Dallmeier is offering an extensive portfolio of different interfaces for integrating third-party systems in its Hemisphere software platform. The very close integration and a variety of data exchange and control capabilities reportedly enable users to make the most of optimal information flows and efficient work processes.
To access third-party systems, many video management systems and security platforms function by embedding the user interface in their own software, using iFrames for example. With Dallmeier’s Hemisphere open software platform, third party systems are consistently integrated with the objective of optimising data integration. This approach enables very close integration of access control or intrusion alarm systems for example as active objects with a wide range of options for exchanging data and controlling the third-party systems from within Hemisphere.
The integration takes place via Hemisphere’s Data Interface Module (DIM). DIM offers a wide variety of plugins which according to the German manufacturer enables further processing of statuses and event messages originating from the connected systems and control commands in the other direction. They include plugins for standardised protocols in the realms of IoT/Industry 4.0 (e.g., MQTT, OPC UA) and building automation (BACnet, KNX) as well as various plugins for proprietary communication protocols. In the area of access control systems, for example, Grosvenor Sateon Advance, Interflex IF-6040, Paxton Net2 V6 or Software House C•CURE 9000 are already fully integrated.
Additionally, the option also exists to send or retrieve events and alarms to or from Hemisphere and so extend the integration to more applications and develop customer-specific interfaces. To this end, a path is available that passes through a standardised REST interface or an Active MQ Message Broker and supports the standard protocols commonly used in the sector, including OpenWire, STOMP, MQTT and WebSocket.
“For us, an open platform means first and foremost that we are open to the customer’s specific problem,” said Norbert Niggemann, Director Software Development at Dallmeier. “And to working out a solution for it as stated in our company motto ‘Making things easier’. The various plugins in DIM make it possible for the connected systems to relay their statuses (e.g., door open/closed) and event messages (e.g., fire alarm, intrusion) to our software for visualisation. Because of this deep integration, users then always see the right camara image automatically when there is an event originating from the intrusion alarm system, for example. ”