Testing NUUO's IP Video Surveillance Software

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 23, 2009

NUUO aims to beat companies such as Milestone, OnSSI and Exacq with broader functionalities and product lines at lower cost. What ACTi is to Axis, NUUO hopes to be to the IP video software providers.

NUUO is prominent in Asia but not well known in the West. For instance, at Secutech in Taipei, NUUO had a big booth in the front of the show floor that was consistently packed. By contrast, in the US and the UK, NUUO has some presence but is certainly much less well known.

NUUO reports over 13,000 deployments in 60 countries.

On a specification level, what's interesting about NUUO is that they offer a lot:

Certainly there's potential. The question becomes: Is it good enough to compete against the biggest companies?
In our first in a series of tests of NUUO, we examine their IP video surveillance software offering (the SCB-IP+). Here's a summary of key findings:
  • The software worked well with a variety of manufacturer's cameras. We tested with the iQeye 752, the Arecont 3105 and the Cisco PVC-300.
  • The software has a lot of functionalities to offer - all built in, including people counting, a variety of analytics, PoS searching, web server/clients for live monitoring and investigations.
  • Event monitoring was difficult to use.
  • The analytics were simplistic.
  • Integrators should change system defaults immediately.

Live Monitoring

In this screencast, we demonstrate key strengths and weaknesses for live monitoring. Key points include:

  • Live monitoring of multiple manufacturer's cameras was easy to accomplish with main functionalities readily available.
  • The application always runs full-screen which helps keep security guards focused but bad for anyone trying to operate multiple applications on the PC.
  • All playback requires launching of a second application.
  • Events are displayed as pop-ups which can clutter and confuse the operator. Also clicking on events does not link to playing back the associated video which can make assessing events difficult.
  • Web based monitoring works essentially the same and can be formed via Internet Explorer only.

System Administration

System administration was fairly straightforward. NUUO includes a pocket sized user manual that was quite useful for figuring out how to do setup. Installation was simple and there is no camera licensing. Simply plug in a USB dongle that enables a set number of channels.

The main challenge that I found with administration is that many important features are disabled by default plus the software does not run as a Windows service. As such, you have to change the defaults to ensure that functions continue to run in the inevitable case that the application is shut down or the system is restarted.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

Conducting Investigations

NUUO provides a number of tools to conduct investigations including by analytic events and PoS transactions (in addition to standard time and motion based searches). Doing so can be tricky becauase the functionalities are located in different part of the UI (see screencast).

The search results for analytic events does not display a bounding box on what triggered the event so it can be difficult to figure out what exactly caused the event at what particular time (see screencast below). 

Video Analytics Configuration and Use

Video analytics are built-in and provided at no additional cost (foreign object, missing object and people counting being the most interesting three). The biggest constraint is the simplicty or lack of intelligence of the analytics.

They may be useful in sterile environments but I would not recommend them in mission critical areas where analytics have to correct always in harsh climates.

Product Pricing

The MSRP for the IP video software tested in this review is $2,130 USD for 16 channels (about $133 USD per channel).

The Central Management Software (CMS) is sold separately from the base IP video software. The MSRP for the CMS is $2,665 USD for 4 server. Assuming 40 channels per server, this is an additional $16 USD per channel (2,665 / 160).

The approximate MSRP for a central managed NUUO installation is about $150 USD per channel.

Recommendations

For an integrator, NUUO is a product line that's worth considering but not a clearly superior offering. The software provides broad camera support and a lot of functionalities. It also comes as part of a product series that allows you to mix and match software with appliances managed by a single CMS. At its price point, it does offer significant savings to other enterprise options on the market (comparable enterprise management offerings are widely available at $225-$250 MSRP per channel). Also, some of the functionalities provided tend to be difficult to use (event monitoring, analytics, administration).

The market continues to evolve on all sides. As such, it will be interesting to see how NUUO and other providers adapt and evolve.

9 reports cite this report:

NUUO Titan NVR Examined on May 20, 2012
While the VMS software market is dominated by aggressive European and American providers, NUUO is the best known Asian alternative. In the past few...
Cisco's Video Management (VSM and Stream Manager) Examined on Dec 07, 2010
Cisco's approach to video surveillance management is uncommon. Before one can appreciate how it is better or worse, it is important to understand...
VMS by Segment: Small, Medium, Large Camera Counts on Nov 01, 2010
Frequently we are asked what is the best VMS for certain camera counts. For instance, if a project only needs 4 cameras, what are the most...
Cisco Physical Security Strategy in India on May 06, 2010
A May 2010 interview with a Cisco VP for physical security in India discloses some important insights into Cisco's approach to the marketplace. Key...
Testing Digifort's VMS (Version 6.3) on Mar 06, 2010
As video management software matures, more choices are emerging from around the globe. In the past year, we have heard increasing discussion about...
Testing LuxRiot VMS (Version 1.7) on Feb 28, 2010
As video management software matures, complaints increase about its high price. Even a small deployment of 16 cameras in a single site can cost...
Testing Avermedia's Hybrid DVR (EH5216+) on Nov 23, 2009
Hybrid DVRs make the transition to IP simpler. Plus, if the units are close in price to entry level analog only DVRs, the case is easier even for...
QNAP NVRs Low-Cost IP Video Examined on Nov 21, 2009
Network attached storage (NAS) manufacturers are rapidly entering the video surveillance market, offering low cost NVRs with advanced storage...
VMS / NVR / DVR 2009 Mid-Year Market Review on Jul 19, 2009
Over the first half of 2009, improvements in deployment simplicity was the strongest theme for video management systems. While few to no...
Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Monitoring

