VMS Camera Management Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hanwha, Hikvision, Milestone, Network Optix

By: Sean Patton, Published on Oct 29, 2018

Camera setup, configuration and maintenance are the most common tasks when managing a surveillance system.

Who does it best and worst? Who offers the most features and capabilities and who the least?

We tested 8 manufacturers - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hanwha, Hikvision, Milestone, and Network Optix to find out:

In this test we scored VMSes based on 9 criteria, grading them bad, average and good:

Inside, we detail the full results including who won and lost and how the systems performed across each of the 9 categories, including 7 video screencasts, one for each manufacturer in the shootout.

****** *****, ************* *** maintenance *** *** **** common ***** **** ******** a ************ ******.

*** **** ** **** and *****? *** ****** the **** ******** *** capabilities *** *** *** least?

** ****** * ************* - ********, *****, *****, Genetec, ******, *********, *********, and ******* ***** ** find ***:

** **** **** ** scored ***** ***** ** 9 ********, ******* **** bad, ******* *** ****:

******, ** ****** *** full ******* ********* *** won *** **** *** how *** ******* ********* across **** ** *** 9 **********, ********* * video ***********, *** *** each ************ ** *** shootout.

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Performance ********

***** ** *** *****, VMS ****** ********** *********** falls **** ***** ******:

  • **** ***********:******** *** ******* **** the *** **********. ******** scored ******** ** ******* in *** ** *** criteria, ***** ******* ****** poorly ** ****** *********, but *** * ****** results ****** ********'* *.
  • ******* ***********:******* ***** (*** *** Hanwha ***) ********* *********** in *** ** *** categories, **** ** *********** in ************ ** *** tested ****** ********** ********. Milestone **** ****** ******** in * **********, *** average ** *, *** scored ****** ** ******** Management *** **** ** Adjusting ****** ********.
  • ***** ***********:***** *** ********* ****** poorly ** * **********, Exacq ****** ** *. Of ***** * *****, only ***** ****** ******** in * ****** ******** Camera ****** *** *********. Exacq *** ********* ****** average ** *** ********* categories.

*** **** ********, *********** rankings **** ***** **** common ***** ********* **** installing, ********, *** *********** a ***. ***** ********* of *********** *** ****** cameras, *********** *******, ******** firmware, ******* *** ************* logs, ****** *********** *** camera ********* *** ************.

Summary ** *******

***** ****** **** *** full ******* *** **** Camera ********** ******* ********. Some ** *** ******** like "****** *********" *** "Camera ****** ******/*****" ****** average ** ****** ** most ** *** *****, while "****** *********** *******" and "******** ********** *** average ** **** **** almost *** ** *** VMSes ** *** ****.

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

*** ********* ********** **** areas **** ****** *** most ******** ******* *****:

  • ****** *********: ***** **** ** quickly *** ************* ****** cameras ** * *********** task ** * ***. While **** ***** ****** average ** ******** ** this ********, *** ********** between *** ********* ********** (Avigilon, ******* *****, ******) and *** ******* ********* (Genetec) *** ***********.
  • ******** **********: ** ** ********* that * *** *** update *** ****** ******** versus ****** ** ******* to **** ******'* *** interface ** *** * separate ****** ************ ***********. Being **** ** ****** known *************** ** ****** firmware ** **** ***** IPVM ** ******* **************** *******.
  • ****** ****** ****: * ***** ****** at * ***** ** table *** ******* ** malfunctioning ******* ** ***** when *********** *** ***. Being **** ** ****** and ************* ***** ***** charts ** * *** schedule (*.*., ***** ****** morning ***** *** ** error ****** **** *** weekend) ******** ** * strong ***** ****** *******.
  • ****** ***** *******: ******** ******* ********** cameras ** ***** **********, frame *****, *** ********* configuration ** ***********. ******* with *** ****** ******** and *******, **** *** be ******** *** ************* emailed (************ *** ****** maintenance *******) ******** ** a ****** ***** ****** testing.
  • ****** ******************: * ****** ***** for **** ******** *** the ****** ** * VMS ************ ******* ***** streaming *** ********* ********, replacing *** ****** ** any ***** *****, **** when ********* **** ***-********* camera ******.

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

** *** ********* ******, we ****** **** *** scoring ** **** *********, citing ******** ******** ** each ** ********* ******** or ******.

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******** ****** ******** ** 5 ********, *** ******* in *** ********* *.

