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Endura 2.0

Overview

Endura 2.0 is a complete solution for high definition video encoding, recording, and display. While most manufacturers supply incomplete solutions for high definition video, relying on third-party components for a complete solution, Endura 2.0 guarantees interoperability and performance. Carefully designed and developed to provide security professionals with the tools they need for success, it offers a powerful yet extremely easy and user configurable solution for the most sophisticated security applications. This document outlines the top changes from Endura 1.0 to Endura 2.0.

General

Any Endura 2.0 component can be seemlessly integrated into existing systems, giving access to legacy products for complete backward compatibility. Endura 2.0 is designed to be backwards compatible with Endura 1.0. The existing network topology defined in Endura 1.X will work in Endura 2.0. Endura 2.0 offers the feature to record cameras outside of an NSM's subnet.

Open

Pelco provides a complete Application Programming Interface (API) for all Endura 2.0 components, allowing other systems manufacturers to develop interfaces for and leverage Endura's capabilities. Additionally, Pelco has developed interfaces in Endura 2.0 for hundreds of third-party cameras using the UDI5000-CAM with ONVIF Profile S support, as well as fiber channel storage solutions, allowing system administrators to take advantage of existing SAN storage for video recording.

System Manager and Redundancy

The SM5200 system manager adds browser-based video transcoding support to Endura, allowing users to access video directly through a web browser, which may be especially helpful to users on low-bandwidth networks.  Through the SM5200's web interface, users can also play back recorded video, view events, and affect PTZ controls.  Users can export video recordings from the Endura network to the SM5200 for quick access and safe keeping.

The SM5200 adds the ability to setup and prioritize up to 24 SM5200 units in a failover configuration, enabling administrators to protect their Endura networks from catastrophic failures.  Effective failover setups can prevent Endura networks from falling offline, in disaster recovery scenarios or even during regular system maintenance.

NSM

The NSM5200 network video recorder hardware platform is designed to mitigate occasional component failures.

General Hardware Improvements

  • Higher incoming bitrate (lesser power consumption based on bitrate).
  • H.264 support.
  • Guaranteed recording throughput at 250 Mbps.
  • High density, supporting up to 36 TB of storage per unit; 48 TB units are expected to launch by the end of 2014.
  • A RAID 6 recording structure that allows for two simultaneous drive failures while still protecting recorded video data. Only RAID6 will be supported.
  • Fiber channel for 3rd party storage (available in Endura 2.1).
  • Hot swappable, redundant power supplies.
  • Hot swappable, redundant fans for proper cooling.
  • Lower power consumption and BTU dissipation compared to Endura 1.0

Networking

The NSM5200 has special needs with regard to network configuration, unlike the DVR5300/NVR5100's VLAN requirement.

Unlike the DVR5300/NVR5100, the NSM5200 does not perform auto discovery to find cameras; the NSM5200 must be configured before use.

The Endura network design, involving the NSM5200, will still be based on the Management Block, Viewing Block, and Recording Block concept. However, the Management Block will now represent a storage pool instead of a single unit.

By default, the NSM5200 records unicast streams, though users can enable multicast streaming (either by selecting the multicast recording transport method or enabling reundant recording). Multicast recording can potentially consume a significant amount of bandwidth. When designing an Endura network, administrators must take care to configure switches correctly to prevent the network from being flooded by multicast streams and set NSM5200/encoder associations with regard to network topology, to prevent an oversubscription of network resources.

Storage Pooling and Redundancy

Storage pooling, unique to Endura 2.0, sets a new standard of reliability and scalability for network video recording. Storage pooling dispenses the risk of video loss across multiple NVRs. Specifically it allows for: 

  • Automated failover: In the unlikely event of a NSM5200 failure, cameras are automatically distributed across the remaining NSM5200s in the storage pool, providing NVR failover.
  • Automated stream load balancing: Using advanced network load balancing, in which groups of cameras are automatically recorded onto a storage pool consisting of multiple NSM5200s.
  • Dynamically adding units to a pool for growing storage, eliminating the need to buy 3rd party storage.
  • Multicast recording support (for NSM5200 versions 2.3.1.0259 and later).
  • Reundant recording support, minimizing the possibility of data loss (for NSM5200 versions 2.3.1.0259 and later).
  • Hot-standby failover support: prevents a hardware failure from causing downtime stream loss (for NSM5200 versions 2.3.1.0259 and later).
All NSMs must reside in the same subnet for automated failover to function.

