The Alarm station allows you to monitor the activity of a large number of cameras easily and effectively. Instead of viewing streams 24/7 and consuming lots of data but still having the risk to miss an important event due to fatigue caused by too many cameras on-screen allow our alarm station to do the monitoring for you. When the event is detected, an image from the camera will pop up on the screen, this will be accompanied by a sound notification to warn you about the activity in front of one of the cameras, and the playback of the event will start automatically allowing you to react quickly.
To access the Alarm station please follow this link:
Alarm station can be used in two modes:
1. For live monitoring
2. For smart event monitoring
Live monitoring mode
If the Alarm Station is not armed, the "shield" button is empty, then any cameras that are currently on screen will keep streaming indefinitely. This mode is very similar to the normal Video portal with the main difference being that there is no timeout due to inactivity so you can keep streaming cameras in any regime (live, archive, or paused) for as long as you need. There is no restriction on the duration and the alarm station will keep streaming your selected cameras for days or even months if you leave them on screen.
Important note: if the alarm station is left in this mode for extended periods of time this will generate a lot of traffic for the cameras that are displayed on the screen. For the cameras that are on a fixed plan, this will mean that they will go over the traffic limit as described in our Fair usage policy and thus such cameras will be switched to the Pay as you go plans and you will be charged based on the actual accumulated traffic for these cameras. To avoid this we recommend using the alarm station in the smart event monitoring mode.
Smart event monitoring mode
To enable smart event monitoring the alarm station has to be armed using the "shield" button at the top right corner which also serves as an indication of the current system status. If the shield is red the system is armed and events will be shown based on the selected rules, the empty shield means that the system is disarmed and no events will be automatically shown in the layout cells.
You can choose the type of event that will be shown in each image cell of the layout:
this symbol means that any camera side event (motion, line crossing, etc.) will be shown. Also, you can press on the Plus to add any camera and "lock" it in place, preventing new cameras from showing in this layout cell automatically.
this symbol means that a camera will be shown in this cell only when our servers recognize a person.
this symbol means that a camera will be shown in this cell only when our servers recognize a car.
Every time an event is detected it will automatically appear on screen in one of the layout cells based on the selected event types for each cell. Next, you can classify the event with one of the options from the dropdown list to create a log entry that will have information about the event and when it was acknowledged. This allows you to create automation rules using our webhook service to solve your routine day-to-day tasks with minimum effort and maximum precision. To learn how to create a new webhook please visit this page.
Alarm station mechanics
The selected layout cell will not be replaced with the new event to allow ample time for the security guard to review the event and acknowledge it appropriately.
All other layout cells will continue to cycle through new events according to the filter that is selected for each cell.
New events will be shown based on the following rules:
- The new event will be shown in the first available empty cell that has an appropriate filter selected.
- The first cell that will be populated with an event will become selected and will be excluded from automatic event rotation unless a new layout cell is selected as main, then this new cell will be excluded from the rotation sequence.
- If all cells are occupied then the next event will be shown on top of the older event.
The alarm station will use the following priority sequence to determine what camera will be replaced:
- If the event is on the camera that is already present on the screen then the playback position for this camera will be adjusted to the start of the event, an audible alarm will sound and the cell border will blink to indicate that a new event playback has started.
- If the new event is not for one of the cameras currently on screen then the oldest event will be replaced, an audible alarm will sound and the cell border will blink red to indicate that new event playback has started in it.
- If the new event type does not match any of the selected filters for cells currently on the screen then this event will be ignored, though it will still be shown in the Event menu list.
- You can open the camera manually in any of the layout cells. Such a camera will stay on screen until closed by the user, it won't be replaced by an event even when this layout cell is not selected as main.
- You can review archives, create clips and do object searches on the selected camera stream while the rest of the screen can still be in the armed mode, the alarm station will continue showing new events.
- There are no restrictions on how you can configure the screen, you can have any number of manually opened and active layout cells on the screen to fit your specific needs.
- Leaving cameras on-screen for extended periods of time can lead to a significant amount of traffic generation and thus can result in substantial charges for the consumed traffic.