Technology Roundtable: VMS

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

Shahmoon: The camera’s resolution and frame rate will dictate network planning, impacting network switch location and configuration — for example, multicast or unicast, server location and more. Another consideration is related to the camera features the VMS needs to support: dual encoding (for live/recorded), motion detection on the edge, quality “bump up” on event, I/O alarms, audio, etc. When selecting the camera, integrators need to ensure these features are supported and available with the VMS.


How has the push for standardization impacted the VMS market?

Carney: Standardization has raised the expectation and perception in the market that you can connect any camera with any VMS solution. With groups like ONVIF, conformant products can communicate with each other regardless of the relationship between the different manufacturers. Standardization has also addressed the future-proofing of systems, another area of concern for end-users, who want assurances that the platform they are putting in place today will be just as functional ten years in the future.

Fullerton: Standardization has enabled the lower-end camera manufacturers to develop very affordable cameras with basic feature sets. This in turn has driven the IP camera models into lowering their price tiers in the market. This has been beneficial in driving the uptake of IP video systems and VMS.

Karahashi: ONVIF has helped tremendously. The specification is still growing and many cameras have differing levels of compliance, but the industry is definitely getting closer to working out of the box again.

Piran: Standardization is spurring ongoing growth of open-architecture technologies and continued close collaboration between providers, further expanding the functionality of video surveillance solutions. An open platform VMS system will permit the installer to specify any hardware and choose among a larger variety of cameras, detectors, access control, facial recognition, LPR and other business systems. This not only enables the installer to optimize the system to the job at hand, it also reduces long-term service as it is easier to change components.


Are there any other key VMS market trends that dealers/integrators should be aware of?

Payne: Demand is growing for VMS solutions that are tailored or customized for specific business uses. Organizations such as banks, retailers and transportation authorities are all asking themselves what more they can do with their surveillance solution. They want to get the most from their technology investment – to really use it to help improve their bottom line, both in relation to security and operational oversights.

Piran: Costs will continue to come down while VMS system user interfaces will become more intuitive and easy to use. These trends will gain momentum as 64 bit technology penetration expands, enabling more efficient use of the system and faster response times, even when streaming megapixel cameras. We can expect all of these developments to continue as larger storage capacities in the terabyte and petabyte range continue to make news.

Fullerton: There are a lot of very smooth integration possibilities coming into play, not just to traditional security systems like access control but to all kinds of sensors like lasers, radiation and chemical measurers, audio gunshot detection, GPS location mapping, RFID, HVAC, panic buttons, etc.

Karahashi: We see a strong and renewed interest in video analytics, which are becoming more sophisticated and have greatly reduced the false positives that have plagued the market for years. The interest is especially strong with retailers. Integrators can expand their reach (and their income) by being experts in video analytics, which is extending outside the traditional security market.

Carney: VMS has grown in recent years beyond its traditional use as just a strict video security solution, to unifying with other devices.

Shahmoon: We see more interest from customers to use HD and 360-degree cameras. Storage on the edge is now available from more IP camera and VMS manufacturers, opening new options for redundancy, remote storage management and more flexible recording configurations. For example, you can record on the server at low quality and on the camera’s SD card at high quality, then when an event is received, the VMS pulls the high quality from the camera and replaces the low-quality video on the recorder.  


Paul Rothman is Editor in Chief of SD&I magazine (