Even if you’ve never heard of Meraki, you’ve at least heard of its parent company, Cisco. Offering four indoor models and two outdoor models, all of which shoot in HD and contain internal solid state storage, Meraki’s selection is pared down to allow an easier decision for companies that decide to integrate their products into their security system. On the indoor side, the all-purpose MV12 is the smallest option and starts at $999. The MV32 is the largest indoor offering, with a fisheye lens and 180-degree horizontal and vertical fields of view at $1499. The two outdoor units differ in their applications: the MV71 works best in demanding environments and weather conditions, while the MV72 allows a wider range of view.
In a review on the business technology review site G2, user Jesse B. left a glowing review. “Not only can we manage this from a central dashboard, but you can do it from your phone too! We realized from this the ease of use is really the key to having a smooth network flow.” Thomas Bayerl of Audi, another Meraki partner, is similarly happy with Meraki’s performance on the company’s website. “All Cisco Meraki products that we used so far just work. You configure everything and they run very well.” Other reviews say the same thing: Meraki cameras are easy to use and seamlessly integrate into almost any space. The company’s clients include SoulCycle, Design Within Reach, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and even the city of Opelika, Alabama.
While Meraki cameras integrate into Cisco’s larger networking software of the same name, the devices also work with Kisi technology, making access control an easy upgrade for any office or facility. Integrating with Kisi allows users to get more out of their hardware. After investing in high-quality Meraki cameras, it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the most value out of them, and access control ensures that. For example, if you have a space that requires enhanced security, like a server room or even a vault, you can add both a Meraki camera and a door reader to that area. The camera can constantly monitor for motion, alerting you if there is movement in the area. However, by integrating with Kisi’s access control products, the credential reader at the door can temporarily disarm the camera, which will still alert you of the motion but will not send an alarm into motion. This is just one of the possibilities that the two products provide in tandem, making your facility much safer.