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***** ****** ******** ** 1 ********, ****** ****** and *********, *** ****** poorly ** ****** ****** Info, ****** ***** ******* and ****** *********** *******.

*****

***** ****** ******* ** 6 **********, *** *** not ***** ******** ** any. **** ****** ****** in **** ** ****** Cameras, ******** **********, *** Camera *********** *******.

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******* ****** ******** ** 6 **********, *** ******* in *, *** ****** poorly ** ****** *********.

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********* ****** ******* ** 6 **********, *** *** not ***** ******** ** any. **** ****** ****** in ****** ****** ****, Camera ***** ******* *** Camera *********** *******.

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********* ****** ******** ** Camera *********** ******* *** Camera ****** *** *********, however **** ****** ******* or ****** ** *** remaining **********.

******* ***** / ******

******* ***** *** ****** scored ******** ** * categories, *** **** ****** in ******** **********, ****** Replacement ******* *** ****** Reboot *** ********* **** their ******* *******.

Camera ********* ******* *** *****

* ** *** ***** scored ******* ** ****** in *** ******** ** Camera *********, **** ******* Security ****** ******* ******. The ******** *** ****** Discovery *** ********* * list ** ********* *******, both *****-***** *** ***********, without ******** ************* ***** and *******. ***** ** seconds ** ***** *** cameras ** ***** ********** in *** ****.

** ******* ** * strong **** ****** *** Avigilon's ********* *********. ** soon ** *** "******* / ********** *******" **** is ******** ** ******** and ******* ******* ******* from ******** *************, **** direct ****** *** ***** supported *******:

** ******* ** *** only **** **** ****** was *******'* **** ********** scanner. ** ******** ******** steps ** ****** ************(*), scanning *******, *** **** searches * ****** ************ at * ****, ***** taking * ****** ** more *** *********:

Network ***** ************* ******* ****** ********** ******

*** ** *** ******** of ******** ****** *** camera ****** *** ************** is **** ***** ******* individual ****** ** ** created *** ***** ****** as ** ** ***** to * ******. **** statistics **** ******** *********** ****** ******* alerts** ******** *********.

* ******** *** **** is *** *** *** to ************* ****** * default ***** **** ******** the ******* ************* ******* when ***** *** ****** issues, *** ***** ***** to ********* ** ****** the ***** ** *********. The **** *** ** this **** **** ******* the ***** ************* ** Network ***** / ******, however, ******** *** ********* allow * ****** ***** to ** *** ** that ************* ******** *** cameras **** **** *** added ** *** ******.

** ******* ** * good **** *****, ******* Optix ************* ******* ** alert *** ****** ********** issues:

Camera ****** ***********

* ** *** ***** scored ******* ** ****** in ****** ****** **** category ** ********* * current ****** **** ** every ******, *** ** the **** ** ******* scoring, ** ********* ***** health ****** ******* *** health ****** ** ******** during * ****** **** frame.

** ******* ** * strong **** ***** ** Genetec's ****** ****** **** with *** ***** *** report ********** **********:

Firmware ********** *******

*** ******** *** * strong ****** ** ******** Management *** ***** **** to ****** * **** or ****** ** *** cameras *** ******* ******** versions, *** *** ******* to ****** ******** ************'* camera ******** ******* *** VMS. **** ********, *****, Genetec *** ********* **** able ** ****** * report ** ****** ******** versions, *** **** ******* is **** ** ****** camera ******** ** ******** manufacturer's *******.

** ******* ** * strong **** ***** ** Genetec's ******** ********** ****, which ******** ****** *** charts ** ******** ********:

Bulk ****** *******

**** ***** *** ***** supported **** ****** ** cameras ***** * ***-********** CSV ****. ***** ******** a ************ ******** ** fill **, ******* ***** does *** ******* *** template ** *** ****** menu, *** *** **** instructions ** *** ***** formatting ** ***** ***********:

Cameras **** ******** ** **********

** *********** ******* ************ for ********* ** ******* camera **** * *** camera *** **** ***** in * ***** ********* sold ** *** ********** space ***** **** ****** count ******* *** ********** more ******* ****** *********** volume.

No ********** ** ******* ***** / ******

**** ******* ***** *** Hanwha's **** *** **** tested ** **** ********, but ******** ** *** categories ****** *** ****** Management, ***** **** ** features ** ****** *************** between *** * ****** applications.

