Cisco unveils safety, security and communication solutions for urban environments


Cisco announced a series of safety and security
innovations powered by its Medianet architecture.


Together these innovations support the evolution of
Cisco’s strategy towards a solutions-oriented services-led approach that will
enable Cisco customers and large security integrators to build highly scalable
network-based security systems that better protect people, property and
critical infrastructure.


At the ASIS show, Cisco underscored its continued
commitment to open standards by demonstrating video support for ONVIF-compliant


The company is extending its Medianet Services Interface
software to certified video surveillance partners to automate and streamline
the way in which Cisco networks recognize, configure and monitor the service
levels for third party IP cameras.


As part of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities initiative,
Cisco is also introducing new communications interoperability solutions and
enhancements. Real-time communication is critical in times of emergency.


Currently in many cases, firefighters, police officers,
emergency medical technicians and public safety professionals communicate on
different radio frequencies and with different systems, creating barriers to
providing a coordinated and efficient response during crises.


The new high density Physical Security Storage Series
platform with the ability to manage video recording of up to 120 terabytes of
storage, and 60 disks in only 4RU of rack space, and up to 240 terabytes, and
120 disks in only 8U of rack space.


Video Surveillance Manager also now supports third party
cameras with extended edge storage; this approach effectively extends the value
of VSM 6.3.2 to the edge of the network to intelligently manage offload.
Working closely with VideoIQ, the leader and pioneer in distributed storage
surveillance solutions, Cisco will be integrating VideoIQ’s iCVR-HD High
Definition line of cameras, including their onboard storage, into Cisco’s Video
Surveillance Manager.


demonstrated ONVIF 2.0 streaming video integrated with Cisco Video Surveillance
Manager. For customers with third party IP camera deployments, this capability
aims to help protect existing investments and maximizes their choice of
deployable cameras.


Cisco IPICS is a complete IP-based dispatch and
incidence-response solution enabling rapid, reliable communication using
whatever desktop or mobile device is at hand to provide public safety personnel
with continuous, real-time communication as well as streaming video.


At ASIS, Cisco is demonstrating support for the latest generation
of open IP standards interoperability between P25 radio networks and the IP
network infrastructure using P25 ISSI gateway capabilities and a universal
media services appliance. P25 offers a number of benefits over traditional
analog radio systems including improved coverage, better interoperability, and
more efficient use of the radio spectrum.


Cisco announced that its Medianet support has been
extended to Cisco and other third party cameras. VideoIQ is the first camera
vendor to publicly announce its intent to embed Medianet Services Interface
software into its cameras to help automate the way that its cameras interface
with Cisco network switches.


The Medianet architecture delivers a smarter network,
smarter endpoints, cloud services and shared media services. With Medianet
Services Interface software, IP cameras can be auto-configured upon network
connection, and provided with the specific network bandwidth and security they
need. Camera connections can be diagnosed and even tested with “synthetic”
traffic to ensure a trouble-free deployment.


Cisco also announced new 4 and 8 port standalone encoders
that complement its existing 16-port chassis-based analog to IP video encoders
to further support customers in migrating existing deployments to the IP


“This announcements represent key steps we are
taking as we evolve our safety and security strategy to a more
solutions-oriented, services-led approach. We envisage a greater role for our
large security integration partners as we focus on projects with our clients
that will take advantage of the Medianet architecture. The security business is
converging on IP and open standards, and Cisco is continuing to collaborate
with the industry to underpin this evolution,” said Bill Stuntz, vice president and
general manager, Physical Security Business Unit,


Recently, Cisco announced that Telenor Satellite
Broadcasting AS selected
Cisco to power the company’s new encoding platform for Web-based TV.


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