Getting Started FAQs
Which camera models does your platform support?
Arcules supports cameras that are ONVIF S compliant, and cameras that are compatible with the milestone native driver packs up to Device Pack 10.1a.
How many users does Arcules support?
There is no limit on the number of People added to the platform (and no additional cost).
Is there a way to manage different levels of access within an organization
Can I use distribution lists for notifications?
If you plan on using email distribution lists to share notifications with an existing list of people, you will need to create a user for this email in the same way as you would for a regular user. To see how to add a user, check out our People Article.
What are the typical bandwidth requirements for this solution?
That’s a variable answer. The qualifying questions to determine upload and download requirements are:
Do they plan on continuously recording or utilize Motion-based recording?
Will they be using Analytics?
How many cameras will be viewed live at once?
Arcules uses the Primary stream from each camera so how you typically calculate bandwidth for VMS applications applies to Arcules as well, with additional requirements around the live view and analytics use for upload from the Gateway to cloud.
What measures are in place to ensure that data is secured?
The Gateway sits behind the firewall and adds an extra layer of security between your data and the cloud. No port forwarding (i.e. no publicly accessible ports to open/close); no inbound connections needed; end-to-end encryption between the Gateway and cloud over SSL (port 443); and less hardware also reduces your security footprint.
In the case of an internet outage, how can we access the data? Will there be data loss?
Arcules has a feature where if under certain circumstances, the Internet connection is down, then you can still access the offline emergency viewing on your local Gateway. Data will remain on the Gateway for up to 4 days, dependent on camera count and settings. Once services are re-established, the data will be pushed to the cloud.
How can you monitor a Gateway or camera in case it shuts down or disconnects?
Arcules is able to add rules and alerts for device health status notifications, that can be received via three channels - email, SMS, push notifications.
How long can evidence be stored? Can it be used in court?
Exported evidence is stored for an indefinite period in the cloud, regardless of the set/fixed cloud retention days. Every evidence footage includes a watermark with the Arcules logo on the top left corner, the camera name, as well as the recording time (in UTC). For more information, see Cases.
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Do you require any special application to view the exported evidence?
No special application is required. Downloaded video files are stored in the MP4 format.
Does your platform use the cameras' built-in analytics?
The platform does not use cameras' built-in analytics. The Arcules built-in cloud Video Analytics turns unstructured video data into actionable insights with Arcules AI/ML The built-in analytics is not bolted on, but unified within the platform, and hence you can apply analytics to cameras you want, anywhere and anytime, and compare data from different cameras & locations.
Can I install Arcules while another VMS is connected to my cameras?
If you are using another VMS, you will require to turn off the other VMS prior to adding the gateway and cameras to the portal. Once added, you can then turn on the other VMS.
Please note: different configurations may be applied to the cameras, and may cause configuration conflict.
Some quick items on this subject of having two NVR’s connected to the same camera:
• Camera needs to be able to support multiple streams
• The Gateway will take over stream one regardless as this configuration is not exposed in our system this can cause configuration issues between two systems.
If the integrator or end user owns both system configurations and sets them identically and the camera supports multiple streams there should be no issue, however not guaranteed.
Why is my camera not 'Auto Discovered' in the Installation Wizard' ?
There are various reason a camera may not be auto discovered;
The camera/s is not on the same subnet within the network
On some of the AXIS cameras,
ZeroConfis enabled by default. For the camera to be 'Auto Discovered',
ZeroConfneeds to be disabled at the camera level.
If multicast is disabled - camera may not be discovered
HIKVISON camera is not available in Live - constantly writes "Establishing Connection"
There are two main issues when adding Hikvision cameras and it really depends on the models.We are working on a camera 'wiki' and will be adding this to it.
1. The ONVIF driver was not performing HTTP digest authentication correctly
2. The HikVision has two user management systems, one for regular users and another separate set for ONVIF users. The ONVIF user settings appear under `Network->Advanced Settings->Integration Protocol` on the camera and not in the regular user management section. By default there are no ONVIF users added to the camera.
We have set the following for the camera in-house, and your team will require to do the same two steps on your other 3 cameras.
Step 1: ONVIF user management page
Step 2: Adding an ONVIF user
Couple of things to note in general(this is for your reference):
1. HikVision cameras can lock out a user account for a period of time if credentials are entered incorrectly too many times in a row. It's possible to disable this security feature in the camera web interface if it causes trouble:
2. Time settings on the camera need to be correct.
My account has been locked out when accessing the Arcules portal, how can I unlock it?
The account gets locked out after 5 incorrect attempts. Once locked out, due to security reasons, you will require to click on the ‘Forgot Password’ option to reset the password.
My cameras' IP addresses have changed, and they are marked 'offline'. How can I bring them back online?
Due to security reasons, the cameras' credentials will need to be re-entered to bring cameras back online after their IP changed. You can do this either separately for each camera, or you can update the cameras' credentials by using our CSV Bulk Uploader. For more information on cameras, take a look at our Cameras article.
What do I do if the gateway stops working or is destroyed?
In case the gateway malfunctions or is destroyed, please contact Arcules Support either via the chat icon, call us at 888-244-5154, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance to process an RMA.