FortesVMS Operating Instructions
FortesVMS
Operating Instructions
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operations.
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Table of Contents
1. Overview ........................................................................................................................................... 5
1.1 Fortes VMS Features…………………………………………………………………………………………………….5
1.2 Functions ....................................................................................................................................... 5
1.2.1 Display and Interface .......................................................................................................... 6
1.2.1 Camera and Video ............................................................................................................ 6
1.2.3 Recording ........................................................................................................................... 6
1.2.4 Search and Playback .......................................................................................................... 6
1.2.5 Network ............................................................................................................................... 7
1.2.6 User Management .............................................................................................................. 7
1.2.7 Events and Handlers ........................................................................................................... 7
1.2.8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom ....................................................................................................................... 8
1.2.9 System ................................................................................................................................. 8
2. Basic Functions ................................................................................................................................. 9
2.1 Live Screen .................................................................................................................................... 9
2.1.1 Camera Selection ............................................................................................................... 9
2.1.2 Display Mode .................................................................................................................... 11
2.1.3 Full Screen Toggle ............................................................................................................. 11
2.1.4 Power................................................................................................................................. 11
2.1.5 Search ............................................................................................................................... 11
2.1.6 Switch Camera ................................................................................................................. 11
2.1.7 Lock Screen ....................................................................................................................... 11
2.1.8 System Configuration ........................................................................................................ 12
2.1.9 Clock ................................................................................................................................. 12
2.1.10 IP Address ........................................................................................................................ 12
2.1.11 Alarm/Preset Panel .......................................................................................................... 12
2.1.12 PTZ Controller ................................................................................................................... 12
2.1.13 Change Camera Title Position ........................................................................................ 12
2.2 Search Screen ............................................................................................................................. 13
2.2.1 Display Mode .................................................................................................................... 13
2.2.2 Calendar ........................................................................................................................... 13
2.2.3 Timeline ............................................................................................................................. 14
2.2.4 Control Play-back .............................................................................................................. 15
2.2.5 Live Button ......................................................................................................................... 15
2.2.6 Event Search ..................................................................................................................... 15
2.2.7 Backup Button ................................................................................................................... 16
2.3 Backup ........................................................................................................................................ 17
2.3.1 Backup Video by Date and Time ...................................................................................... 17
2.3.2 Backup Video by Selection ............................................................................................... 18
3. Configuration .................................................................................................................................. 20
3.1 Display ......................................................................................................................................... 20
3.1.1 Language ......................................................................................................................... 20
3.1.2 Camera Information ......................................................................................................... 20
3.1.3 Camera Switching or Sequencing .................................................................................... 21
3.1.4 Keyboard .......................................................................................................................... 22
3.1.5 Performance ..................................................................................................................... 22
3.1.6 Screen Layout ................................................................................................................... 22
3.1.7 Animation .......................................................................................................................... 22
3.1.8 Warning Message ............................................................................................................. 23
3.1.9 Live Video Profile ............................................................................................................... 23
3.1.10 Monitor Setting ................................................................................................................ 23
3.1.11 Touchscreen Calibration ................................................................................................. 24
3.2 Camera ....................................................................................................................................... 24
3.2.1 Camera Parameters ......................................................................................................... 25
3.2.2 Network Camera Sources ................................................................................................. 26
3.3 Audio ........................................................................................................................................... 34
3.4 Record ......................................................................................................................................... 35
3.4.1 Record Parameters ........................................................................................................... 36
3.4.2 Record Schedule Weekly .................................................................................................. 37
3.4.3 Record Schedule Specific Date ....................................................................................... 37
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3.5 PTZ Camera Configuration .......................................................................................................... 39
3.5.1 Set PTZ Parameters ............................................................................................................ 39
3.6 Network ........................................................................................................................................ 40
3.6.1 Network Server ................................................................................................................... 40
3.6.2 MJPEG Streaming .............................................................................................................. 41
3.6.3 Dynamic DNS .................................................................................................................... 41
3.7 User .............................................................................................................................................. 43
3.7.1 User Parameters ................................................................................................................ 43
3.7.2 Role ................................................................................................................................... 45
4. Events Configuration ...................................................................................................................... 48
4.1 Motion Detection Configuration .................................................................................................. 48
4.1.1 Motion Detection Parameters ........................................................................................... 49
4.1.2 Motion Event Mapping...................................................................................................... 50
4.2 Sensor Configuration ................................................................................................................... 51
4.2.1 Sensor Parameters ............................................................................................................ 52
4.2.2 Sensor Schedule ............................................................................................................... 53
4.2.3 Sensor Event Mapping ...................................................................................................... 53
4.3 Alarm Configuration .................................................................................................................... 54
4.3.1 Alarm Parameters ............................................................................................................. 55
4.3.2 Alarm Event Mapping ....................................................................................................... 55
4.3.2 Alarm Panel Button ............................................................................................................ 56
4.4 Pan/Tilt/Zoom Link Event Configuration ........................................................................................ 57
4.4.1 PTZ Link Event Actions ........................................................................................................ 57
4.5 Email Event Action Configuration ................................................................................................ 59
4.5.1 Email Event Action Parameters ......................................................................................... 59
4.6 SNMP Event Action Configuration ................................................................................................ 61
4.6.1 SNMP Event Action Parameters ......................................................................................... 62
4.7 Pop-up Event Action Configuration ............................................................................................. 62
4.7.1 Pop-up Action Rules Configuration ................................................................................... 62
4.7.2 Pop-up Action Event Types ............................................................................................... 63
4.8 Video Contents Analysis (VCA) .................................................................................................... 63
4.8.1 VCA Display ....................................................................................................................... 63
4.8.2 VCA Event Mapping .......................................................................................................... 64
5. System Configuration ...................................................................................................................... 66
5.1 Disk Configuration ........................................................................................................................ 66
5.1.1 Adding/Removing a Disk ................................................................................................... 67
5.1.2 Changing the Order of Disks for Writing ............................................................................ 67
5.1.3 Advanced Disk Functions .................................................................................................. 67
5.2 Network Interface ........................................................................................................................ 69
5.3 Date and Time Settings ............................................................................................................... 70
5.3.1 Time Synchronization ......................................................................................................... 70
5.4 Auto Reboot ................................................................................................................................ 70
5.4.1 Auto Reboot Process ......................................................................................................... 71
5.5 System Log .................................................................................................................................. 72
5.5.1 System Log Parameters .................................................................................................... 72
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1. Overview
1.1 Features
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Following are the main features of Fortes VMS
Offers a scalable multi-server and multi-site solution with support for unlimited number of
FortesServers, FortesNVRs and cameras
ONVIF compliant and open architecture provides a true platform that ensures support for a
large number of IP cameras brands and 5000+ Models
Pre-installed license for connecting large number of concurrent recordable cameras
Compatible with different video compression formats such as H.265, H.264, MJPEG and MPEG4
Supports third party integration with systems such as Access Control, Fire Alarm and Building
Management systems through SDK (Software Development Kit)
Support for centralized storage through iSCSI SAN
Supports failsafe mode, where automatic switch over to failover server within 20s
Highly Sophisticated event management features to ensure users gain situational awareness
and quickly respond to incidents
Full scale Remote Monitoring via client application, web browser or powerful mobile
application.
1.2 Functions
The following functions are based on firmware version 2.9-8 (2015-11-23).
1.2.1 Display and Interface
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Intuitive user friendly GUI Interface helps in easy operation and the configuration requires a
little to no training
Various display layouts which can be activated by clicking on their respective icons
Provision for quick playback in different display layouts
Camera switching or sequencing function configurable for an interval of 1-1000 Seconds
On-Screen keyboard function
Quick access to Setup, Screen lock ,PTZ ,Quick alarm and Sequencing.
Displays Motion detection / sensor detection / recording status display each camera
Camera drag and drop arrangement for live displays
Display of camera information such as camera title, recording resolution bitrate and frame
rate, live view resolution bitrate and frame rate and network resolution bitrate and frame rate
Displays warning messages in the live view.
Repositioning of the camera information in the live view
Text formatting such as font, size and color in the live view
Allows up to 10X digital zoom in the live view
Supports high quality scaling filter for hardware acceleration to increase live performance
Extended Monitor Support
Grouping of cameras to different monitors
Multilingual input/output interface: Korean, English, Japanese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese,
German, Hungarian, Portugal, Czech, Italian, Polish, Hebrew, Russian
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1.2.2 Camera and Video
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Automatic camera search in the network and detect Audio and Video streams
Supports the following streaming protocols
a. RTP over RTSP/TCP
b. RTP over UDP
c. RTP/RTSP over HTTP/TCP
Provision to Select different camera streams for recording, live view and network.
