Rhombus Cameras, VMS and Analytics Tested

By: Rob Kilpatrick and Sean Patton, Published on Nov 06, 2019

Rhombus boasts they have created "the new standard in Enterprise, cloud-managed video security" and told IPVM in January 2019 they offer twice the features of Verkada at half of the price.

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** ********* *** ******* ********** ********** ********, *** in **** ****** ** examine *******'* ********* *** weaknesses, **** * ***********, including:

  • *** **** **** *** playback ********* ****?
  • *** **** ** *** video ********* ****?
  • **** ****** *** ***** analytics ** ******* ******?
  • **** ********** *** ******** does ** *****?
  • **** ****** *** ******** are *******?
  • **** ****** ** ****** exist?
  • **** ****** *** *********** are ***** **** ****** configuration?
  • *** **** **** *** camera's *** ****?
  • *** **** **** *** mobile *** ****?
  • **** ******** *** ******* in *** ****** ***?
  • *** **** ** *** camera *** *** *****?
  • *** **** ** *** party ****** ****-** ************ work?
  • *** ** ******* ******** and ******* ******* ** Verkada?

*******

*******'* ********* ****** *** setup, ****** ******, *** people ********* ***** ***** video *******, *** ************ and ****** *********** *** below *******.

******** ** **** ** class ********** ******** (*.*., open *******, **** *****, etc.), ******* ** ********* inferior.

*******, ******** ** ******* and *** *** ******** segment ** ****** ***** cameras, ******* ** *********** in ***********, ****** ** some *** ***** *** at * ***** ****.

******* ******* ** * startup, **** *******, ** would ****** **** ** improve **** *** **** few ***** *** *** much **** ** ******* (or ***) ******* ** be ****.

Rhombus ********* - ***** ********* *** *********

******* *** ******* ********* related ** ***** ***** streaming, ****** ************, ********* performance, *** ********* *********:

  • ****** *** ******* ***** Streaming:******* ****** **** **** streaming *** ********** *** local *** *** **** streaming *** **** *** latency, **** **** * second. **** ** *** consistently *** ****** ******* we **** ******** ** remote ***** *****.
  • ***** ******* ****** *********:****** ********* ********* **** well, ******** ***** *** small *******, ******** *******, foliage, ***** ********** ********* people ** **'
  • ****** ****** *******:****** ****** **** *** web *** ****** ******* worked **** **** **** Wi-Fi ***********, **** ***** login, *** **** **** and ******** *********. *******, with *** ********* **/*** connections, *** ********* *********** was **** **********.
  • **** ****** ****** ***********:*** ****** ****** ******** well, ********** ******** ***** notifications, ****** *** ******* event ******, *** *****-****** live ********* **** ***** layouts.
  • ***** ****** *****:****** ***** *** ****-***-****, taking ***** *-******* **** plug-in ** ********** ** the ***, **** ********* app ********** *** ************* and ***********.

Rhombus ********** - ******* ****** ***** *** ***** ***********

******* *** * *** weaknesses ******* ** ***** limited ****** ********, ******* fundamental *** ********, *** issues **** ******** ***** analytics ***********:

  • ***** ******** ******** ****** Due ** ****:***** ****/***** ** *** dome ****** ***** *****, face, *** ******* ******. Additionally, ** **** *****, it ******** **** ** the **** ** * person ** *** ******* Faces ****.
  • **** ********* *******:** **** ****** ** cause * **** ********* event ** ******* **** dozens ** ******** **** multiple ****
  • **** *********** ***** *******:** ***** ***** **** recognition ***** **** ****** for ******** **** ***********, and ***** **** ****** with *** ****** *** indexing ******* ***** **** the ******** ***** ****.
  • ******* ****** ********* ***********:******* ****** ********* ************** triggered ** ********* ** some ***** ** *** cameras. ****, ******* **** that ******* ****** ********* requires * - * days *** ************** ** the ****** ****** **** normal ******** *** *** camera ***** ****.
  • ****** ******** *******:******* **** ****** ***** cameras ** * ****** dome **** ******, **** no **********/*******. **** **** do *** ******* *** party *******.
  • *********** ********** *** ******** Missing:******* **** *** ***** a ***** ******, ***** bookmarking, **** ***** ********* (playback ****), *** ******* mapping ************ (** ********* upload ** ****** *** support). ***** ** **** no ******** ***** **** player ** ****** ***** file ****** (*** ****** only).
  • ** ****** *-****** **************:******* **** *** ********* offer ****** *-******/*****-****** **************, but ******* **** ** is ** ***** *******. We ***** **** ****** Sign-On ******* ****** **** in *******.

System ******** *** ****** *** ****** **** *** **** ******

*** ********* **-****** ****** analysis ******** *** ******* interface, ********* **** *** cons ** *** **, cameras *** ******** ***********:

*** ********* *-****** ******* the ******* ****** ***, including ********* ***********, ** issues, *** ***********:

Cameras **** *** ***** ** *******, **** *** ********

******* ****** ******* ** roughly **** *** ***** of ******* *** ******* model **************, *******, ******* offers * ****** ******** to *******'* * (*** only * **** **** factor). ******* **** ****** up ** ***-**** ** onboard *******, ***** ******* is ******* ** **-****. Also, ******* ****** * solid *-**** ********, *******'* is ******, * **-**** warranty.

******* *** ******* ****** annual ******** *** *******, both $*** **** ****** per ****. **** ***** discounts **** ********** ******** years ** *******, ******* costs $*** *** * 5-year **** ******** ** Verkada ** $***. ************, Verkada ****** * **-**** term *** $*,*** *** camera.

Closed ******

******* ** ******* *** Meraki, ******* ******* *** closed,******* *** ***** ** their ******** *** ******* a ******** **** ** functionality** ***** ** *** continue ** *** *** annual ***.

Low ******* ********* *********** ******

* ******** ** **** VMS ************, ****** **** streaming ** ******* *** strong, ** ******** **** than * ****** ** latency ************ **** ******* or ****** ****:

******* ******* ****** ****** to *** ** *** client **** ** *** local ***, ***** ********* helps **** ****** ******* low. *******, **** **** connected ****** ******* ******* servers, ** **** ********* under * ****** ** latency.

******** *********** *** ***** as ****, *** ****** supports ** ** *** fast ******* ********. ****** of * *** ** playback ****** **** **** no ********* ** ******:

*** ******** **** *** have ********* ******, *** playback ** *** ** smooth *****-**-*****, ********* ** slightly ****** ********. **** is ************* ****** *********** than *******, ***** ******* buffering ****** ** **** forward ****** ** ** or ******.

********* ****** ** ******* to ***** ** ***** systems, ** ***** **** Rhombus's "***** *** *****" feature ****** ****, ********* accurate ****** ***********, ****** for *************** *** ***********:

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* ***** ******* ******* in ***** **********-******* *****, Rhombus's ****** *****-******* ***** well, *** ********* *********** was ****. *** ***** can ** ******** *********, but **** *** ***** an ********* ********** ****/****:

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Overall ** *********** **** - **** ******

***** *******'* *** ********* is ***** **** ***** controls *** ********* **** overall ** *******, ***** are **** ** ****** that ********** ****** *********** and **********.

******* **** ** *** of *** **** ******** used ******** ** * VMS *********, ** ***** that ******* **** ** poorly *********** *** *********** to ***. *** ********* does *** ******* ***** wheel **** ********, *** clicking *** **** **/*** buttons ** *** **** predictably ** *** ****** of *** ******* ***, instead, ** ***** ****** the ****** ** *** camera's **** ***:

******* *** **********, ******** notification ******* ***** ** found ****** **** *** could ** ********** *** different ***** ***** ** different ***** ** ****. However, **** ******* ** the *************, ***** ** different ******* *** *** Face *** ******* ***** icons *** ***** ** no ********* ** *** icons ******** **** ** the *********:

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******* ****** *********** **** viewing, ***** ** ***** worked ****, *******, ***** are **** ****** **** the **** *******, **** video ******* ********* ****** the ****** ** *** web ****** ********* *** grid ****** *** *********** based ** *** ****** that ** ********. ** the ***** ******* ********* between * *** **** and *** **** ******* in *** **** ***** streams *** *** * videos **** *** ********* rather **** ********* ** the *** ******:

***** ******* ******* ****** well ** *******, ** is *********** ******* ** system **************. ** ******** placing ******* ** * Google *** ********* *** lists ******/******** ****** ***********. However, ** **** *** show *** ****** ***** of ****, ******* **** stream ******* ** ********* uploading, *** ******* ******** in ********** *****:

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People ********* *********** ***** ********/*******/**********

** *** ******* ******* Human ********* ******** ******** people *******, ******** *** running ******* *** *****:

Running person detected

************, ******* ******** ******** people ********* ********** ** objects:

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Most ****** ******* ** ******/******* ***** ****** *******

****** *******, **** ****** sources ** ******* ***** alarms **** ******* **** as ***** *******, ******* foliage, *******, *** *******:

******, ***** ********* ******* major ***** ******* ** the ***** *** ****** being ****** ** *** off ** ******** *****:

Heavy **** ********** ****** ***** ******

**** ** ******* ********* were ********* ****** ***** rainfall, ***** ****** ******** Human, ***, *** **** detection, ***** *****:

