Axis Camera Monitoring App Tested

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Dec 04, 2015

Axis' Camera Application Platform has been around for years, but has mainly been limited to complex analytic apps.

Now, an independent website, ACAP Share [link no longer available], not officially affiliated with Axis, has released several applications intended to add more useful everyday features. 

We tested one of these, simply named Monitor Me, in this report. This app allows monitoring and graphing of camera CPU load (shown below) and bandwidth, as well as ACAP application status, parameters not available by default in Axis cameras.

****' ****** *********** ******** has **** ****** *** years, *** ********* **** ******* ********* ******** ****.

***, ** *********** *******, **** Share [**** ** ****** available], *** ********** ********** with ****, *** ******** several ************ ******** ** add **** ****** ******** features. 

** ****** *** ** these, ****** ***** ******* **, ** **** ******. This *** ****** ********** and ******** ** ****** CPU **** (***** *****) *** bandwidth, ** **** ** ACAP *********** ******, ********** not ********* ** ******* in **** *******.

[***************]

*******

******* ** ****** ***** to ***** ****** ********** not ********* ** ******* in **** *******, *** trigger ****** ***** ** them. *** **** *** bandwidth *** ** ********** useful ** ********** ****** issues ***** **** ****** otherwise ********* ** ************.

*******, *** **** ** ****** custom ****** ****** **** extra *********** **** *** may ** ********* ** complex ** **** *****. 

***** **** ** ** a **** ***-**, **** integrators *** **** **** helpful ********** ** *************** *******.

Key ********

*** *** ********* ******** were ******, ********** *********** not ********* ********* *** the **** *** *********. Axis ******* **** ******** provide ******* **** *** the ******* ******, *** total *********, *** *** load is *** ********* ** all.

****** ********* ******** ** our *****, **** ****** sent ** ******* ** about ** ******* ***** bandwidth ******** *********. ** some *****, ***** **** was ******, ** ** 30 *******, ** *******, nearly *********.

****** *** *** ********* with *** ****** *** (Genetec, *********, *****) *** of *** ***. ****** may ** **** *** TCP ****** ******* ** supported *****, **** ** Exacq *** *********, ** used ** ******* ****** or **** *****, ***.

******* ** ** ********* free **** **** *****. No ********* ** ********.

******** 

******* ** ******** *** same ** *** ***** ACAP ***********, ****** ******** to *** ******. ** the ***** ***** ** review *** **** ********* and *** ** *********/******* events ***** ******* **. 

Interface *******

**** *********, ***** *** enter *** **** ******* Me **** *********, ***** contains **** ******** ****:

*** ****

**** *** ******** ******* CPU **** **** ** text ** **** ** a *****. **** **** these ******* *** *** percentages, *** *** ******* based ** *******, * Linux *******. ******* ** this, ***** ****** ******** gauge ********** ** *** use, *** ********** *** alerts ****** ** *** based ** ********* ****** performance *** ******* ****.

**** ***** *** **** to *** ***** *** Load:

** * ****** **** chip *** ****** ********* load *** ** ******* 40-170 *** ***** ** a * *****-****. **** does *** **** **** the ****** ** ** overloaded ** *** ***** is ******. ** ***** to ********* ******** *** need ** ******* *** CPU **** **** * longer ****** ** **** during ****** **********.

*********

**** *** ******** ********* *** and ******* ******* ** CPU ****. ***** *** set * **** ********* (6 **/* *** **) to ******** ****** ***** on **** *******. **** that **** ** ************** *****, *** ********** specific ****** *****.

*****

*** ***** *** ****** users ** ******* * reference ***** *** ****** comparison. *** *******, ** a **** *** ***** is ********, ***** *** compare ******* ***** ** the ********* ** ***** for ***** ***********. ******* may ** ******** ********* and *** **** ************* taken ** ******** *** noon.

**** **** **** * manual ****** ********** ****. The *********** **** *** compare ******* ****** ** reference (* ******* ***** in **** ****** ********* analytics).

****

*******, **** *** ****** users ** ******* *** current ***** ** *** or **** **** ************. This *** ** **** to ****** ***** ** an *** ******* ** restarts ************, *** *******.

Comments (5)

I found out about this site a few months ago after speaking with a very helpful Axis tech support representative. He pointed me to ACAP Share for an app called "Daybreak Me" which allows you to trigger actions based on the current sunset / sunrise time. What a great app..and it's free.

I use this now on every outdoor install with a WDR camera to turn WDR on and off based on sunrise / sunset.

SPOILER ALERT: I'm finishing up a quick report on Daybreak Me today, too. It's an interesting one, for sure.

How do you find out if an Axis camera is supported by the MonitorMe app from ACAP Share? Under requirements for the app it says"

"Camera platform: ARTPEC 4/5 (MIPS) & AMBARELLA (ARM)."

Where do you find this information out?

That's actually a bit of a tough one. Axis doesn't release a full list of what cameras use what chips. There is no harm in trying it on a camera, though. I accidentally uploaded the wrong version and it doesn't install. It just pops up a message saying it's not compatible.

As a rule of thumb, ARTPEC-5 is new and mostly in higher end cameras, like the Q1614/1615/1635, but also the M1124/M1125. If it has Forensic Capture, their latest WDR, I believe it's using an ARTPEC-5.

ARTPEC-4 was/is found in their higher end stuff from the past few of years, like the Q1604, P33s, etc., but generally not in the Ms.

If you review the firmware page look under the "Axis Camera Application Platform" column for a check mark. That indicates the camera supports ACAP.

http://www.axis.com/global/en/support/firmware

ARTPEC-4 chips are also found in the M3006, M3007, M7014, M7016, M3026 models. Older M series are mainly Ambarella and ARTPEC-3.

Read this IPVM report for free.

This article is part of IPVM's 6,307 reports, 842 tests and is only available to members. To get a one-time preview of our work, enter your work email to access the full article.

Already a member? Login here | Join now

Related Reports

Milestone XProtect 2019 R3 'Centralized Search' Tested on Oct 30, 2019
Milestone has had problems over the last few years releasing significant new software. Now, in XProtect 2019 R3, Milestone is touting "one search...
Camera Calculator V3.1 Release Improves User Experience on Oct 17, 2019
IPVM has released a new version of our Camera Calculator, V3.1, with significant user experience improvements, a new development plan, and an...
Network Optix NxWitness 4.0 Tested on Oct 10, 2019
Network Optix released Nx Witness 4.0, proclaiming new features like a deep learning analytics metadata SDK, increased H.265 support, and UX...
Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested on Sep 05, 2019
The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we...
Avigilon Blue VSaaS Tested on Aug 05, 2019
Avigilon says Blue is a "powerful integrator cloud service platform", easy to set up and configure, quickly scale business, by leveraging cloud...
Avigilon ACC7 VMS Tested on Jul 22, 2019
Avigilon's Control Center 7 boldly claims it will "transform live video monitoring" with the new Focus of Attention "AI-enabled" interface. We...
Network Optix / Hanwha Cloud Access Tested on Jul 02, 2019
Remote cloud access is becoming a bigger differentiator, as cybersecurity issues underscore the problems of port forwarding and many integrators...
Exacq Remote Cloud Access Tested on Jun 20, 2019
Remote cloud access has been missing from most VMSes (including Exacq and Milestone). Now, Exacq, after releasing Cloud Drive Storage earlier in...
Milestone XProtect 2019 R1 Tested on May 15, 2019
For the past few years, Milestone has released quarterly software updates XProtect VMS platform. What is new and how much impact do the updates...
Verkada Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested on May 02, 2019
Verkada is arguably the most ambitious video surveillance startup in many years. The company is developing their own cameras, their own VMS, their...

Most Recent Industry Reports

JCI / Tyco Security Products Layoffs on Jun 05, 2020
Johnson Controls / Tyco Security Products has confirmed COVID-19 related layoffs, expanding upon the April coronavirus cuts the company previously...
EyePark Presents Mobile Driver Authentication on Jun 05, 2020
EyePark presented its long-range QR code parking verification platform at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. A 30-minute video from EyePark...
Bleenco "Under The Tongue" Temperature Detection Examined on Jun 05, 2020
"Say aah", says Bleenco, a PPE detection video analytics company, offering a different method for measuring body temperature with a thermal...
Hikvision and Uniview Entry Level Thermal Handheld Cameras Tested on Jun 05, 2020
While most screening systems cost $10,000 or more, manufacturers such as Hikvision and Uniview have now released handheld models for $1,000 or...
Sequr Presents HID based Cloud Access Control on Jun 04, 2020
Sequr presented HID based Cloud Access Control at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video from Sequr...
VergeSense Presents People Tracking Sensor on Jun 04, 2020
VergeSense presented its people tracking sensor and social distancing insights at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. A 30-minute video from...
FLIR A Series Temperature Screening Cameras Tested on Jun 04, 2020
FLIR is one of the biggest names in thermal and one of the most conservative. While rivals have marketed fever detection, FLIR has stuck to EST...
"Fever Camera" Show On-Demand Watch Now on Jun 03, 2020
IPVM has successfully completed the world's first "Fever Camera" show. Recordings from both days are posted at the end of this report for on-demand...
Cobalt Robotics Presents Indoor Security and Access Robots on Jun 03, 2020
Cobalt Robotics presented indoor security robots at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video from Cobalt...
Dahua Sues Ex-North American President, Says Legal Typo on Jun 03, 2020
Dahua's former North American President Frank Zhang claims he is owed almost $11 million but Dahua counter claims it is just a "scrivener's error",...