Video Management Systems - DVRs, NVRs ,IP Video Surveillance Software: 58 Companies
Overview: Video management systems record video from a variety of cameras and coordinate access for viewing of live and recorded video.
3VR offers hybrid DVR appliances with built-in facial recognition and video analytics software. The company primarily targets banking, retail and government applications. Founded in 2002, the company has received $50 Million in VC funding, most notably from Kleiner Perkins (one of the world's most well respected VCs) and In-Q-Tel (the VC funded by the CIA and other US intelligent agencies). 3VR's main competitors are Verint and March Networks.
3xLOGIC manufacturers hybrid DVR/NVRs targeting the retail and casino markets. 3xLogic offers core strengths in PoS integration including support for a wide variety of key PoS systems and advanced PoS/exception reporting tools included in their video management software. Competitors include March Networks and Dedicated Micros.
Aimetis offers IP video surveillance software and tightly integrated video analytics. While Aimetis offers its software without analytics (its standard series that MSRPs for $99 per channel), Aimetis is strongest where customers choose to use analytics. Key markets for Aimetis include outdoor focused applications and retail. Aimetis competes with a variety of leading IP Video surveillance software providers who generally offer 3rd party analytics to match Aimetis' offerings.
Airship offers hybrid DVRs primarily targeted at Casinos and retailers. Originally an OEM, Airship has recently moved to selling under its own brand. Airship is positioned against incumbent traditional DVR companies such as American Dynamics, Honeywell and Bosch. Airship competes by providing a quality appliance at lower pricing than those incumbents.
- American Dynamics
American Dynamics offers a full line of video surveillance products. Their flagship product is the Intellex DVR line but they also have respected line of analog cameras and matrix switchers. Though their products are sold into a variety of markets, their strongest market has always been retail. In 2008, they acquired encoders and NVRs from Trident Tek and video analytics from Intellivid. American Dynamic is building an end to end IP video solution.
Avigilon offers a full line of IP cameras, encoders and VMS software. The company is best known for super high resolution cameras (up to 29MP) and for optimizing the display and retrieval of such cameras. Combined with some of the industry's most attractive pricing and restricted dealer access, Avigilon is one of the fastest growing companies in all of surveillance.
Axis is one of, if not the, largest manufacturers of video surveillance globally. While the company focuses primarily on cameras, with an extremely broad array of offerings, Axis is also developing management systems including a hosted video solution (AVHS) and a decentralized VMS (ACC) in addition to their traditional VMS, ACS.
Axxon offers IP video surveillance software. The company is especially strong in their home market of Russia. They have a license agreement with Cognitec to integrate and provide facial surveillance.
BiKal offers a complete line of IP video surveillance products including IP cameras, surveillance software and bundled analytics. BiKal focuses on making IP video inexpensive and easy for the broader market to use. Watch demonstration videos of Bikal's products. Though Bikal manufacturers their own IP cameras, their surveillance software supports a wide variety of third party cameras.
- Bosch Security
Bosch Security is a global video surveillance manufacturer including a broad line of both analog and IP products.
byRemote offers hosted video surveillance management, eliminating the need for DVRs/NVRs at the customers location. Video is streamed off-site to byRemote's facilities where it is stored and managed. Compare to Secure-i.
Cieffe develops IP video management software and a line of encoders/cameras. Acquired by March Networks in 2008, the Cieffe line looks to be the centerpiece of March Network's emerging IP video strategy. The March/Cieffe offering will compete with a similar offering from Verint as well as IP video solutions from Milestone and Genetec among others.
Cisco offers an end to end video surveillance solution that tightly integrates with Cisco's networking equipment. Cisco's offering includes encoders (acquired through SyPixx) and video management software (acquired through Broadware). Cisco has released two IP cameras and has ported the Broadware software to run as modules in Cisco routers. Cisco's main competitors include Milestone, Genetec and other large DVR/NVR manufactures. Read a critique of Cisco's general positioning and a review of their video surveillance in a router offering.
ClickIt offers hybrid DVRs with built-in video analytics. ClickIt targets retailers.
CSST is one of the largest security companies in China. CSST manufactures, distributes, sells, installs and monitors security products including video, access and intrusion detection products. Read an analysis of CSST's product strategy and offerings.
- Dedicated Micros
DIGIOP offers a hybrid DVR/NVR. DIGIOP is partnered with Dell for servers and ObjectVideo for analytics. DIGIOP sells complete DVR/NVR appliances running on Dell servers. Ongoing support for the hardware (e.g., hard drive failures) are provided by Dell. DIGIOP offers solutions for retailers using ObjectVideo's analytics and PoS integration.
DVTel offers a full line of video surveillance products. DVTel's products center around their own line of IP cameras, encoders and IP video surveillance software. A key differentiator is their Scene Tracker technology that stitches cameras view into a single image to improve viewing of large areas. In 2010, DVTel acquired one of the leading video analytic providers, ioimage. Genetec, Verint and ONSSI are key competitors and alternatives to DvTel.
