Release Notes for MOBOTIX Camera Software

Document Info

Publisher:

MOBOTIX AG

Author:

Bernd Wilhelm
Thilo Schüller

Date:

2012-07-12

Document:

release-notes_en.html

Confidentiality:

public


Contents

These Release Notes contain a technical description of the most important changes in this software release for the MOBOTIX Q24M, D24M, M24M T24M, D14Di and S14 network cameras.

Software Releases?Overview:

Release Version

Creation Date

Publishing Date

MX-V4.1.4.11

2012-07-11

2012-07-12

MX-V4.1.1.24

2012-03-29

2011-04-05

MX-V4.1.1.21

2012-02-13

2011-02-27

MX-V4.1.1.7

2011-12-15

2011-12-22

MX-V4.0.4.28

2011-10-19

2011-11-25

MX-V4.0.4.19

2011-04-26

2011-05-13

MX-V4.0.4.18

2010-09-09

2010-09-22

MX-V4.0.2.33.r2

2010-07-01

2010-07-08

MX-V4.0.2.33

2010-05-17
(originally 2010-03-31, see Note)

2010-05-17
(originally 2010-04-30, see Note)

MX-V4.0.2.23

2010-05-17
(originally 2009-12-08, see Note)

2010-05-17
(originally 2009-12-09, see Note)

MX-V4.0.1.15

2009-07-20

2009-07-23

Notes:


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Software Release MX-V4.1.4.11 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M, M24M T24M, D14Di and S14 Cameras

Creation Date: 2012-07-11

Publishing Date: 2012-07-12

Notes on Upgrading ? PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

Enhancements and Improvements

S14M/D Camera Models with Dual Hemispheric Features

This software release also supports the new S14 camera models, which had initially been delivered with software release 4.1.4.6. With the introduction of the S14D, the Hemispheric technology is available in a dual camera for the first time. This means that both sensor modules can use all Hemispheric display modes that up until now had only been available in the Q24M. In the course of introducing these features, the software has been enhanced and improved in the following ways:

For additional information on the different features specific to the S14, please also read the S14 camera manual!.

Integrated MxAnalytics image analysis features for Q24M models

For the first time, this software release contains the new MxAnalytics image analysis tools for Q24M models. This means that a Q24M mounted to a ceiling or wall can automatically detect and record information about moving objects in the image. The results can be displayed as heatmaps or when crossing counting lines defined in the image. The results are stored continuously on the camera's integrated SD card; they can be evaluated, displayed or exported for further analysis later on. To do so, the camera uses "report profiles", which define the type of evaluation and the time range covered by the report, e.g. "how many objects crossed this line within the last month". In order to configure the image analysis, the Setup Menu of the camera contains the new MxAnalytics Control section with the following dialogs:

Notes:

Support of the New Functional Boxes

This software supports not only the MX-GPS-Box, but also the new MX-232-IO-Box (using either the USB or MxBus connection).

Please see the corresponding product documentation for additional information.

Other Enhancements and Improvements

SD Card Recording with Encryption

If security is an issue, you can opt to store only encrypted video and audio data on the camera's integrated SD card. Note that you need to set an encryption key and format the SD card accordingly before you can start recording on the card. You can set the encryption key in the Formatter Wizard: MxFFS Volume Partitioning dialog. If you want to use such an encrypted card in a different camera or read the card's contents using MxControlCenter, you need to enter the encryption key that had been set when formatting the SD card. In addition, the camera failure checks have been improved in detecting errors when accessing the SD card.

JPEG Files with EXIF Header

When activating the new EXIF Data option in the Setup Menu > JPEG Settings dialog, the camera will add an EXIF header to the generated JPEG files (e.g. event images). In this case, the header contains general information, such as Date, time and ? if an MX-GPS-Box is attached to the camera ? the current GPS coordinates. The EXIF header can be read by many other applications.

CAUTION:
In order to properly show the videos and single images with activated EXIF header in MOBOTIX applications, you need MxControlCenter version 2.5.1.1 or higher, MxEasy version 1.5.1 or higher or the ActiveX control for Internet Explorer version 1.7.1.0 or higher.

Improved Image Quality and Frame Rates

PoE Classes When Using MxBus Modules

Starting with this version, you need to use PoE class 3 instead of class 2 when using MxBus modules on D14Di cameras (Admin Menu > Ethernet Interface).

Improved "Time and Date" Dialog

The Admin Menu > Time and Date dialog has been redesigned and improved in this version. It is now easier to use a camera as time server by activating the Use Camera as Time Server checkbox.

