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Intellex FAQ's

Is Network Client compatible with Intellex IP?
Yes, Intellex IP is compatible with Network Client and all other software applications that have been developed using the Intellex API.
What are the physical dimensions of Intellex IP?
Height= 1.75 inches, Width = 19 inches, Depth = 22 inches. Intellex IP weighs approximately 25 lbs (13.64 kg).
Is Intellex IP compatible with Intellex?
Yes, by using Network Client. Intellex IP will only accept IP streams, no analog inputs. Network Client will recognize Intellex IP as well as Intellex creating a seamless analog/IP digital hybrid system.
Will any IP camera or codec work with Intellex IP?
No. Many manufacturers of IP cameras and codecs use various types of compressions schemes. Intellex IP has the ability to transcode the IP stream into ACC - Intellex proprietary compression scheme. Therefore only IP cameras and codecs that American Dynamics has qualified will be compatible with Intellex IP.
Will Intellex IP work over any network?
Over any TCP/IP Ethernet network - Gigabit or 100BaseT.
Is DHCP available?
Yes, Intellex IP supports DHCP. Once an IP device has been configured for DHCP Intellex IP can use either the IP address of the device or the DNS name for access.
Does Intellex IP come in the same offerings of Standard, Deluxe, and Premier?
No, Intellex IP comes in one software feature offering that includes all features offered in the Intellex premier package except VAT
Are there any capabilities, functions, and accessories that are not available in the Intellex IP, but are available in Intellex DV8000/DV16000 premier models?
Yes, Intellex IP does not have looping video outputs, does not support the internal modem for dial up connectivity, does not support a call monitor output, and Video Analysis Tools
What is IP?
IP stands for Internet Protocol. It is the protocol used to route a data packet from its source to its destination via a network or the internet.
What is CIF?
CIF stands for Common Interchange Format. It is used to describe the resolution of the video recording. In an NTSC Intellex system 1CIF is 320x240 pixels. 2CIF is 640x240 pixels. 4CIF is 640x480 pixels.
What is a Computer Network?
A computer network is two or more computers that are connected together to share resources, such as hardware, data, and/or software. A network that covers a small geographical area, such as a room or a building, is called a local area network or LAN. A network that covers a large geographical area, such as a room or a building, is called a wide area network or WAN.
What is a LAN?
Short for Local Area Network. A LAN is a collection of computing equipment at a single location (e.g., an office building or campus) that communicate with each other to share resources and information, such as disk storage and files, printers, and email
What is a WAN?
Wide Area Network: This is a network which spans a large geographic area relative to office and campus environment of LAN (Local Area Network). WAN is characterized by having much greater transfer delays due to reduced bandwidth.
What is Bandwidth?
How much stuff you can send through a connection. Usually measured in bits-per-second. A full page of English text is about 16,000 bits. A fast modem can move about 15,000 bits in one second. Full-motion full-screen video would require roughly 10,000,000 bits-per-second, depending on compression. Some points have narrow bandwidth (indicating not much information can flow through at one time), and others have high bandwidth (indicating a great deal of information can flow through at one time). This term is commonly used in reference to "wasted bandwidth," indicating that some (or most) of the information flowing by a point is of no use to a user. "Wasted bandwidth" might include overloading a site's network connection (thus curtailing other users' use of the lines) or including lengthy signature files in Usenet postings or discussion groups. "Wasted bandwidth" is often relative: What one person views as wasteful might be essential to someone else.
What is a Switch?
Much like routers, switches split large networks into small segments, decreasing the number of users sharing the same network resources and bandwidth. This helps prevent data collisions and reduces network congestion, increasing network performance.
What is a Switched Video Network?
A switched video network has segments of the network separated for video transfer using switches. This type of network is recommended for IP security systems to avoid conflicts with a shared or corporate network.
What is the difference between analog and digital video?

The difference is the way the video signal is transmitted. Picture signals represented by a number of smooth transitions between video levels. Television signals are analog, as opposed to digital video signals, which assign a finite set of levels. Because computer signals are digital, analog video must be converted into a digital form before it can be shown on a computer screen. Analog TV is subject to interference, such as ghosting and snow, depending on the distance and geographical location of the monitor receiving the signal. In addition, the amount of bandwidth assigned to an analog video channel restricts the resolution and overall quality of the image. The current analog video signal standard in the U.S. is referred to as NTSC and the standard in Europe is PAL.

