VMS Mapping Shootout

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Oct 30, 2013

Maps are used for situational awareness, but what is that exactly? What features do they have and how do VMSes differ in what they offer?

In this report, we share our test results of reviewing the map features for Milestone, Genetec, Avigilon, Exacq, AxxonSoft, and Network Optix/Digital Watcdog.

Key Differentiators

Maps research revealed a number of important differentiators that separated the 'best' from the 'worst' in VMS map features, including:

  • Map Types: There are 3 Map types. Which is more powerful, easier to use and/or configure?
  • Map Interaction: Which actions can you actually perform with maps? open doors? playback video? view live video? It is so much more than just viewing cameras.
  • Layout Precision: How correct is that map representation?
  • Map Alerts: what type of notifications exists and how effective are they?
  • Suspect Tracking: Is it possible to use the cameras to track a suspect- visually - from view to view with use of maps? Response time would be greatly improved.
  • Cost/Installation: Are these features included or are there hidden charges? We uncover the details.

**** *** **** *** *********** *********, *** **** ** **** exactly? **** ******** ** **** **** *** *** ** ***** differ ** **** **** *****?

** **** ******, ** ***** *** **** ******* ** ********* the *** ******** *** *********, *******, ********, *****, *********, *** Network *****/******* *******.

Key ***************

**** ******** ******** * ****** ** ********* *************** **** ********* the '****' **** *** '*****' ** *** *** ********, *********:

  • *** *****: ***** *** * *** *****. ***** ** **** powerful, ****** ** *** ***/** *********?
  • *** ***********: ***** ******* *** *** ******** ******* **** ****? open *****? ******** *****? **** **** *****? ** ** ** much **** **** **** ******* *******.
  • ****** *********: *** ******* ** **** *** **************?
  • *** ******: **** **** ** ************* ****** *** *** ********* are ****?
  • ******* ********: ** ** ******** ** *** *** ******* ** track * *******- ******** - ******** ** **** **** *** ** ****? ******** **** ***** be ******* ********.
  • ****/************: *** ***** ******** ******** ** *** ***** ****** *******? We ******* *** *******.

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

Key ********

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

  • *** *****:***** *** * ****: ****** ****, *****-***********, *** ********** ****. All ***** ***** ***** **** *********** ***** ***** ****, *** Genetec ****** **************** *** ************ *** ** ********* *** **********. In ********, ******* *** *** **** *** ** ***** * GEOSpatial *** ***********.
  • *** ***********:*******, *********, *** ********* ****** ** **** ***** *** ******* (live, ********, ****** *******) **** * ********* ******* ****** ****. Exacq, ********, *** ******* *****/******* ******** ***** **** ** *** another ******* ** ** ****- ** ***** ******* ******* ** the *** ****.
  • ****** ********:*******'******* ** ***** ***** *** *** ******** ******* ** **** camera ******* *** ******* ******** ** *** **** ********* ** displaying *** **** ** ******** ** ***** *****. *** **** of *** ***** ****** ** *** ******* ** ************** ** best *** **** *** ******* **** ***** ** ********. *****, however, ****** ** *** **************** *** ***.
  • *** ******: ********, *********, *****, *******, *** ********* ******* *** ******* to *** ****** ** * ****** *** **** ** ******* on *** *** ********. *******, ******* *****/******* ******** *** ***.
  • ******* ********: **** *********'* ****** ********* (*** ************** ** **** ****** view ** ********** *** *** ********* ** **** ****** *****) and *******'* ****** ******** (**** ** ***** *** ***) ******* offer ******** *******. *********'* ** ***** * ***** ****** * suspect ******** **** ******* ***** *** ******* *** ****** ******** based ** ********.
  • ****/************: **** ******* ******** **** * ******** ************ *** ********** costs *** ***** ******** *** ******** *** ********. *** **** Manager ******/****** *********** ******* **** ****** ********* ** *** ******* selected: *****, ********, *** ********. *** ***** ***** *** ******** maps ** * ******** ******* **** ** ********** *****.

