Video surveillance roundup from ASIS: Day 1

DALLAS, Oct. 12, 2010 -- Hosted video, HD, easy integration and market growth were some of the major talking points for a handful of security/video surveillance vendors at the ASIS show on Tuesday.

According to Fredrik Nilsson, Axis Communications general manager, hosted video is about to change the landscape of the security industry. Axis is seeing real traction from the channel side of industry, and in fact is working with Stanley Security on hosted video solutions. Nilsson sees the technology as an avenue for small- and medium-sized businesses to join in the IP revolution, a revolution that often had been relegated to enterprise-level installs in the past. He said that hosted video is reaching a tipping point today in the commercial sector. "I don't think residential is the chief market at this time for hosted video; I think it's commercial right now," he said.

So what does this mean to the future of the industry? It could mean the beginning of the end of the DVR and local recording, as the recording of video data moves to an off-site, hosted data center. Of course, this is a trend that is happening slowly, as the viability and business model of hosted video is still being developed fully. Nilsson said the alarm industry's RMR model can equally serve as the model for the hosted video industry.

Arecont Vision, meanwhile, is seeing significant year-to-year growth in the HD/megapixel space, according to vice president of business development Raul Calderon. To help increase its continued growth, the company introduced several HD day/night cameras. Additionally, the firm has unveiled a new compact H.264 camera at the show.

Samsung Techwin enjoyed a busy day of new product and partnership announcements on day one of the show. At their booth, the firm's president Frank DeFina announced a partnership with S2 Security, introduced compact ATM and IR dome analog cameras, DVR and NVRs, and a 1.3 megapixel flat dome, among others (see our ASIS product coverage).

Finally, Honeywell is keeping its finger on the pulse of the end-user market with its new SDKs, designed to make integrating Honeywell systems even easier. The graphical-based user interface for the SDKs, for example, can enable a user to integrate a Notifier fire panel with the Pro-Watch access control system and the company's MaxPro VMS with a few simple clicks. Honeywell is currently working on other SDKs that can integrate other non-security systems -- such as HR systems and building controls -- under the Pro-Watch umbrella. After integrating each system into Pro-Watch, users need only monitor the single Pro-Watch interface to access all security events. Additionally, Honeywell also announced the new release of its Pro-Watch version 3.80 Security Management Suite here at ASIS 2010.

For more on video surveillance at the ASIS show, be sure to check out tomorrow's installment of the video surveillance roundup.