Spot.ai Gives Away Free Longse Cameras Backed By the 'King of SaaS'

By John Honovich, Published Oct 18, 2021, 12:51pm EDT

Few buy (much-maligned for spam) Longse cameras but would you take them for free? Silicon Valley's newest entrant in video surveillance, Spot.ai, is aiming to commoditize surveillance cameras, announcing $22 million in funding backed by a famous investor billed as "The King of SaaS".

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Inside this note, we examine how Spot.ai aims to disrupt video surveillance, contrasting it to hardware-focused incumbents including Axis and Hikvision and newer cloud entrants such as Eagle Eye and Verkada.

Strengths - **** ******* *** **** ******

** *** * ********* strengths *** ****.**:

(*) ** ************ ***** surveillance ******** *** ***** away ******* *** ****. While ** ** *** logical ********** ** *** race ** *** ******, Spot.ai *** **** *** the ***. ******** ** a *********, *********** *********, which **** (*) *** them **** ************* ** pitch ***** ** ** so ********* *** (*) places *********** ** *** defensive *** ******** ****** for *******. *** ****.**, the ***** ** ******** up ************ **** *******, and ****** **** ******* should ********** ****.

(*) ****.** ** ****** by******** *********** ************ ******* ******, * ****-********* *** widely ******** ********, ************* ******** *** "**** of ****". **** ***** **** deep ********* ********* *** strong ********* ** ******** a ****-******* *** ********** large *******.

Open ********

***** *** *** *** a ******** ******** ** most ***** ************ *********, unlike ***** ***** *******, Spot.ai ** ******** ** open ******, ******* ** connect ** *** ***** cameras. ** ****, ****.** buyers *** *** ****** to *** **-******* ****** cameras *** *** *** them ** **** ****, for ****.

Weaknesses - ****** *******

*** (*******) ******* **** giving **** **** ******* is **** **** **** money. *** *** **** problem **** ****** ******* is **** *** ********* inferior **** ** ***** PRC *******. *** **** is **** ********* **** these **** ******* **** soon ******* *** **** quality ** ***** ******* and **** ** ********** for ****.**'* ****** ********. However, **** ** ********* mitigated ** ******** ********* to *** ***** *** higher-quality *******.

Free ******* **** ******

***** ****.** *** *** reply ** ****'* ******* for *******, ** **** able ** ****** ***** supplier **** * ********** of***** ****** ************ **** ****** *** camera's *** *** ***** matches *********, * ***** of ******, ** ***** below:

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****** ** "**** *** favorite *******",****.** ****** * ****** models, **** ***** ***** 5MP *****, ** ***** below:

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****.** **** *** **** get ** **** ***** Longse ******* ** *** quit ***** ****.**:

** ******* ** **** cameras ** *** **** to ***** **** ****** operation. *** ***** ******* for $* **** ** you **** ***** **** AI, *** *** ******.

Pricing / ********* ** ********

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****.** ********** *** **-******** ******* ***** *** does "******** ********* **** bleeding-edge ** *******". **** come ** *, ** and **+ *******.

************* ** "$*,*** *** location", ***** *** ******* describes ** "*** ***[***] a ******** *** *** the **** ** ***, and * ****** ******* fee ** ****** *** Spot ** *********." ****.** does *** ******* ** make ******** **** *** annual ******* *** ** per ******.

************, *** ***** ********* of **** ** * substantially ***** ** ***** price ** **** ** one ***** *** **** cameras **** ****.**.

Cameras **** ** ****, **** ****.**

"*** *** ******** *** expect" *** ** ****.** cameras, ****** ****.**:

****’* ** * $* camera?

*** ******* **** *** the ******** *** ****** from * ******* ********, except *** ***** ***.

*** ******** ****** *********, zoom, *****-******, *******, ***.

*************,*** ******* ********* $** (*.*., ******) cameras *** ****** ********* specifications ** $**** ****:

*** *******, **** ********* a $** ** ****** versus * $**** ** camera, ** ***** **** most ************** **** ****** identical.**** *** *** **** build ********* (*.*., **** waterproof), ****** ** ** 90 **** ** ***** vision, *** ******* ***** compression *******.

***** ********** *** *** most ******* ********** ******* the *** ** *******. The $** *** ********* 2MP, *** *** $**** one *** ***.