Manufacturer ***************

*** ***** ******* *** *** ** ******, **** ** .****, .***, .***, .*** *** ******.

**** ******* ** ***** ***************, **** ** *** ************* ******* up:

********

**** ******* ** ********* ** ******** *** ********** ********, *** not *** ***** ***** ****.

  • *** *****: ***** ***** ****
  • *** ***********: ************ **** *** *** ******* *** ******* ** view ****** *** ******** ** **** ***** ****** ** ***** a ****** *** * ****** **** ****** **** ******* *** user **** * *** **** *** **** * ****** ****. There ** ** ********* **** ** *** ******* ** **** in ** * ******** ** *** ***.
  • ****** ********: ************** *** ****. **** ******** *** ********* **** as *******, ******* *** ****** **** *** ***** ***** *********.
  • *** ******: *** **** **** *** ****** ** ****** **** triggered *** ***** ******** ** ******** ****** *** ********* ***** is **** ** ****.
  • ******* ********: ** ******* ********
  • ****/************: ** ** ******** ** *** **** ** *** *** configuration *** ***** ****** *** ********* ** ***** **** ** extra ************ *****.

*********

  • *** *****: ***** ***** ** * ***** *********** **** ** vector ****** ****** ******** *** ** ********* ****.
  • *** ***********: **** *** **** ** *** *** *** ******, and ****** **** * **** *** **** **** ** * split ****** ** **** **** **** ***. ********, *** ******* mounted ******* *** **** *** ****** **** ***** **** ** displayed ** *** *** ****** **** **** ** ********* ******* FOV.
  • ****** ********: ****** *** ********* ** *******, ***** ********** ******* such ** ****** *** *******, *** '********' (****** ****). ************** FOV **** *** ** ******* ** ********* *** ***** ** FOV (*** ** ********* ** *** **** * ***** *****) or *******' *****.
  • *** ******: ***/****** ******* (****** ***/***** ** ***)
  • ******* ********: ***** **** ****** ** ****** ******** *******, *** it ** ******* ** *** ******'* *** *** *** ****** several ********* *******.
  • ****/************: ******* ** ******** ** *** **** ** ***. ****** a *** *** ****** *** **** ** **** (**** ** in **** ******), *** ******** ****** ******* ** *** *** was *****, *** **** ***** ******* ****** ** ***** ** know ***** ***** ** **** ** *** ***.

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

*****

***** ******* ** ********* ** ************ *** **********, *** ****** maps ** **********. *** ** **** ** *****.

  • *** *****: ***** ***** ****
  • *** ***********: ************ **** *** *** ******* *** ******* ** view ** ******* ******. ********* **** **** ** ******** *** be ******** *** ***** *****, ********** ** **** ****** **** can ** ********* ** *** *** **** ** ***** *****.
  • ****** ********: ** *** ******* ** ***. ******** *** ********* such ** *******, ***** ******* **********, *****, ********, *******, *** nested **** *** ***** ***** *********. *** ***** ****** ****** to ******** ******/***** *** *** ******* ***** * ****** ** customization *** *****, ****** (*** ** ********* **** *** ******), and ****** ***** ****** ********* ** ****** ****.
  • *** ******: *** **** **** *** ****** ** ****** **** triggered *** ***** ******** ** ******** ****** *** ********* ***** is **** ** ****.
  • ******* ********: ** **** *******
  • ****/************: ** ** ******** ** *** **** ** *** *** configuration *** ***** ****** *** ********* ** ***** **** ** extra ************ *****.

*******

*******'***** ********* ** *** ** ****** *** ******** ****** *** ** available ** * ********:

  • *****: **'* ******** ******** ****** **** ******* *** ******** ***** mapping ************ ** *** ******** ****** ******. ******* ** *** JPG/PNG/PDF **** ******* **** ** ** * ********* **** *** 30 ******** (*******, *****, ********* ******, ***) *****.
  • ********: **** ** ~$**** (*** *** *******). ********* ** *** (6) ********* ******** ***** *** ***** ** *** ****** ** entities ********* * **** ******* ****** (**, ***, ***, ***, 1000, *********). **** ******* ******** ******* ******** *** *** ******* set ** **** ******* ****** *** ******* (***** **** ****, Open ****** *** *** ***** ***). **** ********* **** ************ or ********** ******** ** ******** ***/** ********.
  • ********: **** ** ~$**,***. ** *** ** ****** **** *** be ********* ********** ** *** ******* *** *** ******** **** ESRI ** ***. **** ******* ******** ******* ******** * **** Manager ******** *******.

