Digital Surveillance Products

TeleGuard« FastTrace

Remote Access Digital Video Recorder

FastTrace provides remotely accessible evidential quality digital video recording, FastTrace delivers rapid and reliable retrieval of watermarked images or live video over the widest range of communication networks.

FastTrace is a digital video recorder (DVR) with remote access capability. It provides recording and long-term storage of video and audio at decentralised (remote) sites while allowing easy and fast, centralised access to stored high quality digitally recorded video evidence. Live viewing of site activity is also available.

FastTrace is ideal for businesses that require reliable, distributed, long term recording of high quality video evidence that can be easily and quickly accessed from anywhere within the enterprise. Unlike other DVR's, FastTrace provides rapid remote access and retrieval of high quality digital video on a diverse range of communication links. Being a tapeless recording solution, FastTrace addresses long term recording requirements through advanced, dedicated, video processing electronics and recording algorithms, without the need for any "hands on" hardware interaction.

The FastTrace is supplied as a 3U 19" rack mount unit. It is now available as a 10-channel or 20-channel device, with options of one to four hard drives (each 80GB in capacity) and one or two video compression engines. Each video compression engine (VCE) can process up to 25 PAL or 30 NTSC images per second at CIF (VHS) resolution. At 2CIF (better than S-VHS) resolution these figures are halved.

With exceptional recording performance and sophisticated alarm handling, FastTrace is designed to work across a range of communication links including PSTN, ISDN, LAN and WAN.

Flexible communication options allow use of the most cost-effective medium to meet customer needs. FastTrace is network ready and will send live, high quality video over networks without consuming large amounts of bandwidth. To help network managers provide a consistent network response, a programmable data transmission throttle is provided so that a maximum throughput speed can be defined.


  • Increased image quality compared to VCR recording
  • Digitally watermarked recorded images uniquely linked to encrypted event data
  • Secure viewing software automatically linked to exported evidential images
  • Purpose built hardware platform with Embedded Real Time Operating System for reliable, uninterrupted operation
  • Continuous and event recording activated by image movement, external sensors or transactions.
  • Internal disk storage capability greater than 100 million images (1 image per second per camera for 120 days)
  • Multi-channel video recording up to 30 images per second per camera, 60 for the system (PAL 25 and 50)
  • Intelligent search capability based on time, events, transactions or scene activity
  • Efficient video compression enables fast access over limited bandwidth links
  • Three communication ports for ultimate flexibility
  • Bandwidth throttle to contain maximum data rate within user-selected or network based limits
  • Simultaneous access by multiple users to stored or live video with uninterrupted recording
  • Integrated PTZ telemetry support and audio recording/transmission, plus optional audio switcher
  • Multiple alarm inputs with tamper detection and flexible mapping
  • Alarm verification activated by automatic call out and programmable inputs (e.g. panic, duress and intrusion alarms, ATM transactions or scene activity)

Evidential quality recording
Proof that images have not been altered and high image quality are essential to event investigation and resolution. Watermarking and encryption guarantees accurate validation of untampered images and associated data. FastTrace delivers superior image resolution compared to traditional VCR recording.

Reliable, uninterrupted operation
Insist on reliability and reduce operational and resource costs. Sophisticated software development methods combined with a purpose built hardware platform ensure reliability and eliminate the need for human intervention.

Rapid remote access
Eliminate the need for on-site investigation. Comprehensive search options combined with fast transmission technology allow rapid remote search and and retrieval of events over the widest range of networks, even via a standard telephone line.

Increased recording capacity
Store the images that count. Flexible recording options combined with optimum image compression technology allow additional images to be recorded at a lower storage cost. Over 100 million high quality images - as many as on 200 videotapes (1 image per second from each of 10 cameras for 120 days) - can be stored within a single FastTrace recorder.

Remote, multiple site management
Remote alarm notification and site control. Automatic transmission of images enables the cause of alarms to be seen at a centralised monitoring facility. Two-way audio, remote camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom control and other integrated control capabilities provide flexible remote site interaction and control.

