This directory examines the benefits and risks of emerging video surveillance technologies for security managers and integrators. Special emphasis is placed on identifying the risks. They are regularly ignored yet critical to success of deploying emerging technologies.
Manufacturers Generally Assume Maturity
Manufacturer marketing generally assumes the emerging technology is already mature - thus focusing on all the potential benefits and little of the technological and operational risk involved. Whether this is driven by hope, ignore or malice is debatable. What is clear is that this assumption is dangerous for security managers and integrators.
Risks are Rarely Disclosed
The burden is regularly placed on end users and integrators to determine risks, which is inefficient and of questionable ethics.
Such risks generally falls in 3 types:
- Technological risk: that is, the product simply does not work at a basic level. For instance, video analytics faces far higher technology risk than IP cameras.
- Usability/Integration risk: that is, the product has issues working with existing systems or processes of an organization. For example, many end users have video recorders that do not support IP cameras.
- Cost: Generally the most obvious of the risks, manufacturers often downplay the costs involved and use best case scenarios in their cost comparisons.
This directory examines ten emerging technologies. We define emerging technologies as those that are deployed by less than 20% of security users. The risks involved vary significantly amongst these technologies.
- IP Cameras
- Megapixel Cameras
- IP Based Storage (NAS/SAN)
- Storage On-Board IP Cameras
- Mesh Wireless Networks
- Panoramic Cameras
- Video Analytics
- Business Intelligence
- Remote Video Monitoring
- Managed Video / Hosted Video Surveillance
- Physical Security Information Management
This directory is meant as a survey of key risks for the non-expert. Inside the directory, 19 other IP Video Market reports are referenced for further information and analysis on these technologies.