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At Actek we offer only the best video surveillance management solutions available on the market. We have therefore partnered with Cathexis to offer our clients state of the art surveillance solutions tailored to suit their precise requirements.


Cathexis is a South African manufactured product which is distributed globally due to its high quality, powerful analytics and reliability.

The Cathexis Video Management Solution and Software Suite provides an extensive range of sophisticated surveillance options, tools and functionality to satisfy all security and infrastructure management requirements.


From the high streets of London, to shopping malls in Australia, flagship department stores in South Africa and franchise outlets in the USA, the world’s leading retailers are using Cathexis solutions to minimise risk and improve operational efficiencies.


Exceptional integration capability, reliability, flexibility and longevity, have made Cathexis solutions ideal for the retail secuirty environment, providing real value across business operations, as well as a real return on investment.



I.P and Analogue CCTV Hybrid Solutions

Megapixel Camera support

Smart Video Analytics

Access Control Integration

Remote and Multiple Site Management Capability

Off-Site Monitoring

Mobile Access

Centralised Alarm Management

Sophisticated Health Monitoring

Meeting Retail Security Requirements

Point of Sale (POS) Integration with Intelligent Data Mining

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Integration

People Counting

Synchronised and Bi-Directional Audio

Queue Length Analysis

Traffic Direction

Goods Receiving Scanner Integration

Fire and Alarm Panel Integration

Retail Security that go beyond Surveillance

With seamless flexibility and scaleability, Cathexis provides the most ideal product solution, combined with all the necessary expertise and experience for retail security requirements.


Return on Investment

One of the most important objectives for retailers is to maximise return on investment. Cathexis enables retailers to combine the retail security management requirements with the ability to measure operational efficiencies. With the ability to integrate the Cathexis Video Management system across a wide range of platforms, this highly sophisticated solution becomes exceptionally affordable. Cathexis enables users to add real value across various departments, including: Risk Control, Retail Security, Marketing, Sales, Training and Operations.


Point of Sale Integration

The Cathexis Point of Sale (POS) Integration provides a full database of all POS transactions and associated video footage. A user-friendly interface allows easy viewing of cameras associated with specific tills. With Intelligent Data Mining, a database search engine allows users to find specific transactions or groups of transactions easily, and to play back the transactions synchronised with the associated video footage.


Video Analytics

Cathexis offers a range of video analytics to improve the effectiveness of the system, including:


Smart Video Motion Detection

Queue Length Analysis

Traffic Direction

Abandoned Object Analysis

Post Object Search

The system also integrates with several specialised analytics devices. The analytics software provides triggers to the system, which enables it to take user defined actions depending on the specific trigger received


People Counting

The Cathexis People Counting solution uses video counting technology to monitor the number of people coming in and out of the store. This provides valuable information for analysing shopping trends, conversion rates and people flow.


Interactive Graphical Interface

The interactive user interface provides a visual representation of a single or multiple sites. Operators can navigate through multiple layers of maps to selected sites, drag-and-drop cameras to selected monitors, control outputs, and move PTZ cameras. Users can also navigate multiple sites throughout the enterprise with the map facility. Cathexis provides operators with multiple site remote management, off-site monitoring and mobile access.



One of the major differentiating features of Cathexis, is the capability to integrate various third-party systems. Integration is enhanced by predetermined actions upon information received from various systems and the association of specific actions for events.


Third-party systems include:

  • Access Control
  • Point of Sale
  • Fire Panels
  • Alarm Panels
  • Electronic Article Surveillance Systems
  • Fridge / Freezer Controller
  • Scanning Integration


Access Rights Management


Large sites often require multiple control rooms and tiers of management. Therefore, for effective site management it is important to control the access levels of the various users. CathexisVision software offers multiple levels of users each with a unique username and password. Administrators can manage users across the site, or across multiple sites, from a central location.

Alarm Management


The CathexisVision Alarm Manager software provides this interface with complete alarm logs and the ability to “escalate” alarms to supervisors. A comprehensive reporting facility is included in the software. Similarly, when monitoring multiple sites from a central location, the alarm manager receives alarms from the various sites and provides an automatic connection to the sites initiating the alarm. Alarm video previews with pre- and post-event clips can be automatically downloaded and archived at the control room.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition


Also known as LPR (License Plate Recognition), we make use of a Character Recognition Algorithm through which the license plate details of vehicles can be identified. The sophisticated algorithm has been proven in more than 200 countries and works with both standard visible light cameras and specialised ANPR cameras, depending on the requirements and the environment.

Camera Parameter Cloning


Our CPC feature makes it easy to apply camera settings across multiple cameras. Settings like multiple video streams, resolutions, frame rates, bitrates and others are easily copied and pasted from one reference camera to as many of your site’s cameras as you wish, thereby reducing site setup times significantly.



