The BCS Server is the cornerstone of the product and is used to convert the cameras signals into digital files. A single server allows you to connect up to 32 cameras and can be linked to other servers to support hundreds of cameras. The server typically will store the video on its local hard drive but can also be configured to support network storage or other Windows based storage systems. The user interface is easy to use and has a standard Windows interface. You can view up to 32 video streams in multiple display configurations. As part of our powerful infrastructure, BCS stores all its settings and log entries inside Microsoft SQL database tables. This gives us a very solid platform to deliver advanced features.
BCS has two primary functions: it records the video and provides tools to view live or recorded video. The system is designed to be easy to use while having very powerful features.
When you start BCS, the following screen appears:
There are three main sections of the screen:
- Viewing Panel which can be customized to view up to 32 cameras
- Left Navigation tree structure which can be used to navigate from camera to camera and to view recorded files.
- Tool Bar which provides convenient access to commonly used tools
The viewing panel can be configured to show from one to 32 cameras in various configurations. The layout buttons at the top of the viewing panel allow you to control the number of cameras displayed.
You can also create any number of custom views and select the layout to display on startup.
Left Navigation Tree Structure
Use the tree to navigate between individual cameras. Click on a single image on the screen to change the focus to a single camera.
Multi-Layered Facility Map
To help locate cameras across your organization, you can import images of your facilities into BCS. These maps can be accessed from the Server, Network Client or Web with camera labels turning red to indicate motion. You can position the Facilities Map on the screen to allow you to navigate between the maps and cameras. Our easy to use setup, allows you to take advantage of this feature without any customization.
Using the left navigation tree, click on a camera. Recorded files are organized into folders starting with Today.
When you click on a recording, a playback screen will appear with the playback options.
Use the tool bar to access frequently used actions.
The iPlayer is very powerful tool for viewing recorded video. You can access iPlayer from the tool bar or by using the F12 key. The following functions can be performed using the iPlayer:
- Select camera, date, time and play the file
- Select multiple cameras to be played back simultaneously
- Select recordings to be played using the timeline chart
- Select recordings to be playing using thumbnails
- Select recordings to be played using the Event Log
- Smart Search
- POS transaction search
- Overlay and zoom