Overcoming IP video migration obstacles

Panel to weigh in on end user challenges, realizing the benefits of network video at ASIS 2013


Powers: Many times I see the industry lead with technology first, which doesn’t necessarily address the end user’s current application challenges. As an industry, we need to focus on the customer’s application and help them understand how they can use interoperable technology to address their applications. There is no question that IP technologies outperform analog. We should help them determine proper use cases so they are assured they are selecting the best technology solution for their application.

SIW: How has the evolution of standards and innovations in video technology itself helped IP migration and adoption?

Murray: Standards and innovations are slightly at odds when discussing advanced product developments. While standards cover a minimal set of use cases, features and command sets across the majority of vendors in our industry; innovation is very individual, not a standard and thus not covered by the standards organizations. These innovations are the pull for IP and actually push the migration and adoption of emerging technology as end users demand greater functionality and utility from their investment. This provides a justification for the investment and an acceptable ROI for both the manufacturer and end user. 

Powers: End user confidence has increased with the evolution of standards and innovation. From a standards standpoint, ONVIF provides a baseline interface that end users can leverage in multi-manufacturer solutions. No longer are they dependent upon manufacturer-only interfaces. There has also been an increase in technology quality and performance. Here, for example, we’ve seen an increase in the quality of high-resolution cameras, rather than just a race to the highest resolution. We’ve seen improved performance in applications that have lighting challenges such as lowlight or wide dynamic range.