Testing Videofied's Video Security System

Author: Scott Oie, Published on Jan 24, 2010

Videofied has gained significant attention for tightly integrating video monitoring/recording into an intrusion detection system. The most commonly cited differentiator is the lack of any wires for any of the equipment. All of the equipment (the cameras/detectors as well as the controller) run on batteries and communicate via wireless networks.

In this report, we share test results of the V6000GPRS controller used with an Indoor and an Outdoor MotionViewer. We monitored alarms using Videofied's Frontel software that is integrated with a significant number of CMS systems.

Our key findings include:

  • On-site installation and setup was simple
  • Video quality was sufficient for detecting intruders but generally not sufficient for identifying small details of intruders
  • Video monitoring was sufficient for dispatching responders but not fast enough for real time tracking or instant alerts
  • With line of sight conditions, we achieved only a fraction of the maximum range specified (200 meters) and significantly less through walls

Additionally, we think this is an interesting substitute for video analytics in some situations with clear trade-offs (positive and negative) between the two.

We plan to test more systems for remote monitoring as part of our video surveillance test program.

************ ****** *********** ********* *** ******* *********** ***** **********/********* **** an ********* ********* ******. *** **** ******** ***** ************** ** the **** ** *** ***** *** *** ** *** *********. All ** *** ********* (*** *******/********* ** **** ** *** controller) *** ** ********* *** *********** *** ******** ********.

** **** ******, ** ***** **** ******* ** ********************** **** **** *********** *********************. ** ********* ****** ***** *********'******** ************ ** ********** **** * *********** ****** ** *** *******.

*** *** ******** *******:

  • **-**** ************ *** ***** *** ******
  • ***** ******* *** ********** *** ********* ********* *** ********* *** sufficient *** *********** ***** ******* ** *********
  • ***** ********** *** ********** *** *********** ********** *** *** **** enough *** **** **** ******** ** ******* ******
  • **** **** ** ***** **********, ** ******** **** * ******** of *** ******* ***** ********* (*** ******) *** ************* **** through *****

************, ** ***** **** ** ** *********** ********** *** ***** analytics ** **** ********** **** ***** *****-**** (******** *** ********) between *** ***.

** **** ** **** **** ******* *** ****** ********** ** part ** ******** ************ **** *******.

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

Product ********

*** ********* ******** ******** ** * *********** **********:

  • ********** ************ **** ******* **-**** ***** *** *** *** * central ******* ***** * **** *****. *** ***** ** ******* powered *** ********* ** ******* ** ** * ***** ** 1 *** ** *********. *** **** ** * ********** ***** is ************* $*** ***.
  • ***** *******, ******************* **** *** ** ********* (********* ** ** * *****) *** communicate **** * ***** **-****. ***** * *** ********, ****** trigger ** **-***** ******. ********** ***** ********* * ***** ***** ****** **** *** * *** ********** and ** ** ****** ***. ****** ********* ** ********* ** to * ***/**** **** ***. ******* ****** **** ** **** of ************* $*** ***. ************* *** ** ****** ** ** 2000 ** **** *** *****.  *** *****/***** *** ******* ** to ** *************.

********* ******* *********** **** ****, ***, ****, *****, ***, ******** ********** software. ********* ** ********* ********* *** ******** ***** ****** ** assets ****** **** **** ***** ***** (***** *** ***** ** area ********).

*** ****** **** *** ***** **-****** '****' ******* ** ***** nor **** ** ***** *** ***** ** ****** *****. ***** is ********* ** **** ** ** *****.

Performance ******

** ***** *** ********* ******* *** *********'* ***********:
  • ******* ******** ******** **** ************ ********/******: ** ****** / ** feet. **** ******** * ****** ******** ***** ** **.* ****** / ** ****. ** ** **** **** ************, ********* *** extremely ******** - ***** *** ***. ** ** **** **** MotionViewer, ********* *** ***** **** - ********** ** *****. 
  • ***** ******* ***** ******** *** ******** ** ******* ********** ********: 45 - ** *******. **** ** * ******** ** *** GPRS ********** *** *** ******** ** ***** **** *** ************ to *** **********. ******* ** **** *****, ** ** *** possible ** ***** ********* ** '**** ****.'
  • ******* ******** ******* ************ ********* *** ********** **** ***** **** of *****: ************* *** ****** / *** ****. ***** ******* multiple ******** ***** (** * *****-***** ********), ******** *** **** limited - ******* *** **** ***** ** ***** (******* * concrete *****). 
  • ******** *********: * ***** ****** ** ** ***** ******* ******* with ****/********** *** ** ***** ***** ****** ****** ******** ***** of ******* *******. ** ******* *** ****** *** ***** ******** with ** **** *** ************* ** ************.

***** ******* *** ********* ** ********* *** *** *** ****** of *********'* ******.

Physical *****

**** ********** ******** **** ** *** ********* ********** *** ***** physical ********.

*************

*** ************* ********** ***** ******** ** ****** *** ******* ** system ***** ** ** ************ ********** **-****.

Monitoring / *********

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

******** ************ ***** ****** *** ************** * ****** ** ******* *** *** ***** **** ******. In *** ********** *****, ** ******* *** ***** ******* **** a ***** ** *********** *** **** ********* ** ************** *** be ************ **** **** *****.

Contrast **** ***** *********

** ***** ********* ** ** *********** ****** *** ************ **** need ******** *** **** **** ******** ** ********** ***** *****. Unlike ***** ******** *******, **** ********* ******* **-**** ************ *** custom *********** **** ******* ********** ********, ********* *** ** ******* in ** ******** *********** **** ********* *********** **** '***********' ***** monitoring *********. ****, *** ******** ** ****** ** ** ******* as *** ******* *** ****** *********** *** *** ************ ***** for ********* *** ***** (** *******, ***.).

*** **** ******** *********** *** (*) *** ******** *****, (*) lower ***** ******* *** (*) ***** ** ************. *** ******** only ****** ***** ** ****** ** ** **** **** ***** installation *****. ***** **** ** ********** *** ********* *** *********, this ***** ** *********** *** ******* **** ** ****** **********. Moreover, * '****' ***** ************/********* ****** ***** ****** ******* ****** low ***** *********** *** ****** **********. *******, ********** **** * broadband ********** ***** ******* ****** ******* ****** *** ***** *** real **** ******** ** ********. *******, **** ***** **** ************* more ** **********. ** ****, ***** *** *** ****** *********** but ************ *** ********* ************.

***************

********* ******** ****** ********** ** ********** ***** ************ *** ********* detection. ** ****** *** ** **** ** * ***** ************ system *** ** *** ******* ********** ***** *** ********* **********.

******* ** *** *********** **** ******* ******* ********, ** ******** more ** * ****-*** ******** **** ******* ***** ************ ********** options. ****, ******* ** *** *** ** **** ****** ********* technologies, ** ***** ** ******** *****, **** ***** ** ** attractive ****** ** ********* ***** *********.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

The Hot RMR Company - Electric Guard Dog on Feb 22, 2017
The financiers at the Barnes Buchanan conference praised a company named 'Electric Guard Dog'. While the name sounds fairly low tech, the money and...
Simplisafe is 'Blowing The Doors Off' on Feb 17, 2017
The company alarm dealers love to hate, Simplisafe, is 'blowing the doors off' according to Michael Barnes, one of the top financial advisors in...
Directory Of Wholesale Central Station Monitoring Providers on Feb 15, 2017
Wholesale central stations help smaller and local dealers providing monitoring to their customers. Dozens of options exist.  Below is the first...
Security Alarm Industry Trends - Barnes on Feb 14, 2017
This is a review of key security alarm industry trends, taken from Michael Barnes' presentation at the 2017 Barnes Buchanan conference. Key trends...
Customized Access Control Cans (Altronix Trove) on Feb 14, 2017
Access control installs typically require hanging at least two or three different enclosure cans, each holding individual parts.  Open wall space...
Tyco DSC PowerSeries Neo Intrusion Tested on Jan 30, 2017
Tyco's intrusion system line, DSC, is one of the most widely installed brands. Their primary intrusion panel series, PowerSeries Neo, is...
Wires for Burglar Alarms on Jan 26, 2017
Most commercial and many higher end residential alarm systems rely on wired sensors. These require installers to run wires between the sensor and a...
Integrator Service Vehicle Guide on Jan 23, 2017
Few assets are as commonly used by integrators and installers as their service vehicles. 125 integrators explained to IPVM in detail about their...
ADT Launches Canopy - Professional Monitoring For DIY Devices on Jan 19, 2017
The intrusion industry has criticized DIY security systems for years, claiming systems like Canary or Scout cannot match professionally installed...
Smart Power Tools For Security Installs on Jan 18, 2017
Installing a smart camera? Perhaps you should use a 'smart' drill. The intelligent appliance / IoT trend has hit power tools. In this note, we...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Honeywell Sues Alarm.com For Violating Anti-Trust Laws on Feb 24, 2017
Is Alarm.com about to dominate the smart home software market? That is what Honeywell alleges in its new lawsuit, first reported by...
Axis: "Everything is IP" - False on Feb 24, 2017
Axis is congratulating itself, with executive Fredrick Nilsson declaring: "Now the conversion is all done and everything is IP and analog is...
Advertising Like Avigilon at the ISC West Airport on Feb 24, 2017
Avigilon has grabbed a lot of attention over the last few years advertising at the Las Vegas airport when attendees fly in. But how does that...
Artificial Intelligence Robot Assistant (ACTi) on Feb 23, 2017
Has artificial intelligence come to the video surveillance industry? ACTi has released 'SARA' which it bills as an 'AI assistant that brings...
Cutting Costs 70% Using Milestone With HD Analog on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog and enterprise VMSes are often thought of as being on opposite sides of the spectrum, with HD analog best for small jobs due to its low...
Dahua 4K HD Analog Cameras Announced on Feb 23, 2017
HD analog has been gaining popularity (even if Axis hopes otherwise). Last year, HD analog's max resolution doubled from 1080p to 4MP (see our 4MP...
Uniview (UNV) IP Cameras Tested on Feb 22, 2017
"We're #3," in China says Uniview (UNV). While the company significantly trails Hikvision and Dahua in total sales, one notable difference is that...
Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial on Feb 22, 2017
The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a maglock is improperly installed to an existing...
Exacq Favorability Results on Feb 22, 2017
For years, Exacq has been one of the most frequently favored VMSes in IPVM integrator statistics (e.g., see Favorite VMS Manufacturers...
The Hot RMR Company - Electric Guard Dog on Feb 22, 2017
The financiers at the Barnes Buchanan conference praised a company named 'Electric Guard Dog'. While the name sounds fairly low tech, the money and...

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