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C ontents
Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 6
Safety information ............................................................................................................... 6
Areas of application ............................................................................................................ 7
Information symbols ........................................................................................................... 7
Upgrades.............................................................................................................................. 8
System requirements .......................................................................................................... 8
1.
Setting up / putting into operation .............................................................................. 9
1.1
Starting the software .............................................................................................................. 10
1.1.1
2.
The setup wizard .......................................................................................................................................... 10
1.2
Log-in ..................................................................................................................................... 13
1.3
User interface ........................................................................................................................ 13
1.3.1
Interface layout............................................................................................................................................. 13
1.3.2
The CPU utilization indicator ........................................................................................................................ 15
1.3.3
Logging out and exiting the software ............................................................................................................ 16
Software operation ......................................................................................................17
2.1
Switching system modes ....................................................................................................... 17
2.1.1
Using the search function ............................................................................................................................. 21
2.1.2
Voiding archives ........................................................................................................................................... 22
2.2
Switching the slide elements ................................................................................................. 23
2.3
System status indicator ......................................................................................................... 25
2.4
Working with the cameras ..................................................................................................... 25
2.4.1
Activating and deactivating the cameras....................................................................................................... 26
2.4.2
Switching the image geometry...................................................................................................................... 28
2.4.3
Using the zoomstick ..................................................................................................................................... 30
2.4.4
Using the numeric field (keyboard) ............................................................................................................... 31
2.4.5
Saving camera positions (presets) ............................................................................................................... 31
2.4.6
Using the sequencer function ....................................................................................................................... 32
2.4.7
Using manual recording (Panic Record) ....................................................................................................... 33
2.4.8
Using the alarm lists ..................................................................................................................................... 34
2.5
Creating backups ................................................................................................................... 36
2.5.1
Local backup (database export) ................................................................................................................... 36
2.5.2
Local backup (AVI export) ............................................................................................................................ 37
2.5.3
Remote backup ............................................................................................................................................ 38
2.5.4
Single frame export (storage, printing, e-mailing) ......................................................................................... 38
2.6
Creating favourites................................................................................................................. 41
2.6.1
Deleting favourites ....................................................................................................................................... 43
2.7
Creating camera, connection and detector maps.................................................................. 44
2.8
Connecting to a host .............................................................................................................. 49
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Reference image comparison................................................................................................ 51
2.10
Shell mode (safe mode) ........................................................................................................ 53
2.10.1
Activating the shell mode.............................................................................................................................. 53
2.10.2
Deactivating the shell mode ......................................................................................................................... 53
System configuration ..................................................................................................54
3.1
Opening the system configuration ......................................................................................... 55
3.2
Camera configuration ............................................................................................................ 56
3.2.1
Setting up an analogue camera .................................................................................................................... 56
3.2.2
Setting up a pan/tilt camera .......................................................................................................................... 59
3.2.3
Setting up an network camera ...................................................................................................................... 60
3.2.4
Setting up the camera anti-swivel protection ................................................................................................ 63
3.2.5
Monitoring the camera focus ........................................................................................................................ 64
3.2.6
Displaying a camera name in the live image................................................................................................. 65
3.2.7
Saving reference images .............................................................................................................................. 65
3.2.8
The mask dialog ........................................................................................................................................... 66
3.2.8.1
Setting a permanent mask............................................................................................................................ 68
3.2.8.2
Setting a privacy mask ................................................................................................................................. 69
3.2.8.3
Activating the adaptive mask ........................................................................................................................ 70
3.2.8.4
Configuring the sensitivity of activity detection .............................................................................................. 70
3.2.8.5
Using multiple-zone alarms .......................................................................................................................... 71
3.2.9
Setting up camera groups ............................................................................................................................ 72
3.3
Database settings (Database / Storage) ............................................................................... 73
3.3.1
Setting the storage drives (drive settings) ..................................................................................................... 74
3.3.2
Creating database fields ............................................................................................................................... 75
3.3.3
Setting up the archives ................................................................................................................................. 75
3.3.4
Backing up individual archives (automatic database backup) ....................................................................... 77
3.4
Processes (actions) ............................................................................................................... 79
3.4.1
Creating storage processes.......................................................................................................................... 79
3.4.2
Setting up a continuous recording or recording using activity detection ........................................................ 82
3.4.3
Alarm dialling ............................................................................................................................................... 85
3.4.3.1
Setting up a “Guard Tour”............................................................................................................................. 87
3.4.3.2
Setting up alarm dialling ............................................................................................................................... 91
3.4.4
Using the check call process ........................................................................................................................ 94
3.4.5
Setting up the FTP upload ............................................................................................................................ 95
3.4.6
Creating a video output process ................................................................................................................... 98
3.4.7
Playing user-defined audio files in the event of an alarm .............................................................................. 99
3.4.8
Using timers ............................................................................................................................................... 101
3.4.9
Activations (process links) .......................................................................................................................... 103
3.5
Configuring the inputs and outputs (Digital I/O) .................................................................. 107
3.5.1
Virtual alarm detectors ............................................................................................................................... 108
3.5.2
Activating the external detectors................................................................................................................. 111
3.5.3
Activating the external relays ...................................................................................................................... 112
3.5.4
Using the SimUnit ...................................................................................................................................... 113
3.5.5
ABUS serial alarm ...................................................................................................................................... 114
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3.6
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Security settings .................................................................................................................. 115
3.6.1
Creating a new permission level ................................................................................................................. 116
3.6.2
Creating a new user ................................................................................................................................... 120
3.6.3
Security guidelines ..................................................................................................................................... 121
3.6.4
Automatic logging in and logging out of users............................................................................................. 122
3.6.5
Windows login ............................................................................................................................................ 123
3.7
Network configuration .......................................................................................................... 124
3.7.1
Configuration of the network module (TCP/IP)............................................................................................ 124
3.7.2
Activating the RTSP server ........................................................................................................................ 125
3.7.3
Creating a new host ................................................................................................................................... 126
3.7.4
Changing the network port ......................................................................................................................... 128
3.7.5
Using notifications ...................................................................................................................................... 128
3.7.6
Sending/receiving configurations from a host ............................................................................................. 132
3.8
Miscellaneous settings ........................................................................................................ 133
3.8.1
Multi-monitor operation............................................................................................................................... 133
3.8.2
Language settings ...................................................................................................................................... 134
3.8.3
Maintenance .............................................................................................................................................. 136
3.8.4
Connection of a standard joystick ............................................................................................................... 136
3.8.5
Miscellaneous ............................................................................................................................................ 137
3.8.6
Activating and deactivating voice output ..................................................................................................... 137
3.9
Importing / exporting the system configuration .................................................................... 137
3.10
POS operation (point of sale) .............................................................................................. 139
3.10.1
Setting up a camera for POS operation ...................................................................................................... 139
3.10.2
Using the POS function and performing a database search........................................................................ 144
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3.11.1
General information .................................................................................................................................... 147
3.11.2
Guidelines .................................................................................................................................................. 147
3.11.3
Setting up “BGV-Kassen” operation............................................................................................................ 148
3.11.4
Measures to continue recording after power failures................................................................................... 154
ABUS® VMS web application ...................................................................................156
4.1
System requirements ........................................................................................................... 157
4.2
Supported web browsers ..................................................................................................... 157
4.3
Installing the web application............................................................................................... 158
4.4
Accessing the web application ............................................................................................ 158
4.4.1
Log-in ......................................................................................................................................................... 159
4.4.2
Using the ActiveX plug-in ........................................................................................................................... 160
4.5
Working on the user interface.............................................................................................. 161
5.
Installing software updates ......................................................................................165
6.
Uninstalling the software ..........................................................................................166
7.
FAQs ..........................................................................................................................167
8.
Frequently used terms (glossary) ............................................................................172
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Online support and remote configuration ...............................................................173
10. Copyright information ...............................................................................................174
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Introduction
®
Thank you for choosing the ABUS. Video Management Software. This manual explains how
to use the software with the TV3300-TV3310 video cards together with the TV3311 alarm
®
card, the TVVR95000-TVVR95020 video cards, as well as how it is used with the ABUS
HDVR.
These instructions have been produced with the greatest care. Neither the author nor ABUS
Security-Center can be held liable for damage arising from these instructions.
ABUS Security-Center reserves the right to modify this manual at any time without prior notice.
Please read these instructions carefully before putting the system into operation.
You can find more information on products from ABUS Security Center GmbH & Co. KG at
http://www.abus.com
Safety information
For the hardware and software to operate smoothly, you must observe the following safety
information. Otherwise, the hardware may become damaged.
Video compression cards:
1. Avoid subjecting the card to excessive physical force (e.g. dropping the card).
2. Only remove the card from the anti-static bag immediately before installation.
3. Disconnect your PC from the power supply before installation.
4. When installing the card, ensure that your body is free of electrostatic charge.
5. When installing the card, ensure that the housing is sufficiently ventilated. If necessary,
use an additional fan.
6. Never carry out independent repairs to the video or alarm card. Otherwise, all guarantee
claims will become invalid.
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ABUS. HDVR:
1. Always pack the device in the original box for transportation.
2. Avoid subjecting the card to excessive physical force, such as vibrations or dropping the
card.
3. Never place the device near heaters, ovens or any other sources of heat.
4. Avoid contact with direct sunlight.
5. Always allow the device to acclimatise before putting it into operation.
6. Never block the air supply. Otherwise, the system could overheat.
7. Install the device in dry rooms only and do not allow moisture to enter the equipment.
8. Before opening the device, switch it off and pull out the mains plug.
9. Never carry out independent repairs to the device. Always have them performed by
trained specialists.
Areas of application
®
The areas where the ABUS. VMS software can be used range from small monitoring
®
assignments through to complex applications. Along with the ABUS HDVR, the software also
offers an inexpensive and reliable alternative in sectors such as banking (ATM, BGV), parking
management or shop cash desks (POS).
The VMS Express or Basic software is included free of charge with the video cards (TV3300TV3310) and the network cameras. The VMS Professional software is included free of charge
with the video cards (TVVR95000 – TVVR95020). You can acquire extensions later by
purchasing upgrades. The Upgrades item in the table provides an overview.
Information symbols
In the manual, notes or dangers are indicated by the following information symbols. Always
read these through carefully.
Warning – The instructions must be followed.
Note – These boxes contain valuable information for using the software.
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Upgrades
The performance of the VMS software can be expanded if the appropriate upgrades are
made. The following overview shows the different versions.
Module
ABUS
VMS
Express
Maximum number of
analog cameras
Maximum number of
HD-SDI cameras
ABUS
VMS
Basic
ABUS VMS ABUS VMS
Professional Enterprise
ABUS
HDVR
Up to 64
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Maximum number of
network cameras
Maximum number of
hosts
Number of simultaneous
users
Maximum number of
screens
UVV (BGV) Kassen
mode
Cash desk interface
(POS)
Use of masks
Lost focus detection
Camera swivel detection
Maximum number of
users
16
64
Up to 16
Up to 24
1
1
3
Unlimited
Unlimited
1
1
3
10
10
1
1
2
4
2
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Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes (2)
Yes (8)
Yes (8)
-
Yes
Unlimite
d
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
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System requirements
Supported operating systems
•
Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit
•
Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit
Minimum requirements
Recommended
hardware
Optimum
performance
CPU
iCore3
iCore5
iCore7
RAM
2GB RAM
2GB RAM
4GB RAM
System requirement
Note:
Microsoft server operating systems are not supported at present. When using a non-Intel
processor, make sure it has a comparable computing speed to those stated above.
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2. Setting up / putting into operation
Information on installing and putting the video hardware/recorders into operation can be found
in the quick installation guide enclosed with the equipment.
To install the software, place the installation CD in the CD drive, wait until the start screen has
been loaded and click Install ABUS VMS.
Follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
You can find technical data and documentation at http://www.abus.com
Warning: The use of video and audio surveillance systems is subject to strict conditions.
Therefore, establish which laws apply specifically to your country and, if necessary, inform
your customers of these conditions before any installation is performed.
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2.1 Starting the software
When the software starts, double-click the program icon on your desktop.
ABUS.® VMS
When the system first starts, it must be set
up for recording.
The set-up wizard appears. This will assist
you when setting up the system for the first
time.
2.1.1
The setup wizard
If your system has a video grabber card installed
(TV3300-3314 or TVVR95000-TVVR95020), the setup
wizard first configures the analog cameras.
Here you have the option of choosing the cameras that
will be used during operation. You can also select the
camera recording mode. The options here are:
•
None (the camera only shows live images)
•
Permanent (the camera images are permanently recorded)
•
Motion (the camera images are only recorded when motion is detected)
Make the settings are required and click Next.
The next window is for setting up IP cameras. First,
the program looks for all the IP cameras in the
system and lists them in a table.
If your IP camera is not listed, make sure that the
camera is in the same network and has been
assigned a valid IP address. If necessary, click
Search to perform the search again.
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Activate the cameras for displaying and recording by selecting the checkbox in the ID field of
each camera.
If a user-defined password is used for the camera,
you are prompted to enter the user name and
password for the camera in order to activate it. There
is also an audible signal.
Only when authentication is successful can the
camera be used and the check mark appears in the
ID field.
You can now define the recording mode for the
camera in the Recording column. However, you can
only select no recording or permanent recording here.
If you want to record after motion is detected, you must select this later in the system
configuration (see section 3.2.3 on page 60), because motion detection first has to be
activated using the camera’s web interface. You will find more information on this in the
instructions for the camera.
Once you have completed the network camera configuration, click Next.
Note:
Pan/tilt network cameras are detected automatically. If one of these cameras was selected
during setup, the pan/tilt function is available as soon as you log in
Next, you must define the storage drives. Choose the
required storage drives by clicking the checkboxes
next to them.
The size of the archive is then automatically
calculated for all the activated cameras. The
calculation is based on the following formula:
2/3 of the configured memory space / number of
configured archives
For example, if you set up 16 archives and 250 GB of memory space is available, the
calculation is as follows: (2/3 * 250) / 16 = ~ 10.5 GB per archive
If you want to add more storage drives later or change the size of the archive, you can do this
easily using the system configuration. Then click Next.
In the subsequent dialog you can create the users. However, you can only have one user for
each authorization level.
The standard authorization levels Supervisor, Operator and Guest have the following
privileges:
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Full access to all parts of the system, including the system configuration
Operator
-
Access to the live images and recordings of all configured cameras. No
access to the system configuration.
Guest
-
Access to the live images of all configured cameras. No access to the
system configuration.
Enter the user names and passwords for the authorization levels that you use and click Next.
You can use blank passwords.
Finally, the wizard offers you the option of carrying
out the user login automatically on starting Windows
and then launching the program automatically.
You can disable this function in the system
configuration later if you need to.
Select the checkbox to activate automatic Windows
login and enter the corresponding password in the
appropriate fields. Then click Next.
The initial setup is now complete. You can click the
Show settings button to generate an HTML file of all
the settings, which can be archived for documenting
the system.
You can also create this file later in the system
configuration. Section Fehler! Verweisquelle
konnte nicht gefunden werden. on page Fehler!
Textmarke nicht definiert. describes the procedure.
Now click Next to close the setup wizard and start the program.
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2.2 Log-in
When the VMS software has been loaded completely the
log-in window appears.
In addition to logging in, the user has the opportunity to
select the language of their choice.
The available languages are: German, English, French,
Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Polish.
Select a language and enter your user name and password. Then click the Login button (key
symbol).
2.3 User interface
When the user interface for the ABUS VMS was designed, it was highly important that it
should be user-friendly and intuitive. This has resulted in an interface which can be operated
simply by left-clicking the mouse (clicking and dragging).
The advantage of this is that it can also be operated using a touch-screen.
Of course, alternative methods of operation are also integrated for more experienced users
(e.g. context menus).
The following pages describe how the software is used and configured, thus enabling work to
be carried out quickly and professionally.
2.3.1
Interface layout
All important functions can accessed quickly with the ABUS VMS interface. By using
sliders, the current view can be switched to cameras or hosts, for example. This allows the
way that the interface is displayed to be customised, even when several screens are used.
Starting from the top left, you will find a menu bar with buttons for logging out/exiting the
software as well as calling up the system configuration, data backup (export) and options
for technical support.
Furthermore, the system status indicator and current date and time are found on the top
edge of the screen.
The system status indicator is comprised of four symbols which reflect the current state of
the system.
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CPU utilization indicator
Sequencer
System status indicator
Date / time
Detector list
Geometry
tool
Camera puck
Slides bar
switch
Live image
window
Slides bar
Delete
favourites
System
mode switch
Live /
LivePlus /
Playback
LCD display
Disconnect
host
Manual
recording
Keyboard
Joystick /
zoom
Create
favourites
Connect host
A slider is located below the date which switches the slides bar displayed underneath.
This tool can be used to switch the slides bar view between the Camera, Camera group,
Favourites, Connection map and Host view. This is described in more detail later in the
manual.
The slider to the left of it is for activating the sequencer. After activation, the live images
from all the cameras are shown in succession.
Start sequencer
Stop sequencer
The system mode switch in the bottom left-hand corner switches the software to the
desired operating mode. The modes available are Live, LivePlus or Playback mode. This
is also described in more detail later in the manual.
The button for manual recording (Panic Record) can also be found next to the system
mode switch. This saves a recording of all the cameras currently shown. This occurs as
long as the button is activated.
The keyboard is used to select cameras, saved camera positions and to switch the set
relays. The control buttons below the LCD display switch between
the different operating
(13)
methods. The current selection is shown directly in the LCD display.
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The next controls that you will find are the joystick and the zoom controller. These controls
allow you to control pan/tilt cameras or, in the case of fixed cameras (analog or network
cameras), to digitally zoom into the image and move the enlarged area of the image.
The buttons on the bottom right-hand edge of the screen are used for creating and
deleting camera favourites or connecting and disconnecting hosts. The function of these
buttons will be described in more detail later in the manual.
The slides bar located above is used as a recording container for cameras, camera
groups and hosts, for example. The higher-level slider switches between the views.
The live image window takes up the majority of the user interface. All cameras to be
displayed are located in this area. The camera puck and the geometry cross provide an
innovative way of modifying the number of camera windows shown or the current image
geometry of the live window. For more information, see point 2.4.2 on page 28.
When 4:3 or 16:10 screens are used, the live window display is automatically adjusted to
the appropriate resolution.
2.3.2
The CPU utilization indicator
The CPU utilization indicator displays the current utilization of the processor. If you move
your mouse over the display a window opens showing the overall utilization divided into
three sections, providing a
much more detailed view of the
system utilization. As well as Total
Display
the overall display, the system
Record
resources
required
for Motion
displaying the live image
(Display) for current recordings
(Record) and for motion detection (Motion) are shown . This remains on the screen until
you move your mouse over the indicator again.
Note:
Because other processes also utilize the system resources, the displayed total utilization
(CPU) is never the sum of the values shown for Display (D), Record (R) and Motion (M).
During configuration, make sure the total utilization of the system is not too high, as
otherwise it will be difficult to operate the system normally.
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Logging out and exiting the software
To turn off the software, a logged-in user must first log out. This is performed using the
Logout button located in the upper left-hand corner of the interface.
When the user has logged out, the button changes to Exit
and another click results in a dialog where the software can
be switched off.
However, to switch off the software, the user has to enter
their user name and password once again to prevent the
video system from being accidentally shut down.
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3. Software operation
Software operation is divided into several steps. This enables the user to better understand
the software and to apply it more effectively. In the following pages, you will become familiar
with the software’s basic operations.
3.1 Switching system modes
The slider in the lower left area of the screen determines the basic software functionality.
There are three categories, each one standing for a specific operating mode. These are
described in more detail further on in the manual.
When you switch to another mode, the system saves the current view in the background. This
view (camera positions) is automatically restored when you return to this mode.
Live mode
Live mode is used for viewing what is currently being monitored by the system’s
cameras. These can be cameras at the local station or at another host.
In addition, you can create favourites, generate connection and camera maps or
activate the sequencer in this mode.
It is not possible to access the database in Live mode.
LivePlus mode
LivePlus mode is a combination of Live mode and Playback mode. Here, the user
is given the opportunity to start a playback of the database in addition to showing
the live cameras.
If an activated camera is placed in the live image window in this mode again, the
playback window for this camera is opened.
The playback buttons in the playback window can now be used for forward or reverse
playback.
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Activation of the camera
Activating the camera once again produces the
playback window
Buttons for forward or reverse playback
Playback mode
When switching to Playback mode, the keyboard at the lower edge of the screen is
replaced by the playback controls. A time stream is also added to the interface,
which is used for selecting when playback starts or defining the backup period.
All activated cameras are now transferred from Live mode to Playback mode and an overview
window with the current
recording
statistics
is
displayed.
This overview can be used
for showing the current
recording
period
with
permanent recording, as
well as recordings with
activity
detection
and
recordings of external data
(e.g. ATM).
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The bar view is used to show the current recording. There is a distinction here between
constant recording (yellow bar), recordings after activity detection (gray bar) and recoding of
external data (copper-colored bar).
Switching between overview and
full-screen database playback
The slider for starting the sequencer also has a new function in this mode. It is no longer used
here for starting the sequencer but for switching between the recording statistics (bar view)
and full-screen database playback.
If any cameras are already activated when the system switches to database playback, these
cameras are used for playback (synchronous playback).
The list of cameras (slides) is replaced by the list of all existing archives. The advantage of this
is that if a camera’s images are saved to more than one archive, they can also be activated
separately.
The view selector on the left of the timeline is for switching the current period for playback.
You can switch this between Year, Month, Week, Day, Hour and Minute. The timeline caption
(units) changes according to the position of the slider (see the illustration).
The start time controller defines the absolute start time. If the start time is to be a certain date
or time, move the slider to the required starting position by clicking and dragging it. Note that
you may have to first switch to a higher-level view (such as Month or Day) to select the
starting point.
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You can select the start time (date and time) directly using the calendar function. For example,
if you want to go directly to the end of the current recording you only need to open the
calendar and click Today. After you close the calendar, the slider for the start point jumps
directly to the current date and time.
Open the calendar by clicking the calendar button in playback mode.
View switch
Slider for start time
Backup period
Time bar
Playback buttons
Playback speed
Calendar
The selected cameras can now be played back using the Forward and Reverse buttons. The
playback speed can also be set to between 1/20 and 40x using the speed controller.
The following graphic shows the meaning of the individual playback buttons.
Jump to previous
event
One frame
backwards
Reverse playback
One frame
forwards
Forward
playback
When you use the Skip to next/previous event buttons, the
search query may take a moment longer. If so, an indicator
showing the current query status appears below the List view
camera display in playback mode. Once the database query is
complete, this indicator disappears again and the system skips
to the next event.
Jump to next event
Response: Search query
started
Note:
If there is no recording present for the period chosen, a blue
image with the caption “No video” is displayed instead of the video image.
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Using the search function
The search function provides quick and easy access to the stored data.
Possible search criteria include the time, date, ATM data (transaction number, bank sort code,
amount etc.), camera or detector name.
To carry out a database search, set the mode selector to playback.
Activate the cameras that you want to include in the search.
Use the search bar to select the search criterion (e.g. time).
Enter the time for the search in the field and click Start search.
3.
Select search criterion
5.
4.
2.
1.
Start search
Enter search
Activate cameras
Activate Playback mode
Note:
When entering search criteria, no particular format is required. For example, if the search is for
a particular time, then this can be entered as a time (e.g. 23.15) or as a sequence of numbers
(2315).
If matching data is found, the slider for the start point jumps to the time entered.
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Voiding archives
If the image data saved in an archive is no longer needed, it is possible to void this archive.
To do this, switch the mode switch to Playback mode. The Info… button now appears on the
upper edge of the screen.
With this button, the operator can see how full the archives are in general and void individual
archives.
Highlight the archive that you wish to void and click the Empty button. Answer “Yes” to the
subsequent confirmation prompt.
2.
3.
Call up archive information
Select an archive to be deleted
4.
Click Empty button
5.
1.
Answer Yes to confirmation prompt
Activate Playback mode
This voids the archive.
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Switching the slide elements
The content of the slides bar is switched using the higher-level slider. This procedure replaces
the slides currently shown on the right-hand side with slides in the category selected.
For example, if the cameras category is switched to hosts, the camera slides are replaced with
slides from the available hosts.
The individual views are described in detail below.
Slides bar
Camera view
The “Camera” view is always the standard view for the
software. All activated cameras and connected hosts
are listed here. If, for example, the system is restarted or
exited, this is the view that is always shown to begin with.
It is also possible to obtain additional information from the
slide, such as the camera type, name and recording status.
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Camera group view
In the “Camera group” view, entire sets of cameras can
be activated at once. For example, if a camera group
referred to as “Outdoor cameras” is set up, all the empty windows in the live image area are
filled with the cameras from this group when the group is activated.
If there are more cameras in the group than can be
displayed in the live image area, the remaining cameras
are ignored.
Camera groups can be created in the system configuration
under Camera  Camera groups (see 3.2.9 on page 73).
Favourites view
The “Favourites” view contains all the saved camera
favourites. These can be created and individually
named by any user with the
button (on the bottom right-hand edge of the screen). This
generates a user-defined list of camera sets.
This facility is different from the camera groups because
the current view and image geometry are also saved
when favourites are created.
Furthermore, when a favourite is activated, the current
live window view is replaced by the view saved in the
favourites.
A detailed description on creating favourites can be found
under 2.6 on page 41.
Map view
The “Map” view contains maps for selecting other
recorders and lists maps for selecting cameras.
For example, if there are several recorders in operation around the country, it is easier to
locate the individual recorders using a graphic (connection map).
If a larger building with more than one storey is being monitored, cameras can be positioned
on a plan of the building. This enables a particular camera to be called up more quickly
(camera map).
You can find out how to create these maps under point 2.7 on page 44.
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Host view
All the set hosts are listed in the “Host” view.
In this view, each host has its own slide showing a preview
of the local cameras on the host.
This view is always used to call up a host.
You can find further information on selecting hosts under
point 2.6 on page 42.
3.3 System status indicator
The current system status can be seen with the system status indicator. This is depicted by
four symbols.
These symbols are also located on the front of the ABUS HDVR / NVR housing, and use
LEDs to reflect the current system status.
The symbols are as follows:
Alarm (lights up as soon as an alarm is received (e.g. over an external
detector))
Fault (lights up if a fault occurs (e.g. camera failure))
Maintenance (lights up when maintenance interval is reached)
Recording (lights up as soon as video data is recorded)
The system status always relates to the local system only. It is not possible to display a
remote system status.
3.4 Working with the cameras
Providing they are set up in the system configuration, any cameras connected will be listed in
the Camera view. Each slide shown represents a camera.
The camera type is indicated by the camera symbol on the top right-hand side of the slide.
This can vary as follows:
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Pan/tilt camera with network connection
Network camera or video server
Analogue camera
The camera name and host name are always displayed at the bottom of the slide. It is
therefore very easy to assign the listed cameras to the relevant host.
If the camera is recording, the Record symbol
appears in the slide.
Information on setting up further cameras can be found under 3.2 on page 56.
3.4.1
Activating and deactivating the cameras
Simply drag and drop a camera into a free live window to activate (switch on) the camera.
Switch the mode switch to Live mode (step 1).
Next, switch the view switch to the Camera view (step 2).
In the Camera view, click the slide of the camera and keep the left mouse button pressed.
Now move the mouse to a free camera window and release the left mouse button. The
camera is then embedded in the window (step 3).
If you wish to embed the camera in
another window, you can again use the
drag and drop function to move the
embedded live image to another window.
2.
If an activated camera is moved to an
occupied window, then the cameras
swap positions on the screen.
If a camera from a camera list is
released over an occupied window, the
existing video image is replaced with the
image from the new camera.
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To deactivate (switch off) a camera, simply release the camera outside the chrome frame
using drag and drop. We recommend dragging the camera back to the slides list.
Camera groups or favourites can be
used to activate more than one camera
at the same time.
Chrome frame
Note:
Each camera can only be displayed once on the screen at all times. This applies to each
screen in multi-monitor operation. Depending on your particular version, a camera can be
displayed up to four times in Live mode.
If there are very many cameras in the list, the preview image on the slides may be disabled.
This is to provide a better overview when one receiver. for example, is connected to several
hosts.
To disable the preview image, right-click a slide in the list and select Preview in the context
menu. You can enable or disable the preview at any time using the context menu.
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Switching the image geometry
The ABUS VMS software has two tools to switch between camera views. The first of these is
the geometry tool
and the second is the camera puck
By changing the position of both tools
relative to each other, a total of 72
views in 4:3 and 72 views in 16:10 can
be displayed. The views are only
switched once the mouse button is
released.
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Camera puck
Geometry tool
The set view is saved when you exit the
software
and
is
automatically
reproduced when the software is next
started.
A more detailed description on how to
use these tools can be found below.
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Working with the camera puck:
The camera puck is used to increase and decrease the
number of camera windows. For example, if more free camera
places are required, the puck must be moved along the
horizontal plane towards the plus sign (in quadratic view).
If the puck is moved along the vertical plane, the current view
is changed to the 1Plus view. The further the puck is now
moved away from the geometry tool, the larger the 1Plus
window.
If more free windows are required again, then these can be
created by moving the puck along the horizontal plane (+/-).
Working with the geometry tool:
The geometry tool is used for displaying the Quadratic, 1Plus and 2Plus views as well as
reflecting the current view.
If the geometry tool is in one of the corners of the live window, the Quadratic and 1Plus views
can be displayed with the camera puck.
If the tool is positioned in the centre and on the edge of the live window in the horizontal or
vertical plane, then the 2Plus view is shown. However, it is not possible to switch to 2Plus
mode from every view.
To activate the 2Plus view, proceed as shown in the illustration Displaying the 2Plus view.
The current view can be reflected by moving the geometry tool to the opposite side.
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Reflecting the current view
Displaying the 2Plus view
The 2Plus view can only be displayed from a symmetrical 1Plus view.
This means that the system can only switch to 2Plus mode if the first 1Plus window can fit next
to it again.
3.4.3
Using the zoomstick
The zoomstick on the lower right-hand edge of the screen is used to
control pan/tilt cameras.
This allows the direction of the cameras to be variably adjusted
(horizontally, vertically and diagonally).
However, only the camera currently selected can be directed in this way. This is shown by a
red frame in the live window.
To direct another camera, left-click that camera’s live image in the live window section.
Alternatively, the camera can be selected with the numeric field. To do this, the number of the
camera to be activated must be entered.
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The current image section can be enlarged by means of the zoom controller. If a pan/tilt
camera has been selected, the camera’s analogue zoom is used. With fixed cameras, the
image is zoomed in on digitally.
You can then move the enlarged section of the image using the arrow buttons.
3.4.4
Using the numeric field (keyboard)
The numeric field can be divided into three separate modes of operation. These are camera
selection, selection of pan/tilt presets (saved camera positions) and relay activation.
The current selection is shown in an LCD display.
The input mode can be changed
Number keys
Home
Two-digit
mode
LCD display
to two digits using the
button. The
operator can therefore choose from up
Cameras
Presets
Relays
to 99 entries.
The (Home) key
moves the pan/tilt camera back to its starting position. This is
particularly useful if a camera has been moved and the operator no longer knows its starting
position.
3.4.5
Saving camera positions (presets)
The presets can be used to save and call up specific positions for pan/tilt cameras. Presets
are saved by pressing and holding down a number key while preset mode is activated (see
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the live image of the camera (e.g. Preset 1 has been set).
Note:
The message that the preset has been saved does not appear until the command has been
sent to the camera. This can sometimes take up to 10 seconds.
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If you save more than nine presets, click the
button to move to double-digit mode.
Then save the preset by pressing and holding the number key after entering the second digit.
Example – saving present number 12:
7. Confirmation of saved preset
6. Enter second digit and hold
down key
5. Enter first digit
1. Activate pan/tilt camera
3. Switch keyboard to preset
mode
3.4.6
4. Activate double-digit
mode
2. Define image section
Using the sequencer function
The sequencer is used to display all the cameras in the camera list one by one.
It does not matter whether the cameras are in a local or remote system in
this case.
The sequencer can be influenced by changing the image geometry. For example, if you are in the
quadratic view (4, 9, 16, 25 or 36 cameras), all the live image windows are moved upwards line by line
(see graphic). If the height of the view has been set in such a way that all the cameras can be shown
at once, the sequencer swaps the positions of the images.
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If 1Plus view is activated, the
cameras in the small windows
are swapped in succession
with the large window.
The
default
sequencing
interval is 5 seconds.
Images moved line by line in quadratic view
Image swap when all
the cameras are
displayed in 1Plus view
Image swap when all
the cameras are
displayed in a high
view
Note:
Sequencers can only be activated in Live and LivePlus mode. If the software is in Playback
mode, the slider is used to switch between database playback and recording statistics and the
sequencer is deactivated.
3.4.7
Using manual recording (Panic Record)
Activating the Manual recording button ensures that recordings are made from all the currently
activated cameras. This occurs until the button is switched off again or Playback mode is
selected.
It is then possible to watch the recordings in Playback mode.
For each camera that was active during recording, there is now a recording in that period. This
is shown in the recording statistics.
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Using the alarm lists
The alarm lists help users to monitor detector activity. If an alarm list has been created in the
database settings, it can be linked to any detector. Every time a detector is triggered, an entry
is generated in the alarm list.
Configuration
To create an alarm list, open the system configuration and set the view selector to
Database/saving (see section 4).
In the list on the left, select Archive and click New to create a new archive.
Give the archive an unambiguous name and specify the required memory size.
Finally, select the archive type Alarm list and save the settings. The alarm list has been
created.
In order for entries to be generated in the alarm list, you must activate the required detectors
and link them to the alarm list using the Activations item. For more information see section 3.5
on page 107 and section 3.4.9 on page 103
Use
If an alarm list has been configured in the system, it
appears as a slide in the camera view. Like the cameras
and recordings, you can activate the alarm list using your
left mouse button (see section Fehler! Verweisquelle
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camera window.
Note, however, that the alarm lists can only be activated in
full-screen and list view playback mode.
If there is another free field below the camera window (in full-screen mode), the alarm list
always occupies two windows at the same time. This gives you a clearer view for evaluating
the entries. If not, it is only displayed in one window. Use the following illustrations for this.
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The alarm list also gives you the option of filtering the entries using two checkboxes. These
are for the motion alarms (activities) and external alarms (detectors).
If the alarm list is activated in list
view playback mode, you will
see statistical summary of the
alarms that have been triggered.
Motion alarms are shown in gray
and alarms from external
detectors in copper-color.
Virtual alarms and the detector
inputs on the alarm card can be
used as external detectors.
Clearing alarm lists
If the entries in the alarm lists are no longer needed, you can clear them by clicking the Info
button (in playback mode). However, only users with the appropriate authorization can do this.
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3.5 Creating backups
The backup dialog can be called up easily using the Export button on the top left-hand edge of
the screen. Single-frame export, AVI export and database export are possible. In addition, you
can print out individual frames or send them by e-mail.
There is a difference between local and remote backup. The variations are explained in more
detail below.
3.5.1
Local backup (database export)
A local backup saves the recorded video data from the local system onto external media.
These include USB sticks, CD/DVD or an export to a separate directory.
To export the video data, insert a disc in the DVD burner or attach a USB stick.
Change to Playback mode and activate the cameras to be used for the backup. When doing
so, make sure that only the cameras to be backed up are activated, as otherwise any cameras
not needed will also be backed up.
Specify the time period to be backed up using the selection tool and click the Export button.
The Export dialog is now
started in the Database
export view and the
archives selected from the
list are displayed. The
selected backup period is
also taken from the client
and updated in the list.
If the operator wishes to
use another name for the
backup, this can be
entered in the Name of
backup field.
4.
Export data
2.
Activate cameras
3.
Select backup period
1. Activate Playback mode
In the Export dialog, select
the drive to be used for the
backup. If the drive is not listed here, you must first set it up in the system configuration
(Database/Storage  Drives) as Backup read & write (see point 3.3.1 on page 74).
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When all the settings have been made, the
backup can be started using the Export
button.
5.
Enter name (optional)
6.
Select storage drive
The reader software is also automatically
copied on to the storage medium at the end
of the backup process (database export
only). This enables the image data to be
viewed on any Windows PC (Windows XP
and higher).
Compared to the main software, use of the
reader software is highly limited. Only the
database
playback
functions
are
implemented.
7.
Start backup
If the data was backed up on CD or DVD, the
reader software is automatically started
immediately after the disc is inserted.
3.5.2
Local backup (AVI export)
The AVI export enables the recorded image data to be exported in a video format. This can
then be played back using a normal media player. Reader software such as that used for
exporting a database is not needed for playback.
If your program has difficulty playing the
data, check that a corresponding codec for
DivX or XVid (e.g. K-Lite codec pack) is
installed. Further information can be found in
the manual of the media player.
Select AVI export view
The procedure for exporting video data is
the same as described under 2.5.1 except
that Database export (point 2) is selected
instead of AVI export (point 3) in the backup
dialog.
If more than one camera is activated during
backup, a separate video file is created for
each of these cameras.
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Remote backup
The remote backup enables image data from a connected host to be backed up.
However, the host must be connected before the backup dialog is opened.
Switch the view switch on the client interface to the Host view and select a host (further
information on selecting hosts can be found under point 2.8 on page 49).
Now change to Playback mode and activate
the cameras of the host to be used for the
backup. Ensure also that no other cameras
are activated, otherwise they will be backed
up as well.
1.
Activate host view
2.
Connect to host
Perform all further steps as described under
point 2.5.1 (local backup).
A combination of cameras from the local
station and host is also possible.
3.5.4
3.
Activate Playback mode
Single frame export (storage, printing, e-mailing)
The single frame export can be used to save, print out and e-mail single frames from the
database or live image display.
If needed, the station name, camera name and date and time can be shown in the image
directly.
The possible settings available here are described in more detail below.
Storing single frames:
To export single frames, open the export dialog at the top left-hand edge of the screen in the
client interface and switch the export mode to Single frame export (point 1).
The image to be exported is now displayed as a preview.
Select the file type and check the “On screen display” box if the camera name, date and time
are to be contained in the exported image.
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the My Pictures folder. If you wish to
save to another location, you can
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Select single frame export view
Click the Export button to start
exporting. The image is now saved
to the location selected and the
export dialog is closed again.
Repeat the above steps to export
further single frames.
4. Change file name and storage location if necessary
3. Activate “On screen display” (optional)
5. Start export
2.
Select file type
Sending image data to a printer:
If you wish to send single frames to a printer, you only need to select printer export (point 4)
instead of the single frame export (point 1) in the export dialog.
If necessary, the printer can be changed
with the Printer setup button.
Click the Export button to send the image
to the printer.
If a printer has not yet been set up, the
Windows wizard appears for setting up a
new printer. Follow the wizard’s
instructions for adding a new printer.
Otherwise, select the printer to be used
and click the OK button.
The image is now sent to the printer.
Note:
The operating system for the ABUS HDVR is on a CompactFlash card. The available memory
on the C:\ drive is therefore greatly reduced. When adding another printer, please only install
the printer drivers and not the image editing programs or printer management tools.
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Sending image data by e-mail:
In addition to e-mail notification (see point 3.7.5.1 on page 129), you can now also send the
image data by e-mail.
To send an e-mail, switch to Playback mode. Activate the camera to be used for the e-mail
and open the export dialog.
Note:
If more than one camera is activated in Playback mode, the export only applies to the active
camera. The active camera can also be selected by clicking the preview image.
Switch the option switch to E-mail Export (point 5) and click the Export button. However, an email client (MS Outlook or Outlook Express) must be installed to send the images.
If no e-mail client is installed, the e-mail cannot be
exported. You will then receive an error message
stating that the mail system cannot be loaded (see
graphic).
