VMS Live Monitoring Shootout - Avigilon, Dahua, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone, Network Optix

By Sean Patton, Published Dec 05, 2018, 11:35am EST

Viewing live video is the first interaction and most common task most users have with a VMS.

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 13 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 13 categories, including 7 video screencasts, one for each manufacturer in the shootout.

Performance ********

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

  • ****** ***********:******* *** ******* ***** (and *** ****) **** the *** **********. ******* scored ******** ** * out ** *** ** categories *** ******* ** the ********* *, ***** Network ***** *** ****** scored ******** ** * categories. *** * ******** no **** ******.
  • ***** ***********:******** *** ***** ****** strongly ** * **********. Avigilon ****** ****** ***** Stream *********** *** ***** scored ****** ** ***** Stream ***********.
  • ******** ***********:*****, *********, *** ********* were *** ****** ******* VMSes. ********* ****** ****** in * *** ***** scored ****** ** * categories, ***** ********* ****** poorly ** *. *** 3 ****** ******** ** 4 **********, *******, *** only ****** ****** ******** was ****** ******* **********.

*** **** ********, *********** rankings **** ***** **** common ***** ********* **** monitoring ******* **** **** a ***. ***** ********* of ******** *****, *** control, ********* ******* *******, and ******* ****** ***** playback.

***** ** ** **** Webinar ** *********, ******** 19th, ** **** *** where ******* *** ******* will ** ********, *** questions **** ** ******** (******* ************ ****).

Summary ** *******

***** ****** **** *** full ******* *** **** Live ********** ******* ********. Some ** *** ******** like "******** / ******* Favorite *****" *** "**** Event **********" ****** ******* or ****** ** **** of *** *****, ***** "Video ****** ***********" *** "Digital *** *******" *** average ** **** **** more **** **** ** the ***** ** *** test.

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

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

  • **** ********* ******: ***** *** ********** designs ******* ****** ***** and ********** ****** ******** allow ********** *** ******** everyday ***** ** ******** tasks ******* *** *********. Avigilon, ******* ***** *** Hanwha ********* ********. *****, Exacq, *******, *** ********* scored *******, ***** ********* performed ******.
  • ******* *** *******: ***** **** ** quickly ****** ******* *** presets ** * **** important ** * *** than ********* ********* *** presets ** *** *** of ****** ********** ******* continues ** ******* **** (**** ***** *** ***** Declining). * ***** ***** Digital *** ******* (******* and *****), *******, ***** requires *** ****** ***** Page *** ****** *******, while ******* ****** ****** creation *** ****** ***** in *** ********** ****. 3 ***** ***** ******* Multistream ***** **** ***** views (*****, ******* *****, Hanwha), ***** **** **** in ***** ** *******. 2 ***** ****** ****** (Hikvision *** *********) ******* they ***** ** ******* PTZ ****** *******.
  • ******* **** ******* *************: ** ** ********* that ***** *** ********* viewing ***** ****** *** standard (***, ***, ***.) layouts. ***** **** ***** tested ******* ** ******** in **** ********, *** difference *** *********** ******* the ********* ********** (*****, Genetec, *********) *** *** poorest ********* (*********)
  • ***** **** *******: ***** **** ******* is * ***** *******, however, **** *** ****** video **** ******* ******* remote ****** ** ******* output *******. **** ***** tested ******* ** ******** in **** ********, ****** Dahua.
  • ***** ****** ***********: **** **** ** the ***** ******* **-****** diagnostic *********** (***** ****, throughput, **********), ***** *** provide ***** ****** *********** for *************** *** *******.

Video ******** / *** ********* *** **********

** *** ********* ******, we ****** **** *** scoring, ****** *** ********* and **********.

********

******** ****** ******** ** 7 ********, *** ******* in *. **** **** scored ****** ** ***** Stream ***********.

*****

***** ****** ******** ** average ** ** **********, and ****** ****** ** Video ****, *** ***** in ********** *****, *** Video ****** ***********.

*****

***** ****** ******** ** 7 **********, *** **** scored ****** ** ***** Stream ***********. **** ****** average ** *.

*******

******* ****** ******** ** 9 ********** *** *** not ***** ****** ** any **********.

*********

********* ****** ******** ** 4 ********** *** ******* in * **********. **** scored ****** ** * including ** ******, ***** Sequences, ******* *** *******, Web ***** ** ********** Tile *** ***** ****** Diagnostics.

