SeeTec Cayuga R9 server-based video analytics
SeeTec Cayuga R9 server-based video analytics

Video systems are becoming ever larger and more complex - and they often create a veritable flood of image data that makes it difficult for security personnel to identify threats in time. Modern video analysis tools provide a remedy here by drawing attention to relevant events, thereby enabling rapid response.Server-based image analysisWith SeeTec Analytics Server 3D, a new server-based image analysis module for SeeTec Cayuga is now available for securing buildings and outdoor areas. It automatically detects events such as trespassing or climbing over a fence on the basis of different analysis scenarios, thereby reliably eliminating interferences such as shadows or weather conditions. Thanks to the full integration in SeeTec Cayuga, all camera models available there can also be used for video analysis. Since the analytics is operated directly on the video management server and integrated using shared memory, system resources are efficiently used and network bandwidth is saved. Easy deployment Especially for installers and integrators, SeeTec Analytics Server 3D offers a number of additional advantages: While many other video analytics systems require a large number of parameters to be defined or adapted for the correct detection of objects and events, the SeeTec solution can be deployed easily and quickly by just one person using auto calibration. In addition, the supplied graphical planning tool helps to determine the optimal camera positions and viewing angles. In addition to the serverbased video analysis, SeeTec Cayuga R9 has also expanded its support for third-party products. Via the SeeTec Analytics Interface, two additional video analysis products for the use on Axis cameras can now be connected to SeeTec Cayuga: Digital Barriers SafeZone-edge and Axis Perimeter Defender. Uninterrupted playback One further feature SeeTec Cayuga R9 provides for the increasing size of video projects – especially for systems that are spread over multiple sites or across a branch network. Here access to archive recordings can often only take place via narrow-band networks, for example via DSL connections. However, the image data are mostly stored on the server in high quality and resolution (e.g. Full HD or 4k), which is why a smooth playback of those video recordings is technically not possible in these cases. In SeeTec Cayuga R9, the Transcoded Playback can help: It allows the definition and transmission of video streams with reduced resolution, quality and frame rate according to the available bandwidth. This allows uninterrupted playback even in narrow-band networks, with the recorded picture material always being preserved in its original quality. Improved user interface Especially to improve the usability with high-resolution monitors, the user interface has been thoroughly revised in SeeTec Cayuga R9. For example, larger fonts provide better readability and redesigned icons allow a more intuitive system operation. The colour scheme has also been made clearer for screens with a low contrast ratio. The SeeTec Mobile Client for Android-based tablets and smartphones has been redesigned in contemporary material design, too.

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SeeTec Cayuga R10 supports H.265 streaming standard and bidirectional audio
SeeTec Cayuga R10 supports H.265 streaming standard and bidirectional audio

Recently SeeTec announced R10 of their video management software (VMS) solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI. While SeeTec Cayuga now includes the support of the new H.265 streaming standard as well as bidirectional audio, SeeTec BVI provides a new dashboard to visualise transaction and process data in real-time.  Audio connections directly to the camera VoIP-based communication has already been possible with SeeTec Cayuga using a SIP server. With the release of R10, bi-directional audio connections directly to the camera are now implemented as well. Many IP cameras already have built-in audio functionalities such as an integrated microphone or a line output. On this basis, SeeTec Cayuga now offers direct voice communication in both directions – without the need for additional software components. For example, an employee in the control room can now remotely evaluate a critical situation much better, especially as they can directly communicate with a person on site. Therefore, the functionality is particularly suitable for use in combination with access control solutions, entrance doors or gates. As a first step, voice communication is supported with Axis devices, the support of further manufacturers is in preparation.  H.265/HEVC streaming standard In terms of camera and hardware integration SeeTec Cayuga R10 offers innovations, too: For many manufacturers, the transfer of image streams based on H.265/HEVC is now supported. Compared to MPEG-4, this new streaming standard reduces the required bandwidth while keeping the same image quality by up to 50 %, thus saving network resources and disk space.  SeeTec Business Video Intelligence While SeeTec Cayuga is primarily designed as a classic security application, SeeTec Business Video Intelligence (BVI) can be used to combine video and transaction data e.g. from PoS systems or scanners, enabling the gapless visual monitoring and documentation of business processes. Here the new release R10 creates visible added value for the user: With the recently developed visualisation component, transaction data and process data can be displayed graphically in dashboards in real-time. Predefined key performance indicators (KPIs) can be visualised quickly and easily using several diagram types, so deviations or recurring patterns become immediately apparent. An example from logistics: The head of a distribution centre can recognise irregularities regarding cases of loss or damage in his facility at an early stage – even remote via smartphone or tablet.  Customers holding a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can retrieve and install the update to SeeTec Cayuga R10 and SeeTec BVI R10 via the Auto Updater or manually. SeeTec also offers a free demo version of SeeTec Cayuga on the company website.

