Axis Guardian - Cloud VMS And Alarm Monitoring - Released

By: Sean Patton, Published on Jun 19, 2018

Axis has struggled to deliver a cloud-based managed service video platform. Video service providers have utilized AVHS for over a decade, and have gained minimum traction as IPVM warned 7 years ago. Primarily because of its overly complex business model, where Axis provided the camera hardware and backend software, but not the hosting, storage or client interface.

Now, Axis has introduced an end to end cloud-based VMS called Axis Guardian, aiming to succeed where AVHS did not.

In this note, we review this new offering from Axis based on:

  • Solution Overview
  • Pricing
  • Central Monitoring / Video Verification Focus
  • Perimeter Defender / Guard Suite Recommendations
  • Networking Test Tools
  • Camera Support
  • Non-Camera Device Support
  • Outlook

**** *** ********* ** deliver * *****-***** ******* service ***** ********. ***** service ********* **** ******** AVHS *** **** * decade, *** **** ****** minimum ******** ** **** ****** * ***** ago. ********* ******* ** its ****** ******* ******** model, ***** **** ******** the ****** ******** *** backend ********, *** *** the *******, ******* ** client *********.

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  • *******
  • ******* ********** / ***** Verification *****
  • ********* ******** / ***** Suite ***************
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  • ***-****** ****** *******
  • *******

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Solution ********

******** ** * ****** cloud-based ***** ********** ******* primarily ******** ** ***** and ***** ************ *********.

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**** **** ***** ******* for ***** ****** *********** and ***** *******, ** doors *** ** ********** and ***** ******** *** Guardian.

***** *** * ********* web-client ********** ** *** system:

  1. *** **** ********* - designed similarly ** *********** *** web ******
  2. ********** ******** - ******* primarily ** ****** / Alarm ***** *************

***** ********** **** **** provide ******* ****** ********** and ****** **********. ***/******* ****** app **** **** ** available.

**** ************* ********* ***** will ** ***** ***** options *** *** *** and ****** ************, ******* to ****.

Central ***** ********** / ***** ************ *****

**** ***** ** **** Guardian ******* ***** ************ monitoring ********* *** ***** dealers.

** ******, ******** ** integrated ********** ***,**********, ****** ************* ********** *******, *** said **** **** ** add ******* *** ****.

**** ** * ********* approach **** **** ** their *********** ***** ************ competitors *** ********** *** Axis **** ***** ******* them **** **** *******.

************* *** ****, *** video ************ ****** ** generally ** ********* *****-********* industry, *** ***** ******* could **** ** ********* selling ******* ****** ******* versus ***-**** ******* ******** alternatives.

Perimeter ******** *** ******* ******* / ***** *****

**** ** ************ *** use ** ************** ***************** **** **** ************* *** ******* **********, and *** **** ***** Suite *** ****** **********.

*********** ***** ****** ********* is ********* *** ********** motion-based ***** *********, *** alarm ************ *** ******* monitoring ****** ** ********* by ***** ***** *********.

Networking **** *****

**** **** ** ********* web-hosted ********** ***** ** help *********** ********* *** suitable *** ********'* ******* and ******** ********** *** for ****** ***** ************.

*** ************* *** ********** of ***** ***** **** be ******** ** ********** traditional ***** ******* **** overselling *** ****** ** cameras **** *** ** supported ** *** ********* existing ******* **************.

Camera ******* ******* ** ***** (** *****)

******** **** *** ** supporting *** **** ***** of **** ******* **** launched. ******* **** * resolution ****** **** ***** including ******* ** *****-****** cameras *** *** *********. Axis ********* **** **** make ** ********** ** the ********* ****** **** after *** ******* *** been ** ***** *** a ****** ** ****.

*** ******** ********* **** does *** ******* *** party *******, ******* ***** or *** ****** ****** support. **** **** *********** be * *********** ******* for **** ********* *** are *** ******* ** swap *** *** ** their *******, ** **** worse, ******* **** **** cameras ** ***** *** find *** ***** ******* are *** ** *** supported ****.

*** ******* **** ** devices ********* ** ******** will *******:

  • ****** *** ******* ***** Dome *******
  • ****** *** ******* *** Cameras
  • ****** *** ******* ********* Line *******
  • ******* *** *******
  • ******* ******* *******
  • ******* ********
  • ****** ***********/***** *********
  • ********* *********

** ********* **********, ******** will **** ******* **** ACAP *********:

  • ********* ********
  • ***** *****
  • ****** *******
  • ***** ****** ********* *

Non-Camera ******* *********

** *** ********* ******* list *********, ******** **** also ******* *** ********* Recorder, *********, *** **** Controllers. **** ****** **** these ******* **** ** remotely ******* ******* *** Guardian *********.