**** ** ** ********* stupid ***** ** ***, though ****.***** * ****** ************ ****.

**********, ** ********, ****.** is ******* *********** ***** free ******* ** ***** sufficient.

Future ** ******* *** **** ****.**

***** ****** **** ****** cameras ***** ***** **** risk, ******* *** **** the **** * *****, cheap (** ****) "****" cameras ***** ****** **** enough. **** ** *** innovation ** *** ******* is ********* ** ** them ***** ****.** ********** is ******* *** ** on *** **** / service ** **** ** not **** *** **** more ********* ***** *******. There ** *** ********* for ***** **** ** give **** ******* **** have ****** ***-***** *** WDR *********** *** ** not ******* ** *** free.

Spot.ai ********** ****

****.** *** * ***** management **** **** *** CEO,***** *********, ****** ** ** and *** **** ********, with **-*********** ************** ********* ****** ******** ****. The *** ***** ******* at ****** ** ** engineer **** **** ** 2013 ********* ** ********** and ****** ********:

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*******, ******* *** *** nor *** **-******** **** any ***** ****** **** to ******, ****** *******.

"King ** ****" *******

**** ********* *** ******* for * **** ** physical ******** *** ** take ********* ** *** stickiness ** * ********-***** SaaS ********. ******** *** now ***** ** *** it ** ***** *** by ***** ****** ***** ****** ****** ********* ***** SaaS ********* *** *********, even***** ****** "*** **** of ****".

****.** **** ******* **** the **********, *******, *** relationships **** ****** *** Redpoint ****. ** **********, we ***** ****** ****.** to ** ****** ******* on **** *** ******* generation, **** ***** ********* for **** **** ****, giving ** * ***** advantage **** ********** **** are **** ********** *** often **** **** ***********. For *******, *** ** Tunguz's **** ********** ********* ******** *** more ** ******** ********* **** **** the ******* ********* ** annual *******, *** *****:

*** *** *********** ****-******* SaaS *******, ** ****** 384% ** ******* ** sales *** ********* ** the ***** ****. **** figure ******** ** ***% in **** *** *** then ***** ** ***% in **** ****.

**** ******** *** ******* is ********* ******* ****** video ************ **** ********* businesses ****** *********** ******* on ****** *****.

*** ***/*** ** **** we ****** ****.** ** be ******* ** ***** heavily ** ****** **** cameras *** ********* *********, at ****** **** **** Verkada ***** *****.

Sales *** ********* *********

* *** ******* **** remains ** ** **** is *** **** (** bad) ****.** ** ** sales *** *********. **** are ****/*** ** ****** exaggerated ****** *** **** is ****** ** ** expected **** ******* ****** startups. **** **** ******* a ***** ******* **** Verkada? *** **** ******* a ****** ****** ******* like ***** ***? ** be **********.

Verkada *******

***** ******* ***** ********* cameras, ****.** ** ****** them **** *** ****. While ******* ****** ** eliminating *** ***, ****.** is ******** ** **** (sort **, ** ***** relative ** *******).

****.** ********** *******'* ********* cameras ********** ** **********, ***** ********* ******** Verkada, *********** **** "****’** pretty *********; ** ** a *** ******** ********** ******". ***** ****'* ********** (the ******* ******* ****** is **** ** *** $500 ** $*,*** *****), there ** ********* ***** to ** * ***** reduction ** ******* ******* for ****.** ****** *******. This ****, *********, ***** the ****** *** *******'* sales **** ** ** will **** ** ** the ********* ********** *** pricing ** ***** *** cameras (****** ****** ****, like **, **** ********* that **** *** ***-*** Longse *******).

****.** *** *** ********* to ****** * ***** Verkada **********.

Eagle *** *******

****.** ************ ** **** close ** ***** ***, with **** ***** **** platforms **** **-**** **********. This ***** ** * challenge *** ***** *** as ****.** ** ***** similar ****** *** ****** away **** *******, ***** Eagle *** **** ***. However, ***** *** *** a ***** **** ** product *********** ***, ******* more ********* ** *****, channel *** ****** ***********.

Outlook *** ****.**

****.**, ** ****** ** its ********* *** *** give-away ****** ********, ** likely ** ** * significant ********** ** *** market. *******, ** ** hard ** **** *** significant **** **** ** until ** *** **** execute *** * **** or *** *** *** how ******* *** **** they *** *******.

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"*************,*** ******* ********* $** (*.*., ******) cameras *** ****** ********* specifications ** $**** ****:

*** *******, **** ********* a $** ** ****** versus * $**** ** camera, ** ***** **** most ************** **** ****** identical.**** *** *** **** build ********* (*.*., **** waterproof), ****** ** ** 90 **** ** ***** vision, *** ******* ***** compression *******.

