Innovation in video surveillance tech at a crossroads: Part 1

Industry experts discuss continued shift towards IP, providing continued support for analog

Frank De Fina, senior vice president of sales, North America, Samsung Techwin America: There’s little doubt that the migration to IP systems continues to be the most prevalent trend in the professional security industry. And it’s about time, as networked systems are all the rage for B2B business solutions, the broadcast industry, as well as consumer electronics – all of which are influencers in the development of innovative technologies that can be adapted for pro security applications. Mobile video is a perfect example. End users demand for mobile access to IP camera systems and control software continues to be an outgrowth of networked systems’ capabilities. At Samsung, we have all the pieces in place to fulfill users’ demands for increased mobility while remaining focused on our core objective of delivering the systems products that combine both the highest levels of performance and value, which fulfills both security and business/financial objectives in today’s market.

Gadi Piran, president of OnSSI: In addition to the global trend towards implementing video surveillance and security solutions on a networked IP platform, the demand for mobility continues to be a growing trend. New mobility solutions that offer real-time streaming of live and recorded video provided by VMS solutions like Ocularis increase overall situational awareness, improve response times and work towards achieving the ultimate goal of incident prevention. In tandem with the demand for increased mobility, users are also trending towards higher resolution imaging from megapixel cameras. As systems become more complex, open architecture is enabling more integration between and among devices. And with the large installed base of legacy systems in current use, analog users are looking for more high performance hybrid appliances that enable them to improve situational awareness as they navigate what can be a costly upgrade from analog to IP infrastructure. Also aiding the migration process is the recent proliferation of coax to Ethernet technologies which allow existing legacy infrastructure to support IP appliances. For example, Ocularis Hybrid Recorders provide a cost-effective solution for connecting analog cameras to our Ocularis VMS. The savings in hardware are complemented by additional cost-efficiencies that will result from better detection, alerting and event handling capabilities. These are all exciting developments that will continue to facilitate the accelerated deployment of better, more advanced video surveillance and security solutions.

Wendi Burke, director of marketing, IQinVision: The biggest trend in the past six to 12 months has been the deeper integration (and mergers) between video surveillance and other industry sectors such as access control. This deeper integration has resulted in the need for more processing power and technology at the camera.

Scott Schafer, executive vice president, Arecont Vision: The trend towards deploying megapixel imaging solutions has gained traction globally for numerous reasons with performance and cost-efficiency being the primary drivers. There’s no doubt that today’s advanced megapixel cameras deliver superior image quality with better ROI and lower TCO (total cost of ownership) than conventional IP and analog cameras. In addition to increasing coverage capabilities with better resolution, megapixel cameras enable more sophisticated video analytics which also supports the use of more advanced VMS solutions.

The development of new and better megapixel technologies all have to do with the recent increase in demand for megapixel cameras. Enhancements like wide dynamic range (WDR) which produces better images where highly contrasted lighting exists, true day/night functionality with dual sensor cameras and panoramic cameras are prime examples. Multi-sensor panoramic cameras in particular are now leading the charge as they provide better coverage over large areas with fewer cameras. Instead of receiving images that are diffused on the edges by fish eye lenses on single sensor panoramic cameras, multi-sensor panoramic cameras deliver a high quality image across the entire180- or 360-degree scene. And because most leading VMS and NVR (companies) charge only one license fee for all four sensors, it is a terrific value to customers. Another main advantage of multi-sensor panoramic cameras is that they provide excellent situational awareness for security operators who are watching parking lots, receiving docks or building lobbies. Users around the world continue to recognize these advantages which continue to increase the installed base of these devices.