Testing: Edge Recording (Genetec Trickling)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Mar 12, 2011

Edge recording is one of the most promising emerging video surveillance technologies. In many scenarios, it is highly desirable to record video (at least temporarily) on the camera. For instance:

  • You have a remote site that only needs a few cameras. Rather than purchasing and deploying a recorder, it would be easier and cheaper to record video 'inside' the camera itself. Only when you need to watch the video would you recall the video from the camera.
  • You are concerned about losing video during network outages. Usually, when a network (or connection from a camera to a VMS system) goes off line, video during that time period is lost. With edge recording, the camera could keep recording video and then send it back to the VMS.
  • You have a situation where the camera is mobile and is not connected to any network. If you can record video on the camera and then synch it up later when you get back to your facility, operations are greatly simplified.

Background

Historically, implementing edge recording has been challenging.

Traditionally, all video recording was 'centralized'. Cameras generated video. The video was streamed to recorders (DVRs, hDVRs, VMS systems, etc. ) and then the video was stored in the dedicated recording system. While users could deploy many recorders, video was always stored in one of those recorders (or connected storage systems). No video was stored in cameras / at the 'farthest' edge.

On the other hand, IP cameras are computers, specialized appliances of course, but computers nonetheless. Like any computer, IP cameras can manage storage. While all IP cameras always have some level of storage on board, it was generally rare for cameras to have significant storage (e.g., SD cards or hard drives).

In the last few years, support for SD cards on IP cameras has become increasingly commonplace. For example, nearly half of the 500+ cameras in our IP Camera Database support on-board storage.

However, VMS support for on-board storage has been limited. Most VMS systems offer no support for a camera's on-board storage. This meant that users deploying cameras with on-board storage would either have to use the cameras's web interface to manually recall stored video or, worse, pull the SD card from the camera. A few VMS systems offer support for a camera's on-board storage but only for the manufacturer's own cameras (e.g., March, Mobotix, VideoIQ). The most well known of these approaches is from Mobotix who emphasizes the benefits of their 'decentralized' architecture (see our Mobotix edge recording test results).

Testing Genetec

Genetec's 'trickling' feature is the first VMS offering to provide 3rd party IP camera storage support. Trickling is designed to support camera only recording or periodic transferring of recorded video from the camera to their VMS archivers.

In this test, we wanted to better understand the complexity of using trickling and the usability of accessing on-board storage. We tested Genetec's Omnicast 4.7 VMS with an Axis IP camera to better understand the interoperability between 3rd party VMS and IP camera vendors.

For background on Genetec's VMS, review our Genetec Omnicast VMS test results. This is not necessary for understanding Genetec's edge recording support but can help provide an overall background to Genetec's approach to video management.

**** ********* ** *** ** *** **** ********* ******** ***** surveillance ************. ** **** *********, ** ** ****** ********* ** record ***** (** ***** ***********) ** *** ******. *** ********:

  • *** **** * ****** **** **** **** ***** * *** cameras. ****** **** ********** *** ********* * ********, ** ***** be ****** *** ******* ** ****** ***** '******' *** ****** itself. **** **** *** **** ** ***** *** ***** ***** you ****** *** ***** **** *** ******.
  • *** *** ********* ***** ****** ***** ****** ******* *******. *******, when * ******* (** ********** **** * ****** ** * VMS ******) **** *** ****, ***** ****** **** **** ****** is ****. **** **** *********, *** ****** ***** **** ********* video *** **** **** ** **** ** *** ***.
  • *** **** * ********* ***** *** ****** ** ****** *** is *** ********* ** *** *******. ** *** *** ****** video ** *** ****** *** **** ***** ** ** ***** when *** *** **** ** **** ********, ********** *** ******* simplified.

**********

************, ************ **** ********* *** **** ***********.

*************, *** ***** ********* *** '***********'. ******* ********* *****. *** video *** ******** ** ********* (****, *****, *** *******, ***. ) *** **** *** ***** *** ****** ** *** ********* recording ******. ***** ***** ***** ****** **** *********, ***** *** always ****** ** *** ** ***** ********* (** ********* ******* systems). ** ***** *** ****** ** ******* / ** *** 'farthest' ****.

** *** ***** ****, ** ******* *** *********, *********** ********** of ******, *** ********* ***********. **** *** ********, ** ******* can ****** *******. ***** *** ** ******* ****** **** **** level ** ******* ** *****, ** *** ********* **** *** cameras ** **** *********** ******* (*.*., ** ***** ** **** drives).

** *** **** *** *****, ******* *** ** ***** ** IP ******* *** ****** ************ ***********. *** *******, ****** **** of *** ***+ ******* ** ***** ****** *************** **-***** *******.

*******, *** ******* *** **-***** ******* *** **** *******. **** VMS ******* ***** ** ******* *** * ******'* **-***** *******. This ***** **** ***** ********* ******* **** **-***** ******* ***** either **** ** *** *** *******'* *** ********* ** ******** recall ****** ***** **, *****, **** *** ** **** **** the ******. * *** *** ******* ***** ******* *** * camera's **-***** ******* *** **** *** *** ************'* *** ******* (e.g., *****, *******, *******). *** **** **** ***** ** ***** approaches ** **** ******* *** ********** *** ******** ** ***** 'decentralized' ************ (*** ********** **** ********* **** *******).

Testing *******

*******'* '*********' ********* *** ***** *** ******** ** ******* *** ***** ** camera ******* *******. ********* ** ******** ** ******* ****** **** recording ** ******** ************ ** ******** ***** **** *** ****** to ***** *** *********.

** **** ****, ** ****** ** ****** ********** *** ********** of ***** ********* *** *** ********* ** ********* **-***** *******. We ****** *******'* ******** *.* *** **** ** **** ** camera ** ****** ********** *** **************** ******* *** ***** *** and ** ****** *******.

*** ********** ** *******'* ***, ****** ********** ******** *** **** *******. **** ** *** ********* *** ************* *******'* **** ********* support *** *** **** ******* ** ******* ********** ** *******'* approach ** ***** **********.

[***************]

***************

** ******* *******'* **** ********* ************* **** ** **** ********** for * ****** ** *******:

  • *** ******* ** ********* ** *** ******* *** ******* ** no ********** ****. **** ***** ***** *** ***** ***** ******* VMS ******* *** **** *** ** **** '*** ** *** box'.
  • ***** ******** *** ***** ******** **** ****** ** ********/******** ****** well.
  • ********* ******** **** '****' **** **** ********* *** ***** **** recording *** ********* / ***-**** *******
  • ** ** ******** *** ****** **** *** ***** ******* (**** as ****)

*******, * ****** ** ********* ****** / ******** ****** ** kept ** ****:

  • ******* ** **** ********* *** ** **** ********* ** ************* is ******** ** **** ****** *** *** ****
  • *** ******** ***** **** *********** **** *******: *********, * ******** edit ***** ** ** **** ** *** ****** **** *** continuous ********* ******** * '****' (**** ********* ** *** ******** sections *****)
  • ******* / ********* ********** ****** ** ********* ******** ** ************** trickling ** **** ******* *** ************* ******** ****
  • ******* ********* ******** **** *** ***** ******** *** ***** ******* that ********* ** ***** ******* ******* ***** ******* ********; ***** should ***** ** *** *** **** *** *********** ** ******* 3rd ***** ****** *******

** *** *** ******* * ******* **** *** *********** **** Genetec's ******* **********, **** ****** *** ** * *******. *******, if *** *** *** ** ******* *** **** ********** ** be * *******, *** ****** ********* ******** ***** ****** (*** review ********** **** ******).

Comparisons ** ********* *** *******

*** **** ********* ********* **** *** ***** ***** *** ********* and *******:

********* ********** ******* **************** *** ******** ********* *** ******* *. ***** ********* *** been********* **** ******* *** **** **** * **** *** ******** *** ******* ** *** ********* *.* *******, ********* does *** ********* ******* *** ** ******'* **-***** ******* ** production (********* ******** ***** ****). ** ****, *** ******* ** essentially *** *********. ********, *** ******* ** ******* ** **** redundancy ********* *** **** *** ***** **** ********* *** *******. As ****, *** ******* ******* ** ************* ******** ** ** includes '****' **** **** ********* *** *** *** *** *******.

******* ****** **** ********* ** * ******** ******* ****** *** IP ****** ****. *** ********* ********* *** *** ******** *** (1) ** *** ******** / ** ******** ***** ** *** and (*) **** ********* ** *********** **** * **** ** Mobotix ** ********** ** *** *** *******. *** *** ******* we ***** ** ********** ******* ****** **** *** ******* ** ******** (**********, ******, ***.) and *** ********** ** ***** ***** *** ******.

Administration *** *************

** **** ***** ** ******* *** ** ***-** *** ********* Omnicast's *********. ************** *** ******** ** **** *** *** **** and *** ****** ****. ** ***** ** *** *** ** restricting ***** ********* ** *** **** ****** ****. ****, ** explain *** ***** ******* *** ********* - ******, **-********, *** on-connection. **'** **** **** ******* *** ********* ******* ** *********** transfer ** ******* ***** **** ****** ** ***/********. *******, ** go ******** **** *** ****** **** ** ********* ****** ***** recording ** ***** ** *** ******'* ** ****.

