Ocularis Administrator

Ocularis Administrator
Ocularis™ Administrator
User Manual
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Contents
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................................... 1
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................... 2
PREREQUISITES ......................................................................................................................................... 3
OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR .................................................................................................................... 4
OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR LAUNCH ............................................................................................................. 4
THE OCULARIS ADMINISTRATOR INTERFACE .................................................................................................. 5
Ocularis Administrator Tabs ................................................................................................................... 5
Ocularis Administrator Process Flow ..................................................................................................... 6
Server / Events Tab................................................................................................................................ 7
Servers Pane.......................................................................................................................................................7
Servers List .......................................................................................................................................................10
Updating Servers...............................................................................................................................................11
360° Panomorph Lens Technology ...................................................................................................................13
Selecting Licensed Cameras .............................................................................................................................14
Events Pane ......................................................................................................................................................16
Events Toolbar ..................................................................................................................................................17
Purge Closed Events.........................................................................................................................................18
Batch Handle Events .........................................................................................................................................19
Event Rules .......................................................................................................................................................20
Event Properties ................................................................................................................................................22
Event Retention.................................................................................................................................................24
Composite Events .............................................................................................................................................26
Data Link / Generic Events................................................................................................................................29
Device Filter / Event Filter .................................................................................................................................35
Filter Lock..........................................................................................................................................................37
Users / Privileges Tab .......................................................................................................................... 38
Working with Groups .........................................................................................................................................39
Device Privileges ...............................................................................................................................................40
Privileges Defined................................................................................................................................. 41
Video Wall Privileges.........................................................................................................................................42
Working with Users............................................................................................................................................43
Views Tab ............................................................................................................................................. 46
Resizing Panes .................................................................................................................................................47
View Basics .......................................................................................................................................................48
View Configurations...........................................................................................................................................49
Contents ............................................................................................................................................................49
Content Navigation ............................................................................................................................................50
View Organization .............................................................................................................................................54
Creating Views ..................................................................................................................................................55
View Modification...............................................................................................................................................59
Shared Views ....................................................................................................................................................60
Configuring View Content Types .......................................................................................................................63
Carousel Configuration......................................................................................................................................65
Hot Spot Configuration ......................................................................................................................................70
Push Video Configuration..................................................................................................................................71
Web Configuration.............................................................................................................................................72
Blank Screen Configuration...............................................................................................................................74
Assets Tab............................................................................................................................................ 75
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Maps..................................................................................................................................................................76
Map Icons..........................................................................................................................................................76
Event Audio Clips ..............................................................................................................................................77
Maps Tab.............................................................................................................................................. 79
Working with Maps ............................................................................................................................................83
Linking Maps .....................................................................................................................................................87
Shortcuts and Pins ............................................................................................................................... 87
Sharing Maps ....................................................................................................................................................92
EVENT MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................. 95
EVENT CONFIGURATION .............................................................................................................................96
Quick Reference – EVENTS .............................................................................................................................96
EVENT HANDLING ....................................................................................................................................... 97
Table Management Tab ....................................................................................................................... 97
Configure Classifications ...................................................................................................................................98
Configure Tags..................................................................................................................................................99
Configure Cases..............................................................................................................................................100
Distribution Groups Tab...................................................................................................................... 101
Distribution Groups..........................................................................................................................................102
Video Walls Tab ................................................................................................................................. 111
Configuring a Video Wall .................................................................................................................................112
About Tab ........................................................................................................................................... 113
About OnSSI ...................................................................................................................................................113
License Information .........................................................................................................................................113
Help .................................................................................................................................................................114
APPENDIX................................................................................................................................................ 115
THE ONSSI EVENT COORDINATOR ...........................................................................................................115
CONTACT INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................... 116
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Introduction
Introduction
The Ocularis™ Platform consists of the following components:

Ocularis Base – server software application which regulates and manages the flow of data between video client
users, recording servers, video wall management and automated alerts.

Ocularis Administrator - The front end software application used to manage Ocularis Base.

Ocularis Recording Component - A network video recorder is required to supply camera configuration and
recording.
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Ocularis Client – OnSSI’s award winning video client application.

Optional Add-On Applications – these include Remote Video Wall and Video Content Analytics. 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.
Depending on which feature set of Ocularis you purchased, will depend on which features are available to you.
Ocularis feature sets include:

Ocularis ES
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Ocularis CS
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Ocularis IS

Ocularis PS
See our website www.onssi.com or call OnSSI Sales for more details on the different feature sets. For all features
sets, configuration of Ocularis is performed using the Ocularis Administrator application.
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 Installation & Licensing Guide
Recording Component User Manual
Ocularis Client 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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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 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
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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.

Ocularis Video Recorder Software – This component provides for video recording, camera management,
and archiving configuration. The different feature sets of Ocularis support different recording components.
For instance, Ocularis ES supports recording component RC-E.
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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.

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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Installation
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 recorders and the configuration of users, groups, cameras, maps, events, and video walls.
The Ocularis Administrator application is primarily used by system administrators. This application may be
installed on any machine with connectivity to the Ocularis Base machine, or even the Ocularis Base machine
itself. It may be installed on more than one computer.
Ocularis Administrator Launch
1.
Launch Ocularis Administrator:

from the desktop icon

or from the Windows menu Start  All Programs  OnSSI  Ocularis Admin
Figure 1 Ocularis Administrator Login Screen
2.
3.
4
Fill out the dialog based on the following:
Host
Enter the IP address where the Ocularis Base server software is
installed. Using ‘localhost’ is acceptable if Ocularis Base is on the
current machine. If the IIS port is anything other than 80, add “:port#”
to the IP address.
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.
When complete, click the Login button.
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Tip:
Ocularis Administrator
We recommend that you change the password for the Admin account immediately
for security purposes. See ‘To Modify A User Account’ on page 45 for further
instructions.
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 2 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

Server / Events Tab

Users / Privileges Tab

Views Tab

Distribution Groups Tab

Maps Tab

Video Walls

Table Management Tab
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Assets Tab

About 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 recorders 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. Assign video wall privileges in the Users / Privileges
Tab.
7.
Identify which events and cameras you would like to use in alerts 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 recorders, servers and events within the Ocularis environment.
Figure 3 Servers / Events Tab
The tab contains two panes: Servers and Events. Administrators identify various servers used in the system,
including recording components (NVRs), in the left pane and configure events in the right pane.
Servers Pane
Configuration and information from existing recorders and servers to be used with Ocularis need to be imported
into the Ocularis Administrator. This is done within the Servers pane of the Servers / Events Tab.
Servers Toolbar
The toolbar in the Servers pane of the Servers / Events Tab controls server related functions.
Figure 4 Servers Pane Toolbar
Adding a Server
To Add a Recording Component or Other Server to Ocularis Base
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, click the Add button.
Figure 5 Add New NVR
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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 recorders are controlled through Ocularis Base licensing.


If the port number for the recorder is 80, there is no need to enter it.
If the port number for the recorder is a value other than 80, use the following format:
IP Address:Port Number
For example:
3.
IP Address of Server:
192.168.10.111
Port for recorder:
8080
Enter:
192.167.10.111:8080
If NAT is used due to one or more components requiring access from outside the firewall, click the Enable
NAT checkbox and see To Configure NAT Servers on page 9.
4.
Select the Login type from the drop-down. Choose from Basic or Windows based on an account
located on the recording component that has full access rights.
5.
Enter a User name for the corresponding user account.
Note: It is important to use an account on the recorder or server with full administrative
access. Only one account on the recording component is necessary when using Ocularis
Base.
6.
Enter the Password for the username entered.
7.
Click Add.
The recorder/server should now appear in the list. Repeat this process for each recording component to be
added to the system.
Note: if the recorder you are importing has more cameras than your Ocularis license
allows, you will receive a warning message that the number of cameras exceeds the
amount licensed.
For Editing a Server, see page 11.
For Deleting a Server see page 12.
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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 a Recording Component or Other Server to Ocularis Base found on
page 7.
2.
When you click the Enable 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 Host
Enter the internal IP address of the recording server including “:port
#” after the address. This port number may be the same used in the
External host address.
Subnet
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.
Relation to Base
Same Network – Use this option when the recorder machine is on
the same network as the Ocularis Base machine.
Different Network – Use this option when the recorder machine is on
a different network as the Ocularis Base machine or resides outside
the firewall.
4.
Login type
Choose Basic or Windows based on the user account set up on the
recorder that you will be using to add the recorder.
User name
Enter the user name for a user account on the recorder. In most
cases, add an account with full administrative privileges.
Password
Enter the password for the corresponding user account.
When the Add Server pop-up is completed, click Add.
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Servers List
The resulting Servers list is collapsible and expandable by clicking the symbol in front of the list item. Cameras,
Triggers, Microphones, Speakers, Relay and Alerts are imported from the recorders as shown in Figure 7 .
Figure 7 Added Recorders
WARNING:
The camera names listed here are those assigned in the recording component. Please note that certain
special characters are not supported by Ocularis and if included in a device name, may cause erratic or
non-functional behavior. We recommend you avoid all special characters in camera names and events
including (but not limited to):
<> & ' " \ / : * ? | [ ]
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Updating Servers
In the course of normal use, recorder 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 recorder, the recording component (RC) server information should be updated
periodically.
TO UPDATE A SERVER’S CONFIGURATION
Follow these steps to update recorder configuration and camera list. Use this function when you add or remove
cameras or modify camera settings. This procedure is not to be used to modify the recorder’s IP Address. See
Editing a Server
Follow these steps to modify a recorder’s IP Address or changes to its corresponding username and password.
To Edit a Recorder’s IP Address or Account Info below.
Note:
In earlier versions of Ocularis Base, this function was represented by a ‘Refresh’ button on the
Servers toolbar.
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, right-click the server you wish to update from the Servers pane.
2.
In the resulting menu, select ‘Refresh server’.
Figure 8 Right-click to Refresh the server
An “Updating” message appears as the configuration is refreshed from the selected server.
3.
Repeat these steps on each server you wish to update.
Editing a Server
Follow these steps to modify a recorder’s IP Address or changes to its corresponding username and password.
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TO EDIT A RECORDER’S IP ADDRESS OR ACCOUNT INFO
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, select the server you wish to update from the Servers pane.
2.
Either right-click the server and select ‘Edit server’ or click the Edit button in the Servers Toolbar.
An Edit Server pop-up screen appears.
Figure 9 Edit Server
3.
Modify the settings as needed.
4.
Click the Update button.
An “Updating” message appears as the configuration is updated.
Deleting a Server
Use the procedure below to remove a recorder or other server from the Ocularis Base. This will not delete the
recorder or its software; it will simply remove Ocularis’ access to the server. This function is only available to the
admin user of Ocularis Administrator. ‘Group Administrators’ do not have permission to delete servers.
TO REMOVE A RECORDER OR OTHER SERVER
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, select the server you wish to remove from the Servers pane.
2.
Either right-click the server and select ‘Delete server’ or click the Delete button in the
Servers Toolbar.
A message appears as the server is removed.
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360° Panomorph Lens Technology
In order to take advantage of Immervision’s 360° panomorph lenses, the camera with the panomorph lens needs to
be configured in the Ocularis Administrator.
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, right-click on the camera with the attached Immervision panomorph lens
from the Servers pane.
2.
Select Properties.
A Properties pop-up screen appears.
3.
Click the Panomorph Camera checkbox.
Figure 10 Panomorph Camera Settings
4.
Select where the camera with the panomorph lens is installed under Camera Orientation. Choices are:
Ceiling, Wall, Floor
5.
Select the lens under Lens Type.
6.
Click Ok.
The user will now be able to take advantage of the 360° x 180° field of view provided by the special lens when
viewing via Ocularis Client.
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Selecting Licensed Cameras
In the Servers pane, you may expand the recorders in order to see the imported cameras associated with each
one. A symbol appears next to each camera, indicating if the camera is Ocularis licensed or not.
Camera 2
Camera is licensed (‘camera licensed’)
Camera 2
Camera is not licensed. No camera licenses
are available
Camera 2
Camera is not licensed but available for
selection (‘camera available’)
Ocularis camera licenses are purchased as part of the Ocularis feature set licensing. You may view the quantity of
Ocularis camera licenses in the License Information section of the About Tab.
For example:
The expanded camera list sample shown in Figure 11, indicates the cameras which are licensed, as those with
the ‘camera licensed’ (or green circle) adjacent to the camera name. The cameras without the ‘camera
licensed’ icon prefix, are not licensed and will not be available for use with Ocularis. You must either purchase
additional Ocularis camera licenses or reassign the camera selection.
Figure 11 No available licenses
In this example, there are six camera licenses applied. The ‘Lab Cam – RC-C ‘ Camera S27’ and ‘RC-C
Camera 1 Bldg 2’ cameras are not licensed and are not available for use with Ocularis.
TO REASSIGN CAMERA SELECTION
If you need to reassign camera selection for licensed cameras, follow these steps:
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, expand the recorder and Cameras node accordingly.
2.
Then, deselect a camera which you want to unassign. Do this by clicking on the ‘camera licensed’ icon
(green circle) adjacent to the camera name.
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Figure 12 Click to Unassign Camera License
3.
When a camera license is deselected, unassigned cameras become available for selection. Available
cameras are shown with the ‘camera available’ (white circle) icon (as shown in Figure 13).
Figure 13 Camera available and licensed
4.
Click the ‘camera available’ icon for each camera you wish to be used with Ocularis. If the icon
disappears, you have used up all available Ocularis camera licenses.
Figure 14 Select Available Camera
In the example in Figure 14, once the ‘Lab Cam – RC-C – Camera S27’ was selected, all licenses were
used and the ‘camera available’ icons were removed.
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Events Pane
The Event pane of the Servers / Events tab is where administrators configure Ocularis events. This includes:

Camera events are identified and video alerting is mapped between cameras and events.

Creating associations between events and cameras.

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. Ocularis Events are supported with Ocularis ES, Ocularis CS and Ocularis IS.
Note:
In order to use events with Ocularis Base, an event proxy related to the event (such as a recording
component event proxy) must first be installed and configured to forward events to the Ocularis Base
machine.
The event proxies configured to forward events to Ocularis Base are listed in the Events pane. See Figure 15. If
the desired proxy is not shown, please:

Click the Resync button (see Events Toolbar on page 17.

Double-check its installation and configuration. You may need to restart the event proxy and/or restart the
Ocularis Administrator application in order for it to appear on this screen.
Figure 15 Event Sources listed in Events Pane
In the sample shown in Figure 15, there is an event proxy from an RC-E server (‘RC-E Server 425’) and an RC-C
Server (‘RC-C Server 123’). These names are inherited from the corresponding recorder event proxy. Expand the
event proxy name to see further details.
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Figure 16 Expanded List of Available Events
From the sample shown in Figure 16, you can see that some cameras may have more available device events
than others. This is based on the camera driver itself as well as other event settings inherited from the recording
component. Recorder based Generic events will also appear in this pane.
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.
Events Toolbar
Buttons within the Events pane are defined as follows:
Resync
The Ocularis Administrator application polls the Ocularis Base SQL
database at regular intervals. If, for whatever reason, you wish to
manually synchronize event data from the database with Ocularis
Administrator, click the Resync button in the Servers Toolbar. SQL
Server data updates should now be reflected on the screen.
Fuse New
Use this to create a new 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 or Generic Events (
Data Link / Generic Events).
Batch Handle
Use the Batch Handle Events button to handle ‘unhandled’ alerts.
See also: To Batch Handle Events.
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Use the Purge Close button to delete all closed events on the
server. See also: To Purge Closed (Handled) Events.
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 (HANDLED) 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.
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Click Yes to purge these events.
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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.
A Batch Handle Events pop-up appears.
Figure 17 Batch Handle Events
2.
Expand the list of events as needed and select the events for whose unhandled alerts you wish to delete.
You may get as granular as you like.
3.
Choose the amount of events you wish to delete in the Method drop-down list. The selection choices are:
Older than 24 Hours, Keep only last 100 events, Clear everything!
4.
Enter optional comments. These comments will be visible when viewing the Handled Events in the
Ocularis Client Handled Events list.
5.
Click Batch Handle to handle these events.
You’ll be able to see these in the Handled Alerts list in the Ocularis Client.
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Event Rules
Event Rules identify which events will be monitored on the system. An entry to the Ocularis Client Alert Manager
will be recorded and, if configured, video may appear in a blank screen pane. 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 CREATE AN EVENT RULE (TO ASSOCIATE CAMERA VIDEO WITH EVENTS)
1.
In the Servers / Events Tab, expand the Cameras list in the Servers pane for cameras you wish to
associate with automated events.
2.
Expand the list in the Events pane until you locate the event you would like monitor.
3.
For the desired event, drag & drop a camera name from the Servers pane to the event listed in the
Events pane. (See Figure 18).
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 in the collapsible
list.
Figure 18 Drag & Drop to Associate Events
Video generated by automated events will appear in a Blank Screen pane on the operator’s Ocularis Client view.
For the example shown in Figure 19, the events shown here are:
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If there is motion on RC-C - Camera 31 Lab, associate the camera feed from this same camera with the
event.
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If RC-C - Camera 31 Lab is not responding, register an event and associate the feed from RC-C - Camera
32 Lab with this event.
Figure 19 Associated Events
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 the
next to the camera name to disassociate it from the event.
Figure 20 Remove an Associated Camera
The camera mapping is removed.
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Event Properties
For the events that you wish to monitor, you may define certain parameters related to the behavior of the alert.
These properties apply to simple event rules, data link events or composite events. The properties are:

