IBM: Still a Niche Player in Video Surveillance

Author: John Honovich, Published on Apr 25, 2010

More than 4 years after IBM's much ballyhooed entrance into the video surveillance, a recent report indicates that the company is no more than a niche player in the market. 

In April 2010, SP&T News conducted an interview with IBM that I recommend reading. In the interview, IBM discloses:

  • They are focused on the public sector for large security and transportation projects
  • They are concentrating on making the system intelligent and proactive
  • They are acting as a systems integrator in their projects
  • Their Smart Surveillance System (S3) is now being branded as the Intelligent Store or Knowledge Store

Their target market is consistent with our review and recommendations from our August 2008 examination of IBM's Smart Surveillance System where we claimed, "For very large deployments with complex security needs, IBM should be seriously considered. In all cases, caution should be used in evaluating this choice."

In February 2010, we attended a presentation by IBM, whose approach was consistent with the above interview. Specifically, the analytics were being approached as a professional services engagement, rather than a simple, 'plug n play' security addition that is favored by many in the industry.

IBM's video surveillance offering has made the most public 'noise' in the State of Illinois, USA where an October 2009 report indicates they were dumped in one county. A February 2010 newscast for IBM's system in Chicago was more positive but was based on a simplistic anecodetal test. See the embedded video below:

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Most Recent Industry Reports

VMS Server Sizing on May 25, 2018
Specifying the right sized PC/server for VMS software is one of the most important yet difficult decisions in IP video surveillance. In the past...
China: Foreign Video Surveillance Is Security Risk on May 25, 2018
The Chinese government has long acknowledged that foreign video surveillance is a 'risk to national security' and has increasingly and almost...
US House Passes Bill Banning Gov Use of Dahua and Hikvision on May 24, 2018
Today, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, a bill that includes a ban on the US government's use of Dahua and Hikvision. This follows...
Hanwha Wisenet X Analytics and VMD Test on May 24, 2018
Continuing our updated testing of camera analytics, we tested Hanwha's Wisenet X analytics for over two weeks in multiple scenes, indoors and out,...
Ambitious Mobile Access Startup: Openpath on May 24, 2018
This team sold their last startup for hundreds of millions of dollars, now they have started Openpath to become a rare access control small...
Amazon's "Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology" Says ACLU on May 23, 2018
The ACLU has caused a stir, with a new report Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology,...
Software Only VMS vs NVR Appliances on May 23, 2018
Should you buy your own PC/server and load VMS software on it or get a turnkey appliance (both hardware and software, e.g., NVR, Hybrid DVR) from a...
Buy Arecont: Top Bid $10 Million Cash on May 22, 2018
Last year, Arecont had a deal for a purchase price of $170 million (see Failed Arecont China Acquisition). This year, Arecont has a deal for a...
Installing Box Cameras Indoors Tutorial on May 22, 2018
This tutorial starts our physical installation for video surveillance series, starting with Box Cameras, one of the oldest and most basic types....
The Hikvision Smart Classroom Behavior Management System on May 22, 2018
Hikvision's rapidly growing offering of analytics, which we most recently examined with Hikvision's ethnic minority analytics, is now going into...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact