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Genetec introduces trickling feature

By Canadian Security   

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Genetec announced the availability of the Omnicast Video Trickling feature. The new Video Trickling feature significantly enhances the flexibility of video archiving and optimizes bandwidth usage during peak and off-peak hours.

Genetec leveraged the edge-recording capabilities of IP cameras and encoders of selected vendors to develop a feature that not only records and stores video on the edge, but that also allows segments of video to be hand-selected for long-term storage on Omnicast’s Archiver. The Video Trickling feature is available in version 4.7 of Genetec’s video surveillance solution, Omnicast.

Video Trickling is an evolution of the Edge-Recording functionality already available in Omnicast which offers the possibility to directly playback video that is recorded on edge devices. Video Trickling allows for recorded video on edge devices to be moved and stored by the Omnicast Archiver server for long-term archiving.

With the Video Trickling feature, the operator retains complete control over which video will be transferred and when by creating rules within Omnicast. Transferring video from the edge-device can be based on three different modes including on schedule, on event or manually. The amount of video being transferred can also be controlled based on filters such as time ranges, playback requests, events, alarms, video bookmarks, and an interval when a unit is offline.

The main benefits are increased reliability and bandwidth optimization. Instead of continuously streaming video from the camera to the Archiver, only select video will be transmitted, thus significantly increasing efficiency of the network usage. Also, in the event that the network connection is highly utilized or the connection between the camera and the Omnicast Archiver is intermittent, the video transfer can then be scheduled while the network demand is low or just after the connection is re-established.

Video trickling can also be used as a serverless option for remote sites where constant video streams cannot be transferred over the WAN. Utilizing the storage from the cameras instead of a full server means less IT resources will be needed and having no server will contribute to additional cost-savings.


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