IPVMU Certified | 08/26/14 11:40pm
I think the biggest reason: Ultra-low cost. Not hundreds per camera, more like tens. Profit margins are ultra-thin on gasoline and candy bars, so there just is not much money to spend on these systems.
They very uncommonly use a security vendor to design/install surveillance systems. Often the franchise manager orders a single pre-designed CCTV System SKU from the central fixtures supplier, and a maintenance guy or the point-of-sale technician installs it. It has to be easy to install. Plug 'n play is a real factor.
The entire transaction is boiled down to something like reordering styrofoam cups or more doughnuts - all the decisions have already been made by corporate and cost has been negotiated to a flat number. Very little consideration is given to performance, with a disproportionate emphasis on system cost.
I think that when convenience / small retail stores 'upgrade' to HD, it will be something like HD-CVI, but probably not IP.
Here in Texas, we have these massive meg-stations called buc ee's. They all easily have 75 cameras per location. All Avigilon. The same with QT – also Avigilon.
Some prioritize video more than others.
Actually, I do not agree that the metapoint is fairly obvious especially when it pertains to 7-eleven. Do you have the research on this? The few examples I have provided along with my experience in the petro-chem vertical in the past contradicts the thought that each of the stores are “on their own” and have cheap analog systems installed.
7-Eleven – http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-7-eleven-lawsuits-20140605-story.html#page=1
“In the 2012 fiscal year, the company spent $40 million on digital video technology, installing 4,000 camera systems in nine months, many of which 7-Eleven can access remotely. Many stores now have a 360-degree camera and a 180-degree analytics camera at the front door with the ability to measure traffic, the time consumers spend in stores and other analytics.”
Here is a link on ACTi’s website – again, contradicting the statement that 7-eleven uses analog systems.
Unless you have a study that shows vertical specific manufacture data, we will have to agree to disagree.
The information that I have provided so far illustrates a trend in IP based technology in large retail convenience store chains – including 7-eleven. Not analog systems.
Are there analog systems still installed? You bet! Are there still 7-elevens with analog systems? You bet! Is that the trend? It doesn’t appear to be the case.
Why did the discussion go from being about analog technology to premium brand anyhow? I think it is pretty obvious why 7-eleven has not deployed 50,000+ Axis cameras when the CEO can put a check in that box on his to-do list for a fraction of the cost.
John, is this how your discussion boards work? You police and hand-pick comments to fit your narrative?
I included a link (news article) that stated 7-eleven (100% related to the OP’s comment) installed 4 THOUSAND systems comprised of 180/360 and video analytics (presumably IP based). This is completely relevant to the discussion no?
They are as compelling as your comment “The percentage of convenience stores that have premium brands, including Axis, Sony, Panasonic, is a distinct minority. Let's be clear about that.” Supported with ZERO information or evidence.
I agree though most quick checks and 711's have cheap shit surveillance systems.
My company was the runner up to Clickit, the company that won the project with 7-11. They installed a combination of analog and IP cameras using OEM ACTI 360, bullets and POS integration. These systems were paid for by 7-11 and the last I heard the store owners had no access to these systems. These systems can be accessed only by 7-11 corporate and used to monitor POS transactions and franchise preformance. Franchises that want cameras had to go buy their own, and most of them purchased analog.
I believe IP in conveinet stores is still not common becuase just like Brian mentioned they want cheap cheap. They also require many Monitors to help prevent theft that makes it priciy to deploy decoders, etc
Moreover, many of the "Installers" that install these systems for cheap does not know how to install IP and stick to what they know.