Priority

Audio

Max Events

Max Age

Max Frequency
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 Medium.
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
4.
In the resulting Event Rule pop-up, select the desired priority level and click Ok.
or double-click the event.
Figure 21 Event Rule Properties: Priority
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Event priorities are identified in Ocularis Administrator and in Ocularis Client by color.
Priority Level
1-3
4-6
7-10
Color Shade in
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varying shades of green
varying shades of yellow
varying shades of red
Color Shade in
Ocularis Client
green
yellow
red
Priority Level
Low
Medium
High
Figure 22 Priorities Color Coding in Ocularis Administrator
Audio
When an event occurs, the subsequent alert can play a sound file through the Ocularis Client as an added
attention getting mechanism. The sound played can be configured by the system administrator. The same sound
can be played for all alerts or configured on an alert by alert basis. A default audio setting is available. 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 Event Audio Clips on page 77 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
4.
In the resulting Event Rule pop-up, from the Audio drop-down, select the desired sound file, None or
or right-click the event and select Properties.
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 through the Ocularis Client 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,
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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.
Figure 23 Event Rule Properties: Audio Samples
Event Retention
Depending on the environment, the types and number of events monitored, the amount of events can quickly build
up in the system. The database can be overcome with too many events. The operator’s blank screen panes may
also be cluttered by repetitive or too many events. Therefore, system administrators have the ability to limit the
events that are stored and retained in the database and shown on a blank screen. These parameters are found
when configuring an event rule (basic, generic or composite).
Max Events
This field holds the total count of event instances to save to the database for the event rule. For instance: if this
value is set to 10 for a motion event on Camera A, then only 10 motion events for Camera A will be in the database
at any given time. Once 10 events have accumulated and new events occur, the oldest event will be deleted and
the newer event will be stored. Valid values are between 0 (the default which means unlimited) and 2,147,483,647.
The default setting is 2000. Keep in mind that this field works in conjunction with ‘Max Age’ and ‘Max Frequency’.
Max Age
The ‘Max Age’ for an event rule is the number of days (in 24 hour multiples) in which to store events generated by
the event rule. The time is calculated from when the event took place. For instance: if this value is set to 7 for a
motion event on Camera A, then each of Camera A’s motion events will be deleted (‘expire’) 7 days or 168 hours
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after they take place. The value is measured in days between 0 (unlimited and the default value) and 2,000. The
default setting is 30 days. Keep in mind that this field works in conjunction with ‘Max Age and Max Events’.
Max Frequency
This field identifies the time interval in seconds in which you would like to monitor alerts. This feature will reduce
the amount of repeated alerts within a specified timeframe.
For instance, if the Max Frequency is set to 10 (seconds) for a motion event on Camera A and then motion occurs:
1.
the timer is theoretically set to zero and the clocks starts. The event is registered in the Alert Manager and
sent to the Operator’s blank screen pane.
2.
If the same motion event on camera A occurs again in the next second, nothing will happen.
3.
If the same motion event on camera A occurs again in the second after that, nothing will happen.
4.
If the same motion event on camera A occurs again for the next 8 seconds, nothing will happen.
5.
At the 11th second, if the motion event on Camera A occurs, register the event in the Alert Manager,
display it on the Operator’s blank screen pane and reset the timer to zero.
The value is measured in seconds between 0 (unlimited and the default) and 3600 (one hour). The default setting
is 20 seconds. Keep in mind that this field works in conjunction with ‘Max Events’ and ‘Max Age’.
Event Properties Combined
Keep in mind that three event properties work in combination with each other. The ‘Max Events’, ‘Max Age’ and
‘Max Frequency’ all affect the amount of events that are stored and the duration of their storage.
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Composite Events
A Composite Event (also called ‘Event Fusion”) is combination of two other events 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, register an event
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 Rule pop-up.
Figure 24 Configure a Composite Event: Rule Details Tab
Fields are defined as follows:
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Item
Description
Name
Enter a descriptive name for the composite event. Avoid using special
characters for the event name.
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, Generic Event,
another composite event or any event listed.
Event 2
Select a second event to finalize the condition for the composite
formula. This event may be an Event Rule, Generic Event or another
Composite Event.
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Description
Relationship
You must indicate how event 1 is related to event 2. The directional
arrows define the relationship between two Event Rules and are
defined below.
In addition, a time period must be specified. This works in conjunction
with the relationship icons in identify a time limit that may apply to the
relationship.
Valid times are:
HH = 0 through 23
MM = 0 through 59
SS = 0 through 59
Description
As you build your composite event, a description appears in this
section helping you understand rule’s meaning.
Priority
Select a Priority for the composite event. See Priority on page 22 for
more information about priorities.
Audio
Select the sound file to be played when the composite event occurs.
See Audio on page 23 for more information about audio.
Max Events
Set the maximum number of event registries to retain for this
composite event. See Event Properties on page 22 for more
information.
Max Age
Set the maximum age to save event registries for this event. See
Event Properties on page 22 for more information.
Max Frequency
Set the frequency for this event. See Event Properties on page 22 for
more information.
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.
Please note:
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You may effectively nest composite events with other composite events resulting in a highly complex
fusion of events. Consider, however, that the more complex an event, the more difficult troubleshoot may
become.

