Advanced Systems Format

The Advanced Systems Format (ASF) is a video streaming format from Microsoft. The ASF format can only be played in media players that support this format, such as Windows Media Player.

Advanced Systems Format (ASF)

Acronym: ASF


A bookmark is an indicator of an event or incident that is used to mark a specific point in time in a recorded video sequence. A bookmark also contains a short text description that can be used to search for and review the video sequences at a later time.


A camera is a video unit that represents a single video source in the system. The video source can be an IP camera, or an analog camera that is connected to a video encoder.

client administrator

User level that is assigned by either the integrator administrator or integrator user. The client administrator does not have all of the privileges that the integrator user levels have, but the client administrator can allow or restrict client user or remote monitoring user access to the SmartOffice™ portal. You can only have one client administrator per client account, but you can register the same username to multiple users.

client user

User level that is assigned by either the integrator administrator, integrator user, or the client administrator. You can only add a maximum of nine client users per client account, not including the client administrator, and they can each be assigned unique usernames or the same username.

day-and-night camera

A day-and-night camera is a camera that can be used to record during the day and at night, because it adapts to the amount of ambient light in a given scene. As a result, users can easily make out the images in a scene, regardless of the amount of light that is present.


The Federation™ feature joins multiple, independent Genetec™ IP security systems into a single virtual system. With this feature, users on the central Security Center system can view and control entities that belong to remote systems.

identity provider

An identity provider is a trusted, external system that administers user accounts, and is responsible for providing user authentication and identity information to relying applications over a distributed network.

integrator administrator

User level that is assigned by the SmartOffice™ cloud administrator. The integrator administrator level has the most privileges. You can only have one integrator administrator per integrator account, but you can register the same username to multiple accounts.

integrator user

User level that is assigned by the integrator administrator. The integrator user has the same privileges as the integrator administrator, except for the ability to add other integrator users. You can have an unlimited number of integrator users per integrator account, and they can each be assigned unique usernames or the same username.

mobile authentication key

A string of user-defined characters that is used to authenticate a user's identity for mobile applications. When connecting to the SmartOffice™ mobile apps from a mobile device, users must enter a valid mobile authentication key.

network attached storage

A network attached storage (NAS) is an edge recording storage device that has a dedicated network address and IP address, and provides file storing and sharing capabilities to other devices on the same network. With a NAS, you can expand the hard disk space of your local network and securely store more recordings from more cameras.

network attached storage (NAS)

Acronym: NAS

NAS volume

A NAS (network attached storage) volume is a formatted section on the hard disk of a NAS, which represents a logical storage device that is independent from the other volumes on the same NAS. You can store video recordings from a single camera to a designated NAS volume on your NAS device.

Owner Authentication Key

An Owner Authentication Key (OAK) is a security key that is used to ensure that only the owner or authorized user(s) of a device are able to register the device with a service.

Owner Authentication Key (OAK)

Acronym: OAK

push notification

A push notification is the delivery of information or a message from a software application to a mobile device, without a specific request from the client.


A site is a virtual branch of a SmartOffice™ account (client or integrator), which represents an actual geographical location. By creating two SmartOffice™ accounts and registering the same usernames to both accounts, you create two sites that can be accessed by each of those usernames.


SmartOffice™ is a cloud-based video monitoring system that makes the adoption of network video security solutions easy. With SmartOffice™, you can connect to your business wherever you go. Using the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud-computing platform, SmartOffice™ eliminates the need for on-site servers. As a result, installation time is reduced and you can begin monitoring your premises quickly.

SmartOffice™ account

A SmartOffice™ account is a collection of user-related and geographical information for a given company in a given location, and the arrangement with which that company can use the services offered by SmartOffice™. There are two types of accounts: integrator accounts and client accounts.

SmartOffice™ mobile apps

SmartOffice™ mobile apps are the mobile version of SmartOffice™ that you can use to connect to your system remotely over WiFi or cellular networks. With the SmartOffice™ mobile apps, you can monitor your premises directly from your mobile devices.


A timeline is a graphic illustration of a video sequence, showing where in time, motion and bookmarks are found. Thumbnails can also be added to the timeline to help the user select the segment of interest.

Transmission Control Protocol

A connection-oriented set of rules (protocol) that, along with the IP (Internet Protocol), is used to send data over an IP network. The TCP/IP protocol defines how data can be transmitted in a secure manner between networks. TCP/IP is the most widely used communications standard and is the basis for the Internet.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

Acronym: TCP

user level

A user level is an access requirement that defines a user's ability to perform certain tasks once logged on to SmartOffice™.


A username is an access credential that is comprised of a valid email address from one of the supported identity providers. A username can be registered to multiple SmartOffice™ accounts (multi-account username), and must be activated by the user only once before logging on to any of the accounts that the username is registered to.

video sequence

A video sequence is any recorded video stream of a certain duration.

video unit

A video unit is a video encoding or decoding device that is capable of communicating over an IP network and that can incorporate one or more video encoders. The high-end encoding models also include their own recording and video analytics capabilities. Cameras (IP or analog), video encoders, and video decoders are all examples of video units.

video encoder

A video encoder is a video unit that converts an analog video source to a digital format by using a standard compression algorithm, such as H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, or M-JPEG. Using a video encoder with multi-channel inputs, you can digitize the analog video of multiple cameras at the same time.

web client

The client component of a software system that provides access to the system's features from a web browser on the user's machine.