Testing IndigoVision's VMS (Control Center and NVRs)

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Jul 06, 2010

In this report we test IndigoVision's VMS software, Control Center (version 3.19), their NVR recorders and their different approach to enterprise management.

Control Center was hosted on a Windows 7 workstation with a local database (see architecture video for more details). Connected cameras included IndigoVision's IV11000 fixed HD camera and the HD IV1100 PTZ camera - currently no third party cameras are supported.

We have also tested two IndigoVision cameras. For a full understanding of the IndigoVision 'package', read this result with our IndigoVision HD fixed camera test results and our IndigoVision HD PTZ camera test results.

Compare IndigoVision to our test results of other packaged providers such as Mobotix and Avigilon. Also, contrast their offering to our test results of DVTel, Genetec and Milestone Corporate - other VMS systems marketed towards larger scale applications.

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