SOW-S Series (SOWS Series)

Network Video Management Software – Standard Edition

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Overview

Simple, easy-to-use, network video management software for monitoring systems with up to 288 cameras
This simple, easy-to-use video management software supports monitoring systems with up to 288 cameras, which is ideal for common applications such as retails and banks.

The SOW-S Series is the first 4K-ready VMS application from Sony with 4K recording and playback capability. It's ideal for use with Sony 4K cameras, supporting unique image output functions like Intelligent Cropping. Recording 4K image data with four times the resolution of Full HD, the SOW-S Series supports more effective, efficient video monitoring by providing excellent situational awareness plus the ability to recognise fine details in a scene and quick, accurate searches.

Multiple users can simultaneously and securely access live or recorded video via their smartphone or tablet from any location. In addition remote PC clients can securely access system functions via a web browser, with no need to install application software.

Multi-vendor support allows easy expansion through the addition of a growing choice of third party cameras and other devices to create a powerful, versatile monitoring system. Regular software updates give monitoring professionals the reassurance of top-flight performance and the addition of new features to expand system capabilities even further.

Monitoring workflow is enhanced with support for a wide range of smart analytical and automation functions. This software-based solution gives system designers and integrators the freedom to select server hardware from the marketplace with CPU and operational specifications to meet their customers' precise needs.

Note
The SOW-S and SOW-E Series network video management software and HAW-S and HAW-E Series network video recorders are not compatible with each other and cannot be used in the same system.

Features

Compatible with Sony 4K cameras
Sony 4K cameras provide powerful new ways to get the whole picture, allowing detailed analysis of specific areas in a scene, together with a wide-area situational overview. They offer a range of video output functions, including Intelligent Cropping and Multi Tracking, plus Evidence Shot, high resolution still image capture that’s ideal for evidence. The SOW-S Series supports the video output functions unique to Sony 4K cameras, including a single real-time 4K/30 fps video stream and Intelligent Cropping that provides a Full HD overview video plus up to four VGA close-up video streams at the same time.
Multi-client access via smartphone or PC
Multiple users can simultaneously and securely access live or recorded video via their smartphone or tablet from any location. In addition remote PC clients can securely access system functions via a web browser*, with no need to install application software. Live images captured with a smartphone or tablet by on-site staff can be transferred to the system, shared among users in the operations room and recorded to the central server. This supports timely monitoring of events, even in extreme environments where installing cameras is difficult.

* Web browser supports limited functions, while client application software installed on a PC supports full system functions.
See the complete picture
Multiple monitors can be easily controlled by a single operator. The monitors are allocated to different tasks - such as viewing cameras images, a site map or alarm list - giving a single operator a complete overview and status of the entire system.
All-round awareness
Interactive, multi-layered maps offer a situational overview plus control of cameras and other integrated systems. Icons are displayed in a map image showing the location of each camera: operators can instantly view live video by clicking on an icon. When an alarm event occurs, the associated camera icon is displayed prominently, helping the operator understand the situation and take appropriate action.

