1. General information
System was created to work with inexpensive IP-cameras and integrate video results to standard RK6 Reports module.
The picture below shows the diagram of the system:
Structure of the system
System consists of software, developed by UCS Company, and hardware from other suppliers.
UCS Video control system can use standard IP cameras. D-Link DCS-2102 was tested , but it is possible to use other D-Link cameras with similar API. Later the supported cameras list will be updated.
Main requirements for cameras:
- support SMB-protocol (possibility to operate as Samba-client) - it is required for recording video files in network resource
- support of FTP protocol for storing snapshots
- possibility to record video fragments 1 minute long. File names must indicate date and time *
- support of NTP-protocol (or SNTP) for time synchronization
- support DNS (direct and opposit) **
- support DDNS-client, if cameras use dynamic IP addresses
* - currently date and time format must correspond with format used by D-Link cameras
** - it is a specialty of D-Link DCS-2102 model for time synchronizing by NTP protocol
It is recommended to use external data storage to make system be more reliable and self-inclusive. For example, use D-Link DNS-313 (HDD 3,5" must be purchased separately). In general video files can be stored on any network resource - but further description presumes that network resources are connected and available on drive Z:\
2.1. Software set
- Database management system FireBird version 2.1 and higher
- Set of codecs to be able to view video record (as a rule, it is supplied together with cameras, but regular codec packs, such as K-Lite codec pack, can be used)
- Online video controlling module VideoCamera.exe.
- Utility ScanVideo.exe for scanning for video fragments and creating records about them in database
- RKeeper V6 terminals from version 6.95 and higher
- Module "Reports" version 6.90 9 (and higher) to view corresponding video files directly from viewing receipt (or list of receipts).
2.2. Software set is stored on UCS FTP at: ../dealers/VideoControl/ folder.
it is required to purchase license to operate the video control system . After the payment is transferred, UCS Company provides program key, which is registered in group of settings of VideoControl.exe application. Program key is linked to a restaurant's code, so license has to be purchased for each restaurant separately.
Note: In present the amount of installed cameras is irrelevant for purchasing the license, but later on this approach will change and it will depend on the amount of cameras installed.
Important: The license number is not just digits, it can be also other symbols. Please pay attention when copying license number from email.
4. System installation and configuration
This part is one of the most important parts for correct work of the whole system. To make data, received from cameras, correspond with cash operations, it is necessary to synchronize time in the following modules:
- video cameras
- data storage (if several is used, then synchronize all of them)
- database server
- PC with application AppUdpVideoSrv.exe running
Also recommended to synchronize time on all computers, working with Video Control system.
Note: As it is written in time synchronization requirements, it is not necessary to synchronize time on cash station.The reason for this is that the time marks on tags are set by AppUdpVideoSrv.exe and thus integrity of information is kept, regardless of date and time set on cash station.
The easiest way to synchronize time is to use time server. An external (global) or local resource can act as such server . In the Internet there is a lot of information on how to set time synchronizing servers, for example an article about setting such server in Windows XP on Microsoft site (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314054)
Setting third-party components
For correct work of the system it is necessary to install additional components. To do that go to \InstallPlugins distribution kit and run Install.bat.
Note: for installing this component administrator rights are required.
FireBird database management system installation
Before installing other applications, FireBird database management system must be installed. To do that download from website http://www.firebirdsql.org/ current version (at the moment of writing this article it is 2.1.2) and set server in the desired configuration. Further description implies that FireBird is installed and operates properly.
In latest versions client library gds.32.dll was renamed into fbclient.dll. For applications compatibility copy the library fbclient.dll in directory SYSTEM32 (for 32-bit operating system) and rename it into gds.32.dll
Setting connection to database
All applications of VideoControl system are attached to database management system with the help of dbexpint.dll, which is used by configuration file sqlconn.pms in order to receive connection parameters.
Basic parameters of sqlconn.pms are given below, other parameters should not be changed without necessity:
DriverName=Interbase Database=127.0.0.1:c:\ucs\videocontrol\data\videostorage.fdb - pathname to the database, it can be local or network ................. User_Name=sysdba - user name (default SYSDBA) Password=masterkey - password (default masterkey) ................. SQLDialect=3 - important, do not change!
Important: Adjusted file sqlconn.pms must be copied into each work directory, from which separate system modules are launched.
The application AppUdpVideoSrv.exe is meant for processing of UDP-packets, that come from cash account system, and for forming work information in accumulative database. Also this module transfers information about cash account operations in application-hosts (so called titles).
Important: for each separate restaurant (having different codes in SYSTEM.DB) the copy of running service AppUdpVideoSrv.exe is required.
Application can be adjusted either by manual editing of configuration files or with the help of graphic interface.
If configuration files were not adjusted beforehand, in the time of first start of AppUdpVideoSrv.exe the window will be shown, where the following parameters must be entered.