***** ********** *** *** most ******* ********** ******* the *** ** *******. The $** *** ********* 2MP, *** *** $**** one *** ***.

**** ** ** ********* stupid ***** ** ***, though ****.***** * ****** ************ ****."

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******** **** **** **** hurt ***** ***** ********** for ******** *************. *** bad ********* *** **** here ** ***. *********** that **** ****'* ********** anything ***** ***** ** based *********... ******** *** Recording ********* ** ** doubt ***** **** *** recovering ***** *****.

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**** ***** ***** ********** for ******** *************

* ** ****** **** they ***'* **** *** the ***** ** ** IT *************.

******** *** ********* ********* is ** ***** ***** they *** ********** ***** costs.

* ** ****** **** they *** *** ****** to **** ***** *** the *********. **** ** a **** ******* ******* so ********* **** *** to ******** *** ******** of ******* ** ******** costs ** **** ***** money ** ****-**** **** subscriptions. ******* ** *** $2,199 ******** *****, * doubt **** *** ***** to **** **** ** the *** *** ** will **** ****** **** we ***** *** **** break *** *** ******* license *** *** ******.

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** * ************** ***** (**** ******)******. **** ****** *** same "**** ******" ***** but **** **** ******* a ***** ****** *** the ******* *** **** to ***** ******. **** also ******* * ***** NVR ******** ********* *** cameras **** *** *** their *********** *****.

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'*** **** **** ****** away ******* **** ** sell *****?'

* ****** ****** ***** I ********* *** *** their ********. ****'* ***** to ** *** *** decision ***** *** ****** free ****, ***** ***** like ** **** ** about ** ***** ** can **.

********* *** ***** ** free ***** ** *** most ********* ***** ** work ****.

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******* ***** **** **** tumblers, ****.** *** *** ante *** ***** **** cameras.

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*** **** ******** ***** require ******** *******

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****** *** ****-***** ****** search ***** **** ****** a *** ** ***** site, **** ***** ********* are ********* ** ***** platform?

*** **** *******: *** the ********* ** ***** site, *** *** ********* on ******* *** '********-**** AI *******' *** ** 'built *** **'. ***** be **** *********** ** see *** ****/****** *** analytics ******** **, *** what *** ******* *** is **** ** *** moment.

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******, ** ***** *********, it's *** ********* *****. That ****, * **** no ****** ** ***** they **** ***** * suite ** ***** *********.

** **** ***** ******, it's * *** ****** to **** ***** **** image ** ****-***** ****** since **'* **** * basic *******, ****** **** them *****:

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* ***** ****** ********** on ***** **** ***** they *** *** ****** catering ** ******** *************. So ****** **** **** probably **** **** ** people *** ***'* **** any ******.

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**** *** **** ***** people **** **** ****** about ***** ************. ** be *****, * ***** it's * ******* *** not ** *********** ***. They **** ***** *** a ******** ***** **** favors **** **** ********** so **** **** **** will ***** (** ****** like******* *** ****** ****** disliked...)

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*** ** ** **** when *** ***’* **** what *** ******** *** channel ******* **?

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** **** *********** **** somehow *** ******'* **** is **** ***** ***** to *** ******* ********* price?

***** *** ****** ***** focal *******. **** ** Spot.ai's ****? $**? $** That's *** * *** for **** ** ****** even ** **** ****** $199 (**** ******* *******) per ****.

* ***** ******* / performance ** * ******* but *********** ** ****** be **** *** **** to ****** ****, ********?

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** **** *********** **** somehow *** ******'* **** is **** ***** ***** to *** ******* ********* price?

****, ** **** *** channel ********* ***** ** high ****** **** $** bucks *****’* ******.

**’* *** * ***** sign **** *** *** number *** **** ** evaluate *** ***** ** the *** ****** *** website *****.

******* *******:

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****, ** ***** ** the ******* ******** ***** price ***** (********* ******* $10 *** $** *** month) *** ****** ***** the ***** ** * Longse ****** ** * few ******. * ***'* think **** **** ** jack *** ***** ** to ***** * ****** camera.

** ***'* ***** *******, a ****** ****** ** roughly *** **** ***** as * **** **** tumbler {****** **** ****}.

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"*** ** **** **** to *** * ***** too *** ** ******* list!"