Specifications

System components (software modules)
Recording Server
Yes
Number of connected cameras per system
288
Maximum number of cameras per recording server
32
Recording Server manager
Yes
Management Application (local management)
Yes
Event Server (for handling of events and alarms)
Yes
NVMS Mobile Client
Yes
Network Video Management System Smart Client
Yes
Network Video Management System Web Client
Yes
Network Video Management System Smart Client - Player (local playback/export)
Yes
Device support
Support for ONVIF™ compliant devices
Yes
Generic device support via universal driver
Yes
Number of IP device brands supported via dedicated device integration
152
Number of supported IP camera models
5.136
Number of supported video encoder models
363
Number of dedicated IP input/output models
14
Number of supported DVRs
75
Number of supported IP audio devices
10
Number of supported perimeter detectors
18
Secure HTTPS camera connectivity (on supported devices)
Yes
Video processing
H.264, MJPEG, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 ASP and MxPEG support
Yes
Dual stream (live and recording) per camera
Yes
Client video stream down sampling (resolution and FPS) option
Yes
Send camera pre-alarm images (pre-recording buffer) to recording server
Yes
Video recording speed up on motion, event or time schedule
Yes
Built-in Video Motion Detection (VMD)
Yes
Auto adjustable VMD sensitivity
Yes
Motion metadata generated during VMD analysis
Yes
VMD exclusion zones
Yes
Video motion detections per server
All connected cameras
Audio
One-way audio support
Yes
Two-way audio support
Yes
One-way audio recording
Yes
Maximum number of supported audio channels
32
Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ)
Preset positions per camera
25
Go-to preset on event
Yes
Preset patrolling
Yes
Combine patrolling and go-to preset on event
Yes
Number of PTZ priority levels for prioritized PTZ control
1
I/O and events
Hardware configurable events (such as I/O input,motion,tampering,temperature,communication failure)
Yes
Motion detection events (VMD in Recording Server)
Yes
System error events (for example disk full)
Yes
Manual / User defined events
Yes
Event-based notification
Yes
Event-based output control
Yes
Event-based device start/stop
Yes
Alarm Manager
View triggered alarms
Yes
Number of alarm priority levels
32000
Customizable alarm priority levels
Yes
Customizable alarm categories
Yes
Alarm handling reporting
Yes
Alarm logging
Yes
Redundancy option for high availability
Yes
Video retention time
Unlimited
Recording capacity per device/day
>1 TB
Archiving of recordings
Yes
Archiving to network drives
Yes
Dynamic archiving (disk spanning)
Yes
Online access to archives
Yes
Archiving schedules
Hourly
Automatic storage distribution
Yes
Storage definition and retention time per device
Yes
Storage overview (used vs. available space) of available storage drives
Yes
Support for Add-on products
Supports Screen Recorder
will be supported
Supports ONVIF Bridge
Yes
Management
Automatic initial configuration wizard
Yes
Configuration wizards for aided system setup
Yes
Automatic camera discovery
Yes
Device scanning with device model detection
Yes
On-the-fly configuration changes
Yes
Run servers as Windows Services
Yes
Scheduled start/stop of devices
Yes
System configuration restore points
Yes
Export and import of configuration data
Yes
Offline license activation
Yes
Viewing clients
Maximum number of clients
20
Customizable access port with NAT support
Yes
Single step installer (installs Smart Client together with server)
Yes
System alarms and notification
Email notification
Yes
SMS notification
Yes
User authentication and rights management
Basic User (XProtect application accounts)
Yes
Windows User (local Windows accounts)
Yes
Dual authorization (Smart Client users)
Yes
Logging
System logging
Yes
Event logging
Yes
Audit logging
Yes
Languages (Management Interface)
English
Yes
French
Yes
German
Yes
Japanese
Yes
Spanish
Yes
General view handling (Client)
Number of view layouts
2 (Mobile/Web Client), 41 (Smart Client)
Maximum view Items per view
100 (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Optimized view layouts for 4:3 and 16:9 display ratios
Yes (Smart Client)
Corridor optimized view layouts
Yes (Smart Client)
Optimized view layouts for landscape and portrait displays
Yes (Smart/Mobile Client)
Cameras from multiple servers
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Support for Shared Views and Private Views
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Images in views
Yes (Smart Client)
Active HTML pages in views
Yes (Smart Client)
Hotspot in views
Yes (Smart Client)
Carousel in views (controllable)
Yes (Smart Client)
Full screen mode
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Display views as floating window
Yes (Smart Client)
Display views on multiple monitors
Yes (Smart Client)
Advanced multi window support with synchronized or independent operation
Yes (Smart Client)
Switch to view by number
Yes (Smart Client)
Initial default view
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Camera search
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Automatic restore views and windows at login
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Live view (Client)
Update on motion only
Yes (Smart Client)
