Intelligent Monitoring Software
IMZ-NS100 Series
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Intelligent Monitoring Software from Sony
The demand for surveillance systems is growing, and the adoption of IP as a
transport mechanism for video is ever increasing. Sony recognized this trend early
on, and has been focused on developing products and solutions aligned with it.
Now Sony is pleased to announce the introduction of the IMZ-NS100 Series
Intelligent Monitoring Software, which can be installed on your own Microsoft
Windows ® server to monitor and control 1, 4, 9, 16 or 32 network cameras
(IMZ-NS101, IMZ-NS104, IMZ-NS109, IMZ-NS116, and IMZ-NS132, respectively).
The IMZ-NS100 Series is easy to use and free from complicated operation – users
find it simple to set up connected cameras and to set frame rates for recording.
They can also easily monitor, search, and play back events with intuitive
manipulation. A scalable security system can be set up in client/server
configuration using more than one server installed with the IMZ-NS100 Series and/
or using the NSR-1000 Series Video Network Surveillance Server from Sony (which is
perfectly compatible with the IMZ-NS100 Series). This system can be controlled by
a common user management interface, which allows the administrator to freely set
up the access level of each user.
With the IMZ-NS100 Series, you can start an HD-ready video network surveillance
system in the scale and configuration that’s ideal for current conditions, and expand
this system in the future.
Open Platform
Monitoring & Quick Search (Intuitive Main GUI)
The IMZ-NS100 Series can be used not only with Sony’s network
cameras but also with other major brand network cameras.
The Main GUI (Graphical User Interface)
Quick Setup & Easy Operation
Automatic Camera Registration
With the set-up wizard, you can set up the cameras in a simple
and straightforward manner. With Sony’s IP cameras, for example,
the IMZ-NS100 Series instantly recognizes the IP addresses of
connected cameras and registers them automatically.
You do not need to check the IP addresses or go into multiple
Automatic Camera Registration Dialog
(Image simulated)
With the NSR-1200/1100/1050H’s user-friendly GUI, you can use
various monitoring functions with intuitive operation, such as
drag-and-drop. You can also run a quick search, and playback
recorded images, while monitoring.
(1) Camera Pane
(2) Monitor Frame (3) Monitor Control
(4) Camera Control (5) Alarm List
(6) Playback Control
Simple Recording Setup
The settings for recording are also easy. If you select “Automatic
Schedule Record”, as shown in 1 below for example, you only
need to input the recording duration (i.e., the number of days
that data is left in the storage area), as shown in 2 below. The
IMZ-NS100 Series checks the HDD storage area and sets the best
frame rate for recording. You do not need to check the storage
area in your PC or calculate the frame rate yourself.
1 Automatic Record Dialog
Drag-and-drop Operation (Camera Switching)
All cameras connected to the NSR-1200/1100/1050H are shown in
a tree configuration in the Camera Pane (1). By dragging a
camera icon and dropping it onto a Monitor Frame (2), you can
easily view live images from a camera.
Easy-to-use Monitoring Functions
On the NSR-1200/1100/1050H’s GUI, each Monitor Frame (2)
shows the status of the video (live or recorded), and the name of
the camera, above each video image. Up to 8 x 8 Monitor Frames
can be used. By double- clicking a specific Monitor Frame, the
display is switched to Single Monitor Frame mode as below.
By Double-clicking a Frame
2 Automatic Schedule Record Dialog
(Images simulated)
Monitoring & Quick Search (Intuitive Main GUI)
Hot Spot Monitoring/Dual Monitor Support
With the NSR-1200/1100/1050H, a specific window in a multicamera view (i.e., a larger window within the multi-camera
window) can be assigned as the Hot Spot area, or a second
monitor may be used for this purpose. The Hot Spot area is used
to display an image of interest to get a more detailed view – this
image can be manually selected or triggered by an alarm.
Monitor 1
Audio Monitoring
You can monitor the sound from a microphone connected to
the camera.
Quick Search and Playback While Monitoring
If you click PLAYBACK in the Monitor Control pane (3) of the
NSR-1200/1100/1050H, you can play back the images recorded
a certain number of seconds before (this is initially set in the GUI
Setting menu). You can also quickly search for the recorded
image by date/time search in the Monitor Control pane.
