Verkada Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested

Author: Sean Patton, Published on Jan 28, 2019

Verkada is arguably the most ambitious video surveillance startup in many years. The company is developing their own cameras, their own VMS, their own cloud management software and their own video analytics, offering what they describe as the "Security Camera System Built for the Modern Enterprise".

We purchased 2 Verkada cameras and VMS licenses, and in this report, we examine Verkada's main strengths and primary weaknesses including:

  • Live and Playback Video Streaming Performance
  • Camera Configuration Capabilities
  • Enterprise VMS Feature Support
  • Secure Remote Connectivity Options
  • Alert/Alarm Notification Performance
  • Third-Party Integration Support
  • Software and Firmware Updates
  • Pricing

********* ******** *** **** ********* ***** ************ ******* ** **** years. *** ******* ** ********** ***** *** *******, ***** *** VMS, ***** *** ***** ********** ******** *** ***** *** ***** analytics, ******** **** **** ******** ** *** "******** ****** ****** Built *** *** ****** **********".

** ********* * ******* ******* *** *** ********, *** ** this ******, ** ******* *******'* **** ********* *** ******* ********** including:

  • **** *** ******** ***** ********* ***********
  • ****** ************* ************
  • ********** *** ******* *******
  • ****** ****** ************ *******
  • *****/***** ************ ***********
  • *****-***** *********** *******
  • ******** *** ******** *******
  • *******

[***************]

Executive *******

******* ** ******* * ****** ** ********-**** *** ********, *** limited ****** *******, *** ******* *********** ******. **** **** ******** significant ******* *** * ************ *******, *** **** **** ** address *** *********** ***** ****** *** ******** ** ******* **** other *****-***** ************* ********* ***,*******************-****** ******* *******. ************, ******* ******* *** ***********,******* *** ***** ** ***** ******** *** ******* ******** **** of *************** **** **** ** * *******.

*** ******* *** ***** ***** ****** ******, ***** ********** *** no **-******* ******/*******, ******* ** ** ******. ******* *********** *************, ******* **** *** ******* *** ***** *** ******* ***** storage, ** ** * ****** ** ******* ** ******, *** recorded ***** ** *** ****** ** ****. ************, ******* *** has *** ********* ** ********* ** *********'* **** ****.

Future ************

******* **** ********* ******* ** **** **** **** **** ** development *** * *** *****, ******* ** ******* *** *** simultaneously, ***** ****** *** ** ***** *********** **** *** **** more ***** *** ********* **** ******* ** **** ** **** Verkada **** ** **. ** ******, ** ****** **** *** much ****** ******* **** **** ***, ***** *** *******'* ********** well-funded ********, ** **** ** **-**** **** ***** *** ********** new ******** ***** ********** ******* *******.

VMS *********

*** ******* *** ******* ******** ********* ****** **** ***** *** of ******-***** ***** *********, ******** ************ *** ****** ****** ** key ********* ** *** ********:

  • ****** ******
  • *-****** **************
  • ****** *********
  • ***** ********* ******* *** *******
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  • *** ****** ******/**********/******* **********

VMS **********

******* *** ******* *********** ******** **** *** ******* ** ******** compared ** ************ *****:

  • *********** *********** *********
  • ***** ******** *********
  • *** ** **** *****-****** ********
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Overview *****

*** ********* **-****** ***** ********* *** ******* *** ****** *** Cameras, ************ ********* *** **********:

Significant *********** *********

******* ******* *********** ************** ********* *** ********* *****. *******, *** ********/******** ** ****** objects ** **** *** ******** ***** *** ****** ****** ** Verkada's ************* *********************, *** *** *** ****** *** ** **** *********** ** the ******.

*** ***** ********* *** **** ********** **** * ****** ** moving ****** *** ***** ** ****, *** ***** ** * ghost ** ****** ***** ** *** ******'* ****:

******* **** **** ** **** ****** *** ** ** ************* configured *** ******* ** *** ******. *******, ***** ** ** option *** *** **** ** ******** *** *******, ******* ******* can ****** ***** ******** ******** ** *** **** ******** ****.

Video ******** *********

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******* **** **** ****** ******** ********* ** *** ** ***** primary ********, *** **** ******* ** **** ** ******** *** outbound ********* ******* **** *** ****** ** ******* ******* ** determine ***** *** ********** **. *****, ***** ** ** ****** for *** **** ** *** **** **** ** ************ *** issue.

