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SecureMind Surveillance Manager - In Use - more

The Setting tab within SecureMind is where all the configuration happens. This is where cameras are added, where Remote View can be enabled in conjunction with Iomega Personal Cloud, where Alerts are set and where storage parameters can be specified.

Activity Alerts (Figure 10) are highly customizable, allowing you to set alerts for one to all cameras and to change it easy at a later time. It also lets you set a schedule for the Alerts, specify an email address to alert and even send alerts or enable alarm sounds if the video is lost or if the cameras view is tampered with.

SecureMind Activity Alerts screen
Figure 10: SecureMind Activity Alerts screen

What I really liked about SecureMind, were the individual Activity Detection settings that were customizable per camera. In Figure 11, you can see the Regions of interest I set up on the living room camera. By adjusting "Vertex Points" and dragging the profiles out to exactly where they were needed, I could adjust the motion detection area to just where I needed. In this case, I was keeping the ceiling fan out of the motion detection area, as well as ignoring the cat unless it jumped on the table.

SecureMind Activity Detection screen
Figure 11: SecureMind Activity Detection screen

That's not to say motion detection was perfect. As I've pointed out in other reviews, the ability to set detection sensitivity is nice. But numbers without a gauge to put them into context makes motion detection setting very hit-or-miss.

A good example of helpful motion detection setting is found in each Axis camera's web interface (Figure 12). Although setting the motion detection window isn't as flexible as with SecureMind, you do get a realtime indication of motion being detected and where it lies in relation to the threshold you've set.

In Figure 12, the detected movement is simply sun shining through our skylights, which I don't want to be alerted on. However, I may want to be alerted on someone grabbing the iPod, so I can perform the action and see where the movement lies in relation to the threshold I've set. I'd like to see this feature in SecureMind's Activity Detection settings.

Motion Detection screen on camera showing triggered thresholds
Figure 12: Motion Detection screen on camera showing triggered thresholds

Anyone who works in IT will really appreciate the Events and Audit Log sub-tabs under the Status tab. The Events sub-tab shows things like video loss, camera tampering, and errors related to the camera stream.

The Audit log (Figue 13) captures everything that has been done to anything within SecureMind, down to things like changing Brightness or simply renaming a camera. It captures what happened, the time it happened, the user that did it, what the new data is, what the old data was, and the IP address of the client making the change. This feature, and the detail it provides, is very impressive.

Nice audit logs tab, showing much detail
Figure 13: Nice audit logs tab, showing much detail

Closing Thoughts

Iomega has provided some nice video surveillance features for its StorCenter NASes. The built-in Video Surveillance feature is ok for manual recording. But MindTree's SecureMind Surveillance Manager is more robust with more features, some of which will satisfy even professional level video surveillance requirements. Both were easy to use, but I give the edge to SecureMind for its superior user interface and larger feature set, most notably, motion detection recording.

For both options, the relatively small list of supported cameras could be a barrier for businesses that already have a surveillance solution in place. And you need to keep an eye on the total number of cameras supported when shopping for NAS-based video surveillance. The ix2-dl can handle only four cameras with SecureMind or five using the built-in Video Surveillance feature. But as Figure 14 shows, buying beefier NASes can raise the number of cameras handled as high as 48!

Iomega NAS IP camera support (SecureMind)
Figure 14: Iomega NAS IP camera support (SecureMind)
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