Offers Dynamic Transcoding technology that retrieves data and subsequently decodes and
decompresses the data stream to a lower bit stream
Supports batch configuration of the camera features such as brightness, contrast, saturation
and hue
Displays camera name with user defined font, color and size
Provides a list of all cameras connected and allow users to assign different cameras to different
channels from the camera list
Auto Mapping feature to automatically map added cameras to the channels
Provision to hide one or more cameras from the live view
Supports Deinterlacing function for better compression ratio
Users can enable or disable the audio streaming from the cameras
Users can play audio in both live screen and playback
Users can map the sensor and alarm of any camera to any channel
1.2.3 Recording
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Supports H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video codec, ADPCM audio codec
Recording parameters adjustment such as resolution, frame rate, quality
Batch configuration of recording parameters
Recorded video file in AVI format to be played on any standard media player
Video/audio recording up to 100 channels simultaneously
Pre and Post event recording for the interval of 1 to1000s
Recording with schedule (per week/hour, repeat specific date
Event based recording with Pre/Post recording time adjustment
1.2.4 Search and Playback
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Full featured local and remote playback
Simultaneous Multi Channel Search and playback of up to 100 channels
Search and playback of videos, audios and events
Calendar and Timeline Search
Color indicators on the camera icon for event based recording
Events and camera filtering during the event search
Color indicators on calendar to indicate recording based on date
Allows the users to move to the desirable position in the timeline by clicking on the timeline
Playback in different display modes
Simultaneous Event and Video Search
Support for various replay speed (x1, x2, x4, x8, x16, x32, x1/4, x1/2)
Frame by Frame Search, 10 seconds forward or backward search
Sorting of event search results by time (ascending/descending), event and camera
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Provides up to 10X digital zoom during playback
Still Image Backup to USB (JPEG, PNG, BMP)
Auto-naming of the saved still image with the current timestamp.
Backup by date, time and cameras
Backup by highlighting a certain time interval in the timeline.
Displays total size of the video selected for backup.
Video backup in avi format which can be played in any standard video player.
Support for various media to backup
1.2.5 Network
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Support for DHCP/static connection types
Powerful TCP/IP connectivity via Ethernet
Support up to 1024 simultaneous connections
Displays the list of the users connected at any point of time
Offers connection filtering which shall allow the administrator to allow or deny connection from
a particular IP address
Free Dynamic DDNS support along with the most widely used DDNS servers like dyndns.org
Supports Traffic shaping which will allow the users to control the bandwidth consumption
Offers IP TOS such as LOWDELAY, THROUGHPUT, LOWCOST, and RELIABILTY
Supports UPnP Port Mapping
MJPEG Streaming support for mobile devices
RTSP Streaming support
1.2.6 User Management
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Support for multi user and multi role
Allows the creation of user accounts and assign individual rights to access different features of
the VMS
Users can be given privileges by creating roles with following camera permissions:
a. View the camera
b. Control the camera
Provision for users to create roles with following system permissions:
a. System configuration
b. Search recorded data
c. Control system devices
d. Connect via network
e. Backup recorded data
Support for user authentication
1.2.7 Events and Handlers
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Events supported: Motion detection for each camera, Sensor (digital input), Alarm (digital
output), Disk failure, Camera signal loss, Camera signal recovery
Users can Link any event with any handler
Motion Detection Configuration in the Graphical User Interface for all the supported cameras
Sensitivity and noise adjustment for the motion detection
Offers motion detection scheduling feature
Simple motion detection zone area set-up
Signal Detection from the Sensors connected to all the supported cameras
Support for sensor of both Normally Open and Normally Closed configuration
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Offers sensor detection scheduling feature
Supports Video Content Analysis (VCA) events for the cameras with VCA
Event notification for camera signal loss ,camera signal recovery and disc failure
Handlers supported: Warning message, Screen border blink, Pop Up, Email Notification, SNMP,
Recording for each camera, Alarm (digital out) and PTZ Link
Supports Video Pop Up feature and shall allow the configuration of the priority based on the
Event type, Camera and Sensors
Supports email notification along with the snapshot of the image of the camera in which event
has occurred.
Supports recording of any camera(s) when there is any event detection
Offers Digital Output for Alarm when there is any event detection
PTZ Link Configuration, which shall allow the PTZ action of a camera to be linked with the other
cameras whenever an event occurs
Customizable notification for multiple email groups
1.2.8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom Protocol
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Support for PTZ Controller Configuration
Configuration of the PTZ parameters of the camera(s)
Users can set up to 128 preset positions of PTZ cameras
PTZ control via USB Joystick and the Graphical User Interface
Link events to PTZ camera
1.2.9 System
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Configuration of hour/date/time zone
Displays the percentage of the used disk space
User can map the cameras to the disks
Users can limit the percentage of the disk space to be used for recording
Real-time health check and alerts to immediately notify administrators and users regarding
system component failure
Displays the temperature of the HDDs connected
Supports SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) feature for monitoring the
HDD health
Users can format the hard disks
iSCSI Support for centralized storage
Can write the data to the disk in the following order of priority
a. Disk with available space
b. Disk with the oldest data
c. Disk which is on the top position on the list
Time synchronization with NTP server and windows time protocol
Auto reboot function
Displays an alert window before the auto reboot starts
Extensive log features to assist the operators
System log confirmation/saving
Support for debug mode to enable the users to debug the errors
Automatic recognition of hardware change
Configuration backup to an external media which can be loaded into another VMS
One click reset which will take the VMS back to the factory default settings
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2. Basic Functions
This chapter describes the basic functions of the Infinique FortesVMS.
2.1 Live Screen
The basic functions of FortesVMS are executed in the live screen. Available actions are selecting display
mode for monitoring the cameras, controlling PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) linked to the selected camera,
triggering the alarms (digital outputs), entering the search mode, executing the system configuration
etc.
2.1.1 Camera Selection
One way to select the camera is clicking the button of the camera number. The selected
button is displayed differently from the buttons of other cameras. The display area of the
camera is switched according to the current display mode when a camera is selected.
The indicators in each camera button informs the events related to the cameras. Different
colors of the indicators stand for different events, for example, the red color indicates that
the camera is recording, and the yellow color indicates that there is an event like motion
detection.
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2.1.2 Display Mode
The number and the layout of cameras displayed on a screen can be
selected by clicking these buttons. Different display modes can be selected by
clicking on these buttons. Alternatively, these can also be selected by pressing
the keyboard buttons. The next display mode is selected by pressing Tab key
and the previous display mode is selected by pressing Shift+Tab keys. The next
page in the same display mode is shown by pressing Page Down key. The
previous page in the same display mode is show by pressing Page Up key.
The following display modes are available depending on the number of channels:
1x1 Mode (1 Channel)
This mode shows only the selected camera in the display area. Double click on the screen to go to the
previous display mode.
2x1 Mode (2 Channels)
This mode shows 2 channels according to the number of the selected camera.
2x2 Mode (4 Channels)
This mode shows 4 channels according to the number of the selected camera.
1+5 Mode (6 Channels)
This mode shows 6 channels consist of one big display area on the top left corner with small ones.
3x3 Mode (9 Channels)
This mode shows 9 channels according to the number of the selected camera.
2+8 Mode (10 Channels)
This mode shows 10 channels consist of two big display areas on the top half with small ones on the
bottom.
1+12 Mode (13 Channels)
This mode shows 13 channels consist of one big display area on the top left corner with small ones.
4x4 Mode (16 Channels)
This mode shows all of 16 channels.
5x5 Mode (25 Channels)
This mode shows all of 25 channels.
6x6 Mode (36 Channels)
This mode shows all of 36 channels.
7x7 Mode (49 Channels)
This mode shows all of 49 channels.
8x8 Mode (64 Channels)
This mode shows all of 64 channels.
9x9 Mode (81 Channels)
This mode shows all of 81 channels.
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10x10 Mode (100 Channels)
This mode shows all of 100 channels.
2.1.3 Full Screen Toggle
Full screen mode is toggled by moving the cursor to the right top corner of the
screen or by clicking the arrow mark on the right top corner of the screen.
Translucent background color is added to camera selection buttons when the
maximum number of cameras in the selected display mode is lesser than the
one in the system. The selected camera has white color, all the other cameras in
the same group have black color, and the rest cameras have grey color.
The camera number with camera source is displayed with white foreground color and the one without
camera source or signal is displayed with grey foreground color.