One-way audio support
Yes (Smart Client)
Two-way audio support
Yes (Smart Client)
Start recording in view
Yes (Smart Client)
Independent playback in live mode
Yes (Smart Client)
Replace cameras in view without changing view setup
Yes (Smart Client)
Share video image
Yes (Smart/Mobile Client)
Switch to camera by number
Yes (Smart Client)
PTZ support (Client)
Define presets in the client application
Yes (Smart Client)
View who have PTZ control and time to automatic release
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Go to preset position
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Pause patrolling at manual operation
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Grandeye 360° Quad View
Yes (Smart Client)
Immervision Enables® panomorph lens support
Yes (Smart Client)
Joystick support
Yes (Smart Client)
Assign commands to keyboard shortcuts and joystick buttons
Yes (Smart Client)
Auxiliary commands (wash and wipe)
Yes (Smart Client)
I/O and events control (Client)
Camera overlay buttons
Yes (Smart Client)
Manually activate events and trigger outputs
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Playback (Client)
Maximum view items per view
1 (Mobile/Web Client), 100 (Smart Client)
Playback mode
Multi Camera(Smart/Web Client), Single Camera(Mobile Client)
Recording search
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Recent history of recording sequences per camera
Yes (Mobile Client)
Time/date search
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Independent playback in playback mode
Yes (Smart Client)
Event/alert list in recording
Yes (Smart Client)
Graphical timeline
Yes (Smart Client)
Adjust playback speed
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Single frame step (forward/backward)
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
One-way audio support
Yes (Smart Client)
Digital zoom
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Share video image
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Print report with comments
Yes (Smart Client)
Privacy masking
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Smart Search (Client)
Smart Search based on VMD analysis
Yes (Smart Client)
Sequence Explorer (Client)
Listing of sequences
Yes (Smart Client)
Listing of time intervals
Yes (Smart Client)
Dedicated Sequence Explorer tab that can be displayed as floating window
Yes (Smart Client)
Alarm Manager (Client)
Alarm list and alarm preview view items in normal camera views
Yes (Smart Client)
Sort and filtering functions
Yes (Smart Client)
Instant preview of primary and related cameras
Yes (Smart Client)
Map function (Client)
Standard graphical file formats supported for maps
Yes (Smart Client)
Number of linked map layers supported
64 (Smart Client)
Video preview
Yes (Smart Client)
Integrated control of speakers, microphones and I/O devices
Yes (Smart Client)
Drag-and-drop and point-and-click definition of map elements
Yes (Smart Client)
Integrated PTZ control
Yes (Smart Client)
Real-time system integrity overview and system performance
Yes (Smart Client)
Export (Client)
Export in still image format (JPEG)
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Export in media player format (AVI)
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Export with audio in media player format (AVI)
Yes (Smart Client)
Export with audio in media player format (MKV)
Yes (Smart Client)
Export in Network Video Management System format
Yes (Smart Client)
Server side export
Yes (Smart/Web Client)
Encrypted export with password
Yes (Smart Client)
Digital signing of exported video
Yes (Smart Client)
Re-export prevention
Yes (Smart Client)
Auto-export of Smart Client – Player
Yes (Smart Client)
Preserve system defined privacy masks
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Additional export specific privacy masks
Yes (Smart Client)
Direct export to optical media
Yes (Smart Client)
Flexible camera selection for export
Yes (Smart Client)
Bulk export to multiple media formats
Yes (Smart Client)
General and camera specific export comments
Yes (Smart Client)
Pre/post comment slides (media player format only)
Yes (Smart Client)
Verification of digital video signatures in Smart Client – Player
Yes (Smart Client)
Video Push (Client)
Video Push
Yes (Mobile Client)
Installation (Client)
Run without installation
Yes (Web Client)
Optional browser plug-ins for enhance viewing performance
Yes (Web Client)
Single step installer (installs client together with server)
Yes (Smart Client)
Initial and update installations from Management Server
Yes (Smart Client)
System access (Client)
Auto-login
Yes (Smart/Mobile Client)
Secure (HTTPS) client-server connection
Yes (Mobile/Web Client)
Dynamic bandwidth adaptation
Yes (Mobile/Web Client)
Bandwidth threshold
Yes (Mobile/Web Client)
Authorization (Client)
Restrict user access by devices (cameras, microphones, I/O devices, etc.)
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Restrict access to live view
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Restrict access to PTZ
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Restrict access to playback
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Restrict access to export
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Restrict access to setup
Yes (Smart Client)
Personalization (Client)
