in our company we have install this access control in 11 doors. 2x stand alone and 3 x 4 door controllers have been used.
All running on SmartPSS V2.01 including about 30 various dahua CVI and IP cameras (from 1Mp up to 4K resolution, including fixed, ptz and fisheye).
I forgot to mention that the company VDP is also running there.
SmartPSS is split in 3 monitors were monitor 1 display 11 of the most important cameras in extra stream, monitor 2 display access control and monitor 3 has an e-map.
All the above are on a dedicated network, not shared with the rest of the company.
As you can understand we are using our company also for live demonstration purpose.
For the total of the report i generally agree. After all as you said it is low cost and give features of much more expensive products.
But it would be a pity to dont mention that so far we have not notice any slow down performance on SmartPSS and also in case of event the camera pop up in about 2-3sec. We never experience 40sec of delay!!
Also the feedback that we are getting from local installers is very positive. Biggest installation is about 100 doors.
I have no idea how the system perform in more than this amount of doors, but for the price i guess is very good.
You can buy Dahuas DSS platform that is open to ONVIF cameras. SmartPSS is free and is reasonable to be "locked" to Dahua.
I am no computer guy but wondering if anything else was running on the test computer that may have slowed performance?
Also the report says only Dahua cameras can be used. Does the camera need to be connected to Smart PSS directly or will an NVR work with the camera integration? Dahua NVR's work with various cameras so unless I am missing something, saying the access control only works with Dahua cameras may be false?
The product could be great but a few shortcomings make me look elsewhere. We are new to access control but we installed our first takeover a few weeks ago. One key feature was the ability to import a user list. This was for a HOA with 500 homes and exporting a list from DoorKing, modifying and adding to the new system was key. Exportable reports were key to.
One thing I didn't see is what kind of access levels were available and how granular could you control it?
It seems like it could be a great entry level product but like usual Dahua falls short on some key items and will probably never address them.
Long story short we were running SPSS with Live View and the Event window open. No problem until I pulled the event tab into its own window so I could resize live view and events and have both displayed at the same time.
This brought my I5 laptop to a halt and put CPU usage at 80-90%. I can not remember the exact number.
Point being I found it pretty irritating. You would think it would be standard for someone to run liveview and events at the same time.
I have a few stations elsewhere running older versions of Smart PSS that have 4 monitors, and 4 liveview windows and they run fine...
Maybe that is the issue with the video feed? multiple windows open? Did you check resources with SPSS running?
You would think it would be standard for someone to run liveview and events at the same time.
I agree, and Dahua does not disclaim running the software in this way.
I did not experience this, but I only used one PSS session. Within PSS it is possible to open multiple tabs, but only one is shown. I did use the software with 'live view' and 'access' modules loaded at the same time during the slow downs, but only one view was active in PSS.
FYI to all:
I just grabbed this from my workstation:
PSS is overreporting CPU utilization compared to Task Manager, but RAM is about equal. I have one 3MP Dahua camera and one Dahua controller connected, Smart PSS, and one browser session open for this.
The i7 CPU and 16 GB RAM this machine has far exceeds the i3, 2 GB RAM minimums Smart PSS needs according to the manual. I am using Win 10, which PSS says is good to go:
If the build of this workstation contributed to poor performance, it would be unfair to criticize Dahua, but we have performed multiple tests using this machine with various platforms and not seen similar issues.
"Integrated Video Verification Included, But Marginally Useful
One 'tight' integration within Smart PSS is the combination of Dahua IP cameras to specific doors. However, performance of the feature is slow, and the length of time needed to connect feeds will be longer than the actual event in the majority of cases. In our test with one connected test camera, performance in bringing up video streams took around 40 seconds and sometimes timed out with nothing more than a blank window, meaning the feature will outright miss most access events that only take a few seconds to happen in realtime."
So my question regards the retained video associated with the event. Does or did it actually capture the event? I can understand the poor performance regarding live, but think that for the price, if it is able to properly record events like forced door and held open alarms, it could still be considered for certain applications or solutions.