GE Adds Video to Topaz Access Control System

Austin, Texas - GE's Security business has made integrated video available on its upgraded Topaz access control system. Topaz leverages a simple browser-style interface with full color maps and interactive icons to provide integrated access control with video surveillance, alarm monitoring and photo ID badging for systems with up to 128 readers.

"Topaz offers users and their installers an intelligent, customizable way to integrate essential security functions including access control and video surveillance into a single, user-friendly interface," said Jim Paulson, Security's marketing manager, Intrusion Solutions. "Dealers can now offer an affordable, complete video surveillance and access control solution to their customers. This powerful software solution includes everything a small- to medium-sized business needs to get its security system up and running quickly and reliably."

The new, upgraded Topaz, conveniently packaged in both two-door and four-door starter and expansion kits to easily accommodate all field applications, is available through Security's distribution channels.

Viewing video with Topaz is as easy as clicking on a video icon that's tagged to event details or viewing live video by clicking the video button next to the alarm queue. Up to 16 cameras may be connected to each of eight GE DVMRe Triplex series recorders on the Topaz network for a viewing universe of 128 locations.

Regardless of the communication system, Topaz lets users choose the best option for each application. Every Topaz control panel contains an on-board, high-speed LAN/WAN connection plus RS-485, RS-232, and dial-up connections.

Setting up Topaz is a quick mouse click away. Once activated, the Auto Configuration feature instantly detects RT panels, Input/Output modules, and dial-up modems on the system. The installer simply inputs a name for each device detected, saves the information to the database and the hardware is ready to run. A device tree can then be used to view the entire system configuration at a glance.

A range of customization tools, from color graphics and custom reports to predefined password templates, time schedules and access groups, lets dealers create an extremely easy to use system for their customers. Additionally, delayed alarm reporting and monitoring provide adjustable entry and exit delays that let the system act as both an access control and intrusion detection panel.

Credential activation is also automated. Its intelligent controllers support magnetic stripe, Wiegand, barium ferrite, barcode, proximity, biometric and smart card technologies. Users can instantly activate cards via a quick start menu. Photo ID badging and report generation with pre-configured and custom reports are provided.

The Topaz server also operates as a fully functional workstation. Up to four extra workstations can be added to the system. Both the server and the workstations include dynamic and fully interactive maps with onscreen video call up, PTZ control, and report and event printing.

ACURT2 and ACURT4 Intelligent Controllers feature state-of-the-art technology to optimize both flexibility and reliability. The ACURT2 supports two readers and/or keypads and the ACURT4 supports four readers and/or keypads. Each of the panels supports four input/output modules.

Topaz software with integrated GE video is available now.

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