Live *** ******** *****

** **** ***** ** ******* *** ********* ** **** ******* and ******** ** * ********* ***********. *****, ** **** ******* configured *** '*********' ** **** **** ********* *** ***** ********* for **** *******. ** ***** *** **** **** ******* *** edge ******** ***** ******* ******** *** ********** ************* (*.*., **** view ** **** *** ****** ** **** ** ***). ****, we'll *********** *** ******* ****** ******** ***** *** ******'* ******* for ***** *********/*****, *** **** **** **** ******** **** *** camera ******* *** ******* ****** ** ****. ******, **'** *********** an ****** '*********' ********* ** ******/****** *** ******** ***** **** camera ** ***/********.

Implementation **************

** ********* *** **** * ****** ** ********* ************** ************** in **** **** *********** ** ********* *******'* **** *********:

**** *** ****

**** *** **** **** ** ** ************ ******* *** ****** and ***. **** ******** ** ** *** ** *** ******. Alternatively *** *** *********** *** ****** ***** ******** **** *** VMS/Archiver ******.

*********** *** ********** ******

*** *********** ************ ******** ** ********* **** **** **** *****-**** in *********** *** **********. ****** ******* ********** *** ******* ************** will **** ** ********* **** ****** ******** ** ********* * host ** *****, **** ** **-***** *******, ****** *********, ***** recording, *** ***. ****, *** ****** ******* **** ** ********* and ******* *** *** **** ***** *** *******, ****** *******, time ****, *** *****, *** ***** ****** *** **** *** camera ** ********* **** **** ********. ***** ********** ***** *** considerations ******* * ************ ********* *** **** ********* ******* ******** IT-centric ************* ** ******/*******.

*** ** **** ******* ** ******* ****** ***********/****** **** **** for ******** ***** ********, ******* ** ******** *** ****** ******* if **/*** **** *** ***** ** * *******/**. *******, **-***** storage ****** ****** * ****** *** *** ** ****** ******** or *********. *** ********* ** ********** ** ****** ** ******* increases ** **** ****** ********** *** ******* ******* ****** ** manage.

******* ******* ******

** ****** '*********' *********** ************ ********* **** ****** ******* ** the *** ** ******** *** ****** ** ******* ******* ******. This ************* ** **** ******** ** ********* ********* ************, ***** all ******* ********** ** *** ******** **** ******** ********* ********* to * ****** ********. *** ******** ******** ** ** ********* a ******* ****** ** ************ ********* (*.*. * *** ** 5 ******* ** *** ****). **** **** *********** ******* *** downloads *** **** ** ***** ******* ******* ******.  ***** ********** can ******* ******** *** **********, *** ***. ***** ******** ** the ******, ***/** ****** *** ** ******* ** ***** **** video ** ***********.

********** ** ******** ******* ******:

  • ***** (*.*. ******, *********, ******* **** ***** ***.) ******* ** trim ***** '***'
  • ***** *** ****** ** ******* **** *** ************** ******* ** the ***
  • ********* *** ********* *** ****** ********** ********** *** *** ** the **** *********

**** ********** ***** ******* *** ******** ***** (**********, ***, ***.)

**** ***** ** ******** **** **** ** ******** ** ** of *** **** ******* ** ********** ** *** **** ******. This ***** *** ****** ******** ** *** ****** ****** *** limiting ****** *** ***** *******. ** ****, *** '***' ***** to **** **** ****** ************** ** ******** ***** (** ****** or ** *** ****-*********) **** ** ******* ** *** **** recording **********.

*** ********** ***** ******* *** **** *******

*** **** ******* ******** *** ***** ******* ** ********** ************* from **** *********. **** ******  ****-**** ********* *** ********* ** view ***** ***** ** ******, ******, ** ***** ***** ******* settings ** ********** ** *** **** ******.

********** ****** **. ***** *****

**** **** ******** ** ***** *** ********* *** ********* *.*** codecs, ********** ********* ** **** **** ******** **** ******. * 64GB ** ****, *** *******, *** ******* ****** ** ***** (3 ****) ** ************ ******** ** ***** (* **/*). ***********, 'tags' ** ******** *** ***** ** ****** ** **** **** and ******** ***** ** **** ****** *** ***-*********** ***** ****** trickling (******** ** ********* *********** ******* ** ********/***).

** *** ***** ****, ** ***** ***** ********* ******** ** the **** **** ********* ****** ******* ** ***** *********** ** time *** ***-** *** ***********, *** ******** **** ********* *** of ******* *** ******* *********. * ******** ** **** ******** collection ** ********* ***** **** ** ********* ** ****** *********, and/or ***** ******* *** ******** ****** *** ***** ******** *****. Also, *** *********** ******* ** ****** *** ***** ******* ********** additional ********** ** ******** *** ****** ****** **** *******.

**** **** *** ********** ****** ****** ******* *** ********** ** the *********** ***********. ********* *** ******** *** ** ************ **** centrally (*.*. *** ********* *** ******** ********).

