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Genetec Unveils ‘Stratocast’ Cloud-Based Video Surveillance

Designed to meet the needs of small and midsized organizations looking for video surveillance as a service

Genetec, a physical security and unified IP security solutions provider, introduces Stratocast, a video surveillance as a service solution that is designed to meet the needs of small and midsized organizations looking for a high-end, reliable security solution without installing and managing on-premise surveillance systems.
Stratocast is currently undergoing beta testing at client sites, yet, despite the testing, the product is scheduled to ship in spring 2013, Genetec says. Because the new product will be sold and supported exclusively by Stratocast channel partners, end users will benefit from certified integrators’ expertise, the company says.
“With Stratocast, we are bringing 15 years of expertise in developing safety-critical video surveillance systems for users that include the world’s most traveled airports, largest retailers and Fortune 500 businesses, to a section of the market that is currently underserved by existing systems,” says Pierre Racz, Genetec’s CEO.
Stratocast users will have access to functionalities, including HD video capture, intelligent video management features that automatically alert users when an activity or incident has occurred and the Cloud Federation feature, which enables enterprise users to add cameras to remote/satellite locations and supplement existing on-premise unified security management platforms, Genetec says.
Other features, such as robust edge recording and video trickling capabilities, mean that cameras, bandwidth and archives can be adjusted according to a user’s requirements, the company says. With a guaranteed uninterrupted service 99.5 percent of the time, and a modern and easy-to-use interface, users will be able to reliably access live and recorded feeds from the system from any computer, smartphone or tablet, the company adds.
Stratocast will support a variety of cameras that feature functionality, including both fixed and pan tilt and zoom cameras and over 40 models of Axis cameras, to enable customers to choose the most appropriate camera for the unique needs of their security installation, Genetec says.
Most small and midsized organizations still rely on analog cameras and DVRs for their security needs, but that is changing fast, says Dominic Bruning, director of global alliances at Axis Communications. “With Genetec developing hosted cloud-based video and Axis delivering intelligent cameras designed to leverage the simplicity and ease of use of the Stratocast system, together we are driving the technology shift from on-premise to cloud-based video surveillance in small installations,” he says.