Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI NVR Appliances Launched

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 15, 2009

The big IP video software providers have historically been software only - meaning that you could install their software on regular computers (COTS) but you could not get the software pre-loaded on hardware (appliances).

This is changing with Intransa announcing that they are providing NVR appliances pre-loaded with Exacq, Genetec, JDS, Milestone and OnSSI software.

[Intransa is referring to these NVRs as "VideoApplianes". For details, see the Intransa Data Sheet and the A&E Specifications.]

[Update March 2011: Milestone has released its own NVR appliances.]

Why NVRs from Software Only Providers are Needed

IP video software is moving into the mass market. In the past, when the software was for high end niches and early adopters, the complexity of loading and managing software was a minor factor. However, the smaller camera counts and lower technical capabilities of the mass market benefits from a bundled approach where the software is pre-loaded and optimized on the hardware.

How this Offering Works

Intransa is pre-loading the IP video software on two categories of appliances: (1) with video storage built-in to the appliance (the 100 and 200 models) and (2) with video storage external to the appliance (the 10,20 and 30 models). [Note: the Product overview brochure breaks down the distinctions.]

While the IP video software is loaded on the Intransa appliance, you purchase the software and appliance separately from a distributor (Anixter in the US). As such, the manufacturers remain independent (this is not an OEM relationship). However, the integrator/user receives an appliance with the software pre-loaded and tested on the server.

Product Details and Pricing

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

In this review, we focus on the VA 100 and 200 appliance - the units with built-in video storage. See our review from last month on the units with external storage (the 10, 20 and 30).

The 100 and 200 function and fit just like traditional NVRs. In a 1RU appliance, video management and storage is provided all-in-one. The appliance supports 4 drive bays with base configurations of 2TB and 4TB (raw storage, usable would be 1.5TB or 3TB with RAID5 storage).

The MSRP for these units is (in USD):

  • VA100:  2TB $6,300; 4TB $8,400
  • VA200:  2TB $7,300;  4TB $8,800
  • VA Expander:  6TB $7,000;  12TB $10,000 [for additional storage]
This price is for the Intransa hardware/storage only. The IP Video software is sold separately. The total NVR cost is a combination of the hardware listed above and the software licenses.

The 100 and 200 differ in 3 main respects:

  • More powerful CPU: 100 has 2.0 GHz Quad Core Xeon while the 200 has 2.33 GHz Quad Core Xeon
  • Higher Frame Rate capacity: The 100 is rated up to 1500 fps at MPEG-4 while the 200 is rated up to 1800 fps at MPEG-4
  • Redundant Power Supply: The 200 has it, the 100 does not.
Embedded video capture cards are not supported in any model. As such, analog cameras require separate encoders.

How does this compare to other DVR/NVR offerings in the market?

For those seeking IP video software from Genetec, Milestone or OnSSI, there are few options for pre-loaded appliances. JVC offers a 16 channel Milestone powered NVR that can be purchased online for $7,000-$8,000 USD (including the Milestone software licenses). There are other DVR/NVR offerings in development that will soon be announced.

Exacq provides a wide range of appliances in addition to its software offerings from their hybrid server line to their recently announced embedded Linux (EL) series. Both series offer embedded video capture cards to directly support analog cameras without the need for encoders. A 16 channel EL unit has an MSRP of approximately $5,000 USD.

Beyond this, there are a number of IP video software providers who offer NVR appliances including IndigoVision, Mirasys and Salient (just to name a few).

What applications fit best for the Intransa appliances?

The best fit for these appliances is likely to be 32 cameras or more with limited or no analog cameras.

The main two limitations for the Intransa 100 and 200 appliances are (1) the high entry price level and (2) the lack of embedded video capture cards.

For instance, let's consider a 16 channel deployment with existing analog cameras. Intransa's MSRP would be about $12,000 USD (assuming $6,3000 for the 100 series server, $2,000 for the software licenses and $3,000 for the 16 channel encoder). By contrast, the Exacq EL series would likely cost half the price. Other hybrid DVRs would be somewhat more expensive (maybe $7,000 to $9,000) but still significantly less than Intransa.

However, if you have a 48 camera deployment with all IP cameras, the Intransa price point will be equal or superior to other appliance offerings. More importantly, if you are using Genetec, Milestone or OnSSI, (3 of the largest providers in the market) these appliances will reduce cost, complexity and risk of deployment.

In practical terms, this means that department stores and big box retailers will likely find this attractive (they usually do 32 cameras or more and have larger footprints increasing the value of IP). By contrast, bank branches, fast food restaurants and clothing retailers will find it harder to justify this offering compared to hybrid DVRs (given that they generally have no more than 16 cameras and mostly analog).

What impact does this have on IP video software providers?

For Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI, this fills a major hole in their product offerings. Having been to Milestone's training, specifying hardware and optimizing software seemed to be 2 of the biggest concerns of integrators. The Intransa approach solves this.

