The Embarrassing Story of ISC West's Best New IP Camera

By: John Honovich, Published on Apr 24, 2019

A sad but simple situation:

  • Only 2 companies paid SIA the thousands of dollars required to compete for the best new 'cameras IP'
  • The judges test nothing, depending on marketing demonstrations
  • The only two 'cameras IP' entrants were a Hikvision Ezviz OEM (Alula) and a 'bright' low-light camera blurring moving objects (Speco)

Claimed 'Trusted And Valuable'

SIA describes that "each year at ISC West, the NPS [New Product Showcase] program recognizes winners" and that the:

the NPS is a trusted and valued source for information on the latest products and technologies available.

Paying To Play

While there are hundreds of newly released IP cameras in the last year, they do not count unless they both buy space at ISC West and pay an additional $2,500 to $3,800 per product to SIA, as the award application form shows:

Various Categories

To maximize profits and award winners, SIA has 36 categories (for 84 total entrants) in 2019, overviewed below:

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2 Categories For Cameras

In particular, for IP cameras, they have 2 categories:

If you are thinking "Wait, all new security cameras are megapixel in 2019" then you know more about video surveillance than SIA.

(Note: Thermal is covered in a separate category)

Only 2 Entrants For 'Cameras IP'

These two issues led to only 2 entrants for the 'Cameras IP' category: Alula and Speco.

In its NPS entry for 'Cameras IP', Alula described their 'Video' offering as a:

fully integrated security solution, combining highly advanced security upgrades under one unified platform

While it is odd that a 'fully integrated security solution' is being considered for 'Cameras IP', Alula Video does include cameras. They are OEMing Hikvision Ezviv consumer cameras, as the comparison below demonstrates:

award post alula oems ezviz

The other entrant was Speco who in their NPS entry for their MP 'Ultra Intensifier' claimed:

allows the new cameras to capture incredibly vivid color images without image ghosting and noise [emphasis added]

That would be amazing if it works.

SIA Does Not Test

Unfortunately, SIA and its judges do not test, as SIA explained to IPVM:

The SIA New Product Showcase judging is based on presentations from entrants, which may include product demonstrations, review of spec sheets and technical documents and the judges’ own research into the products. Due to program limitations, testing of individual products is not part of the judging process.

IPVM Does Test

On the other hand, IPVM does test, in our 8,000 sqft facility, so we bought a Speco 'Ultra Intensifer', tested it, and found that it blurs significantly in low light (tested below at its 0.1 lux specification), e.g.:

Speco's 'innovation' here is to default to slower shutters and higher DNR but the tradeoff is motion blur. This is why less 'innovative' companies like Avigilon, Axis, Hikvision, etc. do not do this even though it would be trivial to do so.

And, again, for those of you who know video surveillance technology and Speco's history, this is their 'move'.

Speco Wins

That noted, Speco is winning here as they have launched a marketing campaign around it:

image

Not Embarrassed

While this would embarrass many organizations, not SIA. This is the same organization that plays dumb about its biggest members OEMing banned Chinese products. Just a few months ago, SIA CEO Don Erickson touted Speco as an 'incredible company' and 'very innovative':

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