Testing Exacq's VMS Software (exacqVision 3.7)

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jan 10, 2010

Exacq provides VMS software and multiple lines of DVR/NVR appliances. While not as well known as some VMS providers, we regularly hear positive comments from integrators and competitors (in the North American market).

In this test, we examine the performance of Exacq's exacqVision VMS software, version 3.7. The test was performed running on Windows and Ubuntu (Linux distribution).  The VMS was tested with Axis's Q1755, Canon's VB-C60, Basler's BIP-1600 and StarDot's SD500BN.

2013 NOTE: This report is deprecated and should NOT be used for current decision making.

Key Findings from the Test

Key findings include:

  • Fundamental tasks -- administration and live video monitoring -- are simple to perform
  • Investigations can be confusing to use at first but is simple to scan recorded video and export
  • Limited advanced functionalities (both in availability and usability)
From an integrator's perspective, we find exacqVision to be particularly reliable and easy to use. The main question/concern we find is using the software in very large-scale or complex deployments where it lacks a number of key features offered by competitors.

VMS System Preview

The screencast below provides an overview of Exacq's VMS software and a preview of the premium report's analysis.

Compare Exacq's test results to our test of NUUO and Milestone Enterprise.

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Overview ** *** *** ******

*** ********* ********** ******** ** ******** ** *** ****** ** Exacq's *** ******. *** ****** *******:

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  • ****** ******** *** ** ********* ** *******, ******, *****, *** Events.
  • **** ** ****** ****** *** ****** ******* *** ********* ** cameras.
  • *********** ****** *******: (*)******* ******, (*)*** ************* ********** ******* *** ******, (*)****, ******, *** Configuration ******* *** ****** ************

Usability ********

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*** ******* ** *** *** ** *** *** ****** ** a ***?

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*** ******* ** *** ************* ** *** *** ****** ** a ***?

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*** ****** ** ** *** ** ********* ********?

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*** ******** ** ** *** *** ****** ********? 

*** ****** ***** ** **** ******** ******** ** *****, **** IT ******** *** *******. ********* **** **** **** ******** *************** may **** **** *******.

 
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*** *** * ***** **** ***** ***** **** ********* **********/*******?
 
*** ****** ****** ******** *** *********** ** ******* **** ********* appliances/servers, ********* ****** ** ****** ** *****.
 
*** *** * ******* ******** **** ***** ***** ****** ** different **********/*******?
 
*** ****** ****** ********* *** *********** ** ******* **** ********* appliances/servers, ********* ****** ** ****** ** *****.
 
 

Recommendations ** *** *** ***********

******* ** *** ***********, ****** ******, ********** ** ****, ********* offerings *** ********** *** *****, *****'* *** ******** ****** ** a ****** ********* *** ******** *********** *** ***** ********* **** existing ****** ******* *** *********** ****.

** ********, *** ***** **** ***** ******** ***** ********* *** party ***********, **** **** ***** ********** ** *********** ********** ** critical, *****'* ********* *** ** ************ *** ***'* ***** *** the *********** ********* *********.

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