Interesting report - Thank you. GPS tracking for security applications is usually part of the requirements for carry-on duress alarm which should function and provide accurate location both indoor and outdoor.
I would definitely be interested to know more about the GPS tracking companies. We’ve seen a lot of interest arise in this for key fobs and other small item tracking. We’ve looked into GPS EAS tags as well.
It looks like Huawei is touting it from the booth pictures, and with the nature of CES to be a generally leading indicator of consumer product, it is interesting to note whether or not '8K' cameras are on the horizon.
insight into your statement about resolution as a selling point?
I suspect because for home use, 1080p is likely 'good enough' resolution for the small areas typically covered. Given the wide angles they use, they might benefit from 4K but then they have the issue of upstream bandwidth and cloud data costs given that most promote cloud recording.
More broadly, there just was not a lot of big things being shown in home video surveillance - more face recognition in doorbells was probably as 'big' as a 'tech' trend there was there.
You may want to search for a vendor to do what the cellular carriers have failed to do for over a decade, but entities like Uber seem to have little problem. Geo-location of cellular callers. This is especially critical given that cellular 911 calls today represent 70% of all 911 calls. Most callers are under the mistaken belief that their cell 911 call provides geo-location of their position.
Very surprised to know this, being from UK we've had which is know as ESIC (Enhanced Information Service for Emergency Calls) since 2004. Ability for emergency services including car breakdown to locate you from a phone call. Landlines had been doing this since 1999 and proved to save lives. didn't need a smart phone.
Anyone with iPhone can type: *3001#12345#* which is service mode you can locate cell towers, which are fixed positions, normally 3cells is all you need, to give a respectable location giving a cell power reading.
DIY stuff is everywhere. For panels, major players like Honeywell and 2Gig are offering DIY kits, and many companies like Simplisafe that are targeting DIY security directly.
It is the same for cameras. A lot of DIY-oriented cameras, some that are clearly Dahua/Hikvision/etc. OEMs, others that look more original (but may or may not still be primarily OEM). Several cameras with solar panels (beyond what John posted in the update above). Some other "wire free" cameras similar to Blink or Arlo, and so forth.
I was planning to do a short wrap up of these later today and will add some pictures and additional detail, but at a high level, there are many companies targeting the lower-end/DIY sector. Can not comment on this year vs. last year, as this is IPVM's first coverage of CES, and it has been ~15 years since the last time I was at CES.
XM's booth was fairly big ~20x20 for their super low brand recognition, though I didn't verify it on a show document. They were fairly bag in the far corner which put them in a tougher spot.
The handful of times we passed by their was no more than 1 or 2 attendees in their booth.
And now, I doubt even 1% of the people at CES knew of the association off the top of their head. XM may have some notoriety among cyber security people and video surveillance professionals but not the consumers and consumer buyers most typical at CES.
I do suspect in the next year there will be more options as the market is definitely a growth area that most manufacturers are aware of. The main thing holding it back is that the offering have so far been consumer-focused where 3rd party integration has been less viewed as less important.