T24 IP Door Station Cameras Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on Oct 04, 2010

Mobotix has recently launched two new megapixel panoramic IP cameras, designed to integrate with their various home/building automation modules to create customized IP video door stations. The T24M-Sec-D11 is a 3 MP color IP camera while the T24M-Sec-N11 is a 1.3 MP b/w IP camera with additional low-light sensitivity. The new door station modules are representative of Mobotix's efforts to expand into manufacturing access control systems, cited in a recent update on Mobotix's 2010 Financial Status and Growth Examined.

  • Both the T24M-Sec-D11 and T24M-Sec-N11 have a MSRP of $998 USD
  • Both models come equipped with the Mobotix L11 lens (180 deg. horizontal and 160 deg. vertical)
  • Specifications and pricing very similar to the Q24M-Sec-D11 and Q24M-Sec-N11
  • Managed and operated via MxEasy free software or Grandstream IP Video Phone GXV3140 MSRP $468
  • Available as a bundle MX-T24M-Sec-Bundle-1-PW at MSRP $1712 USD (Camera, Keypad, Door Opener, and Info module)
  • Recording on-board via MicroSD, PC, or NAS

The Mobotix bundle is priced at MSRP $1712. The comparable Aiphone KC series analog solution involves a total hardware cost of $1480. The solution requires at least one door station KC-DAR (MSRP $592), one master KC-1GRD (MSRP $786), and one PS242UL ($120) power supply unit. The analog system requires extensive wiring which increases installation cost and complexity. Additional monitoring stations require KC-1HRD (MSRP $760), and are subject to the same wiring complexities and distance limitations.

The Aiphone JK series  is another analog solution, but provides an option to IP enable door station systems. The JK series provides a 170 deg. color camera, and options for keypad and RFID functionality. One limitation is that the JK series supports only up to two (2) master/control stations and one (1) door station.  Adding up the required components to compare to the Mobotix bundle:

  • 1 Master/Control Unit (JK-1MED MSRP $500)
  • 1 Door Station w/ RFID Reader (JK-DVF-XP MSRP $914)
  • 1 Keypad (AC-10S/F MSRP $179)
  • 1 IP Gateway (JKW-IP MSRP $714)

The comparable JK series solution yields a total MSRP of $1593. Additionally, for IP connectivity the price tag increases to $2307. Currently, Aiphone does not offer an end-to-end IP audio/video door station solution. However, Aiphone does feature an end-to-end IP audio only solution in the AN series. Sources suggest the future addition of a video enabled IP solution, as well.

Evidently, Mobotix has priced its solution competitively compared to a leading analog solution. For a similar price, the IP based Mobotix solution reduces installation 'head-aches', provides free multiple monitoring/control stations using MxEasy over 'untethered' LAN/WAN topologies, enables video recording, a panoramic field of view and megapixel resolution.

With the camera component of the door station at MSRP $998, Mobotix could better serve the market with a lower cost (less functional) camera component to make the cost benefit over analog rivals unequivocal. Another point to consider is Mobotix's reputation as a company whose products offer poor usability. This can add some level of frustration to both end-user and integrator. We covered Mobotix usability issues in the following reports: Mobotix Software 'Truly Horrible' and Mobotix Camera Configuration Tested.

5 reports cite this report:

$28 Million Funding for Doorbell Cam Startup on Aug 21, 2015
Yep. Would you spend $200 to see who it at your door on your phone? Well, investors, including Richard Branson, just spent $28 million to get a...
Mobotix's 2011 Challenges and Future Plans Examined on Mar 20, 2011
While Mobotix's growth continued and accelerated at the end of 2010, we believe the company faces new challenges as competitors catch up to a...
T24 Test Criticisms Reviewed on Dec 16, 2010
In this note, we review the key criticisms of Mobotix's T24 access control offering from NetworkWebcam's T24 test. We strongly recommend you read...
Surveillance Manufacturer Trends 2010 on Oct 24, 2010
Trends and strategies in the video surveillance market are shifting. In this report, we examine the top trends and the most interesting moves by...
New Products Reviewed Fall 2010 on Oct 12, 2010
In this report, we aggregate all our new products reviews for Fall 2010 announcments. Products Reviewed The following new products are reviewed....
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Most Recent Industry Reports

Dahua Intrusion Analytics And VMD Tested on May 21, 2018
Dahua ships basic analytics on practically all their cameras, ranging from low cost to high end. To see how these analytics work in real world...
Exacq Improving Technical Support, Responding To Integrator Complaints on May 21, 2018
Exacq had been a long-term favorite of integrators, but since their 2014 Tyco acquisition, Exacq has fallen in IPVM integrator studies (though...
Best Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 21, 2018
While 5 manufacturers made the worst technical support 2018 list, only 3 stood out as providing the best technical support to 190+ integrators in...
Stealth / UCIT - Remote Video Monitoring Provider Profile on May 18, 2018
Can 2 remote video monitoring companies, Stealth Monitoring from the US and UCIT from Canada combine to impact the market and compete in a changing...
Cybersecurity for IP Video Surveillance Guide on May 18, 2018
Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in...
Forced Entry / Duress Access Tutorial on May 17, 2018
Even though access control normally keeps people safe, tragedies have revealed a significant issue. If users are forced to unlock doors for...
ADT Stock Drops 50% Since IPO on May 17, 2018
It has been a brutal 4 months for ADT. They first expected to IPO at ~$18. They IPOed at $14, dropping immediately to $12.39 And now, not even...
Dahua 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (NK8BR4) on May 16, 2018
Continuing our coverage of 12MP sensor fisheye cameras, we bought and tested the Dahua NK8BR4, examining: Default vs. Optimized...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 16, 2018
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to 190+ integrators in new IPVM results. These integrators answered: In the...
Installing Cameras in Plenums Tutorial on May 15, 2018
There is often confusion about plenum ceilings, with misinformation about what is required when running cables through them and mounting cameras...

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