If an e-mail client is found, it is started and the
individual frame is attached to the e-mail.
Complete the message by adding a recipient’s
address, subject and a message text (where necessary).
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Click Send to send the e-mail.
3.6 Creating favourites
When using several cameras in the ABUS VMS software, it is recommended to save certain
camera views as favourites.
To display the camera again, only the favourite needs to be activated instead of each
individual camera.
Another advantage is that the set image geometry is also saved when favourites are created.
The following steps are necessary when creating favourites:
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2.
Activate camera
Set image geometry
1.
Switch to Live mode
4.
6.
Switch to Favourites view
Name assignment and saving the settings
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After the favourite has been saved, a new slide is added to the favourites list.
When this slide is now dragged into the live window, then the image geometry is changed
according to the saved view and the cameras are displayed according to the defined
sequence.
In doing this, the existing cameras are replaced.
Note:
Favourites are created separately for each user. This means that favourites cannot be seen by
other users when in multiple-user mode. No supervisor rights are needed for the creation of
favourites.
3.6.1
Deleting favourites
If stored favourites are no longer needed, then they can be deleted using the
button.
Switch to the Favourites view and select the slide to be deleted, then click the Delete button.
The favourite is then deleted from the list.
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3.7 Creating camera, connection and detector maps
In the ABUS VMS software, camera and connection maps are used to connect the camera or
host set up on the system (for example, with a building plan). Clicking on a link then opens the
corresponding camera or connects the system to the respective host.
The display of alarm detectors or relays on the map is also possible. The current status of the
connected inputs and outputs is then displayed interactively. Relays can also be controlled
directly over the map.
All of the necessary steps for creating maps are detailed below.
Creating a camera map:
To create a camera map, activate the Live mode and switch the view switch in the VMS
interface to the Map view (point 4).
Click on the New button on the bottom right-hand edge of the screen.
You can then define the map name, add an image file and set the zoom for the map in the
dialog which follows. Files in *.bmp, *.gif or *.jpg format can be used for the image file.
Give the map a name and add an image file to be used as the camera map.
Map view
Dialog for adding maps
Activating Live mode
Button for creating
a new map
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After the map has been loaded, it can be seen in one of the free fields in the live window and
can then be edited. This is indicated by *** edit mode *** in the title bar of the map.
If this is not the case (or you wish to edit an existing map), then the edit mode must be
activated by clicking the right mouse button on the title bar of the activated map (Edit  Edit
map option).
Only then can cameras, relays or alarm detectors be added.
Activating the edit mode
To add cameras, switch the view switch to the Camera view and drag the corresponding
camera slides into the map. A camera symbol (link) is now displayed on the map for each of
these cameras.
The map must be saved when all cameras are positioned correctly. The symbols are then
fixed on the map and creation is completed.
To save the map, click the right mouse button again on the title bar of the camera map and
select Save map.
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Saving the map
Placing the cameras on the
map
Creating a connection map:
Connection maps are created in the same way as camera maps. The only difference in the
process is that hosts (Host view) are positioned on the map instead of cameras (Camera
view).
To create a connection map, proceed as detailed in the previous point and add the hosts to
the map from the Host view.
A combination of camera maps and connection maps is possible in this way.
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Adding hosts
Connecting two or more maps:
If you have a building overview plan made up of several floors, then the camera maps of the
individual floors can be connected together. The connected map can then be opened using a
link.
To add more maps, click the right mouse button on the title bar of the activated map whilst in
edit mode and select Add map. After the map is selected, the link to the other maps appears
in the map window.
Repeat this step as necessary to add further maps.
Note:
If several maps are connected to each other, then navigational buttons appear in the title bar
which can be used to navigate forwards and backwards through the connected maps.
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Adding relays and detectors:
Detectors and relays can only be added to the map in edit mode. To do this, activate the
corresponding map and switch on the edit mode by clicking the right mouse button on the title
bar (Edit  Edit map option).
Open the list of digital inputs and outputs (see graphic).
Drag the detector or relay out of the list into the map and position it as required. After this is
completed, save the changes by clicking the right mouse button on the title bar.
List of digital inputs / outputs
Adding alarm detectors
Adding relays
Deleting links:
Camera links can only be deleted in edit mode. Click the right mouse button on the
corresponding symbol and select Delete link.
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3.8 Connecting to a host
You can connect to hosts over the Host view in the interface when hosts have already been
created in the system configuration.
To do this, switch the view switch to the Host view.
There are three different ways of connecting to a host. Connection is made in the following
circumstances:
1. When the host slide is dragged into the live image area (drag
and drop).
2. When the host slide is double-clicked.
3. When the host slide is selected and the Connect button is
clicked.
In each of these cases, the progress of the connection is shown in a dialog.
When the connection has been established correctly, the software switches from the Host
view to the Camera view. The cameras of the host are now added to the list and can be
activated in the same way as the local cameras.
To disconnect the host, press the
button (Disconnect) in the Host view. To do this, first
select the desired host (host slide) from the list, then click on Disconnect.
Information on setting up other hosts can be found under point 3.7.3 on page 126.
1.
Drag the host slide into the live window
2.
Double-click the host slide
Possibilities of connecting
hosts
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If the connection has been successfully established, the software switches from the host view
to the camera view. The cameras of the host are now added to the list and can then be
activated in the same way as the local cameras.
If you want to disconnect from the remote station, you can do this by
clicking
(Disconnect) in the Host view. To do this, first
highlight the host (the slide representing it) in the list and then click
Disconnect.
Hosts that are already connected appear on the host screen with a
host icon lit up.
For more information on connecting additional hosts, see section
3.7.3 on page 126.
3.8.1
Non-connected
hosts
Connected
hosts
Automatically redialing hosts after the connection is interrupted
If hosts are connected via the internet or DSL, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) may
sometimes automatically disconnect every 24 hours (DSL forced disconnection).
This disconnection also interrupts the
connections to the hosts.
The system therefore features an
automatic redial function for reconnecting
to the hosts within a defined period. You
can set this up in the system
configuration under Network  Hosts.
Number of attempts to connect to the host
Interval between attempts
Specify the number of automatic redial
attempts and the intervals between them.
Once you save and apply the settings,
the function is activated.
Note:
Automatic redialing must be set up separately for each host.
Because the IP addresses change after every forced disconnection, they have to be updated
each time in the host settings. We recommend replacing the IP addresses of the hosts with
what are known as DynDNS addresses. The update then takes place automatically.
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3.9 Reference image comparison
The reference image comparison allows users to compare the current camera image with a
reference image stored in the system. This means that any tampering with the cameras, for
example turning them around, can be quickly detected. The result of this comparison is then
documented in an HTML report any saved in the My Documents folder of the current user.
To start the reference image comparison, first open the Info dialog by clicking Support. You
can then start the comparison by clicking Reference images… .
Note:
A reference image comparison is only possible for cameras that are set up in the system for
creating reference images and if reference images have been created. For more information
see section 3.2.7 on page 65.
Number of configured cameras
Cameras with reference image
Delete unit
Host(s) to be used
Start comparison
Reference
Live
Image OK
Image not OK
Current status display
After the window has loaded, all the configured hosts are connected and the number of
activated cameras, as well as the cameras with reference images created, are shown in
parentheses. If a host is not reached within 60 seconds, its status is changed to Connection
failed. This host is then no longer included in the reference image comparison and can be
deleted.
If the reference image comparison is not carried out for all the listed hosts, then the hosts that
are not included must be deleted. Highlight these hosts and click Delete.
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The user must then compare each image with the reference image and decide whether the
two images match. If they do, click OK
to confirm the image. If not, click Not OK
to mark the image as incorrect. This is documented later in the report.
Once the comparison has been completed, the system generates an HTML report and
displays it in the web browser. You can print the report out if required.
If several hosts are included in the reference image comparison, the overall results are
summarized in a single HTML report.
The following illustration shows a finished HTML report where one camera has been
evaluated as OK and the other camera is Not OK. The user making the comparison must print
out and sign the document, and file it as required.
Note:
A report is saved in the My Documents folder of the current user for each reference image
comparison. The folder name is “ReferenceView_(date)_(time)”, (for example
ReferenceView_20090101_0900). Because this generates large amounts of data, the user
must manage these reports and, if necessary, delete old reports and those that are no longer
required.
The reference image comparison is implemented in software version 6.5 and higher, and is
limited to the VMS Enterprise version.
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Shell mode (safe mode)
The shell mode prevents access to the operating system by setting the user interface modally
at the front of the system. This means that the system is prevented from possible
manipulation. The following points show how to activate and deactivate the shell mode.
3.10.1 Activating the shell mode
To activate the shell mode, a logged-in user must first log
out. To do this, use the Logout button (in the menu bar at
the top-left of the screen).
Click on the Switch off button, then select Safe (Shell)
Mode in the switch-off dialog.
For security reasons, you are then asked whether the
program should really be started in shell mode or not.
Confirm this dialog by pressing Yes.
After entering the user name and password, the system is automatically restarted and the
shell mode is activated.
3.10.2 Deactivating the shell mode
To deactivate the shell mode, proceed as described in point 2.6.1. The only difference here is
that the Unsafe Mode (Windows) button is pressed instead of the Safe (Shell) Mode button.
After the user data is entered, the system is restarted in unsafe mode and the Windows
interface can be used again.
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4. System configuration
The system configuration is used to set up the entire system. For example, you have the
possibility of creating new users or configuring connected cameras here.
A more detailed description on how to use the system configuration can be found below.
When configuring the system, ensure that the individual components are set up carefully in
order to prevent possible malfunctions.
View switch (Cameras, Database, Digital I/O, Actions, Network, Security and Miscellaneous)
Menu bar
Date/time
Saving the
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Host
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4.1 Opening the system configuration
The system configuration is opened using the Configuration menu point at the top-left corner
of the user interface screen.
Access is only permitted for authorised users (entry of user name and password). To log in,
use your existing user data.
Access to the system configuration can be adjusted for each user individually using the
“Permission” levels (see point 3.6.1 on page 116).
The following graphic shows the schematic structure of the system configuration:
Drives
Database fields
Archive
IP cameras
Automatic backup
Analogue cameras
1. ISDN
Camera groups
2. ISDN
TCP/IP
SMS account
SimUnit
ATM / POS
E-Mail
Relays
Hosts
RTSP server
Detector list
CASA10010
Storage
Calls
Guard tour
Video output
System configuration
Auto Logout
Windows Login
Security guidelines
Permissions
Users
FTP upload
Notifications
Timers
Activations list
Joystick
Language settings
Maintenance
Multi-monitor
Miscellaneous
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4.2 Camera configuration
The camera configuration is used to define the global settings of each individual camera and
also to add and set up new cameras. The camera configuration can be accessed over point 1
of the view switch (slider).
Descriptions of the individual configuration methods for analogue, IP and pan/tilt cameras can
be found below.
4.2.1
Setting up an analogue camera
Using the set-up wizard, the maximum available number of cameras is determined and
entered in the system configuration.
To be able to use more cameras in the software, the signal must first be connected to the
system using a BNC cable. The set-up can be continued if this has already been made.
Switching on the camera:
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view
(point 1). All analogue cameras are now listed on the left-hand side under TV33xx
camera.
Select the desired camera number and activate it using the On/Off field. The
camera number corresponds to the number on the BNC connection cable.
If a pan/tilt camera is connected, then it must be triggered according to point 3.2.2.
Using the On/Off field, only connect the cameras that are physically connected to
the system. Cameras which are not connected or activated can lead to
unintentional errors.
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1.
Choose camera view
2.
Select camera
3.
Activate camera
Setting up the colour settings:
Colour, brightness and contrast settings can also be set up individually for each
camera using the system configuration. To change the settings, use the Contrast /
colour... button on the camera configuration page.
The parameters can then be
adjusted in the dialog which
follows.
Exit the dialog by pressing Close.
Opening the colour settings
Setting an activity mask:
Press the Masks... button to use activity masks for the recording of individual
cameras. Please note that the button
is only activated when the Activity
Detection box is checked for the
camera.
Opening the mask settings
Further details on using activity
masks can be found under Activating the activity detection
point 3.2.8.1 ff.
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Selecting the compression type
The compression type can be selected separately for each camera. The possible
compression formats include .JPEG,.MPEG-4 and H.264. The image files are then
saved in this format in the database.
Select
the
required
compression type and save the
settings.
Note:
The
setting
for
the
compression type only applies
to analog cameras.
Compression type selection
Defining a recording process:
After the camera has been activated, you can record the image data continuously
or according to activity detection.
To do this, click on the Activity Detection or Continuous Recording buttons. With
the PCIe cards (TVVR95000 – TVVR95020), you can choose between Stream 1
(high resolution and Stream 2 (low resolution). From version 7.0 onwards, you
also have the option of audio recording. To do this, first activate audio in the
camera setup and then in the required recording process.
All other necessary settings are then made automatically, meaning the set-up is
completed.
An image rate of five images per second is used for recording image files.
Note:
The activity detection button is only enabled when you select the checkbox in the
activity detection field (sensor settings).
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Important!
Pan/tilt cameras are usually triggered using the RS-422 or RS-485 bus (data transfer). In this
case, an additional converter is required (e.g RS-232  RS-422/485 or USB  RS-422/485).
Connected cameras are always set up as fixed cameras when activated during system
configuration. To add a pan/tilt function to a fixed camera, the pan/tilt support must be
activated.
To do this, switch on the pan/tilt support for the
desired camera in the system configuration
(Camera configuration  TV33xx camera 
TV33xx camera 01  Pan/tilt).
Define the appropriate protocol, ID, interface
and position at disconnection. The appropriate
information can be found in the camera
documentation.
1.
Activate the pan/tilt function
When all settings have been made, they must
be saved and then applied. Use the Save and
Apply buttons to do this.
The camera can now be controlled over the user interface using the joystick.
2.
Make the settings
3.
Adjust baud rate (if necessary)
If this is not the case, then an excessively high baud rate may be the cause. Adjust the baud
rate according to your camera documentation (step 3) and then check the functionality again.
When using a pan/tilt network camera, the IP Camera Unit type and HTTP interface should be
selected in the pan/tilt configuration.
The availability of this setting depends on the successful set-up of an
IP camera. See the following description for more details.
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Setting up an network camera
The ABUS VMS software supports all ABUS network cameras and is compatible with selected
models from other manufacturers (see the compatibility list at www.abus.com).
Additionally, video streams (generic RTSP) and individual image requests (generic JPEG) can
also be used. This means that the software can also be used with other third-party cameras.
A completely configured camera (user name, password and a valid IP address) is necessary
for successfully setting up an IP camera in the ABUS VMS software.
If this is not the case, configure your camera according to the camera documentation until
access over a web browser is possible.
Set-up steps:
1.
3.
2.
Select the Camera view
Activate the camera
Select the IP camera
4.
Select the type
5.
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Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view
(point 1).
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Open the IP Camera menu point on the left-hand side.
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Select the camera number you wish to set up and activate this using the On/Off
field.
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Select the camera manufacturer in the Type selection field.
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The system then searches for all available IP cameras from the selected
manufacturer and displays the results in the URL/Port field. This process may take
some time.
Alternatively, you can enter the IP address and port of the camera manually
(e.g. 192.168.0.100:80).
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Click the “Selection” button to open the ABUS IP Installer, which allows you to
easily select the camera you want.
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If a user name or password has been configured for data access, then this should
be entered in the Administrator: or Password: field. Click on “Detect” and wait until
the camera name has been updated.
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If you enter the access data correctly, you get a positive response.
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If the network camera supports audio, select the Audio checkbox so that audio
can be switched on and off in the live view.
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To apply the changes, click on the Save and Apply buttons in the last step.
Recordings can be made using activity detection or continuous recording as described under
point 3.4.2 on page 82.
If the IP camera is also equipped with a pan/tilt function, then this can be activated in the pan/tilt
section of the camera configuration. Proceed as detailed in point 3.3.2.
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Deleting an network camera:
An network camera can be deleted over the system configuration when it is no longer needed.
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view.
Select IP Camera, then select the camera to be deactivated. Uncheck the On/Off field, then click
on “Save” and “Apply”.
The camera name in the list should now be “IP Camera XX” and the camera is deactivated.
1.
3.
2.
Select the Camera view
Switch off the camera
Select the IP camera to be deactivated
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Setting up the camera anti-swivel protection
In order to prevent manipulation of the
camera, an anti-swivel monitoring system
is installed in the ABUS VMS software
(not included in ABUS VMS Basic).
Using this function, the system can detect
camera movements and send an alarm to
another system or receiver.
To activate the anti-swivel protection, first
open the system configuration
1.
2.
Activate anti-swivel protection
Save the settings
and select the view of the camera where
this function should be activated.
In the Sensor system area, check the Misplace box and save the settings. The camera is now
prepared for anti-swivel protection.
In order for the system to also be able to start processes in the event of camera
misplacement, these processes (notifications, alarms etc.) always have to be connected to a
detector. The anti-swivel protection is equipped with a virtual alarm detector (camera position
wrong).
This detector is always triggered when a camera with activated anti-swivel monitoring is
misplaced.
1.
2.
Select the Digital I/O view
Select the virtual alarm detector
3.
Activate detector 12
4.
Save the settings
To set up the detector, switch the view
switch to Digital I/O (point 2) in the
system configuration, then open the
“Detector/Key switch” menu point on
the left-hand side.
Select Virtual detector and activate
detector 12 (camera position wrong).
Save the settings.
Finally, this detector must be linked to
a process. For more information on
possible
configurations,
see
point 3.4.9 on page 103.
Note:
Only cameras with activated “Misplace” checkboxes can trigger an alarm over the virtual alarm
detector.
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Monitoring the camera focus
The focus on each individual camera can change from time to time. This can have a negative
effect on monitoring quality.
If the current value differs significantly
from the initial set value, then the system
is able to detect this and notify the system
operator when required.
This function can be activated on each
camera in the “Sensor system” area in the
system configuration on the camera
configuration page (does not apply to
ABUS VMS Basic). The Focus box must
be checked and the changes must then be
saved.
1.
2.
Activate the focus
Save the settings
In order for the system to be able to send messages in the event of differing camera focus, the
Camera lost focus alarm detector must be activated in the system configuration.
1.
Select the Digital I/O view
2.
Select the virtual alarm detector
3.
Activate detector 10
4.
To do this, switch the view switch to Digital
I/O (point 2), then open the Detector/Key
switch menu point from the list on the lefthand side. Select Virtual detector and
activate detector 10 (camera lost focus).
Save the settings, then link the detector to
a process (see point 3.4.9 on page 103).
Save the settings
Note:
Only cameras with activated “Focus” checkboxes can trigger an alarm over the virtual alarm
detector.
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Displaying a camera name in the live image
The name of the activated camera can be shown in the live image. This makes it easier to see
which name is assigned to which image.
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view (point 1).
Select the desired camera and check the Display
name in image box.
1.
Select the Camera view
Save the settings and click on the Apply button.
2.
After all settings have been loaded, the camera
name is shown in the live image when the
camera is activated.
3.
4.2.7
Activate the “Display name in image” box
Save and apply the settings
Saving reference images
Reference images are used to compare the current image section of each camera with the
image created when the camera was first put into operation (does not apply to ABUS VMS
Basic).
In this way, alterations to the camera (manipulation, misplacement etc.) can be detected
swiftly and dealt with accordingly.
Before the camera can create a reference image, the relevant system support options must be
activated. Reference images can then only be created using these cameras.
To activate the reference image
system support, open the system
configuration and switch the view
switch to the Camera view.
Select the camera (analogue or
IP) from the list on the left and
check the Reference box.
1.
Select the Camera view
3.
2.
Activate the reference image system support
Select the desired camera
Save the settings and click on
the Apply button.
The system shows whether a
reference image has already
been created by the camera on
the right-hand side of the camera
configuration page.
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If this has not yet been made, then the reference image can be created using the Set button.
The reference image can only be checked afterwards using the system configuration.
Live image on the camera
Button for creating reference images
Camera reference image
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The mask dialog
The mask dialog allows you to create motion masks and control their sensitivity, as well as the
object size for recording after activity detection. The settings are saved according to the
camera. This means the software lets you use individual parameters for each camera.