2.1.4 Power
Click this button is used to turn off or reboot the system. Alternatively, this can also be executed
by pressing the Pause button in the keyboard. Once this button is clicked, the username and password
must be entered in the confirmation dialog as shown below.
To restart the VMS, System Reboot has to be selected. To shut down the VMS, System Halt has to be
selected.
2.1.5 Search
Click this button to open the search screen where the recorded video or the event can
be searched and played back. Alternatively, the Search screen can be accessed by pressing the F1
key in the keyboard.
2.1.6 Switch Camera
Click this button to activate the camera switching or sequencing. The switching interval
can be configured in Display Configuration Alternatively, the camera switching can be activated by
pressing the F3 key in the keyboard. To deactivate, click this button again or press F3 in the keyboard
again.
2.1.7 Lock Screen
Click this button to lock the system. The Scroll Lock Key in the Keyboard can also be used for
this. One the system is locked, the user needs to enter the username and password to login.
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2.1.8 System Configuration
This button shows the system configuration menu.
2.1.9 Clock
The date and time information are displayed in this area. To change date and time, see
Time & Date Configuration.
2.1.10 IP Address
Network information is displayed in this area. To change network address,
see NetworkInterface Configuration.
2.1.11 Alarm/Preset Panel
This button is used to execute the alarm corresponding to the number of the button.
This panel is used to select the preset positions of the selected camera. The selected camera is moved
to the position of the preset which has the corresponding number with the clicked button.
2.1.12 PTZ Controller
Pan/Tilt/Zoom means actions to move the camera horizontally and vertically. Pan/Tilt controller is
displayed on the video of the selected camera after clicking this button or pressing F2 key.
2.1.13 Change Camera Title Position
The position of the camera title is changed by pressing F4 key. This position can a l s o be
configured in Display Configuration.
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2.2 Search Screen
Recorded videos, audios and events can be searched in the search screen. The recorded data can be
searched and replayed by time and date. The still image of the recorded data can be saved. The
recorded data can be backed up to various media such as CD-RW/DVD/USB.
Event denotes all the information which are managed by the system such as motion detection, sensor/
alarm (digital input/output) and camera signal. The events can be handled by mapping it with various
handlers when those occur. Detail information is described in Event Configuration.
2.2.1 Display Mode
The number and the layout of cameras displayed on the screen can be
selected by clicking these buttons. Different display modes can be selected by
clicking on these buttons. Alternatively, these can also be selected by pressing the
keyboard buttons. The next display mode is selected by pressing Tab key and the
previous display mode is selected by pressing Shift+Tab keys. The next page in
the same display mode is shown by pressing Page Down key. The previous page in
the same display mode is show by pressing Page Up key.
2.2.2 Calendar
The calendar is displayed by clicking the clock in the left bottom of the screen.
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The date to search can be selected. The year and the month can
be changed by clicking the arrow buttons in the top of the
calendar. If the recorded data exist in the selected year and
month, color for the number of the year and the month will be
displayed with a different color.
The color for the date informs the existence of the recorded data and the event data has the following
three colors.
Gray: Nothing can be selected in this date as there is no recorded data present
Red: Recorded data is present on this date
Red with yellow underline: Recorded data along with event data is present on this date
2.2.3 Timeline
The information for the recorded data and the event of the selected date and the time is displayed.
It has two kinds of data, which is represented by different colors:
Red Bar: The recorded data is present.
Yellow Bar: The event data is present, and it denotes presence of all types of occurred events.
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The part where the information is displayed consists of two main parts.
Daily Information Bar: The overall information of a day for the selected data from the calendar is
displayed. The enlarged information with seconds is displayed on the detail information bar.
Detail Information Bar: The information for the recorded data and the event of the selected time from the
daily information bar is displayed.
Seconds lines which denotes seconds are drawn vertically in the detail information bar. The recorded
time is displayed per a minute below the second lines. The cyan vertical line indicates the current playing
position on the search display.
The data of the desirable position can be played by clicking left mouse button. The cyan vertical line is
moved to the nearest data when the area with no data is clicked. The data which is earlier than the
selected data is displayed by scrolling up mouse wheel button and the data which is later than the
selected data is displayed by scrolling down mouse wheel button.
2.2.4 Control Play-back
The following control buttons are used to control the video playback
Move backward 10 secs
Move forward 10 secs
Increase/ Decrease play speed
Show previous frame
Play/ Pause
Show next frame
These actions are applied to all of the cameras that are shown in the search mode.
2.2.5 Live Button
Click this button to go back to the live screen.
2.2.6 Event Search
Click this button to open the event search window. The event search window describes detail
information for the simple information in the timeline. It displays the information for time, name, device,
zone and counter and description of the selected events from the timeline.
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Duration is set by the time which is selected from timeline, and Apply search time is selected
automatically. Duration can be specified directly when the item is not selected. Also, it can be specified
by clicking the icon which is in each input item of date and time. The event search window will display for
All Cameras and All Events. Specific event or camera can also be selected by selecting them from the
Event and Camera drop down list.
The result in the event search window can be sorted by:
 Time (Descending)
 Time (Ascending)
 Event
 Camera/Device
This window can be closed by clicking the close button on the right bottom of the window.
2.2.7 Backup Button
Click this button to open the Save as.. window as shown below.
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This menu is used save the still image of the selected camera.
The default filename consist of 'dvr-camera number-beginning time-ending time-frame number', and
this can be changed if required. Supported file formats are are JPEG (JPG), PNG, and BMP.
Target media to save must be selected before the backup. Only the still image of the selected camera
will be saved regardless of the display mode.
2.3 Backup
By using the Backup icon the video can be backed up to CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW, USB hard disk,
USB flash memory, and the video for backup can be selected by date, time and camera.
2.3.1 Backup Video by Date and Time
The following method is used to backup video by selecting date and time.
Step 1: Connect a USB disk or other portable storage device to a USB port of the video recorder.
Step 2: Click
icon in the live view interface to start playback mode.
Step 3: Click
button
Step 4: The backup window will pop up as shown below.
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Duration: : Input the start date and time, end date and time of the video that you want to backup by
editing the date and time fields.
Camera: Select the camera channels that are required for backup
Size: The size of the backup video calculated by the system is displayed.
Device: Select the device you want to backup the video.
Step 5: Click Start to start the backup.
NOTE: The backup file format is .avi. This can be played in any media player such as Windows Media
Player and VLC
2.3.2 Backup Video by Selection
Step 1: Connect a USB disk or other portable storage device to a USB port of the video recorder.
Step 2: Click
icon in the live view interface to start playback mode.
Step 3: Click on the Date to open the calendar.
Step 4: Select the date of the video which you want to backup.
Step 5: Once the date is selected, the playback timeline will be displayed. Follow the below steps to
mark the video to be backed up.
Select the start time: Right click on the position in the timeline that you want as the start time for the
video backup.
Select the end time: Right click again on a position in the timeline that you want as the end time.
Note, the selected part will be shown in purple color as in the picture below.
Step 6: Click
button
Step 7: The backup window will pop up as shown below.
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Duration: The duration will be automatically taken based on the selection made in the timeline.
However, users can change the duration of the video that you want to backup by editing the date and
time fields.
Camera: Select the camera channels that are required for backup
Size: The size of the backup video calculated by the system is displayed.
Device: Select the device you want to backup the video.
Step 9: Click Start to start the backup.
NOTE: The backup file format is .avi. This can be played in any media player such as Windows Media
Player and VLC
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3. Configuration
This chapter describes how to configure the basic functions of the FortesVMS. Click on
button, and select the required options from the menu.
3.1 Display
When Display option is selected from the Setup menu, the display screen shown below will appear, where
the language, camera title, camera sequence, keyboard, screen layout, monitors, VCA, can be configured.
3.1.1 Language
The language that is used for display messages can be selected and the system will be restarted to
apply this configuration. Languages currently supported are English, Korean, Japanese, Spanish,
Chinese, German, Hungarian, Portugal, Czech, Italian, Polish, Hebrew and Russian.
3.1.2 Camera Information
The camera OSD information can be configured in this section.
Location: The location of the camera information which is displayed in the screen is shown.
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The following locations are possible: Top-Left, Top-Right, Bottom-Left, Bottom-Right
These locations can also be changed by pressing F4 key in the live screen.
Background color: The background color of the camera information can be changed by clicking the
icon as shown below. Color picker
apply as the background color.
can be used to capture any color from the screen to
Show the title: Check this to display the camera name configured in the Camera Setup. The font and
the color can also be changed.
Show network source name as camera title: Check this to show the network source name of the
camera configured in the Camera Network Sources window as the camera title.
