IPVMU Certified | 11/01/18 08:52pm
So I am very conflicted when offering surveillance to consumers. I use Spectrum for my personal home and also sell it as the main VMS for primarily commercial customers. I have installed it for a few consumers but they weren't asking for analytics or to cover something specific. I have seen the Nest work well and it does a pretty good job of alerting when it spots a person which is helpful for outdoor use. I currently have been using the Wisenet doorbell camera because I can utilize the alerts from the app but still record locally to Spectrum.
My issue is that while Nest works well, there isn't a local recording option. Most Internet connections in my area don't support fast upload speeds and DO support bandwidth caps. I don't like the fact that Nest constantly uploads all the time. I still didn't see an adjustment for the frame rate, but perhaps I missed it. I like manual control of the cameras because I don't like to waste space even when recording locally.
Spectrum will support analytics, but the camera analytics still seem to not work as well as Nest or they work well but are pretty expensive (Avigilon) for most consumers. The Nest app works really well and despite the fact the Spectrum app is good, I think the Nest app is a step above in terms of handling alerts and quick playback from those alerts without unlocking the phone. These are things that consumers care about that many businesses customers don't.
I currently have a customer looking to cover their hot tub because they know someone was in it without permission and they wanted to be alerted for events like that and they wanted a doorbell camera and to watch their driveway. I can get concealed cable to two of the cameras and the power to the doorbell is already present. Nest cameras are wireless which I'm also not a fan of. However, if you can get 5GHz to reach the cameras, it's more difficult to disrupt 5GHz compared to 2.4GHz. Because they are wireless, I will need to provide them with a better wireless system as their current one is provided by the ISP and it doesn't work that well. By the time it would all be installed, it would still be less than a Spectrum system initially. Over time, due to cloud recording, there would be a point where the Spectrum system would be less expensive but that wouldn't be for years.
Is there anything else that would be better to look at? I wish Nest simply offered a NAS hybrid option where you could control your data and perhaps pay for an onsite analytics package which I'm assuming they do the analytics on their servers.