Industrial Video and Control acquires VMS developer Longwatch

IVC will maintain the Longwatch brand and make both companies' products interactive.

Industrial Video and Control (IVC), a supplier of cameras and video systems, recently acquired Longwatch, a developer of video management software for industrial automation and process control applications. IVC provides video systems for industrial, military and commercial systems, including industrial camera systems that incorporated ruggedized cameras and video management software (VMS).

Longwatch's Video Surveillance system can transmit video over existing instrumentation networks at speeds as low as 9,600 baud, the company says. Longwatch also can integrate video with industrial supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications. It also offers the Console Recorder, which records industrial control console displays and enables playback for troubleshooting, operator training and regulatory compliance.

Longwatch's chief executive officer Stephen Rubin stated, "IVC makes cameras and enclosures specifically for rugged applications as demanded in process and manufacturing industries. Together, IVC and Longwatch can now deliver leading-edge solutions that deliver value that standard camera integrators cannot touch. The know-how and service capability of IVC combined with their cameras and our software brings a totally integrated, reliable solution to customers."

IVC said it will maintain the Longwatch brand and operate the company as a division of IVC. IVC's chief executive officer Norman Fast said the going-forward 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.

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