The following illustration contains a summary of the elements that can be used in the mask
dialog.
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Preview image of the camera and mask marking area
Activity detection
configuration
Sensitivity of the
adaptive mask
Activate/deactivate
mask display and
show detected
movements
Selection of masks to mark out
Note:
Recording after activity detection only takes place if the camera has been set up for it. For
further information on see section 3.4.2 on page 82.
To call up the mask configuration dialog, click Masks on the camera configuration screen in
the system configuration. However, the button is not enabled unless the checkbox in the
Activity detection (sensor settings) field is selected.
The motion masks are the permanent mask, the private zone mask and the adaptive mask.
The following sections describe these masks and how to use them.
The masks for Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3 are for multiple zone alarms and are explained in
section 3.2.8.5 onward.
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4.2.8.1 Setting a permanent mask
The permanent mask is for limiting the area
analyzed by the selected camera.
Drawing the mask
Movements that occur within this area are
ignored by the software and not used for
recordings.
To draw a permanent mask (red mask) in the
preview image, VMS version 6.8 and allows you Permanent mask display
to make the mask simply by setting the corner
points. The area within these corner points is then automatically masked.
Left-click inside the preview image to set the first
corner point.
Setting the first corner point
Then move your mouse to the second corner
point of the mask and set it by clicking the left
mouse button again. Repeat this for all the other
corner points. If you set a corner point in the
wrong place. simply click it to remove it. The
mouse pointer changes to the following icon.
When you have set all the corner points, you must connect the last point with the first one.
Only then is the mask created and saved. The mouse pointer changes to the following icon
when you close the corner points.
The following illustrations show in detail how to create a mask.
Setting the third corner point
Setting the second corner point
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Setting the last corner point and
creating the mask
Setting the fourth corner point
Once you have created the mask, click Close to quit the dialog and complete the process.
You can invert the mask if necessary by clicking Invert. This means that the masked area is
swapped with the non-masked area. Inversion always applies to the mask that is currently
selected (use the Tool slider).
4.2.8.2 Setting a privacy mask
Using a privacy mask, a certain section of the image is masked off, meaning this area is
blurred out in the live image.
The privacy mask is also created in the system configuration (does not apply to ABUS VMS
Basic).
To create the mask, proceed as detailed above under point 3.2.8.1, but use the middle mouse
key (scroll wheel) instead of the left mouse button.
In contrast to the permanent mask, a privacy mask is displayed in black. The masked section
of the image is then blurred out in the live image
The following illustrations show how to set up a private zone mask.

Setting up the mask
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4.2.8.3 Activating the adaptive mask
The adaptive mask prevents false alarms from being triggered when recording is made by
activity detection.
Possible examples of this are trees or flags moving in the wind.
As their movements remain constant, a mask
(similar to a permanent mask) is placed over this
area (does not apply to ABUS VMS Basic).
Recording through activity detection is then
ignored for this area.
The sensitivity of the adaptive mask can be set
between “low” and “high”. The more sensitive the
mask setting, the bigger the adaptive mask.
Note:
The standard mask sensitivity setting is “normal”. Check whether or not this setting is suitable
for you, as the adaptive mask can sometimes lead to an unexpected loss of recording.
4.2.8.4 Configuring the sensitivity of activity detection
The activity detection system analyzes the entire video image for any changes. If these
changes exceed a set threshold, an alarm is triggered and recording is started.
In the mask dialog on the camera configuration screen of the system configuration, you can
not only create motion masks, but also adjust the activity detection threshold parameters. To
do this, you can use the Sensitivity and Object size sliders.
In this case, Sensitivity refers to the average brightness value with which altered pixels are
compared with the previous brightness. If the sensitivity is set very low, the change must differ
greatly from the previous value. If the sensitivity is set very high, even slight changes trigger
an alarm.
Object size is the area a change must cover. In this case: The smaller the object size, the
smaller the coherent area which triggers an alarm.
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You can see a graphical display during setup if
you select the checkbox in the Example object
size field.
You will then see a graphics showing the
current threshold object size in top left and
bottom right of the preview image. An alarm is
only triggered and the associated recording
process started when the actual object
reaches the size of the preview object.
Object size display
When you have finished the configuration, click Close to quit the mask dialog and complete
the system configuration.
4.2.8.5 Using multiple-zone alarms
Multiple-zone alarms are used for starting various processes depending on the zone which
activity is detected in.
The zones are also created in the mask dialog, which you can open by clicking Masks in the
camera configuration dialog. (See section 3.2.1 on page 56)
The ABUS VMS software allows you to use up to three zones at the same time. The
illustration below shows a configuration with three zones.
Zone 3
Zone 2
Zone 1
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To create the first zone, move the slider in the Tool field to Zone 1 and draw the zone by
setting the corner points in the preview image (see section 3.2.8.1 on page 68).
Repeat these steps for Zone 2 (yellow mask) and Zone 3 (green mask).
As soon as you have drawn the zones in the preview image, a new
motion detector is created for each zone under Digital I/O 
Detectors/block locks  Motion detection .
These detectors can then be linked to the required processes on the
activation screen (Processes Activations).
In order to make it easier to assign the detectors, these have been
subordinated to the main motion detector (in this case Camera 06
MD).
Note:
The detectors (e.g. Camera 06 Zone 1 to Zone 3) are only triggered when motion is detected
in their zone. However, the main motion detector, Camera 06 MD, is always triggered.
For the main motion detector it is unimportant whether the movement is inside or outside a
zone: it always applies to the whole video image.
If, for example, an alarm is triggered in Zone 2, the detectors Camera 06 MD and Camera 06
Zone 2 are given Alarm status.
4.2.9
Setting up camera groups
Camera groups are used to group together cameras which belong together. This makes the
addition of cameras to the live window significantly easier, as the cameras no longer have to
be searched and activated individually. Instead, this can be made in one single step.
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Setting up a camera group:
Open the system configuration
and set the view switch to the
Camera view.
Select Camera group from the list
on the left and create a new group
using the New button.
Assign a unique name for the
group.
Add the cameras from the camera
list (left column) to the newly
created group (right column) using
the Add
or Remove
1.
Select the Camera view
4.
2.
Add the cameras
Choose the camera
group
3.
Create a new group
5.
Save and apply
buttons.
Save the settings and click on the Apply button.
The camera group is now available in the Camera group view on the user interface.
If one of these groups is dragged from the Camera group view on the user interface into the
live window, then the vacant live windows are filled with the cameras from this group. The set
image geometry is not changed here.
If more cameras are present in the group than can be displayed, then the remaining cameras
are ignored.
Deleting a camera group:
To delete a camera group, proceed as described above under Set-up, but select the Delete
button instead of the New button.
Note:
As camera groups may only be created by authorised users, they must be set up in the
system configuration. Alternatively, if the logged-in user is not authorised to access the system
configuration, then favourites may be used. For more details, see point 2.6 on page 41.
4.3 Database settings (Database / Storage)
The database settings are used to define the parameters for handling the available drives
and create database fields and archives.
Changes to the database settings can be made in the Database view in the system
configuration (point 4 - “Database / Storage”).
Read through the following points carefully to gain an overview of all available setting
possibilities.
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Setting the storage drives (drive settings)
The drive settings define how the drives connected to the system (CD writers, USB sticks
or removable drives) are used. The following options are available here:
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Operating system: This drive contains the operating system and may not be used for
storage
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No usage: Do not create any databases on this drive
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Storage: Use this drive for storage
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Backup read & write: Drive used for creating and reading backups
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Backup read: Backups may only be read on this drive
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Removable hard disk: This drive is run with read software when the system is shut
down so that the data can also be seen on other systems
When a drive is set up as a
storage drive, the entire storage
space is used. If only a part of
the storage space should be
used, then this can be restricted
using the Size to use: option.
Use the New button to add
further network drives to the
system.
Using the drives
Adding further network drives
Drive list
Setting of the size to be used
Note:
In order to make a data backup (e.g. on CD/DVD or a USB stick), this drive must be
specified as a “Backup read & write” drive. Otherwise, this drive will not appear in the
drive list of the backup dialog.
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Creating database fields
Database fields are used to save information that has been added externally. For
example, this may be information from cash machines (ATM) or cash desk systems
(POS).
All fields required for the connection of a cash machine are created automatically using
the Create default fields button.
Other user-defined fields can also be created in addition to these fields, which enables the
processing and storage of all incoming data.
Use the New button to create further database fields. Finally, assign a name, ID, type and
string length (for “String” types only).
If the date or time is used as a type, then the data is saved automatically in the
appropriate format (hour/minute/second hhmmss or day/month/year ddmmyy). In contrast,
a string type can contain letters, figures or a combination of the two.
In order for the database fields to be filled with data, they must be linked in the Serial
Alarm Unit.
The data is saved as soon as a detector on the Serial Alarm Unit is linked to a recording
process.
4.3.3
Setting up the archives
Archives are used for saving image information (video data). In order to cover all
possibilities, the archives have different properties.
These properties are as follows:
Ring archive:
The ring archive is the most common archive type used. Using this archive, old image
data can be overwritten when required. For example, when the ring archive is completely
full, the oldest video data is automatically overwritten. This means that video data is saved
continuously without the need for user intervention.
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Alarm archive:
An example of an alarm archive is in “BGV-Kassen” mode. The archive can only be filled
with data once so that the image data is not deleted or overwritten in the event of an
alarm. Further image data is then ignored until the user has manually deleted the data in
the archive.
Two virtual alarm detectors are available in the system for monitoring the storage space
(number 1: Alarm archive is filled up to 60% and number 2: Alarm archive filled 100%).
These can be activated in the Digital I/A view under “Detector/Key switch  Virtual
detector”.
Pre-ring archive:
The pre-ring archive is also required for use in “BGV-Kassen” mode. Image data which
covers the time period before an upcoming alarm is saved in this archive.
When this archive is linked to an alarm or ring archive, then the image data from this
archive is moved to the linked archive and the current alarm images are also saved in the
alarm archive.
The pre-ring archive is only filled with video data again when the recording process for the
alarm has been stopped (“Detector state OK”).
Alarm list:
The alarm list is used for monitoring detector activity. When a detector is linked to the
alarm list, an entry is made in the alarm list each time this detector is triggered.
The alarm list can be linked to any available detector.
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Backing up individual archives (automatic database backup)
The database backup function can be used to automatically transfer existing archives to other
storage drives.
This function is useful in “BGV-Kassen” mode, for example.
As alarm archives are never overwritten automatically and need to be deleted manually, these
can be transferred elsewhere using the database backup function, after which the archive can
be deleted.
Please note that the database backup function is not compatible with removable media such
as CD/DVD or USB sticks. A removable hard disk drive is necessary here.
Setting up a data backup:
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Connect the external disk drive with the USB port on the video system.
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Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Database / Storage
view (point 4).
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Select the Drives point from the
list on the left.
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Select the connected storage
drive (e.g. E:\) and select Backup
read & write in the Usage field.
1.
2.
Select the “Drives” point
3.
4.
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Selecting the database view
Set Backup read & write
Save your settings.
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Actions view (point 3) and select Backup processes from the list on the left.
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Click on the New button and give the process a name. If the New button is not
activated, then no storage drive could be found with the Backup read & write property.
In this case, repeat all the steps for setting up a database backup.
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Select the archive to be backed up and the desired storage drive.
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Activate the Delete at success option, when required. The archive is then
automatically emptied when the backup has been made successfully. Define a backup
period. It is possible to either save the entire archive or only the last 24 hours.
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Save your settings.
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If you wish to control the backup
using a timer, then this should
be created as detailed under
point 3.4.8 on page 101. The
Permanent alarm detector is
then used as the trigger. This is
switched on in the system
configuration under Digital I/O
 Detector/Key switch 
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Select the “Actions” view
3.
2.
Make the settings
Select Backup processes
4.
Save the settings
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Switch the view switch back to
the Actions view (point 3) and select Activations from the list on the left.
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Press New, then create a new activation with the following data:
Detector: Permanent alarm or other event; Timer: Always or user-defined; Camera:
None; Process: Process created under point 7; Archive: None
For more details on creating activations, see point 3.4.9 on page 103.
Repeat the steps detailed above to create further backup processes. A separate backup
process must be created for each individual archive. However, these can all be started using
one detector.
To make an automatic backup in “BGV-Kassen” mode, the process must be dependent on
virtual alarm detector 1 (Alarm archive is filled up to 60%).
Note:
As image archives can be very large and the backup process may take some time, we
recommend starting the process at time where a low amount of movement is expected (for
example, at night).
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4.4 Processes (actions)
Processes are used to prepare the system for new tasks. For example, the storage speeds for
recording can be set and notifications to external systems can be created using processes.
Any number of processes can be created in the ABUS VMS software. Ensure that the
individual components are given a clear and conclusive description. This makes it easier to
find existing configurations when adding new activations to the list at a later date.
The following pages describe how to create each of the individual processes.
4.4.1
Creating storage processes
Storage processes are used to store image data from analogue or IP cameras in the linked
archive. The image rate, resolution, compression or Stream1/2 can be set individually here.
To create a storage process, open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the
Actions view (point 3).
The first point in the list on
the left shows the storage
processes. You can create a
process manually or use predefined configurations here.
For example, if you wish to
create
a
process
for
recording
using
activity
detection, then this can be
set up by clicking on the
Activity detection button. The
image rate or resolution can
then be changed as required.
Defining the image rate, compression and resolution
Buttons for creating pre-configured
storage processes
The behaviour of the storage
Creating a new process
process can also be defined
here. If a connected detector
triggers an alarm, then the storage process can either run until the alarm stops again (“As long
as detector unchanged”) or can be processed completely (“Hold entire duration/no. of
images:”).
As of version 7.0, you can choose between Stream 1 (high resolution) and Stream 2 (low
resolution) for the recording.
You can also activate audio for each recording process, provided that the PCIe card or
network camera supports audio.
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When the storage process is
set to As long as detector
unchanged, then the process
only runs as long as the
connected detector has the
“Alarm” status. For example, if
the alarm stops after a halfsecond, then the storage
process also ends.
List of existing storage processes
When the storage process is
set to Hold entire duration/no.
of images, then the process is
completed, even when the
detector is only triggered
briefly.
Defining the trigger
behaviour
The interval process is another property of the storage process. This function is used to repeat
the recording at set intervals instead of ending it after the entered run time. The process is
then repeated after the set delay time.
Storage processes should always be selected according to the maximum capacity of the video
card. Overloading the video card can lead to software malfunctions.
The following table illustrates the maximum recording rates:
Video
card
TVVR95000
TVVR95010
TVVR95020
TV3300
TV3301
TV3302
TV3303
TV3304
TV3305
TV3306
TV3307
TV3308
TV3309
TV3310
TV3314
Number of
video inputs
4
8
16
4
8
16
4
8
4
8
16
8
16
16
8
Recording rate
Resolution
100
200
400
25
25
25
50
50
100
100
100
200
200
400
200
4CIF (704 x 576)
4CIF (704 x 576)
4CIF (704 x 576)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288)
CIF (352x288) 2CIF (720x288)
2CIF (720x288) D1 (720x576)
These values are guidelines only. Recording rates at higher resolutions can be determined as
follows:
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Recording rate
/
Number of
video inputs
used
Recording rate per
camera in CIF
/
2
Maximum recording
rate per camera in
2CIF
/
2
=
Maximum
recording rate per
camera in CIF
(352x288)
=
Maximum
recording rate per
camera in 2CIF
(720x288)
=
Maximum
recording rate per
camera in 4CIF
(720x576)
For example, if you have a TV3305 video card then you can operate a maximum of four
cameras on the card.
As the video card has a maximum capacity of 100 images per second in CIF resolution, then
the maximum resolution rate for each camera is 25 images per second in CIF, 12 images per
second in 2CIF and 6 images per second in 4CIF.
When setting manually, this value must then be used in the recording process.
Note:
The determined values are theoretical values only. They are based on continuous recording
with a full system version. If recording is made using activity detection, then higher recording
rates can be attained.
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Setting up a continuous recording or recording using activity detection
The system is set up for continuous recording or recording using activity detection during the
initial configuration. The following information describes the necessary steps for adding further
recordings or changing an existing configuration.
Activity detection scans the video image of a camera for changes. For example, when a
person appears in the video image, then this is detected by the system and the connected
recording process is started.
In contrast, continuous recordings are always active. Changes in the video image have no
effect on the system. This option requires a large amount of storage space.
The following components are required for the system set-up:
1. Activated camera to be recorded
2. Activated detector which starts the recording process
3. Created storage drive and archive
4. Created storage process
5. Created timer (optional)
6. Created activation
1. Activating the camera:
This point can be skipped if the camera has already been activated in the system.
Otherwise, open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view
(point 1). Open the TV33xx camera point from the list on the left and select the desired
camera. Activate this by checking the On/Off box.
To set up a recording, you only need to click on the Activity detection or Continuous recording
button. The system makes all other settings automatically.
Please note that the image archive is only assigned 150 MB of storage space. Additionally,
the image data is only recorded at one image per second and a 2CIF resolution. The
parameters can be adjusted manually if this is insufficient (see points 3 and 4 for more
details).
If special parameters are necessary for recording (recording rate, resolution, timer etc.) then
the complete set-up can also be created manually. Use the steps detailed below for this.
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2. Activating the detector
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Digital I/O view (point 2) and open
the Detector/Key switch point.
If the system should record according to activity detection, then the TV33xx MD detector point
should be selected and the detector should be activated according to the camera number in
point 1 (camera 01 corresponds to MD detector 01). Switch the detector to the Detector state
(
) and save the settings.
If the system should record continuously, then the Virtual alarm detector point should be
selected and detector 20 should be activated (Permanent alarm). Switch the detector to the
Detector state (
) and save the settings.
3. Creating a storage drive and archive:
Switch the view switch to the Database / Storage view (point 4) and open the Drives point.
Ensure that at least one drive is used for storage. See point 3.4.1 for more details. Save your
settings.
Create a new ring archive under Archives and give it a unique name and sufficient archive
size (see point 3.4.3). Save the settings.
4. Creating a storage process:
Switch the view switch to the Actions view (point 3) and open the Storage processes point.
Create a new storage process using the Activity monitoring or Continuous recording buttons
(see point 3.5.1). Save your settings.
5. Creating a timer:
If recording should only be made at certain times, then it can be set using a timer (see point
3.4.8 on side 101: “Using timers”). Otherwise, use the standard Always timer.
6. Creating an activation:
The final step is the creation of an activation. All components detailed above are connected to
one another in this way. Only then is the system set up for recording.
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Actions view (point 3) and open the
Activations point. Using the New button, create a new activation with the following data:
Detector: Camera MD detector (activity detection) or permanent alarm (continuous
recording) (see step 2)
Camera: As required (see step 1)
Timer: Always or user-defined (see step 5)
Process: Created storage process (see step 4)
Archive: Created ring archive (see step 3)
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For more details on creating activations, see point 3.4.9.
Save the settings and then click on the Apply button.
The recording is now configured. This is shown by the record display in the client or the blue
LED on the front of the ABUS HDVR/NVR. The system configuration can now be closed.
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Alarm dialling
In the event of an alarm, there are two different types of image transmission in the ABUS VMS
software. These are “Guard Tour” and “Alarm Dialling”.
Guard Tour:
In this mode, the client software dials into the corresponding recorder and displays the desired
cameras. The process is triggered by an event on the client PC (e.g. an external alarm).
Determining
the image data
Image presentation
Event
Guard Tour
For example, if a recorder monitors a three-storey building with five cameras, then the
cameras can be set up as a “virtual tour” on the client PC. Cameras 1 and 2 show the first
floor, cameras 3 and 4 show the second floor and camera 5 shows the third floor. These are
shown one after another before they are disconnected. The following diagram shows the
functions as a flow chart.
