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.

"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

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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