Avigilon has sent out a notice that effectively Nov 30, 2014, they are discontinuing the entire product line including the relatively new Rialto, VideoIQ HD cameras and their encoders.
What Next for VideoIQ Technology?
The letter, weirdly, does not explain what will happen to VideoIQ's analytics. Presumably, though, the analytics will carry on, either added to Avigilon's own product lines or perhaps simply rebranded as Avigilon.
Impact on Dealers
What is clear is that integrators who want to sell / offer VideoIQ analytics need to become full fledged Avigilon dealers.
Avigilon, unlike VideoIQ, maintains a very tightly controlled channel, restricting the total number of dealers in a region and emphasizing meeting quotas (or getting kicked out).
For an integrator who just wants analytics from Avigilon / VideoIQ, this is likely to be a problem as Avigilon would likely find such a company to be an unattractive dealer.
However, for Avigilon, restricting the analytics supply should help motivate some integrators who want their analytics to buy their cameras and VMS too.
Impact on Customers / Users
For those end users with VideoIQ installed, this will complicate support / replacements. It seems likely that sooner rather than later, it will become very hard to find replacement parts. Also, because of the dealer restrictions, one's traditional integrator may not be able to support / buy whatever new analytic products Avigilon releases to replace traditional VideoIQ parts.
Unfortunately, there are not many clear cut alternatives to VideoIQ's turnkey, minimal setup, moderate cost, high accuracy analytics. See our Market Guide and Favorite Video Analytics 2014 for more on this.
In terms of specific vendors, DVTel / ioimage might be the closest comparable, given that they offer 'smart cameras'. Axis tripwire / adds on (like Agent VI) are gaining ground. Sightlogix is respected but expensive.