Event
Client
PC
Show
camera 4
Remote system
dial-up
Show
camera 3
1st floor
Show
camera 2
Show
camera 5
End
(disconnect)
2nd floor
3rd floor
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Alarm dialling:
In alarm dialling, the client is dialled from the recorder and the image data or a notification is
transmitted. This is triggered by an event on the recorder.
Event
Alarm dialling
Image display /
message text
For example, when a door is monitored in a room using a door contact, then the recorder
sends information to the client PC each time the door is opened and also transmits the
corresponding camera information and a corresponding text message.
The following points describe the set-up of the “Guard Tour” and “Alarm Dialling”.
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4.4.3.1 Setting up a “Guard Tour”
The following components are required for manual set-up:
1. An event which triggers the action (e.g. alarm detector)
2. A host to be called
3. The appropriate permission level for accessing the remote system
4. A process used to call the host and display the desired cameras
5. An activation to connect all the components together
1. Selecting the event:
Theoretically, each alarm detector on the system can be used as the event trigger.
These include external alarms, virtual alarms or simulation alarms.
Activate the desired detectors in the system configuration under Digital I/O (point 2) 
Detector/Key switch and save the settings.
2. Setting up the host:
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Network view (point 5).
Under Hosts, create a new host and save the settings. For more details on creating
new hosts, see point 3.7.3.
3. Setting up the permission levels:
Switch to the Security view (point 6) and select Permissions.
Create a new permission level using New, then define the specific permissions. It is
important that the cameras used in the guard tour are also activated under
“Permissions”. For more details on permission levels, see point 3.6.1.
If you do not wish to work with permission level, then the standard “SuperVisor” level
can also be used. However, please note that each user with this permission level has
full access to all systems.
Save the settings.
4. Setting up a process:
Switch to the Actions view (point 3) and select Guard Tour.
Create a new process using the New button and give it a unique name.
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Select the host to be used by checking the box next to the host in the list. A multiple
selection of hosts is also possible here.
2.
4.
3.
Assign a name
Select the cameras
Select the host
5.
1.
Select Hold entire duration
Create a new process
6.
Select the Disconnect option
7.
Save the settings
Click on the List button and select the desired camera(s). These are then used later in
the process. Add the cameras to the list on the right by double-clicking on them and
close the window by pressing OK. If more than one camera has been selected, then
the speed of camera display can be influenced using the Switch time field.
Now select the permission level. If you have set
up your own permission level, then this should be
selected here.
Otherwise, you can use the SuperVisor
permission level. Please note that a user-defined
permission level must also exist on the host with
the same permissions and the level name on both
systems must be identical. Otherwise, no
connection can be established to the host.
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Select the cameras by double-clicking
them.
The start behaviour of the guard tour must then be set. When this is started over an
alarm detector, then the Hold entire duration/no. of images option must be selected so
that the process is completed, even when the detector is only triggered for a short
time.
When the process is started over a permanent alarm in connection with a timer, then
the start behaviour must be set to As long as detector unchanged, as a Permanent
alarm detector can never change its status.
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“Save pictures”, “Fullscreen” and “Show camera exclusive” can also be set.
When the Save pictures box is checked, the host images are saved in the local
archive. When no archive has been created for this purpose, it is set up automatically
when an alarm occurs.
The “Show camera exclusive” option is used to display cameras individually on the
local station. This means that all other activated cameras are not visible in the display.
“Fullscreen” mode disables all interface tools around the live window so that only the
live images and chrome frame are visible.
The Disconnect option is used to disconnect the system after the camera sequence
has been completed (end of process).
The completed settings should be saved before an activation is created.
5. Creating an activation:
Select the Activations point from the list on the left and create a new activation using
the New button with the following data:
Detector: Set detector for triggering the process
Timer: Always or user-defined
Camera: None
Process: Set guard tour (point 4)
Finally, click on “Save” and “Apply”. The process is started as soon as the detector is
triggered or the set time is reached.
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1.
Select the detector
Create a new activation
3.
Select the alarm status
6.
4.
Select the Always timer
5.
Select no cameras
7.
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4.4.3.2 Setting up alarm dialling
The following components are required for the set-up:
1. An event which triggers the action (e.g. alarm detector)
2. A host where the notification is to be sent
3. The appropriate permission level for accessing the remote system
4. Activation of the camera
5. A call process used to notify the host and transmit the desired cameras
6. Creation of a message text
7. An activation to connect all the components together
1. Selecting the event:
Theoretically, each alarm detector on the system can be used as the event trigger. These
include external alarms, virtual alarms or simulation alarms.
Activate the desired detectors in the system configuration under Digital I/O (point 2) 
Detector/Key switch and save the settings.
2. Setting up the host:
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Network view (point 5). Under
Hosts, create a new host and save the settings. For more details on creating new hosts,
see point 3.7.3.
3. Setting up the permission levels:
Switch to the Security view (point 6) and select Permissions.
Create a new permission level using New, then define the specific permissions. It is
important that the cameras used in the guard tour are also activated under “Permissions”.
For more details on permission levels, see point 3.6.1 on page 116.
If you do not wish to work with permission level, then the standard “SuperVisor” level can
also be used. However, please note that each user with this permission level has full
access to all systems.
Save the settings.
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4. Activation of the camera:
This point can be skipped if the camera has already been set up in the system. If the
camera has not yet been set up, then switch to the Camera view and open the TV33xx
camera point. Select the desired camera and activate it by checking the On/Off box. More
information on configuring the camera can be found under point 3.2.
Save your settings.
5. Setting up the process:
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Actions view (point 3) and select
the Calling processes point.
Create a new process using the New button and give it a unique name.
Select the host from the list of available hosts by double-clicking it. The host is then
removed from the upper list and added to the lower list.
Select the permission level to be used. If no special permission level should be used,
then the standard
SuperVisor level can be used. However, please note that this permission level has full
access to all systems.
In order for the process to be completed, the Hold entire duration option must also be
selected. Otherwise, the process will be interrupted when an event occurs for a short
time.
From software version 6.8 onwards, you can change the receiver display when alarm
notifications arrive. A new area (Interface) was added to the call-up process.
The functions are described in detail in the following list.
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Activates full-screen mode of the receiver when alarms occur
Show camera in 1Plus
Switches the current view of the receivers to the 1Plus view
and displays the alarm camera in the large window
Show camera exclusively
Deactivates the live cameras on the receiver and only display
the alarm camera in the single-image view
Max. connection time
The number of seconds after which the alarm is automatically
deactivated
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6. Creating a message text
Select Notifications from the list on the left and create a new notification with a message
text for an alarm using the New button. More details can be found under point 3.7.5.
7. Creating an activation:
Select the Activations point and create an activation using the New button with the
following data:
Detector: Detector used for triggering the process (permanent alarm or
external detector)
Timer: Always or user-defined
Camera: Camera used for alarm dialling (step 4)
Process: Set guard tour (step 5)
Notification: Message text from step 6 (or none)
2.
Select the detector
3.
4.
Change the status to alarm
Select the timer
5.
Select the camera
6.
1.
7.
Create a new activation
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Using the check call process
The check call process is used to check the connection of all hosts in the host list. For
example, a system failure can then be detected quickly and relevant measures can be taken
to solve the problem.
Two detectors in the virtual detector list are used for monitoring the connection. These are
Check Call Error (detector 19) and Check Call OK (detector 21).
One of these detectors is triggered with every connection attempt to the hosts. For example, if
the detectors are connected to the notification process, then any failure in reaching the host
can be detected in good time.
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The check call process is set up in the system configuration (Check call process point in the
Actions view (point 3)).
You can select the permission level here and compare the time on the remote system with the
local station, when necessary.
However, please note that the selected permission level must exist on the host and that this is
also permitted to change the system time.
The check call process is always activated, meaning it does not need to be switched on.
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Save the changes and activate virtual alarm detectors 19 and 21 under Digital I/O 
Detector/Key switch  Virtual alarm detector (see point 3.5 for more details).
If the check call should be controlled according to the time, then it must be connected to the
Permanent alarm detector (detector 20). When required, switch this on as well. Now create a
timer with the desired times. For more details, see point 3.4.8 on page 101.
Switch the view switch back to the Actions view. Select Activations from the list on the left.
Use the New button to create a new activation with the following data:
2.
Select the detector
3.
4.
1.
Set the status to alarm
Create a new activation
7.
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6.
Select the timer
5.
Select the check call process
Use no cameras
Save and apply the settings
Setting up the FTP upload
Using the FTP upload, it is possible to send individual images from various cameras to an FTP
server within a specific time period. These images can then be displayed on an Internet site.
The following components are required for the set-up:
1. A camera where the images should be uploaded from
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2. An FTP server (Internet FTP server)
3. User authorisation for uploading the image data (log-in data)
4. A detector for event control (e.g. permanent alarm)
5. A timer (for time-controlled uploads)
6. A process used for uploading the image data
7. An activation for connecting all the components together
Activating the camera:
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Camera view.
Open the TV33xx camera branch from the list on the left.
Select the desired camera and activate it by checking the On/Off box.
Save your settings.
FTP connection:
You can proceed with the upload process when storage space is available on the FTP server
and you know the log-in data. Otherwise, contact your system administrator or server provider.
Activating the detector:
For a successful FTP upload, a detector is required to start the process. An external event or
internal timer can be used as a trigger in this case. When using external events, activate a
detector under Detector/Key switch  TV33xx detector in the Digital I/O view (point 2) in the
system configuration.
When using a time-controlled FTP upload, the Permanent alarm detector must be activated
under Detector/Key switch  Virtual alarm detector  Detector 20.
Creating the timer:
If the upload process should be started with time control, then the system must be set up with
a timer.
More information on creating timers can be found under point 3.4.8 on side 101 (“Using
timers”).
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Setting up the upload process:
The upload process loads the actual image data to the FTP server from the database. To
create the process, switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Actions view
(point 3).
Select FTP Upload from the list on the left and create a new process using the New button.
Assign a unique name for the process. This makes it easier to find the process when
assigning the activation.
Set the time interval (in seconds) in which the image data should be uploaded to the FTP
server.
Select the desired image resolution.
Enter the access data (server address, user name and password).
Enter a file name for the uploaded image.
Placeholders are entered as standard for the file name. These prevent the uploaded images
from being overwritten. The following placeholders can be used:
n
Camera name
Y
Year
M
Month
D
Day
If the existing image should always be overwritten, then a file name without placeholders
should be used.
Save your settings.
Creating an activation:
In the current view, select the Activations point from the list on the left.
Create a new activation with the following data:
Detector: Permanent alarm or external detector; Timer: Always or user-defined; Camera: As
required; Process: Set FTP upload; Archives: None
You can find further information on creating activations under point 3.4.9.
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Creating a video output process
Each video card has at least one video output. The video output can be controlled using three
different modes.
These are as follows:
•
Activity detection (camera is displayed when activity is detected)
•
Manual (currently selected camera is displayed on video output)
•
Sequencer (set cameras are displayed on the video output individually after a
defined switching time)
Setting up a process:
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Actions view (point 3).
Select Video Output from the list on the left and create a new process using the New button.
Assign a unique name for the process. This makes it easier to find the process when
assigning the activation.
Specify the desired mode (activity detection, manual or sequencer) for the switching process
on the video output.
Select a video card to be used
for the process (for multi-card
operation only).
1.
Select the “Actions” view
Define the video output to be
used.
7.
3.
Select the camera to be
displayed. Individual cameras
can be selected using semicolons or hyphens (e.g. 1-8;
10-12 or 1;3;5;7).
Define the switching time (in
sequencer mode only) and
save all the settings.
Define the cameras and switching time
Assign a name
6.
4.
Define the switching process
2.
Create a new process
5.
8.
Define the output
Select the video card
Save the settings
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Digital I/O view (point 2) and open
the Virtual alarm detector point.
Activate virtual alarm detector 20 (permanent alarm) and save the settings.
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Switch the view switch back to the Actions view (point 3) and select Activations from the list on
the left.
Create a new activation with the following data:
Detector: Permanent alarm; Timer: Always; Camera: None; Process: Video output process
as specified above; Priority: 3
You can find further information on creating activations under point 3.4.9 on page 103.
Save the settings and click on the Apply button.
The video output process is now set up. To set up further video outputs, repeat the steps
above for the corresponding video card.
Note:
A cross-card display of analogue video signals is possible on the ABUS HDVR. Each of the
video inputs can then be displayed on a video output.
4.4.7
Playing user-defined audio files in the event of an alarm
The ABUS VMS software allows you to play user-defined audio files in the event of an alarm.
Any alarm detector can be used for this.
This is of practical use when movement is detected. If an audio file is linked to the motion
detector of Camera 1, the file is played whenever movement is detected.
The steps required to set this up are described in more detail below.
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Adding audio files
To add the audio file, open the system configuration and move the view selector to item 3
(Processes). Then select Sounds from the list on the left.
Click New to create a new entry and select the audio file to use.
When it is successfully imported, the
message Sound file saved appears.
The file name is used as the default
name. However, to assign the sound
more clearly, it is advisable to give it a
name according to what it is used for.
Change the name as necessary in the
Name field and save the settings.
You can click Change sound to link
existing entries with new audio files.
Click Play sound to hear the currently
selected audio file.
Note:
The maximum size of the audio file is 1 MB. For recording audio files (.wav), you can use the
Windows Audio Recorder, for example.
Linking the audio file to a detector
After the audio files have been imported, you can link them to the detector that is currently
activated. Go from the Sounds item to Activations and click New to create a new activation.
Now choose the detector to be used for playing the audio file and click OK.
If the detector you want is not in the list, you may have to switch it on first. You can find an
overview of all the detectors that can be used and how they are activated in section 3.5 on
page 107.
Next go to the Camera/relay/audio columns and select None to make the Play sound process
appear in the Processes column. You must select this process as the process to be used.
Finally, you must link to the audio file to be
played when the process starts. You can
select it in the Sounds column.
Save the settings and click Apply. The
system is now configured for playing audio
files.
If you want to play other sounds, repeat the
above steps.
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Using timers
In the ABUS VMS software, timers can be used to restrict the execution of a process to a set
time.
For example, if recording should only be made outside of normal business hours, then this
process can be restricted accordingly using a timer.
Setting up a time span
Time spans are simple time definitions used for carrying out recordings or specific actions
within a defined time period. This can be a specific day of the week or a specific date. The
following steps show how to set up a time span:
Open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Actions view (point 3). Select
Timers from the list on the left.
Create a new timer using the New
button and give it a unique name
(e.g. “Outside business hours”).
Select the type of time span.
Click on the Add button to create
a new time span.
1.
2.
Select the day(s) where the timer
should be activated (e.g. Monday
- Friday).
Select the “Actions” view
Click on the “Timer” point
4.
Select the time span
5.
3.
Add the time span
Create a new timer
A time can be defined to the minute. Press and hold the left
mouse button in the “Times” field. Select the desired time
period (in this example, from 00:00 to 08:00 and 18:00 to
00:00).
Complete hours can also be selected by clicking on them.
Press OK to close the dialog and save your settings.
The timer is now ready for use. Switch to the Activations
point. The timer is now added to the timer list and can be
assigned to new or existing processes.
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Setting up a time link
Time links are used to connect several time spans together. This is useful if you do not want to
record camera images on a certain day. The following steps show the configuration of a time
link with no recording on holidays and the first day of each month:
Add an “Outside business hours” timer (time span) (see example above “Setting up a time
span”).
Add a second “Start of month” timer (time span) with the following data: Date: 01.01.**** to
01.12.****; Times: 00:00 to 00:00 (the stars here are used as wildcards for each year).
Add a third “Holidays” timer (time span) with the following data:
Date: 25.12.**** and 26.12.****; Times: 00:00 to 00:00 (a time span can be assigned to
several days using the Add button).
Add a Yearly recording timer (time link).
Add the Outside business hours time span to the “also / always if” list using the
button.
Add the Holidays and Start of month time spans to
the “except if” list by pressing the
button, then save the settings.
Linked processes are then inactive on holidays
(25th and 26th December) and on the first day of
each month.
Note:
Adding time links allows the creation of extremely complex timers. For example, if you wish to
activate a timer permanently on weekends and only outside business hours on workdays, then
you can also do this by adding several definitions within a time span.
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Connecting a timer to a key switch detector
If you have defined an alarm detector as a key switch, then you can connect it to a timer. A
process is then only started when the detector is in the alarm state and the timer is within the
configured time.
This function is useful when combining video systems with an alarm system, for example.
If the contact for activating the alarm system is connected to a detector on the video system
(and this detector is defined as a key switch), then recording is only started when the alarm
system is activated and the system time is outside business hours.
List of available key switches
All set key switches are listed in the corresponding key switch list (timer configuration page).
Exporting timers
The Export button can be used to transfer the set timers to several systems. In this way,
complex time spans or time links only need to be created once, and can then be imported to
other systems.
4.4.9
Activations (process links)
Activations are the most important element of the system configuration, and are used to
connect the set components (processes, cameras, archives etc.) to each other. Components
that are not linked here or are Off can never be started.
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Each activity is created according to the same procedure, which is laid out as follows:
Which event
is used as
the trigger?
When
should
the trigger
be made?
At which
state
should the
trigger be
made?
What should
be used for the
trigger?
What should
happen during
the trigger?
Where should
storage be made /
which message
should be used?
Process
Archive /
notification /
nothing
OK
Alarm
Detector
Timer
State or
off
Camera /
relay /
nothing
To prevent incorrect configurations, activations must always be created according to this
procedure.
The following information describes the necessary steps for setting up and applying the
procedure in the software in more detail. However, this information only deals with the actual
creation of the activations. Consult the individual sections of this manual for more information
on setting up the components (processes, notifications etc.).
1.
Selecting the detector:
Open the system
configuration
and
switch the view switch
to the Actions view
(point
3).
Select
Activations from the
list on the left and
create
a
new
activation using the
New button. Select
the desired detector
from the list.
1.
4.
2.
Select the detector
Select the Activations menu point
3.
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If the desired detector is not listed, then it may have to be activated first. Further information
on activating detectors can be found under point 3.5 on page 107.
2. Defining the start behaviour:
The start behaviour must be defined after selecting the detector. There are three different
parameters available here:
Off (process not started when the detector is triggered)
OK (process started as soon as the detector is switched on – “OK status”)
Alarm (process started as soon as the detector is triggered – “Alarm status”)
In most cases, the “Alarm” status is used. The “OK” status is usually only used in “BGVKassen” mode.
5.
6.
Define the start behaviour
10. Define the priority
Select the timer
7.
Select the camera
8.
9.
Select the archive or notification
Connect the process
11. Save and apply
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3. Selecting the timer:
In the next step, select the timer. This can be used to restrict the execution of the process to a
set time. If no timer should be used for the activation, then the standard Always entry must be
used. More information on using timers can be found under point 3.4.8.
4. Selecting the camera / relay:
The input or output of the components to be used is connected in this field. This can be a
camera or relay, or can also be no components. Select the desired components to be used in
the activation from the list.
Note:
A camera should not be selected here when the video output or guard tour process is used, as
the camera has already been defined when the process was created.
5. Connecting the process:
The process is connected to the activation in the process window. Select the process to be
used for the activation here.
6. Connecting the archive / notification:
The final field is used for connecting the archive. If a storage process is selected in the
process field, then the available archives are listed here. If a call process is selected, then the
text messages for the notification are listed.
All components are now connected and the activation is set up.
When several entries are already present in the list of activations, it is recommended to define
a priority for each entry. In this way, important processes are given higher priority when the
system is under extreme load.
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4.5 Configuring the inputs and outputs (Digital I/O)
The digital inputs and outputs group contains all detectors and relays connected to the
system. These can originate from network cameras and video servers.
The ABUS HDVR systems are each equipped with twelve alarm contacts and four potentialfree relay outputs.
Virtual alarm detectors are integrated into the system for internal system monitoring. Using
these detectors, processes can be set up (e-mail, SMS etc.) and the system can send
notifications in the event of malfunctions (camera failure, drive failure etc.).
