Coming Battle Between DVR and IP Video ManufacturersBy: John Honovich, Published on Mar 09, 2009
In the next 18 months, DVR and IP video software companies will compete head to head. They will add in each other's key functionalities and the distinction between these manufacturers will largely disappear. This will be a major industry shift that will force end users and the channel to re-evaluate future product selections.
Based on my review of product roadmaps for over 20 vendors, here are the key claims:
- Today, DVR and IP video surveillance software companies rarely see each others as competitors
- DVR companies, motivated to defend their turf against the growth of IP, will broaden their IP camera support and sell software only
- IP video software companies, motivated to expand to multi-site smaller camera deployments, will offer DVR/NVR appliances
- End users will be motivated to stick with their DVR supplier
- DVR companies main challenge will be executing the transition
End User Motivation
The poor economy and enhanced DVR offerings will motivate many end users to stay with their existing DVR providers. By adding in IP camera support and allowing software only, the biggest drivers away to IP video providers will be reduced. Moreover, since operators will already be comfortable using the DVR system, many will satisfied with incrementaly adding to what they have.
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