Why hasn't anyone jumped in on this thread and provided some answers? I'd love some good reading...
We have not tested VideoXpert so I can't speak to its capabilities nor issues.
That said, I am glad to hear that they have ironed out the bugs as any new VMS is going to have a lot of things to work through.
I do expect we will test VideoXpert this year.
One note - I would recommend comparing a product to XProtect Expert or XProtect Professional Plus rather than Enterprise, as Milestone is not releasing *new* versions of Enterprise (product is still fully supported) and recommend those customers move to Expert.
Milestone customers that currently have Enterprise can migrate to Expert at the same/similar price point.
We were one of the first large scale deployments of VideoXpert. I cannot comment on its current feature set as we ripped it out due to significant performance issues. Unless there has been monumental improvement I cannot see it comparing to Milestone.
Pelco still follows the legacy model of selling boxes with software preinstalled like they did previously with Endura, Digital Sentry, etc. These boxes are almost invariably Supermicro whitebox servers so there is no special sauce in the equipment to justify being forced to buy from Pelco. Because of the forced use of specific hardware I would not classify VideoXpert as a VMS in the way we commonly define it. If you would prefer to buy from one manufacturer with limited freedom then this product is for you.
Milestone, up until a couple years back, didn’t even sell hardware. Even now I would prefer to roll my own servers and workstations from HP or Dell in lieu of Mikestone Husky. With Milestone you are free to tailor your solution to the client.
Pelco really needs to turn their back on trying to push boxes to stay relevant.
Just a question for those who worked on Pelco Videoxpert, does it integrate other light current systems as access control, or just ONVIF cameras ?
An Access Control product by Schneider Electric, called AccessXpert (or AX for short), integrates with VideoXpert (VX). AX is actually an OEM-branded version of the Feenics cloud-based access control system and is sold through Schneider branches as well as independent partners.
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I do not have first hand experience with VideoXpert however I met with a client three months ago who has a large VideoXpert installation across multiple buildings. They said that Pelco did a great job ironing out the previous version issues, it now works great, they love it and they integrate it with the building automation systems. They also commented it was cost effective. The person I was speaking with had intimate knowledge technically and from a budgeting/management side of the house.
I took this as good news for Pelco and I am interested to see how the complete Schneider portfolio plays out in the coming years as security becomes more and more integrated to building automation and control.
One of the things I consider important in VMS is the integration of edge analytics. Why would a camera manufacturer make the investment in their VMS to strengthen the integration of another camera manufacturer's analytics? We support ONVIF. (translation- use flakey RTSP stream, probably won't use edge motion detection and definitely not anything beyond that).
When others ask me what VMS to select, I tell them to always select a market share leader that will be around the longest. Easier said than done.
Beyond just Pelco customers, the VMS market as a whole demonstrates a desire to make their own choice for selecting customer specific analytics. By integrating Pelco cameras with 3rd party analytics within a Pelco VMS, clients are provided the ability to select the analytics offering that meets both budget and functionality constraints.