The turning point of IP video's tipping point

Technology advancements, improved analytics drive IP adoption beyond analog’s comfort zone

“As a result, this video analytics data can then be presented in easy-to-read dashboards and reports, or trigger alarm at the exact moment an incident occurs for someone's immediate attention. In addition, unified operations provide the ability to mine multiple databases simultaneously and not just provide video related information but coincide it with data from access control, intrusion, fire, point-of-sale and so on, to provide a more specific targeted results.”

DeSousa and his peers maintain that superior capability of IP-based video to integrate into other security platforms and supply security personnel with actionable metrics will continue to promote adoption.

“Today, VMS systems offer a wide range of capabilities and exceptional video quality. IP-based systems with analytics and unification into other security systems are increasing system effectiveness. Unifying these systems during the early development of a system allows all of the sensors in a security system to deeply tie together and increase the power of the entire system. For the near and not so near future, video analytics will be used as a tool assisting the operator with managing and executing the daily security tasks,” says DeSousa. 

“Absolutely,” agrees Mauritsson. “Network cameras are intelligent, communicating in both directions and not just simply a video generator. Through proactive surveillance they can trigger events based on intelligent analysis of video content and also allow operators to give instructions for optimum camera functionality. For standardized analytics the surveillance camera can be used for people counting, cross line detection and license plate recognition.”

As functionality increases across the IP video spectrum and acceptance grows in non-traditional markets, ultimately it is the lower cost of implementing network video that is attracting an expanded base of users. For Mauritsson, it is a matter of the ultimate cost of ownership and eventual reality of ROI.

“I would like to refer to Moore’s Law, a well-used formula within the IT industry which states that you will get twice as many transistors – twice as much performance – for the same amount of money, every 18 months. This is still valid today. In fact, since Axis Communications introduced the world’s first network camera more than 16 years ago, network camera performance for resolution and frame rate has increased by roughly the same factor, or more than 1,000 times.

“Hard disks are also following the path of Moore’s Law with terabyte hard drives and the falling cost of raw gigabytes. Flash drives are becoming volume products, roughly doubling in capacity every year. It is also with Moore’s Law we can predict when some technology innovations are suitable for the market,” he concludes. “Thus, the IP video system outperforms analog technology in both capacity and innovations. The shift from analog to IP surveillance cameras will continue as the security surveillance industry rapidly changes and demand for smarter technology is felt from both businesses and consumers.”