- "Key" - license key;
- "Port" - port for incoming connections;
- "Pathname" - path to the directory, where xml files and tags, received from cash account system, are formed; Important: put slash (\) to the end of the path.
- "DB" - path to the accumulative database, in which all the work information is kept;
- "User" и "Password" - user and password for connecting to the database;
- in the lower text field host value must be entered, to which information about cash account operations (titles) will be sent. Value for each host must be entered separately , the format is described lower in the manual section hosts.txt.
Important: If application opens the setting screen everytime you press OK, it means that there is problema and information about it can be checked in the log files. they have name like - log_30_03_2010_09_26_06_2541265.log where name keeps info about date and time when it was created.
Note: In the accumulative database video files are not kept , video files references only!
Manual setting consists of editing of 3 files: AppUdpVideoSrv.ini, hosts.txt и sqlconn.pms
[Main] KeyID=600966724 - license key Path=z:\xml\ - path to the directory to form xml-files and tags XML files will be recorded only if AppUdpVideoSrv.exe cannot write TAGs directly to database. Then these files will written to database by VideoScan.exe Port=19123 - incoming port to receive data from cash account system
In the file hosts.txt hosts are specified, on which AppUdpVideoSrv will send work information (titles). Each entry line of the file must have information in the following form:
<IP-address>:<port> (for example, 188.8.131.52:19223)
<IP-address> - is computer address with application-host running (in this case application-host is VideoControl.exe and/or RealVideoControl.exe) <port> - is port for incoming connections of application-host (see description RealVideoControl.ini)
In such a way in the file hosts.txt there must be a number of entry lines , which must correspond the number of different copies of running application-hosts (VideoControl.exe, RealVideoControl.exe, etc.). In this case copies of application are considered to be different, if the combination <IP-address>+<port> is unique.
The file of connection parameters is described above.
Setting the application VideoControl.exe
The module is designed to manage the data book of the system, watching video in real time mode and having access to the video archive files.
Note: Working with video archive is based on work information from accumulative database VIDEOSTORAGE.FDB
Access to the application is protected with password - in clean default database there is only one user USER that has got password 1234567890 and administrator's rights.
The notion "Group" is designed for logic integrity of stations and cameras within one restaurant (within the limits of one restaurant's code).
To add new group or editing of existing group, go to menu "Video control" -> "Groups".
Note: to add or delete an element of system dictionary buttons "+" or "-" on the toolbar are used.
To create a group, set its name (it can be random) and enter basic parameters:
In the field "Key" enter license key of the given restaurant (restaurant code), in the field "Code" - the full restaurant code (don't use separator . in the midle of code). "Main group" option specifies the status "Main" for the group and allows to indicate this group as active in all watching modes.
Important: license key and restaurant code, specified in group settings, must agree with real restaurant code, denoted in SYSTEM.DB of cash station server. VideoControl application does not check the code and the key, but when they do not match packets from cash stations will not be decoded. Decoding key is attached to the restaurant's code and is purchased for each restaurant separately!
To keep filling in group parameters, it is necessary to fill in data books "Stations" and "Cameras" beforehand.
To add and set stations, select "Video control" -> "Stations" in the menu.
To add a new station, enter its name and specify code. Code is the numeric identifier of the station, which corresponds with number of the stations, denoted in R-Keeper system.
Important: If station's code in R-Keeper has value less than 10 (01, 02 .... 09), value in the field "Code" must be indicated without 0 (1, 2 ... 9)!
To add and set video camera, select "Video control" -> "Video cameras".
To add a new camera, enter its name and other parameters:
- "Pathname " - complete path to the directory, where video files of the given camera are kept.
- "Login" - user name for remote camera access (is set in a certain camera settings)
- "Password" - user password
- "IP" -camera IP-address (is set in a certain IP camera settings)
- "Port" - port for remote camera access (is set in a certain IP camera settings)
- "URL" - special address for watching RTSP video from camera
Final setting of groups
After the data books of stations and cameras are completed, final adjustments of groups can be made. For doing that go to "Video control" -> "Groups".
Next, in the right lower corner select stations, that exist in the system, and specify their corresponding cameras:
Video files scanner VideoScan.exe setting
VideoScan.exe has service function - it scans specified path to check video files exist and records information in database. Also XML files if there are any.
To install the program copy directory VideoScan on disk, for example in C:\UCS\VideoControl\VideoScan
VideoScan directory content:
- dbexpint.dll - Borland driver to work with Interbase/Firebird - VideoScan.exe - basic application - VideoScan.ini - configuration file of the application - sqlconn.pms - connection to database information
File videoscan.ini settings:
[Main] FreeCriticalSize = 20 - the percent of emty space in storage, after reaching this value system will start to dlete old files IntervalForScan = 1200 - interval to run scanning ScanAllDate = 0 - scan all files located in the folder (Basically used if need to scan all files again).
It is enough to scan files several times a day, or right before closing the cash station day, since the information for watching videoSetting is required for "Reports" module.