For the general market, it is significant simply because of the market share of Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI. IMS figures put these three at perhaps 50% of the overall open IP video software market. While there are dozens of IP video software providers, this action will have a disproportionate impact on the market. Also, expect Intransa to add other IP video software providers as their approach is to provide a hardware platform for IP video.

What impact does this have on traditional DVR providers?

Making IP video software easier to deploy expands the market for IP video at the expensive of DVRs. For a number of years, IP video has been attractive for 100+ camera counts where racks of DVRs could be replaced by IP video software on COTS hardware. Intransa's move moves the minimum camera count down further.

The under 32 (and more specifically under 16) camera count market will likely remain as a stronghold for DVRs. This segment should not be overlooked as the majority of all deployments in the world are under 32 cameras (while banks and retailers may have tens of thousands of cameras, they are generally divided into under 32 camera deployments at thousands of locations).

11 reports 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...
New Funding for Intransa - June 2010 on Jun 02, 2010
Storage / video appliance supplier, Intransa has raised additional funding, furthering a massive amount of investment. According to US government...
$25 Million Series D Round Examined on Mar 01, 2010
In March 2010, Pivot3 announced a $25 Million Series D Round (confirmed by Pivot3's press release and in its SEC filing). This follows a $25...
Pivot3 2009 Revenue Growth Examined on Feb 22, 2010
Pivot3 has self-announced their 2009 revenue growth - a very high growth rate of 300% compared to 2008 revenue. In an email, Pivot3 clarified that...
Growing Sales of NVR Appliances on Dec 06, 2009
Intransa reports growing sales of its appliances that pre-loads many of the leading VMS software packages (see our overview report on this offering...
QNAP NVRs Low-Cost IP Video Examined on Nov 21, 2009
Network attached storage (NAS) manufacturers are rapidly entering the video surveillance market, offering low cost NVRs with advanced storage...
Ionodes - Video Surveillance Startup Examined on Sep 19, 2009
Ionodes is a recent startup drawing significant interest for its experienced founders and its partnership with Genetec. The product that looks to...
New Product - ServerBank Review on Sep 02, 2009
Pivot3 has released a new product offering, called ServerBank that complements their existing 3 product familes - VideoBank, DataBank and...
ipConfigure's Video Management Offerings Examined 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...
VMS / NVR / DVR 2009 Mid-Year Market Review on Jul 19, 2009
Over the first half of 2009, improvements in deployment simplicity was the strongest theme for video management systems. While few to no...
Top 5 IP Camera Problems: 2009 on Jul 12, 2009
In the last year, IP cameras have made great strides and while there are still important barriers that constrain broader use, problems are...

Related Reports on Storage

Dell Launches IoT for Surveillance on Sep 05, 2018
Historically, Dell has been a PC and server provider (e.g., "Dude, you're getting a Dell") and widely used for surveillance storage. However, in...
Synology Surveillance Station VMS Tested on Aug 22, 2018
With so many low-cost NVRs and enterprise VMSes, is there any place in the market for NAS-based VMSes? Recently, IPVM bought a Synology NAS for...
2Gig Gun Lock / Motion Detector Tested on Aug 17, 2018
Safer guns for families and an opportunity for security dealers to sell more services? That is the aim of Nortek's 2GIG 'Gun Motion Detector'...
Cut Milestone Licensing Costs 80% By Using Hikvision and Dahua NVRs (Tested) on Aug 13, 2018
Enterprise VMS licensing can be quite expensive, with $200 or more per channel common, meaning a 100 camera system can cost $20,000 in VMS...
Milestone / Canon Spinout Arcules Cloud Launch on Jul 30, 2018
Canon and Milestone's VSaaS Startup spinoff Arcules launched their platform at Google Cloud Next. IPVM spoke with CEO Andreas Pettersson about the...
Eagle Eye Networks Cloud VMS Tested on Jul 26, 2018
Eagle Eye has become one of the most significant players in the industry in the past few years: Eagle Eye's Owner Acquired Brivo Eagle Eye...
Directory of Video Surveillance Startups on Jul 18, 2018
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known entity...
Axis ~$100 Camera Tested on Jul 17, 2018
Axis has released their lowest cost camera ever, the Companion Eye Mini L, setting their sights on a market dominated by Hikvision and Dahua. Can...
UK VSaaS Startup Ocucon on Jul 03, 2018
Decreasing exposure to fraudulent slip-and-fall insurance claims and lawsuits is one of the oldest selling points of video surveillance for retail....
GDPR For Access Control Guide on Jul 03, 2018
Electronic access control is common in businesses plus organizations are increasingly considering biometrics for access control. With GDPR coming...

Most Recent Industry Reports

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...
Central Stations Face Off Against NFPA On Fire Monitoring on Sep 18, 2018
Central stations are facing off against the NFPA over what they call anti-competitive language in NFPA 72, the standard that covers fire alarms....
Hikvision USA Starts Layoffs on Sep 18, 2018
Hikvision USA has started layoffs, just weeks after the US government ban was passed into law. Inside this note, we examine: The important...

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