How Do You Know Whether Your Manufacturer Is Gonna Be Around In A Few Years?

An end-user asked me this today in regards to a quote he had received for Interlogix video (obviously related - Interlogix Shutting Down).

It's a good question so I wanted to share it here. A few thoughts:

Rarely do manufacturers stop manufacturing. I can't think of any manufacturer as large as Interlogix simply just deciding one day to flat end manufacturing (also a reason why Interlogix really screwed up).

What normally happens is a slow decline - whether that is Pelco, Sony, ACTi, to name a few that immediately come to mind. But that's an issue too since when manufacturers decline it brings the risk of less new product options, new developments, etc.

The most important defense is to ensure broad 3rd party support. This is why I find the lock-in trend with Verkada, Meraki, etc. so risky. Even if a company shuts down or just goes down competitively, 3rd party support provides a good defense.

In particular, I'd be even more concerned about the VMS side than cameras. As long as you have 3rd party support, you can mix and match new camera models. But with the VMS, most users try to standardize on a single one so a bad choice there, especially in larger installations can create problems for years.

Ok, what do you think? What did I miss? What do you disagree, etc.?

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