**** ** *** **** was **** ******* ********** as * ****** ** our **** ** ********** faces.

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******* *** **** ** duplicate *** ********* ******, and ***** **** *** cameras ****** ** ********* to ***** ******* **** weather, *** **** *********** should ** **** ****** only:

** ****** * *** of ***** ****** ******* our ***, *** **** are ****** ******** ******* some ****** **** ** the ***** ** *** lens. ** *******, ** recommend * ****** ** things ** *** *********. First, *** ******* ****** be ********* ** * way ** ******* ****** contact **** **** (****** under *****, ******** ***, etc.). ** *******, ***** pooling ** * ****** plane *** ****** ****** random ****** *** “******” that **** ******* ** matching ******* ********* *** pretty ****.

** **** ********* **** recognition ** ******* ** internal *** (** ** least * *********** ******** environment **** ** ******** or ******* ****. *****, when *** *** ** the ******* ****** ** randomness ********* ** ******* scenes (*****, ******, ******, etc.), *** *** **** higher *********** ** ******** against *** ** ****

Poor **** *********** ***********

****** *******, ************ ***** were ****** ** ** the ******** *** *** added ** * **** of ******** *****. ** average * ****** *** to ** ******* ****** the ****** **** * clear **** ** ***** face **** ** ~*** PPF (~*-**') *** ******* to *** ** ** a **** ** ************ faces. ***** ** ** example ** * ******** face **** *** ** the ******** *** *** added ** *** **** of ***** ****:

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** ***** *** ******* list ** ***** **** to ****** *** ******* known "*******" ****** *** faces ** ***** **. The ***** ******* **** shows ***** **** ********** due ** ********* *** low ********:

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Fall ********* ***** ******** *******

***** **** ********* ** an ******* ******** ******** offered ** *******, **** a ***** ***** ** the ****** **** *** detected ** *******:

******* ***** **** **** feature ** ***** ** its ***** ******, *** works **** ***** *** when ***** ***** ****/***** vs *****/**** (** ****** any ********* ***** * person’s **** ***** *** still ** *************, ****** appear ** **** ** a **** ** *** ground). **** ******** **** are ********** ** ***** their ******, *** ****** to *** *********** ************ over ****.

No ********* ** ****** ******* ******

******* ******* ****** *** alert ****** ******* ** people ********* ** *** foreground ** *** ***** which ***** ** ********** unusual ***** ****** ********* don't ***** ** **** space.

******** ******* *** **** to ****** ****** ******* movement **** ******* ********* in * **** ** the ***** **** ** not ********** ** ******.

Enterprise ******** *******

******* ** ******* * few ********* **********-******* *** features ********* ***** ***********, live *********, ************ ********, and *** ***** ****** support.

******* **** **** ********* in ** ***** *********** roadmap, ******* *********** *** asynchronous ******** **** *** features **** *** ******** requests **** *********.

************, **** ***** **** do *** **** *** plans ** *** *** party ****** *******:

** **** **** **** camera ****** ** ****. We **** **’* ********* to ********* *** ********, and ** **’** ******* hard ** ******* ***** needs. ******** ****** ******* ** not ********* ** *** immediate ******* ******.

No ********** ****** ******

******* ****** * ****** format, *** *** ********* video. **** ***** ****** was **** ** ******** on ******* *******, *******, they ******** ** ********, watermarking, ** ******** ** the ***** **** ** is ********. ************, ******* Rhombus **** *** **** a ***** **** ******, there ** ** *****-****** playback **** *** ***** is ********.

Video **** ******* ******* ** * ****

******* ********** ** * 1-hour ******* ****** **** export **** *** ****** to ******* *******. **** is * *********** ********** compared ** *********** ********** focused ***** (**** *** ****** ********):

******* ***** **** **** could ** ********** *** specific *********, *** ******* they ***** *** ***** for *-*****, **** *** limiting *** ******* ** avoid ******:

**’* * ********** ** our **** ** **** sure ********* ***’* ******** abuse **** *******. ** store *** ******* *** 2 *****, ** ** can *** ********* ** store ***** ****** ************. For ********* **** **** specialized *****, ** *** adjust **** **********.

No *** / ***-**** ****** *******

******* **** *** ***** a *** ** **** non-dome *******, *******, **** said **** **** ****** options *** ** ***** roadmap:

**** ****** ******** ******* are ********** ** *** roadmap. ** ***’* ***** any ***** ** ******* dates *********, *** ** are ********** ***** **** we’ll **** ** ***** more ********* *** **** uses ***** ** *** future.

