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).
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on Sep 18, 2017
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on Sep 12, 2017
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October Camera Course
on Sep 07, 2017
Learn video surveillance and get certified.
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on Sep 01, 2017
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Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Tested
on Aug 24, 2017
Ubiquiti is famous for low-cost wireless network equipment, a common choice for wireless video surveillance applications. The company has expanded...
IP Camera Specification / RFP Guide 2017
on Aug 14, 2017
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Do them 'right' and it takes a lot of knowledge and time.
Do them 'wrong' and you can be (a) unwittingly locked into a specific...
ONVIF Releases Profile A for Access
on Aug 08, 2017
ONVIF has struggled so far in access control.
In 2014, ONVIF released Profile C for access control, but in the 3 years since, only 2 companies...
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on Jul 31, 2017
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In particular, the expansion of integrated IR cameras that...
Hikvision H.265+ Bullet Tested (2035)
on Jul 24, 2017
Continuing our tests of Hikvision's new low cost Value Plus line, we bought and tested the 3MP DS-2CD2035FWD-I, now including H.265+.
We shot the...
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