ASIS 2008 Announcements Review

By: John Honovich, Published on Sep 15, 2008

Megapixel cameras, storage solutions and managed video are the 3 areas with the greatest momentum of new product annoncements.

A brief review of each follows after 2 general observations:

  • Traffic was light as I wrote earlier.  I am interested to see if tomorrow is better.
  • Unfortunately, phony Frost & Sullivan awards abound.  Insiders are aware that these awards are paid by the vendor and not legitimate but most end users do not. Frost even creates or shapes awards for vendors. Take Sightlogix, whose award today is the lengthy and unclear Homeland Security Surveillance Product Differentiation Award. Also, Orsus 'won' an award for the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Emerging Company of the Year Award [link no longer available]. Seems interesting except their direct competitor Vidsys won the exact same award 2 months ago. Please do not support these awards and be aware of this tactic.

On to the 3 areas with momentum:
  • The megapixel camera announcements indicates the mainstreaming of not simply IP cameras but high definition (or megapixel) IP cameras. IQinvision announced a new basic line of megapixel cameras.  This is not novel as many companies offer less expensive, simpler, megapixel cameras than IQinvision. What interests me is that this signals the increasingly viability of selling megapixel cameras as a replacement for analog (and not just for super high end projects). Cisco announced a 1900 x 1028 / 30 fps h.264 megapixel camera (the 4300 MSRPs for $1600, the 4500 supporting analytics MSRPs for $1850).  Sanyo announced a 1900 x 1028 / 30 fps h.264 megapixel camera as well.  How well 264 works, I do not know. March also announced a megapixel camera [link no longer available] plus I am sure there were others announcing. Pelco pre-announced a megapixel camera series (Sarix) that could be very important but is not planned for release until April 2008.
  • Both of the storage clusters vendors offered interesting new options and lower pricing that should have immediate practical benefits. On the lower pricing component, my previous reviews were both indicating pricing at or below $2000 per TB.  Now the price 2 months later is at or below $1400 per TB (that's significant even factoring in the continuous drop in storage prices). Intransa released a small storage cluster starting at 2TB [link no longer available]. Pivot3 and Intransa both announce support to run video management software on their storage clusters.  The concept is essentially: you need to buy storage. If you buy their storage appliances, those appliances have extra computing resources available (they are mainly disk throughput constrained). By using virtualization (like VMware), you can manage storage and run video surveillance (or any) applications on the same storage appliance.  In practical terms, this could mean a small storage appliance like the 1RU Intransa storagebox could eliminate the PC and simply run everything on Intransa. On a larger scale, an example from Pivot3 would be using a 36TB storage cluster that supports 250 cameras eliminating the need for 3 or 4 servers (which could save $10,000 USD, a modest sum).
  • More managed / hosting announcements.  Eptascape launched their gotomycamera.com [link no longer available] service while March Networks announced a SaaS service for their LP data mining [link no longer available]. While both of these are clearly early stage or experimental. my private conversations with multiple vendors indicate significant interest in exploring this market. As I mentioned in my review 2 weeks ago, this is a solution that will take years to mature. Nonetheless, I believe the announcements will continue to increase.  One of the interesting elements to consider is that a service such as Eptascape's gotomycamera.com is a very inexpensive service for them to launch and scale (as it leverages web services such as Amazon's S3).  With this low cost structure, someone may find the right combination to grow a viable offering even in a recession.

One other announcement that I thought was potentially interesting was Proximex's SDK [link no longer available] and the potential to embed Proximex's functionalities and UI components in video management systems. The problem this could solve is that DVRs/NVRs generally lack PSIM functionality but customers often would benefit from some aspects. Proximex's SDK would allow video management systems to embed certain Proximex features in their DVR/NVR.  The most interesting example would be to use Proximex's EZ Track which simplifies operators tracking suspects through large sets of cameras.

Finally, I spent an hour examining the back areas looking for up and coming companies.  I did not find anything that really impressed me today.

