Analog Still Dominates, But Video Company Predicates Network Technology

Noticeably present at the ASIS International show in Las Vegas today, no surprise, was the emphasis on Internet Protocol (IP) and network-ready products.

But the real news, in case you weren't aware, is the fact that analog cameras, not digital, still dominate the protected premises in the U.S. Of the installed base of cameras in the U.S. some 88 percent are still analog.

It seems Sanyo Security Products, Chatsworth, Calif. already thought of this. The company, with everyone from the president to product manager from Japan present at a special press conference at the show, made the announcement that that they had pre-designed their technology to make the leap from analog to IP video when the customer is ready. "With Sanyo's cameras you are already IP ready," said Frank Abrams, vice president and general manager for Sanyo.

"Every Sanyo Pan-Focus (continuous focus) cameras is IP-ready today," added Abrams. It seems Sanyo had designed an IP network circuit board that can be inserted into an existing spot in their cameras. The point, said Abrams is that "we should not dictate when the customer makes the move to IP."

The idea sounds simple: allow the user to make a seamless transition to digital - and let them do it on their own timeframe. Of course, it may just be a faster timeframe than initially thought, especially when you consider -- according to Sanyo's analysis of several security integrators in the Pacific Northwest -- the report that digital cameras with video analytics saved 22 minutes per camera on installations.