Testing ipConfigure Enterprise Surveillance Manager v. 5.1

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Apr 19, 2010

With interest in web based solutions growing, ipConfigure is an interesting option to explore. Unlike most VMS systems, ipConfigure is a fully web based VMS system targeted at the enterprise market.

In this test, we examine ipConfigure Enterprise Surveillance Manager (version 5.1). The test was hosted on a Windows Server 2003 machine connected to the IQInvision Series 4 and Axis Q1755 cameras. 

Below is a preview of our ipConfigure test results:

Compare to results of 12 other VMS systems from our directory of VMS tests.

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  • Web ****** ************ / ** '*****': The system requires setting up a web server (IIS) running on a Windows server release (2003 or 2008). As such, it's neither compatible nor simple for someone to run on a 'regular' PC. This makes it less desirable for small camera count deployments and more appropriate for larger projects with IT competent installers/admins.
  • Simple ** ***** ** ******* *** *********: There are not many options and all the options are available in one of 5 panes or in the admin web page (divided into 5 sections). As such, it does not require not much time to explore or stumble onto almost any given functionality. This will be beneficial for infrequent users or for organizations that have high turnover amongst their operators.
  • A *** *** ******** ********: The system has a number of important, advanced enterprise level features: centralized user management across recorders, batch configuration/templating of settings, thumbnail based search, motion grooming of video (deletes continuously recorded video without motion after a user determined number of days), alarm management, maps, etc.
  • Limited ********** *** ************* ***************: The downside of the system's simplicity to learn is that a number of common and advanced functionalities are unavailable. We mention a number in the usability section such as no ability to rearrange live video panes via drag and drop nor save images from live video feeds, no timeline scrollbar for multi-screen playback. Beyond lacking common 'utility' features, it lacks more advanced functions like video sharing between operator's PCs, acknowledging alarms, access control integration, redundancy for the VMS application as well as recording, etc.
 
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VMS ********* - **************

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*** ****** ** ** *** ** ********* ********?

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VMS ********* - ***********

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