quality. The controls available are:
1. Slider control for each quality. Move the slider to the left to make the value smaller. Move the
slider to the right to make the value larger.
2. Spin control for each quality. Use the up and down arrows to increment or decrement the
values for each quality.
3. Reset button. This resets all the qualities back to 0.
4. OK button. Press the OK button if you are happy with the changed values and want to keep the
values and dismiss the dialog.
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5. Cancel button. Press the Cancel button if you wish to return to the image quality values which
were in effect when the dialog was started.
Note that the image quality values are not saved when Secure Guard CMS exits.
5.7.12 Pan-Tilt-Zoom Control
In the right-mouse context menu, the Dome Control action is enabled if the associated camera has PanTilt-Zoom (PTZ) capability. When the action is selected, the Dome Control Panel is opened and becomes
visible if it is not already.
There are two methods available to control the PTZ abilities of the camera.
5.7.12.1 Controlling PTZ cameras with the Dome Control Panel
The exact content of the PTZ panel depends on the capabilities of the actual camera and the DVR it is
connected to.
A snapshot of the dome control for a camera connected to an RS model DVR is shown in Figure 62.
Figure 62 - Dome Control, RS model
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The following functions are available:
1. Camera movement. Movement in the 8 different compass directions are available with arrow
buttons.
2. Focus change. Changing the focus for near (+) or far (-) can be incrementally changed by clicking
the appropriate button one or more times.
3. Iris change. Opening the Iris(+) or closing the iris(-) can be incrementally changed by clicking the
appropriate button one or more times.
4. Zoom. Zooming in (+) or out(-) can be incrementally changed by clicking the appropriate button
one or more times.
5. Go Preset: Changes the camera settings to a previously remembered set of settings. The number
of presets may vary for each camera.
6. Set Preset: Captures the current state of the camera position and saves the settings in the
designated preset. When a go preset is done later to the same preset number, the camera will
return to where it is now.
Secure Guard CMS will try to show the PTZ protocol and device ID used for a particular camera. In some
cases, this information is not available.
Other functions may also be available. A camera connected to the TH model DVR has some additional
functions in addition to those described above. See Figure 63.
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Figure 63 - Dome Control, TH model
There is an auto-focus button and a slider to control the speed of the changes made on the camera. For
example, at high speeds, one click on a particular control may cause a big change in the camera settings.
Moving the slider to the left for a lower speed would cause changes at a slower rate.
5.7.12.2 Using the mouse to control PTZ abilities
When the dome control is open and the current image is a PTZ-capable camera, there is another way to
affect the camera position and settings.
When the mouse is in the viewing area, the mouse icon will reflect what area of the screen the mouse is
in. In the upper left corner, the mouse icon will point in the northwest direction. Pressing the mouse
button will cause the camera to move in that direction. Similarly for the other points of the compass.
To zoom the camera, use the mouse wheel. This might look similar to the host-based zoom discussed
earlier, but this is actually affecting the camera and not just the image on the host.
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There is a “sweet” spot in the center of the image viewing area where double-click can still be used for
the quick zoom feature. Pressing the mouse in the sweet spot can also start a drag and drop of the
camera image to move it to another viewing area.
When the dome control is open, use of the mouse wheel in the image viewer changes the zoom on the
camera. When the dome control is not open, the mouse wheel controls the zoom factor as implemented
on the host.
5.7.13 Image Sequencing
A Sequence can be defined as described in Sequence Settings. The sequence can be run by selecting the
menu item Screen Mode->Sequence. Either of these actions will start the sequence.
To view the sequence, select the Sequence viewing tab. This is next to the Viewer tab in the main image
viewing area.
When no images have been selected, the Sequence viewing tab appears as shown in Figure 64.
Figure 64 - Initial Sequence Tab
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Use the Settings->Sequence tab to add images to the sequence. The checkbox can be used to start/stop
the sequence. When the sequence is started, the sequence tab looks like Figure 65.
Figure 65 - Sequence Tab
The Sequence viewing tab shows a dwell countdown so you know how many seconds are left for the
current page of images. The sequence can be stopped by unchecking the menu item Screen Mode>Sequence or the checkbox on the sequence tab itself.
5.8 Playing Images Recorded on DVR
When the Control->DVR Playback or the Playback button on the toolbar is selected, the dialog in Figure
66 is shown. This dialog is used to select a time at which to start playing back video that has been
recorded on a DVR.
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The currently connected group is shown in the group tree at the upper left. You can select the DVR or
site you wish to use as the source for the playback by checking the checkbox for the desired site.
Information from the site is used to populate the calendar shown next to the group tree. The days that
are highlighted in yellow indicate days that have recorded images on the DVR.
The selected day in the calendar below is dark in addition to being highlighted in yellow. You can change
the selected day by clicking on a different day in the calendar. When you select a different day, the
details for the recordings on that day are shown oin the area labeled “Choose from this day’s available
recordings”. The next box, “Select Start Time” can be used to select the start time on the selected day.
