Busted - Wireless Surveillance Sales

By John Honovich, Published Mar 14, 2013, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

"Boom Times Ahead for Wireless Video Surveillance," blares a trade magazine. Ironically, the underlying stats show the opposite - a bust for wireless surveillance. Unfortunately, warped statistics, used to help buyers of these reports, paints a misleading picture. In this note, we break down the state of wireless surveillance, the problems it faces and its future growth prospects.

Doubling?

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Comments (4)

I sure hope that wireless IP Surveillance grows and continue to make improvements, I also hope that they continue to make improvements on SD cards and continue to make them cheaper. This just adds to the convenience of IP.

Cisco???

Certainly in the UK market they are pretty well non-existent in the outdooor wireless space.

I don't necessarily concur with the lack of innovation. Wireless video survellance is a relatively small market, so is generally driven by developments in larger markets. In the unlicensed space the key driver is the chipsets for indoor Wi-Fi. We've had 802.11n for several years, but this year the first 802.11ac products will appear. We can therefore expect higher performing solutions to come to the surveilliance market later in 2013 or in 2014.

The other big innovation is the appearance of lower cost millimetric wave products. Bridgewave was the first large player in millimetric, but their products were high price and carrier grade. We now see vendors such as Siklu and Sub10 with much lower priced high capacity high performance products. This evolution is only going to continue, driven by mobile carrier requirements for small cell backhaul.

Andrew, thanks for the thoughtful comment!

Where do you see 802.11ac being used in surveillance? (background for others - our 802.11ac for surveillance review). I am not sure what major problem it solves for surveillance specifically?

For the millimetric, I assume you see them as a point to point, super high bandwidth, connecting building, type solution?

In 2013 I do not think we will see much in terms of security specific solutions enter the market using 802.11ac because most of the enterprise wireless companies are still at the drawing table in terms of the product roadmap in the ac space.

In terms of wireless in the security market I see most of the opportunity today in wireless bridges or simple PTmP applications when you can find a cost savings over trenching new cable. Many of the requests I get for an indoor wireless cameras never come to be once I explain that even if you do want to stream the video over Wi-Fi that camera still needs power. Moving forward there could be opportunity for Security Intergrators to add wireless to their solution they sell. Not so much as the cameras connection to the network but for onsite monitoring of the video by either a dedicated handheld device or even a consumer device such as an iPad now that more VMS solutions have mobile solutions.

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