Ireland public broadcasting company selects Vigilant
for remote monitoring solution

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RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland’s national public-service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost-effective, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally. A semi-state company, RTÉ both produces programmes and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet. The radio service began on 1 January 1926 while regular television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world.

The Challenge

With 1800 employees scattered across 8 studios in Eire and Northern Ireland, all running disparate security systems, RTE was looking for a centralized and highly reliable video surveillance solution.

RTE decided to upgrade the existing system at the Donnybrook headquarters to include remote monitoring of all remote studios using the RTE corporate computer network. Utilizing the converged network where total bandwith could be as low as 1Mbps for both video surveillance and corporate computing became the main challenge for Vigilant.

The Vigilant Solution

RTE’s main studio facility at Donnybrook has more than 100 cameras installed in different locations around campus covering different buildings and car parks. In order to utilize the existing analogue CCTV infrastructure, NetStream IP encoders were installed in the server room along with Vigilant NetVR 5210 video servers . The RAID 5 storage, redundant power supplies, distributed database and server status monitoring of the NetVR 5210 servers provided RTE with the high level of system reliability and availability that they expected.

The remote studios were equipped with Vigilant Technology Xstream servers , each providing 16 video recording channels and can support long retention at an affordable price. Remote viewing of these cameras at the Dublin main control centre was accomplished using Vigilant’s Remote Gateway Server (RGS). The RGS recompresses the video according to available bandwidth and allows remote viewing of live and playback images and download of CCTV recordings in their original quality using as little as 128 kilobits/second of network bandwidth

NetView Enterprise Virtual Matrix is the heart of the Donnybrook control centre where eight large screen monitors enable multiple operators to view and investigate camera feeds from both local and remote studios. The technology of Vigilant RGS and its ability to transmit video and events notification over limited bandwidth supports real-time situational awareness for all studio locations around Ireland.

About Vigilant

Founded in 1999, Vigilant Technology designs and manufactures intelligent IP video surveillance solutions for enterprise class CCTV deployments in mission- critical, multi-site application environments operating over enterprise LAN, wireless or carrier networks. Vigilant’s international headquarters is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (London stock exchange ticker symbol: BVC)

NetVR , together with Vigilant NetStream advanced IP video encoders, empower authorized security personnel with maximum flexibility and freedom – enabling simultaneous access, control and viewing of live or playback video from any IP or analog camera, fixed or PTZ - regardless of user location or client device.

Designed to meet today’s tough security standards, Vigilant NetVR provides unique video quality, unmatched scalability, 365x7x24 availability, and excellent flexibility. Further, featuring easy third- party interoperability with IP devices or parallel systems, and future-proof migration from legacy analog to hybrid or even pure IP environments
– Vigilant NetVR helps protect existing infrastructure investment, maximizing ROI.

Vigilant’s XStream Hybrid provides a seamless recording solution for both analog and IP video surveillance environments. By combining analog and IP capabilities in a single platform, users can leverage their existing analog system while implementing the latest IP video technology.

Xstream Hybrid NVR supports up to 16 analog cameras via H.264 advanced video compression to offer superior video quality while utilizing significantly lower bandwidth and storage capacity. With up to 6TB of storage capacity and easily swappable bays, the Xstream Hybrid NVR offers unmatched flexibility and performance in a cost-effective, easy-to-use package.

The Vigilant hybrid network video recorder can serve as a scalable enterprise solution or can monitor multiple remote sites using the onboard remote gateway server (RGS). Vigilant NetView™ Control Center works seamlessly with the Xstream Hybrid NVR to support multiple sites and multiple control centers over a limited bandwidth network.

NetView VMS enables multiple operators to react efficiently to the day-to- day activities with powerful event reaction workflow; a predefined video sequence with both live and recorded video can be displayed to the operator automatically in response for any alert being received in the control center thus providing better situation awareness.