Ocularis™ Administrator User Manual

Ocularis™ Administrator User Manual
Ocularis™ Administrator
User Manual
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Contents
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................................... 1
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................... 2
OCULARIS SYSTEM DIAGRAM ................................................................................................................. 3
PREREQUISITES ......................................................................................................................................... 4
OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR .................................................................................................................... 5
OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR LAUNCH ............................................................................................................. 5
THE OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR INTERFACE .................................................................................................. 6
Ocularis Administrator Tabs ................................................................................................................... 6
Ocularis Administrator Process Flow ..................................................................................................... 7
Server / Events Tab................................................................................................................................ 8
Users / Privileges Tab .......................................................................................................................... 28
Views Tab ............................................................................................................................................. 35
Configuring View Content Types.......................................................................................................... 43
Assets Tab............................................................................................................................................ 54
Maps Tab.............................................................................................................................................. 57
EVENT MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................. 66
EVENT CONFIGURATION .............................................................................................................................66
EVENT HANDLING ....................................................................................................................................... 67
Table Management Tab ....................................................................................................................... 68
Distribution Groups Tab........................................................................................................................ 72
Video Walls Tab ................................................................................................................................... 82
APPENDIX.................................................................................................................................................. 86
THE ONSSI EVENT COORDINATOR ............................................................................................................. 86
CONTACT INFORMATION ........................................................................................................................ 87
GLOSSARY ................................................................................................................................................ 88
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Introduction
Introduction
The Ocularis™ Platform consists of the following components:
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Ocularis Base – server software application which regulates and manages the flow of data between
video client users, recording servers, video wall management and an integrated alerting application.
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Ocularis Administrator - The front end software application used to manage Ocularis Base.
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An NVR application is required to supply camera configuration and recording. OnSSI’s NetDVMS and
NetEVS are currently supported.
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Ocularis Client – OnSSI’s award winning video client application.
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Optional Add-On Applications – these include Remote Video Wall, Video Content Analytics and
Video Synopsis. With each SLC, one license for each add-on is provided so that you can evaluate
each feature.
Add-ons are made available as they are introduced. See our website www.onssi.com or call OnSSI
Sales for information on Ocularis Add-Ons.
This manual covers the component(s):
Ocularis Administrator
For information on other components, please refer to the following documents which can be obtained
from OnSSI Support:
Ocularis Quick Start Guide
Ocularis Installation & Licensing Guide
NetEVS User Manual or NetDVMS User Manual
Ocularis Client/Client Lite User Manual
Ocularis Viewer User Manual
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Overview
Ocularis is a distributed, video-centric, PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) software
platform, which offers central event, user rights, video distribution and system management.
Ocularis supports:

The ability for the user to view, manage and record video from an unlimited number of IP and non-IP
video surveillance cameras at multiple sites.
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The management of short- and long-term video storage, and combine video with non-video alerts,
resulting in automatic video delivery to subscribers of interest.
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The utilization of off-the-shelf hardware, and facilitates the integration of new technologies, thus
combining the detection and distribution of video events with data and alerts received from a host of
physical security and transaction systems.
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Optional add-on components via integration tools including Data Link Integration events, API
commands, Contact Closure and more. An optional Software Development Kit (SDK) enables
integration of 3rd-party components.
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The use of separate or common networks, VLANS or switches for connecting cameras to the
recording servers and video clients. This provides physical network separation between the camera
and servers/clients.

The use of VMware to run recording servers and video client applications on virtual computers,
servers, and networks.
Ocularis consists of the following software components:
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Ocularis Base – This component provides for:
o
system-wide management
o
user access
o
shared event management
o
alarm and event correlation
o
video access and distribution rights
Ocularis Base regulates and manages the flow of data between video client users, connecting
recording servers and integrated alerting application using an SQL database. This allows
creating composite events from multiple detection systems; sharing resources between video
client users; shared bookmarking and event handling among multiple users at multiple sites; and
management of all user authorization data. The front end application used to manage Ocularis
Base is the Ocularis Administrator.
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Video Recorder Software – This component provides for video recording, camera management,
and archiving configuration. Ocularis supports the NetEVS enterprise network video recorder
software or our NetDVMS NVR offering .
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Ocularis Client – This award winning component is the user interface for accessing video,
managing alerts and shared event handling, and observing Video Wall environments.
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Add-Ons and Integrated Applications – includes Remote Video Wall operation and management,
forensics applications (video analytics and incident indexing) and integrated physical security
solutions (access control, radiation detection, contact closure, etc.)
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Ocularis System Diagram
Ocularis System Diagram
Figure 1 Sample Topology
Figure 1 shows one example of how the Ocularis environment can be implemented. Each site can have
independent NVRs but Ocularis Base manages the data across sites. End users or operators can benefit
from exposure to video from a site other than their own.
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Prerequisites
Prior to using the Ocularis Administrator application, the following steps should be completed:
1. Ocularis Base Server software should be installed.
2. Ocularis Base Server should be licensed.
3. Ocularis Administrator software application files should be installed.
See the Ocularis Installation & Licensing Guide for instructions on all steps listed above.
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Ocularis Administrator
The Ocularis Administrator is the software application used for configuring Ocularis Base. This
includes the management of NVRs, configuration of maps, events, users, groups and cameras that
are available by using the Ocularis Client. This application is primarily used by system administrators.
We recommend installing Ocularis Administrator on a PC separate from Ocularis Base. It can be the
same or different workstation as the Ocularis Client.
Ocularis Administrator Launch
1. Launch Ocularis Administrator:

from the desktop icon

or from the Windows menu Start  All Programs  OnSSI  Ocularis Admin
Figure 2 Ocularis Server Login Screen
2. Fill out the form based on the following:
Host
Enter the IP address where the Ocularis Base Server software is
installed.
Login type
Of the choices [Current User], Windows or Basic, select Basic for
first time use.
User name
Enter the user name for an account created with Ocularis
Administrator. For first time access, enter the name: admin
Password
Enter the corresponding password for the user name entered. For first
time access, enter the password: admin
Remember Login
Click this checkbox to have the application remember your login
credentials for subsequent logins.
Version Number
The Ocularis Administrator software version number is located in the
lower right portion of the Login screen.
3. When complete, click the Login button.
Tip:
We recommend that you change the password for the Admin account immediately for
security purposes. . See ‘To Modify A User Account’ on page 34 for further instructions.
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Note: If you receive the following error message when logging in: “An unsecured or incorrectly
secured fault was received from the other party. See the inner FaultException for the fault code
and detail”, check that the date and time on the PC with Ocularis Administrator is synchronized
with the date and time on the PC with Ocularis Base.
The Ocularis Administrator Interface
When you launch Ocularis Administrator, the resulting screen is a window comprised of a series of
tabs.
Figure 3 Ocularis Administrator Interface
Each tab serves to provide the administrator with the ability to configure the various aspects of the
video management system.
Ocularis Administrator Tabs
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Server / Events Tab
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Users / Privileges Tab
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Views Tab
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Distribution Groups Tab
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Maps Tab
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Video Walls
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Table Management Tab
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Assets Tab
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Ocularis Administrator Process Flow
A typical process flow for administrators to use when first configuring the system with Ocularis
Administrator is as follows:
1. Import system NVRs using the Server / Events Tab.
2. Create users and groups and assign device privileges in the Users / Privileges Tab.
3. Create views for the user groups in the Views Tab.
4. Import maps, icons and sound files in the Assets Tab.
5. Configure maps with cameras and views for use in video walls in the Maps Tab.
6. Configure video wall settings in the Video Walls Tab.
7. Identify which events and cameras you would like to be monitored in the Server / Events Tab.
8. Identify the alert distribution for system configured events in the Distribution Groups Tab.
9. Configure tags, classifications and cases in the Table Management Tab. Tags, classifications
and cases are used when handling events and saving bookmarks.
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Server / Events Tab
This tab is used to manage NVRs and events within the Ocularis environment.
Figure 4 Servers / Events Tab
The tab contains two panes: Servers and Events. Administrators identify various servers used in the
system, including Network Video Recorders (NVRs), in the left pane and configure events in the right
pane.
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Servers Pane
Configuration and information from existing NVRs need to be imported into the Ocularis Administrator.
This is done within the Servers pane of the Servers / Events Tab. Other servers may also be added
here.
TO ADD AN NVR TO OCULARIS BASE
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, click the Add button.
Figure 5 Add New NVR
2. In the Host field of the resulting pop-up window, enter the IP Address and port number of the
server to be added to the Ocularis Base system. Supported NVRs with Ocularis are: NetEVS and
NetDVMS 1.

If the port number for the NVR is 80, there is no need to enter it. NetEVS port numbers
are defaulted to 80.

If the port number for the NVR is a value other than 80, use the following format:
IP Address:Port Number
For example:
IP Address of Server:
192.168.10.111
Port for NVR:
8080
Enter:
192.167.10.111:8080
3. If the NVR server is behind a firewall and uses NAT (Network Address Translation) click the
Behind NAT checkbox and see NAT (Network Address Translation) on page 10.
4. Select the Login type from the drop-down. Choose from Basic or Windows based on an
account located on the NVR that has full access rights.
5. Enter a User name for the user account with full access rights on the NVR.
Note: It is important to use an account on the NVR with full administrative access. Only one
account on the NVR is required when using Ocularis Base.
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6. Enter the Password for the username entered.
7. Click Add.
The NVR should now appear in the list. Repeat this process for each NVR to be added to the
system.
NAT (Network Address Translation)
If the video surveillance servers sit within a private network but are also accessed with Ocularis Client
workstations that are outside the network, the NAT must be defined.
TO CONFIGURE NAT SERVERS
1. Follow steps 1 through 3 in To Add an NVR to Ocularis Base found on page 9.
2. When you click the Behind NAT checkbox, the Add Server pop-up expands as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6 Add Server with NAT
3. Fill in the NAT fields as follows:
External host
Enter the public IP address as defined on the network firewall.
Append the IP address with “:port #”
Internal IP
Enter the internal IP address of the NVR server including “:port #”
after the address. This port number must be the same used in the
External host address.
Local internal
IP/Subnets
Identifies the local subnet(s). Once subnets are defined, this becomes
an active drop-down list, allowing you to select from the different
subnets available.
Click the Add button to add an internal IP Address and Subnet Mask.
Click the Edit button to edit the selected local IP and Subnet Mask.
Click the Delete button to delete the selected local IP and Subnet
Mask.
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Figure 7 Adding internal IPs and subnet mask
4. In the Add Internal pop-up:
a. Identify the IP address of the NVR server. Do not include the port number here.
b. Enter the Subnet Mask found on the NVR machine.
c.
Click Ok.
5. Complete the Add Server pop-up and continue with step 4 in To Add an NVR to Ocularis Base
found on page 9.
ADDITIONAL NAT CONFIGURATION
In addition to the steps above, in order to access video from outside the firewall, be sure that the following
additional parameters are configured:
For NetEVS Network Video Recorders
In the Network Tab for the specified NetEVS Recording Server:



