The 8-Channel Visual Verification Bridge, the CKB-308, is the hardware component, the IP Gateway, of the OPTEX Intelligent Visual Monitoring solution, that provides a visual verification solution for monitoring stations / Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs), that is hosted in the Cloud. The OPTEX Bridge is an award-winning IP gateway that connects ONVIF cameras to monitored alarm systems (alarm panel, panic button or other alarm systems) and sends a video stream to the Visual Monitoring Portal powered by CHeKT.
Adding video to monitored alarm systems
The solution allows to easily and cost-effectively to add video to “blind" monitored alarm systems. It simply requires the installation of the OPTEX Bridge - on site, followed by connection to the Cloud portal and to a participating Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). The OPTEX CKB-308 Bridge enables to physically pair up to 8 indoor/ outdoor intrusion sensors or panic buttons with the same amount of IP cameras and sends securely the video to the Portal that in turn is connected with a participating ARC or monitoring station. Within seconds, the operator can access the video recording of any alarm activation as well as the live footage. The video can be shared with the home/ site owner or the emergency contacts for verification.
How the solution works
When an alarm is activated, it is transmitted simultaneously to the monitoring station via the the monitored system and to the Cloud with the associated video footage via the Bridge. Within seconds, the operator is presented with the pre and post event recording and the live view of the site. Depending on the procedures in place, the operator will action the appropriate response or send the footage to the customer for verification and instructions. The customer will access the footage with a clear action or "disregard" or "response required". All is recorded in an clear audit trail
Key features of the 8-channel Bridge
The OPTEX 8-channel Bridge, CKB-308, is a very secure IP device that allow to bridge the gap between monitored alarm systems and IP cameras to provide visual verification. Featuring twelve digital inputs and four relay outputs, the CKB-308 is suited for larger sites with multiple devices and can be used for many different applications such as monitoring intrusion and personal attacks to visually verifying when a leak sensor has gone off . The relay outputs can be used to switch lighting on, issue a voice warning via a siren or to trigger the opening of a gate. In some retail applications, customers have connected the Bridge to release a smoke cloak in case of burglary.
The 8-channel OPTEX Bridge:
- supports 8 ONVIF and RTSP compliant camera and NVR/DVR
- features 1 relay outputs
- provides System Health Check, the Bridge and IP cameras connected to it are monitored by the Cloud and will signal any problem.
- features line level output for remote talk-down capability
- Is equipped with SSL encryption for secure communication with the Cloud
- Is programmable via the installer mobile App