Network Optix is a software startup founded this year by Nathan Wheeler and Sergey Bystrov. I met Nathan and Sergey several years ago when they were working at Arecont Vision. Nathan was in charge of West Coast sales and Sergey was writing the software behind Arecont's products. Both are geniuses in their own right.
Nathan, a former Navy submariner, must have picked up a little atomic energy from the nuclear subs he served on, because it is really hard to keep up with his enthusiasm, excitement, and myriad of innovative ideas. Nathan not only can envision new ideas but he can make them practical and sell them.
Sergey is a software coding marvel unlike anyone else I have met. You can sit across the table from him, suggest a new product feature, and in minutes he will have coded, compiled and have running in the application not only your suggestion but additional extensions to your idea, all without breaking a sweat. His work is elegant, his understanding of complex video compression, processing, manipulation is unparalleled, and his focus is amazing.
|EVE Media Player|
|Trinity Video Surveillance|
Prior to ISC West in 2011 HauteSpot worked with Network Optix to port EVE onto our microNVR. Then we amazed show attendees with a demonstration of the microNVR running four 3 megapixel cameras and playing several dozen video files using the EVE media player. The video was in stunning 1080p High Definition and at full frame rate. The performance was excellent. ISC was a portend of things to come.
Much work has continued with HauteSpot updating the operating system build, driver set, and performance tuning the microNVR and Network Optix refining the performance of EVE, while also working on the development of Trinity and the new client server video processing architecture.
Nathan and I discussed our plans for product release and we agreed that we needed a demonstration system. So yesterday I drove down from San Luis Obispo to the Network Optix office in Burbank to set up our demonstration environment. I brought with me a HauteSpot WRAPSXC3E-N router and a microNVR.
Our plan was simple:
|220 miles from Los Osos to Burbank|
3. We set up the wireless interface of the WRAPSXC3E-N to be an access point for the new demonstration network. Then we also created a virtual access point (VAP) for local access to the Network Optix office network, replacing the low power-short range wireless that they were receiving from the SonicWall.
4. Everything was secured, end to end with AES-256 encryption, SHA-1 authentication, ssl certificates, and complex pass phrases. This is important when tunneling over public networks. However the set up of a remote client router really required no user intervention at all.
|microNVR and EVE displaying a AV5105 camera over VPN tunnel|
6. Then we went one step further and set up dial in access to the WRAPSXC3E-N so that remote PCs could access the network over the VPN. This was a little more complicated and involved requesting and installing server certificates on the WRAP, setting up the VPN server, and port forwarding on the SonicWall. But this is something you would probably only need to do once at your central monitoring location, not at all of your remote sites.
In conclusion, our demonstration system went up without a hitch, it completely self configured itself, discovered all of the networks, established a secure VPN tunnel linking the two offices, discovered and self configured all of the cameras and was up and recording in minutes.
This model could be easily adopted for provisioning of remote monitoring sites by service provider. We are working on making it even easier and more cost effective. We are really excited about getting the finishing touches on this configuration so we can broadly deploy it. VPN tunneling is essential for remote service delivery and we have it nailed.