Improved "Manage MxBus Modules" Dialog

The Admin Menu > Manage MxBus Modules dialog has been redesigned and improved in this version.

MX-GPS-Box Data Available as Variables

The values for illumination, temperature, GPS coordinates, speed, etc. delivered by an attached MX-GPS-Box can now be displayed in the live image and in image profiles using the corresponding variables: $(SEN.LXE), $(SEN.TGP.CELSIUS), $(SEN.GPS), $(SEN.GVE) ...

Arming Recordings Using Actions

The arming status of the camera recording can also be controlled indirectly by using a triggering event. To do so, you need to define a custom signal (CS1, CS2 ...), which is activated by an action that is in turn triggered by an event. This is possible using a new feature that allows switching custom signals using actions. To use this feature, set the CS1, CS2, etc. signals in Setup Menu > General Event Settings to the By Action and activate the arming in the same dialog.

New ActiveX Control Version 1.7.1.0

Version 1.7.1.0 of the ActiveX control for Internet Explorer is required to properly show the camera's video stream, if it contains EXIF header data.

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.1.1.24 (Release) ? only for T24M and D14i Camera Models

Creation Date: 2012-03-29

Publishing Date: 2012-04-05

Notes on Upgrading ? PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

Enhancements and Improvements

Support of the New MX-GPS-Box

This software version is the first version to support the new MX-GPS-Box. This weatherproof add-on module is connected to the camera via the MxBus interface and provides GPS position and time information. In addition, it also has a temperature and illumination sensor.

Improved Dialog for Configuring Door Stations

The Admin Menu > Video Door Station > Manage Users dialog for configuring the features of a T24 door station has been renamed to Bell Behavior and Video Mailbox. In addition, this dialog's structure and contents have been overhauled.

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.1.1.21 (Release) ? only for T24M and D14Di Camera Models

Creation Date: 2012-02-13

Publishing Date: 2012-02-29

Notes on Upgrading ? PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

Important Notes

Enhancements and Improvements

Special Integration of D14Di-Sec-180° Models

Specific adjustments have been made for the D14Di-Sec-180° camera models, so that these models now basically behave like 6 megapixel mono cameras.

Integrated Shock Detector

D14Di models are shipped with an integrated shock detector. This sensor allows detecting shocks experienced by the camera itself ? caused by acts of vandalism, for example. Therefore, the new Shock Detector event sensor type has been added to the Setup Menu > Event Overview > Environment Events dialog. Actions, e.g. sound alarms or e-mail notifications can also be triggered by this event.

Extended Recording Functions for T24M Models

In software version 4.1.1.7 for T24M models, the recording functions beyond the new mailbox functions for the operation of an IP Video Door Station were limited in comparison to the versions 4.0.4.x. These limitations do not exist any longer, i.e., the same settings as in versions 4.0.4.x can be applied. Some restrictions may occur when operating a T24M with activated mailbox function within a IP Video Door Station. The mailbox functions cannot be combined freely with other recording settings. In this case, warnings will be shown in the Setup Menu > Recordings dialog.

Other Enhancements

Support of D14Di-Sec-DNight-FIX

Version 4.1.1.21 supports this new D14Di Day/Night model. It features a day and a night image sensor, pre-installed on a special lens bracket, with both lenses pointing in the same direction (as in an M12D).

VoIP Home View for T24

For T24 models, a previously defined PTZ position can now be used as the default view (home view) on a VoIP/SIP phone. This home view can be defined using the new VoIP Home View softbutton, which is available on the camera live screen in a web browser. During a video SIP connection to the camera, the home view can be selected by pressing the "0" key at the phone.

Changed Camera Reboot Behavior

The automatic camera reboot, which is activated by factory default, is now executed weekly on Mondays sometime between 3am and 4am.

Integration of SNMP for Network Configuration Queries

Support for SNMP (SNMPv2c or SNMPv3) has been added so that it is now possible to obtain information on the camera's network configuration such as host name, IP address, etc. using certain network management tools (e.g. HP OpenView). To activate and configure the service, open Admin Menu > Network Setup > SNMP Configuration. Note that this information is read-only.

(This enhancement had already been included in version 4.1.0.8 for D14Di models and in version 4.1.1.7 for T24M models.)

Focusing Aid with Sound Support

The focusing aid has now been supplemented with sound output so that the lens focus can be adjusted without having to see the live image from the camera. Once activated, the camera emits a continuous tone that changes pitch as the focus changes.

(This enhancement had already been included in version 4.1.0.8 for D14Di models and in version 4.1.1.7 for T24M models.)

