All-in-One 'Plug n Play' Camera with No Monthly FeeBy: John Honovich, Published on Mar 06, 2010
Over the next few years, we believe an increasing number of products will provide 'plug n play' managed video solutions with no monthly fee. A recent product release by Brickcom is one example.
Their CB-100A Megapixel cube camera [link no longer available] offers no setup remote access and on-board storage for $359 MSRP with no recurring charge. Non-technical users can connect the camera to their home/SMB network and without any network configuration, access the camera anywhere via a URL provided by Brickcom. Additionally, the camera has an SD slot (card purchased separately) with access to storage via a web interface.
With these features, the camera becomes a DVR replacement (no on-site PC needed) while eliminating the $10 or more many managed video providers are charging for service. For users who want a few cameras, this could be a simple and fairly low cost way to deploying a solution.
Key issues to be kept in mind when reviewing this product:
- At $359 USD, this is not an inexpensive. The higher resolution, PIR sensor, IR LED, etc are more advanced features but also add cost.
- The web interface for accessing recorded video lists clips by text in rows. This can be clunky and time consuming to review video. See sample image of search/recorded video interface.
- Brickcom is basically unknown in the video surveillance market and will either have to develop channels or brand (or both) to gain adoption of the product.