The slider bar can be used to pick a time between the day’s start and end times. The entry box at the
bottom of the group to fine-tune the time for precision that may difficult to control with the slider. The
Summary box at the bottom shows the group and site selected as well as the start time chosen. The
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playback button to the right of the summary information is used to start the actual playback.
Figure 66 - Playback, Remote Tab
When playback is started, the DVR or camera starts playing old images instead of current images that
the camera is now seeing. The text annotations will be in Green text to indicate the playback mode.
Additional playback buttons are displayed in the Status bar to help control the rate at which the
playback is done.
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5.9 Recording Images on Host
To record images on the host, press the Record button when the site is showing Live images. This
changes the text to red and adds a red dot in the upper right(see Figure 67) in the viewing area and
starts recording all cameras in the site to the file system on the host.
Figure 67 - Viewing area with host Record annotation
Press the flashing Record button again to stop the recording process.
5.10 Playing Images recorded on Host
Playing images that were recorded on the host involves selecting which recorded images are desired and
then starting the playback operation.
5.10.1 Finding the images to playback
Select the Control->PC Playback action to start the process or use the PC Playback button on the toolbar.
(
) The dialog shown in Figure 68 lets you select which recorded images you want to playback. This
dialog is very similar to the dialog used for DVR playback.
In the upper left of the dialog, a group-tree is shown. This group tree is not for the currently connected
group. It corresponds to the list of groups and sites that have recordings on the currently selected day in
the calendar to the right of the group-tree. The calendar days highlighted with yellow are days which
have recorded images. The group tree to the left of the calendar is used to filter the list of recordings so
that you only see the items for the selected groups or sites. The list below the calendar shows the list of
recordings that match the day and group/site filter specified.
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Select a recording which you want to view. Select the desired start time for this recording by using the
slider in the Select Start Time box.
Review your selections in the Summary box and then select the Playback button to start the playback.
Figure 68 - Playback, Local Tab
5.10.2 Local Playback viewer
When images recorded on the host are played back, a separate playback viewer is used. See Figure 69.
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Figure 69 - Local Playback Viewer
5.11 Making an image snapshot
To make a snapshot of an image, select the desired image and then press the snapshot button or use
the image context-menu item “Take Snapshot”. When the snapshot is taken, a temporary message is
written in the lower-left of the Status bar that indicates where the snapshot was saved. See Figure 70
Figure 70 - Snapshot Status Bar Message
The snapshot includes the image and date and time annotations. An example is shown in Figure 71.
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Figure 71 - Sample Snapshot
5.12 Help About
The help about box shows the version and build date of the product. See Figure 72.
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Figure 72 - About Secure Guard CMS Information Box
A separate page displays the license and copyright information for Qt. See Figure 73.
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Figure 73 - About Qt Information Page
6 Appendix A: Release 1.0 to Release 1.1 Upgrade
Release 1.1 of Secure Guard CMS contains new features not available in Release 1.0. These new features
include the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Support for ONSIP cameras
Support for the GS and PS DVR models
Support for pan-tilt-zoom cameras connected to HD, RS, and WRS DVR models.
Additional permission items in the Roles that were missing in Release 1.0.
If you are using a System Folder which was previously used with Secure Guard CMS Release 1.0, then the
first time you use Release 1.1, you will see a dialog about the new permission items that have been
added.
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6.1 New Permissions - Administrator
If you are an administrator or a user with permission to change the roles, a dialog as shown in Figure 74
will appear. If you have added new roles, you may want to edit those roles to account for the new
items. Just the new items are listed in the dialog.
Figure 74 - Roles - New Permissions – Administrator
When you press OK, the Roles Management dialog is opened. If you scroll through the permissions, the
new permissions are highlighted in the same manner as shown in the previous dialog. See Figure 75.
When closing the Roles Management dialog, you will be asked to save the changes. (there are always
changes since new permissions have been added).
Once the Roles changes have been saved, the New Permissions dialog will no longer appear.
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Figure 75 - Roles Management - New Permissions
6.2 Non-administrator – New Permissions
If you have logged into CMS as a non-administrator or a user without permission to change the roles,
you will still see a dialog showing the new permissions. However, instead of opening the Roles
Management dialog, you will see text advising you to contact your administrator so they can make the
necessary changes.
If your administrator has entered their name and email address, this information will appear in the
dialog. An example is shown in Figure 76.
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Figure 76 – Roles - New Permissions – non-administrator
6.3 PTZ Support for HD, RS, and WRS
When defining a site for an HD, RS, or WRS model DVR, you will need to manually specify which cameras
have PTZ capability. The Site Settings dialog has a number of checkboxes that can be checked to indicate
which cameras are PTZ.
See Figure 77.
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Figure 77 - PTZ Control for HD, RS, and WRS
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