All of the available inputs and outputs are described in more detail below:
SimUnit detector:
SimUnit detectors are used to simulate external alarm detectors. These detectors are only
available after the SimUnit is switched on (see point 3.5.4 on page 113). The detectors
switched on here can then be used as normal alarm detectors in the activations.
MD detector (MD detector or IP MD detector):
“MD” stands for Motion Detection (activity detection). A separate detector exists for each
camera input (analogue or IP). When motion is detected on a camera image, the
corresponding detector triggers an alarm and a connected recording process or alarm dialling
is started.
Alarm detector (Detector or IP detector):
Alarm detectors can only be used when an alarm card is installed in the system (pre-installed
on ABUS HDVR) or when a network camera or video server is equipped with an interface for
detector inputs.
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SimUnit relays:
SimUnit relays are used to simulate external relays. Four relays are added to the list when the
SimUnit is activated. These can then be used like normal relays.
The current status of the relays can be seen on the SimUnit interface (see point 3.5.4 on
page 113).
External relays (IP relays,relays):
External relays are listed in this group when an alarm card is installed or an IP camera / video
server with a corresponding interface is connected.
4.5.1
Virtual alarm detectors
Virtual alarm detectors are integrated in the system in order to react to errors in the system or
monitor network interfaces. Virtual alarm detectors are used for a variety of tasks as described
below.
Alarm archive is filled up to ...
This detector is triggered as soon as a set alarm archive is filled to 60% or 100%. This
detector can be used in “BGV-Kassen” mode, for example.
Camera out of order:
This detector is triggered as soon as a camera signal fails. A test picture is then displayed
in the live camera image.
Camera lost focus:
This detector is used for monitoring the camera focus (image sharpness). The detector is
triggered as soon as the image is not in focus or deviates too much from the reference
value. This only applies to set cameras with the activated Reference option (see
point 3.2.5).
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Camera image too dark:
The brightness of the video image is monitored using this detector. The detector triggers
an alarm when a sudden change in brightness is detected. This function also only applies
to cameras where the Coverage function is activated.
Camera position wrong:
The detector for camera anti-swivel protection triggers when the current video image no
longer matches the reference image. This function also only applies to cameras where the
Misplace option is activated in the camera configuration (see point 3.2.4).
... Outgoing call:
Outgoing connections can be monitored using this detector. Activities can then be logged
in an alarm list and evaluated. These detectors are available for TCP/IP, 1. ISDN and 2.
ISDN.
... Incoming call:
Incoming connections can be monitored using this detector. Logging can also be made
over an alarm list here. These detectors are available for TCP/IP, 1. ISDN and 2. ISDN.
... Call rejected:
This detector is triggered when a connection to a host is rejected (e.g. due to missing
authorisation).
Reserved detectors:
Detectors 16, 17, 18 and 23 are reserved for additional functions and cannot be accessed
by the system.
Check Call Error:
This detector is triggered when a check call to a host fails.
Check Call OK:
The Check Call OK detector is triggered at each successful check call. Check calls can
then be logged using an alarm list.
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Permanent alarm:
The Permanent alarm detector is used for the permanent activation of individual
processes. For example, when a video output process is set up, this must be connected to
the Permanent alarm detector. Timers can restrict the created activations despite the
presence of a permanent alarm.
Error in external devices:
External devices can be monitored using this detector. For example, when a connected
USB disk drive fails, then this is intercepted by this detector.
Temperature is too high:
This detector is triggered when an excessive temperature is detected on a hardware
component (e.g. CPU or mainboard). This only applies when used in the ABUS HDVR /
NVR.
Invalid HDD S.M.A.R.T parameter:
This detector is triggered when a HDD S.M.A.R.T error is detected.
S.M.A.R.T (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) continuously monitors all
important disk drive parameters. For example, a S.M.A.R.T error is triggered when a drive
runs at an excessive temperature.
Harddisk failure:
This detector is triggered when a hard disk drive is no longer available on the system.
Note:
The virtual “Harddisk failure” alarm detector does not work when connected to RAID
software. In this case, use the monitoring software on the RAID controller to resolve error
messages.
Fan failure:
This detector is triggered in the event of a fan failure (e.g. CPU or housing fan). This
function is also only used in the ABUS HDVR / NVR, as the fan speed of each individual
mainboard is different.
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Activating the external detectors
If an alarm card is installed in the system, then the detectors can be switched on under Digital
I/O  Alarm detectors.
If the card inputs should only be used as detectors, then the
selected. After doing this, assign the detector a unique name.
detector type must be
The “Break contact” function is used to define the detector behaviour.
When this function is not activated, the detector functions as a Normally Open contact as
standard (“OK” status) and is closed in the event of an alarm (“Alarm” status). The detector
functions as a Normally Closed contact when this function is activated, meaning its functions
are inverted.
Using the detector as a key switch:
When a detector is defined as a key switch ( ), then timers can be connected to it. These are
only activated when the detector has the “Alarm” status.
The following steps show the set-up of a key switch detector:
1. Open the system configuration
2. Access the Digital I/O menu point
3. Select the detector category to be used for the key switch function
4. Switch the status (“Off”, “Alarm”, “Key switch”) to Key switch
5. Save your settings
You can now link the detector to the desired timer using the Actions  Timers menu point.
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Activating the external relays
The relays can be configured in the system configuration under Digital I/O  Relays.
The name, hold time and manual control for each relay can be configured here, as can the
“Manual Reset” and “Hold” options. More details on these points can be found below.
Hold time:
The hold time specifies how long the relay should be closed when used with edge control.
Manual control:
Level:
When the relay contact is used with level control, the contact remains closed until opened
manually by the user.
Edge:
When the relay contact is used with edge control, the contact remains closed until the set hold
time has expired.
Manual reset:
When this option is activated, a relay which has been closed by an activation can be reopened
manually by a user.
Hold:
When this option is used, the relay remains closed when it has been activated by a remote
user over the network and the system connection has been terminated.
Note:
The “Edge control” and “Level control” options can also be set for the relay in the activation.
When creating the activation, ensure that the same control mode is used as on the relay.
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Using the SimUnit
The SimUnit is used for the simulation of external alarm
inputs and relay outputs (does not apply to ABUS VMS
Basic).
Using the SimUnit, complex application cases can be
simulated in advance and any problems can be analysed.
When the SimUnit is activated, 16 detectors are added to
the alarm detector list and 4 relays are added to the relay
list.
The current status of the interfaces can then be changed
or queried using the control panel.
Time-controlled alarm triggers can be generated using the
Random alarms... button. The time interval, hold time and
trigger behaviour can be changed here accordingly.
To switch on the SimUnit, open the system configuration and access the Digital I/O menu
point (point 2). Select the SimUnit menu point from the list on the left and check the On/Off
box. Save the settings and click on the Apply button.
Alarm
detectors
1 to 16
Relays 1 to 4
Trigger
interval
Trigger time
of the
detectors
Trigger
behaviour of
the detectors
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ABUS serial alarm
Using the Serial Alarm Unit, external devices such as cash machines (ATMs) or cash desk
systems (POS) are integrated into the software (does not apply to ABUS VMS Basic).
Communication to the external devices is made over the serial interface.
When a system has been set up in the Serial Alarm Unit, a new detector appears under
“Detector/Key switch”. This can then be connected using the activations.
If this detector is then connected to a storage process, the video data is then saved in parallel.
The necessary data (account number, item number, bank code etc.) can then be accessed
over the search function and the related images can be viewed.
The optional configuration instructions should be used when setting up a cash
machine or POS system.
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CASA10010
You can connect wireless components to the VMS software using the IP alarm module
(CASA10010). The following is an overview of the number of modules that can be connected
to the VMS software.
Software
Basic
Professional
Enterprise
Number
1
2
4
You can use the ABUS IP Installer to identify the IP address of the IP alarm module. Set the
connection in the IP alarm module to “Secvest IP” to complete the preparations for setting it up
in the software.
Then click “Save + apply” to complete the setup. You can now use two alarm inputs or outputs
in the software.
Make sure the wireless components have been correctly taught in the IP alarm module. To
use the wireless outputs, put them into teach mode and then select output group 1 or 2 to
confirm.
4.6 Security settings
New users can be added and the system access for each individual user can be configured in
the security settings.
In addition, logged-in users can be automatically logged out and existing network connections
can be disconnected after a specific time.
Further information on the individual configuration points can be found below.
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Creating a new permission level
Permission levels are an important part of the ABUS VMS software.
Using these levels, database access, camera access or configuration rights in the local
system configuration can be created separately for each user.
As the permission level always applies to the local system, individual permission levels can be
configured for one user on several hosts. The following diagram shows a configuration
example with one alarm centre and three hosts:
The User permission level has
access to cameras 1, 2 and 3
Alarm centre
The User permission level has
access to cameras 4, 5 and 6
Operator with User
permission level
The User permission level has
access to cameras 4, 7 and 2
This option can no longer be seen by the user when a permission (e.g. creation of storage
processes) is revoked.
Authorization level
Privilege
Supervisor
Viewing live images from all cameras
Access to all recordings (archive)
Opening the system configuration
Operator
Viewing live images from all cameras
Access to all recordings (archive)
Guest
Viewing live images from all cameras
You can assign a password for the permission level using the corresponding Password option.
This is necessary for security reasons when establishing a connection to hosts.
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The internal access check during connection is made according to the following rules:
1. Has the pas s word on the hos t permis s ion
levels been s et up?
2. Does the permis s ion level name exis t on
the hos t?
3. Does the pas s word matc h the permis s ion
level?
4. Does the name in the hos t lis t on the loc al
s tation matc h the loc al s tation name on the
hos t?
5. Does the loc al s tation name matc h the
hos t name in the hos t lis t?
No
connection
Connection
To create a new authorization level, open the system administration and move the view
selector to Security (item 6)
From the list on the left, select Authorization levels and click New to create a new
authorization level.
Give it a clear name. This makes it easier to assign the level to users later.
Now define the privileges for the authorization level.
In the Camera/relay field, you can define the cameras or relays that the user can see or
control.
In the Playback field, you can define access to the database. You can configure three
parameters for each archive, as described below.
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BI
-
The user is only permitted to see the recorded images (BI = images)
BD
-
The user is permitted to see images and image data (POS, ATM) (BD =
images/data)
LÖ
-
The user is permitted to delete images in the archive (LÖ = delete)
The authorization levels can be restricted not only to camera and database access, but also to
individual parts of the software. In this case, a distinction is made between authorizations in
the client and the system configuration.
For example, if Storage permission is withdrawn from the authorization level, the system will
not let these users make backups.
Users cannot see permissions that are have not been set up for them in the system
configuration. For example, if Database authorization is not enabled, the user will not see any
of the sub-items in the Database/storage view.
Click Password to issue a password for the authorization level. This is required for security
when connecting to other hosts and is queried with every connection.
The permission level is now created. Save your settings and assign the permission level to a
user as described in the following section (“Creating a new user”).
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Note:
The possibility of assigning access rights depends on your own access rights as a user. Only
the supervisor has full authorisation.
If you log on to a remote system, then the permission levels of the remote system apply. The
connection is rejected if this permission level is not set up.
If new archives are added after the creation of the permission level, then the access
authorisation must be added here. Otherwise, the user cannot access the new archives.
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Creating a new user
Any number of users can be created in the ABUS VMS software. After they have been
created, the users must be assigned to an existing or previously created permission level.
eytron is the standard user and has supervisor access rights. For security reasons, this user
should be deleted after the initial set-up or replaced with a new user.
Ensure that at least one user with supervisor authorisation exists at all times, as complete
configuration of the system can only be made by these users.
Creating a new user:
1. Open the system configuration
2. Switch the view switch to the Security view
3. Select User from the list on the left
4. Click on the New button
5. Assign a name for the user
6. Assign a permission level to the user (see point 3.6.1)
7. Assign a log-in password for the user. Please note the optional use of
security guidelines (see point 3.6.3)
8. Activate the “Double Login” function (optional)
Activating the “Double
Login” function
Defining the
Defining the user name permission level
Creating the user
alarm
Creating a new user
Defining the user password
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When the “Double Login” function is activated, the user may only log in to the system when a
second user also authenticates themselves.
When the user logs in to the system and “Double Login” is activated, then the log-in dialog
appears again with the prompt for a second user log-in. Any user from the local user account
list can be used here.
Only then is access to the system permitted, with the guarantee that a user cannot manipulate
the system without being detected.
User alarm:
The user alarm is set in the system as standard for the users. If this is not the case, it can be
created using the Establish user ‘Alarm’ button.
This is used to execute an automatic log-in and display the host images in the event of
incoming alarms on a system found in the log-in window.
The user alarm has all relevant authorisations for displaying the messages. The password and
permission level are specified by the system and cannot be changed.
Note:
Clear guidelines for user passwords can be created in the system, which leads to increased
levels of security. Examples of these guidelines are a minimum password length, a
combination of figures and letters or a list of forbidden passwords (e.g. “12345” or “abcde”). A
detailed description of these guidelines can be found below.
4.6.3
Security guidelines
Rules can be defined for the user log-in
in the security guidelines. Examples of
these rules are a minimum password
length, a minimum number of figures
and letters or a list of forbidden
passwords
(common
/
negative
password list).
All guidelines apply to the global
system. These cannot be assigned to
individual users.
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Configuration of the security guidelines can be found in the system configuration under
the Security menu point.
After creating or changing security guidelines, the changes must be saved and the system
restarted using the Apply button.
Note:
If users have been created before the security guidelines came into use, then the password for
these users must be assigned again. The security guidelines do not apply to existing
passwords.
4.6.4
Automatic logging in and logging out of users
Using the Auto Logout function, users can be logged out automatically after a set time or
existing connections can be terminated.
Time in which the host
connection will be
automatically terminated
Defining the user who was automatically logged in after
a program start
Time in which the logged-in user will be
automatically logged out
Automatic connection of the activated
hosts after log-in
When this function is activated and one of the corresponding times has been reached,
then the logged-in user is notified that the network connection will be terminated in n
minutes or the user will be logged out in n minutes.
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This function also provides support for automatic log-in and the subsequent automatic
connection to a host. An advantage of this is that the users set here are logged on again
and the connection is established again immediately (e.g. following a system reset).
Changes to these parameters are made in the system configuration under the Auto
Logout menu point (Security view).
4.6.5
Windows login
The Windows login allows you to log in automatically on the operating system.
If this option is enabled, the configured user is automatically logged in on the operating
system after Windows is restarted and the recording is resumed.
Otherwise, the system stops at the Windows login when restarted.
To activate the Windows login, open the system administration and move the view
selector to Security (item 6).
In the lift on the left, then select Windows login and select the checkbox in the On/off field.
Enter the standard domain name, the user name for logging in and the associated
password. Save the settings and click the Apply button.
To run the software automatically after the user logs in, also select the checkbox in the
Start software automatically field.
The system is now configured for automatic Windows login.
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4.7 Network configuration
All settings used for incoming and outgoing communication are managed in the network
configuration. This includes the configuration of networks / ISDN cards or notifications to
specific recipients. All possible settings are dealt with individually below.
4.7.1
Configuration of the network module (TCP/IP)
The network module is used to transfer images to another ABUS system using the local
network or the Internet.
Security or bandwidth settings can be made for this module in the system configuration.
To change the settings, open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the
Network view. Select TCP/IP from the list on the left.
The network module can be
switched on and off here.
Additionally, incoming calls can
be activated or restricted to the
clients in the host list.
If a remote system is connected
(e.g. over DSL), then the
bandwidth for image transfer can
be adjusted under Expected
Bitrate.
From version 6.6 onward, you
have the option of individually
configuring the network port to be
used.
From version 7.0 onward, you can individually select the web interface port.
Note:
A connection to another system over the network is only possible when the network module is
switched on. This also applies to access attempts from the web application.
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Activating the RTSP server
By activating RTSP support (Real-Time Streaming Protocol), the system can be accessed
using the relevant terminal devices (RTSP clients, mobile phones etc.).
The bandwidth can be configured in the server module over two separate streams. The first
stream contains the video in full resolution. A bandwidth of up to 2 MB per stream is required
here.
The second stream is for low-bandwidth connections, such as mobile phones. Each stream is
restricted to 64 kbit. However, access using the second stream only applies to the connected
analogue cameras and not to the IP cameras.
Access control is made by the entered URLs, which are made up as follows:
1st camera
=
rtsp://Recorder-IP/camera1
(1st stream)
2nd camera
=
rtsp://Recorder-IP/camera2
(1st stream)
=
rtsp://Recorder-IP/camera10
(1st stream)
.
.
10th camera
If the second stream should be used, then .mobile should be added to the URL as follows:
1st camera
=
rtsp://Recorder-IP/camera1.mobile
(2nd stream)
The recorder IP must be adjusted according to the IP address of the recorder system.
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Creating a new host
A host must first be entered in the host list before it can be called up. The host can then be
called up over LAN, DSL or ISDN.
To create a host, open the system configuration and switch the view switch to the Network
view.
Select Hosts from the list on the left and create a new host using the New button. Assign a
name to the host.
1.
Select the Network view
2. Select the Hosts menu point
3. Assign a name for the host
5. Select a connection type
4. Assign a number/IP address
6. Save the settings
Note:
The maximum permissible number of hosts can be found in the table under “Upgrades” at the
start of this manual. If more hosts are required, then an upgrade must be made to the next
system version.
The call number must then be entered under Name. This can be a telephone number, IP
address, e-mail address or mobile phone number.
Select the corresponding transmission path according to the number. This is comprised of the
entered number or address.
To terminate the host connection automatically after a defined time, the desired time period in
minutes can be entered under Disconnect after:. The connection is not terminated when “0” is
entered here.
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From software version 6.6 onward, you can set the connection speed for each host. The
available speeds are LAN, DSL and Analog. These three options result in the following
connection restrictions:
LAN
=
the full bit rate is transferred
DSL
=
each video stream is reduced to 128 Kbit
Analog =
each video stream is reduced to 64 Kbit
If you want to automatically disconnect from a host after a certain time, select Disconnect
after: and enter the time in minutes. If you enter a value of 0, the connection is not terminated.
The host has now been created and can be selected and connected in the Hosts view.
The settings must be saved after all changes have been made. As no archives exist for alarm
or standard connections on this host, you will then be prompted to set these up by the system.
If alarm dialling is not set up in the system, then this dialog can be closed by entering No or
No, all.
The host is now created and can be dialled or connected over the Hosts view in the user
interface.
Note:
Ensure a sufficient upload rate is in place when DSL connections are used, as bottlenecks can
otherwise occur during the transmission of video data. For example, a DSL2000 connection
(ADSL) has a download rate of 2000 kbits/sec. (ca. 250 KB/sec.) and an upload rate of 192
kbits/sec. (ca. 24 KB/sec.). This is not enough for a satisfactory transmission of image data
from several cameras. A higher bandwidth (e.g. DSL 6000/16000) or a SDSL connection is
recommended here.
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Changing the network port
The network port may be changed in order to operate multiple recorders via a router (port
forwarding). Because the router can only forward a network port to a single IP address, the
port has to be modified in order to control several recorders.
This is done using the system configuration. To change the network port, open the system
configuration and move the selector to Network (item 5). Select TCP/IP from the list on the left.
Enter the network port to be used in the TCP Port field and save the settings.
Then click Apply.
The configured network port is
now used by the software.
Note that you must also specify
this network port when creating
a new host.
For existing hosts, you must add
the network port to the IP
address or URL. For more
information see section 3.7.3 on
page 126.
From version 7.0 onward, you can configure and enable the web interface port here. By
default, Port 80 is used and enabled. To enable access to the recorder system, forward the
corresponding port in the router and install the VMS web interface on your recorder system.
4.7.5
Using notifications
In order for the system operator to react to errors or incoming alarms, the ABUS VMS software
can be used to send a notification to one or more recipients in the event of an error.
Notifications can be made by e-mail, SMS or directly to another ABUS system.
The corresponding access accounts must be set up first in the system configuration before
messages can be sent by SMS or e-mail.
Open the system configuration and access the Network menu point. The options for creating
e-mail and SMS accounts can be found here. The following points describe the use of these
options in more detail.