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.1.1.7 (Release) ? only for T24M Camera Models

Creation Date: 2011-12-15

Publishing Date: 2011-12-22

Notes on Upgrading ? PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

Enhancements and Improvements

Support of the New T24 Door Station Modules

This software is the first release to support the new Keypad and Security Door Opener modules. It allows to operate the MOBOTIX IP Video Door Station (T24M camera module, Keypad and Info module) together with a Security Door Opener. This means that the following functions are available:

Notes on the Documentation

For more information on installation, configuration, initial operation and on using such a door station with the modules mentioned above, see the documents listed in the following (also available for download on http://www.mobotix.com/ in the Support > Manuals section):

Remark:
The T24 System Manual Part 3: User Guide is still under development.

Notes on Using Siedle Components

Notes on Changes in the "Admin Menu" Dialogs

In order to accommodate for the changes of the new functions mentioned above, the following dialogs in the Admin Menu have been adjusted or added:

For further information on individual changes, please read the online help topics of the dialogs!

Event Profiles

In order to increase the flexibility and to prepare the camera for additional events based on advanced image analysis, the event control has been changed according to the same principles as the action control. You can now use seven event groups with 20 event profiles each; each group has its own name and represents its own definition. In addition, there are two new events: the Event Group Termination in the Internal Events group as well as the Logical AND Event (in the Meta Events group).

This new approach allows creating up to 20 video motion events or video motion groups and in turn execute specific actions for these events.

The event profiles of the factory default correspond to the events of previous software releases. Note that the event control based on profiles is not backwards-compatible with the predecessor versions of this release. It is thus not possible to reuse older configurations of T24M cameras without checking and reconfiguring the entire event control part of the configuration. Another limitation applies to the video search and configuration capabilities of MxCC (up to V2.5.0.2) and MxEasy (up to V1.4.1); only the upcoming releases of both applications will fully support these features.

Please note:
With the introduction of event profiles, all dialogs in the browser user interface in Setup Menu > Event Control section have changed. For further information on individual changes, please read the online help topics of the dialogs!

Other Improvements

Announcements via Camera Speaker are also Recorded

If a T24 door station is recording while a conversion is in progress, the door station will also record the tone of the remote station from the camera speaker.

Simplified DTMF Control

After a SIP audio connection (without SIP video) has been established to the T24 door station, the Open door and Switch light actions can be executed using the corresponding keys of the phone. Note that you need to use the same keys as on the Grandstream IP phone's on-screen menu, followed by the '#' key:

Configurable Display of "Missed Calls"

You can now open Admin Menu > SIP Server Settings and activate the display of "missed calls" if calls from a door station to a Grandstream IP phone has not been answered. Note that this only works if the camera uses its internal SIP server to establish SIP connections.

Updated Time Zones

The time zone definitions of this release are dated October 2011.

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.0.4.28 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M, M24M and T24M Cameras

Creation Date: 2011-10-19

Publishing Date: 2011-11-25

Attention:

Enhancements and Improvements

Improved Password Definition

Camera passwords can now be between 5 and 99 characters in length. In addition, the hash algorithm used to store the passwords in the camera configuration has been improved.

Time Zones Updated

The definitions of all global time zones have been updated.

SSL/TLS for Sending E-Mails Can Now Be Switched Off

When using older mail servers, which do not support SSL/TLS connections for sending e-mails, you can deactivate SSL/TLS in the camera configuration. To do so, add the following line in section mail of the configuration file:

tls=0

Option Added to Prevent Web Crawling

The Admin Menu > Language and Start Page dialog now offers the additional option Web Crawler Restrictions. It allows preventing web crawlers such as Googlebot and other search engines from indexing all camera websites.

Subfolders of Shares on CIFS File Servers Can Be Used as Storage Targets

The camera can now use subfolders of a shared folder as storage target for the camera recordings. Up until now, the camera was only able to use the shared folder itself and not its subfolders.

Bugfixes


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Software Release MX-V4.0.4.19 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M, M24M and T24M Cameras

Creation Date: 2011-04-26

Publishing Date: 2011-05-13

Attention:

Enhancements and Improvements

Enhancements for the Integration of MOBOTIX Cameras into the New Releases of MxControlCenter and MxEasy

This release contains the adjustments and enhancements in the MxPEG video stream that are required for the new features of the upcoming software releases MxControlCenter V2.5 and MxEasy V1.4. Among other new features, the new versions of the two applications will allow searching for video motion in recordings (post video motion detection, e.g. in continuous recordings).

