AVA VMS And Video Analytics Tested

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

VSaaS startup Ava says they offer "simpler video security and powerful intelligence for everyone", but how well does the platform work?

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We purchased an Ava system, and in this report, we examine Ava's strengths and weaknesses with 4 screencasts, including:

  • How does live and playback streaming work?
  • What differences are there in cloud cameras compared to the appliance?
  • How well do the video analytics work?
  • How well does the Person / Vehicle Smart Tracking work?
  • What causes the video analytics to perform poorly?
  • What client UX issues exist?
  • What common VMS features are missing?
  • What issues and limitations are there with system configuration?
  • How well does the mobile app work?
  • What features are missing in the mobile app?
  • How easy is the camera and VMS setup?

See our companion Ava Camera Test.

Executive *******

***'* ********* ****** *** remote ******, *** ***** camera *******, *** **-***** people *** ******* *********, while ** ***** *********** issues ** *** ******** people ********, ***** *********, and ********** ******.

*** ***** ***** *********** with ******* ******* ******** compared ** ***-**** *** (e.g., ******* *****) *** differentiates *** ******** **** Verkada *** ****** **** its *** ********/******* **** supports * **** ***** of *** ***** ******* as **** ** ********** on-site *******. *******, *** recorders *** **** ********* as ******** ********** *** cannot ** ********* ** 3rd ***** *******.

*** ** ******* ****** recognition *** ***, ***** are ******** ********* ** VSaaSes. ********, ***** *** offers ***** ****** *** on-premise ********* *******, **** cannot ** ******** ************** because **** *** ********* remote ********** (****** *** says **** **** ** resolved ** ** **** year).

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*** *** ******* *********:

  • *** ****** ********* ********* using ***** ******* *** on-premise ********** *** *** miss ******** ******* ******* multiple ****** **** * week ** *******. ****, people **** ******** ********, running, *** ********** ** the *****.
  • **** ****** *******, *** did *** ***** ***** on ****** ******* **** as ******* *******, ******* produced, ** ***** *** small *******. **** ***** camera *** ********* **** did *** ***** ** heavy ****/****.
  • ****** *** ******* ****** was ********* ******** **** searching *** *** ********/******* colors (******* ** ***** / ** **** ********** with **********'* ***** ******).
  • ****** ****** **** *** web *** ****** ******* worked **** **** **-** connections, **** ***** ***** (~2 ****** *******, ***** than *******, **** ****** than *******), *** **** live *** ******** *********.
  • *****-***** ****** *********** **** the *** ********* *** easy, *** *** *****-** AI-analytics *********** *** *****.
  • ***** ********* **** ***** on *** ******* ******, detecting ****** ********* ** loud ****** ***** ******** loud *****, ****** *** domes ********* ****** ****** screaming.

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*** *** * *** weakness, ********* **** ******** analytics, *** ********* ******:

  • *** ***** ******** *** tedious ** *** ** and ******** ** ******** tracked ****** ******* *** scene ** * ******** field ** ****, ** was *** "*****" ****** to **** **** * person *** ** *** field ** **** ** more **** *** ******, appearing ** **** **** one ******.
  • ****** **** ******** ** ~13 *** **** *** cloud ******* *** ********* which ** ********** ***** than ***** *********** ********* such ** ******** **, which **** ****** ~*-** PPF.
  • ***** ***** ********* ****** with ******* ******, ***-****** such ** **** *****, teal, *** **** ********** missed.
  • ******** **** **** *** missed ** *** ***** but *** *** ******** a ******** ** *** scene ** * ******* on **** ***** *** on-premise *********.
  • ********* *** *** ******** at ***** ******** ***** results **** ***** ****** of ***** **** *********** other ********.
  • ***** ***'* *** ********* is ********* ***** ******* layered ** ****** *****, we ********** **** *** menu *********** ********, ***** Ava ***** **** ***** fix.

Vs ******** ** *********

** *** *****, *** performed ********* ** ******** H5 *********, ******** *** indoor ****** ******* ** alarms ***** ********* ****** running, ********, ** ********** in *** *****. *** also ******* *** ******* common ******* ** ***** alarms **** ** ******* foliage, ******* ******** ** foliage, *** ***** ** small ******* ** *** scene.

