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Quorum Touch Touchscreen VMS Distribution Deal

Codestuff : 02 September, 2010  (Company News)
Controlware will operate as the European distributor for Codestuff, providing CCTV surveillance monitoring and control capabilities using touch screen technology with the company's Quorum Touch
Codestuff has announced a distribution agreement with Controlware to offer the world's first purpose-built touchscreen based CCTV monitoring, recording and management system to over 500 European channel partners. Launched in April 2009, Quorum Touch is an innovative system for up to 16 cameras combining all the elements of a traditional CCTV system into a single, self-contained desktop device.

"Quorum Touch is a compact desktop CCTV system that allows our channel partners to approach customers that would traditionally shy away from a full blown CCTV solution or are concerned about cost or complexity," explains Rolf Didion, Security Systems Director for Controlware, "We are pleased to add it to our comprehensive portfolio of security products and will be working closely with Codestuff to showcase the possibilities for using Touch to bring in new business."

Controlware will provide first level technical support, logistics fulfilment and sales support for the Quorum Touch as well as offering the complete Quorum range including modules for streaming IP Video across the internet, Video Analytics and Networked Video Recorders.

With more than thirty years experience in IT networking and over a decade with IP CCTV products and systems Controlware positions the Quorum Touch as an easy to use solution for specific markets that use under 16 cameras such as small retail businesses. In this way the Quorum Touch provides a solution for mass market low channel requirements that are quite different to those met by Controlware's existing Cware Video Management Software (VMS) platform which is powerful, feature rich and has been designed for higher camera counts, multiple sites and more challenging system requirements.

"We have had a lot of interest for camera systems under 16 channels and the Quorum Touch provides an all-in-one system that's easy to use to meet these requirements, especially as a cost-effective alternative to DVR systems," explains Rolf Didion.

The Quorum Touch is highly flexible and as an open management system is able to integrate with CCTV cameras and encoders from different manufacturers such as Axis, Bosch and Pelco whose products Controlware provide. On a technical level support for H.264, MPEG4, MxPEG and Motion JPEG video formats ensures the Quorum Touch integrates with the Controlware product range while providing compatibility with the emerging ONVIF standard and Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi connections.

Under normal conditions, the Touch will store around 7 days of footage from 4 IP cameras running up to MegaPixel quality. The Touch uses the same core platform as the rest of the Quorum range which allows control of auxiliary devices such as door openers, alarm systems, lights, speaker phones, public address systems and barriers to be integrated directly into the Touch interface. The unit has a wide range of applications but is particular suited to retail premises, gatehouses, reception areas and high value private premises.

To allow partners the most flexibility and improved margins, Codestuff and Controlware have created a flexible software licensing model to allow competitive pricing based on a modular feature set. For larger partners, the Touch is also available as an OEM version for rebranding.
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