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In the public discourse about the use of video surveillance, the protection of personal rights and the secure transmission and storage of image data play an essential role. Qognify’s Ocularis Video Management Software offers a range of features to operate video systems safely, protecting data and the privacy of recorded individuals in the best way possible.

Keeping Protection and Compliance In Mind

Video surveillance solutions provide helpful information to clarify events, track operational issues and assist in the investigation of crimes. Here are some principles to observe while planning and implementating security systems:

Information On Site

In some regions, the use of video surveillance must be visibly indicated, for example with a sticker, sign or similar indicator. Please pay attention to local legislation when deploying surveillance systems.

Legal Requirements

Use, processing or storage of video data in the EU are determined by legal requirements in your region. Please follow the applicable laws for the country where the video installation will be running.

Maximum Storage Period

Different video data storage period rules may apply for different countries, after which the video data must be deleted immediately. To this end, Qognify’s Ocularis offers the function to delete recordings automatically and safely after a predefined period of time.

Optional Audio Recording

Depending on local legislation, audio recording may not be allowed. Ocularis’s audio recording can be individually activated/ deactivated for each camera. In addition, access to any recorded audio data can be configured for each camera and user with the extensive user rights management within the software.

Protection of Privacy

Use of surveillance video needs measures to ensure the privacy of individuals. If data collected by video surveillance can be assigned to specific people, operators have an obligation to inform those subjects.

Built-in Features for Video Data Protection

Qognify’s Ocularis VMS can be configured so that the capture, storage and accessibility of video and audio data is limited by a detailed user rights, thus determining what data is accessed and by whom. Anonymization is possible with software features like privacy mask. These and more built-in Ocularis features ensure the highest standards in video surveillance privacy and security.

Privacy Masking

When installing cameras, it can happen that sensitive areas such as PIN number key pads or private areas inside of public venues are visible in the field of view covered by the video camera. To protect these zones, privacy masking areas can be defined and applied to both live and playback video.


Video data is confidential and should only be viewed by authorized persons. The transfer of data within Ocularis takes place via AES-encrypted connections. The transmission between the camera and the recording server is protected with SSL or TLS.


With the stream-on-demand feature, you can turn video capture and display ‘on’ or ‘off’ as needed, without stopping the system itself. This allows for a flexible reaction to sensitive situations where no recording is desired.

Access Rights

In Ocularis, it is possible to equip every user with individual access and administration rights, in a hierarchical structure, so it is easy to specify exactly who receives access to what data and where boundaries need to be drawn – down to the level of individual cameras.

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