Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested

By Sean Patton, Published Sep 05, 2019, 11:12am EDT

The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we tested Genetec Stratocast in 2015 there were significant limitations compared to Security Center and other VMSes. How much has Genetec updated Stratocast over the last 4 years?

** **** ****** ** examine **********'* **** ********* and ******* **********, ********* a **-****** **********:

  • *** **** ** **** and ******** ***** ********* performance?
  • ********* ********** **** ********* Axis *******, **** ************* have **** *****?
  • **** ****** *** ******** are *******?
  • *** ***** *** ************* issues ** ********?
  • *** **** **** *** the ****** *** *******?
  • **** ****** *** *********** are ***** **** **** management?
  • **** ******** ** ********** make ** **** ** difficult ** *** **?
  • *** **** **********'* ******* compare ** ***** ***** solutions?

Executive *******

***** ********** ***** **** when ********* ** *******'* Security ******, ** *** various *********** ********, ******* limitations, *** ** ********* not *********** *** ********** VSaaS ************.

*** **** ******** ******* complicated ******* *****, ** lacks *** ****-***-**** ************* of ***** ********* **** use ********* ******** ** proprietary *******, ***** ******** issues ** *** *** client, ****** ******* ** limited ** * *************, and ** ** ******* basic ******** ****** ** VMS/NVR/VSaaS *********.

*** *** *** ****** interfaces ***** ******* *************, which ******* **** **** have *********** ******* ******* over *** **** * months *** * ******** overhaul ** *** **** 18 ******. ******* **** Stratocast ** ********* **** in ***, * "***** proportion" ****** *********'* ********** *** '***********'.

Stratocast ********* - **** ***** **********

********** *** * ******* number ** ****** ******, primarily **** ****** ***** monitoring, ******-**-***** ****** ************, and * ***** ******* user *********:

  • **** ********** **** *** and ******:****** ******* **** ***** monitoring *********** *** *****, with ******* ************* ** buffering, **** ******* *** maximum * ***** *******.
  • ********** ** **-******* ******** Center:********** ******* ********* ** Security ****** ******* * federation *******, ***** ******* additional ****** ******** (*.*. fisheye ******) *** ***** live *** ******** ***** viewing.
  • ******-**-***** ********* *** *********:** *** *** **** to *** ** * hardware ******* (*.*. *******, EagleEye, ********), ** *** Axis, ******* *** ***** cameras ********* ******** ** Stratocast ***** *******.
  • ***** ** ******:** ***** *** *** and ****** ******* **** to ******** **** *** hidden ** *****-***** ****** menus. **** ** * significant ********* **** *******'********* ****** *********, ***** is ********* *** ******** confusing.

Stratocast ********** - ******* *** ****** *******

********** *** ******* ****** support, *** ** ******* many ****** *** ********/************, and * ********* ************* issue:

  • ******* ****** *******:** ********* ****, ***** and ******* ******* ** Stratocast, ******* ***** ********* support ******** *** **** camera (*.*. ***** *** Vivotek ** *** ******* edge **-**** *********, **** VMD3/4 **** ** ******** to ******* ** **********).
  • ******* **** ****** *** Features:** ***** **** ******** missing ** ********** **** are ********* ** ******** Center ** **** ******* VSaaS ******* (*.*. *.***, Mapping, ******* ******, ***** Watermark, ****** *-****** **************, Local **** *******, ***** Views, *-**** ****** ***** etc.). ***** ** **** no ******* *** ******* common ************* ******** ******* multiple *******/*****/*********.
  • ************* ***** ***** (*** Risk):****** *******, ** ***** that **********'* ********** ********** service, **** *** ********** Stratocast ** ******** ****** systems, ****** *********** **************. Genetec **** "**** ** *** ** a ********** ****** ** the *** ******* ** are ***** (* ******** version ** ***.*). ** the ******, ** ******** this ** ******** ******* VPN ***/** ***** ***** Express ****** *** ********* concerned ** ****, *** we *** ******** ******* on ********* *** ******* to *.* ** ***** secure ********** *********** (*** H1 ****)"
  • ****** *** ****** **** System ***********:** **** **** ******* set ** ***** ************* for ****** *************/************, *** there ** ** ******** or **** ** *** web ******. ***** *** no ******-******* *********** (*.*. remote ****** ***********, ****** loss, ***** ******), ** camera ****** ****.

