Feed Forward Blog: Another Automation Acquisition, Longwatch

Feb. 3, 2011
Congratulations to Steve Rubin. He's been working to right Longwatch and get it a home. Now he's done both.

The announcement just hit my inbox. "Industrial Video and Control (IVC), a leading supplier of cameras and video systems for industrial, military, and commercial applications, announced the acquisition of Longwatch, a developer of video management software for industrial automation and process control applications.  IVC, based in Newton, MA, is known for its industrial camera systems that incorporate ruggedized cameras and state-of the-art video management software."

Longwatch’s Video Surveillance system, first introduced in 2005 to water treatment and power plants, is able to transmit video over existing instrumentation networks at speeds as low as 9600 baud. Longwatch has since established itself as the leader in integrating video with industrial SCADA applications. Its Video Historian automatically links video with various user databases (including data historians). Its most recent innovation is the Longwatch Console Recorder, which records industrial control console displays and enables easy playback for troubleshooting, operator training and regulatory compliance.

IVC will maintain the Longwatch brand and operate the company as a division of IVC. According to Norman Fast, CEO, the plan is to make both companies' product lines interactive while building on the Longwatch brand, leveraging its reputation for innovation in remote monitoring and process control. IVC's Relay Server, which interfaces with a multitude of cameras, will interface with Longwatch's Video Control Center – the software that drives the Longwatch Viewer, ActiveX controls for video integration, as well as the Video Historian. Longwatch's Video Engine, which provides "at the edge" recording of events and video, will also provide video streams to the IVC Relay Server.

IVC also plans to add support of its camera offering to the Longwatch environment. IVC manufactures and sells pan-tilt zoom, fixed, auto-zoom, and manual zoom cameras that incorporate the latest in imaging technology. Their industrial cameras are suitable for the harshest weather and environmental conditions; some models have been certified for use in Class I Division 1, Class I Division 2, and ATEX (inherently dangerous) environments.

Source: Gary Mintchell's Feed Forward Blog
 

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