********** ****** **********/*************:

  • *** ***** ** ********
  • ** ****** ********* ***** ** ***** ****** ************* *******
  • *** ***** ***** ******** *** ********* ***** **** ** ********

***** ****** **********/*************:

  • **** ********* **********, ****** *******, ******/******** ** **** ******
  • ***** ********* ****** ** **** ** '***********' *****

***** ****** **** **** *******

***** * *** ***** ****** **** **** ********* ** **** cameras:

  • ****** ******* *** **** ** *** **** *********
  • ********** ****** ****** ******** ****-******

*** ***** ***** ** ********* **** * ******* ******** **** on *** ***. **** **** ** *** *** **** *** registry ****. * ******** ** ********* ** *** ****/****** *** easily ** ********** *** * ****** ** ****, *** *** result ** *** **** ** ******** *****.

****** *** ******* ** **** **** ** ********** ****** ** the ****** ******, *** ***** *** ******* ********** *********** **** the *** (*.*. ****** ** ******* **** ***** ******** **** the ****** *** ******** *** ***** ** *** *** ***** trickling). ** **** ******** **** ********* ***** ** ** ***** using ********** ********* ** * ********* *********** **** **** ******* that **** ** ***** ** *** **** ******. * **** around ***** ********* ********* ** (*) * **** ****** *** recommended **** ******** * ****** ** ******* ************* *** ** time ********* ** *********.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

VMS Update Automation Compared on Mar 20, 2017
Updating VMS software can be a tedious and time consuming processing, which historically has required users to access each machine, download update...
Environmental Sensors For Burglar Alarm Tutorials on Mar 15, 2017
Intrusion detection systems can be used to alert users to environmental issues. By connecting sensors that monitor the heat, humidity, and...
Positive Video Surveillance Outlook - 2017 Statistics on Mar 07, 2017
376 manufacturers and integrators revealed their outlook on the future of the video surveillance industry in a recent IPVM survey. Both groups are...
Uniview NVR Tested on Mar 02, 2017
Uniview, China's self proclaimed #3 video surveillance manufacturer behind Hikvision and Dahua, is ramping up its international sales efforts. In...
Bosch Favorability Results on Feb 27, 2017
Bosch is one of the most well known brands in the industry and they have combined recently with Sony in video surveillance. But how has Bosch...
Avigilon Favorability Results on Feb 27, 2017
One of the fastest growing companies has turned into one of the rockiest, as cooling growth, management turnover and a roller coaster stock price...
Artificial Intelligence Robot Assistant (ACTi) on Feb 23, 2017
Has artificial intelligence come to the video surveillance industry? ACTi has released 'SARA' which it bills as an 'AI assistant that brings...
Cutting Costs 70% Using Milestone With HD Analog on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog and enterprise VMSes are often thought of as being on opposite sides of the spectrum, with HD analog best for small jobs due to its low...
Exacq Favorability Results on Feb 22, 2017
For years, Exacq has been one of the most frequently favored VMSes in IPVM integrator statistics (e.g., see Favorite VMS Manufacturers...
Hikvision Ezviz Mini 360 Plus - $80 Autotracking Camera Tested on Feb 21, 2017
Autotracking, integrated IR, local storage, full HD, cloud access: $80. That is the claim of Hikvision EZVIZ's new Mini 360 Plus. But for this...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Broken Browser Support for Video Surveillance on Mar 22, 2017
Modern web browsers have left the security industry behind. Current Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browsers do not support NPAPI plugins,...
ADI Favorability Results on Mar 22, 2017
150 North American integrators provided feedback on 6 distributors, and why they do (or do not do) business with ADI. ADI is clearly a big name in...
1 Million Dahua Devices Exposed To Backdoor on Mar 22, 2017
Statistics show that 1 million Dahua devices are publicly exposed and vulnerable to the Dahua backdoor. Despite this, Dahua has downplayed the...
Hikvision Hires Crisis Communication Writer on Mar 21, 2017
Hikvision has hired a crisis communication writer as the company ramps up its efforts to deal with the 'crisis' it feels it is facing. 'Crisis...
Glass Break Sensor Tutorial on Mar 21, 2017
Burglars often break glass windows to get into a house. Using glass break detectors in conjunction with alarm contacts is a good way to protect the...
Unikey Smart Phone Access Control Platform on Mar 21, 2017
More and more people carry smart phones. Many think this could replace the conventional key or card for access control. However, using a phone...
VMS Update Automation Compared on Mar 20, 2017
Updating VMS software can be a tedious and time consuming processing, which historically has required users to access each machine, download update...
Anvil Traveler Threat Management Offering on Mar 20, 2017
A common component of enterprise security systems is traveler threat management, complementing the various physical security systems in place. One...
Simplisafe Warns Customers About Alarm Fines on Mar 17, 2017
Simplisafe markets themselves as a 'better way' than traditional professional alarm companies. However, in one key way, Simplisafe hides the...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact