Axis Companion VMS/VSaaS Tested

By Ilya Ignatenko, Published Dec 09, 2021, 10:15am EST

Axis positions their Companion VSaaS offering as "professional video surveillance made simple" that is easy to manage and scale. But how professional and simple is it really?

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In this report, we examine Axis Companion VMS/VSaaS offering, analyzing:

  • What features were added since our last test 6 years ago?
  • How does it compare to other VMS/VSaaS offerings?
  • What common VMS/VSaaS features are missing?
  • Does it support 3rd party cameras?
  • What analytics are offered/supported?
  • How well does the mobile app work and what features are missing?
  • What is the streaming latency through remote and local connections?

Executive *******

***** **** ********* *** offering ** "************ ***** surveillance **** ******", *** testing ***** ** ** more ******** ** ********* it ** "******* ************ video ************ **** ****** and ****."

** *** ******** ****, it ******** ****** ****** with *** ******* *** no ****** *********** ******, with ** ********* **** nor ************ *****, ****** it * **** *********** of *********** *** *********** with *** ****.

*******, ** *** ******** side, **** ********* ***** many "************" ********, ********* none ** *** *********: multi-camera ********, ********** **** management, *** ***** *******, as **** ** ******** features **** ****** ***********, people ********, ** ********** search ***** ** **** NVRs *** ******* *****.

Compared ** ***** *****

*********'* ******* ******** ******** to ***** ********* *******,***** ***,******, *********** *** **** ** a *** ******. * Windows ******* ****** ** required *** ******* ** PCs, **** ** *** support, * ********, *** non-trivial ****** ** *****.

**** ******* *** ****** below ***** ******* **** Meraki ** ******* *** do *** ******* ************ fees, ****** **** ********* overall **** *********. *******, Companion ***** *** ***** storage *** ******** ********* support ** ***** ***** options (****** ***********, ***, object *********, ***.), **** AI ****** ********* ********* only ** * *** high-priced **** ******.

********* ** ********** ******* *** ***** ***** ******* *********** *** lack ** ***** *********** issues. **** ******* ***** site ***********, ****** ********* does ** ******* ****** fees *** ********* ********/*******. However, ***** ***'* **** and **** ********** *** far ******** ** ****' offering. *******, ***** *** offers **** ******* ** 3rd-party *******, ******* **** Companion ********** **** **** Axis ********.

Compared ** ***** *** ********* ***

***** *** ********* **** offer ************* ******* ** Axis ********* **** ******* viewable *** *** ***** using ****** **** ** desktop *******. *******, ***** *******, *** ********* ************* ********, ***** ********* ****** from *********** *********** ******, such ** ******* ******* to ****, **** *******, or ******** ************ **** not ***** **** **********, which ********* **** *** suffer ****.

************, **** ** ****-********* and *** **** ** PRC *****, **** * much ******** ************* ***** record **** **** ** these *************.

Overview *****

*** ********* *-****** ***** overviews *** **** ********* of **** ********* *** introduces ******* **** **** been **** ** *** system ***** *** **** test:

Automatic ****** *** *************

**** ********* **** ********** with **** ******** **** as *******, *********, *** network ********. *** ** native ***********, ****** ***** is *************** *** *****'* require ********** ************* ** the *** ** ** devices. ************, ********* ****** batch ****** ************* *** automatic ******** *******.

****** *******, ** *********** occasional ****** **** ****** cameras **** *** ******* been ********** ** ***** VMSes. *******, ********* ******* to ******* ******** *** reconfiguring **** ** ********* solved *** *******.

*** *-****** ***** ***** goes **** *** ****** configuration ******* ** **** Companion:

Remote ****** ************* **********

**** ********** ** *** configuration *******, * ****** P2P ********** ** *** of *** ******* *********** ****** ****** ******** ************* ********** ******* user ************. ** ******* in **** ** **** account, ***** *** ***/****** other *****, **** *** download **********, *** ********* devices ********.

Added - ******** ***** **** ******** ******

**** ********** ****** ****** improvements **** *** **** 6 *****, ****** ** is ***** ******* *** inferior ** ***** ***/***** offerings **** ** ***** Eye.

***, ******** ***** *** be ********** ***** ******** login *********** ******* ** using *** ******** **** separate ********* *** *****, operator, *** ****** ********. However, ***** *** ***** permission *** ***** **** manageable *** **** ******* allowing ** ****** ***** and ****** ***** ****** the ****** ******.

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****' ******** ** *** question ***** **** ********** limitations ***:

*** ******** ** ** provide * **** ******** and ******** ******** *** larger *****-**** *********.

***** *** ****** ****** Management ******,*******.****.***, ***** ** *** best *** ** ****** multi-site ******* *****, *** it ** *****limited *** ****.

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Added - ******* ***** ******

******* ***** ******* ** event ****** ***** ****** for * **** ********* scan ** ********* **** the ******** *** ********* searches - *** **** searches ********* **********. *******, all ****** *** ****** in ************* ***** ******* the ********* ********** ** the ******, ********, ** date *** ****.

********, ****** ************* ** events ***'* ******* * description ** *** **** of ******, **** ** line ********, *********, *********, etc., *** ****** *** "Camera ***** *** (******)"

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*** ********* *-****** ***** overviews *** ***** ************* process *** *********** ** the ***** ******:

Supported *********/******

********* ******** ****' **** analytics, ************* ****** *********,***** *****, *******/*, ** **** ** device */*. *** ** these ********* *** ** used ** ******* ****** in *********, *.*. **** notifications ** ******.

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*******, ****' ***** *********, such ****** ******* ***** **************** *********** *** *********, *** are *****-***** **** ************.

*** **** *********** ** Axis' ********* *********** ***** our****** ********* ******** ****.

Added - *****-****** ******** ** ******** ******

******* *********** **** *** been **** ******* ** the *****-****** ******** ** exported ******. ********* *** **** *********, ***** could ******** ****** **** multiple ******* *** **** play **** **** *** camera ** * ****.

**** ***** *** ********* in *** ****** ******* of *********, ***, ***, users *** **** ******** videos **** ******** ******* simultaneously.

** *** ***** *****, we ** **** *** recording *** *** ************ playback ** ******** ******:

Addition ** ****-********* ***** ********

********* ***** **** ************ relied ** ** ***** for ******* ***** *******, which ********* ** ******** ******** and ********. *******, **** *** now ******** **************** ***** ** ************* detected ** ******* ******* by *********, ********* ** to *** ** ******* and * *** *****. For ******* ** ******** ******** *** *** detailed ****.

Mobile *** *********** *****

*** ****** ****** ******** low ******* (~*.*-*.* *******) live *******, ********* **********, and ******* ************ ** the ******* ******. *** mobile *** ****** ** create ***** *** ****** users, **** *** ****** videos, *** ******* *** and ******* *******.

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************, *** ****** *** provides **** ******** ****** layouts **** *** ******* app ***** ** ******* to ******, * ** 2, * ** *, and * ** * layouts *** **** **********. The ****** *** **** a ******** ****** *************, shown *****.

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Low ******* ******* ** ****** *** ****** ***

** *** ****, ** found **** ********* *** low ******* *********, ************ measured ~*.* ******* ** less **** ****** **** the *** ****** ********* locally:

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****** ********** ** *** site *************** ********* *** viewing ******* ** ~*.* seconds.

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**** ********* ** ** that **** *** ***** AWS ******* ** ******* Europe *** ***** **********:

** *** ******* **** we *** ***** *** and *** **-**** ****** locations.

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Comments (2)

***** ******. **** ********* is * ***** ******** but ** ****** ***** more *********** ************* *** filtering ** ***** ****. I ***** **** ***** be ** ************* ******* since ** *****’* ******* integrate **** *** ****** event ******. **** *** set ** **** ********* it ************* **** *** own ****** ****** “**********…”, “ACC_Continuous…” ******** ** *** serial ******. ********* ****** if *** ****** *** of ***** ******, *** you **** *** *** of **** ***** ****, each **** * ****** set ** ******* **********. So ** *****’* **** well ** *** **** to ********* ******** ********* in ***, ****** ********* and ***** **** **********.

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*********** *******! ** ***** Axis ** ******* ********* the ***** **************. **** basically **** **** ******** event *********** ** **** Companion ** ** *** roadmap *** ****. **** is ***** ********:

** **** ********* ** have * *** ***** on ********** *** ********* operation.

** **** ****** **** means **** ** *** sacrificing **** ** *** flexibility *** *** **** to ***** **** ******* use *****.

**** **** ****, ** we *** ****** ******* for **** ******* ********* of ***** *********, ** also *** *** **** to ******* ** **** tighter *********** ** *****. Being **** ** ****** on ******** ***** ***** and ******** **** ******* conditions *** **** ******** of **** * *********, which ** *** ******** to ******* ****** ****.

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