Overview *****

*** ********* **-****** ***** overviews **********, ******** ** primary ********* *** ********** of *** ********** *** interface:

Camera ******* *********** / ******

********** ***** **** **** their******* ****** ** ********* cameras**** ****, *****, ******, Mobotix, *** *******, ******* we ***** ******** ************* and ********* ******* *********** during *******.

***** ******* ********* ****** Resolution

********** **** ******** ***** streaming, **** ****** **** officially ******* ******** *** and ****** ********** ******* from **** ************. **** is * *********** ************ compared ** ***** ***** platforms (*.*. ******** **** - ** ** ***).

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

**********'* **** ********* **** displays * ********** *** individual ****** ********* ******* for *** ******** *-**** time ****** (**** - ******* ********** / ******* '****** ********' Report). *******, ** ***** multiple **** ******* **** did *** ******* ****** data, ** ******** * feature *** ********* *****, which ******** ** ****** event ************* *** ********* summary ****:

******* **** **** ***** are * *** ******* limitations ******* ** ***** cameras *** **** *****-*******. Additionally, ***** ********** ** fix ******* ***** ****** detection *** *** ******* was ** ******* ***** and **-****** *** *******:

****** ********* ****** **** for **** *** ******* camera, ****** *** * known ********** *** *****-****** cameras (**** *** *** very ******** **** **** Stratocast). ***** *****’* ******* motion ********* ***, **** is ***** *********** ** their ****. ** * first, ****, *************** ****, factory ******* *** *********** cameras *** **-******** ****, just ** ********* * potential ******* ************* **** could **** ******* *** current ********.

**** **** *** **** Not *********

** * ***** ********** where **** *** ***** storage ** * ******* resource, ******** ******-**** ********* can ** * *********** cost ****** *******. *******, Stratocast ******** ********* ****** *** ************, * ****** ********** motion ********* ********:

**** ******* *** ********* **** *** **** strong ***** ***** ********* from ****** ******* **** as ********* ******, ****** turning **/***, ******* ********/*******, etc.

******* **** **** **** VMD ** *********, *** we ****** ** **** 3 ********* ****** ****** and ********** *** *** logging *** ****** ******.

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

**** ****** ******* **** have **** **********, ******* and ******* ** *** field, ********** *** *** check *** **-****** ******** for ****** ****/***********. **** causes *** ****** ****** to ****** ******-**** ******* having **** ******* ** the ****** *********:

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

********** **** ******** *-******* and ***-****** ***** ******** settings, ****** **** ***** and ******** ******:

******* **** **** ***** be ********** **** ** a ****** ******:

** **** ** **** this ***** ** *** next ******* ******, ******* for ***** *******

** ******* ****** - Axis **-****** ****** **********

********** **** *** ******* software ****** ** *** web ** ****** ******, however, ** *** **** to ****** *** **-****** dewarped ******* **** **** fisheye *******.

**** ** * ******* limitation ** ***** ** Avigilon **** *** ******* testing.

***** *** ******* **** Storage *** *********

********** **** ******** **** recording ** ******** **** cameras *** **** *** devices. *******, **** *********** Vivotek *** ***** *******, there ** * ******* that ******** *** ** troubleshoot *** ** **** for *******. **** ** confusing *** ****** ***** that *** ******* ** not *********:

Non-Axis ****** ********** **** ********** ******** *****

** **** **** ** quickly *** *** ********* supported ***** *** ******* cameras ** **********, ***** use * ********* ********** Application **** ** ******** with *** ****** ******** of ***** ****** ********. Unlike **** ******* ***** require *** ******'* *** and**** ***** ****** ** **********, cameras **** ********* *** Stratocast *********** ****** *** application ******* *** **** enter ** ** ********** code ******** ** *** Stratocast *********:

** ******** ** ***** an ******/******* ******* ** adding *******, *** **** and ********** ******** ******* of *** *********** ** the *****, ***** **** Axis ******* *** ****/***** service ******** **** ** contacted ** ****** *** camera **** *** ******* if * ******** ***** to **** ** ** a ********* ***** *******.