**** **** **** **** the ********* *** ******** an ***** ** *** Central ********** ******* *** operators *** *** *** Guardian *** ****** *** 2-way ***** *** ********* the **** *** *****.

*******

**** *****, **** ***** not **** **** ** estimated ******* *** ********, citing **** *********** **** pricing **** *** *** this *****. **** ** positioning ******** (*** ***** VMS *** *******) ** be ******** **** *** alarm ********* ***** ********** costs.

******** **** ** **** in * ******* *****:

  • **** ******* ********* **** Storage
  • ***** ******* ******** (****** based ** *** ****** of ***** *********)
  • ***** ********** *******

**** ** ******* *********'* *********************'* ************ ***** ***** ****** base ******* **** **** Storage ****, *** ***** Storage ******* ***** **** retention. ********** **** *** offer ***** ******* ********** pricing. ******** **** *** charge *** ***** **** for ***** ******* ***********.

*******

*** **** **** *** Axis **, ** ****** manufacturer ** ******* ******** dominates *** ********, *** this ** * ***** step ******* *** ****. Guardian ** ** ***-**-*** solution *** ********** *** complexity *** ******** ***** of ****.

*** *** **** *** Axis **, ** ******* has **** ****** ********** at ****** ****** **** this - ** ** a ***** **** ***** offering. ******* ********** ***** dealers *** **** ** interest *** ********** ** selling *** ********** ******** is * ********* ******** from **** ** *** competition, ** **** *** clear *** ***** ******.

Comments (15)

Consider mention of Smartvue. They were the first in this space and have been providing cloud VMS commercially since 1999. Now part of Johnson Controls. Disclosure that I work for JCI.

Thank you for the input Martin.

Note: We have 2 recent posts covering SmartVue as well:

Smartvue VSaaS / Cloud Video Profile

JCI / Tyco Security Acquires Smartvue

Consider mentioning it why? It's an article on Axis? 

Cloudvue.com was created in 2007.
Smartvue.com was created in 2000.
Are you providing cloud VMS since 1999? Or your company was founded in 1999?
Azure was announced in 2010 and s12.cloudvue.com is hosting by Azure. Could you provide what cloud service was smartvue using before Azure?

We have been providing cloud VMS since 1999. Smartvue was originally founded under the name Security Data Networks. Our first cloud video surveillance service was launched under the name of Microsentinel and we charged $19.95 a month for the service. Here is a mention of the product and our service in the Washington Post dated January 1999: https://wapo.st/2tX1PDP. We used to host the service ourselves, but to achieve the scalability and security our customers required, we moved to the Microsoft Azure network. With that said we also offer the services on Amazon, Google, and for resellers to privately host. Disclosing that I am with Smartvue - which is now Johnson Controls. 

So Axis^^^^Canon has a video cloud thing.  Not the same as Milestone^^^^^^^^^Canon's video cloud thing.  And only kinda sorta competing with their customers.  But only sold to central station players.  So most of us would never see it.  Only slightly less weird than if you told us Axis has bought the assets of SAAB and is coming out with an all-white front wheel drive car (supported by OnVIF of course.)

 

Did you test it?  Did you trace it's network traffic?  Does it have it's act together when it talks to the cloud?

This was just an announcement, we have not tested it.

We certainly plan to test it but it was just announced 48 hours ago. Expect a test report in the next few months.

"Axis plans to sell Guardian through alarm verification monitoring companies and their dealers."...  this has always been a concept that Axis does not understand and hence why AVHS did not reach its potential... a true SaaS services has no need and no margin for a middle man.

Are you suggesting they sell direct to end users? I just want to clarify your comment.

Perhaps I read too fast...

Who is Axis's cloud provider?

AWS?

Microsoft?

IBM?

Oracle?

Google?

Alibaba?

Thanks!

Axis is using Amazon (AWS).

The Guardian datasheet says "Average bitrate (measured over 24 hours) must not exceed 450 kbps, peaks allowed"

Is that per camera, per site? Why is it set at 450kps?

Has Axis released pricing on Guardian?

Yes, pricing is available to Axis dealers. There are a number of video central station businesses in the US who support Axis Guardian as one of their offerings, with varying degrees of monthly charges for Video Guarding, an alternative to traditional alarm systems.

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