Enable Public Access is on (enabled).
The Public Address is specified including the Public port. This is the same as the External Host
IP Address.
Local IP address ranges are configured
For NetDVMS Network Video Recorders
In the Image Server Administrator:



Enable Outside Access is on (enabled).
The Outside Address IP address is the same as the External Host IP Address.
Outside Port should be the same as the External Host IP Address (and the same as the NVR
port number) unless the router supports port forwarding. In this case, configure port forwarding
directly on the router.
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Servers List
The resulting Servers list is collapsible and expandable by clicking the symbol in front of the list item.
Windows Vista uses a “triangle” symbol as shown in Figure 8. Windows XP uses a “+” to expand a node.
Cameras, Triggers, Microphones, Speakers, Relay and Alerts are categories from the NVR and are also
shown in Figure 8 .
Figure 8 Added NVRs
Updating Server Properties
In the course of normal use, NVR properties change over time. New cameras are added, outdated
cameras are removed, camera settings are changed, events are implemented, etc. In order for Ocularis
be aware of any new parameters configured on the NVR, the NVR server information should be updated
periodically.
In addition to this, the IP address of an NVR may change. You may also update an existing NVR server’s
IP Address.
Figure 9 Servers Pane Toolbar
TO UPDATE A SERVER’S CONFIGURATION
Follow these steps to update Ocularis on any new configuration settings on the NVR or other server. This
is NOT to be used when modifying the NVR’s IP Address. See To Edit an NVR’s IP Address or Account
Info below.
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, select the NVR / server you wish to update from the Servers pane.
2. Click the Refresh button.
An “Updating” message appears as the configuration is refreshed.
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TO EDIT AN NVR’S IP ADDRESS OR ACCOUNT INFO
Follow these steps to modify an NVR / server’s IP Address, NAT configuration or master username and
password.
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, select the NVR you wish to update from the Servers pane.
2. Click the Edit button.
An Edit Server pop-up screen appears.
Figure 10 Edit Server
3. Modify the settings as needed.
4. Click the Update button.
An “Updating” message appears as the configuration is updated.
TO REMOVE AN NVR OR OTHER SERVER
Use the procedure below to remove an NVR or other server from the Ocularis system. This will not
delete the NVR or its software; it will simply remove Ocularis’ access to the server or NVR.
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, select the server you wish to remove from the Servers pane.
2. Click the Delete button.
A message appears as the NVR is removed.
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Events Pane
The Event pane of the Servers / Events tab is where administrators configure Ocularis events. This
includes:

Creating associations between events and cameras.
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Camera events are identified and video alerting is mapped between cameras and events.

Creating new events, such as Data Link (Generic), Composite Events and Analytic Events.
Events configured in this tab identify system wide events. Filtering these events to individual users is
done in the Distribution Groups Tab.
Note:
In order to use events with Ocularis Base, an event proxy related to the event (such as an NVR event proxy)
must first be installed on the Server machine where the event originates. See the Ocularis Installation &
Licensing Guide for instructions on installation and configuration of OnSSI NVR Event Proxies.
The imported NVR(s) should be listed in the Events pane. See Figure 11. If this is not the case, please
check that the NVR or server event proxy has been installed. You may need to restart the event proxy
and/or restart the Ocularis Administrator application.
Figure 11 NVR listed in Events Pane
Expand the NVR Events list by clicking on the triangle next to the NVR name.
Note:
There may be a slight delay from the time a server is imported to the time the proxy appears in the Events
Pane. If you expect to see an event proxy listed in the Events pane but it has not appeared, try the following:
1. Exit the Ocularis Administrator
2. Restart the OnSSI Event Coordinator Service which is located on the Ocularis Base Server
3. Restart the Ocularis Administrator
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Figure 12 Expanded List of Available Events
From the sample shown in Figure 12, you can see that some cameras may have more available device
events than others. This is based on the camera itself as well as other event settings inherited from the
NVR. NVR based Generic events will also appear here.
Administrators determine which events on which camera they would like included as part of the alert
notification process. This is accomplished by associating camera video with these events to create what
is called an Event Rule.
Buttons within the Events pane are defined as follows:
Fuse New Event
Use this to create a composite event. See To Configure a
Composite Event.
Properties
Use this to modify the priority or audio file of a Composite
Event or Event Rules.
Delete
Use this to delete Composite Events or Generic Events
(Data Link Events).
Batch Handle
Events
Use the Batch Handle Events button to handle all
‘unhandled’ alerts. See also: To Batch Handle Events.
Purge Closed
Events
Use the Purge Close Events button to delete all closed
events on the server. See also: To Purge Closed Events.
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Purge Closed Events
When an event is handled in the Ocularis Client, it becomes a handled or “closed” event. The Ocularis
Administrator application provides a means to delete all closed events. When administrators purge closed
events they are deleted permanently.
TO PURGE CLOSED EVENTS
1. In the Servers / Events tab, click the Purge Closed Events button.
An “Are you sure you wish to delete all handled events” warning message appears.
2. Click Yes to purge these events.
Batch Handle Events
As events occur and users are alerted in the Ocularis Client, operators “handle” the events. (See
‘Handling Alerts’ in the Ocularis Client User Manual.) All ‘unhandled’ events eventually accumulate.
Administrators may remove these events and place them in a ‘Closed’ status by using the Batch Handle
Events button.
TO BATCH HANDLE EVENTS
1. In the Servers / Events tab, click the Batch Handle Events button.
An “Are you sure you wish to batch handle all unhandled events” warning message appears.
2. Click Yes to handle these events.
You’ll be able to see these in the Handled Alerts list in the Ocularis Client.
Note:
The Batch Handle function currently supports handling only ALL unhandled events.
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Event Rules
Event Rules are formulas by which the system follows in order to alert users that the event took place. An
example of this is to display camera video in a blank screen pane if an event has occurred. Cameras are
mapped to events that are system defined (such as motion on a camera) or user defined (such as a Data
Link or Composite Event). Create a simple Event Rule by associating camera video with an event. Events
which are mapped in the Servers / Events tab are system-wide. Administrators determine which users
will get visibility to these events in the Distribution Groups Tab.
TO ASSOCIATE CAMERA VIDEO WITH EVENTS (TO CREATE AN EVENT RULE)
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, expand the Cameras list in the Servers pane for cameras whose
video you wish to include in automated events.
2. Expand the list in the Events pane until you locate the event to which you would like to map
camera video.
3. For the desired event, drag & drop the camera name from the Servers pane to the event listed in
the Events pane. (See Figure 13).
Tip: If you want to associate the camera video to all events affiliated with that camera, drag &
drop the camera name from the left Servers pane directly onto the camera name in the
Events pane.
When the camera video is successfully associated and an Event Rule is created, it appears
highlighted in yellow.
Figure 13 Drag & Drop to Associate Events
For the example shown in Figure 13, the following Event Rules are configured:

If there is motion detected on the Axis 209 Camera 1 camera, then display the video from the
Axis 209 Camera.
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If the Axis 209 Camera 1 camera is not responding, then display video from the Axis 207MW
Camera.
Video generated by these automated events will appear in a Blank Screen pane on the operator’s
Ocularis Client view.
TO REMOVE A CAMERA FROM AN EVENT RULE (DISASSOCIATE A CAMERA)
1. In the Servers / Events Tab, expand the nodes in the Events pane until you see the Event Rule
you wish to remove.
2. Click and drag the camera to the left, off the Event.
The camera mapping is removed and the Event Rule should be cleared.
Event Priority
Events can be prioritized. For example: an organization may deem that the loss of video from camera 1 is
critical but the loss of video of camera 7 is not. These priorities may be set by the system administrator.
The priority of the event will dictate how it appears within the Ocularis Client.
By default, when an Event Rule is created, it is assigned a priority of 5 or Normal.
TO MODIFY THE PRIORITY OF AN EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Event Rule in the Events pane whose priority you wish
to change.
2. Select (highlight) the Event for the event rule (not the camera name).
3. Click the Properties button
or right-click the event and select Properties.
4. In the resulting Event Rule pop-up, select the desired priority and click Ok.
Figure 14 Event Rule Priority
Event priorities are identified in Ocularis Administrator and in Ocularis Client by color.
Priority Level
1-3
4-6
7-10
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Color Shade
Green
Yellow
Pink/Red
Priority Level
Low
Medium (Normal)
High
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Figure 15 Priorities Color Coding
Event Sound
When an event occurs, the subsequent alert can play a sound file as an added attention getting
mechanism. The sound played can be configured by the system administrator. The same (default) sound
can be played for all alerts or configured on an alert by alert basis. Sounds are not required and no sound
is also supported.
Audio files are imported in the Assets Tab where the default audio file is set. See Audios on page 56 for
more information on sound file configuration.
TO MODIFY THE AUDIO OF AN EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Event Rule in the Events pane whose sound you wish
to change.
2. Select (highlight) the Event for the event rule (not the camera name).
3. Click the Properties button
or right-click the event and select Properties.
4. In the resulting Event Rule pop-up, from the Audio drop-down, select the desired sound file,
None or Default.

If you click ‘None’, no sound file will be played when the event occurs. If there is no
option available labeled ‘None’, then ‘None’ must already be set as the default option.
Select ‘Default’.

If you select a .wav file, that sound will play when the event occurs.