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Comments (41)

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****** *** *** *****, can *** ***** ** the *********** ** **** to ****@****.***?

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**'* *** ********** ** a **** ** *** core ******** ******, ** it's ********* **** ** my ******* ** **** the ******* **** ** that **** ******** ** products **** ******* ** as * ****** ******* today.

***'* ***** *** *** wanting ** **** **** the ************ ** ***** a **** ****** ** known, *** ** ******* would ***** ** ** it's * ******* ** tool *** ********** *** not ********** *********, ** shouldn't *****.

********** **************. **** ******* the *********** *** *****.

** ** ********** **** related ** ********* ****** Management, ** **** **** talking ** ********** ** an ***-** *******, ***** was ******** ** **** end ***** *** *** manage ******* ** *********. The ******* ** ********* ****** ***, ** ** * supported ********* ***********, ** have *** ****** *** capabilities.

***** *** *** *** shout *** ****! ********* **************** ******* **** ** the **** ********** ************** need ** *********** ****** medium ** ***** ********* XProtect *************. **** *** some ** *** ********** we *******:

- ******** ********* ****** groups, ** ** **** to ****** ****** ****** based ** ***** ** storage *************

- **** ****** ******** and *******

- **** ****** ********* in *********. ** **** currently ******* ************* *** new ********* ** ******** Axis *******.

- **** ******/******* ******** and *******

- **** ****** **********, frame ****, ***** ********** of ****** ****** (**** Feature)

- ******* ****** ********* reports **** *** ********, camera ******, ****** *********** in ***** *** **** include *********** *** ****** snapshots

** **** **** ** in ******** *** **** some **** ****** ******* for ** **** *** we *** **** ** feature ***********.

** ****** ***** **** to *** *** *** let ** ****, ***** to **** ** ** whomever ** **********.

** *** **** ** ***** **** ********** ** * ********** bi-annual (** *****) *****? ******** *** ***** *** *** **** with *** *** ***** **** ****** ** ******* * ****** will **** *** ********.

***** **** ****** ** another * ****** **** even *** ********.

****? :)

** ***** ****** **-******* such ******* ***** * months *** * ********* doubt *** ******* **** 'even ***' ** * months. **** ****, ****** some ************* **** **** some ************ **** ****.

**** * ********* ** contact ** (*.*., **** sean@ipvm.com) *** *** *** know **** *** ******* and ** **** ****** the ****** *********** ****** waiting * ******, ***.

** **** *** *** disturbance ** *** ***** I **** *****, * hundred *** ************* ****** out ** ****** *** agony ** *** **** VMS ******** **** ***.

*** *** ****** ********** alerts, ********* ****** *** to ***** * ****** event **** *** ****** on *********** *** **** include *** *** ******* that *** ***** ** well. **** *** ** done *** ***** ** Alarms ** **** ********* on **** *** **** to *******. ***** ** a *****-** ***** ****** "All *******".

***** *** *********** ** the ****** ** ****** and **** ** *****.

****** *** *** ************* Jared, * ****** **** because * ******** * Preconfigured ******** ***** ***** only ****** ********** ****** selection, *** *** ****** selection:

****** ***** *** *** input!

**** ** *** **** of ********* **** ********** me *********. ***** ****** be **** ** ***** types ** "*****" ******* out ** *** ***. Or **** ******** ** rules **** *** ** modified.

* *** ********* ** you **** **** ****** Wavestore? ** ***** * possibility **** ** **** be ****** ** *** very **** ****** *** compared ** ********, ******* and *********? * ** trying ** ****** ** a *** **** ** can ***** ** *** clients ****** *******. ** have **** ******* *************** and *** ****************** *** our ******* ******** *** Axis ****** ******* *** the **** ******** *** are ******* ** *** possibility ** * **** VMS *** ******** **** and ****** ********. **** have *** **** ** planning ** ** *** testing ** ******* ********** Center *** **** ****** station? ****** *** *** shootouts ** **** *** a ***** ******** *** IPVM ** ** ******* is ** ********* ******** site *** *********** **** us.

****,

** **** *** ****** Wavestore. ** *** **** many ***** ***** ** tested ******* *** **** VMSes.

* ***'* ***** ** will **** *** ** them ** *** **** future. *** ***** ***** now ** ****** ***** on *** **** ******* used ***** (*.*., **** ongoing ******** ******) ** I ***'* **** ** set *********** ************ ***** if ** **** ** are ***** ** **** those ***** *****.

