Infinova also touted its partnership with Supermicro, somewhat surprising given the controversy surrounding the server firm and the Bloomberg allegation/controversy:
Infinova itself has not done much to clearly differentiate itself vs competitive surveillance manufacturers.
Axis On AI Hype, Middle East Market, Huawei Competition
IPVM checked out Axis’ booth, which was one of the largest at Intersec with their conventional booth layout / approach:
IPVM interviewed Etienne Van Der Watt, Axis’ Director for Business Development in the Middle East and Africa.
On the AI hype:
AI, it’s hype. We talk about hyper-hype. We talk to large end users, and our approach has been very conservative. We’re about short distance, high accuracy. We don’t want to end up with hours of support. Maybe in 2-3 years those solutions can be shown live.
On the Middle Eastern market, Van Der Watt said Axis wasn’t affected by the regional economic slowdown caused by lower oil prices – i.e. security is not something local governments are cutting back on:
We’ve had a good year. We haven’t had the slowdown. If we felt like it, we wouldn’t have moved into bigger offices.
Oil and gas very analog, busy transitioning to IP. [This remains a big source of business.]
On any threat posed by Huawei, which is also positioning itself as a global Safe City/big project partner, Van Der Watt said Axis hadn’t seen a change in the mostly Western partners chosen by big Middle Eastern governments and corporations:
Because [Huawei] does infrastructure they have the initial relationship. They will have a strong play, but we can keep an eye on them.
We have two predominantly enterprise markets: USA and MEA.
The government is the biggest [security] spender in MEA [Middle East & Africa]
HanwhaFocuses on Safety Analytics, New SoC, “Not Chinese”
Hanwha had a large Intersec booth with a clear theme: the Korean Wisenet 7 SoC, a “next generation AI SoC” scheduled for release at the end of 2019:
A Hanwha global marketing manager, HyangEun Kim, told IPVM that unlike other Intersec exhibitors, Hanwha was not focusing on gender or mood analytics but instead on safety in areas like construction sites and transportation zones.