Panelists, this month, discuss: “The Future of Video Technology.”
Susan Brady : IP-based video is undeniably the technology of the future for video surveillance. How long do you think it will take for IP-based video systems to make a major impact in the market?
James Whitcomb, CTO, Video Insight: Each day users find new benefits of video surveillance. IP technology enables a diverse set of users access to live and recorded video from all over an organization. Popular culture from TV dramas to news programs has removed many of the privacy concerns that have hindered video's growth. The quality of the IP camera image and the ease of use from the software applications will power dramatic growth over the next 5 years.
Frank DeFina, President, Panasonic System Solutions Company: IP-based systems are already making a significant impact on the video surveillance market in several applications, with the market moving towards a networked platform more rapidly than most expected as systems are developed, replaced or expanded. Much of the current transition is migratory, however, where systems are being designed with IP cameras routed to analog processing devices such as matrix switchers and DVRs; and conversely, where legacy systems devices such as analog cameras are being networked with video servers; and being controlled through software-centric systems and recorded to NVRs.
The integrated hybrid system approach is a very cost-effective way for users to move toward a network platform. How long the process takes before analog systems are overtaken by IP systems is speculative as the market ultimately dictates product lifecycles based on demand.
Gareth McClean, Director of Research and Development for Tyco Fire & Security's American Dynamics Video and CCTV: The transition to IP video will be slow at first but will accelerate as standards evolve and are adopted by the equipment manufacturers to allow interoperability between different vendors' equipment. At the moment the lack of standards coupled with higher total-cost-of-ownership are limiting the deployments. The higher cost of ownership being based on higher equipment costs, the investment necessary in a suitable network infrastructure and the costs associated with supporting the network and its associated equipment. There are also a number of technical limitations surrounding network bandwidth and latency which can lead to poor quality video images and time delays in controlling dome/PTZ cameras; all of which can lead to a poor user experience when compared to a current generation analog digital video recording system.
What does all of this mean? The transition to IP video will happen but it could take another three to five years before it becomes mainstream to small and medium sized businesses. That said there are organizations which can benefit from the technology now.
Frank Abram, Vice President/General Manager, Security Products Division,
Sanyo Fisher Company: There is more than one answer to this question based on how one defines IP systems. My experience has been the definition can encompass many different things depending on your perspective. In the truest sense, IP systems, consisting of IP cameras, NVRs and/or some other form of enterprise recording system being processed from end to end on a networked platform are already impacting the market. As well, the larger IP based systems such as those found in casinos are expected to integrate with other related network security and business operation systems.
Systems of this magnitude are just starting to gain traction as new hardware and software products with large camera capacities have recently become available and are making their way to market. You also need to consider the implementation of hybrid systems that combine existing analog devices with network products; where full featured DVRs with on-board switching capabilities can function as the primary hub for analog based cameras within the system. This may entail the largest segment of IP product installations to date. In any case, the transition to a networked platform is in full swing. We anticipate this trend to continue and be the norm in several years.