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May 14

This blog post will demonstrate how to enable Auto Tracking on a Dahua DH-SD3E405DB-GNY-A-PV1 Mini TiOC PTZ Camera. Auto Tracking on this model only supports tracking of human targets, and does not track vehicular targets. We’ll show you how to set up presets, enable IVS, set up auto tracking, and utilize other available features.

Initial Setup Steps

  1. Login to the PTZ using Microsoft Edge via its IP Address
  2. We will need to set up at least one preset. Click the “Home” Icon and navigate to the PTZ Settings
  3. Add a preset if ones not enabled. Clicking each preset gives you a preview of the area that presets assigned to cover
  4. Click “Add Preset” and use the PTZ Controls to position the PTZ in the scene you want to capture
  5. Name each of your presets accordingly & click the save icon on any presets added to the PTZ

Now to enable auto tracking

  1. Click the “Home” icon, or close the window and click “AI”
  2. Click “+ Preset” and select the preset you want auto tracking enabled on
  3. Move the “IVS” slider on and click next
  4. Select “IVS” to open the Rule Config menu. This is where you will enable Auto Tracking. Choose the preset you want to work on from the dropdown menu
  5. Click “Add Rule” and select your rule.
    • In the video demonstration we are using an Intrusion Zone Rule. The PTZ Camera will track entry into this area
  6. Add a name to the rule if you wish
  7. By default the whole scene will be in the capture area, but you can delete it and draw out the area you wish to cover
  8. Place points by left clicking your mouse and link the last point to the first with a right click. You can adjust points as you see fit
  9. The Sensitivity slider is for how sensitive the detection is. Depending on the scene, you may need to engage in some trial and error
  10. Enable Auto Tracking lite & select your action

We will demonstrate enabling both Appear and Cross in our video

  1. Select the direction of where targets will be tracked from, either entering the area, exiting the area or both. In our video demonstration we’ll be setting this to both. So, the PTZ will track a target entering or leaving the area.
  2. Tracking Duration sets how long a target will be tracked for
    • There’s no point in selecting vehicles, as this PTZ will only track human targets
  3. Scrolling down you can set Post Record Time, Post Alarm, Audio Linkage & Warning Light
  4. Audio Linkage will play an audible warning throughout the PTZ speaker directed at the target being tracked. You can choose from a handful of preloaded audible alerts
  5. The Warning Light warns targets with a Red & Blue flashing LED array, warning them that they have been detected in the area
  6. Click “Apply” when you are happy with your settings

At this stage we would recommend rebooting the PTZ and test the area by walking through the Intrusion Zone. Making sure the Mini TiOC PTZ tracks a target, the LED Array flashes and any audible warnings set are sounding correctly.

May 10

Fire safety is an essential aspect of security that should never be overlooked. From preventing fires to knowing what to do in case of an emergency, being prepared can make all the difference. In this blog post, we’ll explore some essential fire safety tips and products offered by industry-leading brands. Such as C-TEC, Kentec, Apollo, Advanced and Fike along with practical tips for their use in various building settings.

Fire Detection Systems

Brands like Advanced, C-TEC and Kentec offer advanced smart fire detection systems, which are invaluable for providing early warning of potential fire hazards in any building. These systems typically include interconnected smoke detectors, heat sensors, and carbon monoxide detectors that communicate with each other and trigger alarms throughout the building.

Fire Alarm Control Panels

Fire alarm control panels are essential for monitoring sensors and initiating alerts in case of a fire. Kentec’s and Advanced range of fire alarm control panels, to name a few, serves as the central hub of your fire detection system. Allowing for remote monitoring and notification capabilities in larger buildings.

Smoke Detectors and Heat Sensors

Apollo and Fike, to name some brands, range of smoke detectors and heat sensors are crucial components of any fire safety system. Whether it’s a small office or a sprawling warehouse, installing interconnected detectors, with their high sensitivity and reliability, ensures comprehensive coverage and early detection of fire incidents.

Emergency Call Points

Emergency call points should be strategically placed throughout the building to expedite communication with emergency services during a fire emergency. These call points provide a quick and easy way for occupants to summon help when needed.