Show network information: Check this to display the network information. The font and the color can
also be changed.
3.1.3 Camera Switching or Sequencing
The interval for the sequence switching between camera groups can be specified in this section. The
sequence switching interval specified in this section is automatically considered when the 'Switch'
button is pressed. The time interval range is 1~1000sec.
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3.1.4 Keyboard
In the Keyboard section, if the Enable On-Screen Keyboard is checked it enables the OSK (on-screen
keyboard) for typing. Keyboard actions and keyboard shortcut actions can also be enabled.
3.1.5 Performance
To improve the bandwidth performance, the decoding of video from the cameras which are not
displayed on the Live Screen can skipped by checking on the “Skip decoding of invisible network
camera videos”.
In addition, the decoding of video of cameras in the live window can be skipped when in search
screen, by checking the “Skip decoding of live camera videos in search screen”.
Check “Enable high quality scaling filter for H/W acceleration” to increase the live view performance.
3.1.6 Screen Layout
The camera screen layout on the right side of the window is configured under this section.
The following parameters can be set for the Camera Layout:
 Camera Button Columns: The number of columns with the camera number.
 Set display mode buttons automatically: The number of the display mode buttons is
automatically calculated when this option is enabled. If it's disabled, the number of display
mode buttons can be configured with Display Mode Buttons.
 Show panels with overlay mode: Show camera buttons, clock, etc. over the camera video
 Show the corner arrow: The corner arrow indicating the area to switch full screen mode.
 Fit video image into the camera area: Ignore original camera video ratio, and fit video image
into the camera area.
 Enable screen lock button: Enable screen lock button on the live screen.
 Hide mouse pointer automatically: Check to hide the mouse pointer when not in use.
3.1.7 Animation
Enable animation effect and specify the mode switch duration in seconds when the switching of video,
mode switching, screen toggle, etc.
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3.1.8 Warning Message
The Warning message and the sound can be specified in this section.
By default, the Beep is disabled. Select the sound from the list.
The number of warning messages displayed in the live screen can be changed by sliding the bar in the
Message Keeping Count”.
3.1.9 Live Video Profile
The VMS supports dynamic live view profile where the cameras will automatically change to different
profile based on the screen layout. Three profiles can be created as shown below.
The cameras chosen for Live -1 (High Quality) will have the Live-1 Profile selected in the Network
Camera Sources for those particular cameras.
The cameras chosen for Live - 2 (Medium Quality) will have the Live-2 Profile selected in the Network
Camera Sources for those particular cameras.
The cameras chosen for Live - 3 (Low Quality) will have the Live-3 Profile selected in the Network
Camera Sources for those particular cameras.
3.1.10 Monitor Setting
The VMS supports multiple monitors. The multiple monitors can be configured as
1. Cloned Monitors
Select this option if all the monitors should have same output.
2. Multiple Monitors
Select this option if the different monitors should display different cameras. Camera groups can
be assigned to each monitor. The camera group is specified with the start camera and the last
camera.
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3.1.11 Touchscreen Calibration
The VMS supports touchscreen monitors. Click Touch Screen Calibration button and follow the
instructions displayed in the screen
3.2 Camera
When Camera option is selected from the Setup menu, the camera configuration screen shown below
appears, which is used to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, hue and can configure other camera
settings. The changes can be applied to either a single camera or multiple cameras, selected from
the list.
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3.2.1 Camera Parameters
To cameras parameters listed below can be changed using this screen.
Name: Changes the name of the camera. The name is displayed in the main display or in the network
client. It is also used for configuration of the camera and the event for recording.
Network Camera: A network camera to connect the channel can be selected from the list of
registered cameras.
Brightness: To adjust brightness of the camera.
Contrast: To adjust contrast of the camera.
Saturation: To adjust the color saturation of the cameras
Hue: To change the hue of the camera
Hidden: Selecting this check box hides the camera video from the main display, other functions
such as the recording and streaming is unaffected.
Deinterlace: To use deinterlace filter
VCA: Shows the VCA Setting window for the camera
Auto Mapping Registered network camera sources are connected to camera in order. Previous
camera configuration will be overwritten.
The Number of Cameras The number of displayable cameras. The maximum number of cameras to
specify depends on the models of the system.
Loss Event Mapping To configure the event handlers when a camera signal loss is detected.
Recovery Event Mapping To configure the event handlers when a camera signal recovery is detected.
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3.2.2 Network Camera Sources
The ‘Network Camera Sources’ window can be accessed by clicking More… button in the ‘Camera’
window.
This section allows the users to add or delete the cameras. There are two methods of adding the
cameras.
3.2.2.1 Adding Cameras Automatically
Step 1: In the ‘Network Camera Sources’ window, click Scan UPnP / ONVIF IP Camera…
A list of to all the UPnP and ONVIF Cameras present in the same network segment as that of the
FortesVMS is displayed as shown below. Note: The “Add” button is activated once a camera is selected.
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Step 2: Select a camera in the displayed list to add. Click Add to make the selection.
Step 3: The added camera details are displayed in the ‘Network Camera Sources’ window.
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Step 4: Ensure that the correct port number, Username and Password are entered.
Step 5: Enable Use Public Address if public IP address is to be used instead of the private IP address for
the camera that is connected through private IP environment. This item is enabled by default when the
type of the network camera is ONVIF IP camera or Infinique V1.
Step 6: Set the status of Audio to Enabled if the camera has audio function and if audio is required.
Step 7: Click Check Connection & Inputs and check the Status.
If the status is Video 1/ Audio 0, it means that the FortesVMS detected only a video stream from the
camera. If the status say Video 1/Audio 1, it means that the FortesVMS detected a video and an audio
stream from the camera. If the status is other than this, then please check the IP address, Port,
Username and Password.
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Note:
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Transport This option is used to select the data transportation mode. RTP over RTSP/TCP, RTP over
UDP, RTP/RTSP over HTTP/TCP are available currently.
Keep Alive This option is for keeping alive an RTSP/ONVIF IP camera.
Step 8: Select the Record, Network and Live Profiles based on the requirements.
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Note:
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Sensor Map the sensor of the camera to a particular channel
Relay Map the relay output of the camera to a prticular channel
Step 9: Provide a name for the camera for easy identification as shown below.
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Step 10: Click OK to complete editing the network parameters of the camera to be added.
Step 11: Now in the ‘Camera Window’, select the channel (i.e. row) the added camera has to be
associated with. Click the ‘Network Camera’ column of the channel. The camera which has been
added will show up in the drop down menu list. Select the camera which you want to associate to this
channel.
Step 12: To edit the Name of the camera channel, click the Name column.
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Step 13: Click OK to finish the process of adding the camera. The system will restart automatically and
the camera will be displayed in the live view in the channel it was added.
3.2.2.2 Adding Cameras Manually
Step 1: In the ‘Network Camera Sources’ window, click New
Step 2: You are prompted to enter a name for the camera for easy identification. E.g.: Staircase
camera
Step 3: Select the Model or the Vendor of the camera which you would like to connect and enter its IP
Address & Port. If the Model is selected as ‘RTSP IP camera’, then the full RTSP path without the port in the
‘Address’ section.
NOTE: FortesVMS provides native support for a number of vendors.
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Note:
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RTSP Port Set up the RTSP port for network camera. If the Model is selected as ‘RTSP IP camera’,
check this box and enter the RTSP port.
Audio Port Set up the audio port for network camera. Check this box and enter the audio port.
Event Port Set up the event port for network camera. Check this box and enter the event port.
Step 4: Enter the User Name and the Password.
Step 5: Enable Use Public Address if public IP address is to be used instead of the private IP address for
the camera that is connected through private IP environment. This item is enabled by default when the
type of the network camera is ONVIF IP camera or Infinique V1.
Step 6: Set the status of Audio to Enabled if the camera has audio function and if audio is required.
Step 7: Select the Record, Network and Live Profiles based on the requirement.
Step 8: Click OK to complete editing the network parameters of the camera to be added.
Step 9: Now in the ‘Camera Window’, select the channel (i.e. row) the added camera has to be
associated with. Click the ‘Network Camera’ column of the channel. The camera which has been
added will show up in the drop down menu list. Select the camera which you want to associate to this
channel.
Step 10: To edit the Name of the camera channel, click the Name column.
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Step 11: Click OK to finish the process of adding the camera. The system gui will restart automatically
and the camera will be displayed in the live view in the channel it was added.
3.3 Audio
When Audio option is selected from the Setup menu, the Audio configuration screen shown appears. It
is used to adjust various audio settings. It enables or disables the audio function and configures for the
audio device.
