Mobotix Camera Configuration Tested

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 06, 2010

We find Mobotix camera's configuration to be significantly different from almost any other IP camera we have tested. The sheer number of options were far greater. Plus the complexity in finding and determining the appropriate settings was unique. These present both advantages and challenges in evaluating the use of the camera and in deploying them.

Mobotix emphasizes that their cameras are not simply cameras, but complete VMS systems embedded inside each camera. We did see this clearly in our tests - including storage, recording, event and VoIP setup for the cameras.

Additionally, we found that Mobotix diverges from many common IP camera usability conventions - also increasing the complexity and need for training.

In the next week, we will release reports on a specific Mobotix camera (the Q24 panoramic) and on Mobotix's decentralized architecture/ VMS system. Inside the premium section of this report, we will provide a survey and explanation of Mobotix camera fundamentals to help the uninitiated.

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