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Cisco MSP CDN Program Update: Building on the Success of Plugfest at ISC West!

Hello IP Surveillance Enthusiasts,

ISC West was held at Las Vegas between Apr 10-12, and we continued the engagements with our partners on Cisco Medianet Plugfest here. Plugfest was launched at ASIS Philadelphia in September 2012, and from then till now, we have been actively working on getting partners on-boarded into Cisco’s MSP Cisco Developer Network (CDN) program, evaluating the test results gathered during ASIS and making recommendations to partners on improving interoperability with the network.

At ISC West, we had the wonderful opportunity to touch base with many of our partners already in CDN, and the ones we are closely working with on the process.

These were the sessions/interactions we had on Plugfest at ISC West -

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Plugfest Updates (MSP CDN)

We came together at ASIS, September 2012 in Philadelphia and made good progress with Plugfest – The Media Services Proxy (MSP) CDN program for validating the interoperability of your IP Surveillance cameras with the Cisco Network. We shared with you the capabilities of MSP, the value it can bring for you, and had a live lab where we tested (plug-and-play) your cameras with the MSP software at the event.

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Since then we have been working with many of you on getting you on boarded with the CDN program so you could be our official partners, and have also been working on analyzing the lab data we gathered at ASIS.

We will be at ISC West 2013 to share our progress and next steps with you. I take great pleasure in inviting you to our sessions at ISC West –

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Medianet at ASIS – Plugfest!

It was a very fruitful week at the ASIS, and we wish to thank all our IP Surveillance Camera partners for taking the time and interest to work with us on interoperability verification testing of their products with Cisco Medianet. Plugfest has indeed triggered interest in all our partners, and they have been as excited as we are on this partnership. The concept of the network being a fundamental platform for rolling out various services that facilitate deployment and management of rich media networks has been very well received. Partners have shared how important this could be for them, especially in terms of making their solutions more deployable and with regard to customers seeing improved value in their products. Hence, the stage is very well set for building on two key priorities for Cisco: the Network as a Platform vision and Video.

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Just how complex is bringing video surveillance onto the network?

Ed Christmas understands the potential complexities that bringing high-definition video onto the network can entail.

As the managing principal of Sology Solutions, one of our Premier Certified safety and security integrators, he’s worked for the last couple of years to define a video strategy for his customer Dallas County.  The plan involved recommending the newly re-architected Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 as the cornerstone of a business transformation project that goes far beyond just simply improving safety and security for citizens and employees.  It aims to help improve the way that services are delivered to citizens.

A key factor in Sology’s choice as a partner lies in the ease of deploying this new video surveillance solution, which was completely rebuilt from the ground up for very large scale video deployments.   In this video Ed describes how he was able to go into the customer at 10am in the morning, deploy the software in a virtualised Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) environment, set up the IP video surveillance cameras and have the whole system up and running and providing operational HD video feeds back to Dallas County’s Tax Assessor office within hours.   His team were on their way back to the office by 2pm that afternoon.

By taking advantage of another key Cisco innovation, the Cisco medianet proxy service, Ed’s engineers were able to automate the configuration of cameras on the network.  MSP is a function of the Cisco switching infrastructure that builds on innovations such as SmartPorts.  Using MSP, the network automatically recognizes the new device plugged into the switch port as a video surveillance camera, allocates it an IP address, places it into the correct VLAN, reserves the right amount of bandwidth for delivering video streams to operators and prioritizes the video traffic automatically.

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Announcing the MSP CDN Program Including the IVT Program, Plugfest!

One of the key objectives of Medianet is to integrate a smarter network with various media endpoints in order to simplify end-to-end deployments and operations and to enhance quality of experience for the end user. We are very happy to announce Plugfest as a strategic step forward towards meeting this objective. Plugfest is an Interoperability Verification Testing (IVT) event to be hosted at the ASIS show (booth 213) in Philadelphia, September 10- 12, 2012. Plugfest at the ASIS will be focused on verifying IP Surveillance Cameras within a Cisco network.

We are very pleased to announce Plugfest for you. Plugfest launches the Media Services Proxy (MSP) capability as part of Cisco Medianet solutions. This would be a very good opportunity for you to get your cameras verified with the Cisco’s Medianet-enabled network by just plugging your camera in. There is no additional development or change required on the end points provided there is compliance to standard based protocols like RTSP, SDP and mDNS, which MSP is based on. On successful verification, your organization along with qualified camera models and the capabilities they have been tested against would be listed on the CDN (Cisco Developer Network) partner page. You would also get the Cisco CDN “Compatible” logo that can be shared externally! You can find all details on Plugfest on the CDN MSP portal. Read More »

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