Tyco / Exacq Illustra Cameras Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 09, 2015

Prior to Tyco acquiring them, Exacq was one of the leading independent VMSes.

Now, Tyco / Exacq is becoming a 'solution' provider, billing their Illustra cameras as:

"The Easiest High Definition Cameras with ExacqVision"

And prominently showcasing those cameras on Exacq's homepage like so:

We bought two dome models, the Illustra 610 full-size IR dome and compact minidome, to put this claim to the test, looking at these key questions:

  • Can Illustra camera's quality and performance compete with Axis, Bosch, Hikvision and Pansonic?
  • How well does this end to end Tyco Exacq/Illustra solution perform?
  • How does Illustra integration compare to third-party cameras?
  • How does it compare to other end to end platforms like Avigilon?

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Configuration ********

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Exacq ***********

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