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Play audio for selected camera in live screen check to play audio of the selected camera in live
screen.
Play audio for selected camera in search screen check to play audio of the selected camera in
search screen.
Broadcast audio to selected camera in live screen check to broadcast audio to the selected
camera in live screen from the microphone connected to the FortesVMS Server or FortesNVR.
Play Volume used to set master volume of playing audio, can be set to one of value from 1 to
100.
More…Advanced settings of the audio device is configured by clicking this.
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3.4 Record
To select Record menu, click on Setup menu and select Record, the record configuration screen
shown below appears. Record menu is used to adjust the quality of video or audio recording or to
change the schedule of the recording. Different types of recording are supported by the system, which
are continuous, scheduled, motion based, event based, pre-event and post-event. Either single or
multiple cameras can be selected by clicking the check box. The changed configurations are
applied to all the selected cameras simultaneously.
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3.4.1 Record Parameters
Resolution: to select a video resolution to be used for recording.
Codec: To select a video codec to use in the recording. It is selectable between H.264/MJPEG/MPEG4
depending upon the camera.
Frame Rate: To decide the number of the frames per one second to be used for recording. The bigger
its value is the softer motion is. But the quality is getting worse proportionally when higher frame is used in
the same bit rate.
Quality: This item selects a predefined bit rate and a key frame interval. 1 is the best quality and the
bigger value is, the worse quality is. Even the same level of the quality is selected, the real quality can
be different on the type of the IP camera, and selectable ranges of the quality are different.
Bitrate: decides the quality of the video to record. The quality is specified by bit rate (bits per second).
If higher bit rates are used, the disk space required is higher. If lower bit rates are used, the quality of
video is lower. But the quality of the recording will not be much better above certain level. Bit rate
should be adjusted with considering the site conditions or the quality of the connected IP camera. Noisy
and dynamic screens need bigger bit rate than other ones to get a similar quality to them at least.
Key Frame Interval: This decides the interval of key frames which can be replayed with lossless in
recording. Key frame needs ten to hundred times size of other frames. The larger interval of key frame
is, the bigger space other frames can use, so the overall quality will be better. Conversely, the smaller
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interval is, the less space other frames can use, so the overall quality will be worse.
Bigger interval of key frames makes better quality, but the delay time for seeing the next frame will be
longer when the network transmission is delayed or unstable and the program has to wait next frame as
some middle frames are lost. Conversely, smaller interval makes worse quality, but the delay time will be
reduced.
Also bigger interval makes the seek time longer because the playable video can be obtained when the
decoding from the key frame to the desirous of frame is done on searching and playing random
position. Conversely, smaller interval makes the seek time shorter.
Pre-Event: This item configures when the recording will begin before the event. The real start time of the
recording can be earlier than the configured one. Because correct MPEG4 video can be obtained
when recording is begun from key frame, but the location of key frame may not be matched exactly.
Post-Event: This item configures when the recording will be finished after the event in seconds.
Always record camera: This item decides whether the video should be recorded always regardless of
the recording schedule or the event recording. The recording schedule can be configured by clicking
Schedule... button. The recording schedule can be adjusted for each camera. Recording will be done
regardless of event recording in hours applied recording schedule.
3.4.2 Record Schedule Weekly
In this section a recording schedule can be setup for the week, if continuous recording is not required.
The schedule can be setup for each camera or for all the cameras. Each row denotes a day of the
week and the columns denote hours of the day. A schedule can be added, modified, removed for the
specified day through this configuration.
3.4.3 Record Schedule Specific Date
The recording schedule can be added for a specific date. In the ‘Recording Schedule’ window,
click Schedule… button, the schedule configuration window shown below will appear.
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The date of the schedule should be selected on the calendar for which the recording is required.
Reference name for the schedule can be given and the schedule type can be selected.
The following schedule types are available
 Non Repeat: The schedule will be executed only once.
 Repeat: The schedule will be executed between the start and end dates based on the
frequency specified i.e. every day or every alternate day or every 7 days (week), etc.
 Forever: The schedule will be executed continuously from the start date based on the
frequency specified i.e. every day or every alternate day or every 7 days (week), etc.
The Start Date and the End Date can be entered or just the Start date based on the schedule type
selected. For the schedule to repeat, enter the repeat frequency in the ‘Every’ field and click OK.
The new schedule created will be added to the selected date by clicking the OK button. To remove a
schedule, select the schedule and click on Remove button.
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3.5 PTZ Camera Configuration
To select PTZ menu, click on Setup and select Pan/Tilt/Zoom, the configuration screen shown below
appears. This menu can be used to configure either single or multiple cameras. The changed
configurations are applied to all of the selected cameras simultaneously.
3.5.1 Set PTZ Parameters
The following parameters can be set using this menu.
Enabled: To toggle whether Pan/Tilt/Zoom functionality is to be used with this camera or not.
Speed: Indicates speed of the camera PTZ movement.
Preset: Upto 128 preset positions are available.
Move: Clicking this button will move the Selected PTZ camera to the chosen preset position number.
Set: The PTZ camera is moved to required Field of view and then this button is clicked to set it as preset
for the chosen preset position number
Reset This item resets the configuration of the preset to the default.
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3.6 Network
To select Network menu, click on Setup and Network, the Network configuration screen shown below will
appear. This menu can be used to configure the Network parameters.
3.6.1 Network Server
Connection List / Filtering is used to filter the connections that is allowed to connect to the FortesVMS
remotely. When the More... button is selected, the Connection List / Filtering screen shown below will
appear which displays the connected client list.
Ban: To deny remote access to the FortesVMS connection from an IP address, click on Ban button, the
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connection is disconnected immediately and IP address is appended to 'Deny' filters automatically.
Allow/Deny: Filtering of connection works with two filter lists, 'Allow' and 'Deny'. If 'Allow' section is empty,
all connections are allowed. If 'Allow' section is not empty, however, only matched connections are
allowed. If a connection is matched to 'Deny' filter list, it is denied always.
A filter is composed of 'user', 'address' and 'mask' in the form of '[email protected]/mask'. The 'user' stands
for NVR user name, and multiple users can be specified at once using '*' characters, for example,
'guest*@' specifies all accounts whose name starts with 'guest'. If '[email protected]' part is missing, it is set to '*@',
all users, automatically. The 'mask' acts as bit-wise AND operator to IP address, for example, subnet
'192.168.10.' is specified by filter '192.168.10.0/255.255.255.0' form. If the filter has only address part,
the mask is set to '255.255.255.255' automatically.
Port: It is the port number to receive MPEG4 streaming from the network server. Connection will be not
available when the client does not specify the port number after changing this information.
HTTP: It is the HTTP port to access the FortesVMS via the web browsers. The default value is 80.
RTSP: It is the RTSP port to access the FortesVMS video via the RTSP protocol. The default value is 554.
Max Connections: indicate the number of the maximum clients that can be connected
simultaneously. Having too many remote monitoring clients can affect the system performance. This
parameter is used to limit the number of remote client connections. The server will refuse the
connection when the number of the connections exceeds this value. If the number of the maximum
clients is reduced to ten when fifty clients are connected, the current connections are preserved but no
new connections are allowed.
Enable UPnP Port Mapping Check this to enable auto port mapping if the router supports UPnP.
IP TOS (Type of Service): This is from the third bit to the fifth bit of eight bits which is included in IP packet
header, and represents the type of the query for the requested service.
LOWDELAY: minimum delay
RELIABILITY: maximum reliability
THROUGHPUT: maximum throughput
LOWCOST: minimum cost
3.6.2 MJPEG Streaming
This is used to set the transmission parameters of MJPEG video through HTTP protocol. The parameter set
are as follows:
URL: is the web address to connect to the MJPEG streaming server. It can control the specific function
with parameter in the format of CGI (Common Gateway Interface).
Quality: specifies the quality level of MJPEG video.
Frame Rate: specifies the fps transferring rate of MJPEG video.
Resize images for mobile devices: when checked, the video transmitted is scaled to the proper size of
the mobile device. The default configuration is to transmit the video without scaling.
3.6.3 Dynamic DNS
This section is used to enable dynamic DNS function. The client can connect to the FortesVMS server by
using the same domain name when the address of FortesVMS IP is changed. The FortesVMS supports
the following DDNS Servers.
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dvrhost.net and dyndns.org
dvrhost.net is the free DDNS Server provided by Infinique.
To configure DDNS with dvrhost.net,
Step 1: Check Enable this function under Dynamic DNS
Step 2: Select the EDNS(dvrhost.net) sever.
