Testing Viaas Hosted Video / VSaaS Offering

Author: Benros Emata, Published on Apr 06, 2010

With all the hype growing for managed/hosted video, a key question remains: How well does it actually work? To answer that, we are starting a series of in-depth tests to examine the functionality and performance provided in these systems.

In this report, we test Viaas, an end-to-end solution that provides its own camera and hosted video system at a fairly low price.

Key findings include:

  • Install did not require IT expertise
  • Focusing vari-focal lens can prove challenging
  • Advanced VMS functionality for home/SOHO user but simplistic for professional use
  • Video quality average at day, superior at low light (<1 lux) for home/SOHO use

For a comparison, review our test results from Axis's Hosted Video System. To understand the fundamentals, review our comprehensive report on Hosted/Managed Video Surveillance Solutions.

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