Pearl River, New York, August 12, 2020 – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced the appointment of Jeff Swaim, as Director of Channel Sales & National Accounts, Americas. He joins Qognify with a focus to drive the sales performance for its Ocularis video management system (VMS), as well as defining and delivering growth strategy for the company’s National Accounts Program.
Jeff brings more than 18 years of experience to Qognify, holding sales and leadership positions in the security and video surveillance industries, including leadership roles at US Army, Matrix Networks, and Hikvision USA He joins Qognify from Avigilon where he held the role of Director, Strategic Accounts North America.
At Qognify, Jeff will be reporting directly to Jeremy Howard, Vice President Physical Security Sales, Americas, who comments on the appointment: “Working with Jeff previously, I was impressed by his deep industry relationships, his sales experience and his leadership style, and the impact these qualities had on sales performance. He is a real asset to the business and will be instrumental in Qognify meeting and exceeding its aggressive growth plans.
Jeff states: “I have long been impressed by the innovation coming from Qognify and how in tune it is with the changing demands of physical security, particularly in areas of real-time monitoring and tactical operations.” He adds: “I relish the opportunity to grow the already impressive list of enterprises and large-scale corporate accounts that have put their trust in the Ocularis. It is a VMS that enables organizations to utilize best-of-breed technologies and unify disparate video surveillance architecture in a single intuitive system, which can adapt and expand as the environment dictates.
 
About Qognify
Qognify helps safeguarding your world, focusing on the outcomes of customers, who place a premium on physical security. Providing solutions to mitigate risks, increase security and optimize operations, Qognify serves thousands of customers all over the world as a trusted advisor. The comprehensive portfolio of Qognify contains physical security and incident management solutions, which create add value for many sectors including manufacturing companies, transportation authorities, retail chains, banks and other financial institutions, ports and seaports, logistics service providers, schools and universities, correctional facilities, critical infrastructures and cities. Headquartered in Pearl River, New York, Qognify operates major development hubs in Germany and Israel as well as sales and support offices around the globe.
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Bruchsal, Germany, June 11, 2020 – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced the launch of Cayuga R15. The new release of Qognify’s video management system (VMS) for multi-site corporate and enterprise projects focuses on enhanced usability and connectivity, improved maintainability and intelligent analytics.
One of the main goals while developing Cayuga R15 was to help security personnel quickly identify, locate and evaluate an event. This can present a real challenge when operating large systems with widely distributed locations and a large number of cameras. Cayuga R15 solves this problem by supporting the use of the powerful Esri ArcGIS mapping platform, enabling cameras to be positioned on a map and available globally – depending on access rights. Multiple views or areas of interest within one map source as well as the clustering of icons depending on the zoom level make it easy to keep the overview on the map at any time.
The new Qognify Mobile Client is another powerful tool added in Cayuga R15 that improves the ability to respond to an event. The Mobile Client is the result of Qognify’s cross-product initiative, to combine the benefits of technological assets within its VMS portfolio. It can connect to Cayuga and Ocularis installations using a smartphone or tablet, enabling security personnel to view live streams as well as to browse and playback recorded footage remotely in a totally revamped, intuitive design. It is available for iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the App Store or from Google Play at no additional costs.
For organizations, such as those in the retail sector, that often need to export video in a way that does not infringe privacy rights, Cayuga R15 adds a new Export Designer. This software module enables the editing (blurring and/or masking of moving objects and static areas) of video sequences to be exported. This new functionality is complemented by an optional Export Validation Tool that can be used to easily check that exported footage supplied for the purpose of evidence has not been tampered with.
Many other changes, big and small made it into the release. For enterprise customers there is a new time management feature that enables the use of multiple distinguished holiday calendars within one organization. Active directory management has been further improved and now offers even deeper integration for setting user rights directly in Windows. And finally, for customers relying on video analytics as part of their security regiment, Cayuga R15 now uses deep learning-based AI to deliver optimized object classification. This helps to set up video analysis faster and mitigates false alarms caused by common occurrences such as insects and headlights.
Carsten Eckstein, Head of Product Management for Cayuga at Qognify is proud of what his team achieved for this latest version of the product: “The additions and enhancements in Cayuga R15 are in direct response to the feedback from our partners and customers. This is the first release, where Qognify’s new development philosophy, to look beyond one specific product, has been put to practice. I can’t wait for Cayuga customers to start using R15 but it is equally nice to know that also those users who rely on other Qognify products will profit from the work we have accomplished here in their Qognify system of choice.
Cayuga R15 is compatible with Qognify’s innovative Umbrella web-based platform that can be used to configure, manage and monitor all connected Cayuga systems centrally. It also integrates with its Business Video Intelligence (BVI) software, which combines video footage from Cayuga with transaction data from business-related IT systems to create new levels of information to optimize business processes.
Availability
Cayuga R15 is part of Qognify’s comprehensive video management portfolio that includes VisionHub, Ocularis and NiceVision. It is available now in 15 languages and is SIRA (Security Industry Regulatory Agency) compliant, enabling it to be used in public projects in Dubai and the wider Gulf region.
A couple of things to keep in mind before updating

