CoVi Unveils Revolutionary New IP-Based Crystal HD(TM) Surveillance System

Intelligent, IP Solution Delivers Unprecedented Quality, Control for Networked


Apr 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from CoVi Technologies, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- CoVi Technologies, Inc., the global
 leader in high definition video surveillance solutions, today unveiled the
 CoVi Crystal HD(TM) Surveillance System at the International Security
 Conference (ISC) West 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Crystal HD is the first
 IP-based surveillance system to integrate networked cameras and distributed
 storage with advanced monitoring and administration software to create a
 powerful high definition digital video solution.  The system integrates
 ground-breaking SCAN(TM) architecture and MultiStream(TM) encoding
 technologies that promise to increase the value of video for security
 professionals by capturing real time video intelligence that can be used to
 prevent and respond to threats or events.
     For decades, video surveillance has been used as a monitoring solution.
 Sometimes a deterrent, but more often an insurance policy, video became a mere
 data point for reviewing a breach in security or critical event well after the
 event had occurred.  Review of analog tapes can be timely and costly, and the
 quality of today's digital video intelligence typically delivers little value
 for law enforcement and security officers needing to respond quickly to
 threats of property or life.
     CoVi's Crystal HD Surveillance System shatters the old standards for video
 quality, providing more than 4 times the resolution of traditional systems,
 and provides the intelligent solution for security professionals seeking to
 transform their surveillance system from a tool of awareness to an instrument
 of response.
     CoVi's breakthrough SCAN(TM) (Security Camera Area Network) architecture
 and MultiStream(TM) encoding eliminate bandwidth consumption roadblocks which
 have led to slow adoption of networked video surveillance.  By placing system
 intelligence on all recording elements at the edge of the network, and
 simultaneously encoding high definition and monitoring resolution video
 streams, network loading is minimized.  As a result, the Crystal HD(TM)
 Surveillance System can simultaneously monitor hundreds of cameras, while at
 the same time providing forensic quality HD video recording for every camera
 on the SCAN.
     "We believe that we are about to significantly change an industry that has
 been historically challenged by poor image quality and immature system
 integration," said Barry Walker, President and CEO of CoVi Technologies.
 "Real time, high quality video intelligence matters.  Our Crystal HD system
 will provide dramatic benefits to all who utilize video surveillance
 technology for infrastructure security, asset protection or personal safety."
     Crystal HD(TM) Surveillance System components include:
     CVQ 2100(TM) MultiStream HD camera, with high dynamic range 1/2" CMOS
 progressive scan 1280 X 720 pixel sensor and MPEG-4 and JPEG digital video
 encoding.  Advanced video processing algorithms enhance the camera's ability
 to deal with challenging lighting conditions.  Automatic and customizable
 modes are available that compensate for extreme backlight situations and
 illuminate detail hidden in shadows.  Video Motion Detection (VMD) processing
 and alarm event generation are in-camera.  The CVQ-2100 is remotely
 configurable and manageable.  It is also firmware and software upgradeable,
 allowing it to optionally perform advanced applications, such as object
 tracking, that would otherwise need expensive computer platforms.
     DMM-2100(TM) Digital Media Manager supports simultaneous QCIF, CIF, 4CIF
 and HD recording from a CVQ-2100 camera for 30 day continuous recording.  Each
 DMM operates at the edge of the surveillance network and provides dedicated
 processing and storage capacity to an individual CVQ-2100 MultiStream HD
 camera.  Information about the video (metadata) is also integrated, processed
 and recorded by the DMM.  The DMM can use this information to generate
 security alerts and perform event based searches for the security operator.
     Crystal HD SecurityStation(TM), supports WXGA resolution displays that
 provide high performance monitoring for up to 16 cameras plus integrated alarm
 and dispatch capabilities.  A remote client, suitable for secure monitoring
 over cable modem, DSL or 56K dial-up services is also available.
     Crystal HD Administrator(TM) configures and administers up to 250 camera
 and distributed media manager pairs in a multi-node SCAN, providing record
 scheduling, remote camera setup, network optimization, and monitoring
 permissions for one or more SecurityStation monitoring stations.
     CoVi's Crystal HD system is competitively priced and can easily integrate
 into existing corporate IP networks.  The adaptive architecture was designed
 to be open and standards-based providing lower integration and installation
 costs and a cost-effective migration from traditional, analog systems.
     "CoVi has not only delivered the industry's first truly scalable, high-
 definition video system, with four times the resolution of traditional
 solutions, but has done so at a price point well within the reach of budget-
 conscious security professionals," said Barry Walker, President and CEO of
 CoVi Technologies.  "We have made innovation affordable without compromising
 performance.  And the ability to leverage this platform with advanced software
 applications moves us much closer to the ideal of an intelligent video
 surveillance solution, not only to protect people and physical assets, but
 also to provide real time situational and business data."
     About CoVi Technologies
     CoVi Technologies is the leader in next generation video surveillance
 solutions.  CoVi designs and manufactures HD quality video security products
 suitable for a wide range of environments.  Created by veterans from the
 security, videoconferencing, storage, networking, broadcast, and streaming
 media industries, CoVi utilizes leading edge, standards-based technologies to
 enable the industry's most powerful surveillance solutions.  Our commitment is
 to provide Total Video Quality(TM) to our customers through superior products
 and solutions.  CoVi Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is located in
 Austin, Texas.  For more information visit .
     Crystal HD(TM) Surveillance System, Security Camera Area Network
 (SCAN(TM)), MultiStream(TM), CVQ 2100(TM) MultiStream HD, DMM-2100(TM) Digital
 Media Manager, Crystal HD SecurityStation(TM) and Crystal HD
 Administrator(TM), are registered trademarks of CoVi Technologies, Inc.

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