Envysion offers a DVR appliance that is managed centrally from Envysion's data center. Envysion targets the small box retailer with multiple remote locations. Their key differentiators are reduced installation and service costs (due to the remote management), easier remote viewing access, PCI compliance, integrated PoS and exception reporting. They compete against budget boxes (like Dedicated Micros) and DVR appliances from a variety of vendors. Watch an online video demonstration of Envysion's product. Read a review of Envysion's offering and positioning.
Eptascape provides video analytics. Most unique differentiator is the use of MPEG-7 for the description of video analytic metadata. The promise of MPEG-7 is to increase interoperability and simplicity of integration with video management systems by leveraging this existing standard. In August 2008, Eptascape launched gotomycamera.com, a managed video surveillance solution for small businesses and residences.
EverFocus manufacturers a broad range of DVRs, analog and IP cameras primarily for the budget / SMB markets. Everfocus is one of the founding members of the HDcctv alliance - a group that plans to deliver non-IP megapixel cameras that work with existing coax. Read our analysis of Everfocus' potential to make HD affordable and simple for the budget/SMB market.
Exacq offers video management systems. A specialist in video management, Exacq offers both hybrid appliances and software only solutions. Key engineering and management at Exacq came from Integral Technologies, one of the leading DVR companies. Exacq's products are considered high quality and an especially good fit for organizations migrating from American Dynamics, Pelco and Integral DVRs, among others.
Genetec offers IP video surveillance software (Omnicast), an LPR camera system and an IP access control system (Synergis). Genetec is one of the largest IP Video surveillance software providers with greatest strengths in large scale surveillance/security deployments. Read our test results of Genetec's Omnicast VMS Software. Genetec's largest competitor is Milestone Systems.
Geutebrueck is a manufacturer of a broad variety of video surveillance products including DVRs, cameras and analytics. Strongest presence is in Europe.
Hikvision is one of the largest Chinese security manufacturers, offering encoder cards, cameras and DVRs.
- Honeywell Video
i3DVR offers hybrid DVR appliances with built-in video analytics. i3DVR competes against companies such as American Dynamics and March Networks by providing an inexpensive price as well as bundled analytics.
IndigoVision offers an end to end IP video solution. IndigoVision's product line consists of IP cameras, encoders, NVR appliances and IP video surveillance software. IndigoVision does not support third party IP cameras though plans to release 3rd party support in 2010. Key differentiator for IndigoVision is their in-house designed video CODECs that IndigoVision claims provides higher quality at lower bandwidth.
ipConfigure develops IP Video Surveillance software. Offering sophisticated centralized management of users, configurations and health monitoring, IPConfigure excels at large scale video surveillance projects with dozens or hundreds of distributed recorders. IPConfigure supports numerous IP camera manufacturers but does not make their own. IPConfigure's MSRP is $225 per channel. IPConfigure often competes with Milestone and Genetec.
JDS offers IP video management software. JDS Digital Software is one of the original software developers in the market.
LuxRiot is a developer of IP video surveillance software offering commercial editions as well as a shareware version for personal use. LuxRiot supports over 55 manufacturers and 600 models of IP cameras.
- March Networks
March Networks offers DVRs, retail PoS analytics, encoders, IP cameras and IP video surveillance software. Their retail PoS analytics are from the Trax acquisition. The IP products were acquired in 2008 from Cieffe, a mid-tier provider with $16M in 2007 revenues. March is shifting their focus from their successful DVR series into IP video products (centered around Cieffe's offerings. March's largest competitor is Verint. As they roll out the Cieffe line, they will increasingly compete with Milestone, Genetec. Read a critique of March's move into IP video for an examination of March's recent moves.
- Milestone Systems
Milestone Systems offers IP video surveillance software. Milestone focuses on software and does not provide cameras or encoders. A key differentiator for Milestone is the breadth of its support for third party cameras and security systems. This is part of Milestone's focus on being an open platform. Milestone is considered the largest supplier of IP video surveillance software though all suppliers have relatively small market share.
Mirasys develops IP video surveillance software and NVRs with a focus on the Northern European market. Mirasys competes with IndigoVision, Milestone Systems and other IP video providers. Mirasys reports $11M USD 2007 revenue and 20-30% growth rate in 2008.
Mobotix Mobotix manufactures megapixel cameras and video management systems. Key differentiators for Mobotix are: (1) provide the video management system for no charge and (2) do not require video management servers (video can be transmitted directly to storage). Mobotix generated over $50M annual revenue in 2008. Mobotix's product approach is most similar to Avigilon. Read a review of Mobotix's products.
- NICE Systems
NICE Systems is a leading provider of Video Management Systems specializing for corporate and government applications. The breadth of offerings including video management, video analytics and investigations is significant. The pricing is premium.
NUUO develops IP Video Surveillance Software, hybrid DVRs, NVRs and capture cards. See test results of their IP Video Surveillance Software. Compare to Exacq.
ONSSI offers IP video surveillance software. In 2008, they launched Ocularis that provides sophisticated user interface tools for accessing and reviewing surveillance video. A key element of Ocularis is the ability to control actions via a touch screen (similar to an iPhone).
