Once a new technology gets media coverage, it's common to presume that it's immediately ready for prime time. This week, a new article declares IP-based video close to standardization. Unfortunately, the article never defines how close is close.
At the same time, the article bemoans the lack of standards in traditional video surveillance. However, analog video does have standards - it's NTSC and PAL. They work very well -- demonstrated by the fact that no one ever thinks about compatability issues when dealing with fixed analog cameras. This is in stark contrast to IP cameras where integrators must continuously figure out what IP cameras work with what VMS systems, what firmware the IP camera is using, what software version the VMS is using and what issues you might have between the two.
The reality is that commonly implemented standards for IP cameas are a number of years away. Right now, we have Version 1.0 specifications from competing groups. There's a lot of work to go from that to market acceptance (as we examined in the ONVIF / PSIA comparison).
H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial 2017
on Jun 30, 2017
For years, video surveillance professionals have talked about the potential for H.265.
Now, in 2017, H.265 is starting to gain mainstream...
Hikvision H.265+ Tested
on Jun 27, 2017
Hikvision, which in the past few years released H.264+ (see test results) has now released H.265+, that claims even greater bandwidth savings.
Uniview Low-Cost Bullet PTZ Tested
on Jun 21, 2017
Uniview is offering a HD zoom bullet camera, the IPC742SR9-PZ30-32G, with an integrated pan / tilt positioner, for the price of a low-cost...
Access Control AHJ Nightmares
on Jun 01, 2017
For access control jobs, a single person can be the difference between finishing a job, costing thousands in extra dollars, and being profitable...
Chinese Direct Disruptor Reolink Tested
on May 31, 2017
Another Chinese disruptor, Reolink, is gaining attention.
This one is selling direct from its own website, with fulfillment by Amazon. And a...
Most Recent Industry Reports
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on Jul 21, 2017
Great entertainment, no real security value.
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on Jul 21, 2017
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on Jul 20, 2017
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on Jul 19, 2017
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We bought and tested...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide
on Jul 19, 2017
This 120 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members.
It covers our 20 manufacturer favorability rankings and 20 manufacturer...
Knightscope Laughs off Robot Drowning
on Jul 18, 2017
A day after a Knightscope robot drowned, Knightscope has issued an 'official statement' making fun of the issue:
The implied message is that...