Disk space capacity required in GB for CIF images
Recording duration in days

Images per second

5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60
1 1 2 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 14 15
3 4 7 11 15 19 22 26 30 33 37 41 44
7 9 20 26 35 43 52 61 69 78 87 95 104
14 17 35 52 69 87 110 130 140 160 180 190 208
31 40 77 120 160 200 230 270 310 350 390    
61 75 160 230 310 380              
91 120 230 340                  
122 160 310                    
Maximum system capacity is 4x 160GB = 640GB
Recording capacity is halved for 2CIF resolution

Specification for Model 5010 and 5020

Video Inputs
CCIR (PAL) OR RS-170 (NTSC) standard selectable as a complete set
10x (5010) & 20x (5020) - BNC connectors, 75 ohm

Video Outputs
1x BNC 75-ohm composite video
Output auto-sequences, standard matches video input standard selected

The following specifications are applicable to Model 5010 and Model 5020

  • Recording Image Resolution
    Colour or black and white
    2 CIF, PAL: 704 x 288 pixel (NTSC 704 x 240)
    CIF, PAL: 352 x 288 pixel (NTSC: 352 x 240)
  • Recording Rate, aggregate across all Channels
    With one Compression Engine
    25 images per second (PAL)
    30 images per second (NTSC)
    Maximum (with 2 compression engines)
    50 images per second (PAL)
    60 images per second (NTSC)
    These recording rates are for CIF resolution and are halved for 2CIF resolution
  • Image Compression
    Customised H.263 compression algorithm resulting in an average of 3 Kilobytes per image at CIF resolution and 6 Kilobytes per image at 2CIF
  • Disk Capacity
    Up to 4x internally mounted IDE hard disk drives (HDD)

Alarm Inputs
20x (5010) or 30x (5020) external alarm inputs. Flexible mapping between alarm and video inputs. Programmable for contact opening or closure.

  • Screw terminal connectors
  • Single End of Line (SEOL) or Dual End of Line (DEOL) tamper detection on each input using supplied resistors
  • Voltage input <0.8V - logic low, 7mA (max); between 3.5V and 5.0V - logic high

Control Outputs
10 or 20 open collector control outputs active when channel in alarm

  • Screw terminal connectors
  • 12VDC (max), 100mA (max)
  • On state output voltage less than 1.1V @ 100mA
  • 1x general alarm relay with contacts (N/O, N/C).

Live image Transmission Rate
Typical update rates with 10% scene changes.
Ethernet: = 25 images/second
ISDN: 128k = 12.5 images/second
PSTN: 33k6 = 3 images/second

Communication Links

  • Network
    10BaseT / 100BaseT Ethernet port supporting TCP/IP
  • Serial (Two)
    V.24 interfaces (8 bits, no parity, max data rate = 230kbps), one via a 9 pin and the other a 25 pin D connector. Both support Hayes AT compatible PSTN or ISDN modems in a dial up or leased line configuration. Support for Multilink PPP or V.120 data protocol over ISDN

Data Ports
2x serial data ports for POS/ATM connection. RS232, 9-pin D-type, max data rate of 19.2 Kbs.

System Control & Setup
Operator access via FastTrace Viewer software on external PC or Video Central version 7 or later.

Power Requirements
100-240 volts, AC, 50-60Hz. Maximum power dissipation 100 watts.

Construction and Dimensions
Standard 19" rackmount, 3U high subrack to DIN4194. 482mm (19") W x 88m (2.7") H x 210mm (8.25") L.

Rackmount - Fully configured system 11 kilograms (22 pounds)

Temperature Range
Operating range 0C-50C (32║F-122║F)
Humidity less than 90% non-condensing

EMC Compliance
Emissions: Class A compliance to EN55022, CISPR 22, FCC Part 15, AS3548.
Mains Harmonic Current Emissions to EN61000-3-2.
Voltage Fluctuations & Flicker to EN61000-3-3.
Immunity: EN50130-4 (Alarm Systems Product Family Immunity Standard).

Safety Compliance
IEC 60950 : 1991 +A1, A2, A3 & A4.

FastTrace Viewer Software

Operating System Requirements
Windows XP, Windows 2000 (SP3) or Windows NT4.0 (SP6).

PC Hardware Requirements
Intel Pentium III or Celeron - Processor speed 900MHz minimum
128Mb memory - NT4
256Mb memory - Windows 2000/XP
Hard disk capacity 10Gb or greater
Windows compatible PS-2 keyboard and mouse recommended
LAN card Ethernet 10BaseT or 100BaseT compatible
Video card / VGA driver 128 bit video card recommended PCI or AGP slot usage / 800 x 600 pixel resolution, 16 million colours.

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Data Storage 
From 160GB to 640GB of online data storage is available.
Ethernet support
Ethernet support allows for connection over local and wide area networks, as well as more traditional switched public and private PSTN/ISDN networks.