Innovation in video surveillance tech at a crossroads: Part 2

Experts weigh in on resolution arms race, advances in edge capabilities and video storage

Nilsson: There is a lot of technology on the way that will improve cameras further. H.265, for example, is a compression that definitely will happen, but we need to remember with the previous compression, H.264, that was ratified in 2003 we had our first product in 2008 and it really became important in 2009 or 2010. There was really a six or seven year lag from the standard being ratified until it had a huge impact in the security industry. There are many reasons for that and one is it takes time for our chipset technology and sensors and all those kinds of things to catch up. H.265 will not take a long time, but it will take a couple of years. However, in the meanwhile, there will always be companies that try to get an edge from a marketing perspective by claiming they are the first ones to have something. You can re-tag a stream that is H.264 to call it H.265 even if you don’t get any benefit. So, just like any other time in this industry when there is a new compression standard, we’re going to see some confusion over a couple years where some company’s trying to gain an edge by I’m not saying lying about their products, but probably not telling the whole truth about it. The same thing with higher-resolution such as 4K, which is tied into this as well. That will also come about, but if you look at the cost of a lens that is really 4K compatible, you’re looking at a totally different level of price per camera and I’m not sure every customer wants to carry that. But, it is an interesting technology play, you get some excitement and some companies use that to their advantage.