Video Surveillance: Manufacturers' perspectives on the year ahead

An exclusive vendor roundtable

Finally, the recent spate of M&A activity in the video surveillance sector may actually be a good thing: "These past acquisitions and mergers are a sign that the market is continuing to mature," says Verint's Eran Wachman. "Organizations will continue to seek flexible, IT-friendly solutions that maximize their investments and provide lowest total cost of ownership."

Next page: The full roundtable Q&A

The Full Roundtable: Hear exactly what our panel had to say...

The participants:

  • Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Milestone Systems
  • Gadi Piran, President, On-Net Surveillance Systems
  • Eli Gorovici, President & CEO, DVTel
  • Eran Wachman, Vice President of Product Management, Verint
  • Dr. Michael Kaplinsky, CEO, Arecont Vision
  • Miguel Lazatin, Senior Marketing Manager, Sony
  • Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic
  • Chris Johnston, Product Marketing Manager, Bosch
  • Marek Robinson, Director of Sales, Honeywell Video Systems

What is the one technological innovation that will have the greatest impact on video surveillance this year, and how will it do it?

Gorovici: As the technology for high-definition and megapixel cameras continues to improve and applications are created to use these IP cameras, processing on the edge is the technology innovation to watch. All of these factors are forcing the industry to put applications such as analytics on the edge to stream less video data to the center and to balance the load to improve functionality.

Taylor: The newest standard in IP video compression, H.264 will continue to gain traction as more manufacturers, resellers and end users embrace it. By minimizing bandwidth consumption, this technology will continue to pave the way for greater use of analytics and megapixel cameras.


Kaplinsky: The H.264 video compression standard will continue to have a huge impact on cost and adoption of IP video surveillance this year and for years to come. H.264 compression makes video stream sizes more manageable, which greatly reduces issues of bandwidth and storage. Lowering the video demands on busy networks makes H.264 video an IT-friendly technology. H.264 compression also opens the door to industry-wide uses of previously bandwidth-intensive state-of-the-art technologies such as megapixel video.

Lazatin: As the industry migrates toward IP-based video solutions, the need for higher resolution image capture and recording is becoming more important; thus, high definition video in security will have the greatest impact in 2010. Continued success of HD in 2010 will be facilitated by manufacturers that are committed to developing and introducing products that seamlessly integrate with various software platforms including video management, access control, PSIM and POS.

Johnston: The movement to create and popularize open standards - such as ONVIF - within the industry will have the greatest effect on video surveillance this year. Already, many major manufacturers' product lines are gaining certification by ONVIF, and most software head-end manufacturers are in the process of integrating ONVIF into their offerings.

Fullerton: 2010 is going to be the year where low-end appliances carrying IP VMS already installed will become competitive with the low-end DVRs, thus making a large dent into the DVR (and analog) market that previously has not been accessible due to price and form factors.


Piran: Video on the network platform will continue to transform video surveillance and management across the enterprise with a new level of integrated physical security and shared event-handling capabilities. Video and data management technologies will continue to gain traction as more organizations move to network-based integrated systems. As more organizations move to network-based integrated systems, the need for control and management on a single platform becomes increasingly important.

Wachman: Video content analysis (VCA) will continue to be a key innovation impacting the video surveillance market. VCA provides organizations with a sophisticated, proactive, network-based IP video platform that leverages video management and analytics software solutions. As an organization's security requirements evolve, they need the assurance of a tool that is highly scalable, capable of supporting any number of locations and equipped to expand video operations easily. VCA is able to do just that.