Axis Door Station A8207-VE Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 07, 2019

Axis newest door station, the A8207-VE, claims to deliver "video surveillance, two-way communication, and access control" in a single device. But how well does each of these perform?

The video in the unit tested disappointingly bad in low light, but was solid in daytime. The intercom functions tested reliably and well, but the integrated access reader is a mixed verdict - high security OSDP works well, but the reader only partially reads common smartcards.

We bought and tested a A8207-VE to see how it works.

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In this report, we evaluate and test the following:

  • System strengths & weaknesses
  • Video performance, including Lightfinder
  • Device pricing compared to competitors
  • What A8207-VEs offer that Axis 2N Verso does not
  • Axis free software and mobile app functions
  • Access control integration
  • HDMI output for hotspot monitors
  • ONVIF and Direct Driver VMS integration

This test expands IPVM's intercom test series including Zenitel's Vingtor-Stentofon, Axis mullion door station, Axis 2N Verso and Hikvision's door station. Look for an upcoming shootout this fall.

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*** ***** ** *** unit ****** *************** *** in *** *****, *** was ***** ** *******. The ******** ********* ****** reliably *** ****, *** the ********** ****** ****** is * ***** ******* - **** ******** **** works ****, *** *** reader **** ********* ***** common **********.

** ****** *** ****** a *****-** ** *** how ** *****.

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** **** ******, ** evaluate *** **** *** following:

  • ****** ********* & **********
  • ***** ***********, ********* ***********
  • ****** ******* ******** ** competitors
  • **** *****-*** ***** **** Axis ** ***** **** not
  • **** **** ******** *** mobile *** *********
  • ****** ******* ***********
  • **** ****** *** ******* monitors
  • ***** *** ****** ****** VMS ***********

**** **** ******* ****'* intercom **** ****** ****************'* *******-*********,**** ******* **** *******,**** ** *****************'* **** *******. **** *** ** upcoming ******** **** ****.

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Key ********

** *** *****, ********-******** ******** **** ******* pros:

  • ** ****** ******** ******: ********** ******** ** solutions **** *********'* *******, Commend, *** *******, *** of *** ******* ********** of *** ***** ** the ****** ***** ** master **** ******* ** server ** ******* ** route *****, *** ***** systems *** *** **** Axis *********. ** *** test, *** **** **** and ****** ******* ****** without ******.
  • ********** ****** ********, **** Out: ****** ***** ********* that **** ******* ****** control *** ******* */* contacts, *** *****-** ******** OSDP/Wiegand *******, ********** ******, and **** ******* *******. These ********** ****** ******** functioned ******** ** *** test.
  • *** *************: **** ********* *** be ***** ********** ** accessing *** ******'* ** address, ******* ** ********* a ****** ** ******** software ************. ****** ********** like *******, *** ********** web ****** ****** ******* similar ************* ** ******* IP *******.

*******, *** *****-** *** some ********** **** ********* its ********* ***:

  • *********** ****:******* ******** *****-*** ***** benefits, *** *****-** *** dismal ***** ********** *** the ******** **** **** supplemental ***** ** **** scenes ** ** ******.
  • *********** *** *****:*** *****-** ** * big *** ***** **** with * *****, ************* appearance. ****** ***** *********, the **** ****** ** flush ******* *** *** not *** ** ***** intercom ********* ** **** frames ** ****** ******** boxes.
  • ******* *** ****** *******:*** ********** ****** **** not ***** ******* *** iClass **.** *** ********* formats, ******* **** **** basic **** ****** *******.
  • ******** *** **** ************: ***** *** $*,*** A8207-VE ******** **** ****-*** features, *** ******** ************ require *** ** ****, and *********/********** *** **** lower ****, **** ******** equipped ***** * ****** fit, ********** **** ** access ************ *** ******.

Priced ****

*** *****-** ** ********* via ************ *** ****** for ~$*,***.

** *******, *** *****-** is **** ****** **** other ***** ********* **** stations, ********* ********* ************ ** ***** ****** at ~$*,***, ************ ******* ** ~$****** ******* *****-* *** ~$***.

***** ****** ** *** high-end, *** *****-** *** several '*****' ******** ******** that ****** *** *** have, ********* ** **** access **** ******, ** integrated ******, ****** ** use *** *****, *** a ****, ****** ********** call ********* ******** ****** *********.

