Technology Roundtable: VMS

Six manufacturers discuss Video Management System advances, creating RMR and more

The rapid pace of development in video surveillance technology has equated to an equal rise in development for Video Management System (VMS). As a security dealer or integrator, staying on top of these software advances and the trends affecting them can sometimes be a challenge.

SD&I sat down with representatives from six top VMS vendors in this exclusive technology roundtable to get the lowdown on the latest VMS advancements, the impact of standardization, and strategies for deployment and RMR generation.

Here are the roundtable participants, with a link to the SecurityInfoWatch buyer’s guide to request more information about each company:


SD&I: What recent VMS developments/features have made the biggest impact?

Piran: User habits are driving a shift in the market to mobile functionality. Mobile VMS solutions enable security personnel to perform live monitoring or synchronized playback of multiple HD cameras from a tablet, smartphone or any web interface. Integrators must provide their customers with the technology to move out of the control room and into the field without sacrificing functionality. Hybrid devices with built-in VMS software to help put analog devices on the IP network are also making a big impact. Open architecture, and the ability to integrate with other security and business systems continue to be crucial features of VMS systems.

Fullerton: Three major trends impacting end-users are: Ease of deployment and increased use of IP video; Deeper, better and more useful integrations with other digital business systems; and higher reliability and accuracy in the use of metadata.

Karahashi: VMS has become easier to install and set up for integrators, and more intuitive and user-friendly for end-users. You will find it being deployed more often at small- to medium-sized installations where the software is used most often for investigation, rather than full-time monitoring. As the learning curve lessens, this trend will most likely continue.

Payne: Today almost all IP camera manufacturers offer high definition (HD), full HD, 3 megapixel and 5 megapixel cameras at very competitive prices, which has driven the adoption of new video quality standards. VMS need to keep up and prove they can manage all that information from multiple angles simultaneously. Another development that’s having a considerable impact on VMS users is the growing use of the ONVIF protocol standard for communication between different manufacturers’ video technologies.

Carney: For the integrator, the biggest impact is the unification of video, access and intrusion on a VMS platform that will simplify installation and reduce total cost of the system. As systems become unified and more tightly tied together by full-line manufacturers, the amount of different training courses required for the systems integrator will be reduced. Features like ‘Auto set up’ will save significant labor costs.

Shahmoon: With organizations moving toward central command centers to consolidate operations and reduce costs, it is important that VMS manufacturers provide organizations with the best tools to search for evidence.


Are there ways that security dealers/integrators can leverage VMS to generate RMR?

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