Affected Roles: Administrator, Owner
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum® IPVMS (Windows)
Software Version: DW Spectrum IPVMS® v18.104.22.168401 or newer
Last Edit: September 28, 2021
Digital Watchdog’s MEGApix® IVA+™ (Intelligent Video Analytics) IP Camera Series comes preloaded with robust video analytic tools, ready for use upon installation. However, in order to utilize these intelligent features, a plugin must be added to DW Spectrum® Servers first.
This article will outline how to add the analytic plugin to the Windows version of the DW Spectrum® IPVMS platform.
**NOTE: If you are using a “headless server”, such as a DW Blackjack® Mini, the DW Spectrum® ARM firmware is presently not compatible with the IVA analytics function.
**IMPORTANT: If this plugin is being applied to a merged DW Spectrum System, you will need to add the .dll plugin to each server that is part of the merged array.
**NOTE: DW Spectrum® IPVMS v4.2 and newer, the IVA™ plugin is included in the DW Spectrum® Server software.
The models feature analytic features that can be used to detect when people cross into a designated area, keep count of how many times a drawn line is crossed, and more.
It is worth knowing the difference between the IVA™ and IVA+™ options. Cameras can be purchased pre-loaded with options of either IVA™ or IVA+™.
The difference between the two options has to do with the types of analytic events that can be used.
See the table below for the difference between IVA™ and IVA+™.
To add the DW Spectrum® 4.1 DLL plugin file to DW Spectrum® IPVMS (Windows):
The file can be found from the DW Spectrum IPVMS product page. Select the “Software” tab, then select the “Plug-in” category.
You can check that the plugin was added successfully by opening the Camera Settings menu of the IVA/IVA+ camera, then selecting the Plugins tab.
This completes the upgrade process for IVA™ support for DW Spectrum® IPVMS.