March Networks® has launched its Command video management platform. The scalable software provides customers with a sophisticated, web-based interface that is easy to use and highly customizable. Command fits easily into existing Information Technology (IT) infrastructure to ensure rapid installation and management. It also enables customers to select from hundreds of IP surveillance cameras and encoders through its support for ONVIF devices and direct integrations with leading surveillance products.
A full member of ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) since 2008, March Networks designed Command and all of its next-generation IP cameras, encoders and hybrid recorders to meet the industry standard, ensuring interoperability with other ONVIF-compliant products. In addition, the Command software platform delivers further capabilities when used as part of a complete March Networks solution, including total fail-safe management with the company’s innovative Shadow Archiving™ technology.
The intuitive Command interface is one of the industry’s only clients able to run on both Windows® and Mac® operating systems, as well as multiple browsers including Internet Explorer®, Safari®, FireFox® and Chrome™. The award-winning software is also easily tailored, allowing an organization to provide its distinct user groups with only the features they require, which simplifies training and improves user efficiency.
To accommodate different customer environments, Command comes in two versions with the same user interface, powerful feature set and the ability to scale as required. Command Professional supports up to 128 cameras and is ideal for single-server environments. Command Enterprise can support as many as 128,000 cameras with multiple servers, and can also manage March Networks’ new 7532 Hybrid NVR as well as existing 4000 C Series NVR installations.
Command software runs on any commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) server or in a virtualized environment, reducing capital expenditures and allowing it to be managed similarly to other corporate applications. It supports LDAP/Active Directory® for quick user setup and the efficient administration of security policies, passwords, access control, and group policy configuration. Command also delivers mass configuration and management capabilities that lower installation and maintenance costs significantly. Further, with Command’s unique server-to-server gateway technology, customers can reduce WAN bandwidth traffic by as much as 90 percent.
From its inception, Command has been designed to serve as a true software platform able to integrate seamlessly with business and third-party applications that expand the power and functionality of video surveillance. Applications such as access control, mass notification and license plate recognition are currently available, as are a range of intelligent video analytics from March Networks analytics portfolio. The company will continue to expand the Command solution platform with additional third-party plug-ins and its own industry-specific applications.
“Command reflects our company’s absolute commitment to delivering comprehensive IP video products that are open, easy to manage, and support both security and IT industry standards, as well as innovative, value-added applications,” said Fabrizio Colciago, Chief Technology Officer, March Networks. “We look forward to demonstrating the many strengths of Command to security and IT decision-makers as they shape the future direction of their IP video infrastructure.”
March Networks has also announced a distribution agreement with ScanSource Security that will provide security dealers across North America with expanded access to March Networks’ highly scalable and open-standards Command™ video management platform, high-definition IP cameras, encoders, hybrid recorders and advanced business intelligence applications.
ScanSource Security is a value-added physical security distributor recognized industry-wide for its commitment to serving its reseller customers exclusively and never selling to end users. The agreement, which takes effect on May 1, 2011, allows ScanSource Security reseller customers to immediately access March Networks’ complete IP video solutions used by some of the world’s largest commercial and government organizations to enhance security, improve operational efficiency and increase return on investment.
The agreement also enables March Networks’ Certified Solution Provider community to take advantage of ScanSource Security’s comprehensive sales, marketing and logistics services. ScanSource Security offerings include network assessments, wireless site surveys, custom configuration, technical support, financial programs and competitive pricing, plus education and training opportunities that help security dealers expand their overall IP video knowledge. In addition, ScanSource Security’s world-class logistics will provide customers with well-maintained quantities of in-stock March Networks inventory, orderable online and largely available for same-day shipping.
“We are excited about adding March Networks to our offering of best-of-breed video surveillance manufacturers,” said Tony Sorrentino, Vice President of Sales, ScanSource Security. “Their intelligent video management solutions, combined with our sales, support, logistics and value-added services, should help solution providers more efficiently and profitably deploy March Networks solutions.”
“We are pleased to partner with ScanSource Security, which has the industry knowledge and technical depth we were looking for to effectively support our innovative product portfolio,” said Daniel Pulskamp, Executive Vice President of Sales, March Networks. “The company’s scalable distribution model is also consistent with our focus on rapid expansion throughout North America, working with an extensive security provider network to deliver our advanced IP video solutions to customers.”