NetBotz Corp., which pioneered the development of IP-based physical security appliances, this week will launch the next generation of its Sentry devices.
The WallBotz 500, along with a new version of the vendors management tool, was developed in response to customer feedback, said officials in Austin, Texas.
The WallBotz 500 is a modular appliance that comes with a high-resolution surveillance camera and sensor pods that can be detached and mounted in other places within a room. A single WallBotz 500 appliance can work with up to four cameras and 16 sensor pods installed in the room so that the spaces between rows of servers can be observed. The data each pod collects is transmitted to the device over Universal Serial Bus cables.
Based on customer feedback, NetBotz added a PC Card slot that can accommodate any wireless Ethernet LAN adapter. A new speech synthesizer tells operators when environmental factors have changed and might cause a problem.
The operating system for the devices, BotzWare 2.0, was also enhanced to support Secure Sockets Layer encryption to and from the devices, and it provides for more granular thresholds, allowing operators to monitor the rate of temperature change, for example.
The central management system, NetBotz Central 2.0, was made more scalable with new shared database support for MySQL, Microsoft Corp.s SQL Server and Oracle Corp. databases.
WallBotz 500 is due out later this month and starts at $2,699 including a sensor and camera pod. Additional camera pods cost $499, and sensor pods cost $249. NetBotz Central 2.0, to be available at months end, is $8,999.