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

  • *** *****: *** * *** *********: *****, *****-***********, *** **********
  • *** ***********: ************ **** *** *** ******* *** ******* ** add *** ******* (****/****** **** ************* ********* ***** **** ******) any **** ** ****** ********* ** ******** ******: *****, *******, I/O, ****** ****, ***, *****, ***. ********* **** *** ******* both ** ****** *** *** *** *********. ********, *******' *** patrol ** ******* ***** **** ** *** ********* **** *** on *** *** ****** ** *** ******** ******. *** *** lasso ******* ****** *** ***** ****** ********** ** ****** *** number ** ******* ******. *** *******, *** ******, ******, ****** and **** *** ** **********.
  • ****** ********: ****** *** ***** *** ** *** ** ****** latitude, *********, *********, ****, ******** *** ****.
  • *** ******: ****** *** ******* **** ********* ***** ** *** object (************), ***** ** *** ********* ***-******* *****/***** ** ****** (e.g. ***** *********).
  • ******* ********: ******** ******'******* ******** ********** **** ** ***** *** *** ****** **** *** ****** (may ** **** **** ********* **** **** ** ******* *** a ***** ******** **** **** *****). *******, **** ** ** setup ** *** ***** ** ****** ** ****** ******** **** multiple ****.
  • ************: **** ******* ** * ******/****** *********** **** **** ** installed ** ******** ** ******** ****** *** ***** ** *** Security ****** ****** ** * **** **. ************ *** ****** plug ** ************* ***** **** ~ * **** *** ********** Plan ******* ****** ** * ******** ****** ** *********** ***** is ***** ****. ************* ***** ** ******* *** ** *** sheer ********* ** ******* *** * ***** ******** ******* ** probably ****** ** ***** *** ** ********* *** ** *** features.
  • ****: *****'* ** ********** **** *** *** ***** *******, *** any *********** ** * *** ****** ** *** ******** *** Advanced ******* ** ** ***** ~$**,*** **** (*** *******), *** ** ********** ***** *******/******** ** ********. ***********, ****** or **** ******** ******* **** **** ** ** *********;****** ****** *** ** ******* ** ~$** *** ******* *** ******* ********** ********** ********.

*********

**** *** ****** ********* ******** *** ********* ** *** ********* editions ****: ************, **********, ****** *** *********.

  • *** *****: ***** ***** ****
  • *** ***********: ************ **** *** *** ******* *** ******* ** view/trigger/acknowledge ******. ********* (*** ** ********) **** **** ** ******** can ** ******** ** ******** **** ******, *** ******* ** and *** ** **** ********* *** *** ** *********. *******, navigating ** **** ****** **** *** ** ********* ** *** the **** ** ***** *****.
  • ****** ********: ************** *** ****. ******** *** ********* **** ** cameras, ***** ******* **********, *****, ********, *******, *** ****** **** for ***** ***** *********. *** ***** ****** ****** ** ******** motion/event *** *** ******* ***** * ****** ** ************* *** names, ****** (*** ** ********* **** *** ******), *** ****** icons ****** ********* ** ****** **** (***** ** ***- ** 360).
  • *** ******: *** **** **** *** ****** ** ****** **** triggered *** ***** ******** ** ******** ****** *** ********* * red ****** ***** ** **** ** **** *** *** ** customized.
  • ******* ********: *********'* ****** ********* ************** ** ***. ** ** used ** *********** **** * ***, *** **** *** *** it ** * **********! ** ******** **** * **** **** of *** '****' ****** (*.*. ***** ********) *** ** *** right **** **** **** * **** ** *** **** ** well ** *** *******'* ********** **** *** **** ******** *** quick **********.
  • ****/************: ** ** ******** ** *** **** ** ***. ************* is ******* ** ******** * **** *** *** *** ************* must ** **** **** *** ***** ****** *** ***** ** a ****** *** ** ** **** ** ***** **** ***** users.


Network *****/******* ********

******* ***** **** ******* ** *** *** ** *** ******* stages **** ******** ** *** ****. ** ** * ****** with ** ***** ********** ****.

  • *** *****: ***** ***** ****
  • *** ***********: ** ******** *** ************. *** *********** **** **** place ** *** ****** **** ** ** **** ******* * map.
  • ****** ********: ****, ** *** ** *******. *** *** ** just * ********** **** **** ** * **** ******.
  • *** ******: ****
  • ******* ********: **** ***** **** ** ******** ***** *** ************** camera **** ** *** ********* *** ** ****** *** *******.
  • ****/************: ** ** ******** ** *** **** ** ***. ************* is ******* ** ******** * ****** **** ** **** **** the **** ** ****** ****** * ********** ** **.