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4.7.5.1 E-mail notification
An account used for sending e-mails can be set up under E-Mail.
When the system is used in a network with an Internet gateway (e.g. DSL or ISDN router),
then the Local network option must be selected for Internet connection.
When the Internet connection is established over a DSL or ISDN modem connected directly to
the system, then the Dial-up network option must be selected for Internet connection.
However, a correctly set up dial-up process is required here. The Windows installation wizard
for new connections can be used when setting up the dial-up network. This can be started
under Control Panel  Network Connections.
If you do not know the required SMTP or POP3 server data, then this can be requested from
your e-mail supplier or system administrator.
The following settings are needed for e-mail notifications.
1. E-mail account set up correctly
2. ISDN or TCP/IP module switched on under Network
3. Alarm detector activated under Digital I/O  Detectors
4. Recipient defined under Network  Hosts
5. Dialling process defined under Actions  Dialling
6. Notification text defined under Actions  Notifications
7. Timer created under Actions  Timers (optional)
8. Activations set up
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Switching the e-mail mode on and off
Selection of LAN or dial-up
Configuration of the dial-up network
Settings for e-mail
reception (SMTP)
Settings for e-mail transmission
(POP)
1. Setting up the e-mail account
A fully set up e-mail account is needed to send e-mails. If no e-mail account has been set
up, then this can be made over the Internet using a free e-mail provider. You will then
receive an e-mail address, user name, password and the addresses for sending (SMTP)
and receiving (POP3) e-mails. This data is then used in the software.
2. Activating the alarm detector
Switch to the Digital I/O  Detector/Key switch menu point and activate the detector used
to trigger the process.
3. Creating a receiver
Select Hosts, then create a new host using the New button. Specify a name and e-mail
address for the host. Select the “E-mail” connection type, then save your settings.
4. Setting up the dialling process
Access the Actions  Dialling menu point and add a new dialling process. Assign the
process a unique name and select the host (e-mail recipient) created earlier. Save your
settings.
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5. Creating a notification text
Notification texts contain the actual message. This is then sent to the recipient by e-mail.
Access the Notifications point.Create a new notification with a message text, then save
your settings.
6. Creating a timer (optional)
To execute the complete process according to a user-defined timer, it must first be created
under Actions  Timers (see
Point 3.4.8). Alternatively, the “Always” timer can be used.
7. Setting the activation
Switch to Activations and create a new activation with the following data:
Detector: Alarm detector as required; Timer: Always or user-defined (step 7); Process:
Dialling process (step 5); Notification: Text (step 6).
Note:
Only text messages can be sent when using e-mail notification. Use the e-mail export function
to send image data (see point 3.4.9).
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4.7.5.2 Direct notification
Direct notification transmits simple text messages to another ABUS system. A camera can
also be transmitted in addition to the text message. The setting up of an account is not
necessary in this case.
The direct notification functions are the same as those used for alarm dialling. To set them up,
proceed as described under Setting up alarm dialling (see point 3.4.3.2 on page 91).
4.7.6
Sending/receiving configurations from a host
When several ABUS HDVR systems are connected together in a network, then all recorders
can be managed and configured centrally (e.g. using a command centre (host)).
Examples of this can be a change to the camera name or adding/changing users and
permission levels.
The current configuration of a remote host can be called up using the Connect button in the
local system configuration.
The configuration can then be changed as desired and backed up using the Disconnect
button. The host is then automatically initialised with the new configuration.
Connect host
Disconnect host
Note:
The remote recorder must be entered under the “Hosts” menu point in order to receive a
configuration (see point 3.7.3).
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4.8 Miscellaneous settings
The Miscellaneous view contains all settings which could not be grouped under the other
system views but remain important for configuring the software.
These points are described in more detail below.
4.8.1
Multi-monitor operation
The ABUS VMS software is intended for operation with up to four monitors. The use of more
than one monitor is dependent on the successful configuration of the Windows display settings
(dual-head, quad-head). Consult Windows Help if you experience problems during the
configuration.
Multi-monitor operation can be switched on under Miscellaneous  Multi-Monitor following
successful Windows set-up in the system configuration. The corresponding boxes must be
checked for each of the monitors to be used. The settings must then be saved and the system
restarted.
Configuration of the monitors
System configuration display on
monitor XY
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Each monitor can now be used for the following interactions:
1. Live, LivePlus or Playback mode
2. Simultaneous display of a camera on all monitors
3. Use of the joystick and keyboard
4. Use of various image geometries
5. Storage of favourites
6. Display of camera groups
Note:
The maximum permissible number of monitors can be found in the table under “Upgrades” at
the start of this manual.
4.8.2
Language settings
The language settings are used to change the software to the current operating system
language.
Changes to the character set or font size are only necessary when other characters (e.g.
cyrillic) are displayed on the interface.
This is because the database can only save the characters in the language-specific ANSI
multi-monitor character set. When archive names are specified in the database with cyrillic
characters and a new language is accessed, then the character set and coding must be
set to cyrillic for the characters to be saved correctly in the database.
The configuration points are described in more detail below.
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Shows the current system language (language selection
following system log-in).
Character set (font)
The text font is defined here.
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Defines the font type and size for printing and in certain texts
where a uniform character width is easier to understand.
Variable:
Font size and type for window texts and headings.
Dialog:
Font size and type for text elements in dialog windows.
Character coding
Defines the character coding for storage in the database.
Connected Keyboard
The layout of the keyboard connected to the system is
specified here.
Initial Keyboard Layout
The selected keyboard type for the start of a program is
defined here. The keyboard layout can be switched at any
time by pressing F11 (e.g. German  English, English 
German).
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Maintenance
The maintenance dialog offers the possibility of defining a maintenance interval for certain
operating periods. In this way, possible system failures can be actively prevented (ABUS
HDVR only).
When the first maintenance period is reached, the software automatically displays a
message on the monitor prompting the user to contact their maintenance specialist.
The specialist then carries out all relevant maintenance tasks (e.g. checking the fans and
drives, cleaning the system) and resets the service interval.
A service report with the current system status (drive temperature etc.) can also be
created in the maintenance dialog for documentation purposes.
Contact data of maintenance specialist
Activation of the service
interval
Tasks to be made by the
specialist
Creation of the system report
Access to the maintenance dialog is protected by a password. For a system log-in,
“installer” should be entered as the user name and “installer40” as the password.
4.8.4
Connection of a standard joystick
In the joystick dialog, you have the possibility of using a standard Windows joystick to
control pan/tilt cameras.
The correct calibration of the joystick in the Windows Control Panel is a requirement for
correct operation.
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When calibration has been made, the various functions (e.g. zoom or focus) can be
connected to the joystick buttons. To define individual functions, always click first on the
desired button and then on the corresponding joystick switch to be used.
Repeat this process until all elements have been connected.
4.8.5
Miscellaneous
In this section, various settings can be made which relate to one partition of the entire system.
The line underscored in yellow shows the system partition for which the settings displayed
below apply.
For example, a partition defines the possible configuration when using touch-screen monitors.
The zoom function or access to the context menu (right mouse-click) can be switched off here.
To change a setting, click on the value to be changed in the “Value/Status” column and select
the new value from the displayed selection box.
Save your settings, then click on Apply so that the software is restarted with the new settings.
4.8.6
Activating and deactivating voice output
Version 6.0 and higher of ABUS VMS features voice output. When playing voice output, there
is a distinction between user and system sounds.
The user sounds are played, for example, when the software is started or the system
administration is opened or closed.
The system sounds indicate malfunctions such as camera or hard drive failures.
To completely switch off the voice output, deactivate User voice output and System voice
output under Various (Miscellaneous menu view) in the system configuration.
4.9 Importing / exporting the system configuration
The ABUS VMS software is equipped with an import / export function, which can be used to
restore the system quickly in the event of errors. The current settings can then be saved or
restored quickly in this way.
To export the settings, open the system
configuration and select the Im-/Export button on
the top edge of the screen.
The Import... and Export... buttons are used to
load or save the current configuration.
The Load and edit... button is used to load an
existing setting to the view and change it as
required. The current active configuration is not
overwritten during the load process.
When a configuration file is loaded and changed,
then it must be saved in the import/export dialog (Save and Close).
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Note:
If motion masks (permanent or privacy masks) have been set up, these are also backed up
during the export.
You can click Load and edit… to load configurations that have already been saved and edit
them as required. During the loading process, the configuration that is currently active is not
overwritten.
If a configuration file was loaded and edited, you must save it again using the import/export
dialog (Save and close).
From version 6.6 onward, the software offers the option of exporting all settings as an HTML
file. These are then written to an HTML file in the form of a table, which you can then open in
an internet browser and print out for archiving.
Note, however, that only users with Supervisor authorization can create these, because the
system prevents users with the standard authorization levels Operator and Guest from
accessing the system administration.
The following illustration shows a finished HTML export of all system settings.
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POS operation (point of sale)
Using the POS function, cash register systems can be connected to the ABUS VMS system via
the RS-232 interface. The following sections describe how to set up and use the POS function.
4.10.1 Setting up a camera for POS operation
The following steps are required for setting up POS support.
1. Connecting the cash register system via RS-232 to the VMS system
2. Setting up the POS function in the system configuration
3. Activating the detector for data recording
4. Setting up a camera for POS operation
1. Connecting the cash register system to the VMS system
To connect a cash register system to the VMS system, you normally need a crossed RS-232
interface cable (null modem cable). However, with some manufacturers, instead of a null
modem cable you need a 1:1 interface cable (RS-232 extension). For more information, see
the installation instructions for your cash register system.
When using an interface cable, make sure it is not more than 15 m long.
For longer distances, use an interface converter (RS-232  RS-485 or USB  RS-485).
The following illustrations show the various connection options:
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Example 1: Connecting a cash register system over a long distance
RS-232
RS-485 (max. 1200 m)
USB (COM-4)
Instead of the USB  RS-485 converter (TV8468), you can also use the TV8467 adapter box
together with the USB  RS-232 adapter cable (AZ5107). See the illustration below.
Example 2: Connecting two cash register systems over a long distance
RS-232
RS-485 (max. 1200 m)
RS-232 (COM-1)
USB (COM-4)
AZ5107
RS-232
RS-485 (max. 1200 m)
RS-232
Note:
If you want to connect more than one cash register to the VMS system, you must use
appropriate adapters (USB  RS-232 and RS-232  RS-485 or USB  RS-485). Each cash
register system requires its own COM port.
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2. Setting up the POS function in the system configuration
Carry out the following steps to set up the POS functions:
-
Open the system configuration and log in with your user details.
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Move the view selector to Digital I/O (item 2).
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Select ABUS ® Serial Alarm from the list on the left.
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Select the checkbox next to the COM port which the cash register system is
connected to (for example COM3).
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Select Point Of Sale Printer as the protocol to be used.
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Select Digital I/O view
Select ABUS ® Serial Alarm
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Select COM port
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Click the Parameters button and check the settings. The
baud rate setting here must match the setting on the cash
register system. For more information on configuring the
baud rate on the cash register system, see the installation
instructions from the manufacturer.
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Create a receipt on the cash register system and define a unique stop command. This
code causes the system to stop recording data for the current cash register
transaction and wait for the next one. The illustration below shows an example receipt.
The word Purchase! is used here as the stop
command. This is sensible, because it only appears
once on each receipt. If it is not possible to use a
text as the stop command, then another
unambiguous command must be added to the
receipt.
You can find more information on editing receipts in
the installation instructions for the cash register system.
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Click Configure in the system configuration and enter the code for the end of the
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Save the settings.
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Activating the detector for data recording
In order for data to be recorded, a detector is required, via which the recording is started. This
is how to set up the detector:
4.
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Leave the view selector on Digital I/O and select Detectors / block locks in the list on
the left.
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In the subgroup, select the detectors for the POS Text Printer (e.g. POS text printer
COM3)
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Activate the detector until it displays the alarm symbol
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Save the settings.
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Setting up a camera for POS operation
Finally, you must select the camera to use for data recording.
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To do this, move the system configuration view selector to Camera view (item 1) and
select the camera (e.g. Cash register camera 2) on the left.
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Click Data. The window where you can select the detectors then appears. Select the
detector you activated in step 3 (e.g. POS Text Printer COM3 01).
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Save the settings and click Apply. The system then automatically creates all the other
necessary components and the POS setup is completed. You can then close the
system
configuration.
2. Select camera view
1.
Select camera
4.
Click Data
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4.10.2 Using the POS function and performing a database search
The following sections describe how to use the POS function and search in the recorded data.
Using the POS function
Switch the client to live mode and activate the
camera that is set up for the POS function. If a
transaction is now started, the cash register
information is shown successively in the live
image. If the transaction is finished and the
end command (in this case: Purchase!) is
detected, the detector data is no longer
recorded and the data is no longer shown in
the live image.
Data display in live mode
The system then waits for the next transaction
Performing a POS search
If you want to look for particular information, the advanced search function is a very easy way
to do this.
Switch to playback mode and activate full-screen playback.
2. Activate full-screen playback
4. Open advanced search
3. Activate POS camera
1.
Activate playback mode
Next activate the archive where the POS data was recorded (e.g. Camera Cash Register 2).
Click the clock icon in the search bar and select Advanced search.
Alternatively, you can open the advanced search dialog with the shortcut Ctrl + F. Note,
however, that this only works in playback mode and not in live mode.
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Note:
The advanced search dialog allows you to restrict your search using appropriate criteria.
These might be the start and end data, or the POS archive of the local system or a system
connected via network.
If you want to search for multiple articles, you only need to enter part of the article as the
search term. For example if you enter bread as the search term, the search will return results
for wholemeal bread and white bread.
First define the type of search. If the system is solely set up for POS, only the POS option
appears here.
Next enter the search term (e.g. “bread”).
Next enter the period (start and end) for the search. To do this, click the
the period.
buttons and select
The camera name field contains all the archives to be included in the search. By default, it lists
all the archives that were activated before the dialog was opened.
You can use the
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Define search type
Enter search term
Define start and end points
Remove archives
Add archives
Current search status
Start or stop search
Results
Search results
Jump to screen with highlighted search results
Next or previous 100 hits
Start the search by clicking Start search. (
)
While the search is in progress, the current status is displayed and the articles found so far are
listed in the results window. If more than 100 hits are shown, you can scroll to the next or
previous 100 hits using the
and
buttons.
If you want to open the recorded video for the article found, all you need to do is select the
entry and click the
button. The playback behind the window skips to the
corresponding point in the database and can then be resumed from that point.
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4.11
Operation with accident prevention regulation caches (“BGVKassen” mode)
The following points show the system requirements and set-up of the ABUS VMS system for
“BGV-Kassen” operation.
Important!
An additional alarm card is required to fulfil the system requirements for “BGV-Kassen”. This is
available separately (included in ABUS HDVR).
When selecting the camera, also pay attention to the “BGV-Kassen” certification.
4.11.1 General information
The “BGV-Kassen” (English: accident prevention regulation caches) contains guidelines on
using digital recording systems for monitoring cash check-outs.
The following information details the set-up of the ABUS VMS software according to the “BGVKassen” guidelines.
4.11.2 Guidelines
The following guidelines must be met for “BGV-Kassen” operation:

The cameras must be installed so that the area where a robbery may take place is
monitored and usable pictures of the perpetrator can be taken (from the front or side). For
more information, see “Installation Instructions for Optical Room Surveillance Equipment
(ORÜA)”, SP9. 7/5.
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Cameras (especially those in the cash desk area) must not be hidden. System
maintenance work that can interfere with recording must be carried out only when sales
operation is inactive (i.e. outside normal business hours or immediately following a
robbery).
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The camera images, time and date must be checked on a monthly basis.
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Ensure that the recording system is reset to shell mode after maintenance work. The
ABUS VMS system must be set to the safe (shell) mode in “BGV-Kassen” operation so
that direct access to the operating system is not possible.
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4.11.3 Setting up “BGV-Kassen” operation
The following components are required for the system set-up:
1. Cameras (foyer and cash desk area)
2. “Alarm”, “Pre-ring” and “Ring” archives
3. Alarm and suspect detectors
4. Permission level without delete authorisation
5. User account
6. Text message used in the event of an alarm
7. Storage process (suspect, activity, alarm, pre-alarm)
8. Host(s) where the notification is to be sent
9. Dialling process for alarms
10. Connection of the processes
11. Shell mode
The following steps show an example of a “BGV-Kassen” set-up with one camera in the foyer
and one in the cash desk area. The individual steps should be modified as needed if further
cameras are to be installed.
1. Switching on the camera
Open the system configuration and select the Camera view (point 1). Open the TV33xx
camera point from the list on the left.
Select the camera number used for monitoring the foyer and activate it by checking the
On/Off box.
To use IP cameras in “BGV-Kassen” mode, activate them as detailed under point 3.2.3.
Give the camera a unique name (e.g. Foyer camera).
Repeat the process for the second camera (cash desk).
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switched on for these cameras.
Otherwise, deactivate them using
the Masks button in the Settings
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2.
Select the Camera view
Select the camera
3.
4.
Assign a name
Switch on the camera
Save your settings.
5.
Check the mask settings
6.
Save the settings
2. Creating the archives
Switch the view switch to the Database / Storage view (point 4). Select Archives from the
list on the left.
Press New, then create one new archive for each of the following types:
Name: Suspect; Archive type: Ring; Size: Min. 300 MB
Name: Foyer; Archive type: Ring; Size: Any
Name: Alarm; Archive type: Alarm; Size: Min. 360 MB
Name: Pre-ring; Archive type: Pre-ring; Size: Min. 40 MB
Assign the alarm archive to the
pre-ring archive using the Prering for archive: selection box
and save your settings.
To use larger archives in “BGVKassen” mode, ensure that the
pre-ring archive fits into the
alarm archive at least three times
and the created alarm images
can be saved.
1.
2.
Select the Database / Storage view
Select the Archives point
4.
3.
Connect the pre-ring for the alarm archive
Create the archive
The reason for this is that the
alarm archive can be filled to
5. Save the settings
60% or 100% and the Alarm
archive is filled up to 60% and Alarm archive filled 100% virtual alarm detectors trigger
when these levels are met.
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3. Switching the detectors
The following detectors are required for “BGV-Kassen” operation:
1. External Suspect detector
2. External Alarm (robbery) detector
3. Archive filled up to 60%/100% virtual alarm detectors
4. Camera out of order virtual alarm detector
5. Detector for activity detection
To set up the detectors, switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Digital
I/O view (point 2) and open the Detector/Key switch  TV33xx detectors point. Activate
two external detectors on the alarm card (e.g. TV3311) and designate them as “Alarm” or
“Suspect” (see diagram).
Switch to the Virtual alarm detectors point and activate the Alarm archive is filled up to
60% (detector 1), Alarm archive filled 100% (detector 2) and Camera out of order (detector
3) detectors. Save the settings.
Finally, switch on the detector for activity detection. To do this, select Detector/Key switch
 TV33xx MD detector and activate the detector on the corresponding camera (the
camera number corresponds to the detector number).
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Designate this detector as “Foyer Camera MD”, for example.
Save your settings.
4. Creating the permission levels
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the
Security view (point 6) and select Permissions from the list
on the left.
Create a new permission level and give it a name (e.g.
User).
Assign the access authorisation for backups and exports,
image viewing and data from the database to the
permission level (see diagram).
Save your settings.
5. Creating the user
Select User, then create a new user using the New button.
Give the user a unique name, then assign the permission level as described in step 4.
Save your settings.
6. Creating text messages
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Actions view (point 3) and select
the Notifications point. Create three text messages here with the following text:
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Name: Alarm archive filled 100%; Text: The alarm archive is 100% full.
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Name: Alarm archive is filled up to 60%; Text: The alarm archive is 60% full.
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Name: Camera out of order; Text: Camera out of order on digital recorder xy.
Save your settings.
7. Creating the storage process
Switch the view switch in the system configuration to the Database / Storage view (point 4)
and open the Storage processes point. Using the corresponding buttons, create a process
for “Activity detection”, “BGV pre-alarm”, “BGV alarm” and “Suspect”.