On-Premise *** ******-**-***** *** *************

*** ******* **** **** VSaaS ******** ** ******** appliances *** *** ***** camera ******* (** ***'* traditional ** *******) *** direct-to-cloud ******-** *******. *******, appliance ******* *** ***** camera ******* ** *** interoperate, ***** *** **** they **** ** ******* support *** ** ** 2021:

** **** ** ******* support *** ****** *********** at *** *** ** Q2 **** ****. ** the ******** ***** ****** platform **** ****** *********, our ********* **** ** able ** ****, ******, and ******* *** ******* of *** ***** ****** - ****** ***** *******, on-premise *********** *** *****-***** cameras ***** **** *** of *** ********* ******* integrations **** * ****** pane ** *****.

VMS / ********* ******** *****

*** ********* *-****** ***** overviews *** *** ********* for **** ********** *** analytics ******:

VMS / ****** ********* *********** *****

****** ********* ** *** web *** ****** ****** was *****, **** ** buffering ** ****** ****** with **** ** ********. Ava's *** ****** ****** simultaneous **** *** ******** viewing, ***** ** ****** in *********** ***** *** less ** ***** ********* (e.g., *******):

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*** **** **** **** will ** ******** *** video **** ******* *** direct-to-cloud *******, ***** **** longer ** ***** ********* than *** **********:

*** ***** **** ** a *******-***** ********** ******** by *** ***** ******* that ******** **** ******* user ********** ** *********** the **** **** *** video ** ****** (***** network, ******* *** ***, or ******* *** *****). This *** **** *** load **** ****** **** in *** ********* ****. In ****** ******** ***** Path **** **** ******* one ********** *** *******, reducing *** **** ****** for ******** ****.

*** *** *** ******* streaming, ************ ******** ~* seconds ******* *** *****, to *** *** ******:

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**** ** ******* ** what **** *** ****** with *******, ********, ******* Optix, *** **** ********. Rhombus's ~*-****** ******* ** the ******* **'** ******, while *******'* ~*-**+ ****** latency ** ***** *** slowest.

UI ******

***** ***'* *** ********* is ***** **** ***** controls *** ********* **** overall ** *******, ***** are **** ** ****** that ********** ****** *********** and ********* ***********.

******* ********* ** ********* in *** ******, *******, digital **** *** ********* does *** ****** *** same ******* ** ***-******* fixed *******. ******* ** causes ** *** "********" effect *** *** *******-**-******* digital **** ****** **** not ***** ****-***-**** *** control, ***** ** **** for ***-******* *******:

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***** ****** ***** *** configuration ** ********-*******, **** and ***** ***** ** multi-layers *** *******. ***** can ** ******* *** added ** ******* **** groups (*****, ********), *** new **** ****** ****** be ******* ******* * Role ** ****** ****, and *** ********* ** not ***** **** *** difference **:

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*** **** **** ***** be ******** *** ****** / ***** / ****** Roles ***** *** ****** convention ** ******* *** confustion.

****** ****/****** ****** ** not **********, *** ****** the ****** **** *** also **** ***** **** options **** *** *** related ** *** ****** menu. **** ** * poor **** ** **************, which *** ***** ***** UX **** ***** **** address:

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******* ***** ** *** we ***** *** *** Export *** ******* **** allows * **** ** drag *** *****/*** ******** outside *** ********, ***** then ***** *** ******* and ** ****** ** recaptured ******* ******** ****** the **** **** *** of *** ******:

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Smart ******** ****** *** ****** ** **** ** ******** *********** ***'*

** *** *****, ***** tracking ****** **** ** single *******, ********** ******** people *** ******** ** the ***** ** ****. However, **** ******** ******* have *********** ****** ** view *** ********** *** person/vehicle ***** *** **** camera **** **** *** object:

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*** **** **** **** to *** ****** **************** to *** **** ***** in *** ******:

**** ** ********. ** the ******, ** **** to *** *** ****** reidentification ** ********* ******* it ** *** **** object ** ***.

Smart ******* ***** ********

***'* ***** ******* ************* offers ******** *** ************* to ******** *** ******** of ****** *** ******* location. *******, *** ***** requires *********** ****** ** the *** **** ****** in *** ***, ***** we ***** ***** ******** in ********* ****** ** view **** ***** ******** accuracy *** ********* *****.