VMS ******** ******

******** ******/****** *.*.*.**
***** **** ******/****** ******* *.*.****
********* ********* ******* *.**/***** ****** **** *.**
******* ******** ****** ******* ******/****** *.*.****.**** ***, **** ******* **.* SR1
***** ******/****** ******* *.*.*.*****
******* *****/******* ******** ******/****** ******* *.*.*.****

Comments (7)

** *** ** * ****, *** ******* ***** ******* *** only ** **** *** ** ** ** ******* *** * maps ******* ******** ****** ********, *** *** ******** ******* *** have ** *** *** ******.

** *** *** **** ** ********* ** *** ******** **** is *** *** **** ******** *** ******* ******** ** ***** VMSs.

*** ***** ** ** **** ******* ******** *** *** ** Milestone (****) ** ** **** * '*******' **** ** *** monitor, *** ** *** *****, *** **** **** ***** ****** on *** *** ***** **** ************* ******* *** *******. ******, pretty *****, *** ****. *** ***** ** ********* ** ***** a ***** ****, *** ** ** ***** ***, ** **** it ****** **** ********** *** *** ******* ******** ******** **** PTZ's. **** ******* * *** ****** ** * *** ** have ******* ** *** *** **** ********* ** ******* ** the *******. ** ***** ***** ******* ** **** ** *** to ***** ******* *** **** *** *** **** ***** ***** regions, ** ******** *** ******, *** ******* *** *******. **** ends ** ***** ****** ******** *** ** ** **** ******* as ******* ******** *** ***** * ** ********* ** *** terminology.

**** ******** ** ***** *******?

***** ****** *** * ***** **** *****, ****** ** ****'* make *** ***. ******* **** **** * ** *** ***** I *** *** ** *** ****** :)

*****/*****,

**** ** * ***** ******** ** ***** *******'* ******* *******:

*** *****: ***** ***** ****
*** ***********: ************ **** *** *** ******* *** ******* ** view **** ** ********* * ****** ***** ****** **** *** lower ***** ****** ******. ************, ** ***** ** * **** swipe ** * **** * ***-** **** ****** **** * live **** ** *** *****. ***** ** ** ******* ** playback ** ******* *** ******* ***** **** *** *** ****. Zooming ** ********* ** *** *********, *** *** ** *** map.
****** ********: ************** *** ****. **** ******** *** ********* **** as *******, *******, ***** *** ****** **** *** ***** ***** buildings. ****** ***** *** *** **** *** *** ***** ** cameras, ****** ** *** ** ******* *** ** *** *** FOV **** ** *********.
*** ******: ***-** *** ********** ********** ****** *******.
******* ********: **** ***** **** ** ***** **** ****** ******** to ****** *** *******'* ****
****/************: ** ** ******** ** *** **** ** *** *** configuration *** ****** ** ***** **** ** ***** ************ *****.

*******! ****** *** *** ***** ********* ** ** **** ***********!

***** *** * ****** ** **** ****** ***** **** ************** plot *******, *** *'* **** ** **** ** *********** ********* only **** ****** ****. **** ** **** "*** *****," *** yet *******.

** ***** ** ***** ****** ** ****** ** * *** dimensional ********** ** *** ** *****. ********* *** **** ***** of **** ** **** * ** ********** ** *** ** world. *** *** ******* * ******** ********* ********* **** ** combining *** *** ** *********** ******* ******** * ** ***** of ***** ******. ************ ****** ** ******** * ********** **** outcome **** *** ******'* ***** ** **** ******** * ****** oblique ****** ** *** ******'* ** **********, ** *** *** almost * **** ** * ******* ********** *****'* ** ********** mapped ** *** ******'* ***** ** ****.

**** **** ***** ** ***** ** *********** **** ****** ****** the ** ***** ** ****** "********* **** ****** (***)." **'* substantially **** ******** *********, *** ** ***** ***** **** ** the ** ********* ** ******* *****, *** ******* ****** ******* between *********** ****** ** **** (************ ** *** **** ** near-orthogonal ** ***********) ******* ** ****** **** ** *** ******* information, ********* * **** ******** *** ********* ***** ** *** world.

