An integrator raised an interesting question. He's looking for a low cost IP video system for residential / SMB customers. He wants quality but charging $3,000 to $5,000 for a 'normal' professional 4 camera system is hard to justify in a market where kits are going for 80% less than that (and have mobile phone support).
Here are some thoughts about alternatives (in alphabetical order):
- Axis Camera Companion - no VMS recorded needed, just a handful of M series Axis cameras with SD cards (or a NAS) - $1,000 to $1,500 all in - downside - Axis only, limited VMS functions
- Avigilon - I am not sure of a solution here as Avigilon is inexpensive for professional users but does not really have a budget kit offering
- Dahua / QSee - very inexpensive cameras and kits - downside available at Costco and online
- Exacq LC - lower cost appliance for professional VMS software and broad third party support - downside: higher cost than Chinese / Axis Camera Compaion
- Milestone Arcus / LenovoEMC - similar to Exacq LC in both pros and cons
There's other 'pure' consumer offerings (e.g., Dropcam) but I am not sure it's good enough nor attractive enough for an integrator.
What else would you consider?