Lightfinder ********, *** ******** ***** ***** ******

*** ****'* ****** **** not *** ********** ** for *** ***** *** instead ************ **** *********** and *** ***** ****** LED ************.

** *** **** ****** below, ***** ***** ******** were ~* ***, *** even **** ***********, ******* performance ** ****** **** for ****** ********** ******* details.

****** *** *** *****-** is *** **** ********* useful **** *** ****, dark *****-* ***** ***** it:

*** ****** **** ** that *** ******* ******* intercom ***, *********** ******** lighting **** ** ******.

************* *********** **** *** A82107-VE **** ****** ** of ** ************ ** most ******** ************ **********, since ******* ******** ** those ***** ** ******** by ******* ******** ****** for ******* ******* ** opening.

** ****, ******** ***** doorbells ***** *********** ** like**** ***(******* ~$***) ********* ******* better ***-***** *********** ** the **** *****:

Daytime *****

*******, ******** ** ***** video *********, *** ******* video ******* ** *** unit ** ****, *** at *** ** **** higher ********** **** ***~************************ ** ***** ***** units.

** *** ***** *****, we ******** *** *********** of *** *** *****-** against *** **** ****** 2MP *****-*. ****** ******* details *** ****** ** see ******** ** *** darker ****** **** *** A8105-E:

*** ****** **** ***** WDR ***************** *** **** ***** consistent **** ***** **** products. *** ******** ******** below *** **** ** specific **********.

** ****, ***** *********** needed ** ********* ** often *** ** ******** or *********** ** ******* surveillance *******, *** *** A207-VE's ******* ************* *** not ** ****** ** fully **** ** ******* intercom ************ **** *** well, ****** *** *** have * ***** ***.

Physical ********

*** *****-** ** * large ********, ********** ****** and ******* **** ******* intercom **** ********.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ******** ** ***** between ***** ** ******* door ********, **** **********/***** ***** ***** **** A8105-E***** *** ******* *** the *****-** ****** **** other *****:

*** **** ** *** station, ********* ~*.* ****** X *.* ****** * 2 ****** *****, ** due ** **** ** the '-**' ******, ***** claims ****, ****, **** 4X, ****** **********/***** *********, and ** ***** *****.

*** **** ****** ******* ~3 ******, ***** ** about ** ******* **** Axis' *****-*, *** ** the ***** **** ******** housing ********** *** ****.

** *** ***** *****, we ******* *** ***** size ** *** **** compared ** ***** ***** intercoms:

******, **** ************ *** find *** *** *** the *****-** ********* *** to ****. ***** **** intercoms *** ***** ** fit **** ******** *** sizes *** ******* ** option ** ***** *****, the *****-** ** ******* mount **** ** ********* that ******* ***** **** to ****** *** ********* securely. ************ ********* ********* mounted ** **** ****** or **** ***** *******/******** will *** ** **** fits *** ***** *** A8207-VE.

Internal **********

******* ***** ********** ******* the *****-** *** ***** intercoms ** *** ******* integration ******* **** ***** security *******, ********* ***, access *******, ***, *******-*** "T-Coils", *** ***** **** hotspot ********.

*** ****** ********* ***** are ***** *****, ********** with *** ****** **** in**** **** ***********:

** ****, *** ******** supports **** ******* ****** for ***** ******* ** calls *** ****** ******. Our **** **** ****** audio ******** ** *** intercom ****, *** *** the ********* ****.

** *** ***** *****, we ******* *** *****-*** connectors *** *****:

*** **** **** ******** reader ******* *** *******, OSDP, ** ****-*********** ***** connections. ** **** ****** the ***** **** ****** to * ***** ******* and ***** ** ******* or *********** ** *** displayed ******.

*** **** **** ************ connected **** **** ****** ********** *** ****** ***** PoE ***** ***** ****** by *** ******** *** the ********** ***** *****.