*** ********* ********* ************ the *****:

*** **** **** **** updating ***** ************ ** recommend ***** ****** ****** a **** **** ** the ***:

**** ** **** ****. Utilizing *-* ******** ****** points ***** *** ****** area ** *** *** is ****** **** **** points. ***** ** **** feedback, ** **** *** together * **** ********* guide **** ***** *** customers ****** *** *** Smart ***.

Cloud ****** *** ******** ********* ******* *********

**** *** ******-**-***** *** Ava ******** ********* ********* similarly ** *** *******, detecting ****** *** ******** at *** **** ******** and **** ********* ****** objects ** ****** (****** about ***** ** *** report).

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

********** ~* ***** ** testing, ** ****** **** missed ******* ** ********.

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************, ****** **** ******** and ******* ******** **** obstructed **** ** **** man ******** *** *** in * *********:

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Common ****** ******* ** ***** ****** *******

****** ****** ******* ** false ****** **** ** major ***** ******* **** ignored.

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************, ******* ****** ******* the *****, ****** ***** turned ** *** *** in ***** ***** **** ignored **** **** *******:

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False ******** **********

**** ******-**-***** *** *** recorder ********* ******** **** a ******* ** *****-******** people *** ******* **********. Below * ******* ** detected ** * ******:

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****, * ****** ** considered * ****** ** this ********:

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********** *******, * ******** in * ******* *** was ************ ********** ** a *******:

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*** **** **** **** are ********** ** ***** machine ******** ****** **** customer-submitted *****:

** *** ***** **** false-positives *** ******** (******* to *** ****, ******, mailbox ******** *********), ** ask *** ********* ** submit * *** ****** from *** ****** ** well ** *** **** in ********. **** ***** our **** ******* *** machine ******** ****** *** only *** **** ******** site *** *** *** other *********. ** *********** work **** *** **** partners ** ****** **** to ****** ** *** building ********* **** **** in *** ************ **********

Outdoor ******* ** ***** ****** *******

****** *******, *** ****** and ******* ********* *** not ***** ***** ** swaying ******* ** *** shadows **** *** ******** in *** *****.

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***** *** ***** ******* were **** ******* *** not ********** ** ****** or ********.

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No ****** ** ***** ****

*** *** *** ***** alert ** ***** **** in *** *****, * common ******* *** **** analytics:

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People ****** ********** **** ***-****** *** ***

*** ****** ****** **** using ******** ***** *** generally ******** **** ****** that **** ******* ** any ***** ********* ** the ******, * ****** for * ****** ******* a ***** ****** ****** correct *******.

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****** ***-****** **** ** dark ***** ***** *** be ********** *** ***** when ********* *** *****, below ** ** ***** of * ****** ****** without * ********* *** color, **** *** ******* of * ****** ******* green.

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*** **** ********* *** a ****** ******* ***** specifically, *** ****** ** only ***** ****.

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************, ****** ******* ******* a *** ***** **** a ****** ***** *** WDR ******** **** ********** wearing ***.

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*** **** **** *** updating ***** ***** ********* to ******* *******:

** **** **** **** white ******* ** *** camera, ********** ******** *** other ********** *** **** color ****** ********* - we **** ******* ** releasing * *** ****** network ***** ***** ****** which ****** ******* ***** scenarios. ** *** ***** like ** *** *** results ** *** *** neural *******, **** ** the ***** ** *** person ******* ***** *** we *** *** ** through *** *** ******* and **** **** *******.

Vehicle ***** ****** *** ********** ** *****

********* *** ******** ** color ** ***** ***** often ***** ** ***** color **** **** **** reflecting *** ***** ****** of ******* ***.

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Light ********** ** ******* ******** ******* ********

** ******* ***** ***** issue, *** ******** ********* light *** * **** as * ******* *** triggering ******* ******** ** our *********:

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~13 *** ****** *** ****** *********

******** ****** ********* ******** ~13 *** ***** ******** in *** ********* ***** of **** *** *** 4K *** ****.

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Rule *****

****** *** ******* ********* are ** ** ******* on *** ***** *** on ******* ******* *** the **** *** **** specific ***** *** ****** on *******, ***** ** the ***** *****.

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

****** ***** ***** ******* and *******, *** ** unique ** ***** * dynamic ********** **** ******* cameras. **** ***, ******* will ************* ******* **** footage ** * ***** SD ********** **** ******* a ****, **** *****. However, ** ***** ********* zoom **** *** *****, the ********* ********** ***** up ** ** *** 4K. *** ***** ***** demonstrates **** *******:

******* ** ***** ******* (I.E. ****, *******, ****), Ava *** ******* ***** quality ********. ******** **** as ********, ******* *****, gain, ***, *********, *** brightness ****** ** ***.

Audio ********* ***** ** *******, **** ** **** *******

****** *******, *** ***** analytics ** *** ******* camera **** ** ******* or **** ***** ********* detected *** **** ****** such ** * *** dropped ** *** ***** or ******* ******* ** the *****.

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*** **** ******* ****** up **** ****** **** as ***'* ***** ******* but ****** ******* ****** in *** ****, **** when **** *** ******.

**** ******* *** *** false ***** ** **** loud ***** ***** ****** in *** ********.

*******

*** ****** ******* ** somewhat ***** **** *******'* and ********* ****** ** Avigilon *** ******:

  • *** ** ***** **** w/30 **** ********* (****-*-**-**): $1,599 *** ****
  • *** ******* *** **** (COMPACTDOME-W-5MP-30) */** **** *********: $799 ****.

*** ****** ******** *** $199 **** *** ******, the **** ** ******* and ******* *** **** not ******* ***** *******. They **** ***** ********* when ********** ******** ***** in *******:

  • *** $*** *-**** ****.
  • ******* $*** *-**** ****.
  • ******* $*** *-**** ****. Verkada ****** * **-**** term *** $*,*** *** camera.

*** ********** *** ******* in * ***** ** desktop **** ****** ** 2U ********* *******, *** are ********* ****** **** than **** ************-******* **********, starting ** $*,*** *** 16 *******, ** ** $42,100 *** * *** camera ******. *******, *** of ***'* ********** ******* NVIDIA ******* ** ****** RTX *** *** *** AI *********.

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**** ******. * **** been ******* ***** ****** for ****** *** **** a ****** ** ******* getting ********. ******* ****** access ** ******* *** setting ** ***** ** really ******. ******* ***** to ***** ** **** really ****. ******** ** objects ***** ****** ** well ** * **** how *** **** ****** in **** ******** ** other ******* **** *** trip ****-***** ****** *** does ****. **** **** seem ** **** **** too.

*** *** **** *** Webhook ***********? *** *** have * *** ** fun **** **** ***** commands *** ***'* *********.

****** ******* *********** **** works ****** **** **** Openpath **** ****** ** the *****.

* **** ***** *** analytics ** **** ****** well * **** ******* rules *** ** ** detect ****** *** ******** on ** ******** *** they **** ***** ****** an ***** *** * always *** * **** notification ** ** *****.

**** ***'* **** *** the ****** ******** ** the ****-**** *** *** I **** **** ********* with *** **** **** are ******* *** ******* and *** **** ** is ** ******* *******.

******* ******* ** ****** AVA **** ** *** VSaaS *****.

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**** *** *** ** market *** *** ******** are ********. ** **** also **** ******* **** for * *** ****** now, *** ******** ** the **** ***** **** deployed **** ** * couple ** ******** *** we **** **** ** see. **** **** **** apart ** ******** *** appliance *** ***** ***** camera *******; *** ****** update ***** * ******* where *** *** ****** third ***** ****** ******** right **** ****** *** AVA ******** (**** * built ** *******).

*** *** ***** **** for ** **** **** apart **** *** ****** is **** ***** ********* listen ** ***** ***********, they *** ********* *** implement *** *********** (****** reason) ** ***** ********, something **** *** **** lacking **** **** ** their ***********.

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*** **** **** ******* to ********? ***** **** be * **** ***********?

******: **** ******* *** been ***** ** *** own **********:*** **** *** ******* To ********? ***** *** Be * **** ***********?

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** **** **** ******* with *** *** ******* months *** **** **** impressed **** ***** ******* and *******. *********** *** sales **** **** **** responsive. **** ******** ****** with ***** *********** ** order ** ********** *&* and ******* ****-*******.

** *** **** *** through *** ***** ** our **** ** ****** it ***** ** ****** upon ** * ******** site. *** **-**** ********* and ***** ******** **** have **** **** *****. The ***** *** ****** are ****** ** *** up. ** ********* ** Michael's *******, *** ********* and ************* **** ****. The ******** *********** ** one ** *** ******* access/video ************ **'** ****. We **** ***** ******* 3rd ***** ******* ** the **-**** ********* **** no ******. ** ** pretty **** ** *** Ava's ********* ******* **** on * **** **** camera ** *** ****** around...

**'** ****** ******* ******* to *** ******* *** growing *** **********.

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** **** **** ******* with *** *** * while *** ***** *** Security ** *** **** card. *** *** **** received **** ** *** customers. ****, *** ********* require **** ************* *** work **** ****.

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*** *** ** ***** the *** *******...***** **** to *** *** ** camera ** ***** ****** is * ***** ****...**** done ** ***** *******...****** really ****** ***** *** picking ** * ***** in **** ** **** even ** *** ***** app...AVA **** ****** * major ****** ...***** ***** guys * * * fan!!

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***** **** ** *** any ** ****** ** thier ****** ** * major ****

**** * ***** ***** this ** *** ********* novel *** ***************! ****** Verkada :)

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Funny: 5

** *** ***** ***** is *** ****** ******* comes *** **** * box *** *** ***** cameras?

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Funny

****, ***** ** * chance. *** **** ** a ****** *** *** soon, * ** *** know.

* ***** ***** **** would ** **** ******** to ***** ***** ***** cameras ** **** ***** their ******* ** ** connected ** *** ***** systems, **** ************.

***, ******* *** ******** an *** ******,** *** ****** ***, ** ** ******* to ********** ********** *** links ** ******** ***** clips ***, ** ******, requires ** ******* ************.

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* ***** *** **** of ******* *** *** a **** ****** ** my *****..******* ***...* ********* to *** ** *********** my ******** *** ****....**** do * ****??? **** they **** ******** ** my ******** ******** * trial ****** ********* ** the *********...* **** ** another ** ********* **** had *** **** ***** of ******* *********** ***** end ****....****** ********* *********.

*** ******* * *** was ** ******* ** cars *** ****** ****** but ******** **** ** treacle *** *** ***** quality ** **** **** I ***** *** ********* my ********** ** * mtrs **** *** ******....***** they **** ********* ****** now *** ********* *** company ***** *** ******* experience **** *** *** me * ***** **** stink ** **** ******

******: **** ******* *** been ***** ** *** own **********:******* *********** *** ***** In *** **

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** ******* ****** (** Healthcare) ** *** *** a **** ******* *** has ** ****** ******* connected ** * ***** DVRs. ** **** ** moving **** ** ** cameras *** **** **** all *** ********* *********** in ********* *** **************.

** * ********** *** cost *********?

*. ******* **** ** cameras $*** * ** = $**,***

*. ****** ********* **** of ~$*,*** ***** ** a * **** ****

*. ***** ********** **** of ~$**,*** (*** *** do *******)

***** ***** ******* ** directly ** *****, ** buying ***** ******* * must, ** *** ******** if *'* ***** **** the ** *** **-****** retention?

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**** **** *** *******:

*****-******* ******

**

*****-******* *******

****** *** ***** *******.

** *** ** **** the *****-******* ******* *** do *** **** *** server *** ***'** ***** to *** **** *** the ******* ******* ** the **-****** *******.

*** *** ******-***** ********, you ***** ** ** $499 *** ****** *** a *-**** *******.

***** ***** ** $**** per **** *** *** pay *** **** * years *******.

*** *** ******-***** ********, you ***** ** ** $799 *** ****** *** a *-**** *******.

***** ***** ** $*,*** per **** *** *** pay *** **** * years *******.

**** **** ****?

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*****. **** *****.

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"*******, *** ********* *** only ********* ** ******** appliances *** ****** ** installed ** *** ***** servers."

**** ** * ******, I **** * *** existing ******* * ***** love ** *********** ********** over ** *** ***** existing *******.

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******* *** *** ******* your ****** *** **** not **** ** *** uses * *** ** GPU *** *** *********. Another ***** ********* ** all *** **** ** do ** **** *** servers *** **.

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