Panasonic is one of the top analog camera providers. Panasonic also carries a line of DVRs and is expanding their IP camera product offering. They are regarded for their high quality cameras (especially their SDIII line). For analog cameras, their main competitor is Pelco. For IP cameras, it is Axis. In July 2008, Panasonic announced a new President and a strategic shift to sell solutions rather than products.
Pelco is one of the largest companies in video surveillance. A market share leader in analog cameras, Pelco offers a broad series of surveillance cameras as well as 3 lines of video management systems - classic DVRs, the Integral product line and the Endura hybrid DVR/NVR system. In the last year, Pelco has increased their product offering and market focus for IP camera, launching Sarix, their platform for IP/megapixel cameras. Read our examination of the Pelco Sarix offering. Given Pelco's large size, they compete against a broad variety of companies. In the IP camera market, Pelco's two largest competitors are Axis and Sony. Pelco's historically been well regarded for their customer service. However, their video management technology is widely viewed as average and their IP camera offerings are still limited.
QNAP offers NVR appliances. QNAP leverages its experience in manufacturing Network Attached Storage appliances to build solid, inexpensive NVR appliances for small camera counts. QNAP's NVRs support a modest variety of IP cameras are best positioned for home and small business market segments who are looking to replace DVR systems.
Salient is a VMS specialist providing IP Video Surveillance software and hybrid DVR appliances. For the IP video software, the company has 3 offerings: a basic line supporting up to 25 cameras, a Pro series that supports unlimited cameras with centralized management and an Enterprise series that adds Active Directory integration. Historically, the company has been focused in the US Southwest but started significant expansion efforts in 2008. Compare to Exacq and Milestone.
Secure-i offers hosted video surveillance management, eliminating the need for DVRs/NVRs at the customers location. Video is streamed off-site to Secure-i's facilities where it is stored and managed. Secure-i is partnered with Axis communications and currently only supports Axis cameras. Compare to byRemote.
SeeTec is an IP video surveillance software developer focused on the European market. While SeeTec has low recognition globally, IMS rates SeeTec as one of the largest sellers of IP video surveillance software.
Smartvue offers cloud based surveillance solutions including VMS servers with supported online cloud based video sharing, storage, as well as system management.
Steelbox offered an NVR appliance that offers very high scalability. In january 2009, Steelbox was acquired by ASG. Unlike most IP video surveillance software that consists of loading an application on a server/PC, Steelbox has developed a custom embedded appliance (similar to a router). A small appliance (2 RU) can handle up to 500 cameras at an MSRP of less than $75 per camera (excluding storage). Steelbox is optimized for use with PSIM applications. Steelbox competes against IP video surveillance software running on servers such as Sun's Fire X4500. Read a review of Steelbox's offering.
Synectics offers a Video Management System, Synergy, that specializes in integrating and managing 3rd party systems. Synectics' strongest markets are casinos in the US and public deployments in the UK. In addition the VMS, Synectics manufacturers encoders and industrial cameras. Synectics report approximately $32 Million USD revenue in 2008. The Synergy product offering is best fit for larger, more complex environments. Compare to Genetec.
- Tempest Microsystems
Tempest Microsystems To the best of our knowledge, Tempest Microsystems is out of business. We have been contacted by dozens of people asking for help with their Tempest DVR. We cannot help you as we have never had any connection to the company. Try contacting Nio Security. They bought out Tempest and then shut them down in 2009.
TimeSight offers NVRs optimized for storage reduction of megapixel cameras. Claims 90% reduction in storage costs by periodically reducing video quality so that older video is still available but at lower storage. The 90% should be carefully examined as other video surveillance manufacturers offer numerous ways to reduce storage costs. Competes with a wide range of IP video surveillance software providers and NVR manufacturers.
Verint is a leading IP video provider offering a broad line of cameras, encoders, wireless, analytics and IP video management software. Over the last 5 years, Verint has evolved from a high end DVR manufacturer to an end to end video provider. Verint's offering centers around their Nextiva platform which provides tight integration with analytics and advanced command and control functionality. Verint's main competitors include March Networks, Genetec and DvTel. Read a review of Verint's strategy.
Vicon manufacturers a wide range of video surveillance products. One of the older companies in the industry, Vicon is widely considered to be a leader in analog CCTV. Over the last few years, Vicon has expanded their product portfolio to include both IP cameras and IP video surveillance software. Vicon provides free VMS licenses for use with Vicon cameras and OEMs integrated analytics through Agent Vi and access control from S2. Vicon is a publicly traded company, reporting 2008 annual revenues of $66.9 M USD. Compare Vicon to Verint, Pelco and American Dynamics.
- Video Insight
VideoNext offers an integrated IP video management system. Their platform combines IP video surveillance software and PSIM functionalities into a unified solution. VideoNext features integration with a variety of third party systems, including access control and video analytics. VideoNext, unlike other PSIM solutions, does not support video management systems other than its own. VideoNext's core markets are the military and high end commercial/industrial.
VideoProtein is out of business and has been since approximately 2009. No further information is available and no company has bought out or taken over their product.
VNS offers servers optimized for IP video surveillance software. VNS is partnered with OnSSI and Milestone. VNS competes with commercial off the shelf (COTS) servers from large computer manufacturers such as Dell or HP.