Our mobile device applications enable you to remotely view cameras from your mobile device. CatMobile enables you to view up to four cameras simultaneously, review recorded footage from selected cameras and control PTZ cameras from the user interface. We also perform automatic scaling of video resolution to suit the bandwidth available to your phone. CatMobile easily enables you to connect to multiple sites wherever you may be in the world.



CatObserver is a feature that enables a selected viewing monitor to be configured as a “virtual camera” so that all the activity viewed on this computer screen is recorded. Advantages include easy archiving and access to all that an operator has viewed during an incident without having to archive or access multiple cameras’ footage.



The CathexisVision design tools assist you to design the best solutions for your application.




CathexisVision has an extremely powerful diagnostics suite. Apart from our already powerful “health monitoring”, we provide tools to assist the installers to analyse the whole system environment, both in real time and historically. Monitoring such parameters as network camera video streaming performance, recording bitrates, live viewing statistics, and network throughput, enables our partners to easily troubleshoot problems on-site. This provides real intelligence on the technical integrity of the solution.

Event and Action Management


The CathexisVision software offers intelligent configuration of events and the actions that can be initiated in response to these events.

Events can be triggered from inputs, video analytics, or integrated third-party system triggers. Rules-based configuration enables automatic responses associated with these specific events to be performed, including switching cameras to monitors, sending emails, controlling relay outputs, sending alarms to a control room, playing audio clips and many others.



CathexisVision provides complete redundancy by way of its elegant failover feature. This ensures that if any recording and video management server fails on a site, a “failover server” will automatically perform the tasks of the failed server. To add to this, when the failed server is replaced, all configuration and recorded footage will be automatically ported back to the replacement server. This ensures that your site runs seamlessly through the whole process.

Health Monitoring


We regard system “up-time” as paramount. The Cathexis Health Manager provides real-time analysis of the system and can be configured to send alarms to selected recipients if problems are detected. Camera failures, hard drive analysis, environmental conditions, communication integrity, software errors, and many more parameters are monitored to provide peace of mind. The software also provides full reporting capability to enable you to generate system status reports.

IP Camera Support


CathexisVision supports most popular brands of IP cameras using both ONVIF and proprietary protocols via a true UPnP interface. Integration includes multiple video streams, audio, input/output control, on-camera (Edge) video analytics as well as 360 and 180 degree “fisheye” camera de-warping algorithms.

Map Interface


Cathexis’s maps feature multi-layered, hierarchical, interactive interfaces. This provides representation, and control, of a site and its resources. These resources include cameras, input/output devices, access control doors, alarm/fire panel points, and more, all displayed on a graphical interface. The map also provides the ability to represent, and control, preset PTZ dome positions from the GUI; drag-and-drop cameras from the map to selected monitors; control selected integrated third party systems.

Multi-server Site Management


The CathexisVision Premium software provides a true site based management infrastructure, with multiple recording and viewing servers, cameras, and storage all being managed from a centralised location. The easy-to-use graphical user interface provides the operator with seamless access to cameras and resources anywhere on or off site.

Off-site and Multi-site Monitoring


The CathexisVision site management software provides authentic remote client system management. This includes performing all system functions from set-up to viewing, reviewing and system management, from anywhere across the globe. We provide many compression techniques to provide efficient streaming of video across limited bandwidth infrastructures.

Setup Wizards


To make setup easier, and reduce the probability of error, Cathexis has introduced new setup “Wizards”. These wizards logically guide clients through the setup process for cameras, databases, recording, analytics, events and event actions.

Storage Solutions


CathexisVision provides flexible storage solutions that can be tailored to suit client requirements. Multiple databases situated on recording servers, or at network addressed storage (NAS) areas, enable clients to maximise storage effectiveness.

3rd Party Systems Integration


Third party systems such as alarm and fire panels, access control, point-of-sale, building and plant management systems, and perimeter monitoring equipment can be integrated with the Cathexis software to provide an extremely powerful single user interface, with video verification of events that occur on these systems. Rules-based actions can then be initiated from the event data.

Upgradeable Architecture


The architecture of the CathexisVision software provides clients with the exibility to upgrade and expand their system or add features whenever necessary. So, whether the camera population needs to expand, the recording servers need to increase, or more features are required, the CathexisVision solution is easily upgradable to meet the new demands.

Video Analytics


CathexisVision provides its own analytics suite as well as the facility to integrate on-camera (Edge) analytics. Algorithms provided by Cathexis include a multi-zone “SMART” learning motion detection algorithm, abandoned or removed object detection, loitering, speed, direction, line crossing, queue length analysis and object counting. Our user friendly interface allows you to easily configure the algorithms, using both live and recorded video footage.

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Cathexis offers Remote Monitoring service providers an exceptional and comprehensive range of solutions to increase monitoring potential through powerful integration capability, health monitoring solutions, as well as flexible and hybrid architecture.

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