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****.** *** *** ********* to ****** * ***** Verkada **********.

** ****** *** ***** our ***** ***** **** Spot.ai **** *** **** with ******.

*** ******* ****** ** with ****** **** ***** have ******* * ****** spam ******** ****** ******** ever **** ****** :)

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*** ******* ****** ** with ****** **** ***** have ******* * ****** spam ******** ****** ******** ever **** ****** :)

** ********, ******* ** sending ***, *** **** unsolicited ****** **** ****** ever ***. ****, ** fairness, ******* ****** *** way **** ****** *********** than ****** ****.

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*** **** ** **** customers **** ***** **** cameras **** **** ******* the **** ******* ** those ******* *** **** it ********** *** ****.**'* entire ********.

**** ** ******** *** most ********* *** ** it *** - ******* the ********* **** ** able ** *** * favorable ********** ** ****.**'* when ******* **** * low-end ******.

* ****** *** **** does ** ********* ****** on ***** *******. * mean, ** *** *** familiar **** "*******-**-*******-***", *** AI ***** ********** *** changed **** ******** * lot ******. ***** *******-**-************-** is *** **********...

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* ****** *** **** does ** ********* ****** on ***** *******

*******, **** ******* / question! ** *** ***'* see ** *****, *** can't ******* ** ****. Certainly, ** ** **** for ***** *********** ***, depending ** *** ****** model **** ***, ***** could ** ******** ****** at *****, *** ******, objects *** **** **** the ******, ***.

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"******** ********* **** ********-**** AI *******"OK ******** ** **** **. I bleed enough as it is. Do they ************* *** ********** ** the ****.

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*** **** ********* ** technological ***********. "** ************ that **** ****** ******* is ***** *** ******** edge *** ***** *******-******** systems"

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******** **** ****** ** a ******* ** *******, usually ********* **********, **** is ********* ** ********* but ** ** *** and ************ **** ** has *** **** ***** tested ***, ************, *** be **********. ***** ******** could ********** ****** ***** and **** **** **** not **** ******** ** the **********. ** ** also * ***** **** bleeding **** ******** *** never **** ********** **********.

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** ***** **** ** know **** ** ***** and **** ** ***** out ** *** ***** thing ********* ****** **** ears. "*** ** **** you ** *** ******** edge!"

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********-**** ** *******" ** definite ** **** **. I ***** ****** ** it **. ** **** not ********** *** ********** of *** ****.

** ********, **** ********* likely **** *** ***** of *** **** ******* understanding *** ******* *******.

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******** **** =\= ******* edge. ***** ** * functional **********.

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**** **** ****** **** down ** *** ******* of *** ***** ********* they **** *******. * honestly ***'* *** **** of * ****** *** selling ******** **** ******* for **** ******** ***** unless ********* **** ** included (*********** **** ***** systems, ***.). *** ********* questions ******:

*. **** ***** ** a ****** *** ****** integrators ** **** *********** just ****** ********** ******* their ***** **** ************* fees?

*. **** **** ********* with ***** ********* (****** control, *********, ***.)? **** is ************ ***** ********* now.

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*** **** **** *'** been *********** ******** '******* only' *** ****** ******* that ***** ** *****, records **** ***** ** a ****** ********, *******/***/*** on ******* *** ****'* it, ** **** ****.

******** ****** (*********/***********) ** a ****** ******* **** has * ****** **** can ** **** ** or ** **** ** an ****** ***** ** tweak.

**** ********** ****** ******* clients **** ***** **** want * ****** *********, see *** ***** ** it, *** *** ******* to ***.

**'** ********* ** ****** resi ** * ***'* know *** ** ***** work ** ***** *********. We **** ******* *** network **** ** ****** for ** ** **** in *** *******.

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**** ****** ** ***********. I **** *** ** a *:** ** *** Zoom **** *** ** with ****. **** **** to ******.

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****, **** **** ** our ******* *** ******** our *******. **** *** their ***** ** **.IPVM Image

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*****, * **** * could **** **** **** than * *****!

(*) **'* **** ** know **** "**** **** direct". * **** ***** back *** ** *** CEO ** *** ** he **** ******* ****.

(*) **'* ******* ** me **** **** ***** cancel * **** ***** that *** *** * dealer *** *******. ** I *** * *********** that ***** ** ********* to ** ***** ** means *** ******* *** into ***** / ** and *** **** **** to ** ** ******** you ** *** ****.** is ******.

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