Alarm List Playback
When an alarm recording is executed on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H,
the date, time, and the camera name are noted in the Alarm List
(5). Simply by double-clicking a line in the alarm list, you can play
back the recorded image.
Playback Control and Data Export
With the Playback Control pane (6), on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H,
you can control the playback functions such as slow and reverse/
forward. You can also export the still or moving images of your
specified date and time to external media, such as CD-R, DVD-R,
and USB Flash Memory.
Customized Layouts
The Layout Editor on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H, is a powerful
feature that creates customized site layouts and allows the user to
insert backgrounds (e.g., a floor plan or campus layout), camera
icons, and company logos.
Monitoring GUI (Customized)
Monitor 2 (Hot spot)
(Images simulated)
Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Control
PTZ network cameras from Sony and other supported brands*
can be controlled by the Camera Control pane (4) of the
NSR-1200/1100/1050H. In PTZ Direct Control mode, when a point in
the image is clicked, the camera automatically pans and tilts to
make that point the center of the image. You can also zoom into
the image simply by dragging out the specified area of the
image with a mouse.
(Images simulated)
(Images simulated)
*For more information, please contact your Sony Authorized Reseller.
Sophisticated Search Functions
Two Search Functions
With the Switching Tab (1) of the NSR-1200/1100/1050H, you can
select either Normal Search or Object Search.
Dedicated Search Menu
• Normal Search
You can search for specific images on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H,
by setting search conditions such as the camera name, date,
time, and the type of recording (manual/schedule/alarm/
• Object Search
(Image simulated)
(1) Switching Tab (Normal Search/Object Search)
(2) Search Menu (Search Conditions, VMD, DEPA™ Setting,
(3) Image Control (Zoom, etc.)
(4) Playback Control (Reverse, Forward, Stop, etc.)
(5) Display Area (Playback of Searched Images)
(6) Search Result Area
You can search for specific images on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H,
in the recorded video using intelligent functions. There are two
types of search – Post VMD (Video Motion Detection), and VMF
(Video Motion Filter). With Post VMD, you can search for images
in the recorded video with search conditions that are set after
the recording, such as specific object movements. (see below
1) With VMF, you can search for images in the recorded video
using DEPA (Distributed Enhanced Processing Architecture)
system features. With a VMF search, you can record metadata
with DEPA-enabled cameras during the video recording. For
example, you can count the number of people who passed a
line that is set on the screen. (see below 2)
(Please refer to “What is DEPA?”)
1. Post VMD Search
2. VMF Search
(Images simulated)
Concept of DEPA System
What is the DEPA System?
In conventional video analytic systems, the camera only sends
video images to recorders, and video image analysis is processed
solely on the recorder side. In Sony’s DEPA system, the DEPA-enabled
camera sends to the DEPA-enabled recorder not only video images
but also related metadata such as the camera ID, date/time, and
information about the shot object (size and position). The recorder
checks this metadata with a search filter called a VMF (Video
Motion Filter), to send an alarm signal when the metadata matches
a preset condition of the VMF. Since the partial image processing is
done on the camera side, the system can be configured in a much
simpler manner, and can be expanded more easily.
Search Results by Timeline or List
Server with
Series Installed
Metadata is generated
in DEPA-enabled camera
Image data is
recorded by the
trigger of the alarm
Video Motion
(Camara ID, Time, Location and
Size of Objest, etc)
Filter (VMF)
The IMZ-NS100 Series detect the alarm
by matchingthe metadata and VMF
Timeline Mode
The search result on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H is
displayed either by timeline or list (6). In a timeline
chart, search results are displayed in different
colors depending on the type of recording. You
can easily playback video just by clicking on a
specific part of the timeline, or on the list.
List Mode
Versatile Recording Functions
Scalability and Flexibility
There are various recording functions on the NSR-1200/1100/1050H:
Scalable to Meet Future Demands
Manual Recording
The IMZ-NS101/NS104/NS109/NS116/NS132 can be installed on
your own Microsoft Windows server to monitor and control
1/4/9/16/32 network cameras, respectively.
As your surveillance requirements grow, you can simply add new
servers with the IMZ-NS100 Series installed and/or the NSR-1000
Series, Sony’s video network surveillance server which is perfectly
compatible with the IMZ-NS100 Series. You can easily set up a
scalable security system in client/server configuration. (Please refer
to the System Examples section.)
Manual Recording is started manually anytime the operator wants.