If you do not see a recently created generic event in the list of available events in the Event1 or Event2
drop-down list, click the Resync button to refresh the Events pane.
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Refer to the example shown in Figure 25: This composite event will trigger an alert if there is an Access Denied
code registered from the main door access system and 20 seconds later there is motion on the hallway camera
(indicating that someone has gained illegal access).
Figure 25 Composite Rule Example
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 Edit Composite Event pop-up, modify desired settings.
5.
Click Apply 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.
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Highlight the Composite Event.
3.
Click the Delete button.
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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.
Data Link / Generic 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 or Generic events.
Components of a Data Link / Generic Event
Data Link / Generic 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 multiple rules defined for
the same connection and these rules may also be used in Composite Events.
TO CREATE A DATA LINK / GENERIC EVENT
Creating a Data Link / Generic Event involves these steps:
 Create a Connection to define the event source.
 Define at least one rule for the Connection.
 Test the Rule
 Map camera video to the rule to enable it and allow for Blank Screen monitoring.
TO CREATE A CONNECTION FOR A DATA LINK / GENERIC EVENT
1.
In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Generic Events node in the Events pane.
2.
Click [add connection..]
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Figure 26 Add a Generic Event Connection
3.
Fill out the fields in the resulting New Generic Event Source pop-up window as defined below. You
may need to contact or review the manufacturer specifications of the device for which you are configuring the
event.
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. Avoid using
special characters in this name. For example: Front Entrance might be
used to describe alerts transmitted access control systems on the main
door to the facility.
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.
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TO DEFINE A RULE FOR A DATA LINK / GENERIC EVENT CONNECTION
Be sure to first define an event source prior to defining a rule. See To Create a Connection for a Data Link /
Generic Event on page 29.
1.
In the Servers / Events tab, expand the Generic Events node in the Events pane and select the desired
generic event.
2.
Expand the generic event connection source.
Figure 27 Click [add rule…] to configure the generic event connection
3.
Click [add rule..] beneath the event.
Figure 28 Creating a Generic Event Rule
4.
In the resulting pop-up window, fill out the fields as follows:
Item
Description
Name
Enter a descriptive name for the rule. Avoid using special
characters in the name field. Following our earlier example, the
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name could potentially be something like: Access Denied or
Access Granted.
5.
Patterns
Click the New Pattern button to open up a row for pattern definition.
See Patterns for Rules below for more information.
Priority
Assign a priority for the rule. See Event Properties on page 22 for more
information on event priorities.
Audio
Select an sound file to play when the event occurs. This selection is
optional. See Event Properties on page 22 for more information on
event audio.
Max Events
Max Age
Max Frequency
Set the retention parameters for this event. See Event Properties on
page 22 for more information on event retention.
Click OK when done.
You may define multiple rules for the same generic event 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.
Figure 29 Patters for Generic Events
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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
IP field. This is an optional field. If left blank, the pattern will be evaluated on any IP address.
Figure 30 Specify source IP of Pattern
You may include multiple patterns for the same rule. The Boolean logical operator “OR” will be applied for each.
Figure 31 Using Multiple Patterns
Click the New Pattern button to add a row to configure each pattern.
In the example shown in Figure 31, the following generic event is configured: “if the text string ‘access denied’ or
‘card failure’ or ‘damaged’ appears within the specific port of the connection, trigger the Access Denied 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 Create an Event Rule (To Associate Camera Video with Events) on page 20.
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DETERMINE ALERT DISTRIBUTION
Configuring alerts for events does not automatically activate them. Additional steps are needed to assign who
should receive notification for which alert and when. 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
Generic event.
TO TEST THE DATA LINK / GENERIC 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.
3.
Click the lightning bolt symbol adjacent to the rule name.
A Generic event rule tester pop-up appears.
Figure 32 Testing Generic Events
4.
You can select any pattern associated with the event from the drop-down list to test.
Figure 33 Selecting a Pattern to Test
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Figure 34 Generic event test data sent confirmation
A test event will be generated and sent based on configured rules.
Device Filter / Event Filter
As the system grows and more and more cameras and devices are added, it can take some time to locate the
desired device amongst the list of hundreds or even thousands of devices. The same applies to events. If there are
dozens or hundreds of events, it can be cumbersome to try to locate a specific event. To alleviate this, a ‘Device
Filter’ and ‘Event Filter’ are available from the Servers / Events Tab.
Device
Filter
Event
Filter
Filter
Lock
Figure 35 Device and Event Filters
TO USE THE DEVICE FILTER
1.
From the Servers / Events tab, type a portion of a string to filter the device list in the ‘Device Filter’ text box.
The string can contain letters, numbers or special characters. The filter is not case sensitive. The resulting list
will be an exact match of the content typed into the Device Filter text box.
For instance, in Figure 36, the filter is for all ‘lab’ devices.
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Figure 36 Filter for 'lab'
You may clear the filter by deleting the text in the Device Filter text box.
TO USE THE EVENT FILTER
1.
From the Servers / Events tab, type a portion of a string (or keyword) to filter the event list in the ‘Event Filter’
text box. The filter is not case sensitive.
The list will display only those events whose name includes the text typed. For instance, in Figure 37, the filter
is for all events related to ‘fire’.
Figure 37 Event Filter for 'fire'
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Filter Lock
You may use the ‘Filter Lock’ icon to lock the filter. This will disable the ‘Event Filter’ text box from accepting entries
and allow the ‘Device Filter’ to filter both devices and events. This makes locating events related to a particular
device quick and easy.
TO USE THE FILTER LOCK
1.
From the Servers / Events tab, first type a portion of a string to filter the device list in the ‘Device Filter’ text
box. The filter is not case sensitive.
2.
Click the ‘Filter Lock’ icon.
The filter text from the ‘Servers’ list is now applied to the filter of the ‘Events’ list. The filter will apply to both
panes.
For instance, the sample shown in Figure 38 shows the Device Filter and Event Filter for all ‘Lab’ cameras and
associated events.
Figure 38 Filter for 'Lab' cameras and events
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Users / Privileges Tab
This tab is used to define users and user groups within the Ocularis system.
The Ocularis User Group/User Hierarchy
Access to the Ocularis surveillance environment is controlled through the use of User Groups and Users. User
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 39 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 recorder(s) imported in 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.
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.
Neither the ‘Admin’ nor the ‘Guest’ account may be deleted.
TO CREATE A USER GROUP
1.
In the Users / Privileges Tab, click the New 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 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 recorder on which it resides. 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 40 Devices Assigned to the Nighttime 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.
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To modify privileges for the entire list of devices, click the checkbox at the top heading of the Privileges
pane for the corresponding privilege.
Figure 41 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.
Toggle Patrol
If the camera is a PTZ camera with presets configured to patrol, this
privilege allows users of this group to pause the camera at any given
preset.
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.
Start Recording
This privilege allows the user to initiate manual recording while viewing
live video feed from the corresponding device. Video will be recorded to
the location and for the duration as defined in the NVR for that camera.
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)
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When checked:
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.
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 42 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 Configuring a Video Wall on page 112).
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 43 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 from recorders 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. This user
may not add, edit or delete servers. Additionally, there are some
restrictions placed on Distribution Groups which will be discussed
in Distribution Groups Tab on page 101.
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 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 44 Add New User
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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
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.
In the Permissions section:
a.
Log Off Client – a checked box indicates that this user account will have the ability to log off or
shut down the Ocularis Client application.
b.
Minimize Client – a checked box indicates that this user account will have the ability to minimize
the Ocularis Client application.
c.
Group Administrator - a checked box indicates that this user account will 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.
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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 you can:
a.
Click Change Password to change the password. The old password is not required to set a new
password.
4.
b.
Edit the user’s email address.
c.
Check or uncheck the user account privileges as needed.
Click Save.
If the User name or User type needs to be changed, you should delete the user account and recreate it with
the proper settings.
TO DELETE A USER ACCOUNT
1.
In the Users / Privileges Tab, select the user account you wish to delete.
2.
Click the Delete 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 display 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 45 Views Tab
The Views Tab is divided into three (3) areas:
1.
The Views list in the upper left portion of the tab contains a list of configured views organized by user
group and view folders.
2.
The Contents list in the lower left contains two tabs used to populate the various tiles of the displayed
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.
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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 46 Resizing a Pane
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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 + 5 View
2 + 4 View
8 x 8 View
Figure 47 Sample views as seen via Ocularis Client
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View Configurations
The following view configurations are available in Ocularis:
1x1
1 + 3 Wide
2x2
2 + 4 Wide
3x3
1 + 8 Wide
4x4
4 x 3 Wide
5x5
1+5
6x6
1+7
7x7
4 Top, 2 Middle, 4 Bottom
8x8
3x1
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.
Contents
In addition to streaming camera video, a pane may contain other content such as 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. See To
Configure A Carousel on page 65.
Hot Spot
A Hot Spot is a view pane dedicated to displaying images 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.
See To Configure A Hot Spot on page 70.
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. See To Configure Push Video on page 71.
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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. See To
Configure a Web Pane on page 72.
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. Blank screen monitoring is supported with Ocularis ES, Ocularis CS and Ocularis IS. See To Configure a
Blank Screen on page 74 to configure a blank screen.
Content Navigation
The Contents list within the Views tab (see item #2 in Figure 45) contains two tabs:

