Surveillance Search Shootout

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Oct 14, 2013

Searching for video is the most important function for many VMS users. While they may not have the time or interest to watch video live regularly, whenever an issue arises, they want to be able to quickly and accurately find the issue of interest.

In this report, we share our test results of using search capabilities for Avigilon, Exacq, Genetec, Milestone, Network Optix/DW and VideoInsight, as highlighted in the image below:

Key Differentiators

Searching revealed a number of important differentiators that separated the 'best' from the 'worst' in VMS searching, including:

  • Motion Search Speed / Pre-Indexing: Some VMSes were lighting quick in returning results while others took minutes even for searching a day's worth of video.
  • Thumbnail Capabilties: While most every VMS now has some form of thumbnails, the sophistication and power differed dramatically amongst VMSes.
  • Buffering: Some VMSes made the user wait while video was queued up while others played back instantly.
  • On a secondary level, differences in various UI controls / functions available, strengthened or weakened the VMSes.

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Key ***************

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  • ****** ****** ***** / ***-********: **** ***** **** ******** ***** ** ********* ******* ***** others **** ******* **** *** ********* * ***'* ***** ** video.
  • ********************: ***** **** ***** *** *** *** **** **** ** thumbnails, *** ************** *** ***** ******** ************ ******* *****.
  • *********: **** ***** **** *** **** **** ***** ***** *** queued ** ***** ****** ****** **** *********.
  • ** * ********* *****, *********** ** ******* ** ******** / functions *********, ************ ** ******** *** *****.

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  • ***-******** ** ******: ********, *** ******* *****/******* ******** ****** ****** events ****** **** *** ****.
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  • *********: *****, *******, *** ***** ******* **** *** ******* ** first ********* *** ***** ***** ** ********.

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  • ****** *** ******(*): ********, ******* *****/******* ********, ******* *** ******** a ****** *****, ***** *****, ***** *******, *** ********* ******** the **** ** ******** **** *** ******.
  • ******** ****: ****/**** ******** *** *** ******** ** ********, *******, Exacq *** ***** *******. *********, *** ******* *****/******* ******** **** the **** ****** *** ******* ** *** *** ****.

  • ****** ***** ********: ******** ******* *** ******* ** ****** ****** to **** ** ****; ***** *****, *** ******* *****/******* ******** would **** ** ****** ****** *** ******* *********. ********, ***** Insight, ******* *** ******* * **** **** ** ****** *** user *** ** ************ ***** *** **** ****** **** * timeline ********* **** ** ******** ** *** ****** *************.

  • ******* ********: ******* ****** *** ****** ******** *** ****** **** on ***** ***** *********** *** *******. *** **** ** *** VMSes ******** ******* **** ***** *** ******** **** ******* *********** (milliseconds ** * ***** ** * ****).

  • ************ ********: ******** *** ***** **** ****** **** ** * synchronized ****** ******* *********** ******** *********. *******, *********, *** ******* Optix *** ******* ******* ** **** ************* ** ************ ****** a ****. ***** *******, ******* *** *** ********* ***** **** allow *** **** **** *************, *** ****** *** **** ****.

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*****

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Comments (8)

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