** ***** ** ********** VMS *****, ** *** looking *** ****** **** are *** (*.*., *********'* spinout ******* ** ******* for * **** ****** next *****, ******** ******* finally ******** ***** *** VMS, ***.).

** *** ***** ** be ******* *** ******** of ***** ***** ** well ** ******** **** major *** ******** **** out ** **** ***** impact *** **************.

*** ********* **** *** can **** ******* ** favorite *********** ** ** but *** ****’* **** how. * ***** **** to **** **** ******.

***** ****, * *** to ******* *** ***** and *** ******* **** I ******** ** **** section (***** *** * didn't **** ***).

****** *** ******* ***** report! *'* **** **** a *** ** ** are ********* ***/*** ***** manufacturers **** ******** **** others - ** ******** (OnSSI's ********) *** *** included. **'* ********* ********** to **** ******** *** your ********* ******** ***** be *********** ** ***** feels **** ****** ***** selected *** * ****-*** is * ***** ************ of *****.

****, ****** *** **** first *******.

**** ********* ******** ***** be *********** ** ***** feels **** ****** ***** selected *** * ****-*** is * ***** ************ of *****.

** ** ********* ** endorsement ** ****** ****. Dahua *** *********, *******. Avigilon, *****, ******* *** Milestone *** ***** *** players. *** *** **** debatable ** *** *** we **** ***** ******* Optix / ******. ******* Optix ** ******* ******* as *** ** *** others *** ****** (*** of ***** ****) ** big *** **** *** our ****** *** ******.

** ***'* **** ******** so *** ******** ** to **** *** ********* that *** **** ****** used.

**** ****, ** ** do **** ** ***** and ** ****** ** arounds (**** *** ****** Management ******** **** ** 2020), ** ****** ** easier *** ** ** add **** ********* (***** we **** * ********, we **** ****** **** to **** ***, ***.). Of ******, ***** **** still ** **** ******* even ** ** ****** 10 ** ** ** 14 *****.

***, * ***** *** we ***** **** ******** OnSSI. ***** *** *** some ******* ********** ***** (e.g.,****** *** ********* *******).

******: ***** *** ******* out ** ** *** we *** ******* ** an ******* ****.

***** ******* ***** ***** to *** **** ***** be ***********. ** ** least *** ** ** not ********. ********* ** market ***** ****?

***** ******* ** ********** in * ***** ** manufacturers **** ***** ********** make * **** ** being '****' ** *** it.

**** ********** ******* *** general ********* ** *** less ** ********* / Video ******* ***** ****, which * ********* ** Panasonic's ******* ******** ******* in *** **** *** years.

**** ********** ******* *** general ********* ** *** less ** ********* / Video ******* ***** ****, which * ********* ** Panasonic's ******* ******** ******* in *** **** *** years.

********* *** *** **** difficulty ************ ** ** for * ******* ** reasons **** ** ***********:

*. **** ** ********** features ** **.

*. ****** *** ******* away *** **** **** the ******** ** ***** cameras ******* ** **** poor **********. **'* **** an *** **.

*. ******* ******* ** included *** **** ** well.

*. ********** ** *********** legacy ************** *** ******** into *** ******* **** - *.*. ***-***, ****, etc. ***** ***** **** to *** **** ***** for ****** **** ****** business ** **** **** a ******* ** ****** equipment. ******** ******* ** year-old ****** ********* **** a ********'* "***" *** system ******* ** ************** no ****** *** **** savings.

*. **** ** *********** due ** *** ***** items.

*. * **** ******* a **** ** ********* of ******** ******* *** regional ***** ***** ** the ********** ** * VMS **** **** *** conversion ****.

****** *** ******* **** for **** **** *** purchase ** ***** ******* results ** **** **** perception. **'* **** ** AOL **.

***, ****.

***, **'** ****** ***** Insight ****** *** ** is * **** *** -********* ***** ******* *** Tested

**, **** *** *** saying ** ****, *** Exacq ********, ***** ***** me ****, *** * am ******** ** *** for ********, ** *** nearly ** **** ** the ** ******, **** cost *** ******** ****** VMS?

*** *** ******** ** this ********, ** *** strictly ********* *** ***'* Camera ********** ************. ***** are **** ***** ********* to ******** (**** *******, exporting, *** ***** ************, mobile ****, ******* ********, user **************, *******, ***), which ** **** ** continuing ** **** ** upcoming *********.