  • 32bit support is discontinued with R15
  • Object Video is discontinued with R15
  • Windows 7, 8 and Windows Server 2008 are discontinued by Microsoft and thus not supported by Cayuga R15 anymore

New Release: Cayuga R14

Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today anounce that the latest release of its video management system (VMS) Cayuga R14, places a major focus on cyber security.

With the rise of IP solutions for video surveillance systems in recent years, dealing with cybersecurity issues to safeguard video installations has become of utmost importance. One of the best ways to reduce network vulnerabilities associated with video surveillance systems is to make sure that the communication between the different components of the video solution is securely encrypted. A comprehensive role-based access management must also be in place in order to elevate the level of protection, while meeting the compliance requirements of mission-critical environments.

Cayuga R14 is focusing on just that: the security architecture of the VMS has been revamped to make sure that internal communication is even safer than before. State-of-the-art encryption is used for the export of videos, so that they can only be accessed by authorized people. Fundamental Active Directory (AD) optimizations make sure that the login procedure for Cayuga and the administration of AD roles are now fully aligned with industry standards. As Single Sign On is now fully supported, there is no need to explicitly sign in to the Cayuga application – once the Windows login was successful.

Aside from all the security improvements, Cayuga now offers the option to start the standard client in Viewer mode. This way the user benefits from most of the standard features in the client – even without a connection to the Cayuga server. The new offline Client is also available in a light-weight portable version to be distributed with exported video files.

Furthermore, Cayuga now supports more than 5,000 different devices from more than 80 different hardware manufacturers. New camera functions have also been introduced into its smart drivers, giving customers even more choice when selecting the right hardware for a video security application.

Availability

Cayuga R14 is available now from Qognify. Current customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can download and install the update manually, or if updated from an installed base via the built-in Auto Updater.

Advance notice: 32 bit support for Cayuga will end with R15. 

Cayuga so far has been available as  64- and 32 bit version. However, we already want to inform you today that Cayuga will only be available as a 64-bit version from the upcoming version R15, which is expected to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2020. Cayuga R14 is the last version for which – on request – a 32-bit version will be available.

Cayuga R14 is also the latest version to support Object Video. Customers using Object Video have already been personally informed about this change and their future migration options. Please contact us, should you have further questions about this change and what it might mean to your installation.

Pearl River, NY (January 02, 2019) – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced that it has completed the acquisition of the IP video management software (VMS) company – On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI), including the pioneer of IP video technology – SeeTec GmbH. Backed by the global investment firm Battery Ventures, Qognify announced the agreement on December 22, 2018 and the deal closed on December 28, 2018.
With Qognify, OnSSI and SeeTec operating under one umbrella, the company is today one of the largest VMS, Video Analytics, PSIM and Critical Incident Management companies in the world, serving mid-market and enterprise organizations. Steve Shine, CEO and President of Qognify states: “Following the swift closing of the deal, we look forward to focusing on 2019, supporting all Qognify, OnSSI and SeeTec partners and customers, whilst substantially expanding our geographic reach and market penetration.”
 
