How many cameras can Illumina support?
Up to 4 cameras can be connected in trial/beta mode and up to 36 cameras can be connected in a fully registered installation.
Is Illumina ONVIF compliant?
Yes, Illumina supports the ONVIF stanards and should discover all ONVIF compliant cameras connected to the network.
What cameras are supported by Illumina?
Illumina supports a very extensive list of over 1,500 different makes and models of IP cameras. Basic camera requirements are (1) it must be an IP camera and (2) it must support the H.264, MPEG4, or MJPEG format. Illumina supports the ONVIF standards and as such can automatically discover, register, and set up ONVIF compliant IP cameras. Illumina also supports most legacy (non-ONVIF compliant) cameras that are manually set up using the built in camera configuration tool, a WYSIWYG tool for setting up and registering IP cameras that are not otherwise detected and done so by the auto detection and set up wizard.
What video formats does Illumina support?
Illumina supports the H.264, MPEG4, and MJPG formats in resolutions up to and including 1920×1080 (a.k.a. 1080P). The preferred input format is H.264; the MPEG4 or MJPG formats are transcoded to H.264 on input to comply with the internal working and storage format of H.264.
Does Illumina require a separate server system?
No, Illumina is a standalone product configuration that is self-contained and includes its own internal HTTP server and SQL database. As provided, it can run on any reasonably configured Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8 system without dependency on 3rd party components.
What is a “reasonably configured” PC?
A typical 4 camera setup will run quite comfortably on the following:
- OS: Windows XP, 7, 8 or 8.1
- CPU: Pentium dual-core or equivalent 1.9GHz
- RAM: 2 GB
- Network: 100/1Gbps
- Hard Drives: 7200 RPM drives
Higher camera count configurations should consider the following:
- CPU: Intel core i7 or equivalent
- RAM: 8GB or more
- Premium graphics adaptor
- Hard Drives: 7200 RPM and/or SSD drives
Does Illumina include network video recording facilities?
Yes, Illumina includes a network video recorder (NVR) facility that records video to hard drives of the PC system.
What NVR file format does Illumina use?
Illumina utilizes industry standard MP4 (H.264) file format. These NVR files can be played directly using virtually any media player program; no exporting or file conversion is required.
Does Illumina include video analytics (motion detection) support?
Yes, video analytics are included providing motion detection that can be applied to any camera connected to the system. So, it is not necessary to purchase IP cameras that have their own video analytics.
Is remote client support provided for?
Yes, Illumina provides multiple UIs, (1) a local UI on the PC, (2) a Web browser App and (3) Smartphone Apps. All UIs provide for viewing video and sensor status as well as management of cameras, sensors and alarm event programming. The local UI is also used for secure management tasks such as user account maintenance and Smartphone provisioning.
Is Illumina a cloud based service or component of a cloud system?
No, Illumina does not rely on use of cloud servers for multiple reasons. Cloud based architectures suffer from (1) potential security risks, (2) potential outages, (3) the potential of rogue employees, developers or third parties having access to cloud stored data (your personal data) and (4) severe bandwidth limitations. It’s our considered opinion that the Illumina security system should not increase your security risks and should reliably record good quality video.
How does cloud use infer limited bandwidth? What’s the impact?
A fundamental requirement of any modern day security system is video. Video needs to be stored someplace and cloud based architectures do so in the cloud. In the US, with very few exceptions, the typical upload speed (bandwidth) is 6 to 8 Mbps neighborhood and in many cases below 6Mbps. The typical bandwidth demand of a H.264 1080P camera at 30FPS with only medium quality selected ranges from 2.5 to 8Mbps. As you can see, any reasonable number of installed cameras would exceed the upload bandwidth of the typical US home and thus result in much less than optimal cloud stored video.
Will the Smartphone App be accessing a cloud server or the Illumina Hub PC?
As mentioned above, there is no cloud in the Illumina scheme of things. So the remote Web browser or Smartphone App connects directly with the Illumina server using very secure multi-factor network protocols.
So where are all my data and settings stored?
Illumina is, in effect, your personal server running on your PC which is located in a secure place of your choice. All data are stored within that PC and the only data that leaves that PC does so via secure connection to Web browser or Smartphone App.
Does Illumina provide an IfTTT Channel?
Not at this time. Again, the concern is one of security and our hesitancy to put your personal data at risk. Should we add the capability, it will be done so in a way that its use is strictly optional and up to you to enable.
So if there is no IfTTT Channel, how is event driven signaling accomplished?
In essence, IfTTT is sort of an AI implementation wherein Channels are the knowledge base and Recipes are the Inference Engine. Included in Illumina is an Inference engine based AI implementation wherein inputs from cameras and security equipment as well as from other sources are fed on a dynamic basis into the knowledge base. Via a high level UI that is no more complex than the UI of IfTTT, the user can create their decision tree inference engine scripts. Signals to the outside world (your Smartphone App) are a result of repeatdly running these scripts.
How should I configure Illumina to secure my single family home?
In general we suggest using the onion skin approach. The outer most layer configured as a “deterrent” force comprised of outdoor night-vision cameras and high quality motion sensors. The intent, detect and scare off would be evildoers. The next internal layer is comprised of well placed ingress access detection sensors augmented with motion sensors and cameras. Hopefully the evildoer, who is now inside the residence, would be scared off but if not then captured video should help law enforcement do their job. Finally the inner most layer should be asset vibration sensors attached to important assets such as gun cabinet, jewelry box, safe etc. thus protecting you and your family from those who do not deserve your trust.