VMS Camera Connection Comparison

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Sep 09, 2013

Adding cameras to a VMS is the most basic admin task in any surveillance system. And, of course, it is one of the first. Worse, it can be one of the most frustrating if a camera cannot connect.

Which VMSes are better or worse at managing camera connections? In this report, we share the result of our study.

We tested adding 10 different cameras to Milestone, Genetec, Avigilon, Exacq, Network Optix and Video Insight VMSes.

Key Differentiators Examined

We identified 5 key differentiators for VMSes when connecting to cameras:

  • Auto Discovery Tools
  • Auto Discovery Options / Advanced Features
  • Search Speed
  • Bulk Additions
  • Troubleshooting Connection Options

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