Schedule Recording
Schedule Recording is started based on a set schedule.
Alarm/Event Recording
There are two types of alarm-triggered recording – Alarm and
Event (i.e., Activity) Recording. While it is important to initiate
recordings based on video motion detection or alarm signal input,
it is also helpful if the user can define what is considered an alarm.
For example, a camera may be looking at an area where there
are people moving about during office hours, but the recording of
such motion should not be considered a true alarm; it is rather a
normal event or activity. However, such motion out of office hours
should be considered a true alarm, and an action or alert needs
to be initiated. The former is performed by Event Recording and
the latter by Alarm Recording. The date/time of Alarm Recording is
listed in an Alarm List in the main GUI (but this does not occur with
Event Recording). Having this capability accomplishes two things
– it saves on storage (with motion/alarm recording only), and
reduces seek times when searching Alarms and Events.
Flexible User Management Setting
All access to the IMZ-NS100 Series is managed by user authorization,
which is set by the system administrator. The administrator can
simply provide each user with a permission level selected from the
five ready-made levels of operational permission, or set the
accessibility in a more customized way. The accessible cameras
for each user can be set for each camera, or for each IMZ-NS100
Series. When the system is configured with more than one IMZ-NS100
Series and/or with one or more NSR-1000 Series of network servers,
all user information is shared throughout the whole system.
Other Key Features
Schedule Recording with Alarm Marking
MPEG4/JPEG Dual Stream
While using Schedule Recording, the time when the alarm is
detected can be marked in the timeline. This function enables
images to be searched quickly.
Connected with Sony’s major network cameras,*1 the IMZ-NS100
Series can accept both JPEG and MPEG4 from cameras at the
same time. With a limited storage capacity, for example, you can
monitor live video via MPEG4 at frame rates as high as 30 fps, and
record video via JPEG at frame rates as low as 1 fps.
Alarm/Event Recording
NC-RX570/RX550/RX530, SNC-RZ50, SNC-DF85/DF80/DF50, SNC-DM160/DM110,
SNC-CS50/CS20, SNC-CM120, and later models.
: Alarm recording started
Schedule Recording
Schedule Recording is done from 9:00 to 21:00
Schedule Recording with Alarm Marking
Light Funnel Control for Higher Sensitivity
Light Funnel is a technology in Sony’s megapixel network cameras
to provide high sensitivity. By combining the information of four
pixels and handling them as a single pixel, this type of camera
provides sensitivity four times higher than conventional cameras.
With the IMZ-NS100 Series, there is a menu to control the Light
Funnel settings of applicable cameras; this simplifies control.
(Please note that when Light Funnel technology is applied to a
1280 x 960 image, its size becomes 640 x 480.)
Image of Light Funnel Function
: Alarm is marked
Light Funnel OFF
Light Funnel ON
System Examples
Stand Alone Configuration
Server with
IMZ-NS100 Series Installed
AXIS 206
Network Camera
Client-Server Configuration
Server with
IMZ-NS100 Series Installed
Monitoring Room
Controller with
IMZ-NS100 Series Installed
Analog Cameras
Server with
IMZ-NS100 Series Installed
AXIS 206
Network Camera
IMZ-NS100 Series Software Packages
Control PC software for 1 networked video source
Control PC software for up to 4 networked video sources
Control PC software for up to 9 networked video sources
Control PC software for up to 16 networked video sources
Control PC software for up to 32 networked video sources
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows Vista® Business
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
Operating system *1
Microsoft Windows® XP Professional SP2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Standard Edition SP2
Intel CoreTM 2Duo 2.0-GHz or higher
Main memory
1 GB or more
2 GB spare capacity
Video card
1024 x 768, 16/24 bit color
Network interface card (NIC)
100BASE-TX or higher
Display (Resolution)
1024 x 768 or higher
*1 x 64 edition is not supported. Specifications
Video compression
Audio compression
Number of cameras to be connected *2
Number of clients to be connected *3
Maximum number of layouts
Maximum number of users
*2 This is a recommended value for high performance. It is technically possible to connect more than 32 units by installing on the PC a corresponding number of licenses.
Display/recording performance basically depends on PC performance, but an increase in cameras may deteriorate overall performance.
*3 This is a recommended value for high performance. It is technically possible to connect more than 10 clients, but this increase may deteriorate overall performance.
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