Interview with Dan Cremins, Director, Product Management, March Networks

Security Products Editor-In-Chief Ralph C. Jensen: Describe the main features and benefits of your VideoSphere Edge 1 MicroEncoder?

Dan Cremins, Director, Product Management, March Networks: Our VideoSphere® Edge 1 MicroEncoder is a high-performance, single-channel device that enables organizations to leverage their existing analog camera investments and transition to IP video networking cost-effectively. The MicroEncoder delivers numerous key features for ease of use and installation, including:

  • ONVIF-compliance for third-party system integration
  • Optional MicroSDHC internal storage and NAS recording
  • H.264, MPEG-4, M-JPEG compression
  • D1 resolution at up to 30 fps
  • Industry-standard PoE

Jensen: What target customer will be best served by this product?

Cremins: The Edge 1 MicroEncoder is ideal for any organization that wants to reliably integrate video from their existing analog cameras into a more advanced IP video network. Its compact design is well suited to installations in camera housings or outdoor power supply cabinets. It can also be mounted to a standard DIN rail, allowing multiple encoders to be installed side-by-side in a server room, for example.

Jensen: How does this product differ from its peers?

Cremins: The Edge 1 MicroEncoder delivers exceptional, built-in redundancy to ensure that no video is ever lost. Not only can the encoder record a video stream in parallel to an internal SDHC card or NAS for redundant recording in the event of a network outage or server failure, it also provides total fail-safe management. Its innovative Shadow Archiving feature enables seamless access to the redundant video from our SiteManager software and provides user-configurable options to reintegrate the missing video into the main VMS archive.

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