Bugfixes


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Software Release MX-V4.0.4.18 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M, M24M and T24S Cameras

Creation Date: 2010-09-09

Publishing Date: 2010-09-22

Attention:

Enhancements and Improvements

Action Profiles and Action Groups

If the camera detects an event (video motion, signal input, etc.), it can execute specific actions (e.g. phone call, FTP transfer, e-mail, network message, sound). The following describes how these camera actions have been redesigned and enhanced:

This approach allows sending ten different network messages in different action groups and to trigger these action groups using totally different events. Likewise, you can send ten different network messages to ten different recipients if the camera detects the event selected in one action group.

Enhancements for VoIP/SIP Telephony

The SIP video telephony functionality of the camera has been enhanced and improved in various ways.

Special Functions for Supporting T24M Cameras

For T24M camera models, this software version adds the following new features:

Other Enhancements and Improvements

RS232 Support using USB FTDI Adapter

When attaching a USB FTDI adapter, you can also use the USB interface of the MOBOTIX cameras Q24M, D24M and M24M to control devices via an RS232 interface. This allows controlling a mechanical pan/tilt head or a weather station from the camera models mentioned above, for example. In order to use this interface, you need to connect the USB FTDI adapter to the camera's USB interface in the Admin Menu > Manage Hardware Expansions dialog. Once this has been done, you can configure the RS232 interface in the Admin Menu >Serial Interface and Modem Setup dialog.

Using the Camera as DHCP Server

This software version allows using one camera in a local network as a DHCP server (e.g. for other cameras or IP phones). To activate the camera's DHCP server, open the Admin Menu > Ethernet Interface dialog and find the corresponding option in the BOOTP/DHCP section. This feature is used by the auto configuration mechanism of T24M cameras, for example, in order to set up a local network (one T24M and several Grandstream IP phones) where the T24M provides the DHCP service. Note that you can set additional options regarding NAT (Network Address Translation) in the Routing dialog.

E-Mails via Encrypted Connections (SSL/TLS)

When using this software version, the camera automatically sends e-mails via encrypted connections (SSL/TLS). This does not require any further configuration of the camera.

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.0.2.33.r2 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M and M24M Cameras

Creation Date: 2010-07-01 (originally 2010-03-31)

Publishing Date: 2010-07-08 (originally 2010-04-30)

Note on the creation and publishing dates

Attention:

Enhancements and Improvements

Support of Hemispheric cameras with B/W image sensors and improved B/W image quality

This software release can be used on all Q24M, D24M and M24M camera models. This specifically includes the models MX-Q24M-Sec-N11 and MX-M24M-Sec-N11. From this release onwards, the software supports the same Hemispheric features (display modes and vPTZ actions) as in the corresponding models with daylight (color) image sensors.
In addition, this release brings further improved image quality and image sharpness for all models with B/W image sensors.

New MxPEG ActiveX Control V1.6.3.0

This version achieves better performance when using free scaling of the displayed video thanks to additional options.

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.0.2.23 (Release) ? for all Q24M, D24M and M24M Cameras

Creation Date: 2010-05-17 (originally 2009-12-08)

Publishing Date: 2010-05-17 (originally 2009-12-09)

Note on the creation and publishing dates
This version had been originally created on Dec 8, 2009, and published on Dec 9, 2009. After the end of the signature's lifetime, this version had been recreated and published without any other changes and a new signature on May 17, 2010. After installing, version MX-V4.0.2.23 shows a Creation Date of 2009-12-08 (see Admin Menu > System Information > Hardware and Release Information). Note that the older version cannot be installed as the signature is invalid.

Caution: You can use this software version for all MOBOTIX Q24M and D24M cameras! MOBOTIX Q24M and D24M cameras will not accept software with a lower version than 4.0.1.

Caution: You can use this software version for all MOBOTIX M24M cameras! MOBOTIX M24M cameras will not accept software with a lower version than 4.0.2.

Enhancements and Improvements

Improved Exposure Control

This software version contains a completely redesigned Exposure Control mechanism which has made substantial improvements in the following areas:

Image Rotation by 90 and 270 Degrees

The images of non-hemispheric camera models can now also be displayed rotated by 90 or 270 degrees. The setting for the image rotation can be made in the Setup Menu > General Image Settings dialog. This dialog also allows to selectively pivot the 4:3 aspect ratio of the rotated image so that the aspect ratio of the resulting image is either 4:3 or 3:4 as desired. With a 3:4 aspect ratio, the complete image content is visible because of a 1 to 1 width-to-height relationship, but when the aspect ration is not pivoted with the image rotation, the camera only shows a centered section of the rotated image.

