FLIR: VIEWCOM/E MAX+ Communication Board
Typically, VIP detector boards are installed in rack systems. In each rack, a dedicated ViewCom board handles compression and transmission of data, alarms, images and real-time streaming video over the internet in MPEG-4 or H.264. These communication interfaces link the VIP boards with different types of communication networks: direct line, telephone lines, fiber networks and wireless communication.
Remote access to ViewCom/E MAX+ via the internet browser allows for real-time monitoring of the VIP detector boards' streaming video, as well as board setup.
VIEWCOM/E MAX+ establishes the communication between the VIP detector boards and Flux, the Traficon management system. VIEWCOM/E MAX+ transmits traffic data and events from the VIP detector boards to the PC via Ethernet (TCP/IP) communication. VIEWCOM/E MAX+ also does the compression of images (JPEG) and provides streaming video (MPEG-4/H.264) for remote monitoring and control.
In addition, VIEWCOM/E MAX+ handles the communication between the VIP detector boards and the SDLC Interface Device to connect with a TS2 controller. A VIEWCOM/E MAX+ board is IP-addressable and communicates via Ethernet. A web server with dynamic HTML pages is running on VIEWCOM/E MAXs with Ethernet communication. The HTML pages provide access to a series of functionalities such as remote monitoring and setup of the VIP detector boards or real-time data reports. This facilitates remote administration. The web server pages are accessible via a standard browser on multiple platforms.
In a typical installation, the VIP detector boards (single or dual video input) are plugged into a standard cabinet rack. A VIP 2I/Os or 4I/Os expansion module may provide extra inputs and outputs to the VIP detector board. VIEWCOM/E MAX+ transmits data, events and alarms generated by the VIP detector boards to Flux (stand-alone software platform for data collection and storage). Alternatively the VIP detector boards are configured for use with an Interface Device to connect with a TS2 controller using SDLC. In this case, presence detection information is communicated serially to the Interface Device via VIEWCOM/E MAX+.