SOURCE: BroadWare

August 09, 2005 14:05 ET

LinuxWorld 2005: World's First Integrated Digital Video Surveillance and Real-Time Data Recovery System for Linux Offered by BroadWare and BakBone

Homeland Defense Applications, Commercial and Government Surveillance Systems Operate Faster and More Efficiently With Converging Video Surveillance and Storage Technologies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 9, 2005 -- LinuxWorld -- BroadWare Technologies, Inc., the leader in distributed video surveillance, has teamed with BakBone Software™ (TSX: BKB) (OTC: BKBO), a global provider of data protection software, to deliver the first integrated video surveillance and data recovery system for expediting real-time recovery of digital security camera streaming video. Built on Linux, this unique surveillance and storage solution drives the availability of powerful yet economical video surveillance technologies over IP networks.

More details on the BroadWare Media Platform are available at: www.broadware.com/Products/index.jsp

Following the recent bombings in London and elevated security concerns on U.S. domestic public transit systems, pressure is building to address the critical need to capture, distribute, store and recover real-time video surveillance data. Traditional surveillance systems have been limited to closed-circuit television monitoring, manual security and proprietary VCR- and DVR-based solutions. BroadWare and BakBone have combined IP-based video surveillance, commodity architecture and networked storage technologies to enable widespread adoption of cost-effective, scalable video surveillance capabilities based on open standards.

"As organizations assign more critical tasks to Linux for cost and performance benefits, industry leaders are joining forces to deliver open source-based, business-critical applications such as this hybrid solution, which is accelerating mainstream adoption of Linux," explained Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of The Taneja Group. "BakBone and BroadWare have collaborated to build a best-of-class, Linux-based storage and video surveillance system that enables companies to respond more effectively, investigate more thoroughly and recover more rapidly from security threats and events."

This integrated video surveillance and data recovery system blends the BroadWare Media Platform (BMP) with BakBone's NetVault Virtual Disk Library (VDL) backup software for rapid, disk-based recovery of archived video surveillance footage. The ability to conduct near-instantaneous data restores is a dramatic improvement over the lengthy time lags associated with sequential tape access and recovery.

"BroadWare and BakBone are offering our mutual customers fully integrated systems that combine off-the-shelf video surveillance and storage components with affordable, open commodity hardware to streamline deployment," said Matt Graham, vice president of professional services for BroadWare Technologies. "This offers integrators and security-conscious commercial, government and military organizations the ability to easily integrate their choice of technologies in designing complete surveillance systems that evolve and scale as new technologies are introduced."

Many modes of public transportation, including airports, rail, subway systems, buses, ports, road and transit authorities have been slow to employ digital video surveillance systems because of price and complexity. Transportation is one of many industries with a critical need for integrated security and data recovery.

"IP-based digital video surveillance integrated with highly scalable and cost-effective storage solutions with robust disk-based backup will ease some of the challenges of security breaches and threats throughout the transportation industry," said Robert Kusche, eServer Solutions Architect for rs-unix. "The combination of rs-unix's IBM and open systems expertise and best-in-class technology from BakBone and BroadWare allows us to offer one fully integrated solution that leverages traditionally separate areas of technology expertise."

The combined BroadWare/ Bakbone solution accelerates access to data and enables companies to consolidate multiple video feeds onto one recording device while seamlessly scaling to provision new servers on the network and manage tens to thousands of cameras.

"As the standard for Linux data protection, BakBone is proud to partner with BroadWare, well known for its commitment to open-systems development, in bringing this useful, cost-effective and wide-ranging application to market," said Mark Milford, senior vice president of worldwide sales for BakBone Software. "BakBone's ability to speed the recovery of data using advanced disk-based backup technology that allows point-in-time access to video images can mean the difference between identifying whether a threat is real or not, and in real-time containing or responding to that threat."

Pricing and Availability

The Integrated Video Surveillance and Data Recovery system is available immediately from rs-unix, a joint BakBone-BroadWare channel partner. Solutions from rs-unix include IBM xSeries x346 server with BroadWare 4-camera setup and Media Platform and BakBone NetVault WorkGroup Server for Linux. Pricing for the entry-level solution starts at $22,000. For more information, please visit www.rs-unix.com or call 415-397-9501.

LinuxWorld Demonstration

Ongoing demonstrations of this hybrid solution take place at LinuxWorld (August 9-11) at the BakBone booth (no. 231) and IBM/rs-unix booth (no. 610). Demonstrations showcase the BroadWare Media Platform running BakBone's NetVault Client installed on an IBM xSeries platform. Streaming video with real-time recovery are being demonstrated on an IBM system backed up to a NetVault server running IBM OpenPower with Red Hat Enterprise Linux using NetVault Virtual Disk Library (VDL) software to achieve disk-based data protection.

About BakBone Software

BakBone Software is a leading international data protection solution provider that develops and distributes data backup, restore, and disaster recovery software for network storage and open-systems environments. BakBone delivers scalable solutions that address the complex demands of large enterprise environments, as well as small to medium-size businesses. Founded in 2000, BakBone products are used by Fortune 1000 corporations and domestic and international government entities. Distributed through a select global network of OEM partners, resellers and solution providers, interested companies can learn more information about BakBone's products and services at www.bakbone.com or email info@bakbone.com.

About BroadWare Technologies, Inc.

BroadWare Technologies is the industry pioneer in enabling distribution, viewing, storage and management of real-time video in a networked environment. BroadWare Media Server provides a highly scalable server platform for deploying distributed video surveillance systems for defense, homeland security, transportation and law enforcement applications. Partners include Boeing, EMC and Northrop Grumman. Customers include Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq, NASA, Siemens Corp., Delaware Department of Transportation, and multiple U.S. government agencies and military branches. For more information, please visit www.broadware.com.

Contact Information

  • BroadWare contact:
    David Wright
    MediaBridge Public Relations ®
    408-363-2843
    Email Contact

    BakBone contact:
    Dani Kenison
    858-795-7584
    Email Contact