OpenEye Apex VMS Tested

By: Sean Patton, Published on Jun 26, 2018

OpenEye is a US company, founded nearly 20 years ago. In the past few years, OpenEye has been one of a few VMS providers that have pivoted to being cloud-first with their Apex 'cloud managed video recording platform'.

In this report, a beginning of a new series of 2018 VMS tests, we test OpenEye's VMS, including:

  • Thick Client versus Web Client
  • Thumbnail Video Search
  • Timeline Video Search
  • Event Video Search
  • Object Video Search
  • Exporting Video to Cloud Storage
  • Export Manager
  • Local Video Streaming versus Cloud Streaming
  • Channel Partner Management Portal
  • Software Updates
  • Camera Support

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** **** ******, * beginning ** * *** series ** **** *** tests, ** **** *******'* VMS, *********:

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  • ********* ***** ******
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  • ***** ***** ******
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  • ********* ***** ** ***** Storage
  • ****** *******
  • ***** ***** ********* ****** Cloud *********
  • ******* ******* ********** ******
  • ******** *******
  • ****** *******

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Client ********

Key ********

*******, ******* ******* ***** well, **** ******* ******** to **** *****. *** primary ******** ******** ***:

  • *****-***** ****** ****** **********:*** ****** ****-** *** portal *** * ***** visual ********* ** ** system *** ****** ******, with ********* ***** ************ reports ** ******* ******* camera ***** ** **** at *** *** *****
  • ******-**-***** ***** *******:*** ****** ******** ******-**-***** exports (** ******** ** local *********) ** ****** or *****-****** *** ******* on *** ***-***** ***** client, ** ****** *********** for *** ***********
  • *-**** / *********** **** Authentication:*** ***** ****** ******** 2-factor ************, ******* ** alpha-numeric *** ** *** phone ****** ********** **** a **** *******
  • ****** ***** ********* *******:*** *******, ********* *** mobile *** ******* ******* the ******* *** *******, authenticating **** *** **** login *********** *** ***********. Live *** ******** ***** streaming ** ********* *** does *** ******* ********** port ********** ** *** connectivity ** *** ******
  • ****** *** ********:*** ****** ** ******* Station *.* ***** *** video ******** *** ** to ** *******. **** resulted ** * ********** load ********* ** ***.

******* ******* **** ******** typical *** ******* **** as * ****** **** interface, ***** ******* * and ****** ****** ****** support, *****-****** ************ ********, etc.

** ** ******* ******** common ** **** *** platforms, ********* *** ** mid-tier *** **********:

  • ** ****** ***** ********** of ********* ******** (***, Recording *********, ********* *******):******* ****** ****** ********** of **** ****** *** permissions, *** ****** ********* settings *** **** ********** in **** ****** *** interface, *** ****** ** group ** *******. **** is * *********** ********** for ***** ****** ***** deployments *** ********* ******* in ********** *** *********.
  • ** *******:* ***** ******* ** most *****, ******* ******* client **** *** ***** any ****** *******. **** is * **** **** from *** ******* ****** client, ***** ******* ****** Mapping *******.
  • ************ ***** ******** *** Supported:*** ****** **** *** support ******* ***** ********* times ** * ****** tab. ************ ******** *** be * *********** **** saver **** ********** ** review ***** **** ********* cameras ** ********* ***** to ****** * ******* when ** ** *** known ** **** **** of * ******** **** were ** ** * specific ****.
  • **** *** ******** ************ Viewing *** *********:******* ******* ****** **** not ***** * **** to ******** ** **** live ***** ** * camera ***** ******* *** replay ** **** **** camera ** * ***. Operationally, **** ** * significant ********** *** * user *** *** ** responsible *** ********** *-* cameras, *** ***** ** review * ***** ******** from * ****** *****, but **** *** **** the ******* ** ******** live ********** ***** *********.
  • ****** ********* ***** ***** Upload *** *********:**** *** ********* ***** can ******** ** *** cloud, *** *** ******* .VAR ****** ***** ******

Thick ****** ** *********

*** ******* ******* ***** client *** *** *** client **** **** ******* functionality *** **** ********* design. ****** **** *** platforms, ***** ****** *** require * ******** ******** for *** ** *** web ****** ** **** have **** ******* ** the ***** ****** *** vice *****.

*** ********** ** *** web ****** ** **** it ** ******* ** viewing * ****'* ******* at * ****, ** it **** *** ******* multi-site ********** ******* * single ****** ****, **** the ******* ******* ***** client ******** ****.

