Genetec As a VSaaS?

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Apr 30, 2012

For all of the hype surrounding VSaaS, adoption remains sluggish. This is especially true among larger customers with more stringent demands, who have been hesitant to move their video to the public cloud. Capitalizing on this, Genetec has begun to position themselves as an alternative to VSaaS, allowing users to set up their own "cloud", without the potential risks involved in other solutions. In this note, we overview this approach, how it impacts their target customers, and how it compares to other VMS turned VSaaS offerings.

[Update: Genetec has now announced a 'true' VSaaS offering.]

Genetec As Private Cloud

By using Genetec's Trickling features, users may install cameras with on-board storage in remote or multi-site applications, eliminating the server typically needed at each site. This effectively functions as a "private cloud", with the Security Center directory serving as the central server. Central archivers become optional, as video may be left on the camera indefinitely. Optionally, organizations who wish to may move video to a central location, manually or on a schedule.

For more information, users may see an article from Genetec [link no longer available], detailing how they position Security Center's feature set fits into VSaaS.

Genetec's Target Markets

Genetec's core users, typically larger enterprise and multi-site organizations, are hesitant to trust their video on the public cloud. This makes the Security Center private cloud option potentially more appealing. Since servers may be managed in-house, with VPNs between sites, video traffic is not exposed to the same threats users may see when using public clouds. This mitigates or removes some of the largest objections to VSaaS by these larger organizations.

Setting up a private cloud may also be more cost-effective in the longterm. Though initial capital costs will be higher, as a server and licensing must be purchased, given typical VSaaS pricing of $10-20/month or more, camera licenses may be less expensive than ongoing VSaaS charges.

Competitive Options

Despite these advantages, Security Center is likely more complex to deploy, maintain, and operate than typical VSaaS options. These services typically require less routing and network configuration, with many cameras "phoning home" to the cloud. Axis AVHS-based services accomplish this via Axis One-Click Camera Connection [link no longer available], which connects cameras to cloud servers though a dispatch service, eliminating the need to set up routing and VPNs, intending to make the installation plug 'n play. Further, cloud-based services apply patches and upgrades in the background, requiring no input from users.

To date, Milestone and Salient Systems are the most notable VMS providers positioning themselves as VSaaS, both supporting Axis One-Click Camera Connection. Milestone has just begun to make moves in this direction, adding Axis One-Click Camera Connection to XProtect Corporate [link no longer available]. Salient's CompleteView also supports One-Click, positioning it as a VSaaS [link no longer available] for some time.

While Genetec's "VSaaS" may not fit the common conception of plug n play remote access of typically small users, the use of edge recording (another big trend) provides an alternative architecture to deliver some of VSaaS's benefits without a number of its risks.

What's Next

Genetec says that their "Private Cloud offering is a prelude to their public cloud offering as they've already successfully deployed private cloud scenarios for over a year." When released, it will be interesting to see their implementation.

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Low Voltage Nation Wants to "Help You Carve Out A Fulfilling Career" Interviewed on Jul 06, 2020
It is difficult to make your way in this industry as there is little formal...
Avigilon Open Analytics Tested on Apr 16, 2020
After years of effectively closed analytics, Avigilon decided in late 2018 to...
Use Access Control Logs To Constrain Coronavirus on Apr 09, 2020
Access control users have included capabilities that are not commonly used...
AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial on Aug 06, 2020
One of the most powerful yet often underappreciated characters in all...
Dynamic vs Static IP Addresses Tutorial on Apr 16, 2020
While many cameras default to DHCP out of the box, that does not mean you...
Avigilon ACC Cloud Tested on Jul 08, 2020
Avigilon merged Blue and ACC, adding VSaaS features to its on-premise VMS,...
YOLOv5 Released Amidst Controversy on Jul 27, 2020
YOLO has gained significant attention within video surveillance for its...
U.S. Government Accountability Office Urges Facial Recognition Regulation on Aug 27, 2020
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is urging facial recognition...
Pivot3 Mass Layoffs on Mar 27, 2020
Pivot3 has conducted mass layoffs, the culmination of grand hopes, a quarter...
Startup Videoloft Presents Cloud Storage on May 27, 2020
Videoloft presented offsite cloud storage at the May 2020 IPVM Startups...
IPVM For PR / Marketing People on Apr 29, 2020
Since IPVM does not accept advertising nor sponsorships, etc., PR / marketing...
Camio Presents Coronavirus Social Distancing Analytics on Apr 20, 2020
Camio presented its social distancing analytics for responding to coronavirus...
Micron 1 TB SD Cards Aim To Eliminate NVRs on Apr 08, 2020
Micron has boldly proclaimed their latest 1TB microSD "eliminates the need...
VergeSense Presents People Tracking Sensor on Jun 04, 2020
VergeSense presented its people tracking sensor and social distancing...
Face Masks Increase Face Recognition Errors Says NIST on Aug 04, 2020
COVID-19 has led to widespread facemask use, which as IPVM testing has shown...

Recent Reports

Hikvision Sues Over Brazilian Airport Loss on Sep 24, 2020
Hikvision was excluded from a Brazilian airport project because it is owned...
China General Chamber of Commerce Calls Out US Politics on Sep 24, 2020
While US-China relations at an all-time low, optimism about relations...
Verkada Disruptive Embedded Live Help on Sep 24, 2020
Call up your integrator? Have someone come by the next day? Verkada is...
IP Networking Course Fall 2020 - Last Chance - Register Now on Sep 23, 2020
Today is the last chance to register for the only IP networking course...
Drain Wire For Access Control Reader Tutorial on Sep 23, 2020
An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a key role in access control, yet...
IPVM Camera Calculator User Manual / Guide on Sep 23, 2020
Learn how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator (updated for Version 3.1). The...
Installation Course Fall 2020 - Save $50 - Last Chance on Sep 22, 2020
Today is your last chance to save $50 on registration for the Fall 2020 Video...
SimpliSafe Business Security Launched Examined on Sep 22, 2020
SimpliSafe has launched "SimpliSafe Business Security" that the company...
FLIR CEO: Many New Fever Entrants "Making Claims That The Science Just Won't Support" on Sep 22, 2020
FLIR's CEO joins a growing number calling out risks with fever / screening...
China Bems Temperature Measurement Terminal Tested on Sep 22, 2020
Guangzhou Bems (brand Benshi) is the manufacturer behind temperature...
Axis Exports To China Police Criticized By Amnesty International on Sep 21, 2020
Axis Communications and other EU surveillance providers are under fire from...
Milestone XProtect on AWS Tested on Sep 21, 2020
Milestone finally launched multiple cloud solutions in 2020, taking a...
Mobile Access Control Usage Statistics 2020 on Sep 21, 2020
Most smartphones can be used as access control credentials, but how...
Axis Compares Fever Camera Sellers to 9/11 on Sep 18, 2020
Axis Communications, the West's largest surveillance camera manufacturer, has...