A8207-VE ** ** *****

*** *****-** ******** ******** with ******* **** *******, the ** *****. *** video, **** ******, *** IP ******** ******** *** similar, ** ** *** arrangement ** *** **********:

No ******* ******, ****** **

*** ** *** ******* physical *********** ******* *****-*** and **'* ***** ** modularized **********.

*** *** *****-**, *** model ** ********* ** a ****** *************.

*******, ** *****'* ****** uses ******** ******* *** bases ****** ******** **** a ****** ****-*******.** ****** **+ *************** Verso *********** *** **** *** same **** ** **** door-stations *** ** ********** by ********** *******, *******, or **** ****** *******.

** ****** ******* ******* for ******** *** *****-** does *** *******, **** BLE *** *********** *******. However, *** *****-** ***** with * ****** ** default, ***** *** ** model **** ****** **** as ** ******** ******.

** ***** **** *** users ***** ***** *** more ********* *****-** **** the ******* ******** *****. They *********:

[*** *****-** *** ******] camera ***********, (***, ***, Zipstream, *********** ***.) ********* (via *****-** *** **** support), *****, *** ****.

** ******* ***** ******** like *-**** ******* *** Free ******** **** ********** apps *** ********* **** 2N ***** ** *** following ********.

T-Coil **********

******* ******** ******* ** the *****-** ** *********** with ******* *** *-**** or '********* ****' ******** devices.

*** *-**** (********) ***** as * ***** ******** which ***** ** ******* from * **** ****** that **** ** ** electromagnetic *****.

**** ******* **** *** not ******** **** **** 'extra' *********, *** ** the ***** **** *** sporadic ********** ** '*-****' compatible *******.

** ********, * ******* aid *-**** ******** *** intercom's ******* *************** ***** into * *********-***** ***** signal. **** *** ****** from *** **** ******’* microphone ** *********, *** background ***** ** **** out.

*-**** ******* ** *********, but ******** ** ***** intercom *******. *** *******, the******* **-**** ************** '*-****' ******* *** compatibility, *** ** ** not ********* ********* *** general ********** *** *** is **** ** ******* facilities.

** *** *** **** the *-**** ********** ** the *****-**.

Free **** ********* ****** & ******* ***

*** *****-** ** ********** with****' ************, **** ****** *** desktop, ***** ****** ***** to ******* ************* *** calls, **** ****, *** release *** ****. ** manual **** ********** ** required *** **** *******.

*** ******** *** ****, with ** ******* **** or *************. **** ****** phones ******* ******** ***** when *** *** ** installed.

** ****** *** *********'* door **** ******* ****** for ***** ********** **** with *** ********'* ******** relay ******** *** *** the ***** ********** ** an ***** **********. *** 'door *******' ****** ******* as * **** **** both *** ********* ******* and ****** ****.

** ***** ** ***********, the ********* ****** *** not *********** ** **** than ** ********.

Audio ******* *****

**** ******* *** ***** features ** *** *****-**, especially ******* *** ****'* noise ************ .

** *** ****, ***** noise ************ *** ***** and ******* ***** ******* at **** ******** *** app **** *** ****.

*******, *** ******* **** place ** * ******, unchallenging ***** ***********. ** our ******** ******** ********, we *** ******** **** granular **** *********** * number ** *********** **********/ variable ***** ********* *** will ****** **** ********** then.

VAPIX ********** **** ******

** ******** ** ***** hardwired ****** ****** *********** via **** *** *******, we **** ****** *** VAPIX *** ********** ******.

***** **** ****** *********** limits *********** ** **** controllers, *** **** ************ will **** *** ** the ********** ***** ******. However, **** *** ***** method, ****** ******* *** transmitted *** ******** ** the ********* **********. *** image ***** ***** **** connection ** ******:

Raw ********** ****** ****

** ***** ** ***********, all ***** ********** ******* perform ****, **** *** potentially *** *****:

**** *** *****'* ****** is ****, **** *** 'raw' ********** ****** *** transmitted, *** *** ************* controller **** ** ********** to ******* ****, *** interpreted '**** ******' ******.

** ***** **** ***** this *****, *** **** told **:

[**** ** *] ******* limitation **** ** ****** to ******* ** ****** FW ********.

Limited *** ********* *******

******* ********* *****: *** integrated ****** ** *** fully ********** **** ****** HID ********* *******, * big ***** *** * unit ******* $*,***.

