Axis' hosted video offering, formerly called STS, now called AVHS, is a key contender in the future of video surveillance. Hosted video offers simpler and more accessible video surveillance solutions. It also has the potential to re-align the power structure between camera manufacturers and software suppliers as well as between security integrators and service providers. However, it is still early and there are many challenges for hosted/managed video to overcome.
Secure-i, an Axis AVHS partner, is the first company in the US to fully implement the Axis AVHS system and offer it as service. For background on Secure-i, view their product overview demos. For an overview of AVHS (Axis Video Hosting System), see Axis' brochure and application note.
In our test and analysis of the Secure-i Hosted Video Recorder / AVHS solution, we found:
- The system required no on site setup (just plugged it in) and trivial software configuration to fully record, view and alert
- Compared to basic/mid-level VMS systems (like Axis Camera Station), the VMS software was simplistic and limited
- On-site recording option and future Axis camera firmware upgrades will substantially increase competitive value of the solution
- The service has the potential to disrupt existing forces in the industry yet has 3 major limitations relative to traditional video surveillance solutions
[As always, the test was not paid by the vendor. They loaned us a unit and provided technical support.]