Step 3: Enter the Domain name eg: officenvr
Step 4: Enter the time interval at which the DDNS information has to be updated with the server.
Step 5: Click Update Now.
If the update is successful, “Update successful” message will be shown. The DDNS domain will be in the
following format:
domainname.dvrhost.net
Eg:, officenvr.dvrhost.net
To configure DDNS with dyndns.org,
Note: A DDNS Domain should be created with dyndns.org prior to setting the DDNS Parameters.
Step 1: Select www.dyndns.org as the server.
Step 2: Enter the Domain name registered with the dyndns e.g:officenvr.dyndns.org
Step 3: Enter the Username and Password to log into the dyndns server.
Step 4: Click Update Now.
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3.7 User
To select User menu, click on Setup and User, the User configuration screen shown below will appear.
This menu is used to maintain users, roles and to assign user permissions.
3.7.1 User Parameters
Account: The name of the account which can admin (administrator) or guest. The user accounts
available by default are the Administrator and Guest accounts. Please note, users cannot delete the
Administrator account. However, the username and password of the Administrator account can be
changed.
Note: The default password for the Administrator account is gollum04. Users are advised to change this
password for security reasons.
User: This is the user id which should be unique, so each user can be distinguished from the system.
Password: This is used to authorize a user and it is saved with one-way encryption which the information
cannot be extracted reversely.
Password (verify): This is used to verify a spelling of the user password phrase.
E-Mail: This is used when the user has an authority for email. It only needs the data with email format. It
is not mandatory to run the FortesVMS system.
Description: is used to identify the user and it is not mandatory.
Role: is used to select the Role for the user, this is described in the next section
Modify/Add/New/Remove: Modify button is used to change the user information. Add button is used
for the addition of a new user with the entered information on the screen. New button is used to create
a new user by initializing the screen fields. Remove button is used for removing the selected account.
However, the administrator account cannot be removed.
Enable authentication for login: This is used to enable or disable login to the FortesVMS. During initial
setup the users need not login into the FortesVMS, however when once the setup is complete, this
option should be checked to restrict unauthorized use. The FortesVMS regards the user as administrator
when this option is disabled. Clicking Lock Screen button is needed to login as other user.
Enable authentication for setup: Check to enable user authentication to access setup menu.
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Enable authentication for search: Check to enable user authentication to access search screen.
Enable authentication for backup: Check to enable user authentication to take backup.
To change the administrator account details,
Step 1: Select Account as Administrator.
Step 2: Enter the User and password.
Step 3: Enter the Email address if the user has the authority to receive email. However, this field is not
mandatory.
Step 4: Enter a description of the user and then Click Modify to save the changes.
To add a new user,
Step 1: Click New in the ‘user’ window.
Step 2: Enter the User and password.
Step 3: Enter the Email address if the user has the authority to receive email. However, this field is not
mandatory.
Step 4: Enter a description of the user.
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Step 5: Select the Role: Guest or Administrator.
Step 6: Click Add, to add the user.
NOTE: The administrator role has full permissions while the guest role has only limited permissions.
However, the permissions can be customized as per the requirement.
3.7.2 Role
Role is a set of the configuration of permission that can be assigned to a user. In other words, it is the
information for the permission which can be used by user. The Administrator role cannot be modified
or removed. The Role screen shown below is displayed when the More button is clicked in the user
menu.
Role: This is the selected role.
Name: name of the role.
Use this role as default: selects the default role for a new user.
Camera Permissions: configures permissions per each camera, where 'Camera 1' is name of a
camera.
View: this is checked to give permissions for watching the video of the selected camera.
Device Control: this is checked to give permissions for controlling the PTZ Camera.
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The following System Permissions can be assigned to each role:
Configure system: to give the permissions for changing the system configuration.
Search recording data: to give permissions to search the recorded video
Control system devices: to give permissions for control of the system device (power off, forced
recording...) and digital input/output.
Connect via network: to give permissions for connection via the network.
Backup Recording Data: to give permissions to backup recorded data.
Modify/Add/New/Remove: Modify is used to change the role information. Add is used to add the
entered information on the screen as a new role. New is used to initialize all fields on the screen.
Remove is used to remove the current role.
To assign permissions to the users,
Step 1: Select the account you want to add or remove permissions
Step 2: Click More… in the ‘User’ window.
Step 3: Click New in the ‘Role’ window shown below.
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Step 4: Enter a name for the role and check Use this role as default if you want this to be the default
role.
Step 5: Check the appropriate boxes for which you want to give camera permissions.
Step 5: Check the appropriate boxes for which you want to give system permissions.
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Step 6: Click Add. The newly added role will be in the Role list.
Step 7: Check the box, if you want the user to enter username and password when performing the
following functions such as login, setup, search and backup.
Step 8: Click OK to save and exit.
4. Events Configuration
This chapter describes the configuration of events such as motion detection, sensor and alarm and
links the events to the handlers.
4.1 Motion Detection Configuration
When Motion Detection is selected, the following window is displayed. The changed configuration
parameters can either be applied to single or multiple selected cameras simultaneously.
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4.1.1 Motion Detection Parameters
Name: indicates the camera name
Enabled: it is a toggle to enable or disable motion detection with recording, digital output signal and
warning message.
Sensitivity: indicates the sensitivity of the motion detection. A higher sensitivity value means smaller
motion detection.
Noise: indicates the level of noise to be ignored from the camera. If the noise value is set to 10%,
system will record motion detection when the difference between the previous video and the current
video pixel is 10% and more, when the difference is less than 10% then it does not consider this as
motion.
Area: when this button is clicked, the system can only monitor the motion in the specified partial area
selected. Drag the mouse button to select the desired area where motion should be monitored. The
selected areas are displayed in red color. Multiple areas can be selected and the system will only
monitor motion in the selected red area. Click the Clear button to deselect the areas.
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Always detect motion: if this is checked, then the motion detection is always turned on. If this is not
checked, then motion detection is configured using the Motion Schedule.
The Motion schedule is similar to the recording schedule. Please refer section 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 of this
manual.
4.1.2 Motion Event Mapping
Event Mapping is used to configure the event that should happen when the motion is detected. When
Event Mapping is selected, the Event Mapping Configuration window shown below will be displayed.
The cameras are displayed as rows while the feasible functions are displayed as columns. The
configuration will be saved by selecting desirable camera and function and clicking OK button.
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When motion event is detected, list of functions that can be activated are listed below.
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Warning Message: Warning window with event warning message as shown below will
appear
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Pop-up: The selected camera will be switched to full screen popup window based on the
order set in Pop Up Settings.
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Border Blink: The border of the camera in which the event took place will start to blink.
SNMP: Send SNMP message to the specified SNMP server
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Email: Send Email notification to Email Group number shown in the icon
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Recording: Recording the video of the camera number shown in the icon.
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Alarm: Activate the alarm device number shown in the icon
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PTZ: Activate the PTZ Link number shown in the icon.
4.2 Sensor Configuration
Sensors are used to recognize the status of devices connected to the system. The number of available
sensors depends on the model of the system. The Sensor (Digital Input) configuration screen is shown
below:
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4.2.1 Sensor Parameters
Name: indicates the name for the connected sensor and is not an editable field.
: Turns blue when the sensor is ON.
Type: specifies the type of the sensor signal, selectable values are N/C [0→1] or N/O [1→0].
Always check signals: if checked it indicates that the sensor signals should be checked always. If it is
unchecked then it can be adjusted in the sensor schedule.
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4.2.2 Sensor Schedule
The sensor checking schedule can be applied per each sensor. The Sensor schedule is similar to the
recording schedule. Please refer section 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 of this manual.
4.2.3 Sensor Event Mapping
Sensor Event Mapping is used to configure the event that should happen when a sensor is triggered. A
Sensor Event Mapping configuration window as shown below will be displayed when the Event Mapping
button is selected in the Sensor Configuration window. The Sensors are displayed as rows while the
feasible event functions are displayed as columns. The configuration can be saved by selecting
desired event functions for the sensors and clicking OK button.
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When a sensor is triggered, list of functions that can be activated are listed below.
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Warning Message: Warning window with event warning message as shown below will
appear
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Pop-up: The selected camera will be switched to full screen popup window based on the
order set in Pop Up Settings.
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Border Blink: The border of the camera in which the event took place will start to blink.
SNMP: Send SNMP message to the specified SNMP server
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Email: Send Email notification to Email Group number shown in the icon
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Recording: Recording the video of the camera number shown in the icon.
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Alarm: Activate the alarm device number shown in the icon
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PTZ: Activate the PTZ Link number shown in the icon.