** ****** ****** ******* and *** *** *** formats **** ** *****, but *** ****** **.** MHz *** *******, ******* only '**** ****** *******':

**** ********* ************* ** reading ***** ********* ***/*** details **** **** *** iClass *******. ***-**** ******* is *********** ********, *** any ******* **** ** the ********** **** *** be **** ** *** A8207-VE.

*** **** ****** **** integration **** ****** *******, an ********** ******** **** reader **** **** ** be ****, *********** *********/*** using *** ** *** A8207-VE's **** ********* ********.

ONVIF *****

****** ***** ********* **** Zentel ** *******, **** video ******* ******* * & G ****************** ** ** ** recorded ** ***** ** 3rd ***** ***** ** NVRs:

VAPIX ******

** ***** *****-**'* ****** to ***** ***** *** VAPIX ******. **-*********** ***** was *********.

**** **** ***** **** not ************* ****** ** event *** *** **** station's **** ******, *** it ***** ** ******** created ** ** '*****', as **** ** ***** features **** **** ****** buttons.

Direct ****** *******

************, ** ***** *** A8207-VE *********** *** ****** ********* ***** ******** ********* call ******/***/**** ****** **** as ********.

** ****, ******* ******** the *****-***** *** ** *******, *** ** *** not **** ***********.

Upcoming ******** ********

**** *** ********* ******* individual ***** *** **** compare / ***** **** out ******* **** ***** in ****** *****. ** depth *********** ** ***** quality, ***-***** ***********, *** audio ******* **** ** a *****.

***** *** *** ********** test *******:

** *** ************** ***,******* ** ****** *, *********** ****** *****.

Firmware ******

  • **** *****-** ******* ***** Door *******:*.**.*.*
  • **** *****-* ******* ***** Door *******: *.**.*.*
  • **** ****** *********:*.**.***
  • **** ***** **** *******:*.**.*.*
  • ********** *******: *** ********* (** bit), ******* ******, ****** DESFire ***, *** ****** SE *********

Comments (35)

*** ** *** ******* issues ** *** ***** IP ********* **** *** brains ** *** *******. Who ***** **** ******* $1400 ** *** ** the ******* **** ***** it ***** ** ******* up ** * **** idea - ** * professional *******. *** ******* office ********, ***** ********, etc. ** ***** **** more ***** ** **** the ****** **** **** with * ****** ****/*/* through ** *** ******* so ** *** *** by * *****/****** *** it's **** * ***** panel ** *******. * also ***'* *** *** the **** ***** **** $250 *** ***** *** basically *** **** **** plus **** ****** ******** which ****** ** ********* for $***  *** ******* all ***** **** ***** they *** ***** $****!! The **** ** **** for **, ******, *** etc

*** ***** **** ******* $1400 ** *** ** the ******* **** ***** it ***** ** ******* up ** * **** idea - ** * professional *******.

*** ***** * **** point, ***** ** *********** by *** **** *** entire **** ** **** to *** ********* *** a ****** *** **** 'Security' ***** **** *** be ******* ***** * driver ** ************* ** *** ******** store.

 

** *** ** * know, *** **** ***** cannot **** **** **** like *** **** *** other *** ********** ***, and **** *****'* **** doors. 

**** ** ******* ** both ******; **** **** not ******* *** *** do ***** **** ***** contacts.

* **** ***** **** on *** * ********** **** generate ********* ***** ** noise *** ****** **** may **** *** **** the ***** ************ ******** as **** ** *** volume ** ***** ****** and *** **** *** canceled.

***** ****? ** *** don't ****.  **** **** to *****: *****@****.*** ** that's ******.  ******!

**** *****-** ********* *** a ***** ******** ** well. We've ************ ** ***** enterprise **** ****** **** Cisco **-**** ******.  ***** *** own *******, ** **** the **** ***** *** the **** ** ****** but **'** ****** *** ** ** ****** is *** ***********. *** *****-** **** ***** nicely **** * ****** *** ADA ****** ** *** stainless ***** ********* *** integrator ********. * ****** this layout over ***** ***  *****-** because most *********** ***** *** ** ******* for ** ********** ******.



*** *** ***** *** and **** ***** (****) to ********* ****?

*** ***********. **** ******** ** Axis ***** ******** ***** ** the ***** *******.
** *** ** ********** to **** *** **** remotely **** *** *** of **** ******.