Assign each of the newly created storage processes a resolution of 4CIF and a
compression of 2 MB. All other settings are created automatically.
Save the settings.
8. Creating the hosts
Switch the view switch to the Network view (point 5) and select Hosts from the list on the
left.
Create a new host using the New button and give it a unique name. This makes it easier
to find the host afterwards.
Enter the number / IP address of the system where the notification is sent in the event of
an alarm and select the desired transmission path (ISDN, TCP/IP) in the Type field.
Save your settings.
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9. Setting up the calling process (alarm dialling)
Switch the view switch to the
Actions view (point 3) and select
the Calling processes point.
Using the New button, create a
new process according to the
figure on the right and select the
desired host from the host list by
double clicking it.
Save the settings.
10. Setting the activation
All components must be connected to one another before they can be started.
To do this, select the Activations point in the Actions view and create the new activations
using the New button with the following data:
Detector: Alarm; Status: OK; Timer: Always; Camera: Desk1; Process: BGV OK;
Priority: 3; Archive: Pre-ring
Detector: Alarm; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera: Desk1; Process: BGV Alarm;
Priority: 1; Archive: Alarm
Detector: Camera out of order; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera: None; Process:
Notification; Priority: 1; Archive: Camera out of order (notification text)
Detector: MD foyer; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera: Foyer; Process: Activity
detection; Priority: 3; Archive: Foyer Camera MD
Detector: Suspect; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera: Desk1; Process: Suspect;
Priority: 3; Archive: Suspect
Detector: Alarm archive is filled up to 60%; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera:
None; Process: Notification; Priority: 3; Archive: Alarm archive is filled up to 60%
(notification text)
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Detector: Alarm archive is filled up to 100%; Status: Alarm; Timer: Always; Camera:
None; Process: Notification; Priority: 3; Archive: Alarm archive is filled up to 100%
(notification text)
Save the settings and then click on the Apply button.
Your system is now configured for “BGV-Kassen” operation.
11. Activating the shell mode (safe mode)
Log out all users before activating the shell mode. To do this, click on the Logout button
on the top-left edge of the screen.
Click on the Switch off button, then select Safe (Shell) Mode in the dialog which appears.
After entering the user name and password, the operating system is restarted in shell
mode and access to the operating system is prevented.
Note:
“BGV-Kassen” mode is not available on the ABUS VMS Basic.
4.11.4
Measures to continue recording after power failures
To ensure that your system functions properly in the event of power failures or fluctuations, it
is advisable to make and activate the following settings in the system.
1. System start-up after a power failure
Modern-day mainboards can restore the operating status after the power supply is
returned. The default setting in the BIUOS is that the system remains switched off after a
power failure.
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In this case it is advisable to change the operating status so that the system always starts
immediately the power is restored. Otherwise it is not possible to resume recording.
For more information see the mainboard manual.
2. Compensating for loss of power
If you operate your digital recorder in networks where the power often fluctuates it is
advisable to use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). This can bridge brief power
interruptions.
3. Automatic login to the operating system
The VMS software runs in a Windows environment as an independent program and not as
a Windows service. This means that video data can only be recorded when a user is
logged into the operating system.
To make the login to the operating system automatic, activate the Windows login function.
(See section 3.6.5 on page 123)
4. Starting the VMS automatically
To start the VMS software automatically after logging into windows, it is advisable to link it
to the Autorun folder.
To do this, click Start  All Programs in your operating system and then double-click the
Autorun folder. A new window appears where you can copy the ABUS VMS (desktop) link.
The software then runs automatically when you start Windows.
Note:
If the system is running in shell mode (see section Fehler! Verweisquelle konnte nicht
gefunden werden. on page Fehler! Textmarke nicht definiert.), you do not need to
carry out this step. The software starts automatically in shell mode.
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4. ABUS® VMS web application
The ABUS VMS web application expands the ABUS VMS main software by allowing access
over a web browser.
Connection to the system can then be made over the Internet or local network (LAN, Intranet).
No extra installation is required on the client PC for access over a web browser.
Web access is not platform-specific. This means that the web application can be used on all
common operating systems (Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac-OS).
An overview of the supported web browsers can be found under point 4.2.
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4.1 System requirements
The following minimum system requirements apply for using the ABUS VMS web application:
Recorder system:
Administrator rights for installation
Windows Vista or higher
Client system:
Up-to-date web browser (IE8, Safari, Firefox, Opera etc.)
Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels
Note:
Due to currently valid licensing agreements, Internet Information Services (IIS) are not
included in Windows XP Home Edition and Windows Vista Home Basic. Update your
operating system to Professional (XP) or Home Premium (Vista), or use an alternative web
server with ASP.Net and AJAX support.
4.2 Supported web browsers
The web application can be used in all modern, ASP.Net and AJAX-enabled web browsers.
The table below shows an overview of successfully tested browsers.
Browser
Firefox®
Internet Explorer®
Safari®
Chrome®
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Google®
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4.3 Installing the web application
The web application can be installed according to the enclosed Quick Start guide. Always
install the software on the system where the main software is installed (ABUS VMS Basic,
Professional or Enterprise).
Insert the installation CD into the drive and wait until the start menu is loaded. Click on the
Install ABUS VMS web application menu point and follow the instructions in the set-up wizard.
In order for the application to function properly, you need at least the ABUS VMS Basic
software with a suitable video card (TVVR95000-TVVR95020) or ABUS HDVR.
For access to the web interface, you must first activate the web interface in the main software
as described in section 3.4.8.
Note:
The web application can not be used in combination with the ABUS VMS Express software.
4.4 Accessing the web application
After the web application has been installed successfully, the main software can be started
and the system can be accessed. Proceed as detailed in the following points.
Pay attention to the following table for later use. This gives an overview of the maximum
permissible number of connections to a system.
Maximum
number of
parallel
connections
over the web
browser
VMS Basic
VMS
Professional
VMS
Enterprise
ABUS
HDVR/NVR
1
3
3
3
Testing the local connection:
Open the web browser on the local station and enter the following URL:
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The log-in window of the ABUS VMS web application should now appear when access to the
system was successful.
Testing the remote connection:
Open the web browser on another PC in the network and enter the following URL:
The client IP should be replaced by the IP address or the name of the PC where the web
application is installed (e.g. http://192.168.0.100:80).
The log-in window of the ABUS VMS web application should also now appear when the
system connection was successful.
4.4.1
Log-in
The web application log-in is similar to the VM software log-in. You can select the system
language before logging in and then use your existing user data to log in.
As server queries in the web application take longer than in the
main software, the user can follow the progress of the query in the
circular figure which appears (see illustration).
This is no longer seen when the query has been processed
completely.
Note:
If no other users have been created, then the standard eytron user should be entered without
entering a password.
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Using the ActiveX plug-in
The first time you access the web application you are
asked to install ActiveX
Click Install to start the installation of the plug-in.
Once the plug-in has been successfully installed, the
camera is displayed by ActiveX.
In some cases, Internet Explorer (IE8) may block the installation of the plug-in.
If this happens, you must change the security settings in the internet options(Tools  Internet
options).
Select the Security tab and click Change level.
In list in the next dialog, change the setting for “Initialize and
execute ActiveX controls that are not marked “safe for
scripting” from Disabled to Enabled. Then click OK to close
the window.
After that, close the browser and start it again. You can now
use the plug-in.
Note:
If you use Firefox, Chrome or Safari, you must install ActiveX manually. To do this, download
the appropriate plug-in installer from www.abus-sc.com and follow the instructions of the
installation wizard.
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4.5 Working on the user interface
The ABUS VMS web interface is based on the interface of the main software. The
recommended minimum screen resolution for a correct display is 1024x768 pixels. If
necessary, switch your web browser to full screen mode. The F11 key is used for this purpose
in most web browsers.
All changes compared to the ABUS VMS are listed below.
Joystick:
The joysticks are simulated by buttons in the web application, and
cannot be actively pressed and moved as in the desktop application.
The joystick is operated by clicking directly on the corresponding
button.
Example: Camera tilt upwards and to the right
Slider:
The slider is also simulated by buttons in the web application, and
cannot be actively moved as in the desktop application.
Example: Show “Camera” view
System mode:
The system mode selection in the web application is restricted to
“Live” and “Playback” modes. “LivePlus” mode is not available here.
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Slide selection:
The slide selection options are restricted to Cameras and Favorites.
Cameras:
All available cameras are shown in the slide list. Click on the desired
camera slide to incorporate it into the live window (activation).
Note:
If there is no space for more cameras in the current view, then you must first select a
view with more free places in order to display the cameras.
Picture geometry You can switch the picture geometry in the same way as in the main
software. The maximum number of cameras that can be displayed is
limited to four.
Configuration
The system can be configured using the web application. Any
changes to the system settings should be made in the main software.
Note:
Only use the software buttons to control the web application. Do not use the Next / Back
buttons in the browser, because this may lead to unexpected results.
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Using the time stream:
The time stream is divided into two sections, which are used to define the start time and select
the backup time.
Upper area
Lower area
Selection of the playback start point
To define the playback start point, click the upper area. This enables the selection tool to
move to the corresponding position.
Playback can then be started using the corresponding buttons.
To define the backup period, left-click in the lower area next to the backup selection tool.
When the mouse pointer is clicked above the selected area, then the backup period is
increased.
When the mouse pointer is clicked below the selected area, then the backup period is
decreased.
Increases the area
Decreases the area
Increases the area
When the corresponding area has been selected, then the data backup can be started by
pressing Export. A video file (*.avi) is created on the recorder system and can be used after
the download is complete.
Export
The web application allows you to export individual images and video.
Click this icon to export a single image.
Click this icon to start a video export.
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Using the graphical overview of recordings
The overview is divided into several sections for each camera. Depending on the recording
type, a distinction is made between permanent recording, recording via activity detection and
recording via external detector.
Selecting a camera
Skipping to the required time
To select an activated camera, activate the archive in the same way as the live view.
If you want to change the start time for playback, you can do this by clicking the recording bar
directly. You can also select the data using the calendar function.
Playback starts from that time.
Note:
The number of playback slots in the web application is limited to four.
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5. Installing software updates
We recommend installing the latest software updates, as this ensures that you always receive
the latest add-ons and software improvements. The files required for software updates can be
downloaded from http://www.abus-sc.com.
Software updates can also be started manually from a CD or removable media when the
Internet is not available on the system.
The following steps illustrate the installation process for software updates:
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Exit the ABUS VMS software (see point 1.3.3).
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Insert the medium containing the software update.
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Using Windows Explorer, find the file path of the update.
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Start the installation by double-clicking on the eytronVMS-Setup.exe or
ABUS-VMS-Webinterface.exe file, then follow the instructions in the
installation wizard.
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Restart the system after the update has been completed.
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Start the ABUS VMS software.
The software has now been updated.
Note:
Software updates are cumulative, meaning each update contains all previous versions. If
some updates have not been installed previously, then you only need to use the last update.
Your settings are applied in this way.
Updates can always be installed directly, meaning you do not need to uninstall the software
before the update is made.
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6. Uninstalling the software
The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel of the operating system.
Exit the ABUS VMS software and open the Control Panel. Select Uninstall or change
programs (Windows 7).
Wait until the list of installed programs is updated.
Uninstalling ABUS VMS:
Select the ABUS VMS software from the list of installed programs.
Click on the Change button. The installation wizard
appears.
Now click on the Remove button.
To remove all the software, check all the boxes.
Click on Remove, then follow the instructions.
Uninstalling the ABUS VMS web application:
Find the ABUS VMS web application in the list of installed programs. Select this program, then
click on the Remove button and follow the instructions on the screen.
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7. FAQs
The following information can be used to clarify the most frequently asked questions regarding the
system software.
Consult our Customer Service team if you have a question which is not listed here.
1. What is the “Double Login” procedure and how do I set it up?
The “Double Login” principle requires a second user to log in to the system.
When the user logs in to the system and “Double Login” is activated, then the log-in dialog
appears again with the prompt for a second user log-in. Only then can the system be accessed.
Any user from the account list can be used for the second log-in. More information on setting up
the “Double Login” function can be found under point 3.6.2 on page 120.
2. What is the standard user name and password?
The standard user is eytron and does not have a password. For security reasons, this user should
be deleted or replaced after the system has been set up.
3. I have installed the software successfully. What do I have to do now?
After the software is started for the first time, the system is configured for recording using the setup wizard. We recommend selecting automatic configuration here as the system is then set up
without the need for any user input.
For information on making manual changes or configuring the system using the wizard, please
see point 3 on page 54.
4. I have forgotten my password. What should I do now?
In this case, please contact Customer Support.
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5. Which media can be used for creating a backup?
Data backups can be made on all standard media, including:
CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW+DL, DVD+R/RW+DL, USB sticks and memory cards.
Note:
In order to make a backup on CD/DVD drives, USB sticks or removable media, these must be
declared as “Backup read & write” in the system configuration. See point 3.3.1 on page 74 for
more details.
6. Can the remote system settings be changed over the network/Internet? What
do I have to do here?
The configuration of a remote recorder can be received, changed and sent back using the system
configuration. The transmission method (LAN or ISDN) does not play a role in this case.
To receive data, open the system configuration and select the corresponding host using the
Connect button. Using the Disconnect button, the configuration is sent back and the host is
restarted with the changed settings.
For more details, see point 3.7.6 on page 132.
7. A user should only be allowed to access the system within a certain time.
Which software options can be used in this case?
Permission levels (system administration) are used for this purpose. Permission levels always
depend on a timer. Access can then be restricted in this way. The standard setting is “Always”.
8. What is the shell mode?
The shell mode is used to start the system in “safe” mode. Access to the operating system is
prevented here, meaning system manipulation is no longer possible.
The shell mode is used in “BGV-Kassen” operation.
9. Which IP cameras are supported?
Currently, IP cameras from ABUS Security-Center GmbH & Co. KG, Axis, Panasonic, Arecont
Vision and Mobotix are supported.
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However, the ABUS VMS Professional version is required for setting up these cameras. An
overview of individual software packages can be found in the table under Upgrades at the start of
this manual.
10. What is the purpose of the “Apply” button?
When changes are made to the system configuration, the server module must be restarted in
order to apply the changes. The “Apply” button is used to restart the server.
11. How can I control a pan/tilt camera?
Pan/tilt cameras are controlled via RS-485 or RS-422. A special converter is needed to
communicate with the camera. This can be connected to the RS-232 or the USB port.
12. Which PTZ protocols are supported by the system?
The ABUS VMS software supports the following PTZ protocols:
Baxall
BBV RS-422
Bewator/Molynx
CBC TOA
CBC ZC-NAF27
Elbex EXC 80, 90, 1000
Ernitec BDR 510
Fastrax II (HID-2404)
Ganz PT
Relais PTZ
Sensormatic TT / Ultra
JVC TK-C676/655
Sony VISCA
Meridian (Marc Mercer)
VCL Camera
Panasonic WV-RM 70
VCL MaxCom
Pelco-D / -P
Pieper KMS 850S
Videotec
Videv EC160
13. I am automatically logged out of the system after a certain time. How can I
prevent this?
The “Auto Logout” function can be switched off in the system configuration. Switch the view switch
to the Security view (point 6) and select Auto Logout from the list on the left. Uncheck the
Automatic User Logout field and save your settings.
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14. I have added a Video-Out process, but no signal appears on the connected
monitor.
A process must always be connected to an activation – creating the process alone is not sufficient.
Video-Out processes must be connected to the Permanent alarm virtual alarm detector. To do
this, activate detector 20 in the system configuration under Detector/Key switch  Virtual alarm
detector (“Digital I/O” view).
Access the activations and create a new activation with the permanent alarm and Video-Out
process as described under point 3.4.9 (“Creating activations”).
15. Whilst viewing database images I have received a red image with the title: “You
are not authorised to view the image information”. What should I do now?
This message means that a database access restriction has been added for the user.
The permitted time for viewing database images is set up in the system configuration using the
permission levels (“Security” view  Permissions).
The time (in hours) must be set in the Playback field and the permission level must be assigned to
a user. The function is deactivated when “0” is entered in the field.
Note:
The server settings always apply. The remote settings apply when a remote system is used for
dialling, not the local settings.
16. When calling a host, the software always shows a system error that the
connection was rejected or could not be established. What should I do now?
This may be because the network module (SocketUnit) is not switched on. Switch on the
module in the system configuration (“Network” view  TCP/IP). More details on the
SocketUnit can be found under point 3.7.1 on page 124.
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17. The creation of reference images is not possible on all cameras. What do I have
to do here?
In order to create reference images from a camera, this option must be activated for the
desired camera. See point 3.2.7 on page 65 for more details.
18. I cannot play the video files from the AVI export on my media player. How can I
resolve this?
Errors in the playback of video files are usually a result of a missing video codec. Install the
DivX or XVid codecs to your media player. These can be found in the K-Lite codec pack,
among others. For more details, consult the online help menu of your media player.
19. I am asked for a device driver when installing video cards. Where can I find
this?
The video card drivers are found on the VM software CD-ROM (e.g. E:\Drivers). If you no
longer have this CD, the drivers can also be found in the ABUS installation directory (e.g.
C:\Program Files\ABUS Security-Center\ABUSVMS\Drivers).
20. Can I also operate a printer on the ABUS HDVR / NVR?
Yes, though only USB printers can be used. Please also note that the ABUS HDVR / NVR
operating system is found on a CompactFlash memory card, meaning the storage space is
restricted. Therefore, only install the device driver and not the included image editing
programs or printer management tools.
21. Access to the ABUS system over RTSP does not work. What could the reason
be for this?
This may be due to missing port forwarding in the router or missing entries in the firewall. In
order for RTSP to work correctly, port 554 must be entered under port forwarding and in the
firewall.
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8. Frequently used terms (glossary)
PTZ camera
Pan, tilt and zoom camera.
CCTV
Closed Circuit Television.
RS-422 bus
4-wire bus. Used in CCTV for controlling pan/tilt cameras.
RS-485 bus
2-wire bus. Alternative to the RS-422 bus. Also used in CCTV for
controlling pan/tilt cameras. Bridges distances of up to 1200 metres.
MPEG-4
Compression format for storing video files.
H.264
Compression format for storing video files.
JPEG2000
Compression format for storing video files.
RTSP
Protocol for streaming real-time video files over the network
(RTSP = Real Time Streaming Protocol).
fps
Frames per second.
CIF, 2CIF, 4CIF, D1
CCTV resolutions (352x288, 704x288, 704x576, 720x576)
Presets
Saved camera positions for pan/tilt cameras.
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital Network (digital telephone network).
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol – Regularly used
protocol for transmitting data over a network.
VLC Media Player
VideoLanClient – Alternative free-to-use media player.
LCD
Liquid Crystal Display.
UPnP
Universal Plug and Play – Used for cross-company control of devices.
PAL
Phase Alternating Line – Used for transmitting images on analogue
TV. Used primarily in Europe.
NTSC
National Television System Committee – Used for transmitting images
on American analogue TV.
ATM
Automatic Teller Machine – Bank cashpoint
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9. Online support and remote configuration
Should you encounter problems, please contact our Customer Support hotline.
The hotline provides support and set-up tips for your product.
If the problem cannot be solved over the telephone, then our service team can also help by
accessing your system using a remote maintenance function.
Online support only applies to the ABUS HDVR / NVR in conjunction with the ServicePlus
option.
These options are not available on the ABUS VMS Basic, Professional and Enterprise
software versions.
Instructions on activating online support can be obtained from our Customer Support
personnel.
Have the following information on hand before contacting Customer Support:
ABUS HDVR:

System model

Serial number

Installed software version

Description of the problem
Video cards:

Card model

Installed software version
 Operating system used
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Copyright information
This software used the following libraries under the LGPL:
Live555 Streaming Media (http://www.live555.com)
FFmpeg (http://ffmpeg.org)
This software uses the following libraries under the Apache license:
Framewave (http://framewave.sourceforge.net)
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