VMS / VSaaS Course October 2022

By IPVM Team, Updated Mar 23, 2022, 02:28pm EDT

Understand the trends, terms, and technology for VMS and VSaaS. Based on the latest reporting at IPVM, analyzing and testing products to determine which are best and worst at various capabilities, and what companies are emerging. Course starts October 11th.

LIVE Course Cancelled - We also offer the VMS/VSaaS Course On-Demand.

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Course Calendar

The VMS/VSaaS Fall 2022 course will meet live online, Oct. 11th - Nov. 17th, 2022. This course will meet 12 times over 6 weeks. (Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour from 1pm ET to 2pm ET).

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Class 1 VMS / VSaaS 101

We explain the fundamental features of VMS/VSaaSes, including common functionality, terms, and architecture. Additionally, we will introduce the critical pros and cons of comparing VMSes and VSaaSes.

Class 2 VMS / VSaaS Architecture

We explain the most common VMS / VSaaS architectures, and how they impact the core functionality, including management, recording, monitoring, and more. We also examine architecture's impact on cybersecurity, licensing, and hardware lock-in.

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Class 3 VMS / VSaaS Recording 1

We explain the most common recording locations, common storage sizes, and the two most common methods for recording: Record in Place and Buffer and Record. We also explain the pros/cons and common reasons why event recording or continuous recording is used.

Class 4 VMS / VSaaS Recording 2

We examine advanced recording considerations during VMS / VSaaS design, including recording databases, file formats, retention laws, and storage capacity calculations. Additionally, we explain the pros and cons of redundant and backup recording, encryption, and video trickling.

Class 5 VMS / VSaaS Management 1

We cover the fundamental aspects of managing VMS / VSaaSes, including user permissions, camera and server connections, and server/client installation.

Class 6 VMS / VSaaS Management 2

We examine advanced VMS / VSaaS management functions including Federation, multi-server management, single sign-on, and others. We also compare the pros and cons of common VMS / VSaaS management interfaces, device firmware management, and event notifications.

Class 7 VMS / VSaaS Camera Integration

We explain the four most common methods for integrating cameras to VMS / VSaaSes, and the advantages and challenges of each method. We also explain the pros/cons of integrating cameras to an open system versus closed locked-in VSaaS.

Class 8 VMS / VSaaS Advanced Integrations

We examine the challenges, limitations, and issues when integrating 3rd party systems to VMS / VSaaS, including access control, point-of-sale, PSIMs, and more.

Class 9 VMS / VSaaS Investigation and Search

We explain the most common types of video search features in VMS / VSaaS, comparing pros / cons and best-use cases for each type, including time-based, motion, thumbnail, area-of-interest, and others.

Class 10 VMS / VSaaS Analytics Integration

We examine common analytics offered or supported in VMS / VSaaS, including a comparison of native analytics versus 3rd party integrations. We also examine advanced analytics metadata search including clothing color, facial recognition, gender, and others.

Class 11 VMS / VSaaS Live Monitoring

We explain the most common methods for viewing live video in VMS / VSaaSes, and the challenges or limitations generally found in client interfaces. Additionally, we will review advanced monitoring features including map-based monitoring and event monitoring.

Class 12 VMS / VSaaS Remote Monitoring / Mobile Apps

We examine challenges and limitations when remotely viewing video, including a comparison of the pros and cons of VMS and VSaaSes. Additionally, we will review common mobile app features and limitations and examine the use of video walls and event verification in remote security monitoring centers.

Course Instructor

The course will be led by Sean Patton from IPVM. In addition to heading up IPVM's VMS / VSaaS course, Sean Patton also leads video management reporting at IPVM, analyzing and testing products to determine which are best and worst at various capabilities, and what companies are emerging. Previously, Patton designed systems as a security integrator and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Recorded Sessions

All sessions are recorded and posted for viewing on-demand anytime the same day the session is held.


At the end of classes, you will take a cumulative final exam including multiple-choice and short answer questions. If you pass, you will earn an IPVM VMS/VSaaS certificate of course completion (see list of current IPVM Certificate Holders).

See what previous students said:

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We send VMS/VSaaS students a survey where we ask, "How has this training helped you with your job?"

Here are some samples of responses:

“It really has helped me. VSaaS is gaining acceptance faster than even I thought. It's easier to learn, operate, configure, and maintain. I think we are slowly changing the paradigm of a fixed box on-site. I'm also seeing the change in reluctance from customers to accept paying a monthly fee vs. paying up front and not seeing another bill. I enjoyed the course. Thank you Sean.” - Jim R.

“I am a Product Manager, so understanding how we compare to other products is very helpful. I also appreciate learning more standardized terms for cloud architecture. Again, Sean is excellent. I really enjoy his teaching method and his personality.” - Josh B.

"The course material was very thorough and informative. It offered a good insight into the major differences and pros/cons of each platform, and type of platform. As a senior developer for a VSaaS startup in the public safety space, it's helped provide a good insight into the kinds of features that are/aren't common in the VSaaS space, and what VMS's can do that might be useful to our customers as well.” - Dan J.

LIVE Course Cancelled

We also offer the VMS/VSaaS Course On-Demand - Registration is $299. This covers classes, personal help, and certificate.

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An active IPVM subscription is required to take the course.

On Demand

We also offer the VMS/VSaaS Course On-Demand.


If you have any questions, please email us at info@ipvm.com

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