Out ** **** ***** ********

******* ****** *****-****** ********, *******, ** ** ******* ** * "Beta" *******, *** *** *** ******* ********. **** **** * playback *******, *** ******** ** *** ******** ** **** ** a *** **** *** ****** ***** ****** ** *** *** time ***** *** ****** ******** ****** ***** ** ** *** original ****. ***** ** *** ** ****** ** *********** *** streams:

******* ***** **** **** **** ***** ** **** *** *** said **** ******* **** ******* ** ***** ****, **** *** continuing ** ******** ** *** ******** ******** *** ********* *******, as **** ** ******* ***** ****.

People ********* ********* ********

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2-Factor ************** (***) ******* *****

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Time ***** ********

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*******, **** ********** *** ********* ******, ******* ******* **** ** the **** ** "***********". **** *** *** ** ******** *** timelapse *****.

Per ****** ******* **********

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Limited ****** ********

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Out ** **** *************

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No *** / ***** ******* *******

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Limited ******* *********

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No *****-***** ****** ******* ** ***** ************

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******* **** **** *** **** ** ***-***** ************ *** ***** they *** ** *********** *** ***** ***** *********** **** * few ********.

Delayed ****** ******* ******

******* ******** ******* ***** *** *** ****** **** * ****** is *******, ****** ** ********, ** ****** ********* ** *********. However, *** ****** ******* ***** ***** ************ *** ******** ~** minutes ***** *** ****** **** *******:

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No ***** / *** ***** ****** *******

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DHCP ******* ****

******* ******* ** *** ************* ** *********. ******* *********** ***** **** **** *** ************ ** **** control **** ** ******* ** ********.

*** ******* **** ** *** ********* ******* ****, *******, ******* said **** ***** ** ******* ******* * ******** ****** *** has *** **** ********* ** *** *********.

Software *******

******* **** **** ************* ****** *** *** ********, ****** ******** approximately **** *** ***** *** ********* ***** ******* *** *** fixes ******. ******* ******** ******* **** ****** **** ********.

No ****** ** ******** ** ***

******* **** *** ***** ***** ******* ******* ** **** ** recorded *****. ** *** ********* ******** ***** ******** ************:

  • ***** **** ****** ******* ** **** ****** (********* ********** *********)
  • **** *** ******** ******* ** ***********
  • ******** ***** ****** ** ******* ***** ******* ** ********* ***** Internet ** *********

*******

************ * ****** ********** ******** ******* ******* ********* ******* (**-**** ** ***-****):

  • ***: *** ****** **** **** **, $*** - $*,***
  • ***: *** ****** ******** **** **, $*** - $*,***
  • ***: *** ******* **** **** **, $*** - $*,***
  • ***: **** ******/******* ******* **** **, $*,*** - $*,*** (** and **-*** ****** ****)

****** ******** *** **** ** * ** *****-**** ******* *** cost ******* $*** ** ** $*,*** *** * **-**** *******.

Video ******* ******** *** ****** ****

********* ***** ** "** - *******" **** ******** ** * long ******* ** *-* *******. ********* ** "**** ***-*******" ****, which ** ******* ** * "****" *******, ********* *** ***** to *-* *******. **** ***** ******* **** ** ******* ** cloud-VMS *********** ** ***** **** ***** (*******: *-* *******, ***** Eye: *-* *******). "** - *****" ********* ******* ** * latency ******* **-** *******.

*** ********** *** **** *** ** ********* ***** ** *******, and *** - *** ** ** **** (********* ** *** camera *****). ******* **** **** **** *** * ******* ******, which *** ****** ** **** ********* ****** **** ******* ********* Internet ***********. *** **** ***** ****** *** ******** ** ~*******, compared ** ***-******* *** ** ****. ******* **** **** ** addition ** *** ******* ******, *** **** **** ***** *** a ****** *********** *******.

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Comments (40)

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**** ** * **** ******** ***** **** * *****, ***** I **** ****** ******* ***** ** ******* ************ ******** **** H265 *** *** ** ***********, *** *** ***** *********** ** know ** *** ****** ** ******* ** *** ***.

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