Built-in

Cameras
Built-in
The tab labeled ‘Built-in’ displays various content available for view panes. These include: Hotspot, Web, Push
Video and Blank Screen. To use any of these, simply drag and drop the item from this list to a displayed view pane.
Figure 48 Built-in Tab of Contents List
Cameras
The tab labeled ‘Cameras’ displays the cameras assigned to the selected view group from the Views list above. By
default, a folder labeled ‘All’ appears, listing all available cameras for the selected group in alphanumeric order.
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Figure 49 Cameras Tab
Expand the folder to see its contents.
Figure 50 All Cameras for the selected View Group
Camera Preview
In many cases, you may not know the image of a camera simply by looking at its name. In these cases, you may
invoke a Camera Preview for a selected camera.
TO PREVIEW A CAMERA IN THE VIEWS TAB
1.
In the Views tab, select the View Group for cameras you wish to preview.
2.
Click the Cameras tab in the Contents list.
3.
Expand a camera folder and select a camera.
4.
Click the Expand Camera Preview icon.
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Expand
Camera
Preview
Figure 51 Expand Camera Preview Icon
A camera preview thumbnail appears below the camera list. The camera list will remain in preview mode until
you collapse the preview. Select another camera and the preview thumbnail will update.
Figure 52 Camera Preview Thumbnail
5.
Collapse the camera preview by clicking the Collapse Camera Preview icon.
Collapse
Camera
Preview
Figure 53 Collapse Camera Preview Icon
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Camera Filter
The camera list in the Views Tab (and Maps Tab) may be quite lengthy depending on the installation. The list can
contain hundreds or thousands of cameras making locating just the one you want a time consuming process.
Luckily, you have the ability to filter the list of cameras based on a keyword and also to store this search for later
use.
TO USE THE CAMERA SEARCH FILTER
1.
In the Views tab, select the View Group you wish to work with.
2.
Click the Cameras tab in the Contents list.
3.
In the Camera Search text box, type in a keyword to be used as the camera filter.
Keywords are not case sensitive and filter based upon the camera name as inherited by the recorder.
(Therefore, it is important to know and understand the naming structure of the recorder cameras). If, for
instance, you named your cameras using the manufacturer name, you may use this as the keyword. Or
perhaps the cameras were named based on their location (Parking Lot A, Parking Lot B, etc.). Use any
portion of the camera name to filter the list.
4.
As you begin to type the keyword, the list will update.
Camera
Search
Text Box
Figure 54 Camera Search box
5.
You can use the list as is (i.e. drag and drop displayed cameras).
6.
If you would like to store the list for later use or in the Maps tab, click the Store button.
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Figure 55 Click Store to Save Search Filter
7.
A new folder is created containing the subset of cameras as filtered in step 3. This filter can now be
shared:

With other view groups

In the Maps Tab
Figure 56 Example of stored camera filter 'lab'
8.
Repeat these steps to add additional camera search filters.
Now you may use these stored folders to easily locate cameras as defined by the keyword filter.
Note:
The cameras displayed in stored camera folders will be filtered further based upon the user group
privileges assigned. If, for instance, the keyword search is on the word ‘lab’ and the Daytime
Guards have access to 10 cameras which include the keyword ‘lab’ but the Nighttime Guards
only have access to 5 of these cameras, only the 5 cameras will be available to the Nighttime
Guards.
View Organization
Views are organized first by user group (as defined in the Users / Privileges Tab) and then by view group or
folder. A view group may contain multiple folders and a folder may contain multiple views. A folder may also
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contain multiple folders (or nested folders). A folder called ‘Shared’ appears in all Ocularis installations. This folder
contains views that may be shared across multiple user groups.
Creating Views
Consider the users and their user 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 or view group and then you may create a view. Group Administrators may only create, edit or delete
views within their own user group.
Private and Shared Views
Views may be created for an individual user group or they may be shared across user groups. Consider, however,
that when you create a view, if you think that it will ever need to be shared with more than one user group, to create
it as a shared view. This will make it easier, later on, to allow multiple users group access to a shared view. Group
Administrators, however, may view shared views for their user group, but they may not edit them or create new
shared views. Only the admin user can create a shared view.
TO CREATE A FOLDER FOR A VIEW GROUP
1.
In the Views Tab, select either:

the user group for which you would like to create a folder

the Shared folder

an existing folder beneath a user group or Shared group and create a nested folder beneath it.
2.
Click the New Group button.
3.
A folder is created labeled “New Group”.
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Figure 57 Create a View Group
TO MODIFY THE NAME OF A VIEW GROUP
1.
In the Views Tab, double-click the group folder you wish to rename.
The folder name becomes highlighted.
2.
Type the new name for the folder.
3.
Press [ENTER] to accept changes.
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 button.
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/VIEW GROUP
Once view folders / view 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. If you intend on sharing
this view with multiple groups, create the view under the ‘Shared’ folder hierarchy.
2.
Click the New View button.
The view layout pop-up appears.
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Figure 58 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 and a view called “New View(layout)” is
created.
Figure 59 Creating a New View for a Single User Group
In the event that the view is to be shared between multiple user groups, be sure to create the view
underneath the ‘Shared’ view group hierarchy. For example:
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Figure 60 Shared Views
Notice in Figure 60, Shared items (folders and views) are shown in the color orange.
4.
With the desired new view selected, populate each view pane by dragging and dropping a camera or
other pane content from the Contents list onto a pane.
Figure 61 Example: Drag a Hotspot to a View Pane
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Figure 62 Example: Drag a Camera to a View Pane
Changes to views are automatically saved.
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.
TO MODIFY CONTENTS OF A VIEW PANE
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view which you would like to modify.
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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.) you may:

Remove the pane content by clicking the Clear View icon in the pane.
Figure 63 Click Clear View to remove pane contents

Replace the pane contents by dragging and dropping a camera thumbnail or content type onto the
pane.
Shared Views
Once a shared view is created underneath the Shared folder, additional steps must be taken in order to share it. It
must be assigned to the desired user group(s).
TO SHARE A VIEW WITH A USER GROUP
1.
In the Views Tab, expand both the view you would like to share under the Shared folder as well as the
User Group (and its corresponding view group) that you wish to share the view with.
2.
Drag and drop the view from the Shared view group to the view folder for the desired user group. Notice
how the mouse cursor changes when it is positioned correctly over the destination folder.
Drag and drop to share a view
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Figure 64 Sharing Views
3.
Repeat this procedure to share this view with other user groups or to share other shared views with any
user group.
Additionally, entire groups of shared views may also be shared, making it easy to share multiple views in one step.
TO SHARE A VIEW GROUP WITH A USER GROUP
1.
In the Views Tab, expand both the view group/folder you would like to share under the Shared folder as
well as the User Group (and its corresponding view group) that you wish to share the view group with.
2.
Drag and drop the view group (folder) from the Shared view group to the view folder for the desired user
group. Notice how the mouse cursor changes when it is positioned correctly over the destination folder.
Drag and drop to share a view group
Shared Groups displayed in orange
Figure 65 Sharing View Groups
3.
Repeat this procedure to share this view group with other user groups or to share other shared views with
any user group.
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Modifying Shared Views
Shared views may be modified the same way as private views (see To Modify Contents of a View Pane on page
59). However, only the admin user can modify a shared view and it can only be modified when selected under the
Shared view group. When a shared view is selected under a user group, a ‘padlock’ icon appears over the pane to
indicate that the view may not be modified.
Figure 66 Padlock indicates view may not be modified in this selection
Changes made to a shared view will be reflected in all individual user groups who have permission to access that
view.
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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

