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The Video Surveillance Report 2022

Seagate selects Genetec’s Security Center to secure its global campuses

Seagate Technology is now using Genetec’s Security Center solution to secure its global campuses and regional offices. We find out more about the solution and how Seagate has benefited from the integrated solution so far.

At the heart of this large-scale global deployment is the Genetec unified security platform which includes Security Center, Genetec Omnicast IP video management system (VMS) to manage more than 1,150 cameras, Genetec Synergis IP access control system (ACS) to manage more than 22,000 card holders, Sipelia to manage communications between intercoms and security operation, and Seagate’s own Exos X 5U84 mass capacity storage system.

Seagate’s campuses are spread globally, and can be found in Ireland, China, the United States and Singapore.

All sites are connected using the Genetec Security Center Federation feature, which is designed to centralise monitoring, reporting, and alarm management across the entire organisation.


The mass capacity storage solution is said to enable Seagate to pull in up to 1.3 petabytes of high-definition video in a single disk enclosure from hundreds of cameras and other IoT devices without losing a single frame or data packet.

“Video, and especially multi-source, high-definition video, provides a stringent performance test for any storage solution,” said Ken Claffey, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Storage Systems at Seagate. “Likewise, the data availability expectation of a robust, unified security platform like Genetec Security Center is formidable. The sheer volume of high-definition video streams, frames and metadata coupled with increasingly long retention periods, represent one of the most challenging IT infrastructures to deploy.”

READ: “There is a real demand for scalability in surveillance storage” – In conversation with Seagate’s Jermaine Campbell

The two companies believe this enterprise scale deployment provides a clear blueprint for a state-of-the-art, unified, high performance physical security environment for modern, large scale facilities.

Well-known for its VMS system, Genetec has also been recognised as the “fastest access control software provider in the world”, according to the latest Omdia report, which it credits to the Synergis system in use at Seagate’s campuses.

The company believes that the traditionally proprietary market of access control has shifted to a more open one, with customers looking to migrate to a cyber-secure, open-architecture access solutions.

“Enterprises with global campuses and data center environments have mission critical requirements, and securing a growing number of assets across huge facilities, while staying ahead of emerging threats is increasingly challenging,” said Christian Morin, Vice President of Product Groups at Genetec Inc. “Through our partnership with Seagate, this enterprise scale deployment provides a great example of how enterprises can implement a holistic approach to security, that encompasses physical and cyber security, while ensuring compliance with fast-changing regulatory mandates.”

And how has Seagate found the solution so far?

Speaking to IFSEC Global, Seagate, Vice President, Global Trust and Security, John Abrenilla highlighted the flexibility it has given the business: “Since deploying Genetec, we’ve seen several benefits that have streamlined Seagate’s IT and security. Previously we had multiple applications and different servers to run the applications. With the Genetec solution and Seagate’s own Exos mass capacity storage system, we now manage the software, hardware, firmware, servers, and end user devices that are used across our sites from a single platform. For example, we are able to unlock and lock doors around the globe and add or remove access to badges for these locations. We can manage user access from a single system instead of trying to manage access for each application at each location.

“Once the system is completed globally, we are looking forward to a fully automated access provisioning system for all employees and visitors to use. Having the system in place globally will eliminate manual inputs for temp access to buildings/labs/office areas. Employees will be able to request access, have it approved and automatically applied to their access cards. Reports will be automated and sent to the area managers to control access in live time. This will free up time for our security officers enabling them to concentrate on the physical security needs of Seagate.”

This article was first published in July 2021, and has since been updated to include further comment. 

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