New Cisco Video Surveillance - Still Going Nowhere

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jul 14, 2015, 12:00am EDT

'Everyone' knew Cisco would dominate video surveillance back in 2008.

They failed.

But, they have not given up.

Recently the company touted a total revamping of their various lines, and video surveillance was a key part of the plan. So has Cisco's new focus made it a contender in the physical security space?

Answer: No.

In this note, we explain the following:

  • Their overall new platform approach
  • What their specific Video Surveillance improvements were
  • How they are reducing bandwidth by 95%
  • What is the state of their Access Control offering

Recasting ******** ********

*****'* ****** ***** ** physical ******** *** *** been ******* ***********, *** rather ***** *** ******* offerings *** ****** *** own ******* ******* *********.

******, **** ***** ***** unveiled **'**** *** ******** **** broad '******* ** ******' system**** ***** **'* ******** security ********* ** ***** surveillance *** ****** ******* with '***** ********' ******** in *** **** ********. Cisco ********* ******* *** its ******* ******** ** the ******, **** ******** Security ***** * ***** part ** * ******** restructure:

***** ****** **** **** the ******** ********** ** IoT, ******* **** *******, door ***********, *** ***** network ***** ******* ******** with ********* *** *** other ****** ********** **** to **** ********* ***********. However, ******** ******** ** 'IoT ************' *** ****, with ******** ***** ***** features **** **** ******* and *****-******** ********* ********* being ******** ** *** new '****** *****' **** new ********** **** ****** for *****.

***** ***** *** '******' integrations *** ** ***********, with ******* ****** ** provide **** **** **** security *****, *** **** be ******* ** *******-****** and *********** ********** *****.

Little ***** ************ ****

****, ******* **** ******** reclassifications, **** ****** *** changed [**** ** ****** available] **** ******** *********. The ****** ** *****'* newest ***** ************ ********* are * ****-**-** ******** 5MP ******* **** ********** IR, *** *****-******** *** camera.

***** '*** *******' ******** have **** *************** ** *** ****** from **** '******' *************, *** *** *********** improvements *** *** ****, much **** ** *****-************ like *****. ***** ***** does ******** **** **** cameras *** ***** **** is ** *** ******, nothing ***** ***** *** releases **** ****** ********* customers ** **** * deeper **** ** **** VARs *********** ** ******* for ********** ************ ********.

************, *** ******* ** still ************ * (**.*)******* ***** ********* ** 2012. *** *********** ******* since ******* **.* ******* are ******** ******* ** camera ****** *** *****-*********** with ***** ***** *********, but ** ***** ********* updates *** *****. *****, future ******** **** **** road ******, *** ** releases ** *** **** term *** **** *** firm *******.

Claims ** **% ********* *******

*** *** ***** ** 'cloud' *** '***' ********** has ******** ** ***** making *** ****** **** it's ***** ******** "******** ** *********** **% bandwidth ********* ** ********** video **********."

*** *** ** **** claim ** * *********** of ***** **** *******, video *********, *** *********** resolution ****** ***-***** ***** to ****** *** ********* needed ** * ********* basis **** *** ******. If ***** ******** **** to *** ******* ****** is *********, *** ****** itself *** ****** **** resolution, **** ********* ***** to ***** ******* *** only ****** ** ** needed ** **** *******. The ****** ****** *** leverage ********* ** **** back '********* ******' ** operators *** ***** **** to **** **** ******** streams ** ******.

***** *** ****** ** bandwidth ****** ****** *** non-event ***** ** ****** a ***** *********, ** is *** * ****** ability *** **** *** platforms ********** **********,***********, ******* ********* * ******* *******.

Stagnant ****** *******

** *** ** *********** openings, ***** ** ***** plodding **** **** ******** hardware *** ********. ***** confirmed **** ***** ********** to *** ****** ******* line *** *****, *********** ******** *** *** being ********* *** *** still ******** *********, *** ****** ****, there *** ** *******.

Overall ***** *******

** ***** ** **** changes ** *****, ******** security *** ******** ****** more **** ********* ********* with *** ****** ******. In ******* ************* **** Cisco **********, *** ******* changes *** ******** ** offerings ****** '** *** horizon', *** *****'* ****** actual ******** ** ******* at **** *****.

** ***** ** ******* over ********* ******** *** making ******* **** *** integration *******, ** ** not ****** *****'* ******** offerings ****** ** *******, and *** ******** ****** given *** ****** *********** of ******** ******** ** one ***** ******* ****** in * ****** '***** package' ********.

Potential ***** ******* ********

*******, ***** ***** *********** win *** ******** ** the **** *** ** the ****** ** ***** unified *********** **** ******. A ****-******** **** **** Cisco's *** ******** ***** make ***** *** ***** customers.

Comments (3)

I remember when Cisco acquired Sypixx and then Broadware a few years later. Didn't seem to help then, certainly nothing much is going to help them now. A good friend told me a few weeks ago that his company was considering Cisco for their video surveillance needs - I cringed. It seems the only way Cisco can win customers is if they are already a large Cisco networking shop with a really good saleman (salesperson? Let's not go back to that discussion). Let's hope they throw in the towel soon.

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"It seems the only way Cisco can win customers is if they are already a large Cisco networking shop with a really good saleman"

And that brings back an old classic: Cisco Targets Customers Who Will Buy Anything From Them

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Hi

Many (so do we) use a Cisco Network infrastructure (ie Switches, Routers and even Servers) with "Normal ":D .. everything else...

Cisco Surveillance-specific line-up is underwhelming to say the least...

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