VMS / VSaaS Course On-Demand Overview

Understand the trends, terms, and technology for VMS and VSaaS. Based on the latest reporting at IPVM, analyzing and testing products to determine which are best and worst at various capabilities, and what companies are emerging.

The course cost is $399. This covers classes, personal help, and the certificate - Register now.

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Lots of manufacturer training exists but none really teach the underlying technologies and tradeoffs of current 2021 analytics. This IPVM course solves that problem.

Register for the VMS / VSaaS Course On-Demand

Class 1 VMS / VSaaS 101

We explain the fundamental features of VMS/VSaaSes, including common functionality, terms, and architecture. Additionally, we will introduce the critical pros and cons of comparing VMSes and VSaaSes.

Class 2 VMS / VSaaS Architecture

We explain the most common VMS / VSaaS architectures, and how they impact the core functionality, including management, recording, monitoring, and more. We also examine architecture's impact on cybersecurity, licensing, and hardware lock-in.

Class 3 VMS / VSaaS Recording 1

We explain the most common recording locations, common storage sizes, and the 2 most common methods for recording; Record in Place and Buffer and Record. We also explain the pros/cons and common reasons why event recording or continuous recording is used.

Class 4 VMS / VSaaS Recording 2

We examine advanced recording considerations during VMS / VSaaS design, including recording databases, file formats, retention laws, and storage capacity calculations. Additionally, we explain the pros and cons of redundant and backup recording, encryption, and video trickling.

Class 5 VMS / VSaaS Management 1

We cover the fundamental aspects of managing VMS / VSaaSes, including user permissions, camera and server connections, and server/client installation.

Class 6 VMS / VSaaS Management 2

We examine advanced VMS / VSaaS management functions including Federation, multi-server management, single sign-on, and others. We also compare the pros and cons of common VMS / VSaaS management interfaces, device firmware management, and event notifications.

Class 7 VMS / VSaaS Camera Integration

We explain the 4 most common methods for integrating cameras to VMS / VSaaSes, and the advantages and challenges of each method. We also explain the pros/cons of integrating cameras to an open system versus closed locked-in VSaaS.

Class 8 VMS / VSaaS Advanced Integrations

We examine the challenges, limitations, and issues when integrating 3rd party systems to VMS / VSaaS, including access control, point-of-sale, PSIMs, and more.

Class 9 VMS / VSaaS Investigation and Search

We explain the most common types of video search features in VMS / VSaaS, comparing pros / cons and best-use cases for each type, including time-based, motion, thumbnail, area-of-interest, and others.

Class 10 VMS / VSaaS Analytics Integration

We examine common analytics offered or supported in VMS / VSaaS, including a comparison of native analytics versus 3rd party integrations. We also examine advanced analytics metadata search including clothing color, facial recognition, gender, and others.

Class 11 VMS / VSaaS Live Monitoring

We explain the most common methods for viewing live video in VMS / VSaaSes, and the challenges or limitations generally found in client interfaces. Additionally, we will review advanced monitoring features including map-based monitoring and event monitoring.

Class 12 VMS / VSaaS Remote Monitoring / Mobile Apps

We examine challenges and limitations when remotely viewing video, including a comparison of the pros and cons of VMS and VSaaSes. Additionally, we will review common mobile app features and limitations and examine the use of video walls and event verification in remote security monitoring centers.

Course Instructor

The course will be lead by Sean Patton from IPVM. In addition to heading up IPVM's VMS / VSaaS course, Sean Patton also leads video management reporting at IPVM, analyzing and testing products to determine which are best and worst at various capabilities, and what companies are emerging. Previously, Patton designed systems as a security integrator and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Recorded Sessions

All sessions are recorded and posted for viewing on-demand anytime the same day the session is held.


At the end of classes, you will take a comprehensive final exam including multiple-choice and essay questions. If you pass, you will earn an IPVM VMS/VSaaS certificate of course completion (see list of current IPVM Certificate Holders).

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Register Now for the VMS / VSaaS Course On-Demand. The course cost is $399 - this covers classes, personal help, and certificate.

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Subscription Required

An active IPVM subscription is required to take the course. 


If you have any questions, please email us at info@ipvm.com