Exacq puts video management on a Mac

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

LAS VEGAS-Exacq, a DVR and NVR maker, caused a bit of a stir on the show floor here at ISC West by displaying its video management software on an iMac. It is the first time, to this paper's knowledge, that IP video management software has been developed for a Mac.
"It was the next logical step for us," said Exacq vice president of marketing Roger Shuman. When the company's engineers built the software client, "they used an open platform," he said, "and made it so they could drop it into Linux," which some people want because it's cheaper to run.
"So, the next progression was the Mac," he said. "So many school administrators, teachers, they want to be able to access the client on their home computers, which are often Macintosh." Exacq was especially pushed to modify for the Mac from integrator partners looking to enter and expand in this education vertical.
"They'd come to us and say, ‘Man, if we could just get this on a Mac, it'd be great for this school I'm bidding on,'" said Shuman. "We had to come up with a couple different things-like, you can't right-click on a Mac-but it wasn't that difficult."
Exacq also closed a $1 million venture capital funding round earlier this year and has used the funds to fuel very rapid growth. After coming to market in 2006, and being at ISC West for the first time in 2007, the company is now projecting profitability by summer of this year. ssn