******* ********** ** ******, * ***** ****** **** *********-********* ********** will ******* ****** ****** **** ****** ** ***** **** ** the ********* *******. *******, ***** ** **** ****** *** ** immersive ********** ** *** **** ***** ****** **** * ******** of ** *********** **** **** ****** *** ** **** ******** into * ************* ******* (*.*. *** ***** ****). *** *******, while * ***'* **** *** ********* ** ** *****, ***** or **** ***** ***, *** ****-****** *****-**'* ******* *** ** integrated ** *********** ***** ** **** ************ *****, **** ****** and ******** ********* ********** **** *** ** *****. *'* ******** I'd **** ** ** ********** **** ********** ** **** ** approach, *** **'** ******* ***** -- **** *** **** **** too *** ***** ** ***** ****.

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

Last Day Save $50 IP Networking Course January 2017 on Dec 08, 2016
Today is the last day to save $50 on next month's IP networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
Hikvision vs Dahua Mobile Apps Tested on Dec 07, 2016
With smartphone use and low-cost video recorders surging, many user's main interface to their surveillance system is their phone. With mobile video...
Milestone Favorability Results on Dec 06, 2016
In our second installment of manufacturer favorability results (first was Pelco), we turn to Milestone. 100+ integrators rated and explained what...
Pelco Favorability Results on Dec 02, 2016
This is the first in a series of studies of manufacturer favorability. 100+ integrators rated and explained their views of each manufacturer. We...
CODEC Guide 2016 on Nov 30, 2016
CODECs are core to surveillance, with names like H.264, H.265, and MJPEG commonly cited. How do they work? Why should you use them? What issues may...
Selecting Wood Drill Bits For Installers on Nov 29, 2016
Running cables through studs is common for roughing in residential and some older commercial installs. To do this, you will need to drill holes in...
Exacq M Series Gets Aggressive Against Hikvision on Nov 22, 2016
The most common complaint against Western NVRs is too high prices. With Chinese recorders, such as Hikvision and Dahua, running sub $500 and...
Cut Install Time 50% Claims Magdaddy on Nov 21, 2016
Modern commercial buildings frequently use open web steel joists that makes running cabling very challenging. Cables need to be run near to but not...
Guide To Selecting And Using Ladders on Nov 15, 2016
Ladders are one of the most important pieces of worksite equipment for the surveillance technician. Too often, however, even highly experienced...
Pimp My Integrator Truck on Nov 14, 2016
If image is everything, security installer vehicles are rolling advertising. Using vehicles for marketing means covering them with eye-catching...

Most Recent Industry Reports

The Russian SMP Security Robot on Dec 08, 2016
A Russian manufacturer, SMP, has a commercially available outdoor security robot, at a lower price and with much less marketing than their main...
How Hikvision Beats Its OEMs on Dec 08, 2016
Hikvision GM declared that they are not aggressive with their competitors. But some of their own OEM partners disagree. Inside, we reveal a key...
Dahua Discontinuing H.264 Only Products on Dec 08, 2016
Dahua has taken a stand for H.265 and is discontinuing its H.264 only products. We examine the shakeup inside this...
Last Day Save $50 IP Networking Course January 2017 on Dec 08, 2016
Today is the last day to save $50 on next month's IP networking course. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video...
Hikvision vs Dahua Mobile Apps Tested on Dec 07, 2016
With smartphone use and low-cost video recorders surging, many user's main interface to their surveillance system is their phone. With mobile video...
Paxton Drops US Reps, Plans Major Expansion on Dec 07, 2016
Paxton is gearing up to make a big run at  US access control success. The first step they have made is to cut all US Rep Firms, in anticipation of...
Axis Partner Elder Care Video Analytics (Smartervision) on Dec 07, 2016
Can video analytics be used to improve the care of the elderly? Axis and a video analytics startup, Smartervision, are working together to do so....
Sony IP Camera Backdoor Uncovered on Dec 06, 2016
A backdoor has been uncovered in ~80 Sony IP camera models, attackers can remotely enable telnet on the camera, and then potentially login as root,...
Power Drill Selection Guide on Dec 06, 2016
Boring holes is a basic part of running cables for most security system projects. To do so, you will need to choose the right drills for various...
Milestone Favorability Results on Dec 06, 2016
In our second installment of manufacturer favorability results (first was Pelco), we turn to Milestone. 100+ integrators rated and explained what...

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