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Introduction to Flussonic Watcher

Flussonic Watcher is a complete video surveillance software system that works with a distributed IP camera network. This system can be used for video streaming, recording and managing video archives.

Flussonic Watcher is a scalable and ready-to-use system with flexible integration options. This web and mobile-oriented solution can solve various business tasks: from launching a corporate cloud video monitoring to a municipal video surveillance system that covers the entire city or state.

Watcher supports small to medium to large projects with unlimited number of cameras. The number of cameras is limited only by hardware.

When working in a cluster of servers, Watcher ensures the fault-tolerance of stream ingest (failover).

Flussonic Watcher presentation

You may also consider our VSaaS.io to make your system commissioning even easier. This one is a cloud solution that is pre-configured for your needs, so you may just set up your billing preferences and start providing the services to your subscribers.

Areas of appliance:

  • Internet providers — to launch a dedicated cloud-based video surveillance service and offer it to their customers for an additional fee. Watcher can be easily integrated with any provider and its existing billing system.
  • Management companies — for live video broadcasts from socially significant facilities and construction monitoring.
  • Production — to perform audio-video monitoring on factories, courts, polling stations, etc.
  • Municipal and federal projects — to provide free access to public cameras, as well as limited access to security organizations.

Parts of Flussonic Watcher:

The general Flussonic Watcher architecture is shown below:

Watcher architecture

Details on the system parts:

Cameras

  • Any camera with RTSP support can be added to Watcher. However, connection without special tools (described below) may lead to some limitations.
  • Cameras with Agent are a plug-and-play solution designed to make the connection process simple and secure by creating an encrypted tunnel between the server and the camera. Please refer to this page for details.
  • Cameras with our in-house developed Iris firmware bring all the advantages of the Agent while providing additional features to connect a Wi-Fi camera via a QR code in just a few simple steps. You can order the cameras with Iris on our website.

Servers

Applications

  • Both users and administrators will appreciate the comprehensive ready-to-use web interface available in any modern mobile or desktop browser. The web interface includes a dashboard with cameras and archive, favorites, map, user and camera management tools, system settings, interface branding tools and much more.

  • Let your users access their cameras and archive from anywhere anytime with Watcher iOS and Android mobile applications: all they need is a mobile device. In the basic version, users need to know a few numbers (Operator ID) to log into the app and view the cameras. We also offer a service for mobile applications branding: we will design our application in your company style (with your logo and color scheme) and hide the ID. Please contact our support team for details.

  • Use Watcher API for integration with complex solutions requiring video surveillance or create your own applications. You may also need the API to fine-tune the billing preferences in your VSaaS.

  • Expand your existing app with video surveillance functions or even create your own app with Watcher mobile SDK for iOS and Android.

  • User experience in Watcher is not limited with just web UI and mobile phones: you can watch video from cameras on a TV, as well as embed video on your website or share it with someone else using a direct link.

Flussonic Watcher editions

Flussonic Watcher comes in two editions:

  1. Single is a basic version limited to one server. It is good for smaller projects not requiring failover or branding, for example for video surveillance on one site.

  2. Cluster is a scalable edition with failover capabilities and out-of-the-box branding tools. It is good for VSaaS providers and large-scale video surveillance systems.

Please refer to Watcher installation ways for details on these editions.