IPVM Releases Design Calculator

By Sean Patton, Published Apr 13, 2022, 09:42am EDT

IPVM has released its new Design Calculator, adding support for 9 device types, combining with network closets, auto cable distance calculation, and IPVM's long-standing best-in-class camera calculation.

Try this Design Calculator demo project to see it in action.

Watch the video below for an overview

Our goal is to help designers do complete system designs and this is our first step in that evolution, with more to come.

Now, you can pick from 10 device types, with 9 new ones beyond cameras:

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All of those devices, including cameras, can be connected to network closets and cabling automatically calculated.

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Up next from IPVM is adding in access control, which will let you design systems including readers, controllers, and common peripherals (e.g. door contacts, request-to-exit buttons).

We omitted access control in this release because we are already designing and working on implementing advanced access control similar to how we do for cameras, that is picking various types, various manufacturers, and various models with detailed specifications.

Upcoming Advanced Features For Devices

Likewise, we plan to add advanced features for some of the 9 devices we added in this release, e.g., connecting cables to recorders, picking recorder models, etc.

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Try this Design Calculator demo project to see it in action.

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Sean, Seth, great work!

I also want to recognize Chris Johnson who just over a month ago suggested we add this after we announced the Cabling Calculator:

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We're excited about adding even more new features later this year and would appreciate your input.

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Appreciate it, John. Happy to provide input as I continue to use this great tool!

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Would be awesome to put the CCTV and access layouts all together

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And intrusion

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Michael,

The architecture and connections are mostly in place for intrusion systems, so this is something we will likely address after access control. Thanks for the input!

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Access control is coming. We considered including doors as generic markups in this release, but have already been planning a significantly higher detailed access control module that will offer specific door controllers, I/O connections, etc.

We will also be continuing to expand and add detail to the cabling and networking capabilities.

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Very excited for the access control addition. Any timeline when that will be released?

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Thanks for your first comment Steven. No strict timeline, but it is our primary development focus for the Design Calculator.

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Really great additions to this already awesome tool.Wireless Links PtP or PtMP or PtMP could be an awesome addition aswell?

Network closet to radio to radio to closet...

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These are coming in our next update to Cabling/Networking, but I do not have a timeline for this.

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PtP and PtMP For Sure! This is a super wish list with distance between them. I know there are may from Ubiquiti and such that have their products only, but to combine with cameras it would be out of the park!

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How accurate are the ppf calculations on the cameras?

I really like the idea of the calculator, especially with the additions that are being worked on.

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The calculated PPF/PPM values are based on a simple equation of (Number of Pixels Wide) / (Width of Field of View in Feet or Meters) at a specified distance.

As a quick example; A 1080p camera has a resolution 1920x1080, at a scene width of 100 feet, has a PPF of 19.2. (1920)/(100) = 19.2

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As it relates to the "Simulated Person" examples, we have hundreds of reference images for a wide range of PPF/PPMs, but actual camera streaming performance will vary based on the camera model, WDR, scene lighting, motion, etc

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Easy to use once I figured out how to "remove turns".

I like how it provides the total footage for each run and total overall footage.

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The new Design Calculator is great, and I look forward to access control being added. I have two main issues with CSV exports though.

1. Missing a sum of each model number. Adding up single sensors is easy, but calculating the total of 2, 3, 4-head multi-sensors after sifting through the multiple heads is a PITA. This would be fixed with a summary of model quantities.

2. Manufacturer should be listed in a separate column from the model. I often create a design in IPVM, and then use Excel price lists to create the first rough draft for quote pricing. It would be much easier to search the price list by copying a cell from IPVM's CSV output with just a model number. It sounds trivial but it adds up.

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I agree and for the actual map export can we finally blank or hide the make and model? We do the work finding the correct item to have the customer sometimes Google the items and go elsewhere, or even try and do it themselves.

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This request comes from time to time, and it is not that we are against offering a way to hide this detail, but it is a lower priority and would require a non-trivial amount of restructuring on our export UI.

As noted above, our roadmap includes a complete rework of the export formatting, which will include UI element updates that should offer a "blank" or hidden model number export option.

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Thanks for the feedback, Brandon!

1. This is definitely something we look to improve as we are going to redo the exports to have a better "Bill of Materials" export. Per-model totals will be included.

2. This is a good suggestion and something I think we can do relatively easily; I will update the status on this.

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Awesome to hear! The attention to detail and responsiveness to feedback is appreciated.

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Brandon,

Just following up, you'll find that manufacturer and model are now separate fields in the CSV export. Thanks again for the suggestion/request.

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What a turnaround time! This "small" adjustment will be a huge help.

Thank you, Sean!

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I agree thanks Sean, you guys produce a very valuable tool, I use this almost exclusively for biding and with the new additions I can say my installers are happy when I send relative wire plans so they don't go running wire around the long way!

I really appreciate you guys adding a feature to block the brand or even all camera info, just as long as they see the day and night person and license. That feature alone beats the pants off the stick figures on other sites!

Thanks

Justin

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Question, After exporting the report it PowerPoint or PDF for example. Is there a way to show each camera individually without the other cameras displaying?

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There is not an option to only show a single camera, however, you can select in the Project Options panel, "Show views from: Selected Camera", which will then only display the FoV cone of the camera on that PPT/PDF export page:

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Much better. Thank you for the information

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Can you elaborate how the cable distance is calculated? How does it take vertical travel into account? If I have a camera mounted 12ft high on a warehouse column/wall that has 20 ft ceilings, is there a way to adjust for that? Would I just increase the service loop length setting with what I estimate is needed?

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Yes, you would just increase the service loop setting, however, that is a per-closet setting for all cables connected.

For your example, I would need 8' at the camera from the ceiling to camera, and let's estimate an 5' service loop; that would be 13' at the camera. If I then needed 15' at the network closet, I would need 28' total.

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That being said, because the service loop input is added to every connected cable to that closet, if only 1 camera out of 16 needs that extra length and the rest only need 20'-25', you may be overestimating your cable this way. We have discussed offering per-cable service loop settings, but feel like would be overcomplicating the process at this point.

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Sounds good. Thanks Sean.

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