 

*** *** ***** ****** part ** * ***** phone ******* ** *** you ***** **** ***** alone **** *** ********?

***** *******. ** **** enterprise ********, ***** ********* can **** **** ** an ********** ****** **** anywhere ** *** *******.

**** ** * ***** I **** **** **** ago ** *********** *** Axis **** ******* **** Cisco **** ******* *** anyone *** ***** **:

  • ** ****** ******** ******: ********** ******** ** solutions **** *********'* *******, Commend, *** *******, *** of *** ******* ********** of *** ***** ** the ****** ***** ** master **** ******* ** server ** ******* ** route *****, *** ***** systems *** *** **** Axis *********. ** *** test, *** **** **** and ****** ******* ****** without ******.

********* ***** **** *** *** a ******* ******/***.  *** can *** ** *** of *** ******** ** route *** ***** ** can *** * *** phone ** **** ***** between ** ******** *** VOIP *****. 

** ** **** *** SIP ******* ******** **** do *** ******* * station.  **** *** ** setup *** *** ********* to *** ** * point ** ***** **********.  But ***'* ** **** Commend *** *** * dumb ****** ** ****** will ** ***** *** same **** ** **** unit.  * **** *** station **** ****** ****** over *** ** ***** $1000 ********, *******, ******** screws, *** **** **********.

* ** ****** ********** with *** ******* ** Ring. **** ***** (*********), horribly ******** **, **** detail ** ****** *** within * **** ** the **** ******, ***.

*** **** ****** ** dark ****** *** ****** and ***** ***** ** far ********* **** ****** out **? ******* **** with **** ****** ** would ******* * ****** image **** ** **** very **** ****.

** ** *****, ** is *** ** ******* in **** **** ** recommending **** **** ** Axis ********.  **** ** a ******** ********, *** a ********** ********.

*******, **** ***** *** built ** ***** ****** within ***** ***** ***** making ***** **** *** device.  *** ***** ** the ********** ** *** Ring **** * ****** job ** ********* ******* details ** **** ****** using (*******) ** **** Axis' ***** *** ***** Lightfinder ** *** *****-**.

** *** ***** ** the ******: **** ******* can ** **** **** Ring, *** *** **** and ****** ** *** A8207. *** ***** ***** is *** **** ***** with *** **** (**** of) ******** ********:

*** ****** *** *** 'washed ***' ******* **** with *** *****-** ****** in *** ****?

** ***** ****** ***** the ***** ** ****** brick ***** *** *** dark ***** ** ** shirt, *** ** *** expense ** * ***** image ** ** ****?  (P.S.  ********* *** *** ugly ****.  :)  )

*******, **** **** ~$***, the **** **** ***** $1,400. 

********* ********** **** *** mean *****. ****** *** inferring **** *** "****" standpoint ********* *** **** factors; ********* **** **** real *********** **** ****** door ******* ***** *** concerned ***** ****** **** just *** ******* **** standing ******** ** *** door. ***, *** ***** individuals ******** ** *** background, *** **** *** Axis ****** ***** ****** catch; ********** ** *** device **** ********* *** the ***** (***** ** obviously *** **). ***** to ****** ***** ;-)

********#*: *** **** * like ***** *** *** but *** **** ****** how ***** **** *** go **** ***** ** has * ********* ******** on *** ****? ***** picky * *****.

********#*: ***’* **** *** but **’* *** **** of **** ***** *** at ****!

* ****** *** ** video ******** ***** ****** of ******. 😂😂😂

** **** **** *********, I *** ******* **** truth ** ******** **** fiction.

SIP phone

 

** **** ******* *** an *********** ***** *** phone, *** *********** *** - ** ** ** series ***** **** **** all *** **** **** stations.  *'* ** ***** to **** **** *** setup ******* ** ****** is **********.

** **** **** ***** a *** ** *** Axis ********* *** **** couple ** ***** *** they **** ****** ****. Not ******* * ****** station ** * **** and * ***** ***** but ********* ** *** site *** ****** * master ******* ******* * pain *********. ********* ** have * ******** *** a ****** ** ***** at *** **** *** use ** ** *** master *******. ** *****'* had **** ******* ***** a ** ** ****** to ****** *** *****. A ****** ** ***** have **** *** *** integration **********. 

