VMS vs CMS

By John Honovich, Published Jul 15, 2015, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

VMS and CMS both refer to software that manages video surveillance recordings yet they are different.

In this note, we explain the differences in:

  • How this varies by geographic region
  • What functionality is core to each type
  • What is not part of each one

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Comments (16)

Hi..

It would be great if you can also share tabular comparison of features between Multisite VMS & CMS.

Thanks..

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It would not be sensible to do an abstract comparison between VMS and CMS because those are general terms and the actual performance or function will vary between individual manufacturer implementations.

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Thanks for quick reply John..

You may consider doing such comparison between some noted vendors. I am sure that will help understand the commanlities & differences at a macro level.

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The problem is that most VMS vendors are fairly close in functionality. Let's say there are 100 VMS functions (there are even more but just to use a round number). At least 80 or 90 are basically the same.

I think there is value in doing it but it won't work well as a table, because a lot of the differences tend to be nuanced.

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Just to add to the confusion: CMS also stands for Content Management System, which typically refers to the code running a backend-powered, dynamic-content website. Wordpress is a common CMS, mainly oriented toward blogs. Wikis are another common CMS.

IPVM appears to be built off a relatively common CMS as well (the basic framework is very familiar, but it's obviously been customized extensively over the years).

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As a point of information, IPVM does not use nor is based on any content management system. We develop primarily in Ruby and Javascript using the Rails application framework.

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Fair enough... though technically speaking, it is still a CMS, albeit one rolled mostly from scratch.

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You claimed: "built off a relatively common CMS." That's why I responded.

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Maybe a more common framework then - the elements of this editor, at least, are pretty familiar from other sites.

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The editor control we use is TinyMCE but TinyMCE is not a CMS. It's like calling your dashboard a car.

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We develop primarily in Ruby and Javascript using the Rails application framework.

Is this the framework?

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No, Rails is not Forem. If you want to discuss this further, start a new discussion. This is way off topic of the post.

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I might add VMS's are usually capable of Client/Server where most CMS's seem to be multiple client instances. Of course, for every exception there is a rule.
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In Asia and Australasia, we commonly use the term CMS for Central Monitoring Station, commonly referred to as ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) in the UK. CMS software is the term we use for alarm monitoring software, which increasingly offers video monitoring as option. As an illustration see New Zealand based Patriot Systems website https://www.patriotsystems.com/Products.aspx
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CMS also stands for "Centers for Medicaid and Medicare".....I think one should ask the vendor using the acronyms to explain exactly how they are using it & get its meaning, per that vendor, to avoid confusion or misunderstanding.

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Considering it was not originally core to their NAS boxes, Synology are doing a good job of continuing to develop their Surveillance Station VMS software (in each NAS box) AND a CMS solution for central management of multiple sites/boxes.

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