Qognify’s VisionHub, NiceVision, FAST and Situator solutions are trusted by financial services companies, mass-transit infrastructure, large international airports and seaports, as well as smart and safe city projects around the world. The OnSSI Ocularis and Cayuga VMS solutions are deployed across education, gaming, government, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, retail, public safety, transportation and utilities organizations, in more than 100 countries.
Shine adds: “Today, through our combined portfolio of award-winning and market-leading technologies, infrastructure and expertise, we expand our global presence, creating an entity capable of meeting the exacting requirements of mid-market and enterprise organizations anywhere in the world.”
Pearl River, NY (January 15, 2019) – OnSSI has signed on Devine180 as their latest manufacturer’s rep firm handling the company’s flagship Ocularis 5 Video Management Software and RecOn5 Series Pre-loaded NVRs and Servers. A premier manufacturer’s rep firm for advanced video and security solutions in the Midwest, Devine180, will provide marketing and support services to OnSSI in the East Wisconsin, North Illinois, and Northwest Indiana for OnSSI.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Devine180 to our network of highly experienced marketing and sales partners across the U.S.,” said Ken LaMarca, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Devine180 has the ideal combination of marketing, sales and technical experience to best support Ocularis and our RecOn5 surveillance solutions in the upper Midwest region.”
“OnSSI continues to develop and introduce new video control, management and recording technologies, providing users with higher levels of integration, performance and overall security,” said Chad Szekeres, President of Devine180. “Devine180’s experienced team of integration specialists are excited to add OnSSI’s Ocularis and RecOn5 solutions to our portfolio of industry leading solutions.”
OnSSI’s Ocularis IP security and surveillance VMS platform increases security, reduces operational costs, and helps organizations move closer to prevention. The latest release, Ocularis v5.6, continues to lead the industry in innovation, versatility and functionality with enhanced system security, operator functionality, and overall system resilience to provide outstanding performance and a best-in-breed user experience.
Pearl River, NY (February 20, 2019) – OnSSI announces the launch of Ocularis 5.7, the latest release of the company’s industry leading Video Management System (VMS) solution. Key featured enhancements of Ocularis 5.7 include a new Recorded Video Backup function that allows recorded video to be saved to a secondary location on the system at no extra cost. Additionally, a new Mirrored Recordings feature, available in Ocularis 5.7 Ultimate, allows the simultaneous recording of all cameras on two recording servers, ensuring that recorded video is never lost from failure of the primary recording server. Ocularis 5.7 includes numerous enhancements to improve user access and scheduling, along with more robust cyber security protection.
 
