The future of video management systems

The industry buzz and intelligence from the field

Approach, State and Effect: VMS providers must look at solutions that are more fluid and can cover a wide range of end-user needs. As high resolution cameras continue their influx into the market, along with ever more feature rich cameras, VMS providers are looking five to 10 years down the road and anticipating many of the changes that will take place, particularly in the digital sector with the continuing conversion of CCTV to digital standards. Open and Integrating: If they're not, they should be. The reality is that truly open platforms are more and more of a necessity, not simply a "nice to have." As the trend toward high resolution, ever more feature rich cameras continues and as security needs grow, the smart systems are set up to accommodate integration. ONVIF and PSIA standards and VMS Providers: This would seem to be more of a niche right now, though that may change in the future. Investing in VMS: The vendor and the solution would have to anticipate continued growth into the future. Teaming with Video Analytic Providers: Security solutions need to be highly intelligent and able to automate the security process. Highly intelligent analytics are a part of that automated process since it can alert staff to a situation that otherwise might go undetected. The ability of analytics to quickly extract relevant information from footage is also a huge advantage.-Wolfgang Ritter, director of Sales

Niscayah, Duluth, Ga.

Approach, State and Effect: VMS providers are emphasizing the ROI and quantifiable benefits for customers over glitz of the product interface. Savings from the reduction of manpower (guards) as well as the ability to track and monitor the many compliance issues facing today's businesses are very tangible savings and benefits. Our industry is becoming an IP driven "appliance and edge device" environment and this is very favorable to the VMS market. But the effect on VMS is difficult to gauge because simultaneously, there is an increasing demand for "smart" edge devices with their own hard drive and analytics on board and this favors a more decentralized focus, which is not as favorable for VMS platforms. Open and Integrating: VMS companies that are "software only," open platform that interface with as many hardware manufactures as possible will enhance their salability. ONVIF and PSIA standards and VMS Providers: This evolution of standards is driven by the development of new products and technology to meet specific business issues as demanded by customers. Investing in VMS: Before undertaking a large scale VMS project, a customer should first perform a comprehensive business evaluation involving functional areas of the enterprise (risk, human resources, marketing). Doing so will determine the business issues to address and the scope of tools to employ to meet the needs of the enterprise. Teaming with Video Analytic Providers: VMS manufacturers have been interfacing with third party applications such as facial recognition and motion detection for several years; we are now seeing that explode with the smartphone revolution. -Bob Stockwell, director of System Operations

OnSSI, Pearl River, N.Y.

Approach, State and Effect: IP-based video management solutions provide valuable data, are a useful asset to the enterprise and a solid return on investment. Diversity of the systems will continue as the ability to count customers/people, monitor crowd control and integrate with other department applications such as HR, maintenance and facilities. In the future, wireless technologies will have an impact on the VMS market. Open and Integrating: Open architecture is definitely the trend, and the customer stands to benefit most. ONVIF and PSIA standards and VMS providers: ONVIF and PSIA are great news for the industry, and it is interesting to note that these efforts are largely supplier-driven. Investing in VMS: It is a challenge for the user to know where to start and how to determine which management system provides the right features or best ROI. Ideally, PSIM technology should be intuitive and relatively simple to configure and readily able to integrate with network-based access control, visitor management, intrusion and fire alarm systems. Teaming with Video Analytics Providers: It makes sense for video analytics to be incorporated as part of a VMS-open architecture makes it easier to do so.-Gadi Piran, president

UTC Fire & Security, Farmington, Conn.

Approach, State and Effect: The current trend is towards fully integrated operator consoles where the security operations are unified on a 'single pane of glass,' thereby reducing training costs and improving operator response. We have been part of this trend with the OnGuard product from Lenel which allows for integration and interoperability of video and access control. Open and Integrating: Most products provide some form of documented SDK (Software Development Kit) and API (Application Programming Interface) allowing basic integration and interoperation with other products. The trend is towards more integration and increasing other security and safety domains and building automation systems. ONVIF and PSIA Standards and VMS Providers: Standards such as those being created by ONVIF and PSIA help create a common architecture and language for product interoperation and integration. Investing in VMS: Key product checklist items should include: relevant feature and function support; support of video devices under purchase consideration; compliance with current and emerging standards; SDK/API support for integration and interoperation; and the ability of the vendor to service and support the customer both at installation and deployment as well as over time. Teaming with Video Analytic Providers: There has been a great deal of consolidation in the analytics market and the principle model seems to be that of analytics vendor neutrality. -Clifford Cox, product manager, digital video systems

Verint Systems Inc., Melville, N.Y.