4.3 Alarm Configuration
Alarms are used to recognize the status of devices connected to the system. An alarm notifies to the
system that an alarm event has occurred. The number of available alarms depends on the model of
the system. The Alarm Configuration window is shown below, the changed configuration parameters
can either be applied to single or multiple selected alarms simultaneously.
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4.3.1 Alarm Parameters
The parameters that shall be configured for the alarm are listed below.
Name: uniquely identifies an alarm and is not an editable field.
Type: there are two types of alarm signal that are supported, and the selectable values are N/C [0→1]
(normally closed) or N/O [1→0] (normally open).
Duration: specifies the duration time for an alarm.
Interval: specifies the minimal time for generating the post alarms once an alarm has occurred.
Count: specifies the number of times post alarms can occur.
Activate Selected Alarms: this is used to test functionality of generating an alarm signal for the
selected alarm.
4.3.2 Alarm Event Mapping
Alarm Event Mapping is used to configure the event that should happen when an alarm is triggered. An
Alarm Event Mapping configuration as shown below will be displayed when the Event Mapping button
is selected in the Alarm Configuration window. The Alarms are displayed as rows while the feasible
event functions are displayed as columns. The configuration can be saved by selecting desired event
functions for the alarms and clicking OK button.
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When an alarm is triggered, list of functions that can be activated are listed below.
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Warning Message: Warning window with event warning message as shown below will
appear
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Pop-up: The selected camera will be switched to full screen popup window based on the
order set in Pop Up Settings.
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Border Blink: The border of the camera in which the event took place will start to blink.
SNMP: Send SNMP message to the specified SNMP server
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Email: Send Email notification to Email Group number shown in the icon
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Recording: Recording the video of the camera number shown in the icon.
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PTZ: Activate the PTZ Link number shown in the icon.
4.3.2 Alarm Panel Button
Alarm Panel is present in the Live View window and all the configured alarm numbers are displayed as
shown below. Using the alarm panel, the alarms events can be manually triggered by clicking on the
respective alarm number. The Alarm panel is display in the PTZ mode in the live screen.
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4.4 Pan/Tilt/Zoom Link Event Configuration
Pan/Tilt/Zoom Link configuration is used to adjust the Pan/Tilt/Zoom action of a PTZ camera that is linked
to an event when the event occurs. Pan/Tilt/Zoom link is supported up to the number of the input video
signal. The actions on each camera can be configured as the number of Pan/Tilt/Zoom link.
One or all PTZ Links can be selected and the configuration can be applied to all of them
simultaneously.
4.4.1 PTZ Link Event Actions
When an event occurs, each PTZ cameras can be configured to perform different actions using the PTZ
Link window shown below. The lists of these of these PTZ Link Event Actions that can be set for each PTZ
Camera are shown below:
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Preset
Wiper On
Wiper Off
Light On
Light Off
Washer On
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Power On
Power Off
Auto Pan On
Auto Pan Off
Auto Tilt On
Auto Tilt Off
Auto Focus
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If for any event, PTZ Link 1 , PTZ Link 2 and PTZ Link 3 is enabled, and if the PTZ Link is configured as shown
below, the camera 1 will go to preset 1 and it will Auto Focus, The Camera 2 will go to Preset 2.
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4.5 Email Event Action Configuration
When an event occurs, an email notification can be sent, as defined in the Event Mapping section of
all events. The configuration of the email link is addressed in this section. Up to 4 Email groups can be
created.
4.5.1 Email Event Action Parameters
To configure an email notification,
Step 1: Select the Email group. Four Email groups are available. Users can add email addresses to
each group.
Step 2: Click New to add the recipient(s) and enter the Email address in the text field as shown below.
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Step 3: Enter the Subject and the message of the Email that will be sent to the recipients.
The following macro can be used to customize the message the Email.
•#EVENT#: The name of event
•#DATE#: Date and time of the event
•#IP#: IP address of FortesVMS
•#ADDRESS#: The email address of the receiver
For Example, if we create a message body using the macros as shown in the above picture, the Email
will have the following details when a motion is detected on a camera with name “Entrance Camera”,
Subject: [DVR] Motion in Entrance Camera ALERT
Message: This is a message automatically generated by DVR
Event : Motion in Entrance Camera
Date : Wed 28 Oct 2015 01:58:34 PM GST
IP ADDRESS : 192.168.0.123
Address : [email protected]
Step 4: Enter the Time Interval for which the event notification has to be sent. If the period is set for
60min (default), only one notification will be sent for 60 mins. If multiple events occur in this 60m period,
notification for only the first event will be sent.
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Step 5: Check the Attach current image if the users want to get the snapshot of the channel at which
the event like motion detection took place.
Step 6: Configure the Email Server
a) Enter the Sender Email Address
b) Select the Delivering Type. Two types are available.
a. Direct Send: It is used to directly send email to the recipients without having to use the
external SMTP mail server of the ISP, web host or email provider. The normal free email
provider such as Gmail or Hotmail does not allow the users to send more than a certain
number of emails per day or per hour – while with Direct Send this problem is avoided.
However, it is not as reliable as the SMTP server.
b. Mail Server: It is the most reliable method to deliver the email quickly.
Enter the following details:
Server Name: Enter the address of the mail server.
Port: Enter the SMTP port of the mail Server.
Account: Enter the account user name to log into the mail server.
Step 7: Click OK to save the configuration.
4.6 SNMP Event Action Configuration
SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a protocol to manage network. Messages related with
events can be sent to the SNMP management system by using this function. It can be used with linked
all of the events. The SNMP Event Action Configuration window is shown below.
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4.6.1 SNMP Event Action Parameters
The SNMP window is used to configure the use of SNMP and the SNMP management server. SNMP
messages for the occurred event are sent to the configured SNMP server when each event like signal
loss, motion detection is linked to SNMP and the events is occurred.
Enable this function: if this is checked then it enables the SNMP function, if unchecked then it disables
the SNMP function.
SNMP Server Name: specifies the IP Address or hostname of the SNMP management server. (e.g.
123.45.678.90 or server-name.mynetwork.com)
4.7 Pop-up Event Action Configuration
When an event occurs, a Pop-up window is displayed showing the camera video in full screen, as
defined in the Event Mapping section of all events. The rules for the Pop-up event actions are defined in
this section.
4.7.1 Pop-up Action Rules Configuration
The Pop-up actions to be taken when the event occurs are defined as rules. The Pop-up action rules
parameters are described below.
Order: defines the priority of the rule and is numbered. A rule of the high priority is executed first when
there a duplicate condition exists.
Event: specifies the event type that occurs for the pop-up to be applied. The rule will be not applied
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when the event type does not match with the occurred event. The rule will be applied regardless of the
event type of the occurred event when All Events is selected.
Device: specifies the device (camera, alarm or sensor) where the event occurs for pop-up to be
applied. The rule will be applied when the device type matches with the device where the event has
occurred. When All Devices is selected the rule will be applied regardless of the device type.
For example,
If the event is Motion detection, The Device 1 refers to Camera 1, Device 2 refers to Camera 2
If the event is Sensor, The Device 1 refers to Sensor 1, Device 2 refers to Sensor 2.
Camera: this identifies the camera to popup when the rule criteria matches with the occurred event. If
the item “Device No” is selected in the “Camera” column, then instead of the video of camera
number, the video of the device specified under the “Device” column will be displayed in full screen.
New: After specifying the rule, the New button should be clicked to add the rule.
Duration: defines the time period for which the pop up should stay in full screen.
4.7.2 Pop-up Action Event Types
The event types that can be configured in Pop-up Rules are:
 All Events
 Motion Detection
 Sensor (Digital Input)
 Alarm (Digital Output)
 Disk Failure
 Camera Signal Loss
 Phone
 Analog
 RAID Status Change
 Camera Signal Recovery
 VCA Events
4.8 Video Contents Analysis (VCA)
The system can render, save and replay the VCA meta data from cameras that have built-in video
content analysis. It not only saves and searches Camera VCA events, but also maps events with various
handlers. For the cameras that support Video Analytics, VCA setting can be configured in Camera
Configuration setup.
4.8.1 VCA Display
The VCA information that needs to be displayed can be configured using the VCA Screen show below.
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Show zones: This option shows pre-defined polygonal detection area.
Show counters: This option shows a count number of satisfying detection rule.
Show blobs: This option shows detected dwells.
Show objects: This option shows objects.
Show objects in multiple colors: This option shows objects in different colors.
Show non-alarmed objects: This option shows non-alarmed objects by any detection rules.
Show object speed: This option shows the speed of the moving object.
