Avigilon Presents Cloud Connected ACC

By Sean Patton, Published May 13, 2020, 10:19am EDT (Info+)

Avigilon presented Avigilon Cloud Services, which supports cloud-connected ACC at the April 2020 IPVM New Products show.

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Inside this report:

  • A 30-minute video from Avigilon including IPVM Q&A
  • Background on the company and the new product
  • Key Positive factors to consider
  • Key Negative factors to consider

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Comments (10)

Hopefully when they finish merging the mobile apps you will have better flexibility with the views and better connection time. I have 6 sites connected to mobile 3 and it takes almost a minute to be able to see video, this is longer than mobile 2 took with ~20 sites. The mobile 3 app is limited to 6 views at 6 cameras per page and have to be created on each device, while mobile 2 would allow recall of saved views on the client server. Little complaints but it seems like they are throwing out the old and building the new rather than expanding on good features that already exists. The playback/review on the Mobile 3 is very nice it has a timeline like the acc client which does speed up searches. I knew there was going to be a transition from 2-3 eventually I just wish that the would have let Mobile 3 mature a little bit more before pulling mobile 2 from the app stores. I have had a few clients get new mobile devices and are no longer able to download mobile2 on apple or android, not great during a pandemic when customer's are worried about having people in their houses.

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Avigilon's software is brilliant. I struggle to see how all of these internet connected boxes are considered cloud however.

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You are free to define cloud how you want but the distinction here is managed vs hosted. What you are focusing on is cloud-hosted video whereas most of the market is doing cloud-managed video. There's definitely a genuine debate between the two as they use the cloud differently but the cloud is essential for each side.

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My concern is not where the video is stored, that is just one small piece. It could be stored on edge and if it eliminated the expenses and complexity of managing boxes then I would be more inclined to call it cloud. Being reliant on site servers and having the headache of manually keeping them up to date and healthy and going through the technology refresh lifecycle on those boxes goes strictly against most of the benefits of cloud. No?

I want to reiterate though - Avigilon's solutions are world class. Not attacking that any. I mostly just disagree with all of the references that box-dependent solution providers make around what cloud is or isn't. This may be just my opinion and I am floating off on my own but I would say that every industry outside of ours would laugh at what we call cloud. I would also argue that it enables those guys with the man-buns to call us all dinosaurs.

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Being reliant on site servers and having the headache of manually keeping them up to date and healthy and going through the technology refresh lifecycle on those boxes goes strictly against most of the benefits of cloud. No?

This is exactly what the cloud is going to address and is what most cloud-managed systems do. The cloud will auto-update boxes onsite and monitor there health and give you reports on the health of your system.

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Which is certainly a great step in the right direction for our industry as a whole :-) This should greatly enhance reliability and lower cyber-security issues. It does not however eliminate the cost of the appliance/server, the power and energy to cool, the refresh lifecycle of the hardware, the risk of having a single point of failure (or paying more and more for redundant hardware), the real estate they consume in the racks, and the limitation they place on scale without growing capital expenses more and more.

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Eliminating the server is not the goal.

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the technology refresh lifecycle on those boxes goes strictly against most of the benefits of cloud. No?

For a lot of people, the main benefit is avoiding setting up VPNs and not doing port forwarding, etc.

I would also argue that it enables those guys with the man-buns to call us all dinosaurs.

Sticking storage inside a camera has lots of problems on its own that buyers will learn over time as they try to expand, change, service, etc. Verkada can say what they want but since the average Verkada person has 11 months of industry experience they will learn this over time.

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Scheduling automatic updates and eliminating port-forwarding and VPNs are certainly a massive move in the right direction. Every customer has differing reasons for "going to the cloud". Some care most about eliminating servers and overhead, some care about cloud storage, some care about cybersecurity and remote access, and some care about all of the above. Overall, I love the continued adoption and migration toward cloud as that movement had dragged its feet for far too long. Thank you John and Michael for the engaging conversation.

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I just discovered that it is not possible to have speaker or microphone control when you are connected using Avigilon Cloud connection. At least in ACC Mobile 3, I did't tested this yet in the ACC Client.

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