Rapid expansion of security technology creates a new world of vendor partnerships

Genetec and Bosch exemplify the growing environment of technology partnerships aimed at satisfying the needs of savvy end users


“The Bosch 4K camera has a lot of good fits for our clients, as it relates to city-wide, transportation and port video surveillance. These are the target markets that ultra-resolution 4K cameras are the most desirable right now,” says Andrew Elvish, VP of marketing for Genetec.

“One of the things to guard against when you talk about that sense of rapid obsolesce of technology – especially evolving video technology – is not playing in an open architecture environment,” Elvish continues. “If your needs in your VMS, camera or access control technology change over time, we (Genetec) make the software to help keep it current. But we also work with a lot of great partners and together we offer all sorts of customer options. You buy the platform and then the client controls those (end device) options. When Bosch comes out with new cameras, new analytics, new intrusion panels, the client can simply integrate them into thei platform.”

Genetec certifies support for edge recording, multi-streaming, and pan-tilt-zoom control for Bosch IP devices. Motion and tamper detection and Bosch’s Intelligent Video Analysis are also certified to provide joint customers with advanced notification of potential security risks. And, forensic search support enables easy investigation of recorded video for specific events.

Genetec’s Omnicast platform also supports Bosch’s Video Recording Manager (VRM) technology. VRM centrally manages direct-to-iSCSI recordings from Bosch IP cameras and encoders, distributing the load across available storage devices. The integration enables the Omnicast Archive Player to request and playback video from a Bosch camera configured on a VRM server.

“What we are talking about is a native integration. Genetec can take our cameras and change every bit and byte and make them totally suitable for the system they are designing. For premium partners like Genetec, we want them to take the Bosch camera and treat it as their own device,” Wierny says. “Bosch has made technical modifications on its cameras at the suggestion of Genetec engineers. That is  all in the spirit of true technology collaboration. This is a true partnership.”