Arecont Criticizes Big Box Surveillance Kits

2 months ago, we looked at 10 Reasons NOT To Buy Costco Surveillance Kits - aimed at the rising power of retailers to sell turnkey packages for prices frequently 80% to 90% less than what is available from 'professional' brands.

Now, Arecont is joining the chorus of companies speaking out against big box retail offerings, with their "How To Keep Your Customer From Buying From A Big Box Store" post.

Key claims made:

  • "The chips, circuitry, hard drives, and other components within these products are not professional grade."
  • "These systems do not provide the resolution needed to clearly identify individuals and to document incidents."
  • "'Cookie cutter' solutions can’t possibly meet users’ specific video surveillance performance and coverage needs."
  • "For an end user on a limited data plan who wants to view video when he or she isn’t connected to a Wi-Fi network, this could mean huge data usage charges."
  • "Most store-bought DVRs only allow local access to internal features."
  • "It is hard to think of a single reason why a dealer might quote an analog video surveillance system similar to those being sold by the big box stores."

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