******* **** **** **** looked **** ******** *** support ***** *** **** cameras, *** **** *** added ** ** ***** roadmap:

** *** ******* ***** it, ** ** ***** support **** *** ********** mechanism ******* ** ***, but *****’* **** ******* with **** ***. *** enrollment ********* **** **** uses ** ****-***** ** the *** / ******* Service ******** *****, ***** a ********** **** **** likely ** ********** * brand-new ****** ***** *** of *** ***. *** fact **** *** ********** doesn’t **** ** ****** a *** **** ** all ** * **** saver, *** ** *** actually ******* **** ***** manufacturers ** *** ** place ********* ******* (****** “easy **********”) ******* *********** the ******* ********, ** both ******* **** ** available.

Cybersecurity ******** *** ** *+-****-*** *******

******* **** *** ** the*** * ******* ********* choose ************ ******* ** ** "Always ******". *******, ****** testing, ** ***** **** Stratocast's ******* ****** *******, and ********** ********** ****** does *** ******** ******* the *** ** ********* communications. **** ***** *********** put * ****** ** risk *** ************* ** man ** *** ****** attacks.

*** ********** ** *** attack ********* *** ******** of *** ****, ***** Genetec **** *** *** to *** *** ** a ******** ******* ** their ******* *.* ******** Center **** ****, *** said **** **** * workaround *** **** *****:

**** ** *** ** a ********** ****** ** the *** ******* ** are ***** (******** ******* of ***.*). ** *** moment, ** ******** **** by ******** ******* *** and/or ***** ***** ******* Routes *** ********* ********* by ****, *** ** are ******** ******* ** upgrading *** ******* ** 5.8 ** ***** ****** Federation *********** (*** ** 2020)

** **** **** *** update *** ****** ** it ********* ** * future ******.

Web ********** ******* ** * ****** ***

**********'* *** ****** ******* to * ******* ** 6 ************ **** *** playback *****. **** *** viewing ***** ****** ** resized ** **********, **** are ****** ******* ***** windows.

******* **** **** ******* the ******* ********** ************ is *****, ***** ** little ****** *** ****** streaming ******:

*** ******* ****** ***** for * ******* ********** installation ** ******* * and * *******, *** clients **** * *** of ******* ******* **** on ** *** **** viewing. ** **** *** a *** ******** **** and ***** ** ******** the ****** ** *****, and *** *********** **, but *** ***** **** that **** * ***** percentage ** ***** ********* use *** *-**** *******, so ** ** *** at *** *** ** our ******** ****. ** an *******, ** *** where **** ******* ** available, **** **** *% of ******** *** **** than * *****.

Video ******** ******

** *********** ******** ********* of ******** ******, ********* the ***** ******* ************* jumping ******* *** ******** playback **** *** *** live ******:

************, *** ***** ******** would *** ******** ***** video *** ********* *** playback ** ****** ****** as ** ******:

******** *** ****** **** the **** *** ************ to ** (********* ******** times) *** *** **** way ** **** **** to *** *** ******** to **** ********. ******* said **** **** ********** the *****, *** **** are *** **** ** definitively ********* *** *****:

** **** ******* ******** an ******** ** ********** where *** ******** ***** not **** ** ******** and ******** *** **** issues, ** *** ******* on **** ***, *** are ***** ******* ** precisely ****** **** *** issue ** (***** ** be ******* ** *** load ** *** *******).

Export ********** ****

********** **** *** ***** a ****** ******** **** cloud ******* ******. *** video **** ** ********* from * *****-****** ****** to ** .*** **** which *** **** ** downloaded. ** ***** **** converting **** ***** *-****** videos **** ** ******* to * ******. **** is ******** *** **** VSaaS *******, ** **** can ******* ****** ********* cloud ********* ** ******** processing ****:

************, ********** **** *** offer *****-****** *******, ******* watermarking ** ******** *****, and **** *** ***** is ********** ** ** named **** * ***** alphanumeric ********:

No ***** ****** ** *-****** **************

********** ****** * ********* portal ********** *** *********** and *** *****, **** different ********* *** *************, management, *** **********. ** found **** ******* ********** complicated *** **********, ********* Google, *********, ** ***** account ***************.

****** **** ***** *********, there ** *** ** option ** ****** ***** users ** ******* ******-***** accounts. ** * ****** does *** *** *** of ***** ********* *** their *****, **** **** need ** ****** ********* accounts **** ** ****** Stratocast, ** *** ***** personal ***** ***********:

******* **** ***** ** limited ****** ******* *** Azure ****** ********* **** Office ***, *** **** additional ********** ********* ******* synchronization ******* *** ** their *******.

Asynchronous ******** *********

* ******* ******* **** many ***** ********** ** have ******, ********** ********* well **** ************** ******* live *** ******** *****, from *** **** ** multiple ********* *******:

Mobile *** **** *** ******** ******** *****

**********'* ********* ****** *** performed **** **** **** and ******** *****, *** experiencing *** ** *** playback ****** ***** ** the *** ******. ************* worked **** *** *** be *******/******** *** ****** on * ****** ******** per ****** ***. ** were **** ** **** monitor *** ******* ********* 6 ******* ******* *** issues ** *********:

Integrations / ******** ******** ******** ******** ****** ********** ** *****

********** **** *** ******* access ******* ************, ******* plate *********** ** ***** commonly ********* ******* ******** Center ********. ** ***** features *** ******** ** a ***** ********, ******* recommends ********** ********** ******* to ***** ********* ** Security ******, ** ***** their******** ****** *************.

*******

********** ** ******* ** 4 ********* ***** ** monthly ** ****** *** camera ************:

  • ****:** ** ***** *** 15fps, ** ***** *******, MSRP $*.** *** ***** / $** *** ****
  • *****:** ** **** *** 5fps, *-**** ***** *******, MSRP $**.** *** ***** / $*** *** ****
  • ********:** ** ***** *** 10fps, *-**** ***** *******, MSRP $**.** *** ***** / $*** *** ****
  • *******:** ** ***** *** 15fps, *-**** ***** *******, MSRP $**.** *** ***** / $*** *** ****

********** ***** ********* ** offered *** *** ** additional ******* ** ******* or ****** ***-** *************, ranging **** $*.** ** $0.60 *** *****.

**********'* ***** ** ******* is ********** *** * VSaaS ********, ***** ******** based ** ********** *** frame **** *********, *** only ********* *-**** ** cloud ******* ** *******. Stratocast's **** **** ** similarly ****** ** ***** Eye's ****** **********/******* ************. Stratocast **** *** **** any ********** *******/******** *****, unlike ******** **** *** EagleEye, *** ***** ***** analytics *** *********** ***** camera ******* **** **** offer. **********'* ******* **** is ************* **** ********* than *********** ** **-**** of ***** ******* ** required, ******* ~$** *** camera *** *****.

Comments (8)

what is veraka? ;)

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Thanks Armando!

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Do you know what protocol is being used between the cameras and the Stratocast backend? Just curious.

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They're using 256-bit SSL encryption. We confirmed this with Wireshark traces in our 2015 test. After the connection is made, you don't see any traffic other than TLS, similar to this trace (from our Remote Network Access for Video Surveillance report):

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Ideally they would be using RTMPS (RTMP over SSL), but most likely it's just RTP packets tunneled over TLS.

It's obviously not in Genetecs interest that the protocol is open (as in Open Source), but it IS in the consumers interest. Open Standards are ALWAYS better than proprietary - even if they are as bad as ONVIF.

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Mobotix is also a supported manufacturer.....

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Thanks Luis, Genetec officially announced support for Bosch, Euklis and Mobotix yesterday after the report was published. Currently, our system does not show Mobotix as an option:

I am checking with Genetec to see when production availability is expected for Mobotix, and will update the report.

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Than k you.....

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