By incorporating these essential fire safety products from trusted brands like C-TEC, Kentec, Apollo, Advanced and Fike, building owners and managers can significantly reduce the risk of fire-related incidents and ensure the safety of occupants and property. Regular testing, maintenance, and training are essential components of a comprehensive fire safety plan in any building.

For more information on fire safety products and recommendations tailored to your specific building requirements, contact Videplus. Together, we can create a safer and more secure environment for occupants in every type of building.

May 08

Wanting to set the date & time for DST (Daylight Saving Time) on a Dahua XVR / NVR Unit? Have a look at this quick guide for further information and a step by step guide!

Setting date and time on NVR / XVR:

  1. Open the main menu of the NVR / XVR you are working on
  2. Click “System” and the General Tab will open. Now click the “Date & Time” Tab
  3. Set your Time Zone from the Dropdown Menu, along with the display format you’d like it to be shown in
  4. Enable “Daylight Saving Time” by clicking the DST checkbox
  5. Select “Week” as the Type and set the Start Time to the Last Sunday in March at 01:00am
  6. Set the End Time for the Last Sunday in October at 02:00am
  7. Enable “NTP” by clicking the checkbox and set the Server Address as “”. You can use whichever NTP Server you are comfortable with
  8. Remember to click “Apply” to save these settings.

Now we will do the same on the DMSS App:

  1. Open the DMSS App
  2. Tap the 3 dots on the Recorder you are currently working on, then tap “Device Details”
  3. Scroll down the options until you see the “Time Zone” option
  4. Tap “Time Zone”, select your time zone, & enable DST by tapping the slider
  5. Set the Start & End Time of your DST. This will be identical to what you set on the NVR / XVR.
    • Start: Last Sunday March 01:00am
    • End: Last Sunday October 02:00am
  6. Tap “Save” in the top right hand corner and that’s it!

Your time will now update automatically when the clocks go forward and backward an hour throughout the year. You have sucessfully set the time & date for DST.

Apr 26

Configuring Dahua Access Points is a breeze with this straightfoward video guide. Using the DH-WBC5-90AC & DH-WBC5-30AC Access Points, lean how to set up access points below.

In this video we will be using the Dahua Toolbox to see each device on the network. We will configure each Access Point (AP) individually as they have the same default IP address.

Configuring Dahua Access Points

  1. Open the Toolbox and run the Config Tool. There’s one Access Point sitting on the network at this stage, which will be set up as the main AP for Clients (CL) to connect to.
  2. The default IP for these AP’s is, and we’ll use Edge in Internet Explorer mode to connect to the AP using this IP address. Open Edge and enter the AP’s IP address into the search bar
  3. Create a memorable password for the AP. This passwords used for logging into the AP to change settings, etc. It’s not used for connecting devices to it
  4. Use that password to login and begin the config of the AP
  5. Set the mode to Access Point. You can name the AP to make it easy to find when pairing the Client end to create the Wireless Bridge
  6. Set your Encryption type and the password for Clients to use when connecting to the AP
  7. You can change the Output Power here, but for now I’m going to keep it on High Performance
  8. I want to give my AP a Static IP Address. Depending on your Network these settings may vary. You will probably have a different Gateway, IP Range, etc
  9. Here you can review the settings and apply them. The AP will log you out as it’s IP address has changed

I can see the AP IP Address has now changed in the Config Tool. I’ll now power the Client end of the Wireless Bridge and wait for it to appear on the Config Tool. It may take a few minutes to appear

Configuring Client End

  1. Connect to the CL end of the Wireless Bridge using Edge and the IP Address shown in the Config Tool
  2. Again, set a Password for the CL Device and login
  3. At this stage we will tell the Unit it will be in Client mode. We want to connect to the AP end of the Bridge. You can enter this manually or click the search icon to search for the AP
  4. Select the AP from the list and click OK. Input the password you created on the AP for any connecting devices
  5. We’ll give the CL a static IP Address close to the IP Address of the AP, so they’re easy to find in the future
  6. Again, the device will log you out as it’s IP Address has changed

You can go back to the Config Tool and see that both ends of the Wireless Bridge are now initialised. You can now login to both the AP and CL to check their settings if needs be.

Wanting to check if a remote device (an IP Camera) which is connected to the CL via its PoE out Port, is coming through correctly? Log into the device to see if you are able to see the image from the camera.

And it is! The wireless Bridges configured correctly.

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