Benchmark Automation has developed the Video
Capture System (VCS), a troubleshooting tool used in the Steel
Industry to improve productivity and quality. Analyze your operations
from your office by viewing Live or Historical images of your process.
The VCS can be used for nearly any Steel Industry application to:
- Increase PRODUCTIVITY
- Reduce MAINTENANCE repair costs
- Eliminate AUTOMATION problems
- Improve LABOR efficiency
- Minimize YIELD loss
- Improve product QUALITY
The Video Capture System operates with two separate TCP/IP networks.
The video cameras transmit over a private video network to allow
for full use of the network bandwidth without interfering with
existing LAN traffic. The VCS can
then be attached to your existing network, enabling clients on
the LAN, or from across the Internet
to access the VCS.
We have designed the VCS to
be flexible and interoperable with as many brands of video
cameras as possible. Benchmark Automation has implemented
systems with still-mount and PTZ capable cameras. We will
integrate your current cameras into our video network, or
new cameras in a quote for a VCS.
We have implemented various types of video networks to
suit the particular needs of our clients. In the past we
have used fiber optic cable, standard Category 5 Ethernet
networks and, in some instances, incorporated an 802.11b
network to allow for remote installation of cameras without
to run cable. We keep a vigil over emerging technologies,
and are quick to suggest promising ones to our customers.
Video Capture System
Each VCS is
customized for our particular customer’s needs. Video,
captured from the cameras and transmitted over the Video
Network, is stored in the VCS in
its internal hard disks. The VCS runs
a version of the fast and dependable Linux operating system.
The VCS is
capable of running the full client in a console mode to allow
for direct access to the archived images if a remote computer
A VCS server
is integrated into any network that supports the TCP/IP
protocol. Though a 100Mbit network will offer you optimum
performance, Video Capture Systems can be interfaced to much
slower networks. The speed of the client network has no affect
on the capture and storage speed of the VCS Video
Network, but a faster client network will have a noticeable
effect on the Client performance.
A VCS can
be accessed across a local network or across the Internet
via remote clients. Benchmark Automation created a small
client applet for maximum compatibility with all systems.
This light client is capable of viewing up to four cameras
and can easily be embedded into web pages.
The VCS Client is flexible enough to allow
a standard 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5 or any customized configuration
of your camera displays. Each user has the ability to design
a camera layout and save that layout for later use.
The full-featured client runs as a stand-alone Java 1.4 application.
It is capable of every feature our VCS has
to offer. Java Web Start is used to deliver the latest version
of the client to anyone who accesses the VCS.
This dynamic application-updating feature enables a new version
to be deployed with no additional IT client installation costs.
Visit the Screen Shots page to find out more about the specific
features of the full client application.