“In addition to the superior VMS performance provided by Ocularis, this latest version delivers new data protection capabilities to ensure that critical video and information is always accessible,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “Additional enhancements in Oculars 5.7 provide users with greater speed of operations and convenience, further elevating their user experience and surveillance capabilities.”
The new Recorded Video Backup and Mirrored Recordings features are just two of the enhancements offered in Ocularis 5.7. New updates to Ocularis allow system administrators to better control when users can access the system, including the ability to schedule when users can log in, as well as restricting user access during off hours. Ocularis 5.7 also employs enhanced TLS 1.2 encryption for stronger system security against cyber-attacks.
Additional new features in Ocularis Client include: a new Export Alarm Recordings Only function for faster video export; a smooth video streaming option to improve performance when connecting to remote sites with an inconsistent network connection; faster log in times on large systems; added Smart Camera Drivers for Vanderbilt, Eclipse, Uniview and Sony Generation X imaging solutions; and two-way audio support expanded to include Bosch cameras.
Pearl River, NY (March 7, 2019) – OnSSI’s Ocularis 5.6 Video Management System (VMS) now integrates with Johnson Controls Software House C•CURE 9000 Security and Event Management System, resulting in a single intuitive interface for enterprise level security applications. The incorporation of Ocularis’ functionality within the C•CURE 9000 interface allows full interaction with Ocularis video, turning the physical security interface into a full-featured video client.
“Ocularis delivers a powerful, highly intuitive VMS platform for integrated security systems built on the Software House C•CURE 9000 platform,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales & Marketing, OnSSI. “We value our partnership with Software House, and we will continue to develop new and innovative ways we can provide users with new capabilities that further enhance their overall security operations.”
The integration of Ocularis and C•CURE 9000 allows users to instantly launch video associated with access control events, investigate and verify activity at access points, and receive notification of events from the video system. Other benefits include the cost-saving advantages of managing one integrated system versus several independent systems; the ability to monitor groups of up to 16 cameras connected to different recording servers at multiple sites; and the ability to manually or automatically display up to four live video windows associated with events.
“Working with OnSSI continues to be a positive experience that enhances our ability to deliver holistic solutions for a wide range of applications,” said Rick Focke, Director of Product Management, Enterprise Access Control, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The reliability and ease of integration between these two powerful open platform solutions makes it easier to implement feature-rich, integrated network solutions.”
This integration delivers advanced access control capabilities while empowering customers to utilize IT-standard tools and distributed architecture. The flexibility of this system grants security professionals the freedom to deploy a unique security solution for their entire business.
OnSSI’s Ocularis 5.6 VMS enhances overall performance and operator functionality, delivers cybersecurity enhancement through heightened system security with fortified dual authentication measures, and provides enhanced mobile and web access capabilities. These latest improvements combine to further empower users with a best-in-class VMS solution and experience powered by OnSSI Ocularis’ high performance engine.
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Pearl River, NY (April 10, 2019) – Qognify – the trusted advisor and provider of physical security and enterprise incident management solutions, is exhibiting at ISC West and demonstrating to more than 1,000 organizations around the world, how Qognify solutions are safeguarding people, infrastructure and business operations. At booth 13074, Qognify’s team of subject matter experts will advise security practitioners on how they can maximize the outcomes of their security strategies.
Attendees at the ISC West International Security Expo, being held at the Sands Expo Center will benefit from insights they can apply to maximize their organization’s security strategy, whether in education, critical facilities, finance, healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, retail or transportation sectors. Qognify’s field-tested solutions have demonstrated maximum value to customers who place a premium on physical security.
Qognify applies a consultative approach to building solutions for customers, as opposed to recommending off-the-shelf products. The company works with customers to understand their organizations’ strategic goals, along with any specific needs based on industry or legislative requirements. Assessing each scenario individually in this collaborative process, has resulted in system solutions that have quantifiably increased the security and operational efficiencies in enterprises.
Qognify CEO and President, Steve Shine states: “Customers with complex physical security requirements, or systems that are dictated by strict regulations, or even those with specific needs based on their particular industry have realized optimized outcomes with Qognify solutions.” Shine adds: “Our software solutions reach beyond traditional safety and security applications and deliver far reaching and quantifiable value to the customer across many industries and use cases – even in unexpected areas that may surprise.”
Qognify invites visitors of ISC West to visit booth 13074 to learn about how Qognify provides added value and unique physical security and incident management solutions to customers.
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Pearl River, NY (July 11, 2019) – Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – today announced that it will share its expertise of how metropolitan areas can make the shift from being safe and smart to fully cognitive cities, at the 5th National Summit on 100 Smart Cities India 2019. Qognify is the Presenting Partner of the Summit which takes place August 22, 2019 at The LaLiT in New Dehli.
Qognify, with its Safe & Smart City Solution, is one of the leaders in safe and smart cities in India. It is currently involved in more than 20 safe and smart city projects throughout the country that include high profile award-winning projects such as:
• Navi Mumbai – Qognify is used to monitor all critical points within the city including public transportation, schools, heavily traveled traffic junctions, city entrances and exits, open-air markets and utility infrastructure.
• Nanded City has an integrated command, control and communication center (C-Cube) that is powered by Qognify’s Safe City solution that includes Qognify’s Situatorvideo management and analytics solutions.
• Kohlapur is using Qognify’s video management and analytics to assist law enforcement and city management in coping with the influx of increased tourism.
Regional VP, India at Qognify, Dilip Verma, will present at the Summit and he comments: “Many cities have taken steps to become safe cities, whilst a smaller but growing number are breaking ground as truly smart cities. At the Summit we will use our experience, working on some of the most innovative projects in India and around the world, to look to the horizon, where we envisage urban environments becoming truly cognitive.”
Verma makes the distinction between safe, smart and cognitive cities: “A safe city aims to ensure the safety and security of its residents, whilst smart initiatives go further, improving the operations of city. Cognitive cities take things to the next level by keeping citizens engaged and contributing to the gathering of the relevant data. The insights from which can be used not only to improve security, safety and city operations, but also the lives of residents.” He adds: “Cognitive cities are much better positioned to thrive in the face of significant challenges such as clean water scarcity, climate change, and providing functional and efficient mass transportation at mega-city scales. It is an ambitious goal that not only holds the promise of being more resilient, but at the same time promotes civic participation, sense of community and the health and wellbeing of citizens.”
The 5th National Summit on 100 Smart Cities India 2019 will bring together global thought leaders to focus on aspects of a smart city including urban development, surveillance, power, energy, transport, technology, smart building, smart grid, smart health, network and communication technology. For more information about the summit and to register visit: http://www.bharatexhibitions.com/en/100SCI2019

