The 4TB Endura SM5200 System Manager from Pelco
is a network appliance that serves as the system management component
of the Pelco Endura system. The SM5200 manages the discovery and
registration of all Endura components and cameras on the network. When
registering Pelco cameras and encoders, it acts as a secure key server.
Acting as a secure public/private key exchange allows Pelco video
encoders and cameras to securely sign compressed video. This can be used
to authenticate video from the source as needed for law enforcement
agencies or other evidentiary requirements.
The SM5200 System
Manager monitors the health and functionality of all components on the
network. Device diagnostics are logged in its database. In addition, the
system manager logs user activities such as logon, logoff, alarm
response, and initiation of video export. As a management server, the
SM5200 hosts user rights and permissions. Credentials are authenticated
with the SM5200's database before allowing a user to log onto any Endura
client. Endura clients work in conjunction with user configurations
stored in this distributed system management to expose functions and
language preferences configured for each role and user account. This
improves operator efficiency and minimizes training requirements. It can
also interact with an LDAP server supported by Microsoft Active
Directory for user authentication, providing single sign-on capability
for security operators.
The manager hosts the Endura Script
Manager, allowing scripted responses to be executed on a given alarm
condition, a programmed schedule, or by manual initiation. The unit also
hosts an NTP server, enabling it to act as an NTP proxy between an
atomic or GPS-based NTP server and the components on the Endura network.
In the absence of an external NTP server, the system manager can act as
the time source for Endura cameras and servers; however, the system
will be subject to time drift inherent with COTS servers. It also
provides a DHCP server that can issue and manage DHCP addresses and
leases for Endura components and cameras on the network.
SM5200 is designed for the demands of a mission critical surveillance
system. To ensure continuous uptime, the system manager is equipped with
two solid state drives (SSD) containing the operating system in a RAID 1
configuration. In addition, redundant fans and the option of RAID 5
storage for exported video content provide insurance against hardware
failures that could compromise data integrity. Users can also configure a
series of up to 24 SM5200s to act in a failover capacity; the members
of the failover cluster can be prioritized to take over system
management responsibilities should the primary unit fall offline.
Dual Gigabit Ethernet network ports allow the system manager to act as a
proxy between two networks, enabling network administrators to manage
the impact of surveillance video on shared network links. Network port 1
is available for Endura network traffic. Network port 2 supports IPv6
and is used for remote access only.
The unit provides a
browser-based interface for remote video viewing with minimal overhead.
Administrators with appropriate permissions can enable or disable remote
access to the system manager through the WS5200 Advanced System Manger
(not included), and limit the bandwidth available from the server to
remote browsers through the system manager's web interface. This allows
administrators to effectively manage the impact on shared networks. For
security purposes, all remote access is initiated using HTTPS over a
configurable, secure port. Administrators can also grant or limit user
access to remote live view, search, playback, and export functions. A
browser-based status dashboard provides vital diagnostic information on
the health of the system. Administrators with the proper credentials can
remotely view the status of the hardware and configure the SM5200
through a web browser.