AVA VMS And Video Analytics Tested

By Rob Kilpatrick and Sean Patton, Published Feb 11, 2021, 09:36am EST (Research)

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Dynamic ********** *** ******* ****** ********

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Comments (16)

Nice report. I have been testing their system for months and have a couple of systems getting deployed. Getting remote access to systems and setting up users is really simple. Sharing links to video is also really nice. Counting of objects works nicely as well as I like how AVA does Object in view counting vs other vendors that are trip wire-based though AVA does both. Heat maps seem to work well too.

Did you test the Webhook integration? You can have a lot of fun with Axis VAPIX commands and Ava's analytics.

Access control integration also works really well with Openpath with others in the works.

I have found the analytics to work really well I have several rules set up to detect people and vehicles on my property and they have never missed an event and I always get a push notification on my phone.

They don't have all the mature features of the long-time VMS but I have been impressed with how fast they are pushing out updates and how easy it is to upgrade systems.

Looking forward to seeing AVA grow in the VSaaS space.

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They are new to market and the setbacks are expected. We have also been testing them for a few months now, our partners in the west coast have deployed them on a couple of projects and we like what we see. What sets them apart is offering the appliance and third party camera support; the latest update added a feature where you can access third party camera settings right from within the AVA platform (like a built in browser).

The one thing that for me sets them apart from the others is that their engineers listen to their integrators, they ask questions and implement our suggestions (within reason) to their products, something that has been lacking from some of their competitors.

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How does this compare to Avigilon? Would this be a good alternative?

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: How Does Ava Compare To Avigilon? Would Ava Be A Good Alternative?

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We have been working with Ava for several months and have been impressed with their product and support. Engineering and sales have both been responsive. They actively engage with their integrators in order to prioritize R&D and perform beta-testing.

We put this VMS through its paces at our shop to ensure it could be relied upon at a customer site. The on-prem appliance and cloud solution both have been very solid. The rules and alarms are simple to set up. As mentioned in Michael's comment, the analytics and notifications work well. The Openpath integration is one of the easiest access/video integrations we've done. We have added several 3rd party cameras to the on-prem appliance with no issues. It is pretty cool to see Ava's analytics working well on a Gen5 Sony camera we had laying around...

We're really looking forward to the product set growing and developing.

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We have been working with Ava for a while and offer Ava Security in our line card. Ava had been received well by our customers. Also, the analytics require zero configuration and work very well.

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Its had to knock the AVA product...being able to use any IP camera on thier server is a major plus...just done my first install...really really smooth video and picking up a point in time so easy even on the phone app...AVA will become a major player ...great start guys I m a fan!!

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being able to use any IP camera on thier server is a major plus

What a world where this is now something novel and differentiating! Thanks Verkada :)

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Do you think there is any chance Verkada comes out with a box for 3rd party cameras?

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Sure, there is a chance. How much of a chance and how soon, I do not know.

I would think they would be more inclined to bring third party cameras in than allow their cameras to be connected to 3rd party systems, sans subscription.

Btw, Verkada has released an API though, on the camera API, it is limited to requesting thumbnails and links to archived video clips and, of course, requires an ongoing subscription.

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I liked the idea of Verkada and had a test camera on my house..fisheye one...I mentioned to the UK distributor my possible end user....what do I find??? Well they went straight to my customer offering a trial camera bypassing me the installer...I hear of another UK installer whos had the same issue of Verkada approaching thier end user....pretty desperate behaviour.

The fisheye I had was ok picking up cars and people events but playback slow as treacle and the video quality so poor that I could not recognise my girlfriend at 5 mtrs from the camera....maybe they have something better now but regarding the company ethos and product experience thus far for me I think they stink to high heaven

NOTICE: This comment has been moved to its own discussion: Verkada Approaching End Users In The UK

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My average client (in Healthcare) is due for a tech refresh and has 60 analog cameras connected to 4 local DVRs. We will be moving them to IP cameras and NVRs with all the necessary investments in equipment and infrasturcture.

Do I understand the cost correctly?

1. Initial cost of cameras $799 x 60 = $47,940

2. Annual licensing cost of ~$9,500 based on a 5 year term

3. Local applliance cost of ~$13,000 (but can do without)

Since these cameras go directly to cloud, is buying cloud storage a must, or not required if I'm happy with the 30 day on-camera retention?

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They have two options:

Cloud-managed server

or

Cloud-managed cameras

Nether use cloud storage.

If you go with the cloud-managed cameras you do not need the server but you're going to pay more for the cameras because of the on-camera storage.

For the server-based solution, you would be at $499 per camera for a 5-year license.

Which would be $5988 per year but you pay the full 5 years upfront.

For the camera-based solution, you would be at $799 per camera for a 5-year license.

Which would be $9,588 per year but you pay the full 5 years upfront.

Does that help?

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Thank. That helps.

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"However, its recorders are only available as hardware appliances and cannot be installed on 3rd party servers."

This is a bummer, I have a few existing clients I would love to potentially transition over to Ava using existing servers.

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Chances are the servers your client has will not work as AVA uses a lot of GPU for the analytics. Another major advantage is all you need to do is rack the servers and go.

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This report may need to be updated in regard to Ava's cloud storage. We are a new Ava partner and going through the paces to familiarize ourselves with the system, but I believe even with the standard licensing footage is backed up to the cloud.

For example, a Dome-W-5MP-30 has onboard storage for ~30 days video retention but the Ava Aware platform mirrors a guaranteed 30 days to their cloud. I don't know if this is the case when using a Cloud Connector Appliance.

There are also extended cloud storage licensing options to increase retention in the cloud without changing any hardware components.

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