 
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Pearl River, NY (October 24, 2019)Qognify – the trusted advisor and technology solution provider for physical security and enterprise incident management – launches version 5.8 of Ocularis, the award-winning video management system (VMS) for enterprise and corporate projects with an emphasis on tactical real-time operations and live visualization.
In version 5.8, Ocularis has put the user front and center. One of the numerous improvements is the inclusion of an Ocularis Client MSI Installer, which enables customers to easily push out Ocularis Client updates using the System Center Configuration Manager (SSCM) from Microsoft, thus greatly reducing time required for software deployments, updates and hot fixes across the enterprise.
Ocularis 5.8 allows customers to create a comprehensive security environment made up of multiple security-relevant systems and applications communicating with each other. Using a flexible, driver-based approach, the new Event Interface (SEI) breaks new ground to connect third-party security products to Ocularis, addressing the needs of customers who place a premium on their physical security strategy. All events from third-party applications such as access control and intruder alarm systems can now be received and visualized within Ocularis. This provides security personnel with real-time, integrated event information and response capabilities, thus significantly reducing the reaction time during critical incidents.
Ari Robinson, Product Owner for Ocularis at Qognify, explains further benefits of the interface: “Technology and solution partners are now able to easily develop plugins to connect Ocularis with their product portfolios, as the SEI is a well-documented and open interface. Especially for corporate and enterprise customers this facilitates a hassle-free implementation of integrated security systems. Setting up an integrated security solution with the SEI immediately provides an added value and also underlines the solution-based approach of Qognify.”
Another essential move into this direction is the introduction of the open Analytics Interface (SAI), that allows for the integration of any edge or server-based video analytics or license plate recognition solution on the market, also using a plugin-based approach. Chen Porat, VP R&D at Qognify, explains the strategic importance of these initiatives: “The introduction of the two new interfaces in Ocularis 5.8 is one of the first outcomes of the cross-product initiatives within Qognify, rolling out standard interfaces across the product portfolio and thus delivering tangible added value to as many Qognify customers as possible.”
Ocularis 5.8 now supports more than 5,000 different devices from over 80 different hardware manufacturers. New camera functions including better support for cameras with integrated edge storage functionality, have also been introduced into the software, giving customers even more choice when selecting the right hardware for their individual video security application.
 
Availability
Ocularis 5.8 is now available from Qognify. Current customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can download and install the update.

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