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Submitted by Douglas Cox, posted on July 19, 2000

Image Description, by Douglas Cox

This is a screenshot of the VSOC (Visual Security Operations Console) product that I work on at Autometric, Inc. ( A 3D and 2D window allow for simple point-and-view navigation of a customer's site model.

We are able to write software plug-ins to interface with various types of security hardware and map inputs to 3D/2D models. For instance, the red, lobed-shaped sensors above are inputs from a microwave motion detection system. When they are set off (as they have been before this shot was taken), a configurable alert sound is played, the border color changes to red, the 3D window 'flies' to a view of the sensor, and we issue a command to a video mux to switch to a live video feed of the area in question on a separate monitor. Actually, in this shot the user has selected the (highlighted) camera volume to manually switch to another video feed.

The UI uses a skin technique so it is also completely customizable if the customer has a different look in mind.

-doug (

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matt tagliaferri

July 19, 2000, 07:11 AM

is it me, or does the skin look exactly like a StarTrek, NG console?

Douglas Cox

July 19, 2000, 10:29 AM

Well, if you mean the border and the text, then yah, it was supposed to look similar to that. The other skin is missing a couple images, so I didn't want to post a shot of it yet.


July 19, 2000, 12:27 PM

very tight


July 19, 2000, 12:50 PM

Sounds positively interesting :-)
Which one is the "normal" view? The left or right? Or neither?


"What direction you should go in depends very much on where you want to end up." - a famous cat :)

Douglas Cox

July 19, 2000, 02:17 PM

The right (2D/ortho) view has a static / non-moving camera, so that you can see what's happening at any time anywhere at your site. The left (3d) view transitions to different views of sensors when alarms occur. By clicking in the 2d or 3d view, the camera will also transition to look at the point you click on. Clicking on sensor volumes transitions you to a pre-configured view to give you the best view of that area (which was done in the pic above by selecting the camera volume).

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