Avigilon ACC7 VMS Tested

By Sean Patton, Published Jul 22, 2019, 10:06am EDT

Avigilon's Control Center 7 boldly claims it will "transform live video monitoring" with the new Focus of Attention "AI-enabled" interface.

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"AI-Enabled" ***** ** ********* *********

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Comments (17)

For the high price they still charge, this software should be perfect and flawless. 

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Not disagreeing with you on that.

What I have found with Avigilon is version X.0 of any of their products is a pretty weak upgrade.  Usually, each new .Y version increase adds some new features and cleans up many of the items broken with the new release.  For example, I believe it wasn't until version 6.4 that appearance search was brought out.  It wasn't until several versions later than facial appearance search and more functionality was available.

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I was incorrect.  I took at the release notes and appearance search was in 6.0.  Facial appearance search came in 6.6.  Unusual Motion Detection came in 6.8.

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Any plan to do a test on Avigilon Blue? We just got our dealership setup with Avigilon and are finding a lot of interest from our existing client base in using it for video alarm applications. We placed the order for our demo but was wondering if there was anything in the works as your tests are undoubtedly more thorough than anything we can dream of.

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David,

We bought a Blue Appliance and subscription, we will be testing it soon.

Is there a specific feature/capability you are interested in? We will probably not be testing connectivity to a 3rd party video monitoring center, if that is what you are interested in.

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The 3rd party video monitoring was one of my areas of interest, but also the general effectiveness of integrating non avigilon cameras into the cloud and the quality/amount of analytics available to those cameras as well how it compares to their traditional analytics.

Other questions I have:

The "30 days of storage" is that onboard, cloud, or both?

Resolution and cameras constraints, are those hard coded or just bandwidth dependent?

Do certain brands/types of cameras work better than others?

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FYI ACC7 no longer has bulk packages of licneses.  There is only one part number each for CORE, STANDARD, and ENTERPRISE with ACC7.

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Also ACC7 is less expensive than ACC6 on a per channel basis. 

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Thanks for the info Mike, I emailed Avigilon to get clarification and will update the report to reflect.

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Also ACC7 is less expensive than ACC6 on a per channel basis.

Kind of.  When comparing on a 1 license to 1 license basis it is.  However, the larger channel counts of ACC6 Enterprise such as 16, 24, and 48 channels were slightly less expensive for the overall channel count.

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selflearning feature is good (if it really works), the hexagon thing is quite psychodelic 

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I read through this report and as we have a very large Aviglon I am very interested in what is going to hit us with ACC 7  . The report I found good however it was mentioned that there was a link to a 14minute video over the software, I may be blind but after looking intensively throughout the page I couldn't find it . Could someone post this link. Thanks Mick 

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Michael,

Thanks for the heads up, I accidentally changed something in the video embed code, the video is reposted in the Overview Video section

 

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I have always liked the look and feel of Avigilon software but I really don't understand the hexagons on the screen. This to me appears to be some type of scifi mystery show? How are  you supposed to remember what each hexagon mean. Maybe I am missing or not seeing something.

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Once you start playing with it is easy to understand.  All of the customers I have shown that proactively monitor their system are really interested in it.  Instead of monitoring a wall of video you now monitor the icons as they change color.  You can also hover over any icon and the video starts to stream so you can see what is going on. Also keep in mind this test only had 12-13 cameras.  You can only have 64 cameras on one matrix view (which is basically useless) but you can have hundreds of cameras on FOA.

We are doing a large multi-building project which no one should be moving inside the buildings after 10pm.  With FOA security does not need to program many alarms/rules to pop up video as all the operator needs to so is open FOA and see if any of the icons turn blue for which means there is motion. They then just hover over the icon and can see what is going on.  This makes monitoring hundreds of cameras easy for them.

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Started using this VMS recently, need to install new version to see the updates.

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The report has been updated based on our additional Avigilon Appearance analytics testing: Avigilon Appearance Search Tested and Avigilon Facial Recognition 'Appearance Alerts' Tested

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