Solink Raises $12 Million - Company Profile on Feb 12, 2019
Most industry professionals have never heard of Solink, a company whose tagline is: It's time to revolutionize the way business uses...
Barnes Buchanan 2019: Despite 'Strange Narrative' Great Time To Be In Security on Feb 11, 2019
A "strange narrative" is being spun, said Michael Barnes at the 2019 Barnes Buchanan Conference. However, despite that narrative, it is a "great...
Designing Access Control Guide on Jan 30, 2019
Designing an access control solution requires decisions on 8 fundamental questions. This in-depth guide helps you understand the options and...
Managed Video Services UL 827B Examined on Jan 09, 2019
Historically, UL listings for central stations have been important, with UL 827 having widespread support. However, few central stations have...
Struggling ASCMA / Brinks Home Security Gets Stock Delisting Warning on Jan 08, 2019
Struggling Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) has disclosed a warning from NASDAQ that ASCMA faced delisting unless they reverse their downward...
European Startup Ajax Profile - They "Stand Against Evil" on Jan 03, 2019
European intrusion detection startup Ajax Systems proclaims: How are they standing against evil? And what are the differentiators and potential...
ASCMA / Moni Problems Deepen, Lenders Terminate Support Agreement on Dec 28, 2018
Ascent Capital Group, aka ASCMA, currently branded Brinks Home Security, formerly known as Moni and Monitronics faces a troubling end to a rocky...
Startup Sunflower Labs' Autonomous Drone Security System on Dec 11, 2018
Startup Sunflower Labs is claiming a unique design on a home security system, combining autonomous drones and 'Sunflower' sensors. Imagine an...
VMS Live Monitoring Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone, Network Optix on Dec 05, 2018
Viewing live video is the first interaction and most common task most users have with a VMS. Who does it best and worst? Who offers the most...
ADT Wins Fire Death Suit But Faces Appeal on Dec 05, 2018
ADT/Protection 1 has won a wrongful death court case in which it was sued by the estate of a deceased customer. However, the attorney for the...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Casino Surveillance Pro Interview: James Lathrop on Feb 15, 2019
James Lathrop has been working in casinos for almost 25 years. During that time, he says he has held "just about every job you can do in the...
Hikvision 2018 Revenue Tops $7 Billion USD But Growth Slows To Low on Feb 15, 2019
Hikvision's annual revenue topped $7 billion for the first time in 2018, although growth slowed sharply. In this post, we analyze the latest...
Hanwha Smaller Multi Imager Tested (PNM-9000VQ) on Feb 14, 2019
Hanwha's first repositionable multi imager PNM-9081VQ tested well, but was huge, over 12" wide and weighing in at over 10 pounds. Now, they have...
ADT And 'The Defenders' Silent About Massive Complaints on Feb 14, 2019
ADT's largest dealer, "The Defenders" has been the subject of a massive number of complaints over many years and many forums, most recently a CBS...
Hikvision Chairman Praises United Front on Feb 14, 2019
Hikvision’s controlling shareholder held a meeting last month praising the United Front, a Communist Party organization known for its secretive...
Sales Turnover At Anyvision on Feb 13, 2019
Anyvision raised a $43 million Series A and according to their newest investor: what you need to do is push the gas pedal and build an...
Cisco Meraki Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested on Feb 13, 2019
Cisco Meraki says their cameras "bring Meraki magic to the enterprise video security world". According to Meraki, their magic is their management...
Uniview / UNV Favorability Results 2019 on Feb 12, 2019
Uniview / UNV, the self-proclaimed #3 China manufacturer, while starting late, has been working to make inroads internationally. In IPVM's 2019...
Nortek Mobile Access Reader BluePass Examined on Feb 12, 2019
Nortek's Linear access control division claims to make mobile credentials "more secure and easier to use than ever before" with their BluePass...
Solink Raises $12 Million - Company Profile on Feb 12, 2019
Most industry professionals have never heard of Solink, a company whose tagline is: It's time to revolutionize the way business uses...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact