As one of the most important devices in a video surveillance system, VMS server is always the core part. Uniview named its own VMS server as Unicorn. Unicorn is suitable for video surveillance solutions with up to 2000 cameras. It integrates management, preview, playback, storage, decoding, forwarding in one server, and is easy-to-deploy, scalable and reliable. It can manage various devices such as IPC, NVR, Encoder, Decoder, Network keyboard and cloud devices.
Recently, Uniview delivered Unicorn in J&T Express in Vietnam, which is a classic case showing the unbeatable strength of Unicorn. J&T Express is an express delivery company that applies technology development as the basic system. Extensive network that owned by J&T Express facilitates express services for customers. J&T Express serve the delivery within city, inter-city, inter-provincial, and also e-commerce customer. They provide pick up service with high transmission speed, at the same time also support the growth of e-commerce business.
Uniview delivered the complete video surveillance solution for J&T Express Vietnam, with almost 3500 channels. This project is for all the drop points across the country, and is managed in both sub-centers and headquarters. Unicorn was chosen as the central VMS server for the whole project.
Drop point is J&T Express’s outlet which directly facing customers, there are almost 605 drop points in the whole project as first stage, distributed in Hanoi, Haiphong, Thai Nguyen, Da Nang and other cities. 5 cameras including IPC322SR3-DVPF28-C and IPC2124SR3-DPF36, and 1 PoE NVR NVR301-08-P8 were deployed in each site.
1) Ultra 265
Saving storage space is saving cost, with the unique Ultra 265 deep compression technology, the storage cost can be greatly reduced by 75% at most.
2) Smart Functions
UNV cameras provides smart functions such as intrusion detection, crossing line detection, people counting analysis, missing objects. All these smart functions make the video surveillance system more intelligent with low cost.
In the drop point, lots of scenarios are monitored from inside to outside, in which the normal camera can’t see clearly. UNV camera has WDR function which solve this problem perfectly by balancing the high light contrast.
4) Plug & Play
In order to solve the configuration difficulties in IP products, Uniview enables IP camera and NVR with Plug & Play function. The only thing you need to do is to plug in the UTP cable, then everything including camera searching, network configuration, recording plan making will be done in one second.
There are about 14 sub-centers across main provinces in Vietnam. Sub-center is the regional management center of drop points. Hence security staffs need to watch all the cameras from several drop points in sub-centers. As a small campus, a sub-center also need to be monitored. Uniview delivered 1 high-end NVR and 20 cameras for each site, including NVR308-64E-B and IPC2322EBR5-DUPZ-C. The video surveillance systems in each sub-center are able to manage the cameras both from drop points and its campus.
1) Sub-center management with low cost
Since all the video recordings are in the NVR in each drop point, the operator just need to remotely playback from the NVR, and don’t have to backup. To reduce the cost, free PC based software EZStation was deployed in sub-center.
2) Dual Monitor Display
NVR308-64E-B has two HDMI output ports, support to connect to two monitors. These two HDMI ports can output different video source. For example, it can have monitor A to show channel 1~32, monitor B to show channel 33~64. Or it can have monitor A to show live view, monitor B to do playback.
3) Corridor Mode
In the building of sub-center, there are lot of corridors scenarios to monitor. UNV cameras support corridor mode which significantly increase effective monitoring area of each camera. In this project, corridor mode could help clients to reduce 1/3 quantity of cameras.
4) Anti-Hacker Technologies
Hacking has become the biggest threat to surveillance systems. Uniview regards security as one of the most important things during product developing. UNV devices all featured with 802.1x, HTTPS, RTSP Authentication, ONVIF Authentication, Default Telnet Disabled, and Strong Password Policy. All these methods make sure the whole system to be high security.
5) Easy Mobile App Access
The manager of sub-center can easily watch the live view of cameras in drop points on smart phone by UNV mobile app EZView. It can also playback video, control PTZ dome cameras, receive alarm notifications, manage devices, and do two-way talk.
Headquarter is the center of all the drop points and sub-centers. In headquarter, the management and operators need to centralize manage all cameras. And all the important recordings have to be backup in control center. The central server need to be stable, scalable and easy to use.
1) Central management
To meet the requirements, UNV Unicorn is chosen as the central management server. It can manage all the cameras, NVRs, Encoders, Decoders, Alarm devices in one server. Unicorn provides B/S client to do configuration and C/S client to do operation. With the help of cloud service, users can access to the management center at anytime, anywhere.
2) Central Backup
All the video recordings of the cameras in this project can be backup to the Headquarter. Unicorn can do video recording backup automatically according to plan. Unicorn is embedded with 16 SATA slots and two high-speed mini-SAS ports which can support 2 disk enclosures. Therefore, each Unicorn supports 48 HDDs at most.
3) Easy Capacity Expansion
Unicorn can manage up to 1000 devices, 2000 channels. In order to cover every important site, the J&T Express Vietnam project have almost 3500 channels. To fulfill this requirement of management, more servers are needed in control center. Unicorn has Master and Slave Architecture, with up to 8 slave servers, it can easily expand both the bandwidth and storage capacity of the system.
4) Support Video Wall Directly
Video Wall is necessary in headquarter, and traditionally there will be extra decoders to support it. However, it will not be needed if use Unicorn. UNV Unicorn supports decoder inside, it can not only handle 16 channels of 2MP camera decoding by itself, but also deal with 112 channels of 2MP camera decoding at most by adding additional decode card. And all the video wall management can be done in Unicorn itself. With Unicorn, it’s really easy to output to video wall.
5) Multiple Redundancy Protection
Stability is most important for video surveillance system. Unicorn featured with various specifications to guarantee the stability, including Redundant BIOS, Redundant Power Supply, Redundant Network Ports, Redundant Fans, RAID, Hot Standby, ANR, Hard Disk Roaming and etc. All these methods make the J&T Express video surveillance system became much more stable than ever before.