Show object height: This option shows the height of the object.
Show object area: This option shows the area of the object in square meters.
Show object classifier: This option shows the classifier of the object.
Show object wait times: This option shows the wait time of object in a same place.
Show object color signature This option shows the color signature of the object.
Show system message This option shows system message.
Tamper detected message This option shows the specified message when detection environment is
tampered.
4.8.2 VCA Event Mapping
Like other events, VCA events can also be mapped using the Event Mapping screen with various
handlers. To map a VCA event, click the VCA Event Mapping button, event mapping window is shown,
where the event actions can be specified.
When Event mapping is clicked for any VCA event, The Event Mapping window for that particular VCA
event will open as shown below.
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The list of functions that can be activated are listed below.
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Warning Message: Warning window with event warning message as shown below will
appear
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Pop-up: The selected camera will be switched to full screen popup window based on the
order set in Pop Up Settings.
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Border Blink: The border of the camera in which the event took place will start to blink.
SNMP: Send SNMP message to the specified SNMP server
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Email: Send Email notification to Email Group number shown in the icon
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Recording: Recording the video of the camera number shown in the icon.
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Alarm: Activate the alarm device number shown in the icon
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PTZ: Activate the PTZ Link number shown in the icon.
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5. System Configuration
The chapter describes the configuration for the system management functions such as HDD
configuration, network interface, date and time and system log
5.1 Disk Configuration
The disk configuration window shown below is used to manage the HDDs which are cpnnected to the
FortesVMS system. Using this menu, individual cameras can be mapped to disks, specify maximum disk
recording capacity and various other functions can be enabled.
The disk parameters that are configuration are:
Name: this is a unique name which is used to identify the disks.
Connect: the check mark in this field decides if the disk is used for recording. Data on the disk cannot
be searched and saved when this field is not selected.
Usage: the percentage ratio of used disk space
Cameras: It shows the cameras mapped to that particular disk. * indicates that all the cameras are
mapped to the disk. Clicking on this filed will open the camera mapping window as shown below.
In this window, we can select which cameras to be mapped to the disk. We can also limit the
percentage of the disk space to be used for recording.
Recording: This shows the oldest recorded date and the latest recorded date in that particular disk.
Status: Shows the temperature of the HDD connected. Clicking on this field will run the SMART (SelfMonitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) Test of the HDD if the HDD supports SMART.
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Format: To format a hard disk, select the disk in the “Disk” window and click the “Format” button. Format
button is only shown for the HDDs, which are disabled. Therefore, it is necessary to disable the HDD by
unchecking the ‘Connect’ field. Note, that all data on the disk will be erased, so this option should be
used with caution.
5.1.1 Adding/Removing a Disk
Any new disk installed will be recognized during the system startup. A disk which is installed in the system
cannot be removed from the list by the user. It can only be removed from list when it is physically
removed. However, it can be disabled by removing the check mark in the ‘Connect’ field.
5.1.2 Changing the Order of Disks for Writing
There is a default order in which the data is written to the disks. The default order of disk writing is as
follows:
1. Disk with available space
2. Disk with the oldest data
3. Disk which is on the top position on the list
The priority of the disk can be changed by clicking dragging the disks to the desired position.
5.1.3 Advanced Disk Functions
When the “Advanced” button is clicked on the Disk window, the following window will pop up. This
section provides users to update Event mapping features.
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This sections allows the users to select to number of days keep the event data and to set the size of the
Event DB.
Error Event Mapping: Error Event Mapping is used to configure the event that should happen when
there is an error in the disk. An Error Event Mapping configuration as shown below will be displayed
when the Event Mapping button is selected in the Advanced… window. The Disks are displayed as rows
while the feasible event functions are displayed as columns. The configuration can be saved by
selecting desired event functions for the alarms and clicking OK button.
Smart Event Mapping: Smart Event Mapping is used to configure the event that should happen when
the SMART test fails. An Smart Event Mapping configuration as shown below will be displayed when the
Smart Event Mapping button is selected in the Advanced… window. The Disks are displayed as rows
while the feasible event functions are displayed as columns. The configuration can be saved by
selecting desired event functions for the alarms and clicking OK button.
The following list of functions that can be activated are listed below.
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Warning Message: Warning window with event warning message as shown below will
appear
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Pop-up: The selected camera will be switched to full screen popup window based on the
order set in Pop Up Settings.
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Border Blink: The border of the camera in which the event took place will start to blink.
SNMP: Send SNMP message to the specified SNMP server
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Email: Send Email notification to Email Group number shown in the icon
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Recording: Recording the video of the camera number shown in the icon.
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Alarm: Activate the alarm device number shown in the icon
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PTZ: Activate the PTZ Link number shown in the icon.
5.2 Network Interface
This section allows the users to set the network parameters of the FortesVMS system.
The network interface has to be selected first in order to configure the parameters. The system can
have multiple Ethernet cards installed. It is possible to assign different IP addresses to different Ethernet
cards by selecting the interface.
Connection Method: Each interface has two connection types.
Automatic (DHCP): Network interface configures the IP address automatically from the DHCP
(Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server connected with server running FortesVMS via the
network.
Manual (Static): The devices on the network are assigned with a static IP Address.
The Static IP Address has an advantage as it remains constant, while the automatic DHCP
address in can be changed. The network administrator shall provide the Static IP Address which
can be entered in the IP Address section.
IP Address: The IP Address along with the Subnet Mask and Gateway in this section can be entered
only if the Connection Method is Static. The DNS and search domain can also be entered. If the
Connection Method is Automatic, IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway are provided by the DHCP
server.
Traffic Shaping: This is used to limit the outgoing network traffic, by specifying the maximum bandwidth
in Kbps. The statistics for the current network bandwidth for Receive and Transmit is also shown in this
window.
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5.3 Date and Time Settings
The Date and Time menu is used to set the system date, time and time zone. Date and Time can be
selected from this menu and the system displays the time in 24 hours format. Select the appropriate
Time Zone based on the system location as it affects the daylight saving time and time synchronization.
5.3.1 Time Synchronization
As time is very important in the security device, it is critical to set the time correctly. The system supports
synchronization of time with network time server to get an accurate time. Supported time
synchronization protocols are NTP, Windows and Custom. NTP method uses network time protocol
(ntpdate, 123 port), Windows method uses the time synchronization from the windows server (net time,
139/445 port).
Time can also be configured with a specified server by entering the server name and clicking
Synchronize. The system will restart when the time is updated.
Changing time on the system will result in system malfunction, so it is very important to set the correct
date and time during the initial step of the system configuration.
The system also allows the users to synchronize time with the specified server automatically at a defined
time of the day.
5.4 Auto Reboot
Auto reboot function is performed for system reliability. If the system is not rebooted over a period of
time, there could be possibilities of unexpected system errors, which is not a good for a security device.
Auto reboot checks the system health and keeps the system in operable state.
Over time performance of the system will be deteriorated or the system may become unstable by the
operating system. To overcome this unstableness and any problems arising out of this, it is important to
enable the Auto Reboot functionality.
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Enable this function: this should be checked to enable the Auto Reboot function.
Reboot Interval: Specify the intervals at which the system must reboot automatically.
The system also displays the next reboot date and time in this window.
5.4.1 Auto Reboot Process
The process of the auto reboot is as follows. The start time of the system will be obtained when the
system starts. The auto reboot time is decided by the user configuration. The default value is 7 days.
A Reboot Alert window will appear at the auto reboot time. The window will restart the system
automatically when the reply is not selected within 30 seconds.
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5.5 System Log
The system supports extensive log features to assist the operators. All actions are logged in the System
Log file. When a problem occurs, it can be resolved easily by going through the system log and
finding out what went wrong. The problem can be fixed more precisely by going through the system log
and to find out the current status of the system.
5.5.1 System Log Parameters
The following parameters are present in the System Log window:
Firmware: This item displays the firmware name
System Version: This item displays the version of the software installed in the product.
System Key: This item displays the unique recognized number of the device.
Reset Configuration: Clicking this will restore the system to its default configuration. An alert window is
presented and if Yes is selected, then the system default configuration will be restored and the system
will be rebooted.
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Load Configuration: This function is used for loading a system configuration file from a USB device
connected to the system and restore all the configuration settings from this file.
System Log: This item shows the status of the system and saves the log to the file.
Log File: The content of the file can be displayed by selecting the log file which has the problems of the
system according to each function.
Save: This item saves the selected file to the connected storage device.
Debug Message Mode: The system writes the status of itself to the log file further in detail. The problem
can be fixed precisely when the saved log is scrutinized for errors.
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