* **** **** **** this *** ***** ** another ******** *** ** customers.

****'* * ***** *****.. Using ** ******.. *** it **** **** **** to ;-)

** **** **** ***** and ******* ** ** our ***** ***** ******* via ***.  ** ***** Well.  **** **** *** using ****** ******* *** there **** ****** ** view *** ****** ** well.

*****, ***** ******. ***** you ****** ******* **** the **** *** ** "edge" ****** ******, **** a ***** ** **********? Also *** ********* ****** detection ** *** *****. Are ***** *** ***** video ** ***** ********* available? ***.

***** *** ****** ******* that *** **** *** an "****" ****** ******, with * ***** ** controller? **** *** ********* motion ********* ** *** video. *** ***** *** other ***** ** ***** analytics *********? ***.

*** ***** **** ******** a ******, ** **** controller *************.  ***** *** provisions *** ***** *** audio *********, *** *** physical ******* ******** *** limit *** ****** **** are.

*** *******, ** ***** analytics ** ***** **** and **** *********:

*** *** *****, **** value ** *** '***** Detector'?  *** **** ****** be ********* ***** ** Audio ***** *******?

  • ***, ****** *** ** triggered ***** ** ******** audio ***** *** ****** engine. ********* ***** ** locally **** *** **** the ******** ****** ** that ********** ************, ***** details ** ***** ******, type ** ***** ***. are *** **** ************.

**'* * $**** ***/**** reader **** **** *** a *** ******.  ** wonder ********* *** *** this *** * ***** intercoms ** ***** ****. By *** *** *****'* IP ************ ********* *** on *** ******** **** of *** ****.

** *** ****** ** external ****** ** ** going ****** ** *** panel ** ** *** $1400 ******** ***** ******* involved ** *** **********?

 

** *** ****** ** external ****** ** ** going ****** ** *** panel ** ** *** $1400 ******** ***** ******* involved ** *** **********?

******** ******* *** ******** to *** **********/*****, *** the ********.

"** ****** ********* *** has **** *** * other ********* ** ***** door. ** *** *** there's ** ************ ********* SIP ** *** ******** side ** *** ****."

*****... ****** *** *** ************ absolutely ******* ** *** thread.

***** ***** *** *****. I've ***** **** *** with "***** ***** *****".
****, ** *** **** what *** **** ******* about, *** ***** **** that *** **** ** tamper ********* *** ******** * ****** switch.



 

******* ******** *.*. "****" control.  ** *** **** device *********** *** ****?  So ** * **** an ******** ****** ** a **** ** *** PACS ***** ***** ** have ** **** ** the **** ****** ** command *** **** ** be ********?  ** ** it **** **** **** would ** *** **** devices ********** ** *** PACS?

 

 

** *** **** ****** controlling *** ****?

*** *****-** *** *** option ** ******* * lock ********, *** *** input/output ***** ***********.  **** would ***** * **** into * **** ***** or *** ** ****** the **** *** ** interface ****** ****** * call ** ** ***** access ****** ** *********.

*******, **** ********* ** unlikely **** **** ****, given *** ********** **** reader *** ****** ***** be ******.

* **** **** ******* this **** *** * while *** ** **** deployed **** ** *** A8105-E **** *** *** SIP ***********.  * ******** to ***** **** *** the ***** ******* ** bad ** ** * 6MP ***** *** ***** really **** *** *****'* have ** ***** **** the ***** **** ***** look *** **** *** don't **** *****.  * can *** ** *** of *** ********** ********* we ******* **** **** well-lit ********* ** **** intercom ***** **** **** day ** ***** **** of *** ****. 

 

****, ***** ** *** looking ** ********** *** the ******** *** ******* the ***** **** ** info ******* *** ********* ways ** *** ***** Axis ********.  **** **** helps. 

 

******* ****** *** ******* the ********. *****, *****'* the ***** ******* ******* a **** ********** ****** the **** ****?

*** **** *** ******** release * ****, *** access ******, *********, *** cardholders/credentials ****** ** *** up.  ** *** ****/**** that, *** **** ** use * **** **********, like *** ****** ****** shows.

****, *** **. ***** you!

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This week, Verkada released "People Analytics", including face analytics that they describe is a "game-changing feature" that "pushes the...

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