Note:
This setting will lead to slightly reduced frame rate and slightly lower image quality compared to the original image since the camera needs to convert the image. The difference between the original image and the converted one is about equal to the image resulting from distortion correction for L11/L22 lenses compared to the original image.

Other Improvements in Image Settings

Improvements to Data Storage

Extended Hemispheric Functionality

The functionality of Hemispheric camera models, i.e. cameras equipped with an L11 lens (Fisheye), has been changed and extended as follows:

Improved Connections to ExtIOs

Extended LED Signaling

The signaling of the camera LEDs had been expanded to include two new settings for the Main Switch in the Admin Menu > LED Setup dialog:

New MxPEG ActiveX Control V1.6.2.3

Other Enhancements and Improvements

Bugfixes

Known Limitations


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Software Release MX-V4.0.1.15 (Release) ? for all Q24M and D24M Cameras

Creation Date: 2009-07-20

Publishing Date: 2009-07-23

Caution: You can use this software version for all MOBOTIX Q24M and D24M cameras! These camera models will not accept software with a lower version than 4.0.1.

Important Notes

The following list describes the new features, enhancements, improvements and bugfixes as compared to the software release V3.4.5.10 of the MOBOTIX M12/D12/V12/M22M/D22M/Q22M cameras based on the P2 platform.

Enhancements and Improvements

Twice the frame rates

The P3 models achieve about twice the frame rate as compared to the P2 models (with a maximum of 25/30 fps, depending on the frequency of the power network). There are no relevant changes regarding the settings required to achieve these frame rates. The improved frame rates result in more efficient applications that are using Full Image Recording and thus allow using this mode in more application scenarios. This storage mode also means that the camera has a higher processor load, which in turn may reduce the live image rates. The higher performance, on the other hand, attenuate this effect to a certain degree.

Recording on the Factory-Installed 4 GB microSD Card

The two Q24M-Sec and D24M-Sec models are delivered with a factory-installed 4 GB microSD card. The storage card has been formatted and has been set as the active recording target in the Admin Menu > Storage on External File Server / Flash Device dialog. To activate the SD card recording, simply set the Recording > Recording on Quick Control. Next, the camera immediately starts recording events using the pre-defined video motion window in the center of the live image

Q24M ? Panorama Mode with OnScreen Control (OSC) for Flexible Adjustment

You can now flexibly adjust the Panorama view mode of the Q24M models to the specific scenario. To do so, select the Panorama view mode and click on the lock icon in the Quick Control bar to unlock the view mode. The camera displays a small icon in the upper left corner; click on this icon to display the so-called "OnScreen Control" (OSC) in the live image. Simply click on the different areas of the OnScreen Control to adjust the Panorama view mode. This control also allows zooming, panning and tilting the image as desired.

One speciality in this scenario is the "Panorama correction", which allows straightening tilted vertical lines. This will be important if the camera has been mounted to a wall with a downwards inclination or the image center has been tilted downwards or afterwards using the vPTZ features. Once you have adjusted the image, you should lock the view by clicking on the lock icon to prevent inadvertent changes to the Panorama view. For additional information on the OnScreen Control, see section 3.3.2, Special Q24M Configuration in the Browser, in the Q24M Camera Manual.

Variable PoE Classes

The upper area of the Admin Menu > Ethernet Interface dialog contains the new Power Supply section. Click on the Change link to change the PoE class of the camera's power supply. If you do not need accessories such as a USB stick or audio output, you can select PoE class 1 (up to 3.84 W). This means that you can attach more cameras to the same switch as if these cameras would be using the factory default PoE class 2 (up to 6.49 W). For additional information on this topic, see section 2.11.2, PoE Variables, in the Q24M Camera Manual.

Audio Codec with Echo Cancellation

The P3 models feature a new audio codec with integrated echo cancellation. The camera now supports VoIP connections in full duplex mode, which means the camera will not deactivate the microphone as soon as the camera sends sound over the speaker. This results in true bi-directional communication. Note that you can also disable this feature in the Admin Menu > Speaker and Microphone dialog for special requirements.

IMPORTANT:
This echo cancellation is only available on camera models with integrated speaker and microphone, such as the Q24M. When using the external audio devices of an ExtIO, echo cancellation will be disabled.

Improved Support of Windows File Servers

This area has been enhanced and improved in the following ways:

All Languages in One Package

Instead of several language-dependent software packages, you can only download one MX*.mpl software package, which contains all supported languages. This means that all languages are stored in the camera and that you can select any language at run-time.

Other Improvements

Known Issues


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