ISC West video surveillance roundup

Vendors discuss new products, market trends

Besides megapixel and IP technology, another segment of the video market that has gathered momentum recently is physical security information management systems or PSIM. IPVideo Corporation's C3 Fusion PSIM ties together cameras and other sensors such as access control and intrusion detection systems, into a simple, easy-to-use interface. IPVideo Corporation CTO Jack Plunkett said the simplicity of the C3 Fusion platform is what differentiates it from other systems on the market. Steve Sleicher, the company's COO, said that four C3 Fusion systems have been deployed thus far.


3VR, which has made its mark in the video industry with its searchable surveillance platform, is introducing its new S-Series entry-level appliance at ISC West this year. The S-Series features RAID storage options of up to two terabytes and is designed to operate in confined spaces such as ATMs, convenience stores and small offices. In addition, Aisling MacRunnels, the company's chief marketing officer, said that the company recently announced an integration with Lenel's access control platform. She said the company will be making similar integration announcements in the coming months.


Video management software provider Aimetis announced Wednesday that is has added license plate recognition to its Symphony platform, which will help compliment its existing analytic applications including vehicle stopping and left item detection. The company also announced its first hardware offering, the E3200 appliance. Marc Holtenhoff, the company's CEO, said that the appliance is built for installations that have between four and eight cameras. With regards to trends in the VMS space, Holtenhoff said that more and more companies are now offering appliances in addition to their software and that there seems to be a move to push access to video onto mobile devices.


German-based surveillance solutions manufacturer Basler, which entered the U.S. security market just three years ago, introduced its new fixed IP dome camera model with built-in two-way audio functionality on Wednesday. Despite the industry trend towards making higher resolution cameras, Gerrit Schreiber, the company senior product manager for IP components, said that more pixels may not always equal a better image. Depending on the application, Schreiber says that "you pay for 10 megapixel, but you may only get the performance of a four or five megapixel camera."