Application options
Yes (Smart/Mobile Client)
Centralized management of application options
Yes (Smart/Web Client)
Application theme support
Yes (Smart Client)
Task oriented tabs
Yes (Smart Client)
Toggle between Advanced mode and Simplified mode.
Default mode: A – Advanced, S - Simplified
Yes (Smart Client)
System (Client)
Hardware accelerated video decoding (Intel Quick Sync video)
Yes (Smart Client)
Languages (Installation, UI and help function) (Client)
Arabic
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
English
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
French
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
German
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Japanese
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Spanish
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Turkish
Yes (Smart/Web/Mobile Client)
Computer running Standard Edition Products (System Requirements)
CPU
Intel® Pentium® 4, 2.4 GHz
RAM
Minimum 4 GB
Network
Ethernet 100 Mbit
Graphics adapter
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1024 x 768, 16-bit colors
Hard disk space
Minimum 10 GB free hard disk space available, excluding space needed for recordings
Operating system
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Pro (64 bit)*
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit)*
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 (64-bit): Standard, Web, High Performance Computing (HPC), Enterprise and Datacenter
Software
Microsoft .NET 4.5.1 Framework
DirectX 9.0 or newer
Windows Installer 4.5
Computer running Mobile Server (System Requirements)
CPU
Intel® Pentium® 4, 2.4 GHz
RAM
Minimum 4 GB
Network
Ethernet 100 Mbit
Graphics Adapter
Onboard GFX, AGP, or PCI-Express, minimum 1024 x 768, 16-bit color
Hard Disk Space
Minimum 10 GB free hard disk space available (When using server-side export additional storage space is needed)
Operating system
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Pro (64 bit)*
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise (64 bit)*
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64 bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit): Standard, Web, High Performance Computing (HPC), Enterprise, and Datacenter
Software
Microsoft® .NET 4.5.1 Framework
Computer running Smart Client, Smart Client - Player and Smart Wall - Using Software Decoding (System Requirements)
CPU
Intel® Core™2 Duo
RAM
Minimum 1 GB
Network
Ethernet 100 Mbit
Graphics Adapter
Onboard GFX, AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1280 x 1024, 16-bit colors, DirectX 9.0 or newer
Hard Disk Space
1 GB free
Operating system
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit) *
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Enterprise SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit) *
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Ultimate SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit) *
Microsoft® Windows® 8 Pro (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 8 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Pro (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Pro (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
Operating system (contd)
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit): Standard, Web, High Performance Computing (HPC), Enterprise, and Datacenter
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 (32-bit or 64-bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Server 2008 R2 are only supported on physical PC's not on virtual machines
Software
Microsoft® .Net 4.5.1 Framework
Requires Operating System and Graphic Adaptor support for DirectX 9.0 or newer
Computer running Smart Client, Smart Client - Player and Smart Wall - Using Hardware (System Requirements)
CPU
Intel CPU supporting Intel QuickSync, Intel GPU enabled in BIOS
RAM
Minimum 1 GB
Network
Ethernet 100 Mbit
Graphics Adapter
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1280 x 1024, 32-bit colors, DirectX 11.0 or newer
Hard Disk Space
1 GB free
Operating system
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Pro (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Pro (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® 10 Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 (32-bit or 64-bit): Standard and Datacenter
Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit): Standard and Datacenter
Software
Microsoft® .Net 4.5.1 Framework
Requires Operating System and Graphic Adaptor support for DirectX 11.0 or newer
Computer running Web Client (System Requirements)
CPU
Intel Core2 Duo, 2.0 GHz
Intel Core i3-5010U 2.1 Ghz*
RAM
1 GB
4 GB*
Network
Ethernet 100Mbit / WiFi 2Mbit
Graphics Adapter
AGP or PCI-Express, minimum 1280 x 1024, 16 bit colors
Hard Disk Space
500 MB free
Operating System
Any capable of running the below browsers
Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer® 9 or later**
Safari® 5 or later**
Google Chrome™ 16 or later
Google Chrome™ 48 or later (recommended)*
Mozilla® Firefox® 11 or later
Mozilla® Firefox® 43 or later (recommended)*
Device running Mobile Client (System Requirements)
RAM
2GB*
Operating System
Android 5.0 or higher
iOS 9.2 or higher
Network
2G/3G
(4G or WiFi)*
Notes
*
Required for using Direct Streaming 
**
Not supported when using Direct Streaming