Blank Screen Configuration
Camera Output Configuration
Actual video configuration for camera resolution and recording is done on the recorder. Configuration for camera
output here refers to how the camera’s video 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 56.)
2.
Click on the pane with the video you wish to configure.
A Viewport Properties pop-up appears corresponding to the type of pane content selected (in this case, a
camera). View pane contents with a single camera is considered a one camera carousel. (More details
on carousels in the next section).
Figure 67 Click on the pane to modify parameters
3.
You have the option to modify the following Camera Overlay Parameters:
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option, Fit to Window
will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane and may
cause the video to appear slightly distorted. The option Keep Original
may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding the video
when viewed in Ocularis Client.
Framerate
This setting is the framerate for the camera while viewing Live video in
Ocularis Client. Available options are: Full (default), Medium or Low.
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Save bandwidth by selecting Medium or Low.
4.
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.
To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
Figure 68 Close using the Close icon
Camera Overlay Parameters
The settings discussed above are also displayed as overlay parameters when the mouse is passed over the pane
in the Views tab.
Figure 69 Overlay Parameters
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Carousel Configuration
Carousel configuration includes: identifying which cameras are to be used in the Carousel, the video parameters as
displayed in Ocularis Client and the image’s dwell time.
TO CONFIGURE A CAROUSEL
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view (or create a new 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 56.)
2.
Assign one camera to the pane (drag and drop) which will display the carousel.
3.
Click the Carousel Edit icon found in the overlay section of the pane (lower right).
Figure 70 Carousel Edit icon
A Carousel Editor pop-up appears.
Figure 71 Carousel Editor
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The goal is to create a list of the cameras you wish to display in the carousel in the camera list on the right of
the pop-up. You have the same tools in this dialog to locate cameras as you do when building a view. (See
Camera Preview on page 51 and Camera Filter on page 53).
Tip:
4.
You may widen the dialog box to be able to read lengthy camera names more easily.
Once you locate the desired camera in the camera list on the left, drag and drop the camera to the
camera list on the right.
Figure 72 Creating a carousel list
Carousel Order
The progression of video will go from each camera in the order listed here.
5.
If you wish to reorder, simply drag and drop the camera to the correct order.
Figure 73 Reorder a Camera in a Carousel
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Dwell Time
Dwell Time is the amount of time, in seconds, that camera video is displayed in the Ocularis Client before
switching to the next camera in the list. The default Dwell Time is 10 seconds.
6.
You may modify the default dwell time for all cameras shown by simply changing the number in the
Default dwell time field. (see Figure 71).
7.
If you want a single camera to have a different dwell time than the default, click the Default button next to
the camera name. A slider becomes visible.
Figure 74 Change the Default Dwell Time
8.
Drag the slider left or right to see the amount of seconds change. Stop when you arrive at the desired
amount.
Figure 75 Default Dwell Time
9.
You may do this for each and every camera listed.
10. To remove a camera from the carousel list, click the Delete icon to the right of the camera name.
Figure 76 Remove a Camera from the Carousel List
11. When the carousel configuration is complete, click Save.
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Number of entries
in carousel
Advance carousel
to next camera
Advance carousel to
previous camera
Figure 77 A configured carousel in the Views Tab
The Views tab shows the carousel with left and right arrows. The top of the pane indicated the number of
cameras in the carousel (e.g. “Carousel of 4 entries”). Click the left or right arrow to scroll through the display
of the cameras you selected for the carousel You may set the Camera Overlay Parameters (as shown on page
64) for the pane which displays this carousel.
TO REORDER CAMERAS IN A CAROUSEL
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view with the carousel you wish to configure.
2.
Click the Carousel Edit icon found in the overlay section of the carousel pane (lower right).
3.
In the Carousel Editor pop-up, drag and drop the cameras listed to the desired order. (see Figure 73).
4.
Repeat for all cameras you wish to reorder.
5.
Click Save when done.
TO REMOVE CAMERAS FROM A CAROUSEL
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view with the carousel you wish to configure.
2.
Click the Carousel Edit icon found in the overlay section of the carousel pane (lower right).
3.
Locate the camera you wish to remove.
4.
Click the Remove Camera icon. (see Figure 76)
5.
Repeat for all cameras you wish to remove.
6.
Click Save when done.
TO CHANGE OR VIEW THE DWELL TIME FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CAMERA
1.
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Click the Carousel Edit icon found in the overlay section of the carousel pane (lower right).
3.
Locate the camera whose dwell time you wish to modify.
4.
Click the Dwell Time button (see Figure 74).
5.
When the dwell time slider appears (Figure 75), drag it left or right to modify the dwell time.
6.
Repeat for each camera whose dwell time you wish to modify.
7.
Click Save when done.
TO CONFIGURE VIDEO DISPLAYED IN A CAROUSEL
Video parameters displayed while viewing the carousel in Ocularis Client may be adjusted, similar to adjusting
video for a single camera.
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the pane with the carousel.
2.
Click on the pane video.
3.
In the resulting Viewport Properties dialog, modify the parameters as defined in the following table. The
settings will apply to all camera video displayed in the carousel.
4.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option, Fit to Window
will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane and may
cause the video to appear slightly distorted. The option Keep Original
may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding the video
when viewed in Ocularis Client.
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.
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.
To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
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Hot Spot Configuration
Administrators can configure the quality of the camera video displayed in a Hot Spot pane.
TO CONFIGURE A HOT SPOT
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Hot Spot. (For information on creating a view with a
hot spot, see To Create A View within a Folder on page 56.)
2.
Click on the pane with the hot spot.
A Hotspot Properties pop-up appears.
Figure 78 Configuring Hot Spot Output
3.
4.
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You have the option to modify the following:
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option, Fit to Window
will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane and may
cause the video to appear slightly distorted. The option Keep Original
may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding the video
when viewed in Ocularis Client.
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.
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.
To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
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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 7008. Push video with Ocularis is supported with
Ocularis ES, Ocularis CS and Ocularis IS.
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 56.)
2.
Click on the Push Video pane.
Figure 79 Configuring a Push Video Pane
3.
4.
You have the option to modify the following:
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.
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option, Fit to Window
will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane and may
cause the video to appear slightly distorted. The option Keep Original
may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding the video
when viewed in Ocularis Client.
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.
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.
To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
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Web 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 PANE
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 56.)
2.
Click on the pane with the Web Page.
A Web Properties pop-up appears.
Figure 80 Configuring a Web Page Pane
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Type in the URL or IP Address for the content to be displayed. You will see a preview of the page.
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To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
The web page will now appear in the Ocularis Client and the user will be able to navigate the page using
embedded links.
You may also link to an image located on the network or internet by inserting the file’s full path and filename in the
Url field.
TO MODIFY WEB CONFIGURATION
1.
In the Views Tab, select the view which contains the Web Page.
2.
Click anywhere on the pane image.
3.
In the Web Properties pop-up, modify the URL as needed.
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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 20.
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 56.)
2.
Click on the pane with the Blank Screen. A Blank Screen Properties pop-up appears.
Figure 81 Configuring a Blank Screen Pane
3.
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You have the option to modify the following:
Aspect
Useful for wide screen video output, the default option, Fit to Window
will cause the video to be stretched to fit the window pane and may
cause the video to appear slightly distorted. The option Keep Original
may result in black vertical or horizontal bars surrounding the video
when viewed in Ocularis Client.
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.
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
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.
To save settings, click on another part of the view pane or click the Close icon (‘X’) on the pop-up.
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Assets Tab
The Assets Tab displays the 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 82 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 map 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.
Map 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.
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Administrators import maps and icons here in the Assets tab first and then continue with map configuration in
the Maps tab.
Event Audio Clips
Audio files placed here may be used by the administrator to configure the sound played when an event occurs.
The default sound is set on the Ocularis Base 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 the Ocularis database. 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).
Map Icons
TO IMPORT OR MODIFY A MAP 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. Icon 2 is the default icon used for views.
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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.
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The icon is displayed in the Icons section of the Assets Tab.
TO REMOVE A MAP 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.
Event Audio Clips
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.
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TO SET OR MODIFY THE DEFAULT AUDIO CLIP
Ocularis Base is shipped with one default sound file: redalert.wav. A blue checkmark symbol indicates the default
sound in the Assets tab. When an alert notification is configured in the Servers / Events Tab, the default sound is
assigned to the alert. If the default Event Audio Clip is a .wav file, that sound will play when the alert occurs. If the
default Event Audio Clip is set to ‘None’, no sound will play when the alert takes place. Administrators can
configure sound on an alert by alert basis. A green checkmark indicates that the sound file is already 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 83 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 CLIP
To preview the sound that a particular .wav file will make when the alert occurs:
1.
In the Assets Tab, right-click the audio clip 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 84 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, , and Contents (Cameras and Views). 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. Maps may be configured for a single user group (“private”) or shared across multiple user
groups (“shared”).
Note:
If you know in advance that a map is to be shared among multiple groups, be sure to configure the
map under the Shared Maps group from the beginning. See Sharing Maps on page 92.
TO ADD A MAP
This procedure assumes that navigation maps have already been imported into the Assets Tab and may be used
to add a Private or a Shared map. (See To Add A Map to the Assets Tab on page 76.)
1.
In the Maps Tab, select the group from the Group drop-down menu for which the map should be
available. If you would like the map to be shared between more than one user group, select Shared Maps
in the drop-down Group list.
2.
Click the Add new map icon.
The Select Map dialog box appears
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Figure 85 Selecting a Map for a single group (Private)
This pop-up displays the list for Empty Maps and Shared Maps. Empty Maps are those which have been
imported in the Assets Tab, but not yet assigned to this group or to the Shared Group. Expand Empty
Maps to see available map images.
Figure 86 Expand the "Empty Maps" folder to choose a map
Figure 87 Choosing a Shared Map
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When creating a map to be shared by others, the maps displayed here, populated by maps that exist in
the Assets Tab, are available for selection.
3.
Select the map you wish to add.
4.
Click Select.
The selected map now appears in the Maps list. Expand the node to see its associated Shortcuts and Pins.
Figure 88 Added Map to Daytime Guards Group
TO DISPLAY A MAP
You need to display a map in order to configure it. This procedure assumes that navigation maps have already
been added for the User Group or Shared Maps group in the Maps Tab.
1.
Under the desired group, 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.
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Figure 89 Used Maps in Assets Tab shown with Green Checkmark
In the example shown in Figure 89, the Blue Hill Courtyard and Blue Hill Plaza Map 1 maps have been assigned to
a group. The other maps have 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 selected for use in the Maps tab, you can configure it by:
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Add Cameras to A Map

