Embarassing - Verkada Touts Replacing Surveillance System That Only Had 3 Days Recording

Verkada has a new case study - "Thriving Restaurant Deploys Cloud Based Cameras to Increase Storage Capacity" where they declare:

Any footage of minor and major incidents– whether a patron left a personal belonging on the patio, or there were issues with inventory management– was lost after 3 days unless we manually downloaded the clip and archived it on a hard drive. [emphasis added]

3 days recording is comical. It would literally be a challenge to construct a surveillance system that only recorded for 3 days, given multi-TB hard drives being the norm in 'DVRs' as Verkada claims here.

The problem is that Verkada has such a poor understanding of video surveillance so they don't understand how absurd this sounds.

And among the many, many problems of Verkada (see Verkada Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested and Verkada Video Quality Problems Tested), storage is one of the more obvious ones. Because Verkada forces storage inside the camera, they charge a fortune for storage. To go from 30 to 60 days or storage, the price increase is $300 per camera and it gets worse for even longer storage, as this gif from their website shows:

Of course, the problem is that solid-state storage inside of cameras is really costly and inflexible. If you buy a Verkada '30 Days' storage camera and want 60 days, buy a new camera. Any conventional system, add a hard drive in a recorder - inexpensive and can provide far more storage than inside a camera.

Are Italian restaurants flocking to Verkada? Maybe, maybe not, though this one is literally around the corner from Verkada's office:


Login to read this IPVM discussion.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

*** ******* ** **** Verkada *** **** * poor ************* ** ***** surveillance ** **** ***'* understand *** ****** **** sounds.

**** ** *** *******, to *******'* *********, ** that * *** ** users ***'* **** **** is ****** ******. **** of ***** ***** ********** have ****** *** ******** in *** **** **** flaky ***-*** *********, *** so **** *-*** ***** sounds ********** ********** ** them.

* ****** *** **** days *******'* ********* **** to ***** ** * light ****.