System ************** ******** ******* ****

******* ************** ** **** designed *** ********** **** the ******* *** ************* UX ******. *** **** Dashboard **** ****** ********* system ****** *** ****** with ******* ****** ** recent ***** ******** ** the ******:

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******* ************* ****** * weekly ******* ** ****** administration ***** ***** ******* the ****** ** *** cameras *** ***** ****** information. * ***** ********* for ****** ****** ** the *** ** *** information ** * **** UX ****** *******, ****** than ****** *** **** read ******* **** *** report:

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************, ** **** ****** setting ****, ** ***** the ***** ********* ******* chart ****** *** ********** camera ****** *** ********** video *** ****** ** the ****** *** *** successfully ****** ** ** the *****:

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Poor *** ***********

** ****** *** ******'* WDR *********** ** ** exterior ******* ***** ** ~500 *** ******* **** an ****** *** ** ~50, * ******** ** ~10x.

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*** *********** *** ****, washing *** **** ** the *******'* **** ** the ******* **** ** the ***** *** ********* the **** ******, ******* loss ** *******.

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Poor **** ****** *******

**** *** ******* *** test ***** ~**' **** from *** ****** (~** PPF/~200lx) **** ***** ***** quality ** *****, ********* facial ******* *** **** legible ***** ** *** chart. ** *** **** at ~*.**** ****** ******* are *** ********* *** only ***** ***** ** the ***** *** *******.

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******** *** ******** ** ~40'/~25 *** **** ****** details *** ***** ** seen *** **** *** lines *** ******* ** the ***** ** **** light. ** *** **** scene, *** ******* *** lost ** *** ******* and *****, **** ********* is ********.

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Ambarella *** ****/******* ******* ** ****

******* ** ****** ** purchased *** **** ** Taiwan *** *** ** Ambarella ***-**-** ****-**** *** up ** *.* ***.

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************, *** ******* ** purchased *** ******* ******* WD ****** ** **** for ***** *******. *** 40-day ******* ****** **** a ***** ******** ****:

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******* ***** **** *** different *************, ************ ****** that **-*** ******* ******* use * *** ** microSD, ***** ******* ******* does *** ***** * WD ****** *******:

*** **-*** ******* ** use * ****** ***** card, *** ***’** ******* that **** ******** ***’* yet ********* ** ** Purple. ** **** ***** suppliers **** ***** ********* cards ** *****, *** of ****** ** **** use *** ****-********* ****** since *** */* ***** rating ** ******** ***** is *** *** *** always-recording ************ ************.

** *******, ** ****** from **** ** **** vendors *** ***** ***** we’ll *** ********* ******* between ********* *******.

******* **** ***** **** their *-**** ****** ******** covers *** ** ****, even ****** ** **** includes * *-**** ******** on ** ****** ******* cards.

Comments (13)

*** **** ********** *** vendors? *** **** **** the ******* ****?

**** *** * ********** new ******, ******* ** 2016, ***** ******* ******** offering,** ******* ********* * ***/*********** **** factor. **** ******* ******** the *** ** ****** in *** **** * months, ***** ** **** we *********.

*** *** ******* *** second ********?

***** *** *** **** answer. **** ***** **** is ***** ****** *****? and * **** ******* question *** **** ********* globally?

**** ** ***** ****** sales?

**** *** * ******* company ** ** ***'* know *** * ***** it's **** ***.******** ******* ********* *********.

*******, *** * ******* at **** *****, *** bigger ******** ** ******* their ******* ** ***** to ***** **, **** Verkada *** **** *** last ** ******, ***. Related,******* ***** *******'* **** of ******* *************.

** *** ****** **** their ******* ********, ** our *******, ******* ** better **** ******* ** a ******** **** *** it ******* ** ** seen ** **** *** pull *** * ******* sales ********** / ************ that ******* *** ****.

*** **** **** ** do ** **** * hundred ** *** **** excited *************.

** ************* ******** ** VSaaS ******* ********* *** SMB ******? ** ***** vendors ** *** ****? I ** *** ***** in ***** *******, *** as * ** ** the ***** ********, * am ********** ** *** VSaaS ******* ** ***** America **** ***** ***** organizations.

* ** ********** ** how ***** ******* ** North ******* **** ***** their *************.

#* ** **** ** not ******* ***** *** 100 *************. **** **** about **** **** -*** ******* ******* ***** Surveillance ***** ************ **** - *******

***** *** ****** *** an ******, ****. * didn't **** **** *******. I **** **** ** now.

******* ****** *********, ********* detection, **** *********;

****** **** **** ******** testers **** **** ** be ********* ********...

*** **** ** *** cloud ****** **** ***, AWS, ****** ** *****?

** ** ***

***** ****** ****.

***** ******.

***** ***

******: **************** *********** *** *********, ********** following *** ******* ****. Users *** ***** *** re-position ***** **** *** cameras ***** **** *******.

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