*********

********* ****** ******* ** 6 ********** *** ******** in *** *******, ***** Sequences, ******* ****** *********, Stream ******* ********** *** Web ***** ** ********** Tile. **** ****** ****** in **** ******* ************* and ******* *** *******.

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

******* ***** *** ****** scored ******** ** * categories *** *** *** score ****** ** *** categories.

User ********* ******

*** ** *** ***** except ********* ****** ******* or ****** ** *** category ** ** ******. The ******** *** ** Design *** ********** *********** functionality *** **** ********, uncluttered **** ****** *** responsive ********** **** *** not **** ******** ** options **** **** *********** based ** ****** *************. A ********** **** * Masters ****** ** ********-***** Interaction **** ******** ********** reviewed **** *** *** the ****.

** ******* ** * strong ** ****** ***** is ******* *****, *** the ******* ******* ***** and ***** **** ******:

******** **** ****** ********, however, ***** **** **** minor ****** **** ******* PTZ *******. **** ***** can ** ********** ***** a ***** *****, *** left-click-and-drag ** *** ********* for ******* ****** *** "hand" ******* ****** ** selected. *** *** ******** is ********** ** *****-*****-***-********, which ** ** ************ behavior ******:

Digital *** ****** ******* *** *********

* ** *** ***** scored ******* ** ****** in *** ******** ** Digital *** *******, ********* and ********* ** *** offer ****. *** ******** for ******* *** ******* was ******** ***** ** create *** ****** ******* within *** **** ********** View, *** ********* *** user ** *** *** configuration **** ** *** VMS.

* **** ******* ** Genetec's ******* *** *******, which *** ******* *** recalled **** *** **** monitoring ****:

***** ****** *******, *******, it ****** ******* *** presets, *** ******** *** user ** ***** *** live **** *** *** up *** ******* ****** the ***** *****:

*****, ******* ***** *** Wave ***** *****-**** *******, but *** *** *******, which ****** ********* ****** windows **** *** ** saved ** * ******** View *** ******:

Tile ******* *********** *********

* ** *** ***** scored ******* ** ****** in *** ******** ** Tile ******* *************, **** Milestone ******* ******. *** criteria *** **** ******** was ******** ***** ** create ****** *******, **** no *********** ** *** many *** ** *******. Milestone **** *** ***** customization ** ******* *****.

* **** ******* ** Exacq's ******* ************* ****, which ****** ******** ****** layouts ** ** *******, up ** ** ******* on * ****** ******:

***** ******** ****** **** Pattern *************, **** ****** average ******* ***** ** a ***** ** ** total ******** **** *** be *****.

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

******* ***** ***** ***** a ***** *******, ***** VMS ****** ******* ***** wall *******. *** ** the ***** ****** ******* or ****** ****** *****, which ****** ****** ******* it ***** *** ** successfully **********, **** **** technical ******* **** *****. Hikvision *** ********* ****** average ******* ***** ***** wall ***** ******** ************* more ************* ***** ** function.

** ******* ** * strong ***** **** ***** is ******* ****** ****, which ****** ****** ******* of ******** ******** **** Clients ****** ******** ******** from * ****** ******** Desk ********** ****:

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

**** **** ** *** VMSes ****** ******* ********** stream *********** ** * live ********** ****. **-****** diagnostics *** ******* *** quick ****** ******* *** troubleshooting, ********** ** ****** systems **** ******** ******** streaming ***** **** * WAN.

** ******* ** * strong ***** *** *******, which ******** ******** *********** on * ***** ******* that ** ******* ** or ***:

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

  • ******** ******* ****** *.**
  • ***** ***** *** *.**.*
  • ***** ****** *.*.*.***
  • ******* ******** ****** *.* SR3
  • ********* ****-****
  • ****** **** *.*.*.***
  • ********* ******** ********* **** R3
  • ******* ***** ********* ****** 3.2.0.208

Shootout ****** *******

***** ** ** **** Webinar ** *********, ******** 19th, ** **** *** where ******* *** ******* will ** ********, *** questions **** ** ******** (******* ************ ****).

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