All the IP-based PTZ units from Videotec are fully managed using ONVIF commands; the range includes:
- Ulisse 2
- Ulisse Radical;
- Ulisse Netcam;
- Ulisse Compact HD;
- Ulisse Compact SD;
- NXPTZ (marine, single DN sensor);
- NXPTZT (marine, dual DN/TH sensor);
- MPX (ex-proof, single DN sensor);
- MPXT (ex-proof, dual DN/TH sensor);
- MVX (ex-proof, fixed housing).
Besides "usual" PTZ actions, special functions can also be controlled over ONVIF; such functions are:
- Wiper start/stop;
- Washing sequence recall;
- Night Mode (IR On);
- Day Mode (IR Off);
- On Screen Display (OSD);
- PTZ Patrol start/stop;
- PTZ Autopan start/stop;
- Visible Cut Filter On/Off.
note: the availability of specific functions depends on the unit.
The ONVIF specifications allow the manufacturer to identify similar actions as Auxiliary items, accessed using AUX commands.
The AUX command's format is specified inside the PTZ Service WSDL/XML at section #23:
To activate a function on the unit, the AuxiliaryData field should be filled accordingly, as per the following table (from the unit User Manual):
Unfortunately, so far there are few VMS able to manage Auxiliary Commands at ONVIF level. As result, from the VMS' GUI it is not possible to activate the Wiper, to run the Washing procedure, or to switch the camera to Night Mode.
To overcome such limitation, Videotec has developed the PTZ Assistant, a tiny application that can run together the VMS' Client to control those AUX-based special functions. Once installed, it can be made available on Windows' task bar for a quick accessibility, without interfere with the VMS itself.
The PTZ Assistant is able to automatically discover the ONVIF devices running on the network, as well as to recognize the available functions.
Special functions on ONVIF devices become hassle-free!