If you select ‘Default’, you may get a sound file or no sound, depending on the default
setting in the Assets tab. In the event where ‘None’ is configured as the default audio in
the Assets Tab, the option ‘None’ will not be visible in the drop-down list. In this case,
selecting ‘Default’ is equivalent to selecting ‘None’. You should be aware of the default
audio setting in the Assets Tab when configuring events.
5. Click Ok.
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Figure 16 Event Rule Priority
Composite Events
A Composite Event is combination of Event Rules defined with a specific relationship and timeframe. The
following are examples of a composite event:
If there is motion on Camera 1 and within the next 5 seconds
there is motion on Camera 2, trigger an alert
or
If there is a card swipe detected from an access control panel AND there is an analytic
event that determines two people entered (“tail-gating”), trigger an alert
TO CONFIGURE A COMPOSITE EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, click the Fuse New Event button.
2. Fill out the Composite Event pop-up.
Figure 17 Configure a Composite Event
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Fields are defined as follows:
Item
Description
Name
Enter a descriptive name for the composite event.
Priority
Select a Priority for the composite event.
Audio
Select the audio file to be played when the composite event occurs.
Event 1
Select an event to begin to define the condition for which the rule
alert should be met. This event may be an Event Rule, another
composite event or any event listed.
Relationship Icons
These directional arrows define the relationship between two Event
Rules and are defined below.
Event 2
Select a second event to finalize the condition for the composite
formula. This event may be an Event Rule or another Composite
Event.
Time Period
Specify a time period in the format HH:MM:SS. Valid times are: HH
= 0 through 23
MM = 0 through 59
SS = 0 through 59
Relationship Icons
If Event 1 occurs before Event 2 occurs
If Event 1 occurs prior to Event 2 occurring
If Event 1 occurs but Event 2 does not occur within the specified time
period
If Event 1 does not occur in the time period defined, prior to Event 2
occurring.
If Event 1 and Event 2 occur within the time period specified.
3. Click Ok to save these settings.
As you build your composite event, there is an information section that helps you interpret the rule’s
meaning.
Rule
interpretation
shown here
Figure 18 Informational Message Area
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Refer to the example shown in Figure 18: This composite event will trigger an alert if Camera B becomes
unresponsive and within the next 20 seconds there is motion in the field of view of Camera A.
TO MODIFY A COMPOSITE EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, locate the Composite Event in the Events pane under the
Composite Source node.
2. Highlight the Composite Event.
3. Click the Properties button.
4. In the resulting Composite Event pop-up, modify desired settings.
5. Click Ok to save changes.
TO DELETE A COMPOSITE EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, locate the Composite Event in the Events pane under the
Composite Source node.
2. Highlight the Composite Event.
3. Click the Delete button.
4. You will be prompted with the message:
“Are you sure that you want to delete this composite event rule?”
5. Click Yes to delete the Composite Event.
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Data Link Events
Ocularis Base has the ability to analyze TCP or UDP data packets and automatically trigger an alert when
specified criteria are met. This expands event coverage to external devices such as access controls
systems. These events are called Data Link Events and also referred to as generic events.
Components of a Data Link Event
Data Link Events are made up of Connections and Rules. Connections define the protocol and port which
Ocularis should monitor and analyze for the event. This is considered the event source. Rules allow you
to define the actual string that should be used in the analysis of the event source. You may have
multiples rules defined for the same connection and these rules may be used in Composite Events.
TO CREATE A DATA LINK EVENT
Creating a Data Link Event involves these steps:
 Create a Connection for the Event Source.
 Define at least one rule for the Connection.
 Test the Rule
 Map camera video to the rule to allow for Blank Screen monitoring.
TO CREATE A CONNECTION FOR A DATA LINK EVENT
1. In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Generic Events node in the Events pane to expand it.
2. Click [add connection..]
Figure 19 Add Data Link Connection
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3. Fill out the resulting New Generic Event Source pop-up window according to the following:
Item
Description
Name
Enter a descriptive name for the Event Source. This is what will
appear in the alert so be as descriptive yet concise as possible.
Type
Select the protocol (TCP or UDP) based on the device you are
monitoring.
Port
Enter the port on which Ocularis Base should listen for the data sent
by the event source.
Separation
Select the format for data transmission. (Binary or ASCII)
You may also enter a Separation character to identify to Ocularis
Base, when an end of string as been received. Enter this character
in the Separation field.
4. When pop-up is complete, click the Create button.
The Connection for the event source should be listed under Generic Events in the Events pane.
TO DEFINE A RULE FOR A DATA LINK CONNECTION
Be sure to first define an event source prior to defining a rule. See To Create a Connection for a Data
Link Event.
1. In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Generic Events node in the Events pane to expand it
and select the Data Link Connection.
2. Expand the Connection by clicking the expand symbol next to it.
Figure 20 Expand Connection to add a rule
3. Click [add rule..] beneath the Connection.
Figure 21 Add Data Link Rule
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4. In the resulting pop-up window, fill out the fields as follows:
Item
Description
Name
Enter a descriptive name for the rule.
Priority
Assign a priority for the rule. See Event Priority on page 18 for more
information on priorities.
Audio
Select an audio file to play when the event occurs. This selection is
optional.
Patterns
Click the New Pattern button to open up a row for pattern definition.
See Patterns for Rules below for more information.
5. Click OK when done.
You may define multiple rules for the same Data Link connection.
Patterns for Rules
When specifying the logic for Ocularis Base to use when analyzing data packets you have several
options. You must know the string or a portion thereof that you wish to look for in order to trigger the
event. The options for searching for the string are as follows:
Item
Description
Matches
The string you specify must be detected in its entirety with exactly
the characters you specify.
Contains
The string you specify can be located anywhere within the string of
the data packet.
Starts With
The data packet must begin with the string you specify.
Ends With
The data packet must end with the string specified.
Sources for Patterns
For each string to be analyzed on a specified port, you can also limit the analysis to be from a specific IP
address. For TCP based connections, enter the IP address for the pattern for which you wish to restrict
analysis in the From field. This is an optional field. If left blank, the pattern will be evaluated on any IP
address.
Figure 22 Specify source of Pattern
You may include multiple patterns for the same rule. The Boolean logical operator “OR” will be applied for
each.
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Figure 23 Using Multiple Patterns
In the example shown in Figure 23, the following data link event is configured: “if the text string ‘Alarm 1’
or ‘Alarm 2’ or ‘Alarm 3’ or ‘Alarm’ 4 appears within the specific port, trigger the Fire Alarm Lobby Rule.
(the port is configured with the connection).
TO MAP THE RULE
Once the rule has been created, you may associate video from a camera to this event. Do this by
dragging and dropping the camera from the Servers pane to the Generic Event on the Events pane.
Follow the same steps as discussed in To Associate Camera Video with Events (To Create an Event
Rule) on page 17.
Determine Alert Distribution
Administrators determine which users will get notification of associated events in the Distribution Groups
Tab. This step needs to occur in order to see alert video or to test the Data Link event.
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TO TEST THE DATA LINK EVENT
You can perform a manual test of the Data Link/Generic event to determine if it is properly configured.
1. In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Generic Events node in the Events pane to expand it
and select the Generic Event.
2. Expand the Connection by clicking the expand symbol next to it.
Figure 24 Testing Generic Events
3. Click the lightning bolt symbol adjacent to the rule name.
A Generic event rule tester pop-up appears.
4. You can select any pattern associated with the event to test.
5. Click Send.
A test event will be generated and sent based on configured rules.
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Users / Privileges Tab
This tab is used to define users and user groups within the Ocularis system.
The Ocularis Group/User Hierarchy
Access to the Ocularis surveillance environment is controlled through the use of Groups and Users.
Groups are assigned access and privileges to various components of the system. An example would be
to assign or to block the ability to control the PTZ function on a particular PTZ camera. Once a group’s
operating parameters are established, users can simply be assigned to the group and inherit the
privileges of the group.
Figure 25 Users / Privileges Tab
The Users / Privileges Tab is divided into several sections:
1. Near the top, there is a toolbar containing several function buttons that apply to items on the tab.
2. On the left, there is a Groups pane that displays existing groups and users.
3. In the center, there is a Devices pane which displays a list of available devices installed on the
system. These devices were inherited from the NVR(s) imported from the Servers / Events tab.
4. On the right, the Privileges pane displays those devices assigned to the selected user group.
This area is initially blank until assignments are made.
5. Above the Privileges pane is a set of checkboxes used to control global settings on all listed
devices.
6. Near the bottom of the tab the Video Walls pane will list existing video walls and those to which
the selected group may have access.
These items will be further defined in upcoming sections.
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Working with Groups
The installation process creates one user group titled Default. This user group has two accounts: Admin
and Guest (each has a matching password).
The Admin user account is an administrative user account. The Admin user can view and change
anything in Ocularis Administrator. We recommend changing the password of this account immediately.
DO NOT DELETE THIS ACCOUNT.
The Guest account is a Standard client only account. This means that this user can access video through
the Ocularis Client but will not be able to log in to the Ocularis Administrator.
TO CREATE A USER GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, click the Create Group button.
2. An entry in the list called New Group appears. Edit the text to the group label you wish to create.
3. Press [ENTER].
The new group appears in the list. Repeat this process for each group you wish to add.
TO MODIFY A USER GROUP NAME
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, double-click group name in the Groups list.
2. Edit the text to the group label as needed.
3. Press [ENTER].
The updated group name appears in the list.
TO DELETE A USER GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete Selection button.
An “Are you sure you want to delete this group…?” warning message appears.
3. Click Yes to delete the group.
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Device Privileges
Ocularis provides administrators centralized control for assigning privileges to users for all cameras on
the system regardless of the NVR. Users will not be able to view camera video or access other devices
unless they are given access privileges in the Users / Privileges tab of the Ocularis Administrator
application. Access is granted at the group level.
Note: Be sure to set privileges for the Default group. This includes the user admin. The Default group should
be given access to all devices. This allows the admin user the ability to configure the system for
others.
TO ASSIGN DEVICES TO A GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group you wish to assign devices.
2. Select the device or devices you wish to assign to the group in the Devices list. Use the SHIFT or
CTRL keys to select multiple items.
3. Click, drag and drop the device(s) from the Devices pane to the Privileges pane.
Figure 26 Devices Assigned to the Security Guards Group
By default, each device is assigned with all privileges allowed.
TO SET PARAMETERS FOR DEVICES IN A GROUP
Once devices are assigned, individual functions on that device may be granted or restricted.
Privileges are assigned at the user group level, not at the user level.
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group whose devices you wish to set privileges.
2. To modify privileges for a single device, in the Privileges pane, click the corresponding checkbox
next to the device name.
3. To modify privileges for the entire list of devices, click the checkbox at the top heading of the
Privileges pane for the corresponding privilege.
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Figure 27 Privileges Assigned To Devices For A Group
Settings are automatically saved.
Privileges Defined
Privileges set in this tab apply to the user’s capabilities for the device within the Ocularis Client.
Privileges may be set on a device by device basis for the user group or the privilege can be set for all
devices within the group.
Item
When checked:
PTZ
The users of this group will have the ability to operate pan, tilt &
zoom functions on applicable cameras.
Presets
The users of this group will be able to direct a PTZ camera to
configured preset positions.
Audio
If the device supports it, the users of this group will have the ability
to listen to audio from the device.
Exp. Frames
The users of this group will have the ability to export still images in
.jpg format from Browse mode of the Ocularis Client. This will only
be applicable if the value in BrowseHours is not equal to 0.
Exp. Video
The users of this group will have the ability to export video in both
.AVI and Database Format from Browse mode of the Ocularis
Client. This will only be applicable if the value in BrowseHours is
not equal to 0.
Bookmarks
The users of this group will have the ability to export bookmarks
from Browse mode of the Ocularis Client. This will only be
applicable if the value in BrowseHours is not equal to 0.
BrowseHours
The value entered here identifies if and for how long into the past
the users of this group can view recorded video in Browse mode of
the Ocularis Client.
Valid Values include:
0
=
No Browse Privilege
-1 = Unlimited Browse Privilege (any available video from past
recordings may be viewed)
1 through 168 = The number of hours that the users in this
group may browse recorded video for the device.
If the user does not have Browse privileges to a device or the user
attempts to view video prior to valid browse hour times, the video
will appear darkened within the Ocularis Client.
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TO REMOVE A DEVICE FROM A GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group containing the device you wish to remove.
2. Click the Remove icon.
Figure 28 Remove a Camera Privilege
Video Wall Privileges[
Similar to devices, users need privileges in order to view a video wall. These privileges are set in the
Users / Privileges tab.
TO ASSIGN A VIDEO WALL TO A GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group you wish to assign the video wall(s).
2. Drag and drop an existing video wall from the Video Walls pane to the Privileges pane. (To
create a video wall, see Creating a Video Wall on page 82).
TO REMOVE A VIDEO WALL FROM A GROUP
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group containing the video wall you wish to remove.
2. Click the Remove button next to the video wall to remove.
Figure 29 Remove Video Wall Privilege
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Working with Users
Once privileges have been established for devices and video walls for groups, Ocularis users need to be
created and assigned to the groups.
There are three user roles in Ocularis Base: Administrator, Group Administrator and Standard.
User Role
Description
Standard
This user can access video on the NVR using the Ocularis Client by logging
into Ocularis Base. This user has no access to Ocularis Administrator.
Group Administrator
This user has limited access to Ocularis Administrator. He or she can log into
Ocularis Administrator but may only manage their own user group or its
settings. This user can add, modify or delete users in their own user group as
well as modify other aspects of Ocularis Administrator as it applies to this
user group. There are some restrictions placed on Distribution Groups which
will be discussed in Distribution Groups Tab on page 72.
Administrator
This is the super user for Ocularis Base. It is the user account admin. This
user may view, change or edit any part of the system. We recommend
changing the password for this account.
TO CREATE A USER ACCOUNT
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the group to wish you would like to add users.
2. Click the New User button.
3. In the Add New User pop-up window, enter the User name to be created. Usernames are not
case sensitive, and may included letters, numbers special characters and spaces.
Figure 30 Add New User
4. Select the User type:
Type
Description
Basic
Select Basic if not using Windows Active Directory
Windows User
Select Windows User if logging in with the local Window’s
user account
Windows Group
Select Windows Group if user is to log in via Windows
Active Directory Group
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If the Windows User you are creating is part of a domain, you must include
the domain when you enter the User Name. Use the format:
domain\username
in the User Name field
5. Enter a Password for this user.
A password:

Is required

Must contain at least 4 characters

May contain letters, numbers, special characters and spaces

Is case sensitive
 Does not expire
6. Re-enter the password to ensure accuracy.
7. Enter the email address for this user. This field is optional.
8. Check the Group Administrator checkbox if this user is to have Group Administrator access.
9. Click Add.
10. Repeat for all users.
The user account will inherit all privileges of the group in which it is placed.
TO MODIFY A USER ACCOUNT
Administrators may reset the password, change the user’s email address or modify Group Administrator
privileges for a user account. If other changes are required, the account should be deleted and recreated.
Group Administrators may perform these actions only for those users in his/her own group.
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the user account you wish to modify.
2. Click the Edit User button.
3. In the Edit User pop-up window:
a. Click Password to change the password.
b. Edit the user’s email address
c.
Check or uncheck the Group Administrator privilege
4. Click Save.
TO DELETE A USER ACCOUNT
1. In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the user account you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete Selection button.
An “Are you sure you want to delete this user…?” warning message appears.
3. Click Yes to delete the user account.
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Views Tab
A View is the fundamental component when observing video from a client application such as Ocularis
Client. When using Ocularis Base, views are configured within Ocularis Administrator, in the Views Tab.
Figure 31 Views Tab
The Views Tab is divided into four (4) areas:
1. The View list in the upper left portion of the tab contains a list of configured views organized by
user group.
2. The Content Types listed in the lower left contain the available options that may be contained
within a view pane.
3. The View working area can be found in the upper right area of the tab and is labeled with the
view name or with Select a View if no view is currently selected.
4. The Preview pane in the lower right area of the tab contains thumbnails images of the available
cameras.
Tip: You must have privileges to a device in order to create a view using that device. If you do
not see any or a specific camera video in this pane, make sure the group you belong to
contains privileges to view that camera’s video.
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Resizing Panes
In the event you need to manually resize a pane in the Views tab, position the mouse on the divider
between two panes until you see the mouse cursor change to a double arrow. Then you may click and
drag to resize the pane.
Figure 32 Resizing a Pane
Preview Pane Display
The Preview Pane display can be changed to display camera thumbnail in three different formats.
Large thumbnail images
Small thumbnail images
List view
Figure 33 Large thumbnail images
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Figure 34 Small thumbnail images
Figure 35 Camera List View
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View Basics
A View is a collection of panes or windows that display video output. There are many layout options for
views.
Ocularis Base views are configured from the Views Tab in Ocularis Administrator. Administrators
configure the views on a group by group basis and control which view layouts and cameras are available
to users when they use Ocularis Client.
If a new employee joins the organization, for instance, once they are made a member of a group they
inherit all Ocularis Base views for that group.
2 x 2 View
1 x 5 View
2 x 4 View
8 x 8 View
Figure 36 Views as seen via Ocularis Client
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View Configurations
The following view configurations are available in Ocularis:
1x1
2x2
3x3
4x4
5x5
6x6
7x7
8x8
1 x 3 Wide
2 x 4 Wide
1 x 8 Wide
4 x 3 Wide
1x5
1x7
4 Top, 2 Middle, 4 Bottom
Table 1 Available View Configurations
A View consists of a varying number of panes. A pane will most often contain video output from a
camera.
Content Types
In addition to streaming camera video, a pane may contain a:

Carousel

Hot Spot

Push Video pane

Web Page

Blank Screen
Carousel
A Carousel within a View pane will alternate video from camera to camera. The cameras included in the
alternating output as well as the transition time between images are configured in the Ocularis
Administrator.
Hot Spot
A Hot Spot is a view pane dedicated to displaying the image from another view pane when manually
selected by the user in Ocularis Client. For practical purposes, hot spots are typically placed in one of the
larger size view panes.
Push Video
A Push Video window pane is one that is configured to accept video from another computer. Video may
be “pushed” manually from one user to another user on the Ocularis Base environment. This action is
performed in the Ocularis Client.
Web Page
A pane may contain an HTML webpage including (but not limited to): corporate websites, online maps,
link collections, IP video camera configuration, flash presentation and images of a suspect, logo, map or
event.
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Blank Screen
When a pane contains a Blank Screen configuration, the pane will remain “blank” in the view until event
driven video is triggered. The video will then be displayed in the Blank Screen pane. A benefit to using a
Blank Screen is that it is attention getting. A Blank screen that suddenly displays video is easily noticed
by a security guard or operator.
View Organization
Views are organized first by user group (as defined in the Users / Privileges Tab) and then by folder. A
group may contain multiple folders and a folder may contain multiple views. A folder may also contain
multiple folders (or nested folders).
Creating Views
Consider the users and their groups as they are intended to use the system. Some users will require
certain views to certain cameras. Other users may require access to different cameras in different
locations. The system administrator should take into account the user role and job function when creating
views in the Ocularis Administrator.
As discussed previously, views are assigned to user groups but are organized by folders. Therefore, you
must first create a folder and then you may create a view. Group Administrators may only create, edit or
delete views within their own user group.
TO CREATE A FOLDER FOR A GROUP
1. In the Views Tab, select the group for which you would like to create a folder. You may also
select an existing folder and create a nested folder beneath it.
2. Click the Create a new view group icon.
3. A folder is created labeled “New Group”. You may edit the label directly. Press [ENTER] to accept
editing changes.
Figure 37 Create a View Group
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TO MODIFY THE NAME OF A FOLDER
1. In the Views Tab, double-click the group folder you wish to rename.
The folder name becomes highlighted as shown in Figure 37.
2. Type the new name for the folder.
3. Press [ENTER] to accept changes.
Figure 38 Rename a Folder
TO DELETE A FOLDER WITHIN A GROUP
1. In the Views Tab, select the folder which you would like to delete.
2. Click the Delete icon.
An “Are you sure you want to delete this view group?” prompt appears.
3. Click Yes to delete.
TO CREATE A VIEW WITHIN A FOLDER
Once view folders / groups are created, views may be added to them.
1. In the Views Tab, select the folder for which you would like to create the view.
2. Click the Create a new view icon.
The view layout pop-up appears.
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Figure 39 Create View - View Layouts
3. Select a layout from the list of View Configurations.
A blank template for the layout appears in the View working area.
4. Populate each view pane by dragging and dropping a camera thumbnail or an item from the
Content Types list onto the pane.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
VIEW MODIFICATION
View modification is limited to renaming the view or changing the contents of a pane within the view.
Reconfiguring the view layout is not available. Therefore if, for instance, you need to change the view
layout from a 2 x 2 to a 3 x 3, you should delete the 2 x 2 view and create the 3 x 3 view from scratch.
TO RENAME A VIEW
1. In the Views Tab, double-click the view you would like to rename.
2. Type the new name for the view.
3. Press [ENTER].
TO DELETE A VIEW
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which you would like to delete.
2. Click the Delete icon.
An “Are you sure that you want to delete this view?” prompt appears.
3. Click Yes to delete the view.
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TO MODIFY CONTENTS OF A VIEW PANE
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which you would like to modify.
2. To change the configuration of an existing pane, click the pane to view the pane configuration
settings. Make changes as required.
3. To replace a pane with a different component (camera, carousel, hot spot, etc.), remove the pane
content by clicking the Clear View icon in the pane.
Figure 40 Click Clear View to remove pane contents
4. Replace the pane contents by dragging and dropping a camera thumbnail or content type onto
the pane.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
Configuring View Content Types
Once view panes are populated with content, specific parameters may be set for each content type. The
following section will discuss:

Camera Configuration

Carousel Configuration

Hot Spot Configuration

Push Video Configuration

Web Page Configuration

Image Configuration

Blank Screen Configuration
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Camera Configuration
Actual video configuration for camera resolution and recording is done on the NVR or the camera
manufacturer’s set up page. Configuration for camera output here refers to how it appears in the Ocularis
Client.
TO CONFIGURE CAMERA OUTPUT
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the pane with the camera video you wish to
configure. (For information on creating a view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the pane with the video you wish to configure.
A pane configuration pop-up appears corresponding to the type of pane content selected (in this
case, a camera).
Figure 41 Configuring Camera Output
3. You have the option to modify the following:
Framerate
This setting is the framerate for the camera while viewing Live
video in Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default),
Medium or Low. Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option Keep
Original may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding
the video when viewed in Ocularis Client. The Fit to Window
option will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane
and may appear slightly distorted.
Quality
Options are: Original, Super High, High, Medium, and Low. This
setting applies to Live as well as Recorded video. To save on
bandwidth, lower the image quality. The video from the camera is
re-encoded to a JPEG format on the server before being sent to
Ocularis Client. The default quality setting, Original, provides full
quality of the original video. Low quality re-encodes the image to
an output width of 160 pixels and a JPEG quality level of 20%.
Keep when maximized
When an individual pane is maximized in Ocularis Client, the
default is to display the video in its Original quality. Check this box
to maintain the quality parameters set here when the pane is
maximized to full screen.
4. Click Ok when done.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
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Carousel Configuration
Once a Carousel is dragged onto a view pane, it must be configured. You need to identify which camera
output is to be used in the carousel, as well as the video parameters and dwell time.
TO CONFIGURE A CAROUSEL
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the pane with the carousel you wish to
configure. (For information on creating a view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the pane with the carousel.
A pane configuration (Carousel Editor) pop-up appears.
3. Click and drag the camera thumbnails you wish displayed in carousel from the camera area to
the space in the Carousel Editor.
Note:
You may need to resize the Preview pane in order to see the Carousel Editor.
Figure 42 Click & Drag Camera Output to a Carousel
4. Once the cameras are listed in the Carousel Editor, they can be reordered or their dwell time may
be modified.
5. The following camera output parameters may be configured for a Carousel display:
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video in Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default),
Medium or Low. Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
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Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option Keep
Original may result in black vertical or horizontal bars
surrounding the video when viewed in Ocularis Client. The Fit to
Window option will cause the video to be stretched to fit the
window pane and may appear slightly distorted.
Quality
Options are: Original, Super High, High, Medium, and Low.
This setting applies to Live as well as Recorded video. To save on
bandwidth, lower the image quality. The video from the camera is
re-encoded to a JPEG format on the server before being sent to
Ocularis Client.
The default quality setting, Original, provides full quality of the
original video. Low quality re-encodes the image to an output
width of 160 pixels and a JPEG quality level of 20%.
Keep when maximized
When an individual pane is maximized in Ocularis Client, the
default is to display the video in its Original quality. Check this box
to maintain the quality parameters set here when the pane is
maximized to full screen.
Dwell Time
Dwell Time is the amount of time in seconds camera video is
displayed before switching to the next camera in the list. The
default Dwell Time is 10 seconds and is located underneath the
Keep when minimized checkbox.
6. Click Ok when done.
7. Click the Save icon to save the view.
TO REORDER CAMERAS IN A CAROUSEL
1. In the Views Tab, select the view with the carousel you wish to configure.
2. Click on the pane with the carousel.
3. Locate the camera whose order you wish to switch.
4. Use the up or down arrow icon to move the selected camera up or down in the display order.
Figure 43 Reorder a Camera in a Carousel by clicking the arrowhead
5. Repeat for all cameras you wish to reorder.
6. Click Ok when done.
7. Click the Save icon to save the view.
TO REMOVE CAMERAS FROM A CAROUSEL
1. In the Views Tab, select the view with the carousel you wish to configure.
2. Click on the pane with the carousel.
3. Locate the camera you wish to remove.
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4. Click the Remove Camera icon
Figure 44 Remove a Camera from a Carousel
5. Repeat for all cameras you wish to remove.
6. Click Ok when done.
7. Click the Save icon to save the view.
TO CHANGE OR VIEW THE DWELL TIME FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CAMERA
1. In the Views Tab, select the view with the carousel you wish to configure.
2. Click on the pane with the carousel.
3. Locate the camera whose dwell time you wish to modify.
4. Click the Set Dwell Time button.
A pop-up appears with a dwell time slider bar. The camera will inherit the default dwell time.
Figure 45 Setting the Dwell Time for an Individual Camera
5. Uncheck the Default checkbox. This enables the slider.
6. You may click & drag the slider to set the dwell time (in seconds) or you may type the number of
seconds.
7. Click off of the Dwell Time pop-up, preferable somewhere else on the Carousel Editor.
8. Use the scroll bar to switch to and configure other cameras in this carousel.
9. Click Ok when done.
10. Click the Save icon to save the view.
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Hot Spot Configuration
Administrators can configure the quality of the camera video displayed in a Hotspot.
TO CONFIGURE A HOT SPOT
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Hot Spot. (For information on creating a
view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the pane with the corresponding video.
A pane configuration pop-up appears corresponding to the type of pane content selected (in this
case, a hot spot).
Figure 46 Configuring Hot Spot Output
3. You have the option to modify the following:
Framerate
This setting is the framerate for the hot spot while viewing Live
video in Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default),
Medium or Low. Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option Keep
Original may result in black vertical or horizontal bars
surrounding the video when viewed in Ocularis Client. The Fit to
Window option will cause the video to be stretched to fit the
window pane and may appear slightly distorted.
Quality
Options are: Original, Super High, High, Medium, and Low.
This setting applies to Live as well as Recorded video. To save on
bandwidth, lower the image quality. The video from the camera is
re-encoded to a JPEG format on the server before being sent to
Ocularis Client.
The default quality setting, Original, provides full quality of the
original video. Low quality re-encodes the image to an output
width of 160 pixels and a JPEG quality level of 20%.
Keep when maximized
When an individual pane is maximized in Ocularis Client, the
default is to display the video in its Original quality. Check this box
to maintain the quality parameters set here when the pane is
maximized to full screen.
4. Click Ok when done.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
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Push Video Configuration
Push Video panes are used in Ocularis Client to manually push video from one logged in Ocularis Base
user to another logged in user. The Push Video function uses port 7007.
TO CONFIGURE PUSH VIDEO
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Push Video Port pane. (For information on
creating a view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the Push Video pane.
Figure 47 Configuring a Push Video Pane
3. You have the option to modify the following:
Framerate
This setting is the framerate for the pushed video while viewing in
Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default), Medium or
Low. Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option Keep
Original may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding
the video when viewed in Ocularis Client. The Fit to Window
option will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane
and may appear slightly distorted.
Quality
Options are: Original, Super High, High, Medium, and Low. To
save on bandwidth, lower the image quality. The video from the
camera is re-encoded to a JPEG format on the server before being
sent to Ocularis Client.
The default quality setting, Original, provides full quality of the
original video. Low quality re-encodes the image to an output
width of 160 pixels and a JPEG quality level of 20%.
Keep when maximized
When an individual pane is maximized in Ocularis Client, the
default is to display the video in its Original quality. Check this box
to maintain the quality parameters set here when the pane is
maximized to full screen.
Window Index
If there are multiple panes configured for Push Video this index
determines the order in which pushed video will appear in the view.
4. Click Ok when done.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
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Web Page Configuration
In addition to camera video, panes may be populated by an HTML page accessible via URL or IP
Address. Typical examples of these include:
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Company websites or logos

Online or static maps

Link collections

IP Camera configuration page
Note:
Panes with web pages or images may not be maximized in Ocularis Client. For web pages, we recommend
using a large size pane or even a 1 x 1 pane.
TO CONFIGURE A WEB PAGE
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Web Page. (For information on creating a
view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the pane with the Web Page.
A Web Page configuration pop-up appears.
Figure 48 Configuring a Web Page Pane
3. Type in the URL or IP Address for the content to be displayed. You will see a preview of the
page.
4. Click Ok.
The web page will now appear in the Ocularis Client and the user will be able to navigate the page using
embedded links.
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TO MODIFY WEB PAGE CONFIGURATION
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Web Page. (For information on creating a
view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the title bar of the pane with the Web Page. This is the black bar with the text “World
Wide Web Port”.
Figure 49 Click the title bar to configure a pane with a Web Page
The Web Page configuration pop-up appears.
Figure 50 Edit a web page URL
3. Modify the URL as needed.
4. Click Ok when done.
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Image Configuration
In addition to camera video, panes may be populated by static image. Typical examples of these include
company logos, suspect photos, maps or other images in .jpg, .gif or .png format. Images are placed in
the Web Page configuration pane.
Note:
Panes with images may not be maximized in Ocularis Client so consider the size of the pane when you assign
the image.
TO CONFIGURE AN IMAGE IN A WEB PAGE
1. In the Views Tab, select the view which contains a Web Page. (For information on creating a
view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2. Click on the pane with the Web Page.
A Web Page configuration pop-up appears.
Figure 51 Configuring a Web Page Pane
3. In the URL text box, enter the full path and filename of the image. For instance: c:\photo.gif
4. Click Ok.
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Blank Screen Configuration
As the name indicates, the view pane configured with a Blank Screen remains ‘blank’ until populated by
video triggered by an event. The event trigger is configured in Ocularis Administrator and is discussed in
Event Rules on page 17.
TO CONFIGURE A BLANK SCREEN
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Blank Screen. (For information on creating
a view see To Create A View within a Folder on page 41.)
2.
Click on the pane with the Blank Screen.
Figure 52 Configuring a Blank Screen Pane
3. You have the option to modify the following:
Framerate
This setting is the framerate for the pushed video while viewing in
Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default), Medium or
Low. Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option Keep
Original may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding
the video when viewed in Ocularis Client. The Fit to Window
option will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane
and may appear slightly distorted.
Quality
Options are: Original, Super High, High, Medium, and Low. To
save on bandwidth, lower the image quality. The video from the
camera is re-encoded to a JPEG format on the server before being
sent to Ocularis Client.
The default quality setting, Original, provides full quality of the
original video. Low quality re-encodes the image to an output width
of 160 pixels and a JPEG quality level of 20%.
Dwell Time
This is the amount of time in seconds that video will be displayed in
a Blank Screen pane; applies to low and medium priority only.
Keep when maximized
When an individual pane is maximized in Ocularis Client, the
default is to display the video in its Original quality. Check this box
to maintain the quality parameters set here when the pane is
maximized to full screen.
4. Click Ok when done.
5. Click the Save icon to save the view.
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Assets Tab
The Assets Tab displays a centralized repository of all graphic images and audio files used in Ocularis
Base. Administrators import graphic files and icon assets in this tab that may be used to configure
Ocularis Maps.
Each organization will have a unique set of images and there is no limit to the amount of images that may
be imported. An unlimited amount of audio files for use in alert notifications are also imported here.
Graphic images are imported through the Assets Tab and configured in the Maps Tab.
Audio files are imported through the Assets Tab and configured in the Server / Events Tab.
Figure 53 Assets Tab
The Assets Tab is divided into three sections:
1. The upper section displays imported map images.
2. The middle section displays default and imported icons used for cameras and other items on
maps.
3. The lower section displays imported sound files.
Maps
This area houses the navigation maps available for use within the Ocularis Maps feature. Navigation
maps can be any descriptive image of the surveillance installation – geographical maps, CAD
drawings, aerial photographs, architectural plans, etc. Image file types supported are: .jpg, .png, .gif
and .bmp. The system supports an unlimited number of maps.
Icons
Icons identify items placed on Ocularis Maps. Icons can be any imported .png image file. Typically,
icon images are of IP cameras. The first icon on the left is reserved for the default display when a
camera is placed on a map. There is also a default icon for when a view is placed on a map.
Administrators import maps and icons here in the Assets tab first and then continue with map
configuration in the Maps tab.
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Audios
Audio files placed here may be used by the administrator to configure the sound played when an alert
occurs. The default sound is set on the Ocularis Base Server and is identified by the green
checkmark. The default “sound” may be None, which therefore indicates no sound during alert
notification. The audio file type supported is: .wav.
Maps
TO ADD A MAP TO THE ASSETS TAB
1. In the Assets Tab, click the Add Map button.
2. Browse for the image file and select it.
3. Click Open.
A thumbnail image of the map appears in the Maps area of the Assets Tab. Images are displayed in
alphabetical order of the filename.
TO DELETE A MAP FROM THE ASSETS TAB
Use the following procedure to remove a map image from Ocularis Administrator. This will not delete the
image file from the source location.
1. In the Assets Tab, select the map to be removed. You may use the [SHIFT] or [CTRL] function
keys to select multiple files.
2. Click the Delete button.
An “Are you sure you want to delete…?” pop-up window appears.
3. Click Yes to remove the map(s).
Icons
TO IMPORT OR MODIFY AN ICON
Use the following procedure to set or replace an icon. Icon 1 is the default icon used when creating new
items on a map so you may want to leave this Icon as the default.
1. In the Assets Tab, select the icon to be set.
2. Click the Set Icon button.
3. Browse to the image file and select it.
4. Click Open.
The icon is displayed in the Icons section of the Assets Tab.
TO REMOVE AN ICON
Use the following procedure to remove an imported icon image and reset it to the default.
1. In the Assets Tab, select the icon to be changed. You may use the [SHIFT] or [CTRL] function
keys to select multiple icons.
2. Click the Reset icon button.
The icon(s) should be reset.
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TO ADD AN AUDIO FILE TO THE ASSETS TAB
1. In the Assets Tab, click the Add Audio button.
2. Browse for the sound file and select it. The maximum size of the .wav file is 4 MB.
3. Click Open.
An image with the name of the sound file appears in the Audios area of the Assets Tab. Sound files are
displayed in alphabetical order of the filename.
TO DELETE AN AUDIO FILE FROM THE ASSETS TAB
Use the following procedure to remove a sound file from Ocularis Administrator. This will not delete the
file from the source location.
1. In the Assets Tab, select the sound file to be removed.
2. Click the Delete button.
An “Are you sure you want to delete…?” pop-up window appears.
3. Click Yes to remove the audio file.
TO SET OR MODIFY THE DEFAULT AUDIO FILE
Ocularis Base Server is installed with one default sound file: redalert.wav. The blue checkmark symbol
indicates the default sound in the Assets tab. When an alert notification is configured, the default setting
here is assigned to the alert. If the default audio file is a .wav file, that sound will play when the alert
occurs. If the default audio file is ‘None’, no sound will play when the alert takes place. Administrators
can configure sound on an alert by alert basis in the Servers / Events tab. A green checkmark indicates
that the sound file is assigned for use to an alert.
1. In the Assets Tab, right-click the sound file to be set as the default. Or select ‘None’ to have no
sound as the default
2. Select Set to Default in the resulting right-click menu.
Figure 54 Setting the default Audio Asset
The .wav file now is displayed with the green checkmark to indicate it as the default audio asset.
TO PREVIEW AN AUDIO FILE
To preview the sound that a particular .wav file will make when the alert occurs:
1. In the Assets Tab, right-click the sound file to be previewed.
2. Select Play (Preview Sound) in the resulting right-click menu.
The .wav file now is played through the local pc speakers.
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Maps Tab
Once maps and icons have been imported in the Assets Tab, they can be configured in the Maps Tab.
Figure 55 Maps Tab
The left side of the Maps Tab contains elements available for configuring a map and is segmented into a
section for Group selection, Maps, Map Shortcuts, Contents (Cameras and Views) and Pins. The right
side of the Maps Tab is the working area used to display and configure a map.
Maps are configured and organized by user group. Administrators should select the group for which the
map should be configured.
TO ADD A MAP
This procedure assumes that navigation maps have already been imported into the Assets Tab. (See To
Add A Map to the Assets Tab on page 55.)
1. In the Maps Tab, select the group from the Group drop-down menu for which the map should be
available.
2. Click the Add new map icon.
The Select Map dialog box appears populated by maps that exist in the Assets Tab.
3. Select the map you wish to add.
4. Click Select.
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TO DISPLAY A MAP
This procedure assumes that navigation maps have already been added for the Group in the Maps Tab.
1. In the Maps tab, double-click the map name in the Maps list.
2. Reposition the image in the working area by clicking and dragging the map to the desired
location.
Once a map is added to a group, a green checkmark icon appears next to the map image in the Assets
Tab. This helps administrators manage system assets.
Figure 56 Used Maps in Assets Tab shown with Green Checkmark
In the example shown in Figure 56, the Blue Hill Courtyard and Blue Hill Plaza Map 1 maps have been
assigned to a group. The office-floor-plan map has not been assigned to any group.
TO REMOVE A MAP
1. In the Maps Tab, select the map you wish to remove.
2. Click the Delete Selected Map icon.
An “Are you sure you want to delete this map?” dialog box appears.
3. Click Yes to remove the map.
The map is removed from the group but it is still available to other groups from within Ocularis
Administrator.
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Working with Maps
Once maps are assigned to Group in the Maps tab, you can:

Add Cameras to A Map

Add Views to A Map

Link one map to another Map
TO ADD A CAMERA TO A MAP
1.
In the Maps tab, display the map to add a camera(s). (see To Display a Map on page 57.)
2.
Expand the Camera list in the Contents area by clicking the arrow next to Cameras.
Figure 57 Expanded Camera List
3. Click, drag and drop the camera from the Cameras list to the location on the map.
TO RELOCATE A CAMERA ON A MAP
1. Locate the camera on the map and simply drag and drop the camera to the desired location.
TO REMOVE A CAMERA FROM A MAP
1. Locate the camera on the map.
2. Click the delete icon next to the camera to delete.
Figure 58 Remove a Camera
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TO CHANGE THE APPEARANCE OF A CAMERA ICON
The first image shown in the Icons section in the Assets tab is the default icon used when adding
cameras to maps. The second icon is the default used for views. You may customize the icons for each
camera to signify a camera model or type or any designation you so choose. (See To Import or Modify an
Icon on page 55).
1. Locate the camera icon on the map you wish to change.
2. Right-click the icon.
3. The icons from the Assets tab appear. Click the desired icon.
TO RESIZE A CAMERA ICON
1. Locate the camera icon on the map you wish to change.
2. Hold the [SHIFT] key and position the mouse over the camera icon until you see a set of 4
arrows.
3. Click and drag the mouse in a vertical direction up and down to make the icon larger or smaller.
4. Release the mouse when done.
Figure 59 Resize a camera icon
TO ROTATE A CAMERA ICON
1. Locate the camera icon on the map you wish to change.
2. Hold the [CTRL] key and position the mouse over the camera icon until you see a curved arrow.
3. Click and drag the mouse in a vertical direction up and down to rotate the icon.
4. Release the mouse when done.
Figure 60 Rotate a camera icon
TO ZOOM A MAP
1. Display the map in the working area of the Maps tab.
2. Zoom in and out using either the:
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or Zoom Out
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Figure 61 Sample Map with custom icons
Linking Maps
Linking maps allows you to easily navigate from map to map and back again. Links to maps can be
embedded within a map or displayed as floating links within the map display.

To Embed a Link in a Map

To Display A Floating Map Link
Prior to creating an embedded or floating link, you must first set the pin(s) on the map(s).
TO SET A MAP PIN
1. In the Maps Tab, with the desired group selected, open the destination map or the map to which
you would like be linked. This is the map that must include the pin(s).
2. Position the map on the screen and zoom in or out so that the map is positioned in the location
you wish it to be displayed when it is brought up by the link.
3. Click the Add New Pin icon.
4. In the resulting Enter Pin Name dialog box, enter a descriptive name for this pin.
5. Click OK.
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Figure 62 Courtyard map with corresponding pin
6. Repeat steps 1-5 above to add additional pins to a map.
TO EMBED A LINK IN A MAP
1. In the Maps Tab, with the desired group selected, be sure to have already set the pins on the
destination map. See To Set a Map Pin on page 61.
2. Display the map on which you would like to place the embedded link.
3. You need to draw an area or zone where when clicked, will open up the linked map. Click the
Draw Area button.
Figure 63 Draw Link Area
4. Use the mouse to draw a polygonal shape on the map which will link to the previous map. Click,
release and drag with the right-button and when you get to a corner, click the right-button. Repeat
this process for each leg of the shape. When you return to the starting point (“pencil”), the shape
outline turns white. Click the right mouse button and releasing the mouse establishes the shape.
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The shape will appear shaded in color and be labeled “unnamed”.
Figure 64 Link Area unnamed and unassigned
5. Click and drag a pin created earlier onto the unnamed shaded area. The area name will change
to display the pin name.
Figure 65 Pin Name Link
6. Click the pin area to be brought to the linked map.
TO RETURN TO ORIGINAL MAP FROM A LINKED MAP
Once you have navigated to a map via a link, you may return to the original map by either:

Creating another pin to the original map using steps 1- 5 in the above section.

Click the Go Back icon.
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TO DISPLAY A FLOATING MAP LINK
Floating map links are easy to assign to multiple maps and appear on the Ocularis Maps display. They
are particularly useful in navigating very large maps. These links may appear on a single map or all maps
for the selected group.
On the Maps Tab, there is a list of Map Shortcuts. This list is organized by group. It contains two
expandable nodes:
All Maps – this option includes all maps assigned to the group.
Individual Maps – when expanded, you will see a list of all maps for the selected group.
Floating Map Pins can be assigned to a map on an individual basis or to all maps of the group.
1. In the Maps Tab, with the desired group selected, be sure to have already set the pins on the
destination map. See To Set a Map Pin on page 61.
2. Determine the map you would like to assign the pin to. You may desire to add the link to all maps.
If you wish to assign the link on a single map, or map by map basis, expand Individual Maps.
3. Drag and drop the pin from the Pins list to the single map under Individual Maps or All Maps in
the Map Shortcuts list.
Figure 66 Drag and drop Map Shortcut Pin
The map appears in the Map Shortcuts list.
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4. Repeat for each map pin you wish to add.
5. Click the Save icon to save the map configuration.
When you open Ocularis Client, the floating map pin will appear as shown in Figure 67.
Figure 67 Floating Map Pin
Views on Maps
Views may be added to Maps for use with Ocularis Client. When working with maps and video walls,
entire views from a map may be pushed to a video wall.
TO ADD A VIEW TO A MAP
1. In the Maps tab, display the map to add the view. (See To Display a Map on page 57.)
2. Expand the Views list in the Contents area by clicking the arrow next to Views.
Figure 68 Expanded Views List
3. Click, drag and drop the view from the Views list to the location on the map.
The view will use Icon 2 located in the Assets Tab. You may want to develop your own icon for use
specifically for views.
Note:
Views that contain a Web Page pane may not be added to a map and will appear grayed out in the Views list.
A view that contains a hotspot may be added but the pane with the hotspot will not display any images.
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Event Management
Ocularis Base facilitates displaying, investigating and shared handling of events received from:

An NVR’s native video motion detection (VMD) component

Attached Devices

Integrated Video Content Analytics

Third party access control and security systems
Administrators determine which events to which a user should be altered. Ocularis Alerts maintain the
following features:
 All incoming alerts appear in the Alerts Manager in the Ocularis Client.
 Video walls or Views containing a Blank Screen will display video from configured Alerts.
 Alert notifications may be designated with low, medium or high priority. Alerts with high priority
will display on the Ocularis Client until a user “handles” the event. Medium or low priority alerts
displays for a designated time period.
 Alerts appear in the order of occurrence
Each alert is accompanied by relevant metadata. Typically this includes the camera name that captured
the event, time, date and type of event. The type of event is specified in generic terms (e.g. ‘VMD Event’)
or, in the case of video content analytics or access control-generated events, by the analytics rule that
triggered the event (e.g. “Stalled Vehicle on Shoulder’).
Multiple authorized operators can share the investigation and handling of events through the dynamicallyupdated Alerts Manager in Ocularis Client. Once an event is ‘handled’, it is removed from the Alerts
Manager. In this case, subsequent handling is possible only through Handled Alerts in the Ocularis Client.
Note:
In order to use events with Ocularis Base, an NVR event proxy must first be installed. See the Ocularis
Installation & Licensing Guide for instructions on installation and configuration of supported event proxies.
Event Configuration
Configuring events begins with identifying which cameras you would like to monitor. Typical camera
related events which may be monitored include (but are not limited to):

Motion

Camera is enabled

Camera is disabled

Camera is not responding

Video Signal change (rise or fall)

Audio Signal change (rise or fall)

Tampering
Software specific events include:
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Third party events include:
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Analytic Event

Generic / Data Link Event
To instruct Ocularis which events you wish you monitor and create event associations, see Events Pane
on page 14.
Quick Reference – EVENTS
The following steps are necessary in order for events to work properly with Ocularis.
EVENT CONFIGURATION WITH OCULARIS BASE
Follow these basic instructions to insure event configuration is done properly.
1. In the Ocularis Administrator Server / Events tab, if applicable add the NVR which contain the
events you wish to monitor.
2. Restart the NVR event proxy in order for Ocularis Base to recognize the NVR events.
3. In the Ocularis Administrator Server / Events tab, drag cameras listed beneath the NVR to the
events you want to enable. (see To Associate Camera Video with Events (To Create an Event
Rule)on page 17).
4. If desired, change the priority of the alert by highlighting the event and clicking the Properties
button. (see To Modify the Priority of an Event on page 18).
5. If desired, modify the sound played when the event occurs. (see To Modify the Audio of an Event
on page 19).
6. In the Ocularis Administrator Users / Privileges tab, make sure the appropriate user has
privileges to the camera. (see To Assign Devices To A Group on page 30).
7. In the Ocularis Administrator Distribution Groups tab, be sure that the user is assigned to a
distribution group which has corresponding events assigned in the group’s filter and that the
weekly and holiday schedules are set appropriately. (see Distribution Groups on page 73).
8. The OnSSI Event Coordinator service must be running on the Ocularis server machine. (See The
OnSSI Event Coordinator on page 86).
Event Handling
As events are triggered and alerts are displayed in the Ocularis Client, the user has the opportunity to
handle or ignore the alert.
When a user handles an event through the Ocularis Client, it can be assigned a Classification, a Tag or
Case File. These provide the operator with a means of organizing the alert. These organizational
parameters are configured in the Table Management tab of the Ocularis Administrator. For information
on handling events in Ocularis Client, see the Ocularis Client User Manual.
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Table Management Tab
The following tasks are available on the Table Management Tab:

Configure Classifications

Configure Tags

Configure Cases
Figure 69 Table Management Tab
The Table Management tab is divided into 3 vertical panes: Classifications, Tags, and Cases.
Configure Classifications
When operators handle events or create a bookmark in the Ocularis Client, the events or bookmark may
be categorized into predefined classes as defined by the system administrator. The default classifications
are:

False

Nuisance
TO CREATE A NEW CLASSIFICATION
1. In the Table Management tab, click the Add New button in the Classifications pane.
A editable field is inserted into the Classifications list.
2. Type in a descriptive name for the classification.
3. Press [ENTER].
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Figure 70 Add a new Classification
TO MODIFY A CLASSIFICATION
1. In the Table Management tab, double-click the classification you wish to modify.
The field should become editable.
2. Type in text changes as desired.
3. Press [ENTER].
Note:
Modifying the name of a classification is global. Therefore, If you modify the name of a classification that has
already been used in a bookmark or handled event, it will also change in that bookmark or handled event.
TO DELETE A CLASSIFICATION
1.
In the Table Management tab, select the classification you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete button in the Classifications pane.
3. An “Are you sure that you want to delete this classification…” pop-up appears. Click Yes to
delete the classification.
Note:
Classifications which have been used in a bookmark or handled event may not be deleted.
Note:
Classifications may also be created on the fly from the Ocularis Client as an operator is handling the event or
creating a bookmark. Classifications, however, may only be modified or deleted through the Ocularis
Administrator.
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Configure Tags
When operators handle events or create bookmarks in the Ocularis Client, he or she may assign a tag or
keyword to the event. Administrators may modify or delete tags entered by operators in the Ocularis
Administrator Table Management tab.
TO MODIFY A TAG
1. In the Table Management tab, double-click the tag you wish to modify.
The field should become editable.
2. Type in text changes as desired.
3. Press [ENTER].
Note:
Modifying the name of a tag is global. Therefore, If you modify the name of a tag that has already been used
in a bookmark or handled event, it will also change in that bookmark or handled event.
TO DELETE A TAG
1.
In the Table Management tab, select the tag you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete button in the Tags pane.
3. An “Are you sure that you want to delete this tag…” pop-up appears. Click Yes to delete the tag.
Note:
Tags which have been used in a bookmark or handled event may not be deleted.
Note:
Tags are created on the fly from the Ocularis Client as an operator is handling an event or creating a
bookmark. Tags, however, may only be modified or deleted through the Ocularis Administrator.
Configure Cases
When operators handle events or create bookmarks in the Ocularis Client, the events or bookmarks may
be assigned to an incident case. The use of incidence cases is optional. Case names can be created in
Ocularis Administrator by the system administrator or on the fly as an operator is handling a case or
creating a bookmark.
TO CREATE A NEW CASE
1. In the Table Management tab, click the Add button in the Cases pane.
A editable field is inserted into the Cases list.
2. Type in a descriptive name for the Case.
3. Press [ENTER].
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TO MODIFY A CASE
1. In the Table Management tab, double-click the case you wish to modify.
The field should become editable.
2. Type in text changes as desired.
3. Press [ENTER].
Note:
Modifying the name of a case is global. Therefore, If you modify the name of a case that has already been
used in a bookmark or handled event, it will also change in that bookmark or handled event.
TO DELETE A CASE
1.
In the Table Management tab, select the case you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete button in the Cases pane.
3. An “Are you sure that you want to delete this case…” pop-up appears. Click Yes to delete the
case.
Note:
Cases which have been used in a bookmark or handled event may not be deleted.
Note:
Cases may also be created on the fly from the Ocularis Client as an operator is handling an event or creating
a bookmark. Cases, however, may only be modified or deleted through the Ocularis Administrator.
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Distribution Groups Tab
In the Servers / Events Tab, system administrators configure the events which should be monitored on
the entire system. The Distribution Groups Tab allows system administrators the ability to configure the
distribution of alert notifications for the system events. The system administrator determines who should
receive which alert notification and when they should receive it. A user must be assigned to a distribution
group in order for that user to receive alerts.
Distribution Groups are also designed to filter the myriad of alerts and “distribute” them to only those
users who really need to see them. As an example, you may want to alert the weekend lobby security
guard of only the alerts generated in or near the lobby during weekend hours.
The Distribution Group tab is divided into two panes: on the left is the list of existing Distribution Groups
and on the right is the detail for a selected group. Before a user can view events in the Alerts Manager in
Ocularis Client, the user must be assigned appropriate permissions in this tab.
TO CREATE A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, click the New button.
A editable field is inserted into the Distribution Groups list.
2. Type in a descriptive name for the Distribution Group.
3. Press [ENTER].
The new group appears in the Distribution Groups list.
Figure 71 Distribution Group Tab
TO MODIFY A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, double-click the Distribution Group you wish to rename.
2. The text becomes highlighted. Make the required change and press [ENTER].
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TO DELETE A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, select the Distribution Group you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete button.
3. In the “Are you sure you want to delete the distribution group…” pop-up, click Yes to delete the
group.
Distribution Groups
There are four (4) parameters to configure for each Distribution Group:

Users

Filter

Weekly Schedule

Holiday Schedule
Figure 72 Distribution Group parameters
Users
Users are the first parameter to configure when creating a Distribution Group.
TO ASSIGN A USER TO A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the group and highlight the Users parameter for the
group you wish to configure.
The tab updates and displays two panes: Users in Distribution Group on the left and All Users
on the right.
2. In the All Users pane, expand the user group which contains the user you want to assign.
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3. Drag & drop the user name from the All Users list on the right to the Users in Distribution
Group pane on the left.
You may only move one user at a time

Users from different user groups may be assigned to the same distribution group

The same user may be assigned to multiple distribution groups
Figure 73 Drag & Drop to Assign Users to Distribution Groups
Group Administrators
Users with the Group Administrator privilege may create Distribution Groups that include only those users
within their User Group. Group Administrators may have users in their Distribution Group that are not part
of their User Group because they were added by the admin user. In this case, Group Administrators do
not have permission to edit or remove these users as their names will be grayed out.
TO UNASSIGN A USER FROM A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the group and highlight the Users parameter for the
user you wish to remove.
2. Drag & drop the user name from the Users in Distribution Group list on the left to the All Users
pane on the right.
Report Permissions
Each user may be assigned varying access to available reports. This assignment is done in the
Distribution Groups Tab, within the Users parameter. Reports are assigned at the user level.
TO ASSIGN REPORT PERMISSIONS TO A USER
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Users
parameter for the user you wish to configure.
2. Select the user in the Users in Distribution Group pane.
3. Click the Report Permissions button.
4. In the Report Permissions pop-up, check the report(s) for which the selected user should have
access.
5. Click Ok.
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TO MODIFY OR REMOVE REPORT PERMISSIONS FOR A USER
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Users
parameter for the user you wish to configure.
2. Select the user in the Users in Distribution Group pane.
3. Click the Report Permissions button.
4. In the Report Permissions pop-up, check or uncheck the report(s) for which the selected user
should have access.
5. Click Ok.
Figure 74 Assigning Report Permissions
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Filter
The Filter parameter is used to identify which events to which the group’s members should be alerted.
You may, for instance, want the Security Guards from the north building to only see events from cameras
located in the vicinity of the north building. By restricting the set of events that a particular user can view
limits the amount of unnecessary events that potentially can be handled by that user. Filters are
assigned at the Distribution Group level.
TO ASSIGN EVENTS TO A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Filter
parameter for the group you wish to configure.
The tab updates and displays two panes: Enabled Events in this Distribution Group on the left
and All Events on the right.
2. Drag & drop an event from the All Events list on the right to the Users in Distribution Group
pane on the left.

You may move one event at a time or the entire hierarchical group of events.

