The 2nd Generation of Falcon Extreme, a 5000fps H.264 Video Surveillance System, was Unleashed at ISC West 2012

April 3, 2012

The second generation of Falcon Extreme high performance servers can integrate video processing, storage, viewing, and Advanced Analytics for 125 high definition cameras, all in one server.

Normally, separate servers are needed for video processing, video storage, video viewing and video analytics. DNF’s breakthrough in video acceleration technology, the Falcon Extreme G200 video platform, has enough processing power to provide all four video operations for as many as 125 high definition cameras in only a single server, providing customers with an affordable solution for their surveillance needs.

Like its predecessor the Falcon Extreme G100, the Falcon Extreme G200 video platform has achieved another major performance milestone for the surveillance market. Its breakthrough technology allows many surveillance functions that are normally extremely taxing on servers to be integrated into a single server. The performance of one Falcon Extreme G200 is equivalent to and can replace up to 7 (seven) surveillance servers currently available in the market. This not only reduces up front product costs, infrastructure complexity, footprint, power and installation requirements, but it also provides tremendous reduction in the overall operation cost and cost of ownership.

DNF Security’s second generation high performance IP video processing and storage system has been tested and certified with many market-leading Video Management Software (VMS) and video surveillance camera system vendors allowing for easy implementations.

Falcon Extreme G200 video processing performance is complemented with high performance, high capacity, secure and reliable storage systems, exceeding even the most demanding storage requirements of Video Management Software (VMS). It is available in several different form factors to support a range of customer applications and environments. The G200 series is available in rack mountable as well as tower systems with new features such as an ultra quiet chassis for noise sensitive environments.


Break the 3000FPS Barrier with DNF Security’s Falcon Extreme™

January 23, 2012

DNF Security’s new release – Falcon Extreme™ builds on the powerful Falcon Video Storage Platform to provide unrivaled levels of performance and reliability. The newest addition to its Falcon Video Storage Platform Series with the Falcon Extreme™. Falcon Extreme™ is the first ever appliance-specific recording platform to surpass 3000 frames per second (FPS). Falcon Extreme™ leverages the customized architecture and massive processing power of the multi-core Falcon Video Storage Platform for unrivaled reliability and performance. Featuring custom-tuned, multi-threaded, high performance processors, Falcon Extreme™ sets a new standard for IP video processing and storage.

Tested and certified by the Arecont Vision MegaLab™, the Falcon Extreme™ is available in several popular form factors and configurations, ranging from six bay units to thirty-six bay systems. Additionally, Falcon Extreme™ is also available in the new, ultra-quiet, TBQ configuration. Falcon Extreme™ has set a new industry standard for performance of application specific recording platforms – this is a feature that our customers have been asking for, and that is what DNF Security is delivering with Falcon Extreme.

Find out more about Falcon Video Storage Platform here.

Surveillance System Considerations

November 30, 2011

Choosing an IP-based surveillance system is an important decision – there are several factors to consider. Since, network cameras transmit over your existing IP network, bandwidth is important. You’ll also need to think about storage based on archival time, image quality and  continuous vs recording triggered with motion. Other key consideration include network and system scalability. Putting thought into these areas before your system setup will ensure that you have the right equipment and proper game plan to fulfill your surveillance requirements.

There are a number of factors to consider when calculating the amount of hard disk space required for your specific storage need:

1. How many surveillance cameras are you operating ?

2. Will the cameras be recording continuously or only at certain hours of the day ?

3. Will your IP cameras be set too record only when motion is detected?

4. How long will the video footage be stored on the hard disk?

5. What level of image quality is the required (this will determine parameters such as frame rate and compression)


Feeling overwhelmed with these questions ? Not to worry – speak now with an IP surveillance  expert at 510.265.1122.

We will get you the right configuration, at right price with tech. support just a call away.

Preparing your IT Environment for IP Video Surveillance

October 25, 2011

ATTENTION IT Integrators! Preparing your IT environment for IP surveillance isn’t as difficult than you think.

According to the article “How To Integrate Video Surveillance Into Your IT Solutions” about 90% of the installation process are processes you already know.

Think about it, configuring storage, servers, and critical software applications to your IT environment is pretty much the same as integrating an IP surveillance environment. The only difficulty that you might face is installing the video cameras, but even so,  camera manufacturers often provide a wealth of resources for successful integration.

For more information about IP surveillance integration, check out our video “IP Network Storage For Security Surveillance” on our DNF Security YouTube page.

Port Surveillance – Top Concerns

October 11, 2011

Surveillance in Ports is nothing new. With millions (possibly billions) of dollars worth of inventory passing through their docks everyday, security is a top priority. Which is why many ports today are opting for more sophisticated and robust surveillance systems that can deal with their demanding requirements. Based on our experience, here are some top concerns ports have on implementing a surveillance system:

  • Scalability and Flexibility: The ability to grow the number of cameras on the fly is something ports look for, and its important to have a solution that will give them the ability to do so.
  • Need for Advanced Applications: Advanced video analytics, high mega-pixel cameras, and a video storage system that is able to handle them are all just some features ports are looking for.
  • Around-the-Clock Surveillance: Theft is always an issue, but in the case of ports, its vital to have around-the-clock monitoring.

See how DNF Security helped the Port of West Sacramento upgrade their surveillance system to IP on this Case Study.

IP Surveillance: A Bandwidth-eater?

October 3, 2011

Let’s face it, implementing an IP surveillance environment fills up a lot of your IT resources. From the sophisticated megapixel cameras to the VMS, it’s clear that IP requires not only regular maintenance, but also bandwidth. But there has always seems to be this misconception that IP surveillance is just a big bandwidth-eater. But that’s not the case. With video compression standards like H.264 video streams from those high-resolution cameras can be condensed into smaller files, which minimizes local bandwidth disruption.

However if there has to be a concern over excessive bandwidth consumption, then it would probably be downloading video streams across the WAN. That’s because:

  1. Multiple locations are being utilized.
  2. It may compromise video quality if you need to transmit the resources to another location.
  3. There is a need to define which video areas need to be focused on…which means, more system planning and maintenance.

Want to know more about how your surveillance system really effects your bandwidth? Check out this article on IP Security Watch.

Technology Tribute: H.264

September 30, 2011

H.264 MPEG-4/AVC

Does it ever seem like technological innovation is making life more complicated, not less? H.264 Video compression technology might be the exception that proves the rule. With the ability to provide higher resolutions within smaller files than competing codecs, H.264 has drastically increased the amount of video data that can be captured, transmitted and stored by a single system.

Compared to the preceding technology, H.264 allows users to transmit video clips using up to 80% less bandwidth. That means the same pipe that once carried a single feed can now transmit five. H.264 video encoding also dramatically reduces storage requirements, permitting users to store and retain more images. In the words of one video compression expert: Better compression means greater flexibility – the more efficiently data is handled, the more choices you have with your existing resources.” For more information about H.264 video technology, check out this article By Yu Kitamura in Security News.