NTSC is the U.S. standard that was adopted and came into popular use after World War II. NTSC is based on a 525-line, 60 fields/30 frames-per-second at 60Hz system for transmission and display of video images. This is an interlaced system in which each frame is scanned in two fields of 262 lines, which is then combined to display a frame of video with 525 scan lines.

Digital Video, or DV, on the other hand, is transmitted as data bits of information, just as computer data is written or the way music is written on a CD. In this way, the signal is basically "on" or "off". In other words, the intent of DV technology is that the viewer either sees an image or nothing at all. There is no gradual signal loss as distance from the transmitter increases

In addition, since the DV signal is made up of "bits", the same bandwidth size that takes up a current analog video signal, can accommodate not only a higher quality image in digital form, but the extra space not used for the video signal can be used for additional video, audio, and text signals. In other words, broadcasters can supply more features, such as surround sound, multiple language audio, text services, and more in the same space now occupied by a standard analog video signal. However, there is one more advantage to the ability of a Digital video channel's space; the ability to transmit a High Definition signal.

What is the difference between coax and Cat5?
Both are types of cable that are used to transmit a video signal. Coax is generally used to transmit video from analog cameras although an Ethernet signal can be transmitted on it. Coax has a distance limitation of 600 feet before the signal degrades. CAT5 is generally used to transmit video from digital cameras. It is also the most common cable for computer networks. In some cases there is a cost advantage to using CAT5 for a video security system because it leverages the cabling investment made for the computer network without having to run additional coax cable.
What is an IP camera?
An IP camera transmits a digital signal over an Ethernet network.
What is an IP encoder?
An IP encoder allows an analog camera to transmit a digital signal over an Ethernet network.
Why choose an IP Video security system?

IP video security is a good choice for organizations that have existing or planned IP networks that can be extended to support video surveillance. It is important to note that many systems will require a mix of analog and IP video surveillance. Intellex IP supports this scenario by seamlessly integrating with the Intellex product line. Other advantages of an IP video security system include:

  • Seamless integration with existing Intellex systems to leverage prior investments
  • Flexibility by allowing a network to grow by adding additional network bandwidth in LAN and WAN scenarios.
  • High definition support.
  • Power over Ethernet which eliminates the need for camera or encoders power cable.
Why choose Intellex IP?

Intellex IP is an excellent choice as a pure IP video surveillance solution or as a hybrid system incorporating Intellex. Intellex IP adds the following features to the Intellex family of Digital Video Management Systems:

  • Reduced total cost of ownership through leveraging existing network cable and a reduction in rack space.
  • Greater performance and resolution. Up to 4CIF and up to 480 ips.
  • Compatible with third party applications developed using Intellex API
  • 1 U form factor
  • Multiple Gigabit NIC - allows Intellex IP to bridge two networks allowing security video to be isolated from the corporate network
Why is ACC better than MPEG-4 or MJPEG?

ACC, Active Content Compression, is the American Dynamics compression approach. The ACC approach is to take a middle ground between image differencing (simple) and motion prediction (expensive). It is a proprietary compression and will often be compared to Motion JPEG and MPEG-4 (H.320) which are standard compressions. ACC has been optimized for surveillance, analysis, transmission, and recording. It is efficient, scaleable, low latency, software-based, and optimized for security applications.

Advantages compared to MJPEG or MPEG-4:

  • ACC has better picture quality than MPEG4 and MJPEG-4
  • ACC has better compression that MJPEG
  • ACC is 4x cheaper than MPEG-4. A current MPEG-4 system requires a dedicated TI DSP. 4 ACC streams can be processed on a single DSP.
  • ACC is proprietary. We are providing solutions to the security industry. The compression technique needs to be secure as well. Hypothetical: "What happens the first time MPEG-4 or MJPEG are thrown out of a court case because they can be modified by off the shelf tools.
  • ACC ensures integration with previous Intellex systems and 3rd party Intellex applications. None of our competitors will be able to provide this across their product lines. This is a major differentiator for Intellex IP and subsequent Intellex virtual matrix systems.
What IP cameras and encoders are supported by Intellex IP?
Sony SNC-RZ25N, SNC-RZ30N, SNC-Z20N, SNC-CS3N, M1, M3, DF-70N, DF-40N, SNC-P1, Axis 210, 211, 241S, 205, 2120, 2420, 2401, 241Q, 2400



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