Thumbnail ***** ******

********* ***** ****** ***** are ****** *** ******* exactly **** ** ****** enters ** ****** * camera's ***** ** **** if *** ****** ***'** looking *** ** ************* large ****** ** ******** in * ********* ** the ******'* ***. ******* Station's ******* ** ********* Search **** ********* *** a ****** ****** ***** makes **** ******** **** of ****** **** ***** to *******, ** *********** changing *** ** *** thumbnails ** *** ****** down *** **** ***** of *** ******.

** **** *******, ** quickly ****** **** *** search ** *** ****** where *** **** *** pulls *** ** *** parking ***:

Timeline ***** ******

*** ******** ****** ************* is ******* ** **** other *** *******. *******, the ******* ******* ****** does *** ******* ************ playback, ** *** ******** video ******* ** **** tile *** ****** ************ to *** ******** ** the ****** ** *** interface. **** **** ******** the ********* *** *** reduce ********* ********* **** asynchronous ******** *** *****, but ** ** * deficit **** ********* ******** with **** ********** *** systems.

Event ***** ******

*** ***** ****** **** is **** ** ****** for ****** ******, ****** events, ** ********* ******. One ** **** ******* can ** ********, * start *** *** **** and ****, *** * minimum ******** ** *** event *** ** **** to ****** *** *******.

*** **** ** ******** to **** **** ** the ******** ** *** screen ** ***** ** by *** **** ** results, *** **** ******** a ****** ******* ***** on *** *****-**** ****. You **** *** ****** to **** ** ********** event **** * *** or *** ******** *** and ** ******** **** to *** ******** ****.

Object ***** ******

*** ****** ****** ** essentially * ****** ****** tool, **** *** ******* to ****** *** **** of ******** ** *** video. ** *** *** same ******** **** ** the ***** ****** ******, again **** ******** * single ******* ****** ** the *****-**** **** ***** you **** *** ****** in *** ******** ****:

Exporting ***** ** ***** *******

******* ******** *** ** cloud ****** ******* *** recorder *** **** ***** additional ******* ** **** blocks. **** ******* ** for ***** ******** *** converted ** ** *** format, *** *** ***** in *** ****** ******* format (.***).

*** ******* *** ****** video **** *** **** recorder ** *** ***** servers ** * ****** function **** ** **** of ******* *******'* ****** tool. **** ******* **** not ***** *** ********* video ******* ** *** cloud-based **** ***** ********* requirements ** *** ********, or *** *** ********* process ** **** ***** from *** ******** ** the ***** *******.

Export *******

*** ******* ******* ****** has * **** ****** the "****** *******" ***** keeps * *** ** any ***** ******* **** the ******. *** *** displays *** ****** *** time *********** ******** ** the ***** ******, *** the ****** ******** ** the ****** (***** ****** cloud). ** **** ******** a ******* ****** ** view **** ******** *****:

Local ***** ********* ****** ***** *********

*** ********** ** **** cloud-hosted ******* ** ********* all ***** ******* *** cloud ******* *** **** to *** **** ******* just *** **** *******. The ******* ******* ****** was **** ** ****** that ** *** *******, offering **** **** **** "*** ***** **********". **** ****** ****** machines ** * ***** network **** *** ******** to ****** ***** ******** from *** ********, ******* of ******* *** ****** through *** ********. **** is ******* ** ******* but *** ** ******** in *** ******* *** Services ****** ******* ******** page:

*** *** ******* ** your ********** ** ********** LSF ** *****-******** ** a ****** *** ********* Device ****. * ***-** window **** ******** "*****" if *** ** ********, "Direct (***)" ** "****** (Nat ***********)":

Channel ******* ********** ******

****** ****** *** ********** tasks *** ********* ** the ******* *** ******** portal. *** *** ****** has ***** **** ********:

  • ****** ** *** ******** systems **** * ****** login
  • ****** *** ******* ****** alerts, **** ***** *******
  • ******** ****** ******* *** health *******
  • ******** ** ***** ************ report (******** ********* ****** of * ****** ** day *** *****, ******** to ******* *** *** night ******)
  • ********** ** ********** *** customer *****, **** ******, and ****** ***********

Local *** ****** ****** *************

* ********* ****** ** the **** ******** ** the ***** ********** ** users *** ****** ********** alerts ** *** ******* Web ******, *** ****** setup *** ********* ************* setup ** **** ** the ******** *** *********. The ******** *** ********* is ********** ******* *** OpenEye *** ******, *** configuration ******** *** ***** to **** ********.

