ipConfigure's Video Management Offerings Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Aug 13, 2009

Since announcing their selection as the US Post's Office choice for their next-generation video management system, interest in ipConfigure has increased significantly. Adding to that, this week ipConfigure announced major expansions to their platform with the introduction of:


The US Post Office project drew particular interest because of the large size of the US Post Office's over-all system - 50,000 cameras and 32,000 locations.

Many industry people are now interested in understanding how ipConfigure compares to well-known brands in the market including Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI.

In this premium report, we analyze ipConfigure's product offerings and contrast them to VMS alternatives.

Product Features and Pricing

ipConfigure develops video management software. Their flagship product is their Enterprise Surveillance Manager including the recently announced 5.0 version. As the name suggests, it is a multi-site, multi recording server solution that provide central management and video access. Unlike many products that require installation of thick clients for monitoring and administration, ipConfigure uses a web based interface.

Key differentiating features for their ESM software include:

  • Motion grooming - allows continuous recording for the first few days or weeks followed by a user set removal of non-motion video to reduce storage costs for long term storage (can reduce storage costs by 30 to 80% depending on configuration)
  • Active Directory integration - supports enterprise management of accounts
  • Integrated map views for navigation
  • Encrypted hashing of video to prove authenticity of recordings for submission of evidence to courts

Also see ipConfigure's list of features and their camera compatability which includes Axis, Canon, IQinVision, Lumenera, Mobotix, Panasonic and Sony.

Per channel MSRP pricing for ESM is $245 USD.

In addition to ESM are the product lines recently announced: (1) SMB software, (2) NVR appliances and (3) LPR.

The SMB version is based on the same software as the ESM but with a lower price ($124 USD per channel) and a restricted feature set (see datasheet for details and comparison). Specifically, SMB is limited to 60 cameras on a single server and does not provide motion grooming.

The NVR appliances, called VSA, are 1RU appliances with Dual core 2.2 Ghz processors, 4GB of RAM, dual GB network ports and Windows Server 2003. The appliances are rated to handle up to 32 cameras using MJPEG, 4 CIF, 10 fps (though the system could handle more cameras at MPEG-4 or H.264). The MSRP of the 2TB unit is $1,900 USD while the 4TB unit is $2,400 USD. These prices are for the appliance itself. The software licenses are pre-loaded but they are purchased as a separate line item on the order.

The LPR software is a new release. It uses COTS megapixel cameras. ipConfigure reports that it works up to 45 degree angle, recognizes common US and EU license plates and has been optimized for long distance analysis between 90 and 150 feet. Currently, the system has only been tested in daytime use. ipConfigure sells the LPR solution as kit, combining software licenses, megapixel camera and lens (MSRP between $3,450 and $3,725 USD).

Specifiers should be cautious in evaluating ipConfigure's LPR performance. Night time and harsh lighting conditions are key needs for many LPR applications. Furthermore, the claim of performance at 45 degrees is far greater than any existing LPR system (15 degree is the most generally cited number).

Strengths and Weaknesses

A number of elements stand our for ipConfigure:

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

  • Enterprise management features allow for large-scale deployments
  • Web client also helps large-scale deployments and simplicity of remote access
  • Motion grooming can significantly reduce cost especially for megapixel deployments
  • The NVR appliances are fairly inexpensive

At the same time, a number of commonly requested or required features from ipConfigure are limited or missing:
  • 3rd party camera support is limited. A number of widely used manufacturers are not supported.
  • The only Access control system ipConfigure integrates with is Synergistics and there are no PSIM integrations. This can be a major issue for larger corporate and government users who depend on their access control systems as the heart of their security operations.
  • The only video analytics ipConfigure supports is via:sys. Critical infrastructure deployments that requires analytics may find this problematic.
  • No PoS or ATM integration can be a deal-breaker for larger retailers and banks. ipConfigure reports that they are currently developing support for certain NCR and IBM PoS systems as part of a committed project.

Competitive Comparisons to Leading VMS Systems

While ipConfigure matches the core features of companies like Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI, the main shortcoming is in 3rd party support. All of these VMS providers offer a large number of supported IP cameras, access control systems and video analytics.

Specific advantages of competitors include:

  • Genetec - redundancy for encoders and management servers plus sophisticated event management
  • Milestone - broad support for video analytics in their VCA 2.0 framework
  • OnSSI - multi-PC virtual matrix support and touch screen interface (Ocularis client)

By contrast, ipConfigure's pricing is simpler and usually less expensive (sometimes significantly less than these companies once client licenses etc are included). Furthermore, ipConfigure's appliances are significantly less expensive than the Intransa series available for Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI ($1900 for ipConfigure 2TB vs $6300 for Intransa 2TB).

