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Wren Updates Video Management System

Wren has updated its video surveillance software for the Wren Video Management System (VMS) to version 3.0. Wren VMS is a security system designed for educational institutions.

Wren VMS is a Windows-based video surveillance system that allows users to access live and archived video from multiple locations and share live video with outside agencies (such as fire departments). It's also an IP-based system that's designed to integrate with existing networks and to be scalable to any number of cameras and users.

The new version of Wren VMS is focused on simplifying the identification of incidents and cutting down response times to those incidents. To this end, VMS 3.0 includes a new Site Mapping feature, which provides one-click access to live camera views. It also adds new administrative tools via its new Watchdog Monitoring system.

The Site Mapping feature allows users "to upload maps, blueprints and location drawings into the system and place icons to indicate camera locations, giving them the ability to instantly click an icon to display a live view from that location," according to Wren. It also allows schools to share live video with first responders.

The new Watchdog Monitoring system is a monitoring and alert system that allows users to troubleshoot cameras on the system and provides additional administrative functions, such as e-mail alerts, user access control, and equipment problem reporting.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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