System will not be able to shutdown when VideoScan.exe is running
Setting cash station
To transfer data from cash station, copy library VIDEOUDP.DLL in root RKCLIENT , and in RKEEPER6.INI enter client parameter VideoIP with specified IP-address of the computer, on which utility AppUdpVideoSrv.exe is running (or VideoCamera.exe - see below):
Important: Cash station part of R-Keeper v6 transfers work data like this: tags are created and transmitted by the cash station server , and XML-packets are transmitted by cash station client. So, when selected NT-server is used, VideoIP parameter must be entered in configuration file RKEEPER6.INI of the server!
Note: In present only network client with Novell TCP/IPi support can be used for passing data - later on support of MS TCP/IP stack will be realized.
Module "Reports" setting
The possibility to watch video files connected with receipt operations is realized in "Reports" module of version 6.90.
Important: To watch video reports in "Reports" module, user needs a specific right - to set this right, configuration must be changed with the help of DealRK.exe, and then in "Dispatcher" the right must be given to appropriate users.
To set report module, files from distribution kit \Offline: must be copied in directory RK6:
- borlndmm.dll - dbexpint.dll - getvideoview.dll - getvideoview.ini - midas.dll - sqlconn.pms - VideoArchive.exe - vlcax.exe - vlcax.ini
1. File sqlconn.pms setting was described above
2. Content of file getvideoview.ini:
[Main] Position=-5 - defines time shift (in seconds) for the video fragment shown in reports. Mode=0 - adjustment mode (1 - yes, 0 - no) ExtVideo=1 - use exterior module (1 - yes, 0 - no)
Adjustment mode (Mode = 1) allows to show some service information, when information about video fragment is requested from "Reports" module.
ExtVideo parameter dictates how video file will be shown - either with the help of getvideoview.dll or external application VideoArchive.exe
Note: VideoArchive.exe module can not be started as an independent application.
Setting RealVideoControl.exe (archive) application
This application is designed for watching video from cameras in real time mode, and for showing information about current cash station operations in text mode.
Note: Later the development of this application will depend on user's needs - today this module is not updated, because all its functions are realized in VideoControl.exe.
To install the application copy directory RealVideo in disk, for example C:\UCS\VideoControl\RealVideo
Content of folder RealVideo:
- config.ini - basic configuration file for different restaurants' parameters
................. - configuration files of particular restaurants
- dbexpint.dll - Borland driver to work with Interbase/Firebird base
- DcsCliCtrl.dll - the library of third-party designer for working with IP-cameras
- DcsSensor.dll - the library of third-party designer for working with IP-cameras
- defclass.dll - secondary library for script processing (Script.pp)
- getvideoview.dll - secondary library for watching videos from external applications
- install.bat - package file for component registration
- midas.dll - Borland MIDAS Component Package
- RealVideoControl.exe - basic application
- RealVideoControl.ini - configuring file of the application
- Script.pp - pattern-script for text information about cash station operations output (titles)
- sqlconn.pms - special configuration file for database connection, used by dbexpint.dll library
- start.bat - package file for starting VideoCamera.exe in a particular mode
- VideoViewDD.exe - special application for watching video from external programmes
- vvconfig.ini - configuration file of VideoViewDD.exe application
1. First, components od third-party designers must be registered - run package file install.bat for that :
Note: Administrator rights are required for component registration.
2. Next set file sqlconn.pms for database connection (only basic parameters are denoted, do not change others without a necessity):
Database=184.108.40.206:c:\ucs\videocontrol\db\videostorage.fdb - database pathname, it can be local or network ................. User_Name=sysdba - database user name Password=masterkey - database user password ................. SQLDialect=3 - important, do not change! .................
3. Next set the configuration of each particular restaurant.
Configuration file names can be random, as an example they are named like cconfN.ini.
In the file cconfN.ini there must be as many sections [CameraX], as there are physical cameras, installed in a resturant:
[Camera1] ........... [Camera10] ...........
Parameters of section [CameraX]:
[Camera1] RemoteHost = "192.168.0.20" -camera address RemotePort = 80 - port for remote camera access Username = admin - user name for camera access (is assigned in camera settings) Password = "ucs" - password for camera access (is assigned in camera access) Num=1 - the number of cash station (UNIT), that camera corresponds with
Note: If the parameter Num is not assigned (or assigned wrong), RealVideoControl.exe application will not process data 4. Next basic configuration file config.ini is set In the config.ini there must be as many sections [RestoranX], as there are physical restaurants, in which VideoControl system operates. [Restoran1] ............ [Restoran10] ..........
Parameters of section [RestoranX]:
[Restoran1] RCode="199999999" - restaurant code Name="Restoran1" - restaurant name (for showing in application window) Path=".\cconf1.ini" - path to restaurant configuration file (look above) - it can be absolute or relative KeyID=600966724 - key for data decoding. It is provided after license purchase - see below for details
Important: Key for decoding is connected with restaurant code and is generated separately for each restaurant.