5th Anniversary

By John Honovich, Published Apr 03, 2013, 08:00pm EDT

In just 5 years, IPVM has become the most informative and influential source on video surveillance globally. This note recaps our achievements, outlines our goals for the next 5 years and, to thank you, offered a special 50% off membership deal.

In 2008, IPVM, then IPVideoMarket.info, started out as my programming project, spidering and detecting new web pages on surveillance manufacturer websites, aggregating and displaying them (here's what it looked like in 2008). It just kept on expanding to reviews and tests and surveys and training.

Now in 2013, we have:

What's Next?

Our focus for expansion is simple: testing and training. While testing, is by far the most expensive thing we do, it is the clear cornerstone of our positioning and incredibly valuable for making decisions. Equally important, it enables us to deliver unrivaled education.

Over the next 5 years, the goal is to have 6 - 12 full time test engineers doing 200+ tests per year, on core technologies, shootouts and products across surveillance, access control and intrusion.

The 50% Special - CLOSED

Join now or upgrade your membership and get nearly 50% off a 5 year term. This locks in membership through 2018 at the lowest possible rates.

  • Personal plan for $500 for 5 years, regularly $199 each year
  • Group plan for $1250 for 5 years, regularly $499 each year

It is a great deal for you plus it will help fund our expansion to do more testing, bringing you even more great content.

Comments (4)

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Are you going to expand outside of surveillance?

Yes, we already have been. First up - electronic access control. We have over 40+ access control posts in the last few months. In a few weeks, we start our first Access Control Course.

After that, intrusion detection / alarm monitoring would be next. I do not see us going much further beyond there as our focus will remain on the physical side of security.

Btw, this also reflects the change in the brand. We now longer even mention 'IP Video Market' in the header, it's just IPVM now.

Great work!.. and it´s great that you are expanding. It will be good to see a variety of brands involved in testing, perhaps not the most popular ones, but respected companies in the industry that don´t do much advertising. Those companies are sniffing and getting a load fo project contracts...

I´m aware you have limited budget options, but some manufacturers are open to send samples FOC so they can see their product performing against...

Saul, thanks for the feedback. The big cost in testing is time to do it. Figure that an average fixed camera costs a few hundred dollars. By contrast, the cost/time for us to do a test is thousands of dollars. We don't want to just boot it up, point it at a wall, and publish images. It takes time to learn the camera's features, try it out in different scenes, compare it to competitors, measure bandwidth, investigate problems, etc. That's the main financial constraint.

The other issue is that if a camera has little competitive advantages (specific feature set or price point differentiators), there's just not a lot of reader interest.

We obviously want to invest our resources in areas that deliver the greatest value so it's a balancing act between the cost of doing different projects and the expected interest in our readers.

Let us know if you have more feedback. I am happy to expand.

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