ViewCast Corporation (VCST.OB), a
leading global provider of high-quality video communications for businesses and
media enterprises, is offering a powerful yet affordable CCTV solution that
enables easy installation of security, surveillance, and monitoring systems in
home and small-business environments. Bundling ViewCast's award-winning Osprey
video capture card with i-Catcher software, ViewCast provides a cost-effective
solution featuring versatile surveillance abilities and alerting functions that
typically are found only in the most advanced security solutions.
"Implementation of security and surveillance systems has become a must in
today's society, offering a great many benefits -- disaster prevention, theft
deterrent, and piece of mind -- too significant to be overlooked," said George
Platt, president and CEO of ViewCast. "i-Catcher provides a practical,
cost-effective means of implementing a CCTV system based on common video,
computer, and networking resources, and the system's activity alerts and remote
access to video images are among a variety of powerful tools that can help to
ensure the safety and security of home and business."
The new i-Catcher software solution operates in conjunction with a home or
office PC, a suitable camera, and ViewCast's Osprey video capture cards to
provide users with an easy-to-install surveillance system ideal for home
security and surveillance, data center monitoring, business and retail security
and surveillance, wildlife monitoring, and nursery monitoring.
ViewCast's line of Osprey capture cards is the de facto standard in the
streaming media industry. Osprey video cards capture and digitize full-motion
video, with flexible control functions managed by i-Catcher software's three key
elements: i-Catcher Sentry, i-Catcher Video Server, and i-Catcher Console.
i-Catcher Sentry constantly compares images received from the connected camera,
using advanced motion-detection techniques to sense activity. When activity is
identified, the system begins to capture images to disk for later review.
Sensitivity controls and user-defined masks help to eliminate spurious motion
detection, sophisticated alerting functions can send captured images by email or
upload them to a Web site for remote viewing, and flexible recording
configurations allow the system to operate as a Web cam or in time-lapse mode,
or to operate during specific times or dates.
i-Catcher Video Server works directly with multi-port Osprey video capture cards
to allow a single computer to function as the source for up to 16 video feeds.
The system also takes advantage of Osprey video card features, such as differing
image sizes, video signal formats, interlaced/non-interlaced images, and
brightness and contrast, and because it runs transparently and is not bound to
any particular Internet address or host port, it will not conflict with users'
i-Catcher Console enables users to view feeds from multiple cameras
simultaneously. Feeds from one or more i-Catcher clients are displayed together
on the console PC, which typically runs one screen for feeds and a second for
playback windows. The console allows data from many cameras to be collated,
stored, and then retrieved for playback. Other features such as loop playback
make the i-Catcher Console the perfect choice for a system monitored by a
security guard or production manager.