Not your Mom and Dad’s video surveillance system

One of the newest additions to the Meraki portfolio is the MV line of security cameras, which came out in 2016.  Much like its networking based siblings, it features a single pane of glass for that Meraki look and feel that we’ve all become accustomed to.  I’m going to provide a brief review covering what Meraki has hit out of the park, which features take some time to get used to, and where the MV can improve.

Features to LOVE

The neatest thing I’ve come across so far is the motion-based search in an area of interest over a given timeframe.  Did someone take that last cookie you had your eye on?  No problem! Simply select your search parameters and voilà – the thief is identified!

Other notable features that are really nice to have:

  • Initial setup is extremely user friendly – you just need to pull the wire where you want it
  • Everything is encrypted
  • Availability anywhere in the world via the Meraki Cloud
  • 128 gig on board SSD with options to enable motion-based retention
  • Sturdy camera housing and mounting brackets
  • And… Meraki is continuously coming out with new features!

Things that are lacking

Two items will take some getting used to, especially if you are replacing an existing camera solution:

  • In order to turn the camera angle or direction, manual intervention is required
  • There is a slight delay when looking at a live feed (5-6 seconds)

Where can Meraki add features in the future?

  • Motion-based alerting via email – have a secured area that has a lock and key, but no identity based access available? It would be nice to receive an alert when the area is accessed.
  • Ability to view multiple ‘networks’ of cameras on one video wall at one time. Meraki gives you the ability to delegate camera access to specific individuals, but these cameras need to be configured in their own ‘network.’  If you have a security station that needs access to ALL cameras, then you would need to open multiple browser windows or tabs.

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to have a demonstration, or receive more information about Meraki Security Cameras or Meraki in general, email info@peters.com. We are happy to help!