Related Reports

Rhombus Cameras, VMS and Analytics Tested on Nov 06, 2019
Rhombus boasts they have created "the new standard in Enterprise, cloud-managed video security" and told IPVM in January 2019 they offer twice the...
100+ Companies Profile Directory on Nov 06, 2019
While IPVM covers the largest companies in the industry regularly (like Axis, Dahua, Hikvision, etc.), IPVM strives to do a profile post on each...
Security Canada Central Show Report 2019 on Oct 24, 2019
IPVM attended Security Canada Central in Toronto to see what is new in the Canadian market. Inside, we share videos and dozens of images...
Network Optix NxWitness 4.0 Tested on Oct 10, 2019
Network Optix released Nx Witness 4.0, proclaiming new features like a deep learning analytics metadata SDK, increased H.265 support, and UX...
Consumer IP Camera Analytics / AI Shootout - Arlo, Google / Nest, Amazon / Ring, Hikvision / Ezviz, Wyze Cam, Yi Home on Sep 26, 2019
AI analytics are hitting the mainstream in the consumer camera market, with entrants Wyze and Yi Home releasing free people detection on their...
Directory of 70 Video Surveillance Startups on Sep 18, 2019
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known. 2019...
Manufacturers Unhappy With Weak ASIS GSX 2019 And 2020 Shift on Sep 16, 2019
Manufacturers were generally unhappy with ASIS GSX, both for weak 2019 booth traffic and a scheduling shift for the 2020 show, according to a new...
ASIS GSX 2019 Final Show Report on Sep 12, 2019
IPVM went to Chicago for ASIS GSX 2019, with many exhibitors disappointed about traffic and the exhibitor schedule changing next year. However,...
Genetec Stratocast VSaaS Tested on Sep 05, 2019
The VSaaS market is rapidly expanding in 2019, with Verkada, Meraki, Eagle Eye, Avigilon and numerous startups growing their market share. When we...
Top Ways Security Integrators Improve Their Careers on Sep 03, 2019
With DIY products expanding and the future of integration debated, how do integrators stay sharp so they are not left behind? 180+ integrators...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Honeywell 30 Series Cameras Tested Vs Dahua and Hikvision on Dec 11, 2019
Honeywell has infamously OEMed Dahua and Hikvision for years, but now they have introduced an NDAA-compliant line, the 30 Series, claiming "lower...
"Good Market, Bad Business Models" - Residential Security on Dec 11, 2019
Industry banker John Mack, at his company's annual event, took aim squarely at the problems in the residential security...
IP Camera Browser Support: Who's Broken / Who Works on Dec 10, 2019
For many years, IP cameras depended on ActiveX control, whose security flaws have been known for more than a decade. The good news is that this is...
Acquisitions - Winners and Losers on Dec 10, 2019
Most major manufacturers have been acquired over the last decade. But which have been good deals or not? In this report, we analyze the...
IP Camera Installability Shootout 2019 - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Dec 09, 2019
What are the best and worst cameras to install? Which manufacturers make it the hardest or easiest to install their cameras? We tested 35 total...
Viisights Raises $10 Million, Behavior Analytics Company Profile on Dec 09, 2019
Viisights, an Israeli AI analytics startup marketing "Behavioral Understanding Systems", announced $10 million Series A funding. We spoke to...
Disruptor Wyze Releases Undisruptive Smartlock on Dec 06, 2019
While Wyze has disrupted the consumer IP camera market with ~$20 cameras, its entrance into smart locks is entirely undisruptive. We have...
Bosch Budget 3000i Cameras Tested on Dec 05, 2019
Bosch has long had a hole in its lineup for, as it describes, "competitively-priced cameras". Now, Bosch has released its 3000i series cameras...
Anixter Resisting Takeover From Competitor on Dec 05, 2019
Mega distributor Anixter is going to be acquired but by whom? Initially, Anixter planned to go private, being bought by a private equity firm....
Security Sales Course 2020 - Last Chance Save $50 on Dec 05, 2019
This sales course is customized for the current needs and challenges specific to professionals selling video surveillance and access control...