Testing Avigilon ACC 5 VMS

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 10, 2014

In this report, we provide in-depth videos covering Avigilon Control Center 5's operation and configuration with 30+ minutes of screencasts providing clear explanations of ACC features including:

  • Applications review for live viewing and configuration
  • Viewing cameras
  • Customizing layouts
  • Controlling PTZs and digital zoom
  • Manual recording and screenshots
  • Basic playback controls
  • Using timeline search
  • Using pixel based search
  • Discovering and adding cameras
  • Configuring resolution
  • Setting recording settings and schedule
  • Configuring dual streaming
  • Adding users and groups
  • Configuring motion detection

And more. This sample video reviews ACC's automatic camera discovery:



Additionally, we review Avigilon's pricing, licensing and dealer availability inside.

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Comments (8)

Thanks for the report. While these reports are obviously useful to many, I think the word "testing" in the title leads IPVM users to expect testing it and rating it in a certain or many aspects, like storage or encoding efficiency, onvif compatibility, stability, integration , etc... IMHO The report herein is more like "Using Avigilon VMS", which is still useful nonetheless.

Just a quick point - the web site shows the Standard edition software allows 1 server per site but connection to 24 standard servers concurrently.

Your initial breakdown of editions mentions connection of only 3.

Strange, elsewhere they mention three. Their ACC Standard documentation does say 24, though. Fixed.

Don't know what percentage of your subscribers are in Europe but Euro pricing would be very useful to us as it tends to be significantly higher with most manufacturers.

Ethan,

Great! Report. Will you add to the report review on other "advanced" features?:

- Self / Server diagnostic tools

- Log / Reports

- Multiscreen Client / Virtual matrix / HD Decoders / 3rd party Joysticks

- Storage redundancy: Dual Recording / Failover server / Virtualization-VMware compatibility

We recently completed performance tests of this version on a couple of our servers.

The overall result was very good for our test method where we had one remote Client pulling 16 streams with half of those in Playback mode.

The folks at Avigilon told me that they use quite a few more remote clients for their own testing which is why they will always say 250Mbits in and 250Mbits out.

The application scaled well with increasing memory and CPU along with using a discrete RAID adapter. We were able to sustain 500Mbits incoming traffic with our higher design point.

I would like to add that depending on the activation date, some of the ACC 4 licenses were available for a free upgrade. I just worked on a system with 5 core channels for ACC 4 activated in August of 2013, according to Avigilon support, and was able to upgrade the server and licenses to ACC 5 free of charge.

Not so much a "Test" as a "Review" but still very well done and broken up into logical, modular, easily digestible chunks.

Thanks IPVM!

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