Add Views to A Map

Link one map to another Map
Adding Cameras to Maps
Cameras may be added to a map to visually depict its location and field of view. This aids the operator in being
able to better understand where it is that the camera is positioned. The accuracy of the location of the camera on
the map is subjected to wherever the administrator/map creator decides to place it. On the map, the camera is
represented by an icon (which can be modified) and camera name (which is inherited from the recorder). Operators
are able to preview the camera feed when viewing the map with Ocularis Client.
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 81.)
2.
Locate the desired camera in the Contents area. Click the Cameras tab, expand the cameras folder and
take advantage of other methods of locating camera such as Camera Filter and Camera Preview.
Figure 90 Drag & Drop a camera onto the map
3.
Click, drag and drop the camera from the Cameras list to the location on the map.
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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 91 Remove a Camera
Adding Views to Maps
Similar to cameras, views may be added to a map to visually depict multiple cameras. On the map, the view is
represented by an icon (which can be modified) and view name. Operators are able to preview the view when
viewing the map with Ocularis Client.
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 81.)
2.
Click the Views tab in the Contents list and expand each folder until you locate the desired one.
Figure 92 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 Hotspot pane may not be added to a map and will appear grayed out in the
Views list. Views that contain a Blank Screen, Push Video or Web page may be added but the pane
with these content types will not display any preview images.
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TO CHANGE THE APPEARANCE OF A MAP 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 76).
1.
Locate the camera icon or view 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 MODIFY THE FONT SIZE OF MAP ICONS
The descriptions associated with icons on a map come from either the camera name on the recorder or the view
name in the Views tab. The size of the fonts used may be made larger or smaller.
1.
Open the desired map in the Maps tab.
2.
Drag the Font Size slider button left or right to make the font size smaller or larger.
Figure 93 Change font size with slider
TO RESIZE A MAP ICON
1.
Locate the camera or view icon on the map you wish to change.
2.
Hold the [SHIFT] key and position the mouse over the 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 94 Resize a camera icon
TO ROTATE A MAP ICON
1.
Locate the camera or view icon on the map you wish to change.
2.
Hold the [CTRL] key and position the mouse over the 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.
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Figure 95 Rotate a camera icon
TO ZOOM A MAP
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Display the map in the working area of the Maps tab.
2.
Zoom in and out using either the:

Scroll wheel of the mouse

Zoom In
or Zoom Out
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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
Shortcuts and Pins
A Shortcut is a link that appears on one map that, when clicked, will navigate the screen to another map. The
shortcut inherits its name from the pin used. A Pin, is a shortcut name given to a location on a particular map and
is created by the administrator. The pin sets the destination map as well as its horizontal position, vertical position
and zoom level.
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. Keep in mind that the
pin name is going to be displayed on the map on either a clickable link area or a floating map link. It is
recommended that pin names be kept as concise as possible.
5.
Click OK.
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Figure 96 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 87.
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 97 Draw Link Area
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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.
The shape will appear shaded in color and be labeled “unnamed”.
Figure 98 Link Area unnamed and unassigned
5.
Click and drag a pin created earlier onto the unnamed shaded area.
Figure 99 Pin Name Link
The area name will change to display the pin name.
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Figure 100 Link area inherits pin name
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.
TO MODIFY THE COLOR OF THE LINK AREA
The default color for a map link is blue. If you want, you may change the color for each area from the available
palette of colors.
1.
Display the map with the link area.
2.
Drag and drop the desired color from the color palette to the link area.
Figure 101 Drag & drop color to modify link area
TO DISPLAY A FLOATING MAP LINK (SHORTCUT)
Floating map links or Shortcuts are easy to assign to multiple maps and appear on the Ocularis map when it is
displayed in Ocularis Client. They are particularly useful in navigating very large maps. These links may appear on
a single map or all maps for the selected group.
In the Maps list, beneath each map, is a node for Shortcuts. These ‘hortcuts are similar to link areas in that, when
click in Ocularis Client, they will navigate the screen to the map with the associated pin.
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Floating Map links/shortcuts can be assigned to a map on an individual basis or to all maps of the group. The map
on which the floating link appears can be considered the ‘source’ map and the map which is navigated to when the
link is clicked can be considered the ‘destination’ map.
1.
In the Maps Tab, with the desired group selected, be sure to have already set the pins on the destination
map(s). See To Set a Map Pin on page 87. In the Maps list, expand the destination map node displaying
the pin name.
2.
Determine the source map on which you would like the floating links to appear. Expand the source map
node to expose Shortcuts and Pins.
3.
Drag and drop the pin from the destination map to the corresponding pin node of the source map.
Figure 102 Drag and drop Map Pin
The map appears in the map’s Shortcuts list.
4.
Repeat for each map pin you wish to add.
5.
Click the Save icon to save the map configuration.
If you wish to assign the pin as a shortcut for all maps of the selected group in one step, drag the pin to the
Shared Shortcuts node. This shortcut will appear on all of the group’s maps.
For example:
The Blue Hill Plaza map has three Shortcuts configured in Ocularis Administrator Maps tab as shown in
Figure 103.
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Figure 103 Example with three Shortcuts
In Ocularis Client, the shortcuts will appear as shown in Figure 104.
Figure 104 Map with three floating map shortcuts
Sharing Maps
Creating a map that is to be shared among multiple user groups is the same process as creating one for a single
user group. See To Add a Map on page 79 as well as the preceding pages for configuring maps. The difference
with shared maps is where the map is created.
TO SHARE A MAP
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In the Maps tab, select Shared Maps from the Groups drop-down list.
2.
Add a map(s) to the Shared Maps group. (See Figure 87 on page 80.)
3.
Add cameras and views to the map as needed.
4.
Add navigation links to the maps as needed.
5.
Once the shared map is configured as desired, click the Save Layout icon.
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Figure 105 Save Layout icon
6.
Select the user group from the Groups drop-down list that you would like to have access to this map.
7.
Click the Add New Map icon.
8.
Expand the Shared Maps folder from the Select Map pop-up to see the list of available Shared Maps.
Figure 106 Add from Shared Maps folder to share a map
9.
Select the desired map from the list shown and click Select.
10. Repeat for each shared map you would like to be assigned to this group.
When you view a shared map from the user group’s perspective, a padlock icon appears on the map name in the
maps list, indicating that the map is a shared map and may not be edited from the user group location.
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Padlock
indicates a
shared map
Figure 107 Padlock icon indicates a shared map
Like shared views, shared maps may only be modified from the Shared Maps group. Likewise, new changes to the
shared map will be reflected in each groups’ view of the map.
Note:
Cameras displayed on a shared map are controlled via the user group’s privileges to that camera in the
Users/Privileges tab. If a user group does not have permission to view a camera or view, it will not appear
on their view of the shared map.
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Event Management
Ocularis facilitates displaying, investigating and shared handling of events received from:

A recorder’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 alerted. Ocularis events maintain the following
features:
 Incoming events appear in the Alerts Manager in the Ocularis Client.
 Video walls and Views containing a Blank Screen will display video from configured events.
 Alert notifications may be designated with low, medium or high priority. Events with high priority will
display on an Ocularis Client blank screen pane until a user “handles” the event. Medium or low priority
alerts display 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 dynamically-updated
Alerts Manager in Ocularis Client. Once an event is ‘handled’, it is removed from the Alerts Manager. In this case,
subsequent investigation is possible only through Handled Alerts in the Ocularis Client.
Note:
Ocularis Events are supported with Ocularis ES, Ocularis CS and Ocularis IS.
In order to use camera events with Ocularis Base, an event proxy must first be installed. See the Ocularis
Installation & Licensing Guide for instructions on installation and configuration of supported event proxies.
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Event Configuration
Camera related events which may be monitored include (but are not limited to):

Motion in the camera field of view

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:

VMD Event
Third party events include:

Analytic Event

Generic / Data Link Event
To instruct Ocularis which events you wish you monitor and create event associations, see Events Pane on page
16.
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.
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In the Ocularis Administrator Server / Events tab, if applicable, add the recorder which contain the events
you wish to monitor.
2.
Locate the associated event proxy in the Events pane.
3.
In the Ocularis Administrator Server / Events tab, drag cameras listed in the Servers pane to the events
you want to enable in the Events pane. (see To Create an Event Rule (To Associate Camera Video with
Events) on page 20).
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 22).
5.
If desired, modify the sound played when the event occurs. (see To Modify the Audio of an Event on page
23).
6.
In the Ocularis Administrator Users / Privileges tab, make sure the appropriate user has privileges to the
device. (see To Assign Devices To A Group on page 40).
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 102).
8.
The OnSSI Event Coordinator service must be running on the Ocularis Base machine. (See The OnSSI
Event Coordinator on page 115).
9.
When a configured event occurs, it will be listed in the Alert Manager of the Ocularis Client and in a blank
screen pane (if one is visible).
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Event Handling
As events are triggered and alerts are displayed in the Ocularis Client, the operator 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.
Table Management Tab
The following tasks are available on the Table Management Tab:
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Configure Classifications

Configure Tags

Configure Cases
Figure 108 Table Management Tab
The Table Management tab is divided into 3 vertical panes: Classifications, Tags, and Cases.
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Configure Classifications
When operators handle events or create a bookmark in the Ocularis Client, the event 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 ’New Classification’ field is inserted into the Classifications list.
2.
Double-click this entry to modify the label.
3.
Press [ENTER].
Figure 109 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.
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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.
Classifications, however, may only be modified or deleted through the Ocularis Administrator.
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.
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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 event or bookmark may be assigned
to an incident case. The use of an incidence case file 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.
TO CREATE A NEW CASE
1.
In the Table Management tab, click the Add button in the Cases pane.
A ’New Case’ entry is inserted into the Cases list.
2.
Double-click this entry and type in a descriptive name for the Case.
3.
Press [ENTER].
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. 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 Group button.
A ‘New Distribution Group’ entry is inserted into the Distribution Groups list.
2.
Double-click the entry and type in a descriptive name for the Distribution Group.
3.
Press [ENTER].
The new group appears in the Distribution Groups list.
Figure 110 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 111 Distribution Group parameters
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Users
Users are the first parameter to configure for alert distribution. You may select the recipient(s) for an alert(s) on an
individual user basis.
TO ASSIGN A USER TO A DISTRIBUTION GROUP
1.
In the Distribution Groups Tab, expand a group and highlight the Users parameter for the group you
wish to configure.
The tab updates and displays two panes: All Users and Users in Distribution Group.
2.
In the All Users pane, expand the user group which contains the user you want to assign.
3.
Drag & drop the user name from the All Users list on the left to the Users in Distribution Group pane on
the right.

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 112 Drag & Drop to Assign Users to Distribution Groups
Note on Group Administrators: Users with the Group Administrator privilege may create Distribution
Groups and 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.
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Drag & drop the user name from the Users in Distribution Group list on the right to the All Users pane
on the left.
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.
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 this pop-up, check or uncheck the report(s) for which the selected user should have access.
5.
Click Ok.
Figure 113 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. 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: All Available Events and Enabled Events in this Distribution
Group.
2.
Drag & drop an event from the All Events list on the left to the Users in Distribution Group pane on the
right.

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 114 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 right to
the All Available Events pane on the left to remove an event assignment.
3.
Drag a new event from the All Available Events pane to the Enabled Events list.
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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 to the All
Available Events pane to remove an event assignment.
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 115 Setting a Weekly Schedule
Tip:
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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.
Figure 116 Time Range Pop-Up
4.
Make changes manually as necessary. 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 116.
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.
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Figure 117 Clear a Weekly Schedule
The schedule for that day has been removed.
Figure 118 Cleared Schedule for Monday
3.
Repeat for each day of the week whose schedule you wish to clear.
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 119 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 120 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 121 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 122 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 123 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 they defined here. Remote Video Wall is an optional add-on component to Ocularis and available
with Ocularis ES and Ocularis CS.
Figure 124 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.
A Station defines the PC to which the video monitors are attached.
Figure 125 Sample Video Wall Environment
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Configuring a Video Wall
Defining a video wall involves these steps:
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Creating a Video Wall Site in the Ocularis Administrator Video Walls Tab.

Assign station user privileges to the Video Wall Site within the Ocularis Administrator Users / Privileges
Tab.

Subscribe the Station PC to the video wall from the ‘Client Setup’ function in Ocularis Client. See the
Ocularis Client User Manual for more information.

Video Walls are used in conjunction with Ocularis Maps and at least one map should be configured in
order for the operator to push video to a video wall. See Working with Maps on page 83.
TO CREATE A VIDEO WALL SITE
In the Video Walls tab, click the Add Site button.
A new site is added. Modify the text to change the site name.
TO ASSIGN 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. It should be assigned to the user account of the video wall station. This privilege
is assigned in the Users / Privileges Tab. For more information, see To Assign a Video Wall To A Group on
page 42.
OFFSETS
When multiple stations (PCs) are used in the same video call, offsets must be defined in order to prevent overlap
on the operator’s station. The configuration of the offsets is performed in the Ocularis Client ‘Client Setup’ screen.
See the Ocularis Client User Manual for instructions on how to configure offsets.
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About Tab
The About Tab displays various system regarding the Ocularis installation. The display is divided into three subtabs:

About OnSSI

License Information

Help
About OnSSI
The About OnSSI tab displays version and build information for the Ocularis Administrator installation.
Figure 126 Ocularis Administrator Version Information on the About Tab
License Information
The license information sub-tab provides a unified display of Ocularis license information as well as the number of
cameras used and their corresponding recording components.
Figure 127 Ocularis Licensing Information
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Help
Click the Help sub-tab to launch the Ocularis Administrator User Manual.
Figure 128 Launch Help File for Ocularis Administrator
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Appendix
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
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:
845.732.7900
845.732.7999
Sales Support:
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x 1
PreSales Support
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x 2
Technical Support:
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x 3
Training:
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x 4
Marketing:
[email protected]
845.732.7900 x 5
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