Avigilon's "Revolutionary" H4ES Announcement

By John Honovich, Published Apr 01, 2016, 08:35am EDT

Avigilon has a revolutionary announcement, according to Avigilon.

Have they solved terrorism as their CEO explained? No, not yet at least.

Avigilon's big ISC West announcement is the "revolutionary H4 Edge Solution Camera line". In this note, we examine the tech details of the lineup, looking at key applications and contrasting it to offerings from Axis, Exacq, Genetec and Mobotix.

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Comments (14)

I think the have finally done it right this time. The whole reason why integrator like/love the Rialto family is that it is a fire and forget solution. No PC, no local and licensing hassles.

While we are still in the announcement stage this sounds like a very good move on part of Avigilon.

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These ES cameras might be an easy way to add to an existing Avigilon system. Each camera can be managed as if it is another server and the view can be dropped into any viewing matrix.

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I guess criminals will have to go back to their old ways of shooting out the cameras as they did in the old film cameras days, now that the recording is back in the camera.

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So how does it work when you have 16 cameras?

Can you use a browser into ACC on a random camera, and then tie the other cameras into that one for multi-view/sync playback?

Or would you use the client software and connect to 16 different ACCs?

What's the performance like with sync playback in these scenarios?

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Can't wait to see them in person, I've never met an SD card that didn't make me nervous. These would be great solution for augmenting systems cost effectively. End users that have high location quantity & low camera density video needs could benefit greatly. Think utility substations, retail chains, and property managers. Obviously it's not going to replace the traditional camera/server design, but it's a great addition.

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Avigilon CEO interview on BNN:

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Undisclosed 2: The Edge camera sites work just like ACC Enterprise. You can group up to 16 cameras on the same LAN as one site which allows you to manage all 16 cameras as one system from the ACC Client. They work in ACC just like the Windows based system so you can view, search and export like you can in Windows based sites.

Undisclosed 1 Manufacturer: You can setup these cameras to archive to a NAS. Plus you can record at the edge and simultaneously on a ACC server.

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You can group up to 16 cameras on the same LAN as one site which allows you to manage all 16 cameras as one system from the ACC Client.

Yes, but you are really managing 16 recorders from one client, right?

Is synchronized playback supported between the channels?

Reason I'm asking is I used some Mobotix software (a long time ago), that tried to do sync from disparate recorders and it was basically unusable...

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Yes synchronized playback works if they are grouped as a one site or 16 individual site as part of a larger system .

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Thanks!

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I too am wondering why the drive is not upgradeable nor is there an option for a higher capacity drive, considering that SSDs that exist with double or more space.

Would IPVM mind requesting from Avigilon whose drive they are planning to use?

Without knowing that information it is dubious to assume because it is an 'SSD' it is necessarily superior to SD U3.

An SD card can be turned into an 'SSD' using a sled adapter at a nominal cost.

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"Would IPVM mind requesting from Avigilon whose drive they are planning to use?"

Avigilon declined to say. You'll/we'll/someone will have to open one up.

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Its likely VAPR enabled ;)

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Any chance we can get an updated article about edge solutions?  Specifically interested in cameras used for construction sites and other potentially challenging locations.

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