IVC acquires Longwatch, enhancing product lines
Two companies, focused on leading-edge video solutions for industrial and automation applications, join forces to expand the market.
Industrial Video and Control (IVC), a supplier of cameras and video systems for industrial, military, and commercial applications, has announced the acquisition of Longwatch, a developer of video management software for industrial automation and process control applications. IVC is reportedly known for its industrial camera systems that incorporate ruggedized cameras and state-of the-art video management software.
Longwatch’s Video Surveillance system, introduced in 2005 to water treatment and power plants, is able to transmit video over existing instrumentation networks at speeds as low as 9,600 baud, according to IVC. Longwatch has since become an established company in integrating video with industrial supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications. Its Video Historian automatically links video with various user databases (including data historians). Its most recent innovation is the Longwatch Console Recorder, which records industrial control console displays and enables easy playback for troubleshooting, operator training and regulatory compliance.
IVC will maintain the Longwatch brand and operate the company as a division of IVC. According to IVC, the plan is to make both companies’ product lines interactive while building on the Longwatch brand, leveraging its reputation for innovation in remote monitoring and process control. IVC’s Relay Server, which interfaces with a multitude of cameras, will interface with Longwatch’s Video Control Center – the software that drives the Longwatch Viewer, ActiveX controls for video integration, as well as the Video Historian. Longwatch’s Video Engine, which provides “at the edge” recording of events and video, will also provide video streams to the IVC Relay Server.
IVC also plans to add support of its extensive camera offering to the Longwatch environment. IVC manufactures and sells pan-tilt zoom, fixed, auto-zoom, and manual zoom cameras that incorporate the latest in imaging technology. Their industrial cameras are suitable for the harshest weather and environmental conditions; some models have been certified for use in Class I Division 1, Class I Division 2, and ATEX (inherently dangerous) environments.
Industrial Video and Control Co.