Agence Code Design Studio Checks-in on Office from a Distance with Stratocast Cloud-Based Video Monitoring

Owners of a boutique graphic design agency implement new cloud-based video surveillance system to diffuse false alarms and check-in on office from anywhere

Stratocast smart phone mobile app lets small business owners mind their operations even from outside of their workplace.

Business Challenge

Agence Code is a boutique agency offering services in graphic design, advertising and communication, backed by over 20 years of experience. Their 1,500 square foot office is located in downtown Montreal, and accommodates an open loft working environment for six employees with a spacious meeting room. Business partners, Pierre Chapdelaine and Jean Lesage, own the property and all assets, and take great pride in their work environment.   

"Our office has a few main access points and although we never have had any trouble with break-ins, there have been a few instances of false alarms from our intrusion system," explained Pierre Chapdelaine, Co-Owner at Agence Code. "In these cases, we receive a call and are asked if the police should be dispatched, which results in a penalty fee. We wanted to add video surveillance to easily identify real threats of burglary versus false alarms. If our equipment was ever vandalized or stolen, we would lose valuable time and maybe even some work, so we need to make sure it is protected."

A Seamless Cloud Installation

Agence Code relied on the expertise of Nuagesight, a Stratocast Certified Partner with a specialty in hosted solutions, to install and configure their new Stratocast video solution. Axis Communications' compact, vandal-resistant AXIS M3006-V Fixed Dome Network Cameras were installed in the main loft area and in the meeting room to provide a 134° viewing angle of each space and their main entry points. Concerns for wiring were addressed by the Nuagesight team, who identified areas for cameras which would conceal cables and preserve the modern office esthetics.

According to Dylan Chero, Owner of Nuagesight, "For installers, the main advantage is how easy Stratocast is to setup. The installation at Agence Code only took a few hours, since all we had to do was pull wiring and install cameras. It is easier than usual because there are no servers involved. We used the Axis One-Click Camera Connection functionality for device discovery and then handled some minor configuration remotely from our office."

"We had Nuagesight come during our work hours since it was so quick, and they did an excellent job," confirmed Chapdelaine. "In order to save bandwidth, Nuagesight was also able to set automatic event recording triggered by the motion detection feature of the Axis cameras. We keep one week worth of video recordings, and for now, that has been adequate for what we need."

Keeping an Eye on the Business

As a forward-thinking agency and strong proponents of cloud-based applications, owners at Agence Code are very pleased with their new Stratocast video surveillance system. "With Stratocast, we know our video is backed-up, safe and accessible from anywhere," says Chapdelaine. "This offers us peace of mind, knowing we can easily pull up video from our iPad, mobile phones or computers to see what's happening in the office when abroad, or to quickly address alarms. And as a graphic design agency, we can appreciate the modern and intuitive user interface of Stratocast which makes us feel at ease even though we previously had very little familiarity with security technology."

Agence Code owners are also using the one-click accessibility to Stratocast video from their smartphones to verify when cleaning staff are in their offices or in case some weekend hours need to be logged for big projects. According to Chapdelaine, "It's so convenient to be able to just pull up video and check if anyone is in the office. As a small business owner, security is not always something we think about, but Stratocast is an affordable and easy-to-use option that lets us keep an eye on our business when it is necessary, for whatever reason."

"A lot of other hosted solutions out there are made from companies with IT or integration backgrounds, so the fact that Genetec comes from a security background makes Stratocast really unique," continued Chero. "Stratocast is built as a security system, but offers the level of intuitiveness that is ideal for small businesses like Agence Code. Hosted video is the future and that's why are happy to partner with Genetec to deliver its benefits."

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