You may move composite events, data link events or any event listed in the All Events
pane.
Figure 75 Assigning Events to a Distribution Group
TO MODIFY EVENT ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Filter
parameter for the group you wish to modify.
2. Modify filter assignments by dragging & dropping an event from the Enabled Events list on the
left to the All Events pane on the right to remove an event assignment.
3. Drag a new event from the right All Events pane to the left Enabled Events list.
You may move one event at a time or the entire hierarchical group of events.
TO DELETE EVENTS FROM A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Filter
parameter for the group you wish to modify.
2. Remove filter assignments by dragging & dropping an event from the Enabled Events list on the
left to the All Events pane on the right to remove an event assignment.
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Weekly Schedule
Schedules for Distributions Groups can be set up to allow alert notification only during specific dates
and times. This decreases the amount of alerts that a given user is shown, making managing alerts
an easier task.
By default, the Weekly Schedule is set to be on 24/7, seven days a week.
TO SET A WEEKLY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Weekly
Schedule parameter for the group whose weekly schedule you wish to set.
A Weekly Schedule appears in the details pane.
Figure 76 Setting a Weekly Schedule
Tip: If you position the mouse over the timescale, a balloon appears displaying the Start and
End time on the timescale.
2. For each day of the week, click and drag to set the time schedule.
3. When you release the mouse, the Time Range pop-up appears with the Start Time and End
Time displayed.
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Figure 77 Time Range Pop-Up
4. Click Ok to save the Time Range settings.
5. Repeat for each day of the week.
You may set multiple time ranges within a given day.
TO MODIFY A WEEKLY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Weekly
Schedule parameter for the group whose weekly schedule you wish to modify.
The Weekly Schedule appears in the details pane.
2. Click on a Time Range you wish to modify.
The Time Range pop-up appears as shown in Figure 77.
3. Modify the Start Time and / or End Time as needed.
4. Click Ok to save the Time Range settings.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each day of the week you wish to modify.
TO CLEAR A WEEKLY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Weekly
Schedule parameter for the group whose weekly schedule you wish to delete.
The Weekly Schedule appears in the details pane.
2. Click on the Clear Schedule icon next to the day of the week you wish to clear.
Figure 78 Clear a Weekly Schedule
The schedule for that day has been removed.
3. Repeat for each day of the week whose schedule you wish to clear.
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Figure 79 Cleared Schedule for Monday
TO RESET A WEEKLY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Weekly
Schedule parameter for the group whose weekly schedule you wish to reset.
The Weekly Schedule appears in the details pane.
2. Click on the Reset Schedule icon next to the day of the week you wish to reset.
Figure 80 Reset a Weekly Schedule
The schedule for that day has been reset to the default of 24 hours.
3. Repeat for each day of the week whose schedule you wish to reset.
Figure 81 Reset Schedule
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Holiday Schedule
Weekly schedules are for general use throughout the year. However, during days when an
organization works a limited number of hours or with a limited number of employees, a Holiday
Schedule can be followed.
Holiday Schedules are set on a group basis and override any time range set in a Weekly Schedule.
By default, no Holiday Schedule is set and therefore, this task must be done for each Distribution
Group.
TO SET A HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Holiday
Schedule parameter for the group whose Holiday Schedule you wish to set.
The details pane displays a Holiday Schedule with a pull-down menu for the year and an Add
New Holiday icon.
Figure 82 Holiday Schedules
2. Select the year for the holiday from the year drop-down menu.
3. Click the Add New Holiday icon.
An Add Holiday pop-up appears displaying a calendar.
4. Navigate to the month and day for the holiday and click the date to select it.
5. Click the Add button to add the date to the Holiday Schedule.
6. Once the date is added, the Time Range for the Holiday should be specified. Click and drag
along the timescale to select the Start and End times.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each Holiday for this Distribution Group.
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TO MODIFY A HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Holiday
Schedule parameter for the group whose Holiday Schedule you wish to modify.
The details pane displays the group’s Holiday Schedule.
2. To modify a Time Range, click on the range and change the Start Time and / or End Time directly
and then click Ok.
3. To Add an additional holiday, click the Add New Holiday icon.
4. Navigate to the month and day for the holiday and click the date to select it.
5. Click the Add button to add the date to the Holiday Schedule.
6. Once the date is added, the Time Range for the Holiday should be specified. Click and drag
along the timescale to select the Start and End times.
Figure 83 Setting a Time Range during a Holiday
7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each Holiday for this Distribution Group.
TO DELETE A HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
1. In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand the Distribution Group and highlight the Holiday
Schedule parameter for the group whose Holiday Schedule you wish to remove.
The details pane displays the group’s Holiday Schedule.
2. To delete a Time Range for a particular holiday, click on the range itself and click the Remove
button in the resulting Time Range pop-up.
3. To delete an entire holiday day, click the Delete Holiday icon.
Figure 84 Delete a Holiday icon
The Holiday is removed from the schedule.
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Video Walls Tab
The Video Walls tab of Ocularis Administrator is used to define a video wall used in Ocularis. Multiple
video walls may be used and defined here. Remote Video Wall is an optional add-on component to
Ocularis.
Figure 85 Video Walls Tab
Video wall configuration is organized into Sites and Stations.
A Site is a descriptive name to define a collection of video monitors (or stations) within it. A Site is
synonymous with the term Video Wall. There may be many Sites in an Ocularis installation.
A Station defines the PC to which the video monitors are attached. A Station is configured by identifying
its IP address and coordinates for the wall position.
Creating a Video Wall
Defining a video wall involves two steps:

Creating a Video Wall Site

Creating a Video Wall Station
TO CREATE A VIDEO WALL SITE
1. In the Video Walls tab, click the Add Site button.
A new site is added. Modify the text to change the site name.
TO CREATE A VIDEO WALL STATION
For each Video Wall Site, the station(s) of the video wall must be defined.
1. In the Video Walls tab, select the site for the station you wish to add.
2. Click the Add Station button.
3. Modify the name of the New Station.
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4. Set the IP Address to the IP Address of the PC where the video wall resides.
5. If desired, change the X or Y Offset. For more information, see Offsets below.
6. Repeat the above steps for each station within the site.
Assigning Video Wall Privileges
Once a video wall site has been created, it must be assigned to a user group or groups in order for it to
be visible in the Ocularis Client. This privilege is assigned in the Users / Privileges Tab. For more
information, see To Assign a Video Wall To A Group on page 32.
Offsets
The Offsets defined in a video wall station allow the administrator control over where the video wall
graphic will appear on the Ocularis Map as viewed in the Ocularis Client. In most cases, you do not need
to configure the X or Y offset at all. If the offset defaults are used (X=0 and Y=0), the video walls will
appear from left to right in the order they appear in the station. See the examples below for more
clarification.
If you want to change the position of the video wall graphic for a station while viewing an Ocularis Map,
you can do so by changing the X or the Y Offset. This will reposition the tile in the Ocularis Client
interface to reflect an alternate position.
Example 1:
A Video Wall has three monitors and two PCs. Each monitor has a resolution set to 1280 x 1024
Station 1 has two monitors and IP Address 192.168.11.230
Station 2 has one monitor and IP Address 192.168.11.231
Offsets set to 0
Figure 86 Video Wall Station Settings – Example 1
When viewed in Ocularis Client, this video wall graphic would appear as:
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Figure 87 Video Wall Graphic in Ocularis Client - Example 1
Example 2:
Video Wall has three monitors and two PCs. Each monitor has a resolution set to 1280 x 1024.
Station 1 has two monitors and IP Address 192.168.11.230
Station 2 has one monitor and IP Address 192.168.11.231
Changing the offset for Station 2 to appear to the right and below Station 1
Figure 88 Video Wall Station Settings - Example 2
When viewed in Ocularis Client, the video wall graphic would appear as:
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Figure 89 Video Wall Graphic in Ocularis Client - Example 2
For more information on using Video Walls, refer to the Ocularis Client User Manual.
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Appendix
The following topics are discussed in this appendix:

The OnSSI Event Coordinator
The OnSSI Event Coordinator
The OnSSI Event Coordinator is a service that does much more than coordinate events. It is responsible
for the following:

Storing incoming events in the Ocularis Base database

Dispatching received events to subscribed clients

Adding / Updating event sources from event proxies

Generating thumbnail images from camera streams

Exporting Bookmarks
The OnSSI Event Coordinator (OnSSI EC) works with Windows Message Queuing to receive events from
the NVR Event Proxies, store them in the database and pass the events to the subscribed Ocularis
Client(s). The OnSSI EC resides on the server where Ocularis Base is installed and it is installed
automatically during Ocularis Base installation.
Some behavioral items to note if the OnSSI EC is stopped:

You should still be able to log in to Ocularis Administrator

You will be able to add and update NVRs

The Ocularis Administrator Views tab will not display live thumbnail images of privileged cameras.

The NVR event source, however, will not appear in the Events pane of the Servers / Events tab.
Therefore, you will not be able to assign the event filter to a distribution group.

The Ocularis Client user will not display the event counter in the upper left corner of the screen.

The Ocularis Client user will not be able to display events in the Alerts Manager.

The Ocularis Client user will be able to create a bookmark but will not be able to view it. Be sure
that the OnSSI EC is running before creating a bookmark!
The OnSSI EC may be stopped, started or restarted from the Windows Services screen:
1. Right-click My Computer
2. Select Manage
3. Select Service and Applications
4. Select Services
The service is listed as: OnSSI Event Coordinator Service.
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Contact Information
Contact Information
On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI)
One Blue Plaza
7th Floor
P.O. Box 1555
Pearl River, NY 10965
Website:
www.onssi.com
General:
[email protected]
Fax:
845.732.7999
Sales Support:
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x7011
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[email protected]
845.732.7900 x7012
Training:
[email protected]
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Blank Screen
A Blank Screen is a view pane that is left blank (or “Blank”) and
is used to house video that is triggered by an event.
Bookmark
A Bookmark is a video clip that is saved on the Ocularis Server
for later retrieval.
Carousel
A Carousel is a view pane that will display alternating video
from multiple cameras.
Composite Event
A Composite Event is an event compile by using other events.
It contains at least two events and include an order of events
and time period in which the events occur.
Dwell Time
Dwell time is the time duration camera video will be displayed
before it is replaced by video from another camera in a
carousel.
Event Rule
An Event Rule is a single event associated with a single
camera.
Handled Event
An alert that has been processed or “handled” by an operator
through the Ocularis Client. This event may be assigned a
classification, tag or case file.
Holiday Schedule
A Holiday Schedule identifies to the system when a specific
group of users should receive event and alert information in the
Ocularis Client. A Holiday Schedule overrides a Weekly
Schedule.
Hot Spot
A Hot Spot is a view pane dedicated to displaying the image
from another view pane when manually selected by the user.
Push Video
A Push Video view pane allows video to be received as
“pushed” or directed by another user or triggered by an event.
Video Wall
A Video Wall is a collection of panes, views and monitors used
to display camera video.
Web Page
A Web Page view pane displays html pages.
Weekly Schedule
A Weekly Schedule identifies to the system when a specific
group of users should receive event and alert information in the
Ocularis Client.
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