New versions of SeeTec Cayuga and SeeTec BVI
SeeTec launches the second release of its products in 2018. The recent version R13 of the video management software SeeTec Cayuga comes with a new interface to unleash the software’s full potential in integrated security ecosystems, generating significant added value for corporate and enterprise customers. SeeTec BVI, the customizable video solution to support business processes, undergoes a paradigm shift towards real-time operations.
Keeping an eye on integrated security
One of the key benefits of SeeTec Cayuga has always been its flexibility to hook up to security ecosystems via interfaces and integrations. With its latest release R13, SeeTec now unveils an innovative tool, which makes it even easier to create comprehensive environments consisting of multiple systems and applications communicating with each other. The SeeTec Event Interface (SEI) breaks new ground to connect the SeeTec Cayuga video management software to third-party security products using a flexible, driver-based approach. All events from third-party applications such as access control, burglar alarm and many more can now be visualized within the VMS, for example by displaying them in maps and floor plans or opening the relevant camera streams. This gives system operators a much better overview, reducing the reaction time in case of critical incidents significantly. Andreas Conrad, Marketing Director at SeeTec, explains a further benefit of the new interface: “As the SEI is a well-documented and open interface, technology and solution partners are now able to easily develop plugins by themselves to connect SeeTec Cayuga with their product portfolios. This facilitates the implementation of integrated security systems, providing added value especially for corporate and enterprise customers. Furthermore, it underlines the solution-based approach of SeeTec.”
Another essential move into this direction is the extension of the SeeTec Analysis Interface, which now also supports the integration of any edge or server-based license plate recognition solution on the market.
Improved video backup, failover and performance
Amongst the usability features implemented in R13, the video backup functionality within SeeTec Cayuga received a major revamp.
It allows the automatic backup of video recordings based on time schedules or – which is new – on event triggers. If a backup operation is interrupted (e.g. when using Wi-Fi connections to offload data from mobile units such as trains or trams), it can be resumed automatically. An improved notification system provides full transparency about the status of scheduled and ongoing backups.
In addition, many smaller improvements and functionalities are part of the release, providing added value and improved usability. Especially in critical infrastructure projects, continuous recording even in case of a server breakdown is crucial. To keep recording gaps at an absolute minimum, SeeTec Cayuga R13 now supports mirrored recording, which means, that the video streams coming from the cameras can be recorded simultaneously on two servers. Furthermore, the playback of archive footage has been optimized, now allowing a more precise timeline navigation as well as seamless and smooth reverse playback. Last but not least, the average CPU load on server side could be reduced by up to 50 % though optimizations in communication between internal components.
Paradigm Shift in SeeTec BVI
SeeTec BVI, the second SeeTec software product that will be published as R13, also sees various improvements. With especially the logistics and retail industry in mind, SeeTec BVI is shifting its paradigm, because the software can – for the very first time – be used for the live monitoring of scans, transactions or other events. For the application in retail that means, e.g., that a security guard can now at once monitor multiple cash desks and mark suspicious activities directly within SeeTec BVI, whereas for a logistics scenario this new functionality can be used for the surveillance of the picking process of an order. In addition, SeeTec BVI provides numerous further improvements, e.g. a more precise timeline handling in the video archive, which give users palpable advantages in everyday use.
Customers with a valid Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) can already download and install the update to SeeTec Cayuga R13, whereas SeeTec BVI R13 will become available in late January 2019. For both applications the installation can be done either manually or if updated from an installed base via the built-in Auto Updater.