Evidence Manager Tutorial 30:

Understanding Docking Stations

TOC

CH1: Overview

CH2: Configuring Evidence Manager

CH3: Managing Devices

CH4: Managing Docking Stations

CH5: Managing Evidence

CH:6 Using Evidence Player

CH7: EM Redaction

CH8: Reference Reads

Overview

Docking stations allow a way to “dock” caddies to a computer or a network of computers. Hard drives inside caddies store videos recorded by the devices to which they belong. These videos can be accessed by physically connecting the caddy to a computer on which Evidence Manager is installed.

To do this, you can use:

  • A hardware docking station
    A hardware docking station provides a simple way of plugging a caddy to a computer. You must however, use a compatible docking station. For information related to compatible hardware docking stations, contact the Seon Support Team (service@seon.com).
  • Y-adapter
    A Y-adapter is needed for caddies containing two hard drives. The caddies need more power to read data from two hard drives, and the Y-adapter balances the power required. You must ensure that you have an approved Y-adapter.
  • USB-C cable
    A USB-C cable connection is necessary for computers that have a USB-C port. The USB-C cable ensures that there is enough power to read data from the hard drives within the caddies.

From a docking station, you can perform operations such as:

  • Access disk analysis
  • Search for videos using alarms and events
  • Export video
  • Search for a video using the calendar
  • Obtain HDD log
  • View docking stations properties

When a caddy connects to the network, Evidence Manager automatically detects it. Once detected, it appears under the Docking Stations folder. Inside this folder, the hard drive behaves similar to a device. For example, it has stored videos that you can play just like you would play videos from devices.

NOTE: Not to be Confused With…

For the purpose of this chapter, the term “docking station” refers to the caddy in which compatible hard drives can be fitted. Therefore, when you access a “docking station”, you are actually accessing the hard drive of a device.

NOTE: Device Support

The Docking Stations feature supports the access of hard drives from Seon devices, as well as MobileView devices.

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