Adding Bosch cameras to Stratocast™ - Stratocast™

Stratocast™ Integrator Guide

Applies to
Stratocast™
Last updated
2021-10-26
Content type
Guides > Integration guides
Language
English (United States)
Product line
Stratocast

You can add Bosch cameras to client accounts.

Before you begin

  • Complete the prerequisite steps.
  • Ensure that nobody is modifying the camera settings, either on the camera itself or through the camera manufacturer's web page.

What you should know

Depending on your account type, you might be limited to the number of cameras that you can add. If you receive a message to that effect, contact your Genetec™ sales representative for more information.

Procedure

  1. Open the camera’s web page and log on.
  2. Click Configuration > Network > Advanced.
  3. Verify that the model is on the unit and has the recommended firmware that supports SCP.
  4. Log on to Stratocast™ using your integrator credentials.
  5. Click in the client's Number of devices column.
  6. Click Enroll a device and select the type of device. Enter the following and then click Next:
    Name
    The name of your device, as identified on the customer’s Devices page. If there are many devices, enter a name that is easy to recognize and find.
    Time zone
    The time zone that the video unit is installed in.
    Manufacturer
    The device manufacturer.
  7. In the Authenticate video unit window, verify that the MAC address shown is for the camera you want to add, then click Next.
    Tip: You can retrieve the MAC address information from the Bosch Configuration Manager, from the sticker on the camera box, or from the sticker located on the camera.
    Wait a few minutes for Stratocast™ to create an activation code.
  8. Copy the activation code.
  9. In a Web browser, return to the camera's registration page, paste the activation code into the Registration code field, and click Register.
    Tip: You can reopen the page using the URL https://<IP Address>/Stratocast. Note that the URL is case-sensitive.
    The page will display several different states as the camera attempts to connect. For example, Connecting and Registering.
  10. When the State changes to Connected, close the camera's web page and return to the portal.
  11. In the application's Subscription window, set the following, and then click Next.
    Plan
    The camera plan for your video recordings. For more information about camera plans, see www.stratocast.com/plans for details.
    Retention period
    The retention period is the number of days that video recordings are stored in the cloud. When the retention period expires, recordings are deleted. The default period is for 7 days.
  12. In Configure video window, set the following, and then click Next.
    Recording type
    The storage medium (only cloud is supported) and the recording mode (continuous or on motion) for your video recordings.
    Resolution
    The image resolution of your video recordings. The available choices depend on your camera model and your plan.
    Average bit rate
    The average amount of data that is transferred per unit of time (Kilobits per second). Higher configuration presets (resolution, frame rate, and so on) require a higher bitrate to stream video, so it requires more bandwidth. You can refer to this field when planning the Internet connection speed and bandwidth requirements of your recordings.
    Frame rate
    The number of frames per second (fps) that you can obtain when recording video. A high frame rate (10 fps or more) produces fluid video and is essential for accurate motion detection.
    Go to camera's edit page after enrolling the camera
    Automatically takes you to the camera's Edit page after the camera is enrolled, where you can configure advanced video and motion detection settings.
  13. Click Enroll.
    The state of the camera you added changes to Enrolled. The camera's name appears in your client's list of cameras.
  14. Click Show advanced settings in the Video configuration pane in the camera's Edit page to access the advanced video settings.
    Recording priority
    The video quality priority for your video recordings. Frame rate maintains the frame rate at the expense of the image quality, whereas Image quality maintains the image quality at the expense of the frame rate. Choose Frame rate when you want fluid video and need to capture accurate motion detection, and choose Image quality when you want to capture sharp video with no loss of detail.
    Image quality
    A high image quality produces video with sharp details and is essential for accurately recognizing detailed shapes and objects. Higher image quality creates larger video files. Ensure that your network has sufficient bandwidth to support the increased load.
    Key frame interval
    A key frame is a frame that contains a complete image as opposed to a usual frame that only holds information that changed compared to the previous frame. If your network is less reliable, you require a higher key frame rate to recover more quickly from cumulative errors in the video. Frequent key frames require a higher bandwidth. Specify the key frame interval in seconds.

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