Software *******

****** *** *******, ******* updated *** ******** **** version *.* ** *.*. As **** *** *** server ******, ***** ********* and ********* *** *********** during *** *******. ***** the ****** *******, **** than * ****** ** video ********* *** **** during *** ****** *******.

*** ******* ******* **** automatically ********** *** ******** and **** *** ****** to ******* ** ****** or * ***** ************. The ***** ************ ******* software ****** ********** ************** but ** **** **** likely ** ***** ********** issues **** * ****** update. **** ********** *** clean *******, *** ******* Station ******* **** ***** 5 ******* ** ********.

Camera *******

******* ***** ** *** line ** ******* ********** of******, ****** *** ******* dome *******, ***-****** *******, and ****** *** ******* PTZs. *** *** **** supports ***** ********* *******, and ***-********* ******* *** be ***** ** ********* a ****** ******* **** stream (** *********).

** **** **** ** add ******, ****, *** OpenEye ******* ** *** test ******. **** **** not **** ****** ***** integration **** ****, ********* an ********** **** *** Axis ****** *********** ** creating ** ***** **** in *** **** *** interface, *** *** ****** to *******. ******* **** that ***** ******* ** coming ** * ****** release ****** *** * to ** ******.

Not ******

* *** ****** ******* support ********* ** ******* 1.6 **** **** ******* but *** ******* ** the ***** ** *** test:

  • ****** ********* ***********
  • *** ********* ***** ***********

Software / ******** ********

*** ******* **** ******** can ** ********* ** an ***-**-*** ******** ***** includes *******, ****** ********, and ********.

******* **** ***** * software-only ******* ** *** VMS ***** *** ** loaded ** *****-***** ******* or ***** *******.

******** ******* *** **** the ****** ******** *** the ****** ******** *** be ************* ********** **** OpenEye ***** ******** **** available, *** **** **** to ** ********* ********.

Pricing ********

******* **** ** ******* in ***** *****:

  • ******: $** **** *** channel
  • ********: $** **** *** channel
  • ************: $*** **** *** channel

*** ******* ********** ******* the ******* ***** ** system ****. ****** ******** a ******* ** ** cameras *** ******, ******** supports * ******* ** 32 *** ******, *** Professional ******** * ******* of ** *** ******. OpenEye **** **** **** working ** *** ******* per ****** *******.

*** ***** ******* ***** include * *-**** ************ to ******* *** ********. Additional ***** ** *** may ** ********* ** front ** ** * yearly ***** *** $** MSRP *** ****** ***** also ******** *** ******** updates. *** ***** *** also ******* ***** ***** storage ** ********** ** 50GB ** * **** of $*** **** *** year.

*** ******** ******** ** rack *********, ******** * solid-state ***** *** *** OS, *** ********* **** with ***** ****** ******* is ********* **** ********. Pricing ****** ****:

  • ** *******, *** ********* Appliance **** *****-** ** Channel ** ****** ******* $1,266 **** (**-*******)
  • ** *******, *** ********* Appliance **** *****-** ** Channel *** ****** $*,*** MSRP (**-*******)
  • ** *******, *** *****-****** $1,735 **** (**-*****)
  • ** *******, ****, * External **** $*,*** **** (OE-MMX16)

Comments (6)

Apex is the recording platform (OWS) OpenEye Web Services is the VMS*

Not according to OpenEye:

Apex VMS is tightly integrated with OpenEye Web Services for complete remote administration of your users and recorders.

Ultimately, we are differentiating the Apex platform with OWS from their older Radius series of recorders.

I've been using OpenEye more frequently over the past year and I feel that their pricing is comparable to other VMS, their thin and thick clients are both very user friendly and intuitive, their timeline search works very well, and their customer service as well as tech support are top notch.

We just completed our integration to this new offering and will offer in both our "On Premise" and "Cloud Hosted" systems. We are getting positive responses from those who are moving in this direction..We OEM from PCO and will offer this as a Galaxy product like we have the NVR/DVRs for the last 11 years. One thing about PCO that is a huge plus is they are very responsive in their engineering support. Great partner.

Does OpenEye Disclose where/by whom their cameras are made?

Yes, country of origin can be found here:

https://www.openeye.net/made-in-the-usa

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