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SeeTec announces new R11 of VMS solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI
SeeTec announces new R11 of VMS solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI

SeeTec has released an update of its product line for the second time in 2017 and announces the new R11 of its video management software (VMS) solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI.  Benefits for large installations  These updates contain many “behind the scenes” improvements for customers and users of SeeTec’s software solutions. After months of work, the new versions mainly focus on refining many of the established features.  Further, many little things add up as well, and SeeTec is convinced that they will make users’ experience in working with SeeTec software so much more reliable, and ever more comfortable. Especially large installations (with a master and slave structure) will profit from an increased overall performance of the VMS.  However, there are of course also some more obvious changes to highlight:  SeeTec Cayuga  As the most used tool for forensic search, SeeTec has tweaked the ISearch feature within SeeTec Cayuga, so that it now delivers up to 20 x faster search results. The search function does not require any previously generated meta data and displays first results already while the search is still in progress.  A new notification window now gives the user detailed information in cases where there is a problem with the Device Manager (DM) or the Media Data Base (MDB), making it much easier to look for the cause of a problem within the installation. R11 of SeeTec Cayuga is fulfilling the requirements of the German UVV Kassen again, thus certifying it use for room surveillance in the banking environment.  Camera support  As with each new iteration, SeeTec Cayuga now also contains support for more cameras and camera functionalities with smart drivers, e.g. for cameras from Dahua and Panasonic. For critical environments with strict security policies in place, the communication between the hardware and SeeTec Cayuga can now be encrypted using TLS 1.2, depending on whether the cameras used support this protocol as well.  The list of supported cameras is extensive; however, please make sure to use only cameras that are officially certified. An overview can be found in the Supported Devices Database on the SeeTec website.  SeeTec BVI  SeeTec BVI also received some handling improvements: the map view has been revamped to improve usability and to not only gain easier access to the feeds of the camera, but also to receive a faster overview and handling of events. Videos now can be exported in the open AVI format and thus be viewed in any video viewer software. Pre-defined dashboards and reports can be generated to automate reporting and thus have quick and easy access to and disperse the relevant KPIs of your installed system to interested parties.  Language options  In order to make SeeTec products more easily accessible for international customers, the software interface is now available in many languages, and this number is growing.  SeeTec Cayuga is now available in 14 language localisations (English, German, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Czech, Dutch and new: Portuguese) while SeeTec BVI now supports 4 languages (English, German, French, new: Spanish).  Customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can already download and install the update to SeeTec Cayuga R11 and SeeTec BVI R11 (available November 23rd) either manually of via the Auto Updater. SeeTec also offers a free demo version of SeeTec Cayuga on the company website. 

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SeeTec announces new R11 of VMS solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI
SeeTec announces new R11 of VMS solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI

SeeTec has released an update of its product line for the second time in 2017 and announces the new R11 of its video management software (VMS) solutions SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI.  Benefits for large installations  These updates contain many “behind the scenes” improvements for customers and users of SeeTec’s software solutions. After months of work, the new versions mainly focus on refining many of the established features.  Further, many little things add up as well, and SeeTec is convinced that they will make users’ experience in working with SeeTec software so much more reliable, and ever more comfortable. Especially large installations (with a master and slave structure) will profit from an increased overall performance of the VMS.  However, there are of course also some more obvious changes to highlight:  SeeTec Cayuga  As the most used tool for forensic search, SeeTec has tweaked the ISearch feature within SeeTec Cayuga, so that it now delivers up to 20 x faster search results. The search function does not require any previously generated meta data and displays first results already while the search is still in progress.  A new notification window now gives the user detailed information in cases where there is a problem with the Device Manager (DM) or the Media Data Base (MDB), making it much easier to look for the cause of a problem within the installation. R11 of SeeTec Cayuga is fulfilling the requirements of the German UVV Kassen again, thus certifying it use for room surveillance in the banking environment.  Camera support  As with each new iteration, SeeTec Cayuga now also contains support for more cameras and camera functionalities with smart drivers, e.g. for cameras from Dahua and Panasonic. For critical environments with strict security policies in place, the communication between the hardware and SeeTec Cayuga can now be encrypted using TLS 1.2, depending on whether the cameras used support this protocol as well.  The list of supported cameras is extensive; however, please make sure to use only cameras that are officially certified. An overview can be found in the Supported Devices Database on the SeeTec website.  SeeTec BVI  SeeTec BVI also received some handling improvements: the map view has been revamped to improve usability and to not only gain easier access to the feeds of the camera, but also to receive a faster overview and handling of events. Videos now can be exported in the open AVI format and thus be viewed in any video viewer software. Pre-defined dashboards and reports can be generated to automate reporting and thus have quick and easy access to and disperse the relevant KPIs of your installed system to interested parties.  Language options  In order to make SeeTec products more easily accessible for international customers, the software interface is now available in many languages, and this number is growing.  SeeTec Cayuga is now available in 14 language localisations (English, German, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Czech, Dutch and new: Portuguese) while SeeTec BVI now supports 4 languages (English, German, French, new: Spanish).  Customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can already download and install the update to SeeTec Cayuga R11 and SeeTec BVI R11 (available November 23rd) either manually of via the Auto Updater. SeeTec also offers a free demo version of SeeTec Cayuga on the company website. 

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