Eagle Eye Cloud VMS - $5 Per Camera Per Month

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 22, 2014

A startup launched by the founder of Baracuda, a networking company worth more than a billion dollars, is taking aim at the video surveillance market. The new company, Eagle Eye Networks is releasing cloud based video management. Unlike many of the early expensive, consumer focused startups, Eagle Eye is targeting the enterprise market with plans starting at $5 per camera per month, a remarkably low price. In this note, we dig into their competitive positioning.

[UPDATE: See IPVM test results of Eagle Eye's Cloud VMS.]

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Comments (17)

What kind of discount?

Dealer discount? I thought you all don't want me to share dealers discounts on the site :)

I understand!

I don't!
I joined because I had read this was a 'tell it like it is', anti-bs forum, not another insular dealer facade for price protection. 'You all' fooled me...

Are you serious?

We cover pricing all over the place, including regular references to online pricing (which dealers generally strongly dislike) as it essentially gives away what dealer discounts are anyway.

In this case, since its a startup, I am not sure what dealer discounts are going to signal anyway as this company does not sell direct and is just getting started.

I offer condolences, I'm not anglo born by birth and sometimes take things literally at face value, I can see now that you are sarcastically mocking on the dealers, so at least you guy's got a sense of humor! :). Anyway then youre for the customer interest mainly?

Interesting, but they don't provide much information about VMS options on their website apart from the most basic functionality - view, record, add camera, user permissions. The number of cameras supported also seems fairly limited.

It doesn't seem very attractive for more than the most simple applications at first look. I don't know that I would want to sit through a demo simply to be shown how to use these features.

Seems similar to the SmartVue approach, no?

Jonathan, thanks for bringing that up. Here's our review of SmartVue's Cloud Connected $299 NVR. One main difference we found at that time for that unit was it was SSD only storage on-board, severely limiting camera count.

The Eagle Eye approach is traditional hard drives, 'unlimited' camera count, etc.

I've asked SmartVue to respond with their take.

Disclosure in advance that I am the founder and CEO of Smartvue Corporation. Although this solution has similarities, Smartvue has been offering "cloud" surveillance solutions since 1999. Our cloud management of video recorders has always been free with any server we sell. We offer additional services such as cloud storage (of any resolution video), collaborative video sharing, and enterprise system managment at an additional cost per month with no long term contracts. As an example, a 20 camera Smartvue S9Q server and free Cloudvue VMS is $1,299 (no ongoing fees). We also offer a free and simple to use REST API as well as free apps for iOS, Android and Win8.

It looks interesting. I am requesting a demo. They also have a very nice API list with excellent documentation under their support.

John,

Will you be doing any testing on the VMS in the near future?

Maybe, maybe not. Depends on the level of interest and how much they develop.

From our reader stats, it seems that most members are not interested in smaller VMS companies unless there is something really different (e.g., we are going to do a test on the $39 4 channel Chinese NVR because its just so cheap that people want to know if there is any possible way it works).

Interesting.

Did you see the Sony IPELA cloud? They were showing it at ISC West last year. Due out next month I believe

Duane, thanks.

I believe this is primarily Next Level / NLSS. Have you looked at them before?

They have an all-in-one NVR / access control server / video analytics in a single box with cloud / managed video, etc.

Oh yes, I am. I believe most of those guys came from the Cisco PhySec wing, and I am familiar with that because I had a couple Cisco security deployments during that time.

It is a partnership between Sony and Next Level, Sony will be pushing it pretty hard in the next 6-9 months.

Eagle Eye has added a demo video of their VMS web client interface:

The two most notable limitations evident from the demo is lack of multi-camera playback and multi-camera export (only 1 video, only .mp4).

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