Video and license plate recognition (LPR) configuration
Video tab is used to connect to a video server (DigiFort or NumberOK) and connect with its cameras. After a connection is established, these cameras can be assigned to monitored doors or inputs, from which then the received events will have snapshots taken for them and added to the event.
A video tutorial on how to add a configured video server to CredoID, as well as on how to configure License plate recognition (LPR) feature, can be found here.
Before configuring video settings, it is recommended to configure doors in Doors tab or/and inputs in Inputs tab and to be sure that the video server (DigiFort or NumberOK) is configured correctly.
For this manual, DigiFort video server is used. For DigiFort video server configuration, follow their user manual.
After preparations are made, video configurations can be made on CredoID
- Camera name. Enter a name for the camera.
Video server name. A configured video server connection is selected from this field. To create a new connection to a video server, click on Create new video server buttons, located on the right side of the Video server name field. This opens Video server configuration window. Edit video server button, located on the right side of the Create new video server button, opens Video server configuration window and with settings of the selected configured video server connection.
- Name. Create a name for video server.
- Type. A video server type is selected here. Types of video servers: DigiFort or NumberOK.
- IP address or hostname. The IP address of video server.
- Port. The port of video server.
- User name, password & Reenter password. The login credentials that are used to connect to the video server.
- Video camera on server. Select a camera that is configured on video server. If there are no cameras on the list, click on the Search video cameras on video servers button, located on the right side of the Video camera on server field and wait until cameras are listed in the list.
- Show camera view (button). Opens a “Camera view” window, where it displays the cameras image. Located on the right side of the Search video cameras on video server button.
- Video server IP address. Displays the IP address of video server.
- Camera Type. Displays the type of camera is being used.
- Location. Configure locations for Camera.
- Camera description (optional). Type in a description for the camera.
- Snapshot resolution. Select the resolution of the snapshot. This snapshot is saved on the designated location, that is defined on Settings tab, as well this defines the resolution of the snapshot which is displayed on Camera view window.
- (Checkbox) Store snapshot for ever. Stores every snapshot taken. By default, snapshots are stored in “C:\ProgramData\Access Control System\DBFileStreamData\Photos\…”. The location can be changed on Settings tab.
- Thumbnail resolution. Select the resolution for thumbnail. The thumbnails are added to the events.
Monitored doors. Indicates doors which will have cameras snapshots taken, depending on the filter that is being used, which is defined by created filter in Monitored doors filter.
- Monitored door filter (button). By right side of added monitored door, there is a button “Edit filter”, which will open a filter window. Here, a filter has to be created and assigned that will define, when a snapshot is taken and added to the event. Note, that filters that are defined for monitored doors, can be used for monitored inputs too. By the right side of “Edit filter” button, there is a checkbox, which enables or disables the filter.
Monitored inputs. Indicates inputs which will have cameras snapshots taken, depending on the filter that is being used, which is defined by created filter in Monitored doors filter.
- Monitored input filter (button). By right side of added monitored input, there is a button “Edit filter”, which will open a filter window. Here, a filter has to be created and assigned that will define, when a snapshot is taken and added to the event. Note, that filters that are defined for monitored inputs, can be used for monitored doors too. By the right side of “Edit filter” button, there is a checkbox, which enables or disables the filter.
To check if the camera is working and it is transferring images, in click on Show camera view button and a Camera view window will show up, where it shows the cameras live image. As well, in this window it is possible to refresh the live image, show the image in browser and export the image.
It is also possible to view live video feed from cameras if Live stream settings are configured. On Live stream settings, cameras connections have to be configured or a link to the cameras live view has to be presented.
Note! That VLC media player 32-bit is required to be installed on the system to be able to view live stream from the cameras.
When video configurations are configured, on Monitoring tab, events should show up with an thumbnail of a taken image from the camera(s).
License plate recognition configuration
License plate recognition (LPR) feature allows to take vehicles plate number from the camera and use it as an identification, such as letting a car through a gate. This feature requires DigiFort and CredoID's LPR license to work, as well, it might require to have specialized cameras which support LPR capabilities.
Before configuring LPR module on CredoID, be sure that LPR is configured on the video server. To configure LPR module on Digifort server, follow their user manual # page 242.
On CredoID, firstly check if LPR module is enabled on CredoID, by going to Settings tab and clicking on Modules button, which will open Modules window. Find License plate server module and check if it is enabled. If it is not, enable it, save it and click OK on Settings tab.
Secondly, a video camera has been created on Video tab, as well as a door from Doors tab. After a video server connection has been established and a door configured, LPR settings can be configured. To do so, go to Inputs tab and create a new input.
- Select License plate recognition server from Device type list.
- Configure the inputs name and assign a location.
- Select the video server from which the license plates will be received.
- Select a door which will have LPR support.
After configurations have been made, LPR events should pass through. To view LPR events, it is recommended to use the Occupancy tab, as it displays events in more detail and host confirmation events are done on that tab.