With storage pools, camera assignments are automatically rotated to ensure that all available storage is symmetrically utilized.

All the benefits without the complexity: Storage pools are masked by a public API, resulting in no required changes for 3rd parties.

EnduraStor

EnduraStor technology optimizes system storage capacity, greatly increasing recording duration while keeping storage costs to a minimum.

General

The NSM5200's web application will have the functionality to allow users to view and search its log; remote logging will not be enabled. Database backups and restorations will be the same as the DVR5300/NVR5100.

Endura 2.0 Workstation

The Endura 2.0 Workstation Software offers the most flexible user-friendly experience of any IP video system on the market.

The software automatically adjusts the properties of the main monitor, tailoring available screen configurations to the requirements of 4:3 monitors and 16:9 displays. The system allows users to co-mingle 4:3 and 16:9 images on the same display, preserving the proper aspect ratio of each stream, giving users a clear, undistorted view of all scenes. For unprecedented ease of use, the Endura 2.0 workstation allows users to customize the format and display of their workspace to adapt it to their needs. With the software's unique tear-off capability, each section of the screen can easily be re-sized and moved from one area to another.

Endura Workstations now support Sarix IP cameras and H.264 video.

EnduraView

EnduraView ensures that high definition video will not overload workstation or other live videostream clients, thus reducing impact on the underlying network.

Today's PCs lack the processing power to display multiple HD streams simultaneously. This results in video artifacts, random pauses during playback, or other issues. EnduraView solves these issues by dynamically changing the displayed bitrate and resolution. Specifically, when moving from a single HD video stream into a multi-camera view, EnduraView automatically subscribes to the lower bitrate/resolution on secondary streams. This also results in less network traffic.

Zones of Interest

Customers often select megapixel cameras for their ability to replace several standard resolution cameras while providing powerful digital zoom capabilities. The Endura 2.0 Workstation's Zone of Interest capability allows a user to maintain the panoramic view of the scene and designate zones of interest into which to independently zoom. These zones can then be located anywhere on one of two monitors supported by the workstation, and provide virtual camera views without incurring additional network or processing load for supporting multiple cameras.

Endura Mapping

The Endura Mapping interface gives operators the ability to display the physical location of cameras, alarms, and other Endura devices throughout a facility. Careful integration with the Endura Workstation makes setting up a map fast and intuitive. A flexible user interface with powerful filtering and navigation tools makes working with maps an effective way of monitoring a large and disparate system for the operator.

With the advent of Endura 2.0, Endura Mapping now supports script execution and management, Sarix IP cameras, and H.264 video.

SNMP

Endura 2.0 will support SNMP v3, allowing integration with third party systems for network monitoring. SNMP v3 support will be made available in a future update this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are not migrating to Endura 2.0 from an existing Endura 1.x installation. Our project will be Endura 2.0 from the start. What are Pelco's recommendations?

Pelco recommends users use the Pelco API SDK, RTSP Server, or Pelco API. The following page might help you to make your choice.

How do users upgrade existing X-Portal installations to Endura 2.0?
From an integration point of view, the only differences between Endura 2.0 and Endura 1.X is H.264 support and HD video resolution from Sarix IP cameras.

An X-Portal integration will continue to work with Endura 2.0. However, there are some exceptions. Users will no longer be able to manage H.264 compression and HD resolution video. Moreover, users will have to modify existing live and playback mechanisms. Pelco recommends using the Pelco API SDK or the RTSP Server

How do users upgrade existing Endura installations to Endura 2.0?

If users are not utilizing the Pelco API SDK, the integration will still continue to work with Endura 2.0. Users will no longer be able to manage H.264 compression and HD resolution video. Moreover, users will have to modify existing live mechanisms. Pelco recommends using the  the Pelco API SDK or the RTSP Server.

As another option, users may continue to use the existing Pelco API. Please check the differences between standard resolution IP stream integration and Sarix in IP Cameras.

If the Endura 1.X integration is utilizing the Pelco API SDK and RTSP Server, no change is required. Ensure that the latest versions of the SDK and the Server are being used.

For other frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to Endura 2.0, refer to
Frequently Asked Questions in the Sales and Support area of pelco.com.