* ***** **** *** a **** *** ** saying * ****** ** user ****** **** ***** own *********** ***** **** they ****** ** ****** not ****. :)

**** ** * ***** test. ** ******, ***** you.

**** **** ** ******** upon **** ****?

***** ** **** ** see ******/****** **** ** use ****** *** ****** app ***********.

******** ** ***-**** ******/**** forwarding ************.

******* ******** ******* ****** a ******.

***********/******** ***** ** ** running ****** **** ********** 20-30 (** ****) ****?

***** *****/**** ** ********* recorded *****? ********* ******** video & **** **** optimization.

********** ****** ********* *********** vs ****'* ***** **** the ****/**** ****** ****?

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

******* **********, **** ** seeing ***** **** *** using *** **** *** space ** **** "******* children"

****, ****'* *** ****'* reply ... ***** *** redundancy.

***** *******, ***, ******** and ***** *** ********** has **** ************ *** sure, *** ***** *** 3 ************** ******* ** to *** **** ***** really * ***:

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#*) *** * ***

**** * ***** ***, i ***** ********* ********. This **** ****** **** Smart *** *** ******** was ******** ***.


***********, **** ***** **** some ************ ***** ** your ********.

****, ** ***** *********** call **** '******** ********' or '*** / *** Shootout'. *** ****** *** we ******* **** ** that ***** *** *********, as *** ****, *** such * ****** *********** to '*** ********' ** the *** ** ** is ********* ** ********** how ***** ** *** they *** ** ************.

****,

***** ******! ***** *** :)

**** ****** ** ******* an ********* **** ** Optix.

*** "***" ****** *** camera ** *** ********.

****** #* * **** reflect **** ** *** report.

** ***** *** **** product ** ****** **** VMS?

*** ******... *** ****** wave *** **** ******** for ***** ******* ***** in.

***. ******* ****** *** Digital ******** ******* ***** own ***. **** *** both **** (** *** way ** *** *****) of ******* *****.

***** ****! ***** / Seetec ** *******. ** would ** *********** ** see ***** / ****** in ********** **** *******, Milestone, ***.

*'* ****** ******* *** you *** ** * comparison *** *** ******* comparison ** ***** ** each ** ***** :(

**** ** * **** report ** *** ** it ****. *** **** need ** **** ** a **** *** **** buck.

**** * ********* ****** on *********** *** ****** by * **** *** camera *** * * 16 *** ** *******. I'd *** **** *** the ****** ************ ***** breaks.

**** ***** *** **** an ********* ****** ** each ******* **** **** some ****** **********. *** the ******* ***** ** interesting. ***'* ****** ** include ***** ******* *****.

******** ********** *******: *'* guessing *** *-*** ***'* simply ***'* ******* **, but ******* ****** "********" in **** ********. * was **** ********* ** Genetec ******** ******** ****** on********* *****, ** **** on ** * ******* number ** ****** (*****)?

*** ****** *** ***** do *** ******* ******** updating ** ******** ** outdated/known ********** ******** ********. 2-dot ******* ***** ********* updates *** ****-************ *******, but ** *****-***** ****** updating.

******* **** *** ******* firmware ****** ** *** cameras. ** **** **** to ****** ****, *****, and ****** ******* ****** the ****, *******, *********, Dahua, *** ******** **** not *********. * ******* Genetec ** *** ********** details ** ***** ****** manufacturers *** ********** *********.

******* ** ***** ********** firmware ********, ** ***** in *** ****** **** 2017 (******* *** ******* ******** Camera ********):

******* ****** **** ******** updates *** *** ******** are ********* *********, *** noted **** **** *** more ******** *********** *** the ********* *************:

  • *******
  • ****
  • *****
  • ******
  • *********
  • *********
  • *****
  • ****
  • *******

** ********* *** *****/********* with ***** ********** ******** of **** *** *****.

******,

********** *** ******** ** genuinely ** ********** ****, and *** ********* * would **** ******** - the ********* ******** ******* me ********* ***-*******. ***** to ******* *** ******* this ***.

** *** ****** ** not ******* **** (** provide **** ******* *** it), ** ******** **** there's *** * *** of **** ** *** market *** **** ************* - ** ** ****** just *** ***** **** firmware ******** **********?

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