1 report cite this report:

Investments & Acquisitions Directory 2011 on Dec 26, 2010
This directory provides a single source of information on funding and acquisitions in the video surveillance market. It is part of our Video...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Favorite Access Control Reader Manufacturer 2018 on Sep 25, 2018
Favorite reader votes are in, and it is not close. A global access giant ran away with the votes in a one-sided contest. But for many, the...
4MP Camera Shootout - Axis, Dahua, DW, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Sep 24, 2018
4MP usage continues to climb, especially for low cost fixed lens models. To see who was best, we bought and tested seven 4MP models from Axis,...
UTC, Owner of Lenel, Acquires S2 on Sep 20, 2018
UTC now owns two of the biggest access control providers, one of integrator's most hated access control platforms, Lenel, and one of their...
Avigilon Announces AI-Powered H5 Camera Development on Sep 19, 2018
Avigilon will be showcasing "next-generation AI" at next week's ASIS GSX. In an atypical move, the company is not actually releasing these...
Favorite Request-to-Exit (RTE) Manufacturers 2018 on Sep 19, 2018
Request To Exit devices like motion sensors and lock releasing push-buttons are a part of almost every access install, but who makes the equipment...
VMS Export Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone on Sep 13, 2018
When crimes, accidents or problems occur, exporting video from one's video surveillance system is critical to proving incidents. But who does it...
Door Fundamentals For Access Control Guide on Sep 12, 2018
Assuming every door can be secured with either a maglock or an electric strike can be a painful assumption in the field. While those items can be...
US DARPA Investing $2 Billion In AI on Sep 11, 2018
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is granting more than $2 Billion to companies developing new AI technologies. The money...
Dahua Low-Cost 4MP Camera Tested (N44CL52) on Sep 10, 2018
4MP use continues to increase, especially in low-cost models, according to integrators in our 2018 Resolution Usage Statistics. We bought Dahua's...
Access Control Course Fall 2018 on Sep 06, 2018
Registration IS CLOSED ends this Thursday. Register now. If you are looking to strengthen your ability to design and deploy access systems or...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Genetec Takes Aim At 'Untrustworthy' 'Foreign Government-Owned Vendors' on Sep 24, 2018
Genetec is taking aim at 'untrustworthy' 'foreign government-owned vendors'. This is not a new theme for Genetec as nearly 2 years ago, Genetec...
4MP Camera Shootout - Axis, Dahua, DW, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Sep 24, 2018
4MP usage continues to climb, especially for low cost fixed lens models. To see who was best, we bought and tested seven 4MP models from Axis,...
Alexa Guard Expands Amazon's Security Offerings, Boosts ADT's Stock on Sep 21, 2018
Amazon is expanding their security offerings yet again, this time with Alexa Guard that delivers security audio analytics and a virtual "Fake...
UTC, Owner of Lenel, Acquires S2 on Sep 20, 2018
UTC now owns two of the biggest access control providers, one of integrator's most hated access control platforms, Lenel, and one of their...
BluePoint Aims To Bring Life-Safety Mind-Set To Police Pull Stations on Sep 20, 2018
Fire alarm pull stations are commonplace but police ones are not. A self-funded startup, BluePoint Alert Solutions is aiming to make police pull...
SIA Plays Dumb On OEMs And Hikua Ban on Sep 20, 2018
OEMs widely pretend to be 'manufacturers', deceiving their customers and putting them at risk for cybersecurity attacks and, soon, violation of US...
Axis Vs. Hikvision IR PTZ Shootout on Sep 20, 2018
Hikvision has their high-end dual-sensor DarkfighterX. Axis has their high-end concealed IR Q6125-LE. Which is better? We bought both and tested...
Avigilon Announces AI-Powered H5 Camera Development on Sep 19, 2018
Avigilon will be showcasing "next-generation AI" at next week's ASIS GSX. In an atypical move, the company is not actually releasing these...
Favorite Request-to-Exit (RTE) Manufacturers 2018 on Sep 19, 2018
Request To Exit devices like motion sensors and lock releasing push-buttons are a part of almost every access install, but who makes the equipment...
25% China Tariffs Finalized For 2019, 10% Start Now, Includes Select Video Surveillance on Sep 18, 2018
A surprise move: In July, when the most recent tariff round was first announced, the tariffs were only scheduled for 10%. However, now, the US...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact